Murat Celebi-Ariner looked out from the screen Saturday morning and said goodbye via Skype. Nearby, his wife Pelin, tagged the items of their life in the Mission District, and offered moving sale shoppers chai and muffins.

It was a bitter sweet end to a story that began early this year and ended last month when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents picked up the Amuse Bouche street vendor and took him away.

Enjoy a quick slide show of the moving sale. There’s more to come.

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Founder/Executive Editor. I’ve been a Mission resident since 1998 and a professor emeritus at Berkeley’s J-school since 2019 when I retired. I got my start in newspapers at the Albuquerque Tribune in the city where I was born and raised. Like many local news outlets, The Tribune no longer exists. I left daily newspapers after working at The New York Times for the business, foreign and city desks. Lucky for all of us, it is still there.

As an old friend once pointed out, local has long been in my bones. My Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on New York City’s experiment in community boards.

Right now I'm trying to figure out how you make that long-held interest in local news sustainable. The answer continues to elude me.

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