The Mission Local staff at work on the last night of class.

It’s 7 a.m, 44° and headed to just above 60°. Details for the next ten days are here.

First some announcements: We have a visiting editor for the next four weeks, Lauren Smiley, formerly of SF Weekly and now writing for San Francisco Magazine and the New Yorker business blog. Welcome Lauren.

You’ll also notice that we’re making a change in Good Morning Mission. The top will still aggregate what might be of interest to Mission readers, but we’ll also add  meetings that you may want to attend as well as events of the day.

Okay, back to the news.  The California Budget Project has released a new report and analysis of how much it takes to live a modest standard of living in California.  The operative word is modest.  

The link has a nifty, although optimistic, budget calculator.  It figures a single adult in San Francisco will pay $1095 in rent and need to earn $3046 a month and $36,551 a year.

The SF Weekly reports that the city examiner released its preliminary report on how Lynne Spalding died in a stairwell at San Francisco Hospital after the hospital lost track of her.

According to local news station KTVU, Spalding died of “probable electrolyte imbalance with delirium (Clinical Sepsis) while in stairwell. Due to complications of ethanolism (Clinical history).” She disappeared from her hospitable room two days after receiving surgery for a urinary tract infection, and was found dead three weeks later. READ THE FULL STORY HERE

Lastly, Burrito Justice has great before and after photos of the 3300 Club’s sign. 

Don’t forget to submit to the first round of Mission Local’s contest to turn the tech buses into moving art pieces. These are due by December 31.

Today’s Possibilities 

10:00 a.m. $1 book sale at the Public Library’s Treat Avenue drop off center between 17th and 18th Streets.

2:00  p.m. There’s an end-of -the semester show at the Mission Cultural Center. 

6:00 p.m. Live Art Making at Root Division.

7:00 p.m. Unsilent Night at Dolores Park. Boomboxes, kids and dogs welcome.

7:30 p.m.  Like the Roxie and need a date? Well, then get to their fundraiser. It’s called “Wrap Your Arms Around a Stranger,” and it sounds like fun.

Enjoy the day.

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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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  1. Would love to see more photos of the staff in the future. Sure hope you gave a window in the office & that it’s bigger than we see.

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  2. Is anyone at ML over the age of 25?

    Just curious, as it doesn’t appear so from the picture.

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