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There’s a lot of anger, frustration, and outrage going around this week, and in this show we dig into what has neighbors so upset. In our first segment, we discuss some of the more recent chapters in a longer story about strong opposition to local development. After that, we take a look at the confusing mix of narratives surrounding the police shooting of Amilcar Lopez Perez last Thursday. We recap the different versions of events and talk about what comes next.

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Daniel Hirsch is a freelance writer who has been living in the Mission since 2009. When he's not contributing to Mission Local, he's writing plays, working as an extra for HBO, and/or walking to the top of Bernal Hill.

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.

Andrea was born and raised in Mexico City, where she graduated as a translator/interpreter. She has been working with Mission Local since 2009 translating content for the Spanish page. Also lives in the Mission, does some reporting, social media and enjoys taking photos and training people that want to contribute to Mission Local.

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  1. My understanding is that Amilcar Perez-Lopez did not speak Spanish that well. He was a native speaker of one of Guatemala’s various Mayan languages. Did you hear the same?

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