This year, Mission Local’s coverage broadened to cover citywide issues and further inform the hottest conversations in the neighborhood. New managing editor Joe Eskenazi — the main culprit for the expansion — topped the ranks of this year’s most-read articles with the bizarre saga of “San Francisco’s cruelest landlord,” Anne Kihagi.
Equally important, but fairly undercovered in the state, was Eric Murphy’s stripping of California Prop. 11 to its sole donor: a for-profit ambulance company slated to save millions from it.
The death of Mayor Ed Lee and the long election season that followed also brought all sorts of controversy, as did the appearance of electric scooters, and residents’ concern about what the “tech takeover” of the Mission.
Mission Local had more than two million unique visitors in 2018, up by 15 percent from 2017.