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Since 2008, Mission Local has been all up in the Mission District reporting on everything from tacos to tech, crime to culture, murals to MUNI, recording the lives and changes in the city’s oldest (and arguably, best) neighborhood.

Originally a project of UC Berkeley’s Journalism School, we struck out on our own in 2014. In the summer of 2018, we became a fiscally sponsored project of San Francisco Public Press, which means your donations are tax deductible. You can also make out checks to SF Public Press,  put Mission Local in the memo note and send to Mission Local at 2489 Mission St. #14, SF, CA. 94110. Any questions? Call us at 415-275-4739 or contact us at

We aspire to be a model of local, self-sustaining, fiercely independent neighborhood news. We hope to reflect the Mission in all its diverse, fun, conflicted, and fascinating brilliance. We plan to keep chronicling its many stories for years to come.

Site illustrations: The man above our What To Do listing and the sweeper at the end of each story are illustrations done by Rini Templeton, an activist-artist who did thousands of illustrations and allowed organizations and individuals to use them as open-sourced artwork. She died in 1986 in Mexico City. Some of her illustrations are kept online here.


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We Promise to
Offer original, transparent reporting.
Admit and correct our mistakes.
Cover everyone in the neighborhood.
Experiment on how best to make civic issues meaningful.

Our full policy on editorial independence is here.

Lydia Chávez
Founder, Executive editor
Lydia has been a Mission resident since 1998. Her earlier career was at the NYT on the business, foreign and city desks. Local has long been in her bones – her Master’s Project at Columbia, later published in New York Magazine, was on NYC’s experiment in community boards. Now, she’s searching for a sustainable news model. She was a professor at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism until the spring of 2019.
Joe Eskenazi
Managing Editor
Joe was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left.
“Your humble narrator” was a writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015, and a senior editor at San Francisco Magazine from 2015 to 2017. You may also have read his work in the Guardian (U.S. and U.K.); San Francisco Public Press; San Francisco Chronicle; San Francisco Examiner; Dallas Morning News; and elsewhere.
He resides in the Excelsior with his wife and three (!) kids, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.
Julian Mark
Julian grew up in the East Bay and moved to San Francisco in 2014. In the past he’s written for the East Bay Express and the San Francisco Business Times. His first-ever article detailed the life of a retired boxer who found peace in meditation outside of a museum in Eureka, California.
Loi Almeron
Loi Almeron, a graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism and De La Salle University in Manilla is a video producer and editor of award-winning investigative documentaries. She will be a general assignment reporter.