Good afternoon!

We have lots of news for you today. First off, there was a fascinating discussion at Wednesday night’s police commission over a new memorandum in which the SFPD and the District Attorney’s office lay out the rules on how to conduct investigations.

Police Chief Scott offered up a proposed agreement that had been mediated between the two offices. But in a 4-3 vote, the Police Commission rejected the proposal and sent them back to work on it again. What’s interesting is the back-and-forth between Scott and the commissioners.

And then there is Boba trouble at the flagship store for Boba Guys. Employees have been dismissed, the 19th Street store has been closed for now and one of the founders apparently told employees he feared losing everything.

Need a break from the drama? Read about Michelle Chang and her efforts to bring a cultural salon to the Mission.

Enjoy the rest of the day,


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Boba Guys workers dismissed en masse after faceoff with founders

Bubble tea shop with stores in NY and LA shutters flagship store for now.

By Yujie Zhou

Anyone stopping by Boba Guys on 19th and Valencia streets on Wednesday looking for a cup of milk tea to quell the heat would be disappointed – it’s closed, with no scheduled reopening.

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Proposed agreement between DA and SFPD rejected by Police Commission

By Eleni Balakrishnan

Eight months after Police Chief Bill Scott moved to terminate an agreement with the DA’s office to investigate allegations of officer violence, he last night presented a revised document to the Police Commission.  It did not go down well.

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Soprano Michelle Chang brings salon culture to the Mission

By Andrew Gilbert

If every crisis is also an opportunity, Michelle Chang has found a particularly mellifluous response to the pandemic. 

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El dia is coming

By Mike Schuller

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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.