Plants in wire cage on 14th Street, SF Mission District
Just a snap: On 14th Street. Photo by Lydia Chávez

Hello Readers:

Re-opening too soon? More vaccine sites? A stable R number? What about clarity on something important? The Super Duper burger? How did it fare?

In other news:

Stay safe and enjoy the weather,

— Lydia


Burger Wars goes to … Super Duper

Throughout the meal, while my wife and I debated the latest Covid numbers, a commercial jingle kept running through my mind; “It’s meaty, It’s mighty, it’s mighty mighty meaty.” Was the burger singing to me?

Newsom promises ‘business as usual’ on June 15, but doctors say it’s too soon to tell

The medical experts have offered their diagnosis: Gov. Gavin Newsom’s plan to reopen the economy on June 15 is reasonable, if a bit of a premature move. 

Affordable housing complex brings vaccines to its residents

“You’re getting Johson & Johnson today, so one shot and you’re done” a nurse told a patient entering the pop-up clinic in the courtyard of Mission Housing’s affordable complex off Valencia Street near 16th. 

Developments in development: One door closes, two more open

We are reviving our Developments in Development series with regular updates on development news in the Mission. In this one: Hellos, a goodbye and a new bill targeting Ellis Act evictions

Covid Tracker: 35,405 cases, 487 deaths (Updated!)

As of April 7, 46 percent of Mission residents have received at least one dose of the vaccine. The neighborhood with the highest percentage of vaccine recipients is Japantown with 58 percent and the neighborhood with the lowest percentage is Lakeshore (25 percent.).

A timely lesson at McEvoy Arts

Time is growing short for Lessons of the Hour. On view through April 24 at McEvoy Arts, a gallery with an increasingly high profile role in the Dogpatch neighborhood, the West Coast premiere of Isaac Julien’s immersive homage to Frederick Douglass offers an all-too-timely plunge into the life of one of America’s most consequent radicals. 

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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.