Illustration by Molly Oleson

Stories for Saturday 1 May 2021

Community Letter: Essential workers and closed Schools: a disproportionate burden for the Latino community

We now know that keeping our children in distance learning is less safe than sending students to school for traditional in-person learning. Yet, California ranks dead last in the nation in providing access to in-person education.

COVID Tracker: 36,111 cases, 536 deaths

Between March 28 and April 26, DPH reports 68 new cases in the Mission or 11.4 new cases per 10,000 residents. Bayview Hunters Point had the highest number with 88, while the FiDi/South Beach had the highest rate at 27.2 new cases per 10,000 residents

People We Meet: Herlinda Huerta

“I want to make myself proud and my parents proud, I don’t want to be the headache of my parents anymore,” Huerta said. 

Latino Task Force holds job fair as economy reopens

The Latino Task Force hosted a job fair within their resource hub at 701 Alabama St and welcomed 200 residents looking for work.

Developments in Development: A camera program controversy

If enacted by the Castro Upper Market Community Benefit District, the program would install dozens of cameras throughout the Castro using a $695,000 donation from Silicon Valley entrepreneur Chris Larsen. 

Family bike ride-out celebrating Cinco De Mayo will be held on Sunday

Hope on your bike and take a ride. Proceeds from the event will support the Mission Food Hub.

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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.