Ronnie Goodman tribute at Mission and 15th Streets.
On South Van Ness near 15th Street. Photo by Lydia Chávez

Hello Readers:

What happens when you retire from the SFPD? You pick up a new job – or a new police force, Julian writes today.

In other news:

  • Grand Rounds
  • The tracker shows vaccinations continue to rise.
  • And another essential memory. Send us your one memory from the pandemic year to

Stay safe,

— Lydia


UCSF Grand Rounds: Regional updates and playing “Is it safe to…?” with two UCSF medicine professors

On this week’s Grand Rounds, Dr. George Rutherford gave updates on the covid-19 pandemic and experts weighed in on what they felt safe doing.

‘Reign of Terror’: Former SFPD deputy chief accused of turning small-town police force into personal fiefdom

After 16 years with the Broadmoor Police Department, former chief Dave Parenti never predicted he’d be fired.

Covid Tracker: 35,425 cases, 493 deaths

Vaccinations continue to surpass the DPH goal.

Essential Memories: Latino Task Force worker sees the difference caring for the community can make

Zair Gonzalez, 25, began working for the Latino Task Force in April 2020.

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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.