Hello readers!

We have a greenway battle going on in the Mission that David Mamaril Horowitz writes about today.

Covid has retreated but Mark Rabine tells us that the son of the omicron variant is upon us.

With Halloween and Día de los Muertos coming up, Anna-Luisa Brakman and Chuqin Jiang have created an excellent guide for you.

And yes, for those of you who read closely, this is the second newsletter of the day as I failed – until this morning – to press send on Tuesday’s newsletter.

My apologies,


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Guerrilla gardening action on unclaimed Mission parcel draws joy, anger

This weekend, about a dozen neighbors placed around 10 raised beds, fresh soil and plants at Parcel 36, the railroad right-of-way that cuts diagonally from Harrison and 22nd streets to 23rd. Not everyone was happy.

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Covid-19 Tracker: Son of Omicron

Recorded infections and positivity rates appear to be falling while hospitalizations remain mostly flat. Wastewater monitoring has also shown the virus ebbing and R Number models are mostly down. But, the son of omicron lurks.

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Día de los Muertos and Halloween events across the city

Highlights of Mission District and city-wide celebrations include: Oct 27. 6 p.m. Pier 15:The Exploratorium’s After Dark: Death and Life exhibition probes global autumnal traditions like Día de Muertos and Halloween.

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A chip of the old block

By Tyler Pullen

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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.