Dear readers: 

It’s a big day: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have eased some restrictions on outdoor mask-wearing. I went out this morning to take the temperature of the city and get some residents’ response to this development, and the reaction was cautious optimism sprinkled with relief. 

Marta Jacinto, a Guatemalan woman who sells DELICIOUS Guatemalan-style chicken tamales on 22nd and Mission street in the mornings said she will continue to use her mask despite the announcement. (Her tamales are seriously some of the best I have tried. They are super fresh with mole, moist chicken, and red and green peppers, all wrapped in a banana leaf and served with a small container of actually spicey pico de gallo (all for $3). Cash only.)

Luis Lopez, who sells fruit, corn, potatoes, and chips across from Jacinto said he will also “continue using his mask out of respect.” 

Yesterday I interviewed our Executive Editor and founder Lydia Chavez on our Instagram about Mission Local’s role during the pandemic. Check out our conversation here

— Clara-Sophia Daly

Our latest stories from Mission Local:

A dead man, a box of photos, and a treasure trove of San Francisco life

By Joe Eskenazi

April 26, 2021

A dead man, a box of photos, and a San Francisco treasure of everyday life. 

A sad story. But not a *completely* sad story.

‘It could become a San Bruno’: Three supervisors to call for hearing following Mission Local special reports

By Joe Eskenazi

April 27, 2021

Mission Local’s two-part series outlining potentially catastrophic problems stemming from the city’s thousands of mandatory seismic retrofit projects have spurred three supervisors to call for hearings. 

COVID Tracker: 36,014 cases, 531 deaths

By Mark Rabine

April 27, 2021

As of April 26, the Department of Public Health  reports more than 69 percent (532,773) of San Francisco residents over 16 had received one dose, and more than 45 percent (346,075) are completely vaccinated.

For information on where to get vaccinated in and around the Mission, visit our Vaccination Page.

UCSF and the Latino Task Force celebrate one year anniversary

By Annika Hom

April 27, 2021

The alliance of researchers and activists launched multiple studies to test and vaccinate thousands of the city’s most vulnerable.

“This information was a call to action for all of us,” said UCSF professor of medicine Dr. Diane Havlir.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera tabbed to take over PUC — setting up high-stakes game of political musical chairs

By Joe Eskenazi

April 26, 2021

Vaccine site will pop up Saturday at San Francisco Christian Center

By Annika Hom

April 24, 2021

This pop-up has at least 50 doses of the Moderna shot available. Walk up and claim yours.

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Clara-Sophia Daly is a multimedia storyteller and reporter who has worked both in print and audio. A graduate of Skidmore College where she studied International Affairs and Media/Film studies, she enjoys working at the intersection of art and politics, and focusing on the stories of individuals to reveal larger themes.