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The different sides on pretext stops are gearing up for tonight’s vote. Eleni will be live blogging the Police Commission meeting that starts at 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday evening there was another pedestrian tragedy at 16th and Valencia streets.

It’s soggy out there – especially so if you are a homeless resident.



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Coalition rallies for ban on pretext stops ahead of tonight’s vote

Politicians and advocates today rallied at City Hall ahead of a vote that – if approved – would ban specific pretext stops.

Woman dies after being hit by driver at 16th and Valencia (Update Wednesday, 1:37 p.m.)

The incident was the second pedestrian fatality this year.

San Francisco storm: Mission’s homeless weather rain, hail

Roger “Popeye” Schneider, 75, huddled up on a hammock and wrapped himself in a red, waterproof blanket.


Smoke ’em if you got ’em

By Walter Mackins

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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.