What a week.

Joe was working full throttle on the Brooke Jenkins story, Annika Hom did a deep dive on the financing of subsidized housing to learn how for-profit companies make money, and everyone was out for Día de los Muertos to record the evening.

Meanwhile, Yujie found a unique take on Lyft and Uber drivers and David followed the payroll fiasco. Eleni took a closer look at the resistance to modifying the SFPD’s policy on traffic stops.

Vote on Tuesday. We will be here with all of the results thanks to Will and the crew.

Lydia, Joe, Annika, Eleni, Will and Yujie

And, our end-of-the-year fundraising drive is off and running!

Top news of the week

Election News

Brooke Jenkins sent police reports, rap sheet to colleague’s personal email

In a potential violation of state law, then-Assistant District Attorney Brooke sent case files to a fellow DA’s personal email account

Brooke Jenkins: Legal experts dismiss DA’s excuses for sharing restricted files

A trio of legal ethicists have largely rejected District Attorney Brooke Jenkins’ excuses for emailing the rap sheet to another DA.

Mission Moves: Housing and the election, baby!

This special edition of Mission Moves seeks to demystify (and update) housing measures D & E.

Ill, but vibrant, Jane Fonda draws a crowd at Manny’s

Days before the 2022 U.S. midterm elections, actress and activist Jane Fonda stopped by Manny’s and packed the cafe.

Arts and Culture

Interactive: The Mission Celebrates Día de los Muertos

Welcome back, queridos. It’s once again Día de los Muertos, and Mission Local was there.

Photos from Día de los muertos: The parade and altars

Two readers and contributors sent in these photos.

Trick or Treat on Mission Street

It’s a neighborhood tradition for businesses along Mission Street to hand out candy on Halloween.

Jessica Recinos: Dancing is a way to reconnect with my culture

When Jessice Maria Recinos first stepped off the plane in El Salvador in June of she wondered if the connection she hoped for would be there.


Paul Pelosi: Violent attack isn’t an SF story. It’s the story of American politics.

Update: Federal charging document offers clues on alleged Pelosi attacker’s plan.

Stalemate persists as work on major SFPD policy change concludes

The San Francisco Police Commission working group charged with revising a nearly 30-year-old policy on traffic stops ended without a resolution.

Cop Watch: New commission pushes the envelope on police reform

District Attorney’s role in police shooting investigations hangs in the balance as commissioners insist on changes.

Stabbing, fighting at Dolores Park Halloween ‘Hill Bomb’

A man was stabbed during a confrontation near Dolores Park, where a crowd of Halloween hill bombers took over.


Where to get help with 2023-24 SF public school enrollment

It’s a complicated process, but help is on haand.

Other News

Part II: Multibillion-dollar company delays Hunters Point housing renovation, cites lack of funds

A tale of how for-profit companies make money off of subsidized housing.

Wreck-to-rideshare pipeline: Meet the man who fixes Uber and Lyft drivers’ cars

This mechanic has collected a unique set of demographic data.

Covid-19 Tracker: It’s the politics, stupid

Recorded infections and positivity rates appear to be falling while hospitalizations remain mostly flat.

People We Meet

People We Meet: Steve Ha and the Illuminaries

Steve Ha was 18 years old when he was first arrested. He was working on some graffiti in San Jose when the police showed up.  His dad recorded the news on a VHS tape. Now the family calls it “the fame and shame tape.” 


City in the sky

By Michael Santiago

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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.