Good morning!

The Dolores Park hill bomb keeps on delivering good stories. Turns out, the city had a plan to stop it.

Joe Eskenazi sat down with mayoral contender Ahsha Safaí. It’s clear reading it that the 2024 contest to run San Francisco will be mightily contested.

Eskenazi will interview another candidate at Manny’s on the 31st – this time one for U.S. Senate: the honorable Congresswoman Barbara Lee. So, please get your tickets early as it promises to be an excellent evening.

Also some good news at Mission Local: Will Jarrett’s series on the killer robots that the Board of Supervisors supported and then quashed is a finalist in the Institute for Nonprofit News Awards. Congrats to Will for spotting the importance of that proposal before any other media.

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Be well,


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By Eric Nguyen

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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.