Posts Tagged ‘Mission Local’

UC Berkeley Prof Lydia Chavez Threatens to Shut Down Mission Local by June 1st Unless Shes Gets Money from Readers, Bidnesses?

Friday, March 27th, 2015

[UPDATE: The graphic you can see below has been replaced, with this:

“Like Mission Local? So do we. But we can’t keep producing it for free. Unless we get 500 new members by June 1, we will have to close. That means you will no longer get original, amazing and timely articles, photographs and videos about your community. So act now!”
So, all that offensive stuff got deleted? Good.]

This here is pretty much all I know about Mission Local which has gotten a lot of funding from UC Berkeley over the years.

And here’s the current threat to shut down, from Founder and Managing Editor Lydia Chavez – it’s called 31 Days of Mission Local:

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So let’s see here, try a Norelco shaver or a delightful bed from (save $100 now!) for just a month and it will, how do we say, transform your life? OK fine! So is Prof Chavez hectoring me here? I need to “care more?” I need to become a “better neighbor?” Whoo boy.

Now the first graf here, who and what is university-degree’d-up LC taking aim at here? I’m thinking it’s directed at SFist and people like college degree-less Eve Batey, who also tried to make a go of things, back in the aughts. What a contrast. (If Lydia could link to examples of what she’s talking about, that could help her readers. Perhaps she could take the time to do that the next time she comes down to visit us from the penthouse in her ivory tower.)

And what’s this, Lydia Chavez thinks I’m naive to not pay money for news? I think she does.

And then this earnest, earnest, ever-so-earnest journalistic crusader is going to talk about her “sense of humor?” What?

And then comes the punchline of her ransom note – it’s give me money or else.


And she offers “business memberships?” IDK, seems that kind of thing might come with a bit of baggage, huh?

And IDK, until I saw all this hectoring, I never had an unfavorable impression of the ML.

An alternative would be to simply announce that you all are shutting down and then wait for the reaction? You’d get attention from the MSM and some thought pieces about you and The Bay Citizen (and the like) and whathaveyou and, through that process, maybe you’d end up with some monetary support as well.

Harsh: Physician of Slain BART Passenger Charles Hill Criticizes BART Police – She Will Attend OpBART III Protest

Sunday, August 28th, 2011

Jessica Lum of Mission Local has the deets on Rupa Marya, MD, who will be there at Civic Center for OpBART III – Tokyo Drift on Monday, August 29th, 2011.

Here’s here “Dear San Francisco” letter, below.

“Dear San Francisco,

I am one of your local physicians and have taken care of many different kinds of people during the past 9 years of my appointment as an internist at UCSF, where I have worked at SF General Hospital as well as at the VA and the UCSF campuses. San Francisco is a surprisingly small town, and when you spend enough time in the health care industry, you come to recognize many of the city’s residents. You hold their stories and watch over them, in the hospital when they are ill and in the chance occurrences of running into them on the streets, in the market or painting the town red. It is an honor and great privilege to take care of the people of this city that I love so dearly.

Last month, I learned that one of my former patients Charles Hill was shot and killed by BART police. Per the police, he was armed with a bottle and a knife and had menacing behavior. Per eye witnesses, he was altered and appeared to be intoxicated but did not represent a lethal danger. I remember Charles vividly, having taken care of him several times in the revolving door which is the health care system for the people who do not fit neatly into society. Charles was a member of the invisible class of people in SF–mentally ill, homeless and not reliably connected to the help he needed. While I had seen him agitated before and while I can’t speak to all of his behavior, I never would have described him as threatening in such a way as to warrant the use of deadly force. We often have to deal with agitated sometimes even violent patients in the hospital. Through teamwork, tools and training, we have not had to fatally wound our patients in order to subdue them. I understand the police are there to protect us and react to the situation around them, but I wonder why the officer who shot Charles did not aim for the leg if he felt the need to use a gun, instead of his vital organs. I wonder if he possessed other training methods to subdue an agitated man with a knife or bottle.

I feel this situation quite deeply. It is hard to watch our civil servants (police) brutally handle a person and their body when i spend my time and energy as a civil servant (physician) honoring the dignity of that person, regardless of their race or social class, their beliefs or their affiliations. I know it is not my job–nor the police’s job—to mete out justice or judgment of a person’s worthiness. It is also hard because Charles has no voice, no one to speak for him now that he is gone. It would be easy to let this slide and move on with our busy lives, as we all struggle to make ends meet in this expensive city during a recession. I believe this situation shows us how powerless we all feel to some degree.

I feel outraged and am trying to find the best ways to express it–through creative outpouring, through conversations. I would like to lend my voice to the growing protest of the BART police’s excessive use of violent force and know that weekly protests are being organized on Mondays until demands are met for BART to fully investigate the shooting of Charles Hill, disarm its police force and train them properly, as well as bringing the officer who shot him to justice. The media is portraying the annoyance of the protests to commuters more than the unbelievable horror that an innocent man was shot dead by the force that is meant to protect us. I don’t want to upset commuters or be a nuisance. I would like to be part of educating and not letting this slip under the proverbial rug, in honor of Charles Hill and in order to help prevent something like this from ever happening again.

I will be present at the peaceful demonstrations on Mondays in front of the BART Civic Center station, not to prevent commuters from getting home, but to educate a population that may need to pause and think about the value a human life has and the kind of San Francisco we want to live and work in.

Thank you for your time and thoughtful consideration.


Rupa Marya, MD”

Saving Microsoft’s Bacon: Those “Illegal” Windows Phone + Maroon 5 Sidewalk Ads Clean Up With a Quickness, Actually

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Now, the way that the Mission Local was talking, I was thinking that Microsoft was heading for a six-figure headache over the whole Windows Phone / Maroon 5* / AT&T semi-permanent-chalk sidewalk ad illegality imbroglio.

But then when you look at these glowing green ad things on Valencia and when you grab a random abandoned bottle of liquid something (turned out to be soap, the nozzle’s mostly busted) sitting on top of a trash can nearby and then you start scrubbing to see how hard it is and then two minutes later, the ad is gone, más o menos, bingo bango.

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Not so tough now, are you, Windows 7 Phone ad?

(To do the job properly, what you’d need is a floor brush from Chizhou City Changsheng Wooden Handicraft Factory or someplace.)

So, problem solved. Now, I know only one thing:

I gots to get paid.

I knows I gots to get paid. ‘Cause I just saved your bacon, Microsoft / Waggener Edstrom Worldwide.

Now, as previously noted, I desire a 64GB Zune with AV Dock but not so much that I’d actually go out and pay for one.

Have your people get in touch with my people.

And, of course, mum’s the word and Bob’s your uncle…

*BTW, the concert’s already over with – I would have told you about it but I find the Maroon 5 oppressively girly and then you probably would have had to do a lot of hurry-up-and-wait to actually garner admission.

Local Journalism Panel Discussion Coming to The Booksmith in the Haight on August 9th

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

The Booksmith bookstore at 1644 Haight will host a local journalism community panel discussion on August 9th at 7:30 PM. Check it:



O.K. then.

“This evening we bring some key players in public-interest reporting to The Booksmith to discuss the emerging models which will compete [is compete really an ambitransitive verb?] and compliment the incumbents [nice digital press you have there, Chron baby!] bringing us Bay Area news.”

All right. I don’t know, if you look at the numbers it’s hard to say how “techtonic” a shift we’ve experienced yet, but oh well.  I understand the Chronicle’s business model, I think, IMO, they’re on a sustainable journey (though some might disagree).

Anyway, the price is right for this joint – get there early, as these kinds of BookSmith events fill up early.

See you there!

Could San Francisco’s Pigeons be Both “Flying Rats” And “Family Birds?”

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

Anrica Deb at Mission Local today asks whether the harmless pigeon is a Winged Rat or Family Bird? 

But why should it be one or the other? The correct is answer is that San Francisco’s Official Bird is both winged rat and family boid.

As seen here, where the traffic signal-loving rock doves of Mid-Market have set up a new nest, after the Owner Move-In eviction that occurred recently at the amber light.

See? It’s a new nest for our family-oriented pigeons. The LEDs act as incubator lamps when the parents are out making a mess of Mid-Market:

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Que bueno!

Potero Hill NIMBYs Kill SFGH Medical Helipad Without Firing a Shot

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Heather Smith of Mission Local has the update (renderporn included) on the massive San Francisco General Hospital project.

Looks like you can just forget about a helipad for now:

First, rumors need to be dispelled: ‘I just want to settle one thing right now,” says Jeff Critchfield, Chief of Staff. “Will this project include a helipad? There is no plan for a helipad. I’ve heard it mentioned a few times this evening. There was a prior application for a permit. It expired. There is no plan for a helipad.”

“Another hand goes up. ‘Does No helipad mean “No applying for a helipad permit in the future?”

The helipad is not part of project,” says SFGH CEO Susan Currin.

So, there you have it.

The NIMBYs’ goal of trying to kill accident victims has been attained, and there are no signs of any changes on the horizon.  

Here’s their Plan B – giant soldiers with General Dynamics FIM-43 Redeye missiles:

Make no mistake, these NIMBYs are trying to kill you. Maybe they’ll succeed, when your luck runs out…

Take your pick or – there are plenty of lies in both.

It’s your choice as to which selfish group’s website has the greater number of false statements.

Oh well.

“They’re trying to kill me,” Yossarian told him calmly.

“No one’s trying to kill you,” Clevinger cried.

“Then why are they stopping the helipad?” Yossarian asked.

“They’re stopping the helipad for everyone,” Clevinger answered. “They’re trying to kill everybody.”

“What difference does that make?”

The Commonwealth Club’s INFORUM Asks Who of the Following Do You Think is a Journalist?

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Get up to speed here and then see what Lois Beckett and Leanne Maxwell  have to say about last night’s event.  

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Your Choice for Wednesday: Meet Your Mar or Meet the New Face of San Francisco Media

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

What are you plans for the night of Wednesday, March 24th, 2010?

Option One is Meet Your Mar featuring District One San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar:

“The League of Young Voters presents…MEET YOUR MAR from 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM at Park Life (220 Clement @ 3rd) on Wednesday March 24th. FREE! There will be art, snacks, drinks, tunes, a bunch of fresh kids chillin…plus Eric Mar, chattin and getting schooled about his constituents (ie, you). Come play human bingo (to win Park Life gear!), ask Mar questions, and tell him what he should really be working on in your hood. It’s his job to listen.”

A recent Critical Mar bike rally on Clement the Richmond District:

That’s Option One.

Option Two will occur at about the same time. It’s an Inforum event at the Commonwealth Club: If Not the Chronicle, Then What?” / “Who is the New Face of San Francisco Media?

First up at 6:30 PM is a panel called “If Not the Chronicle*, Then What?”

Jeff Hunt, Editor, Muni Diaries
Brock Keeling, Editor,
Michael Maness, VP of Innovation and Design, Gannett Co. Inc.; Director, The Bold Italic
Robin Sloan, Media Partnerships, Twitter – Moderator

Then, after that, it’s “Who is the New Face of San Francisco Media?”

“Sites like and the Muni Diaries are doing more than just keeping San Franciscans in the know about the latest bar openings or bus brawls. They represent the shift to a new media model based on the interest and participation of the many; gatekeepers no longer decide what the masses want to see or hear, or who gets to give it to them. With heavy-hitting new media companies like Twitter, Yelp, Digg, Wikipedia and Flickr headquartered in the city, it’s no wonder that San Francisco is widely regarded as the home of new media. Get an insider’s perspective from the new leaders of media in SF.
“Where do you go for your daily local news jolt? Whose writing is so fresh, witty, hilarious or gutsy that you savor each piece like it’s the last of the cake? After the panel, we are hosting up-and-coming media personalities of San Francisco, invitation provided by you. Tell us who just HAS to be there, then vote for who should be crowned king or queen of SF new media. Come to the party to meet, mingle andgush your fandom in person!
What is INFORUM?
The idea of INFORUM began with the basic tenet that young people not only deserve but desire unbiased, trustworthy information from a full range of stances, and that they want their sources qualified. The Commonwealth Club has a 103 year tradition of civic debate, and INFORUM honors and continues this tradition by providing a forum for young people to access the best informed, most involved, and brightest minds – be they politicians, business gurus, policy workers, thought leaders, trendsetters or culture-jammers.

The voting’s all over on this one, but feel free to cheer loudly when they whip out a tiara for the crowning ceremony.

Deets below. See you there, who knows maybe at both places.

*I know what you’re thinking – petitio principii, right? Like, what if the San Francisco Chronicle is the new San Francisco Chronicle?  

Anyway, the royal court of San Francisco new media:

Cecilia Vega (Bio)

Brock Keeling

Melissa Griffin (Blog)
Blogger/SF Examiner

Jaimal Yogis (Bio)
San Francisco Magazine

Markos Moulitsas Zתniga

Michael Bauer
SF Chronicle


Mark Frauenfedler
Boing Boing

Lea Troeh (Blog)
The Week Intro

Mac McClelland (Bio)
Mother Jones

Andy Wright (Articles)
SF Weekly

Vanessa Carr
Mission Local

Tana Ganeva (Blog)

Laughing Squid

Curbed SF

Eater SF

Dyanna Pure and JT Paradox
The SF Style

Alexia Tsotsis
SF Weekly

Joe Eskenazi
SF Weekly

Lois Beckett
SF Weekly

Broke-ass Stuart

Jeff Hunt 

Location: SF Club Office, 595 Market Street, The Blue Room
Time: 6 p.m. check-in, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. networking reception
Cost: $12 members, $20 non-members, $7 students (with valid ID)