Mar 10, 2023 - News

So long, San Francisco

Illustration of San Francisco row of houses with dollar signs floating above them

Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

It saddens me to say, so I'll just get this out of the way — today is my last day at Axios and soon, my family and I will be leaving San Francisco.

What's happening: I know you've heard this story before, many times. San Francisco is a transient place, and over the last few years, that's sped up.

  • We have our issues as a city and things — like the crazy cost of living — that make this a tough place to live (let alone raise a family).
  • Could we have made it work here? Yes. But for now, we're going to try somewhere new.

Yes, but: After 12-plus years of living here, I've learned there are far more magical parts to San Francisco than faults.

  • Ingrained in its soul, San Francisco is a land of opportunity, and I'll miss its contagious spirit.
  • Its food is world class, its parks are wondrous and its weather is almost always perfect for a sweater.
  • The people, especially my friends, are what I'll miss most, though. We're an interesting and loving bunch, us San Franciscans, and not easily replaceable.

Flashback: Some two years ago, while stuck at home during the pandemic, I started sending an email newsletter to friends and family that covered important and interesting stories about San Francisco.

  • The city was changing so quickly at the time, and I felt we needed an easy way to stay on top of local news.
  • Other people thought so too, and soon that newsletter (The SF Minute) had thousands of subscribers.
  • Later, I joined forces with Axios and together with Megan, launched Axios San Francisco.

The bottom line: Starting The SF Minute (and continuing on with Axios SF) was my small effort to help make this city a better place. And hopefully, by keeping people up to speed with the news, it helped.

  • I'm forever grateful that you, dear reader, followed along.

What's next: If there's one thing I've learned, it's that San Francisco is never short on stories.

  • I can't wait to keep reading what Megan and our soon-to-be-named second reporter are able to unearth each morning.

Meanwhile, my family and I are headed to the Midwest (where my wife grew up) and kid No. 2 is scheduled for June.

  • Please send thoughts, prayers and winter tips my way. Having lived in California my entire life, I'm going to need them!

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