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Man Robbed at Gunpoint on Capp Street

A man was robbed by a trio of other men early Monday morning, the police report. The 34-year-old victim was walking near 19th and Capp streets at 3:39 a.m. when three men of unknown ages approached him. One of the suspects pointed a gun at the victim and demanded money. The suspect rifled through his pockets and stole a wallet...
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Video: SF Mission Homeless React to Tent Ban

Frustrations over San Francisco’s homeless encampments became palpable on November 8 when voters overwhelmingly supported Proposition Q, a ballot measure that allows city workers to clear the city’s sidewalks of tents with a 24-hour notice. The measure dictates that encampment residents forced to relocate are connected with shelter and storage for their personal property. But with not nearly enough housing or shelter...
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SF Mission Responds to Oakland’s Ghost Ship Fire

The arts community was hit hard by a fire in a converted Oakland artist live-work space known as the Ghost Ship that killed 24 on Friday, and some in the Mission have mobilized to give money, a couch to sleep on and other support to those affected. Gray Area, a theater and arts and education space, wrote online that some...
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Developments in Development: Take a Breath

It has been a week full of revelations on the housing front, but before I get into that, let’s take a moment to consider that rents have dipped, again. At least that is what Curbed reports based on an overview of realty sites’ estimates of asking rents at currently vacant apartments. Also, while fur often flies in the world of...
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Owner of SF’s First Guatemalan Bakery Dies

Manuel Barrientos, the proprietor of San Francisco’s first Guatemalan bakery, was 79 when he died on November 25, but for many, his vigor and dedication to his craft made his age difficult to gauge. When Barrientos was diagnosed with a brain tumor and given just three months to live, it was not his own death that he feared most, but...
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After CA Legalizes Weed, Local Dealers Brace to Compete

When it comes to doing business, Leaf isn’t discrete. The friendly 25-year-old saunters around Dolores Park in San Francisco with a big teddy bear on his shoulder and a ring of plastic marijuana leaves around his neck. You can’t miss him. Selling weed is his game, one he won’t quit anytime soon. Yes, recreational cannabis was just legalized in California...
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Public’s Help Sought After Hit-and-Run Injures Mission Cyclist

A cyclist suffered critical injuries after she was hit by a Mini Cooper near 23rd Street and Potrero Avenue on November 29 – the driver fled the scene, according to friends and family, who have turned to the public for help in locating the vehicle and its occupants. SF!!! Help me catch the hit & run BASTARD that seriously injured @Danes7387! DM ME with ANY...
A homeless encampment on Folsom Street between 18th and 19th streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Safe Injection Sites for Drug Users in Shelters Get Health Department Nod

Sites where drug users can safely inject or where alcoholics’ consumption is regulated received a warmer than expected endorsement at a hearing Thursday afternoon about progress toward the city’s six Navigation Centers. While the expansion of navigation centers, like the rest of the city’s budget, is running up against a shortfall the Department of Public Health appears to have warmed...
Flowers, candles, hand written notes and parts of a Public Works unifrom mark the spot where Jermaine Jackson Jr. was gunned down on November 30. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Police Make Arrest Connected to Fatal Shooting of City Worker

Police have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of Jermaine Jackson Jr., a 27-year-old Public Works employee and father of two. According to a statement issued by the San Francisco Police Department on December 1, officers located 26-year-old Michael Higginbotham at 5:30 p.m. in Vallejo on November 30 – some ten hours after Jackson was gunned down – where he was...
The shooting at 25th and Vermont streets on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

City Worker Slain in Shooting at 25th and Vermont

A 27-year-old worker with the Department of Public Works was shot and killed Wednesday morning in the Mission District while working on a graffiti crew, according to city officials. Jermaine Jackson Jr. was shot near 8 a.m. at the corner of 25th and Vermont streets, police said, and taken to San Francisco General Hospital two blocks away. He died at the hospital. “The...
Hillary Ronen at the debate on Thursday, October 13. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

In First Post-Election Interview, Hillary Ronen Talks Trump and SF Mission

Hillary Ronen, a former immigrant rights attorney in the Mission District and the legislative aide of Supervisor David Campos, will become his replacement in January when she’s sworn into office after handedly winning her supervisor’s race. On election night, she was a mixture of ecstatic and horrified — she beat her main opponent, Joshua Arce, 57 to 30 percent, but...
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SF Officials Seek Deportation Defense Funding

To defend undocumented immigrants from incarceration and deportation under a Donald Trump administration, Supervisor David Campos and other city officials are pushing for $5 million in funding to hire attorneys to the Public Defender’s office and community nonprofits. Campos’s joint proposal with Public Defender Jeff Adachi hinges on the idea that those facing immigration proceedings should have legal counsel, like...
Supporters applaud Elvira and Refugio Nieto at a meeting to discuss a memorial for their son. Photo by Laura Wenus

Plans for Nieto Memorial Near Board Hearing

As an ordinance requiring a memorial to police shooting victim Alex Nieto makes its way through the legislative process, some 100 residents who support it met Monday night to discuss what the monument should look like. Supervisors John Avalos and David Campos have put forward legislation instructing the Recreation and Parks Department to install a memorial to Nieto in Bernal...
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San Francisco Barber Shop Welcomes All for Free Haircuts

San Francisco Barber Shop offered free haircuts Sunday night at its shop at 3166 16th St. near Guerrero Street. “We wanted to introduce ourselves to the community alongside getting all the businesses on 16th Street together to do something for the community,” said Christopher Diez, a co-owner of the shop. Diez and his partner Anton Cura worked with Saints of Steel, a non profit that serves underprivileged...
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SF Lawyers Strategize for Trump Era Legal Battles

San Francisco progressives and free speech advocates have begun bracing for the worst from the incoming Trump administration by developing legal strategies and plans for political mobilization. Members of the National Lawyers’ Guild’s San Francisco chapter set the tone for a Mission District panel discussion at 518 Valencia, the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics, by issuing a statement...