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Campos Presses Mayor For Immigrant Legal Defense Fund

At a rally held Tuesday at noon on City Hall steps, Supervisor David Campos joined non-profit organizations and the Public Defender’s Office for the second time in a week to push the mayor to find $5 million for immigrant legal defense within next year’s budget. The money would be divided almost equally among community non-profits and the Public Defender’s Office...
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El Rio to Host Fundraiser in Honor of Oakland Fire Victims

A fundraiser to benefit the families of the victims of the Ghost Ship Oakland fire on Friday will be held at El Rio, located at 3158 Mission St., on December 7. The show will feature a variety of DJs and bands with a sliding scale $5 cover charge at the door – with all proceeds and donations going to the Fire...
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Gunpoint Robbery on Harrison Street Monday Evening

A man was robbed at gunpoint Monday night in the Mission District, the second time a man was held up with a gun that day in the neighborhood. At 5:10 p.m., a 45-year-old man was walking on Harrison Street between 18th and 19th streets, by the Mission Cliffs gym, when he saw a man estimated to be between 18 and 20 years...
Sisters Marie Benedicte (left) and Marie Valerie make a case for their soup kitchen, proposed to move in to 1930 Mission st., at a neighborhood meeting called to address homelessness. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Neighbors and Nuns Face Off Over Soup Kitchen

Residents in the northeastern Mission District are forming a community group to push local government toward ending homeless encampments in the area, while a pair of nuns displaced from the Tenderloin tries to gather support for a soup kitchen in the neighborhood that neighbors fear will only attract more homeless. The nuns are Marie Benedicte and Marie Valerie of the...
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Futures Uncertain for Range and Pauline’s Pizza on Valencia

Range restaurant is slated to close and Pauline’s Pizzeria is up for sale, according to local news. The San Francisco Chronicle reported today that Range, adjacent to Mission Playground, is set to close after 12 years. The restaurant’s owners told the paper that they are thinking of coming up with a new concept to better fit the street’s rapidly changing scene....
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Serial Trash Can Arson Suspect Arrested in SF Mission

Mission Station police officers have arrested a 41-year-old man, Michael Boyle, in connection with a string of trash can fires and other arson incidents in the Mission and SoMa, according to an SFPD statement. The 11 fires, which occurred between late October and mid-November, were mostly set in sidewalk trash cans, though in one case, a fire was set inside the lobby...
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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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Man Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Public Works Employee

The Bay City News reported on Friday that Michael Higginbotham, the 26-year-old man charged with shooting and killing an employee of the Department of Public Works earlier this week, has plead not guilty to the murder. Higginbotham was arraigned in court in Friday and charged with murder, according to Bay City News. His publicly-appointed attorney said there were no witnesses to...
The historic facade of the Superior Automotive auto garage at 3140 16th St. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Shrunken Mission Project Eliminates Housing Units

What may have been the most expensive development purchase in San Francisco in 2014 — to replace a shuttered auto shop in the Mission District — has eliminated all of its housing units, going from 28 units to none within two years. The parcel at 3140 16th St., the former Superior Automotive shop, was acquired by Mx3 Ventures in 2014 for...
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Valencia Shops Host Holiday Cookie Crawl

Merchants along Valencia Street have once again organized a holiday cookie crawl down the street, and are offering holiday deals as well as sweet treats on Saturday, Dec 3. Proceeds from cookie sales will go to 826 Valencia. Here’s a list of participating businesses and what they have in store for holiday shoppers: Dijital Fix Mission Bicycle Co.  – Free gift...