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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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Police Ask Residents to Avoid Metreon

Police sent out a note to the media this evening: On November 29, 2016 at approximately 7:55 PM, San Francisco Police received a 911 call about a person inside the Metreon Theater (4th/Mission Streets) possibly armed with a handgun. Officers from multiple districts responded to the area, ordering the evacuation of the theater in an abundance of caution. One subject...

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...

SF Mission MC Riffs on Gentrification in New Video

“Frak,” the hip hop moniker of Alex Fraknoi, grew up in the Mission and has seen it change – particularly when he returns on visits from Southern California, where he’s studying writing and media studies. That change inspired a rap song and music video set in the Mission, in which Frak walks the neighborhood hidden behind a fixed plastic emoji...

Car and Gas Station Fires in Mission Over Weekend

In a nasty surprise, a man returned to his car on Sunday afternoon and found it had been broken into and set on fire. At 2:30 p.m. on November 27, a 32-year-old man found his car up on blocks near 18th and Dolores streets with a shattered window and a smoldering back seat. Firefighters arrived and deemed that fireworks had...
SF Barber Shop.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

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...

Developments in Development: Turmoil Ahead?

San Franciscans, I think, have long had a sense that somehow homelessness here is worse than elsewhere – while theories about why that might be vary, to say the least, there seems to be some proof that the concentration of homeless individuals here is higher than in other cities. Here’s one stat to back that up: Curbed reports that San...
The Thriftown rooftop two weeks ago.

HISTORY: 17 Reasons Remembered

“When I came to San Francisco, I saw that fantastic sign…with no explanation but it was enough for me,” wrote Glen Mehn in a 2002 letter to the city protesting the removal of the icon. “I knew where I wanted to live…in the Mission, close to that sign.” Read the Full Story HERE.
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29th and Mission Blaze That Displaced Dozens “Most Likely Accidental”

San Francisco fire investigators have concluded that the five-alarm fire that swept through seven buildings at the corner of 29th and Mission streets and displaced dozens of residents and businesses was most likely an accident caused by cigarettes or smoldering coals. The fire investigation report states that the fire likely started in two trash cans near the back of the roof...
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Burglar Nabs Four Bicycles from SF Mission Home

Two Mission residents awoke on Thursday morning to find their bicycles missing in what appears to have been an overnight burglary. The 48-year-old woman and 37-year-old man were asleep in their 24th and Hampshire Street home when an unidentified person entered unnoticed, some time between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m., police report. The 37-year-old had come home at midnight on Thursday and...