Law

Anti-abortion protesters parked and stood inside of the yellow painted line that is intended to keep them away from Planned Parenthood clients. Photo by Laura Wenus

Uncertain Future: SF’s Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones

A police cruiser sat in the center divider on Valencia Street Thursday morning, observing but not interfering with protesters displaying images of fetuses and calling out to clients at a Planned Parenthood center—despite the fact that they...
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Conversation With Campos

Editor’s note: With this column, Mission Local is resuming its biweekly conversations with District 9 Supervisor David Campos, addressing issues and events in the Mission. If you have questions for Campos, send an email to...
Erika Hathaway sits in her wheelchair in front of the Valencia Street Planned Parenthood. A new ordinance would require that she protests 25-feet away from the entrance. Photo by Carly Nairn.

Protesters at Planned Parenthood May Face 25-Foot Buffer Zone

Protesters against Planned Parenthood may have to shout a little louder to be heard if the amendments to the San Francisco Access to Health Care Facilities ordinance introduced by Supervisor David Campos on Tuesday are...
Capt. Robert Moser, left, addresses the crowd gathered Tuesday evening for the monthly community meeting at the San Francisco Police Department's Mission Station. Photo by Chelsi Moy

SFPD Poised to Prevent Street Violence on Super Bowl Sunday

San Francisco football fans aren’t the only ones gearing up for Sunday’s Super Bowl XLVII between the 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens. The police department is ready to deal with the crowds of people who will likely...
Elvira Zayas on the day she was released from jail, with her mother Elvira Zayas. Photo by Jean Melesaine.

With Gang Charges Dropped, Elvira Zayas Case Spotlights the Controversy Over ‘Safety Zones’

Elvira Zayas, a 19-year-old Mission poet and youth advocate, has endured months of legal battles, jail time and thousands of dollars in legal fees defending herself against alleged gang-related felony assault charges, later reduced  to...
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Ghastly ‘Surgeries’ Detailed in Preliminary Guzmangarza Hearing

The preliminary hearing for Carlos Guzmangarza, accused of impersonating a physician’s assistant to perform cosmetic procedures on women whom he allegedly defrauded of thousands of dollars, continued Monday with grisly testimony from one of the...