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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...
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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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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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...
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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...
A homeless encampment on Folsom Street between 18th and 19th streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

One Camp Cleared, But Bed Shortage Looms in SF Mission

A homeless encampment around 15th and Treat streets in the Mission District has been partially cleared despite the fact that the city is short on beds in which to place them. The area, which was scheduled to be cleared by today, has been split into two smaller areas to work on piece by piece, said a spokesperson for the city’s...
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San Francisco’s Homeless Czar Talks Encampment Strategy

Still in its infancy, San Francisco’s five-month-old Department of Homelessness is developing new methods for moving an estimated 800 individuals living in 78 encampments around the city off the streets, according to Jeff Kositsky, who directs the new department that will eventually have some 110 people under his direction.  The department started with Islais Creek south of the Dogpatch in late August,...
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Students Protest Trump Presidency Again in SF Mission

For the third time in three days, San Francisco protesters took to the streets and rallied against the president-elect, Donald Trump, this time in a student-led march that went from the Mission District to City Hall. It was the second student protest this week, following a city-wide walk-out on Thursday that saw thousands flock to the streets. Teens and twenty-somethings from San Francisco high...
Protesters hold a mock trial of the "officers" involved in Alex Nieto's shooting. Photo by Dan Hirsch

More Complaints Arise About SF Cop Involved in Two Fatal Shootings

A police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man at Stern Grove in October was also one of the officers who pulled the trigger on Alex Nieto in 2014, according to police. After police released this information last week, organizers who work with at-risk youth came forward and told Mission Local that they had raised concerns of...
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Big Soda, Tech, and Developers Spending Millions This Election

While most ballot guides give you the details on each proposition – and we recommend the Public Press voter guide for those details – we instead give you a look at the money, examining who is spending big to get an initiative passed or defeated. This year, Airbnb, realty firms, and local tech moguls are the  big spenders. The list is not comprehensive, and only includes campaigns...
The Mission Science Workshop celebrates 25 years in the Mission District. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Science Workshop Gala at City Hall Tonight

For its 25th birthday, the Mission Science Workshop will party at City Hall – and attending alongside science workshop alums, teachers and supporters will be Gracie, a giant grey whale skeleton recovered from Pescadero. What’s more, the city has declared October 27 “Mission Science Workshop Day” in honor of the workshop’s contribution to the community. The gala, which takes place in the...
Kimberley Walley, displaced from the Graywood hotel at 3308 Mission St. by a five-alarm fire, stands in front of the 16th and Shotwell street tent encampment where she most recently lived. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Two Fire Victims End Months of Homelessness, But a Third Remains Unhoused

Since a five-alarm fire in June displaced Kimberly Walley and her husband, Henry Texada, from the single room occupancy hotel where they had been living for some five years, the couple had fallen on hard times, seemingly unplaceable by officials who had promised to find homes for all of those displaced in the fire. But on Thursday, Walley stood in...
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Sandbag Pickup at 17th and Folsom Today

With rain likely later in the week, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission is deploying sandbags, dropping them off Wednesday near the intersection of 17th and Folsom streets. Crews have also cleaned and inspected all of the catch basins in the area and are being monitored, according to a public utilities spokesperson. The Public Utilities Commission also plans to deploy and remove...
Community advocate Raeleen Valle-Brenes assists April, a resident of the Trainor Street homeless encampment, with her voter registration form. Photo by Laura Waxmann

The Mission’s Homeless Can and Should Vote, Say Advocates

San Francisco’s homeless population can vote, even without a fixed address, announced advocates for the homeless who on Thursday gathered at the intersection of Division Street and Trainor – a narrow alleyway behind Rainbow Grocery that is lined with tents. “Our goal is to tell folks, if you want to vote, look at that street corner right there; that’s your...
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Big Soda Doubles Funding Against Sugary Drink Tax

The American Beverage Association California PAC has nearly doubled the money it has contributed to defeat the San Francisco soda tax by adding another $9.1 million this month to the No on V campaign, according to public records. The PAC is the the committee that has been bankrolling No on V campaign. Proposition V is the one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary...