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Meet the Commissioners Selecting Candidates for SF’s New Police Chief

From approving policy on body cameras to firing police officers found guilty of misconduct, Wednesday nights are reserved for scrutiny of police practices at the San Francisco Police Commission. The seven-member civilian panel acts as the police department’s disciplinary body and officially meets once a week for a public hearing, usually at City Hall, to receive updates from department heads,...
Scaffolding around the Vida condo construction. File Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

SF Influencers to Debate Land Use Ballot Proposals

Supervisors, former legislators, activists, and nonprofit workers will meet at the Swedish American Hall on Market Street Monday, October 17 at 7 p.m. to delve into the finer points of four land-use propositions — M, O, U, and X. The propositions, which go before the voters on November 8, would establish a housing commission, allow more office space in a Bayview development, double...
The family of Luis Gonogra Pat, shot by SFPD officers in April, has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city, announced their attorney, Adante Pointer (left). Photo by Laura Waxmann

Family of Man Shot by Police Files Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit

The family of the 45-year-old Mayan homeless man shot by police near a Mission District tent encampment on April 7 filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the city and the two officers involved on Friday. The lawsuit was filed on the six-month anniversary of Luis Gongora Pat’s death and comes on the heels of an autopsy report released last week....
Acting San Francisco Police Chief Toney Chaplin fields questions about police reform at Board of Supervisors hearing on October 4. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Supes Grill Acting Chief on Police Reform Recommendations

San Francisco supervisors challenged Acting Police Chief Toney Chaplin on his commitment to reform at a Tuesday hearing at the Board of Supervisors.   Supervisors asked pointed questions about everything from Chaplin’s ability to push back against the influential police union to working towards changing department culture. “We are getting all this talk about things happening and implementation, but I...
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Police Efforts to Thwart Prostitution Effective, Say Neighbors

Prostitution has decreased over the last month say Mission residents who attended a community meeting at Mission Police Station on Tuesday evening. They credited the station’s captain with effectively addressing what they say has been a growing concern in the neighborhood. “For the last few weeks, I have not called the non-emergency number once,” said a 50-year-resident of Capp Street...
Police officers walked alongside the demonstrators.

All Mission Station Officers Now Wearing Body Cameras

As of today, all patrolling officers at the Mission District’s police station will be outfitted with body cameras. Mission Station has received 150 to 160 cameras, according to San Francisco Police Department spokesperson Carlos Manfredi.   A total of 112 patrol officers, 23 sergeants and five lieutenants are now mandated to wear the cameras strapped to their chests during most...
Pastor Nunes at “Little Macy's.” Photo  by Anna M. Clausen

SF-Marin Food Bank Honors Mission Pastor

When I arrive, the street outside Casa De Barro Free Methodist Church at 3811 Mission St. is almost completely empty. A couple of people wait for the bus and an older gentleman leans against the bright red church walls in quiet contemplation. The big wooden doors seem stuck. Maybe there is another entrance? Then suddenly, Pastor Miguel Nunez swings through...
Jose Quinonez, 2016 MacArthur Fellow. Photo courtesy of Mission Asset Fund

Local Financial Services Innovator Rewarded ‘Genius Grant’

José Quiñonez has spent the past decade helping immigrants like himself build their credit. Now, the founder and CEO of the Mission Asset Fund, located at 3269 Mission St., is one of four local leaders honored by the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant.” The grant recognizes leaders in various areas of public concern who are striving to make a difference in...
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Keeping Legacy of Iconic Queer Bar Alive

City leaders, members of the queer community, old regulars and many others who have had a hard time letting go of the shuttered Lexington Club gathered at its former space at 3464 19th St. on Monday afternoon to immortalize the popular Mission dive bar with a sidewalk plaque. Known to many as the last lesbian stronghold in the Mission, the...
Community organizer Adriana Camarena addressed community members at meeting held to address homeless encampments in the Mission. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Community Challenges City’s Plans to Remove Tents, House Homeless

Community members and homeless advocates frustrated over dozens of tents that have popped up in the Mission District shouted down city and police officials on Wednesday during a discussion of a new plan to tackle homeless encampments in the neighborhood. “We had encampments catch on fire right on my street. After living here all these years, I’ve seen things really...
BART Board of Directors candidates for District 9: Michael Petrelis, Bevan Dufty, and Gwyneth Borden (left to right). Photo by Laura Waxmann

BART Board Candidates Talk Upgrades, Future of Transit System

The candidates vying for two seats on the BART Board of Directors said on Monday that they are in support of a $3.5 million bond measure that would help upgrade the derelict public transportation system. During a candidate debate forum held in the recreation room at Mission Pool, the candidates answered questions about much needed improvements to the 44-year-old transit system and...
State Controller Betty T. Yee and Thomas Briody -president and CEO of the Institute on Aging. Photo by Anna M. Clausen

Property Tax Postponement for Seniors Reinstated

After seven years of hibernation the state of California is bringing back a program that will allow low-income seniors and disabled people to defer their property tax payments. “This is possible because the state is experiencing a state of fiscal stability and has the ability to fund programs like this to help some of the more vulnerable Californians,” said State Controller...
An encampment near Division Street after the crackdown by the city in February 2016. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros

Community, Advocates Divided On Homeless Encampments

Community members, homeless advocates and city leaders weighed in Thursday at City Hall  on legislation that would give homeless campers longer notice of impending camp removals and guarantee them shelter. The hearing took place during the Board of Supervisors Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee. While all agreed that tent encampments – some 80 of which have been mapped by...
File photo by Leslie Nguyen-Okwu: A tourist snaps photos of Balmy Alley's famous murals.

24th Street Art Crawl Returns This Sunday!

On every second Sunday of the month, the 14 blocks along 24th Street between Valencia Street and Potrero Avenue come to life with music, art, poetry and cultural activities in a day-long art crawl called Paseo Artístico. A collaboration between Calle 24 and a string of other organizations, the free, all-ages event is a new project that launched in early...
Back Stairs. Photo by Kathleen Narruhn

Developments in Development: Reverse

With two anti-displacement measures now facing high-level pushback, the San Francisco Supervisors must feel positively Sisyphean. London Breed is in the nation’s capital trying to resuscitate a neighborhood preference law that would reserve 40 percent of new affordable units for those who live nearby. The federal Housing and Urban Development folks feel that would lead to segregation; Breed and others say...