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11:20 p.m. SF’s Mission District: Road Rage, a Party, a Mattress

Mission Street, the strip occupied by SRO homeless residents during the day, gives way at night to the party crowd and in a four-block stretch, a pedestrian can walk through scene after scene of encounters with a different Mission Street. At 21st and Mission in front of the Vanguard Properties, police were looking into what one officer called an incident of...
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Myriad Gastro Pub – Small Plates Delight!

Myriad has only been around about a year and a half, but it somehow feels like it’s been here longer. It moved into the old Nombe space, and dolled the place up. It’s billed as a gastropub, which to me means it’s a pub, but with good food. That’s not quite the vibe I get, though I do know that...
Rayne Brandt (left) and Melissa Breckenridde (right) at Ladies' Night at the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center. Photo by Laura Wenus

Ladies’ Night at a Center for the Homeless Builds Community

For many of the Mission’s homeless and marginally housed women, Ladies’ Night at the Mission Neighborhood Resource Center are where it’s at. “It” being hot dinner, good company, conversation, and the occasional game. It’s a tradition that’s been upheld at the center for 14 years. These are fixtures of any evening gathering, but in this case ladies’ night also offers...
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Man Maced, Robbed of Backpack on Mission Street

A 35-year-old man was pepper sprayed and robbed at midnight on Thursday, police report. The man was walking down Mission Street near 16th Street when he was approached by a group of two men and a woman. One of the men attempted to take the victim’s backpack. When he refused to give it over, the suspect maced him and forced...
Lisa Williams vigil on South Van Ness and 19th. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Mission Resident Left to Clean Bloody Crime Scene

This is a reader-submitted letter from Erin Perusse, a South Van Ness Avenue resident who lives near where Lisa Williams, a 21-year-old woman, was shot and killed on Wednesday, December 7. Perusse wrote to Mission Local concerned about the treatment of the crime scene following the shooting. We are publishing her letter, edited for clarity, with her permission. The police...
Michelle Thompson, pictured with her dog, has been homeless since displaced by the Mission and 29th Street fire in June. Photo by Laura Waxmann

City’s Housing Offers Not Cutting It for Homeless Fire Victim

A former go-go dancer and taxicab robber who had hoped to start life afresh at the Graywood Hotel is the last tenant displaced by the June fire who remains on the streets. Michelle Thompson’s story demonstrates how difficult it is to place some clients who resist housing because of what they have to leave behind: their personal belongings, friends and...
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UCSF Research Building at SF General Moves Ahead

A 175,000-square-foot research center to be built by UCSF on what is currently a parking lot at San Francisco General Hospital is moving closer to completing its application process, though the groundbreaking date has been somewhat delayed. The research facility would house workspace for some 800 UCSF employees who have thus far conducted their work at SF General in older,...
View from inside the new shop that is part of the Sutter clinic at 20th and Valencia streets. Photo by Jennifer Cohen

Sutter Health Opens on Valencia with Small Retail

Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation opened a new clinic on 20th and Valencia streets earlier this month. The clinic employs acupuncturists, chiropractors, message therapists, and nutritionists in addition to primary care practicioners. The clinic also has lab and x-ray services on site as well as specialty physicians should a patient need them. A shop within the clinic, the Institute for Health and...
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The Navigation Center: A Haven for the Determined

Mission Street’s Navigation Center, the city’s first, is lauded for being a low-barrier shelter, a place where street dwellers can come as they are and have all their needs met. For those determined to get off the streets, it can be the pathway to finally getting housing, but others may fall through the cracks as the center is also working...
Air Force veteran Alton Predew organizing his belongings. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

How to Help the Homeless: A Bay Area Guide

This week, Mission Local is participating in a Bay-Area-wide push to cover homelessness. You may remember this project from a similar effort in June, in which we produced stories about where homeless people’s property goes, a couple displaced by a fire who lived in their car for months, and a homeless family. This week we have brought you responses to Proposition Q from those living on...
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Young Woman Shot, Killed on South Van Ness

Police report that a 21-year-old woman was shot and killed by a man on South Van Ness Avenue early Wednesday morning, the second homicide in the Mission District in the last week. The woman was named Lisa Williams, according to the Medical Examiner, which said her city of residence could not be determined. Police released little information, pending further investigation,...
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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...