Flowers, candles, hand written notes and parts of a Public Works unifrom mark the spot where Jermaine Jackson Jr. was gunned down on November 30. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Police Make Arrest Connected to Fatal Shooting of City Worker

Police have made an arrest in the fatal shooting of Jermaine Jackson Jr., a 27-year-old Public Works employee and father of two. According to a statement issued by the San Francisco Police Department on December 1, officers located 26-year-old Michael Higginbotham at 5:30 p.m. in Vallejo on November 30 – some ten hours after Jackson was gunned down – where he was...

Man Kicks in Door, Steals Phone Charger in Mission District Burglary

A forceful burglary in which a cell phone charger was reported stolen occurred at a 15th and Julian street residence Thursday morning. Police report that the resident of the home, a 36-year-old man, knows the 30-year-old man who forcefully entered his residence at 4 a.m. by kicking in the victim’s door, but have not made an arrest. Crime is trauma and the...
A mock up of the project at 1500 15th St. Design by Prime Design.

Mission Activists and YIMBYs Clash Over 184-Unit Building on 15th Street

At a community meeting held Wednesday night, activists opposed to an eight-story, 184-unit Mission District housing project doubled down, insisting that making 25 percent of its units affordable was not enough. “When you come to the Mission and say 25 percent is good, the answer is no it’s not,” said Rick Hall, a neighborhood activist, to applause from the eight or so...

Former “Currents” on Valencia Now Home to “Baggu”

A bag retailer called Baggu is now open in the former Currents space at 911 Valencia Street. Baggu, which opened Nov. 17, sells purses, tote bags, reusable grocery bags, and backpacks. The Valencia Street location is its third brick and mortar store, with the other two in Oakland and Brooklyn in addition to a large online and wholesale presence. Molly Marrone, a...

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...
File photo by Alan Toth

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.