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Activist Lisa "Tiny" Gray-Garcia calls for a 90-day moratorium on police "use of force" outside of Mission Police Station on August 15. Photo by Laura Waxmann

SF Activists Call For Moratorium on SFPD Use of Force

Activists and community members gathered in front of Mission Police Station on Monday afternoon called on the San Francisco Police Department to prohibit its officers from using weapons and force of any kind against civilians for the next 90 days. Representatives of organizations advocating for homeless rights and against police brutality supported the moratorium and also called for a state...
Scaffolding around the Vida condo construction. File Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

Developments in Development: Game On

I’ve already made a stupid joke in this column about development, real estate, and gentrification not being a game when a game was made about it. But woe is me, I just heard about TWO new games about real estate and development – I jumped the gun! The fun thing is that the games are almost completely at odds in...
Church parking on Guerrero Street  between 18th and 19th in September 2014. Photo by Elizabeth Zitrin

Transit Board to Mull Formalizing Median Parking in Mission District

Mission District churchgoers who park in the middle of Dolores street on Sundays may be getting legal sanction from the city to continue their practice as early as next week. The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency’s board of directors will make a preliminary decision on Tuesday that could legalize the well-established but controversial practice of parking in the medians on...
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SF Mission’s La Rondalla Closed

La Rondalla, the Mexican restaurant and cantina at 901 Valencia St., closed down quietly sometime last week and posted a handwritten note in its storefront window informing patrons of its closure. The inconspicuous note thanked the community for its patronage and appeared to have been posted some time before the weekend, but as of Monday, it had been taken down....
Azhar Hashem stands in front of her first Mediterranean restaurant, Tawla, set to open at 206 Valencia St. in early June. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Former Google Exec Brings Mediterranean Food to Lower Valencia

A seven-year itch led former Google executive Azhar Hashem to trade her corporate career for her 66-seat dream – a restaurant space at 206 Valencia st., where she will open the Mediterranean eatery “Tawla” on Thursday. Tired after years of working long hours at Google and a daily commute between the Mission and Silicon Valley, Hashem decided it was time...
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Valencia Bike Counter Activated for Bike to Work Day

After being vandalized last week, the brand-new Valencia Street bike counter is back to counting cyclists in the northbound bike lane on Valencia Street between 17th and 18th streets, just in time for Bike to Work Day. In the early afternoon, more than 1,500 cyclists had already passed the counter (give or take a few skateboarders, who also trigger the sensor).  ...
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ATA Screenings, Fundraisers Not to Miss

Our friends at ATA have several events coming up to help raise money for their rent: This Friday (April 29) there is a night of short films made by queer filmmakers who have been raised here in SF and are still living in the Bay Area. Saturday (April 30) Join ATA for a night of “punk- documentarian.” Next Thursday (May 5) An...
File photo: Ilyich Sato, also known as the rapper Equipto, speaks at a community meeting about police shootings. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Mother and Son Will Begin Hunger Strike Today at SF Mission District Police Station

A group of Mission activists announced today that they will stage a hunger strike, beginning Thursday, April 21, until San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee steps down or Police Chief Greg Suhr is fired. Rapper Equipto (whose legal name is Ilych Sato), Ike Pinkston of the Valencia Street–based Black and Brown Social Club, and Sato’s mother, Maria Cristina Gutierrez, will begin their hunger...
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New Tech Shuttle Stops Proposed Along 26th and Valencia Streets

In addition to new commuter shuttle stop zones at Dolores Street between 18th and 19th streets and at 16th and Sanchez streets, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is proposing to remove two current stops along Valencia Street, one at 24th Street and one at 25th Street, and replacing them with stops at 26th Street. This proposal comes as part of an ongoing effort to...
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Police Shooting Protest Interrupts Sunday Streets

Some 40 or so protesters gathered this morning at 11 a.m. at Dolores Park near 18th Street to protest the fatal police shooting last week of 45-year-old homeless man Luis Gongora. Gongora was shot and killed on Thursday after police say he lunged at them with a 13-inch knife. Several witnesses have disputed that account, however, saying Gongora’s knife was at his...
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Sunday Streets Kicks Off This Weekend in SF Mission

Sunday Streets will kick off its 2016 season along Valencia Street on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m and representatives from the Golden State Warriors will be there — but without any of the players themselves. This will be Sunday Street’s ninth year of hosting booths and activities on different San Francisco streets and will run on eight Sundays from April 10 through November 13....
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Sponsors Support, Save SF Mission Genre Bookstore

A science fiction, mystery and horror bookstore that has weathered some 19 years on Valencia Street is thriving under a sponsorship model its supporters concocted last year – and while its owner is not recklessly optimistic, there is a possibility that the store may acquire a building for a permanent home in San Francisco. A year has passed since science-fiction...
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Protesters March Against Police Use of Force in SF Mission

In response to deadly shootings at the hands of police nationwide, members of the ANSWER coalition and other protesters marched from 24th and Mission streets to the Mission police station on Friday evening. At 6:30 p.m., some 50 people gathered at the 24th and Mission BART plaza to make statements. “I’m here because I’m smart, because I have an education, because if...
Nathaniel Moore loads up a tape from the Freedom Archives. Photo by Laura Wenus

Revolutionary Voices Preserved in SF Mission’s Freedom Archives

Did you know that there is a little piece of history stored away in a few rooms on Valencia Street? Well, it’s not a little piece actually. It’s hundreds of little pieces. Clips of recordings of freedom fighters, thinkers, and political movers and shakers are collected in the Freedom Archives, two rooms hidden away inside a building near 16th and...
Tenants Together's new office is located at 474 Valencia St. The only thing missing are the windows, said Acting Director Aimee Inglis. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Displaced Tenants Group Finds Home in SF Mission

After two moves and months of uncertainty following an eviction last year, the non-profit anti-eviction group Tenants Together finally settled into its new digs in the Mission District earlier this month. During an open house on March 14, the group showcased its new four-room office on the bottom floor of the Centro del Pueblo building at 474 Valencia St., which...