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Cafe Que Tal's sign has been taken down and the doors locked for good after 20 years of serving the Mission. Photo by Nilanjan Nag.

A Cafe Known As an Informal Study Room Closes

For nearly 20 years, Elena Jurado, 54, watched families develop, books written and new businesses open while running Café Que Tal at 1005 Guerrero Street near 22nd Street. As one reviewer on Yelp summed up the atmosphere, “I pretty much spent the summer of 2000 at Que Tal studying for the California Bar exam.” Jurado agreed. “People would bring us...
Courtesy of the 20th Street Block Party's website.

What To Do This Weekend?

On Saturday there is the 20th Street party that will run from 12 to 6 p.m. between Bryant and Harrison streets. Here’s the news on that day-long bash. Also, not to be missed, the pie baking contest at Mission Pie. It looks like you may still be able to enter your favorite pie. This runs from 1:30 to 3 p.m....
Olives cracked by hand and cured in Palestine, the old way.

Tasting Memories at Old Jerusalem

Twenty years ago Ahmad Nasser arrived from Ramallah. He quickly fell in love with San Francisco but still longed for the flavors of home.  Of course, there were Middle Eastern restaurants in San Francisco that he enjoyed but nothing tasted exactly like home. He was committed to bring that nostalgic essence to his restaurant, Old Jerusalem, on Mission and 26th...
CLICK ON MAP FOR INTERACTIVE FEATURES The above map is a visual representation of the international origins of the food present at La Cocina's Street Food Festival August 17. Map by Daniel Hirsch.

At Street Food Festival, the World is Your Lunch Buffet

More than 80 food vendors will set up shop along Folsom Street between 20th and 26th on Saturday as part of La Cocina’s annual Street Food Festival, now in its fifth year. Though they’ll descend on one location, the food and cuisines being offered represent an incredible geographic range. The vendors at the fair include a mix of graduates from...
Members of the community line up to give testimony supporting or opposing the arrival of Jack Spade at a August 14 Board of Appeals hearing. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

Board of Appeals Strikes Blow to Opposition; Second Jack Spade Hearing Next Week

The Board of Appeals unanimously voted Wednesday to deny the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association’s request to file a late appeal of the Planning Department’s determination that Jack Spade is not a chain store. However, to the confusion and surprise of the group opposing the luxury retailer’s arrival on 16th Street, this may not actually make much of a difference for...
Two women stand in front of the downtown Department of Education offices in support of CCSF at a rally held in July.

City College Opens for Fall While Fighting Threat of Accreditation Loss

Michael Condiff remembers the first time he walked into City College of San Francisco (CCSF) —  he’d just finished a 13-year prison sentence, and it was the first time in a long time that he felt good about himself. As Condiff explains, it was the day he got a shot at a better life. “It gave me a reason to get...
Benjamin Hagerl (left) and Steven Terrell (right)

Police Seize Nearly 60 Pounds of Ecstasy in Mission St. Apartment

San Francisco police seized nearly 60 pounds of MDMA, a drug more commonly called ecstasy, in an apartment on Mission Street near 29th Street Sunday. Two men, one identified as 31-year-old Steven Terrell and the other as 36-year-old Benjamin Hagerl, were arrested in connection with the drugs. Police said that at about 9 a.m. Sunday, a resident called and said...
Mission Local interviewed 68 people on 16th Street -- a mix of business owners and employees -- to see what they thought about Jack Spade moving in.

Hearts, Minds, Handbags: Jack Spade Divides 16th St.

More merchants and workers on 16th Street appear to be on the fence than decisively for or against the men’s luxury retailer Jack Spade moving into the former site of Adobe books at 3166 16th Street. In a door-to-door survey of 68 businesses on 16th street between Dolores and Mission streets, Mission Local interviewed a mix of employees and owners,...
The inside Out team pasted these portraits on Minna Street, making sure to leave the "No Parking" sign visible.

Global Public Art Project Puts Faces to Immigration

Richard Parker was riding his bicycle down Valencia Street last Friday evening when something caught his eye. He circled back to get a good look at a wall between 23rd and 24th streets that had been plastered with 40 black and white poster-sized photographs of people’s faces. Expressions ranged from serious to silly, and skin tones from light to dark....
Police Car

Three Stabbed on 23rd and South Van Ness

Three people were sent to San Francisco General Hospital Friday evening with stab wounds. Police said that they received reports of a fight on 23rd Street and South Van Ness Avenue shortly after 6 p.m. Friday. One stabbing victim has life-threatening injuries, according police. The other two victims sustained non life-threatening injuries. Carla Jimenez, who lives nearby, watched from her...
A sign at a Mission Street bus stop warns commuters about crowding during the July 2013 BART strike.

Bay Area Prepares For Another Possible BART Strike

Leanna Peng, of Oakland, is happy to be getting out of town this Saturday. Not only because she’ll be starting a two-week vacation from her job in San Francisco, but because she won’t be around if Bay Area Rapid Transit employees decide to strike again on Monday. “I take BART a lot,” she says, as she waits for a bus...
Victor Fleming, at his studio at Veteran Commons.

A Veteran’s Home

The room is filled with sunlight. Everything looks new and spotless. Victor Fleming sits on a chair eating an orange lollipop and looks at his dog. It’s been a little more than seven months since he moved into 150 Otis, known as Veterans Commons, a once rundown city-owned building that was transformed into a housing complex with services for homeless...