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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...
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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...
Protesters hold a mock trial of the "officers" involved in Alex Nieto's shooting. Photo by Dan Hirsch

More Complaints Arise About SF Cop Involved in Two Fatal Shootings

A police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a mentally ill man at Stern Grove in October was also one of the officers who pulled the trigger on Alex Nieto in 2014, according to police. After police released this information last week, organizers who work with at-risk youth came forward and told Mission Local that they had raised concerns of...
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Mission Hotel’s Mail Troubles Prompt City, Advocates to Take Action

Tenants passing through the Mission Hotel lobby did a double take when they saw Postal Carrier Barbara Ornelas filling the postal boxes. “Is that the mail lady?” One resident asked as he shuffled towards her through the lobby earlier this month. “You’re back!” “We missed you!” said another. “Am I glad to see you! It had been nearly three months...
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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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...
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...
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Angry SF Residents Face Off With Police on Crime

Some 30 Mission residents who crowded into a monthly police meeting held Tuesday grilled the neighborhood’s police captain and supervisor about their plans to address what residents described as a clear increase in criminal activity on their streets that has left them fearful. The group blamed the police and city officials for being ineffective in prosecuting sex workers and dismantling homeless...
Kimberley Walley stands in front of the tent she shares with her husband, Henry Texada, after the couple was displaced from their SRO room following a June 18 fire. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Fire Victims, Told to Find Housing by City, Now Homeless

Despite promises from city leaders that the 58 tenants displaced by the fire at 29th and Mission streets would be housed, at least two tenants from the Graywood Hotel, which was ravaged by a five-alarm fire in June, are again homeless and living in a tent on 16th Street near Folsom Street. “The mayor said that none of us was gonna go...
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Mission Supervisor Aims for Higher Safety Standards With Fire Legislation

Mission Supervisor David Campos introduced amendments to the city’s fire, building and housing codes on Thursday morning that he said could not only help prevent fires, but ensure that low-income tenants aren’t permanently displaced by them. Campos’s proposal would mandate that landlords prove that their annual inspections of fire alarms are up to date and that records are made publically...
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Displaced Tenants Pick Up Checks, But Many Have Nowhere To Go

Community efforts raised $140,000 to help 67 individuals displaced by a five-alarm fire at 29th and Mission streets last month get back on their feet. The Mission Economic Development Agency dispersed some of that money Friday night at the Salvation Army Community Center at 1156 Valencia St near 23rd street. Most of those picking up their checks are still without...
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City Officials Fend Off Concerns About SF Mission Blazes

In an effort to address widespread rumors of arson in the the Mission District, supervisors probed city officials Wednesday about the causes of fires that have displaced some 194 people and claimed the lives of three more in recent years. For their part, the displaced residents wanted to know about their housing options. District 9 Supervisor David Campos called a...
San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi called for a state investigation into police practices during an April 13 press conference at City Hall. Photo by Laura Waxmann

SF Looks to State for Help with Reforming Police Policies

Following a letter to California Attorney General Kamala Harris last week, Public Defender Jeff Adachi vowed to continue demanding a state investigation into the practices of the San Francisco Police Department, which he said are plagued by racial bias, use-of-force violations and a lack of transparency. “People are dying on our streets, so how many more have to be killed...
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Supervisors Approve Teacher Protections, All-Gender Restrooms, Homelessness Crisis Declaration

The Board of Supervisors passed three pieces of legislation — two of them unanimously — on Tuesday, all three of which were introduced by Supervisor David Campos. Supervisors restricted no-fault evictions of teachers and students during the school year, approved gender-neutral public bathrooms, and declared a homeless shelter crisis city-wide. Though the items will come up for a final vote...