Tag Archives: Department of Building Inspection

Dan Hirsch and Andrea Valencia chat housing and fire safety on Listen Local. Photo by Laura Wenus.

Listen Local: Inside the Planning Commission

Listen Local is Mission Local in audio form. We record live on a biweekly webcast at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. First on the agenda this week’s episode is an excerpt from a...
Captain John Darmanin of the Arson Task Force addresses questions from supervisors about fire frequency and causes. Photo by Laura Wenus

Hearing Demands: How Can We Prevent these Fires?

Lawmakers, officials and members of the public called for changes Thursday to make buildings safer and fire inspections more meaningful. Supervisor David Campos arranged for the City Hall hearing with the San Francisco Fire Department and...
Residents of the building at 22nd and Mission look on at burnt building. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

Mission Fire Tenants: There Were No Smoke Alarms

Disclosure: Mission Local was a commercial tenant for a year and half at the building discussed in this article. For many of the 65 residents who escaped the four-alarm fire that ripped through their homes...
Delma spends most days with baby Elmer in the family's $600-a-month hotel room.

A Family Home In An SRO

San Francisco is a city with a serious affordable housing deficit. As more families suffer from job loss and slashed hours, many are turning to single room occupancy hotels for shelter.En Español
Four-year-old Arianna was diagnosed with Asthma in March.

Toxic Housing and Asthma Plague the Mission

Housing violations and breathing problems in the Mission are both nearly twice the city average, and the neighborhood has one of the highest asthma rates in the city.