Tag Archives: drugs

A homeless encampment on Folsom Street between 18th and 19th streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Safe Injection Sites for Drug Users in Shelters Get Health Department Nod

Sites where drug users can safely inject or where alcoholics’ consumption is regulated received a warmer than expected endorsement at a hearing Thursday afternoon about progress toward the city’s six Navigation Centers. While the expansion of navigation centers, like the rest of the city’s budget, is running up against a shortfall the Department of Public Health appears to have warmed...
Mission Street between 16th and 17th streets.

How the Mission Fared in the Annual Street Cleanliness Report

The amount of “litter and grime” observed citywide dropped year to year, possibly due to improved response rates, three new street sweepers, and new mechanical sidewalk cleaners featuring steam cleaning units. The report also references the city’s Pit Stop program, which provides public toilets, syringe disposal, and pet waste bags – but perhaps most importantly, includes a staff to man the...
Erin Amelia Ruche works on the mural she and Mike Reger have created in Clarion Alley to raise awareness about the anti-overdose drug Narcan.

Cartooning on Clarion Alley to Prevent Overdoses

Entering Clarion Alley off of Valencia Street ensures that you will come face to face with the Grim Reaper. In his shadow is a reclining woman surrounded by a cache of pills, needles and booze. She’s in the midst of an overdose, about to be saved by a yellow-clad superhero named Narcania who injects her with a syringe of Narcan....
Photo courtesy of the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office.

Elementary School Principal and Mission Resident Arrested on Drug Charges

Eric Dean Lewis, principal of Montague Elementary School in Santa Clara, was arrested Friday afternoon at a Caltrain station in Santa Clara for suspicion of possession of methamphetamine. A search of his house near 15th and Guerrero streets uncovered a quarter ounce of methamphetamine, GHB (an illegal substance often used as a date rape drug) and scales. Read more about it here.
At a garden on Shotwell: Estamos contigo, Javier Sicilia

La Geografía del Dolor

Poet and activist Javier Sicilia met with illegitimate president Felipe Calderón yesterday. The killing of Sicilia’s son gave a face and voice to 40,000 people that have been killed due to Calderón’s war against drugs. Willivaldo Delgadillo thinks that, after the Zapatista insurrection in 1994, this is the next big social movement against violence in Mexico. Here is the last poem Sicilia...
John Ratcliff is a recognizable character on Mission and 16 Streets.

Drugs, Nickels and 11,000 at 16th Street BART

Wednesday, Feb. 16, 9:02 a.m. As soon as I come up the escalator at the 16th Street BART plaza, the sun hits my face. At the top, Lonestar Swan, the gray-haired man memorialized on Clarion Alley, is feeding pigeons. The roar of the trains disappears and street noise takes over: car engines, horns and pigeons flapping their wings. I am...