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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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SF Mission Tech Workers Skeptical Over Proposed “Tech Tax”

Mission tech workers reacted to a proposal for a tech tax to curb the city’s growing inequality with comments ranging from skepticism to wondering why such a tax had not been imposed earlier. Mission-based tech worker Erini Blakey said that while the tax would rightfully “force tech companies to be good citizens,” she questioned its efficacy since it targets only...
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Community Letter: Disappointed by Mark Leno

StormMiguel Florez is a filmmaker and artist who wrote this open letter to State Senator Mark Leno in response to the Senator’s remarks at Friday’s Trans March, where he and other politicians were shouted off stage.  Dear Senator Mark Leno, I am writing to you as a trans Latinx person who has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for...
Trina, a resident of the homeless encampment on Trainor Street between 14th and Division, stands next to Lisa Gray-Garcia (left) and homeless rights advocate Queen Nandi (right) while speaking at a press conference on homelessness organized by Poor Magazine. Photo by Laura Waxmann

SF Wants Homeless to Relocate, Homeless Want Land

At about 11 a.m. on Thursday, three Department of Public Works trucks pulled up to a row of tents pitched alongside the 101 freeway underpass. At the same time, a group of protesters gathered across the street at the corner of Division and Trainor to expose citywide sweeps of encampments they say are inhumane and have robbed the homeless of their property....
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SF Mission Artists Sew Blankets for the Homeless

On a beautiful day on Mission Street, Annice Jacoby of City Poets saw people walking past a homeless man at their feet. Fearing that San Franciscans have grown “numb” to homelessness, Jacoby turned to what she knows best: participatory art. UNDERCOVER, a collaborative arts effort, is sewing and distributing waterproof hooded blankets for the city’s homeless. The project draws on organizations for...
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Protestors Decry Woods, Nieto Shootings at Lee’s Inauguration

“Welcome to the House of Murder, Ed Lee has blood on his hands,” protestor JawanaNicole Aguirre announced to guests flooding in to City Hall for Mayor Ed Lee’s inauguration ceremony. She was joined by activists and organizers from the Bayview and the Mission who have united their causes to protest shootings by police. Once inside, guests got a different greeting from London...
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Voter Guide: Mayors, Sheriffs, Supervisors, and More

The election is just around the corner, and while the fights over the Mission moratorium and short-term rental regulations have dominated airwaves, there are candidate races that will shape San Francisco for years to come. The mayoral race is all but decided as there was no alternative candidate able to match incumbent Ed Lee in campaign spending or name-recognition. The...
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SF Mayor Lee Lets New Tenant Protections Stand, Saying Housing Crisis ‘Acute’

A new proposal designed to give San Francisco tenants increased protections against evictions became law Friday afternoon when Mayor Ed Lee returned the legislation unsigned, despite earlier fears that he would veto it. “The [housing] crisis is so acute, and the anxiety and reality of eviction and displacement real for so many, that we must take unprecedented steps to help,” said...
A member of the public voices her opposition to Lee's closing statements. Photo by Laura Wenus

Opponents Slam SF Mayor Lee in First Debate

Though Mayor Ed Lee is widely predicted to win re-election this November, he faced staunch opposition from five candidates at a forum Thursday night as opponents zeroed in on suspected corruption in city hall and a failure to address San Francisco’s worsening housing crisis. “We need to take our city back,” said candidate Stuart Schuffman, better known as comedian and blogger Broke Ass...
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Listen Local: State of the City and Smash’n’Grabs

Listen Local is Mission Local in audio form. We go live on a biweekly webcast every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. Here’s our latest show: In this episode, we talk about the mayor’s state of the city address last week. Housing is, of course, one of both Ed Lee’s and our top priorities. We chat about funds for...
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Housing’s Latest Legislation, a User’s Guide

Last week was a full one in the legislative debate about fixing San Francisco’s housing crisis. Here at Mission Local HQ we could barely keep up with all the various proposals, amendments and votes. To help you sort through the administrative mess, here’s a (hopefully) useful guide to the latest in housing legislation: What’s Happening in Sacto Ellis Act Reform...
Fire chief Joanne Hayes White, Dore Studio owner Patty Alvarez, Mayor Ed Lee and Police Chief Greg Suhr at Dore Studio.

Police Chief and Mayor Assure Wary Mission Merchants That SF is Super Bowl-Ready

San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, accompanied by Mayor Ed Lee, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White and a team from Invest in Neighborhoods, visited merchants along Mission Street on Wednesday to preview plans for Super Bowl Sunday – plans forged in the wake of last fall’s World Series vandalism. The police department will put double the number of officers on the...
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Supervisor Campos to Mayor Lee: We Should Hang Out More

Two years ago, San Francisco voters decided that the mayor should pay monthly visits to a Board of Supervisors meeting, where supervisors could ask the mayor one question each and the five-minute answers would be prepared in advance. Supervisors would not be allowed to ask a follow-up question. What followed was a series of canned answers from the mayor and...
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Conversation With Campos

Editor’s note: This column is one of a weekly series of conversations with District 9 Supervisor David Campos addressing issues and events in the Mission. If you have questions for Campos, send an email to missionlocal@gmail.com. Mission Local: The hot topic of the week is the Board of Supervisors’ decision to reinstate suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. You were one of...
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Los Sindicatos Expresan su Apoyo por Ross Mirkarimi

Los medios presentes en la conferencia de prensa del miércoles pasado realizada enfrente del Edificio de Mujeres de la calle 18 superaba a los partidarios de Ross Mirkarimi. Los representantes del Concejo Laboral de San Francisco, una organización de coalición que representa a más de 100,000 trabajadores de varios sindicatos laborales, tuvo que hablar en contra de lo que perciben...