Tag Archives: immigrants

Donald Trump signs left on the corner of 22nd and Harrison streets. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

SF Mission Latinos Face Trump Presidency With Resolve, Fear

In San Francisco’s Mission District, the city’s Latino neighborhood, the ascendancy of Donald Trump to the White House was met with a mixture of fear, resolve, and a come-what-may attitude. “What happens will happen,” said Miguel Gustan, a worker who immigrated from Mexico. If immigrants are allowed to stay in the country, fine, he said, he and others will be...
Photo by Liliana Michelena

Trim and Talk: Juan Gabriel Trumps the Donald

Trim and Talk is an occasional series from the Mission’s salons.  Amidst the ridicule of Donald Trump’s unchallenged appointment with Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, the pieces are starting to fall. Univision has finally changed its all-day Juan Gabriel broadcast into criticism of the deposed finance minister, Luis Videgaray, and attention to the September 26 U.S. presidential debate. Not that...
20thstreet

Expanded 20th St. Party Honors SF Mission Icon

A Mission leader credited with helping to place some 40,000 Latino and immigrant community members in jobs will be honored at this Saturday’s 20th Street Block Party– a free, day-long neighborhood party expected to draw some 15,000 revelers to the 20th Street Corridor. The building that houses the Mission Language and Vocational School at 2929 19th St. will be named after its...
From left to right: Dora Cortez and her 8-year-old daughter standing next to immigration attorney Francisco Ugarte and the city's public defender Jeff Adachi. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local.

Undocumented Immigrant from SF Mission Detained After Reporting Stolen Car

Advocates say the arrest of a Mission District resident by federal immigration officials moments after he tried to retrieve a stolen car from police may be a violation of San Francisco’s sanctuary city policy, which prohibits cooperation between local law enforcement and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “Pedro Figueroa was the victim of a crime, and today he’s the victim of...
guerrero

La Cocina Graduate Opens Mexican Creperie in SF Mission

Since mid-adolescence, food has been Gabriela Guerrero’s passion.  She watched cooking shows on television, scribbled down the recipes and then cooked for her family and asked, “Is it good or is it very good?” Then, she would keep working at the recipe until they told her it was delicious. In November of 2015, that passion became Delicioso Creperie, a brick-and-mortar...
German Maldonado being interviewed in 2009 by Mission Local reporter Stefania Rousselle on the opening of his new champagne bar on Valencia Street.

SF Tenants Win $780,000 from Property Manager Accused of Stealing Rent

Update: The story has been updated to reflect German Maldonado’s bankruptcy filings. The property manager who was accused of stealing his tenants’ rent last summer has been found guilty and must pay a total of $780,000 to his nine former tenants for negligence, emotional distress, and loss of rent, among other charges. German Maldonado “has caused a lot of harm, and he...
Luis Aranda, at his home in Richmond, Calif. Photo by Noah Arroyo.

In a Real Estate Boom, SF’s Mexican Musician Still Sings of the ‘Bittersweet’

This is one of a series of profiles on the musicians who make up the Mission District. The first profile, on the Mission “Blues Man,” can be read here.  On a recent day in Richmond, California, Luis Aranda greeted me at his door, dressed to kill. He wore a cowboy hat and boots, a black suit with snake-skin accents on...
Supervisor David Campos congratulates Yeral Caldas and his family on the opening of El Ají. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Peruvian Chef Opens Second SF Mission Restaurant

Yeral Caldas is an ambitious restaurateur. He wants to open “not just one, but many” Peruvian restaurants in San Francisco. In the ten years since he arrived in the city, that is exactly what he’s done. Last night he hosted the grand opening of his second restaurant, El Ají. “I’m a very solid type of person, and I’m a hard...
The building has a total of six units, three on each side. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

SF Judge Says Building Manager Who Stole Rent Should Pay Tenants Up to $110,000 Each

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard B. Ulmer Jr. issued a tentative ruling Friday in a case brought by nine tenants against their master tenant, writing, that it was “not hyperbolic” to call the building German Maldonado ran at 3150-3154 26th Street “a death trap.” “This court trial told a tawdry tale from the seamy side of San Francisco’s hyper-inflated housing market,”...
Gabriela Navarro, tenant of Alabama Street who is helping her neighbors stay in their home. Photo by Emma Neiman.

SF Tenant Helps Neighbor Fight Serial Evictors

When two people who identified themselves as the future owners of Socorro Barragán’s home at 886 Alabama Street approached her in July and threatened to take her to court for unlawful subletting, she was so intimidated that she bought a trailer and began to move out. Her upstairs neighbor Gabriela Navarro walked by as the family of three packed up. Barragán...
IMG_0950

Peruvian Adrift Succeeds in One, Soon Two SF Restaurants

With just one counter, some stools and three tables, Cholo Soy is easy to overlook. But the restaurant, on the ground floor of a building on the corner of 19th Street and Mission, is a tiny bit of Peru in the Mission — and, say food critics and foodies, a hidden treasure. Now, as it comes up on its third...
Priscilla. Photo by Emma Neiman.

Trim and Talk: Donald Trump and El Chapo

“The first thing I always ask someone, the very first, is what their name is,” says Priscilla Moreno Arias, as she runs her fingers slowly through my hair. “That’s very important.” It’s a warm Friday afternoon and I’m in the Imagen Beauty Salon, whose bright red walls create their own little universe that feels very separate from busy Mission Street, though...
Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 4.09.08 PM

Unaccompanied Minors Talk Trauma at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center

As a long time clinician at the Mission Neighborhood Health Center, Manuel Arredondo began to increasingly get requests to visit with unaccompanied minors who were suffering from the trauma of having left their homes in Central America and Mexico and crossed into the United States without their parents. “There is a lot of rapport building,” said Arredondo. “This may be...

The Backstory of “Dreamers” Onstage at Brava

Brava Theater will host two performances of Gary Soto’s In and Out of Shadows this Sunday, featuring several young actors who have had personal experiences with the themes the musical explores: Being undocumented, living as an immigrant, feeling part of two different worlds. The musical introduces a cast of characters who have arrived in the Bay Area without documentation, drawing on the...
immigrant rights

Immigrant Children Reunited With Family

According to federal data released earlier this week, the vast majority of the tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors who have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border en masse this year are being reunited with their families. A total of 30,340 children have found placements.  In California alone,  3,150 children have been placed with relatives, according to The New York Times. As the Times points out, these numbers...