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My Mission: Jennifer Ng

This is one of several profiles of the people who make the Mission District what it is today. They are part of our My Mission Zine. You can buy a copy here.  As a child, Jennifer Ng was quiet and unsure of herself, seldom raising her hand in class. But the internet changed all that for her. She started blogging...
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My Mission: A Designer At Home in the Creative Process

This is one of several profiles of the people who make the Mission District what it is today. They are included in the new MyMission Zine, which you can buy here.  The contemporary dance class at ODC Theater lets Essi Salonen tap into her many passions. Under the guidance of teacher Christine Cali, Salonen and her classmates spend each session choreographing...
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Tech Resident: ‘Burden Is On Us to Show We Care’

This is one of several profiles of the people who make the Mission District what it is today. They are part of our My Mission Zine. You can buy a copy here.  Bhautik Joshi will be the first to tell you that he’s a total dork — for technology, photography,  art and even dorkiness itself. That’s why, when he discovered...
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Autos and Booze: The SF Mission Bartender with a Car Passion

This is one of several profiles of the people who make the Mission District what it is today. They are part of our My Mission Zine. You can buy a copy here.  If you have trouble, just send us an email at info@missionlocal.com.  With his trimmed, biker-style goatee and collection of tattoos, Shea Shawnson, 39, looks like he’d be at...
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My Mission: Roger Marenco

This is one of several profiles of the people who make the Mission District what it is today. They are part of our My Mission Zine. You can buy a copy here.  If you have trouble, just send us an e-mail at info@missionlocal.com.  When he turned 20, Roger Marenco discovered a vacant lot near his Mission District home and he...
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Forum Takes On Homophobia Among Latinos

The artist whose mural on LGBT love that has been vandalized at least four times said on Saturday at a community forum that he failed to foresee the impact and called the vandalism an attempt to “erase” the homosexuality that is a part of Latino and cholo culture. “All of a sudden it got vandalized, and I realized I was...
John Nuno in front of St. Peters on 24th Street.

Long Term SF Resident Talks About Gentrification

In my search for long-time Mission residents, I didn’t have to go far. John Nuno, who was born in North Beach in 1943 and moved to the Mission in 1955, has lived behind my house on York Street my entire life. (I’m 25.) He lived temporarily on 18th Street, between Mission & Valencia, but by the age of 25 he...
Johns two aunts, Linda and Bruna, are kneeling on the far left,  first  row.

The Changing Mission Has Been Changing for Decades

John, a who has been reading our coverage about the changes in the Mission wrote in and offered some perspective.   He also sent a photo of his two aunts in front of the American Can Company and when I asked for others he might have, he sent them on.  I’m a lifelong resident of the City, into my eighth decade...
La Mexicana Bakery displays a Homie Box of itself made by Cynthia or Cindy Delosa Photo by Daniel Mondragón

Long-Time Artist Captures a Genteel Mission in Homie Boxes

Chances are, you’ve seen Cindy DeLosa’s work in windows around the Mission: small dioramas with “homie” figurines depicting iconic scenes and moments in the neighborhood. The “homie boxes,” as they’re called, can be spotted everywhere, but if you want to see about a dozen of them in one place, head for the window galley at Precita Eyes on 24th Street, where Cindy...
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Punk is Not Dead Yet, Not on Valencia

Avi Ehrlich describes the Silver Sprocket Bicycle Club like this: “Mostly a mess, but also a group of buds that makes things and does stuff.” Ehrlich lives and runs his business on Valencia Street, next to Aquarius Records.   Silver Sprocket has its home in the basement of The Future, the name of Ehrlich’s house, which follows the punk community’s tradition of  naming the house where they host parties or...
CEO of Kontraband Beatz, Antonio Washington is an easy-going guy with high ambitions. Photo by Daniel Mondragón

Young Mission Talent: Antonio Washington

Daniel Mondragón is a 25-year-old photographer who was born and raised in the Mission. As part of our series Young Mission Talent, Mondragón takes portraits of his favorite young artists of the Mission District and talks with them about their art. Antonio Washington is a 26-year-old music producer who was born and raised on Bartlett St. in the Mission. He has...
The homeless in the doorway of the new offices of the Mission Economic Development Agency

Mission Life: The Not So Simple Shower

This piece first appeared on Medium as part of a series of personal essays about life in the Mission by Katharine Blake McFarland. Katharine shared her writing with us and we thought it offered an interesting perspective on the neighborhood, so we’ll be republishing a few of her essays here.  Daniel C. leans against the stairs leading up to the Castro Country Club,...
Frisco's Finest lowriders lined up outside St. Peter's church on 24th and Alabama Street. Photo by Andrea Valencia

Friends and Family Celebrate Sandy Cuadra

Frisco’s Finest lowriders lined up outside St. Peter’s Church Wednesday as friends and family of Sandy Cuadra gathered outside for a mass honoring the one-year anniversary of Cuadra’s death. Two of her sisters, Lisa Contreras and Patti Eng, greeted visitors as they entered the church.  Eng sported the signature AquaNet hair-do and red lipstick that Cuadra and her friends wore...
Gloria Esteva at her shop on Mission Street and 24th.

Activist Draws Attention to Life Beyond the Mission

I met Gloria Esteva in the same way others do—going into her store to inquire about a sign outside that shows the face of Cinthia Jocabeth Castañeda Alvarado. The image of the young girl on a white cloth with black ink—a characteristic type of sign searching for missing girls in Juarez—is one of many posted in Mexico. They offer hope...
The Nuestra Historia project aims to document and preserve Latino voices through documenting oral histories such as the family of John Trasviña. Photo by Leslie Nguyen-Okwu.

Preserving San Francisco’s Latino Voices

If San Francisco city planners had known more about the former thriving North Beach Latino neighborhood near Guadalupe Church, they would have done more to minimize the negative impact of the Broadway Tunnel, which ultimately displaced the community in the early 1950s. Now, a team of scholars working with the San Francisco Latino Historical Society and San Francisco Heritage are in the midst...