Tag Archives: San Francisco

Selina Rodriguez, 19, uses a computer with a city-provided ethernet connection at the Valencia Gardens Computer Center.

Google Reveals Plans to Tap into SF’s Fiber Cables

Google announced plans last week to bring high-speed broadband internet to San Francisco to serve disconnected communities throughout the city by plugging in public and low-income properties at no cost to residents. The company will use existing fiber optic cables that are largely owned by third-party companies. It is also talking to the city about leasing access to some of the...
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Purported Shooting at Lilac Alley in SF Mission Last Week

Between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Wednesday, a neighbor said he saw a group of young men shoot at two women driving a black Honda on 24th Street and Lilac Avenue. He said the men called the women “bitches” and threatened to kill them, and that the car peeled away after the shots were fired. “It was five, six,...
Maria Salvador crying over the death of her son at a memorial service held on Wednesday morning. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros / Mission Local.

Family Remembers 26-Year-Old Slain in SF Mission

A small prayer service was held Wednesday morning for Hector Salvador — the 26-year-old man who was shot and killed over the weekend at 16th and Hoff Streets — just 10 hours after his memorial was taken down following a drive-by shooting targeting mourners, according to witnesses. Salvador was shot early Sunday morning following an altercation in which “a group...
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SF Mission Porn Studio Facing Lawsuits

BuzzFeed News reports that Kink.com, the San Francisco Mission porn studio headquartered in the historic Armory building that cut off ties with performer James Deen after allegations of rape, is facing four lawsuits from former performers who allege unsafe working conditions. Three of the lawsuits state that performers contracted HIV as a result of negligence on set, while a fourth alleges that...
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SF Will Favor Local Residents in Affordable Housing Lottery

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 9-2 today to favor local residents in affordable housing lotteries for the first time in city history. The new legislation would make it easier for residents of districts in which affordable housing projects are built to live in those projects. Currently, residents hoping to live in affordable housing projects administered by the city...
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SF Pushes Ahead with Local Priority for Affordable Housing

The three-member Land Use Committee voted unanimously yesterday to recommend neighborhood preference for affordable housing. The policy would ensure that 40 percent of new affordable housing in a supervisorial district be reserved for former residents of that district. “This is incredibly bold and important legislation for the residents of San Francisco,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen, calling particular attention to the decade-long...
The Planning Commission's seven members. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

SF Planning Commissioner Under Fire for “Reverse Racism” Letter

Activists have started a petition asking for the removal of the lone Republican on the city’s Planning Commission after he penned a letter critical of the Mission moratorium. In the letter, Michael Antonini described the measure as “thinly veiled reverse racism” and called the Mission a “low income neighborhood.” “The community is incredibly, incredibly upset to the point that it...
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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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Sexual Battery Victims Frustrated At Police Response

After Margot Kenney was followed to her home and groped last year, she immediately called the police. And then, she waited. It took weeks, she said, to finally hear from the investigator assigned to her case. When he spoke with her, she offered suggestions of where to look for video footage. Weeks later, he still had not collected new footage or...
The encampment on Alabama Street the week before it was torn down. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

The Death and Life of a San Francisco Homeless Encampment

On the evening of Thursday, August 6, police officers and a Department of Public Works garbage truck dismantled and trashed a block-long homeless encampment that residents say had existed without problems for six months.   “Every single place I’ve been besides here I’ve been told to leave at least once or twice a week,” said Deanna Daly, a 30-year-old woman...
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...
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Woman Found Dead at SF Hotel from Apparent Overdose

A young woman was found dead from an apparent drug overdose early Sunday morning at the a single room occupancy hotel at Utah and 24th streets. She has been identified as 23-year-old Melanie Olivieri of San Francisco. Witnesses and friends of the victim at the Utah Hotel said this morning that 27-year-old John Bird woke up around 6:30 a.m. on...
Bar proprietor Nicole DeWald, a.k.a "Blondie," chats with bartender James Martin. Photo by Laura Wenus

Blondie’s Bar Owner Remembers 25 Years Of Change

When Nicole DeWald, nicknamed “Blondie,” first visited the bar that would later be known by her moniker, she was afraid to step foot on Valencia Street. Along with prostitutes and drug addicts, “I was dodging garbage bags being thrown out of the second and third story windows,” she remembers. The facade of the building consisted entirely of black brick. The...