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Housing Startup Managed SRO Damaged in Fire

Up until the five-alarm fire damaged the Graywood single room occupancy hotel and left 58 tenants without a place to live, the SRO was managed by a housing startup that matches roommates and manages co-living spaces for young professionals. Under its management, the Graywood’s tenants began to include tech workers and others able to pay up to $1,400 a month...
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Hair Heist, Motorcycle Collision in SF Mission

A traffic collision between a MUNI bus and a motorcyclist near 21st and Mission streets on Tuesday sent the latter to the hospital in non-life-threatening condition. The 42-year-old motorist was traveling southbound on Mission Street at “a high rate of speed,” police report. The man then lost control as he made a sudden maneuver, colliding with the front end of a bus...
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Cierra El Majahual en La Misión Después de 23 Años

El restaurante El Majahual, ubicado en el 1142 de la calle Valencia cerca de la 23 cerró la semana pasada. Su dueño, Hernando Ledesma, dijo que abrirá un restaurante colombiano nuevo en San Leandro, más cerca de su casa en Oakland. “Estoy muy contento”, dijo Ledesma respecto a su decisión. Él dijo que la oportunidad de tener un restaurante en...
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El Majahual in SF Mission Closing After 23 Years

El Majahual restaurant at 1142 Valencia St. near 23rd is closing next week, according to its owner Hernando Ledesma, who said he is starting a new Colombian restaurant in San Leandro, closer to his home in Oakland. “I’m so happy,” Ledesma said of the move. The opportunity to own rather than lease a restaurant was too good to pass up, Ledesma said, and though...
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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...
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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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Serena Williams Confronts Phone Thief in SF Mission

Tennis star Serena Williams wrote a post on Facebook yesterday highlighting her crime-fighting skills in getting her phone back from a would-be thief. Williams writes of a “superhero inner voice” that tipped her off that the man standing next to her at Mission Chinese Food on Mission street, an “eerie feeling” that the man “was there too long” and that something “just...
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Restaurant Review: A Taste of the Caribbean in the Mission

Nuevo Frutilandia has been a puzzle for me for a few years now. Why does a Cuban/Puerto Rican restaurant have a name that makes it sound like a fruity amusement park? The restaurant has been in the same spot on 24th Street for over 40 years. It turns out that, long ago, it began as more of an ice cream and...
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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SF Residents Opine on the Mission Moratorium

Early voting starts today, and of all the housing measures on the November ballot, perhaps none is more contentious than Prop. I, the Mission moratorium. The measure, which requires a simple majority to pass, would pause all market-rate housing for 18 months and prevent the conversion of light industrial space, known as production, distribution, and retail (PDR), in the Mission District....
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Avalos Brings Bike Yield Proposal to Board

Supervisor John Avalos proposed a bike yield law during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting that would allow cyclists to roll through stop signs if there are no pedestrians or other vehicles present — but only if the police cooperate. “Today colleagues, I’m introducing… the bike yield ordinance,” Avalos said. “This has been in the work for a few months, but it’s...
Protesters gathered outside Mission Dolores to decry Pope Francis's decision to canonize Junipero Serra. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Native American Protesters Decry Canonization of Junipero Serra

Some 100 people protested outside of Mission Dolores church Wednesday afternoon against the pope’s same-day canonization of Junipero Serra, an 18th-century priest who established the California mission system and has been criticized for his role in the brutal treatment and death of tens of thousands of Native Americans. “I am here standing for the Ohlone ancestors that were slaughtered for the crime of...
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Shootings Leave SF Public Housing Residents in Fear

Two shootings in five days have left many Bernal Dwellings residents fearing for their lives and anxious to move out of the neighborhood.  At a time when demand for housing in the Mission has never been higher, the feeling is different at Bernal, a four-block complex of 167 public housing units between 26th and Cesar Chavez and Folsom and Harrison. “I’m...
Tenants rights advocates elated after board approves "Eviction Protection 2.0". Photo by Julian Mark

SF Legislators Restrict Evictions

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve new tenant protections that will make it more difficult for landlords to evict tenants for nuisance offenses or hike rents after certain types of evictions. “We won a victory today for all San Franciscans who care about affordability,” Supervisor Kim said after the legislation passed. “We know from the Housing...