Dolores Park Bridge: Remove or Modify?

At a Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association meeting, Mission Station Captain Bill Griffin, District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy and a representative from Parks and Rec told a small room of attendees that they are drafting plans to modify the 19th Street bridge at Dolores Park in response to a shooting that occurred on the bridge on Aug. 3.

The officials said they are planning to install lights, cameras and signs on the bridge, and have definite plans with the Department of Public Works to erase the bridge’s graffiti by Sept. 21.

Those plans seemed to prevail over an earlier suggestion by Parks and Rec Director Phil Ginsburg that the bridge be removed.  

“We’re not going to take it out, because it’s historic,” Sheehy said. “We shouldn’t be taking out parts of San Francisco.”

An earlier version of this story attributed the quote about the Dolores Park bridge to Captain Bill Griffin. It should have been attributed to Supervisor Jeff Sheehy. Our apologies. 

Dolores Park littering fee held in committee, glass ban moves ahead

We’re not being singled out. The Board of Supervisors will vote on Tuesday to ban glass bottles in most parks citywide. Good luck. You know how that has worked out in Dolores Park, where they are already banned. 

Also, a $1,000 fine for littering in Dolores Park, which was originally part of the package, was dropped in the Public Safety and Neighborhood Services committee. Supervisor Jane Kim’s Fees and Fines task force group is studying the issue.

If approved by the board, glass bottles would be banned. The fines? They remain $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second and $500 for the third. As previously noted, fines are rarely levied, so it’s unclear if this will be any more effective than the littering fines, which were also rarely levied.

And this, too, raises the question: alcohol is banned from Dolores Park. But is now permitted in cans? Mmmm.

45 Units on 14th and Stevenson awaiting approval

A project comprising 45 units, roughly 5,700 square feet of retail and some 50 “maker space” workshops could be coming to 14th and Stevenson streets, if approved by the planning commission in November.

The project is being developed by MX3 Ventures, with BAR as the architect. The parking ratio would be .75. The project would include 16 percent affordable housing.

The project would be built on a parking lot at 14th and Stevenson streets. Hold on to your hat for more news on this — it won’t go before the board until early November.

Local author wins international award

Jorge Argueta y Holly Ayala.

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At the International Latino Book Awards, Jorge Argueta, a local poet and bookstore owner, won Best Children Fiction Picture Book in the Bilingual category for Somos como las nubes / We are like the clouds. You can read more here. Or you can go up to and visit Jorge and his wife Holly at Luna’s Press & Bookstore at 3790 Mission St. and buy the book. We’ll be inviting him soon for our radio program, which airs on Thursday mornings.

Casa Sanchez wins legacy business

Mayor Ed Lee named chips-and-salsa company Casa Sanchez the city’s 100th legacy business this week. The designation makes Casa Sanchez eligible for an annual grant of $500 per employee, as well as a $4.50-per-square-foot incentive to the company’s landlord to extend its lease to 10 years.  Congrats, Casa Sanchez!

Fiesta on Sunday 

Calle 24 will be holding the Fiesta de las Américas along the 24th Street corridor on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be loads of entertainment and activities for all. We will see you there.

Closings and Openings

Two-year-old True Modern at 455 Valencia St. will close in a couple of weeks. Meanwhile, there’s a big sale going on. They will close the brick-and-mortar store, according to someone at the shop, but will be online.

Meanwhile, right next door, clothing store Everlane continues its renovation of what was formerly ArtZone461. 

Photo by Lydia Chávez

Mergers and Acquisitions

Finally, as you’ve all probably heard by now, Nestle is now the major stakeholder in Blue Bottle. Will the coffee now taste corporate?

And this just in, from SoMa Arts on Day of the Dead:

Chosen by father and son curators René & Rio Yañez, this year’s theme, Remembrance and Resistance, emphasizes the importance of mourning in the context of resistance struggles.

Courtesy, SoMa Arts