Fake sign outside of Betabrand on Valencia St. Photo by Julian Mark

“Public hot tub” NOT coming to Valencia Street

For anyone who wet themselves over a sign outside of Valencia Street’s Betabrand store that reads, “COMING SOON, Betabrand PUBLIC HOT TUB” — sad news: the only thing being installed in front of the store is a sidewalk. The sign, said a Betabrand employee, is a prank — “just one of the stunts we’re pulling,” she said. –JM

SFPD sends aid to wine country

San Francisco Police officers load up trucks outside of Mission Station. Photo by Julian Mark

Late Friday morning, as a smoky haze enveloped Valencia Street, some 10 police officers hustled to load crates of food, clothes, toiletries and other everyday items onto flatbed trucks outside of Mission Station. Those trucks and officers would soon head north into the fire-ravaged wine country.

“We are going up there today and are going to distribute them,” said Officer Jamie Garon of the department’s community engagement division.

She and some 15 other officers and cadets will be stopping at various addresses in affected areas to drop off the items, which she said had filled three rooms in the station. They were donated by personnel from the police department, the Sheriff’s Department, Department of Juvenile Corrections, the fire department and other city departments.

Garon said another platoon of roughly 30 SFPD officers were already providing support in the areas affected by the fires that have so far killed 33 people and blackened some 222,000 acres. “They’re working continuously,” she said. “One of the guys I talked to worked for 18 hours.”

She said passersby on Valencia had run home for items to bring back. “It is a whole community effort,” Garon said.

Other parts of the Mission continue to mobilize for North Bay fire relief efforts — check out our running list of donation collection sites and useful links here and let us know if we’ve missed anything.  –JM

Ford peddles rides on 24th Street — but not the bike kind

Sign offering vouchers to anyone who wanted to test drive a Ford vehicle. Photo by Laura Wenus.

Walking down 24th Street today, I came across a few signs and banners prominently displaying the Ford logo. But no, it wasn’t related to the Ford GoBikes that have caused such a stir — rather, a promotion staff member told me the company had set up a promotion with La Palma Mexicatessen, offering customers a $10 voucher for the deli with every test drive of one of their new cars, lined up along Florida street for a short stretch off of 24th.

An employee at La Palma said the promotion was happening Thursday and Friday. –LW

Happy birthday(s)!

With all of the businesses closing on Valencia, there’s also good news of perseverance: Dog Eared Books is turning 25, and throwing a birthday party with drinks, snacks and some mysterious, not-yet-announced entertainment on Thursday, Oct. 26 from 7 to 10 p.m. Plus, they’re offering 25 percent off all merchandise that day, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. –LW

Finally, the venerable octogenarian: Pop’s Bar is turning a stunning 80 on Oct. 25, but partying like a youngster. DJs will spin from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. while guests toast with tequila drink specials. There will also be BBQ bites cooked by grillmaster Harold and participate in a raffle benefitting the Napa Valley Community Disaster Relief Fund. More details here. –LW

The Clarion Alley Mural Project will be celebrating its 25th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 21 from noon to 10 p.m. The event will feature live music, street performance, film and video projections, and children’s activities — all in support of the volunteer-run project that has supported, produced and curated socially engaging and aesthetically diverse art for two and half decades.

This year’s band lineup: Shellshag, 50 Million, Pins of Light, Badr Vogu, Equipto & Old Soul Kollective, CCR Headcleaner, Alia Sharrief, Future Twin feat. Thea Matthews, Younger Lovers, Moria Scar, Bitter Fruit, Remnants, Nobby Styles, Goop, Grosero, Libby Schaaf’s Guillotine, Ripe Species and Stranger Than Fact — plus Txutxo Perez DJ-ing between sets! –JM

“Mission Murals: Art, Politics and Community Preservation” coming to Jewish Community Center

The Jewish Community Center of San Francisco is opening a new exhibit that celebrates the power of Mission District Murals on Wednesday Oct. 18 in the Katz Snyder Gallery. The exhibit, running through January 2018, will feature documentary photographs, posters, handbills, tools and ephemera provided by Precita Eyes.

An opening reception for the exhibit, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 17, will include a conversation with photographer Dick Evans and other special guests, followed by a reception in the gallery. Don’t forget to RSVP for the opening at arts@jccsf.org. –-JM

Son’s Addition coming soon to 24th Street

Hoodline brings us the story of Son’s Addition, a restaurant opening soon on 24th and Harrison streets, brought to the neighborhood by husband-and-wife team Nick Cobarruvias and Anna Sager Cobarruvias. The menu? “Eclectic and hyper-seasonal” fare. A sign in the window indicates the restaurant is looking to hire a staff of Mission residents as soon as possible.

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Julian grew up in the East Bay and moved to San Francisco in 2014. Before joining Mission Local, he wrote for the East Bay Express, the SF Bay Guardian, and the San Francisco Business Times.

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