Mission Local Wins

The California Teachers Association awarded Mission Local with the John Swett Award for Media Excellence for Joe Eskenazi’s story, “Charter school advocates get down and, some say, dirty” in the category of Journals-Magazine-Special Publications and Websites.

Eskenazi’s story takes a close look at the guerrilla tactics that Innovate Public Schools, a charter-school system, uses to garner support for itself in the community.

Is the One Dollar Store a cultural asset? 

The Mission Economic Development Agency has filed a discretionary review for a project at 2100 Mission and 17th streets., now the site of the One Dollar Store. The project, proposed in 2009, would have 29 units over 3,500 square feet of retail space.

“This store is a major cultural asset to the community, and if it is not retained in a permanent fashion, this would negatively impact the stability of our low-income families and add to the price pressure on the surrounding shops,” the non-profit wrote in the letter on May 5. 

They are requesting that the new development be contingent upon letting One Dollar Store have space on the ground floor of the project, or that it be replaced by a comparable, affordable and neighborhood-serving business. 

The Albion on 16th

Superior Auto, the site of a potential restaurant and events space called the Albion on 16th, is up for rent and being marketed as, a “Trophy property located on a great corner of the vibrant Valencia Corridor in San Francisco’s Mission District.”

In actuality, the approvals for the site are taking so long that the developer, MX3 Ventures, needs to fill the building in the meantime. “It’s unfathomable for how long it takes,” said Phil Lesser, a permitting expert who is helping the developer navigate the labyrinthine city planning process.

Plans for the site have been troubled from the beginning. MX3 – owned by Manouch Moshayedi, a former tech executive – bought the building for an eye-opening $8.7 million in 2013, with plans to develop the site into housing.

After being notified that the garage was considered a historic resource, those plans were quickly nixed. And with few options and no buyers on whom to off-load the property for $11 million, Moshayedi opted to turn the site into a restaurant and events space.

Moshayedi told Mission Local he is still open to selling the historic garage.

“If a customer comes up and sees it as viable and wants to take it over, then we’ll sell it,” he said, as the garage, an events space, or otherwise.

Fundraiser for Horizons

Horizons San Francisco Friends School, a Quaker school located in the Mission, will hold a fundraiser Wednesday, May 17, for its upcoming summer camp program for low-income students who attend Marshall Elementary, Buena Vista Elementary and the Mission Preparatory School .

This is its fifth year putting on a six-week summer program that provides swim lessons, field trips, healthy meals and academic instruction in math and reading.

It will be held at Standard Deviant Brewing (280 14th St.) from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m..

Is the Mission getting cleaner?

I ran into Erin Espinosa, Devon Bogdan and Amanda Fletcher at the corner of 17th and Valencia streets on Friday morning and, given the newness of their orange vests, I asked who they were.

Turns out, today is public service day at Gymboree, the San Francisco-based company that makes kids’ clothes. Espinosa and Fletcher said it was their second annual service day working in the Mission, and they had some good news: the Mission has gotten cleaner. LC

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