Mission Station

SF Mission businesses look forward to more police foot patrols

Mission District business owners along 24th Street said the police chief’s decision to quadruple the number of foot patrols in the next week will be a welcome change — especially after what many say has been a multi-year absence of foot patrols. Even near the 16th Street BART plaza, where merchants have had more recent interaction with police, business owners...

SF police respond to a man holding a knife to his neck

A man holding a knife to his own throat elicited a large police response Sunday morning at 23rd and Mission streets, according to eyewitnesses. Around 10:20 a.m. Sunday, witness David Ortiz described seeing a man who looked like he might have been around 60 years old and homeless in the middle of the street on 23rd and Mission streets, holding...

SFPD foot patrols will quadruple in SF Mission

The San Francisco Police Department will nearly quadruple the number of foot patrols operating from Mission Police Station, which covers the Mission and Castro districts, starting Sept. 9, Chief William Scott announced today at a press conference.   The department would not release the number of foot patrols currently operating in the Mission, but did say that right now there...

SFPD will remain in Dolores Park indefinitely

City leaders told an audience of more than 100 community members Monday night that they would maintain a daily police presence in Dolores Park and devise more proactive measures to address the conditions that lead to an Aug. 3 shooting that injured three people. One of those measures may include updating the footbridge connecting Dolores Park to Church Street, where...

Props to the cops

Police arrested a young man brandishing a metal pipe on Albion Street today at around 10:45 a.m. One witness said the man looked mentally unstable, as he backed down Albion Street toward 17th, facing the police, brandishing the pipe and screaming that the cops were going to put him in jail or kill him. The officers calmly reassured him that...

Police investigating Dolores Park shooting have different hunches, few solutions

San Francisco is sandwiched between two major earthquake faults. You can’t see them. But that doesn’t mean they’re not there. Some fault lines lie deep beneath the earth. But some are man-made; earlier this month, one of the latter variety ruptured in Dolores Park. A confrontation near the footbridge over the J-Church tracks at 19th St. culminated in a brazen,...

The SFPD could use your input on its annual report

At a recent meeting on community relations, San Francisco Police Officers Jennifer Jackson and Torrie Barnes were there to listen to the community and get input on how to improve the SFPD’s annual report to the San Francisco community. The problem: not many in the community showed up. So they’re going to give it another try. Here is a link...

Dolores Park neighborhood fed up with violence (SF Gate)

The San Francisco Chronicle reports: Mark Murphy lives less than a block from Dolores Park where gunfire from a triple shooting was heard throughout the Western edge of San Francisco’s Mission District on Thursday, and confirmed an uptick in violence in the area that locals have been complaining about for months. Murphy is saddened but not surprised by the shocking...

Q&A: D9 supervisor on bike-sharing and encampments

Mission Supervisor Hillary Ronen sat down with Mission Local to talk about issues relating to her district. This is a monthly series – this interview has been edited and shortened for print. ML: Calle 24 recently blocked GoBike and other bike share companies from operating in the cultural district/SUD. Do you see these companies as the gentrifiers?   Ronen: I...

DA’s change of heart in SFPD police shooting of Amilcar Perez Lopez

The following piece was written by Father Richard Smith, the vicar of the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist on 15th and Julian Streets and a leading advocate for justice in the five police shootings that have taken place in the Mission since 2011.  Max Szabo, District Attorney George Gascon’s press officer responded and we have included his response below...

Q&A: Supe talks strategies around homelessness, policing in SF Mission

Mission Supervisor Hillary Ronen sat down with Mission Local to talk about issues relating to her district. This is a monthly series – this interview has been edited and shortened for print. ML: The new and temporary Navigation Center for the homeless at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. opened last week. Have you thought about a strategy for what happens...

New Mission District Navigation Center opening with increased security

A temporary Navigation Center uniquely serving the Mission’s homeless population is set to open its doors on Monday and will come with bolstered police patrols near its  location at 26th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, as well as a private security guard on site. “We will have private security – and not make it a large police presence at...

Mission residents say streets beautiful by day, out of control at night

The neighbors who attended the Fix-It meeting at the Mission Pool and Playground meeting room on Wednesday talked about a neighborhood that changes dramatically at night. “During the day, we have a beautiful neighborhood,” said a man who introduced himself as Ray. “At night, we don’t have control of our neighborhood.” Residents of the blocks between 17th, 21st, Valencia and Folsom...

In prostitution focus, police pick up two minors

A community meeting held at Mission Police Station on Tuesday produced some answers and indicated progress on police’s efforts to combat prostitution in the Mission including an acknowledgement by the captain that two minors had been picked up and turned over to the proper authorities.   Police said they believe the two minors, picked up two weeks ago,  were victims...

SF officials and residents face off at heated meeting on homeless shelter

At an emotional community debate Monday night some 200 Mission residents squared off with top city officials and one another over the burdens and benefits that a temporary homeless shelter will bring to a neighborhood severely impacted by tent encampments. At issue is the city’s plan to place a Navigation Center – a low-barrier homeless shelter that offers its clients...