Election Coverage

Mexican presidential hopeful gets warm welcome in SF Mission

Mexican presidential hopeful Andrés Manuel López Obrador made an appearance in the Mission District Monday evening, drawing a crowd of more than 200 supporters who welcomed him to the Grand Theater, now Gray Area, on Mission Street with cheers, chants, and signs. “Es un honor luchar con Obrador,” they chanted, or, “It’s an honor to fight with Obrador.” With two...

SF Reaffirms Sanctuary Status Despite Executive Order on Immigration

In response to an executive order stripping sanctuary cities of federal funding signed Wednesday morning by President Donald Trump, immigrants, nonprofit organizers and city legislators rallied in front of City Hall to publicly commit to maintaining protections for immigrants and to reassure one another. “Your local government is with you,” said District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen. “We’re going to protect...

Neighbors Design Signs for a Weekend of Protests

At the StoreFrontLab on Shotwell Street Friday, the floor was strewn with protest posters and banners, and neighbors sat together at long tables creating still more of them. The community space has a history of planning events centered on social justice and activism. Jacob Palmer, a curator there, said the space had hosted several sign-making events in preparation for protests...

Hospital Staff Protest Trump Promises of Affordable Care Act Repeal

Workers at San Francisco General Hospital protested the potential repeal of the Affordable Care Act in front of their workplace Friday, saying rolling back the program would impact both patients and workers’ ability to care for them. On the campaign trail, President Donald Trump promised repeatedly to overturn the health care program enacted by his predecessor, and on Friday, he...

Video: SF Mission Homeless React to Tent Ban

Frustrations over San Francisco’s homeless encampments became palpable on November 8 when voters overwhelmingly supported Proposition Q, a ballot measure that allows city workers to clear the city’s sidewalks of tents with a 24-hour notice. The measure dictates that encampment residents forced to relocate are connected with shelter and storage for their personal property. But with not nearly enough housing or shelter...

After CA Legalizes Weed, Local Dealers Brace to Compete

When it comes to doing business, Leaf isn’t discrete. The friendly 25-year-old saunters around Dolores Park in San Francisco with a big teddy bear on his shoulder and a ring of plastic marijuana leaves around his neck. You can’t miss him. Selling weed is his game, one he won’t quit anytime soon. Yes, recreational cannabis was just legalized in California...

In First Post-Election Interview, Hillary Ronen Talks Trump and SF Mission

Hillary Ronen, a former immigrant rights attorney in the Mission District and the legislative aide of Supervisor David Campos, will become his replacement in January when she’s sworn into office after handedly winning her supervisor’s race. On election night, she was a mixture of ecstatic and horrified — she beat her main opponent, Joshua Arce, 57 to 30 percent, but...

San Francisco Lawyers Strategize for Trump Era Legal Battles

Traduccion en español aquí.  San Francisco progressives and free speech advocates have begun bracing for the worst from the incoming Trump administration by developing legal strategies and plans for political mobilization. Members of the National Lawyers’ Guild’s San Francisco chapter set the tone for a Mission District panel discussion at 518 Valencia, the Eric Quezada Center for Culture and Politics,...

Artists to Close Empathy Wall Tonight with Community Gathering

The array of sticky notes full of positive, inclusive, hopeful messages written by passerby at 16th and Mission streets will be taken down and preserved on Friday evening, artists who organized the public participatory art installation say. Though they originally planned to remove the notes the same day, the “Dumbledore’s Army Guerillas” have kept the wall open to messages all week. To protect...

Notes of Post-Election Empathy Adorn BART Station Walls

Amidst the morning rush, commuters are stopping at the 16th and Mission BART plaza to leave messages of empathy and mutual support for each other in the wake of a turbulent election season that saw Donald Trump clinch the presidency. Muriel MacDonald is one of the organizers of the “Wall of Empathy,” a participatory art project at 16th Street, 24th...

Weed World, Part 2: Bracing for Change in CA’s Humboldt County

Two occasional reporters for Mission Local spent Election Day in northern California where thousands of small growers will be affected by the legalization of marijuana, this is one of their reports.  Part 1 is here.  In Humboldt County, California they say that the last hippy died when marijuana began to fetch more than a $1,000 a pound. If that is true, Tuesday’s...

Students Protest Trump Presidency Again in SF Mission

For the third time in three days, San Francisco protesters took to the streets and rallied against the president-elect, Donald Trump, this time in a student-led march that went from the Mission District to City Hall. It was the second student protest this week, following a city-wide walk-out on Thursday that saw thousands flock to the streets. Teens and twenty-somethings from San Francisco high...

Mission High Students Join Hundreds in Anti-Trump Protest

Dozens of students from Mission High School marched to City Hall and joined hundreds of other San Francisco high schoolers in a city-wide walk-out on Thursday morning to protest the election of Donald Trump. Students left school at 9 a.m. with the full support of many teachers and their principal, according to Eva Grace, a junior. Grace said that while students had been mournful...

Anti-Trump Protesters March on Market, Through Mission

Thousands of protesters marched from downtown San Francisco to the Castro and Mission districts Wednesday evening protesting the election of Donald Trump to the presidency in a symbolic act of solidary with the neighborhoods that represent those most maligned by Trump’s rhetoric. Many of the at least 2,000 protesters decried Trump’s multiple campaign promises, like his proposal for a border wall and his call...