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Sanctuary City furor whipped up after killing of Abel Esquivel is phony — and lazy

ICE claims it warned San Francisco. But it warns San Francisco six times a day, and more than 320 times so far this year. It never stops warning. Abel Enrique Esquivel, Jr. deserved better than this. The 23-year-old deserved better after a lifetime of hard work, volunteerism, and mentoring than to be gunned down in his prime in what appears...

Developments in Development: Earth-shaking

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. With Mexico City still reeling, though working valiantly to recover, from the September 19 earthquake, there’s been no shortage of local what-iffery. And I’m going to join in, because now is as good a time as any to grapple with the unpleasant possibility: We...

Cozy La Santaneca de la Mission proves worth the wait

“La Santaneca de La Mission” essentially means “The Lady from Santa Ana of the Mission” – the Santa Ana in question is in El Salvador, and is the country’s second largest city. It’s like saying “a San Franciscan.” The owner and chef of this La Santaneca (there’s another one in the outer Mission, unrelated) has run this place for almost...

Neighborhood Notes: HOMEY returns, activist bus ads, Brava sneak peek

HOMEY is returning to the Mission! After spending years tucked away in the upstairs space of a building in SoMa, the originally Mission-based nonprofit Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth is set to move into a Mission Street storefront. “Were coming back home,” said Executive Director Roberto Elegio Alfaro. He said the group, known as HOMEY, was told it...

Beloved grocer, namesake of Gus’s Market, killed in hit-and-run

A 57-year-old grocer who brought a strong sense of community to his markets was killed by a driver in the Bayview Friday morning, leaving his family, staff, and customers to mourn the loss of the man they knew as “Gus.” Konstantinos Vardakastanis, known as Gus,  was struck by the driver of a silver sedan near Jerrold and Toland streets at 2:17...

Life of Mission mentor in the making cut short by murder

The death of Abel Enrique Esquivel Jr. more than a month ago has the 23-year-old’s current and former mentors reeling from the loss of a young man on a trajectory to become a neighborhood leader. Freshly graduated from a youth leadership program at the Central American Resource Center (CARECEN), Esquivel was by all accounts a generous and humble Mission native...

SF Fix-It team can beautify a park, but prostitution resistant to remedies

Jose Coronado Playground at 21st and Shotwell streets will soon be getting new trees, signage, and resurfaced athletic courts, but the prostitutes, johns and pimps that neighbors have long complained about are unlikely to leave anytime soon. Captain Bill Griffin from Mission Station said the prostitution is not as “linear” as citing loiterers around the park. And it became clear...

Shimmering sculpture invites San Franciscans to “DREAM”

Drivers coming into San Francisco where the 101 and 280 freeways merge have been greeted for the past few days by shimmering 12-foot-tall letters spelling out the word, “DREAM.” “You’re met with this word, and it’s almost like this welcome mat. It looks like reflections on water or the grass moving,” said Ana Teresa Fernández, the artist behind the piece....

Cannabus brings weed on wheels to Valencia Street

Think food truck, but for cannabis. That’s the concept behind the CannaBus you may have seen parked on Valencia and 19th streets Tuesday. Cannabus launched just a week ago, and has been parking in various parts of the Bay Area — Telegraph and Durant in Berkeley, 16th and Guerrero and in the Haight in San Francisco — every day, offering...

Residents wonder at second hearing on Tasers whether they will be heard

There were those who came with questions, those who came to lecture and those with prepared notes that they held between their trembling hands as they spoke. Some 80 residents from across San Francisco filed into City College’s student union Tuesday night and took their seats in bright orange plastic chairs to talk about Tasers and whether the San Francisco...

SF musician removes York street trees — and faces nearly $6,000 in fines

The owner of a house on York and 25th streets where trees were removed in the days leading up to Sunday’s Fiesta De Las Américas block party will be fined nearly $6,000 for taking the trees down. Rachel Gordon, a spokesperson for the San Francisco Department of Public Works, confirmed that three trees — two in healthy condition and one...

Asian American family honored for standing by Black Lives Matter

Covering the Police is an effort to look more closely at how police work in the Mission and elsewhere in the city. It is a collaboration with U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.  The Monday after a car drove into a crowd of protestors in Charlottesville, a hate letter was delivered to the home of San Francisco resident, Debbie Lee —...

Tasers in SF: The view from North Beach and Russian Hill

Covering the Police is an effort to look more closely at how police work in the Mission and elsewhere in the city. It is a collaboration with U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.  On the foggy Wednesday morning after last week’s public hearing in which more than 100 residents made it clear that they largely oppose Tasers and distrust the police,...

Mission Style: Friday casual meets the unexpected

It was a chill Friday in The Mission when we gathered interviews for this edition of Mission Style. The fashionistas who caught our eye this week wore casual looks, but added just the right amount of personal style and unexpected touches to stand apart from the sea of Missionites. Name: Eva Templin Vibe: Eva’s red printed dress was an easy,...