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Neighborhood Notes: Doc screening, Eco-success, Valencia openings

Prefer your notes in audio? Here you go:   Dolores documentary The documentary, Dolores, on the co-founder of the United Farm Workers, Dolores Huerta, will show Sunday at the Brava Theater at 2, 5 and 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here. There will be a panel after each showing. Proceeds will benefit Mexico, Puerto Rico, Farm Workers, Fire Victims...

SF Nonprofit wants changes from proposed Mission Street cafe

A Mission District nonprofit is adding a hurdle for a cafe hoping to open on Mission Street near 22nd, asking the operator to agree to concessions they say will mitigate its gentrifying effects. The Mission Economic Development Agency, or MEDA, filed a request for a discretionary review on a proposal for a cafe at 2567 Mission St. That means the...

Local Mission Market silently closes in SF Mission

Local Mission Market, a high-end grocery store at 23rd and Harrison, closed a couple of months ago — very, very quietly. This is the third of four storefronts in Yaron Milgrom’s “Local’s” empire to close in the last three years. Local’s Corner, a seafood restaurant, closed in November 2014, and Local Mission Eatery shuttered in December 2015. Only Local’s Cellar,...

Sweep Report: Staying dry on Valencia

On Monday morning around 11 a.m., as the sky began to drizzle, David G. was packing bike wheels and baby wipes into cardboard boxes under the overpass at Valencia and Duboce, where he has been camping for the last year or so. “They never used bother us here,” David said, explaining that that police and Department of Public Works crews...

Police use of force down citywide; up in SF Mission

Despite a citywide reduction in police using force in the third quarter of this year, the Mission District accounted for the highest number of times officers used force — and has actually seen an uptick, according to use-of-force data released by the SFPD. In the third quarter of 2017, the police reported 622 uses of force citywide, down 32.1 percent...

Smile! You’re on a Dolores Park camera

You are now under surveillance while recreating. But why should Dolores Park be different than anywhere else in San Francisco? Stanley Roberts, the camera-wielding extrovert behind KRON’s “People Behaving Badly” segment, has referred to Bay To Breakers as “My Christmas.” But Dolores Park is proof that Christmas need not come but once a year. In a typical episode — for...

VIDEO Closing arguments will begin in SF immigrant’s murder trial

This piece was produced by Zoe Ferrigno and shot by J.P. Dobrin and Charlotte Silver. The trial for a murder that put San Francisco at the center of a national debate about immigration is nearing its end. On July 1, 2015, Jose Ines Garcia Zarate — an undocumented immigrant with a criminal past and history of deportations — shot and...

In SF’s hipster corridor, seniors celebrate Thanksgiving with a Mexican twist

Lupe Aguilar, an 82-year-old Texas native, gathered along with about 20 other senior citizens in the multi-purpose community room at Alcantara Court Apartments in the heart of hipster Valencia Street this week to celebrate Thanksgiving.   “They usually ask us what we want to eat for the parties,” said Altagracia, one of the residents at Alcantara Court. This year it...

After wildfires, North Bay food bank steps up to address staggering need

In the wake of last month’s deadly North Bay wildfires, the region’s largest food bank is relying on volunteers and donations to help sustain its communities through the holiday season — and beyond. Kevin West, who handles communications for the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa, said that the Bay Area has been instrumental in these efforts. “The Bay...

The YIMBYs had a ball: Dispatches from a pro-housing party in your backyard

The YIMBYs are no longer just a scattering of familiar voices at public meetings crying out to build housing and build it faster — now they’re now a real nonprofit and a political movement. At least, that’s how it seemed at the group’s first gala. Here’s a glimpse of the evening: There’s fake news, aggregated news, sponsored news. At Mission...

Crash on freeway kills one, injures six

A collision between a dump truck and a muni bus killed one and injured six others on the southbound 101 freeway in San Francisco Friday afternoon. The driver of the truck was fatally injured, while the bus passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries, said officer Vu Williams of the California Highway Patrol. “Right now we are working to upright the dump truck,...

Neighborhood Notes: Boba Guys proposes expansion, Balompie to return, El Rio gets legacy status

 Boba Guys looks to expand next door on 19th Since the demise of Valencia Eyewear, a small retail store on 19th Street just off Valencia, the windows have been painted and what goes on inside is unclear. Now a sign has been posted making the intentions clear: Boba Guys is seeking a change of use to expand into the former...

‘Their facts are wrong:’ SF police officer says charges against him are false

Covering the Police is a collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. Undeterred by rain, more than a dozen activists gathered on the steps of the Hall of Justice Wednesday morning in support of San Francisco police officer Joel Babbs, who was scheduled to appear in court for a pretrial hearing. “I’m here to support a whistleblower who has called...

Police chief Bill Scott talks about his critics and his first 10 months in SF

In an interview with Mission Local this week, Police Chief Bill Scott talked about a range of issues, including the culture shift in the force he took over nearly a year ago, the need for more services to keep at-risk youth from falling deeper into the criminal justice system and new minimum requirements for community engagement. Formerly the deputy chief...