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A protester at SF General Hospital. Photo by Laura Wenus

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...
A piece from "Exist and Resist" at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts on January 20, 2017. Photo by Dora Luo.

Trump Resistance Gallery Opening at MCCLA Tonight

The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is opening an “Exist and Resist” show tonight in protest of the inauguration of Donald Trump. The gallery opening follows protests throughout the day and comes a day before the Women’s March planned for downtown. The gallery will showcase a number of political art pieces — one projects Trump on a stick held...
Trump inauguration day protests in downtown San Francisco on Friday, January 20, 2017. Photo by Dora Luo.

Anti-Trump Protests Hit Downtown San Francisco

While Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States, hundreds of people took to the streets of San Francisco in the first of several actions planned for inauguration weekend, chaining themselves to buildings, waving anti-Trump banners, and generally expressing their displeasure with the new president. “As a woman and a Latino, I deserve a president...
Garfield Pool.

Kids vs. Swimmers: Drama at Meeting for New Garfield Park Pool

Changes are coming to Garfield Park and Pool and at a public meeting on Thursday neighbors clashed over a proposed shortening of the existing 100-foot pool, with many arguing it would further crowd an already popular pool. Architects proposed a wall that would effectively shorten the pool to 75 feet and allow for a smaller, shallower recreation swim zone. The...
Mural on 20th and Dolores Streets by Sirron Norris. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

New Sirron Norris Murals Adorn Mission District Garage Doors

Three garage doors at 20th and Dolores streets now sport the colorful artistic stylings of Sirron Norris, a muralist who has been active in the Mission for years and who also works on the animated TV series Bob’s Burgers. The work was commissioned by the property owners, and comes with a message of multicultural coexistence, featuring a group of characters...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

On Eve of Trump Inaugural City College Students Join Day of Action

City College students in the Mission District joined a nationwide day of action on Thursday making it clear that City College will welcome all students, regardless of their status. Protesters were there “to let the Trump administration know that we are  going to defend the right to public education for everyone who comes through our doors,” said Tim Killikelly,one of the organizers.  As...
Navigation Center.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Navigation Center for the Homeless Switches Focus from Housing to Triage

The city’s first Navigation Center for the homeless has changed its operating model to limit stays to one month and the centers no longer promise placement in permanent housing. Randy Quezada, communications manager at the San Francisco Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing, confirmed that the center now operates as a 30-day triage center to funnel clients into city services,...
File photo by Alan Toth

Mission Gears Up for Trump Inauguration Protests

The president-elect is being sworn in on Friday, January 20, and across the Bay Area protests are planned for the inauguration weekend. Here are some of the events happening in the Mission District and San Francisco. Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, Friday 6-9:30 p.m. The MCCLA is kicking off its 40th anniversary year with a new gallery opening of...
The Dolores Street median. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Median Parking Signs Coming Soon to Dolores Street

Can you park next to the median on Dolores Street? The answer to this seemingly simple question is soon going to be: Sometimes. The specifics (there are many)  approved Tuesday by the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency’s Board of Directors can be found at the bottom of this post. The vote essentially gave the go-ahead to test parking along the...
One of the internal doors at Adobe Books smashed during a robbery on January 16, 2017. Photo courtesy of Brett Lockspeiser.

Thieves at Adobe Books Take the Cash and Leave the Books

Adobe Books was burglarized for the second time this year on Monday night, thieves skipping over the books and instead taking a cash register, stealing a safe, and smashing two doors. “They managed to pry off the entire register box,” said Brett Lockspeiser, a worker-owner at the bookstore collective at 3130 24th St. “When we came inside, the keys were here but the...
Connie Rivera, owner of Mixcoatl. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Merchants on 24th Feel Displacement Pressures, Mull Protections

Merchants along the 24th Street corridor where a new proposal seeks to protect them feel the city’s affordability crisis just as strongly as tenants fearing displacement, but their views on how to remedy it are as varied as their wares. District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen’s first proposed legislation offered a trio of land-use based protections for businesses on 24th Street...
Photo by Mabel Jiménez, December 2010

Goodbye to Porn at the Armory (SF Chronicle With Photos from Mission Local)

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that porn production will end at the Armory as Kink.com moves its movie business out to Nevada, Southern California and elsewhere.  In April the Armory won a 4-2 vote at the Entertainment Commission to become a music venue.  So, no more tours like the one Mabel Jimenez took for Mission Local in December 2010. We’re republishing some...
The church at 856 Capp Street. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Residential Complex Coming to Capp Street Church

A historic church on Capp Street is slated for conversion into residential units, according to new documents submitted to the city. The plans, which have been in the works since 2015, would preserve the 1927 Mission/Deco style facade of the one-story church at 856 Capp St. between 23rd and 24th streets. A four-story, 40-foot complex would rise behind it and...
Ruby at 3602 20th Street. Photo by Lydia Chávez

After 20 Plus Years in SF, Ruby on 20th Will Close

For 20 plus years, Laura James has lived in the building upstairs and run Ruby, her boutique gallery downstairs. Now, she’s calling it quits. A rent hike was not the problem – although any increase was impossible to bear because revenues have dropped every year since 2010, said James. But instead of blaming Ruby’s demise on the rent, she attributed it...