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Developments in Development: Relative comfort

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. We hear a lot about median income, but that metric isn’t necessarily an indicator of how much it costs to live here. Curbed has that statistic from a banking company’s study: If you want to live here comfortably, you best be making more than...

Evergreen Garden – Vietnamese old faithful

I’ve driven by Evergreen for many years and never stopped in. The outside almost looks like someone’s low-slung house, maybe a house that hasn’t been looked after all that well. The neighborhood has picked up a lot in recent years, with the addition of businesses like Mission Cliffs and Heath Ceramics, techy firms, as well as old theater crowds from...

Activists want a town hall with D.A. Gascón after police shooting report

Activists from several coalitions seeking justice in high-profile police shootings united their movements on the steps of San Francisco’s Hall of Justice on Friday to denounce what they say was a biased investigation into the death of Amilcar Perez Lopez. “The report reflects the DA’s clear bias towards protecting the officers that killed Amilcar rather than seeking the truth of...

Artist and writer’s new book offers bizarre, healing literary journey

In the bruising tumult of San Francisco’s housing crisis, Paul Madonna’s On to the Next Dream is the absurdist balm to soothe your sore and weary soul. Madonna is an artist who for 12 years had a drawing and short essay series called All Over Coffee in the San Francisco Chronicle. You might more immediately recognize him by his detailed...

Artist marks burned SF Mission sites with poetic tribute

The sites of catastrophic fires that displaced dozens of residents and several businesses at 22nd and 29th streets along Mission Streethave been adorned with poetic signage. Alliteration-heavy poetry is printed on signs that look like an office notice from the city. By the first paragraph, however, it’s clear something subversive and non-bureaucratic is happening here: “This marsh was built by captain...

City confounds some of its workers as it sweeps an encampment early

Police, outreach workers and the homeless residents of an encampment that had been targeted for resolution in a city-sanctioned process that was already underway were surprised when cleaning crews descended on the encampment at the crack of dawn on Thursday and, without warning, ordered its inhabitants to pack up and move. The 30 or so residents of the encampment  –...

Rent control advocates tussle with realtors

When a dozen or so tenant rights advocates arrived on the doorstep of the San Francisco Association of Realtors on Thursday morning carrying signs and a megaphone, one immediately clashed at the door with a member of the association with each pushing the other until a staffer was able to pull the door shut. “This is private property!” the man...

Mission High Basketball Team Honored at City Hall

Mayor Ed Lee and the supervisors honored the Mission High School basketball team on Wednesday evening for doing what no other high school in San Francisco has accomplished – winning a statewide basketball title. In late March the team won the statewide Division 3 title in an 82-75 overtime win against Villa Park High School. For this they were handed the...

To survive, SF Mission bar will transform into pot club

The Latino-centric bar Coronitas Bar and Grill, located where the Mission meets Bernal Heights, is in the process of trading in its liquor license for a medical marijuana permit in what it says is a bid to stay relevant in the rapidly gentrifying neighborhood. “At this point, it’s unprofitable for us to continue with [Coronitas],” said owner Jorge Esparza, who...

Demonstrators protest DA’s decision to exonerate officers in fatal police shooting

Some 25 people took to the street in front of Mission Police Station on Wednesday night to protest the San Francisco District Attorney’s decision not to bring criminal charges against the two officers involved in the February, 2015 shooting of Amilcar Lopez Perez. The decision was announced hours earlier and comes after more than two years of demonstrations and public scrutiny of the...

District Attorney will not charge officers who killed Amilcar Perez Lopez

The two San Francisco police officers who shot and killed Amilcar Perez Lopez in February 2014 will not be charged with any crimes. On Wednesday, District Attorney George Gascón’s announced his decision, which comes more than two years after two plainclothes police officers, Eric Reboli and Craig Tiffe, shot and killed the 21-year-old Guatemalan immigrant. In a report detailing the investigation, Gascón...

Conflict over 380 units at 16th and Mission resumes

Far from burying the hatchet, a developer and various neighborhood organizations are rekindling a years-long feud over a 380-unit housing project planned for 16th and Mission streets that had been stalled, but is again moving forward. On Tuesday, some 60 activists had a rally at the 16th Street BART Plaza and voiced a new grievance: The Plaza 16 Coalition, a...

Historic building weathers grocery owner, former Facebook exec and now another

After years of disrepair and neglect, a historic building at 18th and Mission streets is in the process of trading ownership from a former Facebook executive to a commercial developer. Once a hub of the Mission’s Miracle Mile, the building may now become a dialysis center. Mike Conn, senior vice president of Meridian Property Company, a commercial developer based in San Ramon, confirmed...

Police comb Mission District school searching for suspects

Police searched Marshall Elementary Tuesday evening, looking for suspects in an earlier incident in which someone threw a gun out of a car window.  Although children had been dismissed for the day some staff were on hand, and police cleared all for the search. “I just got kicked out” said Chi Ho Leung, a janitor who had been working at...

VIDEO: SF art store struggles against e-commerce

The owners of Artillery A.G. discuss how online purchasing is affecting small businesses in San Francisco’s Mission District. This part of an occasional series –  Shop Local Disrupted –  that will look at how local retail is being upended by an ongoing transformation of the country’s retail economy.  On Thursday, the owners of Artillery will unveil a new look that offers...