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City cites itself (again) for blight on its 16th Street lot

Despite the general knowledge that bureaucracy moves at a glacial pace, graffiti abatement notices seem to arrive with lightning speed. For the second time, one city department has issued a warning to another department to clean up a lot at 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue. Last year, it was for a blighted lot, and this year, it’s for graffiti. The...

Doc’s Clock announces June closing date, will reopen in new location in July

We all knew it was coming – the last, last call at Doc’s Clock’s original location will take place next weekend. Owner Carey Suckow announced today that the beloved neighborhood bar will celebrate its final hurrah at its 2575 Mission St. location next Saturday: Our last date at the current location will be Saturday June 3rd.  We hope to be up and running...

Pair sprays victim with mace in cellphone robbery

A 20-year-old man was maced and robbed while walking near 26th and Dolores streets early Wednesday morning. The suspects are described as a man and a woman in their mid to late 30s, who approached the victim from behind around 2 a.m. and said something to him. Once the victim turned around, the pair sprayed him with mace and took...

Mission District bilingual school unveils art with message of inclusion and unity

A circle of ceramic flowers now hangs above the 23rd Street entrance to Buena Vista Horace Mann, symbolizing the unity of the school’s community. After a year of divisive political rhetoric aimed at immigrants, the teachers and parents at San Francisco’s first public Spanish-English immersion school hoped creating the work of art would send its students a powerful message: They...

The Sweep Report: San Bruno Avenue

The removal of a homeless stronghold underneath the 101 Freeway that divides the northeastern Mission and Potrero Hill ended Tuesday with nearly all of its 53 residents accepting shelter. Aside from a few, some 43 campers accepted placement in the Mission’s Navigation Center at 1950 Mission St., said Sam Dodge, deputy director of the Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing, which...

VIDEO: John O’Connell students learn first aid and CPR

Members of the San Francisco Fire Department and American Medical Response volunteered their time off to teach first aid and CPR to students at John O’Connell High School. The students completed the course last Friday and were able to get up close to see what equipment is used in all aspects of saving lives, as well as possible career opportunities.

Chronically ill senior faces eviction from SF apartment of 52 years

A 77-year-old chronically ill woman living at 3309 Cesar Chavez Street is being evicted from the apartment she has lived in since 1969. While the tenant oscillates between the hospital and her apartment, lawyers argue over technicalities in a case that could leave her living on her daughter’s couch. The tenant, Ana Hernandez, suffers from a multiple respiratory conditions and...

Pair robs man on South Van Ness, power tools nabbed from Mission home

Police report a 25-year-old man was robbed by a man and a woman on South Van Ness Avenue between 16th and 17th streets at about 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday. The victim, a 25-year-old man, had been talking with a woman aged about 30 when a man estimated to be 24 years old came up from behind, then grabbed and held the...

Local health providers would face funding gap under proposed healthcare bill

If the U.S. Senate agrees with Congress to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act,  San Francisco health care providers said their current practice of serving everyone would become unsustainable and in the long run, and services could be cut. Representatives from three local healthcare providers all said that the Congress’s health care plan would likely result in thousands of San...

French street art appears on 19th St. wall space

A sticker replica of a gorilla stencil and the words “Don’t Make Us History” by French street artist PolarBear has appeared on a wall of the Pacific Gas & Electric substation at the corner of 19th and San Carlos streets. Until recently, that space was decorated with a colorful mural depicting a butterfly’s wings by San Francisco artist Camer1, or Cameron Moberg. That mural...

Woman in critical condition after possible hit and run in SF Mission

A 32-year-old woman is in critical condition following a possible hit and run on Sunday morning.  The woman was found around 3:51 a.m. lying in a street near the intersection of 16th Street and Potrero Avenue with life-threatening injuries, police report.  A suspect and vehicle description were not immediately available, and the woman was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment. Assault...

Developments in development: Slice of the pie

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. A source started an interview with me this week by saying “well, the planet is on fire, but otherwise fine.” So if you’re feeling firehosed by national-level bombshell coverage and haven’t had time to keep up with all of the details of what’s happening,...