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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,...

The Sweep Report: When the cleaning crews fail to show up

A group of some 15 people living underneath the 101 freeway underpass at Brannan and Division Streets say they were “stood up” by Public Works cleaning crews who first instructed them to clear their encampment temporarily for a routine cleanup and then failed to appear for the actual cleaning, according to some of the encampment’s residents. “We worked through the...

Mi Lindo Peru – old school Peruano!

People sometimes complain when I review new places, and I get it. The reason I started this gig was to highlight all the places in our neighborhood that don’t always attract attention the new places do, to make sure they don’t get lost in the Gentrification Shuffle. But for me, every restaurant in the Mission makes us who we are....

Few trash offenders sighted on first day of hot weekend in Dolores Park (updated Saturday)

As John Halet, 21, and Marcello Palazzo, 22, moved to a shadier location underneath some trees on the western edge of Dolores Park on Friday, Halet grabbed their trash — a beer can and a plastic food container. “I’m gonna go throw this out,” he told Palazzo. But there was no trash can on the nearby path, by the bridge...

Activists convince Mission Language and Vocational School to back out of property deal

Neighborhood organizations are mobilizing to renegotiate a deal struck years ago – and recently upheld in binding arbitration –  to save the Mission Language and Vocational School from what was then looming financial ruin. That 2013 deal, made with Huckleberry Friends, which promotes science and engineering education for youth, was a lease with an option to buy the leased portion...

SF Mission Crime: Man punched over his laptop, cell phone

A man was assaulted and robbed of his laptop and cell phone on Wednesday evening while walking northbound on Stevenson Street toward Valencia Street. According to police reports, the man crossed paths with the suspect in the attack, a man estimated to be in his 20s,  who was walking in the opposite direction on Stevenson Street. The suspect approached the...

Art Notes: one space, two galleries: Ratio 3 and Capital

The door to Ratio 3 opens from Mission Street, near McDonald’s, offering a juxtaposition of art and urban pop. Flow through the gallery and another door connects to Capital, a three-month old gallery with an entrance on Lilac Alley. The new space opened when Chris Perez, the owner of the Ratio3, decided to rent a portion of his 5,000 square...