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Exclusive: Key pollution control program is disabled in SF Muni’s newest, costliest, ‘greenest’ hybrid buses

In 1987, the Board of Supervisors passed legislation urging Muni “to take certain steps to minimize air pollutant emissions,” and get workers trained “in the latest emissions reduction techniques.” Fine words. But, in 1996, representatives from the San Francisco budget analyst’s office staked out bus yards in the wee hours, and observed Muni employees idling diesel coaches for up to...

SFPD will remain in Dolores Park indefinitely

City leaders told an audience of more than 100  community members Monday night that they would maintain a daily police presence in Dolores Park and devise more proactive measures to address the conditions that lead to an Aug. 3 shooting that injured three people. One of those measures may include work on the design of the footbridge connecting Dolores Park...

Housing Rights Committee seeks Housing Advocate

Job alert: The Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco is looking for someone to fill the Subsidized Housing Advocate position. From the Committee: “Are you passionate about helping low income tenants understand their rights? Are you dedicated to fighting to keep San Franciscans in their homes? HRCSF Housing Advocates play a crucial role in educating and counseling Public Housing and...

Watching the eclipse from the Mission

Despite some clouds and fog in the way, eclipse watchers were out and about in the Mission today to catch a glimpse of the celestial phenomenon. We headed to Dolores Park in the hopes of a clear view, and on the way, Brian Derosa offered us a peek through his eclipse glasses. “You can read about astronomical movements in a...

Man found with life-threatening stab wound in SF Mission

Life-threatening stabbing  Police found a 29-year-old man lying on a Mission District sidewalk with a life-threatening stab wound just before 6 p.m. on Sunday. The victim was found on a sidewalk on Brosnan Street, an alley between Guerrero and Valencia Streets, and was transported to the hospital. No arrest was made, and the suspect is described as unknown. The suspect’s...

Without permission: SF ‘Coffee roasters are surfers riding waves of energy’

The Drupe is Dope at Four Barrel In San Francisco, if you’re looking for a drink, camaraderie, and conversation, don’t look to your local bartender. Instead, go to your local barista. At 9:30 a.m., Bradley Allen, 48, is performing a one-man show, starring: coffee! He’s the man behind the slow bar at the Four Barrel Coffee roaster at 15th and Valencia....

Developments in Development: Building boom?

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. Well, what do you know? It seems the federal government, too, has caught wind of the fact that the country has a problem with housing affordability. Interestingly, in its look at “worst-case needs” renters (those who make less than half of their region’s median...

20th Street Block Party returns to the Mission tomorrow

Music, food, and a variety of family-friendly activities are headed to 19th and 20th streets between Bryant and Harrison streets tomorrow as part of the fifth annual 20th Street Block Party. The event, spearheaded by the music promotion company Noise Pop, runs from noon to 6 p.m. and features nearly a dozen bands and nearly 20 different food vendors. The...

Business social for new development met with protest

Business owners who arrived at the Mission Language and Vocational School Thursday evening to attend a social event organized by the developer of 1979 Mission St. were met by a group of about 30 chanting protesters who reiterated demands that the site be dedicated to affordable housing. “No more monster in the Mission,” sang the protesters from the Plaza 16...

Join us tonight at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts

Tonight at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, I will be interviewing Cary Cordova, the author of “The Heart of the Mission, Latino Art and Politics in San Francisco.” The book celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. ChaChaCha will provide food and Alley Cat books will be there selling the very good book.  I reviewed it earlier this month here. ...

Props to the cops

Police arrested a young man brandishing a metal pipe on Albion Street today at around 10:45 a.m. One witness said the man looked mentally unstable, as he backed down Albion Street toward 17th, facing the police, brandishing the pipe and screaming that the cops were going to put him in jail or kill him. The officers calmly reassured him that...

Affordable housing on Florida Street keenly anticipated

For the crowd of around 100 people who filled the auditorium of the Mission Language and Vocational School Wednesday night to hear the plans for an 130-unit affordable housing building, it couldn’t arrive fast enough. This kind of community input meeting, where developers pitch their proposed building, usually draws small groups of immediate neighbors who critique the height of the...

Drive-by shooting injures man towing car

A man was injured in a broad-daylight shooting yesterday, police report. He was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The 27-year-old man was towing a car that had caused a traffic jam on Alabama Street between 25th and 26th Streets at around 3:45 p.m. The suspect drove up alongside the victim and shot him, according to police. The...

SNAP: Last moment of a royal visit

The last visitors watch as a custodian reaches to remove the crown from a statue of Mary, packing for the next stop on a centennial tour. The International Pilgrim Virgin statue was at Mission Dolores Basilica on August 16, 2017, before a second day in San Francisco at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi. The statue represents Mary...

SF Navigation Center’s neighbors find impact better than expected

Nearly two months after a new Navigation Center opened on 26th and South Van Ness streets, residents who were worried about a growing tent encampment nearby are reassured by the currently tentless streets. The Navigation Center at 26th Street and South Van Ness is one of four centers aimed at long-term help for homeless individuals. This one has 120 beds...