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Skateboarder injured during SF Dolores Park clash sues city

A skateboarder who clashed with police at Dolores Park last July, has sued the city for alleged “malicious and reckless actions” by a yet-to-be-named SFPD sergeant who caused him to fall off his skateboard and flip over the hood of a police car. Anthony Economus, who was 19 at the time of the incident in which dozens of skates were...

SF police often offer confusing or no information on community advisory boards

First-year Police Chief, Bill Scott, wasn’t the first thing San Francisco stole from Los Angeles. In 2009, the department opened their station doors to a community advisory board model followed by the Los Angeles Police Department. In theory, the city’s 10 district captains appoint a representative group of neighborhood stakeholders to meet, discuss community issues and take action to address...

Fried chicken sandwich showdown goes to Buttermilk

Julian, 20-something, and Mark, 70-something, will be hunting for the Mission’s best fried chicken sandwich. If you have suggestions, write a comment — or, if you prefer, send an e-mail to Julian at julian.mark@missionlocal.com. It’s hot tonight and half the neighborhood is drunk. the other half is dead. if I have any advice about writing poetry it’s – don’t. I’m...

Doc’s Clock raising money to bring back iconic sign

The iconic Doc’s Clock sign is going home – well, to its new home. The bar is raising cash to have the sign transferred a block down to the bar’s new location at Mission and 20th. This could be the final chapter in a saga that began with Doc’s lease not being renewed last year, and an ensuing struggle with...

Is the Wash Club building a historic resource to SF’s Mission?

Last week, the Board of Supervisors declined to vote on an appeal of an eight-story, 75-unit project that is to replace a laundromat at 2918 Mission St. Instead, the vote will take place once a study answers the question of whether the building is a historic resource. It will take at least four months. District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, in...

London Breed’s evolving position on Tasers

She was against them. Now she’s for them. But a police union-backed ballot initiative may render her measured stance meaningless. Bill Ong Hing is shocked. Yes, pun intended. But he’s not surprised. The veteran immigration and social justice attorney has turned out to be one of the Police Commission’s most skeptical members when it comes to arming San Francisco’s finest...

Vibrators invade SF’s Mission

Some are pink, some are blue and some are orange. Some have halos over their heads and some are surrounded by stars and hearts of bliss. Some are tall, some are short, some are fat, some are skinny. Some even say, “Plug me in.” They hang out on mailboxes, walls, street poles, newsstands and wooden boards. In the Mission, they’re...

A Mexican grandmother’s dream fulfilled on Valencia Street

The three-month-old shop DCopper,  at 1017 Valencia St.,  has its roots in Santa Clara del Cobre, in Michoacán Mexico. It’s there, said DCopper’s owner, Andrea Vargas, that her grandmother, Felicitas Ornelas de Paz, snuck into the forge at a time when only men shaped copper. It would not be the first time that Ornelas de Paz ignored the rules. In...

24th Street’s Sunrise Restaurant facing $3,000 rent hike, unsure about future

Sunrise Restaurant on 24th Street is facing a $3,000 rent hike, leaving its owner unsure if she can stay in the space. It’s unclear if the hike will displace the restaurant immediately, but its owner, Alba Guerra, says paying such high rent will be a struggle. “We want to try to stay here,” she said. On April 1, 2018, the...

Neighborhood Notes: Dolores Park updates and more

As sun shines on Dolores, safety and trash still a concern We’ve come a long way since the Aug. 3 daylight shooting in Dolores Park, most participants agreed at a small Thursday night meeting hosted by the Dolores Park Ambassadors and aimed at the park’s cleanliness and safety. “It felt pretty grim at the end of August,” said District 8...

Dueling SF ballot measures for housing, childcare reveal a city more adept at politics than governing

A tax measure boosting childcare can beat a tax measure aimed at providing housing and homeless services, even if the former garners far fewer votes. How does that make sense? And why are voters forced to choose one or the other? Art Agnos was early. The former mayor had intended to merely endorse the reappointment of a city commissioner at...

Mission: Comics & Art needs your help

Mission: Comics & Art, the Mission’s only comic book store, is struggling to stay open, and is now seeking support through a Patreon campaign with the goal of bringing in $3,000 per month. “This is a tight time of year, and I’m not exactly filled with confidence,” said Leef Smith, owner of the store. In January, Mission Local reported that...

Can the city clean up the 16th Street BART plaza?

The 16th and Mission BART station is looking a lot cleaner these days, and if city and BART officials succeed in their plans, throwing on your blinders every time you walk through the plaza may no longer be necessary. “The bottom line is, for a transit hub as big as the 16th Street BART station, it is absolutely unacceptable that...

Frjtz will take over Bayou’s space on 17th Street

The owner of Frjtz, the Belgian-inspired friterie located at 590 Valencia St.,  announced Wednesday that he will be is moving around the corner to occupy the former Bayou restaurant space at 3412 17th St. In his announcement, Santiago Rodriguez wrote that Jerome Rivoire, owner of Garçon on Valencia, and his chef, Arthur Wall, decided to sell Bayou to “concentrate on...

Suspect in break-in on Dorland near Dolores Park found dead

After a stand-off of more than three hours early Wednesday, police officers entered a residence on Dorland Avenue to find the suspect dead, according to police. The incident began at 2:20 a.m., when a man entered the residence and assaulted a woman, police said.  The victim managed to flee the building and call the police. Dozens of police, as well...