Government & Non Profits

Government & Non Profits

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...

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...

Families, doctors plead to keep S.F.’s only sub-acute facility open

Nurses, advocates and family members of patients at the St. Luke’s Hospital skilled nursing and sub-acute units delivered hours of testimony to the Health Commission Tuesday, prompting the commission to ask the hospital’s operator to try harder to keep patients in San Francisco. “If my son has to leave St. Luke’s, he’s not going to live too long,” said one woman,...

Q&A: D9 supervisor on bike-sharing and encampments

Mission Supervisor Hillary Ronen sat down with Mission Local to talk about issues relating to her district. This is a monthly series – this interview has been edited and shortened for print. ML: Calle 24 recently blocked GoBike and other bike share companies from operating in the cultural district/SUD. Do you see these companies as the gentrifiers?   Ronen: I...

Two new Mission District housing projects pass planning hurdles

Two buildings proposed for the Mission came before the Planning Commission on Thursday afternoon for design reviews – the developer of 1924 Mission St, near 15th, left with instructions to make more changes while commissioners critiqued but approved 1298 Valencia St.  The seven-story, 11-unit building on Mission that would replace a former auto body shop, had already gone through one...

Dykes on Bikes Wins Fourteen Year Battle

When the Supreme Court ruled 8-0 earlier this month that the U.S  Patent Trademark Office could not prevent an Asian American rock group from registering The Slants because it viewed the trademark as offensive, Dykes on Bikes celebrated. It too could finally lead the Dyke March with a registered trademark. “This really happened! It’s finally over! We’ve finally, finally, reached...

Rumors of citizenship troubles keep immigrants from getting legal benefits

Immigrants who can’t afford to feed their families are facing hunger rather than accepting benefits that rumors tell them could put their hopes of becoming citizens in jeopardy, according to immigration attorneys and those who work with food benefits. “We have asylum seekers who are in homeless shelters and they haven’t accessed benefits because they’re afraid it’ll affect their case,”...

New Mission District Navigation Center opening with increased security

A temporary Navigation Center uniquely serving the Mission’s homeless population is set to open its doors on Monday and will come with bolstered police patrols near its  location at 26th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, as well as a private security guard on site. “We will have private security – and not make it a large police presence at...

SF homeless count shows adult, chronic homelessness on the rise

A bi-annual count of San Francisco’s homeless population released Friday shows the homeless count in the Mission District rising by 100 residents to 510, the third highest count in the city. South of Market tops the list with 3,655 homeless residents and the Bayview is second with 1,245 homeless residents, according to the tally of a single night in January....

Bills to curb fraudulent evictions compete for approval at City Hall

Tenants rights groups rallied on the steps of City Hall on Monday to oppose what they say is a weak bill to curb owner move-in evictions. The bill introduced Supervisor Mark Farrell, they argue,undermines a much stronger competing bill introduced by Supervisors Aaron Peskin and Jane Kim. Under current law, landlords are permitted to evict their tenants if they or...

Mission residents say streets beautiful by day, out of control at night

The neighbors who attended the Fix-It meeting at the Mission Pool and Playground meeting room on Wednesday talked about a neighborhood that changes dramatically at night. “During the day, we have a beautiful neighborhood,” said a man who introduced himself as Ray. “At night, we don’t have control of our neighborhood.” Residents of the blocks between 17th, 21st, Valencia and Folsom...

Tenant convention rallies the displaced

Along with legislative solutions to curtail real estate speculation and luxury developments a tenant forum on Wednesday night stressed that community resistance and engagement are key to halting displacement. “There are speculators who come in with a lot of money to get us out,” said Alicia Sandoval, a counselor with the Housing Rights Committee referring to a 27 percent decrease...

Fix-It team heads to the Mission to field repair requests

Mayor Ed Lee’s “Fix-It Team” has arrived in the Mission District and will be touring the neighborhood and meeting with residents to figure out what quality of life issues can be addressed with quick fixes. At a meeting on Thursday night, Fix-It Team head Sandra Zuniga fielded concerns from residents living in the northern Mission. “You guys can pretty much...

Coalition asks city to fund Latino success

San Francisco’s Latino population struggles disproportionately in key areas that determine success and stability, said a coalition of nonprofits that serve low-income Latino communities around the city. The groups, under the name San Francisco Latino Parity and Equity Coalition, are calling for more funding to go to services for struggling Latino families. The coalition held a press conference Wednesday highlighting...

Nonprofit developer focuses on families at 16th Street project

In its layout, aesthetic and on-site services, the new housing complex planned for 16th and Folsom streets will be geared emphatically toward housing families. Up until 2008, the site operated as the shipping warehouse for a large-scale bakery. Representatives for the developers, the Mission Economic Development Agency and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, as well as the architect and landscaper, told...