Government & Non Profits

Government & Non Profits

Navigation Center.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Navigation Center for the Homeless Switches Focus from Housing to Triage

The city’s first Navigation Center for the homeless has changed its operating model to limit stays to one month and the centers no longer promise placement in permanent housing. Randy Quezada, communications manager at the San Francisco Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing, confirmed that the center now operates as a 30-day triage center to funnel clients into city services,...
The Dolores Street median. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Median Parking Signs Coming Soon to Dolores Street

Can you park next to the median on Dolores Street? The answer to this seemingly simple question is soon going to be: Sometimes. The specifics (there are many)  approved Tuesday by the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency’s Board of Directors can be found at the bottom of this post. The vote essentially gave the go-ahead to test parking along the...
Connie Rivera, owner of Mixcoatl. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Merchants on 24th Feel Displacement Pressures, Mull Protections

Merchants along the 24th Street corridor where a new proposal seeks to protect them feel the city’s affordability crisis just as strongly as tenants fearing displacement, but their views on how to remedy it are as varied as their wares. District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen’s first proposed legislation offered a trio of land-use based protections for businesses on 24th Street...
Zeitgeist's sunny patio. Photo courtesy of Zeitgeist.

Valencia Housing Development Stalled Over Zeitgeist Shadow Dispute

The sponsors of a 28-unit housing development proposed for 198 Valencia – the current site of an auto service station discovered Thursday the peculiar traps of developing housing in San Francisco.   This one concerned the questions of shade, legacy businesses and in the end became a debate on whether the city’s charm – a charm derived in part from legacy businesses...
Sisters Marie Benedicte (left), Marie of Angels, and Marie Valerie after getting the vote to pass permits for their soup kitchen. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

The Nuns Win at SF Planning Commission

A year of setbacks and opposition did not deter a trio of French nuns from following their calling from God – feeding those most in need. The nuns have campaigned for some ten months  to move a soup kitchen into the ground floor commercial space of a condominium building at 1928 Mission St. between 15th and 16th streets, and on...
Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

New Mission Park Opening Delayed Due to Rain

A recent spell of heavy rainfall has caused a delay in the construction of a new Mission District park, was scheduled to open to the public at 17th and Folsom streets at the end of 2016. Construction of the 31,850-square-foot park, spearheaded by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, has been underway since March, although the plans for the...
Supervisor Hillary Ronen. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

New D9 Supervisor Aims to Shield 24th St. Merchants from Gentrification

In her first move as Supervisor for District 9, Hillary Ronen on Tuesday introduced legislation that would place additional restrictions on what kinds of businesses can move into the 24th Street Latino Cultural District. She framed the proposal as an effort to support the existing small businesses in the area. “While the Latino Cultural District is a special place, it...
Amos Howard, a homeless U.S. Army veteran, stands amid the charred remnants of his tent camp near 18th Street and South Van Ness Avenue. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Homeless Man Without Shelter After Tent Blaze, Possibly Arson

A homeless man is without shelter as rain storms sweep the Bay Area, after his tent caught fire early Tuesday morning in a possible case of arson. Amos Howard, a U.S. Army veteran who has been living in a tent outside a church at 18th Street and South Van Ness Avenue, said he suspects two men set fire to his...
Road work in 2012.

Developments in Development: The Road Ahead

Developments in Development is a weekly column recapping real estate, business, planning, zoning and construction news. It’s over! Now on to the next mess that will be 2017. And much as we have tooted the horn of how horrible 2016 was, we have challenges ahead. Consider that San Francisco is, according to Curbed and the city controller, almost at its...
The Light House condos. Photo by Brian Rinker

City Cracks Down on Meditation at Luxury SF Mission Condo

Meditating for world peace wasn’t without consequences for Saytar Kamdar, who lives across from Dolores Park in one of four condos that were once a 100-year-old church. The site at 651 Dolores Street is now called the Light House, a seemingly appropriate name for a meditation space, but not according to the city planning department. Just days after the Ghost...
Photo by Laura Waxmann

Alex Nieto Supporters Celebrate Memorial Victory

A group of some 40 community members, activists, friends and family of police shooting victim Alex Nieto on Tuesday gathered around a makeshift memorial on a slope leading up Bernal Hill – a tarp strewn over a pile of rocks. A photo of Nieto smiling was imprinted on the tarp.   That memorial will soon be replaced with a bench marking...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Forgotten, U.S. Army Veteran Finds Sanctuary on San Francisco Street

When Amos Howard left the hospital after an overnight stay, a taxi dropped him off at the corner of 18th and Shotwell streets. Howard remembers heavy rains on that day – his forearms were locked in fresh casts and, already homeless for a year and a half, the 59-year-old U.S. Army veteran had nowhere to go. “They didn’t give me...
Neighbors of the northeastern Mission confronted city leaders on issues of crime and homelessness in their neighborhood on Tuesday. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Mission Residents Want No Homeless Tents or Soup Kitchen, Ask More from City

A group of residents from the northeastern Mission grilled city leaders on Tuesday about their plans for addressing crime and homelessness in the area, which many said were linked and on the rise. In the wake of a double homicide on Sunday night just blocks away from where the meeting was held, some residents expressed fear that campers are bringing a criminal element...
Gabriel Medina, policy director at the Mission Economic Development Agency, proposes housing solutions for tenants displaced by two major Mission fires. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Uncertainty Lingers for Mission Fire Victims as City Aid Runs Out

Tenants displaced by two major Mission fires gathered at the Brava Theater on Saturday for a holiday dinner, sponsored by community donations, and to discuss new housing solutions. Many of the low-income tenants and families suffered devastating losses after the fires, and most are still in need of permanent housing – some of them urgently so. Over a warm buffet...