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Unprovoked Mission District attack with rocks, metal tube leaves man injured

Police report that a 43-year-old man was walking on Clarion Alley near Mission Street at 9:40 p.m. on Wednesday when, reportedly unprovoked, a man in his 40s hit him on the head with a bottle and then assaulted him with a metal tube and rocks.  The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries while the suspect fled on foot and was not arrested. Robbery At...

SF commercial tenants vie for access, homeless encampments for space

Following the Department of Public Works’ efforts earlier this month to clear hazardous tent encampments in some parts of the city, an encampment growing in size near an office building on the outskirts of the Mission is drawing complaints from some employees there.   “We have entertainment venues here that nobody wants to come to if they have to fight...

Bar San Pancho kicks off baseball season with new mural

Bar San Pancho on 16th and Guerrero streets is celebrating the completion of a new mural on its Guerrero Street side today, dedicated to the San Francisco Giants and baseball. Artists Sam Flores and Ronnie Buders collaborated on the work. The bar is celebrating with palomas and a Giants-themed beer from Anchor Brewing as well as a fried buffalo chicken taco reportedly favored...

Two men stabbed in separate incidents, one critically injured

A man is in critical condition after a stabbing early Wednesday morning near 14th and Mission streets. It is unclear how the incident unfolded, but according to police reports, officers responded to the area at 4:47 a.m. after a caller reported a fight on the street. The unidentified suspect reportedly stabbed the man in the leg and fled, evading arrest. At 9:55 a.m....

Alex Nieto memorial concert at the Brava Theater tonight

On the third anniversary of police shooting victim Alex Nieto’s death, a concert to kick-start a fundraising campaign for the construction of a permanent memorial in his honor will be held tonight at 24th Street’s Brava Theater. Nieto was shot and killed by four San Francisco Police officers on March 21, 2014 on top of Bernal Hill. Since then, the local community has mobilized...

Car splattered with acid, woman robbed and injured in her sleep in SF Mission

A Mission resident reported that his car had been splashed with acid while parked near 18th and Lexington streets sometime on Sunday. The man said that none of his property was taken from inside of the car, and believes that the attack was random. San Francisco Police Department spokesperson Robert Rueca said that the incident was likely isolated and did not confirm...

Supervisors propose excluding businesses that help build Trump’s wall (SF Gate)

SF Gate reports that Supervisors Hillary Ronen and Aaron Peskin will announce legislation today to prevent the city from doing business with companies that participate in building the wall along the U.S. Mexican border Two supervisors will introduce legislation Tuesday that would bar San Francisco from contracting with companies that seek a contract to work on the wall during the...

Smitten Ice Cream ready to open on Valencia

It was more than a year ago that we reported Smitten would be returning to its Mission roots.  At the time, the open date appeared to be in the summer, but renovation always runs over, but now it is nearly complete.  On Monday night ice cream was being made for friends and family.  The official open will be on Thursday....

Mexican presidential hopeful gets warm welcome in SF Mission

Mexican presidential hopeful Andrés Manuel López Obrador made an appearance in the Mission District Monday evening, drawing a crowd of more than 200 supporters who welcomed him to the Grand Theater, now Gray Area, on Mission Street with cheers, chants, and signs. “Es un honor luchar con Obrador,” they chanted, or, “It’s an honor to fight with Obrador.” With two...

Subversion at the bus stops!

An ad on a bus stop just south of 24th Street on Valencia Street has been replaced with a handwritten message. “Imagine a city that replaces adverts with public arts and ideas,” the poster prompts. Signed by the Subvertisers International and marked #subvertthecity, the non-ad is part of an international campaign to replace advertising with art and other dissenting messages....

Woman escapes kidnapper, man arrested in fork stabbing

San Francisco Police are investigating an attempted kidnapping near 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue on Saturday. At about 9 p.m., the female victim and the suspect, a 55-year-old woman, reportedly walked into the suspect’s residence near the intersection. Upon entering the lobby, the victim refused to accompany the suspect into her upstairs room. The suspect then grabbed the victim...

SF Mission Dance Program Highlights Indigenous Struggle

For the third year running, San Francisco’s Dance Mission Theater will present deeply political performances, this time with a focus on current points of contention like resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline, Black Lives Matter, displacement, deportation, and colonization. Among the programming are various traditional dances with little European influence. The March 24th performance will open with an Ohlone prayer and...