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Construction delays opening of new SF Mission Navigation Center

The temporary, low-barrier Navigation Center for the homeless scheduled to open its doors Monday at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. was still under construction today and it is unclear when it will open. Last week, city leaders announced the center’s much anticipated opening. But on Monday afternoon, those doors remained shut and the center void of furniture and clients. A...

Early morning fire displaces four from Mission District SRO

Firefighters responded to a one-alarm fire at 5:22 a.m. Monday morning inside a low-income SRO hotel on Mission Street between 16th and 17th streets. No injuries were reported, but four people were displaced. The fire began inside the top-floor room of the three-story Frances Hotel at 2084 Mission St. By 5:31 a.m., the fire was under control, according to social...

Violence erupts at Dolores Park, twerking reveler changes the mood

A witness wrote to Mission Local describing a Sunday night party in Dolores Park that “was a lot messier” than we described in our earlier story. She said the police response time was delayed. “They didn’t need all the officers on the Castro, they needed a couple around Dolores. This is my fourth Pride and usually everyone ends at Dolores...

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,”...

Dolores Park Style: let your freak fly

We may be casual at times, but San Franciscans will go all out (pun intended) when it’s time to celebrate. Pride is full permission to let your freak flag fly, although to us, it’s really just being part of the norm. We found this weekend’s stylish set among the thousands that partied it up in Dolores Park. The fashion finds...

Dolores Park assault, party and a field of bottles, cans and cartons

Pride weekend ended at Dolores Park Sunday night with no life threatening injuries, but two incidents – an assault with a bottle and a party that triggered the arrival of two dozen police officers. The assault took place at about 9 p.m. on the southwest corner of Dolores and 18th streets. Two sisters from Ireland and some friends had been...

Snap: Raising money for the Alex Nieto memorial

Musicians and poets raised money Saturday evening for an Alex Nieto memorial. The performance venues were Adobe Books, Sun Rise Restaurant, and the sidewalk in front of La Reyna Bakery on 24th Street. The community has maintained an unofficial memorial on Bernal Heights since Nieto was killed by police in 2014. In December, the Board of Supervisors voted 9-1 to approve a...

Developments in Development: Elbo Room, Rolling Stock, Everlane

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. I don’t have much of a play-by-play housing-bubble update this week except that messages continue to be mixed: On one hand, housing prices are starting to plateau, and this is attributed by some analysts to increased supply. On the other, a UCLA study says...

At Dolores Park, dykes talk dating apps, jenga and more

All afternoon, at the 25th annual Dyke March celebration in Dolores Park, women approached Robyn Exton to thank her for helping them meet. Exton is the founder of HER, a popular dating app for queer women. “I think, in the most basic sense, helping people find love is the biggest way to give them a sense of security,” she said....

UPS shooter used stolen assault pistol to target co-workers (SF Gate)

From SF Gate:  A United Parcel Service worker who killed three of his fellow delivery drivers and then himself in San Francisco last week wielded a MAC-10-style “assault pistol” with a 30-round magazine that had been stolen in Utah and is illegal to possess in California, police said Friday.  READ MORE

No matter the party in Dolores Park, trans people talk about discrimination

The colors and music of the Trans March celebration in Dolores Park on Friday where a large crowd partied through the day hardly masked a different reality. Discrimination continues, trans interviewed said, even among the LGBTQ community.  Although the Trans March, remains a chance for them to feel safe, it is not enough, they said Constance, her colorful cape catching...