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Mission Tech workers confront high rents, longer commutes

Some 70 tech companies are currently registered in the Mission District and increasingly, all are facing the same challenges that residents and other businesses have long blamed on tech – high rents and increasing wealth inequality. “Rent and staff cost a lot more in San Francisco than they do anywhere else,” said Zach Berke of Exygy, a digital services agency focused...

Universal Café – Old Timer in the Mission

Universal may look like a new gentrifier, with its line of single-20-somethings, baby-carriage-pushing-30-something-brunch-goers, and its airy/chic/industrial/schoolhouse interior, but I’ll have you know that they’ve been in that space for 23 years – since 1994! Who am I kidding? You probably already knew – I’m a total latecomer on this one. I had no idea. They even have some rock star...

Latino district reps don’t want bike sharing on 24th Street

The Mission’s 24th Street corridor, a Latino cultural enclave and special use district, is not keen on bike sharing. It recently blocked Ford GoBike roll-out and before that was the electronic bike-share company JUMP. The Calle 24 group opposes the bike-share companies arguing that they fuel gentrification by catering to newcomers. Moreover, they argue, 24th Street has no bike lanes. “Our...

Neighborhood notes: artists talking and more

Anthony Holdsworth and Nathan Tan who have exhibits at Luna Rienne gallery at 3318 22nd St. will talk about their work painting the Mission on Saturday  5-7 p.m.   Both shows runs until August 7.  FS On Saturday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. South Bay artist and graphic designer Samuel Rodríguez will discuss his exhibition, Typefaces: Caras de La Misión. The...

DA’s change of heart in SFPD police shooting of Amilcar Perez Lopez

The following piece was written by Father Richard Smith, the vicar of the Episcopal Church of St. John the Evangelist on 15th and Julian Streets and a leading advocate for justice in the five police shootings that have taken place in the Mission since 2011.  Max Szabo, District Attorney George Gascon’s press officer responded and we have included his response below...

SF Mission crime: fire destroys parked car, man robbed at gunpoint

Police and fire officials responded to a call for service regarding a vehicle engulfed by flames near the intersection of 23rd and South Van Ness streets at 8 p.m. on Thursday. According to fire officials, the fire had originated in a box that was found next to the parked vehicle and had spread over, destroying the vehicle. Police have not...

Dollar store may become 29 units of housing

Plans to demolish a dollar store on 17th and Mission streets and build 29 units of housing may be restarting, with a new design that re-envisions the 2014 contemporary, metallic design with a plainer block six-story building. The developers of 2100 Mission Street are inviting neighbors to a meeting at 6:30 p.m. on July 25 at the Mission Pool Clubhouse...

Listen Local: The story behind Stories Behind the Fog

Listen Local is Mission Local’s biweekly radio program. We broadcast live online at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. While dozens of outlets have been covering homelessness extensively, you’re unlikely to find a take on the issue quite like what Stories Behind the Fog is doing. The project combines artistic photos with a narrative from the subject’s point of...

The Sweep Report: 9th and Brannan cleared of homeless campers

A homeless encampment that had been growing in size for several months near 9th and Brannan streets was removed by San Francisco Police officers and Public Works cleaning crews on Thursday. Instead of the camp resolution process that involves weeks of preparation by outreach workers, Thursday’s sweep happened in one morning and was lead by police and public works. “This...

Sub-acute program at St. Luke’s to shut down, patients to be relocated (48Hills)

A sub-acute and nursing care facility at St. Luke’s Hospital is slated to shut down, according to a report from 48Hills. The closure could affect some 44 patients and result in layoffs for 72 employees, 48Hills reports: The skilled nursing and sub-acute units — which provide comprehensive inpatient care designed for adults with high needs, such as ventilator care — are scheduled to be...

SF Mission studio rescues Theatre Flamenco from Burger King basement

In Theatre Flamenco of San Francisco’s dance studio at 670 South Van Ness Ave, between 17th and 18th, costumes, props and posters advertising old shows decorate the walls. They are relics of the company’s past – racks of long, heavy dresses used in performances since Adela Clara, fresh from studying in New York, Madrid and Sevilla,  founded the company in...

$1 coffee and donuts all day at 19th and Alabama St.

DesignMap, a user experience design company on 19th and Alabama streets, is selling $1 coffee and donuts until 5 p.m. today. It’s their second annual fundraiser, according to DesignMap employee Sarah Lutz, who was working her shift at the stand set up in front of their offices. They donate the money they raise to local organizations. Last year, the several...

Paintball attack on Cesar Chavez St.

On Tuesday at 10:07 a.m. police reported that a group of three male juveniles attacked a 36 year-old woman parked on Cesar Chavez and Mission streets with paintball guns. The suspects were shooting at the front of the bus the victim was parked in until she stepped out. At that point the suspects fled and one of them turned around...