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Solidarity, community on laborers’ minds at SF’s Cesar Chavez parade

Laborers, union organizers, and teachers were among those who took to Mission Street on Saturday in a parade honoring labor organizer Cesar Chavez. They chanted “si se puede,” carried signs representing various unions and schools, and reflected on social organizing. Alexa Galan-Klaus, a literacy coach at Cesar Chavez Elementary School who walked with a group that included many children, said it’s...

Smell of smoke briefly shuts down a block of 16th Street

Reports of the smell of smoke inside a building on 16th Street near Valencia Street prompted firefighters to respond to the scene Saturday afternoon, according to Assistant Fire Chief Tom Siragusa. No fire was located in the building, however. 16th Street between Mission and Valencia streets remained cordoned off for some time after the incident, however, due to a minor collision between two...

Artist coalition will dance away Trump’s 100th day

To mark President Donald Trump’s 100th day in office, an artist coalition called 100 Days Action will host a dance party featuring music and DJs from the seven countries affected by Trump’s travel ban. The event takes place Saturday, April 29 at the Gray Area on Mission Street. “We believe it is important to insist on joy when things are bleak,...

Officers in patrol cars collide at 15th and Mission streets

Police report that two marked police cars collided Thursday at 10:44 p.m. at 15th and Mission Streets. The were responding to a request for backup. Two officers were in one of the cars, and a single officer in the second. Both had their lights and sirens on as they sped to the scene at 15th and Valencia streets. The crash...

Man slain in homeless encampment remembered as burly protector

Hours before dawn on March 22, Terry Hopkins, at six feet five inches and 370 pounds a bear of a man, awoke inside of a tent on 14th and Mission streets to his girlfriend Kristina screaming. She pointed to a stranger inside of the tent in which the couple and a friend had been sleeping. The man was crouched on...

Robber flags down victim, robs him of cash and car

A woman in her 20’s robbed a 31-year-old man near 19th and Capp streets early Wednesday morning. At about 6:30 a.m., the man was reportedly driving near the intersection when the woman flagged him down. Upon getting into his vehicle, the woman procured a knife and threatened the victim and demanding his money. Fearing for his life, the suspect complied, and continued...

Activists trigger design review of Mission St. building based on similar case nearby

A neighborhood organization called Our Mission No Eviction has asked the Planning Commission for a discretionary review of 1924 Mission St. near 15th Street, where developers are proposing a seven-story mixed-use building with 11 housing units over ground floor trade shop and retail space. The request makes reference to the proposed building’s near-identical neighbor two doors down, at 1900 Mission St.,...

Homeless resource center’s director bids Mission farewell

After a decade and a half of advocating for the homeless in the Mission and throughout the city, Mission Neighborhood Resource Center director Laura Guzman announced on Monday that she will be leaving her post in pursuit of new endeavors. “I leave my heart in the Mission,” wrote Guzman in a Facebook post announcing her departure from the center that...

Elbo Room named SF legacy business as owners search for new digs

Despite the Elbo Room’s impending displacement from its 547 Valencia St. location, its owners plan to stay rooted in the Mission and on Monday the city granted it legacy business status – a possible financial lifeline. “We got officially approved yesterday,” said Matt Shapiro, one of the bar’s owners, adding that he and co-owner Erik Cantu are currently working with...

SF officials and residents face off at heated meeting on homeless shelter

At an emotional community debate Monday night some 200 Mission residents squared off with top city officials and one another over the burdens and benefits that a temporary homeless shelter will bring to a neighborhood severely impacted by tent encampments. At issue is the city’s plan to place a Navigation Center – a low-barrier homeless shelter that offers its clients...

Man arrested in BB gun beating, assault sends senior to hospital

A 19-year-old man was arrested on Sunday evening after making threats and hitting another man with a BB gun.  The incident occurred near 23rd and Mission streets, as the 27-year-old victim and two friends were walking to a business in the area. The suspect reportedly followed the group and asked them a question. The suspect then made threatening statements and, according to a...