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Is the Wash Club building a historic resource to SF’s Mission?

Last week, the Board of Supervisors declined to vote on an appeal of an eight-story, 75-unit project that is to replace a laundromat at 2918 Mission St. Instead, the vote will take place once a study answers the question of whether the building is a historic resource. It will take at least four months. District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, in...

A Mexican grandmother’s dream fulfilled on Valencia Street

The three-month-old shop DCopper,  at 1017 Valencia St.,  has its roots in Santa Clara del Cobre, in Michoacán Mexico. It’s there, said DCopper’s owner, Andrea Vargas, that her grandmother, Felicitas Ornelas de Paz, snuck into the forge at a time when only men shaped copper. It would not be the first time that Ornelas de Paz ignored the rules. In...

24th Street’s Sunrise Restaurant facing $3,000 rent hike, unsure about future

Sunrise Restaurant on 24th Street is facing a $3,000 rent hike, leaving its owner unsure if she can stay in the space. It’s unclear if the hike will displace the restaurant immediately, but its owner, Alba Guerra, says paying such high rent will be a struggle. “We want to try to stay here,” she said. On April 1, 2018, the...

Mission: Comics & Art needs your help

Mission: Comics & Art, the Mission’s only comic book store, is struggling to stay open, and is now seeking support through a Patreon campaign with the goal of bringing in $3,000 per month. “This is a tight time of year, and I’m not exactly filled with confidence,” said Leef Smith, owner of the store. In January, Mission Local reported that...

SF Armory sold to developer associated with Soho House for $65 million (via SF Business Times)

Katie Burke at the San Francisco Business Times reports: A developer associated with private club and hotel operator Soho House has officially purchased a storied San Francisco building for a whopping $65 million. SF Armory LLC, an entity affiliated with Chicago developer Benjamin Weprin, who previously developed Soho House’s Chicago facility, closed on the Mission’s former National Guard Armory, according to a deed...

Success and failure on two blocks of SF’s Mission St.

In the past year, Mission activists have turned their sights on Mission Street where they would like to see restrictions on market-rate housing, more commercial controls on bars and upscale restaurants, and protections for small businesses. The efforts are couched in language to “save” the Mission. However, after a look at the businesses on two blocks of Mission Street between...

Citizen ideal for crime watchers, but not crime stoppers — by design

Let’s say you’re at work and your phone buzzes. You pick it up expecting your 100th email or text notification of the day and instead read: “NEARBY! Burglary at [Your address].” That’s the alert I got from Citizen, an app that notifies you about crimes in your area. In my experience, can be anything within a two-mile radius or so....

The SF Mission District’s invisible foot patrols

Last August, the San Francisco Police Department announced plans to nearly double the number of foot patrol officers walking commercial corridors citywide from roughly 70 to 130. Moreover, Police Chief Bill Scott said the number of foot patrols would quadruple in the Mission District. But nearly five months later, merchants along the Mission District corridors that the foot beat officers...

SF developer plans a nonprofit to build affordable housing faster

Government isn’t moving fast enough on building housing, say developers Joe and Joey Toboni, so the father and son with two market rate projects in the Mission and Mission roots,  are taking matters into their own hands. “What the public and especially the less fortunate would consider to be the government’s role in helping people in need is not happening....

Neighborhood Notes: Valencia Cyclery, Frjtz, and a tiny Discolandia

Valencia Cyclery Valencia Cyclery will be open at 1065 Valencia St., selling kids bikes and repairing all bikes. Meanwhile, its store nearby at 1077 Valencia St. will be closed on Jan. 15 for six to 12 weeks while it does seismic retrofitting. No more Frjtz on Valencia Street Frjtz, the Belgian-fries place on Valencia Street, will be closing on Jan....

SF Mission’s Shambhala reopens as recreational pot store

On Friday, politicians, merchants and stoners alike flowed into Shambhala for its grand opening as a recreational pot store. For Shambhala’s owner, Al Shawa, the road has been long and bumpy — starting first with a tense battle with the federal government and, more recently, his state license was withheld while other stores began sales Jan. 6. But today, that was...

The SF Mission’s only comic book store in danger of closing

The Mission’s only comic book store is in danger of closing and is seeking support from the community. According to a post on the Mission: Comics & Art’s website, sales were down 17 percent in 2017, equal to $72,000. Owner Leef Smith has invited people on Facebook to come to an emergency meeting on Sunday night “to help figure out...

SF businesses continue to weigh their involvement with Four Barrel

Last Thursday, Grand Coffee owner Nabeel Silmi purchased an order of 60 pounds of roasted coffee from Four Barrel. A day later, the Chronicle reported that Four Barrel’s owner, Jeremy Tooker, was being accused of sexual harassment by eight women in a lawsuit filed the same day. Now, after seven years of doing business with the coffee roaster, Silmi says...
An old classic vintage car parks in front of Discolandia building

Supes extend controls on new restaurants in SF Mission

Those hoping to open a restaurant or extend their storefronts in the Mission District will continue to face bureaucratic hurdles with the city. In an effort to curb gentrification in the Mission, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to extend so-called “interim controls” for a 15-month period on businesses wanting to convert spaces to restaurants in the Mission....