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Short film explores life of John Ratliff, “Swan”

Perhaps you’ve seen John Ratliff, formerly a prolific journalist, at 16th and Mission streets, feeding the pigeons. Maybe you’ve come across his Daily Rag, which he still writes with keen self-awareness. Maybe you read our story by Julio Marcial about this enigmatic street dweller. School of the Arts students Kylie Villavicencio, Ashley Escobar, Queenie Li, Sarah Jones, Phoebe Milvy-Soloff and...

Listen Local: Art in the city with Dogpaw Carrillo

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. Mission Local chats with neighborhood artist and music poster designer Dogpaw Carrillo about street art in his youth, the Summer of Love, and working with some well-known local artists. You’ve seen his work all around the neighborhood but if you’re...

VIDEO: SF art store struggles against e-commerce

The owners of Artillery A.G. discuss how online purchasing is affecting small businesses in San Francisco’s Mission District. This part of an occasional series –  Shop Local Disrupted –  that will look at how local retail is being upended by an ongoing transformation of the country’s retail economy.  On Thursday, the owners of Artillery will unveil a new look that offers...

Video: SF Mission Homeless React to Tent Ban

Frustrations over San Francisco’s homeless encampments became palpable on November 8 when voters overwhelmingly supported Proposition Q, a ballot measure that allows city workers to clear the city’s sidewalks of tents with a 24-hour notice. The measure dictates that encampment residents forced to relocate are connected with shelter and storage for their personal property. But with not nearly enough housing or shelter...

VIDEO: SF Mission District’s Duc Loi Invites 1,000 to Lunch

Duc Loi’s Thanksgiving Day lunch will start at noon on Thursday. Amanda Ngo is still looking for volunteers – community members who are interested in helping out are asked to come by the market, located at 2200 Mission st., today.  

Mission High Football Players Kneel With Kaepernick

Mission High School football head coach Greg Hill was looking toward the American flag when, out of the corner of his eye, he caught a glimpse of his varsity football team. The players had dropped to one knee as the announcer at Redwood High School’s stadium directed the crowd to stand and face the flag as the national anthem sounded....

Photo Essay: Displacement in the Mission

San Francisco: A Changing City As a fourth-generation Bay Area resident, I grew up hearing stories about the changes in San Francisco from family who grew up in the Mission, the Marina, and the Richmond. Seeing drastic changes in San Francisco over the past decade, I’ve set out during my lunch breaks where I live and work in the Mission...

VIDEO: Artists Contemplate Homelessness, Solutions

Poets got on their soapboxes, photographers and painters displayed their work, and screen-printers produced thought-provoking posters at Alley Cat Books on Friday, at the closing reception of an exhibition meant to rekindle some empathy with the homeless and ponder solutions. Among the suggestions floated by artists were ideas like adding a transfer tax on high-value property sales to help fund supportive services, investing...

High Rents Keep SF Homeless on the Street, Various Ties Keep Them Here

Many people living on the streets know that the only exit from homelessness is finding a home. But in a city with exorbitant rents, that becomes trickier than simply getting a job and submitting an application. Some already work, and others are on a fixed income. And leaving altogether often isn’t a viable alternative. Catherine Mary Kelliher is living under...

Video: Carnaval 2016 Parade Hits Mission St.

With Dolores Huerta as its grand marshal and thousands of participants, the 2016 Carnaval parade made its way down a sunny Mission Street, in a showcase of cultural diversity. Here are a few snapshots of the parade and some thoughts from the crowd. San Francisco Carnaval 2016 from Mission Local on Vimeo.