"Don't hate me!" Photo by Lola M. Chavez

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...
Amanda Ngo, owner of Duc Loi supermarket.

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....
"We are Real people!" reads a sign posted by a homeless camper on his tent. City officials planned to kick out campers on Division and Bryant streets the next day. Photo by Joe Sciarrillo.

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...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

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.
Photo by Mark Rabine

The Great Earthquake’s Marks on the Mission Are Still There – If You Know Where to Look

Picture this: It’s 5 a.m., 110 years ago. San Francisco wakes up to 45 seconds of shifting earth: (Sound by the Mission Bicycle Earthquake Tour) The 1906 earthquake left its mark, and though the Mission did not fare as badly as many other parts of town, signs of the quake still dot the neighborhood. I recently rode along on a tour...
Nathaniel Moore loads up a tape from the Freedom Archives. Photo by Laura Wenus

Revolutionary Voices Preserved in SF Mission’s Freedom Archives

Did you know that there is a little piece of history stored away in a few rooms on Valencia Street? Well, it’s not a little piece actually. It’s hundreds of little pieces. Clips of recordings of freedom fighters, thinkers, and political movers and shakers are collected in the Freedom Archives, two rooms hidden away inside a building near 16th and...

David Ireland House is Pay-What-You-Can on Sunday

The home of conceptual artist David Ireland at the corner of Capp and 20th streets has been booked solid since its opening night. But for one special day, on Sunday March 20th, the former home and now museum will be open from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. on a pay-what-you-wish basis. From cement sundaes to animal skulls to quirky altered...

Meet the Neighbors: Bank Teller Nydia (Sponsored)

A bank teller and mom shares memories of her first time in the Mission and how she’s seen it change, and talks about the people that she meets in the plaza and at the bank. Listen below, and leave a comment to be entered to win one of ten $20 BART tickets: About this project: Meet The Neighbors is an initiative...

Meet the Neighbors: Moana (Sponsored)

Moana talks about the changes she’s seen in the neighborhood and the various local organizations and businesses where she hangs out and helps out. Listen below, and leave a comment to be entered to win one of ten $20 BART tickets: About this project: Meet The Neighbors is an initiative between the Bay Area Rapid Transit and Andrea Baker Consulting...