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Wash Quarters laundromat will close after a $7,000 rent hike

Patrons of the Wash Quarters Laundromat, which has been on Valencia Street for decades, will have to find another laundry as the owner can’t sustain a pending 140-percent rent hike. Laundry is simply not that profitable. “Who can reach in their pocket and say here’s an extra $7,000?” said Paul Fiol, the owner of Wash Quarters and a Mission District...

San Francisco’s next mayor is walking into a buzzsaw

Intractable issues and a quick-turnaround election make for problems. But perhaps less so for mayor-elect London Breed. A goodly number of San Franciscans — a verifiable majority — are unhappy with the results of our at last-concluded mayor’s race. We are speaking, of course, about the 97.19 percent of you who didn’t vote for Republican mayoral aspirant Richie Greenberg. Because,...

Legendary SF Mission record promoter Ralph Tashjian turns to tech at 70

Ralph Tashjian, a former radio promoter, has seen some shit – good shit, bad shit – well, just all of it. He’s seen, and done, Scarface-esque amounts of cocaine. He has worked with icons like Prince and Madonna. He’s had notable Bay Area rappers lay their guns down on his desk. In 1989, he pleaded guilty to bribing radio stations...

Mexico topples reigning champ Germany, and World Cup fans storm the Mission

Mexico’s Sunday opener at the 2018 World Cup could have gone on forever. As the game neared its conclusion, fans within the Mission District’s El Farolito Bar were less nervous than you’d think the occasion merited. Instead, they quivered with every Chicharito-led fast-break. Surfing a wave of confidence (and beers), they roared with laughter every time Germany failed to convert...

After 14 years, SF’s Little Paper Planes to close

Little Paper Planes, among the most “Instagrammable” boutiques on Valencia Street, will be closed by July after five years on the corridor and more than a decade online. “I can’t do it any longer,” said Kelly Jones, the store’s owner. Sales have declined in the last two years, and Jones said she is ready to turn the page. “San Francisco...

San Francisco police reveal videos of officer shooting fleeing man

“These videos do not look good,” Supervisor Aaron Peskin tells police Within the darkened hall of American Legion Cathay Post No. 384, police on Thursday night unveiled video footage from the city’s most recent officer-involved shooting, a chaotic June 9 affair. A crowd of around 50 gazed at the cream-colored screen that replayed the moments leading up to the shooting....

SF police accountability activists silence panel on police accountability

A group of Mission District-based activists — freshly enraged by District Attorney George Gascón’s recent decision not to file charges against officers involved in two controversial police shootings — shut down a blue ribbon panel organized to talk about police accountability. The panel included the dean of UC Berkeley’s Law School, Erwin Chemerinsky, and Commander Peter Walsh from the SFPD. The scene...

Suspect enters not-guilty plea in SF dismemberment murder case

“Obviously these allegations of dismemberment color this and make it sound terrible,” defense attorney says. Lisa Gonzales, the woman accused of killing her 61-year-old roommate before dismembering her body, pleaded not guilty at her arraignment Thursday morning. Her public defender, Alex Lilien, told the court that he is still awaiting discovery, including photographs of the deceased, and the completion of...

Gang injunctions grilled by Board of Supervisors panel

There are 53 people still covered by San Francisco’s four gang injunctions — down from 139 when the City Attorney began reviewing the program this year in response to mounting pressure. But, in an appearance yesterday before skeptical members of a Board of Supervisors committee, Deputy City Attorney Yvonne Mere firmly opposed scrapping the program altogether. She said the controversial...

Where to watch the World Cup in the Mission (even at 5 a.m.)

It’s been gone four years since the last World Cup … did you miss it? The United States sure did. The FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial Holy Grail of soccer, kicks off today, Thursday, at 8 a.m. Expect to see a parade of national team jerseys in San Francisco’s Mission District — and, with the U.S. out of the tournament...
Mark Leno concedes to London Breed

London Breed will be your next mayor, as Mark Leno concedes

A truncated mayoral campaign ended today with a truncated concession from Mark Leno. In all of five minutes, he congratulated London Breed on her victory, thanked Supervisor Jane Kim, and that was that. The brevity was likely appreciated by the throngs of reporters crammed into Leno’s SoMa sign shop, creating a situation veering disturbingly toward the Black Hole of Calcutta....