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One of the internal doors at Adobe Books smashed during a robbery on January 16, 2017. Photo courtesy of Brett Lockspeiser.

Thieves at Adobe Books Take the Cash and Leave the Books

Adobe Books was robbed for the second time this year on Monday night, thieves skipping over the books and instead taking some $2,000 in cash. “They managed to pry off the entire register box,” said Brett Lockspeiser, an employee of the bookstore collective at 3130 24th Street. “When we came inside, the keys were here but the lockbox was gone.”...
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Crime Recap: Stabbing, Seven Assaults, and Several Robberies in Mission

The Martin Luther King Jr. weekend was violent in the Mission District, which saw several assaults and robberies take place from Friday to Monday. One passenger was attacked by a cab driver, while another man was stabbed in a group attack and robbed. Several people were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The police also reported two instances of shots being fired,...
Richard Diebenkorn, Untitled, 1968; 17 × 14 inches.  Photo by Lydia Chávez

Art Notes: Go See This Diebenkorn

Brian Gross Fine Arts at 248 Utah St. has a small show, Bay Area Figurative Drawing: 1958 to 1968, that will be up until Feb 25.   It is well worth dropping in just to see the 1968 drawing by Richard Diebenkorn who you probably know most for his Ocean Park series. The drawing comes from his earlier figurative period and, despite depicting a...
Connie Rivera, owner of Mixcoatl. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Merchants on 24th Feel Displacement Pressures, Mull Protections

Merchants along the 24th Street corridor where a new proposal seeks to protect them feel the city’s affordability crisis just as strongly as tenants fearing displacement, but their views on how to remedy it are as varied as their wares. District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen’s first proposed legislation offered a trio of land-use based protections for businesses on 24th Street...
The church at 856 Capp Street. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Residential Complex Coming to Capp Street Church

A historic church on Capp Street is slated for conversion into residential units, according to new documents submitted to the city. The plans, which have been in the works since 2015, would preserve the 1927 Mission/Deco style facade of the one-story church at 856 Capp St. between 23rd and 24th streets. A four-story, 40-foot complex would rise behind it and...
Ruby at 3602 20th Street. Photo by Lydia Chávez

After 20 Plus Years in SF, Ruby on 20th Will Close

For 20 plus years, Laura James has lived in the building upstairs and run Ruby, her boutique gallery downstairs. Now, she’s calling it quits. A rent hike was not the problem – although any increase was impossible to bear because revenues have dropped every year since 2010, said James. But instead of blaming Ruby’s demise on the rent, she attributed it...
The car crash at 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue on Sunday, January 15, 2017. Photo by George Lipp.

Two Thrown from Open Air GoCar in Crash on 24th Street

A passenger and driver were thrown from a yellow GoCar guided vehicle during a collision Sunday afternoon at 24th Street and South Van Ness Avenue. Both sustained non-life threatening injuries, according to police, and were transported to the hospital. Three witnesses said they saw a grey Toyota sedan going eastbound on 24th Street when it collided with a three-wheeled yellow GoCar going southbound on...
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Today Is Campfire Gallery’s Last Day

Sadly, Craig Zaretsky and Rachel Ybarra, who opened Campfire Gallery at the corner of 24th and Bartlett Street in 2012, will close the shop after a final Sunday in the Mission. They will be missed. Zaretsky and Ybarra, who must leave the city for family reasons, created a lovely space of curated art and objects that always offered a calm space...
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Developments in Development: Decisions and Limbo

Developments in Development is a weekly column recapping real estate, business, planning, zoning and construction news. The nuns have won! It only took 20,000 signatures and three hours of testimony from 20 or so people, but the Sisters of the Fraternite Notre Dame will open a soup kitchen on Mission Street near 16th Street. This has been a drama unfolding...