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In Dolores Park, it’s not hard to get a beer – or art

Andrew had been sitting beside his cooler on the Dolores Park bench for just a few minutes on Saturday when a man walking down the path approached him. The guy knew exactly what he was up to. “You sell some ice cold beer?” he asked. Andrew did, in fact. He, along with many other vendors, comes to the park for...

Tattoo parlor and creative hub headed to Valencia near 14th Street

After working at Black + Blue Tattoo for seven years and winning various accolades and awards, artist Brücius von Xylander is getting ready to strike out on his own and will open Black Serum at 310 Valencia later this summer. Black Serum, while it will function as a tattoo parlor, will offer more of a confluence of creative work. “As owner of the space,...

Non profit developer opposes mom and pop store’s plan for beer and wine

At a public meeting Wednesday night, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting small businesses demanded that a mom and pop grocery and liquor store drop its application for a wine and beer license. “The onsite liquor service is the issue,” said Gabriel Medina, the policy manager for the Mission Economic Development Agency, which is opposing the application. The nonprofit agency has been...

Bike safety advocates set up human barrier between lanes

Advocates for infrastructure that better separates cyclists from drivers took to Valencia Street Thursday evening, forming a human barrier between bike and auto lanes from 16th and 17th streets. Dozens of cyclists offered high-fives and smiles as they passed through the corridor of roughly 20 yellow-shirted bike lane activists. Most drivers kept silent as they drove by, but a few  voiced their dismay. “Find...

Listen Local: Ahead of Carnaval, a conversation with Roberto Hernández

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. Some call him the “Mayor of the Mission” and you’ve seen him active on countless issues, but today’s guest Roberto Y. Hernández has also long been the artistic director of, and one of the driving forces behind, Carnaval in...

Nonprofit developer focuses on families at 16th Street project

In its layout, aesthetic and on-site services, the new housing complex planned for 16th and Folsom streets will be geared emphatically toward housing families. Up until 2008, the site operated as the shipping warehouse for a large-scale bakery. Representatives for the developers, the Mission Economic Development Agency and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation, as well as the architect and landscaper, told...

How many men does it take to steal a cell phone?

In two instances, groups of six to 10 young men attacked their victims, robbing them of little more than cell phones, according to police. In an incident at 6:23 p.m. Wednesday, ten males in their twenties approached two young men – ages 23 and 24 – and chased them from 18th and Dolores to Church Street.  One of the suspects brandished what appeared to be a gun. The suspects assaulted...

Man found dead in Bernal Heights Park (update)

Update, 5/26/17: The San Francisco Medical Examiner reports that the victim is Giovanny Alvarez, 33, a San Francisco resident. Original story: Police report that officers responded to a report of a “person down” in Bernal Heights Park around 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 25. When officers arrived, they found a male victim suffering from stab wounds. Paramedics responded, but the victim was...

Shuttered 24th St. Mexican eatery will reopen as Peruvian restaurant

About a month ago, the just over a year-old Mexican restaurant Quereme quietly shut its doors and has been revamping its interior in its 2801 Folsom St. location to reopen in June as Alma, a Peruvian-influenced restaurant. Alma’s owners are Juan Rosas Lopez, who also owns Taqueria Vallarta at 3033 24th St. and associate Jose Ruffrage.  They will be renting...

City cites itself (again) for blight on its 16th Street lot

Despite the general knowledge that bureaucracy moves at a glacial pace, graffiti abatement notices seem to arrive with lightning speed. For the second time, one city department has issued a warning to another department to clean up a lot at 16th Street and South Van Ness Avenue. Last year, it was for a blighted lot, and this year, it’s for graffiti. The...

Doc’s Clock announces June closing date, will reopen in new location in July

We all knew it was coming – the last, last call at Doc’s Clock’s original location will take place next weekend. Owner Carey Suckow announced today that the beloved neighborhood bar will celebrate its final hurrah at its 2575 Mission St. location next Saturday: Our last date at the current location will be Saturday June 3rd.  We hope to be up and running...

Pair sprays victim with mace in cellphone robbery

A 20-year-old man was maced and robbed while walking near 26th and Dolores streets early Wednesday morning. The suspects are described as a man and a woman in their mid to late 30s, who approached the victim from behind around 2 a.m. and said something to him. Once the victim turned around, the pair sprayed him with mace and took...

Mission District bilingual school unveils art with message of inclusion and unity

A circle of ceramic flowers now hangs above the 23rd Street entrance to Buena Vista Horace Mann, symbolizing the unity of the school’s community. After a year of divisive political rhetoric aimed at immigrants, the teachers and parents at San Francisco’s first public Spanish-English immersion school hoped creating the work of art would send its students a powerful message: They...

The Sweep Report: San Bruno Avenue

The removal of a homeless stronghold underneath the 101 Freeway that divides the northeastern Mission and Potrero Hill ended Tuesday with nearly all of its 53 residents accepting shelter. Aside from a few, some 43 campers accepted placement in the Mission’s Navigation Center at 1950 Mission St., said Sam Dodge, deputy director of the Department on Homelessness and Supportive Housing, which...