Today’s Mission


SF Police Commission addresses “issues” in SFPD body camera policy

The Police Commission voted unanimously on Wednesday for changes to the body camera policy in response to “misinterpretations,” in the words of Commission President Julius Turman.   Likewise, Police Chief Bill Scott said: “There have been some issues that have arisen that we felt needed clarification.” Turman declined to comment on what those “misinterpretations” were. However, the three main revisions...

Neighbors bristle at plan to remove trees on SF Mission’s 24th Street

For Luis Gutiérrez, the owner of La Reyna Bakery on 24th Street near Folsom Street, the decades-old ficus tree in front of his shop shields the rows of baked goods in his window from the sun and his customers from the rain. But on Jan. 5, the city posted a notice announcing it would remove the ficus and at least...

SF businesses continue to weigh their involvement with Four Barrel

Last Thursday, Grand Coffee owner Nabeel Silmi purchased an order of 60 pounds of roasted coffee from Four Barrel. A day later, the Chronicle reported that Four Barrel’s owner, Jeremy Tooker, was being accused of sexual harassment by eight women in a lawsuit filed the same day. Now, after seven years of doing business with the coffee roaster, Silmi says...

City of light, City of magic: A bizarre, frigid sporting parade far from San Francisco prompts thoughts about the downsides to our city’s many upsides.

The disgruntled men wore brown paper bags over their heads and grasped cans of beer openly in their hands — which, for those drinking in public, is the exact opposite of how it’s supposed to go. This did not escape the notice of a pair of passing cops, who directed the literal sad sacks to pour their drinks onto the...
Mural of woman and child on Balmy Alley

Mission reacts to the end of protected status for Salvadoran immigrants

On an already gloomy and rainy day in San Francisco, Salvadorans with temporary protected status in the city learned that they may be forced to leave the country by September of 2019, Trump’s administration announced Monday. The Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program allowed Salvadorans to live and work in the United States after a devastating 2001 earthquake in their home...

Supes extend controls on new restaurants in SF Mission

Those hoping to open a restaurant or extend their storefronts in the Mission District will continue to face bureaucratic hurdles with the city. In an effort to curb gentrification in the Mission, the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted unanimously to extend so-called “interim controls” for a 15-month period on businesses wanting to convert spaces to restaurants in the Mission....

SF Mission nonprofit nabs corner building for $7.75 million

The Mission Economic Development Agency — or MEDA, as most know it — has purchased a 16-unit building on the corner of 17th and Mission streets for $7.75 million. A majority of the 11 residential and five commercial spaces are currently occupied by longtime, low-income tenants.  “By taking market-rate buildings off the private market, we can keep them affordable over...

After new officer shoots and kills suspect, SF Bayview police captain wonders if his station will remain a training station

To the small group of Bayview residents who braved Monday’s rain to come to the district police station, Capt. Steven Ford said he was “absolutely shocked that there hasn’t been more of an outcry and concern about” the police killing of Keita O’Neil, 42. Officer Christopher Samayoa shot and killed 42-year-old O’Neil on Dec. 1. O’Neil was unarmed and Samayoa...

SF Mission Station launching unit to curb auto burglaries

The Mission and Taraval police stations are rolling out special units dedicated to solving the rising number of car break-ins and bike thefts in the city. The units officially begin work today, and other stations will form their units over the next year. Police Chief Bill Scott, District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, and District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee made the...

SF’s Mission will have seven cooking schools

Soon, the Mission will have seven cooking schools for the amateur chef. Civic Kitchen, co-founded by chefs and entrepreneurs Jen Nurse and Chris Bonomo, will take over at 2961 Mission St. Classes will start on Jan. 13 and there will be an open house for the community on Sunday, January 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Meanwhile, Chef Dan...

SF Four Barrel suspends business following sexual harassment allegations against founder

Four Barrel Coffee suspended business this weekend following sexual harassment allegations by eight women against the coffee company’s owner, Jeremy Tooker, that were revealed Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, the Valencia store sat locked and dormant with a note taped to its door: “We are closed today, taking care of each other,” the note reads. “You’ll hear from us soon.”...

Four Barrel sexual harassment allegations spook some customers and employees

On Friday afternoon a pall had been cast over Four Barrel Coffee, where employees and customers expressed varying degrees of disappointment and wariness upon hearing that former employees of the coffee roaster had accused its founder of sexual assault. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the story Friday afternoon. The lawsuit, filed Friday in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges that...

The story of one SF Mission dispensary and how it beat the Feds

Update (1/8/18): On Monday afternoon, Shambhala received its state license to sell recreational cannabis to adults.  Six San Francisco dispensaries open their doors today for adults looking to imbibe on nugs, fatties, dabs, brownies — you name it — free of federal wrist-slapping.  The city gave seven dispensaries permission to seek a state license and begin adult recreational sales today. Two Mission District...