Today’s Mission

Restrictions on owner-move-in evictions tightened

A contentious portion of new legislation to combat fraudulent owner-move-in evictions has passed muster at the Board of Supervisors, giving nonprofits the right to sue landlords who illegally kick out tenants under the pretense of moving their own households in. San Francisco law allows landlords to evict tenants to move in themselves or have a relative live there, but sets...

Smash and grabs surge in SF’s Mission

On Wednesday morning six cars were found with their windows broken on 22nd Street and South Van Ness Avenue. A street over, at 22nd and Shotwell, two more cars were discovered with smashed windows.   For Gary Siegel, owner of the San Francisco Auto Repair Shop Center at 3260 19th St. where one of the vandalized cars is currently being...

Mission supervisor requests approval for hiring city workers

Mission Supervisor Hillary Ronen was not granted a fourth aide in her office to help tackle pressing issues in her district, but her plea for more resources in the coming budget cycle may not go entirely unanswered. The San Francisco Chronicle reported last week that after her request for an additional aide was blocked by fellow supervisors, Ronen has returned...

Man hits woman with can, bus driver verbally attacked

Police report a 50-year-old woman was assaulted Monday afternoon on 16th Street between Bryant Street and Potrero Avenue. The suspect reportedly had been escorted out of a shop by the woman, who was working as security there. The suspect, a man estimated to be between 35 and 45 years old, returned around 1 p.m. and threw a can at the...

Advocates for cyclists, homeless, push back on bike chop shop proposal

Police will be able to seize any bikes or bicycle parts from individuals who have five or more bikes displayed on public property, according to legislation that will be considered Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Jeff Sheehy proposed the chop shop ban to target San Francisco’s ongoing bicycle theft problem. The bicycle theft problem is concentrated in the...

A visit to the Disney Museum with Sirron Norris

“I mean, look at this. This is my favorite one, right there.” There was tape on the museum floor that Sirron Norris pretty much just ignored, stepped over, and pointed at the details of the painting – Eyvind Earle’s “Where Eagles Fly”  (1993).  In it, a dense, dark forest covers a tumbling cliffside as white mist seeps in from the...

Neighborhood group rejects bike share expansion to 24th Street

A dramatically expanding bike share company that is set to place some 31 proposed bicycle-dock stations on the streets of the Mission District this year and next year will be steering clear of one: 24th Street. There, the neighborhood group representing the Calle 24 Cultural District  – a stretch of 24th Street that is recognized by the city and state...

A store owner and hot dog vendor refuse to give up

A tiny bark welcomes you into Productos Naturales Georgina’s at 2286 Mission Street. Popi, a small Chihuahua, sits behind the counter in his FBI sweater. “He’s my guard,” says Georgina, the owner. “He lets me know whenever anyone comes into the store when I’m in the back. I have avoided being robbed countless times because of him.” “I stocked this...

Assaults send two to hospital, one in life-threatening condition

An argument turned into an assault with a box cutter early Saturday morning and left the victim fighting for her life. At 2:15 a.m., two women aged 42 and 58 had been arguing on 25th Street between Mission and Osage streets when the older one pulled out a box cutter and slashed the younger woman, police report. Passerby held the...

Community art addresses loss, healing after fire

Some 1,500 pieces of yellow and red plastic are sending a clear message to the Bernal-Mission community: home is community, and community is built on the people and stories that exist within it, past and present. Arranged to spell out the words “there is no place like…”, the pieces are attached to a fence that separates Mission Street from a...