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Ensnared in family drama, La Victoria bakery hit with eviction notice

Famed panaderia given marching orders, but other building tenants are not La Victoria, a 67-year-old traditional Mexican bakery, and five of its subtenants are being evicted from its home on the corner of 24th and Alabama Streets – but, for reasons that are not immediately apparent, other commercial tenants of the building have not been evicted. Jaime Maldonado, La Victoria’s longtime...

Sunday Streets’ tenth season expands into new SOMA route (VIDEO)

Started in 2008 under Mayor Gavin Newsom, Sunday Streets took inspiration from Bogota’s Ciclovia, a weekly event where streets are closed to vehicles around the city and made accessible to cyclists and pedestrians. The results are more neighborhood events and “a greater sense of community”, says Livable City’s Katy Birnbaum. The non-profit organizes the event and is adding a new...

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu rumble hits the Mission, as famed instructor goes his own way

Kurt Osiander left his job of two decades – teaching Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at the prestigious Ralph Gracie Academy – on July 3rd. And, a mere six days later, he was teaching a 7 a.m. class at his very own studio at 2356 Mission Street. “They wanted me to stop playing heavy metal and stop taking my shirt off,” Osiander...

Trial for San Francisco dismemberment case stalls while awaiting autopsy

The trial of the woman accused of killing and dismembering her 61-year-old roommate continues to stall, awaiting the final autopsy report. On Wednesday morning, Lisa Gonzales briefly appeared in court to once again waive her right to a hearing within 60 days. Gonzales, who has been held without bail since her arrest on June 2, will next appear in court...

Carlos Gutierrez, mentor to troubled youth, dies at 38

Carlos Gutierrez, the 38-year-old co-founder of Homies Organizing the Mission to Empower Youth (HOMEY), was found dead in his apartment in Bernal Heights on Sunday afternoon. Although the official cause of death has not yet been determined, his family said he had long suffered from sleep apnea. His 17-year-old son and 21-year old daughter discovered their father at noon on...

Mission native Mario Alberto Silva rides wave of success into film, awards, and more

As a child, Mario Alberto Silva had music all around him. Whether it was his mom playing the piano or his dad and uncle listening to tunes on the radio, he had earfuls of it at home. Growing up between 21st and 22nd on Bryant Street, there was Latin music blasting out of every window, rap music blaring from passing...

Notes from the underground: Basement art lair offers a glimpse of the Mission’s past — and, perhaps, its future

Even if you’re looking at the ground while you walk — not a terrible idea here in the Mission — you’re probably not going to see it. Somehow, a black-and-white sign as striking as dazzle camouflage and a flight of stairs descending into a compact underground vault goes unnoticed, unless you’re specifically looking for it. And then you can’t not see...

As it nears sale, SF Redstone building tenants say, “It’s like a home”

Knock on a random door at the Redstone Building on a given weekday afternoon, and you’ll enter a San Francisco that, these days, remains largely out of sight. “You have an artist doing his shit … a weird-ass writer doing his shit, and then there’s weird-ass us doing our shit,” says Paul Boden, executive director of the Western Regional Advocacy...

The World Cup from the Mission: Liberté, Égalité, Mbappé

It went out with a bang, and the noise echoes on. Was this the best World Cup ever? The question will remain as long as soccer’s main event is celebrated every four years. The World Cup is not just the tournament itself — it’s where you were, geographically and in life. Neither of those seemed to bring the French to...

Driver barrels into food mart following two-car collision

A Toyota and a Mazda collided at 22nd Street and Potrero Avenue on Thursday afternoon, temporarily stopping traffic in front of San Francisco General Hospital. There were no serious injuries to either of the two drivers, or the sole passenger, a dog. Emergency responders brought the driver of the Toyota, which subsequently slammed into the Rose Food Mart, to San...