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Filmmakers Offer Rides to Strangers Willing to Delete Uber

On President’s Day, Michael Morgenstern, a filmmaker who shoots commercials for tech companies and Ka-Ping Yee, a software engineer, took the hashtag to the streets of the Mission District and beyond by offering free rides to strangers who, like them, were willing to delete the app off their phones for good. Thousands of Uber riders deleted their accounts and publicly encouraged others...

Mission Police Station Captain Promoted To Commander

The San Francisco Police Department announced yesterday the promotion of six command staff members to new leadership positions – among them is Mission Station’s captain, Daniel Perea. Perea will be assuming the rank of commander, although it is unclear when his promotion will take effect. A spokesperson for the department said on Friday that the department is actively trying to fill...

Man in Critical Condition After Hammer Attack in SF Mission

A 55-year-old man was transported to the hospital in critical condition on Friday morning after he was assaulted with a hammer. The assault occurred at 12:40 a.m. at the intersection of Division and Brannan streets. According to police reports, the victim was involved in an altercation with a family member when the suspect, a 49-year-old man, stepped in to stop...

Development Delayed As SF Commission Wants Less Aggressive Design

A 12-unit building planned to replace an auto repair shop at 15th and Mission streets was sent back to the drawing board on Thursday after a unanimous Planning Commission vote to delay a decision on the project and recommend the developer make design changes. The vote came months after the Mission Economic Development Agency filed a request for a review...

Accelerator Fund Will Help Add Affordable Housing in SF

Five more apartments are about to be preserved as affordable housing by a Mission District nonprofit – and now the city is rolling out an innovative loan program to help nonprofits acquire 1,500 more units in the coming five years. When the building went on the market, “Everything seemed really bleak and scary,” said Emily Kurland, a teacher who lives in the...

SF Landlord Orders Removal of Bob’s Burgers Mural

The owner of the 20th Street sandwich shop Rhea’s Cafe has forced the removal of a Sirron Norris mural that depicted characters from Bob’s Burgers, a popular animated Fox TV sitcom. Fearing copyright infringement, the building’s owner enlisted Rhea’s executive chef and owner, James Choi, to paint over the four-month-old mural that had decorated its front roll-up doors.  The mural...

After Nearly 2 Decades Kinetic Sculptor Will Close SF Mission Studio

Growing up next to an amusement park may have inspired Carl Pisaturo’s life-long fascination with light and motion – but the Mission District is where the “lumino-kinetic” sculptor found an affordable space to transform scientific concepts into art.   After seeing rents triple and arts organizations drop one by one in a gentrifying- Boston in the 80s, Pisaturo said he...

Men’s Workwear Shop Closed Indefinitely After Overnight Blaze

An electrical fire that occurred five months ago has indefinitely shuttered the Valencia Street men’s workwear shop Arik’s. A sign that reads “store closed until further notice” behind a gated storefront hints at the store’s recent trouble, and the shop’s owner said he is unsure when operations will resume. Owner Avi Mandelbrot has operated the men’s apparel store out of its 1696 Valencia St. location...

Two Injured in 24th St. Shooting, Man Beaten with Construction Cone

A 27-year-old man is in life-threatening condition and a 28-year-old woman injured after they were targeted in a drive-by shooting near 24th and Hampshire streets on Saturday night. The pair were reportedly standing outside of Ricci’s Market at 2790 24th St. when, around 11:35 p.m., a vehicle with two unidentified male occupants drove by. As the suspects began firing rounds of...

Four-Story Building at Market St. Suffers Small Fire

One person was displaced and another is being treated for smoke inhalation after a one-alarm fire struck a four-story apartment building at 1751 Market St. on Tuesday afternoon. Fire officials responded to reports of a fire at the building, located at Valencia and Market streets, sometime around 1:35 p.m. By 1:48 p.m., the fire was reported contained. It is unclear how many people live in the...

Mission and Tenderloin Orgs Will Build Affordable Portion of Bryant St. Project

After years of opposition from neighborhood groups, a major project at 2000 Bryant Street was green-lit September 2016 after providing a portion of its land to the city to build affordable housing. Two agencies have now been awarded the contract to develop that affordable housing: The Mission Economic Development Agency and the Tenderloin Community Development Center. “It’s really the community’s...

Protest Posters Take Aim at “President” Bannon

A group of six media workers around the country have chosen to mark Presidents’ Day with posters aimed at Steve Bannon, the far-right, nationalist Breitbart editor turned top presidential adviser. They’ve started a social media and poster campaign aimed at “President Bannon,” a reference to fears that Bannon’s radical right-wing ideology and extraordinary influence make him disproportionately powerful. “He’s like...

Activists Announce Plans for Day Without Immigrants on May Day

A Mission District coalition of activist organizations calling itself the “Coalición Primero de Mayo,” or the May 1 Coalition marked Presidents’ Day by announcing its plans for another Day Without Immigrants on May 1. The day will also include a march. The coalition called on supporters to resist by not attending work, going to work, or doing any shopping.  ...

SF Planning Rules Swirl with Sewage to Clog Affordable Housing Pipeline

All it takes to delay an affordable housing project in San Francisco is $578 and filling out a simple form. Take the case of the affordable housing project at 2060-2070 Folsom Street, where one neighbor’s list of complaints – including one about sewage and flooding – could stall the project for as long as six months. Margaret Eve-Lynne Miyasaki, a...

SF Mayor Resists Funding Specialized Team of Immigration Lawyers

San Francisco leaders on Thursday stalled legislation that would fund a team of attorneys working out of the Public Defender’s office who are specialized in defending detained immigrants facing deportation proceedings. The legislation, introduced by Supervisor Sandra Lee Fewer, would allow the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office to create 13 new positions, including seven attorneys and six support staff, with...