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Smile! You’re on a Dolores Park camera

You are now under surveillance while recreating. But why should Dolores Park be different than anywhere else in San Francisco? Stanley Roberts, the camera-wielding extrovert behind KRON’s “People Behaving Badly” segment, has referred to Bay To Breakers as “My Christmas.” But Dolores Park is proof that Christmas need not come but once a year. In a typical episode — for...

Three robberies in the three days in SF Mission

A 17-year-old man lost his cell phone, wallet and baseball cap to a mob of four men who threatened him with a knife at 16th and Mission streets at 3:30 in the afternoon Wednesday. After robbing the young man of his possessions, the men — all believed to be in their 20s — absconded into the BART station. The young...
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Healthy Spirits brings craft spirits to Valencia Street

When Rami Barqawi opened his first Healthy Spirits store in the Castro in 1998, he never thought it would transform into a “destination” for high-end spirits. Back then, Healthy Spirits was just a name, and the items on the shelves were pure convenience-store stock. “It was butter and tampons and toilet paper,” he said. But, several years after opening, Barqawi’s...

SF artist turns Mexican craft into an art form

It was on a trip to Mexico after her father’s death that Beatriz Vasquez discovered the centuries-old Mexican craft that has become the vehicle for her art. Papel picado, which involves cutting designs into layers of thin tissue paper, goes back to pre-Hispanic Mexico and is still used for events like weddings, baptisms and other festivals or ceremonies. “It’s very...

Dispute over parking space leads to knife fight in SF Mission

A dispute over a parking spot turned into a knife fight on 24th and Alabama streets at around 8 p.m. Saturday. At least two men were transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. The incident unfolded when a 27-year-old man got into an argument over a parking spot with eight men believed to be in their 30s. The men then...

Developments in Development: Rough road ahead

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. I was going to start out with a happy headline this week: People love San Francisco despite the high cost of living, a new survey says. Another chimes in with the finding that San Francisco’s eviction rate is among the lowest in the whole U.S....

After dark history, Homestead rings in 115 years

When Deb Welch first stepped into The Homestead, a bar at the corner 19th and Folsom, it was love at first sight. It was 1996, and a Japanese blues band was playing a tune in the corner. “There was hay all over the floor, and the band didn’t speak a word of English,” she said. “It was so bizarre.” Welch...

SF Mission’s Vietnamese restaurant MAU reopens

Valencia Street Vietnamese joint MAU reopened on Wednesday. Nadim Heto, the restaurant’s general manager, said all the employees were invited back, and many returned. That includes the restaurant’s chef, Kai Dang, who returned from Saigon and Da Lat, Vietnam, with fresh culinary ideas. “We’ve kept the food that you love and are introducing new favorites,” Heto said. Mau closed in...

SF pivots: Costly, time-consuming Muni fix is now being done free

Shift astounds city supervisor: “They don’t know what the fuck is going on with their buses.” In August, Mission Local broke the story that Muni’s New Flyer diesel-electric hybrid buses, which come with a nearly $750,000-a-pop price tag justified by their environmental bona fides, did not have a rudimentary pollution control device installed on them. These buses, Muni yard workers...

Free rides on Ford GoBikes tomorrow

Ford GoBikes will be free for riders tomorrow in San Francisco, the East Bay, and San Jose. Free day passes cover an unlimited number of 30-minute rides for a 24-hour period ending a minute before midnight tomorrow. A ride that goes longer than 30 minutes costs $3 for every additional 15 minutes. Getting a pass requires an app download and credit...

17th and Folsom to get $200 million flood protection

An improved $200 million drainage system is coming to 17th and Folsom streets to protect against flash floods that have menaced residents and businesses for more than a decade. The catch: it will take six years to build. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will dig a 3,500-foot-long tunnel that is roughly 12 feet in diameter. It will begin near...

Man stabbed in arm in SF Mission

Police report a man believed to be in his 30s stabbed a 26-year-old man in the arm on 23rd and Guerrero streets at 5:12 a.m. Wednesday. The suspect fled the area, and the victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. No arrest has been made. Recent calls for service to police can be found on CrimeMapping. Crime is trauma and...

Mission residents brainstorm ways to preserve district’s unique culture

The melody coming from Francisco Herrera’s guitar was the same as it was three weeks ago, when he sang a plea to community members: “Organize, my brother, organize, my sister. If we organize, we can change the world.” The message at Tuesday night’s second meeting hosted by United to Save the Mission was slightly different, more straightforward. “No more monsters in...

After decision to end protections for some immigrants, advocates push back

The Trump administration’s decision Monday to end temporary protections for Nicaraguans has put hundreds of thousands of other Central American immigrants on edge. Advocates urged all residents on temporary protected status to look at ways in which they might become permanent immigrants. “We’re calling all TPS holders from all 13 countries, as well as Dreamers, to continue to seek legal...