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Listen Local: What’s up with Prop. H, SF’s Taser measure?

On Thursday, Listen Local sat down with Father Richard Smith of Faith In Action, a network of religious communities that advocate for police reform. The topic of discussion is Proposition H, a June 5 ballot measure that would arm San Francisco Police officers with Tasers. Sounds simple, right? Not exactly, says Smith. The Police Commission, the civilian oversight body that...

Homeland security agents raid apartment on SF’s Mission St.

Some 10 Department of Homeland Security agents descended on an apartment building between Mission Street between 18th and 19th Thursday morning to execute a federal search warrant, and took one Latino man, named Brian, into custody. The Homeland Security Investigations agents, outfitted in bulletproof vests, repeatedly said it was “not an immigration matter” and there were no collateral arrests —...

SF City Attorney sues couple for turning home into illegal hotel

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is using a gunfight that surprised a sleepy street in Bernal Heights last October as part of his salvo against property owners who illegally rent out their homes on short-term rental sites such as Airbnb. On Wednesday, Herrera announced that his office had filed a lawsuit against the couple that own 212 Banks St.,...
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Filipino-fusion food truck wins appeal to return to Mission corner

A food truck serving the Filipino version of tacos, burritos and fries smothered in nacho-like toppings will return to the corner of 18th and Valencia. Señor Sisig is not, concluded Supervisor Hillary Ronen, “an existential threat to the adjacent restaurants.” In a unanimous vote on Tuesday, city supervisors reversed a ruling by the San Francisco Planning Commission to ban food...

City prostitution efforts too slow for SF Mission residents

Some 60 residents on Monday evening said over and over that prostitution on Shotwell has never been worse, and they made it clear to District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen and Mission Captain Gaetano Caltagirone that their official efforts have been too slow and ineffective. “This is the worst it’s been — the density of prostitutes,” said 77-year-old David Brownell, who...

Mission activists renounce Alioto’s calls for repealing sanctuary city rules

With about two dozen people present, a coalition of activists from the Mission district held a last-minute press conference at the 24th Street BART station to condemn plans by mayoral candidate Angela Alioto to repeal the city’s blanket sanctuary status for immigrants. The gathering happened on Friday afternoon, a day after Alioto made the plans public. As reported in the...
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New idea in SF? Manny’s, a bar for civic engagement at 16th and Valencia

Manny Yekutiel has done a lot of politics in his 28 years. He’s raised funds for the American Civil Liberties Union, briefed former President Barack Obama as a White House intern, and now works on Mark Leno’s mayoral campaign. But not until three weeks ago, when he signed the lease on 3092 16th Street — formerly V16 Sushi, on the...
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VIDEO: San Francisco Friends School hosts youth summit

Students at the San Francisco Friends School spent months studying issues like youth homelessness and climate change, then invited other middle school students to participate in a summit to learn more about what they learned. More than 230 students from all over the city joined the summit on May 4.

S.F. Cop who claimed anti-Muslim racism was accused of being “CIA Agent Impersonator” by Napa Police

The Afghani-born San Francisco police officer who last month claimed to be the victim of anti-Muslim racism and harassment is the same man who, in 2013, was deemed a “CIA Agent Impersonator” by the Napa Police Department, Mission Local has confirmed. The man “met a female on a dating website,” begins the bulletin. “He used the name Danny Costello. …...
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Shooting on 26th and Guerrero sends two to the hospital

A drive-by shooting outside of a church at 26th and Guerrero sent two victims to the hospital around midnight Sunday. The victims, two men ages 21 and 43, are in non-life-threatening condition. No arrests have been made. Police believe the suspects are two men in their 20s.  Witnesses described hearing around six to eight gunshots shortly after midnight, as well...

Neighborhood Notes: Off Top, Planning Imposters, and Victorian gets a makeover

Off Top is growing up The Mission-based cap designer Off Top is growing fast – so much so that it’s finally getting its own space on the corner of 19th and Mission streets June 1. Co-owner Armando Ramirez, 29, said the move will allow the one-year-old cap-embroidery business to focus on its own branding. Right now, he shares a space...

Weekend calendar: Cinco de Mayo edition

Cinco De Mayo is upon us, and if you’re interested in having a unique celebration, look at these Saturday events: S.F. Cinco de Mayo Celebration The official Cinco de Mayo celebration takes place Saturday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Valencia street. The festivities will take place between 21st and 24th streets and Valencia with food, music and a...