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Man slain in homeless encampment remembered as burly protector

Hours before dawn on March 22, Terry Hopkins, at six feet five inches and 370 pounds a bear of a man, awoke inside of a tent on 14th and Mission streets to his girlfriend Kristina screaming. She pointed to a stranger inside of the tent in which the couple and a friend had been sleeping. The man was crouched on...

Robber flags down victim, robs him of cash and car

A woman in her 20’s robbed a 31-year-old man near 19th and Capp streets early Wednesday morning. At about 6:30 a.m., the man was reportedly driving near the intersection when the woman flagged him down. Upon getting into his vehicle, the woman procured a knife and threatened the victim and demanding his money. Fearing for his life, the suspect complied, and continued...

Activists trigger design review of Mission St. building based on similar case nearby

A neighborhood organization called Our Mission No Eviction has asked the Planning Commission for a discretionary review of 1924 Mission St. near 15th Street, where developers are proposing a seven-story mixed-use building with 11 housing units over ground floor trade shop and retail space. The request makes reference to the proposed building’s near-identical neighbor two doors down, at 1900 Mission St.,...

Homeless resource center’s director bids Mission farewell

After a decade and a half of advocating for the homeless in the Mission and throughout the city, Mission Neighborhood Resource Center director Laura Guzman announced on Monday that she will be leaving her post in pursuit of new endeavors. “I leave my heart in the Mission,” wrote Guzman in a Facebook post announcing her departure from the center that...

Elbo Room named SF legacy business as owners search for new digs

Despite the Elbo Room’s impending displacement from its 547 Valencia St. location, its owners plan to stay rooted in the Mission and on Monday the city granted it legacy business status – a possible financial lifeline. “We got officially approved yesterday,” said Matt Shapiro, one of the bar’s owners, adding that he and co-owner Erik Cantu are currently working with...

Man arrested in BB gun beating, assault sends senior to hospital

A 19-year-old man was arrested on Sunday evening after making threats and hitting another man with a BB gun.  The incident occurred near 23rd and Mission streets, as the 27-year-old victim and two friends were walking to a business in the area. The suspect reportedly followed the group and asked them a question. The suspect then made threatening statements and, according to a...

Shop local disrupted: Valencia Cyclery

We talked to Paul Olszewski, 64, owner and general manger of Valencia Cyclery in the Mission since June 1, 1985, about his business and it didn’t take long for the topic of the internet’s impact to come up. ML: Why the bicycle business? PO: I’ve always enjoyed bikes – ever since I got one when I was a teenager and...

Mission Crit IV Race Prep

The Mission Crit IV race will begin with heats at 5 p.m. today. From their website: The Mission Crit is an unsanctioned bicycle race held on a short, technical circuit in the Mission District of San Francisco. It is the first race of its kind to win approval from the City of San Francisco. The 40-minute race pits elite road racers, track racers, and bicycle...

Senior’s beating with umbrella sends man to hospital

San Francisco police have not reported an arrest in the beating of a 52-year-old man by an umbrella-wielding senior. The April 17 incident sent the victim to the hospital after he and his  70-year-0ld attacker were involved in an altercation near 16th and Mission streets around noon. That altercation turned physical when the suspect hit the victim with his umbrella, causing non-life threatening...