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Construction delays opening of new SF Mission Navigation Center

The temporary, low-barrier Navigation Center for the homeless scheduled to open its doors Monday at 1515 South Van Ness Ave. was still under construction today and it is unclear when it will open. Last week, city leaders announced the center’s much anticipated opening. But on Monday afternoon, those doors remained shut and the center void of furniture and clients. A...

Rumors of citizenship troubles keep immigrants from getting legal benefits

Immigrants who can’t afford to feed their families are facing hunger rather than accepting benefits that rumors tell them could put their hopes of becoming citizens in jeopardy, according to immigration attorneys and those who work with food benefits. “We have asylum seekers who are in homeless shelters and they haven’t accessed benefits because they’re afraid it’ll affect their case,”...

Snap: Raising money for the Alex Nieto memorial

Musicians and poets raised money Saturday evening for an Alex Nieto memorial. The performance venues were Adobe Books, Sun Rise Restaurant, and the sidewalk in front of La Reyna Bakery on 24th Street. The community has maintained an unofficial memorial on Bernal Heights since Nieto was killed by police in 2014. In December, the Board of Supervisors voted 9-1 to approve a...

Developments in Development: Elbo Room, Rolling Stock, Everlane

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. I don’t have much of a play-by-play housing-bubble update this week except that messages continue to be mixed: On one hand, housing prices are starting to plateau, and this is attributed by some analysts to increased supply. On the other, a UCLA study says...

At Dolores Park, dykes talk dating apps, jenga and more

All afternoon, at the 25th annual Dyke March celebration in Dolores Park, women approached Robyn Exton to thank her for helping them meet. Exton is the founder of HER, a popular dating app for queer women. “I think, in the most basic sense, helping people find love is the biggest way to give them a sense of security,” she said....

3100 17th Street: How One Block Changed

First published on January 5, 2012 Tomorrow, the city will unveil a new park at 17th and Folsom streets at a 3:30 p.m. ceremony. It’s worth looking back at this piece Mission Local did in September 2011 to see how much 17th Street has changed in the last decade. The park adds green to a stretch of 17th Street that...

Listen Local: The Mission Community Market

Listen Local is Mission Local’s biweekly radio program. We broadcast live online at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. Now in its new home at the Placita, the Mission Community Market has been around for seven years as the neighborhood’s farmers market. But it is more than just another place to buy produce. We talk with Jeremy...

Trans and Dyke Marches look to keep space, keep pushing ahead

In progressive San Francisco, space for LGBTQ residents continues to shrink, so as Pride enters its 47th celebration, “holding space” is key, say advocates. Two of those events –  the Dyke March, in its 25th year, and the Trans March, in its 13th year – take place in the Mission District this weekend, where space has become an increasingly precious...

Sleeping man targeted in Mission District stabbing

A man sleeping in a Mission District doorway was stabbed with an unidentified, sharp object early Wednesday morning.  The 43-year-old man had been asleep near 16th and Mission streets but awoke sometime around 4:56  a.m. to pain in his back. The victim witnessed an unidentified man run from the scene before realizing that he was stabbed. He was transported to...

Troubled building on 18th Street back on the market after sale falls through

A historic and troubled property located at 2205 Mission Street at the intersection with 18th Street is for sale again after a deal with a commercial developer fell through. Its current owner, former Facebook executive Owen van Natta, is asking $7 million for the property according to the realtor for the property. He purchased it for $5 million in 2014....

One vacant block in SF’s Mission reaches back into another era

Two grey buildings on 23rd Street loom like tombstones across the bright green lawn of Parque Ninos Unidos. The two buildings, which share three addresses between them—3067, 3069 and 3071—are noticeable for their state of disrepair. The rooms are empty, the upstairs windows shattered and exteriors are a motley pastiche of white and grey. Hastily applied patches of paint cover...

Prayer service honors victims of UPS shooting

Some three dozen people gathered outside of the United Parcel Service facility at 320 San Bruno Ave. on Monday for a memorial service honoring the three drivers who were shot and killed on Wednesday morning after another man, dressed in the familiar brown uniform, went on a shooting spree.   Michael Lefiti, 46, Wayne Chan, 56, Benson Louie, 50, died...

Two arrested in separate SF Mission assaults

Police reported five assaults and two arrests in the Mission District over the weekend. At 1:39 a.m. on Saturday, a 25-year-old man was arrested near 16th and Albion streets after he reportedly assaulted a 26-year-old man. According to police, the suspect’s girlfriend was involved in an argument with the victim, who shoved her. The suspect then punched the victim, causing...