Mission Street


SF Mission’s Shambhala reopens as recreational pot store

On Friday, politicians, merchants and stoners alike flowed into Shambhala for its grand opening as a recreational pot store. For Shambhala’s owner, Al Shawa, the road has been long and bumpy — starting first with a tense battle with the federal government and, more recently, his state license was withheld while other stores began sales Jan. 6. But today, that was...

The SF Mission’s only comic book store in danger of closing

The Mission’s only comic book store is in danger of closing and is seeking support from the community. According to a post on the Mission: Comics & Art’s website, sales were down 17 percent in 2017, equal to $72,000. Owner Leef Smith has invited people on Facebook to come to an emergency meeting on Sunday night “to help figure out...

SF Mission nonprofit nabs corner building for $7.75 million

The Mission Economic Development Agency — or MEDA, as most know it — has purchased a 16-unit building on the corner of 17th and Mission streets for $7.75 million. A majority of the 11 residential and five commercial spaces are currently occupied by longtime, low-income tenants.  “By taking market-rate buildings off the private market, we can keep them affordable over...

SF’s Mission will have seven cooking schools

Soon, the Mission will have seven cooking schools for the amateur chef. Civic Kitchen, co-founded by chefs and entrepreneurs Jen Nurse and Chris Bonomo, will take over at 2961 Mission St. Classes will start on Jan. 13 and there will be an open house for the community on Sunday, January 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Meanwhile, Chef Dan...

Developer facing appeal says he’ll “shut down forever” activist “racket”

Activists intend to file an environmental appeal on a project that would build 75 units of housing at 2918 Mission St., and that plan has the developer ready to do battle. “Please consider this email to be the equivalent to a fencer’s salute before beginning a duel,” wrote Robert Tillman, the property owner and developer of 2918 Mission. “We intend...

Ronen wants answers on mental health beds and 16th Street BART station

Mission Local checked in this week with Hillary Ronen about her first year on the job as District 9 Supervisor and some of the changes in the neighborhood. Ronen talked about her goals for building 5,000 affordable units of housing in the Mission over the next 10 years, her priorities for public safety, and the complicated needs evident at the...

SF Supervisor asks BART directors to come clean “filthy” 16th St. Plaza

For months, BART Director Bevan Dufty has been out at 16th and Mission streets on Wednesday morning sweeping the trash on the plaza. A few weeks in, he was joined by District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen. Appalled at the state of things, Ronen has now called out the other BART directors, inviting them to join in the morning cleanups and...

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...

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...

Where to dance and trick-or-treat in the Mission tonight

Where to dance: “Dance-O-Ween” at 16th and Mission Dance away your demons tonight at the “Insane Roving Dance Party” starting around 8:30 near the 16th Street BART Plaza. Expect music and “surprises” — and don’t forget to wear a costume! Ghoul’s Night Out and Live DJ at Make-Out Room If you hear creepy noises coming out of Make-Out Room around...

Root Division to host art auction on Mission Street Thursday

Two-hundred-and-eleven pieces of art from more than 175 artists will be up for auction tonight at Root Division, a visual arts nonprofit at 1131 Mission Street. The organization’s Executive Director Michelle Mansour said they are expecting 250 to 300 participants at the event, its 16th Annual Benefit Art Auction. “Last year was great,” she said. “Each year it’s gotten better...

SF’s Mission Street has gone too upscale, some residents say

When you walked into Centro Del Pueblo and heard the sound of a Latino man playing his acoustic guitar, smelled the scent of quesadillas in the air, and overheard a sentence spoken in two languages, you might have thought — and may even hoped — that the historically Latino Mission Street would never change. But then you discovered why more...

DACA renewal fund reaches $3 million, thousands can still get help with renewal

A DACA renewal fund set up earlier this month by the Mission Asset Fund has gathered $3 million to help pay the fees of DACA recipients who are renewing their permits. That’s enough to pay for $6,000 application fees, and 4,000 people have already taken advantage of the fund. Two thousand opportunities (scholarships, as Mission Asset Fund is calling them)...

SF Mission businesses look forward to more police foot patrols

Mission District business owners along 24th Street said the police chief’s decision to quadruple the number of foot patrols in the next week will be a welcome change — especially after what many say has been a multi-year absence of foot patrols. Even near the 16th Street BART plaza, where merchants have had more recent interaction with police, business owners...

Neighborhood Notes: “Candi,” theoretical dentist, possible ramen

Here’s some news about local storefronts you might have wondered about: Also, though it’s very early in the permitting process, it looks like someone is seeking permits to convert at least part of the former Goodwill space into a dental office. According to the application, the work would be to remodel and convert an existing mezzanine and second floor into...