Mission Street

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...

Saints and Remedies at a San Francisco Pharmacy

A bell sound goes off when you enter La Internacional pharmacy at 2481 Mission Street. Julieta Olivero, the attendant from Nicaragua, stands behind the counter helping a young Latina woman with the new chlorophyll pouches she just purchased. Chlorophyll, it turns out, is a natural way to treat constipation. “You have to take one one hour before you eat,” Olivero...
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Robbery on Mission Street

At 2:00 p.m. on Monday police reported a robbery at 16th and Mission St. A 65 year-old man was counting money inside the store he works for when the suspect, a 20 year-old man, punched him, took the money and fled. The victim has no life-threatening injuries. Recent calls for service to police can be found on CrimeMapping. Crime is...

A store owner and hot dog vendor refuse to give up

A tiny bark welcomes you into Productos Naturales Georgina’s at 2286 Mission Street. Popi, a small Chihuahua, sits behind the counter in his FBI sweater. “He’s my guard,” says Georgina, the owner. “He lets me know whenever anyone comes into the store when I’m in the back. I have avoided being robbed countless times because of him.” “I stocked this...

Pair robbed at gunpoint in Dolores Park, four others robbed

Criminal activity in the area over the weekend included five robberies, including one at Dolores Park. A 25-year-old woman and her boyfriend were sitting in Dolores Park at about 7 p.m. on Saturday, when two men approached. One of the men, estimated to be about 20 years old, pulled out a gun and took the victim’s purse. He put the gun...

For one vendor the street is both home and business

Abdiel Avila, 58, sets up on Mission Street every morning. He spreads a blanket out beneath the shade of a tree near 17th Street and pulls out watches, chargers, shoes, backpacks, movies, bike seats, and whatever has come his way. Once, he even tried to sell a dog someone gave him. On a good day, he says, he can make...

Fix-It team heads to the Mission to field repair requests

Mayor Ed Lee’s “Fix-It Team” has arrived in the Mission District and will be touring the neighborhood and meeting with residents to figure out what quality of life issues can be addressed with quick fixes. At a meeting on Thursday night, Fix-It Team head Sandra Zuniga fielded concerns from residents living in the northern Mission. “You guys can pretty much...

Cease and Desist to continue, but under new ownership

Far from desisting, Mission Street bar Cease and Desist will continue operations under new ownership beginning this week. Mark DeVito, who launched and owns Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem as well as Standard Deviant Brewing Company, started Cease and Desist, at 2331 Mission Street, as the Buffalo Club in 2015. When another bar by the same name based in...