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Success and failure on two blocks of SF’s Mission St.

In the past year, Mission activists have turned their sights on Mission Street where they would like to see restrictions on market-rate housing, more commercial controls on bars and upscale restaurants, and protections for small businesses. The efforts are couched in language to “save” the Mission. However, after a look at the businesses on two blocks of Mission Street between...

Sigh, Mission Pie closed for cleaning

I was out of town when it happened, but luckily it won’t be too long before Mission Pie is again open — on Feb. 10th. Still, it was a shocker on Monday when I came upon the closed-up Mission Pie.  I skipped sugar for a year (not worth it) and was headed there to celebrate the end of insanity with...

Two shootings, a stabbing, and shots fired in SF Mission over the weekend

Shootings & shots fired  A 22-year-old woman was shot by two men believed to be in their 20s at 22nd and Mission streets around 1:10 a.m. Sunday, police report. Police found the woman shot after they heard gunfire and saw the vehicle driving away. The woman was transported to the hospital in non-life-threatening condition. No arrests have been made. Around...

The SF Mission District’s invisible foot patrols

Last August, the San Francisco Police Department announced plans to nearly double the number of foot patrol officers walking commercial corridors citywide from roughly 70 to 130. Moreover, Police Chief Bill Scott said the number of foot patrols would quadruple in the Mission District. But nearly five months later, merchants along the Mission District corridors that the foot beat officers...

‘Window breaker’ spares car in the name of love

A moment of levity has sprung out of San Francisco’s car break-in epidemic: one of our resident smash-and-grabbers, it seems, has a crush. “I walked past your car every day and I never break your window,” wrote the self-described “window breaker.” “You’re the shining star in my commute every morning. One day we’ll cross paths and I’ll get the courage...

SF police shooting shows lapses in procedure, but rookie cop likely to escape criminal charges

The rookie cop who was still on probation when he shot and killed an unarmed suspect in December, is likely to escape criminal charges, according to several use-of-force experts. Nonetheless, most agreed that a 30-second video shows apparent and significant breaches of procedure, and one of the experts felt these were major enough to warrant firing the officer who is...

SF developer plans a nonprofit to build affordable housing faster

Government isn’t moving fast enough on building housing, say developers Joe and Joey Toboni, so the father and son with two market rate projects in the Mission and Mission roots,  are taking matters into their own hands. “What the public and especially the less fortunate would consider to be the government’s role in helping people in need is not happening....

Neighborhood Notes: two marches, a new bar, and Jenny Lemons

Barrel Proof A new bar called Barrel Proof is opening on Mission Street between 19th and 20th streets, in the former site of Cease & Desist. Last May, Cease & Desist’s owners (also the owners of Tonic Nightlife Group bar empire, which includes Dr. Teeth) sold the bar to David Zimmerman, the owner of Cabin on Polk Street and the...

SFPD will not cooperate with ICE during expected raids, Chief says

San Francisco Police Chief Bill Scott made it clear at Wednesday’s Police Commission meeting that his officers will not cooperate with federal immigration agents during raids that are expected soon in Northern California. “Our instructions have been clear in terms of our policies … SFPD will not assist in any federal immigration enforcement,” he said. “That’s the message we’re putting...

Man attacks self-driving car in SF Mission

A man threw his body onto a self-driving car — a GM Cruise AV — causing a car vs. pedestrian collision at the intersection of 16th and Valencia streets earlier this month, the DMV reported Wednesday. Operating in “autonomous mode,” the Cruise AV was stopped at a green light, facing north on Valencia, waiting to make a right turn onto...

Three robberies, a shooting and a stabbing in SF Mission over the weekend

A man believed to be in his 20s was shot near 20th and Shotwell streets and later transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries around 12:47 a.m. on Saturday. The unknown suspect fled the scene after shooting the victim shortly after midnight. No arrest has been made. Robberies A 37-year-old man was arrested for punching a woman and trying to grab...

SF Mission District homicides down slightly in 2017

Homicides in the Mission District were down in 2017, with eight murders reported by the end of the year, compared to 10 homicides in 2016. In 2017, 56 homicides occurred citywide, compared to a total of 58 in 2016. The first homicide of 2017 took place on New Year’s Day, but 2018 did not see its first killing until last...