Valencia Street

“Accidente por Tacuasines en el Camino” [Accident caused by opossums in the road]

Tz’utuhil Mayan Artist to Exhibit, Visit at Glama-Rama

An exhibition of paintings by Tz’utuhil Mayan artist, Diego Isaias Hernández Méndez from Guatemala, just opened at Glama-Rama on Valencia Street. The exhibition is entitled “The Maya Cosmos: Humans out of synch with the natural world.” It includes colorful oil paintings of the spirits that inhabit the Maya world but are often unseen by humans even though animals may realize...
No parking signs lined up on Bartlett dated for production day.  Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Filming on Valencia St. to Block Parking Spaces

Cameras will be rolling inside of a private Valencia Street residence on Friday where scenes for an upcoming TV series, “Chance”, are set to be filmed. Featuring “House” star Hugh Laurie, “Chance” focuses on a San Francisco-based neuropsychiatrist and is slated to launch on October 19 on the streaming service Hulu. Flyers alerting Mission residents of the temporary filming activity indicate that...
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Music, Makers and Civics at Sunday Streets

A somewhat blustery and slightly overcast day didn’t deter hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists from strolling or cruising along Valencia Street on Sunday. Live music in the streets and clouds of bubbles are hard to resist. But the civic engagement groups were particularly noticeable at this particular iteration of Sunday Streets as well, with both local political hopefuls and a plethora of...
Activist Lisa "Tiny" Gray-Garcia calls for a 90-day moratorium on police "use of force" outside of Mission Police Station on August 15. Photo by Laura Waxmann

SF Activists Call For Moratorium on SFPD Use of Force

Activists and community members gathered in front of Mission Police Station on Monday afternoon called on the San Francisco Police Department to prohibit its officers from using weapons and force of any kind against civilians for the next 90 days. Representatives of organizations advocating for homeless rights and against police brutality supported the moratorium and also called for a state...
Scaffolding around the Vida condo construction. File Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

Developments in Development: Game On

I’ve already made a stupid joke in this column about development, real estate, and gentrification not being a game when a game was made about it. But woe is me, I just heard about TWO new games about real estate and development – I jumped the gun! The fun thing is that the games are almost completely at odds in...
Church parking on Guerrero Street  between 18th and 19th in September 2014. Photo by Elizabeth Zitrin

Transit Board to Mull Formalizing Median Parking in Mission District

Mission District churchgoers who park in the middle of Dolores street on Sundays may be getting legal sanction from the city to continue their practice as early as next week. The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency’s board of directors will make a preliminary decision on Tuesday that could legalize the well-established but controversial practice of parking in the medians on...
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SF Mission’s La Rondalla Closed

La Rondalla, the Mexican restaurant and cantina at 901 Valencia St., closed down quietly sometime last week and posted a handwritten note in its storefront window informing patrons of its closure. The inconspicuous note thanked the community for its patronage and appeared to have been posted some time before the weekend, but as of Monday, it had been taken down....
Azhar Hashem stands in front of her first Mediterranean restaurant, Tawla, set to open at 206 Valencia St. in early June. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Former Google Exec Brings Mediterranean Food to Lower Valencia

A seven-year itch led former Google executive Azhar Hashem to trade her corporate career for her 66-seat dream – a restaurant space at 206 Valencia st., where she will open the Mediterranean eatery “Tawla” on Thursday. Tired after years of working long hours at Google and a daily commute between the Mission and Silicon Valley, Hashem decided it was time...
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Valencia Bike Counter Activated for Bike to Work Day

After being vandalized last week, the brand-new Valencia Street bike counter is back to counting cyclists in the northbound bike lane on Valencia Street between 17th and 18th streets, just in time for Bike to Work Day. In the early afternoon, more than 1,500 cyclists had already passed the counter (give or take a few skateboarders, who also trigger the sensor).  ...
Photo by Lola M. Chavez

ATA Screenings, Fundraisers Not to Miss

Our friends at ATA have several events coming up to help raise money for their rent: This Friday (April 29) there is a night of short films made by queer filmmakers who have been raised here in SF and are still living in the Bay Area. Saturday (April 30) Join ATA for a night of “punk- documentarian.” Next Thursday (May 5) An...
File photo: Ilyich Sato, also known as the rapper Equipto, speaks at a community meeting about police shootings. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Mother and Son Will Begin Hunger Strike Today at SF Mission District Police Station

A group of Mission activists announced today that they will stage a hunger strike, beginning Thursday, April 21, until San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee steps down or Police Chief Greg Suhr is fired. Rapper Equipto (whose legal name is Ilych Sato), Ike Pinkston of the Valencia Street–based Black and Brown Social Club, and Sato’s mother, Maria Cristina Gutierrez, will begin their hunger...
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New Tech Shuttle Stops Proposed Along 26th and Valencia Streets

In addition to new commuter shuttle stop zones at Dolores Street between 18th and 19th streets and at 16th and Sanchez streets, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is proposing to remove two current stops along Valencia Street, one at 24th Street and one at 25th Street, and replacing them with stops at 26th Street. This proposal comes as part of an ongoing effort to...
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Police Shooting Protest Interrupts Sunday Streets

Some 40 or so protesters gathered this morning at 11 a.m. at Dolores Park near 18th Street to protest the fatal police shooting last week of 45-year-old homeless man Luis Gongora. Gongora was shot and killed on Thursday after police say he lunged at them with a 13-inch knife. Several witnesses have disputed that account, however, saying Gongora’s knife was at his...
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Sunday Streets Kicks Off This Weekend in SF Mission

Sunday Streets will kick off its 2016 season along Valencia Street on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m and representatives from the Golden State Warriors will be there — but without any of the players themselves. This will be Sunday Street’s ninth year of hosting booths and activities on different San Francisco streets and will run on eight Sundays from April 10 through November 13....