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People We Meet

 

People We Meet
People We Meet: Keeping dance alive

People We Meet: Keeping dance alive

She was just a child when Angela Rose Dorantes took classes in classic dance styles at Betty May Dance Studios near 22nd and Guerrero. The dance school dated back to the 1930s and emphasized jazz, ballet and tap. That studio closed down in the 1980s, and in 1995,...

People We Meet: Stop and look around

People We Meet: Stop and look around

While charging his phone at the nearby In Chan Kajaal Park on 17th Street between Shotwell and Folsom streets, Rafael Sanabria plucked at a virtual keyboard on his phone and listened to a live radio broadcast in Spanish. Sanabria thought he had been called in to work...

People We Meet:  Keeping in shape

People We Meet: Keeping in shape

Out on the southwestern corner of Franklin Square Park, Terrence Lee stretched and vaulted himself over two green bars like an acrobat. He explained the exercise while he moved.  Part work-out and part muscle therapy, Lee said it was to stretch muscles but also...

People We Meet: We came here to work

People We Meet: We came here to work

Juan Jimenez generally works five days a week as a butcher at Casa Guadalupe at 2999 24th St. But on his two days off, Jimenez hits the streets to look for more work. Waiting outside of the U-Haul at Alameda Street near Potrero Avenue, the 49-year-old Jimenez waited...

People We Meet: A second chance at life

People We Meet: A second chance at life

As he stands watch over the restrooms near the children’s playground at Dolores Park, Michael Watkins waits. Sometimes, people need his help but most times he just makes sure no one dangerous is inside. He’s there to ensure kids can safely use the restrooms. At this...

People We Meet: The rockstar’s advocate

People We Meet: The rockstar’s advocate

Far down on the southwest edge of James Rolph Jr. Playground at 26th and Potrero, Barry Simons was enjoying the cool grass as his dog, an Australian Shepherd named Izzy, played fetch. Izzy enthusiastically grabbed one of two green balls with her mouth and delivered it...

People We Meet: Life moves pretty fast

People We Meet: Life moves pretty fast

In the span of a year and a half, Yesenia Vallejo’s life changed forever. Vallejo learned in 2018 that she was pregnant, and knowing she was expecting a baby, she moved to South San Francisco and bought a new car. “It was pretty crazy, from being single and wild and...

People We Meet: The Stradtners

People We Meet: The Stradtners

“We’re about to cook some hot dogs!” Stella Stradtner said.   Camped on the northern side of 14th Street, behind the Office Depot, Stella and her husband Scott Stradtner huddle near a small grill. Scott loads up the grill with fresh coals before they catch fire and...

People We Meet: Doggy Food Man

People We Meet: Doggy Food Man

  Walking down Cesar Chavez Street, Paul Crowell is enduring the delicate task of walking a small, yet curious dog to its owner.    “This is Dipsy. She’s not mine, she’s a work dog,” Crowell said.   By work dog, he means a dog he cares for during work hours. On most...

People We Meet: Speaking through music

People We Meet: Speaking through music

The Argentine native Gustavo sat on a concrete bench, banging on his drum in Dolores Park with gusto.

“I cannot speak English [very well], but I can communicate with music,” he said as he played an afro-Caribbean style of drumming that he learned at the Community Music Center on 21st and Capp St.

Gustavo, who moved to San Francisco in 2000 and currently cleans houses and lives with a friend in Bernal Heights, said this style of was new to him and part of the neighborhood’s past.

People We Meet:  Right here, right now

People We Meet: Right here, right now

I found Justin Mayfield in front of Therapy Stores on Valencia Street, offering free poems to anyone on the sidewalk. It’s an activity that ties is life together.  “Some people call it the Dao, some call it God, some people call it the universe. Whatever it is, to be...

People We Meet: The sleeper from Brisbane

People We Meet: The sleeper from Brisbane

On the southern edge of the Mission between 26th and Mission streets, a glossy black compact car rumbles over the battered pavement. Its loud exhaust notes carry the tones belonging to a turbo-charged engine but a manual transmission dictates the pace at which all 215...

People We Meet: Keychains for a dollar

People We Meet: Keychains for a dollar

On the sidewalk next to the US Bank building at 2601 Mission street, 62 year old Gustavo Palma digs out a set of trinkets and lays them out on the building’s embankment. There are keychains, lanyards, packets of fake play money and other little toys.    “The little...

People We Meet: Soccer city lives on

People We Meet: Soccer city lives on

Touring around 24th Street with his one-year-old dog Gus, Kevin Canote calls his time in San Francisco s a much needed mini-vacation.    “My mom lives here, and it’s good to get out of Portland,” he said.   Canote has something of a dream job. Six years ago, he was a...