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People We Meet

 

People We Meet
People We Meet: hit and giggles

People We Meet: hit and giggles

The view from the hill was a bit odd: optic yellow balls, a little too chunky for tennis, falling from the roof of the Dolores Park restrooms. Every minute or so, a new one would find its way from whatever was going on on the other side. In the multi-use court,...

People we meet: Better than tortillas

People we meet: Better than tortillas

Shortly after 12 p.m., Juan Urrutia was standing on the corner of 19th and Capp, hiding behind a wall and scratching away at a lottery ticket. He was behind a wall because his wife, or “mi señora” as he calls her, would be showing up any minute and scold him for...

People we meet: Taking it easy

People we meet: Taking it easy

William Stevens likes to take it easy. On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Stevens was perched on the steps of a home in front of Garfield Park. He was switching between an AARP magazine, a King Cobra can, and a pamphlet from the local city college. “I wanna go back to the...

People We Meet: DJ Dolores

People We Meet: DJ Dolores

Like the bootleg CD salesmen of old, the man in the flat cap sits in a bench at Dolores Park, three speakers blasting the tunes that his audience demands. Johnny Kemp’s Friday Night it is. At first look, he is only here for his two boys, playing around as he just...

People We Meet: Career crossroads

People We Meet: Career crossroads

Leaning against the glass in front of San Francisco Community Acupuncture, Christy Young tips the last juices at the bottom of a plastic container into her mouth. It’s kimchi that she made herself, and “it’s very stinky,” she says. “It’s a small space in there,” she...

People we meet: Basketball and a bowl of soup

People we meet: Basketball and a bowl of soup

I first heard the sound of a basketball crashing against the concrete floor and then saw the man bouncing it as he walked across the street. Sebastian Diaz was on his daily walk from his home on Folsom St. to the Garfield Park basketball courts and then to El Chico...

People We Meet: Love on the train

People We Meet: Love on the train

Technically he’s the front desk clerk, but you’ll rarely find him there. Even on a rainy morning, Raven Burnett prefers standing at the door of Hotel Royan, a 1920s hotel on Valencia Street that was converted to affordable housing in 2003. “I get tired, sitting behind...

People We Meet: The Last Romantic

People We Meet: The Last Romantic

Empty pockets can be an obstacle to the passionate soul. Latin American folklore upholds that "billetera mata galán" ("wallet kills a hunk"). That is, unless you run into Rubén Rosas. "Take them; you can come back and pay me tomorrow," he told me the night I met him,...

People we meet: home is family

People we meet: home is family

Rounding the corner onto 22nd Street, Cookie is eager to get home. He snips at another dog walking past and looks up at his owner, 30-year-old Clifford Chiu. They’re just a block from home: one Clifford says is shared with “pretty much everyone.” It’s a four-apartment...

People We Meet: Se Habla Español

People We Meet: Se Habla Español

Victor Wilson can communicate in Spanish -a talent highlighted in his nametag- but "not write an amazing essay in it." Not that he needs an outstanding vocabulary to solve this season's most pressing dilemma: iPhone or Samsung? A 23-year-old customer service...

People We Meet: Kind of a Nostalgia Thing

People We Meet: Kind of a Nostalgia Thing

Karl Bryant, 42, Mission resident. ‘Round midday on a recent Thursday, Karl Bryant stood on 19th and San Carlos, playing jazz licks to a spastic, abstract mural. “It’s kind of like a nostalgia thing,” he said of the moment. “It’s kind of like a push and pull.” The...

People We Meet: Where to call home

People We Meet: Where to call home

“I’m very young, 80 years. Can you believe it?” Maria Catalina Trujillo Lucio goes by two names. In San Francisco, she’s known as Maria. But back in Mexico, she would be known as Maria Catalina. It’s one of the differences she’s gotten used to, living in the United...

Bartending is like acting

Bartending is like acting

Danny Garland started serving beer and wine before he could buy it. He was just 18 years old in Los Angeles. Thirty-two years later, he still loves bartending. “If I was still, at this age, worried about how much money I was making behind the bar, I wouldn’t be behind...

A serendipitous life

A serendipitous life

David Kasprzak inside his pop-up shop, "Colpa Books and Video," on Mission St. David Kasprzak, an artist, art teacher and book publisher, moved to San Francisco 12 years ago. The trip he took to get here is far from ordinary. In 2001, David was hopping freight trains...

24 years in the Mission

24 years in the Mission

Thoughts and advice from Bishop Graham, 68, a retired professor and speech pathologist. Graham, born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, ended up joining the U.S. Navy where, he said, he grew up. These days, you can often see him in the mornings playing tennis on the...

It’s my home

It’s my home

Connie Rivera, owner, Mixcoatl, 24th Street A crew of colorful yet menacing lucha libre masks stare at you as you walk by the vibrant Mixcoatl at 3201 24th Street. Sonora Dinamita, Hector Lavoe, and a song featuring Marc Anthony and La India play over the loudspeaker,...

High Heels on Mission Street

High Heels on Mission Street

Francisco Marquez, owner, The Zapato on Mission Street. Zapato sells imported shoes from Mexico. “A year ago, it was better,” said Marquez of the five-year-old business that moved two years ago to its present location at 2435 Mission St., in the Plaza del Sol. Like...

At Doc’s Clock, everything works

At Doc’s Clock, everything works

Carey Suckow, owner. For three weeks now, Doc’s Clock has been open in its new space. and -- other than the move and reorganizing -- owner Carey Suckow is loving the space. “It all works,” she said of the space on Mission between 20th and 21st streets. “The...

From East Coast to West Coast

From East Coast to West Coast

Bill Schwab, 59. Bill was walking down 19th and Valencia with a smile on his face. He told me what a good day it was, and seemed to be having one himself. “I work at the Curran,” he said, then chuckled, “I’m a Curranator, which is their made-up, fancy word for an...

A summer job with papa

A summer job with papa

Carla Arana and Ivania Cortez, cashiers. Two young girls stand behind the cashier at Casa Maria Produce Market. One of them is Carla Arana, the daughter of the owner. She works in the store during the summer. “It’s fun to work here,” said Arana. Cortez, an employee of...

What To Do

Wed 20

18 Reasons: Barcelona: Traditional and Modern

February 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wed 20

MCCLA: Cine Con Cultura: La Educación Prohibida

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wed 20
Wed 20

Brick & Mortar Music Hall: Azchike, FVBE

February 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed 20

The Chapel: Daniel Romano w/ Thayer Sarrano

February 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm