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People We Meet

 

People We Meet
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...

The Kids Could Not Believe It

The Kids Could Not Believe It

Frank Lara, teacher. "The week after Trump got elected, we organized a march against hate here at our school. Families came. It was something like 700 people. "One of the conversation with the kids was: 'Oh well, Donald Trump is so dumb!' "I had to pause and be like,...

America and the New Frontier

America and the New Frontier

I saw Denny Smith, 64, pushing a cart loaded with books down Valencia Street. He was on his way to give them to the Community Thrift Store. How did you decide what to get rid of? Some are books that I’ve either read or, like the Chemistry of Non-Aqueous Solvents,...

Puffer Fish and Dave Eggers

Puffer Fish and Dave Eggers

Eva Shantharam, a deckhand at 826 Valencia. How did you come across this job? I had been volunteering at 826 Valencia and saw the job opening. I recently finished grad school and the part-time job was a great fit for me because I wanted to focus on my writing. I’m...

Painting Mission Walls

Painting Mission Walls

My name is Tetris, and I came up from Los Angeles to do this collaboration wall that I'm painting with my crew, we are known as the WAI crew. The theme of the wall is 'wild animal instincts' – we are intending for it to be a memorial piece for one of our graffiti...

Painting with Mission Colors

Painting with Mission Colors

Jessica Joy Jirsa paints urban landscapes from the Mission and San Francisco. She gets to know people who live in the areas she paints because they see her on their way to and from home. "I started this on Tuesday and came back today. I was daring it to rain!" Despite...

Preferably booking life

Preferably booking life

Alvin Orloff, manager, Dog Eared Books [Today’s been] the same as always: buy books, sell books, shelve books, price books, rearrange books, look at books, recommend books, help people find books. The minute I was shown books, I preferred them to reality instantly....

SF State studying, Farina working

SF State studying, Farina working

Nina and Evan Mission Local: What are you all up to today? Evan: We’ve been here since 11:30 Nina: [Today] was okay. We’ve had busier days. Evan: It’s hot out, so… Nina: We have outside seating, so when there’s nice weather, people come out. Evan: We can make $200 in...

Freelancing, starting up

Freelancing, starting up

Ross, freelance programer, interviewed at Sycamore Bar I’m doing web development. I was commissioned to do a subcontract for a website which is a bit of a instagram/Tumblr/Instatumblrgrambook. I’m a freelancer, so I have to get my clients by word of mouth. He came...

Keeping busy

Keeping busy

Patricia , Cashier/shopkeeper, K&D Market I’m working here five years now, but I live in Daly City. Today, I got in at around 12 and get off at around 8. Right now, I’m separating coins. Normally it’s really quiet. Somedays, there are crazy people. But usually, it’s...