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People We Meet

 

People We Meet
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...

People We Meet: While I breath I hope

People We Meet: While I breath I hope

On the corner of 19th and Mission, Shawn Cotter arranges his grey jacket on the handlebars of his girlfriend’s scooter. A cigarette between his index and middle finger, he turns to me with a good-natured smile.  “I was living in New York, but my girlfriend got a job...

People We Meet: Thy will be done

People We Meet: Thy will be done

Longtime hogs of door-knocking, Jehova's Witnesses are often at BART stations in the Mission. Their message of salvation now comes pre-loaded in their tablets. "The prophecies from the Bible are being fulfilled, and Jesus spoke of the end of everything" says Wilfredo...

People We Meet: Here comes the sun

People We Meet: Here comes the sun

Fact of life and barely commanding any attention, the change of the seasons alters the life of a dozen paleteros serving the Mission District. And, to top it all off, there are the rangers. “Those green policemen don’t let us work and keep throwing us out, but we...

People We Meet: Music pays the bills

People We Meet: Music pays the bills

A lone musician stood outside Castillito Yucateco at 2052 Mission St. plucking the strings of his guitar. Alan Augustine Aguilar, 29, was getting ready to play inside the Mexican restaurant, which specializes in Yucatecan cuisine. “I sing and if people want to help me...

People We Meet: A helping hand

People We Meet: A helping hand

Rangel Rubalcava, 42, likes to help people and enjoys showing off the merchandise at Homey, where he has worked for three months. The Mission native was born in San Francisco shortly after his parents immigrated from Jalisco, Mexico. His mother helped nurture his...

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...

What To Do

Sat 21

Mission Comics & Art: Batman Day 2019

September 21 @ 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Creativity Explored: Imaginate Saturdays

September 21 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Sat 21

Mission Comics & Art: 10 Year Anniversary Party!

September 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm