Potrero House of Horrors: Squatters, appalling behavior, and serial fires burn up neighborhood

Last week, the onetime-stately-beauty-of-a-home-turned-fetid-wreck at 1060 Potrero Ave. caught fire. Again. But this time, gaining entry wasn’t so much of a challenge for San Francisco firefighters. In January, they kicked in the door to put...
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Listen Local: The sad — and sadly typical — tale of San Francisco’s ‘oldest house’

Last week, Mission Local columnist Joe Eskenazi and reporter Julian Mark discussed San Francisco’s oldest house and its hidden story of “eviction, displacement and misery.” Earlier that week, Eskenazi reported that the city’s “oldest house” was on...

Lawyer John Burris, black activists, stump for Tasers — and against police union’s Taser measure

“I’d rather be hit by a Taser than a bullet,” says anti-gun advocate On Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, civil rights attorney John Burris, along with the organization Brothers Against...

SF police union endorsement of Angela Alioto is bizarre, but it also makes sense

San Francisco’s bellicose police union today officially announced it is endorsing mayoral candidate Angela Alioto. The language at today’s press conference did not match casual discussions in recent weeks with Police Officers Association officials, who essentially...

Ethics watchdog’s poll says San Franciscans would like this town to be more ethical

More than 80 percent of respondents are concerned with reported behavior of former Mayor Ed Lee, billionaire donor Ron Conway A poll commissioned by the good-government group Friends of Ethics indicates that San Francisco’s voters...

Vegan Gracias Madre survives well — thank you, Mother!

“Gracias Madre” means, essentially, “Thank you, Mother Earth.” The food here is strictly plant-based, vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO, organic and Mexican. Gracias Madre is highly touted by vegetarians and vegans alike, and always packed. I’d always...