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In New Effort, Tech Talks to an Angry Community

The first dinner to bring the new tech workers and old-line Mission residents together “was sort of heavy and charged,” said Chris Murphy, a white, 20-something tech start-up founder. His cohort, a middle-aged Latina with a long record of community activism agreed. At one point during that October dinner, held at Casa Sanchez, a young tech […]

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Chain Fight Postmortem: How Jack Spade Changed the Formula Retail Conversation

The blighted, vacant storefront at 3166 16th Street is modest in size — 6,000 square feet sandwiched between a greasy spoon Chinese restaurant and a consignment shop. Yet as the thwarted location of luxury retailer Jack Spade, the spot has taken on a disproportional significance in the Mission District: the place that may have tipped […]

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Community Meeting Reveals Sharp Differences

An event Monday evening billed as an open conversation about changes in the Mission attracted a standing room only crowd of nearly 100 people who voiced concerns about a range of issues related to what Supervisor David Campos called “a tale of two cities.” “There’s a great deal of wealth and economic development happening but […]

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Líderes de la Misión Se Unen para Detener la Violencia A Causa de Armas de Fuego

En un reciente jueves, Roberto Hernández estaba ante un auditorio repleto de autoridades municipales y cientos de colegas organizadores de la comunidad. “Estoy cansado de recaudar dinero para ataúdes”, anunció. “La norma es echarse al suelo cuando escuchamos balazos. El programa Head Start en las calles 24 y Harrison tiene ejercicios antibalaceras para niños entre […]

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Mission Leaders Unite to Stop Gun Violence

Roberto Hernandez stood before facing an auditorium packed with city authorities and hundreds of his community organizer colleagues one recent Thursday. “I am tired of raising money for coffins,” he proclaimed. “The norm is to hit the floor when we hear gunshots. The Head Start program on 24th and Harrison has gunshot drills for children from ages 3 to […]

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Forum Sheds Light on Women, Politics and Activism in San Francisco

A community forum on women, politics and activism brought together a panel of eight female leaders and about 30 community members at the historic Women’s Building on a rainy Saturday night. The panelists, split among two back-to-back sessions, were asked to “speak their mind” and draw from personal experiences to address the status of women […]

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Celebrating the Life of Harvey Milk on 34th Anniversary of His Death

A candle-lit crowd gathered in the Castro District this week to celebrate the legacy of slain Supervisor Harvey Milk on the 34th anniversary of  his murder by Supervisor Dan White. As the Brass Liberation Orchestra played, people clustered around a memorial made of flowers framing Milk’s portrait. Hosted by the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, […]

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Election Results Show Jump in Voter Turnout

With 100 percent of the city’s 596 precincts reporting, the San Francisco Department of Elections has released updated election results. At least 270,056 of 502,841 registered voters cast a ballot by or on Nov. 6. Voter turnout jumped from 51 to nearly 54 percent citywide. President Obama still leads the citywide vote in the presidential race, 83 […]

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Mission Voters Cast Ballots to Reelect President Obama and Supervisor Campos

President Barack Obama clinched the nationwide vote in a nail-biting saga Tuesday night, marking the beginning of a new term that will be defined by lingering unemployment rates, a looming deficit, rising global superpowers and proxy wars in the Middle East. “Tonight, in this election, you, the American people, reminded us that while our road […]

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Campos, Despite Little Opposition, Raises Big Treasury

Running a campaign — even when virtually unopposed — comes with a hefty price tag. Since January, District 9 Supervisor David Campos has spent $108,263 on items ranging from consultants’ fees and campaign workers’ salaries to slate mailers, according to public finance disclosure statements provided by the San Francisco Ethics Commission. His expenses, however, are […]

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Supervisors to LGBT Athletes: Step Out of the Closet

In light of the San Francisco Giants’ recent World Series sweep, members of the Board of Supervisors are teaming up with LGBT organizations to encourage professional athletes to come out of the closet. District 9 Supervisor David Campos and District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague held a joint press conference early Tuesday to promote The Last […]