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Benefit Dampens House Fire Loss for Christina Olague

With a salsa band playing in the back patio and a packed, gyrating dance floor, El Rio’s Salsa Sunday party proved an opportunity for a community of activists, politicians, and friends to come together to help one of their own: former Mission community activist and District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague. When a fire tore through her […]

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New Film “Company Town” Explores Tech’s Influence on San Francisco

The tech industry, its money, and its political influence are hitting the silver screen next week in a new film critical of the “sharing economy” and the influence of Silicon Valley on San Francisco. “Company Town,” which will have its San Francisco premiere at the Roxie Theater on Friday, October 28, at 7 p.m., takes places over […]

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Sewage Plan for SF Mission Housing Questioned

A planned 157-unit fully affordable housing complex had its first of many public meetings at Valencia Gardens on Wednesday night and a Mission resident had virtually one concern: the prospect of increased sewage resulting in more flooding to Folsom Street. “This is gonna dump into the sewer system that’s been dumped onto Folsom Street, correct?” asked Michael Crahan […]

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SF Mission Votes on $50 Million in Affordable Housing Funds

More than 125 people crowded into a second-floor auditorium at 474 Valencia St. Wednesday night to vote on the use of the $50 million allocated to the Mission District in November’s election.   After two hours of presentation and deliberation, those in attendance opted to prioritize a “buy now, build now” strategy that would see […]

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SF Planning Commissioner Under Fire for “Reverse Racism” Letter

Activists have started a petition asking for the removal of the lone Republican on the city’s Planning Commission after he penned a letter critical of the Mission moratorium. In the letter, Michael Antonini described the measure as “thinly veiled reverse racism” and called the Mission a “low income neighborhood.” “The community is incredibly, incredibly upset […]

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Moratorium, Airbnb Regs Fail While Housing Bond and Progressive Supe Win

The third round of preliminary results is out, with 100 percent of precincts reporting. Ed Lee won re-election by a long stretch, and Supervisor Aaron Peskin snatched a victory in District 3 by more than 1,000 votes, shifting the balance in favor of progressives at the Board of Supervisors. Voters also approved a $310 million housing […]

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Activists Take Aim At New Development—All of Them

As part of an ongoing effort to fight the changing nature of the Mission District, a group of activists and community groups met Monday night to strategize on how to slow down displacement and gentrification. The key strategy: stop new market rate developments in the Mission. Around 70 people gathered at Galería de la Raza for […]

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Planned Soccer Field Standoff Came After Weeks of Frustration With Pay to Play Policy

The youths shown in a now well-known video refusing to leave Mission Playground’s soccer field when a team wearing Dropbox t-shirts comes on with a permit, had been frustrated for weeks with being kicked off their usual playing field and decided on the Thursday the video was taken to refuse to leave, according to Edwin Lindo, […]

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Campos and Chiu on Offense in Tight Assembly Race

Which David is going to Sacramento? That’s a question Supervisor David Campos likes to ask when stumping against Supervisor David Chiu, his opponent for Assembly District. It’s also a question that many voters are going to have a hard time answering this November in one of the most competitive races for Assembly in recent San […]

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New and Old Residents Engage Over Pupusas

Usulutan, a Salvadorean restaurant on 24th Street, welcomed a particularly diverse and determined crowd Monday night. Swapping business cards over pupusas, third-generation Mission residents, tech start-up founders, nonprofit professionals, recent transplants, activists and more all gathered to do the simple, but challenging, work of meeting new people. The dinner was the first public event hosted […]