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Hoverboards Merge Uneasily onto SF’s Streets

Once El Niño subsides, “hoverboards” are expected to swerve onto the Mission’s streets and some fear that neither pedestrians, nor cyclists nor government regulations are quite ready for the new traffic from the motor-powered devices that resemble a handle-free mini-Segway. A new state law that went into effect on January 1 requires the self-balancing electric scooters to use bike lanes,...

A New Theater for the San Francisco Mission District

The New Mission Theater has been under construction for years, its white marquee derelict, its towering sign faded from red to blue. The crumbling building was an eyesore on a block of eyesores: the gutted Cine Latino across the street and the burnt-out historic apartment building on the corner of 22nd and Mission in sharp contrast to the newly-built and brightly...

Purported Shooting at Lilac Alley in SF Mission Last Week

Between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. on Wednesday, a neighbor said he saw a group of young men shoot at two women driving a black Honda on 24th Street and Lilac Avenue. He said the men called the women “bitches” and threatened to kill them, and that the car peeled away after the shots were fired. “It was five, six,...

Serena Williams Confronts Phone Thief in SF Mission

Tennis star Serena Williams wrote a post on Facebook yesterday highlighting her crime-fighting skills in getting her phone back from a would-be thief. Williams writes of a “superhero inner voice” that tipped her off that the man standing next to her at Mission Chinese Food on Mission street, an “eerie feeling” that the man “was there too long” and that something “just...

Suicide Scare Briefly Closes Mission Street

Mission Street between 23rd and 24th was briefly shut down by police between 12:45 p.m. and 1 p.m. after a 53-year-old man barricaded himself inside his hotel room and threatened suicide, according to police. At 9:58 a.m. police were called by someone in the single-room occupancy Crystal Hotel at 2766 Mission St., according to police spokesperson Albie Esparza. The caller said...

San Francisco’s Last Gun Shop Closing After City Passes New Regulations

High Bridge Arms, the city’s only gun shop for more than a decade, will be closing its doors at the end of the month as a result of new regulations passed earlier this week that manager Steve Alcairo said violate the privacy of his customers. “I think the notion of reporting my identity and what I purchase privately from a...

Kink Under Fire for Seeking Anti-Moratorium Latino

Controversy arose today over a leaked email that showed Kink.com put out a call for a “Latino Mission resident” to speak out against the Mission moratorium, or Proposition I. The staff-wide email, leaked last night, was sent yesterday as part of a plan by Kink.com to create a campaign video of people not normally associated with opposition to Proposition I,...

Film Explores Junipero Serra, History, Nostalgia

A new cinematic essay on topics as diverse as Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, the pursuit of unavailable women, and the colonization of California by Junipero Serra will have its San Francisco premiere at the Roxie Theater tomorrow at 7 p.m., a day after the pope is set to canonize the Spanish priest in a move that has faced controversy for Serra’s involvement in the brutal mistreatment of...

SF Legislators Restrict Evictions

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to approve new tenant protections that will make it more difficult for landlords to evict tenants for nuisance offenses or hike rents after certain types of evictions. “We won a victory today for all San Franciscans who care about affordability,” Supervisor Kim said after the legislation passed. “We know from the Housing...