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Crash Victims’ Families Call for Better Traffic Safety

Half of the patients seen at San Francisco General Hospital’s Trauma Center are there because they were injured in traffic collisions, according to San Franscisco’s Department of Public Health. Trauma surgeons respond to a serious traffic injury about every 17 hours. Treating such injuries costs about $35 million annually. To shed light on the trauma and cost of traffic injuries...
The New Generation Health Center at 625 Potrero Avenue. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

UCSF Plans to Shutter Clinic Serving Minority Youth

See update below. One of a handful of youth clinics serving the Mission, Bayview, Excelsior, and Visitacion Valley communities will be shut down by the end of April, a move decried by school nurses who say it leaves young women and men of color without easy access to birth control, testing for pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, and reproductive health...
Iran Pont and Leonor Hernández speaking at the kick-off event for Healthy Hearts San Francisco. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

New Program Targets SF Mission Latinos’ Poor Heart Health

The Mission has been identified as one of 20 areas city-wide with unhealthy minority populations in a new program by the Department of Public Health that aims to link residents with free exercise opportunities to improve their cardiovascular health. “The main goal is to address health inequities…for African-Americans and Latinos that live in [areas] where at least 30 percent of...
Christopher Davis holds a HandUp gift card.

New Help for SF’s Homeless: Gift Cards

The latest tool to help the homeless? Gift cards. HandUp, a public benefit corportation that helps homeless people pay for things they need by creating an online account for them that donors can contribute to and check progress on, has designed gift cards that can eventually be redeemed for everything from clothes to food to bus passes. The cards also get...
One of the more high-end e-cigarettes at the Vapory Shop.

Hazy Regulations For E-Cigarettes on the Vapory Coast

The Mission’s first store selling only e-cigarettes, the Vapory Shop, greeted customers with the scent of fresh cedar walls when it opened this month at Folsom and 23rd streets. Exposed Edison bulbs hang over gleaming glass cases. The place feels less like the neon-lit stores peddling bongs and hookahs along Mission Street than an upscale watch shop. The futuristic e-cigarettes...
South Van Ness is among the most dangerous streets in San Francisco for pedestrians

The Danger Zone of South Van Ness

When Mark Morey wanted to know how often people were speeding past his South Van Ness home, he didn’t rely on mere estimates. The 49-year-old Mission resident equipped himself with a cheap radar gun, posted up near a few busy intersections, and took aim. “Almost everyone who drives down that street is driving too fast,” said Morey. “And anyone who...
Erin Amelia Ruche works on the mural she and Mike Reger have created in Clarion Alley to raise awareness about the anti-overdose drug Narcan.

Cartooning on Clarion Alley to Prevent Overdoses

Entering Clarion Alley off of Valencia Street ensures that you will come face to face with the Grim Reaper. In his shadow is a reclining woman surrounded by a cache of pills, needles and booze. She’s in the midst of an overdose, about to be saved by a yellow-clad superhero named Narcania who injects her with a syringe of Narcan....
District Nine Supervisor, David Campos, spoke outside City Hall on Thursday in support of new legislation that would help reform the city's Department of Public Health policy in regards to bedbugs.

Bedbugs Suck

“Bedbugs suck” was the mantra on the steps of City Hall Thursday, where District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim presented new legislation to help the Department of Public Health cope with the city’s bedbug problem. Kim said that when she first began campaigning for supervisor two years ago and was going door-to-door to speak to potential constituents, one of the most...
Jaime Gonzalez built a bathroom to make his restaurant ADA complaint

Businesses Hit With ‘Drive-by’ ADA Lawsuits

The owners of Elsy’s Restaurant on Mission Street have faced their share of roadblocks to operate in San Francisco. For reasons that are still unclear, the San Francisco Planning Department delayed Elsy’s opening for eight months in 2006. In 2008, a corrupt restaurant inspector asked them for money in exchange for a food handler’s certificate. The inspector was later fired...
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Public Asked to Weigh in on New Bed Bug Regulations

The San Francisco Department of Public Health went over proposed bed bug regulations at a public meeting Thursday and invited the community to weigh in. Most people in attendance seemed to like the changes but a few said that some questions still need to be answered. Richard May of Bedbug Working Group, whose members include tenants, property managers, and community...