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Mission District to Get First Affordable Housing Project in 10 Years

By Bryan Goebel, KQED News Fix

San Francisco city officials have chosen two developers to build the first affordable housing complex in the Mission District in 10 years.

What is now the city’s homeless Navigation Center at 1950 Mission St. is slated to become 165 units of rental housing for low-income and homeless families on city-owned land that will be leased to the developers. The site is a former school that sat vacant for years.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix. 

How Group of Dim Sum Makers Won $4 Million in Back Pay

By Vinnee Tong, KQED News/The California Report

Yank Sing’s location in a shiny downtown San Francisco high-rise, its dramatic ceiling-to-floor water fountain and its crisp white tablecloths set it apart from other Chinese restaurants.

That’s one reason the announcement last fall seemed so jarring to patrons and the public: Hourly workers at Yank Sing were longtime victims of wage theft.

Read the complete story at KQED News/The California Report

Housing + Artists: S.F. Resident Talks Mission History

By Joe Rivano Barros, Mission Local

Looking back on decades-long struggles for housing, longtime Mission resident Tony Levine has been through the neighborhood’s earlier existential crises.

We are walking and talking on a Tuesday morning because Levine is interested in a wedge of a block Mission Local chronicled for "Good Morning Mission," an inexplicably residential block of 11 homes at the end of Twenty-Second Street and surrounded by the brick-red San Francisco General Hospital and the dull (and loud) Highway 101.

Levine imagines the block’s survival was a hard-earned battle. 

Read the complete story at Mission Local. 

What's Next for 13 Acres of Brand-New Parkland in S.F. Presidio?

By Melanie Hess, Bay Nature 

San Francisco’s Presidio has undergone major landscape changes in the last few centuries, from dunes and scrub to military base to today’s mix of forests and wildlife, family picnics and community events. It has also, of course, been home to a major highway, the Doyle Drive connector leading to the Golden Gate Bridge, an interruption in the park’s natural life that artificially separates the waterfront from the greater Presidio parklands.

A few years ago, though, the Presidio Trust, in partnership with the Golden Gate Parks Conservancy and the National Parks Conservancy, decided to sink that road into a tunnel and fill in on top of it, removing the highway presence in the park and creating 13 acres of new land. And that just left the question: What to do with the new space?

Read the complete story at Bay Nature. 

S.F. Police Plan Crackdown on Bicyclists on Popular Routes

By Bryan Goebel, KQED News Fix

The captain of the San Francisco Police Department’s Park Station is planning a crackdown on bike riders who roll through stop signs on some of the city’s most popular bike routes, saying “protection of life” is his highest priority. But bike advocates say police should focus traffic enforcement on the greatest threat to lives: dangerous behavior by drivers.

The comments by Capt. John Sanford were made at a community meeting last week, according to Hoodline.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix. 

S.F. Fire Department Disputes Investigative ‘Backlog’

By Dan Brekke and Ted Goldberg, KQED News Fix

San Francisco Fire Department officials are disputing the characterization of 300 or so open fire investigations as a “backlog,” with the department spokeswoman saying most of the inquiries are, in fact, complete.

KQED News first reported on the open cases, which stretch back about four years, on June 23.

That story quoted Daniel De Cossio, the department’s interim fire marshal, as expressing concern about the large number of open cases.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix.

Mission Moratorium Will Go on November Ballot

By Emma Neiman, Mission Local

The Mission District Housing Moratorium, which calls for an 18-month-long pause on the development of luxury housing in the Mission, received enough signatures to be put on the ballot in November, the San Francisco Department of Elections confirmed on Tuesday.

The petition, which received 15,006 signatures by the July 6 filing deadline after weeks of canvasing, was written by tenants' rights lawyer Scott Weaver. It calls for the creation of a “Neighborhood Stabilization Plan by 2017, with the goal to preserve and develop affordable housing in the Mission,” according to a press release from the Mission Economic Development Agency on Wednesday. 

Read the complete story at Mission Local. 

Growing Labor Movement Shakes Up Silicon Valley

By Beth Willon, KQED News Fix

In East San Jose’s Mayfair Neighborhood, a young Cesar Chavez first started mobilizing farmworkers to get them better wages and working conditions. The area was then known as Sal Si Puedes, meaning “get out if you can.”

It was the 1950s, and Chavez often drove a bus to the fields in Santa Clara County and brought back the fruit pickers to Mayfair’s Our Lady of Guadalupe Church to talk about labor organizing and voting.

Read the complete story at KQED News Fix. 

Fee Relief for Businesses Trying to Keep Dry

By Lydia Chávez, Mission Local

You could say that Chris Hickey’s 36,000-square-foot building on Folsom  Street was an experiment in flood control – one that offered a template for a change in a city ordinance that District Supervisor David Campos will introduce on Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors.

It is a change – a waiving of fees – that will accompany some new grants for flood control. The two changes are particularly relevant in the northeastern Mission, where flooding has been an ongoing problem and where the city has paid out millions of dollars in damages to businesses impacted by the city’s sewers spilling over during winter rains.

Read the complete story at Mission Local. 


South of Market to SoMa: Photographic Memory of One San Francisco Changing Neighborhood

By Angela Johnston, KALW Crosscurrents

It’s the last week of school at Bessie Carmichael Elementary on Seventh and Harrison in the South of Market neighborhood. Photographer Janet Delaney and I are here to see someone we’ve been trying to get in touch with for months — Bobbie Washington.

“Bobbie Washington was a long-term, longtime resident on Langton Street,” Delaney tells me. “She had a lot of stories to tell me about what it was like to grow up in the neighborhood.”

Read the complete story at KALW Crosscurrents.