Mission businesses band together after vandalism

Mission Local
 — May 2 2012 - 2:16pm

Although many businesses targeted by vandals on Monday night were still making repairs on Tuesday, most opened for business. Many of the employees Mission Local interviewed said the violence had brought neighborhood businesses closer.

“I think that many of the small businesses are in better dialogue with each other now,” said Bar Tartine’s general manager, Vinny Eng, adding that this gives neighboring businesses an opportunity to talk about how they could be more supportive of each other.

On Tuesday, neighbors began a fundraising campaign to help local businesses with repair costs, with a goal of raising $10,000. As of Tuesday evening, $1,800 had been raised on the website WePay.

Following a peaceful assembly at Dolores Park at about 8 p.m. on Monday, a group of 50 to 75 protesters took to the streets of the Mission. Some picked up tables and chairs and threw them Farina restaurant’s windows.

Others tried to set cars on fire along 18th Street, according to J.H. Kolsteni, Farina’s chief financial officer. Car windows were smashed and tires slashed.

Police received approximately 500 calls with reports of damage and arrested one person.

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