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Early firecrackers

At the 24th Street Bart station. Please keep your comments short and civil. We will zap comments that fail to adhere to these short and very easy-to-follow rules.
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Business as usual: what’s coming and going in the Mission

Another summer, another slew of new businesses come to the Mission. Check out what’s leaving and what’s coming below. Walking past Cha Cha Cha the night of June 29, you wouldn’t know the illustrious tapas spot will be closing after 25 years in the Mission. In fact, the owner, Ifran Yalcin, delayed the closing three extra days to have a proper farewell for the restaurant.
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People We Meet on the Dolores Park Stairs: Karl Bryant

The trumpet reverberated across the park. If you followed the sound of the music, it would take you to the top of the Dolores Park Stairs. There, you would find Karl Bryant, 45, basking in the morning sun with his shirt and shoes off. He was playing a medley of Victor Scherzinger’s and Johnny Mercer’s “I Remember You,” Anita Baker’s rendition of “Summertime” and one of his own songs that he’s still working on.
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Mission doll

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A new Spanish taverna is coming to town

Wine bars are seeing something of a resurgence lately, and the Mission is no exception. Whether extremely-hip, in-your-face, or a little bougie, newer wine spots like Bar Part Time, Shuggie’s, and Chezchez have vibes that cater to specific crowds — and share a high price point. One pair...
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Quiz of the week: What is SF’s new minimum wage?

Welcome back to our (somewhat revamped) weekly news quiz. How much you remember from the past seven days of Mission Local’s coverage? Test your knowledge with these seven questions. Will Jarrett. DATA REPORTER. Will was born in the UK and studied English at Oxford University. After a few years...
JOURNALISM

A painted pony

Want to contribute snaps? Send horizontal photos to info@missionlocal.com Subject Head: Snaps. Include 1. The photo, 2. A suggested headline. 3. Where it was taken. I am a native San Franciscan. Since becoming a photographer I’ve found The City always ready for her close-up, blemishes and all. I love doing shots here— can’t let tourists have all the fun.
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The hidden, painful history of SF’s Magdalen Asylum

Potrero Avenue at 21st Street, where Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital’s Behavioral Health Center stands today, was once the site of a Magdalen Asylum run by the Sisters of Mercy. Inside, hundreds of local teen girls were imprisoned while women struggling with mental illness and addiction sought refuge. As with many Magdalen Asylums around the world, it was largely an appalling place to live.
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Voters to decide if vacant homes should be taxed

This morning, a group of affordable housing advocates dropped off just north of 13,000 signatures at the Department of Elections and hosted a rally. Barring significant irregularities, voters in November will decide if landlords should pay a price for leaving San Francisco homes vacant. “Investors buy up old buildings and...
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San Francisco minimum wage hits $16.99 — workers rally in the Mission

On a misty Wednesday morning, some 50 people – among them cooks, janitors and drivers – celebrated tomorrow’s scheduled raise of minimum wage in San Francisco to $16.99. The San Francisco Workers Rights Community Collaborative organized the gathering at 24th Street BART Plaza. The Collaborative – made up of seven worker advocacy groups – cooperates with the Office of Labor Standards Enforcement to make sure workers earn a livable wage.
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Neighborhood Notes: Music, mimes, July 4 and more

The Community Music Center: Traditions Moving Forward. Martha Rodríguez-Salazar will host the final “Traditions Moving Forward” speaker series on June 30 at 7 p.m. Rodríguez-Salazar’s session will explore how her binational identity shaped her perspective on music and celebrate the cultural heritages that informed her as both an artist and an educator. She will also discuss her experience as a classically trained musician in Mexico City.
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Distillations: Truth and consequences at True Laurel

San Francisco has been alternating between beautiful sunny days that make it easy to be alive, and dismal, windy, overcast days that take the life out of living. This was a dismal day. The sun had left a note saying it was closing our open relationship. The wind was hissing a constant chorus of “I told you so.”
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Enough is enough

Sean — The “Snaps” feature is what it sounds like: Snapshots sent in by readers or taken by staff. So if you want Ken’s job, you can have it. So can Ken. Just a photo? I was hoping to find some organization development hints. Whatever we...
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Covid-19 Tracker: Is ‘the worst’ on its way?

Good morning, Mission, and welcome to Virus Village, your (somewhat regular) Covid-19 data dump. Hospitalizations, positivity rates, R Number models and wastewater monitoring are all up, while recorded infections remain flat. Omicron sub-variants BA.4 and BA.5 are now taking over as the dominant strains in the world and will soon...
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Fast times on South Van Ness – speed surveys document reckless drivers

“Twenty-seven!” San Francisco resident and Walk SF volunteer Marsi Fraser called out as a red truck rumbled past her. The truck was moving only two miles over the speed limit – but the number was still recorded by fellow volunteer Michele Francis. In the 30 minutes since the pair had planted themselves between 18th and 19th Streets on South Van Ness on Monday afternoon, Francis recorded car speeds between 10 mph and 40 mph. She also noticed a pattern where the cars going more than 25 mph had traveled through consecutive green lights.
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Review: BrewVino, a casual wine bar & pizza in the Mission

I’d first noticed BrewVino after having dinner at the Spanish place next, door, Destapas. The teal entryway leads into a super-cute little wine store nook that immediately drew me in. Co-owner Teddy Osmundson eagerly leaped out to welcome us, but we’d just eaten. He and his wife/partner, Carly, opened the part-retail/part-restaurant in early 2021, after five years in the business, and during all the uncertainty of the era. Their cred for wine seems to be legit. Teddy’s enthusiasm for his and Carly’s culinary endeavor was infectious, and I really looked forward to coming back.
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Love is in the air

Want to contribute snaps? Send horizontal photos to info@missionlocal.com Subject Head: Snaps. Include 1. The photo, 2. A suggested headline. 3. Where it was taken. I am a native San Franciscan. Since becoming a photographer I’ve found The City always ready for her close-up, blemishes and all. I love doing shots here— can’t let tourists have all the fun.
PHOTOGRAPHY

People We Meet: The poor historian of 15th Street

Unreliable. Poor historians. Those are the names mental-health practitioners give to clients when their biographical information is hard to verify, when their stories are disjointed or submerged in murky seas of lost or stolen documents, multiple hospitalizations, unresolved immigration issues, homelessness, and, perhaps, selective amnesia. Here is the slender thread...
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Plaza East residents demand developers stop market-rate deal

Maurice Terrell Carter, 47, has lived in the Plaza East apartments in the Fillmore his entire life, and recalls his childhood there fondly. But he also remembers when developer McCormack Baron Salazar renovated the units in 2001 and promised his mother that she could return to a fixed-up apartment. She, along with a score of others who moved out of their apartments at the 193-unit housing complex on 1300 Buchanan St. during the renovation, never came back. When the property was rebuilt, it had 83 less units than before.
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