Carrie Sisto

Oct 07, 2020
San Francisco Union Square

City sued for SFPD use of private cameras to track May and June protests in Union Square

Three protestors are suing San Francisco after police accessed a privately-run network of security cameras to surveil organized protests against police violence this summer. Read More

Oct 02, 2020
San Francisco Union Square

[Update] Man killed in Union Square shooting linked to violent May robbery in Fremont

SFPD are investigating a shooting that left one man dead onside the luxury stores on the 100 block of Geary Street. Read More

Sep 25, 2020
San Francisco Civic Center Lower Pac Heights Marina Pacific Heights Tenderloin

City offers grants to Van Ness businesses impacted by construction, but some say it's not enough

With construction now two years behind schedule, area businesses say the grants won't make a dent in their six-figure revenue losses. Read More

Sep 18, 2020
San Francisco Civic Center Tenderloin

Tenderloin's car-free outdoor dining program to launch next week

Three blocks of the Tenderloin will be closed to cars for outdoor dining and shopping. Read More

Aug 27, 2020
San Francisco Civic Center Mid-Market Tenderloin

Tenderloin to finally get street closure for kids' play space, after months of delay [Updated]

The city's densest and most child-heavy neighborhood is set to close a block to cars each Saturday afternoon. But it still faces headwinds to creating more outdoor space. Read More

Aug 25, 2020
San Francisco Civic Center Tenderloin

Tenderloin's 'pothole artist' embarks on most ambitious project yet

After years of covertly filling Tenderloin sidewalk crevices with resin and found objects, Rik Lee Leipold has received funding to install more long-lasting work in the neighborhood's streets. Read More

Aug 20, 2020
Oakland Tenderloin

PianoFight expands to Oakland, taking over The Flight Deck theater

PianoFight is expanding to Oakland despite continued uncertainty over when live audiences will be back in either of its locations. Read More

Aug 11, 2020
San Francisco Lower Nob Hill Polk Tenderloin

The party's over: Tenderloin's long-running SF Party to close after Halloween

"I'm done," says the party store's owner, a third-generation San Francisco native who plans to leave the city after the closure. Read More

Jul 20, 2020
San Francisco Tenderloin

After months of delay, Tenderloin community organizations escalate calls for Slow Streets

Community organizers say the city is failing to consider the Tenderloin a "residential neighborhood," despite containing some of the city's most population-dense blocks. Read More

Jul 14, 2020
San Francisco Tenderloin

After early missteps in Tenderloin COVID-19 testing, GLIDE & DPH partner to improve access

The new GLIDE-supported COVID-19 test site still has to overcome significant hurdles to make testing and results available to unhoused people and other Tenderloin residents. Read More

Jul 07, 2020
San Francisco SoMa

Gene Friend Rec Center plans to double in size, but faces financial, logistical headwinds

The new center would provide more space for basketball and community meetings, but funding and temporary relocations are concerns. Read More

Jun 30, 2020
San Francisco Polk

Anonymous donor to pick up tab for Polk Street businesses' outdoor barricades

A local donor has given "quite a substantial sum" to block off sidewalk or parking-space seating for Polk's cash-strapped small businesses. Read More

Jun 18, 2020
San Francisco Civic Center Mid-Market Tenderloin

USPS alarms neighbors with Civic Center post office closure letter

The U.S. Post Office at Fox Plaza in Civic Center is not closing — despite a confusing letter recently sent to customers with P.O. boxes at that location. Read More

Jun 17, 2020
San Francisco Civic Center Mid-Market Tenderloin

Tamper-proof trash cans on the way to every Tenderloin intersection

After years of issues with insufficient cans and trash-pickers, the Tenderloin is hoping for a permanent solution to its street trash issue. Read More

Jun 12, 2020
San Francisco Tenderloin

At Tenderloin's only safe sleeping site, disparities with other neighborhoods persist

While other city-run safe sleeping sites have security, food and water, the Tenderloin's is filthy, overcrowded and unguarded. Read More

Jun 12, 2020
San Francisco Tenderloin

City settles UC Hastings' Tenderloin lawsuit with plan to move hundreds of unhoused people

The city plans to move about 70% of tent dwellers to a hotel room or "safe sleeping site" — and those who refuse will be at the mercy of police. Read More

Jun 11, 2020
San Francisco Civic Center Mid-Market Tenderloin

How San Francisco has failed the Tenderloin

On May 6, the city released an eight-point plan to turn around the Tenderloin. We investigated its progress — and found almost none. Read More

Jun 01, 2020
San Francisco Civic Center Tenderloin

UC Hastings students, alumni warn lawsuit could increase police force against unhoused

Over 150 students and alumni are pushing back on UC Hastings' Tenderloin lawsuit, arguing it prioritizes clearing streets over sheltering homeless people. Read More

Jun 01, 2020
San Francisco Tenderloin

Without help, Tenderloin's Aunt Charlies Lounge says it will close in August

The Tenderloin's last gay bar will close on August 1, unless a fundraiser brings in enough to keep it going. Read More

May 27, 2020
San Francisco Civic Center Tenderloin

Despite city's promises, Tenderloin still has no car-free streets

As "Slow Streets" have proliferated around the rest of the city, SF's densest neighborhood has seen no traction on promised street closures. Read More

May 26, 2020
San Francisco Tenderloin

City opens empty Tenderloin parking lot for camping, with no services provided

The previously empty parking lot, which the city is paying a private security company $6,000 a week to monitor, will now accommodate up to ten tents without sanitation services. Read More

May 20, 2020
San Francisco Civic Center Tenderloin

Turtle Tower robbed in broad daylight; owner waits 2 hours for police response

“This is the worst we’ve ever seen it," says Thao Pham, who has operated the popular Tenderloin Vietnamese restaurant for 20 years. Read More

May 19, 2020
San Francisco

As tents line Tenderloin sidewalks, city pays $6,000/week to guard empty lot

Even before the pandemic, a proposal called for the lot to temporarily house homeless people — but the city is paying to keep it empty. Read More

May 13, 2020
San Francisco Tenderloin Union Square

Union Square business district destroyed 4 Veterans Alley murals without permission, founder says

“It’s harmful emotionally to the artists," said Veterans Alley founder Amos Gregory. "This helped them heal, and now it’s causing new pain.” Read More