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Matt Charnock

Feb 23, 2021
Oakland

Large stretch of West Oakland street renamed in honor of Black Panther Party co-founder

Last Wednesday, a three-block stretch of West Oakland's Ninth Street was renamed to pay homage to the co-founder of the Black Panther Party, Dr. Huey P. Newton — another example of recent acts honoring the legacy of the Black Panther movement. Read More

Feb 15, 2021
San Francisco Mission Terrace

Lucy Mirigian, San Francisco’s oldest resident, has died at 114 

Mirigian, an avid Giants fan who had lived in the same Balboa Park house she bought back in the 1950s, passed away Friday morning surrounded by friends and family. At 114, she was believed to be the oldest-living San Franciscan. Read More

Feb 03, 2021
San Francisco Mission

Popular Mission District restaurant J. Georgie's Donuts (& Chinese Food) is for sale

After over 26 years in business, the family-owned-and-operated J. Georgie's Donuts & Chinese Food (2799 16th Street at Folsom) — which, over the decades, has been known for dishing out generous orange chicken plates and dozens of glazed donuts — is on the market. Read More

Jan 29, 2021
San Francisco

Local nonprofit announces new round of emergency grants for LGBTQ+ nightlife workers

The SF Queer Nightlife Fund (QNF) — a Bay Area nonprofit geared toward supporting the region’s LGBTQ+ entertainment workers — has announced it’s accepting yet another round of applications for emergency grant awards. Read More

Jan 27, 2021
San Francisco Outer Sunset

DamnFine debuts in the Outer Sunset with wood-fired pizzas, Italian wines

The pandemic has cemented our love affair with comfort foods — chief among them pizza and to-go cocktails. DamnFine (3410 Judah Street), one of the newest restaurants to grace the Outer Sunset, is intent on being a one-stop destination for all that and more. Read More

Jan 11, 2021
Oakland

Oakland’s Grand Lake Theater creates GoFundMe to raise funds for staff

The Grand Lake Theater — Oakland’s historic cinema famous for its attention-grabbing marquee messages — has been closed since March. And now most of its crew members have “run out of their unemployment benefits,” leading the theater to create a fundraiser that will offer some financial support for its staff. Read More

Dec 31, 2020
San Francisco Mission

American Indian cultural and resource center to debut in the Mission District by 2025

It’s estimated that Indigenous people — those of American Indian descent — make up just about .03% of San Francisco’s total population. But a new American Indian heritage hub expected to be built near 56 Julian Avenue hopes to bring both awareness and support to the historically underrepresented population.  Read More

Jan 05, 2021
San Jose

After more than 51 years, Palo Alto’s Foothills Park is finally open to the public

Foothills Park, the notoriously inaccessible green space in Palo Alto that's been off-limits to the public for decades, is now open for anyone to enjoy — marking an end to its decades-old status as a private park. Read More

Dec 04, 2020
San Francisco Civic Center

New Cuban-Colombian restaurant in Civic Center opens with takeout-only menu

Long-time San Francisco restaurateur and owner of Civic Center’s Soluna Cafe & Lounge, Rene Denis opened his latest venture, Chao Pescao, Thursday — turning the once Cuban-Colombian delivery pop-up into a permanent eatery. Read More

Nov 12, 2020
Oakland

Donut Savant opens new location in East Oakland — with long lines and salted maple cronuts in tow

After shuttering its downtown Oakland location last October, Donut Savant debuted its new East Oakland store today to large, socially distant crowds. Read More

Nov 09, 2020
San Francisco Mission

Vegan Filipino-Mexican street food truck opens in the Mission District with meat-free tacos, nachos, and more

Dishing out generously portioned, cross-cultural street food, Señor Sisig’s signature specialties are now available with a plant-based bend at their vegan food truck, Señor Sisig Vegano, which debuted over the weekend in the Mission District. Read More

Nov 04, 2020
San Francisco

Most SF ballot measures likely to win; proposition to lower local voting age expected to lose

With San Francisco eyeing to set a city voting turnout record, the vast majority of local propositions on this year’s ballot are expected to win as votes continue being counted. Read More

Nov 02, 2020
San Francisco

Nine San Francisco Public Library branches now have ballot drop-off stations

Over the weekend, multiple drop-off ballot stations across San Francisco opened for early voting — including nine at San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) locations. Read More

Oct 29, 2020
Oakland

Magnolia Street Wine Lounge and Kitchen opens Friday in West Oakland with Asian comfort foods and affordable prices

During a time of endless restaurant closures, East Bay Chef Leilani Baugh has managed to ascend the odds and will hold the grand opening of her new West Oakland restaurant, Magnolia Street Wine Lounge and Kitchen, this Friday, featuring well-priced “Casian-Creole” cuisine. Read More

Oct 26, 2020
San Francisco Mission

Mission's Alley Cat Bookstore & Gallery to reopen Thursday with 'new intentions' and varied vinyl collection

Among an increasingly long list of imminent reopenings, the Mission District’s beloved cultural space and bookstore, Alley Cat Bookstore & Gallery, is set to open its doors Thursday, October 29 — with a curated vinyl collection and “new intentions” for the independent bookstore. Read More

Oct 22, 2020
San Francisco Dogpatch Mission Bay

Crane Cove Park opens near Mission Bay — with sandy beaches and grassy lawns

The past seven months have encouraged San Franciscans to reacquaint themselves with city parks — and now, there’s a new one to explore that even includes an accessible beach and two-acre grassy lawn. Read More

Oct 19, 2020
San Francisco

SF's popular outdoor dining parklets may go away unless supervisors extend program past December

SF’s temporary parklets have proven to be good for businesses and locals looking for some pre-pandemic normalcy — but the City program responsible for them is set to expire December 31. Read More

Oct 19, 2020
San Francisco SoMa

Undiscovered SF’s Sunday Street Markets Carry on in SoMa with COVID-19 safety protocols

Undiscovered SF's Sunday street markets continue to offer a COVID-19-safe weekend outdoor shopping experience in SF's SOMA Filipino cultural district, supporting small local businesses. Read More

Oct 15, 2020
San Francisco Visitacion Valley

Visitacion Valley home listed for $650K is a 120-year-old serious fixer-upper

This $650,000 fixer-upper in Visitacion Valley is proof that reasonably priced SF real estate usually means something is terribly, terribly wrong. Read More

Oct 13, 2020
San Francisco Hayes Valley

Peaceful protest to condemn SF police killing of 21-year-old carjacking suspect ends in Tenderloin

In response to the police killing of a 21-year-old suspect involved in an alleged carjacking Saturday night, a peaceful protest was held near Hayes Valley Monday night to denounce police brutality. Read More

Oct 09, 2020
San Francisco Mission

The five must-try parklet dining experiences in the Mission District

Even though indoor dining is back on in San Francisco, albeit in tandem with a long list of COVID-19 safety protocols, locals have grown to love our city’s burgeoning al fresco dining scene. Read More

Oct 07, 2020
Oakland

50s-inspired diner opens in downtown Oakland with avocado poppers and housemade ice cream in tow

The upscale-casual Daughter's Diner had hoped to open in downtown Oakland earlier this year — but then the pandemic derailed those plans. Read More

Oct 02, 2020
San Francisco

SF starts transitioning homeless out of SIP hotel rooms, leaving their futures uncertain

We learned last week that SF’s program to house the homeless in SIP hotels is coming to an end, and the City will start transitioning some away to other types of housing. Read More