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Nov 18, 2020
San Francisco Tenderloin

City closes sanctioned encampment at 750 Eddy following evidence of mismanagement

One of the Tenderloin’s Safe Sleeping Sites is now permanently closed after neighbors raised ongoing concerns about overcrowding and persistent illegal activity. Read More

Nov 05, 2020
San Francisco Tenderloin

Glide Memorial Church severs ties with Methodist Church after 100 years

Following a two-year legal fight that began with the Methodist Church suing the Glide Foundation for control of its considerable assets, Glide Memorial Church announced Wednesday that it is cutting ties with the larger church under which it was founded, in order to proceed independently into the future with its charitable and spiritual work. Read More

Nov 04, 2020
San Francisco Mission

Video: ‘Funeral’ held for 24th Street ficus trees slated to be cut down

Many of the trees along 24th Street are coming down, but a Day of the Dead ‘ceremonia’ paid a spiritual homage to those 50-year-old ficuses set for removal. Read More

Nov 02, 2020
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Tom Taylor, 'Keeper of the Rainbow Flag,' honored at Castro’s Harvey Milk Plaza

On Saturday, a group of community members gathered at the Castro's Harvey Milk Plaza in honor of Tom Taylor, gay activist and 'keeper of the Rainbow Flag' at Harvey Milk Plaza. Taylor and husband Dr. Jerome 'Jerry' Goldstein were known for their annual Christmas display. Read More

Oct 26, 2020
San Francisco Parkside

Fight over Lowell High School admissions escalates with threatening video focused on two female school board members

Things turned from tense to creepy and frightening in the ongoing argument between the SF Board of Education and prospective parents, students, and others who are upset that Lowell High School is set to switch to lottery admissions in the 2021-2022 academic year. Late last week, two female board members, both women of color, were targeted by a threatening video featuring a hand in a bloody glove burning a piece of paper with their photos on it, both with Nazi symbols on their heads. Read More

Oct 22, 2020
San Francisco

SF's notable public and private high schools

With Lowell High School and its noted prestige among San Francisco residents making headlines this week, we thought some of you might need a lay of the educational land. 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 13, 2020
San Francisco Parkside

Lowell High School’s proposed lottery system riles SF parents who want merit-based admissions

Lowell High School has long been considered a bastion of elite public education in San Francisco, a status many fear is now under threat. Read More

Oct 13, 2020
San Francisco

Hoodline joins SFist under the ownership of Impress3 Media, expanding its hyperlocal reporting

Hoodline & SFist become sisters under Impress3 Media. Our founding team, largely San Francisco natives, could not be happier to welcome another authoritative news publication to our group. Read More

Oct 12, 2020
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro district group delays vote on security cameras after significant community pushback

"Surveillance technology has been used repeatedly in the Castro to target and harass the LGBTQ community," wrote the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club in a letter opposing the proposal. 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

Sep 21, 2020
San Francisco Dogpatch

Dogpatch neighbors form 'paddle club' to break in new park

Stand-up paddle boarder Adam Zolot hopes to introduce neighbors to a "great social distancing activity" at the Dogpatch's new park. Read More

Sep 02, 2020
San Francisco Divisadero NoPa

City clears prominent DMV tent camp, prompting relocations but few shelter enrollments

With hotel rooms only offered to certain groups, many campers are simply being shuffled from neighborhood to neighborhood. 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 27, 2020
San Francisco

In a San Francisco with less police spending, youth programs could be a vision of the future

As Mayor Breed diverts $120 million out of traditional law enforcement, programs that keep youth out of jail could serve as examples for crime prevention among adults. Read More

Aug 26, 2020
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

City clears two more Castro encampments, including site of near-death from fire

Nearly 400 complaints had been filed about the two encampments, one of which had allegedly been using a vacant commercial space as a meth lab. Read More

Aug 25, 2020
San Francisco SoMa

SoMa to get weekly Sunday Streets closure through October

SoMa, which has been entirely left out of the citywide push for car-free streets, will finally get its first street closure. Read More

Aug 13, 2020
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

After months of neighborhood complaints, city clears Duboce Triangle encampment

Nearly 200 complaints had been filed about the encampment since shelter-in-place began. Read More

Aug 10, 2020
San Francisco Hayes Valley Lower Haight Mid-Market

Concerned by growing tent camps, Hayes Valley neighbors lobby for safe sleeping site

As the city responds to the Tenderloin lawsuit by clearing camps there, homeless people are flooding into Hayes Valley, neighbors say. Read More

Jul 29, 2020
San Francisco Mission

San Francisco's first 'Community Fridge' brings free food to under-resourced Mission residents

Stocked with food donated by the community, the fridge has seen enormous demand from people in need. Read More

Jul 15, 2020
San Francisco Cole Valley Upper Haight

730 Stanyan residents find 'sanctuary' six weeks in, but is the site a 'success'?

The Safe Sleeping Site at 730 Stanyan was the subject of both optimism and controversy when it opened six weeks ago. Hoodline followed up with residents and neighbors to see how it's going. Read More

Jul 10, 2020
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle Mission

Castro's homeless tent village to close after just 5 weeks, despite positive feedback

The city hasn't announced or opened a single new safe sleeping site since presenting a list of 42 options in early June. Read More

Jul 01, 2020
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro CBD gears up for renewal vote amid city funding crunch

The CBD is confident that property owners will give it another 15-year term. But with city funding likely to plummet, it may still be forced to cut some services. Read More

Jun 30, 2020
San Francisco

In wake of Trump comments, SF's Asian-Americans fear new wave of racist harassment

Since the pandemic started, Asian people have reported nearly 150 incidents of harassment in San Francisco — including violent assaults. 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