San Francisco - Community & Society
These lovely sidewalk benches are now being declared "unpermitted encroachments" on Mirabel Avenue in Bernal Heights, with the Public Works department now demanding $1,400 permits for benches that have been there as long as 20 years.
The SFMTA will decide the fate of nearly two dozen Slow Streets on Tuesday, and it’s pretty clear how they’re going to vote on all of them — except for one, the highly contentious Lake Street, and it’s anybody’s guess what will happen with that one.
The SF Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to make the entire corner of Turk and Taylor Streets a historic landmark, as the site of the 1966 Compton’s Cafeteria Riot that helped spark the LGBTQ rights movement.
Plans for a six-story apartment building at Divisadero and Oak Street are now a wash, as the developer has surrendered the property back to the previous owners of Touchless Car Wash.
For the second time this year, Sunday Streets SF — an initiative of the non-profit Livable City that’s goal is to host programs that show the benefits of car-free spaces — will host another Phoenix Day event this Sunday, featuring eleven “Family Fun Hub Destinations.”
The corner of 24th and Mission Streets is less chaotic, cleaner, and free of stolen goods for the first time in about nine months, as a new vendor permitting system is off to a promising start.
The San Francisco SPCA currently has a good amount of adult dogs and cats up for adoption. In order to help them find their forever homes, the animal rescue is participating in the Clear the Shelters nationwide campaign, which aims to help older pets get adopted.
The battle between a big private school and a little farmers market could end, as Supervisor Eric Mar has brokered a compromise deal, and the Outer Sunset Farmers Market has just won a ten-month extension either way.
Bernal Heights’ St. Kevin Catholic Church celebrates 100th anniversary Saturday with International Food Fest
St. Kevin’s parish on Cortland Avenue turns 100 years old Saturday, and their Centennial Celebration will serve up the dishes of the Latin American, Filipino, and Pakistani heritages that make up the congregation.
The last Corgi Con held in San Francisco was in 2019, bringing with it hundreds of stubby dogs and thousands of humans eager to see corgis race one another, don cute costumes, and grab a picture with one (or several) of them. After a pandemic-spurred hiatus, Ocean Beach will again have many short tails wagging in the wind this weekend.
Noodle Fest will return after a 10-year hiatus, pitting Chinatown against North Beach in a culinary battle royale
The noodle wars are coming back, as the street food festival Noodle Fest will pit 29 North Beach and Chinatown restaurants against one another in a noodle contest with celebrity judges Martin Yan, Soleil Ho, and Broke-Ass Stuart.
The Tenderloin has the highest concentration of children of any San Francisco neighborhood, and the SF Board of Supervisors just approved a Yellow Brick Road to direct kids away from blight, and toward schools, parks, and community centers.
Hotel Castro changes background-check policy after receiving privacy concerns; rooms still monitored by noise meters
Privacy concerns raised by hotel guests and Castro residents have resulted in policy changes at the newly open 12-room boutique lodge The Hotel Castro (4230 18th St.).