San Francisco - Community & Society

Feb 25, 2021
San Francisco Divisadero Fillmore Hayes Valley Lower Haight

Bay Area Tigray community hosts teach-in about ongoing crisis in Ethiopia today

The Bay Area Tigray Community is hosting a virtual event this afternoon to raise awareness of the ongoing conflict and humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia. 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 12, 2021
San Francisco Lower Nob Hill Polk Tenderloin

Navigation center targeting homeless youth opens on Post and Hyde Streets

This city’s first navigation center dedicated to homeless youth aged 18-24 opened in District 3 this week, four years after funding was set aside to build it. Read More

Feb 10, 2021
San Francisco Excelsior

Excelsior’s sanctioned RV encampment to close, affordable housing project to break ground

The city’s only sanctioned Vehicle Triage Center for people living in RVs, next to Balboa Park BART, will be decommissioned by March 15, as a 138-unit affordable housing complex will take its place. Read More

Feb 05, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle Mission

New public safety ambassador program launches in Castro, aiming to deter negative street behavior and more

On Thursday, the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District (Castro CBD) launched its new unarmed Public Safety Ambassadors program, part of its new public safety initiative. Read More

Feb 03, 2021
San Francisco Tenderloin

Nonprofit proposes ‘sleeping cabins’ for Tenderloin safe sleeping village

Another “tiny house” proposal is in the works for what’s currently a safe sleeping site at Jones and Turk Streets, and while it’s still just a submitted plan, the funding is reportedly lined up. 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 28, 2021
San Francisco Inner Richmond Outer Richmond

Russian Jewish community center coming to what would have been a High Times dispensary

A former Richmond District art and framing shop that almost became a cannabis dispensary will now be the permanent home of the Russian-Speaking Jewish Community of SF Bay Area. Read More

Jan 19, 2021
San Francisco Chinatown

$1.9 Million Chinatown relief measure passes Board of Supervisors

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a relief measure that would pay ailing Chinatown restaurants nearly $2 million to serve up meals for their neighbors in need. Read More

Jan 19, 2021
San Francisco Castro

Milk Club holds MLK Day tribute at Castro's 'Hibernia Beach' honoring community leaders

Yesterday the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club (Milk Club) held a Martin Luther King Jr. Day tribute at Castro's Bank of America (501 Castro St.), commonly referred to as 'Hibernia Beach,' honoring the civil rights icon and the passing of recent community members. Read More

Jan 16, 2021
San Francisco Castro

Castro Bank of America prohibits memorials from being affixed to the building [Updated]

Castro residents are up in arms after Bank of America (501 Castro St.) installed signs last week alerting residents and community members that posters, signs, and other materials could no longer be placed on the building — after decades during which the corner of the building at 18th and Castro has been a communal space for memorials to the recently deceased. Read More

Jan 13, 2021
San Francisco Bayview Hunters Point Polk

Two new homeless Navigation Centers announced for Bayview and Polk Gulch

Supportive housing for more 115 people is coming to a Bayview parking lot, while 43 beds will be available at Post and Hyde Streets.] 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

Dec 24, 2020
San Francisco Polk Tenderloin

Glide’s Christmas Eve House of Prime Rib Dinner still goes on, despite pandemic

San Francisco’s most charitable Christmas tradition carries on, as 2,000 pounds of prime beef are being served at Glide. Read More

Dec 10, 2020
San Francisco Golden Gate Park Upper Haight Western Addition

Giant cypress tree at Golden Gate Park still done up for Christmas, despite pandemic

For the 91st holiday season in a row, the gigantic Monterey cypress tree at Stanyan and Fell Streets still dazzles as San Francisco‘s ‘official’ Christmas tree. Read More

Dec 10, 2020
San Francisco Lower Nob Hill Polk

Polk Gulch neighbors invited to weigh in on potential cable car turnaround re-vamp

Two Polk Street community benefit districts are seeking community input to inform a proposal that could transform the California Street cable car turn-around at Van Ness Avenue into a new parklet. Read More

Dec 01, 2020
San Francisco Mission

Mission Pupuseria owner fends off violent customer with furious table-flipping skills

An unruly customer messed with the wrong grandmother at Panchita's Pupuseria, where the matriarch owner took matters — and a large wooden table — into her own hands. Read More

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