March 2, 2023

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Welcome to this week's newsletter! We have a diverse range of articles to explore, from the Mission Cultural Center receiving historical landmark status, to a fusion of Chinese and California cuisine at United Dumplings. Learn about the fight against homelessness and gentrification led by POOR Magazine in Homefulness 2, as well as the artistic legacy of progressive liberalism in the Bay Area. Plus, stay up to date on news from the Mission District, including a federal racketeering and gang violence trial and teenage girls arrested for electric scooter attack.

🍔 Food & Restaurants

United Dumplings' Mission of Harmony: A Fusion of Chinese and California Cuisine

United Dumplings, with locations in San Francisco and Oakland's Rockridge district, serves traditional northern Chinese and California-updated cuisine meant to be enjoyed together, reflecting the owners' emphasis on creating harmony and sharing it. The Mission Chicken Pot Stickers, featuring corn, cheese, and chicken, were inspired by one of the owners' kids, and the dish incorporates the Mission district's Mexican influence.

🏠 Real Estate

Casa Sanchez and Mission Cultural Center Honored as Historical Landmarks in San Francisco's Mission District

Casa Sanchez and the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts have been designated as historical landmarks in San Francisco's Mission District. Casa Sanchez, a long-time family-owned restaurant and tortilla chip and salsa business, has already been recognized as a legacy business, while the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts is celebrated for its unique architecture and intangible social and ethnic history in the Mission, which already has 11 other historical landmarks.

Casa de la Mision Honors Mission District Culture with Award-Winning Senior Housing Design

Casa de la Mision, an affordable senior housing community in San Francisco's Mission District, has won the Best Affordable Senior Housing award at the Senior Housing News Architecture and Design Awards. The building pays homage to the neighborhood's history and culture, with its design incorporating imagery and iconography inspired by the district, including motifs of Mexican paper cut-outs, traditional San Francisco bay windows, and a 3D mural created by local non-profit, Precita Eyes Muralists Association.

🗳️ Politics

Mission for Change: San Francisco Residents Demand Safer and Cleaner Streets

Residents of San Francisco's Mission District are calling for change as crime surges and streets become increasingly dirty. Local business owners, such as the manager of Pancho Villa taqueria, expressed desperation for a positive change in the neighborhood that has long awaited improvement.

Mission District's Use of Barricades to Deter Prostitution May Violate State and City Laws

San Francisco's use of street barricades to deter alleged sex work in the Mission District may be violating state and city laws, including the California Vehicle Code which only allows cities to block streets in counties with over 6 million people. These plans to install more permanent barriers have also drawn concerns from public safety advocates and the fire department due to potential delays in emergency response times.

Mission District Supervisor's Decision Crucial in $27 Million Budget Increase for SFPD and DA

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on approving a $27 million budget increase for the SFPD and DA to sustain the crackdown on open-air drug markets in the Tenderloin and allocate resources for addressing violence and property crimes, but it is uncertain whether eight supervisors will approve the budget request. The move is critical as Mission District supervisor, Hillary Ronen, may be pivotal in deciding the issue, as she has become engulfed in drug and crime problems in her district, and her support is necessary for additional police officers to be deployed to busy corridors.

Mission District's POOR Magazine Leads the Fight Against Homelessness and Gentrification with Homefulness 2

POOR Magazine's Homefulness 2, located on the corner of 76th and MacArthur in Oakland, is a self-determined, poor people-led movement aimed at tackling homelessness and gentrification. The community came together to liberate the land from being turned into luxury condos and transform it into a space for growing fresh produce and UnSelling, with plans to build alternative housing projects.

😎 Entertainment

Discovering San Francisco's Charm: Free Attractions in the Golden Gate Bridge, Palace of Fine Arts, Chinatown, and the Mission District.

Explore San Francisco for free by walking the Golden Gate Bridge, visiting the Palace of Fine Arts, wandering through Chinatown, checking out the murals in the Mission District, and relaxing at Mission Dolores Park. Don't miss the chance to discover the hidden stairs, hear the beautiful sounds at the Wave Organ, and walk the labyrinth at Grace Cathedral.

🍺 Nightlife

Cavaña: A Latin-Inspired Rooftop Experience in the Heart of the Mission District

San Francisco’s newest rooftop bar, Cavaña, offers stunning city views alongside a Latin-inspired food and cocktail menu. The bar, opened in January 2023, features festive Hispanic vibes and a dedicated elevator to whisk visitors up to the 17th floor of LUMA Hotel, where they can enjoy views of downtown SF and the Bay Bridge, including a patio area with an outdoor bar, while listening to Latin music and trying out dishes and cocktails influenced by Mexican, Peruvian, Brazilian, Venezuelan and Caribbean cuisine.

🖼️ Art

Archaeology of Memory: Celebrating the Work of Chicana Artist Amalia Mesa-Bains in Berkeley's Mission District Exhibition

Amalia Mesa-Bains, a celebrated Chicana artist known for her work celebrating and transforming traditional practices such as home altars and roadside shrines, has received her first retrospective exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive which runs until July 23. The exhibition, titled "Amalia Mesa-Bains: Archaeology of Memory," explores the artists' personal and historical works reflecting the domestic lives of immigrant and Mexican American women across history and features 12 large-scale installations, 21 prints, and seven books.

From the Mission to Marin: The Artistic Legacy of Bay Area's Progressive Liberalism

In the Shadow of Mt Tam, an exhibition featuring prominent artists who lived in Marin County from the '40s to the '70s, has opened at Anthony Meier's gallery in Mill Valley. Marin's progressive liberalism and its relationship with nature have attracted artists of all stripes, including Barry McGee, who gained international fame as a graffiti artist in the Mission District before becoming part of the Mission School urban-realist movement.

Creativity Explored Celebrates 40 Years of Inclusive Art in the Mission District with Outsider Art Fair Exhibit

Creativity Explored, a San Francisco-based studio that partners with disabled artists, is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an exhibit at the Outsider Art Fair in New York City. The exhibition, called Tour de Force, features works from six of the studio's innovative artists, including Camille Holvoet and Evelyn Reyes, and showcases the organization's founders' vision of an inclusive future for disabled artists.

🎸 Music & Concerts

Nicki Jizz Highlights the Best of the Mission District: Solano Drive-In, Dolores Park, and the "Reparations" Black Drag Show at Oasis

Drag queen Nicki Jizz recommends the old-school experience of watching a movie at the Solano Drive-In in Concord, as well as spending a sunny day in the Mission District's Dolores Park. She also promotes the upcoming "Reparations" all Black drag show, which she hosts and created at Oasis in San Francisco on March 10th.

🌲 Random

🎭 Performing Arts

Sheila E: A Product of the Mission District's Diverse Musical Influence

Sheila E is a Bay Area-born percussionist, songwriter, and performer who owes her diverse musical upbringing and creative output to her family's love of every style of music played in their home from a young age. Growing up in the fertile musical region that includes the Mission District, Sheila learned Latin Jazz at a young age, became proficient in rock music later on, and credits her ability to adapt to different genres to her upbringing and family.

🚔 Public Safety

Mission District at the Center of Federal Racketeering and Gang Violence Trial


Three Bay Area men, including a justice activist who posed as a youth mentor, pleaded guilty to federal racketeering charges and are set to be sentenced in June. Meanwhile, the trial has begun for a Concord resident accused of fatally shooting a teenager to impress MS-13 members in San Francisco, as the ongoing rivalry between MS-13 and the Norteños continues beyond the East Bay.

Teenage Girls Arrested for Electric Scooter Attack in San Francisco's Mission District

Two 17-year-old female suspects have been arrested after allegedly ramming their electric scooters into two pedestrians and assaulting them in San Francisco's Mission District. One victim was hospitalized with multiple fractures.

🤔 Opinion

Exploring the Grayscale Trend in San Francisco's Mission District During COVID-19

The trend of painting buildings in shades of gray and black is spreading in neighborhoods such as Bushwick, Brooklyn and the Mission District in San Francisco. While some attribute it to developers trying to appeal to high-income renters, others suspect that the trend gained popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic as people tackled home improvement projects and sought to play it safe with neutral colors.

📰 In Other News

Mission Bay School Plans Criticized at Meeting, and Other News from the Mission District.

The San Francisco Unified School District has shared its plans for the Mission Bay School, including a garden and pre- and kindergarten play yards, but attendees of a recent meeting expressed concern that there was not enough welcoming art or signage at entrances and that the busy, adjacent Owens Street lacks a crosswalk. Meanwhile, coffee shop Ikon Coffee has opened in Dogpatch's Knox Landing, while the Peet's Coffee outlet next to a Trader Joe's on Ninth Street has shuttered along with other stores in the area, leaving Acadia Realty Trust's shopping center with numerous vacancies.

Three-Year Social Connection Through COVID-19 Brings Women Together in the Mission District

Rita LaForce and Austen Creger, two women brought together by the Social Call program during the COVID-19 pandemic, finally met in person at Ruth's Table in San Francisco's Mission District after three years of weekly phone calls, with Creger volunteering to make calls to stave off the social isolation of LaForce, who lives alone.

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