Bomb scare at 23nd and Bartlett

Police have currently blocked off Bartlett from 22nd to 24th Street.  23rd and 24th Street are also both taped off from Mission to Valencia.  Police are approaching the situation as if it’s a live bomb and have advised residents to stay inside, so be careful out there everyone.  Don’t be the guy who gets blasted because he was trying to get a cool photo.

We will update as we know more.

This incident comes right on the heels of Ariel’s encounter with the arsonist, and I really hope they’re not at all related.

Arson thwarted

Last night around 8:30 I was coming down San Carlos toward 18th Street when I saw a young man dragging a burning pile into the middle of the street. He then stomped on it and poured a water bottle out over it to extinguish the flames. It wasn’t a large fire, but it had been placed under the construction site on that block. After the fire was out the man told me that he had seen a man, who he thought to be homeless, put a pile of clothes down, light the fire, then run away with another bundle under his arm. He figured the man was out to set more fires, so he drove off to see if he could catch up with him. I went to nearby Mission Station to tell the police what had happened. As soon as they learned that the fire was out they could not have seemed less interested. I was happy to wake up this morning to see that there weren’t any other fires lit last night.

Three buildings in the Castro burned over the weekend. Many homes were burned in an Alamo Square fire on February 1stA man was arrested on February 2nd while trying to start a fire in a building on Valencia near 16th. A man lost his life, and multiple families lost their homes in a large fire on 22nd and Mission on January 28th.

Check your smoke detectors, look out for each other, take whatever preventative measures you can. This city has an uncomfortable history of fires and with all these recent incidents, and an arson on the loose, here’s hoping this doesn’t become a bigger thing.

What sort of ad campaign is Google filming in the Mission tomorrow?

Well, it’s going to have skateboards, and it’s for Google +, which of course fit together naturally like peanut butter and jelly, right?  And it’s going to be somewhere in the vicinity between 20th and 25th Street and Valencia and Harrison, which is actually a pretty damn big area to cover.  Oh, and there’ll also be some filming on that steep part of Liberty between Guerrero and Valencia, but no mention of skateboards for that part, so anyone hoping for some sick hill bombing is going to be quite disappointed.

Hmmm, Google + and skateboards?  That’ll get the millennials back.  Sure.

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Vintage photo of the Flax building (corner of Market and Valencia), 1977

Different times. Let’s play a game: everybody close your eyes and spend a few minutes imagining what your life in SF would’ve been like back then. Just zone out and theenk about it……………..

[via Emily Proud]

Burma Superstar is open on Valencia Street

That is all.

(Thanks, Tyler!)

Did you know music superstar Jolie Holland is in the middle of a weeklong residency at a small club on Valencia right now?

Now you know. Apparently the first night sold out, but the others have not. Tickets here.

Last minute gift idea: Go down to 19th and Valencia and get something from the legendary Amos Goldbaum

He’ll be down there til the sun goes down, slingin’ SF-themed tees and tanks and sweatshirts and more. (Or you can follow him on Twitter or on Instagram to see where he’ll be in the coming days.)

Early morning line for the barbershop on Valencia

[via San Francisco Loves Waiting in Lines]

Update on Sunflower, and its newly opened sister restaurant Indochine

First, sort of an update on Sunflower (SFist did a little digging):

SFist called the Potrero branch of Sunflower to see if there’s any update on the space at 506 Valencia (which is also connected in back to another storefront at 3111 16th Street) and an employee there said she did not know if there were plans to reopen. Also, she said, she could not discuss why they closed.

Mission Mission commenter Susie, who claimed to represent the restaurant, noted earlier that the problem had to do with ADA compliance, which could stem from threats of litigation, or actual litigation, from local opportunist ADA enforcers who have also struck other nearby Mission businesses like Chile Lindo. Back in 2010, Chile Lindo owner Paula Tejeda told Inside Scoop and SF Weekly that “The entire Mission is being attacked by this same lawyer,” referring to Thomas Frankovich and his disabled plaintiff Craig Yates, who at the time threatened Tejeda’s landlord with $1,000 fines for every incident of lack of access to the restaurant because of a six-inch step required to enter the premises.

Hopefully they’ll reopen eventually. Meanwhile, the Sunflower family opened a new place right next door, in the former Mariachi space:

The restaurant’s About page says that they “bring traditional Korean dishes and make them vegan,” but the only Korean items on the menu so far are a kimchi maki roll and a vegan version of bibimbap.

The place got a handsome remodel and just snuck open on Thanksgiving day, and vegans the city over will be clamoring to try dishes like lemongrass “chicken”; wok-fried spicy tofu with bell pepper, celery and chili; red and yellow curries; deep fried yam maki rolls; and vegan Mongolian Delight. All dishes are in the $5 to $12 range, which should also make them popular, and you can see the full menu here.

Hokey dokey!

How’s everybody been dealing with the loss, anyway?

Read on for more.

[Photo by Google Maps]

An album about living in the Mission from 2003 to 2013 and then moving to Oakland

Jason from local band Maus Haus wrote in to tell us about a new solo project:

i just finished a “solo” album of sorts, called Rent Control, essentially documenting my life in the mission district circa 2013 (when i wrote all the songs), shortly before relocating to west oakland.

i lived on harrison and 24th from 2003 to 2013, from age 21 to 31, and saw the neighborhood change drastically.

the record goes on personal tangents, but there are definitely some subjects of interest that your readers can relate to:

track 2 “retro city” kind of takes a look at the reinvented garage rock bandwagoneer

track 5 “life on the other side” daydreams about moving to oakland, albeit with fear

track 6 “ice cream” is about how resentful my friends and i were that humphrey slocombe moved in, bringing all these lame-os, but then we ourselves can’t resist the treats either

track 7 “in jets” quite literally tells the story of the neighborhood changing overnight, millionaires moving in, without you even realizing it, and then it’s too late.

track 8 “reasons” is an ironic spoken word meets guitar noise tirade against the new neighbors

Let’s listen:

UPDATE: They’re playing a show this weekend in the Mission! Here’s the deal…

This Sunday November 23:
J. Kick & Rent Control

(plus 3 secret bands)
AMNESIA (Valencia @ 20th)
7pm doors
FREE
FREE
FREE