Too bad it’s not WeBuyUglyBillboards.com, am I right?

[Photo by @deadword, via It's Always Sunny in San Francisco]

House of Jeans has smaller pockets than its new landlord, must fold

Capp Street Crap, the best hard news source in the Mission, talked to the House of Jeans folks AND their new landlord:

A little over three decades ago, the clothing store at 2645 Mission near 22nd Street did such a gangbuster business that owner Norm Anand launched more than a dozen other stores along the street based on that success. Now, as the tony new condo project Vida takes shape and the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema prepares to open on the street next year, Anand is down to just three stores and working on shuttering the flagship business due to what he claims are the unscrupulous tactics of his new landlord.

On May 29, Mission 22nd LLC acquired 2639 to 2645 Mission Street, a three-story, 11-unit building, which is also home to a sports store and residential units. As a result, House of Jeans’ rent went from $4,350 to $6,500. Then, a month ago, Anand said he received a 3-day notice to vacate and was told he owed back rent. Anand still has three-and-half years left on his lease and said he owes nothing save for September rent which he is withholding at the advice of his lawyer. He claims the landlord agreed to buy him out if the landlord terminated the lease early, is now reneging on that deal, and that the rent money he supposedly owes is for months before the sale of the building.

Read on for lots more ins and outs and quotes from both parties. (Including one about big pockets.)

Dolores Park construction update

Dolores Park Works reports:

Completion of the North Side of the Dolores Park improvement project is now expected to be early 2015, a 4 month delay. Jake Gilchrist, manager for the project told us that unforseen problems were discovered during excavation of the foundation for the new maintainance shed. Excessive ground water was uncovered and had to be extracted before the contractor could continue and the soil then had to be reinforced to stabilize the area.

When the north side is finally done, the south side will be closed off and slowly improved too. The whole thing is still supposed to be done by late 2015. Read on for more info and pics.

More striking photos from yesterday’s fire on Mission Street

[Top by zeniiyaa, middle by Big H, bottom by kept absorbed] [All via It's Always Sunny in San Francisco]

Fire!

Whoa, there was a lot of helicopter noise all of a sudden and I looked up and my backyard was completely filled with smoke. It was like something out of Apocalypse Now. And then it passed. And then MonkeyBrains tweeted us this pic:

UPDATE: CBS has all the info.

UPDATE: From reader Jesse F., some striking photographs:

Burning Man attendees have returned and they’re parked all up on your sidewalk

[via Emily]

Here’s an opportunity to join the Secret Alley family

It’s a legendary place. You know you wanna.

Here’s the deal, according to Craigslist:

We are three women looking for a new officemate to share our unique space inside an incredibly unique arts collective space located in the Mission District. You are a full- or part-time creative freelancer type person, but we’re also open minded.

The shared space is an open 25″ x 10″ room with two white walls, one bright sea green wall, and one black wall. We have built three desks into the space using redwood and welded rebar. We also created a small chill space with two chairs, a coffee table, a record player, and a bar set-up. We’d love your creative input and help in finishing the design of the space, if that’s something that interests you.

[...]

We are not directly inside the arts space but rather right next door to it. We are considered part of the community and have access to the shared space inside, including a magical events space and kitchen/bar area. Other tenants include filmmakers and a community radio station. On the first floor is a gallery space that is currently being built out. Our space is on the second floor and there is a working elevator.

[link]

[via @eviloars]

Literally a sign of the times

Yeah, remember when this was Spanish-language beer ads for like ever? And oftentimes just blank?

Different times!

[Photo and title (and additional reporting) by Tanya Wheeler]

Empathy for the doomed old Sears in Oakland

From our favorite Oakland personality Ryan Christopher Parks:

The Sears is being demolished and turned into lofts.

[Photo by Google Maps]

The story of a little freeway fire in the East Bay

[via David Mohr]