When Andrew Barnett talks about coffee, he talks about the stuff of his dreams. He's an espresso lover of olympic proportions, and he's been a fixture in the coffee scene for decades. His new project, Linea Caffe, is slated to open this week in the Mission, in partnership with Anthony Myint of Missi ... More >>
Chin up football fans, the 49ers defeat isn't a total loss. We know your heartbroken that those pre-made Niners Super Bowl championship T-shirts and sweatshirts, bought by retailers in hopes that they could capitalize on a Super Bowl win, won't be on your backs. But they are going to families in n ... More >>
Loved ones of Silvia Patricia Tun Cun, 29, and Francisco Gutierrez, 26, both of whom were killed in a car accident on New Year's Day, are asking the public to kick in as much cash as they can to help get their remains back to their families in Central America. The San Francisco Archdiocese is coor ... More >>
There are 11 more shopping days until Christmas, but only seven until the end of the world, assuming you believe that Dec. 21, the end of the Mayan calendar, is your last day on Earth. The Mayans, you know, those pre-Columbians who lived in Central America before the Spanish got there, measured tim ... More >>
Last week, the U.S. Treasury Department officially labeled MS-13 a transnational criminal organization. No other American-born street gang has earned that distinction, which has previously been given to groups like the Yakuza in Japan and the Zetas in Mexico.The classification speaks to the gang's s ... More >>
It's not just the Asian community being scammed out of jewelry and cash. San Francisco police are now reporting a trend of Latina women being duped into cleaning out their bank accounts.According to Officer Albie Esparza, two women -- both Spanish-speaking -- have already reported being victims of w ... More >>
We've all missed a deadline, but how many of those missed appointments meant the difference between a life of refuge and a life of fear? That's what it has meant to Blanca Medina, an El Salvadorian woman currently classified as a fugitive after she missed her immigration court hearing. Medina had a ... More >>
Edwin Ramos, the 25-year-old convicted on three counts of first degree murder, will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. This morning, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Charles Haines sentenced him to three consecutive life terms, without the possibility of parole. This comes about a mont ... More >>
Van Halen Kool and the Gang Sunday, June 3, 2012 Oracle Arena Better than: Any of the still-touring Sunset Strip hair-farmers from the 1980s that Van Halen inspired. There aren't too many '70s-era hard-rock bands that can inspire the kind of unabashed hedonism -- a "bring me the skull of Sammy Hag ... More >>
Any good San Franciscan knows how to muse over a cup of coffee. We can't help but remembering fondly the coffee drinkers at Four Barrel who continued sipping obliviously as two burglars used this hipster hotspot as an attempted escape route last November. I've sat in many a coffee shop, eavesdr ... More >>
San Francisco Symphony: Barbary Coast and Beyond Friday, May 11, 2012 Davies Symphony Hall Better than: Your grandparents' (but maybe not your great-great grandparents') symphony. When you hear there are gonna be banjo pickers and fiddlers on the stage, you tend to expect a high-lonesome hoedown o ... More >>
The owners of the Dubai Star oil tanker has to shell out $1.96 million for a 2009 oil spill in the San Francisco Bay that impacted more than 200 acres and killed some 100 seabirds, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón said today.About 75 percent of that cash -- which will be divvied up amo ... More >>
Edwin Ramos was convicted today of killing a San Francisco man and his two sons. The Superior Court jury, after a week of deliberation, found him guilty on three counts of first degree murder. The three month-long trial stemmed from the June 2008 shootings of Tony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, ... More >>
Joe Biden's a reasonable guy. When presidents of Latin American nations suggest drug legalization as a solution to the drug-fueled violence wreaking havoc on their land, the Vice President will listen... long enough to dismiss the idea out of hand.The leaders of Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador ... More >>
Ernesto GonzalezA judge has set a $2 million bail for Ernesto Manuel Gonzalez, the Vagos motorcycle gang member accused of killing the Hells Angels boss at a casino in Nevada this fall. The judge gave good reason for the high bail -- he considers Gonzalez a flight risk. KTVU reports that Gonzalez ... More >>
When Farm: Table opened two and a half years ago, it was one of the first cafes to bring high-quality coffee to the Tenderloin. It was also the first San Francisco business to serve coffee from Verve, the Santa Cruz-based roastery. Even though the space is the size of a shoebox, with little ... More >>
Edwin RamosImmigrant rights activists remember 2008 as the year that San Francisco turned its back on its sanctuary city status. Then-Mayor Gavin Newsom reversed the city's long-standing policy of shielding juvenile undocumented immigrants from deportation as the city became the target of anti-im ... More >>
Three more members face conspiracy charges. A federal grand jury indicted three alleged MS-13 gang members on Wednesday for conspiracy to commit murder and racketeering. The indictment comes in addition to the 24 alleged MS-13 members already facing conspiracy charges after the three-year investi ... More >>
Mexicans top the list, but the Soviets aren't so far behind. Yesterday, we told you about California being a national leader when it comes to the number of criminal aliens incarcerated in our state prisons. It turns out that very few of those criminal aliens hail from San Francisco. Criminal alie ... More >>
Good enough to importThis week, the city's Planning Commission will be considering the application of Pollo Campero, the beloved Guatemalan fried chicken chain to take over the space of the old Payless ShoeSource on Mission Street.Our sister blog, SFoodie, has written before about the underground ... More >>
Christopher VictorioRoger Waters performed The Wall at Oracle Arena Friday night.Roger Waters' 'The Wall' December 3, 2010@ Oracle Arena Better than: A hippie-dippy stoner protest. We don't need no education We don't need no thought control We sang the anthem as school kids. In bong-fuele ... More >>
Goings on at General Hospital have, sadly, resembled goings on at General HospitalProsecutors are set to dismiss charges tomorrow against Irving Jovel, the 49-year-old man accused of sodomizing a quadriplegic stroke patient at General Hospital. This move came about after DNA tests on the alleged ... More >>
Men dont have to agree to sex in order to get busted in a prostitution sting. They just have to seem interested.
Lolia S./YelpPollo Campero box in the fridge at Rico Pan.We jumped for joy at rumors that Guatemalan chicken chain Pollo Campero was coming to San Francisco. Hugely popular in El Salvador and Central America, Pollo Campero has more than 300 restaurants worldwide, including L.A. and New York C ... More >>
Our favorite morsel from the blogs. Not Amuse'd: Mission Mission's Kevin Montgomery goes all righteous over coverage of the detention and likely deportation of Amuse Bouche vendor Murat Celebi-Ariner. We'll quote Montgomery in full: Look, our immigration laws are complete bullshit, but the r ... More >>
DJ Beto is the perfect subject for a DJ Q&A. He's a Latin Musicologist who digs through bug-filled crates in Central and South America in order to find the choice cuts from Costa Rica, Columbia, Cuba, and beyond. When Beto gets retro, he's feeling mambo jazz and classic salsa, and he's busy on a ... More >>
Every year, the corpses of hundreds of immigrants are flown from San Francisco to their home countries.
They once called him a savior who helped people in need. Today, Edwin Parada is accused of taking money from Latinos unfamiliar with real estate laws.
Naming one of the masterminds of the SFO Enterprises scandal as a "watchdog" over billions in public investment: city government or pulp fiction?
POINT REYES -- Can Pulitzer Prize winner Dave Mitchell keep his small, renowned, and cash-starved newspaper going? It's a question...
This year, you absolutely, positively, will take the trip of a lifetime
Chevron to Turks: Bay is pristine! GOP to pot doctor: Good job! Tenants to landlords: You're illegal! Potheads to supervisors: Like, wow -- a sanctuary!
Mingling with the hoochie mamas, heavy dudes, and drag señoritas
The immigration crackdown has Latinos fleeing mainstream medicine