It worked. Good-bye Garage. 

Well, it worked. I don’t have a lot of time right now for an elaborate post so I’ll just tell you that the new tenants at 661 Divisadero have produced a written plan for permanently sealing the windows that has been met with approval by both neighbor representatives and the city. The window channels will […]

Hello, What’s This? 

The Short Version: The new tenants at 661 Divisadero filed a building permit saying they would not install openable windows, then installed openable windows. If you want to help, you can complain to dbicustomerservice@sfgov.org. Full instructions for doing so are below, at bottom. The Long Version: I found something interesting browsing the city records. The new […]

Open Letter to Neighbors re: 661 Divisadero liquor license application 

[Letter emailed on Sep. 27, 2017 to previous respondents on Grove Residents’ Rights Resources email list.]  Dear Neighbors, Hi everybody, I wanted to send out an update on what’s been going on with the space at 661 Divisadero, formerly La Urbana. The space was recently rented out to a new restauranteur. A few of us […]

Finally! A place to eat on Divisadero! (plus, a non-sarcastic update) 

A little more followup on the last post concerning a new tenant at 661 Divisadero, the Awfulness Formerly Known As La Urbana. For those of you who were afraid something might move into the space to replace one of our recently lost community services, such as an inexpensive cafe, news stand, a community center or arts space, or […]

Chapter II – A New Hope. (We hope.) 

Just a quick update. As many have noticed a new liquor license notice has gone up in the space formally occupied by La Urbana. La Urbana abruptly closed last autumn after being ordered by the city to conduct an acoustical evaluation for noise abatement for their open-air garage drunken hullaballoo. Several neighbors attempted to reach […]

Why Did La Urbana Close, Anyway? (Or, why can’t online “journalists” do basic research?) 

I’ve seen several times on a certain local news website claims that La Urbana’s closure was “sudden”, “mysterious”, or “unexplained”. Reading about it yet again, it strikes your reluctant neighborhood activist that I hadn’t posted about it here, because I had basically gotten fed up with the situation and wasn’t involved in it anymore by […]

Landlord Serves La Urbana’s Owners a Cool, Refreshing 3-Day Eviction Notice 

La Urbana’s landlord has posted a cool, refreshing 3-Day Pay Or Quit notice on the property they still occupy four months after they abruptly ceased operations rather than comply with a smooth, creamy citation for code violations issued by the SF Planning Commission. Under San Francisco city law, after three months of nonpayment of rent, […]

THINGS are HAPPENING! 

Things are going on. All kinds of things. Huge things. What are they? WE DON’T KNOW. The city is involved. Whose side are they on? Again, we don’t know. And you know what? We don’t even have time to update this site, which is why it’s lain fallow for a year. Check back. We’re going […]

Meanwhile, in another neighborhood… 

via http://www.cappstreetcrap.com/miss-manners-2-0/ The Mission. Despite being ground zero for several waves of gentrification, somehow it manages to maintain a consistent flavor all its own.

Quick! Need your opinion! (And, no, GRRR’s not dead yet) 

Hi, Popeye’s Gulch dwellers! It’s me, Buddy! Sorry the site hasn’t been updated in two months. It’s not because nothing has been happening worth reporting on in our happy little hamlet, that’s for sure. Quite the opposite. It’s been a glorious summer of heated intra-neighborhood battle, defending our humble Gulch from the unending tide of […]

Appeal hearing to overturn “La Urbana’s” outdoor seating permit TODAY, 7/15 at 5pm, Rm. 416, City Hall 

The following email just went out to everybody who’s requested to be on the mailing list, or who sent in an email in January protesting La Urbana’s outdoor seating permit request. It contains everything you need to know, conveyed in the delightfully breezy fashion of someone who never wanted to be an activist to begin […]

Mexican-Themed Restaurant “La Urbana” Wishes Grove St. Neighbors A Happy Mexican Beer Brand Marketing Day! 

La Urbana’s suspiciously pallid clientele gathers to celebrate the May 5, 1862 success of a small Mexican army in the state of Puebla, just southeast of Mexico City, in defeating 8,000 opportunistic French troops seeking to establish a new French colony for their own benefit, at the expense of the people who already lived there—ie, […]

Café Abir Outta Hir; the Final Day of a Strange Cafe with an Inscrutable Business Plan 

(Did you see what I did there? Don’t judge. It was either that or “Café Abir is Café A-bye-bye”.) Your reluctant neighborhood activist is typing this drinking what will likely be his last ever foul, acrid coffee drink at Café Abir. Those of us living in Popeyes Gulch long term have witnessed the strange, gradual […]

[UPDATED] DPW disregards 28 neighbor complaints, grants sidewalk seating permit to “La Urbana”; neighbors have option to appeal. 

Download DPW Permit Ruling PDF: DPW Order_183396 – La Urbana Here’s a brainteaser for you. A stranger runs up to you on the street and starts giving you a wet willie, then another one, over and over. They won’t stop, until finally, a policeman sees it. But the stranger tells the policeman, “Why are you […]