Monthly Archives: September 2013

Tonight! Community Discussion at 518 Valencia

Tonight, we’re hosting a forum at 518 Valencia, Jack Spade, Gentrification, and the Mission: A Community Discussion for Action.

Community organizations, neighbors, and merchants are gathering to discuss and address Jack Spade and the ongoing crisis of rising rents and mass displacement of long-existing businesses and residents of the Mission District.

1234039_10151578955401863_1339965694_nWHO: Moderated by Rose Aguilar, host of Your Call, KALW Radio
Participating organizations include: Valencia Corridor Merchants Association, Calle 24 SF (formerly Lower 24th Street Merchants), PODER, Mission Economic Development Agency, Mission Neighborhood Resource Center, Shaping San Francisco, Center for Political Education, Eviction Free San Francisco, Encantada Gallery, No Jack Spade in the Mission.

WHEN: Monday, September 23, 2013 at 6pm

WHERE: 518 Valencia Street (near 16th), San Francisco

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The New Yorker highlights Jack Spade’s ‘disorienting’ effect

Photograph by Ed Darack/Science Faction/Corbis.

Photograph by Ed Darack/Science Faction/Corbis. Courtesy of

The New Yorker shines a spotlight on the campaign to stop Jack Spade, calling it indicative of the “tense tug-of-war over wealth as the city undergoes a disorienting pro-business boom.”

Writer Lauren Smiley cuts to the core:

“Our claim to fame, in San Francisco, has always been our unique neighborhoods,” said Kathleen Dooley, who serves on the city’s small-

business commission, and has been a part of discussions on pending legislation. “There’s a very valid worry that it could become very homogenous, as we’ve seen in Manhattan.”

Head over to for more.


VCMA’s brief for rehearing request

We just got our hands on the VCMA’s brief for a rehearing, which will be heard at City Hall on October 9.

It’s the most holistic case to date, arguing that the Board of Appeals must take into account the entirety of the Planning Code, specifically the ‘findings’ section of the formula retail ordinance, when considering the case of Jack Spade. We’re hoping this will persuade just one more members of the appeals board, after falling one vote shy of victory in the last hearing.

Of course, a big public turnout will help, so make sure to RSVP here!

SF Bay Guardian on Jack Spade in the Mission: ‘That shit ain’t right’

The SF Bay Guardian voices strong support for enacting protections for small businesses in San Francisco, using the “stealthy inroads” paved by Jack Spade as an example of how deep-pocketed corporations can affect a neighborhood’s character.

The editorial board calls on political leaders to address the upward pressure on rents that result from an influx of big business. And in describing what’s at stake, the Guardian nails it:

Nothing less than the soul and face of San Francisco is at stake, and it’s up to all of us to fight for it and not be fooled by self-serving and simplistic “jobs” rhetoric. We need to call a Spade a Spade, and a corporation a corporation, and defend what makes San Francisco special: real, local people serving real, local people, not the interests of Wall Street.

SF Bay Guardian: Expand Protections for Small Business

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