Since October, 288 arrests were made by police under an ongoing surveillance operation designed to clean up downtown. Their arrests also count among the 600 drug dealing busts in the Tenderloin this year. While the ultimate goal is to drive the dealers away, given the revolving door at the Hall of Justice, the suspects often are back on the streets within days. The debate continues as to what to do to reduce crime in the streets and where the weaknesses are within the system. Read more via the SF Chronicle.
As part of Cutting Ball Theater’s 20th Season, they are reprising its original docu-play, The Tenderloin Tour. The Tenderloin Tour opens on January 9 and runs through January 26. Performances will be hosted at community sites throughout the Tenderloin neighborhood such as Glide Memorial Church, Boedekker Park, the San Francisco Public Library, and the Tenderloin Museum as well as Cutting Ball Theater’s own venue.
The creation of Compton’s Transgender Cultural District marks a milestone moment as the first legally recognized transgender district in the world. Check out Emily Wilson’s article on Daily Beast about the newly-established cultural district.
It's been four months since popular food truck The Chairman (formerly known as Chairman Bao) shuttered its Tenderloin brick-and-mortar location, after just three years in operation. But a new kid in town, called Paper Rooster, is aiming to take over where the Chairman left off. According to its website, it's a sandwich and snack shop offering its own take on "popular Chinese flavors in classic American form." Read more on Hoodline here.
If you're looking for homegrown gifts this holiday season, the Tenderloin and Civic Center are offering a host of holiday markets, all featuring shopping opportunities from local artists and vendors. Here's a roundup of all the events, including Fleet Wood’s holiday open house on December 20. Read more on Hoodline here.
Salesforce founder and co-CEO Marc Benioff donated $6.1 million to the city’s efforts to transform the long-vacant Bristol Hotel into permanent housing for 58 previously homeless residents. Read more via SF Business Times.
Help us bring light & joy to the Tenderloin neighborhood as we light the Tenderloin’s first-ever holiday tree! With live performances, special guests District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, Matt Haney and Santa Claus!
This year, the Civic Center Commons has an ice skating rink! Plus a whole bunch of other holiday events, including the tree lighting event on December 5. The tree lighting ceremony will also include the SFPD’s toy giveaway for the first 400 kids. Here’s the list of upcoming events.
Welcome to Tenderloin Arts LIVE, a collection of monthly Tenderloin arts events sourced from organizations, individuals, and venues from the neighborhood. Want to submit your events for next month’s listing? Fill out the submission form here.
When self-taught San Francisco filmmaker, Sephora Woldu began production on her debut feature-length film Life Is Fare, she wanted to make what she describes as a “love letter” to the Tenderloin neighborhood she calls home. Listen to her interview on KALW Public Radio segment.
The city of San Francisco is home to some of the nation’s largest technology companies, including Twitter and Uber. At the same time, it has one of the largest homeless populations in the country. Homelessness and job displacement for local people continue to rise. But, one program is helping to connect the two worlds for job seekers. Check out this video on Code Tenderloin and its founder Del Seymour. Watch the video segment and read the article at VOA News.
Here are some photos from the TLCBD Safe Passage Ten Year Anniversary Party at Tenderloin’s PianoFight. The party served as a momentous occasion to thank our many Safe Passage Corner Captains, show off some karaoke skills (shout out to Supervisor Jane Kim and incoming D6 Supervisor Matt Haney for the duet!) and recognize the program’s founders, funders, and everyone in between.
The party also marked the start of our fundraising efforts for the next 10 years. Donate here, every bit helps to expand and continue this vital neighborhood work.