San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón Offered Support to Mission Merchants Hit by Vandalism from May 1st Protests

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 4, 2012

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, (415) 553-1167 or (415) 740-5134
Alex Bastian, (415) 553-1931

San Francisco – San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón joined merchants from the Mission District today to call attention to a fundraising effort to help businesses who suffered damages brought on by reckless vandalism from the May 1st protests.

“Small businesses are the backbone of our local economy and contribute to the vibrancy of our city’s neighborhoods. I am here today to tell Mission merchants that you are not alone. The community is coming together to offer our support,” said District Attorney George Gascón.

The District Attorney spoke with Ben Blumenfeld, a designer at Facebook, yesterday and thanked him for spearheading the fundraising effort on WePay. “Ben Blumenfeld demonstrated true community spirit by stepping up and giving the community a way to help these small businesses,” said District Attorney Gascón.

According to the WePay account $7250 has been raised so far and at least 15 businesses suffered damages including Weston Wear, Brick and Mortar, Taca Airlines, 299 Valencia, Tradesmen, Property Management Systems, The Voyager Shop, Four Barrel, Pica Pica, Maize Kitchen, Art Zone 461 Gallery, Locanda, Bar Tartine, Tartine Bakery, Therapy, Weston Wear and Farina.

To make a donation through WePay, go to: https://www.wepay.com/donations/repair-vandalized-businesses-in-the-mission

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