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New Principals at Daniel Webster and Starr King Elementary Schools

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Daniel Webster and Starr King elementary schools started the 2016 school year with new principals and freshly renovated campuses.    As reported in the October 2015 issue of the View, 10 percent of Webster’s student body left the school last year, reflecting parents’ lack of confidence in school leadership, as well as concerns about what… Keep Reading

Arrest Rate Falls by Half between 2010 and 2015

San Francisco Police Department data indicate that there were 26,758 more serious felony crimes – murder, arson and motor vehicle theft – reported in 2015 than in 2010.  All told, in 2015 there were 53,291 property offenses and 6,776 violent crimes.  However, while felonies were up, arrests were down over the period. The arrest rate… Keep Reading

Bottom of the Hill Celebrates 25th Anniversary

On September 6, 1991, Potrero Hill nightclub Bottom of the Hill hosted its first rock show, headlined by a now-forgotten band, the Bird Killers. Over the following quarter-century, the unassuming, out-of-the-way venue introduced alternative-rock fans to a multitude of names they’d never forget, including Oasis, Alanis Morissette, Marilyn Manson, Pavement, Modest Mouse, the White Stripes,… Keep Reading

SHORT CUTS

Crushed High-technology motorcycle helmet maker Skully’s, a startup located on Third Street, has crashed.  The business ceased operations in July, quickly followed by a lawsuit alleging that the company’s cofounders, brothers Marcus and Mitchell Weller, spent thousands of the company’s dollars on a strip club, sports car, groceries, paintings, and rent for their Marina apartment…Restaurateur… Keep Reading

OP-ED Keep the 25th Street Pedestrian Bridge Closed

I live on Kansas Street, one block south of the 25th street footbridge bridge, and have been the Kansas Street SAFE Association captain since 2004. I believe that the bridge should remain closed, not because I have a strong opinion one way or the other; I don’t. I’ll support the final decision. I’m in favor… Keep Reading

OP-ED New Islais Creek Bus Facility Not Living Up to its Promise

This year, the long planned main building of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s bus facility is under construction on Islais Creek’s north shore.  When Muni conceived of the project, its then project manager approached Friends of Islais Creek – which for 30 years has worked with other community groups to create public activity spaces along… Keep Reading

OP-ED Reopen the 25th Street Pedestrian Bridge

Potrero Hill is like an island. Bound by Highway 101 and Interstate 280 and natural topography – hills are a great barrier for people and fog – the community is visible from adjacent streets and other peaks. But like an isle it’s hard to get to, or out of. Once there was an access point… Keep Reading

OP-ED City Can’t be Trusted to Protect Neighborhood Interests Related to NavCenter

There’s general agreement that homelessness is one of San Francisco’s highest priority concerns, and that homeless individuals should be treated fairly, humanely, and with dignity. Few people choose to be homeless; that’s why the services San Francisco Housing Opportunity, Partnerships, and Engagement (HOPE) offers are so important. A key component of those amenities is operating… Keep Reading

Why I Choose to Raise My Family in San Francisco

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Every time I look out my kids’ – Ripley King-Ofsiany, seven, and Sumner, four – bedroom window, I’m reminded why we choose to raise our family in San Francisco.  We’re blessed with a hilltop home, and can see much of what the City has to offer from this vantage point. Right outside it’s the birds;… Keep Reading

Corovan Debate Prompts Odd Behavior from Cohen

It was an odd moment, notable even in room with a history of strange moments. During a July 26 Board of Supervisors hearing on a proposed developement at 901 16th Street and 1200 17th Street, any suspense as to how District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen would vote ended when an awkward exchange with developer Josh… Keep Reading

Corovan Project to Proceed

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One of the largest housing developments in Potrero Hill history is set to move forward after the Board of Supervisors rejected an environmental impact appeal by opponents of the project in July. The development, which includes 395 residential units and 25,000-feet of commercial space, will feature a six-story building at 901 16th Street and a… Keep Reading

Starr King Open Space Launches Capital Campaign

Next time you walk or drive around Potrero Hill, take a detour to the west side of Starr King Elementary School, to the open space bounded by 23rd, Carolina, 24th and De Haro streets.   Starr King Open Space, SKOS for short, is a 3.5 acre expanse of hilltop grassland, with gentle slopes, rocky outcrops,… Keep Reading

Lead Contamination Closes 24th Street Mini-Park for Half a Year

For roughly seven months the muraled walls, swings and animal-shaped playground structures at the 24th and York Mini-Park were kept locked behind a gate. Usually bustling with young children, parents, and caretakers, the park, wedged between two buildings on a busy commercial stretch, sat empty and quiet, with little explanation. Last October, a sign was… Keep Reading

Center Hardware Moving to Larger Space

In 2014, Socketsite, a web-based real estate news source, announced that the facility that houses Center Hardware and Supply Store, at 999 Mariposa Street, was slated to be redeveloped. The hardware store’s management team had recently learned of the plan as well, and scrambled to combat the public’s misconception that their doors were closing for… Keep Reading

Mixed Reactions in Dogpatch to Proposed 25th Street Navigation Center

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On the first Tuesday of a picture-perfect August evening, dozens of Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) members, Southside residents, concerned citizens, and civil servants packed a small community room at the University of California, San Francisco-Mission Bay police headquarters to vet the City’s latest proposal to site a Navigation Center (NavCenter), catering to the homeless, at… Keep Reading

Citizens Committee Approves Eastern Neighborhoods Report

Last month, the Eastern Neighborhoods Citizens Advisory Committee (ENCAC) narrowly approved a report detailing land use changes that’ve occurred over the past five years in Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Mission and South-of-Market.  According to the Eastern Neighborhoods Five Year Monitoring Report – and any sentient Southside resident – the four neighborhoods have seen a development boom… Keep Reading

Arts Calendar

9/10/16 – Pressed/stamped metal workshop Presented by Museum of Craft and Design. In honor of Hispanic Heritage month, explore the folk craft of pressed/stamped tin. Use traditional motifs, as well as modern, to make a 3-dimensional art piece for your wall! 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Potrero Branch Library, 1616 20th Street. Space is limited.… Keep Reading

Community Calendar

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9/2/16 – Architecture & the City Festival Kickoff Party Join AIASF and the Center for Architecture + Design to celebrate the opening of the Architecture and the City festival and the individuals and organizations that make this month of learning and exploration possible.  Drink, nibble, and network for  an inspiring night with festival partners, sponsors… Keep Reading

Plans to Improve Esprit Park in the Works

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Recent improvements to paths at Esprit Park are just the beginning of possible changes to Dogatch’s oldest and largest green space. As part of the Dogpatch Public Realm Plan, launched in 2015, the San Francisco Planning Department has been soliciting comments for a possible re-design of the park, which borders 19th and 20th streets at… Keep Reading

Gold, Chapter Fourteen

“Man,” said Chester, as he entered the nursery.  “Huge snow storm last night.” “How many did they get this time,” asked Maggie, who was rearranging garden ornaments that hadn’t sold in more than a year, shifting them from higher to lower shelves. “Oh, I’d say four, including our truck.  Which, as you know, has nothing… Keep Reading

Library News

From Jenny Scholten, Librarian Programs for Adults Rosetta Stone Accomplish your language learning goals with your library card using our new free eresource, Rosetta Stone. Wednesday, September 14, 6 to 7 p.m. Movie Screening: Sharayet Join us for a screening of Sharayet. Directed by Iranian-American filmmaker, Maryam Keshavarz, this provocative coming-of-age story  centers on a wealthy… Keep Reading

Carpet Chronicles VI

I had a call at a single family home off Mission Street near the San Francisco-Daly City border which’d been transformed into an elderly care facility. I was met at the door by an effeminate heavyset 30ish Filipino man in pale green scrubs, who unlocked the front door and hurried away.  The living room was… Keep Reading

City Imposes Fee for Hill Property Owner to Access His Home

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It started as a simple home improvement project. For 35 years, Robert Hines had a driveway and a garage, but no curb cut. Pulling his automobile onto his property meant the car muffler would scrape against the pavement. When Hines finally got around to pulling a permit to construct the curb cut in 2013, he… Keep Reading

Sex Workers Want Funds for East Bay Rape Crisis Centers Cut

Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLERP), a San Francisco-based nonprofit that advocates for the rights of sex workers, wants to reduce the amount of public sector and philanthropic dollars that flow to rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, and anti- prostitution and sex trafficking organizations.  “They’re just providing anti-prostitution counseling,” said Maxine… Keep Reading

Still No Consistent Government Response to Homeless Camps

The City and County estimates that there are roughly 100 encampments – two or more people living without a structured home, typically in tents – and 700 campers at any one time in San Francisco.  However, based on a survey of state and local government officials, including with the California Department of Transportation, Caltrain, and… Keep Reading

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