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Construction on Loop Expected to Start though Opponents Appeal

Mission Bay Loop

As the contractor is readying its shovels, a neighborhood group is appealing to temporarily stop construction of the Mission Bay Loop, a turn-around for light rail vehicles on the T-Third line. Contractor Mitchell Engineering has the go-ahead from the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and construction is expected to be complete by the end of… Keep Reading

City Launches Clean Power Program

Clean SF

After more than a dozen years of political wrangling, CleanPowerSF, also known as San Francisco Community Choice Aggregation, launched last spring, with a goal of enrolling all of Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s current San Francisco customers into the program. According to San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) public relations officer Amy Sinclair, the initial… Keep Reading

Balancing Growth and Livability as Neighborhoods Change

An influx of new inhabitants is altering Dogpatch, Potrero Hill and surrounding neighborhoods’ character, particularly from the perspective of longtime residents. There’s concern about an imbalance between intensifying land uses without additional amenities, such as sidewalks, greenery, grocery stores, public spaces, and transit.  “People are sort of shell-shocked,” commented Katherine Doumani, Dogpatch Neighborhood Association member.… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Change

Change is a bitch. Or maybe more like a cheetah, stalking us from tall weeds. Once, on safari in Tanzania, I saw a cheetah stealthily tracking and killing an antelope, a Kirk’s dik-dik.  The dik-dik was cartoon-like in its behavior, happily bounding, in spurts, away from its herd.  I could almost hear the animal humming,… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

SPARK Bus Close Up

Church Windows At a Planning Commission hearing held on June 2, the St. Gregory’s of Nyssa Episcopal Church, located on the 500 block of De Haro Street, won the holy war it has been waging against The Murphy Trust since January. The church had raised concerns about how a planned condominium project would affect the… Keep Reading

OP-ED University of California, San Francisco: Déjà Vu

As the great, inimitable Yogi Berra once said, it’s dОjИ vu all over again. There are growing concerns among Dogpatch and Potrero Hill residents that the University of California, San Francisco is expanding outside Mission Bay.  This, along with the tenacious legal actions by UCSF backers to block the Warriors Arena from being developed on… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, I have a small business at 18th and Carolina streets.   Many of my business neighbors are being evacuated for the 1601 Mariposa project; yet another residential monster which we don’t have the infrastructure to support.   On a San Francisco Giant’s “game day” those of us living and working on Potrero Hill are… Keep Reading

OP-ED The Eastern Neighborhoods Plan has Failed Us

In the late-1990s, before the dot-com bubble burst, San Francisco’s eastern neighborhoods faced many of the same issues as today:  rapid gentrification and displacement.  In Potrero Hill and Dogpatch real estate investors gobbled up industrial sites made valuable by 1988 Live-Work legislation that was supposed to help artists, instead displacing them, along with small businesses… Keep Reading

Dogpatch Neighbors Eye Historic Building as Possible Community Center

The Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) borrows space at the University of California, San Francisco, local bars, and other places to hold its meetings; the neighborhood lacks a multipurpose community center. Finding a building to house a potential Dogpatch “hub” has proven challenging for DNA member Katherine Doumani, who is spearheading the effort. Recently, Doumani identified… Keep Reading

Dogpatch Business Association Debuts


In May, Mark Dwight, founder and chief executive officer of Rickshaw Bagworks, a messenger and laptop bag, sack and sleeve manufacturer on 22nd Street, launched the Dogpatch Business Association (DBA), a nonprofit collection of enterprises located in Dogpatch and Pier 70. DBA will serve as a networking platform for companies, promote neighborhood businesses, and represent… Keep Reading

Efforts Continue to Address Homelessness in New Ways

Frustration over the City’s inability to effectively address homelessness, on the part of homeless advocates and Southside San Francisco residents tired of walking by encampments, remains high.  However, municipal efforts have helped thousands of people get off the streets over the past 15 years, and new attempts are emerging to identify possible ways to progress.… Keep Reading

Recycling Requirements Continue to Threaten Good Life Grocery

Last November the View reported that The Good Life Grocery’s 20th Street location was facing fines of upwards of $3,100 a month for failing to comply with the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act (CalRecycle).  The law, known as the “bottle bill,” and passed in 1986, aims to “…make redemption and recycling convenient… Keep Reading

Comprehensive Pet Complex to Open in Potrero Hill


Wagly – a year old startup co-founded by Shane Kelly – will open its newest facility at 1400 17th Street this summer. Starting from its flagship location in Bellevue, Washington, the company is launching outlets in Seattle, San Jose, and Orange County, in addition to San Francisco, offering daycare, grooming, boarding, and veterinary services all… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Gasoline Station Thrives As Pump Population Shrinks


As the number of gasoline stations in San Francisco steadily declines, one facility, located at Potrero Hill’s western edge, is thriving. Performance Shell, at 17th Street and Potrero Avenue, attracts a steady stream of customers, who refuel, grab a snack or lunch at a taco truck parked on the corner, or get their car serviced.… Keep Reading

UCSF Supports Development of Mission Bay Elementary School

The University of California, San Francisco announced its support for the construction of a new kindergarten through fifth grade public school in Mission Bay last month.  “UCSF strongly supports the San Francisco Board of Education designating a portion of the November 2016 General Obligation Facilities Bond to be used to build a new school in… Keep Reading

Karen Erlichman: Rabbi in Everything But Title


It took a while, and wasn’t in the form she expected, but Karen Erlichman eventually achieved her dream. When she was nine years old, growing up in Philadelphia in an assimilated Jewish family, Erlichman wanted to be a rabbi.  But at that time – 1971 – there were no female rabbis. Today, Erlichman considers herself… Keep Reading

Arts Calendar


July 7 through August 17 Exhibition: The Black Woman is God: Reprogramming that God Code Curated by Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green, The Black Woman is God: Reprogramming that God Code celebrates the Black female presence as the highest spiritual form and challenges viewers to do the same. Over 60 Bay Area artists refocus the… Keep Reading

Hill Resident Makes Music

When Pennsylvania Avenue resident Loic Maestracci founded the San Francisco Music Expo in 2014, inviting seasoned producers and engineers to speak on the subject of “Inspiration to Completion,” he had a hidden agenda of sorts. He’d been dabbling in music for years, producing a countless supply of melodic fragments. “From a personal point of view,… Keep Reading

Community Calendar

Family Seasons

July 1 LGBTQ: Queer Rebels Fest Queer Rebels Fest 2016 features two separate shows: 1) Black Queer and Trans Voices, 2) LGBTQ of color histories of art and activism, and 3) The Fight for Home. Fierce drag queens dance off the Google buses of San Francisco; Black and Asian communities join forces in the struggle… Keep Reading

Hill Resident Dedicated to Doing Good


Potrero Hill resident Andrea Laudate, 70, isn’t shy.  She recently massaged talk show host James Corden’s butt on air when he passed her walking down an aisle during a taping of “The Late Late Show with James Corden”. And she has a bit of a purple obsession. “My clothes are purple, my kitchen is purple,… Keep Reading

Library News

Programs for Adults Movie Night: Pelican Dreams: Join us for a screening of Pelican Dreams. Rated G, 80 min. Tuesday, July 12, 6 to 8 p.m. Sour Flour: Sourdough Workshop: Sour Flour teaches people how to make bread. This is a great introduction to using and maintaining a sourdough culture/starter. Space limited. Visit the branch… Keep Reading

Carpet Chronicles V

I had a call at a rundown boxy home near the downtown area of Brisbane.  I was met outside by a large, hunched over white haired man wearing a filthy carpenter-type denim onesie.  I was trying to park on his concrete front yard area and he tried to guide me by making exaggerated motions and… Keep Reading

Gold, Chapter Twelve

“Mr. Mayor, your 3 p.m. is here.  John Crocket and Specialty Development Group.” Nash stood, hands clasped at his waist, in front of William Wong’s large desk.  The mayor didn’t look up from the document he was reading, but lifted his chin upwards slightly. Over the months he’d worked for the politician, Nash had learned… Keep Reading

Community Mourns Loss of Defense Attorney


“She was a larger than life person,” said Mark Iverson, reflecting on Marla Zamora’s influence as a lawyer in the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. Iverson, a senior trial attorney at the PD, first met Zamora 25 years ago. Their professional relationship deepened 16 years ago, when the pair worked in the juvenile unit together;… Keep Reading

The Hill Has High STD Rates

The incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in San Francisco has been rising steadily over the past several years, mirroring a national trend.  And Southside neighborhoods – including Potrero Hill, Bayview, Hunters Point, Visitation Valley, and the Mission – have among the highest STD rates in the City, with the Castro and Duboce Triangle/Upper Market… Keep Reading

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