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SFMTA Works to Finalize Dogpatch Parking Plan

For nearly two years the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has been meeting with Dogpatch community members to develop a parking management plan for the neighborhood amidst increasing parking demand. Much of Dogpatch’s curbside is unregulated, resulting in a scarcity of spots within the context of a growing residential population and heavier commuter traffic. SFMTA’s… Keep Reading

Breaking Up with an Apartment is Hard to Do

As the late Tom Petty put it, “Hey baby, there ain’t no easy way out.” The line is apt for many San Franciscans who find themselves at the end of a relationship, confronting the shocking cost of new digs. If the anger and heartbreak aspects of a breakup aren’t bad enough, the process of deciding… Keep Reading

City Releases “Framework” to Address Homelessness

Last month, the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing released a “Five-Year Strategic Framework” to address rootlessness.  Under the Framework, chronic homelessness would be halved by December 2022, with an end to “…large, long term encampments by July 2019.”  In addition, the outline called for implementing coordinated care systems, performance accountability, improvements to… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, I’m shocked that the View would print such a comment from a Potrero Hill resident as appeared in the October “Short Cuts” column! I’ve lived on the Hill for more than 23 years. How could the community newspaper embarrass Sapporo, the recent purchaser of Anchor Brewing Company, which saved the brewery? Would the View rather… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Endorsement Likely before most District 10 voters are aware that there’s an election, or know who the potential candidates may be, last month Mayor Ed Lee endorsed Board of Education president Shamann Walton for District 10 Supervisor in the November 2018 ballot. “Our City needs leaders like Shamann Walton, who are truly committed to improving… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: The Last Straw

Straws – those slender plastic tubes from which to sip frothy, sweetened, coffee drinks, sodas, and other beverages – are awesome.  Children transform them into toys, sucking in chocolate milk at different speeds, in a kind of stutter-step race to the top. They hold one end to trap the liquid, allowing it to pour out… Keep Reading

Public Utility Work Scheduled for Illinois Street

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission plans to begin construction on the “Bay Corridor Transmission and Distribution” project early next year. The work will involve a stretch of Illinois Street, from 23rd to 16th streets, as well as smaller portions of Terry A. Francois Boulevard, 22nd, 20th and Mariposa streets. It’s expected to take a… Keep Reading

Education Startup Launches from Neighborhood House

The Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, often called “the Nabe”, had some vacant space at its 953 De Haro Street location. According to Edward Hatter, executive director, a youth substance abuse counseling program that’d been operating from the building shutdown three years ago due to lack of client enrollment, leaving several rooms underutilized. About a year… Keep Reading

Feminist Group Flourishes on the Hill

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As its name suggests, the feminist group/women’s circle, Seismic Sisters, wants to make a rumble. Started on Potrero Hill in 2012 by Kim Christensen, the group meets monthly or so to socialize, support one another, and engage in political activism. It consists of Christensen’s friends, as well as friends of her friends. Despite spreading solely… Keep Reading

UCSF Helipad Hardly Causes a Stir

The helicopter flight path to the University of California, San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus was altered this past summer due to construction activity at the Chase Center, the site of the Golden State Warriors’ new home. However, after a decade of community debate about noise and potential crashes leading up to the helipad opening along… Keep Reading

Cobblestones Unearthed on Vermont Street

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When Vermont Street resident, Louis Epstein, was a child in the early 1940s, he lived in the Mission, on Peters Avenue.  He remembers the commonplace sight of cobblestones lining the middle of San Francisco’s many hilly streets. Cobblestones were frequently used as paving material before the dominance of automobiles. They provided more traction to horse-drawn… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Artist Lights Up Salesforce Tower

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Jim Campbell, a contemporary artist who specializes in works featuring LED lights, has been a De Haro Street resident since 1987. Originally from Illinois, Campbell moved to California in the 1970s, and pursued an engineering career in Silicon Valley for 25 years. According to Campbell, his artistic career emerged during those years, but had its… Keep Reading

New Paintings on Display at Christopher’s Books

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If you walk by quickly you might not notice anything different about Christopher’s Books. It’s still a gem of a neighborhood bookstore, that’s graced the 18th and Missouri streets corner for more than 25 years. Stop and look closely, however, and you’ll see two new paintings in the windows. After thinking for a long time… Keep Reading

Dogpatch Neighborhood Association Elects Board

In October, an uncontested slate of five candidates was unanimously approved by Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) members to serve on the group’s board of directors. Bruce Kin Huie, an account director at the marketing firm, Pedowitz Group, will serve his second two-year term as president. He’ll be joined by fellow returning incumbents Jared Doumani, DNA’s… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: November 2017

November 2 – Community:  Annual Festival of Altars Día de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to ancestors, honoring death and the cycle of life. In Mexico, neighbors gather in cemeteries to share food, music, and fun with their extended community, living and departed. The celebration acknowledges that we have a relationship with… Keep Reading

Felt Film Feels Timely

Federal Bureau of Investigation inquires, election scandals, Presidential corruption.  Sound familiar? Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the Whitehouse, helps viewers relive a moment in history that today seems almost quant compared to current political shenanigans. Mark Felt is better recognized as the FBI whistleblower, “Deep Throat,” responsible for exposing what became known as… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

New Future Kansas Street resident Keith Goldstein predicts that Anchor Brewery’s new owner, Sapporo, will develop the facility into condominiums by 2030.  And rumor has it that the now Sapporo employees were asked to sign new job agreements with language stating that they can be fired at any time, for any reason…Potrero Democratic Club president… Keep Reading

Proposed Medical Cannabis Nursery in Dogpatch Blocked

Last summer, Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) member, Constans Channon, and Friends of Potrero Hill (FOPH), an organization located at 1060a Tennessee Street, formally requested that the City’s Board of Appeals (BoA) halt development of a proposed medical cannabis nursery, to be sited at 1025 Tennessee Street, currently a one story, 9,550 square foot warehouse. As… Keep Reading

Marijuana Use Risky for Young People

As the public perception of marijuana’s risks softens, a primary question complicating the drug’s newly destigmatized status is its effect on young people, especially in terms of brain development. Marijuana accounts for 90 percent of illicit drug use among American teenagers, according to the 2017 book Is Marijuana Harmful?, written by Bradley Steffens for the… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Statues

The following three dialogues imagine the conversations sparked when newlyweds arrive for the first time at one of the spouses’ ancestral homes, to which the couple will be moving, with a fourth centering on an exchange amongst nannies.  Readers are encouraged to create their own scenes, mixing and matching the various scenarios and characters into… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, Steven Moss really missed the boat on his trip to the land of my ancestors (“Publisher’s View: Fringe,” September). First, Edinburgh is a beautiful city. The blackened spires of the ancient towers are vestiges of a coal burning past, and make it feel haunted and unique. I visited a few years ago and had… Keep Reading

Questions and Hopes Abound in Medical Marijuana Community

In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215 to “ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where that medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person’s health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment… Keep Reading

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