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Four New Faces Elected to Green Benefits District Board

Voters in Dogpatch and Potrero Hill’s Northwest blocks elected four new members, and re-elected three incumbents, to the Green Benefit District (GBD) board last month. The first of its kind in California, GBD it is modeled on Commercial Benefit Districts, a popular undertaking in San Francisco in which business owners in a commercial corridor agree… Keep Reading

Double-Digit Rate Hike Proposed for Garbage Collection

Last February, Recology, the private company that provides the City with garbage services, applied for a rate increase from the San Francisco Department of Public Works. Recology’s San Francisco operations consist of collectors Recology Golden Gate and Recology Sunset Scavenger, and refuse processer Recology San Francisco. The City has the authority to determine the residential… Keep Reading

Mega-Developments Southside Challenge Public Infrastructure

A long stretch of underutilized land on San Francisco’s southeastern Bayfront is slated for massive mixed-use development in the coming years. With a shortage of affordable housing, and a lust for economic growth, the City earmarked the Southside neighborhoods, including the Bayfront, for increased residential development when it adopted the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan in 2008.… Keep Reading


Editor, In response to “City Budget May Face Cliff,” in the March View, it’s unfortunate that future generations, unable to vote today, will bear the costs of many enacted pension programs, entitlements and boondoggle projects, requiring them to pay higher taxes and work later into their lives to pay for these promises. It’s the inmates… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

I’m not a conspiracy theorist, nor do I know what that term means. But I’ve become increasingly aware that letters to the editor in liberal, East Coast newspapers are predominantly anti-President Donald Trump. To that, I say: sad, horrible, unfair. I also ask two key questions: Are the liberal, East Coast newspapers not receiving letters… Keep Reading

Sound of Silence

“I haven’t spoken to her in twenty-two years, and I don’t intend to start now,” my Mother proclaimed, scrubbing at the already clean counter to emphasize her point. “But Mom, it’s a silent retreat. You won’t be talking to her. In fact, you’ll be encouraged not to,” I said to the back of her head,… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

District 10 in Play Last month, Shamann Walton, a City native and San Francisco Board of Education president, announced his candidacy for District 10 Supervisor in the November 2018 election. “I’ve spent my entire career fighting to improve our southeastern neighborhoods, and I’m running for District 10 Supervisor to make sure City Hall addresses the… Keep Reading

Unofficial Historic Buildings Indentified in Dogpatch

The Dogpatch Historic District was officially designated by the San Francisco Planning Department in 2003, becoming the City’s eleventh such quarter. Roughly located between Indiana and Third; 18th and Tubbs streets, it consists of residential, industrial and commercial buildings, the oldest of which was built in 1870.  Historic districts impose stringent design guidelines for new… Keep Reading

Large Mixed-Use Project Delayed by Litigation

Last summer, Save the Hill and Grow Potrero Responsibly filed a lawsuit against the City and County of San Francisco challenging the environmental review process for a large mixed-use development located on 3.5 acres, 901 16th Street and 1200 17th Street. The project had been approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in a… Keep Reading

Wagly Pulls Out of Potrero Hill


In July, 2016, The Potrero View reported that Washington-based pet care startup, Wagly, planned to launch a “comprehensive” animal boarding facility, grooming service, and veterinary clinic in Potrero Hill. The business was expected to open later that summer at 1400 17th Street. By autumn, anticipated renovations at the gutted building, previously occupied by California Caster,… Keep Reading

A Day in Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, and Environs – May 2017

Fourteen years after the University of California, San Francisco built its high-technology research campus on an abandoned Southern Pacific railyard in Mission Bay, much of the surrounding area still feels pretty sterile, lacking a sense of organic human habitation that comes with a diversified, multiuse, street life of restaurants and shops. That’s one reason why… Keep Reading

New App Helps Dogpatch Residents Report Neighborhood Problems

In March, a new website, Dogpatch Solutions Tracker, launched at A community service aiming to improve neighborhood safety and cleanliness, the site features a digital map application where registered users can pinpoint such concerns as potholes, graffiti, trash, and vandalism in Dogpatch and Potrero Hill. Reporting a problem, however, is only the first step.… Keep Reading

Winter’s Gamble

One may be surprised to find out that the winter can be disheartening in San Francisco. Though not nearly as cold as other places, we are not always prepared with big warm coats for the winds. There can also be a lot of rain. Out by the sea there is more fog, more cold, and… Keep Reading

City Attorney Herrera Battles Trump Administration

On January 25, U.S. President Donald Trump signed Executive Order 13768, which promised to withdraw federal grants from “sanctuary cities.” Although the term “sanctuary city” has no legal definition, it’s generally understood to refer to municipalities that permit residence by undocumented immigrants, with policies that prohibit local authorities from detaining individuals due to their immigration… Keep Reading

Small Batch Manufacturing Thrives in San Francisco

The words “manufacturing” and “San Francisco” aren’t often used in the same sentence, unless a historian is talking about the City’s mid-century last heyday as an active port and shipyard.   Yet there are upwards of 700 manufacturers in San Francisco, employing in the neighborhood of 10,000 people. According to SFMade, a nonprofit dedicated to… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Author in the Driver’s Seat, With Uber

Book Cover: Wild Ride: Inside Uber's Quest for World Domination

Love or hate the company, it’s a rare week when ride hailing mega-contractor, Uber, isn’t in the news. Potrero Hill resident and Fortune Magazine executive editor, Adam Lashinsky, has been covering Uber since its 2009 inception.  His Wild Ride: Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination, available May 23, will help feed the seemingly insatiable curiosity… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: May 2017

May 2 – Art: Kids draw Potrero; Jennifer Kesteloot and Norm Bartlett Sponsored by 5 to 9 p.m. Farleys, 1315 18th Street. May 4 – Music: Bum Wagler & The Tune Wranglers Bum Wagler & The Tune Wranglers play original tunes in the Honky Tonk country vein. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Farleys, 1315 18th… Keep Reading

San Francisco Center for the Book Offers Spring, Summer Exhibits

San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB), at 375 Rhode Island Street, is currently offering “Books of Course,” an exhibit that runs until June 11, featuring books, objects and creative assignments from nine Bay Area professors and a few of their former students. “Chronicle Books: Born in the Summer of Love,” which opens June 23,… Keep Reading

Queer Comics Unpacked at Potrero Hill Conference

Whether they center on a superhero or psychologically complex character, comic books have long offered quirky role models. Underground comics have been a particular source of comfort to gay, lesbian and transgender people in search of personalities and storylines not found in traditional publications. Last month, at the Queer and Comics Conference, hosted by the… Keep Reading

Gold, Chapter Twenty-One

“Thank you, officer,” said Chester.  “Grab a houseplant for the station on your way out.” “That won’t be necessary,” said the cop.  “We’d just kill it, triggered the need for a murder investigation.” He winced in recognition of his faux pas.  “Sorry for your troubles; let us know if you determine anything has been stolen.” … Keep Reading

Obituary: James Seward Hoppe

James Seward Hoppe August 21, 1955 to April 4, 2017 James Seward “Da Hop” Hoppe died on April 4, 2017 in Thailand at the age of 61. A Missouri Street resident for many years, Hoppe had a friendly, outgoing, nature and loved entertaining others with his storytelling.  He spoke several languages. Hoppe divided his time… Keep Reading

San Francisco International High School Moving to Enola Maxwell Campus

San Francisco International School multipurpose room. PHOTO: Jacob Bourne

San Francisco International High School has been located at 1050 York Street for six of its eight-year history.  The campus previously housed Bryant Elementary School, now at 2641 25th Street.  Thought the facility was renovated to better serve teenagers, SFIHS’ population has doubled, from roughly 200 to more than 400 students, squeezing space for academic… Keep Reading

Good Samaritan Looks to Protect Immigrant Clients

The Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, on Potrero Avenue, has been a welcoming space for immigrants for 123 years. So, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents showed up one morning while preschool and English-as-a-Second Language classes were in session it sent shock waves through the community. It was January 26, one day after Donald… Keep Reading

Spending Continues Long After Political Campaigns End

Office parties, conferences, and donations to civic organizations are among the ways local politicians use campaign funds leftover after an election. The bulk of the remaining money, however, usually goes to paying political consultants. Laws regarding what politicians are allowed to do with excess funds vary depending on whether they win election or not, vacate… Keep Reading

On the Spectrum

Urban Dictionary defines being “on the spectrum” as “a phrase used to describe a person with social tics and/or awkwardness, usually associated with autism or Asperger’s syndrome.”  As in, “That kid seems a little off to me.”  “Yeah, totally; I think he’s on the spectrum.” In a colloquial sense, being on the spectrum is a… Keep Reading

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