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A Day in Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, and Environs – January 2018

Last year, I recounted in this column that, while walking home from an automobile repair shop, I discovered Martita’s Kitchen, a Mexican restaurant on Marin Street located amidst the mostly unwelcoming industrial area just beyond Potrero Hill’s south slope. Since then, I’ve learned that a number of eateries offer their fare along the lower Cesar… Keep Reading

St. Ignatius Creates Junior High School Program

St. Ignatius College Preparatory, a Catholic Jesuit high school located on 37th Avenue, has been educating Bay Area children for 160 years. Tuition for the 2017-2018 school year is $22,780 per student, unaffordable for most families. To better prepare scholars for the challenging St. Ignatius curriculum, a tuition-free junior high school was created this academic… Keep Reading

Mission Rock Development Continues to Roll

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The San Francisco Planning Commission’s October approval may not have been the fall victory San Francisco Giants fans would’ve liked, but it’s a solid leadoff single for the team’s plans to redevelop 28 acres south of AT&T Park. The project needs approval from the Port Commission, which will consider the matter at a January 9… Keep Reading

Publishers View: Heat

Last year’s heat waves – peaking at a scorching 106 degrees in San Francisco in the fall – may be the new normal.  There’s nothing we can do about whatever natural temperature patterns are at play, and little reason to believe that humans’ contributions to weather changes will diminish much, at least in the remaining… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, I noticed that in the December issue headlines above articles written about three men running for District 10 Supervisor mentioned each candidate by name. Yet Uzuri Pease-Green, the only woman in the race, is simply referred to as “Long-Time Potrero Annex-Terrace Activist,” and not named in the headline above the story about her. I… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Corovan Last fall, Superior Court Judge Cynthia Ming-mei Lee issued an order that upheld San Francisco Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors approvals for a mixed-use project at 901 16th Street and 1200 17th Street, known as the “Corovan” site.  Save The Hill and Grow Potrero Responsibly had argued that portions of the development’s environmental… Keep Reading

Vis Valley Activist Neo Veavea Vies for District 10 Supervisor

At the end of last year, community activist Neo Veavea launched his campaign for the District 10 Board of Supervisors seat. Veavea, who has lived in the District for 50 of his 60 years, resides in Visitacion Valley. He works as the project coordinator for the Samoan Wellness Initiative (SWI), a Samoan Community Development Center… Keep Reading

Buy Nothing Inspires Local Gift Economy

An initiative to foster communities of giving and sharing that started in Bainbridge, Washington, in 2013 now has a local group serving Potrero Hill and Dogpatch. The Buy Nothing project is a network of hundreds of Facebook groups that spans communities in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, that encourages people to share… Keep Reading

City Continues to Grapple with Homelessness

Last fall, Randy Quesada, Communications and Community Relations Manager for the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (DHSH), provided the View with a tour of the Central Waterfront Navigation Center, located at the end of 25th Street.  The facility opened last spring with a 64-bed capacity.  As of December 1, 54 were occupied. The Center appears… Keep Reading

Longtime Potrero Hill Resident Ron Miguel Moves Across Town

Despite decades engaged in public forums, former San Francisco Planning Commission president Ron Miguel is a private person. Don’t expect a tell-all memoir from him anytime soon; he’d rather talk about land use policies, which first captivated him in the 1950s. At that time, Miguel, a third-generation San Franciscan, campaigned for tax increment funding to… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: January 2018

Now through 1/6/18 – Art: Xiaoze Xie: Nocturnes Xiaoze Xie observes daily life, particularly night scenes, to create theatrically lit, stage-like spaces with an ambiguous atmosphere and mood in paintings and a new video. The subjects in Nocturnes expand on Xie’s long-standing interest in exploring social reality and history. Stylistically, the works resonate with his earlier efforts, evoking… Keep Reading

Margaret Keyes, Potrero Hill Resident, Passes

Last fall, several months after moving to St. Paul’s Towers in Oakland, Margaret Frings Keyes died, at the age of 88.  Keyes, a Jungian psychotherapist and writer, participated in clinical and research work at the University of California Medical Center with Eric Berne, M.D., when he formulated his theory of Transactional Analysis, and trained as… Keep Reading

Pier 70 Project Moves Forward

Following San Francisco Port Commission approval in September, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to endorse Forest City’s mixed-use Pier 70 project in late October. The scheme has entailed more than a decade of planning, beginning in 2007 with the Port’s issuance of a master plan for development of 69 acres of historic… Keep Reading

The New School of San Francisco Brings Unique Curriculum to Potrero Hill

Last summer, two schools moved into the Enola Maxwell campus, 655 De Haro Street, which’d been largely vacant for more than a year after International Studies Academy relocated to different grounds. One of the two institutions now housed on the site is San Francisco International High School, San Francisco Unified School District’s only school dedicated… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Cyber-Stranger Danger

No parent would willingly allow a stranger to enter their home, slip down the hallway unseen, enter their child’s bedroom, closing the door softly behind them.  Yet that’s exactly what’s happening through the portals of mobile devices, all too often leading to actual physical encounters arranged through such applications as Tinder, Snapchat, and texting. Nine… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Parking A parking space dedicated to handicapped individuals is now available in front of the Potrero Branch Library, with an additional public space for 20th Street shoppers, replacing the two Zipcar spots formerly located there.  The change was sparked after Hill resident and former mayor Art Agnos conveyed to San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Director… Keep Reading

Islais Creek SFMTA Facility Fails to Deliver on its Promises

As the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency’s (SFMTA) new Islais Creek facility nears completion, a coalition of labor and environmental groups who helped spearhead its approval feel like they’ve been stranded at the proverbial bus stop. The $127 million complex will replace SFMTA’s 67-year old Kirkland facility near Fisherman’s Wharf, which houses more than half… Keep Reading

State Senator Scott Wiener Gets High Marks in First Year

During his first year in office, California State Senator Scott Wiener (D) has authored or supported legislation to support LGBT rights, affordable housing, and transportation funding.  “This year is a really eventful year, in which I had 11 bills signed into law by Governor Brown,” said Wiener, who represents District 11, which covers the City… Keep Reading

Assembly Member David Chiu Champions Housing

David Chiu (D), was elected to represent the 17th Assembly District, which covers San Francisco’s eastern neighborhoods, in 2014, after serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 3, for the previous five years, including as Board president. “I’m a big supporter of David Chiu,” said Bruce Agid, Berry Street resident. “I’ve watched him… Keep Reading

Cohen Focuses her Final Year on Cannabis Industry Equity

District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen began her term in 2011, was reelected in 2015, and will complete her Board of Supervisors tenure in January 2019. She chairs the Budget and Finance and Budget and Finance Federal Select committees. This year, Cohen’s legislative attendance has exceeded 92 percent. She’s sponsored more than 100 pieces of legislation… Keep Reading

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