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Hill-Based OPSWAT Provides Cybersecurity

OPSWAT is located on Kansas Street.

In our interconnected and device-laden world, cybersecurity has become a hot topic, especially after recent data breaches at the Sony and Target corporations. According to a study sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, cybercrime cost the average American firm $15 million in 2014, a 19 percent jump from the year prior. Average per company losses could top $40… Keep Reading

Good Eggs Scrambles to Reinvent Itself


Multiple farmers markets dot San Francisco throughout the week. From the epic Saturday morning Ferry Building Plaza, to sleepier Fort Mason, it’s possible to find nearly any kind of fruit or vegetable, as well as arrays of cheeses, chocolates, and cakes, in these perennial souks. San Francisco has long been a leader in the food… Keep Reading

Fiction: Gold

Fiction - Gold

For the past four months the View has published experts from Gold, a serialized tale of politics, capitalism, and corruption in San Francisco. In this issue the first three chapters are reprinted, along with the fourth installment, enabling readers to catchup as the story continues to unfold. One “I told you John, I’m not selling,” said… Keep Reading

Short Cuts November 2015

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Real Estate In September, 1740 20th Street, a roughly 3,000 square feet, three bedroom, two bath home, sold for $9.5 million. Zillow had estimated the property’s value at about $3 million, itself a hefty sum. It’s assumed that the buyer paid cash; otherwise they’d be facing something like a $35,000 a month mortgage payment, which,… Keep Reading

Planning Commission Considers Proposed Corovan Development

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Last month, the San Francisco Planning Commission held a hearing on the draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for a proposed development at the Corovan site, located at the bottom of Potrero Hill’s North Slope. A DEIR evaluates a project’s potential impact on such things as traffic, dislodging or releasing hazardous substances, and the historic relevance… Keep Reading

Fires Behind San Bruno Avenue Threaten Homes


A series of fires emanating from a homeless encampment located on a strip of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)-owned property in between Highway 101 and San Bruno Avenue has sparked neighborhood groups to fight for safety, and inclusive solutions to homelessness. A fire that broke out in September catalyzed concerned residents. “People got really upset.… Keep Reading

Good Life Grocery Facing Thousands of Dollars in Recycling Fines


The Good Life Grocery, located on 20th Street, is facing fines of up to $3,100 a month for not complying with the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act. The law, adopted in 1986, was intended to “…make redemption and recycling convenient to consumers… the legislature hereby urges cities and counties…to act favorably on… Keep Reading

Harmonic Brewing Open for Business in Dogpatch

Eric Tisch, left, and Jon Verna inside Harmonic Brewing’s production room.

It started as an idea between three longtime friends who liked to brew beer at home. What if we quit our day jobs, and made beer for a living? After more than two years of planning, securing real estate, finding investors and installing large scale brewing equipment, Eric Tisch, Jon Verna, and Ed Gobbo opened… Keep Reading

Twists and Turns Lead Former Hill Resident to the U.S. Navy

At Prolocal’s peak last year it organized an event at Triple Voodoo that attracted 190 attendees and featured Ed Reiskin, director of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Administration, Gwyneth Borden, director of the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and an SFMTA board member, as well as Small Business Commissioners Mark Dwight and Stephen Adams.

Over the past decade and a half former Alabama Street resident Kieron Sinnette experienced all the elements of a rags-to-riches-to-rags story. Sinnette, an immigrant from Trinidad, arrived in San Francisco in 2001, less than a month after 9/11. He was an 18 year-old high school graduate, gay, homeless and unemployed. After securing assistance from Larkin… Keep Reading

Devoted Activist Retires After 25 Years with UCSF

Barbara Bagot-Lopez.

After a quarter of a century as director of community relations at the University of California, San Francisco, Barbara Bagot-Lopez retires this month. She hopes to use her free time to reconnect with her neighborhood, Bernal Heights, and rededicate herself to her activist roots. “Hitting 25 years was like ZING!” laughed Bagot-Lopez. “Wow, 25 years.… Keep Reading

Twenty-Third and Hampshire Street Garden Something to Behold

Suaerez’s garden is a place of tranquility.


Gardening is often praised for the beauty it creates, as well as the benefits it provides the gardener in terms of mental clarity and stress relief. Mission Creek resident Maria Suarez, 75, is a great-grandmother who takes recreational gardening seriously, using the pastime to achieve personal tranquility and to give her neighbors an eyeful. Suarez’s… Keep Reading

Carpet Chronicles, II


My 11 a.m. was at a rundown house in the Excelsior, not far from Highway 280. No one answered the door. I called the potential customer, who showed up about 15 minutes later in a late-1960’s beat up panel van. He was in his early 60s, with dirty fingers, wearing a filthy jumpsuit, big, smeared,… Keep Reading

Boys and Girls Club Offers Children a Place to Play

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Three women, Mary and Alice Goodwin and Elizabeth Hammersley, started the Boys and Girls Clubs of America in the state of Connecticut in 1860. They wanted to give kids a place to go who otherwise might not have one. More than 150 years later, the Boys and Girls Clubs in San Francisco alone serves more… Keep Reading

Hill Resident Judy Baston Expert at Tracing Family History

Judy Baston

Longtime Potrero Hill resident Judy Baston’s passionate commitment to Jewish genealogy earned her the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, awarded at the Association’s annual conference in Jerusalem last summer. Baston was born in Oakland to parents who encouraged her to pursue a professional career. Her father suggested that she… Keep Reading

Cork Marcheschi and the Fifty Foot Hose

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The electronic rock band Fifty Foot Hose emerged from San Francisco’s iconic 1960s music scene. Its music, including its sole album, Cauldron, issued in 1967, was influenced by a mixture of jazz, rhythm and blues, rock, and electronic music. The latter genre’s current popularity was sparked by pioneers such as Cork Marcheschi, a Bay Area… Keep Reading

Fiction: A Cure for Writer’s Block


Trippy slammed his laptop shut and hurled it against the wall. The two cats didn’t move. Mischief, the asthmatic Siamese, opened his one good eye before falling back asleep. Hemingway, the fat Tabby, didn’t flinch. She’d been on the losing end of another backyard brawl, a two-inch gash on her forehead still oozing. Always a… Keep Reading

November 2015 Library News

Potrero Library

PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS Write Your Own Will: Stuart Bronstein, estate planning and probate lawyer in San Francisco for more than 30 years, helps participants create a fully functional will. Bring a blue ink non-erasable pen. Class size is limited, sign up in advance by calling 415.355.2822. Wednesday, November 4, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Choosing a… Keep Reading

Video Clips, Citizen Tips Help Police Solve Violent Crime Cases


Crime & Safety Report — Sponsored by Mainline Security A front page article in last month’s View cited government statistics that indicate that less than half of all murders committed in San Francisco are solved. But according to Bayview Station Captain Raj Vaswani – partially supported by other public sector data – violent crime cases… Keep Reading

View Celebrates 45 Years of Community News


The idea of starting a print newspaper today would be seen as quaint. The ease of communicating in the Internet age is sharply different than the challenge faced 45 years ago by five Potrero Hill residents who wanted to keep their neighbors informed about important goings-on. Bill and Jodie Dawson, together with Lenny Anderson –… Keep Reading

Developers Focus on Southside Neighborhoods


An extraordinary amount of real estate development is occurring in the Southside neighborhoods, with nearly 5,000 units in the pipeline. These projects are transforming Dogpatch and Potrero Hill.  What follows are profiles of some of the most active Southside developers. Trumark Urban Last May, Trumark Urban broke ground on a 91-unit mixed-use residential development on… Keep Reading

Coding Bootcamps Seen as a Way into the Techie Class


“I’m here because I’m thinking about a career change,” said a woman holding a plastic cup of wine. She and roughly 20 others were gathered in a brightly-lit building that itself had gone through a career change. Known as the Standard Oil Building, it was designed for John D. Rockefeller to house his California headquarters.… Keep Reading

PonoMusic: Rediscovering Music in Potrero Hill


I leaned forward on the couch and waited for “Heart of Gold” to play over the sound system. As a lifelong Neil Young fan, I’ve probably heard the song a few hundred times, or more. It’s one of my favorites, along with “Sugar Mountain” and “Cortez the Killer” and “Like a Hurricane” and…the list goes… Keep Reading

Vacant Mission Bay Lot to Become 20-Unit Apartment Building


A new residential building is planned for a vacant lot located directly across the street from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospital, on the southeast corner of Tennessee and Mariposa streets. The building is being designed by San Francisco architect Riyad Ghannam, of RG-Architecture.  The proposed development, which is undergoing an… Keep Reading

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