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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

Theo Ellington Enters Race for District 10 Supervisor

In September, Theo Ellington filed with the San Francisco Department of Elections to become a candidate in the 2018 District 10 Supervisor race. “I’m running, quite simply, because every family, not just the wealthy folks, should have the opportunity to live here in San Francisco,” he declared. Ellington grew up “right off Third and Palou”… Keep Reading

Long-Time Potrero Annex-Terrace Activist Campaigns for District 10 Supervisor

Since moving to the Potrero Annex-Terrace housing complex in 2001, after living in Bayview for the previous 20 years, Uzuri Pease-Green has become increasingly involved in community activism. She’s especially passionate about issues relating to housing and homelessness, social services, and policing. She serves on San Francisco Police Department Chief Will Scott’s African-American Advisory Committee… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: December 2017

12/2 – Holiday: Deck the Dogpatch Enjoy holiday cheer at this self-guided shopping, food and drink tour of Dogpatch, with popups throughout. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. From Third and 19th to Indiana and 26th streets. 12/2 -Holiday: Gingerbread Pavilions Be inspired by the “Architectural Pavilions: Experiments and Artifacts” exhibition to embellish your gingerbread house! Basic components —… Keep Reading

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

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