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Navigation Center Proposed Adjacent to Warm Water Cove

By Chris Block and Steven J. Moss More than 50 people gathered at Peet’s Coffee & Tea’s Minnesota Street offices to discuss a proposed 24th Street Navigation Center, just west of Warm Water Cove.  A significant majority of the crowd raised their hands in response to Dogpatch Neighborhood Association president Bruce Kin Huie’s question asking… Keep Reading

Parking Pilot Proposed in Dogpatch

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has embarked on an initiative to research and analyze the effectiveness of the Residential Parking Permit (RPP) policy in Dogpatch. Part of the effort may include a pilot project to implement new parking management strategies for a number of blocks within an area bounded by Mariposa and Cesar… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Political Visits President Barack Obama made a fundraising visit to the Arkansas Street home of Steve Phillips, former president of the San Francisco Board of Education, and his wife, the philanthropist and heiress Susan Sandler.  Preschoolers waited on the sidewalk to see the commander in chief go by, as did nearby residents.  “We were really… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Privilege

I was born into privilege.  Not the wealthy kind.  My parents, struggling to raise five kids on my father’s aerospace engineer’s salary, cut coupons, dressed us in off-brand on-sale items, and got by on powdered milk, bulk cereal, and day-old bread.  My privilege was of a superior kind, one that serves as a kind of… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, Contrary to “No Pesticides Used in Potrero Parks, According to Environment Department,” February, Aquamaster – Glyphosate – was used in Franklin Square on May 3, 2014. Other than that, your information is correct, Potrero Hill was spared. Tom Borden Portola Editor, I’m horrified with the cover story of your April Fools’ issue, poking fun… Keep Reading

View Election Recommendations

The month of June is known for weddings and primaries, both of which can lead to happily ever after or quite the opposite.  The June 7 election is marked by a handful of state and local propositions – most of them about spending taxpayer money – and a few hotly-contested political races – only one… Keep Reading

Anti-Abortion “Clinics” Continue to Operate in San Francisco

San Francisco is home to three clinics, located in Bernal Heights, Potrero Hill and the Haight, that offer abortion services.  Two other facilities, in the Outer Mission and Union Square, vend anti-abortion messages in the guise of providing family planning assistance. Variously called “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs), “pregnancy counselling centers,” “limited service pregnancy centers” (LSPCs)… Keep Reading

City’s Reduces its “Rape Kit” Backlog

Securing answers from San Francisco law enforcement agencies – which are engaged in internecine bickering over a host of issues, including allegations of racial profiling by police officers – about how well they respond to incidences of rape has proven as difficult as it was to determine their success in solving the City’s murder cases.… Keep Reading

Dr. Nancy Milliken: Advocate for Women’s Health

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Dr. Nancy Milliken, founder and director of the University of California, San Francisco’s National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, has spent her career advancing the health and well-being of women.  A professor emerita at UCSF’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, and previously vice dean of UCSF’s School of Medicine, over her thirty-plus-year… Keep Reading

Women Well Cared-for at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital

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With this month’s opening of a new nine-story building that includes spacious rooms for labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum care, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) combines well-designed facilities with highly committed physicians and impactful community programs that have served women and children from low-income and working-class families for decades. “I think what makes us… Keep Reading

Floral Design Studio Blooms on Hill

Kiana Underwood’s five-Yelp-star floral design studio, Tulipina, is located on Vermont Street. Tulipina creates floral arrangements for “bespoke weddings,” in which everything is custom-made.  “I do lots of weddings and events as well as workshops,” Underwood said. “What I do is pretty unique. I love every minute of it.” The studio, which doubles as a… Keep Reading

BerryClean Offers Fresh Alternative to House Cleaning

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Kristina Geier opened BerryClean in Potrero Hill last fall.  She was raised by parents whose professional lives revolved around the travel and hospitality industries; her first job was with Hilton San Francisco.  “Cleaning is not a sexy industry,” Geier said. “People don’t want to have to deal with cleaning, they want a clean house. We… Keep Reading

Verdi Club Celebrates a Century

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Verdi Club, a working class social club whose historic 1935 building sits discreetly at 2424 Mariposa Street, a half-block west of Potrero Avenue.  Launched in a barber shop at 24th and Vermont streets in 1916 by a handful of passionate Italian-American men, over the years the association… Keep Reading

Jungian Therapist Reflects on Changing Times

Wisconsin Street resident Margaret Keyes was born two months before the Great Depression engulfed the nation. Growing up in San Francisco’s Sunset District during those tough times, Keyes trained herself to become a keen observer of others starting at a young age. That salient skill spurred her into a long and fruitful career as a… Keep Reading

Trapped Reveals Barriers to Choice

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Dawn Porter, who lives on the 300 block of Missouri Street, has directed several award-winning, social justice documentaries. Gideon’s Army (2013, HBO) recounts the personal stories of three young lawyers, who, as part of the Southern Public Defender Training Center – now known as Gideon’s Promise – help make “justice for all” a reality while… Keep Reading

Arts Section

Potrero Branch Library Art Show to Launch on May 7 By Marci Mills The public is invited to celebrate the opening of the 58th Annual Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition on Saturday, May 7, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Potrero Branch Library, 1616 20th Street.  Festivities will include live jazz by Clifford Brown III,… Keep Reading

Community Calendar

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May 1 Festival: How Weird Street Faire How Weird Street Faire is a menagerie of attractions, including a world-renowned music festival featuring 10 stages with different styles of dance music, an open air art festival filling an expanded Art Alley, a unique market of interesting vendors and delicious food, and a platform for performers of… Keep Reading

Memory Garden to Provide a Place to Mourn Infertility and Fertility Loss

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Two San Francisco moms, Debbie Findling and Abby Porth, who both experienced fertility losses, co-created a project to develop a “memory garden” that’ll provide a place for reflection and mourning of an inability to conceive ,or are mourning miscarriages, and stillbirths. The Jewish Community Memory Garden will be located on the grounds of Sinai Memorial… Keep Reading

Gold, Chapter Ten

“Have you heard of Henrietta Lacks?”   Stephanie was slumped in the bean bag chair, staring at the ceiling.  The fog from Nash, Justin, and Jordan’s marijuana exhalations was fading as the trio’s huffing at the vaporized herb slowed, and then stopped.  “And what up with the popcorn ceiling?  I hate that!” “Popcorn, yeah, that’d… Keep Reading

San Francisco Schools Adapt to State Sex Education Law

On January 1, 2016, The California Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Act went into effect. The Act is intended to equip students with information to protect their reproductive health, and foster healthy attitudes about puberty, sex, gender, and relationships. The law mandates that HIV/AIDS prevention be taught at least once in middle and once… Keep Reading

Youth Clinic Spreads the Word on Potentially Harmful Cosmetic Chemicals

According to Joi Jackson-Morgan, when 3rd Street Youth Center clients discovered the health risks associated with beauty products by looking at the Environmental Working Group’s SkinDeep Cosmetics Database, they were shocked.  Bayview-based 3rd Street—which provides health services, fitness, cooking and art classes, among other programming, to 12 to 24 year-olds—decided to introduce the SkinDeep database… Keep Reading

Basketball Rebels Bounce Back After Founder’s Death

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The MRC Rebels Girls Basketball Club was founded in 1988 by Oscar Jimenez, who saw a lack of basketball opportunities for San Francisco girls and sought the City’s help to fill the gap. The program received City funding early on, though Jimenez paid for some expenses out of his own pocket. When Jimenez died suddenly… Keep Reading

Fertility Doll a Talisman for Pregnancies

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While living on Potrero Hill, Debbie Findling found it challenging to have a second child.  Her daughter, Sara, who weighed less than five pounds when she was born, was two-years-old.  Before Sara arrived, Debbie had suffered a number of miscarriages, including a stillbirth. Her fertility woes continued after Sara’s birth. “Like many women who experience… Keep Reading

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