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Enola Maxwell Likely to Continue as School Site

The now-closed International Studies Academy at 655 DeHaro Street. Photo: MICHAEL IACUESSA

Low enrollment resulted in closure of Potrero Hill’s only comprehensive high school, International Studies Academy (ISA), which had been located at 655 De Haro Street, at the end of the last academic year. The campus had experienced declining registrations for several years. Once serving grades sixth through 12, a phase-out of middle school grades began… Keep Reading

Products Locked Up at Potrero Center Safeway, as City Battles Property Crime

Products behind locked cases at the Potrero Center Safeway. Photo: JACOB BOURNE

Numerous items are caged behind glass doors at the Potrero Center Safeway, dissuading some would-be shoppers from patronizing the store. “My family has stopped shopping there,” commented J.R. Eppler, Potrero Boosters president. “Too many of the items, including infant formula, that we went specifically to Safeway for, are now behind lock and key.” Around 4… Keep Reading

City’s Budget Reaches Almost $10 Billion


In fiscal year (FY) 2016, the City and County of San Francisco’s budget increased by $650 million, to $9.6 billion.  In FY 2017, expenditures will rise by another $135 million, to roughly $9.7 billion. The budget reflects approximately $35 million in San Francisco Board of Supervisor cuts from Mayor Edwin Lee’s proposed spending.  The Board… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Corovan Lawsuit Save The Hill and Grow Potrero Responsibly have filed a lawsuit challenging the environmental review conducted on the development of 395, primarily market rate, residential units on approximately 3.5 acres at 901 16th and 1200 17th streets. According to the community groups, the City improperly relied on an “outdated” 2008 environmental study from… Keep Reading

OP-ED: Municipal Transportation Agency has Failed San Francisco

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) plan for traffic was to make it disappear. That plan has failed miserably.  SFMTA doesn’t appear to have a Plan B, other than to ignore the public and blame us for their failure. It’s time for them to disappear. Since SFMTA laid the thermoplastic red carpet on Mission… Keep Reading


Editor, I’m writing as an old Potrero Hill resident to advise View readers of a serendipitous event.  A month ago, my car was burglarized, right in my own driveway.  Anything of value was stolen, including the prescription sunglasses I need for driving.  A week or so later, I received a phone call from a local… Keep Reading

Why I Choose to Raise My Family in San Francisco

Brett and Maggie on a walk to school. Photo COURTESY OF ERIN LOBACK

I work in the East Bay.  My coworkers who’ve fled over a bridge, through a tunnel, or down a freeway to raise their children frequently encourage me to move out of San Francisco.  The schools in the suburbs are better, they say. The City is so inconvenient, they allege.  There’s so little outdoor space, they… Keep Reading

View Election Recommendations

With 25 local measures, 17 state initiatives, and many, many candidates, voters need a decision framework, or guiding philosophy, to render thoughtful ballot decisions.  One approach is to group measures into like categories, and apply a consistent thought process throughout, deviating only when there’s compelling reasons to do so.  Here’s ours, limited to local measures… Keep Reading

Thirty Million Dollar Increase in Recreation and Park Budget

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD)’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget is approximately $208.8 million, a $30.1 million jump from FY 2015. According to Joey Kahn, RPD media relations and policy manager, the 14 percent expenditure rise reflects growth in operating costs. RPD’s budget includes more than $34.7 million in capital investments for playgrounds,… Keep Reading

Planning for Better Parks, Streets in Dogpatch and Central Waterfront

The San Francisco Planning Department wants suggestions on infrastructure improvements to make in Dogpatch and the Central Waterfront. The effort is part of the Central Waterfront/Dogpatch Public Realm Plan, launched last year, which is being conducted neighborhood by neighborhood. “A public realm plan is one phase of a much larger delivery arc,” explained City planner… Keep Reading

Dogpatch and Potrero Hill Green Business District Celebrates its First Year

With a slew of new residents and businesses settling into Dogpatch over the last few years, the neighborhood is steadily distancing itself from its reputation as primarily a home for production, distribution and repair industries.   Addition of the latest inhabitants has increased demand for safe and pleasant public spaces, and prompted the creation of the… Keep Reading

Dogpatch Neighborhood Association Votes to Support Navigation Center

Last month, the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) voted to endorse the siting of a Navigation Center at the end of 25th Street, just beyond the MUNI Metro East Maintenance Facility.  Two dozen DNA members voted in favor, six against, with three abstentions.  Before the vote several residents expressed concern about homeless behavior in the neighborhood,… Keep Reading

Improvements Planned for Warm Water Cove

Warm Water Cove, tucked away at the end of 24th Street, just south of the defunct Potrero Power Plant, used to serve as a sewage outlet, according to FoundSF. Now it’s getting a makeover, which may ultimately lead to more comprehensive cosmetic surgery. According to David Beaupre, San Francisco Port senior waterfront planner, his agency… Keep Reading

Circus Kid

Pickle Family Circus: Lorenzo Pisoni in the foreground, Larry Pisoni in background Photo: TERRY LORANT

“Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth, and you add a little curlicue at the end.” ~ Sid Caesar So begins Circus Kid, Lorenzo Pisoni’s poignant documentary about his dad, Larry, and the Pickle Family Circus. The film includes lots of “little curlicues,” and they’re not all at the end. The Pickle Family… Keep Reading

Fox and Lion Bread Company Grows Organically in Bayview

Xan DeVoss began working as a professional baker in 2011, relying on a small shared space with an oven, selling bread through a subscription service. The fledgling business increased production, vending loaves to local retailers like Cafe St Jorge on Mission Street, Cove in Lower Haight, and Folsom Street’s Rainbow Grocery Cooperative. Though DeVoss found… Keep Reading

Bayview-Hunters Point in Flux

By Jacob Bourne The Bayview and Hunters Point neighborhoods continue to evolve, with recent demographic changes influenced by economic trends, particularly related to real estate.  According to the Community Youth Center of San Francisco, a lifetime ago Bayview-Hunters Point’s economy was largely reliant on the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, built during World War II, which… Keep Reading

Illegal Auto Repair Business Causes Problems in Bayview

Bayview residents living near an alleged illegal automobile repair business on 1515 Shafter Avenue have told City officials that Mark Phillips, the operator of the business, has prompted one woman to become so fearful she refuses to leave her home.  According to the residents, the alleged activities wouldn’t be allowed to continue in wealthier neighborhoods,… Keep Reading

Kid’s Bluegrass Band Featured at the Potrero Hill Festival

35 Years of Trouble will play their brand of Bluegrass music at the Potrero Hill Festival. The band consists of (L-R) John Gooding, Helen Ludé, Tessa Schwarz and Jake Gooding. Photo: DAVID WEILAND

It might not be apparent from the Billboard Hot 100 charts or Teen Choice awards, but a variety of musical genres attract today’s youth.  Many San Francisco schools offer excellent jazz and classical music programs.  Choral groups and Broadway show tunes are also well represented.  This year’s Potrero Hill Festival, on Saturday October 15, will… Keep Reading

The New Spot Closes on 20th Street

On August 20th, the casual Latin American restaurant, The New Spot, closed its doors after ten years of operating from 632 20th Street.  According to co-owner, Gilberth Cab, he was unable to renegotiate his lease with the property’s landlord. Months after The New Spot’s 2006 opening, a San Francisco Chronicle reviewer described the establishment as… Keep Reading

Robotic Technologies Could Transform Living, One Square Foot at a Time

By Jacob Bourne Ori Systems, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, wants to improve the livability of small housing spaces, even those with less than 300 square feet, through the use of robotic furniture. Research behind the robotic systems was first conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, founded in 1985 to promote graduate level… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Festival Celebrates its 27th Year


On October 15th, the 27th annual Potrero Hill Festival returns to 20th Street, offering food, local musicians, crafts, a special health and wellness section, and an array of children’s rides.  Admission to the street fair, which sprawls across four blocks between Wisconsin and Missouri streets, is free.  Potrero Hill resident Joshua Klipp and his swinging… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: October 2016

10/5  Book Launch: Mad Hungry Family: 120 Essential Recipes to Feed the Whole Crew Lucinda Scala Quinn is an evangelist for daily family meals. Her book offers survival strategies for nothing-in-the-fridge crises, feeding unexpected guests, getting Thanksgiving dinner on the table before your family revolts, and more. Free. 6:20 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Omnivore Books on… Keep Reading

Steve Phillips and the Promise of Today

In Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New Democratic Majority, published last winter by The New Press, Potrero Hill resident Steve Phillips argues for a national politics that works to combat racial injustice and wealth inequality while extending relief to undocumented immigrants and protecting the environment, without what Phillips… Keep Reading

Obsessive Bad Thoughts: The Theater of Young Jean Lee

Howard Johnson Jr. (left) and Michael Wayne Turner III (right) are part of a five-person ensemble
in Crowded Fire’s local production of Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment.     Photo: CHESHIRE ISAACS

Production of Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment – through October 15 – by Crowded Fire Theater at Potrero Hill’s Thick House marks only the third Bay Area staging of the work of the Brooklyn-based experimental dramatist the New York Times called “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation.”  It was here, however, that Lee—a… Keep Reading

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