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SFMTA Works to Finalize Dogpatch Parking Plan

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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…

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Public Utility Work Scheduled for Illinois Street

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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…

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Education Startup Launches from Neighborhood House

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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…

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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…

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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…

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San Francisco International High School Settles into De Haro Street Campus

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Following six years of tight quarters at its former York Street facility, San Francisco International High School began the 2017-2018 school year at the spacious Enola Maxwell Campus, 655 De Haro Street. With about 400 students, at York Street the school was challenged by a lack of classroom and programming spaces compared to other San…

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City Under Pressure to Develop Recreational Adult Cannabis Regulations

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California Proposition 64, which legalized, and imposed taxes on, adult recreational marijuana consumption, was approved by 57 percent of state voters last November. However, under an ordinance passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors last month, the City won’t issue permits to sell recreational marijuana until it establishes a regulatory framework. In 2015 the…

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Redevelopment Plans for Third Street Property Significantly Altered

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The property at 2230 Third Street, once home to Leo’s Tire & Brake, may be redeveloped into a life science and medical use building. The 8,000-square foot parcel is located within the Central Waterfront area of the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan, adopted in 2008. According to Planning Department records, it’s designated as an Urban Mixed Use…

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Schools Say They’re Prepared for Marijuana Legalization

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According to the California Department of Public Health, cannabis use among adolescents can have adverse consequences on memory and learning, and is believed to lower intelligence and school performance. Likewise, California’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy’s Youth Education and Prevention Working Group stated in a 2015 report that, “Regular or excessive cannabis use among…

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Moshi Moshi Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

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An anniversary celebration was held in July commemorating Moshi Moshi’s 30 years of serving Japanese cuisine at 2092 Third Street. Phil Atkinson, front house manager, said that staff from the restaurant’s prior decades traveled from throughout California to participate in the event. The evening was filled with stories shared by founder and owner, Mitsuru “Mits”…

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De Haro Street Home Expansion Concerns Neighbors

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Last year, Ronaldo Cianciarulo distributed letters informing his neighbors about plans to expand the rear of his 825 De Haro Street residence, and invited them to his home to discuss the potential project. Twentieth Street residents, Mary Maglio and Diana Bowen, met with Cianciarulo, and expressed their concerns that the scheme would significantly block several…

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Former Potrero Power Plant Site to Reemerge as Mixed-Use Development

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The Potrero Power Plant, located on the Central Waterfront, and its predecessors supplied San Francisco with electricity from 1890 until the facility’s 2011 closure. Since then, the site has been unused, soaked with toxic chemicals from more than one hundred years of industrial activities. Associate Capital purchased the 21-acre property last fall from NRG Energy,…

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Planning Commission Approves Carolina Street Project

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At a discretionary review hearing held this past summer, the San Francisco Planning Commission approved renovation and expansion of a single-family residence, owned by Bill Canihan Jr., at 891 Carolina Street.  The home, a two-story dwelling with a basement, will be comprehensively remodeled, with square footage added to the second-story, a ground floor addition and…

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Catholic Sisters Reflect on Work in 1980s Sanctuary Movement

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Twentieth Street residents, Sister Kathleen Healy, 91, and Sister Lucia Lodolo, 78, who taught at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church starting in the mid-1960s, are spending their retirement years volunteering at Saints Anthony’s Foundation Social Services Department. “Mostly smiling at people,” said Healy. Saint Teresa’s school closed in 1974 due to low enrollment.  In…

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Potrero Avenue Streetscape Improvements May Hinder Emergency Vehicle Access

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An ongoing San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency project on Potrero Avenue, between 21st and 25th streets, was designed to improve safety and speedup San Francisco Municipal Railway schedules.  However, nearby residents are concerned that the effort has resulted in excessive loss of street parking on the 900 block of Potrero Avenue, and created impediments for…

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Good Life Grocery Grapples with Bottle Bill Fines

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As reported, in a series of View articles in 2015 and 2016, The Good Life Grocery store on 20th Street has been fined for violating the State’s “Bottle Bill,” the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, or CalRecycle, passed in 1986. Kayren Hudiburgh, co-owner of both the retailer’s 20th Street and Bernal Heights…

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Families Retain “Counselors” to Negotiate Daunting College Application Processes

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Last fall, a U.S. News & World Report article detailed the increasingly competitive nature of the American college admissions process, with more high school graduates vying for a finite number of premium institutions. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, enrollment in post-secondary institutions increased from 25 percent in 1970 to 40 percent in…

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New Parking Fees Imposed on Bakar Fitness Members

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Beginning this month, premier members of the Bakar Fitness and Recreation Center, located at the University of California, San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus, will have to pay for the privilege of parking near the facility.  When the Center opened in 2005, three hours of free on-campus parking was included with premier membership.  These members now…

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Lawsuit Filed Against San Francisco State for Fostering Anti-Semitism

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Last spring, a Tel Aviv University study of anti-Semitism in 40 countries found that violent anti-Semitic attacks declined in the past few years, while non-violent incidents, such as vandalism and hate speech, increased.  The United Kingdom experienced an 11 percent jump in non-violent events between 2015 and 2016; American college campuses were identified as a…

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Jackson Playground to Expand

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Jackson Playground, a 4.41-acre public park managed by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department that features sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, first opened in 1912. Bounded by Carolina, 17th, Arkansas and Mariposa streets, the space is located across from Live Oak School.  Several recently or soon to be completed residential buildings – including…

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Board of Regents Approves UCSF Center in Dogpatch

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Last month, the University of California Board of Regents Finance and Capital Strategies Committee unanimously approved UC San Francisco’s proposed Child, Teen and Family Center, to be located at 2130 Third Street.  The decision followed an endorsement by the Board of Regents Health Services Committee in April. The Board of Regents approval encompassed certification of…

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Carolina and 20th Streets Stairway Commemorated as “Jack Balestreri Way”

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Last April, a plaque was installed to officially commemorate the Carolina and 20th streets stairway as “Jack Balestreri Way,” after the man who built them. The late Jack Balestreri was the last known living laborer to have worked on erecting the Golden Gate Bridge when he died in 2012 at the age of 95. Starting…

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Mega-Developments Southside Challenge Public Infrastructure

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A long stretch of underutilized land on San Francisco’s southeastern Bayfront is slated for massive mixed-use development in the coming years. With a shortage of affordable housing, and a lust for economic growth, the City earmarked the Southside neighborhoods, including the Bayfront, for increased residential development when it adopted the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan in 2008.…

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