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Unofficial Historic Buildings Indentified in Dogpatch

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The Dogpatch Historic District was officially designated by the San Francisco Planning Department in 2003, becoming the City’s eleventh such quarter. Roughly located between Indiana and Third; 18th and Tubbs streets, it consists of residential, industrial and commercial buildings, the oldest of which was built in 1870.  Historic districts impose stringent design guidelines for new…

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San Francisco International High School Moving to Enola Maxwell Campus

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San Francisco International High School has been located at 1050 York Street for six of its eight-year history.  The campus previously housed Bryant Elementary School, now at 2641 25th Street.  Thought the facility was renovated to better serve teenagers, SFIHS’ population has doubled, from roughly 200 to more than 400 students, squeezing space for academic…

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Local Nonprofits Hustle in New Political Climate

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Following the November election and inauguration of President Donald Trump, national nonprofit organizations, like the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club and Anti-Defamation League, reportedly experienced a dramatic boost in donations in response to potential threats to civil rights, healthcare access and the environment from the new Administration. According to BBC News, the…

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Cohen’s Shift to Budget Committee Seen as Positioning for Higher Office

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In January 2019, District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen will be termed out of office. She was first elected in 2010 to represent a large swath of San Francisco’s Southside neighborhoods, including Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Bayview-Hunters Point and Visitacion Valley. This year has brought a shift in focus to the Board of Supervisors, with a new…

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Youth Clinic Seeks Safe Harbor at Homeless Prenatal Program

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Facing a $400,000-plus budget deficit, the New Generation Health Center, located at 625 Potrero Avenue, had been slated to close last summer. The Center, founded and operated by the University of California, San Francisco more than 20 years ago, provides reproductive health services to mainly low-income young adults in a confidential environment.  It’s significantly reliant…

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UCSF Proceeds with Child, Teen and Family Center

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Public comments on a draft environmental impact report for the University of California San Francisco’s proposed Child, Teen and Family Center, at 2130 Third Street, have included strong opposition to the facility’s design and location. The project, currently in the design phase, is slated to go before the University of California Regents this May for…

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Forest City Continues to Plan Pier 70 Mega Project

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Last month, the San Francisco Planning Commission held a hearing to solicit public comments on a draft environmental impact report, published in December, for one of the City’s biggest development projects, underway at Pier 70.  The EIR found that potential environmental impacts could be mitigated to “less than a significant level.” “This is the intense…

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Urban Wildlife Adapt to San Francisco’s Changing Landscapes

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Last fall, the World Wildlife Fund, a 50-year old global wildlife conservation organization, published the Living Planet Report 2016: Risk and Resilience in a New Era. The document utilized a Living Planet Index to measure the population status of vertebrates around the globe. The numbers are bleak. Between 1970 and 2012, vertebrate populations have diminished…

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SFMTA to Intensify Neighborhood Parking Regulations

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As parking pressures continue to build in Dogpatch and Potrero Hill due to increased housing density, growing commuter traffic, and expanded activity at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency has been working with neighborhood stakeholders to implement more stringent parking management regulations. Over…

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Blooms Saloon Aims to Maintain Vibe Under New Management

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Last fall, Tom Frenkel, owner and manager of Blooms Saloon for 34 years, transitioned to the role of silent partner; 18th Street resident, Barbi Tice, became manager and two-thirds owner. Located at 1318 18th Street, the tavern was originally called Joe’s on the Hill, founded by the late Joe Cadinale in the 1930s following Prohibition.…

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Thirty Years of Dogpatch Advocacy

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Nestled between the San Francisco Bay and Potrero Hill north of 23rd Street, Dogpatch is often described as edgy, eclectic and unique among the City’s neighborhoods. Its flat elevation and industrial nature, among other characteristics, have charmed its historically small but diverse population. Located adjacent to the Central Waterfront and its associated trades, laboring people…

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BAE Systems Operates Largest West Coast Dry Dock at Pier 70

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Founded in 1999, BAE Systems is a global defense, aerospace and security solutions company, headquartered in London, operating in more than 40 countries and employing about 83,400 people. It’s one of the world’s largest defense contractors in terms of revenue, much of which comes from sales of products and services to militaries. In addition to…

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Crime, Arrest and Conviction Trends Shift; Causes Remain Elusive

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California Department of Justice data suggests a dramatic decline in felony arrests in San Francisco. In 2008, there were 18,282 felony arrests compared to 8,753 in 2011, and 7,709 in 2014. For violent felonies, 3,904 arrests were made in 2008, with 1,871 in 2014. Arrests for felony property crimes have also dropped, with 3,165 made…

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

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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…

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Port of San Francisco Leases Pier 80 to Pasha Automotive Services

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The Pasha Group, based in San Rafael, is a family-owned global logistics company that focuses on automotive and maritime trade and goods movement. The company was launched in the 1940s by George W. Pasha, Jr., when he bought a gasoline station at Van Ness Avenue and Bay Street near Fort Mason.  Over the decades the…

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Fox and Lion Bread Company Grows Organically in Bayview

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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…

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Bayview-Hunters Point in Flux

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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…

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

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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…

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New Principals at Daniel Webster and Starr King Elementary Schools

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Daniel Webster and Starr King elementary schools started the 2016 school year with new principals and freshly renovated campuses.    As reported in the October 2015 issue of the View, 10 percent of Webster’s student body left the school last year, reflecting parents’ lack of confidence in school leadership, as well as concerns about what…

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Arrest Rate Falls by Half between 2010 and 2015

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San Francisco Police Department data indicate that there were 26,758 more serious felony crimes – murder, arson and motor vehicle theft – reported in 2015 than in 2010.  All told, in 2015 there were 53,291 property offenses and 6,776 violent crimes.  However, while felonies were up, arrests were down over the period. The arrest rate…

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Center Hardware Moving to Larger Space

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In 2014, Socketsite, a web-based real estate news source, announced that the facility that houses Center Hardware and Supply Store, at 999 Mariposa Street, was slated to be redeveloped. The hardware store’s management team had recently learned of the plan as well, and scrambled to combat the public’s misconception that their doors were closing for…

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Outdoor Stairways Make the Hill More Pedestrian Friendly

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The San Francisco Bay Area’s many publicly-accessible outdoor stairs not only provide scenic views and a good aerobic workout, they help community members and visitors navigate the often undulating terrain of their neighborhoods. This is particularly the case in Potrero Hill and Dogpatch, where hills compete with Interstate 280 and Highway 101 to make the…

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