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Jessica Zimmer has 40 articles published.

San Francisco Center for the Book Offers Spring, Summer Exhibits

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San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB), at 375 Rhode Island Street, is currently offering “Books of Course,” an exhibit that runs until June 11, featuring books, objects and creative assignments from nine Bay Area professors and a few of their former students. “Chronicle Books: Born in the Summer of Love,” which opens June 23,…

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Potrero Hill Democratic Club Members Boycott Trump-Branded Products

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The Potrero Hill Democratic Club (PHDC), a chapter of the San Francisco Democratic Party, is informally encouraging a boycott of San Francisco Bay Area stores that carry Trump-branded products.  According to Robert Boileau, PHDC’s first vice president, club members are concerned that Donald J. Trump and members of his family are profiting from the presidency.…

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California College of the Arts Student Housing Approved

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Last month, the San Francisco Planning Commission voted seven to zero to approve California College of the Arts’ (CCA’s) proposed four-story 228-bed student dormitory at 75 Arkansas Street. The endorsement was the culmination of a two-year effort by CCA to site additional student housing near the school’s Eighth Street campus. Construction will begin next spring…

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Christopher’s Books celebrates 25th anniversary

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Last September, Christopher’s Books, a Potrero Hill fixture at 1400 18th Street, marked its 25th anniversary with more than 50 guests, a taco truck, live music, bubbles, wine, and cookies.  According to owner Tee Minot, who purchased the store from founder and store namesake Christopher Ellison in 1994, “Christopher’s Books is kind of an oasis…

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City’s Budget Reaches Almost $10 Billion

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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…

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Thirty Million Dollar Increase in Recreation and Park Budget

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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,…

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Sex Workers Want Funds for East Bay Rape Crisis Centers Cut

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Erotic Service Providers Legal, Education and Research Project (ESPLERP), a San Francisco-based nonprofit that advocates for the rights of sex workers, wants to reduce the amount of public sector and philanthropic dollars that flow to rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters, and anti- prostitution and sex trafficking organizations.  “They’re just providing anti-prostitution counseling,” said Maxine…

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Lots of Things for Kids to Do in Southside San Francisco

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Southside San Francisco offers a range of activities for children, including photography, dance, soccer, and Jiu Jitsu.  Many of the goings-on focus on confidence-building, fitness and developing lasting friendships.    According to Lisa Nowell, founder of Recess, a play space at 470 Carolina Street, her company’s 7,400 square-foot community venue is a favorite for neighborhood…

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No Need to Go to Napa; Southside’s Wine Scene Matures

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Southside San Francisco is home to a surprising array of wineries, tasting rooms, cellars, and bars that reflect the spirit of European and Central and Northern California grape growing regions. Bluxome Street Winery, located at 53 Bluxome Street, between Fourth and Fifth streets, features an events space and tasting room.  Its production facility specializes in…

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Dogpatch Business Association Debuts

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In May, Mark Dwight, founder and chief executive officer of Rickshaw Bagworks, a messenger and laptop bag, sack and sleeve manufacturer on 22nd Street, launched the Dogpatch Business Association (DBA), a nonprofit collection of enterprises located in Dogpatch and Pier 70. DBA will serve as a networking platform for companies, promote neighborhood businesses, and represent…

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UCSF Supports Development of Mission Bay Elementary School

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The University of California, San Francisco announced its support for the construction of a new kindergarten through fifth grade public school in Mission Bay last month.  “UCSF strongly supports the San Francisco Board of Education designating a portion of the November 2016 General Obligation Facilities Bond to be used to build a new school in…

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California College of the Arts to Build 200-Bed Apartment Complex, 400-Bed Dorm

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The California College of the Arts (CCA) plans to add a 200-bed student apartment complex at 75 Arkansas Street, followed by a 600-bed dormitory at 184 to 188 Hooper Street, as part of consolidation of its East Bay campus into the City. “We expect the Arkansas and 17th street apartment-style housing to open in fall…

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Advocates Consider Shifting Fields, Relocating Clubhouse, at Jackson Playground

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Last month, 50 Potrero Hill residents voted on three alternatives to remaking Jackson Park, with a majority supporting expanding the park onto Carolina Street. Concerns over parking dissuaded most voters from backing park encroachment onto Arkansas Street. Voters’ top three concerns were increasing green and open space, expanding onto nearby streets, and parking and traffic.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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City Wants to Expand Biotech Beyond Mission Bay

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The City and County of San Francisco hopes to encourage midsize biotechnology companies that emerge from Mission Bay incubators to move to South-of-Market, Pier 70, and other Southside San Francisco neighborhoods, even as the East Bay and South San Francisco promise lower rents and more space to expand.  “The City is looking at the success…

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Dogpatch Residents Design UCSF Housing

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At a mid-March gathering, roughly a dozen Southside residents met with University of California, San Francisco and Perkins + Will staff to discuss designs for the university’s new graduate student and trainee housing, planned for 566, 590 and 600 Minnesota Street. The workshop took place at Dogpatch Studios, located at 991 Tennessee Street. The March…

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Field, Off-Leash Dog Area Renovations Coming to Potrero Hill Rec Center

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Over the next two years, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department will design and implement improvements to the baseball and soccer fields and lower level off-leash dog play area surrounding the Potrero Hill Recreation Center, located at 801 Arkansas Street. The areas to be renovated will be closed between September 2017 and June 2018.…

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Water Taxis Want to Expand Fleets, Add Landing Sites

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The City’s two water taxi operators, which launched Port-sanctioned service in 2012, are profitable enough to want to increase the size of their fleets and number of landing sites this year. Gerry Roybal, maritime marketing manager for the Port, indicated strong interest in adding a landing site next to The Ramp restaurant, located at 855…

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UCSF to Develop Psychiatric Center in Dogpatch

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Last month, University of California, San Francisco staff and almost one-dozen Dogpatch residents and property owners held tense discussions about the university’s proposed new psychiatric center, as well as plans to develop student housing.  Community members are unhappy with the psychiatric center’s proposed location, 2130 Third Street, which is now home to a building and…

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Laboratory Space Shortage Constrains Southside San Francisco Biotech Growth

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QB3@953, a biotech incubator, has been so successful that many of the startups housed there are searching for larger laboratories in Southside San Francisco. But their moves have been stymied by high rents and real estate prices, as well as a lack of space for midsize companies.  The incubator, launched almost two years ago, provides…

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Invitae Corporation Comes to Potrero Hill

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Invitae Corporation is moving into the former Jessica McClintock headquarters at 1400 16th Street, after signing a $7 million lease for the 103,000 square foot art deco building last September.  “Right now, the landlord’s renovating the building,” said Lee Bendekgey, Invitae’s chief financial officer. “We expect…move into around the middle of the year, in June…

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Warriors Delay Arena Construction in Wake of Mission Bay Alliance Legal Action

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The Golden State Warriors will delay construction of their Mission Bay arena by at least a year, hoping to move to San Francisco by the fall of 2019, said Warriors chief operating officer Rick Welts last month in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News. Welts’ announcement came after the Mission Bay Alliance filed…

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