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Michael Iacuessa has 33 articles published.

Twenty-Two Annex-Terrace Households at Risk of Losing Hill Homes

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After some delays, the foundation is being laid at Project X, the next step in redevelopment of the Potrero Annex and Terrace housing complexes. Simultaneously, designs have been unveiled for the next stage of the massive renovation, giving a new glimpse into how Potrero Hill’s southeastern slope will ultimately be transformed. Over the next 10…

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Mochica on the Hill

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Carlos Altamirano’s Peruvian food concept has grown so quickly he has to stop and think before he’s able to list all his establishments. The owner of Mochica, on the corner of Connecticut and 18th streets, opened a new restaurant in Emeryville in April, and has another slated this summer in Lafayette. Counting Piqueos in Bernal…

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Speakeasy to Continue

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Speakeasy, a pioneer in the emergence of the Bay Area microbrewery scene, purveyors of Prohibition Ale and Big Daddy IPA, was saved from closing its doors last month when it was purchased by Hunters Point Brewery, a new company owned by Oakland businessman Ces Butner. The 20-year old beer manufacturer, located at 1195 Evans Avenue,…

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Four New Faces Elected to Green Benefits District Board

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Voters in Dogpatch and Potrero Hill’s Northwest blocks elected four new members, and re-elected three incumbents, to the Green Benefit District (GBD) board last month. The first of its kind in California, GBD it is modeled on Commercial Benefit Districts, a popular undertaking in San Francisco in which business owners in a commercial corridor agree…

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Small Batch Manufacturing Thrives in San Francisco

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The words “manufacturing” and “San Francisco” aren’t often used in the same sentence, unless a historian is talking about the City’s mid-century last heyday as an active port and shipyard.   Yet there are upwards of 700 manufacturers in San Francisco, employing in the neighborhood of 10,000 people. According to SFMade, a nonprofit dedicated to…

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Potrero Hill Author in the Driver’s Seat, With Uber

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Love or hate the company, it’s a rare week when ride hailing mega-contractor, Uber, isn’t in the news. Potrero Hill resident and Fortune Magazine executive editor, Adam Lashinsky, has been covering Uber since its 2009 inception.  His Wild Ride: Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination, available May 23, will help feed the seemingly insatiable curiosity…

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Queer Comics Unpacked at Potrero Hill Conference

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Whether they center on a superhero or psychologically complex character, comic books have long offered quirky role models. Underground comics have been a particular source of comfort to gay, lesbian and transgender people in search of personalities and storylines not found in traditional publications. Last month, at the Queer and Comics Conference, hosted by the…

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Good Samaritan Looks to Protect Immigrant Clients

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The Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, on Potrero Avenue, has been a welcoming space for immigrants for 123 years. So, when Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents showed up one morning while preschool and English-as-a-Second Language classes were in session it sent shock waves through the community. It was January 26, one day after Donald…

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Spending Continues Long After Political Campaigns End

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Office parties, conferences, and donations to civic organizations are among the ways local politicians use campaign funds leftover after an election. The bulk of the remaining money, however, usually goes to paying political consultants. Laws regarding what politicians are allowed to do with excess funds vary depending on whether they win election or not, vacate…

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Carolina Island Potrero Hill’s Newest Park

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Prompted by the mugging of an elderly man and regular littering of hypodermic needles, Potrero Hillians living along the median on Carolina Street, between 22nd and 23rd streets, began meeting last summer to discuss turning the long-overgrown strip into a municipal park.  Last month, more than two dozen volunteers and a matching number of San…

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Soccer and Basketball Offered for the Wee Ones in Jackson Park

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On Monday mornings in Jackson Park one might find a few waddling penguins dribbling eggs through a grassy version of the Arctic. That’s if you can get into the mind of a small child. The scenario is one of several that instructors create to engage SF Tots soccer program participants. SF Tots is in its…

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Rebuild Potrero to Break Ground in 2017

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Next month, Bridge Housing will break ground on an ambitious effort, titled “Rebuild Potrero,” to redevelop the Potrero Annex-Terrace housing complex into mixed income housing. Rebuild Potrero, which has already spent eight years in planning, will evolve over five phases, enabling current Annex-Terrace residents to be moved to new buildings as they’re constructed. Upon completion,…

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Driscoll’s Boycott Hampered by Poor Information

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Since calls for a boycott of berry distributor Driscoll’s began in 2013, San Francisco grocers have struggled to find more information about the issues driving the labor dispute. The boycott effort has mostly been grassroots, led by Mexican farmworkers, many of whom are isolated and speak indigenous languages, making it difficult to communicate with reliable…

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Annex-Terrace Residents Cautiously Optimistic About Change

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Ana Garay, 44, lives in a three-bedroom apartment on Connecticut Street in the Potrero Terrace housing complex with her 25-year old daughter, Stephanie, and two grandkids, ages seven and three. Her unit, she said, is in reasonably good shape, kept that way by her son-in-law’s carpentry skills. The family won’t be relocated to a new…

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Trans Bay Cable Pumps Pittsburg Power into San Francisco

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In 1998, a construction crew error disrupted a Pacific Gas and Electric Company substation in San Mateo, cutting power to 250,000 San Francisco customers for up to six hours. Traffic jams materialized as signals went dark. Streetcars and electric buses shut down. Water pressure dropped, as pumping stations ran on emergency power. The San Francisco…

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Enola Maxwell Likely to Continue as School Site

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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…

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Planning for Better Parks, Streets in Dogpatch and Central Waterfront

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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…

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