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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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City Releases “Framework” to Address Homelessness

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Last month, the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing released a “Five-Year Strategic Framework” to address rootlessness.  Under the Framework, chronic homelessness would be halved by December 2022, with an end to “…large, long term encampments by July 2019.”  In addition, the outline called for implementing coordinated care systems, performance accountability, improvements to…

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Proposed Medical Cannabis Nursery in Dogpatch Blocked

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Last summer, Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) member, Constans Channon, and Friends of Potrero Hill (FOPH), an organization located at 1060a Tennessee Street, formally requested that the City’s Board of Appeals (BoA) halt development of a proposed medical cannabis nursery, to be sited at 1025 Tennessee Street, currently a one story, 9,550 square foot warehouse. As…

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Marijuana Use Risky for Young People

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As the public perception of marijuana’s risks softens, a primary question complicating the drug’s newly destigmatized status is its effect on young people, especially in terms of brain development. Marijuana accounts for 90 percent of illicit drug use among American teenagers, according to the 2017 book Is Marijuana Harmful?, written by Bradley Steffens for the…

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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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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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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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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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Anxiety Epidemic Envelopes San Francisco Girls

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For the past three years, Dr. Andrea Zorbas has worked at the San Francisco Stress and Anxiety Center located South-of-Market, providing psychological counseling for adults. According to Zorbas, her clients, who often come with “career-related” worries, “all have an undergraduate degree, and most have a postgraduate degree,” and largely work in the tech industry. Before…

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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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Dogpatch Parking Pilot Slow to Get Off the Ground

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It’s been more than a year since the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) proposed a pilot in Dogpatch to test interventions that might make parking in the neighborhood easier. The agency has held regular meetings with residents, but consensus has yet to be reached on what approach to take. “Not a whole lot has…

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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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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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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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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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