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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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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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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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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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Bottom of the Hill Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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On September 6, 1991, Potrero Hill nightclub Bottom of the Hill hosted its first rock show, headlined by a now-forgotten band, the Bird Killers. Over the following quarter-century, the unassuming, out-of-the-way venue introduced alternative-rock fans to a multitude of names they’d never forget, including Oasis, Alanis Morissette, Marilyn Manson, Pavement, Modest Mouse, the White Stripes,…

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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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Still No Consistent Government Response to Homeless Camps

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The City and County estimates that there are roughly 100 encampments – two or more people living without a structured home, typically in tents – and 700 campers at any one time in San Francisco.  However, based on a survey of state and local government officials, including with the California Department of Transportation, Caltrain, and…

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Still No Consistent Government Response to Homeless Camps

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The City and County estimates that there are roughly 100 encampments – two or more people living without a structured home, typically in tents – and 700 campers at any one time in San Francisco.  However, based on a survey of state and local government officials, including with the California Department of Transportation, Caltrain, and…

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Maintaining History, Shade, the Birds and the Bees: Trees in Potrero Hill and Dogpatch

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Potrero Hill and Dogpatch are home to a number of “Landmark Trees,” so designated for their size, historical value, or beauty by the City. These include the Acer rubrum, “red maple,” at 862 Kansas Street; the Callistemon citrinus, “lemon bottlebrush,” on the east side of the 400 block of Arkansas Street; the Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata,’…

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Twists and Turns Lead Former Hill Resident to the U.S. Navy

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Over the past decade and a half former Alabama Street resident Kieron Sinnette experienced all the elements of a rags-to-riches-to-rags story. Sinnette, an immigrant from Trinidad, arrived in San Francisco in 2001, less than a month after 9/11. He was an 18 year-old high school graduate, gay, homeless and unemployed. After securing assistance from Larkin…

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