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City Approves UCSF Research Building at General Hospital

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On January 31, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a Ground Lease and Lease Deposition and Development Agreement that’ll allow the University of California, San Francisco to construct a new research and academic facility at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Operated by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, ZSFG…

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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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Experts Opine on Ways to Protect Mission Bay from Rising Tides

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Last year, the nonprofit urban planning organization SPUR, based South-of-Market, published a 72-page document, Mission Creek Sea Level Rise Adaptation Study. The report emerged from a collaboration among several public and private sector organizations in San Francisco – including the San Francisco Office of Community Investment & Infrastructure and Mission Creek Conservancy – and a…

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Third Rail, A Drinking Car Without Wheels

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Third Rail, located at 20th and Third streets, isn’t the “fancy” bar people may think it is, according to owner and operator Jeff Lyon.  “People sometimes apologize for ordering ‘just a beer’ rather than one of our house cocktails, but we feel that a bar is a choose-your-own-adventure kind of place,” he said. “Sure, we…

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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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Mark Leno to Run for Mayor

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In December, then State Senator Mark Leno, who represented California’s 11th district, termed out of office. Leno, a Democrat, served 14 years in Sacramento, including two terms in the State Legislature’s upper house and three in the lower. Between 1998 and 2002, he occupied the District 8 seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.…

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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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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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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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SFArtsED Educates Students on Minnesota Street

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Amid the 15 galleries of edgy and eclectic contemporary art at the Minnesota Street Project, the exhibition entitled Dialogues, running through February 25 on the second floor of 1275 Minnesota Street, stands out for the sheer variety of art objects it contains: color-stained mesh tubes, fantastical ceramic sea creatures, paper weaves, embroidered watercolor cityscapes, dramatic…

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Box City Shredded

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A block long collection of tents and rudimentary shelters made of boxes located near an Interstate 280 overpass and Caltrain tracks in Mission Bay, which served as home to upwards of 40 individuals, was dismantled by City officials last month.  Staff from the San Francisco Police Department, Department of Public Works (DPW), and Homeless Outreach…

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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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Neighborly Assistance: The American Settlement Movement in San Francisco

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It’s safe to assume that most San Franciscans—including those yoga classe participants at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House on De Haro Street, and those who drop their children off for preschool at the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center on Potrero Avenue—have never heard the term “settlement house.” “Community center,” the more popular phrase of current…

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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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Grassroots Organization Advocates for Dog-Friendly Policies at Esprit Park

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When the San Francisco Planning Department’s Central Waterfront-Dogpatch Public Realm Plan released preliminary blueprints for Esprit Park improvements last spring, some park users were alarmed by proposals to restrict off-leash dogs to a small section of the space. At 1.8 acres, Esprit Park is Dogpatch’s largest green space, frequented by dog owners, who tend to…

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‘āina Wins Bib Gourmand

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Last fall, the Hawaiian restaurant, ‘āina, was awarded a Bib Gourmand award from The Michelin Guide, the first Dogpatch or Potrero Hill restaurant to receive the accolade. The Michelin Guide, published annually as an iconic red manual by the eponymous French tire manufacturer, is widely viewed as the world’s most prestigious and influential fine-dining handbook.…

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Changes to 9-San Bruno Bus Stop Worries Local Business

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In 2014, the City and County of San Francisco adopted Vision Zero, a policy to create safer streets through more expansive traffic safety education and law enforcement, among other elements.  Vision Zero prompted an overhaul of the 9-San Bruno bus line – including removing 19 stops, and relocating three – to make the route safer…

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