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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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Lots of New, High-End Condos and Apartments in Potrero Hill and Dogpatch

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Last spring, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Potrero Hill’s and Dogpatch’s combined population is expected to double over the next two years, due largely to “a proliferation of upscale apartments.” Since 2008, when the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan was adopted as a means to increase the City’s housing supply by converting industrial spaces to residential…

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Olympia Building Destined to be Dashed Against the Rocks of Development

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The Olympia building, 600 20th Street, has been a notable presence in Dogpatch for more than a century, though arguably not as historical as its namesake. The structure was named after the U.S.S. Olympia, built across the street, at Pier 70, which was the flagship of Commodore George Dewey at the Battle of Manila Bay…

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Laborer’s International Local 261 celebrates a Century of Union Activism

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Laborer’s International (LIUNA) Local 261, a 5,200-member public and private sector construction and general laborers union that serves Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties, celebrates its 101-year anniversary this year. “Local 261 is a construction union in which the doors swing wide open. It really is primarily an entry-level organization, where you see all…

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Goat Hill Pizza’s Potrero Hill location Closed for Summer Renovations

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Goat Hill Pizza’s 300 Connecticut Street location closed last month for renovations, with plans to reopen in September. “We’re redesigning the restaurant to accommodate dedicated delivery to Potrero Hill, Dogpatch and Mission Bay,” said Goat Hill Pizza chief executive officer David Sturno. “We will add an additional two-deck pizza oven. This will double our capacity…

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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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Jackson Playground to Expand

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Jackson Playground, a 4.41-acre public park managed by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department that features sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, first opened in 1912. Bounded by Carolina, 17th, Arkansas and Mariposa streets, the space is located across from Live Oak School.  Several recently or soon to be completed residential buildings – including…

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Museum of Craft and Design Showcases Pavilions

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For six months, the Museum of Craft and Design will be transformed into “an immersive architectural environment” as part of Architectural Pavilions. The exhibition will be among the Museum’s longest, focusing on the importance of design, in an attempt to appeal to the Bay Area’s robust architectural community. London-based guest curator Mariah Nielson, who grew…

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New Mission Bay Public School to be Launched Within Five Years

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Last spring, the seven San Francisco Unified School Board members unanimously approved a resolution to direct newly appointed San Francisco Unified School District superintendent Vincent Matthew to begin planning a school in Mission Bay.  The institution –  kindergarten through fifth, sixth, or eighth grades – is expected to be completed by 2023.  A 2.2-acre lot…

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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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Residents Advocate for New Dogpatch Center for Arts and Culture

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In an effort to increase arts and community-related offerings in Dogpatch, a group of residents are working to create the Dogpatch Center for Arts and Culture, or “D Center.” Last month, the D Center held a tea tasting during the Dogpatch Block Party and offered an all-ages flowers and books workshop at the Potrero Hill…

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Armistead Maupin Featured at Queer Film Festival

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Frameline 41, the world’s longest-running and largest showcase of queer cinema, opens on June 15 with the West Coast premiere of The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin. Maupin described the charms and eccentricities of San Francisco’s denizens in his internationally acclaimed series Tales of the City.  In this documentary – written and directed by Jennifer…

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City Adds Shelter Beds

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District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronan is pushing to open a 100-plus bed Navigation Center near the corner of South Van Ness Avenue and Cesar Chavez Street this month. At two public meetings to discuss the facility, Mission District residents expressed concerns that it’d attract more homeless people to the neighborhood, that the community already had…

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Board of Regents Approves UCSF Center in Dogpatch

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Last month, the University of California Board of Regents Finance and Capital Strategies Committee unanimously approved UC San Francisco’s proposed Child, Teen and Family Center, to be located at 2130 Third Street.  The decision followed an endorsement by the Board of Regents Health Services Committee in April. The Board of Regents approval encompassed certification of…

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