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Former Potrero Power Plant Site to Reemerge as Mixed-Use Development

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The Potrero Power Plant, located on the Central Waterfront, and its predecessors supplied San Francisco with electricity from 1890 until the facility’s 2011 closure. Since then, the site has been unused, soaked with toxic chemicals from more than one hundred years of industrial activities. Associate Capital purchased the 21-acre property last fall from NRG Energy,…

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Planning Commission Approves Carolina Street Project

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At a discretionary review hearing held this past summer, the San Francisco Planning Commission approved renovation and expansion of a single-family residence, owned by Bill Canihan Jr., at 891 Carolina Street.  The home, a two-story dwelling with a basement, will be comprehensively remodeled, with square footage added to the second-story, a ground floor addition and…

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Catholic Sisters Reflect on Work in 1980s Sanctuary Movement

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Twentieth Street residents, Sister Kathleen Healy, 91, and Sister Lucia Lodolo, 78, who taught at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church starting in the mid-1960s, are spending their retirement years volunteering at Saints Anthony’s Foundation Social Services Department. “Mostly smiling at people,” said Healy. Saint Teresa’s school closed in 1974 due to low enrollment.  In…

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Sanctioned Encampments a Success in Seattle

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Faced with a similar emergence of widespread homeless encampments as San Francisco, the City of Seattle responded, in part, by allowing – “sanctioning” –  a number of camps, so long as they secured sponsorship from a nonprofit organization, were time limited, with community noticing and engagement requirements.  As previously reported by the View, Steve Walker,…

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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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A Day in Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, and Environs – August 2017

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At about 8:15 a.m., I’d just begun to trudge home after dropping off my car for a windshield replacement on Bayshore Boulevard when I spotted Martita’s Kitchen – a small, slightly hidden Mexican restaurant amid the otherwise inhospitable landscape of automotive repair just south of Potrero Hill – and knew instantly that a breakfast burrito…

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Good Life Grocery Grapples with Bottle Bill Fines

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As reported, in a series of View articles in 2015 and 2016, The Good Life Grocery store on 20th Street has been fined for violating the State’s “Bottle Bill,” the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, or CalRecycle, passed in 1986. Kayren Hudiburgh, co-owner of both the retailer’s 20th Street and Bernal Heights…

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San Francisco’s Homeless Population Slightly Declines Since 2015

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Earlier this summer, the City and County of San Francisco published the results of its point-in-time census and survey of homeless people.  The “PIT count,” a comprehensive tally of sheltered and unsheltered homeless, is conducted every two years.  The canvass found that homelessness slightly decreased since 2015, bucking a regional trend in which homelessness has…

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Pinball Exhibit Scores at Chabot Space and Science Center

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How long does it take to save Paris from invading Martians? About five minutes, on Pacific Pinball Museum’s classic Revenge From Mars pinball game. With art, science, and innovation in mind, Chabot Space and Science Center’s pinball exhibit – which runs until September 24 – features Revenge along with 35 other fully functional pinball machines…

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Back to School Preparation Well Underway

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Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs), principals, teachers, nonprofit directors, and parents began planning for the upcoming academic year even before the 2016-2017 school year ended.  “Our PTA worked closely with staff to develop and vote on priorities for fall in mid-May,” said Kopal Goonetileke, Daniel Webster Elementary School’s PTA president. “We plan the semester before, so right…

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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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