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Four New Faces Elected to Green Benefits District Board

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Voters in Dogpatch and Potrero Hill’s Northwest blocks elected four new members, and re-elected three incumbents, to the Green Benefit District (GBD) board last month. The first of its kind in California, GBD it is modeled on Commercial Benefit Districts, a popular undertaking in San Francisco in which business owners in a commercial corridor agree…

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Double-Digit Rate Hike Proposed for Garbage Collection

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Last February, Recology, the private company that provides the City with garbage services, applied for a rate increase from the San Francisco Department of Public Works. Recology’s San Francisco operations consist of collectors Recology Golden Gate and Recology Sunset Scavenger, and refuse processer Recology San Francisco. The City has the authority to determine the residential…

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Mega-Developments Southside Challenge Public Infrastructure

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A long stretch of underutilized land on San Francisco’s southeastern Bayfront is slated for massive mixed-use development in the coming years. With a shortage of affordable housing, and a lust for economic growth, the City earmarked the Southside neighborhoods, including the Bayfront, for increased residential development when it adopted the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan in 2008.…

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Unofficial Historic Buildings Indentified in Dogpatch

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The Dogpatch Historic District was officially designated by the San Francisco Planning Department in 2003, becoming the City’s eleventh such quarter. Roughly located between Indiana and Third; 18th and Tubbs streets, it consists of residential, industrial and commercial buildings, the oldest of which was built in 1870.  Historic districts impose stringent design guidelines for new…

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Wagly Pulls Out of Potrero Hill

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In July, 2016, The Potrero View reported that Washington-based pet care startup, Wagly, planned to launch a “comprehensive” animal boarding facility, grooming service, and veterinary clinic in Potrero Hill. The business was expected to open later that summer at 1400 17th Street. By autumn, anticipated renovations at the gutted building, previously occupied by California Caster,…

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New App Helps Dogpatch Residents Report Neighborhood Problems

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In March, a new website, Dogpatch Solutions Tracker, launched at https://dogpatch.dillilabs.com. A community service aiming to improve neighborhood safety and cleanliness, the site features a digital map application where registered users can pinpoint such concerns as potholes, graffiti, trash, and vandalism in Dogpatch and Potrero Hill. Reporting a problem, however, is only the first step.…

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City Attorney Herrera Battles Trump Administration

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On January 25, U.S. President Donald Trump signed Executive Order 13768, which promised to withdraw federal grants from “sanctuary cities.” Although the term “sanctuary city” has no legal definition, it’s generally understood to refer to municipalities that permit residence by undocumented immigrants, with policies that prohibit local authorities from detaining individuals due to their immigration…

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Small Batch Manufacturing Thrives in San Francisco

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The words “manufacturing” and “San Francisco” aren’t often used in the same sentence, unless a historian is talking about the City’s mid-century last heyday as an active port and shipyard.   Yet there are upwards of 700 manufacturers in San Francisco, employing in the neighborhood of 10,000 people. According to SFMade, a nonprofit dedicated to…

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Potrero Hill Author in the Driver’s Seat, With Uber

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Love or hate the company, it’s a rare week when ride hailing mega-contractor, Uber, isn’t in the news. Potrero Hill resident and Fortune Magazine executive editor, Adam Lashinsky, has been covering Uber since its 2009 inception.  His Wild Ride: Inside Uber’s Quest for World Domination, available May 23, will help feed the seemingly insatiable curiosity…

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San Francisco Center for the Book Offers Spring, Summer Exhibits

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San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB), at 375 Rhode Island Street, is currently offering “Books of Course,” an exhibit that runs until June 11, featuring books, objects and creative assignments from nine Bay Area professors and a few of their former students. “Chronicle Books: Born in the Summer of Love,” which opens June 23,…

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Queer Comics Unpacked at Potrero Hill Conference

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Whether they center on a superhero or psychologically complex character, comic books have long offered quirky role models. Underground comics have been a particular source of comfort to gay, lesbian and transgender people in search of personalities and storylines not found in traditional publications. Last month, at the Queer and Comics Conference, hosted by the…

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Local Nonprofits Hustle in New Political Climate

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Following the November election and inauguration of President Donald Trump, national nonprofit organizations, like the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club and Anti-Defamation League, reportedly experienced a dramatic boost in donations in response to potential threats to civil rights, healthcare access and the environment from the new Administration. According to BBC News, the…

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Cohen’s Shift to Budget Committee Seen as Positioning for Higher Office

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In January 2019, District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen will be termed out of office. She was first elected in 2010 to represent a large swath of San Francisco’s Southside neighborhoods, including Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Bayview-Hunters Point and Visitacion Valley. This year has brought a shift in focus to the Board of Supervisors, with a new…

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Crime Up Southside

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Potrero Hill residents who believe they’ve detected an increase in crime in the neighborhood appear to be right.  According to information provided by the San Francisco Police Department’s Bayview District, which includes the Hill, vehicle theft jumped from 6,126 offenses in 2014 to 6,915 in 2015.  There were 19,827 cases of objects getting stolen from…

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Potrero Hill Democratic Club Members Boycott Trump-Branded Products

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The Potrero Hill Democratic Club (PHDC), a chapter of the San Francisco Democratic Party, is informally encouraging a boycott of San Francisco Bay Area stores that carry Trump-branded products.  According to Robert Boileau, PHDC’s first vice president, club members are concerned that Donald J. Trump and members of his family are profiting from the presidency.…

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Sanctioned Encampments Successfully Operating in Florida, Washington

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Popular opinion has it that homeless encampments should be removed from San Francisco’s streets, though often such action results in the scattering of a single camp into many smaller ones. “Nobody is getting better by sleeping in tents at night,” said District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell, the progenitor of last year’s Measure Q, which sought…

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Education Scholarships Available to Potrero Hill Residents

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In the 2003 movie, Calendar Girls, starring Helen Mirren, a group of well-aged women turned themselves into “pin-up girls.”  When Potrero Hill Neighborhood House staffer, Jean Crosby, discovered that Senior Lunch program participant Lorys Crisafulli had experience creating similar calendars, she suggested a reprise of the effort.  With her 90th birthday looming, Crisafulli agreed to…

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Why I Choose to Raise My Family in San Francisco

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My husband and I grew up in suburbs, with tree-lined streets, quiet neighborhoods and very, very homogenous populations. Becoming parents has prompted us to engage in ongoing reflection over the type of upbringing we want to give our daughters.  As a biracial family in today’s tumultuous political climate, with a President who built a platform…

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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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