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Test Scores Don’t Always Determine a School’s Popularity

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Last month, San Francisco parents submitted their school choice lists.  If demand during the 2017 academic year is any indication, Lowell High School, A.P. Giannini Middle School and Clarendon Elementary School will be the most popular requests at their respective levels. San Francisco parents submit as many choices as they want into the school lottery…

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Lead Contamination Remediation Underway at Enola Maxwell Campus

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Despite evidence pointing to the dangers of lead poisoning that dates to ancient times, the toxic metal continued to be used as a building and manufacturing material through the 20th century. The substance still threatens human health today, including the well-being of San Francisco’s children. Lead tests have periodically been conducted by the San Francisco…

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High Cost of Living Strains Early Childhood Educators

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San Francisco has consistently ranked amongst the country’s most expensive housing markets. According to the January 2018 Zumper National Rent Report, the median price for a one bedroom in the City is $3,400, far exceeding any other U.S. metropolitan area. For many workers – nurses, teachers and emergency personnel – salaries and wages aren’t sufficiently…

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Potrero Hill Recreation Center to be Renovated

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The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department will begin renovating the Potrero Hill Recreation Center, at 801 Arkansas Street, this spring. The facility will remain open, on its regular schedule – Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – throughout the process.   Changes will include installation of…

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Bayview Police Captain Steven Ford Stays Busy

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If one had to pick a single word to describe Bayview District’s new police captain, Steven Ford, it’d be “busy.” In addition to his captain duties, Ford teaches night courses in criminal justice at City College of San Francisco, is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership at St. Mary’s College of California, and makes time…

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22nd Street Staircase to be Erected

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A staircase will ultimately replace a steep and rugged dirt path that follows 22nd Street between Missouri and Connecticut streets. The project is being led by Friends of the Potrero Hill Recreation Center (FOPHRC), a community group operating under the auspices of San Francisco Parks Alliance, whose board includes Jennifer Serwer, Kara Portnow, Maulik Shah,…

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Local Eateries Offer Kid-Friendly Atmospheres

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In the midst of San Francisco’s myriad frilly bars and restaurants there are local haunts where families with young children can enjoy a good low-stress meal together. The criteria that make for a kid-friendly establishment are quite different from what single, twenty-something, diners or an elderly couple might seek. Parents with rowdy toddlers might prefer…

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Vis Valley Activist Neo Veavea Vies for District 10 Supervisor

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At the end of last year, community activist Neo Veavea launched his campaign for the District 10 Board of Supervisors seat. Veavea, who has lived in the District for 50 of his 60 years, resides in Visitacion Valley. He works as the project coordinator for the Samoan Wellness Initiative (SWI), a Samoan Community Development Center…

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City Continues to Grapple with Homelessness

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Last fall, Randy Quesada, Communications and Community Relations Manager for the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (DHSH), provided the View with a tour of the Central Waterfront Navigation Center, located at the end of 25th Street.  The facility opened last spring with a 64-bed capacity.  As of December 1, 54 were occupied. The Center appears…

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Islais Creek SFMTA Facility Fails to Deliver on its Promises

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As the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency’s (SFMTA) new Islais Creek facility nears completion, a coalition of labor and environmental groups who helped spearhead its approval feel like they’ve been stranded at the proverbial bus stop. The $127 million complex will replace SFMTA’s 67-year old Kirkland facility near Fisherman’s Wharf, which houses more than half…

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State Senator Scott Wiener Gets High Marks in First Year

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During his first year in office, California State Senator Scott Wiener (D) has authored or supported legislation to support LGBT rights, affordable housing, and transportation funding.  “This year is a really eventful year, in which I had 11 bills signed into law by Governor Brown,” said Wiener, who represents District 11, which covers the City…

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Assembly Member David Chiu Champions Housing

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David Chiu (D), was elected to represent the 17th Assembly District, which covers San Francisco’s eastern neighborhoods, in 2014, after serving on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, District 3, for the previous five years, including as Board president. “I’m a big supporter of David Chiu,” said Bruce Agid, Berry Street resident. “I’ve watched him…

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Cohen Focuses her Final Year on Cannabis Industry Equity

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District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen began her term in 2011, was reelected in 2015, and will complete her Board of Supervisors tenure in January 2019. She chairs the Budget and Finance and Budget and Finance Federal Select committees. This year, Cohen’s legislative attendance has exceeded 92 percent. She’s sponsored more than 100 pieces of legislation…

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Tony Kelly Hopes That Third Time’s the Charm in District 10 Supervisor Race

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In announcing his latest campaign for District 10 Supervisor, Tony Kelly said he wants to use the seat to advocate for more affordable housing, better transportation, and improved health for Southside residents. “We’re at a decision point. Are we going to rely on the neighborhood or on outside forces, such as developers? We want to…

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Theo Ellington Enters Race for District 10 Supervisor

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In September, Theo Ellington filed with the San Francisco Department of Elections to become a candidate in the 2018 District 10 Supervisor race. “I’m running, quite simply, because every family, not just the wealthy folks, should have the opportunity to live here in San Francisco,” he declared. Ellington grew up “right off Third and Palou”…

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Long-Time Potrero Annex-Terrace Activist Campaigns for District 10 Supervisor

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Since moving to the Potrero Annex-Terrace housing complex in 2001, after living in Bayview for the previous 20 years, Uzuri Pease-Green has become increasingly involved in community activism. She’s especially passionate about issues relating to housing and homelessness, social services, and policing. She serves on San Francisco Police Department Chief Will Scott’s African-American Advisory Committee…

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Public Utility Work Scheduled for Illinois Street

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The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission plans to begin construction on the “Bay Corridor Transmission and Distribution” project early next year. The work will involve a stretch of Illinois Street, from 23rd to 16th streets, as well as smaller portions of Terry A. Francois Boulevard, 22nd, 20th and Mariposa streets. It’s expected to take a…

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Education Startup Launches from Neighborhood House

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The Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, often called “the Nabe”, had some vacant space at its 953 De Haro Street location. According to Edward Hatter, executive director, a youth substance abuse counseling program that’d been operating from the building shutdown three years ago due to lack of client enrollment, leaving several rooms underutilized. About a year…

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Feminist Group Flourishes on the Hill

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As its name suggests, the feminist group/women’s circle, Seismic Sisters, wants to make a rumble. Started on Potrero Hill in 2012 by Kim Christensen, the group meets monthly or so to socialize, support one another, and engage in political activism. It consists of Christensen’s friends, as well as friends of her friends. Despite spreading solely…

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Cobblestones Unearthed on Vermont Street

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When Vermont Street resident, Louis Epstein, was a child in the early 1940s, he lived in the Mission, on Peters Avenue.  He remembers the commonplace sight of cobblestones lining the middle of San Francisco’s many hilly streets. Cobblestones were frequently used as paving material before the dominance of automobiles. They provided more traction to horse-drawn…

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Potrero Hill Artist Lights Up Salesforce Tower

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Jim Campbell, a contemporary artist who specializes in works featuring LED lights, has been a De Haro Street resident since 1987. Originally from Illinois, Campbell moved to California in the 1970s, and pursued an engineering career in Silicon Valley for 25 years. According to Campbell, his artistic career emerged during those years, but had its…

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New Paintings on Display at Christopher’s Books

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If you walk by quickly you might not notice anything different about Christopher’s Books. It’s still a gem of a neighborhood bookstore, that’s graced the 18th and Missouri streets corner for more than 25 years. Stop and look closely, however, and you’ll see two new paintings in the windows. After thinking for a long time…

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Dogpatch Neighborhood Association Elects Board

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In October, an uncontested slate of five candidates was unanimously approved by Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) members to serve on the group’s board of directors. Bruce Kin Huie, an account director at the marketing firm, Pedowitz Group, will serve his second two-year term as president. He’ll be joined by fellow returning incumbents Jared Doumani, DNA’s…

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