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Ruth Goldhammer March 25, 1944 to January 19, 2014

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On her way to becoming a spectacular educator Ruth Goldhammer took to heart a mentor’s advice: paint your life in vivid colors, laugh mostly at yourself, and always keep learning.  Ruth adhered to this counsel, following a creative approach to public education, engaging in travel that carried her across the country and the globe, enthusiastically…

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Susan Bruce O’Malley, 1976 to 2015

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Susan Bruce O’Malley passed away on February 25th.  She was just 38 years old.  The Berkeley resident was nine months pregnant with baby girls, Lucy and Reyna, when she died. The newborns were delivered by emergency cesarean section after O’Malley unexpectedly passed out and failed to regain consciousness. Her daughters expired shortly after their birth,…

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University of California, San Francisco-Mission Bay Medical Center Opens

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Just as the huge lettering on the glass tower at the end of 16th Street had promised for months, the University of California San Francisco-Mission Bay’s newest Medical Center opened to the public on February 1, 2015. The $1.5 billion project includes hospitals which provide specialized services to children – the Benioff Children’s Hospital –…

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Metal Workers on Strike at Trayer Engineering

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Since January 19, 2015, 22 members of Sheet Metal Workers’ (SMW) Local 104 have been on strike, forming a picket line outside Trayer Engineer-ing Corporation’s shop and offices at 898 Pennsylvania Avenue. In early February, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) members joined SMW 104 on the picket line. The IBEW chapters supporting SMW Local…

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Car Sharing Programs Need to Share Public Parking Spaces, Say Merchants

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As car sharing programs experi-ence an increase in demand, Potrero Hill and Dogpatch merchants are concerned that the public parking spots set aside for the services are negatively impacting their customers and neighborhood traffic. In 2013 the San Francisco Munici-pal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) approved a pilot project that cre-ated reserved parking spots for three roundtrip…

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Transportation Agency to Paint 16th Street Red

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) wants to roll out more red paint for transit-only lanes, this time along 16th Street between Church and Third streets, carving out a transit priority corridor between the Mission District and the mushrooming Mission Bay re-search and technology hub. SFMTA’s 22 Fillmore Transit Priority Project, a Muni Forward…

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Community Advocates Hope that 1601 Mariposa Development is Downsized

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Related-California’s proposed 316-unit housing development at 1601 Mariposa Street has been subject to intense scrutiny by Grow Potrero Responsibly.  Members of the Potrero Hill-based civic advocacy group are concerned about traf-fic, pedestrian safety, hazardous materials, a lack of recreational areas within the development, the potential shadowing of Jackson Playground, and the absence of public infrastructure…

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Community Group Proposes Alternative Design for Cor-O-Van Site

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Save the Hill continues to press for the Cor-o-Van site to be developed as an adaptive reuse project, with more of the existing buildings retained and repurposed. The community advocacy group is working with architect Kal-man Varga on drawings for the site that reflect feedback from neighbors and public meetings with the devel-oper.   “We’re…

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Goat Hill Pizza Celebrates 40 Years of Pies

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Goat Hill Pizza has been satisfying Potrero Hill residents’ cravings for peperoni, cheese, and a myriad of other pizzas since 1975. But more than pro-viding lunch and dinner, patrons and employees agree that the restaurant serves as an anchor of the community. “It’s a cornerstone of the neigh-borhood; kind of the headquarters of Potrero Hill.…

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Website is a Digital Ally for Students with Learning Differences

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Approx i mately 4.6 m i l l ion Americans, 2.25 million of whom are children, have a learning issue. Yet, one-third of parents of children with learning challenges don’t feel equipped to help their offspring navi-gate what can be a series of daunt-ing academic hurdles.  To address this problem, last year Understood. org launched…

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Thrillpeddlers Latest a French Jewel

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On March 19 Thrillpeddlers opens its 2015 season with Jewels of Paris: A New Original Parisian Revue.  According to the company, “Inspired by the artistic revolution erupting in Paris nearly a century ago, Jewels of Paris is a time-travel-ing tuneful testament that revels in love, life, artistic, social and sexual change.” The production features original…

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