November 2012

Short Cuts

Preschool

Families swarmed like bees to a hive to Friends of Potrero Hill Nursery School’s grand opening last month. Over the years the preschool has moved numerous times; it’ll now be in its Dogpatch location for many years to come, according to the recently renovated building’s architect, Brian Liles, of Jackson Liles Architecture. “The school is community,” said Julie Jackson, who also helped with the project, is Liles’ business partner and spouse, and the mother of preschool alum. Some parents are still involved with the school even though their children are in high school. “The bond [among parents] is really strong,” she said…Despite rumors to the contrary, Florinda “Flo” Cimino is still cutting hair at his eponymously named 20th Street storefront from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays…South of Dogpatch resident, and occasional View reporter, Bill Slatkin was recognized by the California State Assembly last month for his work on Progress Park. Congrats, Bill!

 

Chocolate

Jacky and Michael Recchiuti’s Chocolate Lab opens at 801 22nd Street this month. The café offers chocolates, of course, as well as eclairs, floats, and a number of savory items, including Firebrand toasted sourdough layered with shiso leaves topped with bay shrimp and Cowgirl Creamery cheeses…Setting aside the seemingly random nature by which the Department of Public Works (DPW) marked the Hill’s sidewalks for repair – with some squares that look perfect white-dotted, and others with large cracks in them left unpainted – Friends of the Urban Forest is offering a program to green sidewalks for $300 per property, which buys permitting, concrete removal plants and materials. At least 12 properties within a block or two are required to participate, with active efforts to recruit homes near the 300 block of Mississippi and Texas streets and elsewhere in the community…The San Francisco Giants have parted ways with their development partner, Cordish Companies of Baltimore, to build high-rises and parks on the 27-acre Seawall Lot 337, also known as “Lot A.” The Port Commission gave the Giants a six-month extension on their exclusive development rights to the publicly-owned site while the team looks for a new partner. The Giants appear to smell more opportunity to profit from a restructured development plan.

 

No Camping

Oversized vehicles parked in Bayview and Dogpatch will have to go elsewhere as a result of a new ordinance that prohibits them from parking overnight. Over objections from homeless advocates that the law criminalizes poor people, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed the law seven to four, with John Avalos, Jane Kim, David Campos and Christina Olague in the minority. Starting March 1, any vehicle that’s 22 feet long and seven feet tall will be banned from parking overnight on certain City streets from 2 to 6 a.m. A 2011 San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency survey found 461 oversized vehicles parked on City streets, roughly a third of which were in Bayview, Dogpatch, or Potrero Hill. “Forgive me if I come across as a little incompassionate about it,” said District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen. “I am tired of my neighborhood being the dump.”…A serious traffic accident occurred last month near the south bound off-ramp from Interstate 280 at Mariposa and 18th streets. A car, traveling at a high rate of speed, came off the ramp toward 18th street and kept going, plunging off the bridge to the roadway below, with serious injuries to the occupants. This isn’t the first time such an accident has happened at this location, and, without some appropriate response from transportation authorities, will not be the last.

 

No Food

After 25 years of support, for the second year in a row the federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program has declined to provide any funding to the San Francisco Food Bank, which is located on Pennsylvania Street. The national food program was cut by 40 percent in fiscal year 2011, from $200 million to $120 million, triggering tighter disbursement rules. To receive monies, a jurisdiction must have an unemployment rate of at least 10.7 percent, and a poverty rate of 15.8 percent. While parts of the City meet that criteria, San Francisco’s overall rates are 8.3 percent and 11.9 percent. Things would be different if San Francisco wasn’t the state’s only combined city and county. “We have areas such as the Tenderloin and Hunters Point, but it doesn’t seem to make a difference because we’re just one big city,” said Paul Ash, the Food Bank’s executive director. “If Bayview were a city, it would be a different story.”

 

No Boxes

Another of the View’s newspaper boxes – this one located in front of the Whole Foods, at 17th and Rhode Island streets – has been seized by the City. The box had no doubt been graffitied and stickered, prompting the DPW to treat it like garbage. That’s not the way things are supposed to work, though. As with all private property subject to tagging, proper notice must be given before DPW takes any kind of action. The View periodically receives emails notifying it that a box has to be cleaned-up, and promptly responds. But just as often the City simply scoops up a box and discards it, leaving the View with one less distribution point. The View has lost a half-dozen boxes in that fashion. Unless this war on a community newspaper stops, the View will soon be left with no boxes, making it that much harder for our readers to find us. Perhaps that’s what DPW has in mind…

 

Correction

In last month’s “Hill Property Owners Targeted for Sidewalk Repairs” it was incorrectly stated that the amount of sidewalk that requires a permit is 100 square feet. The triggering amount is actually 10 square feet.

 

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