The Potrero View -- December 2014

Malia Cohen Secures Second Board of Supervisors Term

Ryan Bergmann

Last month’s San Francisco Board of Supervisors District 10 race looked nothing like the 2010 election, yet it produced the same winner, Malia Cohen, who voters endorsed for a second term. In 2010 it took nearly two weeks after Election Day before Cohen emerged as the winner of a crowded 21-person field after 20 rounds of ranked choice voting, despite receiving only 12 percent of first place votes. This year Cohen obtained 47 percent of first place votes, and aft...

Arkansas Street Trees Replaced

Ryan Bergmann

The 200 block of Arkansas Street has had a different look and feel since nine Ficus trees were removed last spring. The row of Ficus microcarpa nitida was in ill-health, threatening passersby and damaging vehicles with falling limbs. In the fall of 2013, after receiving multiple complaints from the public, the Department of Public Works (DPW)— which has oversight authority over public and private street trees—had the trees inspected by a certified ...

Is Sunshine Free?

Nathan Allen

Earlier this year, in the heat of a tight race which he ultimately won the California State Assembly, David Chiu, then San Francisco Board of Supervisors president, released Solar Vision 2020. The plan, which is supported by a coalition of solar providers and workers, as well as Debbie Raphael, San Francisco Department of the Environment director, among others, calls for roughly a doubling of photovoltaic energy ...

Photograph by Don Nolte

Photograph by Don Nolte

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