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Diversity of Delivery Systems Emerge as Marijuana Legalized

As cannabis proceeds along its slow, state-by-state, journey toward legalization, it brings with it a new industry that looks increasingly like the craft beer business. For the first time, Americans, at least in some parts of the country, can exercise consumer choice when it comes to their marijuana. A multitude of small enterprises have emerged… Keep Reading

City Under Pressure to Develop Recreational Adult Cannabis Regulations

California Proposition 64, which legalized, and imposed taxes on, adult recreational marijuana consumption, was approved by 57 percent of state voters last November. However, under an ordinance passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors last month, the City won’t issue permits to sell recreational marijuana until it establishes a regulatory framework. In 2015 the… Keep Reading

Redevelopment Plans for Third Street Property Significantly Altered

The property at 2230 Third Street, once home to Leo’s Tire & Brake, may be redeveloped into a life science and medical use building. The 8,000-square foot parcel is located within the Central Waterfront area of the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan, adopted in 2008. According to Planning Department records, it’s designated as an Urban Mixed Use… Keep Reading

Schools Say They’re Prepared for Marijuana Legalization

According to the California Department of Public Health, cannabis use among adolescents can have adverse consequences on memory and learning, and is believed to lower intelligence and school performance. Likewise, California’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy’s Youth Education and Prevention Working Group stated in a 2015 report that, “Regular or excessive cannabis use among… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: October 2017

October 1 – Food: World Veg Festival The San Francisco Veg Society hosts the 18th annual World Veg Festival, featuring speakers, cooking demonstrations, exhibitors, entertainers and food vendors. SFVS is a nonprofit and all-volunteer run organization whose mission is to promote a plant-based lifestyle for healthy, ethical and sustainable living. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.… Keep Reading

A Day in Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, and Environs – October 2017

Last summer, the fast-casual mini-chain The Grove opened an outlet in a 3,600-square-foot, ground-floor, space at Equity Residential’s 241-unit apartment complex, located at One Henry Adams, on Showplace Square traffic circle’s southeast side. The cafe joins a small fleet of popular locations in Hayes Valley, Yerba Buena, and Pacific Heights. The Grove’s broad menu of… Keep Reading

Obiturary: David Bonelli

David Bonelli April 30, 1919 – August 26, 2017 For many, the memory of Dave Bonelli, who passed away on August 26 at the age of 98, is synonymous with a different era on Potrero Hill.  For five decades, Bonelli was a fixture at Atchison’s Pharmacy on Connecticut Street, during a time when local drugs… Keep Reading

Obituary: Ted William Nader Rheingold

Ted William Nader Rheingold May 28, 1970 – September 4, 2017 Long-time Potrero Hill resident, Ted Rheingold, died from kidney cancer on September 4, 2017.  He was 47.  Born in New York, a San Francisco resident since 1992, Ted moved to the neighborhood in 2004, and started both his businesses and family on the Hill.… Keep Reading

Moshi Moshi Celebrates its 30th Anniversary

An anniversary celebration was held in July commemorating Moshi Moshi’s 30 years of serving Japanese cuisine at 2092 Third Street. Phil Atkinson, front house manager, said that staff from the restaurant’s prior decades traveled from throughout California to participate in the event. The evening was filled with stories shared by founder and owner, Mitsuru “Mits”… Keep Reading

De Haro Street Home Expansion Concerns Neighbors

Last year, Ronaldo Cianciarulo distributed letters informing his neighbors about plans to expand the rear of his 825 De Haro Street residence, and invited them to his home to discuss the potential project. Twentieth Street residents, Mary Maglio and Diana Bowen, met with Cianciarulo, and expressed their concerns that the scheme would significantly block several… Keep Reading

Fire Station 37, Ready to Respond

San Francisco Fire Department’s Station 37 was built in 1914 at the corner of 22nd and Wisconsin streets, near the top of Potrero Hill. According to a local historian quoted in a 1996 The Potrero View article, the structure “went up without much fanfare,” since, in the years following the 1906 earthquake, “a lot of… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Anchor’s Away! Anchor Brewing, which first launched 121 years ago, is being sold to Japan’s Sapporo Holdings Ltd.   Anchor Distilling, which produces spirits, such as Junipero Gin and Old Potrero whiskey, isn’t part of the deal, and will become a separate company.  Anchor representatives said its beer will continue to be brewed on Mariposa… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, Regarding the August “Publisher’s View,” please look up the words epitaph and epithet before you attempt to use one or the other! Mary Wasserman Former English teacher, Missouri Street Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Fringe

In August my wife, Debbie, and I followed our daughter, Sara, to the Edinburgh Fringe, which by all accounts is the “world’s largest arts festival.”  Sara was performing in Alice and the Blackhole Blues, a play concocted by her high school theater group, which, over the course of its opening night in San Francisco to… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill’s Real Estate Market Remains Hot

It’ll come as no surprise to San Franciscans that Potrero Hill’s real estate prices are as high as the community’s legendary hills.  According to Claudia Siegel, of Zephyr Real Estate, the cost of a single-family home starts at roughly $1 million for a “fixer-upper,” and can climb to $4 million for a domicile with a… Keep Reading

Former Potrero Power Plant Site to Reemerge as Mixed-Use Development


The Potrero Power Plant, located on the Central Waterfront, and its predecessors supplied San Francisco with electricity from 1890 until the facility’s 2011 closure. Since then, the site has been unused, soaked with toxic chemicals from more than one hundred years of industrial activities. Associate Capital purchased the 21-acre property last fall from NRG Energy,… Keep Reading

Planning Commission Approves Carolina Street Project

At a discretionary review hearing held this past summer, the San Francisco Planning Commission approved renovation and expansion of a single-family residence, owned by Bill Canihan Jr., at 891 Carolina Street.  The home, a two-story dwelling with a basement, will be comprehensively remodeled, with square footage added to the second-story, a ground floor addition and… Keep Reading

Pier 70 Shipyard Primed for a New Tenant

Pier 70’s shipyard, which shutdown last spring after 150 years of continuous operation, could have a new tenant by the end of the year.  “Port Commission selection, award, and lease approval could be complete as early as October 2017, subject to the completion of required due diligence on the property and detailed analysis of qualified… Keep Reading

Catholic Sisters Reflect on Work in 1980s Sanctuary Movement

Twentieth Street residents, Sister Kathleen Healy, 91, and Sister Lucia Lodolo, 78, who taught at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church starting in the mid-1960s, are spending their retirement years volunteering at Saints Anthony’s Foundation Social Services Department. “Mostly smiling at people,” said Healy. Saint Teresa’s school closed in 1974 due to low enrollment.  In… Keep Reading

Missouri Street Resident Cares for Community Cats

When Maggie McCain, a University of California, San Francisco, operating room nurse, moved to Potrero Hill in 1993, she found a feral mother cat and four kittens living in the backyard of her Missouri Street home. Initially she wasn’t sure what to do. Then she heard about the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of… Keep Reading

Sanctioned Encampments a Success in Seattle

Faced with a similar emergence of widespread homeless encampments as San Francisco, the City of Seattle responded, in part, by allowing – “sanctioning” –  a number of camps, so long as they secured sponsorship from a nonprofit organization, were time limited, with community noticing and engagement requirements.  As previously reported by the View, Steve Walker,… Keep Reading

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