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Next Neighbor Former Potrero Hill resident, Edward Lortz, who recently left the Hill after 30 years, is advocating that long-time community members be allowed to remain on social media site Nextdoor even if they live elsewhere. “I have historical knowledge and opinions about Potrero Hill…,” said Lortz.  “At least 100 people here know I’ve gone,… Keep Reading

Pier 70 Heights More Than Reasonable

An opinion piece in last month’s The Potrero View (“Pier 70 Building Heights Would Block Bay”) and flyer distributed in the neighborhood that claimed that new buildings developed by Forest City at Pier 70 would create a “wall slightly below the middle of the smokestack” and block waterfront views prompted phone calls and emails from… Keep Reading

Homeless: Live With It

San Franciscans tend to approach social problems with a mix of expansive generosity, quasi-selfishness, and hubris.  We’ve lavished billions of public dollars on Laguna Honda Hospital and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, facilities dedicated to serving the most vulnerable among us.  We loudly proclaim our desire to maintain housing for a mix of incomes, but… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor – March 2017

Editor, In regards to “Car Sharing Likely to Expand this Year” (February), I’d like to see reporting on how much business The Good Life and All States have lost in the past three years. What is the decrease in the number of customers in their doors between 2013 and today? What is the percent decrease… Keep Reading

Tech Shuttle Sign of Growing Inequality

Lingering controversy over “tech buses” – shuttles conveying high technology workers here, there, and everywhere – is related to who gets to ride them and how far a would-be passenger has to walk to catch a public or private bus. The free ride and exclusive social element sets the tech buses apart, and causes animosity… Keep Reading

City Approves UCSF Research Building at General Hospital

On January 31, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a Ground Lease and Lease Deposition and Development Agreement that’ll allow the University of California, San Francisco to construct a new research and academic facility at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. Operated by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, ZSFG… Keep Reading

Forest City Continues to Plan Pier 70 Mega Project

Last month, the San Francisco Planning Commission held a hearing to solicit public comments on a draft environmental impact report, published in December, for one of the City’s biggest development projects, underway at Pier 70.  The EIR found that potential environmental impacts could be mitigated to “less than a significant level.” “This is the intense… Keep Reading

Experts Opine on Ways to Protect Mission Bay from Rising Tides

Last year, the nonprofit urban planning organization SPUR, based South-of-Market, published a 72-page document, Mission Creek Sea Level Rise Adaptation Study. The report emerged from a collaboration among several public and private sector organizations in San Francisco – including the San Francisco Office of Community Investment & Infrastructure and Mission Creek Conservancy – and a… Keep Reading

Third Rail, A Drinking Car Without Wheels


Third Rail, located at 20th and Third streets, isn’t the “fancy” bar people may think it is, according to owner and operator Jeff Lyon.  “People sometimes apologize for ordering ‘just a beer’ rather than one of our house cocktails, but we feel that a bar is a choose-your-own-adventure kind of place,” he said. “Sure, we… Keep Reading

McKinley Square Maintained by Volunteers

Nestled at the corner of Vermont, San Bruno and 20th streets, the sun-drenched 100-year old McKinley Square Park, named after President William McKinley shortly after his death, is the focus of care by a dedicated cadre of volunteers. Every year, Friends of McKinley Square Park – a neighborhood advocacy group – organizes Corporate Days of Service,… Keep Reading

Clog Shop Styling in Dogpatch

Bryr Studio, located in the American Industrial Center, is a combination shoe shop and studio that handmakes and sells custom women’s clogs. Shoes are created to order by founder Isobel Schofield and her small team of designers. Schofield launched the shop two years ago, and opened the studio a year later. Shoes are designed and… Keep Reading

Carolina Island Potrero Hill’s Newest Park


Prompted by the mugging of an elderly man and regular littering of hypodermic needles, Potrero Hillians living along the median on Carolina Street, between 22nd and 23rd streets, began meeting last summer to discuss turning the long-overgrown strip into a municipal park.  Last month, more than two dozen volunteers and a matching number of San… Keep Reading

Mark Leno to Run for Mayor

In December, then State Senator Mark Leno, who represented California’s 11th district, termed out of office. Leno, a Democrat, served 14 years in Sacramento, including two terms in the State Legislature’s upper house and three in the lower. Between 1998 and 2002, he occupied the District 8 seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.… Keep Reading

Potrero Hillian Paul Wells Still Spinning Music

With a knack for conversation and a voice for radio, Paul “The Lobster” Wells is among a fading class of disc jockeys.  Wells has more than 40 years of radio and broadcast experience at California stations, broadcasting rock classics and his trademark wit.  But it’s in San Francisco’s Media Gulch – a cluster of multimedia… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: March 2017

March 3 – Food:  Off the Grid With roughly 30 food trucks/vendors, a full bar and live music, Off the Grid is California’s largest weekly street food market. Fridays, 5 to 10 p.m., Fort Mason Center.  For schedule and more information: March 4 – Family: Yoga You’re your baby’s best teacher.  Adult yoga is matched with developmentally appropriate… Keep Reading

Artist Sofia Carmi Explores Inner and Outer Worlds

The University of California, San Francisco-Mission Bay Memory and Aging Center is an apt setting to exhibit paintings by Potrero Hill artist Sofia Carmi, who produced the works while healing from the recent loss of her long-time husband, artist Brent Bushnell.  Abstract art often attempts to connect the inner world of feelings and memories with… Keep Reading

Why I Choose To Raise My Family in San Francisco

It’s 8:19 a.m.  We’re hustling to get out the door. If you walk past our house around this time you’ll hear my morning battery of questions: “Where are your shoes? Do you have your backpack? Please don’t open the umbrella in the house. We need to find your jacket. Let’s GO!”  Out the door we… Keep Reading

Gold, Chapter Nineteen

Outside the Yankee Pete zipped up his jacket against the cold.  The bar’s smoky haze seemed to have leaked outside. Grey wisps of fog swirled slowly around, like ghosts searching for their grave.  He stood in front of the saloon, hands in pockets, waiting, hoping that the electronic voice that’d summoned him would appear, preferably… Keep Reading

Urban Wildlife Adapt to San Francisco’s Changing Landscapes

Egrets at Heron’s Head Park. Photo: Jacob Bourne

Last fall, the World Wildlife Fund, a 50-year old global wildlife conservation organization, published the Living Planet Report 2016: Risk and Resilience in a New Era. The document utilized a Living Planet Index to measure the population status of vertebrates around the globe. The numbers are bleak. Between 1970 and 2012, vertebrate populations have diminished… Keep Reading

SFMTA to Intensify Neighborhood Parking Regulations

As parking pressures continue to build in Dogpatch and Potrero Hill due to increased housing density, growing commuter traffic, and expanded activity at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and the University of California, San Francisco, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency has been working with neighborhood stakeholders to implement more stringent parking management regulations. Over… Keep Reading

UCSF Development Process Continues

In 2008, the City and County of San Francisco created the Life Sciences and Medical Special Use District, bordered by Mariposa Street south to 23rd Street and Interstate 280 east to Third Street, as part of the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan. The District “is intended to support uses that benefit from proximity to the University of… Keep Reading


I’m a loser. Over the years, I’ve repeatedly lost my wallet, keys, and precious childhood mementos.  When I was a teenager, I lost jobs.  As I young adult, I lost self-respect due to a lack of dating integrity.  I lost an election.  I lost my innocence, painfully scrapped away, year by year, by life’s grater. … Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Theater Hits the Road The 10th Street building that theater company, Thrillpeddlers, has occupied since 2004 has been sold, forcing the troupe to vacate the premises by the end of this month.  For the past 17 years Thrillpeddlers has performed an annual “Shocktoberfest,” and has had significant success with revivals of many 1970s Cockettes musicals,… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, As a member of the Driscoll’s family and the Bay Area farming community for more than three decades, it’s my responsibility to share facts about farmworker treatment in response to your story, “Driscoll’s Boycott Hampered by Poor Information” (December, 2016). A core aspect of Driscoll’s vision, one that I deeply believe in, is to… Keep Reading

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