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Shooting Last month, a gun detection system recorded multiple gunshots fired somewhere between Watchman Way and Missouri Street. San Francisco Police Department officers responded to the scene, and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital. One suspect was detained. Calm Down Residents of… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, I hated the headline “Good Life Grocery Facing Thousands of Dollars in Recycling Fines,” in last month’s View. That headline is so inflammatory, and gives the impression that The Good Life is a bad grocery store. The Good Life is one of our neighborhood gems; a great local store run by great people who… Keep Reading

San Bruno Avenue Fires Continue to Blaze

Fires sparking from homeless encampments located on a small strip of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) owned land between San Bruno Avenue and Highway 101 continue to pose a threat to nearby residents, and their homes. Since the View reported on the issue last month, multiple small blazes have been spotted in the area.  Representatives… Keep Reading

Warriors Look to Increase Profits with New Arena

The Warriors’ proposed arena would create more space for events, provide short- and long-term work for local unions, and likely generate additional profits for the team’s owners. “The idea of an 18,000-seat arena is quite exciting,” Bob Sauter, vice president and general manager of the SMG/Moscone Center, said. “We’re a convention center, so we wouldn’t… Keep Reading

Dinner, Everyone, at the San Francisco – Marin Food Bank

The San Francisco–Marin Food Bank’s warehouse, located at 900 Pennsylvania Avenue, is the hub for an effort that depends on a multitude of nonprofit organizations, schools, businesses, and volunteers to feed more than 147,000 people every week. The Potrero Hill location is one of the organization’s two warehouses; the other is in Novato. “During the… Keep Reading

Trashy

It’s illegal to throw garbage or unwanted items onto a public street or sidewalk. Trash pick-up for all public areas in San Francisco is provided by the Department of Public Works, which can be reached by phone, at 3-1-1, or online at sfdpw.org. Depending on the details of the illegal dumping, trash will generally be… Keep Reading

Writing Pad Comes to Potrero Hill

With outposts in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Writing Pad offers courses and workshops designed to immerse students in the art and craft of writing, and to prepare them to sell what they produce. The company’s City branch, which opened last fall, is located in the founding couple’s The Goodman Building loft, a live-work space… Keep Reading

Dependable Letterpress Now Open to the Public

Gazing at a row of vintage mechanical printing presses at work can conjure a feeling of Old World romance. It certainly did for Joel Benson, owner and operator of Dependable Letterpress, located in Dogpatch. Benson fell in love with “the experience of working on the machines and making things this way” while he was studio… Keep Reading

1601 Mariposa Street Project Approved

Last month, the San Francisco Planning Commission approved unanimously a series of documents associated with a proposed residential development at 1601 Mariposa Street, including the project’s environmental impact report, California Environmental Quality Act findings and a Large Project Authorization.  Commission endorsement came with conditions, including following interim design controls developed by the Potrero Boosters, securing… Keep Reading

Bulow’s Potrero Hill Restaurants Continue to Draw Crowds

With nearly twenty years of experience owning or operating restaurants throughout San Francisco, Jocelyn Bulow has learned how to spot the City’s next foodie trend. Beginning with his first partnership, Plouf on Belden Place, when he was just 26, Bulow has followed a set formula regardless of restaurant type or neighborhood location.  Launch an eatery,… Keep Reading

Taco Bell Cantina Debuts at Third Street; Liquor License in the Works

Last fall, Golden Gate Bell, LLC, a Pleasanton-based franchisee working in partnership with Yum! Brands, Inc., opened technology-friendly Taco Bell Cantina (TBC) at Third and Townsend streets. TBC is a “concept” eatery, a new model for millennial, urban, diners. The restaurant offers features the tech crowd wants: digital menu screens, recycling bins, free WiFi, electrical… Keep Reading

Fiction: Gold, Chapter Five

“Oifff,” exclaimed Nash, as he pulled his keys and wallet out of his pocket and dumped them in a bright blue bowl sitting on the bedroom dresser.  “Hard day with the mayor, or did you just celebrate your 80th birthday?” asked Justin, who was sitting on the bed, stuffing marijuana into a vaporizer.  “Or maybe… Keep Reading

Community Calendar

December 3rd – Theater: SubUrbia SubUrbia examines young adults’ trials and tribulations, particularly when society offers a cynical perspective that turns the American Dream into the American Nightmare. However, the play isn’t depressing.  Writer Eric Bogosian provides the humor needed to empathize with SubUrbia’s complex characters. $15. 8 p.m., Bindlestiff Studios, 185 Sixth Street. Information:… Keep Reading

Library News

Programs for Adults Holiday Harp Concert with Triskela: Celebrate the season with a festive winter music show by the Triskela Harp Trio. Saturday, December 5, 4 to 5 p.m. Chair Yoga with Connie Scott: Enjoy an energizing chair yoga class! Supported by a chair, learn yoga poses and breathing techniques to create strength, flexibility and… Keep Reading

Far Higher Percentage of Blacks Arrested than Whites in SF

Last year, the San Francisco Police Department arrested 3,413 African-Americans for felonies, compared with 3,207 arrests of Whites, according to data from the California Attorney General’s (AG) Office.  Although the number of African- and European-American felony arrests in the City in 2014 was roughly the same, San Francisco has almost ten times as many Caucasian… Keep Reading

Judith Catherine Kloehn Lopez (September 28, 1947 – October 28, 2015)

Judith Catherine Kloehn Lopez passed away at her Potrero Hill home on October 28, 2015. She was born September 28, 1947 at St. Mary’s Hospital. In 1993, Lopez posed for View photographer and writer Peter Linenthal outside Strand Service-Appliance, her family’s Connecticut Street store, to commemorate the businesses’ 50th anniversary. Lopez told Linenthal she was… Keep Reading

Hill-Based OPSWAT Provides Cybersecurity

In our interconnected and device-laden world, cybersecurity has become a hot topic, especially after recent data breaches at the Sony and Target corporations. According to a study sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, cybercrime cost the average American firm $15 million in 2014, a 19 percent jump from the year prior. Average per company losses could top $40… Keep Reading

Good Eggs Scrambles to Reinvent Itself

Multiple farmers markets dot San Francisco throughout the week. From the epic Saturday morning Ferry Building Plaza, to sleepier Fort Mason, it’s possible to find nearly any kind of fruit or vegetable, as well as arrays of cheeses, chocolates, and cakes, in these perennial souks. San Francisco has long been a leader in the food… Keep Reading

Fiction: Gold

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For the past four months the View has published experts from Gold, a serialized tale of politics, capitalism, and corruption in San Francisco. In this issue the first three chapters are reprinted, along with the fourth installment, enabling readers to catchup as the story continues to unfold. One “I told you John, I’m not selling,” said… Keep Reading

Short Cuts November 2015

Real Estate In September, 1740 20th Street, a roughly 3,000 square feet, three bedroom, two bath home, sold for $9.5 million. Zillow had estimated the property’s value at about $3 million, itself a hefty sum. It’s assumed that the buyer paid cash; otherwise they’d be facing something like a $35,000 a month mortgage payment, which,… Keep Reading

Planning Commission Considers Proposed Corovan Development

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Last month, the San Francisco Planning Commission held a hearing on the draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for a proposed development at the Corovan site, located at the bottom of Potrero Hill’s North Slope. A DEIR evaluates a project’s potential impact on such things as traffic, dislodging or releasing hazardous substances, and the historic relevance… Keep Reading

Fires Behind San Bruno Avenue Threaten Homes

A series of fires emanating from a homeless encampment located on a strip of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)-owned property in between Highway 101 and San Bruno Avenue has sparked neighborhood groups to fight for safety, and inclusive solutions to homelessness. A fire that broke out in September catalyzed concerned residents. “People got really upset.… Keep Reading

Good Life Grocery Facing Thousands of Dollars in Recycling Fines

The Good Life Grocery, located on 20th Street, is facing fines of up to $3,100 a month for not complying with the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act. The law, adopted in 1986, was intended to “…make redemption and recycling convenient to consumers… the legislature hereby urges cities and counties…to act favorably on… Keep Reading

Harmonic Brewing Open for Business in Dogpatch

It started as an idea between three longtime friends who liked to brew beer at home. What if we quit our day jobs, and made beer for a living? After more than two years of planning, securing real estate, finding investors and installing large scale brewing equipment, Eric Tisch, Jon Verna, and Ed Gobbo opened… Keep Reading

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