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Potrero Hill Festival Returns

On October 17th the 26th annual Potrero Hill Festival returns to 20th Street, offering a day of fun, food, music, and crafts, plus a dazzling display of aerial arts.  This year’s event features new kids rides, a line-up of local musicians, and a human scale kaleidoscope art installation, sprawling over a four blocks between Wisconsin… Keep Reading

Catherine Clark Brings Art to Potrero Hill

Catharine Clark, a native San Franciscan and art gallery owner, has worked with visual artists from across the globe for more than two decades.  Her Utah Street-based Catherine Clark Gallery offers an elegant, multi-room exhibition space for artists to present various themes. Every six weeks the gallery changes its exhibits.  Clark represents more than 20… Keep Reading

Film Reveiw: Beyond Measure

“You can’t put ten, twenty, sometimes forty kids in a room and expect them all to learn the same material, at the same pace, with the same structure. Everybody has their own learning style.” This opening observation sets the stage in the provocative and powerful new documentary Beyond Measure. It’s spoken not by an educator,… Keep Reading

Through October 11 Theater: CRANE In the world premiere of JC Lee’s CRANE, directed by Mina Morita and performed by Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company, when Sadako stumbles into a mountain cabin in the dead of winter she meets Bradley, a young, hermitic artist who once created a great art work but has since descended into… Keep Reading

San Francisco Art Studios Open this Month

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Each year, Potrero Hill-based ArtSpan hosts a citywide month-long event, SF Open Studios. With nearly a thousand contributing artists, SF Open Studios is a celebration of San Francisco’s art culture. Artpsan is committed to “cultivating a vibrant, accessible, and sustainable arts community in San Francisco”, including helping to safeguard access to physical spaces for creative… Keep Reading

Carpet Chronicles, Volume One

Five years ago I was laid-off from a sales position at a Redwood City printing and packaging concern that was going out of business.  For the next 18 months I took unemployment insurance, and wrote for the View. On a Sunday in 2012, with my unemployment insurance at its end, my wife handed me the… Keep Reading

Fiction: Gold

This is chapter three of a serialized tale of politics, capitalism, and corruption in San Francisco.  Look for the next fiction installment in each new issue of the View. “Mr. Mayor?”  Nash gently knocked on the Honorable William E. Wong’s executive office door.  The Mayor often did not want to be disturbed.  But neither did… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill’s Independent Schools Thriving

With summer break receding into the distance, Potrero Hill’s independent school classrooms are once again abuzz with energy, as students and teachers immerse themselves in the business of making friends, learning new concepts, and taking and grading tests. Annette Bauer, head of school of AltSchool’s Dogpatch campus, which serves about 52 kindergarteners to second graders,… Keep Reading

Police Work to Curb Auto Burglaries, Thefts

Police in the Bayview district, which serves Potrero Hill and Dogpatch, made two automobile burglary arrests in the first two weeks of September, as they continue to struggle to counter high rates of vehicle-related crime.  In the same two weeks, district residents reported 17 auto burglaries and 13 auto thefts, according to Officer Ellina Teper.… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill; Dogpatch Adopt Nation’s First Green Benefit District

After roughly three years of community advocates’ organizing, petitioning and planning, on July 31 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the establishment of a Greens Benefit District (GBD) in the northwest corner of Potrero Hill and Dogpatch, a first-of-its-kind experiment in funding the creation and maintenance of public green space. The GBD will… Keep Reading

Change a Constant in San Francisco

People have been coming to, moving out of, and sometimes returning to San Francisco since before the 1800s, and likely well before that.  Often times new immigrants to California would spill into the City, and then spill right back out.  “Realty Brokers Do Brisk Business” could have been a headline last week, but it actually… Keep Reading

Democratic Club Endorses Mirkarimi and Aragon

Last month, the Potrero Hill Democratic Club (PHDC) sponsored a debate at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House that featured candidates running for Sheriff and the Board of Trustees, City College of San Francisco (CCSF). The packed hall listened to Board candidates Wendy Aragon, incumbent Alex Randolph, and Tom Temprano discuss issues related to enrollment, marketing,… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Grand Canyon

An elementary school cliché is the oft-mocked “what I did this summer” essay.  It’s an attempt to link the unstructured chasm between one grade and the next, a chance for students to regal their peers with stories of adventure or boredom, too long stays at grandparents’ houses and too short stints at the beach.  Sometimes… Keep Reading

OP-ED: Too High?

The San Francisco Giants want to transform a 28-acre industrial site located on Port property, currently used as a surface parking lot for baseball games, into a mixed-use $1.6 billion development, featuring waterfront parks; 1,500 rental units, 40 percent of which would be affordable; retail and 1.5 million square feet of office space; a parking… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Death The San Francisco Police Department is investigating the death of 23-year-old Melanie Olivieri as a possible homicide.  Olivieri’s body was found at her home on the 1300 block of Utah Street, one block south of San Francisco General Hospital, last month.  Police called the death “suspicious.” New Captain Pour Guys – industry veterans Joey… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, I’m a long-time volunteer at Martin de Porres.  Although I was pleased to see an article about us in your August paper, by Christopher Lefond, there were some unfortunate errors in the story. Specifically, we serve lunch Tuesday through Saturday, not two days per week, as Lefond wrote. We also serve a brunch on… Keep Reading

Senior and Disability Advocates Challenge Bus Route Change

Advocates for seniors and people with disabilities are challenging the rerouting of the 33-Stanyan bus away from Potrero Avenue and San Francisco General Hospital. The activists argue that the change will cause a hardship to seniors and the disabled who have to transfer at 16th Street and Potrero Avenue to the 9-San Bruno bus to… Keep Reading

Pier 70 Designs Taking Shape

Over the past year, the Port of San Francisco, developers – Orton Development, Inc. and Forest City Enterprises, Inc. – and the ship repair company, BAE Systems, Inc., have held public events, calculated rehabilitation costs for historic buildings, and fine-tuned their plans for Pier 70.   The roughly 69 acre pier has been largely closed… Keep Reading

Tests Indicate Modest Noise Levels from Mission Bay Helipad

When the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital opened last winter one of its features was San Francisco’s first rooftop helipad.  The helideck allows critically ill newborns, children and pregnant woman to be transported to and from the facility in a way that minimizes complications associated with ground transportation, providing access to advanced,… Keep Reading

Municipal Activities Aim to Increase Bike Safety

Construction along Potrero Avenue – part of streetscape improvements managed by the San Francisco Department of Public Works in conjunction with the Municipal Transit Authority and the Public Utilities Commission – will be completed this fall, according to a San Francisco Bicycle Coalition spokesperson.  Potrero Avenue is the only direct bike route between South-of-Market and… Keep Reading

Twirl and Dip in Potrero Hill

On a sunny summer day Meg Hilgartner, dressed in all black except for neon blue and pink shoes, was dispensing soft-serve at her freshly opened Twirl & Dip location.  The ice creamery is new to Potrero Hill, but Meg Hilgartner and her business partner, Siri Skelton, aren’t new to the business. Hilgartner has worked as… Keep Reading

Hill Resident Raises $400,000 for Nepal Earthquake Relief

In April and May two earthquakes rocked Nepal.  The tremblors devastated the country, destroying approximately 250,000 buildings and 20,000 schools. Nepal Social Educational Environmental Development Services, a San Francisco-based charity led by Potrero Hill resident Keith Goldstein, responded with a spirited effort to support relief efforts, raising $400,000 for earthquake relief.  And its fundraising efforts… Keep Reading

Paolo Mejia Opens New North Beach Art Gallery

This month artist and art gallery owner Paolo Mejia will re-open his namesake gallery on Grant Street, after operating it for two years in Hunters Point.  Mejia first launched his gallery in 2013, and has already represented 20 fine Bay Area artists. When asked if there was a common theme amongst the artists he works… Keep Reading

San Francisco School Board Backs Away from Contract with Anti-Israel Group

A resolution by the San Francisco Board of Education to work with an Arab and a Vietnamese group to help develop new language programs sparked a two-month controversy that was resolved, at least temporarily, over the summer. The Board decision to encourage the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to work with the Arab Resource… Keep Reading

September 1st – Writing: Radar Reading Series at SF Library The RADAR Reading Series is a periodic event that features independent and underground writers, emerging voices and bona fide superstars. Local author Michelle Tea (Valencia, Sister Spit tour) hosts this showcase of underground heroes. Each RADAR Reading consists of four dynamic performers, followed by a… Keep Reading

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