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Public Utility Work Scheduled for Illinois Street

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission plans to begin construction on the “Bay Corridor Transmission and Distribution” project early next year. The work will involve a stretch of Illinois Street, from 23rd to 16th streets, as well as smaller portions of Terry A. Francois Boulevard, 22nd, 20th and Mariposa streets. It’s expected to take a… Keep Reading

Education Startup Launches from Neighborhood House

The Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, often called “the Nabe”, had some vacant space at its 953 De Haro Street location. According to Edward Hatter, executive director, a youth substance abuse counseling program that’d been operating from the building shutdown three years ago due to lack of client enrollment, leaving several rooms underutilized. About a year… Keep Reading

Feminist Group Flourishes on the Hill


As its name suggests, the feminist group/women’s circle, Seismic Sisters, wants to make a rumble. Started on Potrero Hill in 2012 by Kim Christensen, the group meets monthly or so to socialize, support one another, and engage in political activism. It consists of Christensen’s friends, as well as friends of her friends. Despite spreading solely… Keep Reading

UCSF Helipad Hardly Causes a Stir

The helicopter flight path to the University of California, San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus was altered this past summer due to construction activity at the Chase Center, the site of the Golden State Warriors’ new home. However, after a decade of community debate about noise and potential crashes leading up to the helipad opening along… Keep Reading

Cobblestones Unearthed on Vermont Street


When Vermont Street resident, Louis Epstein, was a child in the early 1940s, he lived in the Mission, on Peters Avenue.  He remembers the commonplace sight of cobblestones lining the middle of San Francisco’s many hilly streets. Cobblestones were frequently used as paving material before the dominance of automobiles. They provided more traction to horse-drawn… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Artist Lights Up Salesforce Tower


Jim Campbell, a contemporary artist who specializes in works featuring LED lights, has been a De Haro Street resident since 1987. Originally from Illinois, Campbell moved to California in the 1970s, and pursued an engineering career in Silicon Valley for 25 years. According to Campbell, his artistic career emerged during those years, but had its… Keep Reading

New Paintings on Display at Christopher’s Books


If you walk by quickly you might not notice anything different about Christopher’s Books. It’s still a gem of a neighborhood bookstore, that’s graced the 18th and Missouri streets corner for more than 25 years. Stop and look closely, however, and you’ll see two new paintings in the windows. After thinking for a long time… Keep Reading

Dogpatch Neighborhood Association Elects Board

In October, an uncontested slate of five candidates was unanimously approved by Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) members to serve on the group’s board of directors. Bruce Kin Huie, an account director at the marketing firm, Pedowitz Group, will serve his second two-year term as president. He’ll be joined by fellow returning incumbents Jared Doumani, DNA’s… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: November 2017

November 2 – Community:  Annual Festival of Altars Día de los Muertos is a traditional Meso-American holiday dedicated to ancestors, honoring death and the cycle of life. In Mexico, neighbors gather in cemeteries to share food, music, and fun with their extended community, living and departed. The celebration acknowledges that we have a relationship with… Keep Reading

Felt Film Feels Timely

Federal Bureau of Investigation inquires, election scandals, Presidential corruption.  Sound familiar? Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the Whitehouse, helps viewers relive a moment in history that today seems almost quant compared to current political shenanigans. Mark Felt is better recognized as the FBI whistleblower, “Deep Throat,” responsible for exposing what became known as… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

New Future Kansas Street resident Keith Goldstein predicts that Anchor Brewery’s new owner, Sapporo, will develop the facility into condominiums by 2030.  And rumor has it that the now Sapporo employees were asked to sign new job agreements with language stating that they can be fired at any time, for any reason…Potrero Democratic Club president… Keep Reading

Proposed Medical Cannabis Nursery in Dogpatch Blocked

Last summer, Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) member, Constans Channon, and Friends of Potrero Hill (FOPH), an organization located at 1060a Tennessee Street, formally requested that the City’s Board of Appeals (BoA) halt development of a proposed medical cannabis nursery, to be sited at 1025 Tennessee Street, currently a one story, 9,550 square foot warehouse. As… Keep Reading

Marijuana Use Risky for Young People

As the public perception of marijuana’s risks softens, a primary question complicating the drug’s newly destigmatized status is its effect on young people, especially in terms of brain development. Marijuana accounts for 90 percent of illicit drug use among American teenagers, according to the 2017 book Is Marijuana Harmful?, written by Bradley Steffens for the… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Statues

The following three dialogues imagine the conversations sparked when newlyweds arrive for the first time at one of the spouses’ ancestral homes, to which the couple will be moving, with a fourth centering on an exchange amongst nannies.  Readers are encouraged to create their own scenes, mixing and matching the various scenarios and characters into… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, Steven Moss really missed the boat on his trip to the land of my ancestors (“Publisher’s View: Fringe,” September). First, Edinburgh is a beautiful city. The blackened spires of the ancient towers are vestiges of a coal burning past, and make it feel haunted and unique. I visited a few years ago and had… Keep Reading

Questions and Hopes Abound in Medical Marijuana Community

In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215 to “ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where that medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person’s health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment… Keep Reading

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

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