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Mochica on the Hill

Carlos Altamirano’s Peruvian food concept has grown so quickly he has to stop and think before he’s able to list all his establishments. The owner of Mochica, on the corner of Connecticut and 18th streets, opened a new restaurant in Emeryville in April, and has another slated this summer in Lafayette. Counting Piqueos in Bernal… Keep Reading

Why I Choose to Raise My Family in San Francisco

My husband, Joseph, and I moved to San Francisco from the East Coast to pursue our careers and find warmer weather. When we were finally in a position to consider establishing roots here, we were thrilled to be house hunting, but also nervous about this big investment. We considered many factors in deciding where to… Keep Reading

Jackson Playground to Expand

Jackson Playground, a 4.41-acre public park managed by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department that features sports fields, basketball and tennis courts, first opened in 1912. Bounded by Carolina, 17th, Arkansas and Mariposa streets, the space is located across from Live Oak School.  Several recently or soon to be completed residential buildings – including… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – July 2017

Now through 9/7 – Art: Volupté Bringing together sculpture, painting and drawing, Volupté highlights a series of works by San Francisco-based artists Vanesa Gingold and Mary Button Durrell that explore the natural genesis of material and form through light, translucency, surface texture, and structure. Thursdays 5 to 7 p.m. and by appointment. Space 151, 151 Potrero Avenue,… Keep Reading

Museum of Craft and Design Showcases Pavilions

For six months, the Museum of Craft and Design will be transformed into “an immersive architectural environment” as part of Architectural Pavilions. The exhibition will be among the Museum’s longest, focusing on the importance of design, in an attempt to appeal to the Bay Area’s robust architectural community. London-based guest curator Mariah Nielson, who grew… Keep Reading

New Mission Bay Public School to be Launched Within Five Years

Last spring, the seven San Francisco Unified School Board members unanimously approved a resolution to direct newly appointed San Francisco Unified School District superintendent Vincent Matthew to begin planning a school in Mission Bay.  The institution –  kindergarten through fifth, sixth, or eighth grades – is expected to be completed by 2023.  A 2.2-acre lot… Keep Reading

Gold, Chapter Twenty-Three

“Tell me again why we’re going to this thing,” said Nash, as he buttoned the blue collared shirt he saved for special occasions.  He looked down at his chest.  “Ah, shoot, there’s a stain on this.” “Don’t worry about it,” said Justin.  “Your sports coat will cover it up.  Anyways, I told you, I kind… Keep Reading

Dogpatch Parking Pilot Slow to Get Off the Ground


It’s been more than a year since the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) proposed a pilot in Dogpatch to test interventions that might make parking in the neighborhood easier. The agency has held regular meetings with residents, but consensus has yet to be reached on what approach to take. “Not a whole lot has… Keep Reading

Summer Time Means Work for San Francisco Teenagers


The City and County of San Francisco is home to roughly 42,000 teenagers. This summer, as in season’s past, many of City’s young people are in the hunt for employment for their first time. Nationwide, the unemployment rate for people aged 16 to 19 is 13.7 percent, compared to 4.5 percent for the general population,… Keep Reading

Aperto Closes in the Face of Multiple Challenges


Aperto, until April 30 located at 1434 18th Street, went out of business last month after 35 years of serving locally-sourced food for brunch, lunch and dinner. Jesse James opened the restaurant 1992.  In 2002, he sold it to Chris Shepherd, who served as chef when the business launched. “My heart and soul has always… Keep Reading

Noah’s Ark

One of the most famous stories in the Bible occurs in Genesis, in a passage commonly known as “Noah’s Ark.”  In it, God, enraged over human behavior, decides to wipe out everything, in an extinction-by-flood event.  Somehow, in the midst of the deity’s hairy-eyed examination of all things wicked, Noah gets the Lord’s attention, and… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Elect! The race to succeed Fiona Ma on the state’s troubled tax board got easier for District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, after former assemblyman Rich Gordon dropped out last month.  Gordon was troubled by a damning Department of Finance audit that led Governor Jerry Brown to call for an investigation of the board.  The audit,… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, I read with interest “Large Mixed-Use Project Delayed by Litigation,” in last month’s View, which I found to be unbalanced and another example of advertisements for the “development at any cost” mentality that seems to have taken over San Francisco. Need a new stadium? Oh, it’s okay to build it right across from a… Keep Reading

OP-ED: Pier 70 Will Contribute to the Community

In the more than 20 years I’ve lived and worked in Dogpatch I’ve seen a lot of housing, transportation and demographic changes. Through it alls the neighborhood has had a proud, firm, and correct grip on its historic, industrial and creative character. More change will occur as a result of development at Pier 70.  But… Keep Reading

Residents Advocate for New Dogpatch Center for Arts and Culture

In an effort to increase arts and community-related offerings in Dogpatch, a group of residents are working to create the Dogpatch Center for Arts and Culture, or “D Center.” Last month, the D Center held a tea tasting during the Dogpatch Block Party and offered an all-ages flowers and books workshop at the Potrero Hill… Keep Reading

Armistead Maupin Featured at Queer Film Festival

Frameline 41, the world’s longest-running and largest showcase of queer cinema, opens on June 15 with the West Coast premiere of The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin. Maupin described the charms and eccentricities of San Francisco’s denizens in his internationally acclaimed series Tales of the City.  In this documentary – written and directed by Jennifer… Keep Reading

City Adds Shelter Beds

District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronan is pushing to open a 100-plus bed Navigation Center near the corner of South Van Ness Avenue and Cesar Chavez Street this month. At two public meetings to discuss the facility, Mission District residents expressed concerns that it’d attract more homeless people to the neighborhood, that the community already had… Keep Reading

Board of Regents Approves UCSF Center in Dogpatch

Last month, the University of California Board of Regents Finance and Capital Strategies Committee unanimously approved UC San Francisco’s proposed Child, Teen and Family Center, to be located at 2130 Third Street.  The decision followed an endorsement by the Board of Regents Health Services Committee in April. The Board of Regents approval encompassed certification of… Keep Reading

What’s in a Name: Potrero Hill’s Parks and Schools

Enola D. Maxwell, which used to be the name of a middle school campus, continues as the moniker of the 655 De Haro Street San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) facility. The site most recently was home to a comprehensive high school, International Studies Academy, which closed in 2016 due to low enrollment. SFUSD now… Keep Reading

Six Generations Make Potrero Hill Home

It’s rare for a single family line to reside in the same home for more than century. It’s even more unusual for such continual occupancy to occur in the City and County of San Francisco, which was founded less than 300 years ago. Yet members of the Gallagher-McCarthy-Bray family have resided at 567-569 Mississippi Street… Keep Reading

Pier 70 Shipyard Closes

After 150 years of continuous operation, the shipyard at Pier 70 shut down last month. The closure came less than a year after BAE Systems transferred the repair facility to Puglia Engineering. Roughly 250 workers were laid off. The Port is looking for a new operator. Keep Reading

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