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Community Calendar: September 2017

9/1 through 9/29 – Family: New Parents Group Meet parents of up to one-year-olds, and learn about San Francisco’s baby-friendly assets.  Enjoy a monthly expert talk or guest speaker. Snacks provided. Free; suggested donation $15.  Every Friday, noon to 1 p.m. Recess, 470 Carolina Street. Please reserve your spot in advance: 9/2, 9/9, 9/16 – Film: … Keep Reading

A Day in Dogpatch and Environs: September 2017

Parker Café, at 1399 18th Street, opened only a couple months ago, but already feels like it was supposed to be in the community all along. Its unassumingly trendy, modestly upscale atmosphere matches that of neighboring eateries, with which it shares sufficient similarities to fit in, but not so many as to make itself redundant.… Keep Reading

Obituary: Marie Aliena Goldman

Marie Aliena Goldman March 29, 2011 – July 22, 2017 Marie Aliena Goldman passed away on July 22, 2017, unable to overcome the injuries she sustained in an accident in Sonoma, California. She was six years old. Marie was a daughter, sister, granddaughter, caring friend, artist, lover of food, fashionista, generous soul, flamenco dancer, Italian… Keep Reading

Twenty-Two Annex-Terrace Households at Risk of Losing Hill Homes


After some delays, the foundation is being laid at Project X, the next step in redevelopment of the Potrero Annex and Terrace housing complexes. Simultaneously, designs have been unveiled for the next stage of the massive renovation, giving a new glimpse into how Potrero Hill’s southeastern slope will ultimately be transformed. Over the next 10… Keep Reading

Anxiety Epidemic Envelopes San Francisco Girls


For the past three years, Dr. Andrea Zorbas has worked at the San Francisco Stress and Anxiety Center located South-of-Market, providing psychological counseling for adults. According to Zorbas, her clients, who often come with “career-related” worries, “all have an undergraduate degree, and most have a postgraduate degree,” and largely work in the tech industry. Before… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Hypocrite

“You’re a hypocrite!” my eight-year-old daughter, Sara, would shout, during arguments over how much television she could watch or when she should go to bed.  It was the worst epitaph she could deploy, closely followed by “no fair!”  In the black and white world of childhood, acting in ways that contradict what one says they… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Resident Shot Last month, Potrero Hill resident, Jesus Sandoval, headed to the Mission for a night out, according to Rebecca Muzquiz, a friend who spoke with him at her aunt’s house, where Sandoval had been living.  “I remember Jesse asking me for hair gel before he went out,” she said, adding that he generally wore… Keep Reading

Op-Ed: Sharing is Caring

What I did on Saturday June 10th wasn’t how I ordinarily spent the weekend.  My family – mom, dad and I – assembled and delivered 10 care packages to 10 homeless people. They were all grateful in one way or another.  The last visit was especially interesting. The care packages contained apple chips, beef jerky,… Keep Reading

Op-Ed: Golden State Warriors Should Have Shown Oakland More Respect

Golden State Warriors fans can claim bragging rights as supporting the “best team in the United States” for another year, after the squad’s takedown of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2017 National Basketball Association title. But San Franciscans who support the team’s move to the City should consider what it’ll do to their neighbor, Oakland,… Keep Reading

A Day in Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, and Environs – August 2017

At about 8:15 a.m., I’d just begun to trudge home after dropping off my car for a windshield replacement on Bayshore Boulevard when I spotted Martita’s Kitchen – a small, slightly hidden Mexican restaurant amid the otherwise inhospitable landscape of automotive repair just south of Potrero Hill – and knew instantly that a breakfast burrito… Keep Reading

Good Life Grocery Grapples with Bottle Bill Fines


As reported, in a series of View articles in 2015 and 2016, The Good Life Grocery store on 20th Street has been fined for violating the State’s “Bottle Bill,” the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, or CalRecycle, passed in 1986. Kayren Hudiburgh, co-owner of both the retailer’s 20th Street and Bernal Heights… Keep Reading

San Francisco’s Homeless Population Slightly Declines Since 2015

Earlier this summer, the City and County of San Francisco published the results of its point-in-time census and survey of homeless people.  The “PIT count,” a comprehensive tally of sheltered and unsheltered homeless, is conducted every two years.  The canvass found that homelessness slightly decreased since 2015, bucking a regional trend in which homelessness has… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – August 2017

Now through 8/31 – Art: Sofia Carmi Mystical colors. Paintings in Oil. Opening event August 3, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Suggested donation. Alliance Française de San Francisco, 1345 Bush Street. For more information and to register: Now through 9/24 – Art: Portals Connecting San Francisco to the World Since its 2014 launch, Portals have connected more… Keep Reading

Pinball Exhibit Scores at Chabot Space and Science Center

How long does it take to save Paris from invading Martians? About five minutes, on Pacific Pinball Museum’s classic Revenge From Mars pinball game. With art, science, and innovation in mind, Chabot Space and Science Center’s pinball exhibit – which runs until September 24 – features Revenge along with 35 other fully functional pinball machines… Keep Reading

Back to School Preparation Well Underway

Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs), principals, teachers, nonprofit directors, and parents began planning for the upcoming academic year even before the 2016-2017 school year ended.  “Our PTA worked closely with staff to develop and vote on priorities for fall in mid-May,” said Kopal Goonetileke, Daniel Webster Elementary School’s PTA president. “We plan the semester before, so right… Keep Reading

Kids Want Serials When it Comes to Books

Ben Lopez, who works at Christopher’s Books on 18th Street, has noticed that when it comes to book buying customers, “Kids seem to know what they like. Adults ask for help more.”  These days, it’s serials that dominate at the cash register. “Like Harry Potter, they want something that is expansive and something they can… Keep Reading

The Guitarist in the Doorway

The guitarist liked to play in different spots throughout the neighborhood. In recent weeks, he’d setup in the doorway of an abandoned building that used to be a hair salon. The Vietnamese woman who ran the business packed up and moved not too long ago, as did the other nearby shop owners, when an out-of-town… Keep Reading


William Sachs Goldman February 10, 1979 to July 13, 2017 William (Bill) Sachs Goldman, 38, died last month when his private airplane crashed in Sonoma County.  The son of Susan Sachs Goldman and the late Richard Walter Goldman, Bill was born and raised in Washington D.C., where he attended the Sidwell Friends School. He earned… Keep Reading

New Parking Fees Imposed on Bakar Fitness Members


Beginning this month, premier members of the Bakar Fitness and Recreation Center, located at the University of California, San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus, will have to pay for the privilege of parking near the facility.  When the Center opened in 2005, three hours of free on-campus parking was included with premier membership.  These members now… Keep Reading

Lawsuit Filed Against San Francisco State for Fostering Anti-Semitism


Last spring, a Tel Aviv University study of anti-Semitism in 40 countries found that violent anti-Semitic attacks declined in the past few years, while non-violent incidents, such as vandalism and hate speech, increased.  The United Kingdom experienced an 11 percent jump in non-violent events between 2015 and 2016; American college campuses were identified as a… Keep Reading

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