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BAE Systems Operates Largest West Coast Dry Dock at Pier 70

Founded in 1999, BAE Systems is a global defense, aerospace and security solutions company, headquartered in London, operating in more than 40 countries and employing about 83,400 people. It’s one of the world’s largest defense contractors in terms of revenue, much of which comes from sales of products and services to militaries. In addition to… Keep Reading

Potrero Power Plant Site to be Developed by New Owners

The 21-acre Potrero Power Plant site is slated to be developed into housing, retail, and open space. The power plant, once one of the dirtiest in California, was shuttered in 2011 after more than a decade of advocacy by nonprofit San Francisco Community Power, among others.  After it was closed the power plant site was… Keep Reading

Christopher’s Books celebrates 25th anniversary

Last September, Christopher’s Books, a Potrero Hill fixture at 1400 18th Street, marked its 25th anniversary with more than 50 guests, a taco truck, live music, bubbles, wine, and cookies.  According to owner Tee Minot, who purchased the store from founder and store namesake Christopher Ellison in 1994, “Christopher’s Books is kind of an oasis… Keep Reading

Betty Packard Simplifies the Ballot, and Much More

In response to a question from a St. Louis newspaper editor about what drove her, Betty Packard recalled studying French in college, realizing that only two letters separated the word ‘mushroom’ – champignon – and ‘champion’ – champion – and deciding that “I’d much rather be a champion than a mushroom.”  Over the years Packard,… Keep Reading

Crime, Arrest and Conviction Trends Shift; Causes Remain Elusive

California Department of Justice data suggests a dramatic decline in felony arrests in San Francisco. In 2008, there were 18,282 felony arrests compared to 8,753 in 2011, and 7,709 in 2014. For violent felonies, 3,904 arrests were made in 2008, with 1,871 in 2014. Arrests for felony property crimes have also dropped, with 3,165 made… Keep Reading

Book Review: Altamont by Joel Selvin

Nearly half a century has passed since the 1969 disaster that was California’s riotous Altamont Speedway Free Festival, the bizarro-world Woodstock that claimed the lives of four of its attendees.  The racetrack where five of the world’s most notable rock bands played to an audience of delirious acid trippers and rowdy biker gangs now sits… Keep Reading

Community Calendar, November

11/5 MakeArt: Hand-Stamped Holiday Design and carve your own temporary or reusable rubber stamps, then use them to make your own cards, tags, and papers for sending or gifting. 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. $10 non-member child, $5 member child. Museum of Craft and Design, 2569 Third Street. For more information: http://sfmcd.org/event/mcd-makeart-hand-stamped-holiday/ or 415.773.0303. 11/8 ELECTION… Keep Reading

Carpet Chronicles VII

I had a Saturday mid-morning call at a dilapidated apartment complex off Highway 280 in the Excelsior.  I was met by a heavyset woman with a pleasant face and demeanor in her mid-60s.  She told me she was the building’s owner, and needed a carpet quote for one of four identical units, occupied by her… Keep Reading

Gold, Chapter Sixteen

“Why didn’t I know about this?” asked the Supervisor.  She was standing behind her desk in her City Hall office, looking down at a copy of The SF Lightning Bolt.  “If you want my help you’re supposed to keep me informed.”  She peered over half-glasses at John, whose body overflowed in the armchair facing the… Keep Reading

Enola Maxwell Likely to Continue as School Site

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The now-closed International Studies Academy at 655 DeHaro Street. Photo: MICHAEL IACUESSA

Low enrollment resulted in closure of Potrero Hill’s only comprehensive high school, International Studies Academy (ISA), which had been located at 655 De Haro Street, at the end of the last academic year. The campus had experienced declining registrations for several years. Once serving grades sixth through 12, a phase-out of middle school grades began… Keep Reading

Products Locked Up at Potrero Center Safeway, as City Battles Property Crime

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Products behind locked cases at the Potrero Center Safeway. Photo: JACOB BOURNE

Numerous items are caged behind glass doors at the Potrero Center Safeway, dissuading some would-be shoppers from patronizing the store. “My family has stopped shopping there,” commented J.R. Eppler, Potrero Boosters president. “Too many of the items, including infant formula, that we went specifically to Safeway for, are now behind lock and key.” Around 4… Keep Reading

City’s Budget Reaches Almost $10 Billion

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In fiscal year (FY) 2016, the City and County of San Francisco’s budget increased by $650 million, to $9.6 billion.  In FY 2017, expenditures will rise by another $135 million, to roughly $9.7 billion. The budget reflects approximately $35 million in San Francisco Board of Supervisor cuts from Mayor Edwin Lee’s proposed spending.  The Board… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Corovan Lawsuit Save The Hill and Grow Potrero Responsibly have filed a lawsuit challenging the environmental review conducted on the development of 395, primarily market rate, residential units on approximately 3.5 acres at 901 16th and 1200 17th streets. According to the community groups, the City improperly relied on an “outdated” 2008 environmental study from… Keep Reading

OP-ED: Municipal Transportation Agency has Failed San Francisco

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) plan for traffic was to make it disappear. That plan has failed miserably.  SFMTA doesn’t appear to have a Plan B, other than to ignore the public and blame us for their failure. It’s time for them to disappear. Since SFMTA laid the thermoplastic red carpet on Mission… Keep Reading

Letters

Editor, I’m writing as an old Potrero Hill resident to advise View readers of a serendipitous event.  A month ago, my car was burglarized, right in my own driveway.  Anything of value was stolen, including the prescription sunglasses I need for driving.  A week or so later, I received a phone call from a local… Keep Reading

Why I Choose to Raise My Family in San Francisco

Brett and Maggie on a walk to school. Photo COURTESY OF ERIN LOBACK

I work in the East Bay.  My coworkers who’ve fled over a bridge, through a tunnel, or down a freeway to raise their children frequently encourage me to move out of San Francisco.  The schools in the suburbs are better, they say. The City is so inconvenient, they allege.  There’s so little outdoor space, they… Keep Reading

View Election Recommendations

With 25 local measures, 17 state initiatives, and many, many candidates, voters need a decision framework, or guiding philosophy, to render thoughtful ballot decisions.  One approach is to group measures into like categories, and apply a consistent thought process throughout, deviating only when there’s compelling reasons to do so.  Here’s ours, limited to local measures… Keep Reading

Thirty Million Dollar Increase in Recreation and Park Budget

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD)’s fiscal year (FY) 2016 budget is approximately $208.8 million, a $30.1 million jump from FY 2015. According to Joey Kahn, RPD media relations and policy manager, the 14 percent expenditure rise reflects growth in operating costs. RPD’s budget includes more than $34.7 million in capital investments for playgrounds,… Keep Reading

Planning for Better Parks, Streets in Dogpatch and Central Waterfront

The San Francisco Planning Department wants suggestions on infrastructure improvements to make in Dogpatch and the Central Waterfront. The effort is part of the Central Waterfront/Dogpatch Public Realm Plan, launched last year, which is being conducted neighborhood by neighborhood. “A public realm plan is one phase of a much larger delivery arc,” explained City planner… Keep Reading

Dogpatch and Potrero Hill Green Business District Celebrates its First Year

With a slew of new residents and businesses settling into Dogpatch over the last few years, the neighborhood is steadily distancing itself from its reputation as primarily a home for production, distribution and repair industries.   Addition of the latest inhabitants has increased demand for safe and pleasant public spaces, and prompted the creation of the… Keep Reading

Dogpatch Neighborhood Association Votes to Support Navigation Center

Last month, the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) voted to endorse the siting of a Navigation Center at the end of 25th Street, just beyond the MUNI Metro East Maintenance Facility.  Two dozen DNA members voted in favor, six against, with three abstentions.  Before the vote several residents expressed concern about homeless behavior in the neighborhood,… Keep Reading

Improvements Planned for Warm Water Cove

Warm Water Cove, tucked away at the end of 24th Street, just south of the defunct Potrero Power Plant, used to serve as a sewage outlet, according to FoundSF. Now it’s getting a makeover, which may ultimately lead to more comprehensive cosmetic surgery. According to David Beaupre, San Francisco Port senior waterfront planner, his agency… Keep Reading

Circus Kid

Pickle Family Circus: Lorenzo Pisoni in the foreground, Larry Pisoni in background Photo: TERRY LORANT

“Comedy has to be based on truth. You take the truth, and you add a little curlicue at the end.” ~ Sid Caesar So begins Circus Kid, Lorenzo Pisoni’s poignant documentary about his dad, Larry, and the Pickle Family Circus. The film includes lots of “little curlicues,” and they’re not all at the end. The Pickle Family… Keep Reading

Fox and Lion Bread Company Grows Organically in Bayview

Xan DeVoss began working as a professional baker in 2011, relying on a small shared space with an oven, selling bread through a subscription service. The fledgling business increased production, vending loaves to local retailers like Cafe St Jorge on Mission Street, Cove in Lower Haight, and Folsom Street’s Rainbow Grocery Cooperative. Though DeVoss found… Keep Reading

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