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Crane Cove Park Going to the Dogs


Opened in October 2020, Crane Cove Park – located at 18th and Illinois streets – has quickly become a beloved neighborhood asset. But community members are concerned that the seven-acre regional park is being maltreated, with poor landscape maintenance and a lack of enforcement to keep dogs leashed.  “The Port thinks this park is their… Keep Reading

PG&E Disrupts Streets as Part of Distribution Expansion Project

Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s undergrounding of two miles of new distribution lines in Potrero Hill has prompted concerns from residents about short-term parking shortages while the work is being done, a lack of construction competency, implications of the costly investment to future utility rates and a lack of transparency.   Hill residents are also… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Districts

Sad to say, we’ve drifted into a world in which this editor of a half-century old neighborhood newspaper feels a twinge of fear when contemplating writing about redistricting municipal supervisorial districts. To characterize the debate over how best to right size district lines in the face of population changes as “heated” would be akin to… Keep Reading

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Haney Wins  District 6 Supervisor Matt Haney won last month’s special election for the District 17 State Assembly, trouncing David Campos, 63 percent to 27 percent, with fewer than 62,000 voters.  Mayor London Breed will name a successor to fill Haney’s seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors until an election is held in… Keep Reading

Dogpatch, Potrero Hill to Stay in District 10

After weeks of heated debate and threats of lawsuits the nine-member San Francisco Redistricting Task Force adopted a final draft map for supervisorial districts last month. Under the plan Bayview, Dogpatch and Potrero Hill will remain in District 10. The Tenderloin, formerly in District 6, will shift to District 5, alongside the Haight. Mission Bay… Keep Reading

Muni Pursues New Bus Routes and Bike Lanes

As the pandemic hopefully wanes, Muni lines have been restored, altered, and temporarily or permanently abandoned.  The 55 Dogpatch began service last January, replacing the 22 Fillmore, which’d shifted the eastern portion of its route as part of the 16th Street Improvement Project. More than 1,000 community members expressed opinions about their preferred route for… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: May 2022

Now through 5/13 FridayArt: Dennis Leon and the Art of Instruction This exhibit portrays Leon as a gifted artist and extraordinary teacher, displaying his recent work and that of 11 artists he taught during his 16 years as a California College of the Arts faculty member and Sculpture Department chair. Wednesday to Friday 11 a.m. to… Keep Reading

Legislation Stalls Amazon Warehouse

Amazon has paused development of a proposed 5.8-acre parcel delivery facility at 900 Seventh Street in response to municipal legislation passed earlier this year. The location is the site of a former waste maintenance facility, now empty, which Recology sold to Amazon in 2020.  The land use law, authored by District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton,… Keep Reading

District 10 Residents Want to keep Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, and Bayview Together

As the April 15 deadline for redistricting supervisorial districts approaches, many District 10 residents are adamant that Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, and Bayview should remain together. To separate them would be counter to historical ties between the communities, demographic patterns, and interests advocates insist. Yet, one proposed map, released last month, puts areas west of Kansas… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Reparations

In Mendocino County, 523 acres of rugged forest is studded with the ghostlike stumps of ancient redwoods harvested during a logging boom that eliminated 90 percent of the species on the West Coast. But about 200 acres were spared the saw, still dense with old-growth redwoods. The land was the hunting, fishing and ceremonial grounds… Keep Reading

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Esprit Park Late last year the Eastern Neighborhoods Citizens Advisory Committee (ENCAC) approved $800,000 for Esprit Park improvements, which’ll be used to pay for material and labor cost increases largely related to the COVID-19 pandemic. “It really isn’t a case of one particular item. It’s that everything costs more across the board right now. We… Keep Reading

Potrero Annex-Terrace Residents Concerned about Air Quality


Potrero Annex-Terrace residents are concerned about periodic instances of high asbestos levels in the air caused by construction at 1801 25th Street and an associated lack of immediate notifications from Bridge Housing and the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA).   Annex-Terrace is being slowly redeveloped under Potrero HOPE, launched in 2017. In 2021 the project… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: April 2022

Now through 4/30 SaturdayArt: TEXERETEXERE: The Shape of Loss Is a Tapestry, by Indira Allegra, is a living, interactive memorial to loss. A garden of hanging tapestries acts as a canvas for writing and images projected in the gallery space. The tapestries are updated in real time from TEXERE, a collaborative web platform developed in partnership… Keep Reading

“Black Magic” at San Francisco Arts Commission

In 2010, Ron Moultrie Saunders and William Rhodes co-founded the San Francisco-based 3.9 Art Collective to help make Black artists and arts professionals in San Francisco visible to one another and the public. The collective began with five members, growing to about 20 in 2017. Now, they’re down to four, with Saunders the only remaining… Keep Reading

Demand High, Prices Flat, for Dogpatch, Potrero Hill Real Estate

San Franciscans are accustomed to ever-higher real estate prices and scant amounts of housing offered for sale. Two years into the pandemic cum endemic, sellers’ motivations, buyers’ demands, and open house experiences continue to evolve. Between 2020 and 2021, the City’s population dropped by roughly 1.8 percent, 15,435 people, according to California Department of Finance… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, We’re writing to correct inaccurate comments made by Alison Heath in her January editorial, “Hidden Hazards at 300 De Haro Street.” It’s disappointing that Ms. Heath chose to misrepresent the facts as part of her ongoing efforts aimed at this project and others to stop construction of new housing in the neighborhood. DM Development… Keep Reading

Steady Stream of Californians Decamp to Biggest (Not so Little) City

According to Jim Cunha, who was born, raised, educated, and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for most of his 72 years, he and his wife, Maureen, didn’t leave California; California left them. Despite the presence of multiple siblings, children, and grandchildren the Cunhas found it difficult to downsize from their home in Orinda… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Death

I had a vision, or perhaps it was a dream, of my death.  I was sitting by myself on a Northern California cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  The place was vaguely familiar, reminiscent of the Marin Headlands.  I’d scrambled down a steep slope to settle onto a flat perch with a view of forever. Time… Keep Reading

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Drum Licks Last month, Arkansas Street resident Dawn Richardson launched a music education platform, Online Drum Lessons, featuring two courses: Drumming Basics and Beginner to Band. The fundamentals class features such tips as what sticks to start with, drum kit parts, grip and positioning, basic strokes and notation. Beginner to Band is a comprehensive guide… Keep Reading

California College of Arts Strike Ends after Four Days Without Resolution

California College of the Arts’ unionized staff ended a four-day strike in February without an agreement with the school’s administration. The walkout was never intended to be indefinite, said Jennie Smith-Camejo, a spokeswoman with the Service Employees International Union Local Number 1021. The strike began February 8 and ended on February 11, with daily picket… Keep Reading

San Francisco School Board Members Recalled

Last month San Francisco voters recalled three of the seven-member San Francisco School Board:  Alison Collins, Gabriela López – who had served as board president – and Faauuga Moliga. Collins was withdrawn by 79 percent of voters, López 75 percent, and Moliga 72 percent. Just 26 percent of those eligible cast a ballot, a fraction… Keep Reading

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