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Rec and Park Unconcerned About Project’s Shadowing of Potrero Del Sol Park

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Last month, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission voted four to one that the shadow from a proposed residential complex wouldn’t significantly impact Potrero Del Sol Park, formerly known as La Raza Park, which abuts the development site. Commissioners Mark Buell, president, and Kat Anderson, vice president, weren’t present. The single “nay” vote came… Keep Reading

District 10 Sales Tax Revenues Rebound

District 10 generated $14.53 million in sales tax revenue last year, the third highest district haul, and more than the $14 million collected before the start of the pandemic.  District 6, which includes Mission Bay, the Oracle Arena, and South-of-Market produced $17.09 million, compared to $28.3 million in 2019.  District 3 – North Beach, Chinatown,… Keep Reading

Adam Challenges Walton for District 10 Supe Seat

On November 8 District 10 residents will have a choice between returning incumbent and Board president Shamann Walton to the Board of Supervisors or selecting newcomer Brian Adam. The winner will serve a four-year term starting January 2023. Walton is the clear favorite, having secured endorsements from U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Governor… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Revitalization

Dogpatch, Mission Bay, and Potrero Hill know about being knocked down, pushed to the ground, staying there for years before climbing back up, head held high. For the last third of the 20th Century, as the industrial age and wartime winds that created portside prosperity faded, these neighborhoods, economically dependent on the waterfront, suffered high… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor, September 2022

Editor, As a former, 16 year, De Haro Street resident, I like to keep up on Potrero Hill news and enjoyed reading your story about the City discouraging the use of natural gas (“San Francisco Wants to Make Cooking with Gas a Thing of the Past,” August). When moving to Montana, I designed a highly… Keep Reading

Kash is King

During the height of the pandemic, just when his restaurant business was reaching its peak, Kash Feng slashed his staff from 500 to five. Feng operates The Omakase restaurant group, with seven Bay Area restaurants, including Live Sushi and Breakfast at Tiffany’s in Potrero Hill.  In 1999, at 18, Feng joined a group of friends… Keep Reading

Dogpatch Remains a Center for Textile Companies

Dogpatch has a long history as a textile center. Esprit – formerly Esprit des Corp – launched in the late-1970s, located its headquarters on the 900 block of Minnesota for the ensuing 30 years.  The company pioneered a building approach that evolved into the dominate style in the neighborhood, consisting of luxury warehouse-converted structures that… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: September 2022

Now through 11/1History: Black Excellence, Black InventionHave you ever wondered whom to thank for the common inventions that make our lives easier? For centuries, the inventions of Black/African Americans have gone unrecognized: dry cleaning, the lawn mower, and the potato chip! For decades, Rev. Dr. Carolyn Ransom-Scott has chased the stories of Black inventors in… Keep Reading

LUMA Becomes Mission Bay’s First Hotel

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In June, LUMA Hotel opened at 100 Channel Street, marking the arrival of Mission Bay’s first hotel. Although early placards had announced development of Marriot-owned lodging, that chain was never part of actual plans. The guesthouse is LUMA’s west coast outpost; the brand also has a hotel located in Manhattan’s Times Square. “LUMA is the… Keep Reading

Drought Putting Pressure on Produce Prices

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“Corn and zucchini have been okay but most other produce has gone up in price,” said José Escobar, The Good Life Grocery’s produce buyer. “I’ve noticed prices have gone up about 20 to 30 percent on certain items.”  The last three years have been the driest recorded in California history. A Nature Climate Change study… Keep Reading

San Francisco Wants to Make Cooking with Gas a Thing of the Past

The City and County of San Francisco is part of a growing number of local governments that’ve adopted policies to restrict the use of natural gas. As of last year, all new buildings in the City have to be fully electric, with use of gas effectively banned.  Sixty local governments in California have approved similar laws.… Keep Reading

Mission Bay Building Owners Sue as Pipes Break Due to Subsidence

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The Radiance, a 99-unit condominium building with entrances at 330 Mission Bay Boulevard and 325 China Basin Street, is suing the City for damages caused by subsidence, or sinking. The Radiance Owners Association (ROA) represents the interests of individual condominium owners and oversees common areas, such as sidewalks. Subsidence has been causing problems for years… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Wildlands

California is blessed with an abundance of open spaces, protected in different fashion by a quilt of public and private entities.  The federal government controls roughly half of all Golden State lands, under the jurisdiction of the U.S Forest, National Park, and Fish and Wildlife services, among other agencies.  About three percent is owned by… Keep Reading

Short Cuts: August 2022

Art Gift Venture capitalist David Hornik and philanthropist Pamela Hornik donated $1 million to the new Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco last month. The gift places the couple in the top tier of founding donors to the institution, along with Minnesota Street Project Foundation founders Andy Rappaport and Deborah Rappaport, and Instagram co-founder Mike Krieger… Keep Reading

Mission Bay Elementary School on Track for 2025 Opening

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Earlier this summer the San Francisco Board of Education (SFBoE) unanimously approved construction of a prekindergarten through fifth grade school and Linked Learning Hub to be located on Mission Bay South Block 14. The Hub will serve as a professional learning center for teachers and staff, as well as a place to connect high school… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor, August 2022

Dear Friends and Neighbors, I’m writing to let you know that I’ve moved to Vermont to be with family. Thank you for your many kindnesses over the near 50 years I lived on Potrero Hill.  This wonderful community has supported me in many ways throughout my life as a businesswoman with a flower shop on… Keep Reading

SOMA Animal Hospital Welcomes Pet Patients

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Earlier this year SOMA Animal Hospital opened at the corner of Fourth and Channel streets in a space originally scoped to be a restaurant. The primary care facility is bright and airy, with five exam rooms, an operating theater, surgery suite, imaging room, treatment areas and pharmacy. It houses different wards for dogs, cats, and… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: August 2022

Online8/2 TuesdayCareer: How to Ace Your Interview and Get the JoAvoid common mistakes and prepare for a successful interview. Presented by Lynn Winter Gross, MA, Jewish Vocational Services Career Advisor, former advisor to the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce and Media Consultant for California Community colleges. 10 to 11 a.m. Free. Presented by San Francisco Public… Keep Reading

Long Bridge Superhighway of Yesteryear

San Francisco has long found creative ways to solve complex ways, including, in the 19th Century, development of the Long Bridge. “A lot of locals have never heard of it, but it was an architectural wonder that solved a huge problem the City faced in the 1850s and 1860s,” said Linda Day, an Osher Lifelong… Keep Reading

Officer-Involved Shooting at Owens and Mariposa Streets

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On May 19th, shots rang out under the Interstate-280 overpass at Mariposa and Owens streets. An altercation between two unhoused men turned into a roughly nine-minute struggle involving multiple knives that ultimately left both dead from lethal rounds discharged by the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD). SFPD provided a detailed breakdown of the officer-involved shooting… Keep Reading

Potrero Gateway Park Coming Soon

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The right-of-way located between San Bruno Avenue, 17th Street and Vermont Street sits atop ancient serpentine bedrock, composed of California’s rare state rock, serpentinite. Homes that once occupied the area were removed in the 1950s to make way for Highway 101. The largely derelict space is soon to emerge as Potrero Gateway Park, part of… Keep Reading

The Ramp Restaurant Looking for a Safe Harbor

The waterfront dive bar and restaurant, The Ramp, and accompanying boatyard, San Francisco Boatworks, continue to roll on rocky waves with a month-to-month lease. Located on Terry A. Francois Boulevard, the 100,000-square-foot property is the City’s only working boatyard, which makes it crucial for the roughly 500 fishing, police, fire, recreational sailing, and cruising boats… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Election Results Much ink has been bled interpreting Chesa Boudin’s recall by 55 percent of San Francisco voters. Most believe that Boudin was a sacrificial lamb for pitchfork-carrying residents looking for something, or someone, to burn. But why were we so mad? The City’s crime rate is low by historical standards; the population of those… Keep Reading

The Shirt

“Bye, J.C.,” I said, reaching up to hug the big man. “It was great to see you.” We disentangled and gave each other finalfist bumps. I watched as he rolled his suitcase to the waiting taxi, got in, and waved. As the cab floated away from the curb I turned to go back into the… Keep Reading

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