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Potrero Annex-Terrace Residents Concerned About Break-Ins, Other Issues

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Potrero Annex-Terrace residents are concerned that Bridge Housing and the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) aren’t responding to problems plaguing the public housing complex. Among the identified issues are empty units being invaded by trespassers without City response; common areas of recently built Block X, a 70-unit apartment building located at 1101 Connecticut Street, that’re… Keep Reading

Progress Made with Esprit Park Redo Planning, with Lingering Concerns About Dogs

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The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department’s (RPD’s) renovation of 1.8-acre Esprit Park, located at 19th and Minnesota streets, includes controversial plans to create a partially fenced, partly artificially turfed, dog-friendly zone on the park’s north side. More popular modifications include installation of exercise stations, construction of protection platforms for large trees and planting of… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

10 Townsend At a December 2021 San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency meeting the #10 Townsend bus was tentatively approved to partially return this Spring. The revised route will run from San Francisco General Hospital to Sansome and Montgomery in the Financial District. Plans include relocating the Potrero Hill stop from 17th Street to 16th Street… Keep Reading

OP-ED: Hidden Hazards at 300 De Haro Street

Last year DM Development invoked Senate Bill (SB) 35 to request streamlined review of its 11-story, 450-unit project proposed at 300 De Haro Street. Last month it was quietly entitled by the Planning Department, with numerous planning code waivers, no health and safety review. There were no hearings and no opportunity for meaningful public input. … Keep Reading

Well-Educated Candidates Vie for Assembly Seat

Last fall, Mayor London Breed appointed then State Assemblymember David Chiu to be San Francisco City Attorney, filling the seat vacated by Dennis Herrera, who Breed selected to head the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, a position which’d been made available by the resignation of Harlan Kelly in the face of corruption allegations. The political… Keep Reading

La Scuola Sites New Campus in the Mission

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According to Head of School Valentina Imbeni, PhD., Italian-immersion La Scuola is delighted with its new campus in the Mission, but would’ve preferred to have stayed in Dogpatch, where its pre-kindergarten program is located.  Established in 2002, La Scuola is a co-educational day school with 300 preschool through eighth grade students split between two campuses:… Keep Reading

SFPUC Commissioner Sophie Maxwell Encourages More Activism

Former District 10 Supervisor, Sophie Maxwell, spends most mornings at Lake Merced, enjoying the scenic views and natural landscape that surrounds it. The lake, which now serves as an emergency water supply, was San Francisco’s main drinking water source until it was replaced by the Hetch-Hetchy reservoir in the Sierra Nevada almost a century ago.… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: January 2022

In-personNow through Tues 2/1Art: “Entwined” “Entwined,” an illuminated forest created by Charles Gadeken, is a whimsical wonderland where visitors can explore twisting paths, colorful trees to sit under, large flowering clusters amidst constantly changing vistas of light and magic. An audio system within some of the structures offer low-level ambient music. The installation is meant as an… Keep Reading

Obituraries

Chris PuccinelliAugust 15, 1948 – December 2, 2021 Chris Puccinelli was born August 15, 1948. She was a native San Franciscan and spent her entire life in the City. She died peacefully at home on December 2, 2021. She is survived by her wife Roz Brandstein; her sister Char Suda; her foster son Dennis McWilliams;… Keep Reading

Mission Bay’s Population Almost Doubled in Last Decade

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Mission Bay’s population almost doubled over the past decade. According to the 2020 U.S. Census, the neighborhood grew from 9,000 residents in 2010 to more than 17,400 two years ago.  What wasn’t long ago a marshy area with few built amenities has emerged as a mixed-income community with parks, open space, multiple dining opportunities, 6,060… Keep Reading

Dopatch Hub Denied by Port

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Dogpatch Hub faces an uncertain future after the San Francisco Port Commission rejected a proposal to site the hoped-for community center adjacent to Crane Cove Park at an October meeting.  In response to Commission request-for-proposals (RFP) to repurpose the historic Kneass building at 651 Illinois Street, Friends of Dogpatch Hub, a nonprofit whose seven-member committee… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Jackson Efforts to rename Jackson Playground are being resisted by longtime Potrero Hill residents who insist that it’s never been widely known that the appellation was taken from a U.S. President famous for killing Native Americans. Perhaps a way forward is simply to repurpose the designation. Musician Michael Jackson may not be a good pick,… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Shows Off Its Green Thumb

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A bit more than five percent of District 10, which includes Dogpatch and Potrero Hill, consists of green space, compared to 13 percent for San Francisco as a whole. Residents have steadily worked to remedy this deficit, successfully advocating for community gardens and green patches. These efforts created the Kansas Street Community Garden, Arkansas Friendship… Keep Reading

The Beautiful Struggle

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Beauty has a sordid history in art. Once held up as the most essential aesthetic principle, beauty has been championed, diminished, and had to fight for its value. An esthetic of pain has taken center stage in twentieth and twenty-first century art, emphasizing artists who express or parse personal struggle in their work, often correlating… Keep Reading

Living Large, the Musical, at the Potrero Stage Theater

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This month playwright/lyricist, Diane Sampson, and musician/cabaret performer, Lauren Mayer, will unveil what they accomplished during the pandemic. Living Large, their musical about the lives and loves of Marie Dressler, will debut on December 10 and 11 as a reading at the Potrero Stage Theater.  Though Bay Area artists Sampson and Mayer had admired each… Keep Reading

Books Inc.: A Truly American Tale

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If you’ve made your way past 1501 Vermont Street you might’ve noticed Books Inc.’s unassuming office and warehouse, with its caricature of a friendly mustachioed sun hovering above the loading docks. Don’t judge this book by its cover, though. Books Inc. distributes to its own Bay Area stores, hosts book signings by local authors and… Keep Reading

Life Sciences Complex Planned on Third Street

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San Francisco developers Ronaldo Cianciarulo and Workshop1 want to develop a roughly 603,286 square feet life science laboratory complex on 3100 to 3150 Third Street, a property owned by 3150 Third LLC and 3240 Mindful LLC. The site is the largest of three properties the team wants to cultivate as life science labs in Dogpatch… Keep Reading

Affordable Housing

“It costs the same to build an “affordable” house as it does a market rate one,” my friend, Chris Block, presently San Francisco’s Chronic Homelessness Initiative Director, told me almost two decades ago.  That’s still roundly true. Modest savings can be achieved by deploying different construction techniques, materials, and modular units, such as those manufactured… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: December 2021

Now through Sunday 1/30/2022Film: “Illuminated Frames”Drawing inspiration from nature and optical effects, these imaginative light studies offer a landscape of visual impressions. The cinema’s dimmed atmosphere sets the perfect scene to take in this array of colorful illuminations of brilliant ideas. $19.95 to $29.95. Exploratorium, Pier 15. For more information, including showtimes and tickets. Saturday… Keep Reading

California Dream a Nightmare?

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The idea that there’s a California dream burst into popular culture in the 1960s through the music of the Beach Boys and Mamas and the Papas and continued through the collective consciousness through such movies as La La Land and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. While the dream’s exact plot morphs depending on the… Keep Reading

Redistricting Could Change District 10 Boundaries

San Franciscans have a once in a decade opportunity to influence the political boundaries of their supervisorial regions; what neighborhoods will be clumped together for representation on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. “A board of supervisor will advocate on behalf of their District for resources to be put into their ‘thing,’ whether it be… Keep Reading

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