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Number of Unsheltered People Declines in District 10

This year the number of people completely without shelter dropped by 15 percent in San Francisco compared with 2019. The reduction in District 10 was even greater, according to the City’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH).  Every two years, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that communities that receive… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Climate

What do you do when, decades into a relationship that you’ve molded your entire life around, you discover your bond is toxic? Bad for you, and bad for everyone around you.  Especially the children.  California has entered the acceptance stage of the “carbon crises,” moving well past denial, though pockets of anger and depression continue… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Food, Wonderful Food Last month, the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank officially opened its newly expanded warehouse and welcome center.  The facility now has an additional 32,000 square feet for food storage and distribution; two extra loading docks, enabling inbound truck capacity to increase from eight daily to 12 to 15 per day; 5,200 square feet… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor,  Apropos of “Proposed Bike Lane on 17th Street Hits Speed Bumps” in the October issue, I am a bike person in the neighborhood and on Twitter. I’ve lived on our hill for 21 years. I’ve biked for the past eight years, and it has changed my life. I am healthier and more connected to… Keep Reading

Voters to Choose District Attorney this Month

The District Attorney (DA) serves as the City and County of San Francisco’s chief law enforcement officer, supervising investigations and prosecutions of criminal offenses. The seat is being contested in the November 8 election following Chesa Boudin’s June 7, 2022 recall. The winner will serve the remainder of Boudin’s disrupted term, until January 2024. Four… Keep Reading

Starting Salaries Vary Widely by Profession, Baking in Inequality

Starting salaries for college graduates vary widely depending on the profession, setting up individuals for a likely lifetime of income disparities. Notably, journalists and elementary schoolteachers are at the bottom of the wage barrel, which raises the question, why are we asking people in essential jobs to do them at the cost of significant economic… Keep Reading

Bill Protecting Architects’ Copyright Becomes Law

Senate Bill 1214, carried by State Senator Brian Jones, was signed by the governor earlier this year.  The law limits the type of information prepared by architects that municipal planning departments can make available to the public in a copyable format. The restriction is intended to protect architects’ intellectual property rights, congruent with the Federal… Keep Reading

Le Marché Cezanne: An Épicerie in Potrero Hill

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Le Marché Cezanne, a grocery store dedicated to connecting local farms and neighborhood brands with community members, opens this month on 18th Street between Connecticut and Missouri streets. Mario Rimet, Le Marché Cezanne’s owner, moved to San Francisco four years ago and was introduced to Dogpatch and the Hill while working at La Fromagerie, on… Keep Reading

Community Calendar

11/2 WednesdayPolitics: District 10 Supervisor DebatesFeaturing District 10 candidates Supervisor Shamann Walton and Brian Sam Adam. 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Food and refreshments 5 to 6 p.m. Free. Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third Street. https://bit.ly/debate-district10 11/2 WednesdayDesign: Pay What You Can WednesdayMuseum of Craft and Design strives to keep art accessible by giving visitors… Keep Reading

Why I Choose to Raise My Son in San Francisco

I didn’t plan anything. I arrived in San Francisco by car on September 11, 2008 around 9 p.m., young, single and childless. My journey driving across the country culminating in a steep climb up 17th Street, then freely flowing without the makeshift plaza, past the supersized rainbow flag in the Castro.  “I’m here!” I shouted… Keep Reading

Obituaries

Mits AkashiSeptember 19, 1934- October 22, 2022 Mits Akashi, beloved owner of Moshi Moshi, passed away on the evening of Saturday October 22. Mits had battled various illnesses with a smile on his face for many years. He was 88 years old.  Mits was in an internment camp during World War II. Despite that, he… Keep Reading

District 10 Residents Concerned About Crime, Homelessness

San Francisco Board of Supervisors District 10 is located on the southeast corner of the 7 x 7 and includes significant overlap with the View’s readership. On November 8 incumbent Shamann Walton will face challenger Brian Adam in a race for the District 10 Supervisor seat. The View asked D10 residents to identify the biggest… Keep Reading

Proposed Bike Lane on 17th Street Hits Speed Bumps

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has proposed a “Quick-Build Project” along 17th Street between Rhode Island and Mississippi streets that has local businesses saying, “not so fast.” Quick-Build Projects are intended to streamline delivery of safety improvements, in this case, development of a protected bike lane – consisting of physical barriers to separate… Keep Reading

As the Pandemic Wanes, Live Theaters Create New Scenes

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In Potrero Hill, where face masks are a rare sight, theater groups performing at Potrero Stage and elsewhere still speak of testing protocols, face coverings, and capacity restrictions.  “There are theaters that over and over and over have run through not just the understudy, but the understudy’s understudy’s understudy,” said Aldo Billingslea of the Juneteenth… Keep Reading

VOTE

The wheel of democracy turns yet again, with the yummy, annoying, or satisfying responsibility to choose amongst a plethora of candidates and causes.  The View’s ability to examine politicians and ballot initiatives has shrunk over the years, hobbled by fewer enthusiastic volunteers and diminishing advertising reviews. Still, we do our best, focusing on municipal propositions.… Keep Reading

Minority Rules

DISTRICT SUPERVISOR, 2020 FIRST CHOICE VOTES 1 Connie Chan 13,422 3 Aaron Peskin 15,293 5 Dean Preston 21,431 7 Myrna Melgar 7,852 9 Hillary Ronen 27,481 11 Ahsha Safai 15,033 100,512 MAYOR, 2019 London N. Breed 125,200 Minority rule is embedded in American democracy.  Each state has two U.S. Senators regardless of population. The electoral… Keep Reading

Without Publications to Populate them, Newsracks Disappear

In July, the San Francisco Department of Public Works (DPW) removed about 230 mostly unused news racks from throughout the City. According to Beth Rubenstein, DPW deputy director of policy and communications, the action was in response to a swell of complaints from 311 calls, City Supervisors and others that the racks were being used… Keep Reading

Fire Strikes at The Double Play 

The Double Play, located at 16th and Bryant streets, whose walls were crowded with a treasure of baseball memorabilia dating to when Seals Stadium sat across from it, caught fire last month, severely damaging the building and closing the bar. The ground floor was totally lost, but no injuries were reported, according to the San… Keep Reading

Catalytic Converters Stolen from Under Police’s Noses

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Four identifiably marked San Francisco Police Department vehicles had their catalytic converters surgically removed by thieves last month.  “On September 12, 2022, at approximately 1 p.m., a San Francisco Police Officer discovered a marked police truck parked in the area of 16th Street and De Haro Street had its catalytic converter stolen,” confirmed the SFPD media… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: October 2022

10/2/22 SundayHealth: Health & Wellness SundayHealth & Wellness Sundays, presented by Kaiser Permanente, offers a holistic immersion into fitness sessions, live entertainment, a toddler gym with Power Play SF, the KP Sport Court, a wellness zone for kids to play, plus the Play Bus with SC30, Inc. Event is rain or shine. Free. 10 a.m.… Keep Reading

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