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Diesel Backup Generator Population Continues to Grow

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Map image: Backup generator population in San Francisco grows to 1,208, mostly diesel. 84 additional BUGs are located at the San Francisco International Airport and other unincorporated areas adjacent to city boundaries. Five BUGs were not mapped due to incomplete data. SOURCE: Bay Area Air Quality Management District; M.Cubed, 2022

The San Francisco Bay Area continues to host a steadily growing hive of dispersed diesel generators; those low buzzing big boxes located at internet server farms, hospitals, police stations, and, during festivals, Golden Gate Park.  In 2019, roughly 6,500 backup generators, known as “BUGs,” were littered across the region, able to produce a collective 3.8… Keep Reading

Port of San Francisco Grapples with Surging Sea

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By 2100, sea levels are expected to rise by four to seven feet along the stretch of Bay from Fisherman’s Wharf to Heron’s Head Park. If left unchecked, the rising waves will pollute drinking water with salt and other contaminants, flood buildings, homes, and infrastructure, and inundate roads, parks, and open space.  The Port of… Keep Reading

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Health San Francisco plans to open its first psychiatric hospital specifically designed to help youth experiencing a mental health crisis at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. The facility will be funded by a $33.7 million state grant to the San Francisco Department of Public Health and will include a 12-bed psychiatric inpatient program and a… Keep Reading

Why I Raise My Kids in San Francico

It was a foggy October afternoon in 2013 when we arrived in San Francisco. Me, my husband Samuel, daughter Daria, now 11, a stroller, car seat and nine suitcases in a large taxi. We were driving from the airport to the City, the place we were about to call home. A few months earlier in… Keep Reading

Michelin-star Osito Celebrates Live-Fire Cooking and Community

Located on the corner of 18th and Florida streets, Osito is San Francisco’s only 100 percent live fire, fine-dining restaurant. Having just celebrated its one-year anniversary, Chef Seth Stowaway takes culinary inspiration from his childhood in Texas, his neighbors, and local food purveyors and farmers. Osito,”little bear” in Spanish, references a significant period in Stowaway’s… Keep Reading

Potrero Annex-Terrace Being Steadily Rebuilt

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The Potrero Annex-Terrace housing community, located on the Hill’s southeast slope, has long been largely isolated from the economically thriving neighborhood to the north. The complex is dominated by barracks-like residences that were built more than 80 years ago.  For the past 15 years it’s been part of the HOPE SF redevelopment effort, a partnership… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: January 2023

Now through 3/12 SundayArt: “Entwined”“Entwined,” created by Charles Gadeken, offers an illuminated forest, with two 15 to 20 feet tall trees, 10 ranging from eight to 14 feet, and 40 ‘flower clusters’ of varying sizes. It’s a glowing fantasy land, complete with low-level ambient music. 5 to 10 p.m. Free. Golden Gate Park, Peacock Meadow,… Keep Reading

What’s in Your Closet?

If you’re like me, you have boxes in your closet or garage filled with “precious” memorabilia from your past.  Letter from long ago lovers, international correspondence sent by friends and family written on tissue-thin, blue-toned stationary, curios collected at roadside attractions, photographs, foreign stamps and coins, elementary school report cards, certificates of commendation and graduation. … Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: California

“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings,” goes a pre-woke idiom, perhaps more respectfully phrased as, “it isn’t over until the beautiful human being sings their final farewell song.” Either way, it’s over, California, at least the latest eco-cultural tech-bro (anti-) social media wave. Musk has cut Twitter into Twit, Zuckerberg has meta on… Keep Reading

The Canyon in Mission Rock Nearing Completion

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The Canyon, the tallest residential tower built in San Francisco this year, is a 23-story residential building located on Parcel A in Mission Rock along the Mission Bay waterfront. Mission Rock Partners, a joint venture between the San Francisco Giants and Tishman Speyer, is redeveloping 28 acres of former surface parking with more than a thousand units of housing, offices, retail,… Keep Reading

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No More Needles The California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) has decided to shutter the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM), which first opened in 1980.  ACTCM will no longer accept new students but will work with currently enrolled scholars to complete their degrees within a designated schedule. CIIS and ACTCM merged in 2015,… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor: December 2022

Editor, I saw “Proposed Bike Lane on 17th Street Hits Speed Bumps” in the October issue and wanted to write as a Potrero Hill resident to say that I strongly support the plan to put protected bike lanes on 17th Street. My wife, children and I frequently bike on 17th to get to the gym,… Keep Reading

Hazel’s Kitchen Celebrates 30 Years with Gratitude

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Hazel’s Kitchen, 1319 18th Street, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Owner Leslie Goldberg attributes the sandwich shop’s longevity to nurturing a loving community first and making money second. This approach has kept staff turnover low. One or more members of the Venegas family – Juan, Daniel, Miguel, and Carlos – have worked at Hazel’s… Keep Reading

18th Street: Then & Now

San Francisco Chronicle, February 11, 1907 | A 1908 newspaper article noted that ‘At 18th & Texas & 18th & Connecticut a new business center is springing up, and some retail merchants have moved there from other parts of the city.’ When industries expanded in Dogpatch, then known as a part of The Potrero, many… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: December 2022

12/3 and 12/4 Sunday Shopping: Make Good Market Kick off the holiday season with a design-loving community and a diverse group of makers.  This year’s event welcomes 20 vendors — many local and some special international guests — with a wide array of goods, including home textiles and furniture, apparel, jewelry, glassware, and art. Support… Keep Reading

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

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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

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