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Potrero Hill Peace March to be Held on May 16

On the morning of May 16th, students, teachers, and staff from Potrero Hill schools Daniel Webster, Starr King, and Live Oak will gather once again for an annual “Peace March.” This year’s protest marks the event’s 10th anniversary.  Similar to the recent “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington, D.C. organized by Marjory Stoneman Douglas… Keep Reading

Library News: May 2018

From: Genevieve Feldman, Branch Manager Family Programs Magic Dan The 60th Annual Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition and Potrero Branch Open House. Bring the whole family and welcome back fantastic Magic Dan! Great magic, positive messages, and a whole lot of fun. Best for ages three and up. Before or after the magic show take a… Keep Reading

Mark Leno for Mayor


We live in a spectacular city.  Many of the gifts we enjoy come naturally:  topography that creates fantastic coastal views; mild weather; diverse geographies.  Others are human made:  dynamic, delicious, and abundant food, music, art, theater and cultural scenes. We’re sufficiently wealthy to support more than $10 billion in annual municipal expenditures without much trouble,… Keep Reading

Only One “Healthy Nail Salon” in Potrero Hill


Three years ago, the View reported on the health risks nail products pose to salon workers in the United States, in “Nail Salon Industry Slow to Clip Health Hazards,” July, 2015. Since then, hundreds of salons throughout California have improved their health and safety standards. Known as the “toxic trio,” three chemicals commonly found in… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Architecture

A couple of years ago my wife, Debbie, and I joined a tour of Lower Haight homes built more than a century ago.  Mostly Victorians, their facades were exquisite in ways San Franciscans sometimes forget to appreciate:  carefully crafted moldings, vibrant color contrasts, one-of-a-kind windows.  Their painted faces create a festive public sphere, like a… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, Apropos of “View Hopes to Make it to 50, and Beyond,” in the March issue, 48 years ago two women, Babette Drefky and Emma Fleming, were instrumental in writing articles for the neighborhood paper, Hills and Dales.  They asked me to join them.  We made sure the articles fit on one side of one… Keep Reading

View Article on Jackson Park Merits Corrections

Friends of Jackson Park appreciates the View’s coverage of efforts to improve our neighborhood park. Our design continues to evolve as we work hard to incorporate the many needs and wishes of our diverse community. As we get closer to a final redesign, we’d like to clarify and correct points made in the April article,… Keep Reading

Legislative Proposal to Usurp Local Land Use Controls Defeated

A controversial State Senate bill, which called for circumventing local land use controls as a means to accelerate housing development, failed to make it through the State Transportation and Housing Committee last month. The legislation is dead this year.  Its author, Senator Scott Wiener (D), indicated he’ll introduce a revised proposal in 2019. Senate Bill… Keep Reading

London Breed Pledges to Represent Everyone as San Francisco Mayor

District 5 Supervisor, London Breed, is hoping to complete a narrative in which she rises from a childhood in public housing to Room 200 of City Hall as San Francisco’s next mayor. The 43-year old Breed is one of eight candidates vying to win the June 5 mayoral election. At an editorial board meeting held… Keep Reading

Alioto Vows to be the City’s Neighborhood Mayor

With San Francisco’s special mayoral election to be held June 5, candidates have been running campaigns that focus on differences that set them apart from their rivals. Angela Alioto, a civil rights attorney, former member and president of the Board of Supervisors, distinguishes her candidacy by highlighting her deep City roots. “People know my words… Keep Reading

Citizen Involvement Embedded in San Francisco’s Planning Process

Whether related to demands for affordable housing, better aesthetics, or wider sidewalks, citizen input is an integral part of San Francisco’s building process. While participation slows the pace of development, civic advocates insist that community-molded modifications improves projects. The argument over whether community input is critical to a better built environment or a blunt expression… Keep Reading

Candidates for Mayor Vow to House the Homeless

In his recent “State of the City” speech, Los Angeles mayor, Eric Garrett, stated that “homelessness isn’t an issue, homelessness is the issue.”  Candidates to become San Francisco’s next mayor appear to agree.  Frontrunners London Breed and Mark Leno have each offered comprehensive plans to end homelessness.  Jane Kim has identified a framework with which… Keep Reading

District 10 Residents Vote on Participatory Budget Proposals

Last month, District 10 residents cast votes to decide how to spend $250,000 to improve their neighborhoods. Proposals were compiled by residents at three brainstorming sessions held in 2017 and submitted online as part of a Participatory Budgeting initiative. Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which locals identify and vote on community projects for… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: May 2018

Now through 5/12 Art: Artwork for Bedrooms Artwork for Bedrooms tells the story of eight artists who lived in San Francisco from 2000 to 2008, a period that, until now, has been framed by the Mission School, artists known for sprawling assemblages inspired by graffiti culture. Artwork for Bedrooms draws a parallel narrative from the same moment of young artists… Keep Reading

Car Break-Ins Decline Dramatically, Still High

The San Francisco Police Department reported a 31 percent decrease in automobile break-ins from January to February, with the number of year-to-date thefts down 15 percent across the City.  All 10 police districts experienced fewer incidences.  Municipal officials have been combating an automobile break-in epidemic that’s besieged the City over recent years. In 2017, 31,000… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: John B. Anderson

Late last year, John B. Anderson died at the age of 95.  Anderson, a former Republican congressman from Illinois, unsuccessfully ran for his party’s nomination for the presidency in 1980.  When he failed in that quest he launched an independent campaign for the office, ultimately securing almost seven percent of the national vote. I first… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Homeless Sheltered According to the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, the Central Waterfront Navigation Center has housed 147 guests since it opened last spring, 28 of whom have been placed in permanent housing.  Currently, the facility has 52 guests and 10 vacant beds. DHSH’s Randy Quesada said that complete “dashboards” on Navigation Centers,… Keep Reading

Construction of 1601 Mariposa Continues


This month, concrete pours and site deliveries will limit street parking near the 1601 Mariposa Street development site. Related California’s construction contractor, Nibbi Brothers, is in the process of installing foundation elements and underground plumbing, as well as concrete floors, walls, columns, and elevated decks. In addition, demolition of the existing concrete wall on 18th… Keep Reading

Proposal Progresses for Significant Jackson Playground Facelift


Jackson Playground would be radically altered under a proposed redesign plan. The historic clubhouse would be moved from Mariposa to 17th Street, adjacent to a new community center featuring rooftop tennis courts. The athletic fields would be modified to create a variety of subdivided space, including picnic areas and a batting cage. Friends of Jackson… Keep Reading

Potrero Boosters: A History of Service

Its members are sharp, insistent, and affiliated with one of the City and County of San Francisco’s oldest and most powerful citizens’ advocacy groups:  the Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association. Founded in 1926, the organization had its genesis in an entity created at least two decades earlier:  the Potrero Commercial and Manufacturers’ Association (PCMA). According to an article… Keep Reading

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