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10-Townsend to Return in 2022

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Samuel Thomas is angry. During the public health crisis, the 10-Townsend – a bus line he and other Potrero Annex-Terrace residents relied on to go shopping, travel to medical appointments and get to work – stopped running.  “I’m old and sick, I use a walker,” Thomas said. “A lot of us are sick, old. We… Keep Reading

Efforts to Rename Jackson Park Underway

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In August, Jude Deckenbach, Friends of Jackson Park (FoJP) executive director, introduced the idea of renaming Jackson Playground at an online meeting of the Potrero Boosters, a neighborhood group consisting of Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, and Showplace Square residents.  “We are in touch with Jude and have shared our park renaming policy,” said Tamara Aparton, San… Keep Reading

New Bayview Station Police Captain Grapples with Staff Shortages

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David Maron was named captain of the Bayview Station last February, after more than 25 years with the San Francisco Police Department. His appointment was made in the wake of a year of civic unrest demanding changes to policing and public safety nationwide.  Maron was previously a lieutenant at Park Station on the Westside for… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Arguing Our Way to Auschwitz

The Nazis discovered the family hiding in France and put them on a train to Auschwitz; mom, dad and two sisters. “We argued the entire way,” said the sole sibling survivor. “About whose fault it was we were captured.” The rest of her family were gassed to death immediately after they arrived at the death… Keep Reading

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Recall  Last month, Recall San Francisco School Board turned in what appears to be a sufficient number of signatures to trigger an election to unseat San Francisco School Board President Gabriela López, Board Vice President Fauuga Moliga, and Commissioner Alison Collins. The campaign needed 51,325 autographs, 10 percent of registered voters, per candidate; it submitted… Keep Reading

De Haro Property Owners Among Unsung Heroes of the Pandemic

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“Essential workers” have been deservedly lauded over the past almost two-year pandemic. Medical professionals, among other “frontline workers,” have had to grapple with potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus, as well as the effect of compounded, concentrated stress and anxiety. There have been other “heroes,” though, some right in our backyard.  Allow me to introduce… Keep Reading

ARCH Art Supplies Relocates to College Campus

After about five years of doing business from a red warehouse building at 10 Carolina Street, ARCH Art Supplies is moving to a new ground floor space below Blattner Hall, on the California College of the Arts (CCA) campus. The 17th Street building, across from Jackson Playground, was constructed in 2018.  “ARCH Art Supplies has… Keep Reading

Peter McCandless, Dogpatch Cinematographer, Has Seen the Light

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Minnesota Street resident, Peter McCandless, 67, believes he’s contributed to the world’s body of knowledge by serving as a cinematographer for more than 13 significant documentaries, including Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story (2000); The Bridge (2006), and The Great 14th: Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama in His Own Words (2019).… Keep Reading

The Big Picture

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Pier 24, located on the Embarcadero, is offering visitors the opportunity to see more of its collection than ever before. Exhibitions at the prominent photography museum typically revolve around one or two artists or a strong curatorial theme. Looking Back: Ten Years of Pier 24 Photography, through December 31, tosses these limitations in favor of… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: October 2021

10/2 SaturdayArt: Don Soker Contemporary Art 50th Anniversary ReceptionDon Soker Contemporary Art was founded in 1971 by Don and Carol Kaseman Soker as the Upstairs Gallery in a Victorian flat in North Beach. Working with the Kyoto-based art venue Gallery Coco and later directly with artists, early shows focused on contemporary Japanese conceptual art, little… Keep Reading

Own a Piece of Dune History

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Fans of Frank Herbert’s Dune have a chance to own a piece of the novel’s history: the stucco house where most of the seminal science fiction novel was written. After 35 years, owners Gayle Keck and R. Paul Herman are selling 412 Mississippi Street. Herman is in the sustainable investment space and an author of… Keep Reading

Crime Generally Down Over Past Four Years in District 10

According to data collected by Civic Hub – a San Francisco incubator for technology projects that improve quality of life – crime incidences have generally declined since 2018. Even before last March’s COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders, theft occurrences trended downward over the past three years.  Almost one-half million reported crimes were committed in the City since… Keep Reading

Need for Technology-Trained Workforce at Automobile Repair Shops

Electric vehicle sales in the United States reached a record high last March, with 122,016 EVs sold. According to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics, that month Americans purchased 75,959 hybrid-EVs, 33,370 battery EVs, and 12,687 plug-in hybrid-EVs. California accounted for almost half of national EV sales in 2021, most of which occurred in Los… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: The Tooth

Teeth are strange. We’re born with the seeds of two sets, the first marching forth as we become toddlers, then, having done their duty, falling out and being replaced in adolescence.   Nothing else in the body works quite this way. Skin constantly sheds and is replenished. Hair and nails need to be trimmed. None… Keep Reading

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Enola Maxwell Gently Weeps The school site at 655 De Haro Street is commonly referred to as the “Enola Maxwell Campus,” named for civil rights leader and longtime Potrero Hill Neighborhood House executive director, whose moniker was applied to a middle school that occupied the location during the first decade of this century.  It’s presently… Keep Reading

The Sunset Pushes Back Against Diversity at Lowell High School

The temperature in the Outer Sunset is around five degrees lower than the rest of San Francisco, but it always feels much colder. There, the sun struggles to penetrate overcast skies and the wind seeps through rows of single-family townhouses, unhindered by skyscrapers or housing complexes. It’s an unattractive expanse of mid-century architecture built on… Keep Reading

San Francisco Center for the Book Hits Milestone

The San Francisco Center for the Book (SFCB), located on 375 Rhode Island Street, has stood the test of time; 25 years to be exact. Jeff Thomas, executive director since 2012, attributes the nonprofit’s longevity to a strong constituency as well as the organization’s flexibility and nimbleness.  “There’s a real legacy and tradition here that… Keep Reading

Restaurant Grows with Mission Bay Neighborhood

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Located at 1500 Owens Street, Oda originally opened in 2014 as a coffeeshop catering to the University of California, San Francisco crowd. Today, it’s a full-service restaurant with ample indoor and outdoor dining serving a growing neighborhood.  Emin Tekin took over the establishment in 2018, seeking to build a community-driven, family friendly establishment. Having trained… Keep Reading

Close Enough to Touch

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McEvoy Foundation for the Arts in Dogpatch celebrates the City’s masked reopening with Next to You,an ode to in-person gatherings. The exhibition features 52 pieces from the McEvoy Family Collection, with a focus on performing arts and public spaces.  The gallery positions the show as “a farewell ballad to a strange and challenging time and… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – September 2021

Thursday 9/2Theater: Word for Wordcast San Francisco theater company, Word for Word, brings theatrically performed works of literature to a new podcast series, Word for Wordcast. In “A Pair of Eyeglasses,” by Anna Maria Ortese, translated from Italian by Ann Goldstein and Jenny McPhee, young Eugenia, born with severe myopia, is promised an expensive pair… Keep Reading

Wine Bars Offer Neighborhoods a Toast

“Accessible” and “customer-driven” aren’t necessarily what come to mind when you think of the retail wine experience. But San Francisco’s neighborhood wine bars—with hybrid retail and dining options—have evolved to become fun and educational gathering places, thanks to a new crop of sommelier founders. Sommeliers, co-founders and owners of DECANTsf, Simi Grewal and Cara Patricia… Keep Reading

Bocce League Launched in Dogpatch

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The Play Bocce In Dogpatch league’s inaugural season began in June and runs until mid-August. The league’s eight teams consist of residents of Bayview, Potrero Hill, Mission Bay, and, of course, Dogpatch.  Dogpatch resident Adam Gould created the league to bolster the number of neighborhood-based bocce teams. He also wanted to increase the amount of… Keep Reading

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