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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

Publisher’s View: Couples

Relationships, especially long ones, are full of small battles, struggles over whose preferences, or neuroses, will win the day. Couples debate whether lights should be on or off, windows shut against the night air or left ajar to allow refreshing breezes to drift in.  Bedroom doors shouldn’t be agape lest an intruder enter the house,… Keep Reading

Short Cuts: August 2021

Odds and Ends San Francisco Police Department has a new Bayview Station captain, David Maron… Jackson Park will be re-named through a public process to be kicked off in October by Friends of Jackson Park…The closure of the 18th Street commercial strip hasn’t resulted in the hope-for deluge of happy crowds.  Enthusiasm has perhaps been… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor: August 2021

Editor, We appreciate your thorough coverage of DM Development’s co-living project at 300 De Haro Street (July issue). Our team has been engaged in dialogue around this project for more than two years. We understand that it invites a range of reactions. However, I’d like to correct inaccurate comments attributed to Ms. Jennifer Doumani. 300… Keep Reading

Parties Help Neighborhood Restaurants Rebound

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Nick Osborne and his fiancé, Monique, were workmates in the restaurant his family owns, Mission Rock Resort Oyster Bar & Grill, so naturally that’s where they tied the knot in 2017. They hosted 250 friends and relatives at their wedding ceremony and reception at the bayside establishment, among a dozen or so couples who’ve celebrated… Keep Reading

Local Historian Keeps Past Alive

Peter Linenthal is a neighborhood treasure.  As Potrero Hill Archives Project director, he’s educated and entertained audience members for the last twenty-one years at annual ‘Potrero Hill History Nights.’  He has a passion for collecting historic maps, artifacts, and photographs of Hill people, places and things, spending thousands of hours searching out and organizing newspaper… Keep Reading

Lessons from the School of Hard Knox

“Hi neighbors. I’m John…I have lived in Dogpatch since 1959. I attended the Elementary School which is now closed at 1060 Tennessee Street. You may see me walking every day with a cane.” Several months ago, this post greeted Dogpatch and Potrero Hill residents on the social networking app Nextdoor. Neighbors chimed in: “John is… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: August 2021

Now through Saturday 12/4Art: Maia Cruz PalileoCurated by Kim Nguyen, this exhibition features paintings and sculptures from multi-disciplinary, Brooklyn-based artist, Maia Cruz Palileo, inspired by historic Filipiniana stories, portraits, and images, fused with Palileo’s memories and family tales. The exhibit stems from research Palileo conducted at the Newberry Library in Chicago, which has one of the… Keep Reading

Open Field at Catharine Clark Gallery

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Black Mountain College was founded in 1933 based on the belief that the study of art was central to education. Over the years notable faculty and students included textile artist and printmaker Anni Albers, experimental composer John Cage, and San Francisco sculpture superstar Ruth Asawa. Although the school closed in 1957 it had an outsized… Keep Reading

STEM Saturday Festival 2021

The Potrero Hill Neighborhood House hosted “STEM Saturday Festival” on Southern Heights Avenue last month. A dozen companies and nonprofits participated, with an appearance by Mayor London Breed. Keep Reading

Hill Residents Unhappy with Planned 300 De Haro Street Residential Complex

Photo of proposed development at 300 De Haro Street.

A 450-unit residential development proposed to replace a commercial building at 300 De Haro Street has attracted significant opposition. Potrero Hill residents are upset that the apartments would be microunits, as small as 220 square feet. They’re also concerned about the complex’s size: 120 feet high, with 11 stories.  “This is not housing. It’s lodging… Keep Reading

School Board Recall Effort Gains Traction

Recall SF School Board has gathered more than 20,000 signatures to recall two San Francisco School Board members, board president Gabriela López and Alison Collins, and in excess of 18,500 signatures to withdraw board vice president Faauuga Moliga.  “We are recalling the School Board because they have consistently failed to put students first,” said Autumn… Keep Reading

Mission Creek Senior Community Celebrates 15th Anniversary

Mission Creek Senior Community’s residents are celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of their Fourth and Berry streets home. Mercy Housing owns and manages the 139 rental units, affordable for very low-income people aged 62 and up.  San Francisco Public Library’s Mission Bay Branch, 960 Fourth Street, around the corner from the senior community’s residential entrance, 225… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Power

Until last year the San Francisco Public Utility Commission (SFPUC) was run by Harlan L. Kelly, Jr., a civil engineer appointed by Mayor Ed Lee.  Lee, who died in 2017, was fond of talking about the “city family,” which some believe included a familial attitude towards quid pro quo favors. Kelly resigned in 2020 in… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

#MeToo Peskin News that District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin is an alcoholic bully, as reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area 7, and elsewhere shocked pretty much nobody.  Peskin has been bursting into angry, expletive-soaked, personal attacks on boatloads of people for two decades or more, often calling colleagues, enemies, frenemies, anyone late-night to… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, Regarding the loss of hilltop on Kansas Street – not Rhode Island, as reported in the May View – doesn’t the dirt belong in a Potrero Hill museum, where future Hill dwellers can experience the charms of rocky, weedy, hilltops once common hereabouts, but now fallen out of favor? Stephen FotterFlorida Street Editor, I… Keep Reading

Op-Ed: Let’s Stop Families from Leaving San Francisco

I’ve spent my entire life in San Francisco, am raising my family in the Western Addition, with an art studio located at the Pacific Felt Factory on 20th Street.  I love my City. My biggest complaint is seeing families relocate from my hometown for their children’s education.  Parents aren’t “anti-public schools”, they’re “anti-San Francisco public… Keep Reading

Ordinance Would Pave Way for Affordable Housing Development in Mishpot

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Over more than three decades Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP) has helped thousands of unhoused pregnant women and families, offering health, job training and child development services. The nonprofit may soon expand its assistance to include affordable housing.  In May, the San Francisco Planning Commission recommended approval of the 18th Street Affordable Housing Special Use District… Keep Reading

Live Music Makes a Come Back

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Live music is returning to Potrero Hill, with Thee Parkside and Bottom of the Hill planning shows for this summer. Thee Parkside doesn’t have an official “welcome back to live music” event scheduled but is preparing for performances for a yet determined August date. Who the players will be isn’t known. The bar and grill… Keep Reading

Sextant is Smelling the Coffee

Starting last month, visitors to Sextant Coffee, located on Folsom and 10th streets, had their beverage of choice prepared by someone other than owner Kinani Ahmed. After performing every task himself for the previous year and a half, Ahmed is rebuilding the team he lost at the beginning of the public health crisis.  An energetic… Keep Reading

Neighborhood Pizza Joints Deliver

Four local pizzerias not only survived, but thrived, during the ebbing COVID-19 crisis, adapting their businesses to shifting consumer habits.  Launched more than 45 years ago, Goat Hill Pizza, located on the corner of 18th and Connecticut streets, has a storied presence on Potrero Hill. It’s one of the community’s longest continuously operating restaurants, co-founded… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: July 2021

VirtualAnytimeArt:  Imagining DataData has become a precious commodity; what’s divulged online can be valuable. Preferences and characteristics — related to the personal, societal, political, environmental — can be described through numbers and algorithms. The COVID-19 pandemic has made statistics an international obsession related to contagion spikes, vaccine efficacy rates, and hospital capacities. Data visualization is a… Keep Reading

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