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Potrero Terrace Housing Complex Rebuilt

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After years of political promises, 53 Potrero Terrace households moved into brand new apartments last month at recently constructed 1101 Connecticut Street. Once dubbed Project X, the building reflects completion of the initial phase of a plan to fully redevelop the Annex-Terrace complex into mixed income housing by 2029. Johnnie Ledbetter was the first resident… Keep Reading

Caleb G. Clark Potrero Hill Health Center Cares for the Community

From its perch at 1050 Wisconsin Street the Caleb G. Clark Potrero Hill Health Center (PHHC) serves a wide range of City residents, including long-standing Hill patients, municipal employees, and new clients from the Excelsior and Tenderloin. “This health care center stands out because patients feel like they’re coming home. Many patients at the center… Keep Reading

Cove Park’s Cranes Could Remain Decapitated, or Worse

Crane Cove Park, a long-awaited waterfront commons located at Pier 70, is expected to open early next year without the iconic crane booms that gave the park its name. The greenspace will offer public access to a beach, boat landing and, in 2021, an aquatic center featuring a small cafe and meeting space. But the… Keep Reading

My Father-in-Law, Fred

His six children called him Siegfried the Dragon Slayer, a name he embraced. His 13 grandkids knew him as Grandpa Ziggy. His beloved wife, Luba, called him Freddy.  Fred S. Findling earned all those appellations, and more, leading a life of courage, compassion, charisma, and love. His heart, crushed by the loss of his parents… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, I lived on Kansas Street for 20 years, from 1968 to 1988. I knew Enola Maxwell and Ruth Passen very well. I was at the Family Celebration of Life in honor of Ruth at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House last month. Marc Passen did a fabulous job putting the event together. It was great… Keep Reading

Stop Crime SF Keeps its Eyes on Courts

Under its Court Watch program Stop Crime SF (SCSF) fields volunteers to attend burglary trials to support victims and demonstrate to judges and prosecutors that residents are concerned about wrongdoings, with the goal of making them less inclined to drop charges or reduce sentences. It also maintains a blog that advocates for more stringent approaches… Keep Reading

Owlcam Gives a Hoot About Auto Burglaries

Could dashcams be the answer to San Francisco’s car break-in epidemic? In an age of security cameras and smartphones, it was only a matter of time until the two were combined to protect one of people’s most valuable assets: their car. Last year, Owlcam, a Palo Alto firm, unveiled a dashcam that can stream interior… Keep Reading

Joan Jeanrenaud, Cellist, Composer

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Former Rhode Island Street resident, Joan Jeanrenaud, fondly remembers her days practicing and recording cello in what she called the “Darth Vader” house. “It was an all-black house covered with black asphalt shingles…a black metal fireplace exposed in the front…two studios in the back. I rehearsed there for hours,” said Jeanrenaud. Jeanrenaud, who lived in… Keep Reading

Jon Greenberg, Recreation Center Father Figure for More Than 50 Years

For more than a half-century, Jon Greenberg, former Potrero Hill Recreation Center recreation director, has helped children, teenagers, and young adults grow. “Working on the Hill became a joyful experience in my life. I started in 1966 and it became something I wrapped my life around. Leading sports, activities, and the Center gave me self-worth…allowed… Keep Reading

The Hidden World of Bioluminescence

Best read out loud with a British accent; think David Attenborough.  We’re on location in Tomales Bay tonight to experience one of Nature’s greatest wonders. ​ Camera pans across the Bay. ​  After arriving at a musty rustic cabin run by a disgruntled caretaker, we drove to the Bay, which separates the Point Reyes peninsula… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – June 2019

Now through 6/13Film: San Francisco Documentary FestivalSince 2001 SF DocFest has brought weird and wonderful aspects of real life to the Big Screen, showcasing the best new documentaries from around the world. This year’s festival takes place at Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, and Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street. For complete schedule and to purchase… Keep Reading

Fossil Fuel Backup Generators Hidden Source of Power, Pollution

More than 6,400 backup generators – not counting the thousands of small engines in household garages and backyards – are littered throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, squatting at police stations, health care facilities, internet server farms and other places.  Ninety percent use diesel, a fuel that when burned can emit high levels of asthma-inducing… Keep Reading

Anchor Brewing Unionizes

Workers at Potrero Hill’s Anchor Brewing Company – the production facility and Public Taps – voted to unionize last winter.  The action made the “craft-brewery” – if it can be called that, under beer-giant Sapporo’s ownership – an early adopter of labor organizing in the industry. Anchor Brewing was founded in 1896 in San Francisco.… Keep Reading

Warriors Want a Hotel and Condominiums Adjacent to Chase Center

Citing economic and neighborhood needs, the Golden State Warriors want to build a hotel and condominium complex instead of the retail building that was initially approved as part of Chase Center construction. The new facility, which’ll adjoin the Chase Center on the northeast corner of South Street and Terry A. Francois Boulevard, would feature 142… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, I just pulled up the View on the web as I was recounting my involvement in founding it in 1970 and there was an obituary for Ruth Passen.  What a beautiful picture…does it bring back some fine memories! I recruited Ruth to do a culture page for the View in early-1971. E. Cahill Maloney… Keep Reading

More gratitude…

Forty-four years ago, Goat Hill Pizza opened its outpost in our then working-class, diverse, neighborhood, quickly becoming a beacon for good food, friends, and family.  Since its launch it’s grown to three locations, 100 employees, while still serving its world-renowned – or at least San Francisco-renowned – sourdough crust pies.  Co-owner Philip de Andrade is… Keep Reading

Mission Bay Settles

The sidewalk in front of the Strata at Mission Bay has dropped roughly six inches below the base of the mixed-use, market rate apartment building since it was erected in 2009. Work to repair the damage at 1201 Fourth Street was initiated last spring; a new sidewalk is being installed along the entire block. During… Keep Reading

Third Street South-of-Market to Get a Makeover

This spring, work will begin on the Third Street Transit and Safety Project, a Muni Forward initiative to improve bus service from Townsend to Mission streets. The goal is to speed up five of Muni’s busiest bus lines: the 30 Stockton, 45 Union-Stockton, and 8 Bayshore, 8AX and 8BX Bayshore Express. These routes serve 70,000 riders… Keep Reading

Hill Entrepreneur Offers Convenient Custom-Fit Clothes

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Potrero Hill entrepreneur, Meghan Litchfield, launched RedThread, a women’s apparel company, last October. Seven months into the startup’s debut, the business, which offers four different personally-sized garments, is steadily growing, based entirely on word of mouth and free media. Many initial customers who tried RedThread’s individualized clothes prior to its rollout are Litchfield’s neighbors. RedThread’s… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Composer Erling Wold Creates Operas and More

Erling Wold, a composer of operas, contemporary classical works, and scores for films, plays, and dance performances, has been writing music at a piano located in his Wisconsin Street home since 2003. “My wife, Lynne Rutter, who is a painter, has been living here since 1990. I met her 16 years ago and moved into… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Researcher Studies Boys

Author, lecturer with Stanford University’s Program in Human Biology, and longtime Arkansas Street resident, Judy Chu, is a great source of advice on how to raise boys. Chu has been teaching a course, Boys’ Psychosocial Development, at Stanford since 2003. When not teaching, she sometimes speaks to audiences of parents, educators, practitioners, and students.  … Keep Reading

Community Calendar: May 2019

Now through 5/19 Sunday — History: “Lest We Forget”German-Italian artist Luigi Toscano presents 78 large-scale portraits of Holocaust survivors as part of an arts and remembrance project, “Lest We Forget,” sponsored by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco and Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany, San Francisco. Toscano, a photographer and filmmaker from Mannheim, Germany, has taken portraits of… Keep Reading

Obituary: Corinne Woods

Longtime Mission Creek Harbor resident, Corinne Woods, passed away on April 1, 2019. Woods was born in Waltham, Massachusetts and first arrived in San Francisco in the late-1960s, after graduating from Georgetown University.  In 1983, Woods and her neighbors created the Mission Bay Conservancy as part of an effort to cleanup Mission Creek, which now… Keep Reading

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