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Dogpatch and Potrero Hill Merchant Associations to Receive $100,000 to Support Small Businesses

Photos of business owners: Left: Amy and Chris Hillyard, co-owners of Farley’s Coffee, showcase goods from their café and products made by local artists. PHOTO: Courtesy of Farley’s Coffee; Top right: The founders of Noble & Co, a Potrero Hill-based business that makes scented soy wax candles. Left to right: Haley Kannall, Julie Noble, Alex Tamura. Inset: Will Noble. PHOTO: Courtesy of Noble & Co; Lower right: Ulrich “Ubi” Simpson, creative director of Mi Cocina, Inc., surrounded by items from his denim clothing line. PHOTO: Courtesy of Ulrich Conrad Simpson

Roughly $50,000 will be distributed to each of San Francisco’s 33 district merchant associations, including Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association (PDMA) and Dogpatch Business Association (DBA), as part of a $1.7 million donation from Chris Larsen, founder of the blockchain company Ripple. The funding is being provided through the Avenue Greenlight initiative, a partnership between the… Keep Reading

Mission Creek Park P3 Will Open this Fall


Mission Creek Park P3 will transform a barren, nondescript strip of terrain into a lush, lively gateway to the Mission Bay South neighborhood. The new 1.65-acre park will serve to extend Mission Creek Park, located west of Fourth Street, and align it with China Basin Park, part of the Mission Rock development being constructed east… Keep Reading

Curbside Pickup Now Available at Potrero Branch Library

In 1879, San Francisco opened its first public library on the second floor of Pacific Hall on Bush Street, which moved to City Hall in 1888. In 1918, a library station opened in the Daniel Webster School near 20th and Connecticut streets. Over time, with multiple reconstructions and expansions, this became the light-filled, seed-lending, Potrero… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Three Monkeys

The monkeys popped into my head, as if they’d been waiting for the right moment to swing down from the tangled jungle of my subconscious. I’d last seen them many years ago; a row of thumb high wood carved chimpanzees that sat on my father’s desk. One held his hands over his eyes, another over… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Plastic Pooch Pollution San Francisco’s dog population seems to have exploded during the public health crisis; so too has the resulting stream of canine poop. The dominant way to dispose of this doo-doo is through the use of plastic bags, which’re no less environmentally damaging than plastic shopping sacks, cups, and straws. Long-time 20th Street… Keep Reading

Below-Market-Rate Condominiums to be Built in Mission Bay


Condominiums offered at below-market-rates (BMR) to moderate-income buyers are being developed at 350 China Basin Street, where an eight-story building on Mission Bay South Block 9A (MB9A) is in the design process.  The edifice will ultimately feature 148 BMR condos available to first-time homebuyers who earn 80 to 110 percent of San Francisco’s Area Median… Keep Reading

Clayroom Molds its Future

Whenever Catherine Rathsam sinks her fingers into a ball of clay the monotony and stress of the pandemic momentarily dissolves, replaced by a calm focus familiar to creatives everywhere. Rathsam engages in her art at Clayroom SoMa, the latest addition to San Francisco’s growing roster of ceramic studios.  “It has been a lifesaver, because otherwise… Keep Reading

Dogpatch Paddle Club Wants to Land at Building 49


During the public health crisis, long-time Dogpatch resident Adam Zolot rededicated himself to standup paddle boarding. Living across the street from the newly opened Crane Cove Park, he no longer had to lug his board to Pier 52, instead accessing the Central Waterfront with ease. Zolot saw the park as an opportunity to share his… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – May 2021

VirtualSaturday 5/1 through Sunday 5/9Literature: Bay Area Book FestivalFrom a civil rights activist who wrote what Van Jones called “the book we have been waiting for,” to a Nobel laureate known as “an artist without ego,” there’s something for every reader. $15 to $120. Youth events: free with registration. For more information. VirtualFriday 5/7 through… Keep Reading

Artist Anahid Aslanyan Makes Magic


Potrero Hill artist, Anahid Aslanyan, described her style as “modern mysticism, art that comes from the spirit and explores the dream universe of the soul…intuitive, a magical process translating my emotional truths into color and form.”  Aslanyan works with acrylics, aqua oils, mixed media, collage, and found objects. Nature often inspires her, with music and… Keep Reading

Museum of Craft and Design Exhibits About Time


Two exhibitions are on view at the Museum of Craft and Design in Dogpatch, with clocked entries, adherence to public health guidelines, and 3D tours available online. The shows explore a common theme: the passage of time. Encoded Holidays is a retrospective look at a 30-year collaboration between Bay Area designers Gary Hutton and Tom… Keep Reading

The Good Life Grocery Bags the Pandemic

A year has passed since Mayor London Breed issued one of the nation’s earliest shelter-in-place orders. Much has changed since then. According to the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, less than half the City’s small businesses are open. Sheltering-in-place, with roughly 31,000 people unemployed, have drastically cut demand for such services as dining out and… Keep Reading

Foster Children Need Parents

Michele Foy, a pediatric nurse at the University of California, San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital, dreamed of becoming a foster parent since she was a child, but didn’t think it was feasible. She’s not a stay-at-home mom nor lives in a big suburban house. She and her husband, Sean, both work. They live in a… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Bus Stop Housing Moves The San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved construction of more than 500 housing units, at least half of them affordable, at the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency’s Potrero Bus Yard.  As part of the five-year project a 100-year-old storage yard and trolley bus maintenance yard located on 4.4-acres at 2500… Keep Reading

Op-Ed: Farley’s Returns


A year ago, Chris and I got up late, watched the news and contemplated what to do about Farley’s Oakland and San Francisco. We’d worked furiously to adjust to a “to go” model in the face of a pandemic that was fast approaching like an ominous storm. We went to work on March 16 and… Keep Reading

Central Waterfront Navigation Center May Reopen Soon

The Central Waterfront Navigation Center (CWNC), located at the east end of 25th Street, closed for the past year, may reopen soon as COVID-19 vaccinations become more widespread. Last month, Mayor London Breed announced the availability of vaccines to those experiencing homelessness or living in congregate care facilities, such as homeless shelters. When the facility… Keep Reading

Starr King Elementary Begins to Welcome Students Back to Campus

On April 12th, the San Francisco Unified School District will resume in-person instruction for students at facilities that’re in Phase 2a of the Return Safely Together Plan. Pupils and their families will have just six weeks of near normality before summer vacation.  For many Phase 2a students it’ll be the first time they or their… Keep Reading

Cruise Plans Electric Vehicle Recharging Stations in Dogpatch

The warehouses on Cesar Chavez Street by Pier 80 aren’t much of a travel magnet in their current state, serving as Penske rental truck storage facilities, but if autonomous vehicle company Cruise has its way, they’ll be the site of a high-capacity electric vehicle (EV) charging facility by 2022. Earlier this year Cruise announced its… Keep Reading

Action Auto Picks Up Trash

Action Auto Care has offered car repair services on 17th and Vermont streets for 20 years. Owned by Robert Kim, who has worked in the neighborhood for a quarter-century, previously at another shop, Action boasts more than 400 five-star reviews on Yelp. Described by commentators as “thoughtful,” “friendly,” and “honest,” Kim is often an unexpected… Keep Reading

San Francisco Modern Art Museum Reopens

Last month, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art welcomed visitors with a free admission day to celebrate its second reopening since a shelter-in-place mandate was imposed a year previously. The first reopening, in October, required masks and physical distancing, but only lasted until December, when case-numbers spiked. This attempt is more cautious, with reduced… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – April 2021

VirtualSpoken Word: Oral FloristOral Florist, by Rita Bullwinkel, is a sound library of authors, musicians, and artists reading texts encountered in their daily lives, presented as an interactive garden in which visitors click on a bud to watch a flower bloom as they listen to a recording. The petals were gathered from San Francisco flower shops… Keep Reading

Historic Gate House Gone


I’ve worked to save the historic brick buildings at the Potrero Power Station on 23rd Street since 2018 when the site’s developer told me all these buildings would be demolished. Thankfully, plans changed. Station A, the largest historic building, will be saved and added to. I was told in January that the 100 year old… Keep Reading

Obituary: Ronald Maggi Dinslage

Ronald Maggi DinslageMarch 9, 1947 to February 26, 2021 Ronald grew up in Potrero Hill. He attended St. Teresa’s School and St. Ignatius College Preparatory, where he played baseball. Ron received a scholarship to the University of San Francisco, where he studied law and continued to play baseball. After graduating he was drafted by the San Francisco Giants,… Keep Reading

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