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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…

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Letters to the Editor – April 2019

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Editor, Your March article (“Other Neighborhoods Less Enthusiastic About Adopting Green Benefit District Model”), which stated that the San Francisco Department of Public Works provided $60,000 in funding for Inner Sunset Green Benefit District formation, is incorrect.  An October 31, 2017 internal DPW memorandum and contract addendum shows that funding was raised to $120,000.  The document was…

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OP-ED: Potrero Power Station Should be Developed as a Neighborhood Asset

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Development of the 29-acre Potrero Power Station could bring much needed public services and shoreline access to our waterfront. And yet, no firm commitment to any specific community benefits that would support area growth has materialized as the project moves rapidly through environmental and design review. Although we hear affordable housing is a priority at…

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OP-ED: 2018 Election Thoughts

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I’m excited to see the A-Team of powerful women – London Breed, Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, and Nancy Pelosi – representing San Francisco on the national stage. These experienced leaders, working together with young idealistic activists, gives hope that we can make progress on social justice and environmental issues. The Blue Wave was actually a…

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Op-Ed: Golden State Warriors Should Have Shown Oakland More Respect

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Golden State Warriors fans can claim bragging rights as supporting the “best team in the United States” for another year, after the squad’s takedown of the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2017 National Basketball Association title. But San Franciscans who support the team’s move to the City should consider what it’ll do to their neighbor, Oakland,…

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Letters to the Editor

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I’m not a conspiracy theorist, nor do I know what that term means. But I’ve become increasingly aware that letters to the editor in liberal, East Coast newspapers are predominantly anti-President Donald Trump. To that, I say: sad, horrible, unfair. I also ask two key questions: Are the liberal, East Coast newspapers not receiving letters…

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Op-Ed: Pier 70 Project Merits Comprehensive Transportation Solutions

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Last month’s The Potrero View’s coverage of Forest City’s Pier 70 “Mega Project” extolled the many benefits of the 28-acre development, with little consideration of its negative impacts. Contrary to what was reported, the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) identified nine “significant and unavoidable” impacts. A massive increase in Dogpatch’s population, along with large numbers…

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Will Irish Hill Be Hidden?

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Development plans for Pier 70 call for five apartment buildings, six stories or taller, to surround the last piece of historic Irish Hill, a rocky outcrop backed by tall eucalyptus trees, easily seen from Illinois Street between 20th and 22nd streets. If those designs are realized, Irish Hill would be only partially seen through openings between the structures from Illinois, 21st – a proposed street –…

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Why I Choose to Raise My Family in San Francisco

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I choose to raise my family in San Francisco, and specifically Potrero Hill, because of the shared commitment to making the Hill better for everyone who lives here.  In every part of our lives, my family has found a welcoming community. I’d heard the neighborhood legend of families coming together years ago to keep Daniel Webster…

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Fight On!

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The up swelling of post-election demonstrations – in Golden Gate and Dolores parks, and throughout the Bay Area and nation – shows how we can coalesce with one voice and that we can fight for what we want if we put our minds to it. We can’t let the election of Donald Trump be the…

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Why I Choose to Raise My Family in San Francisco

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The result of the presidential election brought home my reasons for wanting to raise my kids in a densely populated urban environment like San Francisco:  diversity, diversity, diversity.  Socio-economic, racial, ethnic, cultural and gender identity diversity.  Parenting is a tough job wherever you reside.  We all make decisions in attempts to make that job a…

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OP-ED: Municipal Transportation Agency has Failed San Francisco

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s (SFMTA) plan for traffic was to make it disappear. That plan has failed miserably.  SFMTA doesn’t appear to have a Plan B, other than to ignore the public and blame us for their failure. It’s time for them to disappear. Since SFMTA laid the thermoplastic red carpet on Mission…

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View Election Recommendations

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With 25 local measures, 17 state initiatives, and many, many candidates, voters need a decision framework, or guiding philosophy, to render thoughtful ballot decisions.  One approach is to group measures into like categories, and apply a consistent thought process throughout, deviating only when there’s compelling reasons to do so.  Here’s ours, limited to local measures…

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