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COVID-19 Rates Highest South-of-Market, Bayview

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In May the San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) released data that confirmed earlier results that the 94103-zip code, South-of-Market (SoMa), has the City’s greatest intensity of individuals testing positive for the novel coronavirus, approximately 46 per 10,000 residents. The 94124-zip code, Bayview-Hunters Point, has the second highest concentration, approximately 41 per 10,000 residents…

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Port Preparing to (Finally) Open Crane Cove Park

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Construction of Crane Cove Park began in 2019, following years of neighborhood advocacy. Now, after missing its targeted spring inaugural, the Port of San Francisco hopes to partially open an unfinished park by this fall.  Work at the site stopped in April, due to the City’s shelter-in-place order, resuming in May with a limited workforce.…

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Poppy Path Planned for Potrero Hill

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A group of Potrero Hill residents, with assistance from Hibiscus Studio, is creating a “Poppy Path” from Wisconsin and Coral streets to 23rd and Arkansas streets. The walkway will be lined with native plants – including poppies – as a means to create a beautiful and calming perambulation between Starr King Elementary School and the…

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Merchants Struggle to Survive, Thrive, During Historic Challenge

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A distillery switched from making spirits to hand sanitizer. A factory that normally manufactures messenger bags and backpacks is fabricating fabric face masks. The COVID-19 pandemic, and associated shelter-in-place (SIP) orders, have caused businesses deemed non-essential to radically alter their operations to stay open, forced others to temporarily close, and demonstrated the adaptability of production,…

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NW Potrero Hill/Dogpatch Green Benefit District Elects New Board Members

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During almost two months of sheltering-in-place parks and open spaces have become central to maintaining people’s health and sanity. Many of the largely community-created commons in Dogpatch and Potrero Hill are kept up, in part, by the NW Potrero Hill/Dogpatch Green Benefit District (GBD).    The GBD provides “…additional maintenance and capital improvements to parks,…

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Company Set to Launch National Earthquake Warning System

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What if an earthquake’s time, location, and magnitude could be known days before it struck? That’s the promise of precursor SPC, a Washington-based company which, according to its chief executive officer, Clive Cook, is “on-track to deploy earthquake forecasting technology both in California and internationally” and is “in the process of closing multiple initiatives.” According…

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Demand for School Counselors Growing

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Public schools in California have boosted their counseling staffs by 30 percent over the past five years, a trend that’s likely to continue due to a rise in mental health issues, and associated pressures from teachers’ unions. The San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) is ahead of the curve, boasting a 110-to-one ratio of counselors…

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City Honors Long-Time Small Businesses

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The Potrero View, San Francisco’s longest-running neighborhood newspaper, was added to the City’s Legacy Business Registry earlier this year. The Registry recognizes venerable community-serving enterprises as valuable cultural assets, with educational and promotional assistance provided to support their continued viability. To date 239 companies have been listed on the Registry. Administered by the San Francisco…

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Neighborhood Wants Stay Gold to Go

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A proposal to open a cannabis dispensary at 667 Mississippi Street will be considered by the San Francisco Planning Commission on February 6 after a neighborhood group voiced concerns over the number of children living on and passing by the block. Friends of Mississippi Street, which formed last summer when the dispensary concept surfaced, has…

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Mission Creek’s Great Backyard Bird Count

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The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) is a collaborative effort led by the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology to gather data on local bird populations throughout the world. Launched in 1998, the GBBC takes place annually over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend. This year, that’s February 14 to 17.  Anyone can participate…

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Multiple Efforts to Provide Health Care to Populations Experiencing Homelessness

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The San Francisco Department of Public Health (DPH) offers medical care to people experiencing homelessness throughout District 10. Two programs, Street Medicine and Shelter Health, play a predominate role in these efforts.  According to Rachael Kagan, DPH communication director, Street Medicine is mobile, serving people sheltering in encampments, roads, parks, and under bridges. Street Medicine…

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My Gym’s Dogpatch Location Shuts Down

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My Gym’s Dogpatch location, which offered fitness classes for children from six months to six years-old, permanently closed at the end of last year.  Part of a franchise that has more than 600 locations worldwide, it’d operated at 901 Minnesota Street since 2004.  Owner Marci Briskin said her own children, Amanda and Jonah Briskin, were…

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San Francisco Flower Mart May be Planted Southside

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Proposals to relocate the 115,000 square foot San Francisco Flower Mart to 901 16th Street and 1200 17th Street, known as the “Corovan” site, or to Indiana Street between Cesar Chavez Street and Islais Creek, appear to be gaining traction, while efforts to repot the blossom businesses at the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market, in…

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New School Elementary Expansion Stymied, Future in Jeopardy

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Earlier this fall, the San Francisco Board of Education unanimously denied the New School of San Francisco’s charter school re-authorization request. Launched on Potrero Hill in 2015, currently serving kindergarten through fifth graders, New School had applied to expand to the eighth grade. The Board rejected that appeal and refused to reauthorize the school’s existing…

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Townsend Street Being Modified as Traffic-Related Deaths Rise in San Francisco

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Townsend Street from Third to Eighth streets – an area encompassing the Fourth Street Caltrain depot – is being significantly renovated to improve safety and transit speed, with the installation of Muni bus loading zones, protected bikeways, and an 1,000-foot-long raised sidewalk where no safe footpath had previously existed.  The Townsend Street Corridor Improvement Project…

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Local Governments are the Missing Piece in California’s Resilient Energy Future

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Over the past ten years California’s four large investor-owned utilities (IOUs) have been rocked by disturbances. The 2010 San Bruno natural gas line explosion was followed by more than 2,000 wildfires in the ensuing decade, sparked by IOU equipment.  The 2017 Camp Fire, caused by a Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) transmission line, was the…

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Meters Coming to 18th Street Commercial Strip

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will install parking meters along both sides of 18th Street between Connecticut and Texas streets by the end of the year. The meters will operate from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. with four-hour time limits, charging $1.50 for sixty minutes.   Residents and businesses located along the 18th Street business…

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Mission Bay Businesses Begin to Blossom

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For a timeless moment, the retail economy along Fourth Street from Channel Street to Mission Bay Boulevard North limped along. Early arrivals to Mission Bay kept waiting for a “critical mass” of residential and commercial complexes to be built to trigger a deluge of neighborhood-serving merchants. If the grand openings taking place along the corridor…

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Swarm of Fossil Fueled Backup Generators Continues to Grow, With No Response from Regulators

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In May, The Potrero View reported that according to Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) data there are roughly 6,500 fossil fueled backup generators, “BUGs”, in the San Francisco Bay Area, with some 800 in San Francisco alone. These numbers exclude the thousands of smaller gasoline, propane, and diesel-powered generators located in backyards and…

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Last Philosopher in San Francisco

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People are being swept out of San Francisco, washed away by pulsating torrents of tech cash.  Children, always in short-supply in this Peter Pan playground, are being replaced by a rising population of designer dogs, who soon enough will have their own dedicated restaurant, probably called “Doggy Diner.”  African Americans, making their last stand at…

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Faces of Affordable Housing

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Denise Smith and her youngest son, Roland Byrd, Jr., 23, moved into 626 Mission Bay Boulevard in 2018. They’re the first family to occupy a two-bedroom, one-bath townhome in the 100 percent below-market-rate (BMR) rental building, which opened last fall under Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) management.  Smith was born in San Francisco in 1956.…

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