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Supervisor Walton Has His Hands Full with District 10 Challenges

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District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton was quick to deliver on at least one campaign promise after he took office last January, announcing in his first week that switchbacks on the T Third Street Muni Metro line would be eliminated. Mayor London Breed helped Walton secure the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority’s promise to end the…

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Associate Capital Offers Historic Preservation Alternatives to Development Plan

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Associate Capital presented alternative Potrero Power Plant development designs to the San Francisco Planning Commission last spring, which included restoring the 300-foot concrete smokestack and adjacent 131-foot Unit 3 control room, as well as preserving elements of Station A. Claus Spreckels, who founded the company that became the Western Sugar Refinery, built Station A in…

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Bayview Company Looking to Field Robots in Dogpatch and Potrero Hill

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By J. Eric Miller Robots have walked, well, rolled, the streets of 21st Century San Francisco, but whether they’ll do so in the future is uncertain. Led by District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation last year that restricts the use of delivery robots. Initially calling for an outright…

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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…

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

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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…

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Fossil Fuel Backup Generators Hidden Source of Power, Pollution

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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…

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Anchor Brewing Unionizes

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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.…

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Warriors Want a Hotel and Condominiums Adjacent to Chase Center

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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…

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City Ponders Ways to Oust JUUL from Pier 70

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San Francisco Port Commissioners want vaping company, JUUL, to relocate from Pier 70, by shortening the firm’s lease or enacting a municipal ordinance that bans vaping firms and firearm manufacturers from leasing or subleasing commercial property.  The nicotine-supplying e-cigarette enterprise sublets offices in Building 102 on 20th and Illinois streets. As reported in the View,…

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Dogpatch/Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefit District Pursues Success through Partnerships

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Improvements to the 22nd Street Caltrain station are on schedule, with work to remove the asphalt walkway and replace it with a larger concrete plaza – along with additional plantings and lighting – on the facility’s southbound platform starting this month. Covered scooter and motorcycle parking opened at Iowa and 22nd streets earlier this year.…

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Fires Between Highway 101 and Potrero Hill Fanned by Interjurisdictional Challenges

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Most San Franciscans probably believe that if a neighborhood experiences a plethora of intermittent fires someone would attempt to find a way to stop them. But when it comes to blazes occurring between Highway 101 and Potrero Hill, overlapping jurisdictions amongst several state and municipal agencies has left oversight largely to nearby homeowners, who are…

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City Ignores Proposition K, Doing Little to Repurpose Surplus Land to Beneficial Uses

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In 2015, voters approved Proposition K to streamline the process of identifying surplus municipally-owned land that could be used for affordable housing. The voter guide indicated that there’d be specific reporting dates for public agencies, hearings and oversight by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (BoS). Three years later, the City has passed on the…

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Planning Continues for New Mission Bay Elementary School

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The San Francisco Unified School District held a briefing last fall to collect community reactions to a planned pre-kindergarten through fifth grade campus, to be built adjacent to the Owens Street traffic circle. The first of many anticipated public engagements, the meeting, held at the Mercy Housing Community Room on Fourth Street, was well attended by…

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Esprit Park Renovation Planning Process Continues

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The Esprit Community Advisory Group (ECAG) was formed last year to recommend approaches to the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department about how to best maintain and renovate Esprit Park.  Members include Dogpatch resident Susan Fitch, Irma Lewis of Toes and Paws for Green Space, Green Benefit District executive director Julie Christensen, and Dogpatch Neighborhood…

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Central Waterfront Homeless Navigation Center May Extend its Stay

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Halfway into a three-year lease, the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) is generally supportive of extending the Central Waterfront Homeless Navigation Center’s stay and expanding its number of beds from 63 to 68. A presentation last fall by the City’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) to DNA drew a positive response. DNA president Bruce…

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Parking Management Plan Proposed for Potrero Hill’s North Slope

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has floated a plan to deploy several types of parking management tools on Potrero Hill’s North Slope, including weekday time limits to discourage commuters from leaving their cars and parking meters to offer short-term options for shoppers, visitors, and other daytime users.  If implemented the proposal would impact…

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With Measure D Passage Wrangling Begins Over How to Spend Extra Cannabis Revenues, or Rollback the Tax

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Last fall, Measure D, which’ll place an additional tax on cannabis businesses, garnered 65.7 percent of the municipal vote. City Controller Ben Rosenfield estimates that the tax will generate between $7 million and $16 million, with proceeds to be deposited into the general fund. Cannabis businesses and advocacy groups want some of these funds to…

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Walton Elected District 10 Supervisor, with 42 percent of First Place Votes

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Shamann Walton was elected to the District 10 Board of Supervisors seat last month. He’ll be sworn into office on January 1, 2019. As of election data available in mid-November, Walton received 8,891, or 42 percent, of first place votes cast in the District. “I’m definitely excited and ready to get to work,” said Walton.…

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Accidental THC Ingestion Continues to Dog Pets

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Casually discarded roaches or dropped bits of edibles, inside and outside homes, are increasingly being gobbled up by canines, with unpleasant results. The instances of dogs sickened from ingesting marijuana has more than doubled in recent years, according to the National Animal Poison Control Center of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to…

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Community Expresses Mixed Feelings About Potrero Power Plant Project

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Closed in 2011, the Potrero Power Plant sits on more than 28 acres located on a central piece of waterfront property. It was purchased from NRG Energy by Associate Capital in 2016, which in 2017 started planning to develop the area into a multi-use complex that’d include 2,682 residential units, according to an environmental impact…

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22nd Street Caltrain Station Closed on Weekends

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Starting last month, the 22nd Street and Fourth Street Caltrain stations are no longer open on weekends.  The closings are to accommodate installation of a catenary rail system that’ll allow Caltrain to convert the majority of its line from diesel to electric trains, known as Electric Multiple Units (EMU).  Until construction is completed, weekend train…

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Students Struggle to Study in San Francisco

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According to Inc., San Francisco is the country’s most expensive city. Business Insider recently reported that Northern California is among the most prosperous economies in the world. While this may be great news for young people engaged in the lucrative sectors fueling growth, such as social media, high living costs have made life challenging for…

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Dignity Health Merger Raises Questions

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A proposed merger between Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives has raised concerns about access to care for women, transgender, and low-income patients, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Nurses in Dignity’s California hospital system are also worried that the merger could disrupt labor union contracts and job security. At the same time, the…

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Parking Prices Add to Pain of Bay Area Living

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According to SpotAngels, in 2017 San Francisco had the country’s highest average parking ticket cost – $97.40 – ahead of New York City, with an average price of $71.40. That same year, parking ticket revenues generated South-of-Market produced $11,383,000, the most in the City, with Downtown having the greatest number of tickets levied per available…

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