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With a $11.1 Billion Budget SF Spends Almost Two-Thirds More Per Capita than Seattle

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Last month, Mayor London Breed signed an $11.1 billion budget for each of fiscal years 2018-19 and 2019-20 that reflects greater emphasis on reducing homelessness, increasing housing affordability, and keeping streets clean and safe. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, much of the budget had been composed by former Mayor Mark Farrell, who negotiated with…

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Dogpatch Joins the Rest of the City in Being Subject to Regulated Parking

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This month, the Dogpatch Parking Management Plan, a long discussed set of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency regulations intended to prevent extended use of street parking, will take effect. The scheme is supposed to increase access to the community’s 2,600 parking spaces for Dogpatch residents and customers of neighborhood businesses. The plan was approved last…

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New City Living in Dogpatch

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A new way of city living is emerging in San Francisco, especially in Dogpatch, where many apartment buildings are being constructed. The days when higher rents meant certain neighborhoods and impressive square footage are giving way to an era in which expensive residences instead translate to an abundance of common space and amenities. It’s not…

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Sonic Disrupts Potrero Hill

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Last spring, Sonic, a Santa Rosa-based internet service provider, launched service in several San Francisco neighborhoods, including Potrero Hill, advancing an internet access alternative for residents and businesses. The growing company offers Gigabit Fiber Internet, which transmits data at a rate of 1,000 megabits a second, with download speeds 50 times the national average. Unlimited…

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Families Continue to Struggle to Stay in the City

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Growing up in San Francisco can provide wider opportunities and exposure to culture, but it’s not without challenges to parents, particularly when it comes to navigating housing, child care and schools. The trend over the past 40 years has been for families to leave San Francisco when children reach school age. A mere 18 percent…

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E-Cigarette Maker JUUL, Popular with High School Students, Subleases Space at Pier 70

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Over the past decade use of e-cigarettes, known as “vaping,” has increased, with 3.2 percent of American adults using such products in 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. E-cigarettes are electronic devices that simulate cigarette smoking by releasing nicotine, the active component in tobacco, via a vaporizer that users inhale. The…

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Mission Bay is Sinking

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Hidden below San Francisco’s dense patchwork of homes, stores, and skyscrapers lies millions of years of geological history. Various physical processes over the past two million years have created diverse strata of Bay Mud, consisting of soft, granulated, clay, that lurks underneath much of the region’s shoreline areas. During the last Ice Age, more than…

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Mark Leno for Mayor

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We live in a spectacular city.  Many of the gifts we enjoy come naturally:  topography that creates fantastic coastal views; mild weather; diverse geographies.  Others are human made:  dynamic, delicious, and abundant food, music, art, theater and cultural scenes. We’re sufficiently wealthy to support more than $10 billion in annual municipal expenditures without much trouble,…

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Only One “Healthy Nail Salon” in Potrero Hill

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Three years ago, the View reported on the health risks nail products pose to salon workers in the United States, in “Nail Salon Industry Slow to Clip Health Hazards,” July, 2015. Since then, hundreds of salons throughout California have improved their health and safety standards. Known as the “toxic trio,” three chemicals commonly found in…

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Car Break-Ins Decline Dramatically, Still High

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The San Francisco Police Department reported a 31 percent decrease in automobile break-ins from January to February, with the number of year-to-date thefts down 15 percent across the City.  All 10 police districts experienced fewer incidences.  Municipal officials have been combating an automobile break-in epidemic that’s besieged the City over recent years. In 2017, 31,000…

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Chinese Ban Forces San Francisco’s Plastics Elsewhere, with Higher Garbage Prices Likely

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Most of the 380 million metric tons of plastic created each year worldwide winds up in landfills or the natural environment. Despite California being one of the more successful states at recycling, San Francisco Bay isn’t spared. In 2016, samples taken from the Bay indicated it has more plastic pollution be weight than any other…

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Potrero Boosters President Vying for District 10 Board of Supervisors Seat

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“I think District 10 is the future of San Francisco,” said supervisorial candidate J.R. Eppler. “District 10 will see the most change over the course of the next decade than other parts of the City. It is the place where all of the problems the City is currently experiencing will either be exacerbated or come…

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Anchor Remains Anchored in Potrero Hill

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Five months into the purchase of Anchor Brewing Company by Japanese beer giant Sapporo, Anchor president Matt Davenport has promised that the company will continue to be San Francisco’s largest manufacturing employer – currently with 124 staff members – with all of its beer brewed on Potrero Hill. “Sapporo is committed to preserving and maintaining…

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Test Scores Don’t Always Determine a School’s Popularity

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Last month, San Francisco parents submitted their school choice lists.  If demand during the 2017 academic year is any indication, Lowell High School, A.P. Giannini Middle School and Clarendon Elementary School will be the most popular requests at their respective levels. San Francisco parents submit as many choices as they want into the school lottery…

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St. Ignatius Creates Junior High School Program

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St. Ignatius College Preparatory, a Catholic Jesuit high school located on 37th Avenue, has been educating Bay Area children for 160 years. Tuition for the 2017-2018 school year is $22,780 per student, unaffordable for most families. To better prepare scholars for the challenging St. Ignatius curriculum, a tuition-free junior high school was created this academic…

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Mission Rock Development Continues to Roll

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The San Francisco Planning Commission’s October approval may not have been the fall victory San Francisco Giants fans would’ve liked, but it’s a solid leadoff single for the team’s plans to redevelop 28 acres south of AT&T Park. The project needs approval from the Port Commission, which will consider the matter at a January 9…

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Board of Education President Shamann Walton in the Hunt for District 10 Supervisor

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Last March, Shamann Walton formed a campaign committee to organize his run for the District 10 seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. As San Francisco Board of Education president, Walton entered the 2018 race boasting arguably the highest profile of any of the candidates. He quickly earned endorsements from Mayor Ed Lee, State…

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The New School of San Francisco Brings Unique Curriculum to Potrero Hill

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Last summer, two schools moved into the Enola Maxwell campus, 655 De Haro Street, which’d been largely vacant for more than a year after International Studies Academy relocated to different grounds. One of the two institutions now housed on the site is San Francisco International High School, San Francisco Unified School District’s only school dedicated…

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SFMTA Works to Finalize Dogpatch Parking Plan

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For nearly two years the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency has been meeting with Dogpatch community members to develop a parking management plan for the neighborhood amidst increasing parking demand. Much of Dogpatch’s curbside is unregulated, resulting in a scarcity of spots within the context of a growing residential population and heavier commuter traffic. SFMTA’s…

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City Releases “Framework” to Address Homelessness

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Last month, the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing released a “Five-Year Strategic Framework” to address rootlessness.  Under the Framework, chronic homelessness would be halved by December 2022, with an end to “…large, long term encampments by July 2019.”  In addition, the outline called for implementing coordinated care systems, performance accountability, improvements to…

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