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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 Collaborations Raise 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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Subprime Auto Loans Driving Delinquency, Repossessions

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Despite an economy marked by high growth and low unemployment, motor vehicle repossession rates have risen in many parts of the country, including California. According to California Department of Business Oversight data, there were 44,897 auto repossessions in the state in 2017. In 2016, that number was 39,948, with 39,690 repos in 2015 and 41,492…

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Property and Violent Crimes Up, Homicides and Human Trafficking Down

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According to San Francisco Police Department data, between 2016 and 2018 the number of violent and property crimes in the City increased, the former jumping by 11.8 percent last year. In 2017, the number of homicides declined by 3.4 percent. Human trafficking – transporting and harboring people for forced sexual or labor services – was…

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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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Starr King Open Space Steadily Being Restored

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Starr King Open Space is slowly being returned to its indigenous flora, with the cultivation of a native plant garden and creation of a plot to be conserved by students at adjacent Starr King Elementary School. “We have been coordinating with Literacy for Environmental Justice, a nonprofit in southeast San Francisco that promotes environmental health,…

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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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