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Well-Educated Candidates Vie for Assembly Seat

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Last fall, Mayor London Breed appointed then State Assemblymember David Chiu to be San Francisco City Attorney, filling the seat vacated by Dennis Herrera, who Breed selected to head the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, a position which’d been made available by the resignation of Harlan Kelly in the face of corruption allegations. The political…

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La Scuola Sites New Campus in the Mission

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According to Head of School Valentina Imbeni, PhD., Italian-immersion La Scuola is delighted with its new campus in the Mission, but would’ve preferred to have stayed in Dogpatch, where its pre-kindergarten program is located.  Established in 2002, La Scuola is a co-educational day school with 300 preschool through eighth grade students split between two campuses:…

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SFPUC Commissioner Sophie Maxwell Encourages More Activism

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Former District 10 Supervisor, Sophie Maxwell, spends most mornings at Lake Merced, enjoying the scenic views and natural landscape that surrounds it. The lake, which now serves as an emergency water supply, was San Francisco’s main drinking water source until it was replaced by the Hetch-Hetchy reservoir in the Sierra Nevada almost a century ago.…

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Potrero Hill Shows Off Its Green Thumb

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A bit more than five percent of District 10, which includes Dogpatch and Potrero Hill, consists of green space, compared to 13 percent for San Francisco as a whole. Residents have steadily worked to remedy this deficit, successfully advocating for community gardens and green patches. These efforts created the Kansas Street Community Garden, Arkansas Friendship…

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The Beautiful Struggle

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Beauty has a sordid history in art. Once held up as the most essential aesthetic principle, beauty has been championed, diminished, and had to fight for its value. An esthetic of pain has taken center stage in twentieth and twenty-first century art, emphasizing artists who express or parse personal struggle in their work, often correlating…

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Living Large, the Musical, at the Potrero Stage Theater

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This month playwright/lyricist, Diane Sampson, and musician/cabaret performer, Lauren Mayer, will unveil what they accomplished during the pandemic. Living Large, their musical about the lives and loves of Marie Dressler, will debut on December 10 and 11 as a reading at the Potrero Stage Theater.  Though Bay Area artists Sampson and Mayer had admired each…

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Life Sciences Complex Planned on Third Street

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San Francisco developers Ronaldo Cianciarulo and Workshop1 want to develop a roughly 603,286 square feet life science laboratory complex on 3100 to 3150 Third Street, a property owned by 3150 Third LLC and 3240 Mindful LLC. The site is the largest of three properties the team wants to cultivate as life science labs in Dogpatch…

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Affordable Housing

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“It costs the same to build an “affordable” house as it does a market rate one,” my friend, Chris Block, presently San Francisco’s Chronic Homelessness Initiative Director, told me almost two decades ago.  That’s still roundly true. Modest savings can be achieved by deploying different construction techniques, materials, and modular units, such as those manufactured…

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Unions, Civic Groups Scrutinize Amazon’s Proposed Showplace Square Development Site

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Last month, roughly 60 members of the San Francisco Southeast Alliance (SFSEA) gathered at Thee Parkside to discuss Amazon’s operations and proposal to develop 900 Seventh Street. It was SFSEA’s, also known as the SF Southeast Community Coalition, first in-person gathering in six months.  SFSEA is a group of nonprofits, neighborhood associations, business organizations, environmental…

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City Continues to Mull Over Congestion Pricing

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The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) has extended its timeline to develop a Downtown congestion pricing scheme, giving Southside residents and businesses more time to consider the idea.  SFCTA wants to use congestion pricing to reduce traffic levels Downtown, thereby speeding circulation and untangling gridlock. Vehicles would be charged a fee to drive on…

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Dogpatch Neighborhood Association to Elect Officers

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The Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) is set to approve an uncontested slate of candidates.  DNA members who’ve paid this year’s dues can vote on November 9 at a virtual meeting. The association has roughly 800 members, who pay $25 dues for individuals, $35 for families, though fees are waved for “anyone without capacity to pay,”…

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Lester Zeidman Leads, and Leaves, The Good Life

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Longtime Potrero Hill resident and chief executive officer of The Good Life Grocery, Lester Zeidman, retired last summer after 40 years as co-owner of one of San Francisco’s most beloved, and successful, retail groceries. Zeidman left his home state of New Jersey when he was 17 years old. He bounced around, living in a cabin…

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Colonialization’s Lasting Imprint

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The United States is commonly thought of as a nation of immigrants, but it’s also a nation of colonizers. Brooklyn-based artist, Maia Cruz Palileo, explores this tension in Long Kwento, a haunting exhibition of paintings and sculptures at the California College of the Arts’ Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art. Palileo’s focus is on American colonization…

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Hill Resident Marcy Adelman Helps Build LGBQT Senior Facilities

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Born in 1947, in the Dorchester area of Boston, Massachusetts, Marcy Adelman grew up in a tightknit, largely Jewish, community. The multi-generational home in which she was raised taught young Adelman the importance of family supporting senior household members, with respect shown to elderly community members.  That early grounding laid the foundation for Adelman to…

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Efforts to Rename Jackson Park Underway

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In August, Jude Deckenbach, Friends of Jackson Park (FoJP) executive director, introduced the idea of renaming Jackson Playground at an online meeting of the Potrero Boosters, a neighborhood group consisting of Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, and Showplace Square residents.  “We are in touch with Jude and have shared our park renaming policy,” said Tamara Aparton, San…

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New Bayview Station Police Captain Grapples with Staff Shortages

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David Maron was named captain of the Bayview Station last February, after more than 25 years with the San Francisco Police Department. His appointment was made in the wake of a year of civic unrest demanding changes to policing and public safety nationwide.  Maron was previously a lieutenant at Park Station on the Westside for…

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De Haro Property Owners Among Unsung Heroes of the Pandemic

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“Essential workers” have been deservedly lauded over the past almost two-year pandemic. Medical professionals, among other “frontline workers,” have had to grapple with potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus, as well as the effect of compounded, concentrated stress and anxiety. There have been other “heroes,” though, some right in our backyard.  Allow me to introduce…

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Peter McCandless, Dogpatch Cinematographer, Has Seen the Light

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Minnesota Street resident, Peter McCandless, 67, believes he’s contributed to the world’s body of knowledge by serving as a cinematographer for more than 13 significant documentaries, including Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story (2000); The Bridge (2006), and The Great 14th: Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama in His Own Words (2019).…

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The Big Picture

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Pier 24, located on the Embarcadero, is offering visitors the opportunity to see more of its collection than ever before. Exhibitions at the prominent photography museum typically revolve around one or two artists or a strong curatorial theme. Looking Back: Ten Years of Pier 24 Photography, through December 31, tosses these limitations in favor of…

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