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Starting Salaries Vary Widely by Profession, Baking in Inequality

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Starting salaries for college graduates vary widely depending on the profession, setting up individuals for a likely lifetime of income disparities. Notably, journalists and elementary schoolteachers are at the bottom of the wage barrel, which raises the question, why are we asking people in essential jobs to do them at the cost of significant economic…

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Bill Protecting Architects’ Copyright Becomes Law

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Senate Bill 1214, carried by State Senator Brian Jones, was signed by the governor earlier this year.  The law limits the type of information prepared by architects that municipal planning departments can make available to the public in a copyable format. The restriction is intended to protect architects’ intellectual property rights, congruent with the Federal…

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Le Marché Cezanne: An Épicerie in Potrero Hill

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Le Marché Cezanne, a grocery store dedicated to connecting local farms and neighborhood brands with community members, opens this month on 18th Street between Connecticut and Missouri streets. Mario Rimet, Le Marché Cezanne’s owner, moved to San Francisco four years ago and was introduced to Dogpatch and the Hill while working at La Fromagerie, on…

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VOTE

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The wheel of democracy turns yet again, with the yummy, annoying, or satisfying responsibility to choose amongst a plethora of candidates and causes.  The View’s ability to examine politicians and ballot initiatives has shrunk over the years, hobbled by fewer enthusiastic volunteers and diminishing advertising reviews. Still, we do our best, focusing on municipal propositions.…

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Minority Rules

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DISTRICT SUPERVISOR, 2020 FIRST CHOICE VOTES 1 Connie Chan 13,422 3 Aaron Peskin 15,293 5 Dean Preston 21,431 7 Myrna Melgar 7,852 9 Hillary Ronen 27,481 11 Ahsha Safai 15,033 100,512 MAYOR, 2019 London N. Breed 125,200 Minority rule is embedded in American democracy.  Each state has two U.S. Senators regardless of population. The electoral…

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Without Publications to Populate them, Newsracks Disappear

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In July, the San Francisco Department of Public Works (DPW) removed about 230 mostly unused news racks from throughout the City. According to Beth Rubenstein, DPW deputy director of policy and communications, the action was in response to a swell of complaints from 311 calls, City Supervisors and others that the racks were being used…

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Catalytic Converters Stolen from Under Police’s Noses

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Four identifiably marked San Francisco Police Department vehicles had their catalytic converters surgically removed by thieves last month.  “On September 12, 2022, at approximately 1 p.m., a San Francisco Police Officer discovered a marked police truck parked in the area of 16th Street and De Haro Street had its catalytic converter stolen,” confirmed the SFPD media…

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Contemporary Furniture for Sale in Potrero Hill

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At the corner of 17th and Missouri streets a freshly renovated building showcases table sets and armchairs vended by Blu Dot San Francisco. With its design center in Minneapolis, Blu Dot Design and Manufacturing has stores in twelve cities throughout the world, including New York, Sydney, and Mexico City. The company brings products that won…

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Why I Choose to Raise My Kids in San Francisco

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My husband, Kevin, and I choose to raise our kids, Olivia, nine, and Emma, six, in San Francisco and specifically Potrero Hill because we value access to natural spaces, engagement in public spaces, and community. I love being able to walk down Connecticut Street and enjoy a spectacular meal or entertainment in the Hill, Mission,…

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Kash is King

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During the height of the pandemic, just when his restaurant business was reaching its peak, Kash Feng slashed his staff from 500 to five. Feng operates The Omakase restaurant group, with seven Bay Area restaurants, including Live Sushi and Breakfast at Tiffany’s in Potrero Hill.  In 1999, at 18, Feng joined a group of friends…

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Dogpatch Remains a Center for Textile Companies

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Dogpatch has a long history as a textile center. Esprit – formerly Esprit des Corp – launched in the late-1970s, located its headquarters on the 900 block of Minnesota for the ensuing 30 years.  The company pioneered a building approach that evolved into the dominate style in the neighborhood, consisting of luxury warehouse-converted structures that…

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LUMA Becomes Mission Bay’s First Hotel

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In June, LUMA Hotel opened at 100 Channel Street, marking the arrival of Mission Bay’s first hotel. Although early placards had announced development of Marriot-owned lodging, that chain was never part of actual plans. The guesthouse is LUMA’s west coast outpost; the brand also has a hotel located in Manhattan’s Times Square. “LUMA is the…

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Mission Bay Elementary School on Track for 2025 Opening

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Earlier this summer the San Francisco Board of Education (SFBoE) unanimously approved construction of a prekindergarten through fifth grade school and Linked Learning Hub to be located on Mission Bay South Block 14. The Hub will serve as a professional learning center for teachers and staff, as well as a place to connect high school…

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SOMA Animal Hospital Welcomes Pet Patients

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Earlier this year SOMA Animal Hospital opened at the corner of Fourth and Channel streets in a space originally scoped to be a restaurant. The primary care facility is bright and airy, with five exam rooms, an operating theater, surgery suite, imaging room, treatment areas and pharmacy. It houses different wards for dogs, cats, and…

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Smuin Center for Dance Invites Potrero Hill to Move it

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Shortly before the start of the pandemic, Smuin Contemporary Ballet and the Smuin Center for Dance relocated to 1830 17th Street, between Rhode Island and De Haro. The Ballet was founded in 1994 by Michael Smuin, former choreographer and co-artistic director of San Francisco Ballet; the Smuin Center for Dance was established two years ago…

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VOTE: June 7, 2022

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United States Representative, District 11: Nancy Pelosi. Our hometown congressional hero is awesome, and remains if not at, close to, political peak power. That said, please Nancy, retire gracefully when you feel you’re slipping. State Controller: Former District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen is a pretty good politician.  She does not, however, have a reputation for…

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Traditional Chinese Medicine Taught in Potrero Hill

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Eastern medicine – which focuses on treating the person rather than the symptoms – has been practiced for more than 3,000 years, with medical texts that date to the Han Dynasty in China (206 BCE to 220 CE). Western medicine principally attempts to understand linear sequences of adverse events culminating in a pathology that’s tangible…

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Pelton Cottages Evidence of Lived History in Dogpatch

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Passersby may have noticed two rows of identical bungalows huddled together on Tennessee and Minnesota streets near 22nd. These are Pelton Cottages – 1002, 1004, 1008, 1010, 1012, and 1014 Tennessee Street – and their backyard neighbors; 903, 905, 907, 909, 911, 913, and 915 Minnesota Street.  San Francisco was once home to 26 of…

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Chatz Bids Potrero Hill a Fond Farewell

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There’s been a coffee shop at 301 Arkansas Street for the last 22 years. Not anymore. Masoud, who owned and operated Chatz since 2005, reluctantly had to close the business in April. Challenges caused by the pandemic, combined with nearby construction that disrupted parking, created traffic congestion, and drew unregulated food vendors selling to site…

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Dogpatch, Potrero Hill to Stay in District 10

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After weeks of heated debate and threats of lawsuits the nine-member San Francisco Redistricting Task Force adopted a final draft map for supervisorial districts last month. Under the plan Bayview, Dogpatch and Potrero Hill will remain in District 10. The Tenderloin, formerly in District 6, will shift to District 5, alongside the Haight. Mission Bay…

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Muni Pursues New Bus Routes and Bike Lanes

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As the pandemic hopefully wanes, Muni lines have been restored, altered, and temporarily or permanently abandoned.  The 55 Dogpatch began service last January, replacing the 22 Fillmore, which’d shifted the eastern portion of its route as part of the 16th Street Improvement Project. More than 1,000 community members expressed opinions about their preferred route for…

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Potrero Annex-Terrace Residents Concerned about Air Quality

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Potrero Annex-Terrace residents are concerned about periodic instances of high asbestos levels in the air caused by construction at 1801 25th Street and an associated lack of immediate notifications from Bridge Housing and the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA).   Annex-Terrace is being slowly redeveloped under Potrero HOPE, launched in 2017. In 2021 the project…

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