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Experienced, Soft-Spoken Cop Takes Helm at Bayview Station

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Raj Vaswani, Bayview Station captain, is a soft-spoken man who believes that patrol officers are the backbone of the San Francisco Police Department.  Vaswani took over as captain in April, after Robert O’Sullivan was promoted to lead the department’s Golden Gate Patrol Division.  Now a few months into his new assignment, Vaswani is working to…

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Minnesota Street Project to Provide Affordable Art Space in Dogpatch

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Construction is set to begin this summer on a Dogpatch arts hub that will give gallery owners, the latest casualties of San Francisco’s booming real estate market, a bulwark against skyrocketing rents. Dubbed “Minnesota Street Project,” a warehouse at 1275 Minnesota Street is being converted into affordable space for 10 permanent galleries, a large, open…

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Dogpatch and Hill to Vote on Green Benefits District

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This month Dogpatch and Northwest Potrero Hill property owners will receive ballots asking them to tax themselves, the proceeds from which would be invested in parks and public spaces, as administered by a “Green Benefit District” (GBD).  Under the GBD locals would “directly invest in the beautification and greening” of the two neighborhoods, according to…

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New Mission Bay Advocacy Group Calls for Timeout on Warriors Arena

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In late April, the Mission Bay Alliance emerged to oppose plans to develop a Mission Bay arena to house the Golden State Warriors.  The Alliance said it wants to preserve the University of California, San Francisco’s (UCSF) ability to use the proposed arena site to expand the university’s substantial array of research laboratories and medical…

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District 10 Supervisor Wants Better Anti-Violence Measures

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An audit of municipally-funded violence prevention services has prompted District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen to call for new measures to stem aggression in Bayview-Hunters Point, Potrero Hill, and Visitacion Valley. The audit, conducted by the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s office, revealed that the City and County of San Francisco has “no method in place to…

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SF General to Open Trauma Center this Year, New Research Facility Soon After

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Final touches are being made to the renovated San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) and Trauma Center building, scheduled to open in December. The new hospital inpatient tower was funded by Proposition A, passed in 2008.  Public monies amounting to $887 million were recently supplemented by a $75 million donation from Priscilla and Mark Zuckerberg.  Even…

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California College of the Arts Class Enlivens Starr King Open Space

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Last semester, California College of the Arts (CCA) scholar-in-residence Chris Treggiari turned to Potrero Hill to serve as his studio class’s primary subject.   Treggiari directed students in his Making the Invisible Visible course to develop new ways to enliven Starr King Open Space. Treggiari’s undergraduates focused on catalyzing public interaction, creating marketing concepts and…

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Summer Film Festivals Offer Fun for the Whole Family

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San Francisco’s vibrant film scene, which offers a rich and diverse “ecosystem” of independently produced movies, can require as much creativity by viewers in search of a good, or provocative, time as it does to produce the work.  According to Peter L. Stein, local film festivals that aren’t to be missed include the recently completed…

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District 10 Supervisor Questions Police Department’s Response to Crime Trends

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District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen has called for a hearing to examine the San Francisco Police Department’s efforts to combat violent crime and automobile break-ins. In social media and local gathering places, Dogpatch and Potrero Hill residents have complained that SFPD has largely left it up to community members to deal with vehicle thefts, burglaries…

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Denise Meblin Kessler January 22, 1917 to April 5, 2015 – 98 years!

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By Marc Passen Denise was a lifelong friend of my mother’s, Ruth Passen, who served as The Potrero View’s editor for more than 30 years. They became instant friends when they met in San Francisco in the early-1950s, soon after Denise and her young daughter, Joanne – who later would sometimes “babysit” me! – moved…

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Noonan Building Artists Fishing for a Place at the Pier

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The Noonan Building, located on Pier 70, has served as an affordable work space, with inspiring surroundings, for San Francisco artists for more than 35 years.  For most of that time the building was off-the-beaten-track, surrounded by such industrial activities as automobile wrecking and ship yards.  In 2012 the future of the idyllic arts haven…

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High School Application Process Stressful

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Ask any parent of a teenager who was notified of what public or private high school in San Francisco offered them a spot last month about the application process.  You’ll hear “stressful,” “overwhelming,” and “time consuming” in response.  As with elementary and middle school, families can apply to any of the San Francisco Unified School…

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Lawsuit Halts Work on Mission Bay Loop

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Last month a California Appeals Court halted work on the Mission Bay Loop project, a Third Street T-line turnaround that’s planned for 18th, 19th and Illinois streets.  The Loop would enable San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) trains traveling south to return downtown once they reach Dogpatch.  As part of the Central Subway project, the…

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California College of the Arts Expanding its Canvas

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California College of the Arts (CCA) students will soon get a respite from San Francisco’s high-priced housing market. The Panoramic, located at 1321 Mission Street, is set to open in August, and will house around 200 artists-in-training. Half of the 160-unit complex will be set aside for CCA students, with the other half dedicated to…

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Gurdjieff Society Mounts Exhibitions on Harmonics

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The “Harmonics of Unity” exhibition by the San Francisco Gurdjieff Society, held this month at two Potrero Hill locations, presents an overview of the interactions of art, science, and religion based on insights from Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, and George Ivanovich Gurdjieff. The society is mounting two concurrent shows:  at Farley’s and the Entropy/Consciousness Institute…

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Project Artaud: An Artists’ Village in San Francisco

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Project Artaud – pronounced Ar-toe – on 499 Alabama Street is an artists’ village/cooperative/collective. Technically, the project is a nonprofit, but “nonprofit” doesn’t capture the undertaking’s essence, which is hard to characterize, admitted visual and performing artist Anna Dal Pino. “The difficulty and beauty of Project Artaud is that there is no consensus on the…

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Creativity Explored in Potrero Hill

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In a neighborhood known for its concentration of artists Creativity Explored fits right in. The fine art studio, located on Arkansas and 16th streets, works with artists who have developmental disabilities. Founded in 1983, the nonprofit was initially launched in the Mission, after artist Florence Katz and psychologist Dr. Elias Katz noticed a lack of…

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Art Part of Healing, Design at UCSF Medical Center

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With the opening of the $1.5 billion UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay earlier this year came hundreds of art installations throughout and outside the facility’s three buildings. Complementing the pieces installed in lobbies, terraces, atriums, elevator bays and outdoor plazas, the center offers art therapy programs for patients occupying the nearly 300 hospital beds.…

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