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Hill’s Public Schools Begin Year with Renovations, Innovations

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Two months into the 2015 school year Potrero Hill’s public schools are completing or commencing campus renovations and modernizations.  Some schools have introduced new courses, one is piloting a revamped curriculum, while another is grappling with significant enrollment declines. Daniel Webster Elementary has moved temporarily to the Enola Maxwell/International Studies Academy campus, as its 20th…

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Community Building Continues As Annex-Terrace Awaits Actual Rebuilding

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On a sunny day last summer the crisp smell of fresh vegetables could be detected on Texas Street’s southern slope, as families and individuals harvested produce at the Texas Street Farm. The farm, where the crops raised are eaten by those who work the garden, is managed by the Potrero Hill Sustainable Living Group and…

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Rhode Island and Wisconsin Streets to Get Greener

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Property owners on the 800 block of Rhode Island Street and 900 block of Wisconsin Street have partnered with Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) to make their streets a little greener. The effort involves removing concrete blocks from the sidewalk and replacing them with rocks, plants, and mulch.  Rachel Gordon, director of communications and…

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Democratic Club Takes No Position on Proposition D, Despite Lobbying by Agnos, Giants

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Last month the Potrero Hill Democratic Club (PHDC) hosted discussions on upcoming local ballot propositions, as well a mayoral debate, though without the incumbent. The conversations often pivoted off of the theme of affordable housing and the need to address unfulfilled demand for homes. Edwin Lindo, for the Committee to Save the Mission, spoke on…

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Plans for Potrero Power Plant Site Being Generated

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San Francisco’s last significant fossil fuel electricity generating station, the Potrero Power Plant, was shuttered in 2010. More than five years later, developers are looking at the facility’s footprint with visions of what could be constructed in its place. The power plant site, which covers roughly 21 acres, is located in Pier 70, at 1201…

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The Pour Guys to Take Over The Connecticut Yankee

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By next month The Connecticut Yankee, located at 100 Connecticut Street, will change hands from Fritz Frisbie to The Pour Guys, a partnership composed of restaurant industry veterans Joey Christensen, Tony Cooney, Stephen Crawford, and Eric Mejia. The Guys own two other bars: the Tempest, at 431 Natoma Street, and Louie’s, 55 Stevenson Street, which…

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Artists Look to Anchor at Hunters Point Shipyard

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As new residents settle into freshly built market-rate housing located at the former Hunters Point Shipyard, artists who have long maintained studios in the area are also anticipating a move, just a parcel away. Lennar Urban, developer for the Shipyard, is required by the City’s Office of Community Infrastructure and Investment (OCII) to construct 106,000…

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Catherine Clark Brings Art to Potrero Hill

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Catharine Clark, a native San Franciscan and art gallery owner, has worked with visual artists from across the globe for more than two decades.  Her Utah Street-based Catherine Clark Gallery offers an elegant, multi-room exhibition space for artists to present various themes. Every six weeks the gallery changes its exhibits.  Clark represents more than 20…

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San Francisco Art Studios Open this Month

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Each year, Potrero Hill-based ArtSpan hosts a citywide month-long event, SF Open Studios. With nearly a thousand contributing artists, SF Open Studios is a celebration of San Francisco’s art culture. Artpsan is committed to “cultivating a vibrant, accessible, and sustainable arts community in San Francisco”, including helping to safeguard access to physical spaces for creative…

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Potrero Hill’s Independent Schools Thriving

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With summer break receding into the distance, Potrero Hill’s independent school classrooms are once again abuzz with energy, as students and teachers immerse themselves in the business of making friends, learning new concepts, and taking and grading tests. Annette Bauer, head of school of AltSchool’s Dogpatch campus, which serves about 52 kindergarteners to second graders,…

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Potrero Hill; Dogpatch Adopt Nation’s First Green Benefit District

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After roughly three years of community advocates’ organizing, petitioning and planning, on July 31 the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the establishment of a Greens Benefit District (GBD) in the northwest corner of Potrero Hill and Dogpatch, a first-of-its-kind experiment in funding the creation and maintenance of public green space. The GBD will…

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Democratic Club Endorses Mirkarimi and Aragon

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Last month, the Potrero Hill Democratic Club (PHDC) sponsored a debate at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House that featured candidates running for Sheriff and the Board of Trustees, City College of San Francisco (CCSF). The packed hall listened to Board candidates Wendy Aragon, incumbent Alex Randolph, and Tom Temprano discuss issues related to enrollment, marketing,…

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Senior and Disability Advocates Challenge Bus Route Change

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Advocates for seniors and people with disabilities are challenging the rerouting of the 33-Stanyan bus away from Potrero Avenue and San Francisco General Hospital. The activists argue that the change will cause a hardship to seniors and the disabled who have to transfer at 16th Street and Potrero Avenue to the 9-San Bruno bus to…

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Tests Indicate Modest Noise Levels from Mission Bay Helipad

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When the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital opened last winter one of its features was San Francisco’s first rooftop helipad.  The helideck allows critically ill newborns, children and pregnant woman to be transported to and from the facility in a way that minimizes complications associated with ground transportation, providing access to advanced,…

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Municipal Activities Aim to Increase Bike Safety

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Construction along Potrero Avenue – part of streetscape improvements managed by the San Francisco Department of Public Works in conjunction with the Municipal Transit Authority and the Public Utilities Commission – will be completed this fall, according to a San Francisco Bicycle Coalition spokesperson.  Potrero Avenue is the only direct bike route between South-of-Market and…

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Hill Resident Raises $400,000 for Nepal Earthquake Relief

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In April and May two earthquakes rocked Nepal.  The tremblors devastated the country, destroying approximately 250,000 buildings and 20,000 schools. Nepal Social Educational Environmental Development Services, a San Francisco-based charity led by Potrero Hill resident Keith Goldstein, responded with a spirited effort to support relief efforts, raising $400,000 for earthquake relief.  And its fundraising efforts…

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San Francisco School Board Backs Away from Contract with Anti-Israel Group

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A resolution by the San Francisco Board of Education to work with an Arab and a Vietnamese group to help develop new language programs sparked a two-month controversy that was resolved, at least temporarily, over the summer. The Board decision to encourage the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to work with the Arab Resource…

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