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22nd Street Greenscape Connection in Final Planning Stages

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The 22nd Street Greenscape Connection is a $3.6 million infrastructure improvement project located between Pennsylvania Avenue and Illinois Street along 22nd street. Features of the conceptual design, created by Fletcher Studios, include planting trees, improving bike lanes and pedestrian paths, 7,150 square feet of permeable paving (allowing for some storm water absorption), 7,150 square feet…

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An Inside Look at the City’s Southeast Water Treatment Facility

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Located on Phelps Avenue in Bayview Hunter’s Point, the Southeast Treatment Plant is one of two facilities that process water for the city of San Francisco. Built in 1952, this plant treats the majority – 80% – of the city’s wastewater flow. Wastewater is defined as a combination of street runoff and the water that…

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Friends of Jackson Park Hire Jude Deckenbach To Spearhead Next Steps For Park’s Development

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For Friends of Jackson Park it is an exciting time. The group, a grassroots organization founded in 2013 to improve the green spaces in Jackson Park, was allocated $1.6 million in 2014 by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. A master upgrade and renovation plan, for how to best spend the recently acquired funds,…

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The Debate Rages: Are Turf Fields Safe?

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The decision to build a turf field from recycled tires at the Potrero Hill Recreation Center remains at a standstill, as Potrero residents continue to debate the turf’s unknown, and potentially hazardous, health effects. On March 18, 2015, Senator Jerry Hill (D, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties) presented Bill 47 to the State Capitol,…

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Severe Inundation Predicted for San Francisco Coastlines

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San Francisco’s coastal waters have risen 8 inches over the last century. While predictions for rising levels for the rest of this century vary, scientists predict that by 2054, water will have risen anywhere from 11 to 20 inches. According to the Pacific Institute, a global water think tank that actively attempts to influence the…

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Urban Bees of San Francisco

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Long a utopia for the artists and wanderers of the continental U.S., San Francisco is also an ideal landing pad for another kind of traveler: the honey bee. Due to its moderate Mediterranean climate, lax permit regulations, bounty of flora and fauna, and hippie spirit, the neighborhoods in San Francisco are swarming with urban beehives.…

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Mission Bay Alliance Takes its Case to SF Board of Supervisors

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Last fall, the Golden State Warriors made considerable progress toward securing approval for an arena to be located at Third, 16th, and South streets and Terry Francois Boulevard. The advancements came despite continuing opposition from the Mission Bay Alliance, a group of current and former University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) faculty and donors. “This…

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As the City Goes so Goes Potrero, Except for Mayor

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A slightly higher percentage of registered voters in Potrero Hill cast a ballot during last month’s election than did so citywide; 46 percent compared with 45 percent.  The modest participation suggests significant voter apathy, even in the face of what some called a referendum on San Francisco’s future.  With the exception of the mayor’s race,…

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SF’s Criminal Justice System Faces Challenges

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Last month, incumbent Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was defeated by former Chief Deputy Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, who took 62 percent of the vote. Hennessy, who was backed by the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association and Mayor Ed Lee, was running for office for the first time.  She conveyed a simple message:  she’ll restore a troubled department…

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Neighborhood Groups Seek Effective Transit Solutions

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The Potrero Boosters have been collaborating with other neighborhood groups – including the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA), South Beach/Rincon/Mission Bay Neighborhood Association, and Mission District merchants – to develop strategies to fill gaps in public transportation access in Southside neighborhoods. “We’ve been able to work well with our neighbors facing the same challenges, with slightly…

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San Bruno Avenue Fires Continue to Blaze

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Fires sparking from homeless encampments located on a small strip of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) owned land between San Bruno Avenue and Highway 101 continue to pose a threat to nearby residents, and their homes. Since the View reported on the issue last month, multiple small blazes have been spotted in the area.  Representatives…

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Warriors Look to Increase Profits with New Arena

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The Warriors’ proposed arena would create more space for events, provide short- and long-term work for local unions, and likely generate additional profits for the team’s owners. “The idea of an 18,000-seat arena is quite exciting,” Bob Sauter, vice president and general manager of the SMG/Moscone Center, said. “We’re a convention center, so we wouldn’t…

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Dinner, Everyone, at the San Francisco – Marin Food Bank

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The San Francisco–Marin Food Bank’s warehouse, located at 900 Pennsylvania Avenue, is the hub for an effort that depends on a multitude of nonprofit organizations, schools, businesses, and volunteers to feed more than 147,000 people every week. The Potrero Hill location is one of the organization’s two warehouses; the other is in Novato. “During the…

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Trashy

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It’s illegal to throw garbage or unwanted items onto a public street or sidewalk. Trash pick-up for all public areas in San Francisco is provided by the Department of Public Works, which can be reached by phone, at 3-1-1, or online at sfdpw.org. Depending on the details of the illegal dumping, trash will generally be…

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1601 Mariposa Street Project Approved

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Last month, the San Francisco Planning Commission approved unanimously a series of documents associated with a proposed residential development at 1601 Mariposa Street, including the project’s environmental impact report, California Environmental Quality Act findings and a Large Project Authorization.  Commission endorsement came with conditions, including following interim design controls developed by the Potrero Boosters, securing…

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Bulow’s Potrero Hill Restaurants Continue to Draw Crowds

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With nearly twenty years of experience owning or operating restaurants throughout San Francisco, Jocelyn Bulow has learned how to spot the City’s next foodie trend. Beginning with his first partnership, Plouf on Belden Place, when he was just 26, Bulow has followed a set formula regardless of restaurant type or neighborhood location.  Launch an eatery,…

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Taco Bell Cantina Debuts at Third Street; Liquor License in the Works

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Last fall, Golden Gate Bell, LLC, a Pleasanton-based franchisee working in partnership with Yum! Brands, Inc., opened technology-friendly Taco Bell Cantina (TBC) at Third and Townsend streets. TBC is a “concept” eatery, a new model for millennial, urban, diners. The restaurant offers features the tech crowd wants: digital menu screens, recycling bins, free WiFi, electrical…

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Judith Catherine Kloehn Lopez (September 28, 1947 – October 28, 2015)

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Judith Catherine Kloehn Lopez passed away at her Potrero Hill home on October 28, 2015. She was born September 28, 1947 at St. Mary’s Hospital. In 1993, Lopez posed for View photographer and writer Peter Linenthal outside Strand Service-Appliance, her family’s Connecticut Street store, to commemorate the businesses’ 50th anniversary. Lopez told Linenthal she was…

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Hill-Based OPSWAT Provides Cybersecurity

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In our interconnected and device-laden world, cybersecurity has become a hot topic, especially after recent data breaches at the Sony and Target corporations. According to a study sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, cybercrime cost the average American firm $15 million in 2014, a 19 percent jump from the year prior. Average per company losses could top $40…

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