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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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Karen Larsen: Potrero Hill’s Publicist

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Calling long-time Potrero Hill resident Karen Larsen a publicist is “both accurate and absurdly insufficient,” wrote film critic Michael Fox, in a 2011 online profile.  Fox’s sketch of Larsen, prompted by her receipt of the San Francisco Film Society’s Essential SF Award, described her as  “…the most steadfast evangelist of independent films, filmmakers and festivals,…

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Potrero1010 Complex to Start Leasing Units this Fall

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With 453 residential units, a striking design and an acre of public space, Equity Residential (EQR) developers announced last month that they’ll begin preleasing apartments at Potrero1010 this October, with move-ins scheduled for December.  The project won’t be entirely finished until spring of 2016.   A little more than a year ago the lot on…

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Affordable Housing Advocates Question Giants’ Mission Rock Development

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In late-June, the San Francisco Giants submitted more than 16,000 signatures from San Francisco voters to the Department of Elections to place approval of their proposed Mission Rock development, under the Mission Rock Initiative, on the November 2015 ballot. The measure needed 9,702 signatures from San Francisco voters before July 6 to qualify.  Under the…

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Developers Focus on Southside Neighborhoods

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An extraordinary amount of real estate development is occurring in the Southside neighborhoods, with nearly 5,000 units in the pipeline. These projects are transforming Dogpatch and Potrero Hill.  What follows are profiles of some of the most active Southside developers. Trumark Urban Last May, Trumark Urban broke ground on a 91-unit mixed-use residential development on…

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Coding Bootcamps Seen as a Way into the Techie Class

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“I’m here because I’m thinking about a career change,” said a woman holding a plastic cup of wine. She and roughly 20 others were gathered in a brightly-lit building that itself had gone through a career change. Known as the Standard Oil Building, it was designed for John D. Rockefeller to house his California headquarters.…

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Vacant Mission Bay Lot to Become 20-Unit Apartment Building

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A new residential building is planned for a vacant lot located directly across the street from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospital, on the southeast corner of Tennessee and Mariposa streets. The building is being designed by San Francisco architect Riyad Ghannam, of RG-Architecture.  The proposed development, which is undergoing an…

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Foot Beat Officers Aim to Improve Hill’s Quality of Life

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Four foot beat officers, dispatched from the San Francisco Police Department’s Bayview Station, are working to improve the quality life in Potrero Hill and Dogpatch. Officer Eric Lau walks and rides a bicycle in the two neighborhoods from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Officers Matt Reiter, Sher Khan and Leo Bernstein monitor Third Street by…

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Debate Continues Over Warriors Arena

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Dozens of San Francisco residents, advocacy groups, and community organizations packed a late-June special meeting of the San Francisco Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure to voice their opinions about the proposed Golden State Warriors Mission Bay arena.  Attendees included the San Francisco Labor Council, which represents more than 100 unions in the City; Real…

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Potrero Hill Populated by Powerful Women

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The Potrero Hill and Dogpatch communities wouldn’t be what they are today without the help of extraordinary women.  A few of whom – though certainly not all – are featured below.  Janet Carpinelli, president of the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) and chair of GreenTrustSF, has lived in Dogpatch since 1981, before the neighborhood was called…

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Nail Salon Industry Slow to Clip Health Hazards

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Recent media has spotlighted the health care risks facing nail salon workers, as well as their customers.  Earlier this year, a series of New York Times articles uncovered poor working conditions in East Coast salons, and a reluctance from the cosmetics industry to label beauty supplies that may contain harmful chemicals.    Dubbed the toxic…

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