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New Paintings on Display at Christopher’s Books

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If you walk by quickly you might not notice anything different about Christopher’s Books. It’s still a gem of a neighborhood bookstore, that’s graced the 18th and Missouri streets corner for more than 25 years. Stop and look closely, however, and you’ll see two new paintings in the windows. After thinking for a long time…

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Dogpatch Neighborhood Association Elects Board

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In October, an uncontested slate of five candidates was unanimously approved by Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) members to serve on the group’s board of directors. Bruce Kin Huie, an account director at the marketing firm, Pedowitz Group, will serve his second two-year term as president. He’ll be joined by fellow returning incumbents Jared Doumani, DNA’s…

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Felt Film Feels Timely

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Federal Bureau of Investigation inquires, election scandals, Presidential corruption.  Sound familiar? Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the Whitehouse, helps viewers relive a moment in history that today seems almost quant compared to current political shenanigans. Mark Felt is better recognized as the FBI whistleblower, “Deep Throat,” responsible for exposing what became known as…

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Questions and Hopes Abound in Medical Marijuana Community

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In 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215 to “ensure that seriously ill Californians have the right to obtain and use marijuana for medical purposes where that medical use is deemed appropriate and has been recommended by a physician who has determined that the person’s health would benefit from the use of marijuana in the treatment…

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Diversity of Delivery Systems Emerge as Marijuana Legalized

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As cannabis proceeds along its slow, state-by-state, journey toward legalization, it brings with it a new industry that looks increasingly like the craft beer business. For the first time, Americans, at least in some parts of the country, can exercise consumer choice when it comes to their marijuana. A multitude of small enterprises have emerged…

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City Under Pressure to Develop Recreational Adult Cannabis Regulations

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California Proposition 64, which legalized, and imposed taxes on, adult recreational marijuana consumption, was approved by 57 percent of state voters last November. However, under an ordinance passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors last month, the City won’t issue permits to sell recreational marijuana until it establishes a regulatory framework. In 2015 the…

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Redevelopment Plans for Third Street Property Significantly Altered

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The property at 2230 Third Street, once home to Leo’s Tire & Brake, may be redeveloped into a life science and medical use building. The 8,000-square foot parcel is located within the Central Waterfront area of the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan, adopted in 2008. According to Planning Department records, it’s designated as an Urban Mixed Use…

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Schools Say They’re Prepared for Marijuana Legalization

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According to the California Department of Public Health, cannabis use among adolescents can have adverse consequences on memory and learning, and is believed to lower intelligence and school performance. Likewise, California’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Marijuana Policy’s Youth Education and Prevention Working Group stated in a 2015 report that, “Regular or excessive cannabis use among…

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Former Potrero Power Plant Site to Reemerge as Mixed-Use Development

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The Potrero Power Plant, located on the Central Waterfront, and its predecessors supplied San Francisco with electricity from 1890 until the facility’s 2011 closure. Since then, the site has been unused, soaked with toxic chemicals from more than one hundred years of industrial activities. Associate Capital purchased the 21-acre property last fall from NRG Energy,…

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Planning Commission Approves Carolina Street Project

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At a discretionary review hearing held this past summer, the San Francisco Planning Commission approved renovation and expansion of a single-family residence, owned by Bill Canihan Jr., at 891 Carolina Street.  The home, a two-story dwelling with a basement, will be comprehensively remodeled, with square footage added to the second-story, a ground floor addition and…

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Catholic Sisters Reflect on Work in 1980s Sanctuary Movement

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Twentieth Street residents, Sister Kathleen Healy, 91, and Sister Lucia Lodolo, 78, who taught at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church starting in the mid-1960s, are spending their retirement years volunteering at Saints Anthony’s Foundation Social Services Department. “Mostly smiling at people,” said Healy. Saint Teresa’s school closed in 1974 due to low enrollment.  In…

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Sanctioned Encampments a Success in Seattle

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Faced with a similar emergence of widespread homeless encampments as San Francisco, the City of Seattle responded, in part, by allowing – “sanctioning” –  a number of camps, so long as they secured sponsorship from a nonprofit organization, were time limited, with community noticing and engagement requirements.  As previously reported by the View, Steve Walker,…

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Twenty-Two Annex-Terrace Households at Risk of Losing Hill Homes

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After some delays, the foundation is being laid at Project X, the next step in redevelopment of the Potrero Annex and Terrace housing complexes. Simultaneously, designs have been unveiled for the next stage of the massive renovation, giving a new glimpse into how Potrero Hill’s southeastern slope will ultimately be transformed. Over the next 10…

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Potrero Avenue Streetscape Improvements May Hinder Emergency Vehicle Access

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An ongoing San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency project on Potrero Avenue, between 21st and 25th streets, was designed to improve safety and speedup San Francisco Municipal Railway schedules.  However, nearby residents are concerned that the effort has resulted in excessive loss of street parking on the 900 block of Potrero Avenue, and created impediments for…

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Anxiety Epidemic Envelopes San Francisco Girls

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For the past three years, Dr. Andrea Zorbas has worked at the San Francisco Stress and Anxiety Center located South-of-Market, providing psychological counseling for adults. According to Zorbas, her clients, who often come with “career-related” worries, “all have an undergraduate degree, and most have a postgraduate degree,” and largely work in the tech industry. Before…

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A Day in Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, and Environs – August 2017

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At about 8:15 a.m., I’d just begun to trudge home after dropping off my car for a windshield replacement on Bayshore Boulevard when I spotted Martita’s Kitchen – a small, slightly hidden Mexican restaurant amid the otherwise inhospitable landscape of automotive repair just south of Potrero Hill – and knew instantly that a breakfast burrito…

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Good Life Grocery Grapples with Bottle Bill Fines

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As reported, in a series of View articles in 2015 and 2016, The Good Life Grocery store on 20th Street has been fined for violating the State’s “Bottle Bill,” the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act, or CalRecycle, passed in 1986. Kayren Hudiburgh, co-owner of both the retailer’s 20th Street and Bernal Heights…

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San Francisco’s Homeless Population Slightly Declines Since 2015

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Earlier this summer, the City and County of San Francisco published the results of its point-in-time census and survey of homeless people.  The “PIT count,” a comprehensive tally of sheltered and unsheltered homeless, is conducted every two years.  The canvass found that homelessness slightly decreased since 2015, bucking a regional trend in which homelessness has…

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Pinball Exhibit Scores at Chabot Space and Science Center

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How long does it take to save Paris from invading Martians? About five minutes, on Pacific Pinball Museum’s classic Revenge From Mars pinball game. With art, science, and innovation in mind, Chabot Space and Science Center’s pinball exhibit – which runs until September 24 – features Revenge along with 35 other fully functional pinball machines…

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Back to School Preparation Well Underway

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Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs), principals, teachers, nonprofit directors, and parents began planning for the upcoming academic year even before the 2016-2017 school year ended.  “Our PTA worked closely with staff to develop and vote on priorities for fall in mid-May,” said Kopal Goonetileke, Daniel Webster Elementary School’s PTA president. “We plan the semester before, so right…

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