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High Rates of Student Absenteeism on Potrero Hill


Last year, three public schools located on Potrero Hill grappled with distressing levels of chronic student absenteeism. In 2022, 39 percent of students at Daniel Webster Elementary School, 29 percent of Starr King Elementary School students, and 32 percent of San Francisco International High School students missed at least 18 days of school. Starr King… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Monopoly

Would you do business with someone who has declared bankruptcy twice, charges notably high prices for their product, which they regularly fail to deliver? What if their commercial practices resulted in the deaths of more than 100 people, triggering a manslaughter charge for the demise of a mother and her eight-year-old daughter? Is this somebody… Keep Reading

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Infrastructure Privatized Mayor London Breed and District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton are pushing legislation to create an “infrastructure financing district” at the Potrero Power Station, a 2,600-unit waterfront project located just south of Pier 70. The district, known as an IFD, would allow the developer, Associate Capital, to raise $150 million to finish building streets,… Keep Reading

A Stitch in Time Reweaves Esprit Park


Earlier this year the long-awaited renovation of the 80,000 square foot – 1.84 acre – Esprit Park in Dogpatch commenced. Ceremonial shovels were wielded by local dignitaries, residents, and park users, including District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton and students at Red Bridge, a kindergarten to eighth grade independent school located on Third Street.  “Finally. It’s… Keep Reading

Why I Choose to Raise My Family in San Francisco

We’ve all been there. A well-meaning friend/family member/colleague knows what’s best for you, for your future kids, for your life. They have advice, and you want to take them seriously because they have kids! What do you know? That’s where I found myself in 2008. I’d just landed the job that made it possible for… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: March 2023

3/1 WednesdayHistory: GLBT History Museum Free Admission DayLocated in the Castro District, the GLBT Historical Society Museum is the first full-scale, stand-alone institution of its kind in the United States. The museum celebrates 100 years of the City’s vast queer past through dynamic exhibitions and programming. Admission is free on the first Wednesday of every month thanks to… Keep Reading


Timothy C. BenettiMay 8, 1964 – January 11, 2023 On January 11, 2023, Timothy C. Benetti, 58, passed away in his sleep with his cat Joey at his side, an enormous loss for all those fortunate enough to know him. Tim was born in San Francisco on May 8, 1964, to Irene and Ernie Benetti.… Keep Reading

An Unusual Past and Uncertain Future

The brick building with black columns at 312 Connecticut Street, just up the slope from Goat Hill Pizza, has an unusual history and an uncertain future. For the last 30 years it’s been home to the San Francisco Gurdjieff Society, which bought it in 1993 for $280,000, and has been making extensive renovations ever since.… Keep Reading

One-Quarter of Downtown Buildings Vacant; City Struggles to Fill Void

Late last year, the Financial District’s office occupancy was at 42 percent of pre-pandemic levels, according to data from Kastle Systems, with a 26 percent vacancy rate. The cratering of the once vibrant economic node has spurred municipal agencies – the Office of Economic Workforce and Development (OWED) and Planning Department – to float possible… Keep Reading


Home for winter break, my daughter, Sara, was eager for help deciding which study abroad program to take during her last semester in college.  Society, Culture and Gender in Amsterdam?  Social Movements and Human Rights in Argentina? International Perspectives on Sexuality in Prague? More than 20 different opportunities, in a dozen and a half countries,… Keep Reading

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Coffee  Dogpatchers have another place to caffeinate, with the opening of Ikon Coffee on Knox Landing’s 22nd and Mississippi streets ground floor. Roaster Marcel Costas has vended his cuppas at farmers market for more than a decade and ran a café out of his South San Francisco roasting facility during the COVID pandemic. He and… Keep Reading

Minnesota Street Permanently Slowed

At the end of 2022 the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) voted to make 16 of the City’s 31 “slow streets” permanent. Introduced during the early days of the COVID pandemic, these roads are intended to create an unhurried transit experience, improve pedestrian safety, nurture community interactions, and prioritize active, carbon-neutral transport modes, like… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor: February 2023

Editor, I am writing to express kudos and accolades for “California,” published in the December View.  Overall, I say well played! Moving to San Francisco was like being jumped by a gang. A violent gang, for the duration of almost 10 years, and I’m from the downtown heart of New York City. I stayed here… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: February 2023

2/2 Thursday through 2/12 SundayFilm: SF IndieFestFor 25 years, SF IndieFest has brought fresh independent films and digital programs from around the world to San Francisco audiences. These are movies you won’t find at the multiplex or popular streaming services. This year’s festival includes 62 shorts and 35 features from 14 countries, 34 from the… Keep Reading

Diesel Backup Generator Population Continues to Grow

Map image: Backup generator population in San Francisco grows to 1,208, mostly diesel. 84 additional BUGs are located at the San Francisco International Airport and other unincorporated areas adjacent to city boundaries. Five BUGs were not mapped due to incomplete data. SOURCE: Bay Area Air Quality Management District; M.Cubed, 2022

The San Francisco Bay Area continues to host a steadily growing hive of dispersed diesel generators; those low buzzing big boxes located at internet server farms, hospitals, police stations, and, during festivals, Golden Gate Park.  In 2019, roughly 6,500 backup generators, known as “BUGs,” were littered across the region, able to produce a collective 3.8… Keep Reading

Port of San Francisco Grapples with Surging Sea


By 2100, sea levels are expected to rise by four to seven feet along the stretch of Bay from Fisherman’s Wharf to Heron’s Head Park. If left unchecked, the rising waves will pollute drinking water with salt and other contaminants, flood buildings, homes, and infrastructure, and inundate roads, parks, and open space.  The Port of… Keep Reading

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Health San Francisco plans to open its first psychiatric hospital specifically designed to help youth experiencing a mental health crisis at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. The facility will be funded by a $33.7 million state grant to the San Francisco Department of Public Health and will include a 12-bed psychiatric inpatient program and a… Keep Reading

Why I Raise My Kids in San Francisco

It was a foggy October afternoon in 2013 when we arrived in San Francisco. Me, my husband Samuel, daughter Daria, now 11, a stroller, car seat and nine suitcases in a large taxi. We were driving from the airport to the City, the place we were about to call home. A few months earlier in… Keep Reading

Michelin-star Osito Celebrates Live-Fire Cooking and Community

Located on the corner of 18th and Florida streets, Osito is San Francisco’s only 100 percent live fire, fine-dining restaurant. Having just celebrated its one-year anniversary, Chef Seth Stowaway takes culinary inspiration from his childhood in Texas, his neighbors, and local food purveyors and farmers. Osito,”little bear” in Spanish, references a significant period in Stowaway’s… Keep Reading

Potrero Annex-Terrace Being Steadily Rebuilt


The Potrero Annex-Terrace housing community, located on the Hill’s southeast slope, has long been largely isolated from the economically thriving neighborhood to the north. The complex is dominated by barracks-like residences that were built more than 80 years ago.  For the past 15 years it’s been part of the HOPE SF redevelopment effort, a partnership… Keep Reading

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