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Potrero Deli Offers Taste of Community


Chef Dario Barbone’s specialty delicatessen, Alimentari Aurora, on 18th street, offers family meals, snacks – pintxos – small plates, and aperitifs. Opened in the fall of 2020, during stringent shelter-in-place orders, the deli quickly became a favorite amongst residents looking for new flavors.  The deli’s menu is “unpredictable and erratic by design,” said Barbone, who… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: March 2022

Now through 6/5 SundayDesign: Living with ScentsOdors are perceived with every breath we take and interpreted by our brain’s most ancestral parts. In the hands of contemporary designers, whose job it is to consider the interactions of minds, bodies, and things, scents can be mediated in innovative ways to raise a form of new sensory… Keep Reading

Arts Calendar: March 2022

Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., through March 12.“Hid It Well in a Walnut Shell” at Ratio 3Daisy May Sheff’s paintings are playful and a little bit unsettling, like a childhood dream. Her works in oil, acrylic, and pastel on canvas and found materials are packed with whimsical colors. 2831A Mission Street. Free.… Keep Reading

Dogpatch Arts District Continues to Grow

It’s no secret that the City has become prohibitively expensive for emerging artists, largely due to its proximity to Silicon Valley and the tech, now biotech, boom of the last twenty-some years. Previously bohemian neighborhoods, such as the Fillmore, North Beach, and Potrero Hill, are no longer affordable. In recent years even established galleries with… Keep Reading

Housing Units for those Without Permanent Homes Sit Empty

In July 2020 Mayor London Breed announced a goal of getting 6,000 people off the streets within two years as part of her Homelessness Recovery Plan. With roughly six months left on the Mayor’s self-determined objective, just 2,662 housing placements, 44 percent, have been made, though the number may be higher because it doesn’t account… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: The Theranos Dilemma

Last month Elizabeth Holmes was found guilty of defrauding investors out of a boatload of cash by falsely claiming that her company, Theranos, would transform blood testing with technology that relied on just a tiny sample pricked from a patient’s finger. The centrality of blood in this tale of greed, hubris, and by-gum-I’m-going-to-change-the-world-with-two-straws-and-a-rock – along… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Concrete Timber For nearly a decade cross-laminated timber — a layered material billed as “the concrete of the future” — has been widely used in Europe and Canada because of its low carbon footprint and handsome woodsy grain.  In Showplace Square, developer SKS Partners is finishing 1 De Haro, a 134,000-square-foot, five-story edifice that’ll become… Keep Reading

Fewer Significant Fires, More Small Ones, in San Francisco

Since 2003, the San Francisco Fire Department has received 576,462 service calls. Roughly 20 percent of those, 110,305, originated from Bayview-Hunters Point, Mission Bay, Potrero Hill, Visitacion Valley, and South-of-Market. Ten percent required firefighting, five percent involved first aid or assisting the physically disabled; another five percent necessitated reactivating or shutting down alarms or sprinkler… Keep Reading

Happiness is a Frame of Mind


Frames on 3rd, located on the corner of Third and 22nd streets, beckons passersby with its simple storefront, its door typically open on a warm day. Owner Robb Dominguez can often be found stationed at his worktable in front of a large wall of perfectly arranged frame samples, helping guide customers as to what dimensions… Keep Reading

Neighborhood Fitness Studios Persist Amidst Challenging Environment

Forced to navigate COVID variants, shifting mask mandates, and cautious students, neighborhood fitness studios have experienced a rocky two years, in a time when maintaining well bodies and minds is as crucial as ever. Potrero Hill resident Gizella Donald opened Yoga Mayu at Mission and Harrison streets in 2008, launching a second location in Noe… Keep Reading

Grizzly Bears to be Featured at Mission Creek Park


Mission Creek Park, off Channel Street, will be home to a new public art installation by the end of next year; “The California Grizzlies of Mission Creek.” The two-part sculpture, by San Francisco artist Rigo 23, will feature a thirteen-and-a-half-foot tall mama bear and her six-foot tall cub, standing on their hind legs facing Downtown… Keep Reading

Potrero Annex-Terrace Residents Concerned About Break-Ins, Other Issues


Potrero Annex-Terrace residents are concerned that Bridge Housing and the San Francisco Housing Authority (SFHA) aren’t responding to problems plaguing the public housing complex. Among the identified issues are empty units being invaded by trespassers without City response; common areas of recently built Block X, a 70-unit apartment building located at 1101 Connecticut Street, that’re… Keep Reading

Progress Made with Esprit Park Redo Planning, with Lingering Concerns About Dogs


The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department’s (RPD’s) renovation of 1.8-acre Esprit Park, located at 19th and Minnesota streets, includes controversial plans to create a partially fenced, partly artificially turfed, dog-friendly zone on the park’s north side. More popular modifications include installation of exercise stations, construction of protection platforms for large trees and planting of… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

10 Townsend At a December 2021 San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency meeting the #10 Townsend bus was tentatively approved to partially return this Spring. The revised route will run from San Francisco General Hospital to Sansome and Montgomery in the Financial District. Plans include relocating the Potrero Hill stop from 17th Street to 16th Street… Keep Reading

OP-ED: Hidden Hazards at 300 De Haro Street

Last year DM Development invoked Senate Bill (SB) 35 to request streamlined review of its 11-story, 450-unit project proposed at 300 De Haro Street. Last month it was quietly entitled by the Planning Department, with numerous planning code waivers, no health and safety review. There were no hearings and no opportunity for meaningful public input. … Keep Reading

Well-Educated Candidates Vie for Assembly Seat

Last fall, Mayor London Breed appointed then State Assemblymember David Chiu to be San Francisco City Attorney, filling the seat vacated by Dennis Herrera, who Breed selected to head the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, a position which’d been made available by the resignation of Harlan Kelly in the face of corruption allegations. The political… Keep Reading

La Scuola Sites New Campus in the Mission


According to Head of School Valentina Imbeni, PhD., Italian-immersion La Scuola is delighted with its new campus in the Mission, but would’ve preferred to have stayed in Dogpatch, where its pre-kindergarten program is located.  Established in 2002, La Scuola is a co-educational day school with 300 preschool through eighth grade students split between two campuses:… Keep Reading

SFPUC Commissioner Sophie Maxwell Encourages More Activism

Former District 10 Supervisor, Sophie Maxwell, spends most mornings at Lake Merced, enjoying the scenic views and natural landscape that surrounds it. The lake, which now serves as an emergency water supply, was San Francisco’s main drinking water source until it was replaced by the Hetch-Hetchy reservoir in the Sierra Nevada almost a century ago.… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: January 2022

In-personNow through Tues 2/1Art: “Entwined” “Entwined,” an illuminated forest created by Charles Gadeken, is a whimsical wonderland where visitors can explore twisting paths, colorful trees to sit under, large flowering clusters amidst constantly changing vistas of light and magic. An audio system within some of the structures offer low-level ambient music. The installation is meant as an… Keep Reading

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