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Obituary: John C. Weston

John C. WestonJanuary 25, 1938 to April 1, 2019 Longtime charismatic Potrero Hill resident, John C. Weston, passed away on April 1.  He was 81. His larger-than-life personality had livened up his block of Vermont Street for more than 40 years. “We called him the little mayor of the block,” said neighbor Matt Kruger. “His… Keep Reading


There are lots of things for which to be grateful. A baby’s soft laugh, a puppy’s cutely clumsy gait, the rain. Our lives are filled with people, places, and things that bring us joy, comfort, safety, and much more.  In this issue of the View we identify a number of the boons our communities are… Keep Reading

So much to be grateful for…

Art Agnos served as San Francisco’s 39th mayor from 1988 to 1992, and was the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Regional Head from 1993 to 2001.  More importantly, he’s long been an engaged and charismatic Connecticut Street resident, helping to save and enliven Daniel Webster Elementary School and advocate for responsible growth along… Keep Reading

The Potrero Branch Library Offers More Than Books


Located at 1616 20th street, the Potrero Branch library offers books, films, and music – digital and compact discs – suitable for all ages and sweeping views of San Francisco.  The facility also serves as a public commons, hosting events, classes, and access to free or low-cost museum passes. “The library stands out as a… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor – April 2019

Editor, Your March article (“Other Neighborhoods Less Enthusiastic About Adopting Green Benefit District Model”), which stated that the San Francisco Department of Public Works provided $60,000 in funding for Inner Sunset Green Benefit District formation, is incorrect.  An October 31, 2017 internal DPW memorandum and contract addendum shows that funding was raised to $120,000.  The document was… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Schools Engage Their Community


Last month, Starr King and Daniel Webster elementary schools, The New School San Francisco, and Live Oak School collaborated with PREFund, a nonprofit that encourages Potrero Hill families from a diversity of incomes to raise their children in the community, to produce Maker Fest, one of a number of individual and collective school events held… Keep Reading

Musician Daniel Berkman Brings a Taste of West Africa to Potrero Hill

Potrero Hill resident and musician, Daniel Berkman, composes rhythmic, resonant songs for a multitude of instruments, which he regularly performs at Farley’s. His primary instrument is the kora, a 21-stringed West African harp-lute the size of a cello. Berkman also plays guitar, keyboards and synthesizers, string instruments – cello, viola da gamba, and ukulele –… Keep Reading

DoReMi is the Sound of Art in Dogpatch, Potrero Hill


It’s a Saturday afternoon in late February. Art lovers and creatives are arriving for a pair of exhibit openings in the adjacent art galleries of Catharine Clark and Brian Gross, at 248 Utah Street. The spacious rooms rapidly fill with perhaps 100 guests sipping wine and conversing in small groups that mix, disperse and regroup.… Keep Reading

Obituary: Ruth Passen

By Marc Passen Adios, my Shana Rivka (Beautiful Ruth). Shana Rivka was a pet name for Ruth Passen used by her devoted and adoring brothers. Ruth was a first-generation Californian, born in San Francisco to Morris and Nettie Elkind, who emigrated from Russia and Poland to escape discrimination against Jews. Ruth was the baby sister… Keep Reading

Obituary: Sean Paul Fisher

SEAN PAUL FISHER passed away peacefully on March 5, just a few days after his 67th birthday. He was the third oldest of nine children born to Paul and Ruth Fisher, formerly of Bowie, Maryland.  Sean moved to San Francisco when he was barely 20, where he surrounded himself with a great network of friends,… Keep Reading

Obituary: John H. Anderson

John H. AndersonMarch 22, 1930 – March 12, 2019 Little did John Hawkins Anderson know that when he left rural Arkansas in the mid-1950s he wouldn’t go back. John came to the Golden State with his experience of the world — and people — newly expanded by U.S. Air Force service in southern Germany. Promised… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – April 2019

Now through 4/7 — Flowers: Macy’s Flower ShowMacy’s Union Square location is transformed into a space-inspired floral fantasy world during the 73rd annual Macy’s Flower Show, a celebration of flowers, food, art and music.  “Journey to Paradisios” transports visitors into a multi-dimensional world of space, adventure, and discovery through florals and eccentrically landscaped gardens. Free.… Keep Reading

Speaker in the House

A group of KQED members touring the station last month were delighted to run into Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as she left her interview with Nina Kim for the “Forum” program. Potrero Hill resident, Laura ODonovan, second to the left, behind Ms. Pelosi, submitted the photo. Keep Reading

City Ponders Ways to Oust JUUL from Pier 70

San Francisco Port Commissioners want vaping company, JUUL, to relocate from Pier 70, by shortening the firm’s lease or enacting a municipal ordinance that bans vaping firms and firearm manufacturers from leasing or subleasing commercial property.  The nicotine-supplying e-cigarette enterprise sublets offices in Building 102 on 20th and Illinois streets. As reported in the View,… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Transformation

Each of us is born into a beautifully flawed world, though the balance differs depending on individual circumstances.  Some of us, emerging newly slick from the womb, are welcomed into a family full of hugs, smiles, and material well-being.  Others are left cold on the table, confronted with immediate, wrenching, long-term physical, emotional, and spiritual… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Hotel for Warriors The Golden State Warriors want to add lodging and condominiums next to the Chase Center basketball arena under construction in Mission Bay. The basketball team plans to propose a 142-room hotel and up to 25 upper-floor condos at the northeast corner of the 11-acre project site, near the intersection of South Street… Keep Reading

826 Valencia to Open in Mission Bay

The newest arrival to Mission Bay is 826 Valencia, a nonprofit that works with under-resourced children and youth, ages eight to 18. The organization opened its 1310 Fourth Street location last month. It offers a three-part program:  homework help, writing projects and reading support. Sessions are three hours long, from 2:45 to 6 p.m., Monday through… Keep Reading

Doctor Addresses Gap in Care with Cooking Classes

When Dr. Linda Shiue became Kaiser Permanente’s first-ever director of culinary medicine at the San Francisco Medical Center three years ago, she saw an opportunity to address a gap in care that she recognized over 15 years of practicing medicine. “I realized that in my career as a primary care doctor I could only do… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – March 2019

Now through 3/17 Sunday — Theater: VioletSet in the early-1960’s, the Tony Award-nominated Violet tells the story of a young woman’s bus ride from Spruce Pine, North Caroline to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she wants to find a televangelist, whom Violet believes will heal the axe scar which cuts across her cheek. Her journey takes a different… Keep Reading

Development Threatens Historic Power Plant Buildings

Developer Associate Capital’s preferred plan for the 28-acre Potrero Power Station site, located along 23rd Street, calls for 19 new buildings and demolition of all the early-20th Century historic brick structures, three of which are individually eligible for the California Register of Historical Resources and contributors to the historic Third Street Industrial District. The San… Keep Reading

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