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Nonprofits Aid Southside’s Homeless Youth and Families

Southside nonprofit organizations are engaging in diverse efforts to help and house the area’s homeless population, especially youth and families. Their work includes assessing families for placement in permanent housing, distributing food, and working with landlords to accept homeless families as tenants. Catholic Charities, Homeless Prenatal Program, Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank,… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Industrial Plant Potrero Hill’s northern neighbor, the Design District, is host to both an increasing concentration of high-end condominiums and specialized manufacturing. Not long ago, Tempo Automation opened on Alabama Street, producing prototype circuit boards.  The future is unfolding right before our eyes. Blink once, and family-owned pharmacies and soda fountains are gone; blink twice,… Keep Reading

Chef Heena Patel Embodies “Besharam” With Restaurant Relaunch

Opening her own brick and mortar restaurant wasn’t something Chef Heena Patel was looking to do at nearly 54 years old. Yet earlier this summer that’s precisely what she did, with the relaunch of Besharam, an Urdu word that means “shameless,” at the Minnesota Street Project. Besharam is often used in South Asian culture as… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – August

Now through 8/25 SundayTheater: Innovators ShowcaseThe inaugural Innovators Showcase features 25 performances and staged readings of creative new theatre by the 2019 class of PlayGround’s Innovator Incubator. Production tickets are $26.50 to $41.50; work-in-progress presentations are free/suggested donation Potrero Stage members receive half-off all tickets. Potrero Stage, 1695 18th Street. For more information or to… Keep Reading


The View turns 49 years old this month. It’s an astonishing accomplishment: almost 600 issues produced, perhaps 15,000 pages, by an un- or poorly paid crew dedicated to civic journalism. By all accounts the monthly is a beloved community institution, a colorful, informative, thread in the fabric of our neighborhoods. It’s a place – now… Keep Reading

Supervisor Walton Has His Hands Full with District 10 Challenges

District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton was quick to deliver on at least one campaign promise after he took office last January, announcing in his first week that switchbacks on the T Third Street Muni Metro line would be eliminated. Mayor London Breed helped Walton secure the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority’s promise to end the… Keep Reading

Associate Capital Offers Historic Preservation Alternatives to Development Plan


Associate Capital presented alternative Potrero Power Plant development designs to the San Francisco Planning Commission last spring, which included restoring the 300-foot concrete smokestack and adjacent 131-foot Unit 3 control room, as well as preserving elements of Station A. Claus Spreckels, who founded the company that became the Western Sugar Refinery, built Station A in… Keep Reading

Bayview Company Looking to Field Robots in Dogpatch and Potrero Hill

By J. Eric Miller Robots have walked, well, rolled, the streets of 21st Century San Francisco, but whether they’ll do so in the future is uncertain. Led by District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed legislation last year that restricts the use of delivery robots. Initially calling for an outright… Keep Reading


“It went by so fast,” my 80-something father exclaimed, when I told him my daughter would be attending college in the fall. “Yeah,” I said. “I know.” In a year and a quarter, I’ll turn 60, an unimaginable age to my younger self. Sixty was when people started preparing for retirement, purchasing the necessary plaid… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Bagels and Cream Daily Driver, a café, creamery and bagel bakery, opened last month in a 7,000-square-foot, two story, space in Dogpatch’s American Industrial Center. One of the owners, David Kreitz, developed the bagel recipe, which apparently is not quite Montreal nor New York style, but an excellent vehicle for the establishment’s cream cheese and… Keep Reading

Potrero Bus Yard May be Next Stop for Housing

In the face of sky-high construction costs and ongoing housing shortages, the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency (SFMTA) wants to partner with a private developer to build upwards of 800 homes at its Potrero Yard when the bus facility is reconstructed over the next ten years. The 104-year old facility, which spans a 4.4-acre block… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – July 2019

Now through 9/2 MondayArt: San Francisco Museums for AllUnder the San Francisco Museums for All initiative, free entry is available to more than 15 museums and cultural centers to residents who participate in Human Services Agency public benefit programs. Simply show your Electronic Benefit Transfer or Medi-Cal card and proof of residency at a participating location… Keep Reading

Potrero Terrace Housing Complex Rebuilt


After years of political promises, 53 Potrero Terrace households moved into brand new apartments last month at recently constructed 1101 Connecticut Street. Once dubbed Project X, the building reflects completion of the initial phase of a plan to fully redevelop the Annex-Terrace complex into mixed income housing by 2029. Johnnie Ledbetter was the first resident… Keep Reading

Caleb G. Clark Potrero Hill Health Center Cares for the Community

From its perch at 1050 Wisconsin Street the Caleb G. Clark Potrero Hill Health Center (PHHC) serves a wide range of City residents, including long-standing Hill patients, municipal employees, and new clients from the Excelsior and Tenderloin. “This health care center stands out because patients feel like they’re coming home. Many patients at the center… Keep Reading

Cove Park’s Cranes Could Remain Decapitated, or Worse

Crane Cove Park, a long-awaited waterfront commons located at Pier 70, is expected to open early next year without the iconic crane booms that gave the park its name. The greenspace will offer public access to a beach, boat landing and, in 2021, an aquatic center featuring a small cafe and meeting space. But the… Keep Reading

My Father-in-Law, Fred

His six children called him Siegfried the Dragon Slayer, a name he embraced. His 13 grandkids knew him as Grandpa Ziggy. His beloved wife, Luba, called him Freddy.  Fred S. Findling earned all those appellations, and more, leading a life of courage, compassion, charisma, and love. His heart, crushed by the loss of his parents… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, I lived on Kansas Street for 20 years, from 1968 to 1988. I knew Enola Maxwell and Ruth Passen very well. I was at the Family Celebration of Life in honor of Ruth at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House last month. Marc Passen did a fabulous job putting the event together. It was great… Keep Reading

Stop Crime SF Keeps its Eyes on Courts

Under its Court Watch program Stop Crime SF (SCSF) fields volunteers to attend burglary trials to support victims and demonstrate to judges and prosecutors that residents are concerned about wrongdoings, with the goal of making them less inclined to drop charges or reduce sentences. It also maintains a blog that advocates for more stringent approaches… Keep Reading

Owlcam Gives a Hoot About Auto Burglaries

Could dashcams be the answer to San Francisco’s car break-in epidemic? In an age of security cameras and smartphones, it was only a matter of time until the two were combined to protect one of people’s most valuable assets: their car. Last year, Owlcam, a Palo Alto firm, unveiled a dashcam that can stream interior… Keep Reading

Joan Jeanrenaud, Cellist, Composer


Former Rhode Island Street resident, Joan Jeanrenaud, fondly remembers her days practicing and recording cello in what she called the “Darth Vader” house. “It was an all-black house covered with black asphalt shingles…a black metal fireplace exposed in the front…two studios in the back. I rehearsed there for hours,” said Jeanrenaud. Jeanrenaud, who lived in… Keep Reading

Jon Greenberg, Recreation Center Father Figure for More Than 50 Years

For more than a half-century, Jon Greenberg, former Potrero Hill Recreation Center recreation director, has helped children, teenagers, and young adults grow. “Working on the Hill became a joyful experience in my life. I started in 1966 and it became something I wrapped my life around. Leading sports, activities, and the Center gave me self-worth…allowed… Keep Reading

The Hidden World of Bioluminescence

Best read out loud with a British accent; think David Attenborough.  We’re on location in Tomales Bay tonight to experience one of Nature’s greatest wonders. ​ Camera pans across the Bay. ​  After arriving at a musty rustic cabin run by a disgruntled caretaker, we drove to the Bay, which separates the Point Reyes peninsula… Keep Reading

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