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Publisher’s View: Nashville

Over the years I’ve learned that how I experience a place or activity is greatly influenced by what I bring to it.  This was certainly the case on a recent trip my wife, Debbie, and I took to Nashville after dropping off our only child, Sara, at the University of Puget Sound to start her… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, Thank you for your excellent newspaper!  I pick it up every month at The Good Life Grocery on 20th Street or at the Potrero Hill Library when I come, as I often do, to be with my family, including grandchildren, who live on the Hill! Please keep publishing the View! Susan LucasInner Sunset Editor,… Keep Reading

Policing of Public Drug Use Challenging

Assembly Bill 362 – which’d allow San Francisco to operate a trial facility in which drug users can inject themselves – was reintroduced in the State Legislature last February by State Senator Scott Wiener and Assembly-member Susan Eggman after being vetoed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2018.  The measure is a response, in part, to… Keep Reading

Study Examines Possible Improvements to Mission Bay, Showplace Square, and South-of-Market


The San Francisco Planning Department is studying how best to redesign roads, public transit and open space in ways that smooth connections between Showplace Square, Western and Central South-of-Market, and Mission Bay.  The Showplace/SoMa Neighborhood Analysis and Coordination Study (SNACS) will also identify possible sites for additional market-rate and affordable housing, and evaluate demand for… Keep Reading

Raven or Crow?

A black bird is loudly, rapidly, caw-cawing in the tree outside your window.  Others are flying in groups riding the air currents.  Numerous black birds are eating on the ground.  Are they Ravens or Crows?  Sometimes they’re both or neither. Ravens and Crows, which are abundant throughout the Bay Area, are scavengers, part of the… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Recreation Center Basketball and Tennis Courts Up Their Games


In August, San Francisco Recreation and Parks completed extensive renovations to the Potrero Hill Recreation Center’s basketball and tennis courts, resurfacing roughly 7,100 square feet of space. New basketball backboards and hoops were mounted, with fresh fencing around the tennis courts.  “We installed new tennis nets and new black-painted posts in the tennis courts as… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: November 2019

11/2 Saturday – Dia de Los Muertos: Festival of AltersMarigold Project presents the 26th Annual Festival of Alters. The making and viewing of traditional, contemporary, and experimental altars is a transformative experience that connects us to our ancestors. Bring flowers, eight-inch glass prayer candles, and mementos of loved ones to contribute to the community altars.… Keep Reading

Obituary: Linda Clark

July 13, 1941 – October 11, 2019 Linda Clark, known to many as the “land shark” of San Francisco, passed away on October 11, 2019, in Walnut Creek, California. She was 78. In her final days she was surrounded by family and friends, toasting life with a glass of Chardonnay and her signature shock of… Keep Reading

Last Philosopher in San Francisco

People are being swept out of San Francisco, washed away by pulsating torrents of tech cash.  Children, always in short-supply in this Peter Pan playground, are being replaced by a rising population of designer dogs, who soon enough will have their own dedicated restaurant, probably called “Doggy Diner.”  African Americans, making their last stand at… Keep Reading

Faces of Affordable Housing

Denise Smith and her youngest son, Roland Byrd, Jr., 23, moved into 626 Mission Bay Boulevard in 2018. They’re the first family to occupy a two-bedroom, one-bath townhome in the 100 percent below-market-rate (BMR) rental building, which opened last fall under Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) management.  Smith was born in San Francisco in 1956.… Keep Reading

Schools Ditch Sporks, Slowly Discard Plastic-Wrapped Meals

Although Styrofoam trays and plastic straws have been banished from its cafeterias, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) still relies on individually packaged meals and disposable utensils for the bulk of the 6.8 million meals it serves annually.   According to SFUSD estimates, the school system generates some 6.3 million gallons of landfill-bound trash,… Keep Reading

Letter to the Editor

Editor, It saddens me to think of your presses stopping. I really look forward to reading the View each month. The View helps keep me current and updated on what’s happening in our hood.  I do hope you go on for another 50 years. Chris PuccinelliTexas Street Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Keep the Presses Rolling!

More than one-dozen households have responded so far to the View’s call for up to 2,000 readers to subscribe at $5 to $10 a month; less than the cost of two cups of coffee.  These generous community members will both receive the paper in their post and ensure its availability to others. Please consider doing… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Shots A 27-year-old man suffered life-threatening injuries last month when he and another male were shot while walking in the area of 17th and Mississippi streets at around 10:45 p.m. on a weekday. The younger fellow was taken to a hospital; the older bloke was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. No suspects have been identified…In another… Keep Reading

City Grapples with Rising Homelessness

This year’s Point-In-Time (PIT) census identified 8,011 individuals without permanent shelter in San Francisco, a 17 percent jump from the 2017 PIT, the last time the survey was conducted. The 2019 PIT count found 1,889 people experiencing homelessness in District 10, the City’s second highest level of rootlessness, after District 6.  Just 455 shelter beds… Keep Reading

Goat Hill’s Goat Hoofprints Saved

A long-time Goat Hill Pizza employee recently saved the restaurant’s iconic goat hoofprints from destruction.   In early August, a San Francisco Department of Public Works crew began jackhammering the sidewalk outside Goat Hill Pizza on 18th and Connecticut streets to prepare to put in a new path. Embedded in the walkway were goat hoofprints… Keep Reading

Artwork Resurfaces in Bayview

Bayview community members hooked a fish too big to throw back.  “The Red Fish” was installed in Bayview Gateway Park, located at Third Street and Cargo Way, from 2007 to 2014.  The sculpture was removed to make room for the Blue Greenway Project, a 13-mile landscape expansion sponsored by the Port of San Francisco, which… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – October 2019

Now through 10/6 Sunday — Art: Outdoor Public Art Roller RinkAn art installation that can be experienced, with performances and DJ sets. Free. $5 for rental skates. Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, 2 Marina Blvd. For more information and to reserve skates. 10/2 Wednesday — Music: Stolie Live music by Stolie, a songwriter, musical… Keep Reading

Accessory Dwelling Units Being Steadily Built Throughout the City

In July, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed legislation establishing a one-year pilot program in which Department of Building Inspection (DBI) fees will be waived for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and 100 percent affordable housing projects. Under the legislation, co-sponsored by District 4 Supervisor Gordon Mar and District 5 Supervisor Vallie Brown, charges… Keep Reading

Neighborhood Opposition Prompts Recology to Downsize Development Proposal


Following a June community gathering to update neighbors, Recology submitted a project application to the San Francisco Planning Department to develop its 900 Seventh Street truckyard as a Special Use District (SUD) that’d mix commercial and industrial space with housing. Modified from a preliminary scheme the employee-owned waste management company submitted to the Planning Department… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Keep the Presses Rolling!

Last month’s front-page editorial announced that the View would fold on its 50th anniversary, August 2020, unless new revenues sources can be secured. Readers responded with a plethora of ideas, and not a small amount of money, including contributions that ranged from $50 to $500.   One thought, if acted upon, would ensure the paper’s… Keep Reading

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