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Voters to Choose District Attorney this Month

The District Attorney (DA) serves as the City and County of San Francisco’s chief law enforcement officer, supervising investigations and prosecutions of criminal offenses. The seat is being contested in the November 8 election following Chesa Boudin’s June 7, 2022 recall. The winner will serve the remainder of Boudin’s disrupted term, until January 2024. Four… Keep Reading

Starting Salaries Vary Widely by Profession, Baking in Inequality

Starting salaries for college graduates vary widely depending on the profession, setting up individuals for a likely lifetime of income disparities. Notably, journalists and elementary schoolteachers are at the bottom of the wage barrel, which raises the question, why are we asking people in essential jobs to do them at the cost of significant economic… Keep Reading

Bill Protecting Architects’ Copyright Becomes Law

Senate Bill 1214, carried by State Senator Brian Jones, was signed by the governor earlier this year.  The law limits the type of information prepared by architects that municipal planning departments can make available to the public in a copyable format. The restriction is intended to protect architects’ intellectual property rights, congruent with the Federal… Keep Reading

Le Marché Cezanne: An Épicerie in Potrero Hill

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Le Marché Cezanne, a grocery store dedicated to connecting local farms and neighborhood brands with community members, opens this month on 18th Street between Connecticut and Missouri streets. Mario Rimet, Le Marché Cezanne’s owner, moved to San Francisco four years ago and was introduced to Dogpatch and the Hill while working at La Fromagerie, on… Keep Reading

Community Calendar

11/2 WednesdayPolitics: District 10 Supervisor DebatesFeaturing District 10 candidates Supervisor Shamann Walton and Brian Sam Adam. 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Food and refreshments 5 to 6 p.m. Free. Bayview Opera House, 4705 Third Street. https://bit.ly/debate-district10 11/2 WednesdayDesign: Pay What You Can WednesdayMuseum of Craft and Design strives to keep art accessible by giving visitors… Keep Reading

Why I Choose to Raise My Son in San Francisco

I didn’t plan anything. I arrived in San Francisco by car on September 11, 2008 around 9 p.m., young, single and childless. My journey driving across the country culminating in a steep climb up 17th Street, then freely flowing without the makeshift plaza, past the supersized rainbow flag in the Castro.  “I’m here!” I shouted… Keep Reading

Obituaries

Mits AkashiSeptember 19, 1934- October 22, 2022 Mits Akashi, beloved owner of Moshi Moshi, passed away on the evening of Saturday October 22. Mits had battled various illnesses with a smile on his face for many years. He was 88 years old.  Mits was in an internment camp during World War II. Despite that, he… Keep Reading

District 10 Residents Concerned About Crime, Homelessness

San Francisco Board of Supervisors District 10 is located on the southeast corner of the 7 x 7 and includes significant overlap with the View’s readership. On November 8 incumbent Shamann Walton will face challenger Brian Adam in a race for the District 10 Supervisor seat. The View asked D10 residents to identify the biggest… Keep Reading

Proposed Bike Lane on 17th Street Hits Speed Bumps

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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has proposed a “Quick-Build Project” along 17th Street between Rhode Island and Mississippi streets that has local businesses saying, “not so fast.” Quick-Build Projects are intended to streamline delivery of safety improvements, in this case, development of a protected bike lane – consisting of physical barriers to separate… Keep Reading

As the Pandemic Wanes, Live Theaters Create New Scenes

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In Potrero Hill, where face masks are a rare sight, theater groups performing at Potrero Stage and elsewhere still speak of testing protocols, face coverings, and capacity restrictions.  “There are theaters that over and over and over have run through not just the understudy, but the understudy’s understudy’s understudy,” said Aldo Billingslea of the Juneteenth… Keep Reading

VOTE

The wheel of democracy turns yet again, with the yummy, annoying, or satisfying responsibility to choose amongst a plethora of candidates and causes.  The View’s ability to examine politicians and ballot initiatives has shrunk over the years, hobbled by fewer enthusiastic volunteers and diminishing advertising reviews. Still, we do our best, focusing on municipal propositions.… Keep Reading

Minority Rules

DISTRICT SUPERVISOR, 2020 FIRST CHOICE VOTES 1 Connie Chan 13,422 3 Aaron Peskin 15,293 5 Dean Preston 21,431 7 Myrna Melgar 7,852 9 Hillary Ronen 27,481 11 Ahsha Safai 15,033 100,512 MAYOR, 2019 London N. Breed 125,200 Minority rule is embedded in American democracy.  Each state has two U.S. Senators regardless of population. The electoral… Keep Reading

Without Publications to Populate them, Newsracks Disappear

In July, the San Francisco Department of Public Works (DPW) removed about 230 mostly unused news racks from throughout the City. According to Beth Rubenstein, DPW deputy director of policy and communications, the action was in response to a swell of complaints from 311 calls, City Supervisors and others that the racks were being used… Keep Reading

Fire Strikes at The Double Play 

The Double Play, located at 16th and Bryant streets, whose walls were crowded with a treasure of baseball memorabilia dating to when Seals Stadium sat across from it, caught fire last month, severely damaging the building and closing the bar. The ground floor was totally lost, but no injuries were reported, according to the San… Keep Reading

Catalytic Converters Stolen from Under Police’s Noses

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Four identifiably marked San Francisco Police Department vehicles had their catalytic converters surgically removed by thieves last month.  “On September 12, 2022, at approximately 1 p.m., a San Francisco Police Officer discovered a marked police truck parked in the area of 16th Street and De Haro Street had its catalytic converter stolen,” confirmed the SFPD media… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: October 2022

10/2/22 SundayHealth: Health & Wellness SundayHealth & Wellness Sundays, presented by Kaiser Permanente, offers a holistic immersion into fitness sessions, live entertainment, a toddler gym with Power Play SF, the KP Sport Court, a wellness zone for kids to play, plus the Play Bus with SC30, Inc. Event is rain or shine. Free. 10 a.m.… Keep Reading

Contemporary Furniture for Sale in Potrero Hill

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At the corner of 17th and Missouri streets a freshly renovated building showcases table sets and armchairs vended by Blu Dot San Francisco. With its design center in Minneapolis, Blu Dot Design and Manufacturing has stores in twelve cities throughout the world, including New York, Sydney, and Mexico City. The company brings products that won… Keep Reading

Why I Choose to Raise My Kids in San Francisco

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My husband, Kevin, and I choose to raise our kids, Olivia, nine, and Emma, six, in San Francisco and specifically Potrero Hill because we value access to natural spaces, engagement in public spaces, and community. I love being able to walk down Connecticut Street and enjoy a spectacular meal or entertainment in the Hill, Mission,… Keep Reading

Rec and Park Unconcerned About Project’s Shadowing of Potrero Del Sol Park

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Last month, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission voted four to one that the shadow from a proposed residential complex wouldn’t significantly impact Potrero Del Sol Park, formerly known as La Raza Park, which abuts the development site. Commissioners Mark Buell, president, and Kat Anderson, vice president, weren’t present. The single “nay” vote came… Keep Reading

District 10 Sales Tax Revenues Rebound

District 10 generated $14.53 million in sales tax revenue last year, the third highest district haul, and more than the $14 million collected before the start of the pandemic.  District 6, which includes Mission Bay, the Oracle Arena, and South-of-Market produced $17.09 million, compared to $28.3 million in 2019.  District 3 – North Beach, Chinatown,… Keep Reading

Adam Challenges Walton for District 10 Supe Seat

On November 8 District 10 residents will have a choice between returning incumbent and Board president Shamann Walton to the Board of Supervisors or selecting newcomer Brian Adam. The winner will serve a four-year term starting January 2023. Walton is the clear favorite, having secured endorsements from U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Governor… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Revitalization

Dogpatch, Mission Bay, and Potrero Hill know about being knocked down, pushed to the ground, staying there for years before climbing back up, head held high. For the last third of the 20th Century, as the industrial age and wartime winds that created portside prosperity faded, these neighborhoods, economically dependent on the waterfront, suffered high… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor, September 2022

Editor, As a former, 16 year, De Haro Street resident, I like to keep up on Potrero Hill news and enjoyed reading your story about the City discouraging the use of natural gas (“San Francisco Wants to Make Cooking with Gas a Thing of the Past,” August). When moving to Montana, I designed a highly… Keep Reading

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