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1601 Mariposa Street Project Approved

Last month, the San Francisco Planning Commission approved unanimously a series of documents associated with a proposed residential development at 1601 Mariposa Street, including the project’s environmental impact report, California Environmental Quality Act findings and a Large Project Authorization.  Commission endorsement came with conditions, including following interim design controls developed by the Potrero Boosters, securing… Keep Reading

Bulow’s Potrero Hill Restaurants Continue to Draw Crowds

With nearly twenty years of experience owning or operating restaurants throughout San Francisco, Jocelyn Bulow has learned how to spot the City’s next foodie trend. Beginning with his first partnership, Plouf on Belden Place, when he was just 26, Bulow has followed a set formula regardless of restaurant type or neighborhood location.  Launch an eatery,… Keep Reading

Taco Bell Cantina Debuts at Third Street; Liquor License in the Works

Last fall, Golden Gate Bell, LLC, a Pleasanton-based franchisee working in partnership with Yum! Brands, Inc., opened technology-friendly Taco Bell Cantina (TBC) at Third and Townsend streets. TBC is a “concept” eatery, a new model for millennial, urban, diners. The restaurant offers features the tech crowd wants: digital menu screens, recycling bins, free WiFi, electrical… Keep Reading

Fiction: Gold, Chapter Five

“Oifff,” exclaimed Nash, as he pulled his keys and wallet out of his pocket and dumped them in a bright blue bowl sitting on the bedroom dresser.  “Hard day with the mayor, or did you just celebrate your 80th birthday?” asked Justin, who was sitting on the bed, stuffing marijuana into a vaporizer.  “Or maybe… Keep Reading

Community Calendar

December 3rd – Theater: SubUrbia SubUrbia examines young adults’ trials and tribulations, particularly when society offers a cynical perspective that turns the American Dream into the American Nightmare. However, the play isn’t depressing.  Writer Eric Bogosian provides the humor needed to empathize with SubUrbia’s complex characters. $15. 8 p.m., Bindlestiff Studios, 185 Sixth Street. Information:… Keep Reading

Library News

Programs for Adults Holiday Harp Concert with Triskela: Celebrate the season with a festive winter music show by the Triskela Harp Trio. Saturday, December 5, 4 to 5 p.m. Chair Yoga with Connie Scott: Enjoy an energizing chair yoga class! Supported by a chair, learn yoga poses and breathing techniques to create strength, flexibility and… Keep Reading

Far Higher Percentage of Blacks Arrested than Whites in SF

Last year, the San Francisco Police Department arrested 3,413 African-Americans for felonies, compared with 3,207 arrests of Whites, according to data from the California Attorney General’s (AG) Office.  Although the number of African- and European-American felony arrests in the City in 2014 was roughly the same, San Francisco has almost ten times as many Caucasian… Keep Reading

Judith Catherine Kloehn Lopez (September 28, 1947 – October 28, 2015)

Judith Catherine Kloehn Lopez passed away at her Potrero Hill home on October 28, 2015. She was born September 28, 1947 at St. Mary’s Hospital. In 1993, Lopez posed for View photographer and writer Peter Linenthal outside Strand Service-Appliance, her family’s Connecticut Street store, to commemorate the businesses’ 50th anniversary. Lopez told Linenthal she was… Keep Reading

Hill-Based OPSWAT Provides Cybersecurity

In our interconnected and device-laden world, cybersecurity has become a hot topic, especially after recent data breaches at the Sony and Target corporations. According to a study sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, cybercrime cost the average American firm $15 million in 2014, a 19 percent jump from the year prior. Average per company losses could top $40… Keep Reading

Good Eggs Scrambles to Reinvent Itself

Multiple farmers markets dot San Francisco throughout the week. From the epic Saturday morning Ferry Building Plaza, to sleepier Fort Mason, it’s possible to find nearly any kind of fruit or vegetable, as well as arrays of cheeses, chocolates, and cakes, in these perennial souks. San Francisco has long been a leader in the food… Keep Reading

Fiction: Gold


For the past four months the View has published experts from Gold, a serialized tale of politics, capitalism, and corruption in San Francisco. In this issue the first three chapters are reprinted, along with the fourth installment, enabling readers to catchup as the story continues to unfold. One “I told you John, I’m not selling,” said… Keep Reading

Short Cuts November 2015

Real Estate In September, 1740 20th Street, a roughly 3,000 square feet, three bedroom, two bath home, sold for $9.5 million. Zillow had estimated the property’s value at about $3 million, itself a hefty sum. It’s assumed that the buyer paid cash; otherwise they’d be facing something like a $35,000 a month mortgage payment, which,… Keep Reading

Planning Commission Considers Proposed Corovan Development


Last month, the San Francisco Planning Commission held a hearing on the draft environmental impact report (DEIR) for a proposed development at the Corovan site, located at the bottom of Potrero Hill’s North Slope. A DEIR evaluates a project’s potential impact on such things as traffic, dislodging or releasing hazardous substances, and the historic relevance… Keep Reading

Fires Behind San Bruno Avenue Threaten Homes

A series of fires emanating from a homeless encampment located on a strip of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)-owned property in between Highway 101 and San Bruno Avenue has sparked neighborhood groups to fight for safety, and inclusive solutions to homelessness. A fire that broke out in September catalyzed concerned residents. “People got really upset.… Keep Reading

Good Life Grocery Facing Thousands of Dollars in Recycling Fines

The Good Life Grocery, located on 20th Street, is facing fines of up to $3,100 a month for not complying with the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act. The law, adopted in 1986, was intended to “…make redemption and recycling convenient to consumers… the legislature hereby urges cities and counties…to act favorably on… Keep Reading

Harmonic Brewing Open for Business in Dogpatch

It started as an idea between three longtime friends who liked to brew beer at home. What if we quit our day jobs, and made beer for a living? After more than two years of planning, securing real estate, finding investors and installing large scale brewing equipment, Eric Tisch, Jon Verna, and Ed Gobbo opened… Keep Reading

Twists and Turns Lead Former Hill Resident to the U.S. Navy

Over the past decade and a half former Alabama Street resident Kieron Sinnette experienced all the elements of a rags-to-riches-to-rags story. Sinnette, an immigrant from Trinidad, arrived in San Francisco in 2001, less than a month after 9/11. He was an 18 year-old high school graduate, gay, homeless and unemployed. After securing assistance from Larkin… Keep Reading

Devoted Activist Retires After 25 Years with UCSF

After a quarter of a century as director of community relations at the University of California, San Francisco, Barbara Bagot-Lopez retires this month. She hopes to use her free time to reconnect with her neighborhood, Bernal Heights, and rededicate herself to her activist roots. “Hitting 25 years was like ZING!” laughed Bagot-Lopez. “Wow, 25 years.… Keep Reading

Twenty-Third and Hampshire Street Garden Something to Behold

Gardening is often praised for the beauty it creates, as well as the benefits it provides the gardener in terms of mental clarity and stress relief. Mission Creek resident Maria Suarez, 75, is a great-grandmother who takes recreational gardening seriously, using the pastime to achieve personal tranquility and to give her neighbors an eyeful. Suarez’s… Keep Reading

Carpet Chronicles, II

My 11 a.m. was at a rundown house in the Excelsior, not far from Highway 280. No one answered the door. I called the potential customer, who showed up about 15 minutes later in a late-1960’s beat up panel van. He was in his early 60s, with dirty fingers, wearing a filthy jumpsuit, big, smeared,… Keep Reading

Boys and Girls Club Offers Children a Place to Play

Three women, Mary and Alice Goodwin and Elizabeth Hammersley, started the Boys and Girls Clubs of America in the state of Connecticut in 1860. They wanted to give kids a place to go who otherwise might not have one. More than 150 years later, the Boys and Girls Clubs in San Francisco alone serves more… Keep Reading

Hill Resident Judy Baston Expert at Tracing Family History

Longtime Potrero Hill resident Judy Baston’s passionate commitment to Jewish genealogy earned her the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies, awarded at the Association’s annual conference in Jerusalem last summer. Baston was born in Oakland to parents who encouraged her to pursue a professional career. Her father suggested that she… Keep Reading

Cork Marcheschi and the Fifty Foot Hose


The electronic rock band Fifty Foot Hose emerged from San Francisco’s iconic 1960s music scene. Its music, including its sole album, Cauldron, issued in 1967, was influenced by a mixture of jazz, rhythm and blues, rock, and electronic music. The latter genre’s current popularity was sparked by pioneers such as Cork Marcheschi, a Bay Area… Keep Reading

Fiction: A Cure for Writer’s Block

Trippy slammed his laptop shut and hurled it against the wall. The two cats didn’t move. Mischief, the asthmatic Siamese, opened his one good eye before falling back asleep. Hemingway, the fat Tabby, didn’t flinch. She’d been on the losing end of another backyard brawl, a two-inch gash on her forehead still oozing. Always a… Keep Reading

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