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Obituraries

Chris PuccinelliAugust 15, 1948 – December 2, 2021 Chris Puccinelli was born August 15, 1948. She was a native San Franciscan and spent her entire life in the City. She died peacefully at home on December 2, 2021. She is survived by her wife Roz Brandstein; her sister Char Suda; her foster son Dennis McWilliams;… Keep Reading

Mission Bay’s Population Almost Doubled in Last Decade

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Mission Bay’s population almost doubled over the past decade. According to the 2020 U.S. Census, the neighborhood grew from 9,000 residents in 2010 to more than 17,400 two years ago.  What wasn’t long ago a marshy area with few built amenities has emerged as a mixed-income community with parks, open space, multiple dining opportunities, 6,060… Keep Reading

Dopatch Hub Denied by Port

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Dogpatch Hub faces an uncertain future after the San Francisco Port Commission rejected a proposal to site the hoped-for community center adjacent to Crane Cove Park at an October meeting.  In response to Commission request-for-proposals (RFP) to repurpose the historic Kneass building at 651 Illinois Street, Friends of Dogpatch Hub, a nonprofit whose seven-member committee… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Jackson Efforts to rename Jackson Playground are being resisted by longtime Potrero Hill residents who insist that it’s never been widely known that the appellation was taken from a U.S. President famous for killing Native Americans. Perhaps a way forward is simply to repurpose the designation. Musician Michael Jackson may not be a good pick,… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Shows Off Its Green Thumb

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A bit more than five percent of District 10, which includes Dogpatch and Potrero Hill, consists of green space, compared to 13 percent for San Francisco as a whole. Residents have steadily worked to remedy this deficit, successfully advocating for community gardens and green patches. These efforts created the Kansas Street Community Garden, Arkansas Friendship… Keep Reading

The Beautiful Struggle

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Beauty has a sordid history in art. Once held up as the most essential aesthetic principle, beauty has been championed, diminished, and had to fight for its value. An esthetic of pain has taken center stage in twentieth and twenty-first century art, emphasizing artists who express or parse personal struggle in their work, often correlating… Keep Reading

Living Large, the Musical, at the Potrero Stage Theater

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This month playwright/lyricist, Diane Sampson, and musician/cabaret performer, Lauren Mayer, will unveil what they accomplished during the pandemic. Living Large, their musical about the lives and loves of Marie Dressler, will debut on December 10 and 11 as a reading at the Potrero Stage Theater.  Though Bay Area artists Sampson and Mayer had admired each… Keep Reading

Books Inc.: A Truly American Tale

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If you’ve made your way past 1501 Vermont Street you might’ve noticed Books Inc.’s unassuming office and warehouse, with its caricature of a friendly mustachioed sun hovering above the loading docks. Don’t judge this book by its cover, though. Books Inc. distributes to its own Bay Area stores, hosts book signings by local authors and… Keep Reading

Life Sciences Complex Planned on Third Street

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San Francisco developers Ronaldo Cianciarulo and Workshop1 want to develop a roughly 603,286 square feet life science laboratory complex on 3100 to 3150 Third Street, a property owned by 3150 Third LLC and 3240 Mindful LLC. The site is the largest of three properties the team wants to cultivate as life science labs in Dogpatch… Keep Reading

Affordable Housing

“It costs the same to build an “affordable” house as it does a market rate one,” my friend, Chris Block, presently San Francisco’s Chronic Homelessness Initiative Director, told me almost two decades ago.  That’s still roundly true. Modest savings can be achieved by deploying different construction techniques, materials, and modular units, such as those manufactured… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: December 2021

Now through Sunday 1/30/2022Film: “Illuminated Frames”Drawing inspiration from nature and optical effects, these imaginative light studies offer a landscape of visual impressions. The cinema’s dimmed atmosphere sets the perfect scene to take in this array of colorful illuminations of brilliant ideas. $19.95 to $29.95. Exploratorium, Pier 15. For more information, including showtimes and tickets. Saturday… Keep Reading

California Dream a Nightmare?

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The idea that there’s a California dream burst into popular culture in the 1960s through the music of the Beach Boys and Mamas and the Papas and continued through the collective consciousness through such movies as La La Land and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. While the dream’s exact plot morphs depending on the… Keep Reading

Redistricting Could Change District 10 Boundaries

San Franciscans have a once in a decade opportunity to influence the political boundaries of their supervisorial regions; what neighborhoods will be clumped together for representation on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. “A board of supervisor will advocate on behalf of their District for resources to be put into their ‘thing,’ whether it be… Keep Reading

Parents Greet New School Year with Relief

Last fall schools welcomed back students for in-person learning five days a week, many for the first time in a year and a half. Potrero Hill parents and their students have largely greeted the return to normalcy with relief.  “People are so excited to be back. You feel it from teachers, the principal, parents,” said… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Pennsylvania Avenue Extension  The San Francisco Planning Department, San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) and Caltrain are jointly studying the potential to construct a rail tunnel under Pennsylvania Avenue, improve the 22nd Street Caltrain Station, and build a station in Bayview.  The agencies will collectively hold community meetings on November 4 and 6 over Zoom… Keep Reading

Unions, Civic Groups Scrutinize Amazon’s Proposed Showplace Square Development Site

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Last month, roughly 60 members of the San Francisco Southeast Alliance (SFSEA) gathered at Thee Parkside to discuss Amazon’s operations and proposal to develop 900 Seventh Street. It was SFSEA’s, also known as the SF Southeast Community Coalition, first in-person gathering in six months.  SFSEA is a group of nonprofits, neighborhood associations, business organizations, environmental… Keep Reading

City Continues to Mull Over Congestion Pricing

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) has extended its timeline to develop a Downtown congestion pricing scheme, giving Southside residents and businesses more time to consider the idea.  SFCTA wants to use congestion pricing to reduce traffic levels Downtown, thereby speeding circulation and untangling gridlock. Vehicles would be charged a fee to drive on… Keep Reading

Dogpatch Neighborhood Association to Elect Officers

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The Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) is set to approve an uncontested slate of candidates.  DNA members who’ve paid this year’s dues can vote on November 9 at a virtual meeting. The association has roughly 800 members, who pay $25 dues for individuals, $35 for families, though fees are waved for “anyone without capacity to pay,”… Keep Reading

Local Bakeries Offer Sweet Treats and More

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With their power to conjure longing and nostalgia, evoking home and family are the raisons d’être for three San Francisco bakeries located in Southside San Francisco. Sonya Kim was prompted to launch Whole Cakes, on 16th Street, by her desire to find food that wasn’t too sugary to feed her newborn child. After her family… Keep Reading

Lester Zeidman Leads, and Leaves, The Good Life

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Longtime Potrero Hill resident and chief executive officer of The Good Life Grocery, Lester Zeidman, retired last summer after 40 years as co-owner of one of San Francisco’s most beloved, and successful, retail groceries. Zeidman left his home state of New Jersey when he was 17 years old. He bounced around, living in a cabin… Keep Reading

Community Calender: November

Now through Sunday 1/22/22Design: Mode BrutMode Brut features unique designs by more than 50 artists from Creativity Explored, a studio-based collective that partners with developmentally disabled people. The exhibition explores the role fashion can play in responding to questions about accessibility, gender roles, and identity. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum of Craft and Design,… Keep Reading

Colonialization’s Lasting Imprint

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The United States is commonly thought of as a nation of immigrants, but it’s also a nation of colonizers. Brooklyn-based artist, Maia Cruz Palileo, explores this tension in Long Kwento, a haunting exhibition of paintings and sculptures at the California College of the Arts’ Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art. Palileo’s focus is on American colonization… Keep Reading

Hill Resident Marcy Adelman Helps Build LGBQT Senior Facilities

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Born in 1947, in the Dorchester area of Boston, Massachusetts, Marcy Adelman grew up in a tightknit, largely Jewish, community. The multi-generational home in which she was raised taught young Adelman the importance of family supporting senior household members, with respect shown to elderly community members.  That early grounding laid the foundation for Adelman to… Keep Reading

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