Serving the Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, Mission Bay, & SOMA neighborhoods since 1970

Publisher’s View: Power

Until last year the San Francisco Public Utility Commission (SFPUC) was run by Harlan L. Kelly, Jr., a civil engineer appointed by Mayor Ed Lee.  Lee, who died in 2017, was fond of talking about the “city family,” which some believe included a familial attitude towards quid pro quo favors. Kelly resigned in 2020 in… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

#MeToo Peskin News that District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin is an alcoholic bully, as reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, Bay Area 7, and elsewhere shocked pretty much nobody.  Peskin has been bursting into angry, expletive-soaked, personal attacks on boatloads of people for two decades or more, often calling colleagues, enemies, frenemies, anyone late-night to… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, Regarding the loss of hilltop on Kansas Street – not Rhode Island, as reported in the May View – doesn’t the dirt belong in a Potrero Hill museum, where future Hill dwellers can experience the charms of rocky, weedy, hilltops once common hereabouts, but now fallen out of favor? Stephen FotterFlorida Street Editor, I… Keep Reading

Op-Ed: Let’s Stop Families from Leaving San Francisco

I’ve spent my entire life in San Francisco, am raising my family in the Western Addition, with an art studio located at the Pacific Felt Factory on 20th Street.  I love my City. My biggest complaint is seeing families relocate from my hometown for their children’s education.  Parents aren’t “anti-public schools”, they’re “anti-San Francisco public… Keep Reading

Ordinance Would Pave Way for Affordable Housing Development in Mishpot


Over more than three decades Homeless Prenatal Program (HPP) has helped thousands of unhoused pregnant women and families, offering health, job training and child development services. The nonprofit may soon expand its assistance to include affordable housing.  In May, the San Francisco Planning Commission recommended approval of the 18th Street Affordable Housing Special Use District… Keep Reading

Live Music Makes a Come Back


Live music is returning to Potrero Hill, with Thee Parkside and Bottom of the Hill planning shows for this summer. Thee Parkside doesn’t have an official “welcome back to live music” event scheduled but is preparing for performances for a yet determined August date. Who the players will be isn’t known. The bar and grill… Keep Reading

Sextant is Smelling the Coffee

Starting last month, visitors to Sextant Coffee, located on Folsom and 10th streets, had their beverage of choice prepared by someone other than owner Kinani Ahmed. After performing every task himself for the previous year and a half, Ahmed is rebuilding the team he lost at the beginning of the public health crisis.  An energetic… Keep Reading

Neighborhood Pizza Joints Deliver

Four local pizzerias not only survived, but thrived, during the ebbing COVID-19 crisis, adapting their businesses to shifting consumer habits.  Launched more than 45 years ago, Goat Hill Pizza, located on the corner of 18th and Connecticut streets, has a storied presence on Potrero Hill. It’s one of the community’s longest continuously operating restaurants, co-founded… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: July 2021

VirtualAnytimeArt:  Imagining DataData has become a precious commodity; what’s divulged online can be valuable. Preferences and characteristics — related to the personal, societal, political, environmental — can be described through numbers and algorithms. The COVID-19 pandemic has made statistics an international obsession related to contagion spikes, vaccine efficacy rates, and hospital capacities. Data visualization is a… Keep Reading

Lost Photos & Movies of Potrero Hill


The windows above Christopher’s Books at Missouri and 18th streets come alive from 8:30 to 10 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 18. Family photographs taken between 1880 and 1960 appear from a selection of hundreds found recently in a Potrero Hill basement. Also shown is a 1932 film of a festive procession… Keep Reading

Permaculture Garden Flourished During COVID


At least one corner of Potrero Hill blossomed during the pandemic: the permaculture agriculture plot at Rhode Island and 18th streets. Founded in 2008, the holistic garden had fallen into disorder. When shelter-in-place began, Travers Flynn, who lives across the street, saw an opportunity to put his surplus time and energy to use. “I was… Keep Reading

Moving to the Rhythm

KADIST, an arts organization founded in Paris, France, that promotes interdisciplinary work, is exhibiting Seeing Sound, a blend of sound and video art, at its 20th Street gallery. Curated by Barbara London, an advocate of sound art since the 1970s, the show debuts in San Francisco before travelling internationally. Three distinct modes of contemporary sound… Keep Reading

Effort Launched to Appoint, Rather than Elect, Board of Education

Three months ago, San Francisco Unified School District’s Board of Education member Alison Collins was stripped of her leadership position in a five to two vote amidst calls for her resignation after a series of tweets she wrote in 2016 were unearthed. Before that, the Board triggered a nationwide backlash for proposing to rename 44… Keep Reading

Planning Asks Amazon to Repackage Development Proposal

The San Francisco Planning Department issued a 55-page response in April that calls for changes to a proposal Amazon submitted to develop a last-mile parcel delivery facility in Showplace Square. The planned 900 Seventh Street facility would be three stories and 650,000 square feet,  according to the Preliminary Project Application (PPA) that Amazon submitted in… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Mural Fading Away

The once iconic Potrero Hill mural at the corner of 17th and Connecticut streets is steadily fading, the wall on which it is painted in disrepair.  “The cost to restore this mural would be at least $20,000, a number I estimated three years ago,” said Susan Cervantes, founder and director of Precita Eyes Muralists Association.… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Climate

The federal government has finally joined the State of California in a spirited effort to vastly reduce anthropogenic discharges that are fostering a hotter, drier, planet. The state and fed plan to forestall the worst effects of human-induced climate change by squeezing fossil fuels out of our electricity system within the next 15 years, deploying… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Shootings Two men were shot to death, a third critically injured, in separate Potrero Hill incidents last month. The first occurred near 25th and Connecticut streets. After a 10:08 a.m. report of a shooting, San Francisco Police Department officers found Darryl Haynes, 61, suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. He was transferred to a hospital, where… Keep Reading

Vermont Street Switches to Residential Parking Permits

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, commuters used to park on Vermont Street to avoid steep garage prices in Showplace Square and elsewhere nearby. Assuming these travelers ultimately return, residents will no longer have to compete with them for spots; the 500 block of Vermont Street now requires a parking permit for extended stays. Prior to the… Keep Reading

Proposed Teardown on Texas Street Draws Opposition

A proposal to demolish a Victorian and replace it with a larger modern home at 249 Texas Street has drawn the ire of neighbors. Kerry Shapiro and Joanne Siu purchased the Texas Street property in 2019 for $1.6 million. They’re planning to live in the newly customized home with their daughter and Siu’s 81-year-old mother.… Keep Reading

Radio Coyote Howls

Broadcasting through the end of the month, Radio Coyote features experimental music, archival recordings, interviews, and improvisational content. The standalone project, available at 88.1 FM or online at, is orchestrated by 2020-2021 Capp Street Artist-in-Residence Raven Chacon, a composer, performer, and installation artist from Fort Defiance, Navajo Nation in Arizona, under the sponsorship of… Keep Reading

Raymond Saunders Returns

Award-winning contemporary artist Raymond Saunders has chosen two San Francisco galleries as sites for his first solo exhibition in more than a decade. A major figure in contemporary art, Saunders graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts in 1961, where he went on to teach, and has been… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: June 2021

In-personWednesday 6/2 through Monday 9/6Families: Free “SkyStar” Ferris Wheel Rides for Graduating SeniorsThe SkyStar Observation Wheel features 36 enclosed well-ventilated gondolas and views of Downtown to the Pacific Ocean. San Francisco Unified School District graduates who show their school identification at the ticket booth ride free. Regular admission: $18 + tax; 15 percent discount for… Keep Reading

Dogpatch and Potrero Hill Merchant Associations to Receive $100,000 to Support Small Businesses

Photos of business owners: Left: Amy and Chris Hillyard, co-owners of Farley’s Coffee, showcase goods from their café and products made by local artists. PHOTO: Courtesy of Farley’s Coffee; Top right: The founders of Noble & Co, a Potrero Hill-based business that makes scented soy wax candles. Left to right: Haley Kannall, Julie Noble, Alex Tamura. Inset: Will Noble. PHOTO: Courtesy of Noble & Co; Lower right: Ulrich “Ubi” Simpson, creative director of Mi Cocina, Inc., surrounded by items from his denim clothing line. PHOTO: Courtesy of Ulrich Conrad Simpson

Roughly $50,000 will be distributed to each of San Francisco’s 33 district merchant associations, including Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association (PDMA) and Dogpatch Business Association (DBA), as part of a $1.7 million donation from Chris Larsen, founder of the blockchain company Ripple. The funding is being provided through the Avenue Greenlight initiative, a partnership between the… Keep Reading

Mission Creek Park P3 Will Open this Fall


Mission Creek Park P3 will transform a barren, nondescript strip of terrain into a lush, lively gateway to the Mission Bay South neighborhood. The new 1.65-acre park will serve to extend Mission Creek Park, located west of Fourth Street, and align it with China Basin Park, part of the Mission Rock development being constructed east… Keep Reading

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