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Obituary: Mike Denman

Mike Denman 1929 – 2018 Michael Denman died on December 12, 2018 of heart failure. He was surrounded by family and friends, under the care of California Pacific Hospital staff. He’s survived by his brother, Peter Denman, and several nieces and nephews. Mike was the second son of his deceased parents, MacDonald Simpson Denman and… Keep Reading

Central Waterfront Homeless Navigation Center May Extend its Stay

Photo: Central Waterfront Navigation Center. Credit: Michael Iacuessa

Halfway into a three-year lease, the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) is generally supportive of extending the Central Waterfront Homeless Navigation Center’s stay and expanding its number of beds from 63 to 68. A presentation last fall by the City’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) to DNA drew a positive response. DNA president Bruce… Keep Reading

Parking Management Plan Proposed for Potrero Hill’s North Slope


The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has floated a plan to deploy several types of parking management tools on Potrero Hill’s North Slope, including weekday time limits to discourage commuters from leaving their cars and parking meters to offer short-term options for shoppers, visitors, and other daytime users.  If implemented the proposal would impact… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Housing

A more than 20 percent increase in San Francisco’s property tax roll, combined with a state program, the Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund, which shifts a portion of “excess” local property taxes to public school systems in each California county, has showered $415 million of unexpected revenues on the City.  The windfall is indicative of San… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Parks Reviewed The latest Controller’s Office scorecard on park maintenance revealed a mixed bag for green spaces in District 10, which as a whole was rated at the lowest end of the upkeep spectrum.  The Utah-18th Street Mini Park and Potrero Hill Recreation Center appear to be in great shape, with rankings that exceed 97… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Love Affair

Dear Potrero Hill, You may not know me, but I’ve known about you for a long time. Not to sound creepy, but I’ve been wanting to get to know you better for years! I’ll be honest, when I first heard your name, I confused it for one of the many other City hills (which one… Keep Reading

The Manufacturing Foundry is Open for Business

The Manufacturing Foundry, a new outpost of the longstanding San Francisco makers coalition, SFMade, and its sister nonprofit, PlaceMade, opened in early 2017 in the Design District. Together, these nonprofits, both of which are headed by Kate Sofis, advise San Francisco manufacturing companies, helping them find affordable spaces, negotiate leases, and, in collaboration with various… Keep Reading

Art Helps Cancer Patients Recover

Photo: Cynthia Perlis (left) and Alex Withers (right). Credit: Art for Recovery

Since 1988, University of California, San Francisco’s Art for Recovery, an art-making, writing, and music program for adults living with cancer, has helped thousands of patients build confidence in themselves and work toward mental wellness. The series is open to anyone dealing with cancer; participants don’t have to be UCSF patients or even under care… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – January 2019

1/2 Wednesday – Health: Lululemon Flow & Jo Start the day with a gentle vinyasa flow; leave centered and present. Top it off with a hot cup of joe courtesy of Red Door Coffee. You’ll also get a sneak peek at the upcoming art show in the gallery space. Free. 7 to 8 a.m. Every first Wednesday. 111… Keep Reading

The Ethics Guy

Fred Raker’s comedy career began in New York City, where he was a stand-up comedian, working alongside luminaries such as Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Reiser. He later landed in Hollywood, writing for “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Currently  an Ingleside resident, he’s the author of The Official Trump Bitterness Quiz, available on Amazon. Dear Ethics… Keep Reading

Book Review: An End to Upside Down Thinking

Many of us have had experiences that’re hard to explain based on known science.  Someone we haven’t spoken to or thought about in years abruptly pops into our mind, only to text, call, or appear in front of us on the street shortly thereafter.  Alone or in a crowded place we become awash with a… Keep Reading

Accidental THC Ingestion Continues to Dog Pets

Casually discarded roaches or dropped bits of edibles, inside and outside homes, are increasingly being gobbled up by canines, with unpleasant results. The instances of dogs sickened from ingesting marijuana has more than doubled in recent years, according to the National Animal Poison Control Center of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to… Keep Reading

Community Expresses Mixed Feelings About Potrero Power Plant Project

Closed in 2011, the Potrero Power Plant sits on more than 28 acres located on a central piece of waterfront property. It was purchased from NRG Energy by Associate Capital in 2016, which in 2017 started planning to develop the area into a multi-use complex that’d include 2,682 residential units, according to an environmental impact… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Earth

Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions. Mayor: What do you mean, “biblical”? Dr. Raymond Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff. Venkman: Exactly. Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Hilltop Hilltop Grocery, at 1309 20th Street, is being absorbed into what’ll become a two-bedroom single family home. The store, which’d been owned by 90-something-year old Linda Wong and her late husband since 1958, closed two years ago, after being only intermittently open the previous decade. A residence has existed above the retail space since… Keep Reading

OP-ED: 2018 Election Thoughts

I’m excited to see the A-Team of powerful women – London Breed, Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, and Nancy Pelosi – representing San Francisco on the national stage. These experienced leaders, working together with young idealistic activists, gives hope that we can make progress on social justice and environmental issues. The Blue Wave was actually a… Keep Reading

Mixed Reactions to Election Outcomes on Potrero Hill

Doug North Slope resident Encountered on De Haro Street “It’s too bad Tony didn’t win. District 10 is enormous. We’ll see what happens when Shamann gets into office. I’m hopeful. I hope he’ll be responsive to the northern part of the District. I felt like the last supervisor focused on the southern part of the… Keep Reading

Third Street Bridge Rehab Continues

The second phase of a $25 million Third Street Bridge – more popularly known as “Lefty O’Doul Bridge” – rehabilitation project started last fall, with work expected to continue through early 2020, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Works (SFDPW). Despite the bridge work, pedestrians, bicyclists, vehicles, and kayaks still have access above… Keep Reading

Relive the City’s Greatest Hits at Mission Bay Mini-Golf Course

Last summer, Stagecoach Greens, on Fourth Street, joined Urban Putt, which opened on South Van Ness Avenue in 2014, in offering San Franciscans a miniature golf experience created by San Franciscans. Co-founders Esther Stearns and Jan Cohn Stearns are keeping it local. They can see the course from their house, employ their kids’ friends, and… Keep Reading

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