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Car Break-Ins Decline Dramatically, Still High

The San Francisco Police Department reported a 31 percent decrease in automobile break-ins from January to February, with the number of year-to-date thefts down 15 percent across the City.  All 10 police districts experienced fewer incidences.  Municipal officials have been combating an automobile break-in epidemic that’s besieged the City over recent years. In 2017, 31,000… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: John B. Anderson

Late last year, John B. Anderson died at the age of 95.  Anderson, a former Republican congressman from Illinois, unsuccessfully ran for his party’s nomination for the presidency in 1980.  When he failed in that quest he launched an independent campaign for the office, ultimately securing almost seven percent of the national vote. I first… Keep Reading

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Homeless Sheltered According to the San Francisco Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing, the Central Waterfront Navigation Center has housed 147 guests since it opened last spring, 28 of whom have been placed in permanent housing.  Currently, the facility has 52 guests and 10 vacant beds. DHSH’s Randy Quesada said that complete “dashboards” on Navigation Centers,… Keep Reading

Construction of 1601 Mariposa Continues

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This month, concrete pours and site deliveries will limit street parking near the 1601 Mariposa Street development site. Related California’s construction contractor, Nibbi Brothers, is in the process of installing foundation elements and underground plumbing, as well as concrete floors, walls, columns, and elevated decks. In addition, demolition of the existing concrete wall on 18th… Keep Reading

Proposal Progresses for Significant Jackson Playground Facelift

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Jackson Playground would be radically altered under a proposed redesign plan. The historic clubhouse would be moved from Mariposa to 17th Street, adjacent to a new community center featuring rooftop tennis courts. The athletic fields would be modified to create a variety of subdivided space, including picnic areas and a batting cage. Friends of Jackson… Keep Reading

Potrero Boosters: A History of Service

Its members are sharp, insistent, and affiliated with one of the City and County of San Francisco’s oldest and most powerful citizens’ advocacy groups:  the Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association. Founded in 1926, the organization had its genesis in an entity created at least two decades earlier:  the Potrero Commercial and Manufacturers’ Association (PCMA). According to an article… Keep Reading

California College of Arts Campus to Expand

In January, the California College of the Arts submitted a revised Institutional Master Plan to the Planning Commission under which its Oakland and San Francisco properties would be consolidated into a unified campus located in Showplace Square, on Eighth Street. According to Gina Simi, Planning Department communications manager, the Plan’s environmental review, Transportation Impact Study… Keep Reading

St. Gregory’s Hosts Devotional Art Workshops

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Samples of iconography artwork.

About fifteen years ago, parishioner Betsy Porter began teaching an iconography class at St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal Church, located on De Haro Street. Iconographers create Christian art based on an ancient Byzantine style, sometimes referred to as the “Gospel in color.” Porter had been a congregant for a couple of years and wanted to… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – April 2018

Now through Sat 4/21 Art: California College of the Arts Graduate Program in Fine Arts Exhibition Emerging artists from CCA’s Graduate Program in Fine Arts debut their work in an exhibition at Minnesota Street Project. Opening reception: Saturday, April 14, 3 to 6 p.m. Exhibit: Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free. Minnesota… Keep Reading

View Hopes to Make it to 50 — and Beyond

Forty-eight years ago, a group of Potrero Hill residents – artists, labor union activists, peaceniks – published Hills and Dales, a fledgling newsletter to inform neighbors about goings-on, and possibly even influence local politics. The mimeographed missive soon morphed into The Potrero View, the newspaper you’re holding in your hand or reading on a screen.… Keep Reading

Green Benefit District Holds Election for Board of Directors Seats

Green Benefit District is a quasi-government organization directed by a board of elected Dogpatch and Northwest Potrero Hill residents to help maintain and expand the area’s parks and greenery. The organization was formed in 2015, after securing 76 percent of property owner votes in the district. GBD’s 15 directors – including a president, vice president,… Keep Reading

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Food The San Francisco Police Department is fielding foot patrols at Jackson Playground… The proprietors of Pera Restaurant are now running the eatery located just around the corner, Papito, as well as the venerable Cha Cha Cha in the Mission…speaking of tasty, Florida-based The Spice Lab is vending Olive Oil Herb Blend – red peppers,… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor – March 2018

Editor, The February piece the View ran in its Short Cuts section about Tacolicious’s new no-straw initiative was great, but it didn’t tell the whole story. You state that we’ve replaced our plastic straws with paper ones. In actuality, we’ve eliminated plastic straws entirely and paper straws are now available only by request, barring a… Keep Reading

City Finalizes Central Waterfront Plan

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Last month, the San Francisco Planning Department released a final version of the Central Waterfront Public Realm Plan, reflecting an 18-month effort to synthesize municipal and neighborhood land use aspirations into one guiding document. The plan takes a comprehensive look at the waterfront and Dogpatch east of Pennsylvania Street and north to south from Mariposa… Keep Reading

22nd Street Green Connection Project Underway

In January, Bauman Landscape and Construction, Inc., a contractor for the Department of Public Works (DPW), began work on the “22nd Street Green Connection” project, a collection of improvements intended to enhance pedestrian traffic in the area. The undertaking is expected to be completed by the end of this summer. The work currently focuses on… Keep Reading

Islais Creek Being Studied for Climate Change Resilience

Enlarging Islais Creek by 300 acres, moving the Southeast Wastewater Treatment Plant to the waterfront, and turning Interstate-280 into a pedestrian sky park are among the ideas being considered by a team of urban planners, architects and ecologists studying ways to adjust to potentially rising sea levels. Islais Creek is one of 10 Bay Area… Keep Reading

Proposal to Redevelop Kansas Street PDR Building

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A showroom and retail building located at 300 Kansas Street, on Potrero Hill’s northern end, may be transformed into a modern structure, if a preliminary proposal moves forward. Developer Group i recently submitted an application to the Planning Department that proposes to demolish the existing production, design, and repair building and construct a new six-story… Keep Reading

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