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Clay Room Molds Community

On a weekday evening in spring, the Clay Room, located at 17th and Arkansas streets, welcomed visitors with lit candles, hot tea, a plush lounge, beautiful wall accents, and a vibe of a place where people laugh and socialize as they unwind from their day. The Clay Room isn’t a café, bar or yoga studio;… Keep Reading

Drawing Class Fosters Community in Dogpatch

Students in David Tenorio's drawing class at ARCH Art Supplies. Photo: Courtesy of ARCH

The Dogpatch Center for Arts and Culture’s life and botanical drawing class is attracting residents from throughout San Francisco to learn from different models, a skilled instructor, and one another. Classes run for six weeks, from 6 to 8 p.m., on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, taught by David Tenorio, an artist and assistant manager where the… Keep Reading

Library News – June 2018

Potrero Branch 1616 20th Street 415.355.2822 Genevieve Feldman, Branch Manager Family Programs Every Child Ready to Read Early Literacy Workshop:  Learn tools and the science behind teaching early literacy to your youngster. Aimed at parents of children less than six years-old. An area will be available to enable your kid to play while you learn… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: June 2018

Now through 6/14 — Film: SF DocFest Presented by SF IndieFest, the San Francisco Documentary Film Festival returns to the Roxie Theater and New People Cinema. Tickets: $13.50 advance; $15 at the door. All access DocPass is $250. For more information:, 415.662.FEST, or info[at]sfindie[dot]com. Now through 6/17 — Theater: Scapegoat PlayGround’s Festival of New Works 2018… Keep Reading

Vermont Street Drug House Finally Shuttered

A photo of 584/586 Vermont Street.

After years of complaints about loud noises, mounds of trash, screeching cars and random people coming and going, the occupants of 584/586 Vermont street, some of whom were suspected of engaging in illegal drug sales, were evicted, and the home boarded up, last month. Vermont Street residents had spent years discussing what could be done… Keep Reading

Pier 70 Development

In May, City officials, developer Forest City Realty Trust and Dogpatch residents formally launched construction at 28-acre Pier 70, slated for development of housing, waterfront parks, space for artists and local manufacturing, and rehabilitated historic buildings. Pictured (l-r) are City Assessor Carmen Chu, Mayoral Candidate Mark Leno, Forest City Senior Vice President Jack Sylvan, Forest… Keep Reading

Obituary: Sister Kathleen Healy

Sister Kathleen Healy January 13, 1926 – April 21, 2018 Longtime Potrero Hill resident and former pastoral associate at Saint Teresa Parish, Sister Kathleen Healy, passed away at the Presentation Motherhouse on April 21, 2018. She was 92. A funeral Mass was celebrated at Saint Teresa of Avila Catholic Church last month; she was interred… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Peace March to be Held on May 16

On the morning of May 16th, students, teachers, and staff from Potrero Hill schools Daniel Webster, Starr King, and Live Oak will gather once again for an annual “Peace March.” This year’s protest marks the event’s 10th anniversary.  Similar to the recent “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington, D.C. organized by Marjory Stoneman Douglas… Keep Reading

Library News: May 2018

From: Genevieve Feldman, Branch Manager Family Programs Magic Dan The 60th Annual Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition and Potrero Branch Open House. Bring the whole family and welcome back fantastic Magic Dan! Great magic, positive messages, and a whole lot of fun. Best for ages three and up. Before or after the magic show take a… Keep Reading

Mark Leno for Mayor


We live in a spectacular city.  Many of the gifts we enjoy come naturally:  topography that creates fantastic coastal views; mild weather; diverse geographies.  Others are human made:  dynamic, delicious, and abundant food, music, art, theater and cultural scenes. We’re sufficiently wealthy to support more than $10 billion in annual municipal expenditures without much trouble,… Keep Reading

Only One “Healthy Nail Salon” in Potrero Hill


Three years ago, the View reported on the health risks nail products pose to salon workers in the United States, in “Nail Salon Industry Slow to Clip Health Hazards,” July, 2015. Since then, hundreds of salons throughout California have improved their health and safety standards. Known as the “toxic trio,” three chemicals commonly found in… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Architecture

A couple of years ago my wife, Debbie, and I joined a tour of Lower Haight homes built more than a century ago.  Mostly Victorians, their facades were exquisite in ways San Franciscans sometimes forget to appreciate:  carefully crafted moldings, vibrant color contrasts, one-of-a-kind windows.  Their painted faces create a festive public sphere, like a… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, Apropos of “View Hopes to Make it to 50, and Beyond,” in the March issue, 48 years ago two women, Babette Drefky and Emma Fleming, were instrumental in writing articles for the neighborhood paper, Hills and Dales.  They asked me to join them.  We made sure the articles fit on one side of one… Keep Reading

View Article on Jackson Park Merits Corrections

Friends of Jackson Park appreciates the View’s coverage of efforts to improve our neighborhood park. Our design continues to evolve as we work hard to incorporate the many needs and wishes of our diverse community. As we get closer to a final redesign, we’d like to clarify and correct points made in the April article,… Keep Reading

Legislative Proposal to Usurp Local Land Use Controls Defeated

A controversial State Senate bill, which called for circumventing local land use controls as a means to accelerate housing development, failed to make it through the State Transportation and Housing Committee last month. The legislation is dead this year.  Its author, Senator Scott Wiener (D), indicated he’ll introduce a revised proposal in 2019. Senate Bill… Keep Reading

London Breed Pledges to Represent Everyone as San Francisco Mayor

District 5 Supervisor, London Breed, is hoping to complete a narrative in which she rises from a childhood in public housing to Room 200 of City Hall as San Francisco’s next mayor. The 43-year old Breed is one of eight candidates vying to win the June 5 mayoral election. At an editorial board meeting held… Keep Reading

Alioto Vows to be the City’s Neighborhood Mayor

With San Francisco’s special mayoral election to be held June 5, candidates have been running campaigns that focus on differences that set them apart from their rivals. Angela Alioto, a civil rights attorney, former member and president of the Board of Supervisors, distinguishes her candidacy by highlighting her deep City roots. “People know my words… Keep Reading

Citizen Involvement Embedded in San Francisco’s Planning Process

Whether related to demands for affordable housing, better aesthetics, or wider sidewalks, citizen input is an integral part of San Francisco’s building process. While participation slows the pace of development, civic advocates insist that community-molded modifications improves projects. The argument over whether community input is critical to a better built environment or a blunt expression… Keep Reading

Candidates for Mayor Vow to House the Homeless

In his recent “State of the City” speech, Los Angeles mayor, Eric Garrett, stated that “homelessness isn’t an issue, homelessness is the issue.”  Candidates to become San Francisco’s next mayor appear to agree.  Frontrunners London Breed and Mark Leno have each offered comprehensive plans to end homelessness.  Jane Kim has identified a framework with which… Keep Reading

District 10 Residents Vote on Participatory Budget Proposals

Last month, District 10 residents cast votes to decide how to spend $250,000 to improve their neighborhoods. Proposals were compiled by residents at three brainstorming sessions held in 2017 and submitted online as part of a Participatory Budgeting initiative. Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which locals identify and vote on community projects for… Keep Reading

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