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Community Calendar – June 2019

Now through 6/13Film: San Francisco Documentary FestivalSince 2001 SF DocFest has brought weird and wonderful aspects of real life to the Big Screen, showcasing the best new documentaries from around the world. This year’s festival takes place at Brava Theater, 2781 24th Street, and Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street. For complete schedule and to purchase… Keep Reading

Fossil Fuel Backup Generators Hidden Source of Power, Pollution

More than 6,400 backup generators – not counting the thousands of small engines in household garages and backyards – are littered throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, squatting at police stations, health care facilities, internet server farms and other places.  Ninety percent use diesel, a fuel that when burned can emit high levels of asthma-inducing… Keep Reading

Anchor Brewing Unionizes

Workers at Potrero Hill’s Anchor Brewing Company – the production facility and Public Taps – voted to unionize last winter.  The action made the “craft-brewery” – if it can be called that, under beer-giant Sapporo’s ownership – an early adopter of labor organizing in the industry. Anchor Brewing was founded in 1896 in San Francisco.… Keep Reading

Warriors Want a Hotel and Condominiums Adjacent to Chase Center

Citing economic and neighborhood needs, the Golden State Warriors want to build a hotel and condominium complex instead of the retail building that was initially approved as part of Chase Center construction. The new facility, which’ll adjoin the Chase Center on the northeast corner of South Street and Terry A. Francois Boulevard, would feature 142… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, I just pulled up the View on the web as I was recounting my involvement in founding it in 1970 and there was an obituary for Ruth Passen.  What a beautiful picture…does it bring back some fine memories! I recruited Ruth to do a culture page for the View in early-1971. E. Cahill Maloney… Keep Reading

More gratitude…

Forty-four years ago, Goat Hill Pizza opened its outpost in our then working-class, diverse, neighborhood, quickly becoming a beacon for good food, friends, and family.  Since its launch it’s grown to three locations, 100 employees, while still serving its world-renowned – or at least San Francisco-renowned – sourdough crust pies.  Co-owner Philip de Andrade is… Keep Reading

Mission Bay Settles

The sidewalk in front of the Strata at Mission Bay has dropped roughly six inches below the base of the mixed-use, market rate apartment building since it was erected in 2009. Work to repair the damage at 1201 Fourth Street was initiated last spring; a new sidewalk is being installed along the entire block. During… Keep Reading

Third Street South-of-Market to Get a Makeover

This spring, work will begin on the Third Street Transit and Safety Project, a Muni Forward initiative to improve bus service from Townsend to Mission streets. The goal is to speed up five of Muni’s busiest bus lines: the 30 Stockton, 45 Union-Stockton, and 8 Bayshore, 8AX and 8BX Bayshore Express. These routes serve 70,000 riders… Keep Reading

Hill Entrepreneur Offers Convenient Custom-Fit Clothes


Potrero Hill entrepreneur, Meghan Litchfield, launched RedThread, a women’s apparel company, last October. Seven months into the startup’s debut, the business, which offers four different personally-sized garments, is steadily growing, based entirely on word of mouth and free media. Many initial customers who tried RedThread’s individualized clothes prior to its rollout are Litchfield’s neighbors. RedThread’s… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Composer Erling Wold Creates Operas and More

Erling Wold, a composer of operas, contemporary classical works, and scores for films, plays, and dance performances, has been writing music at a piano located in his Wisconsin Street home since 2003. “My wife, Lynne Rutter, who is a painter, has been living here since 1990. I met her 16 years ago and moved into… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Researcher Studies Boys

Author, lecturer with Stanford University’s Program in Human Biology, and longtime Arkansas Street resident, Judy Chu, is a great source of advice on how to raise boys. Chu has been teaching a course, Boys’ Psychosocial Development, at Stanford since 2003. When not teaching, she sometimes speaks to audiences of parents, educators, practitioners, and students.  … Keep Reading

Community Calendar: May 2019

Now through 5/19 Sunday — History: “Lest We Forget”German-Italian artist Luigi Toscano presents 78 large-scale portraits of Holocaust survivors as part of an arts and remembrance project, “Lest We Forget,” sponsored by the Goethe-Institut San Francisco and Consulate of the Federal Republic of Germany, San Francisco. Toscano, a photographer and filmmaker from Mannheim, Germany, has taken portraits of… Keep Reading

Obituary: Corinne Woods

Longtime Mission Creek Harbor resident, Corinne Woods, passed away on April 1, 2019. Woods was born in Waltham, Massachusetts and first arrived in San Francisco in the late-1960s, after graduating from Georgetown University.  In 1983, Woods and her neighbors created the Mission Bay Conservancy as part of an effort to cleanup Mission Creek, which now… Keep Reading

Obituary: John C. Weston

John C. WestonJanuary 25, 1938 to April 1, 2019 Longtime charismatic Potrero Hill resident, John C. Weston, passed away on April 1.  He was 81. His larger-than-life personality had livened up his block of Vermont Street for more than 40 years. “We called him the little mayor of the block,” said neighbor Matt Kruger. “His… Keep Reading


There are lots of things for which to be grateful. A baby’s soft laugh, a puppy’s cutely clumsy gait, the rain. Our lives are filled with people, places, and things that bring us joy, comfort, safety, and much more.  In this issue of the View we identify a number of the boons our communities are… Keep Reading

So much to be grateful for…

Art Agnos served as San Francisco’s 39th mayor from 1988 to 1992, and was the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Regional Head from 1993 to 2001.  More importantly, he’s long been an engaged and charismatic Connecticut Street resident, helping to save and enliven Daniel Webster Elementary School and advocate for responsible growth along… Keep Reading

The Potrero Branch Library Offers More Than Books


Located at 1616 20th street, the Potrero Branch library offers books, films, and music – digital and compact discs – suitable for all ages and sweeping views of San Francisco.  The facility also serves as a public commons, hosting events, classes, and access to free or low-cost museum passes. “The library stands out as a… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor – April 2019

Editor, Your March article (“Other Neighborhoods Less Enthusiastic About Adopting Green Benefit District Model”), which stated that the San Francisco Department of Public Works provided $60,000 in funding for Inner Sunset Green Benefit District formation, is incorrect.  An October 31, 2017 internal DPW memorandum and contract addendum shows that funding was raised to $120,000.  The document was… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Schools Engage Their Community


Last month, Starr King and Daniel Webster elementary schools, The New School San Francisco, and Live Oak School collaborated with PREFund, a nonprofit that encourages Potrero Hill families from a diversity of incomes to raise their children in the community, to produce Maker Fest, one of a number of individual and collective school events held… Keep Reading

Musician Daniel Berkman Brings a Taste of West Africa to Potrero Hill

Potrero Hill resident and musician, Daniel Berkman, composes rhythmic, resonant songs for a multitude of instruments, which he regularly performs at Farley’s. His primary instrument is the kora, a 21-stringed West African harp-lute the size of a cello. Berkman also plays guitar, keyboards and synthesizers, string instruments – cello, viola da gamba, and ukulele –… Keep Reading

DoReMi is the Sound of Art in Dogpatch, Potrero Hill


It’s a Saturday afternoon in late February. Art lovers and creatives are arriving for a pair of exhibit openings in the adjacent art galleries of Catharine Clark and Brian Gross, at 248 Utah Street. The spacious rooms rapidly fill with perhaps 100 guests sipping wine and conversing in small groups that mix, disperse and regroup.… Keep Reading

Obituary: Ruth Passen

By Marc Passen Adios, my Shana Rivka (Beautiful Ruth). Shana Rivka was a pet name for Ruth Passen used by her devoted and adoring brothers. Ruth was a first-generation Californian, born in San Francisco to Morris and Nettie Elkind, who emigrated from Russia and Poland to escape discrimination against Jews. Ruth was the baby sister… Keep Reading

Obituary: Sean Paul Fisher

SEAN PAUL FISHER passed away peacefully on March 5, just a few days after his 67th birthday. He was the third oldest of nine children born to Paul and Ruth Fisher, formerly of Bowie, Maryland.  Sean moved to San Francisco when he was barely 20, where he surrounded himself with a great network of friends,… Keep Reading

Obituary: John H. Anderson

John H. AndersonMarch 22, 1930 – March 12, 2019 Little did John Hawkins Anderson know that when he left rural Arkansas in the mid-1950s he wouldn’t go back. John came to the Golden State with his experience of the world — and people — newly expanded by U.S. Air Force service in southern Germany. Promised… Keep Reading

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