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Community Calendar – February 2018

Now through 2/25 — Theater: Reel to Reel John Kolvenbach (Sister Play, Mrs. Whitney, Goldfish) returns to Magic to direct the world premiere of his own Reel to Reel. Fascinated by the relationship between sound and memory, Kolvenbach wrote the story of a fifty-five-year marriage as told through the simple sentiments of recorded conversations, arguments, and… Keep Reading

Anchor Remains Anchored in Potrero Hill

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Photo: Anchor Brewery on Russian Hill circa 1906.

Five months into the purchase of Anchor Brewing Company by Japanese beer giant Sapporo, Anchor president Matt Davenport has promised that the company will continue to be San Francisco’s largest manufacturing employer – currently with 124 staff members – with all of its beer brewed on Potrero Hill. “Sapporo is committed to preserving and maintaining… Keep Reading

Test Scores Don’t Always Determine a School’s Popularity

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Last month, San Francisco parents submitted their school choice lists.  If demand during the 2017 academic year is any indication, Lowell High School, A.P. Giannini Middle School and Clarendon Elementary School will be the most popular requests at their respective levels. San Francisco parents submit as many choices as they want into the school lottery… Keep Reading

Obituary: Louis Joseph “Joe” Boss III

Louis Joseph “Joe” Boss III October 8, 1945 – December 19, 2017 Longtime Dogpatch resident and community advocate, Joe Boss, died at his home from health complications on December 19, 2017. He was 72. Boss was known for his insistent engagement in Southside issues and organizations, as well as his work as a consultant for… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Boring

“Ugh, I don’t want to go there!” my 16-year-old daughter, Sara, exclaimed.  “It’s so boring!” We were on one of our frequent meandering drives in and around San Francisco, a favorite Sara activity.  She loves to wheel around freshly found neighborhoods, especially those with long, lovely, boulevards: Lincoln, Folsom, Twin Peaks.  While I enjoy these… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Neighborhood Empowerment A decade ago a coalition of activists, neighborhood and merchant associations, nonprofits, faith–based organizations, foundations and academic institutions launched the Neighborhood Empowerment Network, to inspire San Francisco neighborhoods to become more resilient.  Last month, NEN presented its 10th annual award for Outstanding Neighborhood Watch Group to Kansas Street SAFE Association.  Dogpatch won the Comeback… Keep Reading

Lead Contamination Remediation Underway at Enola Maxwell Campus

Despite evidence pointing to the dangers of lead poisoning that dates to ancient times, the toxic metal continued to be used as a building and manufacturing material through the 20th century. The substance still threatens human health today, including the well-being of San Francisco’s children. Lead tests have periodically been conducted by the San Francisco… Keep Reading

High Cost of Living Strains Early Childhood Educators

San Francisco has consistently ranked amongst the country’s most expensive housing markets. According to the January 2018 Zumper National Rent Report, the median price for a one bedroom in the City is $3,400, far exceeding any other U.S. metropolitan area. For many workers – nurses, teachers and emergency personnel – salaries and wages aren’t sufficiently… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Recreation Center to be Renovated

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The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department will begin renovating the Potrero Hill Recreation Center, at 801 Arkansas Street, this spring. The facility will remain open, on its regular schedule – Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. – throughout the process.   Changes will include installation of… Keep Reading

Bayview Police Captain Steven Ford Stays Busy

If one had to pick a single word to describe Bayview District’s new police captain, Steven Ford, it’d be “busy.” In addition to his captain duties, Ford teaches night courses in criminal justice at City College of San Francisco, is pursuing a doctorate in educational leadership at St. Mary’s College of California, and makes time… Keep Reading

22nd Street Staircase to be Erected

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A staircase will ultimately replace a steep and rugged dirt path that follows 22nd Street between Missouri and Connecticut streets. The project is being led by Friends of the Potrero Hill Recreation Center (FOPHRC), a community group operating under the auspices of San Francisco Parks Alliance, whose board includes Jennifer Serwer, Kara Portnow, Maulik Shah,… Keep Reading

Local Eateries Offer Kid-Friendly Atmospheres

In the midst of San Francisco’s myriad frilly bars and restaurants there are local haunts where families with young children can enjoy a good low-stress meal together. The criteria that make for a kid-friendly establishment are quite different from what single, twenty-something, diners or an elderly couple might seek. Parents with rowdy toddlers might prefer… Keep Reading

Obituary: Carolyn Anaya

Carolyn Anaya March 9, 1945 — September 21, 2017 On September 21, 2017, Potrero Hill native Carolyn Anaya passed away.  Carol was born in 1945 to Ernest and Lillian Carden.  She grew up on 18th and Rhode Island streets, and attended Patrick Henry Elementary, Everett Middle, and Galileo High schools.  After she graduated, she worked… Keep Reading

Obituary: Gerd Peter Tangermann

Photo: Gerd Peter Tangermann. September 12, 1942 — January 9, 2018

Gerd Peter Tangermann September 12, 1942 — January 9, 2018 Peter Tangermann worked until the week before he died at the age of 75. For decades he managed delivery operations and circulation for publications throughout the Bay Area, including the View, West Portal Monthly, Richmond Review, Sunset Beacon, Westside Observer, Castro Courier and Alameda Sun,… Keep Reading

A Day in Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, and Environs – January 2018

Last year, I recounted in this column that, while walking home from an automobile repair shop, I discovered Martita’s Kitchen, a Mexican restaurant on Marin Street located amidst the mostly unwelcoming industrial area just beyond Potrero Hill’s south slope. Since then, I’ve learned that a number of eateries offer their fare along the lower Cesar… Keep Reading

St. Ignatius Creates Junior High School Program

St. Ignatius College Preparatory, a Catholic Jesuit high school located on 37th Avenue, has been educating Bay Area children for 160 years. Tuition for the 2017-2018 school year is $22,780 per student, unaffordable for most families. To better prepare scholars for the challenging St. Ignatius curriculum, a tuition-free junior high school was created this academic… Keep Reading

Mission Rock Development Continues to Roll

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The San Francisco Planning Commission’s October approval may not have been the fall victory San Francisco Giants fans would’ve liked, but it’s a solid leadoff single for the team’s plans to redevelop 28 acres south of AT&T Park. The project needs approval from the Port Commission, which will consider the matter at a January 9… Keep Reading

Publishers View: Heat

Last year’s heat waves – peaking at a scorching 106 degrees in San Francisco in the fall – may be the new normal.  There’s nothing we can do about whatever natural temperature patterns are at play, and little reason to believe that humans’ contributions to weather changes will diminish much, at least in the remaining… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, I noticed that in the December issue headlines above articles written about three men running for District 10 Supervisor mentioned each candidate by name. Yet Uzuri Pease-Green, the only woman in the race, is simply referred to as “Long-Time Potrero Annex-Terrace Activist,” and not named in the headline above the story about her. I… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Corovan Last fall, Superior Court Judge Cynthia Ming-mei Lee issued an order that upheld San Francisco Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors approvals for a mixed-use project at 901 16th Street and 1200 17th Street, known as the “Corovan” site.  Save The Hill and Grow Potrero Responsibly had argued that portions of the development’s environmental… Keep Reading

Vis Valley Activist Neo Veavea Vies for District 10 Supervisor

At the end of last year, community activist Neo Veavea launched his campaign for the District 10 Board of Supervisors seat. Veavea, who has lived in the District for 50 of his 60 years, resides in Visitacion Valley. He works as the project coordinator for the Samoan Wellness Initiative (SWI), a Samoan Community Development Center… Keep Reading

Buy Nothing Inspires Local Gift Economy

An initiative to foster communities of giving and sharing that started in Bainbridge, Washington, in 2013 now has a local group serving Potrero Hill and Dogpatch. The Buy Nothing project is a network of hundreds of Facebook groups that spans communities in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Canada, that encourages people to share… Keep Reading

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