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Planning Continues for New Mission Bay Elementary School


The San Francisco Unified School District held a briefing last fall to collect community reactions to a planned pre-kindergarten through fifth grade campus, to be built adjacent to the Owens Street traffic circle. The first of many anticipated public engagements, the meeting, held at the Mercy Housing Community Room on Fourth Street, was well attended by… Keep Reading

Esprit Park Renovation Planning Process Continues


The Esprit Community Advisory Group (ECAG) was formed last year to recommend approaches to the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department about how to best maintain and renovate Esprit Park.  Members include Dogpatch resident Susan Fitch, Irma Lewis of Toes and Paws for Green Space, Green Benefit District executive director Julie Christensen, and Dogpatch Neighborhood… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Pacific Gas and Electric Company

John Martin and Eugene de Sabla started out as gold miners along the Yuba River, harnessing hydroelectricity to power their excavations.  After successfully building hydro plants in Nevada City and elsewhere in Northern California, in 1900 they created the Bay Counties Power Company, constructing a 140-mile transmission line, the world’s longest at that time, to fire… Keep Reading

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Crime The San Francisco Police Department’s Bayview Station has a new captain: Valerie Matthews.  Captain Matthews has been with SFPD for 28 years; most recently with the Major Crimes unit. She was posted to Bayview three years ago, and since then has noticed an alarming increase in the homeless population and street garbage.  She’s working… Keep Reading

OP-ED: Potrero Power Station Should be Developed as a Neighborhood Asset

Development of the 29-acre Potrero Power Station could bring much needed public services and shoreline access to our waterfront. And yet, no firm commitment to any specific community benefits that would support area growth has materialized as the project moves rapidly through environmental and design review. Although we hear affordable housing is a priority at… Keep Reading

Pennsylvania Street Gardens Struggle with Urban Ails


Pennsylvania Garden is located at 249 Pennsylvania Avenue, underneath a John F. Foran Freeway off-ramp near 18th street. Pennsylvania Railroad Garden is on the east side of the 100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.  Collectively known as the “Pennsylvania Street Gardens” (PSG), the plots suffer from maladies that plague many San Francisco’s parks: pedestrians and dog-walkers… Keep Reading

Farley’s Celebrates 30 Years of Coffee Community


Farley’s, a cozy coffee shop located at 1315 18th Street, was founded by Roger Hillyard after he was unable to find a retailer that sold a glass insert replacement for his broken French press.  He decided to open a coffee and tea paraphernalia store, which he named after his grandfather, Jack Farley, who disappeared in… Keep Reading

Fiction: Girth Worms

It seemed like a good idea at the time. I’d just come back from India, and had lost a lot of weight on account of a worm I’d picked up there.  Ten, fifteen pounds, gone in a matter of weeks.  I copied a bunch of signs and stuck them on telephone poles around the neighborhood:… Keep Reading

San Francisco’s Oldest Family-Owned Manufacturer Shifts to Retail-Only

McRoskey Mattress, which had been the oldest family-owned manufacturer in San Francisco, closed its Minnesota Street plant last fall after selling its production and brand rights to Fresno-based Pleasant Mattress. The shift marks a new chapter for the iconic company, which now focuses solely on retail sales. McRoskey was established in 1899 by brothers Edward… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: February 2019

Now through 2/10 Sunday – Theater: Playground Solo Performance Festival PlayGround Solo Performance Festival features 11 Bay Area artists, with new works by Ron Campbell, Julie Gieseke, Malcolm Grissom, Emil Guillermo, Michael Phillis, Fred Pitts, Kathryn Seabron, and Talisha Tolliver, as well as special guests Marga Gomez, Matthew Martin, and Nina Wise. The event, initiated last… Keep Reading

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

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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

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