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Bayview-Hunters Point in Flux

By Jacob Bourne The Bayview and Hunters Point neighborhoods continue to evolve, with recent demographic changes influenced by economic trends, particularly related to real estate.  According to the Community Youth Center of San Francisco, a lifetime ago Bayview-Hunters Point’s economy was largely reliant on the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard, built during World War II, which… Keep Reading

Illegal Auto Repair Business Causes Problems in Bayview

Bayview residents living near an alleged illegal automobile repair business on 1515 Shafter Avenue have told City officials that Mark Phillips, the operator of the business, has prompted one woman to become so fearful she refuses to leave her home.  According to the residents, the alleged activities wouldn’t be allowed to continue in wealthier neighborhoods,… Keep Reading

Kid’s Bluegrass Band Featured at the Potrero Hill Festival

35 Years of Trouble will play their brand of Bluegrass music at the Potrero Hill Festival. The band consists of (L-R) John Gooding, Helen Ludé, Tessa Schwarz and Jake Gooding. Photo: DAVID WEILAND

It might not be apparent from the Billboard Hot 100 charts or Teen Choice awards, but a variety of musical genres attract today’s youth.  Many San Francisco schools offer excellent jazz and classical music programs.  Choral groups and Broadway show tunes are also well represented.  This year’s Potrero Hill Festival, on Saturday October 15, will… Keep Reading

The New Spot Closes on 20th Street

On August 20th, the casual Latin American restaurant, The New Spot, closed its doors after ten years of operating from 632 20th Street.  According to co-owner, Gilberth Cab, he was unable to renegotiate his lease with the property’s landlord. Months after The New Spot’s 2006 opening, a San Francisco Chronicle reviewer described the establishment as… Keep Reading

Robotic Technologies Could Transform Living, One Square Foot at a Time

By Jacob Bourne Ori Systems, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, wants to improve the livability of small housing spaces, even those with less than 300 square feet, through the use of robotic furniture. Research behind the robotic systems was first conducted at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, founded in 1985 to promote graduate level… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Festival Celebrates its 27th Year


On October 15th, the 27th annual Potrero Hill Festival returns to 20th Street, offering food, local musicians, crafts, a special health and wellness section, and an array of children’s rides.  Admission to the street fair, which sprawls across four blocks between Wisconsin and Missouri streets, is free.  Potrero Hill resident Joshua Klipp and his swinging… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: October 2016

10/5  Book Launch: Mad Hungry Family: 120 Essential Recipes to Feed the Whole Crew Lucinda Scala Quinn is an evangelist for daily family meals. Her book offers survival strategies for nothing-in-the-fridge crises, feeding unexpected guests, getting Thanksgiving dinner on the table before your family revolts, and more. Free. 6:20 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Omnivore Books on… Keep Reading

Steve Phillips and the Promise of Today

In Brown Is the New White: How the Demographic Revolution Has Created a New Democratic Majority, published last winter by The New Press, Potrero Hill resident Steve Phillips argues for a national politics that works to combat racial injustice and wealth inequality while extending relief to undocumented immigrants and protecting the environment, without what Phillips… Keep Reading

Obsessive Bad Thoughts: The Theater of Young Jean Lee


Production of Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment – through October 15 – by Crowded Fire Theater at Potrero Hill’s Thick House marks only the third Bay Area staging of the work of the Brooklyn-based experimental dramatist the New York Times called “the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation.”  It was here, however, that Lee—a… Keep Reading

Gold, Chapter Fifteen

By Steven J. Moss Chester scooped up a litter of glass on the sidewalk, carefully placing the particles in a plastic bag. “Extra, extra!” Pete called out, as he strode towards Chester’s bent back.   “What?” said Chester, straightening-up.  “Oh. Hi Pete.”  “Hey there,” said Pete.  “Another smash and grab, eh?”  He whistled softly.  “It’s… Keep Reading

New Principals at Daniel Webster and Starr King Elementary Schools

Daniel Webster and Starr King elementary schools started the 2016 school year with new principals and freshly renovated campuses.    As reported in the October 2015 issue of the View, 10 percent of Webster’s student body left the school last year, reflecting parents’ lack of confidence in school leadership, as well as concerns about what… Keep Reading

Arrest Rate Falls by Half between 2010 and 2015

San Francisco Police Department data indicate that there were 26,758 more serious felony crimes – murder, arson and motor vehicle theft – reported in 2015 than in 2010.  All told, in 2015 there were 53,291 property offenses and 6,776 violent crimes.  However, while felonies were up, arrests were down over the period. The arrest rate… Keep Reading

Bottom of the Hill Celebrates 25th Anniversary

On September 6, 1991, Potrero Hill nightclub Bottom of the Hill hosted its first rock show, headlined by a now-forgotten band, the Bird Killers. Over the following quarter-century, the unassuming, out-of-the-way venue introduced alternative-rock fans to a multitude of names they’d never forget, including Oasis, Alanis Morissette, Marilyn Manson, Pavement, Modest Mouse, the White Stripes,… Keep Reading


Crushed High-technology motorcycle helmet maker Skully’s, a startup located on Third Street, has crashed.  The business ceased operations in July, quickly followed by a lawsuit alleging that the company’s cofounders, brothers Marcus and Mitchell Weller, spent thousands of the company’s dollars on a strip club, sports car, groceries, paintings, and rent for their Marina apartment…Restaurateur… Keep Reading

OP-ED Keep the 25th Street Pedestrian Bridge Closed

I live on Kansas Street, one block south of the 25th street footbridge bridge, and have been the Kansas Street SAFE Association captain since 2004. I believe that the bridge should remain closed, not because I have a strong opinion one way or the other; I don’t. I’ll support the final decision. I’m in favor… Keep Reading

OP-ED New Islais Creek Bus Facility Not Living Up to its Promise

This year, the long planned main building of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s bus facility is under construction on Islais Creek’s north shore.  When Muni conceived of the project, its then project manager approached Friends of Islais Creek – which for 30 years has worked with other community groups to create public activity spaces along… Keep Reading

OP-ED Reopen the 25th Street Pedestrian Bridge

Potrero Hill is like an island. Bound by Highway 101 and Interstate 280 and natural topography – hills are a great barrier for people and fog – the community is visible from adjacent streets and other peaks. But like an isle it’s hard to get to, or out of. Once there was an access point… Keep Reading

OP-ED City Can’t be Trusted to Protect Neighborhood Interests Related to NavCenter

There’s general agreement that homelessness is one of San Francisco’s highest priority concerns, and that homeless individuals should be treated fairly, humanely, and with dignity. Few people choose to be homeless; that’s why the services San Francisco Housing Opportunity, Partnerships, and Engagement (HOPE) offers are so important. A key component of those amenities is operating… Keep Reading

Why I Choose to Raise My Family in San Francisco

Every time I look out my kids’ – Ripley King-Ofsiany, seven, and Sumner, four – bedroom window, I’m reminded why we choose to raise our family in San Francisco.  We’re blessed with a hilltop home, and can see much of what the City has to offer from this vantage point. Right outside it’s the birds;… Keep Reading

Corovan Debate Prompts Odd Behavior from Cohen

It was an odd moment, notable even in room with a history of strange moments. During a July 26 Board of Supervisors hearing on a proposed developement at 901 16th Street and 1200 17th Street, any suspense as to how District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen would vote ended when an awkward exchange with developer Josh… Keep Reading

Corovan Project to Proceed

One of the largest housing developments in Potrero Hill history is set to move forward after the Board of Supervisors rejected an environmental impact appeal by opponents of the project in July. The development, which includes 395 residential units and 25,000-feet of commercial space, will feature a six-story building at 901 16th Street and a… Keep Reading

Starr King Open Space Launches Capital Campaign

Next time you walk or drive around Potrero Hill, take a detour to the west side of Starr King Elementary School, to the open space bounded by 23rd, Carolina, 24th and De Haro streets.   Starr King Open Space, SKOS for short, is a 3.5 acre expanse of hilltop grassland, with gentle slopes, rocky outcrops,… Keep Reading

Lead Contamination Closes 24th Street Mini-Park for Half a Year

For roughly seven months the muraled walls, swings and animal-shaped playground structures at the 24th and York Mini-Park were kept locked behind a gate. Usually bustling with young children, parents, and caretakers, the park, wedged between two buildings on a busy commercial stretch, sat empty and quiet, with little explanation. Last October, a sign was… Keep Reading

Center Hardware Moving to Larger Space

In 2014, Socketsite, a web-based real estate news source, announced that the facility that houses Center Hardware and Supply Store, at 999 Mariposa Street, was slated to be redeveloped. The hardware store’s management team had recently learned of the plan as well, and scrambled to combat the public’s misconception that their doors were closing for… Keep Reading

Mixed Reactions in Dogpatch to Proposed 25th Street Navigation Center

On the first Tuesday of a picture-perfect August evening, dozens of Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) members, Southside residents, concerned citizens, and civil servants packed a small community room at the University of California, San Francisco-Mission Bay police headquarters to vet the City’s latest proposal to site a Navigation Center (NavCenter), catering to the homeless, at… Keep Reading

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