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Arts Calendar

July 7 through August 17 Exhibition: The Black Woman is God: Reprogramming that God Code Curated by Karen Seneferu and Melorra Green, The Black Woman is God: Reprogramming that God Code celebrates the Black female presence as the highest spiritual form and challenges viewers to do the same. Over 60 Bay Area artists refocus the… Keep Reading

Hill Resident Makes Music

When Pennsylvania Avenue resident Loic Maestracci founded the San Francisco Music Expo in 2014, inviting seasoned producers and engineers to speak on the subject of “Inspiration to Completion,” he had a hidden agenda of sorts. He’d been dabbling in music for years, producing a countless supply of melodic fragments. “From a personal point of view,… Keep Reading

Community Calendar

July 1 LGBTQ: Queer Rebels Fest Queer Rebels Fest 2016 features two separate shows: 1) Black Queer and Trans Voices, 2) LGBTQ of color histories of art and activism, and 3) The Fight for Home. Fierce drag queens dance off the Google buses of San Francisco; Black and Asian communities join forces in the struggle… Keep Reading

Hill Resident Dedicated to Doing Good

Potrero Hill resident Andrea Laudate, 70, isn’t shy.  She recently massaged talk show host James Corden’s butt on air when he passed her walking down an aisle during a taping of “The Late Late Show with James Corden”. And she has a bit of a purple obsession. “My clothes are purple, my kitchen is purple,… Keep Reading

Library News

Programs for Adults Movie Night: Pelican Dreams: Join us for a screening of Pelican Dreams. Rated G, 80 min. Tuesday, July 12, 6 to 8 p.m. Sour Flour: Sourdough Workshop: Sour Flour teaches people how to make bread. This is a great introduction to using and maintaining a sourdough culture/starter. Space limited. Visit the branch… Keep Reading

Carpet Chronicles V

I had a call at a rundown boxy home near the downtown area of Brisbane.  I was met outside by a large, hunched over white haired man wearing a filthy carpenter-type denim onesie.  I was trying to park on his concrete front yard area and he tried to guide me by making exaggerated motions and… Keep Reading

Gold, Chapter Twelve

“Mr. Mayor, your 3 p.m. is here.  John Crocket and Specialty Development Group.” Nash stood, hands clasped at his waist, in front of William Wong’s large desk.  The mayor didn’t look up from the document he was reading, but lifted his chin upwards slightly. Over the months he’d worked for the politician, Nash had learned… Keep Reading

Community Mourns Loss of Defense Attorney

“She was a larger than life person,” said Mark Iverson, reflecting on Marla Zamora’s influence as a lawyer in the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office. Iverson, a senior trial attorney at the PD, first met Zamora 25 years ago. Their professional relationship deepened 16 years ago, when the pair worked in the juvenile unit together;… Keep Reading

The Hill Has High STD Rates

The incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in San Francisco has been rising steadily over the past several years, mirroring a national trend.  And Southside neighborhoods – including Potrero Hill, Bayview, Hunters Point, Visitation Valley, and the Mission – have among the highest STD rates in the City, with the Castro and Duboce Triangle/Upper Market… Keep Reading

City Eyes Dismantling Interstate-280

One of the possible train routes to the under-construction Transbay Transit Center, located at First and Mission streets, being studied by the San Francisco Planning Department would include dismantling the last 1.2 miles of Interstate-280, from Mariposa Street north. However, judging from skepticism exhibited during public presentations earlier this year, the I-280 takedown proposal may… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Hamilton

Hamilton, which opened on Broadway last summer, and has been sold-out ever since, offers a spirited remedy to the current milieu of bigotry, nativism, classism and nascent apathy.  The musical revolves around the title character’s role in the American Revolution, and features a gallery of standouts that, until recently, have been virtually frozen in time: … Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Mac How much macaroni and cheese can Potrero Hill eat?  We’re about to find out.  After just five months, Dat Spot, on 18th Street, closed and, last month, reopened as Mac Daddy.  The cheesy move followed Jocelyn Bulow’s shuttering of Chez Papa Bistrot, shifting Chez Maman into its former space.  Mac Daddy’s chef, Brandon Peacock,… Keep Reading

OP-ED Vote NO on Proposition B

The Potrero Hill Democratic Club recommends voting against Proposition B on this month’s ballot.  Proposition B would extend and augment the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s guaranteed portion of the annual City budget—the measure’s proponents claim it would add $1 billion over the next thirty years—with no accountability outside the department itself. While the… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, Brilliant April Fools’ issue!  Thanks for keeping it creative. Kate Hilsenbeck Denver, Colorado Editor, I was really happy to see Claire Botsy’s piece, “Anti-Abortion “Clinics” Continue to Operate in San Francisco,” in last month’s issue. I’ve observed with dismay an anti-choice billboard on Valencia Street, sponsored by “Pro Life Across America”, which uses the… Keep Reading

View Election Recommendations

Proposition A, Public Health and Safety Bond:  No. Proposition B, Recreation and Open Space Fund:  No.  Proposition C, Charter Amendment, Affordable Housing Requirements:  Yes! Proposition D, Office of Citizen Complaints Investigations:  Yes. Proposition E, Paid Sick Leave:  Yes. Measure AA, San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Program:  Yes. Proposition 50, Suspension… Keep Reading

Electricity and Phone Wires Continue to Blight Landscape

San Francisco has a long history of investing in municipal improvements, including preserving open spaces, cleaning up the Bay and beautifying the Embarcadero.  But one effort to improve aesthetics has struggled to find funding:  undergrounding the City’s 400 miles of utility wires. Overheard wires are more than an eyesore; underground wires are safer during natural… Keep Reading

City and County Has More Than 60 Commissions

The City and County of San Francisco maintains more than 60 commissions and boards, which’re overseen by individuals nominated either by the Mayor or the San Francisco Board of Supervisors (BoS), and confirmed by the BoS. Each of these bodies is responsible, in some fashion, for a different issue area. For example, of the seven… Keep Reading

Showplace Square Parking Gets Metered

The blocks surrounding Showplace Square and the California College of the Arts (CCA) have been a longstanding parking haven for commuters, oversized vehicles, and residents. Over time regulations have tightened parking availability throughout Potrero Hill, increasing parking pressures from Division to 16th streets and east to Seventh Street.  Now, the San Francisco Mu-nicipal Transportation Agency… Keep Reading

Parking Debate Continues in Dogpatch

Dogpatch residents and nearby neighbors, as well as San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) representatives, crowded into Dogpatch Neighborhood Association’s April meeting to discuss proposed parking management strategies.  Many participants objected to SFMTA’s proposal to add meters and experiment with residential parking permits; a paid parking overlay program for several blocks in the area bounded… Keep Reading

What Constitutes a Neighbor: Homeless on the Hill

Last month the City dismantled a homeless encampment located at the knot of streets that feed into Highway 101 and Cesar Chavez, scattering upwards of 100 individuals into shelters and nearby neighborhoods.  Prior to it being demolished, the View spent time talking with the homeless, the housed, park goers, and afterschool workers in and around… Keep Reading

Animal Care and Control Eager for New Shelter

San Francisco Animal Care and Control’s 1200 15th Street location was built in 1931 as a warehouse. In 1989, the City took six-months to renovate the building into an animal care facility. Since then, standards for treatment of animals have changed dramatically, and the structure is seismically unsafe, a major driving force behind plans for… Keep Reading

Church Windows’ Fate to be Decided by Planning Commission

A controversial proposal to build condominiums on the 500 block of De Haro Street will go before the San Francisco Planning Commission on June 2.  The plan, in which a 17-unit condo complex would be constructed on what was until recently the home of Moto Guild, a motorcycle repair shop and training facility, has been… Keep Reading

San Francisco Transitioning Street Lamps to LED

Technology has come a long way since electrical municipal street lamps were first installed mid-century last.  Today’s street lighting provides lower-cost, more environmentally friendly illumination through the use of innovative bulbs and efficient installation tactics. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) maintains roughly 22,000 of the 43,000 streetlights in the City and County of… Keep Reading

Veterans Find Ways to Express Themselves at Heroes’ Voices

By 2006, politicians realized that American forces in Afghanistan and Iraq weren’t fighting the World War II style mass-on-mass, force-on-force conflicts for which soldiers were trained.  Instead, the U.S. military battled guerillas who hid amongst and struck from within civilian populations.  Then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld told critics of his military preparedness policy that… Keep Reading

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