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Publisher’s View: Grand Canyon

An elementary school cliché is the oft-mocked “what I did this summer” essay.  It’s an attempt to link the unstructured chasm between one grade and the next, a chance for students to regal their peers with stories of adventure or boredom, too long stays at grandparents’ houses and too short stints at the beach.  Sometimes… Keep Reading

OP-ED: Too High?

The San Francisco Giants want to transform a 28-acre industrial site located on Port property, currently used as a surface parking lot for baseball games, into a mixed-use $1.6 billion development, featuring waterfront parks; 1,500 rental units, 40 percent of which would be affordable; retail and 1.5 million square feet of office space; a parking… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Death The San Francisco Police Department is investigating the death of 23-year-old Melanie Olivieri as a possible homicide.  Olivieri’s body was found at her home on the 1300 block of Utah Street, one block south of San Francisco General Hospital, last month.  Police called the death “suspicious.” New Captain Pour Guys – industry veterans Joey… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, I’m a long-time volunteer at Martin de Porres.  Although I was pleased to see an article about us in your August paper, by Christopher Lefond, there were some unfortunate errors in the story. Specifically, we serve lunch Tuesday through Saturday, not two days per week, as Lefond wrote. We also serve a brunch on… Keep Reading

Senior and Disability Advocates Challenge Bus Route Change

Advocates for seniors and people with disabilities are challenging the rerouting of the 33-Stanyan bus away from Potrero Avenue and San Francisco General Hospital. The activists argue that the change will cause a hardship to seniors and the disabled who have to transfer at 16th Street and Potrero Avenue to the 9-San Bruno bus to… Keep Reading

Pier 70 Designs Taking Shape

Over the past year, the Port of San Francisco, developers – Orton Development, Inc. and Forest City Enterprises, Inc. – and the ship repair company, BAE Systems, Inc., have held public events, calculated rehabilitation costs for historic buildings, and fine-tuned their plans for Pier 70.   The roughly 69 acre pier has been largely closed… Keep Reading

Tests Indicate Modest Noise Levels from Mission Bay Helipad

When the University of California San Francisco Benioff Children’s Hospital opened last winter one of its features was San Francisco’s first rooftop helipad.  The helideck allows critically ill newborns, children and pregnant woman to be transported to and from the facility in a way that minimizes complications associated with ground transportation, providing access to advanced,… Keep Reading

Municipal Activities Aim to Increase Bike Safety

Construction along Potrero Avenue – part of streetscape improvements managed by the San Francisco Department of Public Works in conjunction with the Municipal Transit Authority and the Public Utilities Commission – will be completed this fall, according to a San Francisco Bicycle Coalition spokesperson.  Potrero Avenue is the only direct bike route between South-of-Market and… Keep Reading

Twirl and Dip in Potrero Hill

On a sunny summer day Meg Hilgartner, dressed in all black except for neon blue and pink shoes, was dispensing soft-serve at her freshly opened Twirl & Dip location.  The ice creamery is new to Potrero Hill, but Meg Hilgartner and her business partner, Siri Skelton, aren’t new to the business. Hilgartner has worked as… Keep Reading

Hill Resident Raises $400,000 for Nepal Earthquake Relief

In April and May two earthquakes rocked Nepal.  The tremblors devastated the country, destroying approximately 250,000 buildings and 20,000 schools. Nepal Social Educational Environmental Development Services, a San Francisco-based charity led by Potrero Hill resident Keith Goldstein, responded with a spirited effort to support relief efforts, raising $400,000 for earthquake relief.  And its fundraising efforts… Keep Reading

Paolo Mejia Opens New North Beach Art Gallery

This month artist and art gallery owner Paolo Mejia will re-open his namesake gallery on Grant Street, after operating it for two years in Hunters Point.  Mejia first launched his gallery in 2013, and has already represented 20 fine Bay Area artists. When asked if there was a common theme amongst the artists he works… Keep Reading

San Francisco School Board Backs Away from Contract with Anti-Israel Group

A resolution by the San Francisco Board of Education to work with an Arab and a Vietnamese group to help develop new language programs sparked a two-month controversy that was resolved, at least temporarily, over the summer. The Board decision to encourage the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to work with the Arab Resource… Keep Reading

September 1st – Writing: Radar Reading Series at SF Library The RADAR Reading Series is a periodic event that features independent and underground writers, emerging voices and bona fide superstars. Local author Michelle Tea (Valencia, Sister Spit tour) hosts this showcase of underground heroes. Each RADAR Reading consists of four dynamic performers, followed by a… Keep Reading

Karen Larsen: Potrero Hill’s Publicist

Calling long-time Potrero Hill resident Karen Larsen a publicist is “both accurate and absurdly insufficient,” wrote film critic Michael Fox, in a 2011 online profile.  Fox’s sketch of Larsen, prompted by her receipt of the San Francisco Film Society’s Essential SF Award, described her as  “…the most steadfast evangelist of independent films, filmmakers and festivals,… Keep Reading

Fiction: Gold

This is chapter two of a serialized tale of politics, capitalism, and corruption in San Francisco.  Look for the next fiction installment in each new issue of the View. Chester inherited the property on which he operated the nursery from his father, Angelo.  Angelo had fled Cyprus in the early-1960s, when he was just 16… Keep Reading

Library News

Please note that all San Francisco Public Library branches will be closed Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day. Programs for Adults Book-A-Librarian: Librarians Julieta and Jenny will answer your questions about downloading eBooks or about your library’s free digital collections. Simply book an appointment that’s convenient for you or drop in Wednesday nights.… Keep Reading

Missing Teacher Found Dead

A Downtown High School teacher who went missing in July in El Dorado County is dead, according to that County’s coroner’s office. San Francisco resident Edward Cavanaugh, 45, died sometime in July or August. He’d been visiting a home he owned in El Dorado County, spending time riding his blue Yamaha YZ 250 on the… Keep Reading

View Celebrates 45 Years of Community News

The idea of starting a print newspaper today would be seen as quaint. The ease of communicating in the Internet age is sharply different than the challenge faced 45 years ago by five Potrero Hill residents who wanted to keep their neighbors informed about important goings-on. Bill and Jodie Dawson, together with Lenny Anderson –… Keep Reading

Developers Focus on Southside Neighborhoods

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An extraordinary amount of real estate development is occurring in the Southside neighborhoods, with nearly 5,000 units in the pipeline. These projects are transforming Dogpatch and Potrero Hill.  What follows are profiles of some of the most active Southside developers. Trumark Urban Last May, Trumark Urban broke ground on a 91-unit mixed-use residential development on… Keep Reading

Coding Bootcamps Seen as a Way into the Techie Class

“I’m here because I’m thinking about a career change,” said a woman holding a plastic cup of wine. She and roughly 20 others were gathered in a brightly-lit building that itself had gone through a career change. Known as the Standard Oil Building, it was designed for John D. Rockefeller to house his California headquarters.… Keep Reading

PonoMusic: Rediscovering Music in Potrero Hill

I leaned forward on the couch and waited for “Heart of Gold” to play over the sound system. As a lifelong Neil Young fan, I’ve probably heard the song a few hundred times, or more. It’s one of my favorites, along with “Sugar Mountain” and “Cortez the Killer” and “Like a Hurricane” and…the list goes… Keep Reading

Vacant Mission Bay Lot to Become 20-Unit Apartment Building

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A new residential building is planned for a vacant lot located directly across the street from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospital, on the southeast corner of Tennessee and Mariposa streets. The building is being designed by San Francisco architect Riyad Ghannam, of RG-Architecture.  The proposed development, which is undergoing an… Keep Reading

Fiction: Gold

This is chapter one of a serialized tale of politics, capitalism, and corruption in San Francisco.  Look for the next fiction installment in each new issue of the View. “I told you John, I’m not selling,” said Chester, as he sprayed water that’d traveled for hundreds of miles, all the way from Hetch-Hetchy, adjacent to… Keep Reading

SF Cheese Fest Coming to Dogpatch

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SF Cheese Fest, a fundraiser for the California Artisan Cheese Guild, will take place on September 19 at Dogpatch WineWorks. Billed as a celebration of cheese and cheesemakers, the event will feature live and DJ’d music, small bites and, of course, beer and cheese tasting. Beer and cheese? Shouldn’t it be wine and cheese?  … Keep Reading

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