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SOMArts Cultural Center Hires New Director

SOMArts Cultural Center – which provides space and production support to more than 100 nonprofit events, and offers no- and low-cost art exhibitions, performances, and classes – hired Maria Jenson as its executive director last month.  SOMArts is one of six City-supported cultural centers, attracting in excess of 30,000 visitors annually to its 934 Brannan… Keep Reading

Arts Calendar

June 1 through July 16 Exhibit: Jenny Bloomfield Twinning: Recent Diptychs is an exhibit of new works in oil on canvas in diptych format by Jenny Bloomfield. Born in London, Bloomfield lives and works in Canyon and West Oakland. For these paintings, she explores pairing panels and canvases, with a saturation of color that consists… Keep Reading

Community Calendar

June 6 Family: Yoga and Playtime This song- and play-filled class will help teach your crawler or toddler, up to two years-old, yoga basics. 10 a.m. Recess, 470 Carolina Street. Reserve your space: June 8th and June 25th Community:  Dogpatch & Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefit District Meeting  These board of directors meetings will… Keep Reading

Another San Francisco Couple Exits the Scene

I came to San Francisco in 1964.  My wife, Rhonda, arrived in the Bay Area in 1981.  Last month, after living here for more than a half-century, we sold our Potrero Hill condominium.  With five suitcases and a 120 pound German Shepherd, we hit the road, our destination:  San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.   We… Keep Reading

Advocates Consider Shifting Fields, Relocating Clubhouse, at Jackson Playground

Last month, 50 Potrero Hill residents voted on three alternatives to remaking Jackson Park, with a majority supporting expanding the park onto Carolina Street. Concerns over parking dissuaded most voters from backing park encroachment onto Arkansas Street. Voters’ top three concerns were increasing green and open space, expanding onto nearby streets, and parking and traffic.… Keep Reading

Community Wants to Repurpose Caltrain Eyesore

What was once a dumping ground is being transformed into an oasis for Potrero Hill and Dogpatch residents.  “It was an abandoned lot filled with garbage and trash, really rough in terms of walking through it because there were no pathways and there was never a sidewalk along Pennsylvania Avenue,” said Bonnie Bergeron, a decades-long… Keep Reading

Why I Choose to Raise my Family in San Francisco

It was a Sunday morning and my then four year-old son, Connor, was getting restless. I offered several of our regular parks – Jackson, McKinley, and Potrero Recreation Center – but Connor wasn’t interested. Without thinking, or checking the CalTrain schedule, I asked him, “you want to go on a train ride?” He jumped up… Keep Reading

Carpet Chronicles IV

I had a call in the Tenderloin.  I knew it was going to be a no sale once I pulled up to a rundown tenement building on Ellis Street.  I miraculously found a free parking meter right across the street, looked up and saw an old Black man peering out a cracked fifth floor window. … Keep Reading

Library News

Programs for Adults Resume Workshop: Get the job you want! Write a great resume or improve the one you have with one-on-one help from hiring manager and corporate executive, Pablo Salazar. Saturday, June 4, 2 to 3 p.m.  Movie Night, The Danish Girl:   Join us for a screening of The Danish Girl. Rated R,… Keep Reading


“Chester’s not here,” said Maggie, glancing up from the cash register counter towards the wooden entry door, which had clattered open.  She was bent at the waist, paging through the latest edition of The SF Lightning Bolt. “Why do you bother reading that rag?” asked John, as he stepped into the store.  “It’s a bunch… Keep Reading

Navigation Center Proposed Adjacent to Warm Water Cove

By Chris Block and Steven J. Moss More than 50 people gathered at Peet’s Coffee & Tea’s Minnesota Street offices to discuss a proposed 24th Street Navigation Center, just west of Warm Water Cove.  A significant majority of the crowd raised their hands in response to Dogpatch Neighborhood Association president Bruce Kin Huie’s question asking… Keep Reading

Parking Pilot Proposed in Dogpatch

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has embarked on an initiative to research and analyze the effectiveness of the Residential Parking Permit (RPP) policy in Dogpatch. Part of the effort may include a pilot project to implement new parking management strategies for a number of blocks within an area bounded by Mariposa and Cesar… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Political Visits President Barack Obama made a fundraising visit to the Arkansas Street home of Steve Phillips, former president of the San Francisco Board of Education, and his wife, the philanthropist and heiress Susan Sandler.  Preschoolers waited on the sidewalk to see the commander in chief go by, as did nearby residents.  “We were really… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Privilege

I was born into privilege.  Not the wealthy kind.  My parents, struggling to raise five kids on my father’s aerospace engineer’s salary, cut coupons, dressed us in off-brand on-sale items, and got by on powdered milk, bulk cereal, and day-old bread.  My privilege was of a superior kind, one that serves as a kind of… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, Contrary to “No Pesticides Used in Potrero Parks, According to Environment Department,” February, Aquamaster – Glyphosate – was used in Franklin Square on May 3, 2014. Other than that, your information is correct, Potrero Hill was spared. Tom Borden Portola Editor, I’m horrified with the cover story of your April Fools’ issue, poking fun… Keep Reading

View Election Recommendations

The month of June is known for weddings and primaries, both of which can lead to happily ever after or quite the opposite.  The June 7 election is marked by a handful of state and local propositions – most of them about spending taxpayer money – and a few hotly-contested political races – only one… Keep Reading

Anti-Abortion “Clinics” Continue to Operate in San Francisco

San Francisco is home to three clinics, located in Bernal Heights, Potrero Hill and the Haight, that offer abortion services.  Two other facilities, in the Outer Mission and Union Square, vend anti-abortion messages in the guise of providing family planning assistance. Variously called “crisis pregnancy centers” (CPCs), “pregnancy counselling centers,” “limited service pregnancy centers” (LSPCs)… Keep Reading

City’s Reduces its “Rape Kit” Backlog

Securing answers from San Francisco law enforcement agencies – which are engaged in internecine bickering over a host of issues, including allegations of racial profiling by police officers – about how well they respond to incidences of rape has proven as difficult as it was to determine their success in solving the City’s murder cases.… Keep Reading

Dr. Nancy Milliken: Advocate for Women’s Health

Dr. Nancy Milliken, founder and director of the University of California, San Francisco’s National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health, has spent her career advancing the health and well-being of women.  A professor emerita at UCSF’s Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science, and previously vice dean of UCSF’s School of Medicine, over her thirty-plus-year… Keep Reading

Women Well Cared-for at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital

With this month’s opening of a new nine-story building that includes spacious rooms for labor, delivery, recovery, and postpartum care, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital (ZSFG) combines well-designed facilities with highly committed physicians and impactful community programs that have served women and children from low-income and working-class families for decades. “I think what makes us… Keep Reading

Floral Design Studio Blooms on Hill

Kiana Underwood’s five-Yelp-star floral design studio, Tulipina, is located on Vermont Street. Tulipina creates floral arrangements for “bespoke weddings,” in which everything is custom-made.  “I do lots of weddings and events as well as workshops,” Underwood said. “What I do is pretty unique. I love every minute of it.” The studio, which doubles as a… Keep Reading

BerryClean Offers Fresh Alternative to House Cleaning

Kristina Geier opened BerryClean in Potrero Hill last fall.  She was raised by parents whose professional lives revolved around the travel and hospitality industries; her first job was with Hilton San Francisco.  “Cleaning is not a sexy industry,” Geier said. “People don’t want to have to deal with cleaning, they want a clean house. We… Keep Reading

Verdi Club Celebrates a Century

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Verdi Club, a working class social club whose historic 1935 building sits discreetly at 2424 Mariposa Street, a half-block west of Potrero Avenue.  Launched in a barber shop at 24th and Vermont streets in 1916 by a handful of passionate Italian-American men, over the years the association… Keep Reading

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