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Jungian Therapist Reflects on Changing Times

Wisconsin Street resident Margaret Keyes was born two months before the Great Depression engulfed the nation. Growing up in San Francisco’s Sunset District during those tough times, Keyes trained herself to become a keen observer of others starting at a young age. That salient skill spurred her into a long and fruitful career as a… Keep Reading

Trapped Reveals Barriers to Choice

Dawn Porter, who lives on the 300 block of Missouri Street, has directed several award-winning, social justice documentaries. Gideon’s Army (2013, HBO) recounts the personal stories of three young lawyers, who, as part of the Southern Public Defender Training Center – now known as Gideon’s Promise – help make “justice for all” a reality while… Keep Reading

Arts Section

Potrero Branch Library Art Show to Launch on May 7 By Marci Mills The public is invited to celebrate the opening of the 58th Annual Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition on Saturday, May 7, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Potrero Branch Library, 1616 20th Street.  Festivities will include live jazz by Clifford Brown III,… Keep Reading

Community Calendar

May 1 Festival: How Weird Street Faire How Weird Street Faire is a menagerie of attractions, including a world-renowned music festival featuring 10 stages with different styles of dance music, an open air art festival filling an expanded Art Alley, a unique market of interesting vendors and delicious food, and a platform for performers of… Keep Reading

Memory Garden to Provide a Place to Mourn Infertility and Fertility Loss

Two San Francisco moms, Debbie Findling and Abby Porth, who both experienced fertility losses, co-created a project to develop a “memory garden” that’ll provide a place for reflection and mourning of an inability to conceive ,or are mourning miscarriages, and stillbirths. The Jewish Community Memory Garden will be located on the grounds of Sinai Memorial… Keep Reading

Gold, Chapter Ten

“Have you heard of Henrietta Lacks?”   Stephanie was slumped in the bean bag chair, staring at the ceiling.  The fog from Nash, Justin, and Jordan’s marijuana exhalations was fading as the trio’s huffing at the vaporized herb slowed, and then stopped.  “And what up with the popcorn ceiling?  I hate that!” “Popcorn, yeah, that’d… Keep Reading

San Francisco Schools Adapt to State Sex Education Law

On January 1, 2016, The California Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Act went into effect. The Act is intended to equip students with information to protect their reproductive health, and foster healthy attitudes about puberty, sex, gender, and relationships. The law mandates that HIV/AIDS prevention be taught at least once in middle and once… Keep Reading

Youth Clinic Spreads the Word on Potentially Harmful Cosmetic Chemicals

According to Joi Jackson-Morgan, when 3rd Street Youth Center clients discovered the health risks associated with beauty products by looking at the Environmental Working Group’s SkinDeep Cosmetics Database, they were shocked.  Bayview-based 3rd Street—which provides health services, fitness, cooking and art classes, among other programming, to 12 to 24 year-olds—decided to introduce the SkinDeep database… Keep Reading

Basketball Rebels Bounce Back After Founder’s Death

The MRC Rebels Girls Basketball Club was founded in 1988 by Oscar Jimenez, who saw a lack of basketball opportunities for San Francisco girls and sought the City’s help to fill the gap. The program received City funding early on, though Jimenez paid for some expenses out of his own pocket. When Jimenez died suddenly… Keep Reading

Fertility Doll a Talisman for Pregnancies

While living on Potrero Hill, Debbie Findling found it challenging to have a second child.  Her daughter, Sara, who weighed less than five pounds when she was born, was two-years-old.  Before Sara arrived, Debbie had suffered a number of miscarriages, including a stillbirth. Her fertility woes continued after Sara’s birth. “Like many women who experience… Keep Reading

Library News

Programs for Adults Art Show Reception: All ages are welcome to the 58th annual Potrero Hill Artist Show reception!  View artwork by neighborhood artists and enjoy musical entertainment by Clifford Brown III. Saturday, May 7, 6.30 to 9 p.m. Parent Education Workshop:  These workshops will explore the challenges of raising children, and provide parents a… Keep Reading

Frederick H. Van Dusen February 11, 1935 to March 16, 2016

Frederick H. Van Dusen, longtime resident of Potrero Hill’s northwestern slope, passed away of natural causes on Wednesday, March 16, 2016, at the age of 81. Van, as he was called by friends and family, was a vibrant neighborhood fixture for nearly 60 years, having moved to the Hill in the late-1950s after completing his… Keep Reading

Gold, Chapter Nine

“What can I get you?” asked Justin.  “I have a few nice Sativas, but if you’re looking for something soothing I have an Indica.  Or maybe a bit of both!  I’ve developed my own combination that stipulates the mind and the groin…” He looked toward Stephanie, who was standing in front of a life size… Keep Reading

Parking Changes Ahead for Third Street

Third Street, from 20th to 24th streets, home to an eclectic collection of commercial spaces, retail outlets, residences, and public transit infrastructure, is facing increasing parking demands.  Situated in the characteristically industrial Dogpatch, the area surrounding Third Street is being transformed, as residential developments are steadily built.  With parking shortages citywide, Third Street businesses are… Keep Reading

Carolina Project Creeps Forward

Bill Canihan has spent the last two and a half years working to secure permits to redevelop his 891 Carolina Street property.  His father, William Canihan, Senior, acquired the single-family home as a rental in 1952, and unsuccessfully sought to renovate it more than a decade ago.  Bill Canihan hoped his project would move swiftly… Keep Reading

Homeless Population Level the Same Despite Forty Years of City Policy

By Chris Block and Steven J. Moss “Encampments of people on City streets and in parks or long lines at soup kitchens are distressingly reminiscent of the Hoovervilles of 50 years ago.”  This statement serves as an apt description of Division Street in February, the Cesar Chavez-Highway 101 “hairball” today, or any number of places… Keep Reading

OP-ED IRS Phoney Threats to Sue

By Paul Kleyman, Special to The View The booming voice on my telephone answering machine was intimidating and scary:  “This is the Internal Revenue Services.” The robo call told me that the IRS had filed a lawsuit against me; I should dial a stated number immediately. Except that, the Internal Revenue Service never calls.  Ever. Federal… Keep Reading

OP-ED San Francisco’s Budget Out of Control

Over the past several years the City has flourished.  Tax revenues have increased substantially, as tourism and development has boomed, changing neighborhood character.  The Mayor’s fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget of almost nine billion dollars is one billion dollars more than it was just two years ago.     In good times government programs and… Keep Reading

Green Spent on Green Last month, the newly created Green Benefit District (GBD) spent roughly $34,400 to repair and clean seven green spaces in Dogpatch and northwest Potrero Hill: Benches Garden & Park, Minnesota Grove, I.M. Scott Sidewalk Gardens, Fallen Bridges Mini-Park, Potrero Gateway Loop, Progress Park, and Woods Yard. The funds were used to… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, Why would the University of California, San Francisco want to locate an academic building, the new Department of Psychiatry and Child, Teen Health Center, in a residential neighborhood and not at a key site on their Mission Bay campus, where construction has stalled, leaving many undeveloped sites by the campus core (“UCSF to Develop… Keep Reading

City Wants to Expand Biotech Beyond Mission Bay

The City and County of San Francisco hopes to encourage midsize biotechnology companies that emerge from Mission Bay incubators to move to South-of-Market, Pier 70, and other Southside San Francisco neighborhoods, even as the East Bay and South San Francisco promise lower rents and more space to expand.  “The City is looking at the success… Keep Reading

Dogpatch Residents Design UCSF Housing

At a mid-March gathering, roughly a dozen Southside residents met with University of California, San Francisco and Perkins + Will staff to discuss designs for the university’s new graduate student and trainee housing, planned for 566, 590 and 600 Minnesota Street. The workshop took place at Dogpatch Studios, located at 991 Tennessee Street. The March… Keep Reading

Crowdsourced Commuter Van to Offer Hill Service

After Ali Vahabzadeh moved several times to secure a more convenient commute to his South-of-Market workplace he became aware of the value San Franciscans place on a reliable, stress-free, and affordable work commute. As he bicycled to SoMa from the Mission he saw commuters standing at bus stops as Muni buses sailed past, full to… Keep Reading

Merchants President Gets to Work after Retiring

On a rainy afternoon in February, at Farley’s, on 18th and Missouri streets, Keith Goldstein, 66, talked to the View about how he came to retire.  Goldstein, the founder and and now former chief executive officer of Everest Waterproofing, was raised in public housing in Whitechapel, London.  He first moved to Potrero Hill forty years… Keep Reading

Mutiny Radio Continues its Rebellion

The original logo for Mutiny Radio, which can still be seen above the station’s doorway at 21st and Florida streets, depicts a hand reaching out of the sea gripping a microphone. The intent was likely to demonstrate nothing could sink its broadcast.   But station manager Pam Benjamin now sees the graphic differently. “It looks… Keep Reading

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