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Dogpatch Business Association Debuts

In May, Mark Dwight, founder and chief executive officer of Rickshaw Bagworks, a messenger and laptop bag, sack and sleeve manufacturer on 22nd Street, launched the Dogpatch Business Association (DBA), a nonprofit collection of enterprises located in Dogpatch and Pier 70. DBA will serve as a networking platform for companies, promote neighborhood businesses, and represent… Keep Reading

Efforts Continue to Address Homelessness in New Ways

Frustration over the City’s inability to effectively address homelessness, on the part of homeless advocates and Southside San Francisco residents tired of walking by encampments, remains high.  However, municipal efforts have helped thousands of people get off the streets over the past 15 years, and new attempts are emerging to identify possible ways to progress.… Keep Reading

Recycling Requirements Continue to Threaten Good Life Grocery

Last November the View reported that The Good Life Grocery’s 20th Street location was facing fines of upwards of $3,100 a month for failing to comply with the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act (CalRecycle).  The law, known as the “bottle bill,” and passed in 1986, aims to “…make redemption and recycling convenient… Keep Reading

Comprehensive Pet Complex to Open in Potrero Hill

Wagly – a year old startup co-founded by Shane Kelly – will open its newest facility at 1400 17th Street this summer. Starting from its flagship location in Bellevue, Washington, the company is launching outlets in Seattle, San Jose, and Orange County, in addition to San Francisco, offering daycare, grooming, boarding, and veterinary services all… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Gasoline Station Thrives As Pump Population Shrinks

As the number of gasoline stations in San Francisco steadily declines, one facility, located at Potrero Hill’s western edge, is thriving. Performance Shell, at 17th Street and Potrero Avenue, attracts a steady stream of customers, who refuel, grab a snack or lunch at a taco truck parked on the corner, or get their car serviced.… Keep Reading

UCSF Supports Development of Mission Bay Elementary School

The University of California, San Francisco announced its support for the construction of a new kindergarten through fifth grade public school in Mission Bay last month.  “UCSF strongly supports the San Francisco Board of Education designating a portion of the November 2016 General Obligation Facilities Bond to be used to build a new school in… Keep Reading

Karen Erlichman: Rabbi in Everything But Title

It took a while, and wasn’t in the form she expected, but Karen Erlichman eventually achieved her dream. When she was nine years old, growing up in Philadelphia in an assimilated Jewish family, Erlichman wanted to be a rabbi.  But at that time – 1971 – there were no female rabbis. Today, Erlichman considers herself… Keep Reading

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

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