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Artist Robert Bechtle Makes the Hill his Home

Born in San Francisco in 1932, raised in Alameda, artist Robert Bechtle has lived most of his 82 years in the Bay Area.  He received his Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, and taught painting at San Francisco State University for 30 years.  He currently resides… Keep Reading

Art Part of Healing, Design at UCSF Medical Center

With the opening of the $1.5 billion UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay earlier this year came hundreds of art installations throughout and outside the facility’s three buildings. Complementing the pieces installed in lobbies, terraces, atriums, elevator bays and outdoor plazas, the center offers art therapy programs for patients occupying the nearly 300 hospital beds.… Keep Reading

Hill Collector Curates Provocative Art

You never know what might be behind a front door or garden gate in Potrero Hill.  Indoor swimming pools, high-tech lighting arrays, lavish tropical gardens, elevators, dungeons, and hand-hewn homes can all be found on the other side of fences and exterior entryways.    Inside Jeff Dauber’s Hill residence is a dense collection of artworks,… Keep Reading

Hill Fosters Generations of Artists

Jan Padover grew-up in the Potero Hill of the 1960’s, a close-knit, creative community.  The neighborhood was a magnet for bohemians and artists drawn by its affordability.  Padover was raised in what he described as an “open house,” where friends of his father, Carl Padover – all of whom were artists or interested in the… Keep Reading

Sailor and Mermaid: A Siren Song Silenced

The perplexing question of what happened to sculptor Henri Marie-Rose’s infamous public statue, Sailor and Mermaid, remains unanswered after 44 years.  Marie-Rose, a 58 year Potrero Hill resident who died in 2010, created the piece from bronze and copper sheets; cut, pounded and welded. It sat atop a cement base installed in front of the… Keep Reading

Common Soldiers: 1976

Ten years ago Charles and I bought a house on Potrero Hill, not far from Ferlinghetti’s.  We were led here by a need we didn’t know we had for seclusion, privacy and a distance between us and the restless ambitions of North Beach life. Potrero Hill is one of the oldest settlements in San Francisco,… Keep Reading

Library News

Programs for Adults Digital Drop In:  Have questions about how to download eBooks to your device or how to use the library’s databases to read magazines, research genealogy, and more? Get one on one time with a librarian to explore your library’s free digital collection. Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 6:30 to… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Exhibit Marks 60 Years of Art

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition, reputedly the oldest annual art show in San Francisco.  Various news accounts suggest that the show emerged sometime between 1951 and 1955 – most likely in the latter year – when artist Charles Griffin Farr heard that the City was planning to close… Keep Reading

Community Calendar

Saturdays in April, Family: Drop In Activities at Randall Museum The Randall’s exhibitions are open all day, with special hours for the Golden Gate Model Railroad exhibit, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; drop-in family ceramics classes at 10:15 a.m.; “Saturday Science,” which features a morning workshop that explores the wonders of science with a… Keep Reading

Ruth Goldhammer March 25, 1944 to January 19, 2014

On her way to becoming a spectacular educator Ruth Goldhammer took to heart a mentor’s advice: paint your life in vivid colors, laugh mostly at yourself, and always keep learning.  Ruth adhered to this counsel, following a creative approach to public education, engaging in travel that carried her across the country and the globe, enthusiastically… Keep Reading

Susan Bruce O’Malley, 1976 to 2015

Susan Bruce O’Malley passed away on February 25th.  She was just 38 years old.  The Berkeley resident was nine months pregnant with baby girls, Lucy and Reyna, when she died. The newborns were delivered by emergency cesarean section after O’Malley unexpectedly passed out and failed to regain consciousness. Her daughters expired shortly after their birth,… Keep Reading

M. Joseph Schaller February 2, 1944 to March 15, 2015

Joseph was an iconoclast who loved Potrero Hill, where he lived since 1988.  He was actively involved in the Potrero Hill Garden Club, and showed his photography at the Potrero Hill Artists’ Exhibition and at Klein’s Deli.  He is survived by his wife, Audrey Cole and his two brothers.  He will be deeply missed. Keep Reading

University of California, San Francisco-Mission Bay Medical Center Opens

Just as the huge lettering on the glass tower at the end of 16th Street had promised for months, the University of California San Francisco-Mission Bay’s newest Medical Center opened to the public on February 1, 2015. The $1.5 billion project includes hospitals which provide specialized services to children – the Benioff Children’s Hospital –… Keep Reading

Metal Workers on Strike at Trayer Engineering

Since January 19, 2015, 22 members of Sheet Metal Workers’ (SMW) Local 104 have been on strike, forming a picket line outside Trayer Engineer-ing Corporation’s shop and offices at 898 Pennsylvania Avenue. In early February, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) members joined SMW 104 on the picket line. The IBEW chapters supporting SMW Local… Keep Reading

Car Sharing Programs Need to Share Public Parking Spaces, Say Merchants

As car sharing programs experi-ence an increase in demand, Potrero Hill and Dogpatch merchants are concerned that the public parking spots set aside for the services are negatively impacting their customers and neighborhood traffic. In 2013 the San Francisco Munici-pal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) approved a pilot project that cre-ated reserved parking spots for three roundtrip… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

View Changes Jennifer Durrant, who has been producing the View, and managing advertisements, for more than the past three years, has moved on to new creative challenges.  Durrant’s talented eye and careful execution took the newspaper to a new level of visual excellence.  And her gentle handling of advertisers kept them engaged even in this… Keep Reading

Op-Ed: Mission Bay Loop Deserves Another Look

Despite multiple rounds of discussions with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), citizens’ concerns about the proposed location for the T-Line turn-around – Mission Bay Loop – have been largely dismissed. The loop is still planned for the route originally contemplated in 1999. Construction is scheduled to start in the coming month.  Moving forward… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Cuba

President Barack Obama’s plan to normalize relations with Cuba, announced late last year, sparked memories of a family trip I took to the island more than a decade ago.  My sister and three nephews, wife and toddler daughter went to deliver pharmaceuticals to a synagogue, though mostly we were curious to experience this Cold War… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, The Potrero Residents Education Fund appreciates the View reporting on improvements at Daniel Webster (DW) Elementary School. As an organization whose primary mission is to support public education on the Hill, this issue is core to why we exist. We do want to point out that the Short Cut about DW in your February… Keep Reading

Transportation Agency to Paint 16th Street Red

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) wants to roll out more red paint for transit-only lanes, this time along 16th Street between Church and Third streets, carving out a transit priority corridor between the Mission District and the mushrooming Mission Bay re-search and technology hub. SFMTA’s 22 Fillmore Transit Priority Project, a Muni Forward… Keep Reading

Community Advocates Hope that 1601 Mariposa Development is Downsized

Related-California’s proposed 316-unit housing development at 1601 Mariposa Street has been subject to intense scrutiny by Grow Potrero Responsibly.  Members of the Potrero Hill-based civic advocacy group are concerned about traf-fic, pedestrian safety, hazardous materials, a lack of recreational areas within the development, the potential shadowing of Jackson Playground, and the absence of public infrastructure… Keep Reading

Community Group Proposes Alternative Design for Cor-O-Van Site

Save the Hill continues to press for the Cor-o-Van site to be developed as an adaptive reuse project, with more of the existing buildings retained and repurposed. The community advocacy group is working with architect Kal-man Varga on drawings for the site that reflect feedback from neighbors and public meetings with the devel-oper.   “We’re… Keep Reading

District 10 Supervisor Concerned About Public Safety

Since winning her second term as District 10 Supervisor last November, Malia Cohen has pursued the same policy priority she initially put for-ward four years ago:  public safety. She pointed to car break-ins, armed robberies, home invasions, and gun violence as problems that need to be addressed in the district. “Last year I put in… Keep Reading

Goat Hill Pizza Celebrates 40 Years of Pies

Goat Hill Pizza has been satisfying Potrero Hill residents’ cravings for peperoni, cheese, and a myriad of other pizzas since 1975. But more than pro-viding lunch and dinner, patrons and employees agree that the restaurant serves as an anchor of the community. “It’s a cornerstone of the neigh-borhood; kind of the headquarters of Potrero Hill.… Keep Reading

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