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The Ethics Guy

Fred Raker’s comedy career began in New York City, where he was a stand-up comedian, working alongside luminaries such as Jerry Seinfeld and Paul Reiser. He later landed in Hollywood, writing for “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” Currently  an Ingleside resident, he’s the author of The Official Trump Bitterness Quiz, available on Amazon. Dear Ethics… Keep Reading

Book Review: An End to Upside Down Thinking

Many of us have had experiences that’re hard to explain based on known science.  Someone we haven’t spoken to or thought about in years abruptly pops into our mind, only to text, call, or appear in front of us on the street shortly thereafter.  Alone or in a crowded place we become awash with a… Keep Reading

Accidental THC Ingestion Continues to Dog Pets

Casually discarded roaches or dropped bits of edibles, inside and outside homes, are increasingly being gobbled up by canines, with unpleasant results. The instances of dogs sickened from ingesting marijuana has more than doubled in recent years, according to the National Animal Poison Control Center of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to… Keep Reading

Community Expresses Mixed Feelings About Potrero Power Plant Project

Closed in 2011, the Potrero Power Plant sits on more than 28 acres located on a central piece of waterfront property. It was purchased from NRG Energy by Associate Capital in 2016, which in 2017 started planning to develop the area into a multi-use complex that’d include 2,682 residential units, according to an environmental impact… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Earth

Dr. Peter Venkman: This city is headed for a disaster of biblical proportions. Mayor: What do you mean, “biblical”? Dr. Raymond Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath of God type stuff. Venkman: Exactly. Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Hilltop Hilltop Grocery, at 1309 20th Street, is being absorbed into what’ll become a two-bedroom single family home. The store, which’d been owned by 90-something-year old Linda Wong and her late husband since 1958, closed two years ago, after being only intermittently open the previous decade. A residence has existed above the retail space since… Keep Reading

OP-ED: 2018 Election Thoughts

I’m excited to see the A-Team of powerful women – London Breed, Kamala Harris, Dianne Feinstein, and Nancy Pelosi – representing San Francisco on the national stage. These experienced leaders, working together with young idealistic activists, gives hope that we can make progress on social justice and environmental issues. The Blue Wave was actually a… Keep Reading

Mixed Reactions to Election Outcomes on Potrero Hill

Doug North Slope resident Encountered on De Haro Street “It’s too bad Tony didn’t win. District 10 is enormous. We’ll see what happens when Shamann gets into office. I’m hopeful. I hope he’ll be responsive to the northern part of the District. I felt like the last supervisor focused on the southern part of the… Keep Reading

Third Street Bridge Rehab Continues

The second phase of a $25 million Third Street Bridge – more popularly known as “Lefty O’Doul Bridge” – rehabilitation project started last fall, with work expected to continue through early 2020, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Works (SFDPW). Despite the bridge work, pedestrians, bicyclists, vehicles, and kayaks still have access above… Keep Reading

Relive the City’s Greatest Hits at Mission Bay Mini-Golf Course

Last summer, Stagecoach Greens, on Fourth Street, joined Urban Putt, which opened on South Van Ness Avenue in 2014, in offering San Franciscans a miniature golf experience created by San Franciscans. Co-founders Esther Stearns and Jan Cohn Stearns are keeping it local. They can see the course from their house, employ their kids’ friends, and… Keep Reading

China Grapples with its Past, Present and Future, at SFMoMA

Last month marked the opening of Art and China After 1989:  Theater of the World, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.  The prodigious exhibit is littered with three-dimensional objects, videos, maps, paintings, and other items.  Setting aside the crisp, white-walled institutional setting, wandering the galleries prompts a feeling of touring a community garage… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – December 2018

Now through 4/7 — Art: Gauguin It seems like an awkward time to feature an artist whose breakthrough works were created while he was essentially a sex tourist in Tahiti, one who preferred what we’d now call “underage girls.”  While the exhibit dispassionately names Paul Gauguin’s lovers-cum-victims, it provides no commentary on how today’s viewers are… Keep Reading


Our Spike. Thanks for the memories. Love, Ernie and Paula

Elizabeth Boileau Elizabeth Boileau died on October 31 at her Potrero Hill home with her family and friends at her side. She’s survived by her beloved husband of 42 years, Robert, their sons, Patrick and Donovan, her brother, “Chip,” and sister, Diane. Elizabeth was the first daughter of her deceased parents, Dale and Celia. In… Keep Reading

22nd Street Caltrain Station Closed on Weekends


Starting last month, the 22nd Street and Fourth Street Caltrain stations are no longer open on weekends.  The closings are to accommodate installation of a catenary rail system that’ll allow Caltrain to convert the majority of its line from diesel to electric trains, known as Electric Multiple Units (EMU).  Until construction is completed, weekend train… Keep Reading

Students Struggle to Study in San Francisco

Photos - Left: Luis Reyes, enjoying Coit Tower's view on his lunch break. Right: Eluteria Alatorre, getting the cash register ready for the weekday lunch rush. Credit: Paul James

According to Inc., San Francisco is the country’s most expensive city. Business Insider recently reported that Northern California is among the most prosperous economies in the world. While this may be great news for young people engaged in the lucrative sectors fueling growth, such as social media, high living costs have made life challenging for… Keep Reading

Banner art: Nominate Your Nanny!

Kansas Street residents, Di Yin Lu and Mark Pearson, nominated Su Ying Liang, owner of Baby Tree Family Daycare, for the View’s monthly feature honoring neighborhood child care providers. According to the couple, “Su runs an incredibly clean, loving, and stimulating family daycare on Berry Street, right by the Adobe building. We discovered her via… Keep Reading

Cohen to Leave Board of Supervisors at Year’s End

Malia Cohen was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors by a razor thin margin eight years ago.  This December, the 41-year-old will be termed out of office, leaving her post as Board president. Her years as District 10 Supervisor will likely most be remembered for the building boom that occurred under her watch,… Keep Reading

Dignity Health Merger Raises Questions


A proposed merger between Dignity Health and Catholic Health Initiatives has raised concerns about access to care for women, transgender, and low-income patients, according to the American Civil Liberties Union. Nurses in Dignity’s California hospital system are also worried that the merger could disrupt labor union contracts and job security. At the same time, the… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Burglaries According to San Francisco Police Department officer Pat McNichol there’s been (another) uptick in automobile burglaries and break-ins, particularly around Illinois and 22nd streets. And earlier this fall there was a robbery on 20th and Connecticut streets. If you call 911 from your cell phone, make sure to give your location. Electric  The University of… Keep Reading

Parking Prices Add to Pain of Bay Area Living


According to SpotAngels, in 2017 San Francisco had the country’s highest average parking ticket cost – $97.40 – ahead of New York City, with an average price of $71.40. That same year, parking ticket revenues generated South-of-Market produced $11,383,000, the most in the City, with Downtown having the greatest number of tickets levied per available… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – November 2018

Now through 11/4 Sunday — Literature: Big Book Sale 2018 Friends of the San Francisco Public Library take overs Fort Mason’s Festival Pavilion Pier for its 54th Big Book Sale. Member preview sale and reception All books just $1. Free. For more information. Now through 11/4 Sunday — Theater: The Obligation Film/television/stage star Roger Grunwald (HBO, A.C.T,… Keep Reading

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