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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

San Francisco Schools Continue to be Places of Bullying

A study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics last year found that the prevalence of bullying among fourth to twelve graders declined between 2004 and 2014, while students’ perceptions that adults effectively help stop mistreatment and create a safe school environment rose.  The View brought together a group of middle and high schoolers for… Keep Reading

New Student Residences Open at California College of the Arts


Blattner Hall, California College of the Arts’ new 64,000 square foot four-story student residence hall, located at 75 Arkansas Street, began housing scholars last summer. District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, who also serves as president of the Board of Supervisors, spoke at the Hall’s September 24th ribbon-cutting. “Stable housing is essential for academic success, particularly… Keep Reading

Obiturary – Gilda Gonzalez Guerrero

Photo: Gilda Guerrero with Sara Moss, one of her many extended children. Credit: Debbie Findling

Gilda Gonzalez Guerrero April 4, 1947 to September 27, 2018 Gilda Gonzalez Guerrero was born April 4, 1947, in Guatemala City, Guatemala to Maria Dolores Crispin and Rigoberto Gonzalez. The youngest of seven children, as a child Gilda dreamed of coming to the United States, frequently climbing a rooftop to look North. When she was… Keep Reading

Recology Pushes for Residential Towers to be Built on a Parking Lot

Photo: Model of Recology's proposed new development. Courtesy of Recology and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Recology, the firm that collects San Francisco’s garbage, has ambitious plans to recycle a truck parking lot located at 900 Seventh Street into 1,048 housing units, mixed with commercial and industrial space. The project has several hurdles to pass, the largest of which may be that Recology will need to convince the City to rezone… Keep Reading

Airplane Noise Disrupts Potrero Hill Peace

The first two decades of living in her home near the top of Arkansas Street were mostly peaceful for one Potrero Hill resident, but over the past year the quiet has been regularly shattered.  According to the Hill dweller, who requested anonymity as she’s concerned about her property values, airplane traffic is more frequent and… Keep Reading

Subprime Auto Loans Driving Delinquency, Repossessions

Despite an economy marked by high growth and low unemployment, motor vehicle repossession rates have risen in many parts of the country, including California. According to California Department of Business Oversight data, there were 44,897 auto repossessions in the state in 2017. In 2016, that number was 39,948, with 39,690 repos in 2015 and 41,492… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Supervisor

San Francisco elects its supervisors by district, rather than citywide, so they’re closer to neighborhood people and issues.  The hope is that district supervisors will be chosen by voters who know their character, with a mandate to advance community interests.  With almost 73,000 residents, District 10 is one the City’s most complex jurisdictions. Although taken… Keep Reading

Rebuild Potrero Progresses


Progress continues on Rebuild Potrero, a decade-long effort to revitalize the Potrero Annex-Terrace housing complexes through a partnership between BRIDGE Housing, San Francisco Housing Authority, and San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development. The most recent milestone is completion of a reconstructed block of 25th Street, between Connecticut and Dakota streets. The work… Keep Reading

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