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South of Market Resident Buys the Family Farm

South of Market resident Lorrae Rominger, who serves as deputy director of the Goldman Environmental Prize, recently purchased the farmhouse she grew up on, which her family had sold decades ago. She plans to retire there eventually. In 1948 Rominger’s grandparents built the house in Winters, California, a small town in Yolo County.  Her father… Keep Reading

Clinic Caters to Lesbian Community

Lyon-Martin Health Services, located in Hayes Valley, has long been known as the go-to clinic for the lesbian community.  Founder Patty Robertson and a tight-knit crew of volunteers started the clinic at a time when health centers were springing up to fight against the AIDS epidemic, catering specifically to gay men. “It came about from… Keep Reading

Jerry Barrish’s Second Act

As a young boy growing up in New Jersey Jerry Barrish didn’t know anything about art. His home was completely devoid of it; there were no trips to museums. But all that changed when Barrish, now one of the Bay Area’s most admired sculptors, moved with his family to San Francisco. “At eight years old… Keep Reading

Residents Voting on Green Benefit District

On June 12 ballots were sent to property owners in Dogpatch and the northwest corner of Potrero Hill asking them if they’d be willing to pay an annual assessment, the revenues from which would go towards building, improving and maintaining public green spaces in the area. If the measure passes, the state’s first ever Green… Keep Reading

Citizen’s Group Calls for Eastern Neighborhoods Capital Plan

Almost seven years after it was adopted by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan has emerged as a perennial source of controversy for community groups.  The Potrero Boosters, Save the Hill, and other advocates are concerned that insufficient municipal attention is being paid to ensuring that infrastructure – transit, parking, schools,… Keep Reading

Experienced, Soft-Spoken Cop Takes Helm at Bayview Station


Raj Vaswani, Bayview Station captain, is a soft-spoken man who believes that patrol officers are the backbone of the San Francisco Police Department.  Vaswani took over as captain in April, after Robert O’Sullivan was promoted to lead the department’s Golden Gate Patrol Division.  Now a few months into his new assignment, Vaswani is working to… Keep Reading

Dogpatch and Hill to Vote on Green Benefits District

This month Dogpatch and Northwest Potrero Hill property owners will receive ballots asking them to tax themselves, the proceeds from which would be invested in parks and public spaces, as administered by a “Green Benefit District” (GBD).  Under the GBD locals would “directly invest in the beautification and greening” of the two neighborhoods, according to… Keep Reading

District 10 Supervisor Wants Better Anti-Violence Measures


An audit of municipally-funded violence prevention services has prompted District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen to call for new measures to stem aggression in Bayview-Hunters Point, Potrero Hill, and Visitacion Valley. The audit, conducted by the Budget and Legislative Analyst’s office, revealed that the City and County of San Francisco has “no method in place to… Keep Reading

Ross Mirkarimi Fights to Stay Sheriff

Ross Mirkarimi, San Francisco’s sheriff, is a hard man to get a hold of.  An interview with a View reporter was rescheduled twice through his office.  But then he provided his personal cellphone number and email address, and invited the reporter to his Potrero Avenue home. Despite the digital and physical contact information, Mirkarimi remained… Keep Reading

SF General to Open Trauma Center this Year, New Research Facility Soon After

Final touches are being made to the renovated San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) and Trauma Center building, scheduled to open in December. The new hospital inpatient tower was funded by Proposition A, passed in 2008.  Public monies amounting to $887 million were recently supplemented by a $75 million donation from Priscilla and Mark Zuckerberg.  Even… Keep Reading

Arkansas Street Development Proposed Near Jackson Park

Martin Building has submitted a proposal to the San Francisco Planning Department to construct a five-story building at 88 Arkansas Street. The development would feature a ground floor restaurant, and include 50 one-bedroom, 49 two-bedroom, and 27 studio apartments. An onsite garage would offer 98 parking spaces. If built, the project would likely increase traffic… Keep Reading

580 De Haro to be Developed into Multi- and Single-Family Homes

The lot located at 580 De Haro Street is occupied by six dilapidated residential and one commercial building.  All of them have been derelict and boarded-up for more than 15 years.  Husband and wife development team Kevin and Cathy Dill purchased the property in 2014.  They propose to demolish the existing structures, and subdivide the… Keep Reading

California College of the Arts Class Enlivens Starr King Open Space

Last semester, California College of the Arts (CCA) scholar-in-residence Chris Treggiari turned to Potrero Hill to serve as his studio class’s primary subject.   Treggiari directed students in his Making the Invisible Visible course to develop new ways to enliven Starr King Open Space. Treggiari’s undergraduates focused on catalyzing public interaction, creating marketing concepts and… Keep Reading

Summer Film Festivals Offer Fun for the Whole Family


San Francisco’s vibrant film scene, which offers a rich and diverse “ecosystem” of independently produced movies, can require as much creativity by viewers in search of a good, or provocative, time as it does to produce the work.  According to Peter L. Stein, local film festivals that aren’t to be missed include the recently completed… Keep Reading

May: Crime and Safety Report

Southside residents have been frustrated by the perceived lack of police attention to the relentless vehicle thefts and burglaries from cars, with attendant smashed windows.  In January, the latest month for which data is available, the San Francisco Police Department received reports of 75 automobile thefts and 95 burglaries from vehicles located in in the… Keep Reading

Noonan Building Artists Fishing for a Place at the Pier

The Noonan Building, located on Pier 70, has served as an affordable work space, with inspiring surroundings, for San Francisco artists for more than 35 years.  For most of that time the building was off-the-beaten-track, surrounded by such industrial activities as automobile wrecking and ship yards.  In 2012 the future of the idyllic arts haven… Keep Reading

High School Application Process Stressful

Ask any parent of a teenager who was notified of what public or private high school in San Francisco offered them a spot last month about the application process.  You’ll hear “stressful,” “overwhelming,” and “time consuming” in response.  As with elementary and middle school, families can apply to any of the San Francisco Unified School… Keep Reading

Lawsuit Halts Work on Mission Bay Loop

Last month a California Appeals Court halted work on the Mission Bay Loop project, a Third Street T-line turnaround that’s planned for 18th, 19th and Illinois streets.  The Loop would enable San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) trains traveling south to return downtown once they reach Dogpatch.  As part of the Central Subway project, the… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Art

The Potrero View is San Francisco’s longest-running neighborhood newspaper.  We’ll celebrate our 45th anniversary this August. Throughout its years, the View has had an ongoing commitment to and engagement with the arts and artists.  The paper’s founding publisher, Ruth Passen, was part of the mix of craftspeople, artists, activists, and writers who settled on the… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Commercial Crime Last month four businesses in Dogpatch and Potrero Hill – Invention Hub, Poquito’s, Papito’s, and Chat’s Roasting Company – were burglarized, in Chat’s case for the seventh time in the last eighteen months…In the meantime, in the face of chronic automobile break-ins and thefts, the San Francisco Police Department posted sentries at the… Keep Reading

Tall Tales about Military Bravery Disrespects the Troops

I did my best to avoid journalists like Brian Williams and Bill O’Reilly, as well as politicians such as U.S. Senator John McCain and Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald, when I was with the U.S. military.  I believed then, as I do now, in press freedoms and representative politics.   People have the right to… Keep Reading

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