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Twirl and Dip in Potrero Hill

On a sunny summer day Meg Hilgartner, dressed in all black except for neon blue and pink shoes, was dispensing soft-serve at her freshly opened Twirl & Dip location.  The ice creamery is new to Potrero Hill, but Meg Hilgartner and her business partner, Siri Skelton, aren’t new to the business. Hilgartner has worked as… Keep Reading

Hill Resident Raises $400,000 for Nepal Earthquake Relief

In April and May two earthquakes rocked Nepal.  The tremblors devastated the country, destroying approximately 250,000 buildings and 20,000 schools. Nepal Social Educational Environmental Development Services, a San Francisco-based charity led by Potrero Hill resident Keith Goldstein, responded with a spirited effort to support relief efforts, raising $400,000 for earthquake relief.  And its fundraising efforts… Keep Reading

Paolo Mejia Opens New North Beach Art Gallery

This month artist and art gallery owner Paolo Mejia will re-open his namesake gallery on Grant Street, after operating it for two years in Hunters Point.  Mejia first launched his gallery in 2013, and has already represented 20 fine Bay Area artists. When asked if there was a common theme amongst the artists he works… Keep Reading

San Francisco School Board Backs Away from Contract with Anti-Israel Group

A resolution by the San Francisco Board of Education to work with an Arab and a Vietnamese group to help develop new language programs sparked a two-month controversy that was resolved, at least temporarily, over the summer. The Board decision to encourage the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to work with the Arab Resource… Keep Reading

September 1st – Writing: Radar Reading Series at SF Library The RADAR Reading Series is a periodic event that features independent and underground writers, emerging voices and bona fide superstars. Local author Michelle Tea (Valencia, Sister Spit tour) hosts this showcase of underground heroes. Each RADAR Reading consists of four dynamic performers, followed by a… Keep Reading

Karen Larsen: Potrero Hill’s Publicist

Calling long-time Potrero Hill resident Karen Larsen a publicist is “both accurate and absurdly insufficient,” wrote film critic Michael Fox, in a 2011 online profile.  Fox’s sketch of Larsen, prompted by her receipt of the San Francisco Film Society’s Essential SF Award, described her as  “…the most steadfast evangelist of independent films, filmmakers and festivals,… Keep Reading

Fiction: Gold

This is chapter two of a serialized tale of politics, capitalism, and corruption in San Francisco.  Look for the next fiction installment in each new issue of the View. Chester inherited the property on which he operated the nursery from his father, Angelo.  Angelo had fled Cyprus in the early-1960s, when he was just 16… Keep Reading

Library News

Please note that all San Francisco Public Library branches will be closed Monday, September 7 in observance of Labor Day. Programs for Adults Book-A-Librarian: Librarians Julieta and Jenny will answer your questions about downloading eBooks or about your library’s free digital collections. Simply book an appointment that’s convenient for you or drop in Wednesday nights.… Keep Reading

Missing Teacher Found Dead

A Downtown High School teacher who went missing in July in El Dorado County is dead, according to that County’s coroner’s office. San Francisco resident Edward Cavanaugh, 45, died sometime in July or August. He’d been visiting a home he owned in El Dorado County, spending time riding his blue Yamaha YZ 250 on the… Keep Reading

View Celebrates 45 Years of Community News

The idea of starting a print newspaper today would be seen as quaint. The ease of communicating in the Internet age is sharply different than the challenge faced 45 years ago by five Potrero Hill residents who wanted to keep their neighbors informed about important goings-on. Bill and Jodie Dawson, together with Lenny Anderson –… Keep Reading

Developers Focus on Southside Neighborhoods


An extraordinary amount of real estate development is occurring in the Southside neighborhoods, with nearly 5,000 units in the pipeline. These projects are transforming Dogpatch and Potrero Hill.  What follows are profiles of some of the most active Southside developers. Trumark Urban Last May, Trumark Urban broke ground on a 91-unit mixed-use residential development on… Keep Reading

Coding Bootcamps Seen as a Way into the Techie Class

“I’m here because I’m thinking about a career change,” said a woman holding a plastic cup of wine. She and roughly 20 others were gathered in a brightly-lit building that itself had gone through a career change. Known as the Standard Oil Building, it was designed for John D. Rockefeller to house his California headquarters.… Keep Reading

PonoMusic: Rediscovering Music in Potrero Hill

I leaned forward on the couch and waited for “Heart of Gold” to play over the sound system. As a lifelong Neil Young fan, I’ve probably heard the song a few hundred times, or more. It’s one of my favorites, along with “Sugar Mountain” and “Cortez the Killer” and “Like a Hurricane” and…the list goes… Keep Reading

Vacant Mission Bay Lot to Become 20-Unit Apartment Building


A new residential building is planned for a vacant lot located directly across the street from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Benioff Children’s Hospital, on the southeast corner of Tennessee and Mariposa streets. The building is being designed by San Francisco architect Riyad Ghannam, of RG-Architecture.  The proposed development, which is undergoing an… Keep Reading

Fiction: Gold

This is chapter one of a serialized tale of politics, capitalism, and corruption in San Francisco.  Look for the next fiction installment in each new issue of the View. “I told you John, I’m not selling,” said Chester, as he sprayed water that’d traveled for hundreds of miles, all the way from Hetch-Hetchy, adjacent to… Keep Reading

SF Cheese Fest Coming to Dogpatch


SF Cheese Fest, a fundraiser for the California Artisan Cheese Guild, will take place on September 19 at Dogpatch WineWorks. Billed as a celebration of cheese and cheesemakers, the event will feature live and DJ’d music, small bites and, of course, beer and cheese tasting. Beer and cheese? Shouldn’t it be wine and cheese?  … Keep Reading

Drought Impacts

I was on my knees at the back fence of my Vermont Street home, in the dirt among mosquitoes and dog-doo, sucking on a dirty hose with my head as low to the ground as I could get it, painfully trying to syphon water from my bathtub to my avocado tree.  “What the heck am… Keep Reading

Community Calendar August 2015

August 1st – Film/Culture:  Well-known Taiwanese film director Mei-Juin Chen will screen her movie about the life and times of Li XiangLan, also known as “Shirley” and “Yoshiko Yamaguchi.”  From the late-1930’s to 1958 XiangLan was an opera singer, actress in Chinese and Japanese films, pop idol, and accused traitor of China.  She retired from… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Jump Ball

Tussles over land use changes are nothing new in San Francisco.  Protests erupt over removing a diseased street tree, or building a backyard deck.  Larger projects are periodically blocked. The Whole Foods on Rhode Island Street was supposed to be Macromedia; community advocates surgically removed Kaiser Permanente from opening an outlet at the Corovan site.… Keep Reading

Foot Beat Officers Aim to Improve Hill’s Quality of Life

Four foot beat officers, dispatched from the San Francisco Police Department’s Bayview Station, are working to improve the quality life in Potrero Hill and Dogpatch. Officer Eric Lau walks and rides a bicycle in the two neighborhoods from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Officers Matt Reiter, Sher Khan and Leo Bernstein monitor Third Street by… Keep Reading

Film Review: The Diary of a Teenage Girl

The Diary of a Teenage Girl, which opens in Los Angeles and New York on August 7, is about sex.  More specifically, it’s about a feverish waking sex dream:  that riptide of deep physical and emotional longing that washes over adolescents cum teenagers just when they’re painfully piecing their identity together.  Something like it happens… Keep Reading

Get A Job

The View asked career expert Mauri Schwartz to answer questions from job seekers. Submit yours to Q: There’s lots of advice about how to prepare answers to questions you’ll be asked in an interview, but I have difficulty thinking of questions to ask the interviewer.  I’ve heard this is really important, but I can’t… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor August 2015

Editor, I enjoyed reading Steven Moss’ column in the June issue (“Jews”).  A lot of history was covered in that one column. I hope people were listening.   The View is a tremendous source of information and news, not only for the neighborhood but for the City. Real local news coverage of San Francisco is… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Shooting San Francisco police are investigating the fatal shooting of a 33-year-old man in the Potrero Annex-Terrace housing complex. Prince Johnson, a City resident, was found suffering from a gunshot wound to the shoulder in late-June on the 1000 block of Connecticut Street, near 25th Street, said police spokeswoman Grace Gatpandan. He was taken to… Keep Reading

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