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Urban Bees of San Francisco

Long a utopia for the artists and wanderers of the continental U.S., San Francisco is also an ideal landing pad for another kind of traveler: the honey bee. Due to its moderate Mediterranean climate, lax permit regulations, bounty of flora and fauna, and hippie spirit, the neighborhoods in San Francisco are swarming with urban beehives.… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Filmmaker Digs Up Past of Historic Creek

At one time, Islais Creek was a vital source of fresh water for San Franciscans. About 85 to 90% of the City’s drinking water is believed to have come from it, and it helped early Portuguese, Italian, and Irish vegetable farmers in the Bayview District grow their produce during the 1850’s. The creek had two… Keep Reading

Community Calendar

January 5th – Art: Philip Sager Art opening for local photographer Philip Sager, 7 to 9 p.m. at Farley’s, 1315 18th Street. January 8th – Dance: Salve Regina San Francisco-based dance company punkkiCo will present the premiere performance of Salve Regina, an original work celebrating and exploring the human female spirit. Six different pieces choreographed… Keep Reading

Recology Artists Find Treasure In Other’s Trash

photo credit: Hannah Rubin

Set deep in the south of San Francisco, past the empty landscapes of Candlestick Park and beside the rolling tracks of the Caltrain railways, is the San Francisco Dump. Its large warehouses contain mountains of waste, over 400 employees, and some of the City’s most innovative art. This art (which includes sculpture, video, photography, painting… Keep Reading

Library News

Programs for Adults Anchor Brewing Tour: Experience a taste of San Francisco’s history with a walking tour of Anchor Brewing, a world-renowned brewery dating back to the California Gold Rush. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register, contact Julieta at or 415.355.2822. Registered participants will meet at 1705 Mariposa Street. Wednesday, January 6,… Keep Reading

Our Environmentalist Bookshelf

Four librarians at the S.F. Public library’s Potrero Branch share their personal recommendations for the best books about Environmentalism with The Potrero View. Suggested by Mary Ellen, Branch Manager and Children’s Services Librarian: 1. Redwoods by Jason Chin (ages 5 – 9) 2. Island: A Story of the Galápagos by Jason Chin (ages 8 –… Keep Reading

Fiction: Gold, Chapter Six

“So, what do we got?” asked Stan, as he jabbed at a Surface tablet. He was sitting at the head of a glass conference table, on the fifth floor of a freshly constructed Mission Bay building.  Stephanie sat at his left, facing her own tablet.  To his right, Jordan was chewing gum and lightly bouncing… Keep Reading

Local House Busted for Dealing Drugs

On Monday, November 30th, just after 12 p.m., about a dozen men from various S.F. law enforcement agencies batter rammed through the front door of a house on the South West corner of the 500 block of Vermont Street. The house was under surveillance for suspected methamphetamine drug dealing and for being a safe house… Keep Reading

Jordan Dexter Hilsenbeck April 10, 1965 – November 15, 2015

“He was always cooler than we’ll ever be.” – Chris Hilsenbeck Jordan, who split his time between California, New York and Colorado, was born in Boulder to Steve and Kate Hilsenbeck. For 50 years he wheeled his way through a life full of music, love and adventure, from the Hot Wheels he got for his… Keep Reading

Mission Bay Alliance Takes its Case to SF Board of Supervisors

Last fall, the Golden State Warriors made considerable progress toward securing approval for an arena to be located at Third, 16th, and South streets and Terry Francois Boulevard. The advancements came despite continuing opposition from the Mission Bay Alliance, a group of current and former University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) faculty and donors. “This… Keep Reading

As the City Goes so Goes Potrero, Except for Mayor

A slightly higher percentage of registered voters in Potrero Hill cast a ballot during last month’s election than did so citywide; 46 percent compared with 45 percent.  The modest participation suggests significant voter apathy, even in the face of what some called a referendum on San Francisco’s future.  With the exception of the mayor’s race,… Keep Reading

SF’s Criminal Justice System Faces Challenges

Last month, incumbent Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi was defeated by former Chief Deputy Sheriff Vicki Hennessy, who took 62 percent of the vote. Hennessy, who was backed by the San Francisco Deputy Sheriffs’ Association and Mayor Ed Lee, was running for office for the first time.  She conveyed a simple message:  she’ll restore a troubled department… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Perfect

There’s an expression, that one shouldn’t “make perfect the enemy of the good.” It’s the cousin of “the devil is in the details” and the granddaughter of “change is on the horizon.” It’s one of those platitudes politicians like to use to defend an incremental approach to policymaking, usually in the context of advocating for… Keep Reading

Neighborhood Groups Seek Effective Transit Solutions

The Potrero Boosters have been collaborating with other neighborhood groups – including the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA), South Beach/Rincon/Mission Bay Neighborhood Association, and Mission District merchants – to develop strategies to fill gaps in public transportation access in Southside neighborhoods. “We’ve been able to work well with our neighbors facing the same challenges, with slightly… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Shooting Last month, a gun detection system recorded multiple gunshots fired somewhere between Watchman Way and Missouri Street. San Francisco Police Department officers responded to the scene, and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to San Francisco General Hospital. One suspect was detained. Calm Down Residents of… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, I hated the headline “Good Life Grocery Facing Thousands of Dollars in Recycling Fines,” in last month’s View. That headline is so inflammatory, and gives the impression that The Good Life is a bad grocery store. The Good Life is one of our neighborhood gems; a great local store run by great people who… Keep Reading

San Bruno Avenue Fires Continue to Blaze

Fires sparking from homeless encampments located on a small strip of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) owned land between San Bruno Avenue and Highway 101 continue to pose a threat to nearby residents, and their homes. Since the View reported on the issue last month, multiple small blazes have been spotted in the area.  Representatives… Keep Reading

Warriors Look to Increase Profits with New Arena

The Warriors’ proposed arena would create more space for events, provide short- and long-term work for local unions, and likely generate additional profits for the team’s owners. “The idea of an 18,000-seat arena is quite exciting,” Bob Sauter, vice president and general manager of the SMG/Moscone Center, said. “We’re a convention center, so we wouldn’t… Keep Reading

Dinner, Everyone, at the San Francisco – Marin Food Bank

The San Francisco–Marin Food Bank’s warehouse, located at 900 Pennsylvania Avenue, is the hub for an effort that depends on a multitude of nonprofit organizations, schools, businesses, and volunteers to feed more than 147,000 people every week. The Potrero Hill location is one of the organization’s two warehouses; the other is in Novato. “During the… Keep Reading


It’s illegal to throw garbage or unwanted items onto a public street or sidewalk. Trash pick-up for all public areas in San Francisco is provided by the Department of Public Works, which can be reached by phone, at 3-1-1, or online at Depending on the details of the illegal dumping, trash will generally be… Keep Reading

Writing Pad Comes to Potrero Hill

With outposts in Los Angeles and San Francisco, Writing Pad offers courses and workshops designed to immerse students in the art and craft of writing, and to prepare them to sell what they produce. The company’s City branch, which opened last fall, is located in the founding couple’s The Goodman Building loft, a live-work space… Keep Reading

Dependable Letterpress Now Open to the Public

Gazing at a row of vintage mechanical printing presses at work can conjure a feeling of Old World romance. It certainly did for Joel Benson, owner and operator of Dependable Letterpress, located in Dogpatch. Benson fell in love with “the experience of working on the machines and making things this way” while he was studio… Keep Reading

1601 Mariposa Street Project Approved

Last month, the San Francisco Planning Commission approved unanimously a series of documents associated with a proposed residential development at 1601 Mariposa Street, including the project’s environmental impact report, California Environmental Quality Act findings and a Large Project Authorization.  Commission endorsement came with conditions, including following interim design controls developed by the Potrero Boosters, securing… Keep Reading

Bulow’s Potrero Hill Restaurants Continue to Draw Crowds

With nearly twenty years of experience owning or operating restaurants throughout San Francisco, Jocelyn Bulow has learned how to spot the City’s next foodie trend. Beginning with his first partnership, Plouf on Belden Place, when he was just 26, Bulow has followed a set formula regardless of restaurant type or neighborhood location.  Launch an eatery,… Keep Reading

Taco Bell Cantina Debuts at Third Street; Liquor License in the Works

Last fall, Golden Gate Bell, LLC, a Pleasanton-based franchisee working in partnership with Yum! Brands, Inc., opened technology-friendly Taco Bell Cantina (TBC) at Third and Townsend streets. TBC is a “concept” eatery, a new model for millennial, urban, diners. The restaurant offers features the tech crowd wants: digital menu screens, recycling bins, free WiFi, electrical… Keep Reading

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