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Cork Marcheschi and the Fifty Foot Hose


The electronic rock band Fifty Foot Hose emerged from San Francisco’s iconic 1960s music scene. Its music, including its sole album, Cauldron, issued in 1967, was influenced by a mixture of jazz, rhythm and blues, rock, and electronic music. The latter genre’s current popularity was sparked by pioneers such as Cork Marcheschi, a Bay Area… Keep Reading

Fiction: A Cure for Writer’s Block

Trippy slammed his laptop shut and hurled it against the wall. The two cats didn’t move. Mischief, the asthmatic Siamese, opened his one good eye before falling back asleep. Hemingway, the fat Tabby, didn’t flinch. She’d been on the losing end of another backyard brawl, a two-inch gash on her forehead still oozing. Always a… Keep Reading

November 2015 Library News

PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS Write Your Own Will: Stuart Bronstein, estate planning and probate lawyer in San Francisco for more than 30 years, helps participants create a fully functional will. Bring a blue ink non-erasable pen. Class size is limited, sign up in advance by calling 415.355.2822. Wednesday, November 4, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Choosing a… Keep Reading

Video Clips, Citizen Tips Help Police Solve Violent Crime Cases

Crime & Safety Report — Sponsored by Mainline Security A front page article in last month’s View cited government statistics that indicate that less than half of all murders committed in San Francisco are solved. But according to Bayview Station Captain Raj Vaswani – partially supported by other public sector data – violent crime cases… Keep Reading

Better than 50/50 Chance of Getting Away with Murder in SF

Nationwide, the country’s homicide closure rate stands at just 64 percent, down nearly 30 percent from 50 years ago, according to Federal Bureau of Investigation data. Based on information gathered by the Department of Justice and police and sheriff’s departments, San Francisco had the ninth highest closure rates in a roster of 14 Bay Area… Keep Reading

State Provides New Way to Pay for Infrastructure

A state law that took effect this year could provide a method to funnel money to Southside neighborhoods to finance such things as parks, transportation, affordable housing, childcare facilities, and libraries.  Senate Bill 628 allows local governments to create “enhanced infrastructure financing districts,” or EIFDs, and issue bonds if a super-majority of voters in the… Keep Reading

Hill’s Public Schools Begin Year with Renovations, Innovations

Two months into the 2015 school year Potrero Hill’s public schools are completing or commencing campus renovations and modernizations.  Some schools have introduced new courses, one is piloting a revamped curriculum, while another is grappling with significant enrollment declines. Daniel Webster Elementary has moved temporarily to the Enola Maxwell/International Studies Academy campus, as its 20th… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Home

Housing is today’s top conversational topic at upper middle class dinner parties in San Francisco.  It’s displaced jockeying over whose been to the best, most recently opened, restaurant; discussions over whether a $50 bottle of wine is really worth it; and debates about yet another Bush versus Clinton presidential race:  would it be a deeply… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, Apropos of “Drought Impacts,” in the August issue, Paul McDonald should simply submerge his entire hose in the tub, make sure all the air is out of it and that it’s totally filled with water.   Then, while underwater cap one end of the hose. Take the capped end down to the tree; the… Keep Reading

OP-ED: Proposition F: Fix the Airbnb Mess

City Hall asserts it’s protecting neighborhoods from short-term residential rentals to tourists, like those offered by Airbnb. It claims it’s protecting the availability and affordability of scarce housing.  I wholeheartedly disagree. City Hall passed legislation that’s so weak that every independent analysis reached the same conclusion: the current law is unworkable and unenforceable. These tourist… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

The Center Won’t Hold By well before Thanksgiving, Mission Bay Development, with support from the California Department of Transportation, plans to rip-out the driveway in front of Center Hardware & Supply Co., Inc., eliminating access to the front parking lot, to install a new sidewalk.  Center already faces rumors that it’s going to close permanently. … Keep Reading

Rhode Island and Wisconsin Streets to Get Greener

Property owners on the 800 block of Rhode Island Street and 900 block of Wisconsin Street have partnered with Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) to make their streets a little greener. The effort involves removing concrete blocks from the sidewalk and replacing them with rocks, plants, and mulch.  Rachel Gordon, director of communications and… Keep Reading

Plans for Potrero Power Plant Site Being Generated

San Francisco’s last significant fossil fuel electricity generating station, the Potrero Power Plant, was shuttered in 2010. More than five years later, developers are looking at the facility’s footprint with visions of what could be constructed in its place. The power plant site, which covers roughly 21 acres, is located in Pier 70, at 1201… Keep Reading

Nabe Struggles to Keep Afloat

Potrero Hill Neighborhood House’s executive director, Edward Hatter, lies awake at night worrying about what would happen should the facility close its doors.  “It scares the hell out of me,” he said in an interview with the View, adding that it would be “devastating.” The Nabe, as it is known, located at 953 De Haro… Keep Reading

The Pour Guys to Take Over The Connecticut Yankee

By next month The Connecticut Yankee, located at 100 Connecticut Street, will change hands from Fritz Frisbie to The Pour Guys, a partnership composed of restaurant industry veterans Joey Christensen, Tony Cooney, Stephen Crawford, and Eric Mejia. The Guys own two other bars: the Tempest, at 431 Natoma Street, and Louie’s, 55 Stevenson Street, which… Keep Reading

Book Review: Redeployment

In 2007 Phil Klay was deployed to Iraq’s Anbar Province.  During his six month’s serving as a Marine public affairs officer Klay gathered stories for his book Redeployment, which won this year’s National Book Award.  I read Redeployment, with great interest; Klay and I both served in Iraq during the troop surge. In Redeployment Klay… Keep Reading

Artists Look to Anchor at Hunters Point Shipyard

As new residents settle into freshly built market-rate housing located at the former Hunters Point Shipyard, artists who have long maintained studios in the area are also anticipating a move, just a parcel away. Lennar Urban, developer for the Shipyard, is required by the City’s Office of Community Infrastructure and Investment (OCII) to construct 106,000… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Festival Returns

On October 17th the 26th annual Potrero Hill Festival returns to 20th Street, offering a day of fun, food, music, and crafts, plus a dazzling display of aerial arts.  This year’s event features new kids rides, a line-up of local musicians, and a human scale kaleidoscope art installation, sprawling over a four blocks between Wisconsin… Keep Reading

Catherine Clark Brings Art to Potrero Hill

Catharine Clark, a native San Franciscan and art gallery owner, has worked with visual artists from across the globe for more than two decades.  Her Utah Street-based Catherine Clark Gallery offers an elegant, multi-room exhibition space for artists to present various themes. Every six weeks the gallery changes its exhibits.  Clark represents more than 20… Keep Reading

Film Reveiw: Beyond Measure

“You can’t put ten, twenty, sometimes forty kids in a room and expect them all to learn the same material, at the same pace, with the same structure. Everybody has their own learning style.” This opening observation sets the stage in the provocative and powerful new documentary Beyond Measure. It’s spoken not by an educator,… Keep Reading

Through October 11 Theater: CRANE In the world premiere of JC Lee’s CRANE, directed by Mina Morita and performed by Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company, when Sadako stumbles into a mountain cabin in the dead of winter she meets Bradley, a young, hermitic artist who once created a great art work but has since descended into… Keep Reading

San Francisco Art Studios Open this Month


Each year, Potrero Hill-based ArtSpan hosts a citywide month-long event, SF Open Studios. With nearly a thousand contributing artists, SF Open Studios is a celebration of San Francisco’s art culture. Artpsan is committed to “cultivating a vibrant, accessible, and sustainable arts community in San Francisco”, including helping to safeguard access to physical spaces for creative… Keep Reading

Carpet Chronicles, Volume One

Five years ago I was laid-off from a sales position at a Redwood City printing and packaging concern that was going out of business.  For the next 18 months I took unemployment insurance, and wrote for the View. On a Sunday in 2012, with my unemployment insurance at its end, my wife handed me the… Keep Reading

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