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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

Potrero Hill Festival Makes Memories

The house I grew up in is right around the corner from The Good Life Grocery, across from where the annual Potrero Hill Festival’s petting zoo was always stationed. I liked to get there early, to see what animals were in the enclosure, and feed them a few bites of kibble before they were overstuffed… Keep Reading

Community Calendar – October 2018

10/1 Monday through 10/8 Monday – Military: Fleet Week Much more than just the Blue Angels, this yearly festival and celebration of military power features a full airshow, Coast Guard rescue demonstrations, Navy ship tours, live music, a parade of ships underneath the Golden Gate Bridge, and more. Free. For a full list of events and more information.  10/2 – Film: Bernal… Keep Reading

Library News – October 2018

Family Programs Movie and a Meal In partnership with the Potrero Hill Family Support Center (PHFSC), we’ll present a family-friendly film, PHFSC will provide a meal. This month’s movie is Addams Family Values. Featuring wickedly funny performances by Christina Ricci, Raul Julia, and Joan Cusack, the Addams Family welcomes a new baby, and Uncle Fester… Keep Reading

The High Road

It’s the hottest day of the year in San Francisco, says the driver over his roaring air-conditioning. It’s like being delivered into a desert with streets — strange streets, I see on closer inspection, when we’re deposited, gasping and sweating, outside our hotel, the Metropolis, a timeworn ’30s Art Deco joint behind a lively Modernist sign.… Keep Reading

Obituary: Jack Walter Wickert

Jack Walter Wickert June 29, 1937 to January 1, 2018 Born on June 29, 1937 in Wisconsin to Walter Gottfried Wickert and Mabel Grace De Spain, Jack Wickert died on January 1, 2018 aboard his Mission Creek house boat. As a child, Jack moved to Potrero Hill, where he lived for many years.  He graduated… Keep Reading

Starr King Open Space Steadily Being Restored

Starr King Open Space is slowly being returned to its indigenous flora, with the cultivation of a native plant garden and creation of a plot to be conserved by students at adjacent Starr King Elementary School. “We have been coordinating with Literacy for Environmental Justice, a nonprofit in southeast San Francisco that promotes environmental health,… Keep Reading

Abandoned Dog Euthanized

Last summer, Animal Care and Control (ACC) picked up an abandoned a dog at Progress Park that was so emaciated and dehydrated that staff had no choice but to euthanize him. Dubbed “Sweetie Boy” by ACC because “he seemed like a sweet dog and could use a boost,” ACC spokesperson Deb Campbell said the mastiff… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: September 11, 2001

Last summer I visited the painfully exquisite 9/11 Memorial & Museum, in lower Manhattan.  Through a carefully constructed flow of architecture, images, sounds, and objects, the institution skillfully recreates that terrible September morning and its immediate aftermath.  I walked past burnt fire engines and video loops of planes smashing into the World Trade Towers.  An… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Serpentine Subject to Shakedown Recently, Serpentine, in Dogpatch, got an email from a person calling herself a “PR manager” with the subject line “Reputation.”  The sender, who said her name was “Natasha Nixon,” claimed she’d been hired by one of Serpentine’s competitors to share negative information, such as “awful photos of the food containing hair… Keep Reading

District 10 Candidates Agree More than they Disagree on Key Issues

Five District 10 Supervisor candidates debated each another in front of an attentive audience last summer, in one of more than a dozen forums likely to take place before this November’s election. The event, held at the Southeast Community Facility, was hosted by the United Democratic, Eastern Neighborhoods Democratic and Willie B. Kennedy Democratic clubs,… Keep Reading

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