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Community Calendar: Senior Spotlight, September 2020

FOOD St. Gregory of Nyssa Episcopal ChurchSt. Gregory’s food pantry is open Saturdays, noon to 2 p.m. for 94107 and 94110 zip code residents, identification isn’t required.  For more information or to volunteer:  415.255.8100; www.thefoodpantry.St. Gregory, 500 De Haro Street, enter on Mariposa Street.  Potrero Hill Neighborhood HouseProject Open Hand’s senior lunch program at the… Keep Reading

Obituary: William Reid Passes at Age 92

Long-time Potrero Hill resident, artist, and former San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (SFRA) graphic designer, William Wallace Reid, died July 16 from kidney failure. He was 92.  Reid was born on New Year’s Eve 1927, in St. Louis, Missouri.  Sketching by the Mississippi River waterfront as a boy, Reid watched riverboats paddle by, pulsing with live… Keep Reading

New Commercial Real Estate Remains Robust in Potrero Hill and Mission Bay, Older Storefronts Suffering

The commercial real estate market in Potrero Hill and Mission Bay has so far been largely immune to COVID-19’s economic disruption. Vacancies remain low, office rents are rising, and tenants are signing leases for newly constructed retail storefronts. Life science spaces with research laboratories have a waitlist. “It seems almost impossible when you look at… Keep Reading

Psychotherapists Cope with Rise in Anxiety, Depression

The public health crisis, combined with economic, political, and social turbulence, has prompted a rise in anxiety and other mental health disorders. Last spring, as the number of COVID-19 infections rose, so did demand for antidepressants.  “Zoloft prescriptions climbed 12 percent year-over-year to 4.9 million in March, the most ever in the U.S.,” reported Bloomberg… Keep Reading

Hill, Dogpatch Residents and Businesses Lend a Helping Hand


San Francisco has been sheltering in place for almost six months. The full or partial closure of the tourism, restaurant, and retail sectors prompted the City’s unemployment rate to jump from 2.3 percent in February to 12.6 percent in June, damaging people’s ability to afford food and rent. Elderly and disabled people, among others, have… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Time

Time never appears directly, but rather presents itself in an array of costumes, some invisible.  The sun rises and sets, signaling the passage of day into night back into day.  Coastal fog chases summer heat inland, reminding San Franciscans to don their seasonal hoodies.  The clock, tracking the sun and the moon, tells us it’s… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, I declare tinted automobile windows the scourge of pedestrians, bicyclists, and car drivers.  Gone is the “excuse me” or “I see you” back and forth that eye contact engenders.  Instead, many cars have become dark fortresses, their drivers anonymous, their attention and intention unknowable. Doesn’t the law prohibit tinted glass in front seats?  If… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Jackson Park Bonded Two thousand postcards sent to Mayor London Breed calling for Jackson Park to be included in the 2020 Health and Recovery Bond that’ll appear on the November ballot resulted in the inclusion of $10 million towards park improvements in the proposed measure…one-fifth of Crowded Fire Theater’s acting ensemble has fled San Francisco,… Keep Reading

OP-ED: Systematic Racism Goes Well Beyond Police Brutality

The Black Lives Matter movement may be the largest in American history. As many as 26 million people of all colors participated in marches sparked by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and so many others. White people who thought racism was occasional hyperbole took to the streets. It brought tears to my eyes;… Keep Reading

Internet Service Provider Monkeybrains Born in Potrero Hill


When the Internet was young, Rudy Rucker and Alex Menendez liked to meet for coffee at Farley’s, on 18th Street. There, the aspiring technology entrepreneurs laid the groundwork for Monkeybrains, the Internet service provider (ISP) Rucker founded in 1998. Menendez joined a year later as co-owner.  Monkeybrains is now the largest independent ISP based in… Keep Reading

Psychedelics Emerging into the Mainstream

Over the last 20 years psychedelics – lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), psilocybin mushrooms, 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), among others – have shifted from underground and counter-culture club drugs to medicines that are increasingly taken seriously by scientists.  A 2006 John Hopkins University study determined that “magic mushrooms” can create lasting “personal meaning and spiritual significance.” A steady… Keep Reading

Arteries of the Americas


San Francisco art galleries are offering by-appointment viewing of exhibitions originally scheduled to open last spring.  Seven Rivers – which was supposed to start accepting visitors in March at Euqinom Gallery on Alabama Street – is an expansive journey in experimental landscape pictures from Idaho photographer Ansley West Rivers. In 2013, West Rivers set out… Keep Reading

Sexual Abuse Alleged at Lowell High School

Earlier this summer, Lowell High School (LHS) posted a statement on Instagram. “The Lowell Community Equity Committee (CEC) is disturbed by the recent reports of sexual violence and verbal abuse allegations by students and teachers on campus.  The acts described in the allegations are reprehensible.  We want to uplift the voices of the courageous students… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: August 2020: Kids and Family

8/1 Saturday and 8/2 SundayTheater: “A Kids’ Play About Racism”The performance explains what racism is, how to know it when you see and experience it and explores ideas for what you can do about it. Free. Streaming online. For more information: 8/4 TuesdayWriting: Kids and Teen Writing Workshop What’s your story? Tell the world, in… Keep Reading

Obituary: Longtime Potrero Hill Resident Ron Miguel Dies

Former Potrero Hill resident, San Francisco Planning Commission president, and florist Ron Miguel died on June 28 of heart problems.  He was 88-years-old.  Miguel, a third-generation San Franciscan, wanted to influence the City’s future, remaining civically engaged until the end of his life. Even in the month before his death he took part via Zoom… Keep Reading

Making Art During a Pandemic

Project Artaud, pronounced Ar-toe, is a live/work nonprofit that houses roughly 70 artists at 499 Alabama Street, in a building that spans an entire city block, from Mariposa to 17th, Alabama to Florida. Many of the residents are older than 65 – some in their 80s – elevating the need for adequate COVID-19-related health protocols. The… Keep Reading

District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton Leans into His Job

Immediately after being elected District 10 Supervisor in 2018, Shamann Walton got to work delivering on his campaign promises. In 2019, legislation Walton co-authored to close San Francisco’s aging juvenile hall by the end of 2021 was passed unanimously by the Board of Supervisors.  Walton secured a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) commitment to… Keep Reading

Short Cuts

Park and Rec Hassles Kids Four San Francisco Park and Recreation staffers took the time to hassle a teenager, two adolescents, and two eight-year-olds for playing soccer at the Potrero Hill Recreation Center last month. The officials accused the group of not being a “coronavirus pod,” even though two were siblings, and all have been… Keep Reading

Letters to the Editor

Editor, Your “Short Cuts” on the April Boosters Zoom meeting, in which Flower Market representatives presented plans for relocating to Potrero Hill, was inaccurate and misleading. It certainly didn’t portray the same meeting I and many of my neighbors participated in.  Contrary to your description, participants expressed overwhelming support for moving the Flower Market to… Keep Reading

16th Street Knits Neighborhoods

The stretch of 16th Street along Potrero Hill’s northern edge is being transformed from a desolate thoroughfare into a revitalized intertidal pool of three growing neighborhoods: South-of-Market to the north, the Hill to the south, and Mission Bay to the east.  Change was sparked by the 2015 opening of Potrero1010, a two-building, mixed-use complex at… Keep Reading

Despite Complaints Mission Bay Affordable Housing Complex Generally Well-Liked

Affordable housing complex, 626 Mission Bay Boulevard North, sports a gleaming S-shaped facade, the curves a counterpoint to the nearby Chase Center. With bright white shiny chrome stylings, the building matches with other structures sprouting up in newly upscale and futuristic-looking Mission Bay. Yet according to some reports, the polished exterior masks incompetent and mean-spirited… Keep Reading

The Power Station Moves to Construction Phase


Last spring, Mayor London Breed signed legislation approving construction of The Power Station, a 29-acre mixed-use complex located along 23rd Street. The development will have approximately 2,400 residences, six acres of publicly accessible parks and recreational areas, and 1.2 to 1.9 million square feet of office, lab, and retail space. It’ll also open access to… Keep Reading

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