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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

Cancelled Meeting: UCSF Announcement

Dear Neighbors, As you may know, UC San Francisco is proposing to develop a research building at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) on a surface parking lot owned by the City and County of San Francisco, located along 23rd Street between Vermont and Utah Streets.  In addition, the City and County of San Francisco (City)… Keep Reading

Library News August 2015

Summer Stride 2015: Join the Library’s reading program, Summer Stride 2015! Sign up at the branch or register online at Adults and teenagers will get a canvas tote bag after finishing 15 hours of reading. Kids will receive their prize after 10 hours. Enter in our weekly raffles for a chance to win great… Keep Reading

Debate Continues Over Warriors Arena

Dozens of San Francisco residents, advocacy groups, and community organizations packed a late-June special meeting of the San Francisco Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure to voice their opinions about the proposed Golden State Warriors Mission Bay arena.  Attendees included the San Francisco Labor Council, which represents more than 100 unions in the City; Real… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Democracy

While Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton continue to wrestle for the Democratic Party presidential nomination, San Francisco is in the middle of an internecine battle between three candidates for the State Senate.  Current State Senator Carole Migden is running against Assemblyman Mark Leno and former Assemblyman Joe Nation.  San Francisco Police Commissioner Joe Alioto Veronese… Keep Reading

Potrero Hill Populated by Powerful Women

The Potrero Hill and Dogpatch communities wouldn’t be what they are today without the help of extraordinary women.  A few of whom – though certainly not all – are featured below.  Janet Carpinelli, president of the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) and chair of GreenTrustSF, has lived in Dogpatch since 1981, before the neighborhood was called… Keep Reading

PREFund Looks to the Future

What if there was a group of San Franciscans who wanted to send their kids to a neighborhood school, rather than placing them in a private academy or public school that might be miles away? What if they were savvy enough – as educated professionals – to deftly navigate school district politics and bureaucracy to… Keep Reading

Nail Salon Industry Slow to Clip Health Hazards

Recent media has spotlighted the health care risks facing nail salon workers, as well as their customers.  Earlier this year, a series of New York Times articles uncovered poor working conditions in East Coast salons, and a reluctance from the cosmetics industry to label beauty supplies that may contain harmful chemicals.    Dubbed the toxic… Keep Reading

The Wohlford Family Clinic Caters to a Diverse Population at Good Sam

For 14 years the Wohlford Family Clinic, located within the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center on Potrero Avenue, has been offering San Franciscans reproductive health services, provided in a friendly environment.  According to Jacquelyn Marcoux-Mansfield, the Clinic’s director, staff at this satellite site of Planned Parenthood Northern California believe that “it’s very important to serve… Keep Reading

When Parents Can’t or Won’t, New Generation Will

According to New Generation Health Center manager Beth Brown, learning how to manage reproductive health is no different than understanding the correct ways of “walking down the street.” Parents of young children have to hold their hand and provide guidance before they can trust the child to do it alone, she said. But when it… Keep Reading

Hill Native Develops Mobile Health Apps

Dogpatch Technology co-founders Jean Miller Truelson and Palmer Truelson formed a business partnership before they fashioned a more intimate one: marriage.  The two former Second Life employees came together when Jean left the San Francisco-based Linden Lab startup that created the once hugely popular online virtual world to develop a product to help with her… Keep Reading

Bell and Trunk Flowers, a Business Planted in Potrero Hill

It’s been seven years since Vanessa Marlin took over Bell and Trunk Flowers, located on 18th Street. When asked to be interviewed by the View, Marlin accepted, with an invitation to dinner with her family. Her house, close to her business, is home to her teenage daughter, Elise Marlin, and Marlin’s fiancée, Krista Gaeta. Two… Keep Reading

Progress, Challenges Ahead For Women’s Healthcare

On an unseasonably warm June day in San Francisco the Women’s Community Clinic was quiet.  It’s a tidy place, with walls painted bright muted colors. The space sends a message that regardless of a person’s income or insurance status, everyone deserves great healthcare in an environment where they feel safe and respected.  The clinic has… Keep Reading

Nabe’s Sharon Johnson Works to Empower Youth

After twenty-seven years working in the financial services sector, in 2000 Sharon Johnson was informed that her company, Mellon US Leasing Corporation, was being sold.  She was asked to relocate to the East Coast, all expenses paid.  She turned down the offer and took a year’s sabbatical, during which she attended the ceremonies of a… Keep Reading

Dogpatch Business Redesigns Intimate Apparel

Earlier this year Potrero Hill resident Heidi Zak moved her company’s headquarters from a South-of-Market location closer to home.  Zak, along with her husband, Dave Spector, has lived on De Haro Street for almost three years.  They have a 21-month-old daughter, Sloane. ThirdLove, which sells lingerie, is now located in the America Industrial Center (AIC)… Keep Reading

South of Market Resident Buys the Family Farm

South of Market resident Lorrae Rominger, who serves as deputy director of the Goldman Environmental Prize, recently purchased the farmhouse she grew up on, which her family had sold decades ago. She plans to retire there eventually. In 1948 Rominger’s grandparents built the house in Winters, California, a small town in Yolo County.  Her father… Keep Reading

Clinic Caters to Lesbian Community

Lyon-Martin Health Services, located in Hayes Valley, has long been known as the go-to clinic for the lesbian community.  Founder Patty Robertson and a tight-knit crew of volunteers started the clinic at a time when health centers were springing up to fight against the AIDS epidemic, catering specifically to gay men. “It came about from… Keep Reading

Jerry Barrish’s Second Act

As a young boy growing up in New Jersey Jerry Barrish didn’t know anything about art. His home was completely devoid of it; there were no trips to museums. But all that changed when Barrish, now one of the Bay Area’s most admired sculptors, moved with his family to San Francisco. “At eight years old… Keep Reading

Residents Voting on Green Benefit District

On June 12 ballots were sent to property owners in Dogpatch and the northwest corner of Potrero Hill asking them if they’d be willing to pay an annual assessment, the revenues from which would go towards building, improving and maintaining public green spaces in the area. If the measure passes, the state’s first ever Green… Keep Reading

Citizen’s Group Calls for Eastern Neighborhoods Capital Plan

Almost seven years after it was adopted by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan has emerged as a perennial source of controversy for community groups.  The Potrero Boosters, Save the Hill, and other advocates are concerned that insufficient municipal attention is being paid to ensuring that infrastructure – transit, parking, schools,… Keep Reading

Experienced, Soft-Spoken Cop Takes Helm at Bayview Station


Raj Vaswani, Bayview Station captain, is a soft-spoken man who believes that patrol officers are the backbone of the San Francisco Police Department.  Vaswani took over as captain in April, after Robert O’Sullivan was promoted to lead the department’s Golden Gate Patrol Division.  Now a few months into his new assignment, Vaswani is working to… Keep Reading

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