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Community Calendar: December 2021

Now through Sunday 1/30/2022Film: “Illuminated Frames”Drawing inspiration from nature and optical effects, these imaginative light studies offer a landscape of visual impressions. The cinema’s dimmed atmosphere sets the perfect scene to take in this array of colorful illuminations of brilliant ideas. $19.95 to $29.95. Exploratorium, Pier 15. For more information, including showtimes and tickets. Saturday… Keep Reading

California Dream a Nightmare?


The idea that there’s a California dream burst into popular culture in the 1960s through the music of the Beach Boys and Mamas and the Papas and continued through the collective consciousness through such movies as La La Land and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. While the dream’s exact plot morphs depending on the… Keep Reading

Redistricting Could Change District 10 Boundaries

San Franciscans have a once in a decade opportunity to influence the political boundaries of their supervisorial regions; what neighborhoods will be clumped together for representation on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. “A board of supervisor will advocate on behalf of their District for resources to be put into their ‘thing,’ whether it be… Keep Reading

Parents Greet New School Year with Relief

Last fall schools welcomed back students for in-person learning five days a week, many for the first time in a year and a half. Potrero Hill parents and their students have largely greeted the return to normalcy with relief.  “People are so excited to be back. You feel it from teachers, the principal, parents,” said… Keep Reading

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Pennsylvania Avenue Extension  The San Francisco Planning Department, San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) and Caltrain are jointly studying the potential to construct a rail tunnel under Pennsylvania Avenue, improve the 22nd Street Caltrain Station, and build a station in Bayview.  The agencies will collectively hold community meetings on November 4 and 6 over Zoom… Keep Reading

Unions, Civic Groups Scrutinize Amazon’s Proposed Showplace Square Development Site


Last month, roughly 60 members of the San Francisco Southeast Alliance (SFSEA) gathered at Thee Parkside to discuss Amazon’s operations and proposal to develop 900 Seventh Street. It was SFSEA’s, also known as the SF Southeast Community Coalition, first in-person gathering in six months.  SFSEA is a group of nonprofits, neighborhood associations, business organizations, environmental… Keep Reading

City Continues to Mull Over Congestion Pricing

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) has extended its timeline to develop a Downtown congestion pricing scheme, giving Southside residents and businesses more time to consider the idea.  SFCTA wants to use congestion pricing to reduce traffic levels Downtown, thereby speeding circulation and untangling gridlock. Vehicles would be charged a fee to drive on… Keep Reading

Dogpatch Neighborhood Association to Elect Officers


The Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) is set to approve an uncontested slate of candidates.  DNA members who’ve paid this year’s dues can vote on November 9 at a virtual meeting. The association has roughly 800 members, who pay $25 dues for individuals, $35 for families, though fees are waved for “anyone without capacity to pay,”… Keep Reading

Local Bakeries Offer Sweet Treats and More


With their power to conjure longing and nostalgia, evoking home and family are the raisons d’être for three San Francisco bakeries located in Southside San Francisco. Sonya Kim was prompted to launch Whole Cakes, on 16th Street, by her desire to find food that wasn’t too sugary to feed her newborn child. After her family… Keep Reading

Lester Zeidman Leads, and Leaves, The Good Life


Longtime Potrero Hill resident and chief executive officer of The Good Life Grocery, Lester Zeidman, retired last summer after 40 years as co-owner of one of San Francisco’s most beloved, and successful, retail groceries. Zeidman left his home state of New Jersey when he was 17 years old. He bounced around, living in a cabin… Keep Reading

Community Calender: November

Now through Sunday 1/22/22Design: Mode BrutMode Brut features unique designs by more than 50 artists from Creativity Explored, a studio-based collective that partners with developmentally disabled people. The exhibition explores the role fashion can play in responding to questions about accessibility, gender roles, and identity. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum of Craft and Design,… Keep Reading

Colonialization’s Lasting Imprint


The United States is commonly thought of as a nation of immigrants, but it’s also a nation of colonizers. Brooklyn-based artist, Maia Cruz Palileo, explores this tension in Long Kwento, a haunting exhibition of paintings and sculptures at the California College of the Arts’ Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art. Palileo’s focus is on American colonization… Keep Reading

Hill Resident Marcy Adelman Helps Build LGBQT Senior Facilities


Born in 1947, in the Dorchester area of Boston, Massachusetts, Marcy Adelman grew up in a tightknit, largely Jewish, community. The multi-generational home in which she was raised taught young Adelman the importance of family supporting senior household members, with respect shown to elderly community members.  That early grounding laid the foundation for Adelman to… Keep Reading

10-Townsend to Return in 2022


Samuel Thomas is angry. During the public health crisis, the 10-Townsend – a bus line he and other Potrero Annex-Terrace residents relied on to go shopping, travel to medical appointments and get to work – stopped running.  “I’m old and sick, I use a walker,” Thomas said. “A lot of us are sick, old. We… Keep Reading

Efforts to Rename Jackson Park Underway


In August, Jude Deckenbach, Friends of Jackson Park (FoJP) executive director, introduced the idea of renaming Jackson Playground at an online meeting of the Potrero Boosters, a neighborhood group consisting of Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, and Showplace Square residents.  “We are in touch with Jude and have shared our park renaming policy,” said Tamara Aparton, San… Keep Reading

New Bayview Station Police Captain Grapples with Staff Shortages


David Maron was named captain of the Bayview Station last February, after more than 25 years with the San Francisco Police Department. His appointment was made in the wake of a year of civic unrest demanding changes to policing and public safety nationwide.  Maron was previously a lieutenant at Park Station on the Westside for… Keep Reading

Publisher’s View: Arguing Our Way to Auschwitz

The Nazis discovered the family hiding in France and put them on a train to Auschwitz; mom, dad and two sisters. “We argued the entire way,” said the sole sibling survivor. “About whose fault it was we were captured.” The rest of her family were gassed to death immediately after they arrived at the death… Keep Reading

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Recall  Last month, Recall San Francisco School Board turned in what appears to be a sufficient number of signatures to trigger an election to unseat San Francisco School Board President Gabriela López, Board Vice President Fauuga Moliga, and Commissioner Alison Collins. The campaign needed 51,325 autographs, 10 percent of registered voters, per candidate; it submitted… Keep Reading

De Haro Property Owners Among Unsung Heroes of the Pandemic


“Essential workers” have been deservedly lauded over the past almost two-year pandemic. Medical professionals, among other “frontline workers,” have had to grapple with potential exposure to the COVID-19 virus, as well as the effect of compounded, concentrated stress and anxiety. There have been other “heroes,” though, some right in our backyard.  Allow me to introduce… Keep Reading

ARCH Art Supplies Relocates to College Campus

After about five years of doing business from a red warehouse building at 10 Carolina Street, ARCH Art Supplies is moving to a new ground floor space below Blattner Hall, on the California College of the Arts (CCA) campus. The 17th Street building, across from Jackson Playground, was constructed in 2018.  “ARCH Art Supplies has… Keep Reading

Peter McCandless, Dogpatch Cinematographer, Has Seen the Light


Minnesota Street resident, Peter McCandless, 67, believes he’s contributed to the world’s body of knowledge by serving as a cinematographer for more than 13 significant documentaries, including Of Civil Wrongs and Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story (2000); The Bridge (2006), and The Great 14th: Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama in His Own Words (2019).… Keep Reading

The Big Picture


Pier 24, located on the Embarcadero, is offering visitors the opportunity to see more of its collection than ever before. Exhibitions at the prominent photography museum typically revolve around one or two artists or a strong curatorial theme. Looking Back: Ten Years of Pier 24 Photography, through December 31, tosses these limitations in favor of… Keep Reading

Community Calendar: October 2021

10/2 SaturdayArt: Don Soker Contemporary Art 50th Anniversary ReceptionDon Soker Contemporary Art was founded in 1971 by Don and Carol Kaseman Soker as the Upstairs Gallery in a Victorian flat in North Beach. Working with the Kyoto-based art venue Gallery Coco and later directly with artists, early shows focused on contemporary Japanese conceptual art, little… Keep Reading

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