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Housing Crises Dislodges Bayview’s African-American Population PDF Print E-mail
News - Potrero View
Written by Andrea de Brito   
Friday, 11 September 2009

Over the 20 years Pastor Kenneth Sampson has led the New Home Missionary Baptist Church in Bayview, he’s seen a steady decline in the community’s African-American population.  According to Sampson, upwards of a quarter of black residents cashed out their Bayview homes and relocated to the East Bay during the last decade’s housing boom.  Now that the market has busted, those same suburbs are dotted with foreclosures.

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Refrigerator Shopping: Do Energy Savings Matter? PDF Print E-mail
News - Energy
Written by Kerry Fleisher   
Friday, 11 September 2009

During an economic downturn that’s prompting many of us to test out our grandmothers’ secret recipes – who knew tongue could be so tasty – rather than dine out, it isn’t surprising that the Best Buy near the Potrero Hill Shopping Center has strategically placed “No Interest for 18 Months!” signs all along their shiny row of KitchenAide and Frigidaire refrigerators.  If there’s extra money to go around, replacing an old fridge may be one of the few shopping indulgences that can be fun and pragmatic.

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Sex Workers Suffer During Economic Downturn PDF Print E-mail
News - Work
Written by Andrea de Brito   
Friday, 11 September 2009

In sexually indulgent San Francisco, many sex workers consider themselves lucky to be free of the harassment, repression, and persecution their profession is subject to elsewhere. But even in the City the sex business is under pressure.  Last fall, Proposition K, a municipal ballot measure to decriminalize sex work, lost to a well-funded anti-trafficking campaign led by Mayor Gavin Newsom and District Attorney (DA) Kamala Harris. Then came the financial crisis, resulting in job-loss and steady cuts to health and welfare services.  Sex workers and their advocates agree:  sex work is not a recession-proof business.

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Copra Crane Carries a Piece of San Francisco History PDF Print E-mail
News - Potrero View
Written by Halley Cornell   
Tuesday, 07 July 2009

To many San Franciscans, the old, rusting tower structure on rickety Pier 84 near the Islais Creek Landing is just another crane among many dotting San Francisco’s southern waterfront.  But to a group of union pensioners, port officials, architects, and Islais Creek enthusiasts, the relic is a testament to the years of hard labor that helped create the remarkable City around it.  The Copra Crane – so called because it was a vital part of the process of moving dried coconut, or copra, from ship to production facility, and back to ship again – is a monument as important as the Golden Gate Bridge, they say. And like the marvel of engineering that is the bridge, the Copra Crane should also evoke awe; that of the longshoremen, shipbuilders, construction tradesmen, and other laborers and their work, which laid the foundation for modern San Francisco.

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Public Funding Could Spark Pier 70 Redevelopment PDF Print E-mail
News - Land Use
Written by Mike Stillman   
Tuesday, 07 July 2009

It’s been nearly a decade since the first serious attempt at revitalizing Pier 70, a joint effort between industrial developer AMB and the San Francisco Arts Commission, fell through due to high project costs. Since then, the need for historic renovation, environmental clean-up, and infrastructure improvements has kept developers away from the 65-acre bay front site.  Stretching east of Illinois Street, between 20th and 22nd streets, the pier is mostly vacant, populated by the San Francisco Police Department’s impound lot and a ship repair operation run by BAE Systems.

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