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Potrero Hill Grapples with Its Socioeconomic Divide PDF Print E-mail
News - Latest
Written by Deia de Brito   
Monday, 10 May 2010
In 2008 San Francisco experienced an alarming number of homicides – 98 – matching a similar number committed the previous year.  Five of the murders took place on Potrero Hill; 25 in Bayview. One Potrero Hill incident was particularly shocking. In broad daylight in early-April of that year, two men opened fire into a minivan, killing the driver, a Fairfield resident, and sending the vehicle into the Oscaryne Williams’ Infant and Toddler Center’s playground on Turner Terrace Road. Fortunately, the kids were safe inside the center for naptime.
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Trans Bay Cable Delayed PDF Print E-mail
News - Energy
Written by Michael Condiff   
Monday, 10 May 2010

Decommissioning the Potrero Power Plant, the City’s largest single source of polluting air emissions, continues to be elusive.  Technical flaws discovered in the Trans Bay Cable may delay the plant’s expected closure at the end of this year.  Last month tests found a component of the 53-mile long cable wasn’t working properly.

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In Depth with District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell PDF Print E-mail
News - Government
Written by Michael Condiff   
Monday, 10 May 2010

Google District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell and you’ll get the standard biographical information.  Wikipedia lists her terms in office:  elected to a transitional two-year term in 2000, re-elected to two four-year terms in 2002 and 2006.  The San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ website provides a description of her work related to environmental justice, clean energy and equitable distribution of public resources.  But, if you continue down the list of entries you’ll find links to blogs and articles calling for her ouster.  In fact, a recall petition failed as recently as February, just 10 months before Maxwell’s final term will come to a close. It seems that even as she prepares to leave office, some believe that exit can’t come soon enough.

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Synthetic Turf Prompts Real Reactions PDF Print E-mail
News - Parks/Nature
Written by Mary Purpura   
Monday, 10 May 2010

In 2006, Gap founder Don Fisher’s sons – Bob, Bill and John – established the nonprofit City Fields Foundation. The Foundation quickly partnered with the City to form the Playfields Initiative, dedicated to installing synthetic turf and lighting at San Francisco’s athletic fields.  Within the year two athletic fields, Garfield Park and Silver Terrace, were outfitted with synthetic turf, lights, and new fencing.   Over the next two years the Playfields Initiative invested $45 million, a bit less than half of which was paid for by the City, to install synthetic turf at more than 15 playing fields in the Sunset, Mission, Excelsior, Visitacion Valley, and Western Addition neighborhoods.  In 2008 San Franciscans passed Proposition A, the Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, which allocated $185 million in bond money for capital improvements to parks.  A portion of the funds was earmarked to match private money to renovate athletic fields with synthetic turf and lights.

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Organizers Try to Convince Eastern Neighborhoods Property Owners to Invest in their Community PDF Print E-mail
News - Potrero View
Written by By Anthony Myers   
Wednesday, 07 October 2009

A group of citizen-activists, entrepreneurs and property owners in the Central Waterfront, Showplace Square, and Northeast Mission have launched an initiative to create an Eastern Neighborhoods Urban Innovation Community Benefit District.  The effort is modeled on the popular community benefit districts (CBD) formed around the City's retail corridors.  While those districts focus mainly on sidewalk cleaning and graffiti removal, the Urban Innovation CBD seeks to spur economic development in the recently rezoned eastern neighborhoods. 

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