December 2013

Short Cuts

Steven J. Moss

Politicians Running

District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen is gearing up for her reelection campaign, launching a series of fundraising events less than a year before the contest. This month Bayview resident Dan Dodt will be hosting an event at his commercial space on Third Street with another fundraiser co-sponsored by Mayor Ed Lee in celebration of Cohen’s birthday...Meanwhile, former Boosters president and supervisor candidate Tony Kelly has been making the rounds of community notables to determine how much support he'd have for a rematch against Cohen. In 2010, Kelly secured the second most first place votes, beating Cohen's third place initial finish, but was defeated after multiple rounds of ranked choice voting.

Parties Cooking

Dogpatch-based Parties that Cook was featured in an October New York Times article, as part of that paper's small business column. Since its launch 14 years ago the party company has grown to handle upwards of 300 events a year, with the support of 11 full-time workers and 65 contract chefs, servers, and dishwashers…View cartoonist Simon Stahl will be presented with an award of merit for book design for How to Be Human at the Publishing Professional Network’s 43rd Annual Book Show in January. The nonfiction, illustrated book follows an autistic girl’s journey to find out how she fits into the world. Beautifully written, illustrated, and designed, it’d make an excellent Christmas gift.

Magazines Restricted

Last fall the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to ban the possession of large-capacity magazines as part of legislation developed by Supervisor Cohen. It's now illegal in the City to sell or possess firearms with magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds. Owners of large-capacity magazine have until February to turn them into the police; of course the National Rifle Association has sued to block implementation of the measure...Speaking of restricted, or magazines, the View has gotten mixed reviews on its new door-to-door distribution method. A couple of readers have expressed outrage that the paper is “littering” the neighborhood, possibly inviting criminals to doorsteps on which it sits for more than a day. And a few former outlets are disappointed that they're no longer receiving monthly bundles. Others have expressed appreciation for the hand-delivery. In our defense, we're just trying to ensure widespread access to this 43 year old resource, particularly as new residents who may not be used to seeing it move in. We're all ears if you have a better idea...

Transit Lacking

This month the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will install approximately 150 feet of new water main pipe on Carolina Street between 23rd Street and Coral Road, to replace an aging portion of the existing pipe....The Mountain View Transportation Association, a public-private transit agency funded, in part, by Google, Intuit, and TMG Partners was recently launched. The Association provides shuttles and other transit programs for Mountain View workers and residents as a way to reduce congestion in the traffic-heavy area. The initiative emerged from a “mode share” condition imposed by Mountain View on new office developments, and is modeled after the Emery Go-Round, also partially funded by TMG. A public-private transportation service, dedicated to an area made increasingly congested by new commercial development, mandated by local government? Hello, District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen; anything sound familiar in Dogpatch, Mission Bay, and Potrero Hill? The Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association has been advocating for something similar for a while.

Defibrillators in Cop Cars

This month Walgreens is inviting shoppers to donate $1 at checkout to support San Francisco Safety Awareness for Everyone’s (SAFE) Adopt-A-Police-Car automated external defibrillator (AED) program. The goal is to equip all 320 San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) marked cars with a life-saving defibrillator, at a cost of $1,975 per vehicle. Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is one of the leading causes of death in the U.S., claiming an estimated 325,000 lives annually. That's more deaths than from breast and prostate cancer, AIDs, traffic accidents, firearms and house fires combined. SCA can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any age, any time. The only definitive treatment for SCA is a life-saving shock from an AED. For every minute that passes without CPR and defibrillation, the chance of survival decreases by seven to 10 percent. After 10 minutes, few people survive. San Francisco police officers patrol the streets 24/7; they're often first on the scene of medical emergencies. Since police officers in Rochester, Minnesota began carrying AEDs in their cars, they've saved 127 lives and achieved a 52 percent survival rate, versus just 12 percent for San Francisco and 5 percent nationwide. To date, SAFE has raised enough funds to "adopt" 18 SFPD vehicles cars. For more information or to make a donation, visit:

Mistakes, We’ve Made a Few

Contrary to “Hypodermic Needs Plague Potrero,” in the October issue, which stated that the closest needle exchange site to Jackson Playground is on 16th and Mission streets, the San Francisco AIDS Foundation operates a needle exchange facility much closer at 225 Potrero Avenue…The November issue was littered with errors. “NextKids” is the correct spelling of that fast-growing child care business, as opposed to what's printed in “Workspace 2.0-Next Space Arrives on the Hill.” Likewise, NextSpace recently raised a half-million dollars, not a half-billion, with $2.5 million raised in total since 2008. It’s those extra zeros that are always troublesome. NextSpace’s Potrero Hill facility is 6,700 square feet, the business has locations in Los Angeles and Chicago, as well as elsewhere, and has grown to 1,500 members. Oh, and the compostable diaper service is called "EarthBaby." Whew, in the future a 0.0 type business like the View might want to be careful about how it covers those 2.0s…The cover photograph accompanying “Community Collaboration Key to Good Architecture” was by Peter Stackpole, and Timothy Pflueger was commissioned to design Alamo and Roosevelt Middle Schools in the 1920s, not the 1930s. “24th Street Emerges as a Bookstore Corridor” mentions Phoenix Books, but that store no longer exists, replaced by Folio Books, a general bookstore with an emphasis on children's and fiction titles.

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