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  • Squat and Gobble

    Spring Brightens As West Portal Recovers

    “Nicholson thinks business slumped after Squat & Gobble burned down. He is excited about the opening of La Boulange de West Portal, a cafe and bakery. “That’s going to be the catalyst" for greater business activity.”

    By Keith Burbank More...

  • John Farrell at Sharp Park Golf Course

    If You Build It,
    Then Use It.

    “The Pacifica Recycled Water Project replaces freshwater from Hetch Hetchy with recycled water to irrigate the Sharp Park Golf Course, the biggest customer in the project. This project is expected to deliver up to 80,000 gallons of recycled water daily to irrigate the golf course, saving over 29 million gallons of drinking water annually!”

    By John Farrell


  • Mayor Ed Lee at Ethics Hearing

    On the Mayor's Seven-year Housing Plan

    Affordability Mayor: A Housing Bait-and-Switch?

    “…voters in November 2012 authorized the Mayor’s new Housing Trust Fund to receive just $36.8 million in diverted-from-the-General-Fund appropriations during the same six-year period. How do you divide $36.8 million in fish and loaves, and come up with $500 million?”

    By Patrick Monette-Shaw
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  • Taraval Station

    Taraval Police Watch: Newsletter Moratorium?

    “Attached please find Taraval's newsletter covering events, daily crime reports and resourceful information in our neighborhoods and community ... ”

    By Keith Burbank More...

  • How Google Might Transform San Francisco

    “Within minutes the taxi will be close and call back to have the rider come to the curb with the four digit code that will open the taxi door. This system will be safer than the current taxi system because they will know everything about you including the credit card that you want to use, just like Amazon.”

    By Howard Strassner


  • Rec and Park Commission

    Vote on Beach Chalet Construction Contract

    April 17th, 2014

    “This is only part of the contract — the rest of the contract is being let by City Fields Foundation, and the public has NO way to impact that. This is one of the many problems of public-private partnerships.

    The April 17th hearing is an opportunity to object once again to this project and to get the Commission to listen to reason... ”

    By Kathy Howard Read More…

  • Mathias Mormino


    March Central Council Meeting

    “Supervisor David Chiu's upcoming legislation on legalizing secondary housing units was the hottest topic at the West of Twin Peaks Central Council meeting on March 24, with lots of discussion and a call to action.”

    By Mitch Bull More...

  • La Palma Mexicatessen

    San Francisco's Hidden Gems

    24th Street, The Heart of the Mission

    “the south Mission neighborhood anchored by 24th street, el Corazón de la Missión, is the latest neighborhood under relentless attack. In solidarity, let’s take a look at the some of the traditional iconic eateries serving some of the best food in the Mission”

    By Alixx Ottiz More...

  • April 2014

    You need a scorecard… storefronts continue to evolve on West Portal Ave. After a long time, Squat and Gobble has reopened following the devastating fire at 1 West Portal Avenue. Work is continuing on the other portions of the building that were affected, but it’s a step in the right direction. Across the way, Le Boulange at West Portal is continuing the finishing touches of construction and should be open within a few weeks.”

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  • Dr.s Rivero and Kerr with senior

    Watchdog's War Room

    The Controller's Watchdog Program

    “Tips sent to the Whistleblower Program have fallen from 465 to 291 in the past 5 years. WBP Manager Steve Flaherty ... was "unable to determine any causality…" Perhaps the Program should look within, at how it treats whistleblowers.”

    By Dr. Maria Rivero & Dr. Derek Kerr
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  • Senior Smarts

    Defining the Parish Nurse

    “Faith community nurses are not expected to provide patient care in the church or at a patient's home but rather to be a source of referrals for services in the community. They coordinate existing services and supplement them with holistic dimension of health and caring.”

    Anise J. Matteson
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  • Joanne Jordan and Brandon Miller

    Six Ways to Protect Your Identity

    “Not only is identity theft a personal violation, it is a costly problem for law-abiding citizens. Even if your personal bank account hasn't been drained, you pay the price for identity theft every day in the form of higher-priced goods and services, inflated insurance premiums and higher taxes.”

    By Brandon Miller and Joanne Jordan Read More…

  • Remember When?

    St. Francis Wood

    St. Francis Woods [Undated] If you have any information about the date or location from which this picture was taken please share it with us (editor@westsideobserver.com). We will share it with the SF History Center. Permission of San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library.

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