Urban Action Hub Preparing to Connect Residents to Latest Tech

Lena Carew, founder of Digital Action Hub, in the project’s first home in the Excelsior.

As technology advances, the issue of the “Digital Divide”—where access to the Internet and other computer-related services are limited—becomes even more pronounced. Those in Ingleside and Excelsior who need and want the education to catch up with their tech-savvy peers will now have the opportunity to get assistance from the Digital Action Hub, a new resource opening in this October on a space in the heart of the Excelsior with the backing of City College of San Francisco, Coleman Advocates for Children and other organizations. “It’s really a community space,” founder and coordinator Lena Carew said. “It is not so much about computers and space. It is really about a resource, a way for the community to connect, not just to technology but to one another.” Continue Reading →

Incumbent, Upstart and Flash Gordon Vie for BART Seat

bart train

In this November’s election, 24-year District 8 BART Director James Fang faces two challengers for his seat—newcomer Nicholas Josefowitz, a clean energy entrepreneur, and Flash Gordon, an insurance salesman. To date, this has been one of the most intriguing battles headed to the ballot box. Not simply because of the typical theatrics of San Francisco politics, but because the entire BART system and the Balboa Park BART Station in particular need new ideas and bold action. While Gordon received the Libertarian Party of San Francisco’s endorsement, he has not been advertising nor does he have a campaign website. Josefowitz, a democrat backed by tech money, is the serious contender. Fang, the city’s lone Republican elected official, and his supporters have prevented Josefowitz from attaining the Democratic County Central Committee’s endorsement. The District 11 Democratic Club gave no endorsement for the seat. However, District 11 Supervisor John Avalos and BART Director Tom Radulovich have endorsed Josefowitz. Continue Reading →

Albert Ish: The Master Craftsman Behind Ocean Avenue’s Central Upholstery

Albert Ish’s Central Upholstery has been doing business on Ocean Avenue since 1960. His father
started the business in 1934 in the Mission District.

When some people say technology has killed good customer service, then they have not been to Central Upholstery on Ocean Avenue where Albert Ish has been serving Ingleside and the surrounding neighborhoods since 1955. “Our shop has had a very nice relationship with the neighborhood,” Ish said. “Sure there have been some highs and lows over the years but we have lasted for a long time, so perhaps that says something is working.” Ish assumed the upholstery business from his father Albert D. Ish Sr. after working with him for seven years. Ish’s father started the business in the Mission District in 1934. Continue Reading →

Outside Lands Success Should Extend Beyond Golden Gate Park

McClaren Park

Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival held its seventh annual event this year in Golden Gate Park, and there’s no doubt its organizers have been looking at ways to expand. May we suggest San Francisco’s second largest park? McLaren Park may not be as well known as its big brother on the opposite side of the city, but it’s home to the successful, and even longer running event, known as Jerry Day. For the past decade, neighborhood organizers have built a strong Grateful Dead following with the annual celebration of Jerry Garcia’s birthday. The gathering takes place every year atthe Jerry Garcia amphitheater, so named due to the neighborhood being the birthplace of its namesake. McLaren Park has also hosted events like the Mission Creek Music and Arts Festival, and the currently running Saturday in the Park – McLaren Free Concert Series. Continue Reading →