Simon

Author's details

Name: Simon Thorpe
Date registered: December 19, 2011
URL: http://portolaplanet.com

Biography

Simon has only lived in the Portola since late 2011. He moved here with his his wife and two boys looking for a place to settle their new family. After a few months he realized he could put his technical skills to use in creating this blog and as such runs the technical aspects of Portola Planet as well as contributing some articles.

Latest posts

  1. NPR’s KALW sends a love letter to the Portola — March 12, 2017
  2. Interview with our new District 9 Supervisor, Hillary Ronen — January 16, 2017
  3. 15th annual Portola holiday party — November 24, 2016
  4. Home brewing from FDR, cooking up! — April 10, 2016
  5. Portola Porter in the Brewing… — March 26, 2016

Most commented posts

  1. Four Barrel soon to open location in the Portola! — 14 comments
  2. SOLD! Who bought 460 Hamilton Street? — 9 comments
  3. “POR’ da lah” or “Por TOE’ la”? — 7 comments
  4. Prime resturant space in the Portola opens up! (Old Breakfast at Tiffany’s space) — 7 comments
  5. Happy Halloween in the Portola! — 6 comments

Author's posts listings

Mar 12

NPR’s KALW sends a love letter to the Portola

A few months back we were contacted by one of the country’s oldest FM radio stations, KALW, about a series of stories they were running on the Portola. In Sept 1941, the San Francisco Unified School District created the station in the Mission after acquiring equipment from the 1940 Worlds Fair on Treasure Island. Then …

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Permanent link to this article: http://portolaplanet.com/2017/03/kalw-sends-a-love-letter-to-the-portola/

Jan 16

Interview with our new District 9 Supervisor, Hillary Ronen

The Portola Planet was created in 2011 (yip we past our 5th year birthday on Dec 19th last year!) to be an online resource for those interested in neighborhood goings on. We made a decision to avoid any politically charged posts and wouldn’t be publishing any content that endorses any campaigns. However, we did interview David Campos …

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Permanent link to this article: http://portolaplanet.com/2017/01/interview-with-our-new-district-9-supervisor-hillary-ronen/

Nov 24

15th annual Portola holiday party

Today is Thanksgiving and from now on it feels like the year is winding down as we hit many different holidays through to the New Year. There is one wonderful event in the Portola that brings the neighborhood to the table for a dinner to celebrate this time of year. In it’s 15th year, the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://portolaplanet.com/2016/11/15th-annual-portola-holiday-party/

Apr 10

Home brewing from FDR, cooking up!

So last week I kicked off the Portola Planet’s first attempt at a brew from the new home brew store, Ferment, Drink, Repeat, on San Bruno Ave. After speaking with FDR’s owner, Kevin, we selected the Little Bitty Brown Ale as our first batch. We purchased all the gear and then on Wednesday evening, fired up …

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Permanent link to this article: http://portolaplanet.com/2016/04/home-brewing-from-fdr-cooking-up/

Mar 26

Portola Porter in the Brewing…

Actually, it’s going to be a brown ale. A little bitty brown ale to be exact. But we may well try and brew a Porter in the future. So this week the most awesome new business on San Bruno Ave opened it’s doors, first for the retail home brewing business and then second (on Wednesday) …

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Permanent link to this article: http://portolaplanet.com/2016/03/portola-porter-in-the-brewing/

Jan 16

Updated: Photos from opening of new Portola art studio

Update: Due to me rushing around over the weekend, I totally forgot to add in links to both Arthur and Lisa’s websites! Here they are. http://www.frameartstudio.com/ and http://www.arthurkoch.com/ We just got home after a fun few minutes spent at the new art studio at 150 Silliman St. The place was pretty busy when we arrived with probably …

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Permanent link to this article: http://portolaplanet.com/2016/01/photos-from-opening-of-new-portola-art-studio/

Dec 20

Portography: Heath on Greenhouses

As 2015 comes to a close, we’ve been sent another superb photograph of our neighborhood. This time the wonderful photographer Alison Heath has sent us a small, yet poignant shot of one of the greenhouse roofs in the decaying plot that is currently awaiting for sale and renewal. Thanks Alison and please, everyone, keep sending us …

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Permanent link to this article: http://portolaplanet.com/2015/12/portography-heath-on-greenhouses/

Nov 29

Portography: Moon’s from Mansell, Shelley and Wilde

Well in just a week since Alex kicked off a new trend for the blog, Portography, we’ve had many submissions. In the first post Alex expressed his despair of seeing the same old crappy pictures of the Portola in articles about the neighborhood. Portography was born and challenged the Portolan’s of San Francisco to step …

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Permanent link to this article: http://portolaplanet.com/2015/11/portography-moons-from-mansell-shelley-and-wilde/

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