A police officer talks to one of the campers in the Alexandria parking lot on Tuesday. Photo by David H.
On Tuesday, police were called to the Alexandria Theater parking lot on 18th Avenue after campers were spotted.
Police talked to the campers who were advised to move on and not return.
Neighbor David H. called in the incident to police. He makes a habit of walking by the theater every day to check for homeless, graffiti and other new damage to the building.
The Alexandria Theater building has been under closer scrutiny recently after a break-in through a smashed glass door on the front of the building.
The building continues to be a source of neighborhood blight with graffiti, a decaying exterior, broken glass and trash. Residents are encouraged to call 311 to report trash and graffiti, and the non-emergency SFPD line at 553-0123 if they see campers.
RUMBLINGS FROM CITY HALL
Last week, Nick Pagoulatos, an aide from Supervisor Eric Mar’s office, left a comment on the Alexandria break-in story, saying “the ongoing neglect of the Alexandria Theater is one of the biggest concerns for Supervisor Mar”. Pagoulatos also detailed the shortcomings of the buildings’ owners, saying “they have not followed through on these commitments” including one to “maintain the property in a clean and secure condition”.
Pagoulatos went on to say that “our office has spent many, many hours over the past few years engaging with the owners of the property, potential tenants, potential alternative developers, the Mayor’s office and City enforcement agencies.”
Follow-up commenters were not too impressed with the update from Mar’s office, urging the Supervisor to take swift and strong action against the owners for their ongoing neglect.
“”Urging” them to maintain the property is clearly not sufficient. There must be enforcement action,” wrote reader Jean B.
The Planning Association for the Richmond (PAR) has begun pursuing legal actions against the theater’s owners. PAR has requested that the Zoning Administrator for the City, Scott Sanchez, call a hearing on whether the the owners of the Alexandria have violated the conditions of their entitlement. If the owners are in violation, the value of their property could decrease significantly.
Pagoulatos is urging residents with complaints about the Alexandria’s condition to send their comments to Scott Sanchez of the Planning Department at email@example.com. Sanchez is gathering public comments and will make a decision about whether to pass the matter onto the enforcement division of the Planning Department.
Ironically, Supervisor Eric Mar can’t weigh in on the Planning Department’s actions. “The Supervisor cannot take a position on this matter, as it could subsequently be appealed to the Board of Supervisors,” Pagoulatos wrote.
Really, we couldn’t make this stuff up if we tried.
Let’s hope the momentum to reform the Alexandria Theater owners continues and we see some real improvements. It’s been ten years of graffiti, neglect and apathy – enough already.
A police cruiser outside the Alexandria on Tuesday. Photo by David H.