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Photo: Sunrise birds at Ocean Beach

October 2, 2014. Photo by Vince M.

Getting their fill of Vitamin D…

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 11:07 am | Posted under Ocean Beach, Photos | Add comments

14th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music fest in GGP this weekend

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival will take place in Golden Gate Park. The 14 year old festival features over 100 artists across 7 stages and admission is free. The event typically draws 750,000 concertgoers during the weekend.

Highlights in this year’s lineup include Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, The Time Jumpers Featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, Dawn Sears and Ranger Doug Green, Mavis Staples, Social Distortion, Emmylou Harris, T Bone Burnett, Dwight Yoakam, and Chris Isaak. View the full festival schedule

Festival hours are 10:30am to 7pm on Friday, 11am to 7:15pm on Saturday, and 11am until 7pm on Sunday. The stages are setup in three main areas of the park – Lindley Meadow, Marx Meadow and Hellman Hollow. The latter is named for the festival’s late founder and benefactor, Warren Hellman. Download the festival map

If you’re heading to the festival, be mindful of what you can and cannot bring. Coolers, blankets, and short-back chairs are all allowed. Cameras for photos and video are ok. Weather is expected to be toasty this weekend, with sunny skies and high temps in the 80s. So bring lots of water and sunscreen.

There will be vendors on-site selling food and non-alcoholic beverages. No alcohol will be for sale in the park, however, alcohol can be brought in as per park rules: no hard alcohol or glass is allowed; beer and wine is allowed but only in non-glass containers.

Many neighborhood schools open up their lots for parking fundraisers during the festival, including Argonne Elementary (680 18th Avenue @ Cabrillo), Lafayette Elementary (4545 Anza Street @ 36th), Presidio Middle School (450 30th Avenue @ Geary), and Washington High School (enter on 30th Ave between Geary & Anza). Parking fees range from $25 to $40 per day.

Self and valet bike parking will also be available on JFK Drive near Park Presidio and on Overlook Drive (which will be closed to car traffic). See the festival map for exact locations.

Ruckus is usually less than Outside Lands, but if you are a neighbor and have issues with parking or noise, call the festival hotline at (415) 386-8584.

Mobile apps are available for the festival for iPhone and Android and the HSB website will stream select performers from the various stages throughout the event. Check the Live Webcast page Friday for more details.

Rock on!

Sarah B.

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 9:30 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park, Live Music | 4 comments

Video: Richmond SFPD pulls over cyclists running Arguello stop sign

In Stanley Roberts’ latest “People Behaving Badly” segment (KRON-4), an officer from the Richmond District station pulls over cyclists on Arguello at Washington. He gives them warnings about running the stop sign. No tickets were issued.

Sarah B.

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 4:30 am | Posted under Crime | 48 comments

Richmond Rec Center one of 32 places now offering free WiFi in the city

Today, the city of San Francisco rolled out free WiFi in 32 public spaces across San Francisco, including the Richmond Recreation Center on 18th Avenue between California and Clement.

The new service is part of a new program from the city’s Department of Technology, who used a $600,000 donation from Google to fund the initiative.

The 31 other locations now offering free WiFi include parks, recreation centers and plazas. 2 of the parks – Dolores Park and Boeddeker Park – are under construction and will come online in a few months. See the full list

The new network is called #SFWiFi, so if you’re in the vicinity of the free WiFi, look to connect with that name in your network list. The older the network name “_San_Francisco_Free_WiFi” will no longer be available.

This new program should make city teens happy, according to the Trust for Public Land’s Parks for People. Durign the program’s design phase, they held a focus group with teenagers and asked them what would make them go to parks more. Their answer was simple: “WiFi”.

Sarah B.

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 10:43 am | Posted under News, Parks | 2 comments

Police Blotter – September 26, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of September 26, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

We are continuing to get reports in the Richmond and Citywide about a scam involving people pretending to be IRS Agents. In this scam, the victim receives a call from a person who says he is an IRS agent calling because the victim he owes money to the IRS. The caller threatens that if the victim doesn’t pay immediately, the IRS will send the police to arrest the victim.

The fake IRS agent usually has a great deal of information about the victim including their address. They will demand that the victim purchase money cards(usually Green Dot brand), and tell the victim to call them back with the numbers from the cards. At this point, they will cash out the cards remotely and the victim’s money is gone forever. The fake IRS agent can be quite persistent and aggressive on the phone. The number they are calling from may appear to be a legitimate IRS number on caller ID, but that is because they are using software to hide their actual number. If the victim calls back, they make even get a voice mail system that seems to be for an IRS office. It is also fake. Many of the suspects have heavy foreign accents.

This is always a scam. The IRS does not demand immediate payment over the phone using cash cards. The SFPD does not arrest people for the IRS. If you get a call like this, just hang up and ignore the caller if they call back. They may be angry or persuasive, but the fact is they are almost certainly far, far away and will quickly move on to the next victim if you don’t cooperate. We have never heard of a case where the suspect actually showed up and confronted the victim.

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On 09/16/2014, at 12:14 pm, Officers responded to the area of Mountain Lake Park regarding a report of a male who may have attempted suicide. The male in this instance was said to have slashed his wrist and was sitting at a stairwell bleeding badly. Multiple Richmond and U.S. Park Police units responded to the call along with San Francisco Fire Department medical personnel. The officers saturated the area but were initially unable to find the male. All personnel involved in this incident started a systematic search of the area, eventually locating the male at 8th Ave and Lake Street. Medical aid was rendered immediately and the male was then transported to San Francisco General Hospital for further medical treatment and evaluation. During this incident it was discovered that the male was in the system as missing from a mental health facility.

On 09/18/2014, at 6:25 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of the “Chess Tables” observed a male lying on the ground and appeared to be pale and sweating profusely. The officer contacted the male to offer medical attention which was declined. The officer discovered that the male had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The male was booked into jail without further incident.

On 09/19/2014, at 1:02 am, Officers responded to a report of a male breaking into vehicles in the area of the 200 block of 18th Ave. The caller in this instance was able to provide an accurate description of the suspect she saw breaking into a vehicle in the area. The witness immediately called the police who responded and saturated the area. They were able to positively identify the suspect and later booked him for auto burglary.

On 09/19/2014, at 1:10 pm, Officers responded to a report of a possible explosive device on a Muni coach at the corner of 6th Ave and Balboa St. The muni driver followed the Muni protocols which are in place regarding a call of this nature. The officers contacted the initial caller who directed them to a person who had claimed to be carrying a device. The officers were able to see into the open bag and were immediately able to determine that was no merit to explosives in the bag. The officers spoke to the male who claimed to have the explosives. He said prior to getting on the bus an unknown female had stepped on his bag and he told her not to. The unknown female asked what was in his bag to which he replied “I have a bomb.” When asked why he would make a statement like this the male said because it was a stupid question. The was no merit to this incident and there were no injuries. The male was cited for the violation.

On 09/19/2014, at 6:45 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Geary and 25th Ave. saw a vehicle with no license plates. The officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. It was discovered during their investigation that the driver was suspended from driving. The driver was cited for the above violations at the scene.

On 09/21/2014 at 11:33 am, Officers on patrol in the area of Geary and 17th Ave. saw a vehicle run a red-light at the intersection. The officers contacted the driver regarding the violation and during the contact discovered that the male was driving on a suspended license. The male was cited for multiple violations at the scene.

On 09/22/2014, at 6:57 am, Officers responded to the 200 block of 14th Ave. regarding a public decency complaint. The caller in this instance was reporting that two adults were naked and in a dumpster having intimate relations, while also smoking in a dumpster full of flammables. As the officers were making contact the male turned and the officers saw narcotics paraphernalia in the males possession. As the officers continued their investigation they were able to recover a large quantity of methamphetamine along with other items. The male was booked on multiple violations and a probation violation.

On 09/22/2014, at 3:57 pm, officers responded to a reported assault at a business premise on Clement St. On arrival at the scene the officers contacted the victim who stated she was struck on the head and had her hair pulled by a family member who goes to the business for free food. The suspect in this incident was known to enter the kitchen and cook food for himself without asking for permission on prior occasions. The business owner told the suspect that he was welcome to sit and eat but that he was not to enter the kitchen and should have the regular chef cook for him. On this occasion the suspect became enraged and assaulted the business owner, afterwards fleeing the scene. An ambulance arrived on the scene and the victim declined any medical aid. The investigation continues….

On 09/22/2014, at 4:56 pm, Officers on traffic enforcement patrol in the area of Jackson St and Arguello observed a silver dodge commit a vehicle code violation. The officers stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver who told them “I don’t have a driver’s license.” The officers cited the driver for multiple violations.

On 09/24/2014, at 5:05 pm, Officers responded to the area of 11th and Geary regarding a report of a male brandishing a knife. When officers arrived at the location they were unable to see anyone in the area and so got out on foot to continue their search. The officers discovered a male lying on the ground passed out due to an unknown reason. The officers did discover a knife which they removed from the male prior to waking him up. The male was discovered to have multiple warrants for his arrest and was subsequently booked at the county jail.


We are still suffering from vehicle break-ins along Fulton St. and around the Sutro Baths – Point Lobos Areas. We are actively addressing the vehicle break-ins that occur but we also need the assistance of the general public in this endeavor.

We would ask you to follow these general guidelines.

    You should lock doors and windows, even if the car’s in front of your home.
    Remove valuables from your automobile.
    Remove ‘pull-out’ style radio face plates (if equipped).
    Park in well lit areas when possible.
    Park where your car will be easily & frequently viewed (natural surveillance).
    Park in your garage if you have one.
    Use a car alarm, it will alert anyone nearby.
    Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you’re away from it, even for a short time.
    Use anti-theft devices like “The Club” or an alarm system. You may get a discount on your auto insurance.
    You should never leave portable electronic devices such as smart phones and GPS navigation systems in a vehicle.

The San Francisco Police Department remains committed to the reduction and prevention of vehicle thefts and auto burglaries, and to the prosecution of those that steal vehicles. We hope the information provided will help the members of our community.

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 4:24 pm | Posted under Crime | 2 comments

Man threatens suicide after DUI stop on Park Presidio Saturday night

Late Saturday night around midnight, northbound traffic on Park Presidio Boulevard between Clement and Geary was diverted due to an incident with a traffic stop.

SFAppeal reports that SFPD pulled over a man on Park Presidio on suspicion of a DUI. The driver then threatened to kill himself and was armed with a knife. He cut himself during the incident.

More police and SWAT team members were called to the scene. Flash grenades were used to subdue the suspect who was then detained and transported to a hospital.

Traffic backed up onto 12th Avenue on Saturday night due to the closure on Park Presidio. The incident concluded around 1am.

Sarah B.

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 11:31 am | Posted under Crime | 4 comments

Photo: The day 100 Ferraris drove by my house

Photo by @anton1s

Around 9:30 this morning, reader Antonis P. tweeted that his “quiet office morning” was disrupted by the beautiful noise of over 100 sports cars driving by under his window on Fulton near 31st Avenue.

But these weren’t just any sports cars – they were Ferraris. As in I have a couple of hundred thousand dollars to spend on a sports car, Ferraris (including an Enzo model worth $2.5million + one Batmobile Lamborghini).

We’re not sure where these Italian racers were headed, but they had a police escort. Vroom vroom!

UPDATE: As usual it took about a nanosecond for someone to tell us what this was for, lol. It was Fog rally 2014, “50 Ferraris embarking on an epic, media intensive journey, the rally raises funds and awareness in the pressing issues of youth advocacy and public health via Ferrari Owners Charitable Foundation (FOCF).” They drive from San Francisco down to Santa Barbara.

Ok, so it wasn’t 100 but 50 is still a lot of Italian vroom at one time.

Sarah B.

Photo by David H.

Photo by David H.

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 3:38 pm | Posted under Photos | 8 comments

Sunday in GGP: Alice Now & Zen concert featuring Neon Trees, Matt Nathanson

This Sunday, Alice Radio 97.3 is hosting their annual Now & Zen Fest at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park from 12noon until 5pm. This year’s lineup includes Neon Trees (3:30pm), Matt Nathanson (2:10pm), American Authors (1:05pm) and Lindsey Stirling (12:15pm).

The free concert is in its 16th year and also features “zensational” activities like Wheel of Karma giveaways, free pics at the Zen Lenz area and the chance to “Paint, glitter, color in your very own Now and Zen poster in the ARTIZEN area”.

Free bike valet parking is available at the event.

Sarah B.

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 5:12 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park, Live Music | Add comments