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Jan-16-2015

Police Blotter – January 16, 2015

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of January 16, 2015. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

STATION MESSAGE
This week a veteran member of Richmond Station, Sergeant Christopher Breen began his well deserved retirement after 3 decades of service to the City. Chris was the senior sergeant on the midnight watch and spent the past 9 years keeping the Richmond District safe over night. He served as a mentor to our newer officers, setting an excellent example of community oriented policing. Chris always told the rookies that the job is all about helping people, “No one cares what you know until they know that you care.” We will miss Chris very much and we wish him a long, happy and healthy retirement.

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Our next community meeting is January 20th, 2015 at 7:00 PM. (Time change requested by attendees)
Location: Richmond Station Community Room (Location Subject to Change)
Guest Speakers: There will be a presentation by representatives of the Department of Public Health about their work with businesses that sell tobacco and alcohol within the district.

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
(Regarding some of the incidents in the weekly newsletter. We are not always able to give a full or complete account of what has occurred. We do not want to furnish information about ongoing investigations which may be prejudicial or interfere. We do our best to give a general overview of incidents within the district.)

On January 8, 2015 at 2 PM, Officers George and Magayanes were on patrol in the area of Fulton and 11th Ave. when they observed a vehicle westbound on Fulton Street sideswipe two parked cars. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. As a result of a computer query it was discovered that the driver’s license was expired. The driver was cited for driving on an expired license.

On January 8, 2015 at 7:27 PM, multiple Richmond Station units responded to the area of Arguello and Anza regarding a fight involving a large group of juveniles. While conducting a search of the immediate area officers detained two young males regarding this incident. It was at this time the officers Mariano and Jones were advised by dispatch that SFFD had located a victim at a bus stop with an injury to the back of his head. The officers attempted to interview the victim about the incident but the victim was uncooperative and refused to assist the officers. The victim was transported to hospital and both the detained males were released. The investigation into this incident continues…

On January 9, 2015 at 9:34 AM, Officer Wu was in the area of 10th Ave. and Clement Street when he observed a vehicle fail to stop at a posted stop sign. Officer Wu initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer query revealed that the driver did not have a California license and was also unable to provide current proof of insurance. The driver was cited for driving with no license issued and other violations.

On January 9, 2015 at 11:50 AM, Officers were on patrol in the area of 22nd and Geary when they observed a vehicle fail to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver regarding the violation. A computer query revealed that the driver’s license was expired. The driver was issued a citation for driving while expired and failing to yield to a pedestrian.

On January 9, 2015 at 7:30 PM, Sgt. Dean Lee was on patrol in the area of Cabrillo and 2nd Ave. when he was blinded by the lights of an oncoming vehicle using its high beams. The Sgt. completed a safe U-turn and initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The Sgt. Asked for the driver’s license and the driver produced a passport. A computer query revealed the driver of the vehicle has never been issued a drivers license in California. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On January 10, 2015 at 7:03 PM, Officer Chow was on patrol in the area of Clement and 17th Ave. when he observed a vehicle with a cracked windshield traveling eastbound on Clement Street. The officer initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. A computer query revealed that the driver also had a suspended license. The officers cited the driver for both violations.

On January 11, 2015, Officer’s Liu and Rotschi were on patrol in the area of Geary and Masonic Boulevard. The officers observed a vehicle swerving across multiple lanes in the roadway while narrowly avoiding crashing into a median. The officers initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver regarding his unsafe driving. The driver stated he was the designated driver for the night and driving his friend home after an evening out. The driver’s friend was in the backseat apparently passed out. The officers noticed a strong smell of alcohol coming from the driver and initiated DUI investigation. The investigation resulted in the driver being booked at County jail on DUI charges and other violations.

On January 12, 2015 at 1:20 AM, Officer’s Liu and Rotschi responded to 19th and California to assist Officer Byrne on a traffic stop. Officer Byrne had initiated a traffic stop because the suspect’s vehicle had almost hit his vehicle which was stopped at a traffic light. The officers noticed the smell of an alcoholic beverage coming from the suspect and initiated a DUI investigation. The investigation resulted in the driver being booked for DUI at County jail.

On January 12, 2014 at 12:15 PM, Officers Kulstad and Dungca responded to Music Concourse Dr. in Golden Gate Park regarding threats being made by an individual to people in the area. Dispatch provided the officers with a description of the suspect and when they arrived at the scene they started an immediate search. Numerous Richmond Station officers responded to the scene in an effort to assist in a search of the area. Officers Kulstad and Dungca then spotted the suspect in this incident who was now waving a screwdriver around in a threatening manner. The officers ordered the suspect to throw down the weapon but he refused to comply. The suspect then attempted to flee the area on foot and the officers initiated a foot pursuit. The officers ultimately were able to catch and subdue the suspect without further incident. When the officers interviewed the victim in this incident, the victim told officers that the suspect had threatened to “shoot him in the face” then started reaching into his waistband imitating the possession of a possible firearm. A computer query of the suspect’s information revealed he was on probation for another matter. The suspect was booked into County jail on multiple violations including terrorist threats, resisting arrest and probation violations.

On January 12, 2015 at 12:41 PM, Officer Neil responded to the Citibank located at 6100 Geary regarding an attempted bank robbery. The suspect entered the bank and presented a note to the teller. The suspect in this incident ultimately fled the scene without obtaining any cash from the bank. The investigation into this incident continues…

On January 12, 2014 at 9:07 PM, Officers responded to a bar on the 1700 block of Geary Street regarding an assault. When they arrived at the scene they contacted the victim who stated he had been struck in the head with a beer bottle by an unknown assailant. The victim provided a description to the officers but they were unable to locate a suspect in the area. The victim in this incident was transported to hospital for further treatment of his injuries. The investigation into this incident continues…

On January 13, 2015, Officer Mazur responded to Anza and Cook Street regarding a verbal altercation which was occurring at the intersection. While enroute to the location, dispatch advised the officers that one of the parties involved had grabbed a cell phone from the other party and then fled the area in a vehicle. This upgraded the call from a verbal altercation to a robbery. Dispatch provided the officers with a description of the fleeing vehicle but they were unable to locate the vehicle in the area. When the officer contacted the victim he stated that the incident began over a parking spot. As the incident escalated, the suspect grabbed the cell phone from the victim and fled the area. The victim in this incident was unhurt and the investigation into this continues…

On January 13, 2015 at 6:09 PM, a citizen came to Richmond Station to report an incident which had occurred on the 11th January at about 9:20 PM. The victim stated she was walking her dog in the area 20th and California Street when a dark colored four-door sedan pulled up at a stop sign at the above intersection. The victim had just finished crossing the roadway when she heard several male voices shout “hey” in unison. The victim looked towards the vehicle and saw one of the passengers throw an egg at her which missed. A second vehicle which was traveling behind the first did the same thing, a passenger in the 2nd vehicle threw an egg at her which also missed. The victim was not injured or hit during this incident. The victim completed an incident report and the investigation continues…

On January 14, 2015 at 10:20 PM, Officers Mulliken, Alexander and Lok responded to the Safeway at 7th and Geary regarding a shop lifting incident. When the officers arrived at the scene they observed the store manager holding down a suspect who he stated had just stolen items from the store. During the course of their investigation the officers recovered an air gun in the inside pocket of the suspects jacket. All of the stolen items were recovered and returned to store. The suspect in this incident was cited for possession of an air gun and released at the scene. The gun in this incident was seized and then later booked into evidence at Richmond station.

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Jan-15-2015

Disturbing “egging” incident reported to Richmond District police

We got word today of a disturbing egging incident that occurred in the outer Richmond last week.

Last Sunday night on January 11 around 9pm, a resident was out walking her dog near 24th Avenue and California Street. While on California Street, a “carload of kids” drove by and threw an egg at her.

The woman quickly headed back to her house, but continued to be pursued by the kids, who continued to throw eggs at her from the car.

At one point, the woman tripped but managed to make it home. But friends say she was so shaken by the incident that she did not leave the house the next day.

Despite not having a clear description of the car or its occupants, the woman did file a police report with the Richmond District police station. The station said they had heard of other cars being egged recently in the neighborhood.

Richmond District SFPD Captain Simon Silverman confirmed that they received the report of the incident and that so far, it is the only report of a person having eggs thrown at them.

Sarah B.

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Jan-15-2015

48 years ago: Human Be-In at the Polo Fields

48 years ago yesterday, on January 14, 1967, the historic Human Be-In took place at the Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park.

The event, officially titled the “A Gathering of Tribes”, was organized to protest the bourgeois mentality of the older generations and, specifically, a California law passed the year before making LSD illegal.

At the time, San Francisco’s hippie counter-culture was fast growing and the event was a precursor to the city’s “Summer of Love”, epicentered in the nearby Haight Ashbury.

The one-day event drew an estimated 30,000 people to the Polo Fields, and featured appearances by the Grateful Dead, Allen Ginsberg, Timothy Leary, Dick Gregory and Owsley “Bear” Stanley handing out acid to the crowd (who was also the sound engineer for The Grateful Dead).

The Human Be-In garnered national media attention, and firmly planted the hippie movement into America’s consciousness (and San Francisco as its home base). The gathering served as a prototype for many 1960s counter culture celebrations.

In 2004, Dino posted his memories of the event to outsidelands.org.

“Yes, I attended the first Human Be In at the Polo Fields in 1967. I was 15 and it was more of a hugh consciousness raising event which announced to the world that the hip/peace movement was here and growing while the times were about to be a changin’. I saw Allen Ginsburg and Timothy Leary and some barely dressed ladies while folk rock and poetry went Psychedelic. I was amazed and it changed my life. I would not be the same person today without that experience.”

Were you at the Human Be-In in 1967? Leave a comment to let us know.

Peace and love,

Sarah B.


Photo courtesy of The Allen Ginsberg Project

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Jan-15-2015

Video: Overview of the Mountain Lake restoration project

The Academy of Sciences shared the above video on their blog this week. It gives a nice overview of the various efforts that were made, and are still underway, to clean up the lake and restore native plant and wildlife species.

It’s been a multi-year, community effort involving Caltrans, the Presidio Trust, the Academy of Sciences, experts from Stanford, and dozens of volunteers.

We had to chuckle that they left out the mass fish “genocide” that took place in November, but we’ll focus on the great, long-term benefits this project will bring to our little lake!

Sarah B.

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Jan-14-2015

Dog slips out of house, gets abducted by SUV owner

Not to be mistaken with this dog named Mochi that has been found, another Mochi went missing on January 9th here in the neighborhood.

Owner Teresa contacted us and said that Mochi, her 6 year old white Pomeranian dog, slipped out for a look around near 3rd and Balboa.

“When we noticed we immediately ran out and checked and a couple witnesses reported an Asian man, between the age of 40-60, in a beige SUV (possibly a Honda CRV – unconfirmed) picked her up and drove off,” Teresa said.

This happened around 3:30pm on January 9 and so far, there is no sign of Mochi despite reaching out to shelters, pet stores, churches and the Richmond District YMCA.

Teresa is a volunteer at the SF SPCA and says anyone can anonymously return Mochi to the SPCA or the Arguello Pet Hospital here in the neighborhood, no questions asked. Mochi is also microchipped.

If you have any information about Mochi, contact Teresa at 415-915-9436 or pleasefindmochi@gmail.com.

Sarah B.

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Jan-12-2015

Local links: Are we pet-friendly?, food updates, free stuff at the Library & more


Photo from @BalboaTheatreSF

It’s already the second week of 2015, and we hope everyone is settling back in nicely. Here are some local links to start you off…

  • We’re not sure who sketched the above picture of the Balboa Theater, but we just liked it.
  • Ever wondered which San Francisco neighborhoods are the most welcoming to renters with pets? HotPads decided to map it out and the Richmond District finished near the bottom with only an average of 29.5% of rental listings allowing for pets. Landlords in the Sunset were slightly worse at 24.6%, and SOMA and Mission had the highest percentages.
  • Burma Superstar continues its expansion with a new location in the Mission at 211 Valencia near Duboce. The menu will have the usual BS favorites like samusa soup, tea-leaf salad, coconut chicken noodle soup, yellow bean curry, and more, plus a full liquor license. Hours are 5pm – 10pm daily; lunch service to come later.
  • In a sad twist of fate, To Hyang lost their lease at 3815 Geary last May. The space has been empty since then and after losing their lease in the Tenderloin, Burmese Kitchen will take over the Geary space this year. To Hyang is still looking for a new home. [EaterSF]
  • Clement Street art gallery and boutique Park Life will set up shop at this weekend’s FOG Art/Design Fair at Fort Mason Jan. 14 – 18. “We will be featuring a selection of Editions, Objects, Books, and Art by artists Tauba Auerbach, David Shrigley, foglogoPaul Wackers, Tucker Nichols, Robert Lazzarini, Jonas Wood, Todd Hido, and many others,” Park Life said on their website. If you’re at the show, be sure to pop by and say hi!
  • A Richmond District resident named Henry Leggett started a custom furniture design business called Design Trifecta. So far Henry has designed a standing desk for Regular Exercise, a pool cue storage rack for 540 Club, and some tables for Sidebar. Check out more of his work here.
  • Neighborhood artist Richard Rothman has a show at Supervisor Eric Mar’s office (City Hall, Room 244), exhibiting photographs of public murals from around the Richmond District and San Francisco. Stop by during business hours through March 2015 to view the exhibit.
  • Checked out the free events happening at the Richmond District Library lately? Photography, gardening & meditation classes, plus all kinds of programs for kids.
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Jan-10-2015

Photos: An empty Golden Gate Bridge


Photo by Rich G.

Reader Rich G. was out on the Golden Gate Bridge early this morning to experience what must feel like a post-apocalyptic bridge walk. The bridge is closed until 4am on Monday morning so that a new, moveable median barrier can be installed.

“The barrier will be installed on the 1.7-mile-long Bridge and on the approach portion of Highway 101, north of the Golden Gate Bridge, starting at Alexander Avenue. Using transfer machines, the barrier will be moved several times a day to create more lanes in a particular direction to accommodate variable traffic demands such as the morning and evening commutes.” Read more

“The Moveable Median Barrier (MMB) system includes about 13,340 feet of barrier consisting of 12-inch wide and 32-inch high steel clad units filled with high density concrete tightly pinned together to form a semi-rigid median barrier. The system also includes two barrier transfer machines, aka “zipper” trucks. The installation of the one-foot wide MMB would virtually eliminate crossover collisions.”

Cars are not allowed on the bridge during the closure, but Golden Gate Transit buses are still running in both directions. Pedestrians and bicycles are permitted on the east sidewalk.

The project budget is estimated at $30.3 million with funding coming from three sources: $20 million (76%) from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission via the State of California; $1,379,200 (5%) in federal funds; and $5,120,800 (19%) from Golden Gate Bridge toll revenues.

Thanks to Rich for sharing his photos; you can see more here.

Sarah B.


Photo by Rich G.


Photo by Rich G.


Crews work on installing the new median barrier. Photo by Rich G.


Photo by Rich G.

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Jan-8-2015

Police Blotter: January 9, 2015

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of January 9, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

STATION MESSAGE
The officers of Richmond Station want to wish you and your families a happy and healthy New Year. There is much to do in 2015 and we are looking forward to the work we will do together building a better and safer community.
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The Golden Gate Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic starting at 12:01am on Saturday, January 10 and will reopen at 4:00 am on Monday, January 12.

The Bridge will be closed to install a moveable median barrier which will provide a safer and more efficient system of separating opposing lanes of traffic.

The Bridge District is issuing a no travel advisory that weekend but if travel between San Francisco and the North Bay Area is necessary, there are several ways to get to your destination:

– Golden Gate Transit bus service will be allowed to cross the Bridge.
– Golden Gate Ferry will be offering expanded service that weekend, including late night service.
– Use alternate routes (Richmond and Bay Bridges)

The Bridge’s east sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians and bicyclists but parking lots at the Bridge will be closed.
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Our next community meeting is January 20th, 2015 at 7:00 PM. (Time change requested by attendees)
Location: Richmond Station Community Room (Location Subject to Change)
Guest Speakers: There will be a presentation by representatives of the Department of Public Health about their work with businesses that sell tobacco and alcohol within the district.

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
(Regarding some of the incidents in the weekly newsletter. We are not always able to give a full or complete account of what has occurred. We do not want to furnish information about ongoing investigations which may be prejudicial or interfere. We do our best to give a general overview of incidents within the district.)

On December 20, 2014 at 5:15 PM, Officer Flannery observed a vehicle with expired registration. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer query revealed that the driver had a suspended license. The driver was cited for expired registration, no current proof of insurance and driving on a suspended license.

On December 21, 2014 at 5:03 PM, Officer Flannery was on patrol in the area of 16th and Geary when he observed a vehicle with illegal tint on the Windows. Officer Flannery initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and during his investigation discovered the driver had a suspended license. The driver was cited for both violations.

On December 24, 2014 at 2:34 AM, Officers on patrol in the area of California and Cherry streets observed a vehicle which did not have a front license plate attached. The officers initiated a traffic stop regarding the violation and contacted the driver. A computer query on the driver’s information revealed that the driver did not have any drivers license issued to him. The officers cited the driver for multiple violations.

On December 28, 2014 at 12:06 AM, Officers Flannery and Dal Porto were on patrol in the area of Balboa and 11th Ave. when they observed a vehicle with a broken tail light. The officers initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. The officers discovered that the driver was operating the vehicle on a suspended license. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On January 1, 2015 at 6:15 AM, Sgt. Ezirim observed a male on a red scooter driving in an unsafe manner. The Sgt. initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer query revealed that the operator of the scooter did not hold any license in California. The operator was cited for driving with no license issued.

On January 3, 2015 at 9:30 AM, Officers responded to 2400 block of Balboa Street regarding an attempted robbery. The suspect in this incident initially entered the premise and purchased a half pint of vodka. As a shop assistant was making change for the purchase the suspect produced a knife and told the assistant to open the register. The assistant now realized that this was an attempted robbery and fearing for his safety grabbed a 4 foot long wooden pole to defend himself. The suspect grabbed the pole from the assistant and eventually fled the scene empty-handed. The investigation into this incident continues…

On January 4, 2015 at 2:05 AM, Officers Rotschi and Liu were on patrol in the area of Clement and 3rd Avenue. After stopping at the posted stop sign, the officers then started to proceed through the intersection. It was at this time that they were almost struck by another vehicle which had entered the intersection without apparently noticing their vehicle. Avoiding this collision was due to the officers being observant and driving in a safe manner. The officers initiated an enforcement stop and contacted the driver regarding the near miss. The driver told the officers he had just left a bar after having two whiskeys and did not see them in the intersection. At the conclusion of this incident the driver was booked at County jail on DUI charges and failing to yield to oncoming traffic.

On January 5, 2015 at 10:43 PM, Officers Stevens and Flannery were on patrol in the area of John F. Kennedy and Middle Drive East in Golden Gate Park. The officers contacted a male who was later discovered to have an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest. The male was arrested and transported to County jail without further incident.

On January 7, 2015 at 12:01 PM, Officer George was on patrol in the area of 11th Ave. and Geary when he observed a vehicle with an expired registration. The officer conducted a traffic stop and discovered the driver had a suspended license for a prior DUI. The driver was cited regarding both violations.

On January 7, 2015 at 12:40 PM, Officers Neill and Dungca responded to the parking lot at the Smart and Final on 7th Avenue regarding a fight in progress. When they arrived at the scene, the officers discovered that the fight was in relation to a petty theft which had just occurred. While running a computer query on the suspect in this incident the officers discovered there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The suspect was arrested and booked at County jail without further incident.

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Join Mayor Ed Lee in the SF Summer Jobs Program
If you are 16-24 years old and interested in a job for the summer of 2015, now’s the time to check out the SF Summer Jobs Program at http://sfsummerjobs.org/summer-jobs/

You can also check out the SF PAL Cadets program at http://www.sfpal.org/programs/cadets/

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