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Apr-8-2014

Kanye West, Tom Petty, Killers to headline Outside Lands 2014


The 2014 lineup for Outside Lands features L to R: Kanye West, Tom Petty and the Killers.

This morning, Another Planet Entertainment finally announced the much-anticipated lineup for the 2014 Outside Lands Music Festival in Golden Gate Park, which takes place August 8-10.

Rumors had been circulating about possible headliners like Bruce Springsteen (new album out! he needs west coast dates!), D’Angelo (who had to cancel last year’s appearance), the Avett Brothers (who last played OSL in 2008) and even hat-wearing Pharell. But alas, none of them are in the final lineup, though this year’s list is nothing to sneeze at and contains the usual assortment of rock, electronic, funk and indie artists.

Headlining the 2014 festival is hip-hop artist Mr. Kim Kardashian aka Yeezus Kanye West, rock legends Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and Las Vegas rockers The Killers.

Secondary headliners include thrift-shop specialists Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Arctic Monkeys, EDM favorite Tiesto, Death Cab for Cutie and Flaming Lips.

70 bands in all will perform during the 3-day festival, which takes place in several areas of Golden Gate Park including the Polo Fields, Hellman Hollow and Lindley Meadow. Last year’s festival drew 65,000 concertgoers per day.

Organizers have not released the festival schedule yet, so we don’t know who plays on which day yet. But that’s intentional as they’re trying to sell 3-day passes.

Outside Lands 2014 3-day passes go on sale this Thursday at 10am via Ticketmaster. Prices are $255 – $275 for regular passes, $595 for VIP which includes exclusive access to viewing areas, access to the Polo Lounge, special restroom facilities and other goodies.

Single day tickets will go on sale at a later date.

Who’s in?!

Sarah B.

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 6:46 pm | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park, Live Music | 11 comments
Apr-7-2014

Photo: Mountain Lake morning

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Apr-4-2014

Local links: MUNIhack, Bubble tea wars, hot wings, greenbates & more


Photo by Bolditalic

Farewell Friday, hello weekend! Here are some local links to ease you into it…

  • #MUNIhack – Nope, you’re not seeing things. That is a Prius with trolley poles on its roof so it can run off the power from MUNI lines. Bolditalic got’s the story about the car’s creator, an outer Richmond District resident named Jon. “You know it, dude! 150 miles of free energy courtesy of Mr. MTA!”
  • #Springblooms – The Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park is hosting a Spring Bloom sale this Saturday from 10am to 1pm. Featuring many varieties of Grevillea, Abutilon and the garden’s native Ceanothus, Iris and assorted annual native wildflower starts.
  • #HotWings – Wings fans will be finding their way to Hot Sauce and Panko (1545 Clement) soon after a nice review in the Chronicle. “But it would be a shame not to make Hot Sauce and Panko part of the weekly routine. With a dozen varieties of the handheld chicken pieces at any given time, not to mention a couple of seriously decadent sandwiches, this place is worth a visit.”
  • #GreenBates – The SF Dept of Energy is hosting a Energy Upgrade California workshop at the Anza branch library on Saturday, April 12 from 2-3pm. Learn how to increase your home’s energy efficiency with energy upgrades such as sealing air leaks or installing insulation, a new furnace, or energy efficient window – moves that could yield you $1,000 to $4,500 in rebates. A neighborhood resident will there to talk about his experience in the program.
  • #BubbleTeaWars – Share Tea recently opened on Geary near 18th Avenue in what used to be the Samila Thai restaurant space. They have two other locations in Berkeley and San Mateo. The 5336 Geary location is open Sunday – Thursday from 12noon to 9pm, and until 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights. We may have a bubble tea war on our hands – InfiniTea is just across the street.
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Apr-2-2014

Police Blotter – April 2, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of April 2, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S MESSAGE
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Although it’s common sense that safe driving requires your undivided attention, officers regularly catch people doing things like texting, checking their e-mail, talking on the phone, shaving, putting on make-up, reading the paper and even making a sandwich while driving. If you’re reading this behind the wheel, stop!

Distracted driving is a contributing factor in many of our traffic collisions, but we aim to change this behavior through education and (for those who didn’t pay attention to our message or to their driving) through enforcement. The officers of Richmond Station issue citations for distracted driving all the time, and they don’t have to look too hard for violators, since most of them are too distracted to notice the police car and drive right by the officer.

Drivers are part of a road going community consisting of pedestrians, cyclists and other drivers. Being a responsible member of a community means looking out for others. Sometimes when people are in their cars they can forget that they are in public. People tend to think of their cars as an extension of their homes, and so they lose focus on the environment around them. Unfortunately, it only takes a momentary lapse in attention to cause a collision that hurts or kills someone.

As a reminder, I’ve listed the California vehicle code sections most commonly violated by distracted drivers. For more information visit http://www.distraction.gov/. Please drive safely!

23123(a) A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone unless that telephone is specifically designed and configured to allow hands-free listening and talking, and is used in that manner while driving.

23123.5(a) A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using an electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text–based communication, unless the electronic wireless communications device is specifically designed and configured to allow voice operated and hands-free operation to dictate, send, or listen to a text based communication, and it is used in that manner while driving.

23124(a) A person under the age of 18 years shall not drive a motor vehicle while using a wireless telephone or an electronic wireless communications device, even if equipped with a hands-free device.

22350 No person shall drive a vehicle upon a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable or prudent … and in no event at a speed which endangers the safety of persons or property.

This section is used for drivers who engage in any behavior that hampers their ability to drive safely like reading, shaving, putting on make-up, eating, and attending to children. This basic speed law says that one may never drive faster than is safe for current conditions – even if those conditions are created by the driver being inattentive.

Our next Community meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 6pm. It will be in the Community Room, here at Richmond Station, 461 6th Ave.

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS
On 03/29/14 at 10:55pm officers responded to multiple calls of a loud party getting out of hand on the 600 block of 12th Ave. Some callers were reporting a large fight out in front; another caller reported hearing someone talking about a gun. When officers arrived on scene, additional callers were reporting that some of the party goers were hopping fences to escape. The officers spoke to two males that were behind the front gate and those two kept telling the officers that they were unable to open the gate from the inside, that they didn’t have the key. That was determined to be false and officers entered the home and detained several people inside the home and 40-50 in the backyard. Officers were unable to locate a weapon and dispersed the party. The father of the male that was having the party came home, unaware of what had occurred. The house was in complete disarray and there was broken furniture and alcoholic beverages. The two males who were initially contacted at the front gate were charged with delaying an investigation.

On 04/01/14 at 7:30pm, officers were called to an assault and a possible stabbing on the 1500 block of Broderick. When they arrived they located the victim who had a laceration to the side of her head. The victim told the officers that she was confronted by three females one that had a knife in her hand. They called her names and when she tried to enter her home, they grabbed her arm and prevented her from doing so. Two of the girls held her down and punched her while the other cut her in the side of her head with the knife. All three then fled the scene. Officers searched the area and as able to locate one of the suspects. The 25yr old female was charged with aggravated assault and conspiracy. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

On 04/03/14 at 12:55pm, the victim was sitting in the library on 9th Ave, working on her iPad. The suspect came from behind her, reached over her shoulder and grabbed the iPad. The suspect then fled with the victim chasing him and yelling for help. Members of the library staff and a patron chased after the suspect and were able to detain him at 11th Ave and Geary until officers arrived. The 40 year old male was charged with robbery. This is the same suspect who is mentioned in the “Noteworthy Arrest” section in the 03/20/14 newsletter. He was the suspect that was seen breaking into a Zip Car on the 300 block of 6th Ave, and opened the lift gate of another vehicle on Clement St when the owner was sitting in the car.

NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
On 03/20/14 at 11am the owner of a business on the 3000 block of Clement St received a call from a woman claiming that she was from PG&E. She told the victim that he needed to pay half an outstanding bill within the hour or his power would be cut off. The payment also needed to be paid by Green Dot MoneyPak cards and the amount was $900. The victim did what was asked and provided the caller with the card numbers to her at the phone number she provided. On 03/28/14 at 1:15pm, the victim received a call from a male at a different phone number telling him to pay $900. This time the victim thought it was suspicious and called PG&E directly. They told him he had been a victim of a scam and they would never call him for payment.

On 03/28/14 at 10:30am, the victim was home on the 2500 block of Balboa. His back steps lead up to his kitchen door which opens inward. He has his garbage cans in front of the door on the inside. He was sitting in his living room when he heard the back door hitting the garbage cans and went to investigate. He saw the suspect standing outside and asked what he wanted. The suspect said he was a maintenance worker that was hired by the landlord. The suspect then left. The victim then noticed the screen on the door window had been cut allowing the suspect to reach in and open the door. The victim contacted the landlord who said he had not hired any workers. The suspect was described as a white male with a 5 o’clock shadow, shaved head, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a white design on it. He was also wearing flip flops and gardening gloves. There was no loss.

On 03/30/14 at 7:15am, near Spreckels Lake, the victim exited her vehicle, leaving it running. She was standing directly next to her vehicle near the driver’s side door and began doing exercises. The suspect then approached her, pushed her away from her vehicle, jumped into the driver’s seat and drove away. The suspect was described as a white male, 35-45yrs, wearing a light colored cap and a light colored shirt or jacket. The victim was uninjured.

On 03/30/14, between 9:10am and 11:30pm on the 2700 block of Pine St, a suspect entered an easement area on the side of a building and took a bike. The easement has a locked gate and there were no signs of forced entry.

On 03/31/14 at 9:40pm on the 2800 block of Jackson, the upstairs neighbor heard a loud noise and left her apartment to investigate. As she went down to the lower level apartment she saw that the front door looked unsecured. She yelled out her neighbor’s name and suddenly the apartment door burst open and three males came running out. The males all had hooded sweatshirts on that was covering the head and faces and they ran out of the building. The tenant of the lower unit was out of town and it appears that the front door had been kicked in. The witness told the officers that when the suspects ran out, it appeared they had nothing in their hands. The loss if any will be determined.

On 04/01/14, between 9:30am and 6:30pm, a suspect entered an apartment on the 2000 block of Post St by unknown means and took 2 laptops, 2 cell phones, a kindle and an ipad.

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Apr-2-2014

Photos: Easter Bunny HQ at 15th & Cabrillo


Photo by Rudeen M.

A house at 15th & Cabrillo is getting in the Easter spirit early. Whatever you do, don’t steal an egg from those lions – they look like they’d take your hand off!

Sarah B.


Photo by Rudeen M.

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Apr-1-2014

No foolin’: Photo of “Shrimp Boy” riding high at Toy Boat Cafe

Yup, that’s the now infamous Raymond “Shrimp Boy” Chow who was arrested in the Leland Yee scandal last week.

The photo, which was posted on Chow’s Facebook page, shows him whooping it up on the mechanical horse at Clement Street’s Toy Boat Dessert Cafe.

Yet another rule Chow broke – no adults allowed on the Toy Boat horse!

Sarah B.

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Mar-31-2014

Green Apple named Bookstore of the Year by Publisher’s Weekly


Green Apple owners (L to R) Kevin Hunsanger, Kevin Ryan and Pete Mulvihill with store mascot Mergatroid.
Photo by SFGate

We all love having Green Apple Books in our neighborhood, and it turns out we’re not the only ones who notice what a great store and community they’ve built there in their 47 years of business.

Last week, Publisher’s Weekly awarded Green Apple Bookstore of the Year honors, which waxed peotic about the store’s “labyrinthine” layout and reputation for community involvement with merchants associations, literary events and as the driving force behind this year’s California Bookstore Day.

Green Apple is a model for how to operate an independent, brick and mortar bookstore today, when competition is stiff from online stores and e-readers.

A lot of Green Apple’s success is due to their programming, whether it’s hosting interesting authors and lectures, or carrying out quirky promotions like midnight sales for new releases (final Harry Potter, IQ84), t-shirt design contests, or creating tongue-in-cheek YouTube videos.

The store has even extended beyond its 7,500 square feet on Clement Street by placing “Cafe Green Apple” shelves in cafes around the Bay Area, featuring their used books for sale.

We reached out to Pete Mulvihill, one of the owners of Green Apple to get his reaction to the big award.

“We’re honored, of course. To me, it reflects mostly on the readers of San Francisco. They vote with their wallets every day to keep stores like Green Apple thriving. We’re grateful to the judges, to our many partners (publishers, authors, sales reps), and especially to our staff. They do the hard work day in and day out to keep the place friendly, dynamic, and organized (I swear it’s more organized than you think!),” Pete said.

Congratulations to the team at Green Apple – so well deserved!

Sarah B.

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Mar-28-2014

Police Blotter – March 28, 2014 | Common tricks & scams to watch for

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of March 28, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S MESSAGE
From time to time, the officers at Richmond Station see cases where a criminal uses a trick or a scam to steal from trusting victims. By using deception, the criminal is trying to separate people from their money and valuables without being caught. The good news is that most suspects who use tricks and scams want to avoid a confrontation with their victims. Usually, they are non-violent and will quickly switch to another target if their intended victim doesn’t cooperate. Here are some examples of tricks or scams that we have seen in the Richmond.

An elderly gentleman was home when his doorbell rang. He opened the front door and saw a suspect at the bottom of the front steps, outside a locked gate. The suspect said he was working on the plumbing next door and needed to check in the victim’s backyard for water leaks. Because the suspect was insistent the victim finally let him in. The victim brought the suspect to the rear yard then had to sit down as he was out of breath. The suspect went into the yard but quickly came back in, opened the front door and let in a second suspect. The first suspect said he now needed to go upstairs to check for leaks. The victim tried to stop him but the second suspect stood in the way and distracted the victim by talking about a photo displayed on the wall. The victim became tired and sat down in a chair on the front porch, leaving the suspects alone in the house for several minutes. When the suspects came back downstairs, the victim saw that one of them was carrying a pillow case full of his property. The victim tried to grab the pillow case but was unsuccessful and the suspects drove off in a black newer model Toyota mini-van taking jewelry and cash with them.

Anytime that someone you don’t know wants to come into your house you should be suspicious of their story. If you ever have any doubt at all about someone, do not open your door. Call the SFPD and we will come out to check that the person is legitimate and that you are safe.

Another type of scam involves fooling the victim into making a payment via cash cards, wire transfers or similar remote, untraceable, non-refundable means. In one recent case, the criminal called a Richmond District business and said that he was from a utility company and was about to shut off the electricity unless the victim paid the bill immediately. The suspect demanded that the victim purchase a cash card as payment and then call back with the cash card number. The suspect then cashed out the card and was not heard from again. The victim called her utility company and they told her that there was no problem with her bill and that they were not the ones who called her.

Real utility companies do not demand immediate payment by untraceable transactions over the phone. You can always hang up and call the customer service number for the utility to verify the status of your account. We have also seen versions of this scam where the suspect claims to be from the IRS and demands payment of back taxes or the suspect claims to be a police officer and demands payment of bail or fines to avoid arrest.

In another scam the suspect contacts the victim (often by e-mail) and claims that the victim has won a huge lottery prize, but needs to pay an administrative processing fee to collect the money. Just as in the utility scam, the suspect will ask for payment by cash cards, wire transfers or similar remote, untraceable, non-refundable means.

Another variant on this scam is to contact a person saying that one of their friends or relatives is in legal trouble or had been robbed while abroad. The suspect will usually claim to represent an embassy or governmental agency and ask for money to be sent by a wire transfer.

The key to avoiding these types of scams is to be very suspicious of sending money via cash cards, wire transfers or other remote means unless you are absolutely certain about who you are sending the money to. If you simply refuse to go along with the scam, the suspect will find someone else who will. Most of the time, the person trying to scam you isn’t anywhere near you so there is little physical danger. As with any suspicious activity, you should call the police.

For those of you with elderly parents, please discuss this with them as they are often the targets of these scams.

Our next Community meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at 6pm. It will be in the Community Room, here at Richmond Station, 461 6th Ave.

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS
On 03/21/14 at 10:10pm, officers were called to the area of Fulton and 33rd Ave on a report of a male that had just been robbed on a 5 Fulton MUNI bus. The witness was following the group after they exited the bus and was providing a description and direction to 911. The officers arrived and detained four suspects at 34th and Cabrillo and an additional two at 43rd and Fulton. Officers learned from the witness that he had observed the suspects all gather around the victim on the bus and go through his backpack and pockets and flee after taking his wallet. Officers located the victim, who was intoxicated, at 33rd and Fulton. He said he got on the bus and the suspects were all sitting near the rear of the bus. He was suddenly surrounded by the suspects, one who took his phone, the other his wallet and contents. The suspects fled the bus and the victim informed the driver what had occurred. The victim’s wallet was located in the purse of one of the female suspects along with pepper spray that belonged to her. The phone was not located. The suspects between the ages of 15 to 21yrs were charged with robbery, conspiracy and possession of the pepper spray.

On 03/26/14 at 9:45pm, officers responded to 27th and California on a report of an injury accident where one of the drivers fled the scene on foot. The passenger in the vehicle where the driver fled provided the driver’s information to the officers who searched the area and located the driver on the 600 block of 27th Ave. The driver, whose license was suspended for driving under the influence, was also under the influence at this accident. The 29yr old male was charged with hit and run, driving under the influence and driving on a suspended license. The other party in the accident was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries later released.

NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
Between n03/19/14, 3pm and 03/23/14, 11am on the 2900 block of Bush St, a suspect entered a vehicle that was parked on the street. There were no signs of forced entry into the vehicle and the suspect took several items, including the garage door remote. With the remote, the suspect entered the garage and took a bike and a laptop computer.

Between 03/21/14, 5pm and 03/22/13, 1pm on the 100 block of 12th Ave, a suspect entered the garage of a home under construction by unknown means. The suspect then took two sets of brand new kitchen appliances from the garage. This included refrigerators, stoves, dishwashers and oven hoods. The victim was told by a neighbor that he had seen a white box truck pull up in front of the victim’s home on 03/21. The three suspects were seen loading up the truck, and the witness didn’t realize that anything was wrong as he thought they were construction workers.

Between 03/21/14, 5pm and 03/25/14, 7:30am on the 400 block of 25th Ave, a suspect entered a multi-unit garage and took a bike. There were no signs of forced entry.

Between 03/22/14, 2pm and 03/23/14, 3:30pm on the 800 block of 30th Ave, a suspect entered a home through an open rear window. The suspect took a TV monitor, wallet and sound dock.

On 03/23/14, at 3:15pm on the 300 block of Spruce St, the resident of an apartment was home when he heard noises from the rear of his home. As he walked into his hallway he saw the suspect standing by his bedroom door. The victim asked the suspect what he was doing and the suspect replied, “My bad, I was just leaving.” The suspect then walked out the front door. The suspect entered through a rear unlocked window and there appeared to be no loss. The suspect was described as a black male, 20-25yrs, wearing a black baseball cap and a gray sweatshirt. He also had “bulging” eyes.

On 03/26/14 at 10am, the victim received three different messages on her home phone from a male who said he was from the IRS. The messages stated that she owed $290,000 in taxes and that if she didn’t call back and pay the debt she would be arrested. The victim felt that this was some type of fraud and confirmed with her accountant that her taxes were up to date. When the officer arrived they called the phone number that the suspect had left and when questioned by the officer the male admitted to making these calls to elders to gain money and didn’t care that an officer was calling him. The caller was apparently making this call from another country.

On 03/26/14 at 9:50am on the 3200 block of Geary, a male entered a business and asked the lone employee for an item. When the employee showed the suspect the item he said he wanted to see one less expensive. As they moved to another part of the store, the employee was then nudged in the back by the suspect. As the employee turned around, the suspect was holding a handgun and said, “Where are all your phones.” The employee replied that they were downstairs and the suspect directed the employee to the storage room. The employee was made to fill up several duffle bags with phones and iPods. When the bags were filled, the suspect attempted to lock the employee in the storage room as he went back upstairs. After several minutes the employee was able to get out and call 911. The suspect was described as a black male, 25yr, wearing a dark jacket with a hood and dark jogging pants with white stripes on the side.

On 03/26/14 at 3pm a business owner on Geary Blvd received a phone call from a male who said that he was from PG&E and that his account was past due for over $1400. The caller stated that unless payment was made within the next 40 minutes, his power would be turned off. The caller stated that the only type of payment they would accept is a Green Dot MoneyPak Card. The victim was suspicious of the caller, but sent his wife to purchase these cards as he attempted to contact PG&E. The victim was unable to reach a representative and the suspect continued to call and demand the codes from the back of the cards. Finally when the wife arrived back, the codes were provided to the suspect. Shortly after, the victim was able to talk to a representative and was told that his account was fine and that he was a victim of a scam.

On 03/27/14, between 3am and 4am, two vehicles were damaged by large cement pieces being thrown at their cars. One was parked on Balboa and La Playa, the other at 44th and Anza. The windshield and door windows were damaged and one victim found footprints on the hood of his vehicle.

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