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Sep-10-2014

1927 tourist map highlights neighborhood landmarks


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Bold Italic shared this fun cartoon map of San Francisco from 1927, made by artist Harrison Godwin (aka William Harrison Godwin). The map was originally designed for tourists but it’s also fun for locals to see what was called out in 1927.

In it, a group of men are lined up to play the Lincoln Golf Course, and the shipwrecks off of Land’s End are marked (steamships Lyman Stewart in 1922 and Coos Bay in 1927). The map also shows the Mile Rock lighthouse in its full splendor, complete with the caretaker’s residence on top of it.

The Lurline Pier, which used to carry water from the Pacific all the way to downtown saltwater pools, is pictured on the north end of Ocean Beach with divers jumping off it. And a tourist is perched atop Sutro Heights Park taking pictures over the Cliff House. A man waves his arm atop a rollercoaster at Playland.

There are a couple of head-scratchers that some history buffs may be able to shed light on. Around Anza and 33rd Avenue two figures are playing baseball which may be a reference to the area around what is now George Washington High School (the high school didn’t open until 1936). And around California and 29th Avenue, a man, perhaps a sailor, is on rollerskates.

And not far from what is now the Landmark Apartments just inside the 15th Avenue Presidio gate is a Blimp Hangar. Say what? There’s also a Victorian house plopped down at 9th Avenue and Balboa; we’re not sure what that is.

UPDATE: Historian John Freeman provided some more explanation on the Presidio hangar: “There was a short-lived experiment by the Coast Artillery to send spotters up in tethered balloons to communicate with the shore batteries about how accurate their projectiles landed in the water during target practice. The westerly winds and bobbing gondolas that made the spotters sea sick caused the project to be abandoned. The balloons were stored in a hanger at the open lot off Lincoln Blvd., east of the 25th Ave. entrance, later converted to the army motor pool.”

John also had some insight into the “rag man with his horse and wagon tooling through the Richmond”: “I can even remember seeing and hearing him calling out “rags, bottles, sacks” as he traveled up and down the streets. I don’t think the junk man was limited to just this neighborhood, but as a kid, that was my world. I don’t know if you would have known when he’s come by your block, but I can see housewives running out to his wagon with their “recycling” and I receiving a few coins for their saved discard. The garbagemen did separate recyclables on their truck to make coffee money, but the “rag, bottles. sack” man actually paid a small amount when he came by. The practice was greatly curtailed during WWII when everyone was doing recycling “for the war effort”, with metal being the highest priority. The Boy Scouts were the primary labor force and were organized to help people bring out their recycling, pile it in front of homes, and toss it on the truck when it came down the block.”

Godwin does a nice job of spotlighting Golden Gate Park, picturing the bison, a pole vaulter at the Polo Fields, a man picking fruit on Stow Lake’s Strawberry Hill, and various figures reclining around the park reading or snoozing.

The map is available as a print up to 50″ in size, and can be cropped to feature your favorite part of the city.

In un-internet fashion, we couldn’t find much online about the artist, Harrison Godwin, other than “Born in New Jersey on March 21, 1899. By 1930 Godwin had settled in Carmel. He died there on Jan. 11, 1984″ (askart.com). Godwin also created similar tourist maps for places like Hollywood, CA.

Sarah B.

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Sep-9-2014

Last day for guaranteed t-shirt registration for Jog in the Fog!

Don’t procrastinate any longer! Your neighborhood Jog in the Fog 5k is this Sunday and if you don’t sign up by today, no t-shirt for you. :( Boooo! No one wants THAT!

Jog in the Fog is a 5k fun run, and both runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. The course begins in Mountain Lake Park, winds down Lake Street, up El Camino and into the Lands End trail, finishing at the USS SF Memorial Parking Lot at Lands End (3.4 miles in total).

Sign up by tomorrow to guarantee you get a 2014 race t-shirt featuring our race logo designed by neighborhood artist Andy George. (Online registration closes on Friday, but you can always come on race day and sign up at the start line (no t-shirt guarantee though!).

REGISTER FOR JOG IN THE FOG

Registration is just $35 for adults (13+) and includes a race bib and t-shirt, plus refreshments at the finish line. Kids 12 and under race for free – just bring them to the starting area on race day and we’ll give them a free bib number.

Proceeds from the race benefit the Richmond District Neighborhood Center, a non-profit that provides free and low-cost resources, support, and activities to children, teens, adults and seniors in the neighborhood.

We look forward to seeing you out there!

Sarah B.

Jog in the Fog is sponsored by:

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Sep-8-2014

Photos: Bicyclist, cars and MUNI bus involved in accident at 8th & Balboa


Photo by Shane J.

Around 8:10am this morning, a car hit a bicyclist and then crashed into a 31-Balboa MUNI bus at the corner of 8th Avenue and Balboa. Both the cyclist and car driver were injured.

“Neighbors said they heard a very loud crash and screams. The cyclist on the ground was conscious and asked for someone to call his wife,” reader Shane J. reported.

According to KCBS, both the bicyclist and driver were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

There are conflicting reports about whether anyone was on board the Muni bus at the time of the collision. KCBS reports that there were no passengers but Shane F., another reader told us “People were on the bus. I was at the stop seconds after this happened.”

UPDATE: There were passengers on the bus when it collided with the cars. Reader Marilyn, also involved in the crash, left this comment: “The bus swerved to try to avoid hitting the van & cyclist. I know because it hit my car. And yes, there were people on the bus. They left the scene when the driver opened the back doors.”

KRON-4 reports that “the driver of a Honda vehicle appeared to have a medical emergency of some sort and failed to stop at a stop sign at 8th Avenue and Balboa. The car then hit the bicyclist from behind. Investigators say it appears a Muni bus traveling on the cross street swerved to avoid the Honda and the bicyclist and instead hit four other cars.”

Sarah B.


Photo by Shane J.


Photo by Shane J.


Photo by Shane J.

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Sep-8-2014

Duran Duran concert film directed by David Lynch at the Balboa, Sept. 10

Who’s hungry like the wolf? This Wednesday night, the Balboa Theater will screen Duran Duran: Unstaged, a concert film directed by none other than David Lynch.

The film captures a 2011 concert at Los Angeles’ Mayan Theater and was originally offered by the band as a live YouTube stream. But now, for one night only, Lynch’s cut of the concert will be screened in theaters.

The band had several guests at the concert including guitarist/producer Mark Ronson, My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way, Beth Ditto from Gossip, and Kelis who reprised her guest spot on “The Man Who Stole a Leopard” track, off Duran Duran’s 2010 album All You Need Is Now.

“Doing live-switching duties while drawing from a well of pre-shot footage, Lynch’s visual contributions will often be recognizable to those who’ve seen his art photos, and sometimes even evoke his movies,” writes the Hollywood Reporter.

“In practice, the collaboration may be the most prosaic thing Lynch has ever done, as much a footnote to his core creative output as that champagne bottle he designed a while back.”

Duran Duran: Unstaged screens this Wednesday night at the Balboa Theater at 7:30pm. Tickets are $12.50 and are available online in advance or at the box office.

Sarah B.

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Sep-5-2014

Police Blotter – September 5, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of September 5, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S MESSAGE
When you think of nightlife in the City, you don’t usually think of the Richmond District, but we do have a few bars, clubs and restaurants that draw a late night clientele. This can sometimes cause problems in a district that is primarily residential. The vast majority of nightlife businesses in the Richmond want to be good neighbors and they work hard to do just that.

When problems occur, the SFPD can gain compliance through cooperation and or enforcement. This week, officers from Richmond Station made routine visits to several night spots in the district and found that most places were in compliance with the rules and regulations. Officers did cite a number of underage drinkers and noted some violations of the “Good Neighbor Policy” which places conditions on businesses. For instance, businesses have to keep doors and windows closed to reduce noise and have to prevent crowds from obstructing the sidewalks out front.

If you have nightlife related problems, please call us at Richmond Station and talk to the Permit Officer Tobius Moore and we will work to resolve it. We want the district to be safe, peaceful and enjoyable for all.

Our next community meeting will be on Tuesday 09-16-2014 at 6:00PM in the Community Room at Richmond Station: 461 6th Ave.

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
On 08/28/2014, at 7:04 pm, Officers responded to a report of a male sleeping at the wheel of a vehicle which was blocking the roadway. On their arrival at the 200 block of 24th Ave. the officers found the male in the vehicle slumped over the wheel with the engine running. The officers had to turn off the vehicle for the safety of all the parties involved. It took the officers an extended period of time to wake the driver to check on his wellbeing. When the driver woke up the officers noticed the objective signs of being under the influence of an unknown substance. The officers initiated a DUI investigation which resulted in the arrest of the driver and the seizure of a quantity of suspected various narcotics…

On 08/28/2014, 7:22 pm, Officers responded to Arguello St. to the house of a suspect with an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The officers were unable to locate the suspect at home and so called him to arrange a meeting where they would give him some documents. When officers arrived at the meeting place they were able to arrest the suspect on a $400,000.00 arrest warrant without incident.

On 08/29/2014, at 1:45 am, Officers responded to the area of Balboa and Great Hwy regarding a report of a vehicle stopped in the street with the driver passed out. A witness who was driving south on Great Hwy came across the vehicle which was completely stopped in the street. The witness said there were no other vehicles in the area and there were no obstructions in the street which would have blocked the stopped car. The witness went to check on the well being of the driver and discovered him passed out, with the engine running and the vehicle in drive. The driver then woke up and exited the vehicle. The witness stayed on the scene and kept an eye on the driver until police arrived. A DUI investigation was initiated and the driver was later booked for DUI at the county jail.

On 08/29/2014, at 1:55 am, Officers on patrol in the area of Geary and 5th Ave. observed a vehicle make a U-Turn against a solid red light. The officers contacted the driver regarding the violation and soon determined the driver was suspended/revoked. The driver was cited for the U-Turn and driving suspended violation.

On 08/29/2014, at 12:16 pm, Officers responded to Golden Gate Park to assist a Park Ranger regarding a suspect with a warrant for his arrest. The Park Ranger had contacted the suspect and managed to detain him without incident. When officers arrived at the scene they were able to confirm the detained suspect’s identity and verify the warrant with the sheriff’s department. The suspect was booked at county jail on the warrant.

On 08/29/2014, at 7:10 pm, Officers responded to the 600 block of 39th Ave. regarding a report of a missing person. The missing person was said to be suffering from a serious medical condition and needed to be located. While officers scoured the area in an effort to recover the missing male a citizen contacted the police to advise the missing male was at their home. The good Samaritan had been approached by the missing male looking for directions. In an effort to help they managed to get contact information from a card which was located in the missing male’s pocket. The missing person stated he had gotten off at the wrong bus stop and then become lost.

On 08/31/2014, at 5:01 am, Plain Clothes officers in the area of 5th and Geary observed a vehicle with false registration tabs fixed to the license plate. The officers contacted the driver regarding the violation and noted a strong smell of what appeared to be marijuana emanating form the vehicle. The officers told the driver their reason for the contact and asked to see his driver’s license but he did not have one. During a search of the vehicle a quantity of narcotics was discovered and seized. The driver was booked at the jail for both misdemeanor and felony violations.

On 08/31/2014, at 6:51 pm, Plain Clothes officers working in the area of MLK and 25th Ave, saw a male who the immediately recognized through prior contacts. The male was known to have an active felony parole warrant for his arrest. While conducting a search of the male the officers discovered a quantity of suspected methamphetamine. The male was booked for the warrant and drugs without further incident.

On 08/29/2014, at 12:30 am, Officers were operating in the Richmond district as part of an underage drinking enforcement operation. During their operation the removed and cited six underage drinkers from bars and cited them. In addition they also cited others for multiple violations outside bars on the sidewalk.

On 09/01/2014, at 12:07 am, Officers on patrol in the area of California and 5th Ave. observed a Jeep with a nonworking headlamp. The officers initiated an enforcement stop and contacted the driver. It was determined that the driver was suspended/revoked due to previous violations. The driver was cited for driving suspended and a broken headlamp.

On 09/02/2014, 1:41 am, Plain Clothes officers in the area of 7th and Fulton saw a female sorting through recycling and throwing garbage about the area. The officers contacted the female and found out the female had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. The female was booked into county jail without incident.

On 09/02/2014, at 3:50 am, Officers responded to the area of the 700 block of 44th Ave. regarding a reported robbery. The officers contacted the victim who said he was parking his car when he was approached by a male with a gun. The victim noted a suspect SUV with another occupant (driver) double parked nearby. The male ordered the victim to “don’t move. Give me your money.” The suspect ordered the victim to lie on the ground while then went to the driver’s side of the vehicle and searched the interior. The suspect when finished then fled the area in the vehicle seen by the victim earlier during the incident. The victim was unhurt in this incident and the investigation continues…

On 09/02/2014, at 3:55 am, Officers responded to the area of 46th and Fulton regarding a reported robbery. The officers contacted the victim who said while he was in his car he was approached by a male with a gun. The male ordered the victim to open his door and then rummaged through the victims belongings. The victim pleaded to keep his cell phone, the suspect insisted that the battery be removed and given to him before he fled. The victim was unhurt in this incident and the investigation continues…

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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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Sep-4-2014

Jog in the Fog 5k is just days away on Sept. 14 – sign up today!

The second annual Richmond District Jog in the Fog 5k is just days away and approaching fast on Sunday, September 14! Register today to ensure you can participate and get your foxy Jog in the Fog 2014 race t-shirt, featuring the race logo designed by neighborhood artist Andy George.

Jog in the Fog is a 5k fun run, and both runners and walkers of all ages are welcome. The course begins in Mountain Lake Park, winds down Lake Street, up El Camino and into the Lands End trail, finishing at the USS SF Memorial Parking Lot at Lands End (3.4 miles in total). You’ll get great views of the coast along the way.

Proceeds from the race benefit the Richmond District Neighborhood Center, a non-profit that provides free and low-cost resources, support, and activities to children, teens, adults and seniors in the neighborhood.

Registration is just $35 for adults (13+) and includes a race bib and t-shirt, plus refreshments at the finish line. Kids 12 and under race for free – just bring them to the starting area on race day and we’ll give them a free bib number.

REGISTER FOR JOG IN THE FOG

Sign up soon as t-shirts are limited – if you don’t sign up in time, we can’t guarantee that a shirt will be available for you.

We can’t wait to see everyone on race day in Mountain Lake Park!

Sarah B.

Jog in the Fog is sponsored by:

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Sep-3-2014

Video: Bike bandits in action

What happens to a bike after it gets stolen from the streets of San Francisco? Today Show reporter Jeff Rossen locked up a bait bike to a tree in San Francisco – outfitted with a GPS tracker – and sat in a surveillance van and waited.

Watch the video to see what happens…

Sarah B.

[via SF Citizen]

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Sep-3-2014

“San Francisco’s Bitchin, Wish You Were Here”


The Geary Parkway Motel, 2009. Photo by Thomas Hawk

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