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Traffic impacts from the SF Marathon this Sunday; where to spectate

The San Francisco Marathon will roll through town this Sunday. Here’s a heads up on some of the traffic impacts the race will have on our neighborhood. Visit their website for all SF traffic advisories on race day.

The Golden Gate Bridge, Doyle Drive and nearby parking areas will also be affected, so if you plan to head to Marin on Sunday morning, you may want to change your plans to the afternoon.

Best places to watch the race in the Richmond? Along 26th & 27th Avenues between Lake and Fulton, just inside the Presidio at 25th Avenue, or throughout Golden Gate Park. See the course maps


Richmond District (6:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.)
26th and 27th Avenues from Fulton Street to Lake Street closed to through traffic. Cross on Clement, Geary, Anza or Balboa – expect significant delays.

Sunset/Richmond Districts (6:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.)
North and south access through Golden Gate Park should use Great Highway, Kezar, or 19th Avenue/Park Presidio – expect significant delays.

Presidio/GGNRA (12:00 am to 10:00 am)
From midnight to 10am, there will be no access to the Golden Gate Bridge through the Presidio.

Good luck to all the racers!

Sarah B.

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 6:21 am | Posted under Events, Traffic | 4 comments

“Remembering Playland” documentary at the Richmond Library, July 28

In case you missed this great documentary when it was playing at the Balboa Theater, you can catch it again at a free screening at the Richmond Branch Library on Wednesday, July 28 at 6:30pm.

The full length documentary tells the history of San Francisco’s famous 10-acre seaside amusement park, Playland at the Beach. Located next to Ocean Beach, it was torn down in 1972 to make way for a condominium development. Gone now for more than 3 decades, it remains one of the city’s lost treasures.

Go back in time to see Laffing Sal, the Fun House, the Carousel, the Big Dipper, the Diving Bell, Dark Mystery, Limbo, Fun-tier Town, and much, much more, all through the eyes of the people who were there. The first and only documentary ever made about Playland, it features 12 interviews, 20 minutes of archival footage, 187 photographs and original music.

I’ve seen the film and highly recommend it. It’s a great look into our neighborhood’s entertaining past.

“Remembering Playland” filmmaker Tom Wyrsch will also be at the Library presentation to intro the film and take questions. The program room at the library is not very big, so be sure to arrive early if you want a seat.

And if you can’t make it, the “Remembering Playland” DVD is available for $15 (+$2.50 for shipping). Click here to order it online. The DVD also includes three short subject films on Playland.

Sarah B.

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 2:12 pm | Posted under History, Movies | Comments Off

By the light of the fire

Photo by robertjosiah

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Yield to pedestrians or it could cost you; Police planning stings

SFAppeal reports that the SFPD will be kicking off targeted pedestrian stings in and around the area of Golden Gate Park, specifically the district patrolled by the Park Police.

The Park Police district includes the area bordered by Geary Boulevard, Steiner, Market, Upper Market, 7th Avenue and the east end of Golden Gate Park. So if you’re driving around there this week and next, mind your P’s and Q’s. Well, you should always do that but if you want to avoid a $220 ticket, pay extra attention.

That’s the cost for the most common infraction, which is not granting the right of way to a pedestrian in any marked or unmarked crosswalk. The SFAppeal gives us the lowdown on the exact law:

The law states that if a pedestrian is waiting to cross at a crosswalk, vehicles must yield. Drivers must yield even if the pedestrian is in an unmarked crosswalk intersection. If the pedestrian is in an unmarked crosswalk, they must look before stepping off the curb but if it is a marked crosswalk they are free to step into the intersection. Vehicles must yield in both situations.

And if you see any current or former Beatle crossing, for goodness sakes, please yield! Be safe out there,

Sarah B.

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 5:18 pm | Posted under Safety, Traffic | 9 comments

Photo released of suspect in Balboa bank robbery

SFPD has released photos of a woman wanted for two armed bank robberies in the city, including one at a Bank of America on the 3700 block of Balboa on July 12.

The full advisory:

San Francisco Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in two armed bank robberies in San Francisco. In one incident, which occurred on July 12, 2010 the suspect enters the Bank of America on the 3700 block of Balboa Street. The suspect who is believed to be a Hispanic or white female approached the teller, brandished a black semi-auto pistol and demanded money. The teller complied and the suspect fled on foot.

In the second incident, which occurred on July 16, 2010 the suspect enters the Bank of America on the 5200 block of Diamond Heights Blvd. The suspect who is also believed to be Hispanic or White female approached the teller and brandished a pistol and demanded money. The teller complied and the suspect fled.

In both cases the suspect is described as either a Hispanic or White female, 30’s , 5’3”, 130lbs, orange/red tinted hair with sunglasses.

Anyone with information to either incident, are urged to contact San Francisco Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit at (415) 553-9208 and speak with Inspector Phil Wong. Or you may call the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 (non emergency only).

UPDATE: SFWeekly reports that the woman was arrested on July 29.

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 2:10 pm | Posted under Crime | 3 comments

Against all odds

This house, located at 1720 Anza between 8th and 9th Avenues, reminds me of the one in the animated film “UP”, trying to stand tall amongst its towering neighbors. I’m told someone lives there which is hard to imagine considering the massive hole in the roof… Top photo by Crooka.

Update: Thanks to commenter John for the tip that this house sold in June for $330,000 (Trulia). As he said, it probably won’t be there much longer…

Sarah B.

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 6:09 am | Posted under Photos, Real Estate | 8 comments

Premiere of new surfing film “Idiosyncrasies” at the 4-Star, July 21

Surf’s up! On Wednesday night, the 4-Star Theater will host the premiere of Idiosyncrasies, a new surf film from Patrick Trefz.

Idiosyncrasies presents an exploration of some truly unique minds, revealing what’s behind the impact of some of surfing’s most influential underground individuals. Through their art and music, surf craft and lifestyle choices, Patrick Trefz offers an intimate look into the vital and intriguing lives of these iconoclasts – ranging from twenty-year old Leanne Curren to sixty-one year old Harbor Bill Mulcoy.

The cast of the film includes Richard Kenvin, Andrew Kidman, Lance Ebert, Christian Beamish, Pat, Frank, Leeann and Tom Curren, Bill and Josh Mulcoy (note: Kelly Slater is not in the film).

This is a one-night-only premiere that begins at 9pm. Advance tickets are available.

Sarah B.

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 5:47 pm | Posted under Movies | 1 comment

The Minvielle’s: Lawn bowling their way through retirement

I’ve never known much about lawn bowling, but there’s something appealing about those ultra-flat grass plains and shiny balls that glide smoothly across them.

There are a few lawn bowling venues in San Francisco, including North Beach and in the Sunset alongside 19th Avenue. But the one in Golden Gate Park near the Children’s Playground is one of the nicest places to play.

The Examiner recently profiled Al and Cheryl Minvielle who took up the sport post-retirement. They both have the Richmond District in their blood; they met as high school sweethearts in George Washington High School’s class of 1965.

Since taking up lawn bowling, the couple is hooked. It gives them something they can enjoy together and, well, they’re good at it. Cheryl has earned a couple of trophies in various tournaments. “I’m becoming more competitive here than I’ve ever been in my life,” Cheryl said.

Cheryl also volunteers her time to keep the lawn bowling club looking nice, pitching in on landscaping projects.

“Being a part of this is more than just a game,” said Al, who grew up in the Richmond district and settled with his family in the Inner Sunset. “It’s our neighborhood, our park, our clubhouse and our sporting community.”

Read the full article at sfexaminer.com

The San Francisco Lawn Bowling Club welcomes new members anytime. For about $100 a year, members get a key to the clubhouse and open access to the three bowling greens. Visit their website or call 487-8787 for more information.

Sarah B.

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 11:23 am | Posted under Golden Gate Park, Recreation, Sports | 1 comment