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MUNI service restorations coming to 1 California, 5 Fulton, 31 Balboa

As the Examiner reports, the SFMTA will restore many of the service cuts they made back in May in an effort to save $28.8 million annually.

The service cuts didn’t go over well, with riders citing longer waits and massively overcrowded buses. As a result, the SFMTA managed to pull together enough funds to restore service on some of the busier lines during peak times.

Service improvements to lines in the Richmond District include adding more buses to the 1-California and 5-Fulton lines to reduce weekday crowding, and increasing frequency at night along the 31-Balboa line.

The Examiner reports that the SFMTA is “set on bringing back 61 percent of its cut service Saturday, but the agency is working with Mayor Gavin Newsom and members of the Board of Supervisors to develop a plan to eventually restore all recent reductions.”

Read more at sfexaminer.com

Sarah B.

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 9:57 am | Posted under Muni | 3 comments

Public meeting about Westside Recycled Water Project, Sept. 7

Next Tuesday night, the SFPUC will host an open house meeting about the Westside Recycled Water Project.

More info about the project from their website:

The proposed Westside Recycled Water Project is part of the SFPUC’s Water System Improvement Program. Highly-treated recycled water would be delivered to a variety of customers through a system of pipelines, pump stations, storage tanks and reservoirs. The system would bring recycled water from the recycled water treatment facility in Golden Gate Park to Lincoln Park and Golf Course to be used for irrigation; additionally recycled water would be used for various non-potable uses in Golden Gate Park, including those at the California Academy of Sciences. The estimated construction cost of the proposed project is $109 million, with construction planned for completion in 2015.

Part of the project includes construction of a new recycled water treatment plant in the southwest corner of Golden Gate Park. The new facility would produce and deliver up to 2 million gallons of water per day.

New distribution pipelines will also need to be laid for the system, mostly under city streets and in limited sections of Golden Gate Park.

Officials at Tuesday night’s meeting will share the proposed designs of the project buildings and grounds and answer questions residents have about the project. The meeting will run from 6:30pm until 8pm at the Golden Gate Senior Park Center, 6101 Fulton at 36th Avenue.

For more information on the Westside Recycled Water Project, visit the SFPUC FAQ page or contact Suzanne Gautier, SFPUC Communications and Public Outreach at 554-3204 or at sgautier@sfwater.org.

Sarah B.

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 6:15 am | Posted under Events, Golden Gate Park, Green | 27 comments

Police Blotter – August 27, 2010

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of August 27, 2010. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

If you have any information concerning the person(s) who have been vandalizing trees and roses in Golden Gate Park please call Richmond Station Lieutenant Mark Mahoney at 666-8042. If you wish to remain anonymous you can call our tip line at 668-7387 and leave a voice mail.

During the past week, there were 25 traffic accidents 7 involving injuries. There were 9 citations issued for driving without a license or driving on a suspended license. There were 4 arrests for driving under the influence.

On 08/19/10 at 1:40pm, officers responded to a call of a stabbing on the unit block of Point Lobos. The suspect, who had been previously warned not to come into the store due to numerous disruptions, had returned. An employee saw him standing in the aisle and told him that he wasn’t supposed to be there. The suspect had a small knife in his hand and stabbed the clerk in the arm. The suspect was holding several items that belonged to the store including a backpack and a six pack of drinks. The suspect then told the injured clerk that he was entitled to the drinks and placed them in the backpack and walked out the door. Officers searched the area and located the suspect several blocks away. During the investigation officers spoke with a woman who had been washing her car outside of her home nearby. She told the officers she saw the suspect place the knife in the bucket she was using and continue walking down the street. The 30 year old male was charged with robbery, aggravated assault and possession of stolen property.

On 08/20/10 at 5:25pm officers responded to a call of a shoplifter on the unit block of Clement Street. The officers detained a suspect in front of the store. The store owner informed the officers that the suspect had come in and took a bottle of alcohol and admitted that he had no way to pay for the item. The suspect, a 26 year old male was wanted for a parole violation.

On 08/20/10 between 7:15pm and 9:00pm a home was burglarized on the 300 block of Willard North. The suspect may have entered by discovering a hidden key. The suspect took jewelry, a bicycle, laptops and a cell phone. The residence was processed for fingerprints and a suspect was identified. A department wide informational teletype was issued and on 08/22/10 and the suspect was located by officers in the Northern Police District. The 43 year old male was charged with burglary and violation of parole.

On 08/24/10 at 1:30am, officers responded to a call of a male with a gun inside a bar on the 400 block of Clement Street. Officers met with the callers in front of the establishment who told them that one of the customers inside was armed with a handgun. The victim reported to the officers that a short time earlier when he was inside the bar, the suspect was rolling a marijuana cigarette. The victim asked the suspect if he could buy marijuana from him and gave the suspect $50.00. After accepting the victim’s money the suspect refused to give him the marijuana. The victim confronted the suspect who then raised up his shirt and exposed a handgun that was tucked into his waistband. The victim ran out and called the police. Officers located the suspect and detained him. A gun was not located but he was in possession of various forms of narcotics. The 29 year old male was charged with narcotic violations.

On 08/2/10 at 4:40am officers responded to the 1800 block of Divisadero on a report of a burglary that had just occurred. Witnesses reported that he saw a male break the large plate glass window of a business and take numerous pairs of glasses from the display. The suspect then walked west on Bush Street . Numerous officers searched the area and the suspect was located in the area of Post and Baker. The 53 year old male was charged with burglary and violation of parole.

Between 08/21/10 at 11:30pm and 08/22/10 at 6:00am on the 200 block of 23rd Avenue, a suspect gained entry into a business by climbing through an unlocked window above the front door. The suspect took a computer and cash from the register.

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 9:57 pm | Posted under Crime | Comments Off

Looking skyward

The dome of the Neptune Society’s Columbarium. Photo by Thomas Hawk.

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 4:32 pm | Posted under Photos | 1 comment

Rock n’ roll vampire film “Suck” at the 4-Star this Thursday

This Thursday, the 4-Star Theater will host a one-night-only screening of “Suck” at 8:30pm, a comedy centered on a rock ‘n’ roll band that will do anything to become famous. The film “kicks the ball out of the stadium in a sizzling blend of rock’n’roll and comedy” and stars shock rockers Iggy Pop and Alice Cooper (what would a vampire film be without Alice?!?!?).

Other musical names in the cast include Henry Rollins, Moby, Dimitri Coats, Alex Lifeson and Carole Pope. The vampire rock n’ roll comedy promises to “blast any preconceived notions of vampire films into outer space.”

Suck is a wild ride down a highway to hell, with a killer soundtrack that includes Iggy Pop’s, “TVeye” and “Success”; Alice Cooper’s, “I am a Spider”; Lou Reed’s Velvet Underground’s “Sweet Nuthin”; David Bowie’s, “Here Comes the Night” and The Rolling Stones, “Sympathy for the Devil”.

Advance tickets are available online or buy them at the 4-Star on Thursday night (2200 Clement Street). The ghoulishness begins at 8:30pm!

Sarah B.

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 10:39 am | Posted under Movies | 4 comments

Let the water flow! GGP Concourse fountains are running

Every fountain in the concourse was running tonight in Golden Gate Park. A marvelous sight! The fencing should be coming down any day now; most of the construction equipment was gone too.

Sarah B.

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 11:45 pm | Posted under Golden Gate Park | 8 comments

Last chance to see “Birth of Impressionism” exhibit at the de Young

I visited the Birth of Impressionism: Masterpieces from the Musée d’Orsay exhibition again tonight. These are the final few days of the show so if you haven’t seen these masterpieces up close, don’t miss the chance. The de Young has special extended hours this weekend.

During the exhibition, I came upon “Family Reunion” by Frederic Bazille (above), which reminded me a little of the vintage postcard I have of ladies watching the sunset from Adolph Sutro’s terrace above the Cliff House.

Sarah B.

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 11:39 pm | Posted under Art, Golden Gate Park, Museums | Comments Off

New (old) photos of Sutro Baths

That’s a cross section of a Humboldt County redwood tree on the right.

Our friends over at Inside Outside Lands posted about some new Sutro Baths photos that were recently added to the Cliff House Project website. I’ve lived in the city my whole life but not long enough to have experienced the baths. So I find them endlessly fascinating.

This latest group of photos are from a booklet shot by reknowned local photographer Isaiah Taber and include some rare views of the tanks, stands, museum and promenades in the Baths. You really get a feel for how large the place was.

The photos and booklet aren’t dated but according to the Wikipedia page on Taber, “the 1906 San Francisco earthquake destroyed his San Francisco studio, gallery, and negative collection, ending his photographic career.” So these were probably taken at the turn of the century (Sutro Baths opened in 1896).

UPDATE: Commenter John Martini confirms that they were taken sometime during 1894-1895 (“One major clue is the “Greek Temple” entrance shown in the first photo. By 1896 this entry had been altered…”). Thanks John!

I’ve included a couple more below (is that Adolph Sutro himself in the last one?), but be sure to see all the photos from this booklet. Really, the entire Cliff House Project site is fantastic, so pour yourself a cup of coffee and start clicking through local history!

Sarah B.

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 6:04 am | Posted under History, Photos | 11 comments