CAPTAIN RICHARD CORREIAâ€™S MESSAGE
On November 16, 2009 at 3:00 P.M. a twenty five year old motorcyclist was killed at the intersection of Arguello and California. He had been traveling west-bound on California Street when he struck the side of vehicle heading northbound on Arguello. The young man was pronounced dead a short time later at San Francisco General Hospital.
On November 19, 2009 at 8:17 A.M. a sixty-nine female pedestrian was struck by a van and killed as she crossed Geary Boulevard at Ninth Avenue. The van had been traveling southbound on Ninth Avenue and turned onto eastbound Geary Boulevard.
Both accidents are under investigation in the Hit and Run Detail.
The angle of the morning and afternoon sun this time of year limits visibility of drivers as they travel our major east-west thoroughfares. Please be careful when you are crossing the street. Motorists should drive carefully and defensively, and slow down.
The loss of two members of our community weighs heavily on the hearts of officers of Richmond Station. Their families are in our prayers.
During the past week, there were 30 traffic accidents, 8 involving injuries. There were 4 citations issued for driving without a license or driving on a suspended license. There were 2 arrests for driving under the influence.
We are in the process of forming a community advisory board for the Richmond Police District. If the notion of participating interests you, kindly send me an email and I will send you some literature that describes the functions of the board, time commitments and objectives. Our first meeting is here at the station on December 2, 2009 at 6:45 pm.
Due to the holidays, our next newsletter will be sent out on Friday, 12/04/09.
On 11/20 at 2:30pm officers responded to the 1800 block of Divisadero Street regarding a suspect from a previous theft. The caller stated that a female suspect had just been in their store, and that it was the same suspect who had stolen jewelry two weeks prior. A description was provided and officers searched the area. Plainclothes officers located the suspect at Sutter and Fillmore a short time later. When explaining to the suspect why she was being stopped, she said â€œI didnâ€™t steal anything today,â€ and that she hadnâ€™t â€œstole anything from Divisadero in a couple of weeks.â€ The 46-year-old female was charged with theft and probation violation.
On 11/21/09 at 8:23pm plainclothes officers responded to a call of a male attempting to break into vehicles in the area of Pine and Steiner Streets. A description was provided by the caller and officers observed the suspect at California and Steiner. They began to surveil the suspect and saw him look into windows of parked cars, and try the door handles. The suspect continually looked around to see if anyone was watching him and finally went to a Toyota that was parked on Fillmore near Sacramento Street. The suspect opened the door and rummaged around the interior before finally exiting. The suspect was detained by the officers. The suspect, a 20-year-old male who is on felony probation, was charged with the auto burglary and violation of probation.
On 11/22 at 3:35pm, officers were called to the Public Library on 9th Ave regarding a male who had just taken numerous DVDâ€™s. The witness had alerted the staff and followed the male out of the premise. The suspect was seen boarding a 38 Geary MUNI line headed towards downtown. At 6th Ave and Geary, two officers were preparing to board a MUNI bus and saw that it was the same coach number as provided by the witness. The officers located the suspect on the bus and he was in possession of 46 DVDâ€™s that he had taken from the library. The 34 year old male was charged with burglary and theft.
Between 11/19/09 11:00pm and 11/20, 6:00am on the 400 block of Clement Street a suspect entered a business by prying open the front door. The suspect took cash.
On 11/21/09 between 12:00am and 7:40am on the 3600 block of Balboa, a suspect entered a business by removing the louvered windows from above the front door. Once inside a sliding window was removed from the frame. The suspect(s) took cash, a flat screen TV and a computer.
On 11/21/09 between 3:15pm and 3:30pm on the 200 block of 3rd Avenue, a suspect lit newspaper on fire and left it under the front stairs of a residence. A neighbor reported that she had seen three young teenagers leave the area minutes before. There was minimal damage to the property.Crime | Comments Off
You may remember the profile of 90-year old Paul’s Hats that appeared in the Chronicle in September.
Located at 6128 Geary, the men’s hat shop was taken over by four twenty-something women who are determined to bring the fun, glamour and civility back to men’s hats.
They announced on their blog that they’ll host an open studio on December 1 during their regular shop hours from 11am – 7pm.
Then from 7-10pm, they’ll spice things up with a winter gala complete with film projections, holiday drinks, and wine. The invitation states “Please dress your best, and come shmooze with some hat lovers!”
You’ll also see the shop decorated with “extravagant Christmas themed window displays”, transforming the shop “into a winter wonderhat land!”
Stop by to peek in on the rejuvenated shop and wish the ladies of Paul’s Hats a happy holiday season. Be sure to wear your best hat!
P.S. – Paul’s Hats also organized a flash hat mob in Union Square a few weekends ago. Check out the video from the event:
As part of their “5th Sunday Filmsâ€ series, Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church will show the animated film “UP” this weekend.
Neighbors are invited to attend a free screening of the Disney Pixar animated film that chronicles the adventures of 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen as he sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America.
But Carl’s not taking a traditional mode of travel. He ties thousands of balloons to his house but soon after lift-off, learns he isnâ€™t alone on his journey, since Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years his junior, has inadvertently become a stowaway on the trip.
Admission is free. The film begins at 1pm in Burnside Hall and will be followed by a short discussion. Refershments and soft drinks will be served.
Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church is located at 417 31st Avenue at Clement.
Last week, The Chronicle profiled Dawn Miller, one of our more fashionable residents an entrepeneurs. This past June, she launched AliceandIsa.com, an online fashion boutique that specializes in local designers.
Miller says “I knew there were some boutiques in the city that focused on local designers, but a lot of times they carry avant-garde stuff. There was really no one place you could go to buy clothing and accessories you could wear every day and that were made in San Francisco.”
The website is named after two fictional women, Alice and Isa, “who encapsulate the range of San Francisco style”. On the site you can shop for apparel, accessories, handbags, jewelry, and more, all from about 25 designers that live or work in San Francisco.
Miller operates the website out of a studio in her Outer Richmond District home where she’s watched site traffic increase from 30 visitors per day to nearly 600. Future plans for the site include adding interior design items and detailed biographies about the designers.
Miller is a mother of three young boys, and gets them involved in the family business too. She also runs a fashion blog, Mom Wore This, where she posts photos of herself in her non-soccer-mom outfits. Taken by her kids, she call the pictures “fun but silly!”. A post from last week features shots of her jumping over a backyard hole in her skirt and heels.
Aside from making money off her venture, Miller also wants her site to make a difference to her local community. “The point of Alice and Isa is to be that place you can go to find something special that’s locally made, so that the money stays within our community and you’re supporting designers who live here.”
Miller also donates 10 percent of sales toward the San Francisco-based environmental organization For the Bayou.
Sarah B.Business, Shopping | 1 comment
[UPDATE: Just bought my tix to this; only a handful left!]
Rick Prelinger is a San Francisco native who is known as a historian and “guerrilla archivist”, because he collects random bits of old video of the city and puts them into collections known as the Lost Landscapes of San Francisco.
On Friday, December 4, Rick will present his fourth installment. He’ll share an eclectic montage of rediscovered and rarely-seen film clips showing life, landscapes, labor and leisure in a vanished San Francisco as captured by amateurs, newsreel cameramen and industrial filmmakers.
Rick is also a longtime resident of the Richmond District, and this fourth series will include footage from a video collection from a Chinese family that lives in the neighborhood. In a recent interview with spotsunknown.com, Rick describes the footage he discovered:
We’re going to have a bunch of footage from a Chinese-American family that actually lives across the street from us in the Richmond District who started shooting home movies in 1945, when they lived in Chinatown. And there’s great footage of life in Chinatown, and visits to Playland and to the playground at Golden Gate park – really beautiful, evocative, and it’s a very sweet family, too…
And I just looked [at the footage], and there was a fender bender at 15th and Balboa in the ’50s, with all these old cars all over the place, and everybody watching. There was a pickup band of kids playing on the sidewalk, both Anglo and Chinese-American kids all playing music together, just on the sidewalk, on 15th Avenue in the early ’60s.
In the interview, Rick also talks about why he likes living in the Richmond District:
Richmond is great. It’s quiet on the residential streets, but it’s busy and full of life on the busy streets. It’s very diverse. It’s much more diverse than other parts of the city. I think it’s more diverse than the Mission in a lot of ways. It’s not as crowded. You know, you don’t have that unbelievable density that you have in the east side of town. You can walk to the ocean. You can walk to Golden Gate Bridge. We’re a block and a half from Golden Gate Park.
In 2004, Rick and his wife founded The Prelinger Library, located downtown and described as “an appropriation-friendly, browsable collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals, printed ephemera and government documents.” Much of the collection is online at archive.org.
For Rick, pulling together archival footage of San Francisco isn’t necessarily for nostalgic purposes. In the interview, he says, “The funny thing about Lost Landscapes is that it would be wrong to say that it’s all about the past. It’s not intended to be nostalgic. It’s intended to be a look back at the way people lived. But I’m especially interested in it because the past can be predictive. I’m interested in looking at how the present has been constructed out of the past, and because of that, how the present is going to construct the future.”
Lost Landscapes of San Francisco Pt. 4 screens on Friday, December 4 at the Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Avenue. Doors open at 7pm, with Rick’s lecture and screening from 7:30 – 9pm. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance.
Sarah B.History | 3 comments
For several years now, the Balboa Theater has put San Francisco Food Bank collection barrels in the lobby during the holidays. They’ll do it again this year, encouraging neighbors to donate food items for those battling hunger in the city.
The foods most needed are rice, pasta, canned fruits and vegetables, canned tuna and meats, soups, stews, chili, peanut butter and cereal. They must be in unopened containers and not be perishable. No glass containers or items that require refrigeration please.
The SF Food Bank estimates that 150,000 people in San Francisco face hunger every day. They provide food to over 132,000 people every year through 600+ community food programs, from working families to senior citizens.
With the help of community drives like the one at the Balboa Theater and private donations, the SF Food Bank will distribute over 33 million pounds of food this year.
So the next time you’re in the grocery store, pick up some extra items and then drive by the Balboa to donate during their business hours (~2pm – 11pm every day). The Balboa Theater is located at 3630 Balboa Street, between 37th and 38th Avenues.
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