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Police Blotter – January 8, 2010

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of January 8, 2010. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org or visit their website.]

On 01/01/10 at 9:15pm officers responded to a call of two male juveniles using a flashlight to looking into parked vehicles. The caller stated the suspects were in the area of California and Pierce Streets and provided the dispatcher with descriptions. Officers found the suspects and, as officers approached one of the suspects dropped an I-pod to the ground. In a search of the immediate area, officers also located a laptop computer. Officers were able to locate the vehicle and victim who identified the property as belonging to him. The two 14 year old suspects were charged with the theft and then released to their parents.

On 01/02/10 at 3:30pm officers conducted a traffic stop on the 2000 block of Divisadero. The driver had committed a moving violation and was driving on a suspended license. Upon a search of the vehicle prior to being towed, officers located narcotics in the vehicle. The 61 year old male was charged with narcotic violations and driving on a suspended license.

On 01/02/10 at 4:30pm officers responded to a call of a male breaking into a car at the rear of the Academy of Sciences building. The caller provided a description of both the suspects and the vehicle they had broken into. Officers searched the area and located one of the suspects at 2nd Avenue and Clement Street. A 39 year old male was charged with auto burglary.

On 01/02/10 at 11:38pm officers encountered a group of 4 young males standing on the corner of 14th and Geary, drinking beer. Officers determined that one of the males was intoxicated and unable to care for himself. The officers detained the male for public intoxication and found among his possession pills which appeared to be Ecstasy, and other narcotics. The 18 year old male was charged accordingly.

On 01/04/10 at 5:20pm officers were on 6th Avenue and Geary when they observed a male doing graffiti on the bus shelter. The 14 year old male was charged with vandalism and released to his parent.

On 12/29/09 at 7:20pm a victim had just parked his car on the 100 block of 9th Avenue inside his garage. A suspect entered the garage and struck the victim from behind, demanded the victim’s wallet. The victim was forced to the ground as the suspect continued to strike him. Moments later the suspect left with the victim’s wallet and phone. The victim was taken to a local hospital for his injuries. The suspect was described as a male 20 to 30 years of age wearing a brown jacket and dark colored pants.

Between 01/02/10 and 01/04/10 a suspect entered a business on the 3500 block of Sacramento and took numerous items of clothing. There were no signs of forced entry.

On 01/02/10 at 6:20pm on the 600 block of 22nd Avenue a suspect went into an open garage and rode off with the victim’s bike. A neighbor witnessed this and alerted the victim.

Between 01/02/10 at 10:00pm and 01/03/10 at 9:00am on the 100 block of 25th Avenue a suspect entered a garage and took two bikes. There were no signs of forced entry.

Between 01/03/10 at 4:45pm and 01/04/10 at 7:00am on the 3600 block of Scramento a suspect gained entry into an office building and took keys. There were no signs of forced entry.

On 01/04/10 at 9:35am a victim had just left the bank at 39th Avenue and Balboa after making a cash withdrawal. As she exited she put the money into a bag and into her jacket pocket. The suspect then ran up from behind the victim and grabbed the bag from her jacket, and then fled north on 39th Avenue. The suspect was described as a male, 20 to 25 years, with a skinny build and wearing jeans.

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Restaurant news

In food news this week, Burma Superstar announced via Twitter that they are now closed on Tuesdays but open on Mondays. Sort of odd but I’m sure they have their reasons. So remember, no BS on Tuesdays anymore! And do you know the trick for how to skip the wait?

In their latest top restaurant list, Eater 38, EaterSF.com added a Richmond Japanese restaurant, Halu (312 8th Avenue), to the list at #21. EaterSF writes:

“You’d be hard-pressed to find better okonomiyaki in the city. And you’d be hard-pressed to find a better restaurant with lava lamps as well. Throw in the Beatles decor, the offal-laden yakitori, and the friendly family vibe, decent ramen and the tiny Halu’s a win.”

Richmond District restaurants Namu (“Namu is a family affair and it feels like it. Ingredients are top notch, and it’s quickly become one of the best modern Asian places in town. And the Korean tacos are on the menu now.”), Aziza (“Mourad Lahlou is a chef that should/will soon be on the national radar. His Cal-Moroccan cuisine is only getting better with three-star chef Louis Maldonado aboard.”) and the Cliff House (“George Morrone is dearly departed, but the ocean view is still the best in the city. A simple reminder of why you live in San Francisco.”) maintained their postitions on the list. 4 out of 38 – not bad Richmond District!

Sarah B.

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Painting day at Muriel Leff Park, Jan. 16

The Richmond’s favorite mini oasis, Muriel Leff Park on 7th Avenue, needs some helping hands on January 16 to give it a fresh paint job.

The SFNPC is looking for 6-8 volunteers to help paint and repair some of the splintered and faded wooden elements in the park, namely the kiosk and fence.

The workday will only last from 9am-12pm, so if you’re available on Saturday, January 16 and handy with a paintbrush, please click here to sign up for the event.

Sarah B.

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Burgers and fries delivered to your doorstep

Located at 4th Avenue and Balboa, new restaurant Uncle Boy’s is serving up a simple menu that consists of just a few items: hamburgers, wings, fries or onion rings, and soft drinks.

SFWeekly reports that the new hamburger house also delivers to addresses within the Richmond District. Hurrah!

SFWeekly also sheds light on the origin of Uncle Boy’s name, saying “it has special significance within the Pinoy community. It’s a tribute to family, since just about everyone in the Philippines is said to have an Uncle Boy or Auntie Baby.” The restaurant menu also includes some Filipino items like turon and lumpia.

Uncle Boy’s is open Sunday-Wednesday from 11:30am until midnight, and until 2am Thursday through Saturday.

Given the amount of Chinese, Thai and pizza I get delivered to my door, it’s nice to see another option available. Then again, I’m not sure how a burger and fries would hold up after a 10+ minute journey? But I’m willing to try!

Has anybody tried their burgers? Yelp reviewers are very positive: “the fries are flippin’ awesome!” “A small diner-like joint that’s makes REALLY good American burgers.” The photo in this post is from their Yelp page; I think that’s the Uncle Boy himself in the middle.

Sarah B.

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New website for Ocean Beach lovers (ob-kc.com)

Whether you’re into surfing, walking, running or biking out at Ocean Beach, you’ll be interested in a new local website, Ocean Beach – Kelly’s Cove.

Started by west side resident Hugh Bosely, the site offers visitors a real-time, snapshot view of what’s happening at Ocean Beach.

It’s particularly useful for those who surf the waves at Ocean Beach or like to walk, run or bike by the water. The site contains the current weather conditions, tide tables, radar, wind conditions and more.

But seeing is believing when it comes to weather and surfing conditions, so the site’s “Surf Cam” is one of its greatest features. During daylight hours, the front page refreshes a high resolution image every 60 seconds from its camera mounted above the Great Highway near Balboa.

Or jump to the time lapse page and see a full hour’s worth of images in about a minute. Time lapse movies are compiled at the top of every hour, and at the end of the day, a daily composite is made available. Check out the one below from January 6.

Hugh says he started the website because as an avid windsurfer, he was never able to find wind conditions for Kelly’s Cove despite it being one of the most popular places along Ocean Beach to surf. He originally hosted a surf cam on Weather Underground where it received thousands of visitors a month, but decided to move it to its own website so he could publish high resolution images of Ocean Beach’s conditions.

Hugh also owns Full Sphere Studios near Twin Peaks, which provides support services to Bay Area architecture and engineering firms. With the Ocean Beach – Kelly’s Cove website, Hugh also wants to help promote local businesses and foster a sense of community around the beach. To that end, ob-kc.com offers free banner space to Outer Richmond businesses. And be sure to click on the “Flava” tab for a guide to nearby restaurants.

The site is also taking nominations for Edge-of-the-Western-World Ambassadors, or as Hugh describes them, “waterwomen and watermen who have integrated Ocean Beach into their lifestyle including surfers of all kinds, beach walkers / runners, the traction set, fishermen, sun-worshipers, dog clubs and others”. One of his first ambassadors is Sally who gathers up trash three times a week along the beach.

The site will also celebrate the efforts of the SFFD and the Beach Patrol who not only rescue stranded surfers, but also work to raise awareness about elusive rip tides. Watch for the site to also promote beach clean-ups and other pro-beach, pro-conservation efforts.

Hugh says the website has been well-received so far. “I’ve got a lot of positive feedback from the kite and windsurf community, the landlocked near and far including a woman in Tennessee who enjoys watching the ships come and go and Pacific sunsets in real time.”

The next time you’re thinking about a trip to Ocean Beach, check Ocean Beach – Kelly’s Cove to see what’s going on. You can also follow Ocean Beach – Kelly’s Cove on Twitter or Facebook.

Sarah B.

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Overnight Doyle Drive ramp closure on Sunday

In addition to the longterm ramp closure beginning on January 10, constructions crews will also close the Southbound Doyle Drive/Hwy 101 to Southbound Park Presidio/ Hwy 1 ramp from 11pm on January 10 until 5am on January 11. This is the ramp you would take when coming from from Marin to reach the Richmond District.

It’s just a one night closure so crews can re-stripe the off-ramp to add an additional exit lane (increasing from one to two lanes).

Sarah B.

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Dramatic dusk over the Legion

Photo by Wolfgang Schubert

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Free Vintage Paper Fair in GGP this weekend

In our current digital age, the art of paper is quickly fading. This Saturday and Sunday you can get back to (beautiful) basics at the Vintage Paper Fair in Golden Gate Park.

At the fair you’ll find vintage postcards, photos, trade cards, stereoviews, photography, labels, brochures, transportation, sports memorabilia, prints and many other types of vintage collectible paper.

You’re also likely to see lots of local history. Vintage postcards like the ones I found below of our own neighborhood are sure to be on display from exhibitors.

If you already own something you think is of value, bring it to the show for a free appraisal from fair organizer Hal Lutsky.

The event is held Saturday from 10-6 and Sunday from 10-4 at the County Fair Building near 9th Avenue and Lincoln in Golden Gate Park. Admission is free both days.

Sarah B.

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