Richmond resident Rick Homan got in touch with me the other day to tell me about his latest composition, entitled “I Can’t Afford to Go on Living”. The song is Rick’s humorous and deadpan story about the perils of our health care system.
Rick says “It may not bring Republicans and Democrats together on the issue, but it might get people to take a break from yelling at each other.” I hear ya, Rick.
Rick is a full-time guitarist who moved to the Richmond District in 2006 after 21 years in Philadelphia playing in jazz bands. You can catch Rick live at The Bazaar Cafe on November 6, or visit his website to check out more songs, videos, or to sign up for his guitar lessons.
In a surprising decision yesterday, the Planning Commission voted to deny the demolition permit for 673-675 44th Avenue. The decision was unexpected given the preliminary recommendation from the Commission to not take the discretionary review and approve project.
Like something out of a Sopranos episode, Planning Commission President Ron Miguel announced at the very end of the hearing that he had been offered a bribe to vote yes on one of the hearing’s agenda items.
Miguel did not specify which item prompted the underhanded behavior, but stated “I just want it made quite public that anyone who’s going to attempt that is NOT going to get through by vote”. The video below shows this clip from the hearing.
When someone in the crowd asked if the bribe was related to the 44th Avenue agenda item, Miguel did not answer. Neighbors will never know but after a year of fighting the development, they are very happy with the Planning Commission’s latest ruling.
UPDATE: In a September 28 SF Examiner story, Planning Commission President Ron Miguel confirmed that the bribe, which was a bottle of wine, was from the sponsors of the 673-675 44th Avenue project. Miguel said the gift “wasn’t legally a bribe,” and went on to say that it was not associated with a request to vote to approve the project. Miguel said he was angry over the incident at the time and shouldn’t have used the word “bribe”.
This Saturday from 10am to 1pm, the Richmond District Neighborhood Center will host a Multicultural Children’s Art Program Open House to kick off registration for their Fall classes. The theme for their next session is “The Arts of Egypt.”
MCAP will be offering ten, one-day workshops this Fall ranging from “Pyramid Sculpture” to “Reed Boats and Mummies” to “Egyptian Mask Making”. Workshops are designed for kids age 6-12 years and class size is limited to 15. There is a $10 suggested donation per class.
Stop by the open house on Saturday to sign up for Fall Art Workshops while you meet the artists, view past art projects, and enjoy live performances.
The RDNC is also looking for a new Employment Programs Coordinator whose job is to “provide support throughout the employment of youth (including pre and post) through referrals, job readiness workshops, and one-on-one support”.
The Richmond District Neighborhood Center is located at 741 30th Avenue.
There’s a lot going on in the park this weekend! Whether you’re looking for good music, fun events for the kids, art, or just a cold beer, the park has got you covered this weekend.
A lot of these events are taking place in and around the museums area, so be prepared for tough parking. Walk, bike or bus is recommended!
Academy of Sciences Anniversary festivities
Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 3pm
Two million visitors have walked through their doors since they re-opened a year ago. That’s a lot of fingertips pressed to fish tanks! To celebrate their birthday, the Academy is hosting all kinds of fun events this Saturday and Sunday. Watch dance performances, listen to African drummers, learn the secrets of the stars, explore the living roof, catch their new planetarium show “Journey to the Stars” narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, and much, much more. Oh and live snake demonstrations too! See the full schedule of events
Independent Arts Expo | Music Concourse | Saturday, 11am – 6pm
Come out and meet your neighborhood blogger at the 10th annual Independent Arts Expo, billed as the â€œonly grassroots connection fair for independent arts, music & cultureâ€. I’ll have a table for the blog so pop by to say hello, check out some old photos and newspapers from our ‘hood or pick up a Richmond tee. There will be plenty to see and do at the expo, including live mural painting and over 200 exhibitors.
Tour de Fat | Speedway Meadow | Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Oil your bike chains and don your capes, crowns, tutus and tuxedos! Tour de Fat is going to be a hoot and holler when it rolls into San Francisco. The ballyhoo of bikes and beer is sponsored by the New Belgium Brewing Company, makers of the acclaimed Fat Tire beer. Enjoy performance, a bike parade, and “afternoon ballyhoo”. I swear, that’s what it says!
Now & Zen Fest 2009 | Sharon Meadow | Sunday, 12noon – 5pm
Put on by Alice 97.3 radio, big names will be out for this free music festival. Listen to live performances from Train, Colbie Caillat, Howie Day, and Dashboard Confessional. Plus lots of Zen Fun from body art to psychic readings. Did I mention it’s free? Oh yeah.
Here’s an unofficial video for Train’s latest song, “Hey, Soul Sister,” from their upcoming album, ‘Save Me, San Francisco,’ available October 27.
At the festival, you’ll be handed a voting card upon entry and asked to vote for the ONE film you think should win. Votes are tallied by each theater across the country that shows the festival and sent through to Manhattan Short headquarters. The winning short film is then announced on Tuesday September 29th in New York City.
This Saturday, the Park Presidio Neighbors will host their thirteenth annual Fall Festival and Neighborhood Block Party.
The festival will take place on the 400 Block of 14th Avenue at Anza from 11am to 2pm. Bring your family, pets and neighbors, along with a potluck dish to share.
Highlights include a BBQ and potluck buffet, a petting zoo, kid’s activity table, a pet parade, bingo and more.
Started in 1997, the Park Presidio Neighbors is a neighborhood association formed to enhance the beauty and safety of the Park Presidio Boulevard neighborhood in cooperation with various private, city and state agencies.
It’s an entirely volunteer organization comprised of hundreds of San Francisco residents of the Richmond District, predominantly from the geographic area bounded by Lake and Fulton streets and Funston street to 14th Avenue.
We don’t have a lot of four star restaurants in the Richmond, so when a chef of George Morrone’s caliber comes onto the scene as he did last December at the Cliff House, we take notice. Prior to the Cliff House, Morrone led the kitchens at downtown eateries Aqua and Fifth Floor.
But it turns out his stint at the Sutro’s of the Cliff House was short-lived. The Chronicle’s Scoop column reports today that Morrone has moved on. His original consulting contract was only for a few months, so the Cliff House was lucky to have him on board until Labor Day.
Taking the helm as co-chef will be 32-year-old Patrick Prager, who last cooked at Michael Mina’s restaurant in Los Angeles, XIV. Prager arrived at the Cliff House a little over a month ago to work with Morrone.
“George brought some exciting new ideas. We hope to keep it going,” Kevin Weber says, executive chef and director of food operations. “Patrick is young and energetic and has some of his own ideas,” which will show up on the menu over the next several weeks.