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Sand artist Andres Amador featured in new Afrikaans music video

Local sand artist Andres Amador, known for the intricate designs that he etches into the sands of Ocean Beach, is featured in a new Afrikaans language music video from an artist named Rozanne Gewaar.

Gewaar moved to California and began researching beaches for the video shoot when she came across Amador’s work.

“It took a while to come together because he was traveling and has to work when the tides and sand consistency is right,” Gewaar told us.

In the video for “Klein Gode” (Small Gods), which was shot at Fort Funston, Stoman walks among the cliffs and trails above the beach as Amador works on a large design in the setting sun.

Gewaar wrote the song and says it’s “part love song, but also speaks to the creative process and ambitions”.

In an online interview, Amador said though he normally works alone, he enjoyed this collaboration.

“I love that it’s Afrikaans. I love that I don’t know the words, I don’t understand or know the language but the sounds are so beautiful that I really appreciate it,” Amador said.

Sarah B.

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Laughing Sal, Mergatroid, LouSeal & Doggie Diner were riding Muni…

By @danbransfield

Local artist Dan Bransfield tweeted out this fun illustration yesterday of some San Francisco icons gabbing away on a Muni bus.

All of them on their way to work, no doubt ;)

Sarah B.

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 10:30 am | Posted under Art | 4 comments

Artist open studios in the Richmond District, November 8 & 9

Big Leaves by Jay Mercado

This Saturday and Sunday, artists across the Richmond District will open their studios as part of ArtSpan’s SF Open Studios event.

Stop by any of the locations on the map below between 11am and 6pm on either Saturday or Sunday to meet the artist and see their work (scroll down in the map window to see the list of artists as well).

We have artists in the neighborhood that create in a variety of mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media.

Artist Jay Mercado, known in the neighborhood for his donut paintings and other American icons often hanging in his studio window on the corner of 10th and California, is celebrating the 20th anniversary in his studio space.

“When I realized my art studio has been up and running in the same location since 1994, I was semi-mind-boggled. Twenty years? I’ve changed. My art has changed. San Francisco has changed. And I’m still here,” he wrote in an email inviting people to his studio during the weekend event.

Arion Press just inside the Presidio gate at 14th Avenue will also be open for the event.

This weekend’s Open Studios also include the neighborhoods Fort Mason, Marina, Pacific Heights, Russian Hill, North Beach, Hayes Valley, NOPA, Haight, Buena Vista, The Presidio, Sunset, West Portal, Oceanview. Check out all the artists participating across this city this weekend.

Sarah B.

View Open Studios – Richmond District | Nov. 8 & 9 in a full screen map

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Police Blotter: November 6, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of November 6, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

We wish to invite you to our next Community Meeting at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. The meeting will be held at the Richmond/Senator Milton Marks Branch Library located at 351 9th Ave.

On 10/30/2014 at 10:30 am, Officer Eddie Wu was enjoying his day off on Clement St. When Officer Wu is on duty he walks a foot beat on Clement St., and knows all the residents and the merchants. A merchant approached Officer Wu, regarding a possible person involved in the Chinese Blessing Scams. Officer Wu contacted the person with the help of another Officer. The man provided the Officers with a false ID and was in possession of Chinese fortune telling tools. Through Officer Wu’s dedication and hard work, another scam artist is off the street. Great work Officer Wu!

On 10/30/2014 at approximately 11:05 am at the Buffalo Paddock, two people enjoying Golden Gate Park were approached by an unknown male suspect. The suspect then quickly grabbed one of the victim’s backpacks. When the victim attempted to get their backpack back, the suspect brandished a gun and fled in an unknown direction. The investigation continues…

On 10/30/2014 at 3:00 pm, an Officer on patrol in the area of El Camino Del Mar, observed a vehicle fail to stop at a posted stop sign. The Officer initiated a traffic stop, cited the driver for failure to stop at a posted stop sign and driving with an expired California driver’s license.

On 10/31/2014 at 4:52 am, Officers responded to McAllister St., regarding a robbery. Homeowners were startled awake by their front door handle moving and the sound of glass shattering. They looked out the window and noticed a man fleeing with their Halloween skeleton! When the homeowner approached the suspect, the suspect quickly brandished a knife. Officers arrived on scene and located the suspect. A computer check of the suspect revealed the suspect was on probation for burglary and had a no bail warrant. An arrest search of the suspect revealed he was in possession of burglary tools and suspected methamphetamine. The suspect was later booked at County Jail… Looks like he went trick or treating at the wrong house…

On 10/31/2014 at approximately 7:32 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of California and Maple St., observed a vehicle driving with expired tabs. The Officers conducted a traffic stop which resulted in the driver being cited for expired registration and driving on an expired license.

On 10/31/2014 at 9:10 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Divisadero and Geary Blvd., observed a vehicle driving with prohibited blue front lights. The Officers conducted a traffic stop which resulted in the driver also being cited for driving without a valid California driver’s license.

On 10/31/2014 at 11:15 pm, Officers responded to the Sutro Heights area, regarding a fight between roommates. The roommate that was injured told the Officers the suspect fled the house. While the Officers were still on scene, another roommate told them the suspect just walked past the front door. The Officers stopped the suspect and a computer check revealed he had a felony warrant out of Monterey Co. The suspect was later booked on his warrant and the battery of his roommate.

On 11/01/2014 at approximately 1:30 pm, Officers were patrolling the area of Fort Miley near Lands End Lookout. The Officers observed a male in a camper passed out in the driver’s seat. The male appeared very pale and looked as though he wasn’t breathing. The Officers conducted a well-being check on the male, by tapping on the window. When the male woke up he told Officers he must have fallen asleep while watching a movie. A computer check on the California driver’s license provided by the driver revealed he was currently on probation and had a search condition. A search of the camper revealed a quantity of suspected Marijuana in clear zip lock bags and a digital weighing scale. The male was later booked for transporting and possession for sales.

On 11/02/2014 at 1:15 am, an Officer was in the area of Funston and Fulton St. when he observed a vehicle traveling 20 MPH over the 35 MPH speed limit. The Officer initiated an enforcement stop on the vehicle. When the Officer contacted the driver, he observed that the driver appeared to be under the influence of narcotics. The Officer conducted a battery of field tests, which the driver did not complete satisfactorily. Based on the Officer’s observations and investigation, the driver was booked at County Jail for driving under the influence of Narcotics. Thanks to Ofc. Yee, one more impaired is off the street.

On 11/02/2014 at 8:10 am, Officers responded to the Safeway located on 7th Ave., regarding a shop lifting incident. The Officers met with the manager of the store who told them the suspects fled in a vehicle with the stolen loot. An Officer put out the description of the suspects to the other responding units. Officers located two people that matched the description of the suspects on the corner of 7th Ave. and Geary Blvd. One suspect was positively identified as being involved in the shop lifting incident. A computer check of the suspect revealed he was on active probation and had a search condition. Officers conducted a search of the suspect and located several burglary tools. The male suspect was later booked at County Jail for burglary and possession of burglary tools.

On 11/03/2014 at 3:30 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of John F. Kennedy Dr. and Conservatory Dr., observed a male riding a bicycle traveling against traffic, in violation of the California Vehicle Code. The Officers stopped the male and a computer check revealed he had an outstanding $30,000.00 warrant. An arrest search of the male revealed he was in possession of drug paraphernalia, suspected methamphetamine and several burglary tools. The male was later booked into County Jail. Another great arrest by Officer Ison and Officer Goold!

On 11/04/2014 at 11:45 am, Officers on patrol in the area of Geary and Arguello observed a vehicle that failed to yield to two pedestrians in the crosswalk. The officers initiated a traffic stop which resulted in the driver also being cited for driving without a valid California driver’s license.

On 11/04/2014 at 5:30 pm, Officers responded to a call of a possible bicycle theft on the 700 block of Cabrillo St. When the Officers arrived they found the male suspect using a torch to melt a bicycle lock. The male was unable to prove the bicycle he was attempting to free was actually his property. Not to mention he was operating a flammable device without taking reasonable precautions, and he was less than 5 ft. away from several parked vehicles! The male suspect was in violation of several Health and Safety sections. An arrest search was performed and suspected methamphetamine was located on the suspect. The male was later booked at County Jail on several violations. Great job Officer Finigan and Officer Lok!

On 11/04/2014 at 2:06 am, Officers were patrolling the area of Parker St., and observed a male with a flashlight looking into vehicles. The Officers are familiar with this area of the Richmond District and know at times it can get hit hard with vehicle break-ins. The Officers contacted the male and he quickly attempted to leave the area. As the male’s van door was sliding open, a baggie, in plain view was on the floor of the van near the door. Trained in narcotics recognition, the Officers immediately recognized this as suspected methamphetamine. The male was later booked into County Jail. A big thank you to Ofc. Anderson and Ofc. Rotschi for their hard work.

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49ers cheerleaders at Bambu Cafe this Sunday for 2015 calendar signing

On Sunday, November 9, a few of the 49ers Gold Rush cheerleaders will be at Bambu Cafe (6050 Geary at 25th Avenue) to sign autographs and their new 2015 Gold Rush Calendar.

The cheerleaders will be there from 1 to 3pm. Stop by to meet them and watch some of Sunday’s NFL action at the cafe, which specializes in Vietnamese desserts and with blends of fresh tropical fruits, coconut, jellies, beans and aromatic coffees and teas.

Hut, hut, hike!

Sarah B.

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 5:10 am | Posted under Events, Sports | 7 comments

Droolworthy: Award-winning Jade Chocolates to open store on Geary & 6th

If you’ve spent any time at the Clement Street Farmer’s Market, and you like chocolate (who doesn’t?), then you have probably sampled some Jade Chocolates. And if you haven’t, you’re missing out.

Jade Chocolates has been around for 8 years, and has won awards for its chocolates and confections that blend teas and spices from Asia and the Pacific Islands. The popular Genmai bar blends in roasted brown rice mixed with jasmine tea (and also comes as little chocolate Buddhas!), and the Dragon’s Breath bar features smokey lapsang souchang tea, roasted sesame, and red chili. Their Terracotta Bar (tamari soy sauce almonds and sea salt) won in the Best New Product category at the San Francisco Chocolate Salon.

But it’s just now that owner Mindy Fong has embarked on opening her first storefront which will be located here in the Richmond District.

The shop will be on Geary near 6th Avenue, next to the Coco Cafe. As Fong says in her Kickstarter video, she chose the space because of its central location and proximity to other businesses. And perhaps most importantly, because it will be the only artisan chocolate shop on the west side of San Francisco.

Fong’s entrepreneurial spirit came from her grandfather, who owned several businesses in San Francisco after immigrating from China. A self-taught chocolatier, Fong weaves her family’s history, heritage and influences into her confections.

In addition to selling award-winning chocolates in the new shop, Fong has plans to add a line of hot chocolates, pastries and baked goods also with Asian and Pacific Island influences.

Jade Chocolates hopes to open by the holidays but needs to raise some more funds to finish construction on the space. Check out their Kickstarter to learn more and lend your support.

So far the campaign has raised about $7,500 of its $20,000 goal. Rewards for backers range from boxes of handmade truffles to various gift baskets of Jade’s bars, confections and new hot chocolate products.

In the meantime, be sure to stop by the Jade Chocolates booth at the Clement Street Farmer’s Market every Sunday. It’s a delicious stop and I for one can’t wait to have fine chocolates just around the corner every day. :)

Sarah B.

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 4:15 am | Posted under Business, Food | 1 comment

Vote Yes on Proposition I tomorrow

We don’t get very political here on the blog, but every now and then, an issue comes up that hits home to me personally.

I’ve written before about my support for the new soccer fields at Beach Chalet. As a high school student, I grew up playing soccer on those fields. Even back then, they were our least favorite place to play as a team because they were torn up, full of gopher holes, and murder on the ankles. Not to mention any kind of inclement weather closed them down, and one field – even to this day – is always out of use.

Today, the fields and surrounding area are in the exact same condition that they were nearly 25 years ago. The restrooms are tired and dilapidated (and not ADA compliant), the fields are constantly in need of attention, one field is always out of use, and the surrounding bushes and trails are considered dangerous.

The Beach Chalet soccer field renovation project is long overdue. The improvements that Proposition I calls for include replacing the fields with artificial turf, adding lights for night play, renovating the restrooms, adding a small playground next to the fields, and building low-profile spectator seating. In short, the ingredients for a top-notch soccer complex that will serve kids and adults alike for years to come.

The project has been through a myriad of reviews and approvals at every level. The opposing Proposition H on the ballot, which you should vote NO on if you want these new fields, is the last ditch effort of some residents who just can’t face the fact that it’s time for progress at Beach Chalet. Soccer is a growing sport- why should more and more teams have to leave the city to find good fields to play on?

Beach Chalet has always been a soccer field complex – it’s time to make it better.

A yes on Proposition I means more time for soccer – it’s as simple as that. The proposed improvements would bring all four fields into use year-round and provide expanded hours into the early evening. Currently, the Beach Chalet fields can host 4,738 hours of annual play. The proposed renovations would double the hours of play to 9,582 each year for both soccer and lacrosse players.

These types of artificial turf soccer fields are not new to San Francisco, and have been in use for several years. There’s no good reason why they shouldn’t be a part of Golden Gate Park, and help expand recreation options for our residents.

I’ll be voting Yes on I tomorrow. I hope you’ll join me in doing so.

Sarah B.

A conceptual, overhead rendering of the four renovated fields at Beach Chalet

An overhead view showing the renovated parking, playground and seating area.

The proposed 18-inch raised walkway featuring built-in spectator
benches runs across the center of the fields.

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 10:49 am | Posted under Golden Gate Park | 95 comments

Photos: Halloween 2014 in the Richmond District

Thankfully mother nature took a rain check and the skies cleared on Friday night. Here are some pics from the Lake Street festivities, and merchants along Clement Street that welcomed in trick or treaters. We hope everyone had a Happy Halloween!

Photo by Jason S.

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Photo by Laura C.

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Photo by Annika E.

Whole Hershey bars at Park Life! Photo by Annika E.

Treats at Pretty Please Bakeshop. Photo by Annika E.

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 9:45 pm | Posted under Photos | 2 comments