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Dec-2-2014

It’s #GivingTuesday – Support Richmond District non-profits

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us (phew!), so now it’s time for one of our favorite days during the holidays – #GivingTuesday.

GivingTuesday is a global, 24 hour movement to celebrate generosity and give. All around the world on December 2, people are giving time, goods or donations to their favorite causes, organizations and charities.

If you’re thinking about being a part of #GivingTuesday, consider making a donation to a non-profit right here in the Richmond District.

The list below is far from exhaustive (we didn’t list schools, churches etc.) but it’s a place to start. Visit their websites to find out more and if you’re so compelled, make a donation.

Or visit justgive.org to search for other nonprofits by name, zip code and more, and make donations.

A big part of #GivingTuesday is to share your activity to encourage others to be part of the 24 hour global giving day. So if you make a donation, volunteer or give in other ways, consider sharing it on social media with the hashtag #GivingTuesday.

Sarah B.

SOME RICHMOND DISTRICT NON-PROFITS:
Richmond District Neighborhood Center
Richmond District YMCA
Friends of Mountain Lake Park
Friends of Cabrillo Playground
Western Neighborhoods Project
Fine Arts Museums – de Young, Legion of Honor
California Academy of Sciences
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Institute on Aging
Conservatory of Flowers
Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged
Internet Archive
Richmond Area Multi-Services (RAMS)
San Francisco Free Clinic
Golden Gate Senior Services (Richmond Senior Center)

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Dec-1-2014

Final upgrades & beautification underway for Lincoln Park steps

The Lincoln Park steps, located at the end of California Street, are currently closed off to pedestrians while Rec & Park puts the final touches on the upgrade project that has been underway since 2010.

Back in late 2010, the first phase of the project was completed which included restoring and tiling the large bench at the top of the stairs.

But after that initial installation, all work ceased on the project as the Friends of Lincoln Park worked to complete their fundraising for the project.

The restoration is spearheaded by lifetime Friends of Lincoln Park members Anna Yartroussis and Meg Autry.

Funding for the project comes from the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, a Community Opportunity Fund award and a grant from Friends of Lincoln Park, which required raising $300,000 in private donations. Katherine Delmar Burke School, adjacent to the stairs, donated $10,000 to the project.

The final phase is now underway, which includes repair of the steps, landings, pillars, benches and sidewalls, as well as the installation of handrails.

But the pièce de résistance are the decorative (slip-resistant) tiles that will cover the stairs from top to bottom, continuing the theme started with the upper bench.


An artist’s rendering of the tile design that will be on the main staircase

The tiles for the steps are inspired by historic photographs of Sutro Baths and buildings of the 1890 World’s Fair in San Francisco, and from the vision of San Francisco artist Aileen Barr.

Barr is a renowned tile artist who has worked on many public projects in San Francisco, including the award-winning 16th Avenue Stairs in Golden Gate Heights and tiled benches at Alta Plaza playground.

Some donors also gave $500 or more for named tiles which will appear throughout the design.

The project is expected to be completed in Spring 2015.

Sarah B.


The restored and tiled bench at the top of the stairs, completed in 2010.


A closeup of some of the tile on the bench


The view from atop the Lincoln Steps

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 4:25 am | Posted under Art, Parks | 9 comments
Nov-30-2014

Police Blotter – November 28, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of November 21, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

Our next community meeting is December 16th, 2014 at 6:00 PM. Location: Richmond Station Community Room (Location Subject to Change)

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
(Regarding some of the incidents in the weekly newsletter. We are not always able to give a full or complete account of what has occurred. We do not want to furnish information about ongoing investigations which may be prejudicial or interfere. We do our best to give a general overview of incidents within the district.)

On 11/22/2014, at 5:30 PM, Officers Finigan and Lai responded to the Wells Fargo Bank in Laurel Village regarding a robbery in progress. On arrival at the scene the officers were told that the suspect had fled in an unknown direction, multiple of the Richmond units searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect. The suspect walked up to a bank teller and handed over a note demanding cash, the teller handed the suspect all of the money from inside the drawer. There were no injuries during this incident and the investigation continues…

On 11/22/2014, 2014 at 10:15 PM, Officer Lok was on patrol in the area of Geary and Palm Street when he observed a vehicle with a non-working rear light. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted to driver regarding the violation. The driver was unable to produce a driver’s license upon request and a computer check revealed that he had never been issued one. The driver was cited for multiple violations including driving with no license issued.

On 11/23/2014, at 1:58 AM, Officers Faynshteyn and Campbell responded to the Kaiser Hospital on Geary regarding an aggravated assault. The officers contacted the victim in this incident who was being treated for injuries to his face. The victim who is an “Uber” Driver picked up two males and a female in downtown area of San Francisco. They drove to the area of Polk and Sutter where a male and female exited the vehicle after paying their portion of the fare. The male requested that the remaining passenger be driven to the area of 18th and Clement in the Richmond district. While driving to the location the remaining passenger suddenly moved from the rear seat to the front seat and attacked the driver. The driver attempted to exit his vehicle but found he was restrained by the seatbelt which he was unable to open. After assaulting the driver the suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot. While interviewing the driver officer Faynshteyn realized the suspect in this incident fit the description of a person being detained by other officers at 18th and Clement regarding a separate incident. The victim in this incident sustained a broken nose and other facial injuries. Suspect was booked into County jail for aggravated assault charges.

On 11/24/2014, at 1:17 AM, Officers Yee and Rotschi responded to the area of third and Geary regarding a report of a battery at the location. Upon arrival at the scene the officers contacted San Francisco fire Department medics who were attempting to render aid to a male who was bleeding from the nose and had other the minor injuries. The male’s two intoxicated friends were also interfering with the medics and had to be moved back so the fire department could attempt to render aid. It should be noted that the male in this incident was extremely belligerent with the medics and refused to cooperate. Due to two of the subjects being highly intoxicated and unable to care for themselves, they were booked at the county jail for being drunk in public. Both individuals assaulted the transporting officers and attempted to damage department property while on their way to jail.

On 11/24/2014, at 7:27 PM, Officers Stevens and Flannery were conducting a vehicle burglary abatement patrol inside Golden Gate Park. When approaching Nancy Pelosi drive at the Academy of science they observed a male looking into parked vehicles in the area. The officers contacted the male and initiated a computer query on his information. The officers discovered that the male had four outstanding warrants for his arrest. The male was booked into County jail without further incident.

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Nov-26-2014

One that got away: A Frank Lloyd Wright house in Sea Cliff

We got the most recent newsletter from the Western Neighborhoods Project which had a fascinating tidbit in it.

Back in the 1940’s, the Morris family was in talks with architect Frank Lloyd Wright to design their new Sea Cliff home at 830 El Camino del Mar.

The house was never built, but a contemporary artist created the rendering above to show what the house would have looked like, complete with a modern version of a light house that overlooks the ocean. Wright designed a couple of versions of the house.

The Morris family didn’t end up building the house, but they did commission Wright to build his only work in San Francisco – the V.C. Morris Gift Shop at 140 Maiden Lane (photo). The space is now home to the Xanadu Gallery. More Bay Area Frank Lloyd Wright architecture

The house that was eventually built at 830 El Camino del Mar is still spectacular with unbeatable views. It was last listed about 5 years ago for just under $10 million.

Sarah B.


A drawing of the house. Courtesy of Wright Chat


A different design for the Sea Cliff house. Courtesy of Brett Drager

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 5:05 am | Posted under Real Estate | 7 comments
Nov-25-2014

Finally: Face-slapping massage business goes under

The strangest (legal) business in the neighborhood – Tata Face Slapping Massage – has finally shuttered their storefront on the corner of 14th Avenue and Geary.

The business offered “face slapping massages” that were “100% chemical free” and wait for it…cost $350 for a 15 minute session. Yup you read that right – hundreds to get your face worked over (or a bargain $1,000 for 4 sessions).

The treatments purported to “make you look like a celebrity, face slapping to look younger, and face slapping to charm your significant other”.

The business garnered national media attention for its odd-ball treatments and even odder owners, who looked and moved a lot like Power Rangers. Watch the video below to see for yourself.

The Tata Massage storefront also won awards, at least in our book, for the gaudiest storefront in the neighborhood that (coincidence?) prevented prying eyes from seeing what was on actually going on inside.

Turns out there probably wasn’t much of anything happening in there, as the face slappers closed their doors after a longer-than-expected 2 year run. But if you still want to get beautified through slapping, you can find Tata and her ancient ways online.

Word on the street is that the Geary Dance Center just down the block may be interested in the space.

Sarah B.

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 4:10 am | Posted under Business | 22 comments
Nov-24-2014

Photo: Moon over the Outer Richmond


November 6, 2014. Photo by @ob_kc

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Nov-20-2014

Police Blotter – November 21, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of November 21, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

STATION MESSAGE
Our next community meeting is December 16th, 2014 at 6:00 PM. Location: Richmond Station Community Room (Location Subject to Change)

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
(Regarding some of the incidents in the weekly newsletter. We are not always able to give a full or complete account of what has occurred. We do not want to furnish information about ongoing investigations which may be prejudicial or interfere. We do our best to give a general overview of incidents within the district.)

On November 14, 2014 at 12:38 AM, Officers Rotschi and Liu were on patrol in the area of Clement and 18th Ave. when they saw a vehicle stopped at the intersection with no headlights activated. The officers completed a U-turn and started to follow the vehicle, at no time did the driver activate his lights prior to stop. When they asked the driver about driving with no headlights he replied “they come on automatically.” The driver told the officers that he was coming from a local bar and had only consumed a couple of drinks. The officers did notice a strong smell of alcohol and initiated a DUI investigation. The investigation resulted in the driver being booked at County jail for DUI and other various charges.

On 13 November 2014, at 10:54 PM, Officers Mitchinson and Cranna responded to a report of a fight with weapons on 35th Ave.. The officers contacted the suspect in this incident at the front gate which was locked and secured. The officers explained the reason for their response to the house and requested see the other person involved to check on their well-being. The suspect refused entry to the officers but with the help of the fire Department they gained entry. They contacted the suspect again who was holding onto a large dog by the collar. The officers were able to secure the dog and detain suspect. The officers found the victim who stated he had been “tased” multiple times by the suspect. The victim also alleged that the suspect suffered from paranoia as a result of smoking methamphetamine. The officers were able to seize a stun gun at the scene and suspect was booked in County jail for multiple violations.

On November 13, 2014 at 6:35 PM, Sgt. Williams was on patrol in the area of Spruce and Euclid observed a vehicle failed to stop at the limits line of an intersection with four-way stop. Officer Lai and Officer Tanaka responded to assist the sergeant and it was later discovered the driver was driving on a suspended license. The driver was cited for multiple violations at the scene.

November 16, 2014 at 10:08 PM, Officers Mariano, Cranna and Mitchinson responded to the Safeway on the playa Street regarding an altercation between two males. When the officers arrived at the scene they were able to identify one male due to multiple previous contacts. With the help of the management staff at the Safeway, the officers were able to review video regarding this incident. The victim male in this incident refused to press charges on the other party. While conducting a records check on both individuals the officers determined there was an active arrest warrant for the suspect in this incident. The suspect was transported to County jail and booked without further incident.

On November 14, 2014 at 11:07 PM, Officers Finigan and Mariano were on foot patrol at the Music Concourse stage in Golden Gate Park. They observed a male sleeping on the stage in violation of the San Francisco Park Code. They contacted the male regarding the violation and a criminal records check revealed that there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The male was arrested and transported to County jail without further incident.

On November 14, 2014 at 11:00 PM, Officer Gordon was on patrol in the area of 25th and Geary Boulevard when he observed a vehicle driving erratically. Officer Gordon stopped the vehicle and contacted to driver. A records check revealed that the driver had a suspended license. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

November 15, 2014 at 4:58 PM, Officers Mariano and Finigan responded to the area Music Concourse Drive in Golden Gate Park. Officer Mariano had an arrest warrant a subject who was well known to him from prior contacts. Both officers were able to arrest the suspect without incident and transported him to County jail for booking.

November 16 at 12:20 AM, Officer Yee was on patrol in the area of Park Presidio and Lake Street when he observed a vehicle with no front license plate. The officer initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. The driver of the vehicle was unable to produce a valid California license when requested by the officer. The driver was cited for driving with no license issued and the multitude of other violations.

On November 16, 2014 12:30 AM, Officer Yee officer responded to a request from officer Faynshteyn for assistance. Officer Faynshteyn had stopped the vehicle for driving with no headlights activated. Officer Faynshteyn could smell an odor of alcohol coming from vehicle. Both officers initiated a DUI investigation which resulted in the driver being booked at County jail.

On November 17, 2014 at 5:55 AM, Officer Wilberg responded to the area of Fulton and eighth Avenue on arrival at the scene he was flagged down by a white female who was holding her cell phone and crying. Officers Kawaguchi and Campbell also responded to assist. The victim stated while waiting for a Muni bus she was approached by a man holding a silver knife in his right hand. The suspect told the victim to “give me everything you have!” while grabbing the victim’s purse. The suspect fled to a waiting vehicle at the corner of 8th Avenue and Fulton. There were no injuries during this incident. While conducting his investigation into this incident the officer was approached by another victim was also robbed in the same area at the same time. This victim was also waiting for the Muni bus, but during the incident she was struck in the face by the suspect. This victim was transported to the hospital for further treatment. The investigation to both these incidents continues…

On November 17, 2014 at 6:24:00 PM, Officers Wong and Lai responded to the 400 block of Balboa regarding a male causing an altercation at a restaurant. They contacted the reporting party in this incident who told him that the male had left prior to their arrival. The reporting parity was able to point out the suspect sitting at a bus stop further down the block. The officers made contact with the suspect and the computer query revealed an outstanding $100,000 warrant. The male was transported and booked at County jail without further incident.

Of November 19, 2014 at 4:00 PM, Officers Ison and Goold were on patrol in the area of Fulton and 20th Ave. they observed a vehicle with a covered license plate and initiated a traffic stop. The officers contacted the driver and the computer check revealed that the driver had a suspended license. The driver was cited for the above violations including driving on suspended license.

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 6:37 pm | Posted under Crime | 4 comments
Nov-20-2014

Golden Gate Park: The toast of TV

Our very own Golden Gate Park has been in the tv spotlight recently, popping up as a puzzle on Wheel of Fortune, and showing up in a future episode of The Mindy Project. Star Mindy Kaling posted photos of her with cast and crew at the Golden Gate Bridge, on the carousel in Golden Gate Park (below) and other city landmarks.



Medium fast times at Merry Go Round High #themindyproject #sanfrancisco

A photo posted by Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) on

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