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Oct-6-2014

“Spooky San Francisco” event at the Balboa Theater, Halloween night

If trick or treating ain’t your thing on Halloween and you can’t find a costume party to attend, head over to the Balboa Theater for “Spooky San Francisco”, featuring a documentary about the city’s cemetery history plus short films and other surprises.

The event, hosted by the Western Neighborhoods Project, will screen “A Second Final Rest: The History of San Francisco’s Lost Cemeteries” from filmmaker Trina Lopez. The film looks at the early cemeteries that were spread throughout western San Francisco in what is now Laurel Heights, Rossi Park, Lincoln Park Golf Course, and the Legion of Honor. View photos of the old cemeteries

A Second Final Rest is a story of spooks, a truth stranger than that which many can imagine. It hearkens back to the film Poltergeist with its famous line that goes something like “They moved the tombstones, but they forgot to move the bodies!” But it also speaks to the dreams of a restless world and the desire to leave a mark in it before we depart. Whether there is room for the living and the dead to coexist as the years pass remains to be seen. I hope A Second Final Rest generates more questions than it answers, and reminds viewers to ponder humankind’s effects upon the earth now and after death, and to appreciate life while there’s still time. [trinalopez.com]

The evening begins at 7pm on October 31, and tickets are $10 for adults, $7.50 for seniors and children. You can purchase tickets online at the WNP website (which we recommend because the event will most likely sell out in advance).

Sarah B.

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Oct-2-2014

Police Blotter – October 2, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of October 2, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

STATION MESSAGE
Yet again we are getting reports on scams operating within our district. It has been reported that two females, one in her teens and one in her 20’s are saying they were raising money for a trip to Spain. Another line is they are selling ???encyclopedias???

They seem to be posing as USF Students. USF has been notified and is aware of this. If you see these people operating in your area call 415-553-0123 and request a police response.

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
On 09/20/14 at 1:10 am, officers on patrol in the area of park presidio blvd and Fulton Street observed a vehicle driving 20 mph over the posted speed limit. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The officers contacted the driver who produced a California id card. While the id card was indeed valid, the driver was also suspended from driving for a prior violation. The driver had been notified previously by law enforcement regarding his suspension and was issued a citation for the current violations.

On 09/22/14 at 11:30 pm, officers on the patrol in the area of Divisadero and Pine St. observed a vehicle with a mechanical violation. The officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver regarding the violation. When asked for a California drivers license the driver was unable to produce one. A computer check on the driver revealed he had never been issued a California drivers license. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On 09/26/14 at 2:20 pm, officers responded to the 800 block of La Playa St. regarding a theft from Safeway. When officers arrived at the scene, they spoke to the security officer who had detained the suspect. A computer query revealed that the female suspect had multiple outstanding warrants for her arrest. The female was booked without any further incident at the county jail.

On 09/26/14 at 10:23 pm, officers on patrol in the area of 36th and Cabrillo observed a silver BMW with non working tail lights. The officers initiated a traffic stop and as they approached the vehicle, they saw there was a current registration tab attached to the license plate. A computer query on the vehicle revealed that the registration was in fact expired and the tab on the plate was false. When contacted, the driver stated it was not his vehicle and did not know who had placed the sticker on the rear license plate. The driver was cited for multiple violations and due to the registration being expired over 6 months, the vehicle was towed from the scene to the police impound yard.

On 09/26/14 at 11:50 pm, officers responded to the area of 40th and Fulton regarding a report of a possible DUI vehicle. The vehicle was reportedly swerving over the double yellow lines on the St. and driving into oncoming traffic. At about 11:55 pm, officers located the vehicle, stopped in the middle of the St. at the intersection of 47th and Fulton. The officers contacted the driver who was slumped over in the driver’s seat with a cell phone in his left hand. The car was in gear and for the safety of all parties involved, the officers had to put the vehicle into park. The phone in the left hand of the unconscious driver had a partially composed text message which was not delivered, but clearly visible. A narcotics DUI investigation was initiated and the driver was later booked at county jail for multiple felony violations. Officers seized a quantity of suspected heroin, drugs paraphernalia, a baseball bat and a Smith and Wesson (BB gun) pistol with six rounds of ammunition tucked in between the front seats. The investigation continues…

On 09/29/14 at 5:31 pm, officers on patrol in the area of Martin Luther King Dr. and 25th Ave. observed a male on a parked bench who appeared to be in need of medical attention. The officers contacted the male and offered him various types of assistance, which was declined. The male told officers he was just having a bad day and did not want any help. While conducting their well being check, the officers conducted a computer query which showed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The male was booked at county jail on the warrant without any further incident.

On 09/29/14 at 5:00 am, officers responded to the 3500 block of Sacramento St. regarding a reported robbery. The victim in this incident was grabbed from behind by a male suspect who told him he would be killed if he did not comply. The victim told the suspect he did not have a wallet with him and it was at this time he was approached by a second suspect who was female. The female removed a set of car keys and loose change adding up to about one dollar ($1.00). Both suspects fled on foot in an unknown direction. The investigation continues…

On 09/30/14 at 2:15 am, officers on patrol in the area of west bound Geary and 12th Ave. observed the vehicle with multiple vehicle code violations. The officers initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver who stated he was picking up his friends who were at another location and felt too intoxicated to drive home. While the driver was being a good Samaritan in driving his friends home, he failed to realize, you should not drive a vehicle while your license is suspended. The driver was cited for multiple violations and called a ride share company to safely take both himself and his friend’s home.

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We are still suffering from vehicle break-ins along Fulton St. and around the Sutro Baths – Point Lobos Areas. We are actively addressing the vehicle break-ins that occur but we also need the assistance of the general public in this endeavor.

We would ask you to follow these general guidelines.


    You should lock doors and windows, even if the car’s in front of your home.
    Remove valuables from your automobile.
    Remove ‘pull-out’ style radio face plates (if equipped).
    Park in well lit areas when possible.
    Park where your car will be easily & frequently viewed (natural surveillance).
    Park in your garage if you have one.
    Use a car alarm, it will alert anyone nearby.
    Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you’re away from it, even for a short time.
    Use anti-theft devices like “The Club” or an alarm system. You may get a discount on your auto insurance.
    You should never leave portable electronic devices such as smart phones and GPS navigation systems in a vehicle.

The San Francisco Police Department remains committed to the reduction and prevention of vehicle thefts and auto burglaries, and to the prosecution of those that steal vehicles. We hope the information provided will help the members of our community.

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Oct-2-2014

Photo: Sunrise birds at Ocean Beach


October 2, 2014. Photo by Vince M.

Getting their fill of Vitamin D…

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Oct-2-2014

14th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music fest in GGP this weekend

This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival will take place in Golden Gate Park. The 14 year old festival features over 100 artists across 7 stages and admission is free. The event typically draws 750,000 concertgoers during the weekend.

Highlights in this year’s lineup include Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, The Time Jumpers Featuring Vince Gill, Kenny Sears, Dawn Sears and Ranger Doug Green, Mavis Staples, Social Distortion, Emmylou Harris, T Bone Burnett, Dwight Yoakam, and Chris Isaak. View the full festival schedule

Festival hours are 10:30am to 7pm on Friday, 11am to 7:15pm on Saturday, and 11am until 7pm on Sunday. The stages are setup in three main areas of the park – Lindley Meadow, Marx Meadow and Hellman Hollow. The latter is named for the festival’s late founder and benefactor, Warren Hellman. Download the festival map

If you’re heading to the festival, be mindful of what you can and cannot bring. Coolers, blankets, and short-back chairs are all allowed. Cameras for photos and video are ok. Weather is expected to be toasty this weekend, with sunny skies and high temps in the 80s. So bring lots of water and sunscreen.

There will be vendors on-site selling food and non-alcoholic beverages. No alcohol will be for sale in the park, however, alcohol can be brought in as per park rules: no hard alcohol or glass is allowed; beer and wine is allowed but only in non-glass containers.

Many neighborhood schools open up their lots for parking fundraisers during the festival, including Argonne Elementary (680 18th Avenue @ Cabrillo), Lafayette Elementary (4545 Anza Street @ 36th), Presidio Middle School (450 30th Avenue @ Geary), and Washington High School (enter on 30th Ave between Geary & Anza). Parking fees range from $25 to $40 per day.

Self and valet bike parking will also be available on JFK Drive near Park Presidio and on Overlook Drive (which will be closed to car traffic). See the festival map for exact locations.

Ruckus is usually less than Outside Lands, but if you are a neighbor and have issues with parking or noise, call the festival hotline at (415) 386-8584.

Mobile apps are available for the festival for iPhone and Android and the HSB website will stream select performers from the various stages throughout the event. Check the Live Webcast page Friday for more details.

Rock on!

Sarah B.

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Oct-2-2014

Video: Richmond SFPD pulls over cyclists running Arguello stop sign

In Stanley Roberts’ latest “People Behaving Badly” segment (KRON-4), an officer from the Richmond District station pulls over cyclists on Arguello at Washington. He gives them warnings about running the stop sign. No tickets were issued.

Sarah B.

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Oct-1-2014

Richmond Rec Center one of 32 places now offering free WiFi in the city

Today, the city of San Francisco rolled out free WiFi in 32 public spaces across San Francisco, including the Richmond Recreation Center on 18th Avenue between California and Clement.

The new service is part of a new program from the city’s Department of Technology, who used a $600,000 donation from Google to fund the initiative.

The 31 other locations now offering free WiFi include parks, recreation centers and plazas. 2 of the parks – Dolores Park and Boeddeker Park – are under construction and will come online in a few months. See the full list

The new network is called #SFWiFi, so if you’re in the vicinity of the free WiFi, look to connect with that name in your network list. The older the network name “_San_Francisco_Free_WiFi” will no longer be available.

This new program should make city teens happy, according to the Trust for Public Land’s Parks for People. Durign the program’s design phase, they held a focus group with teenagers and asked them what would make them go to parks more. Their answer was simple: “WiFi”.

Sarah B.

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Sep-30-2014

Police Blotter – September 26, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of September 26, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

CAPTAIN SIMON SILVERMAN’S MESSAGE
We are continuing to get reports in the Richmond and Citywide about a scam involving people pretending to be IRS Agents. In this scam, the victim receives a call from a person who says he is an IRS agent calling because the victim he owes money to the IRS. The caller threatens that if the victim doesn’t pay immediately, the IRS will send the police to arrest the victim.

The fake IRS agent usually has a great deal of information about the victim including their address. They will demand that the victim purchase money cards(usually Green Dot brand), and tell the victim to call them back with the numbers from the cards. At this point, they will cash out the cards remotely and the victim’s money is gone forever. The fake IRS agent can be quite persistent and aggressive on the phone. The number they are calling from may appear to be a legitimate IRS number on caller ID, but that is because they are using software to hide their actual number. If the victim calls back, they make even get a voice mail system that seems to be for an IRS office. It is also fake. Many of the suspects have heavy foreign accents.

This is always a scam. The IRS does not demand immediate payment over the phone using cash cards. The SFPD does not arrest people for the IRS. If you get a call like this, just hang up and ignore the caller if they call back. They may be angry or persuasive, but the fact is they are almost certainly far, far away and will quickly move on to the next victim if you don’t cooperate. We have never heard of a case where the suspect actually showed up and confronted the victim.

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NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
On 09/16/2014, at 12:14 pm, Officers responded to the area of Mountain Lake Park regarding a report of a male who may have attempted suicide. The male in this instance was said to have slashed his wrist and was sitting at a stairwell bleeding badly. Multiple Richmond and U.S. Park Police units responded to the call along with San Francisco Fire Department medical personnel. The officers saturated the area but were initially unable to find the male. All personnel involved in this incident started a systematic search of the area, eventually locating the male at 8th Ave and Lake Street. Medical aid was rendered immediately and the male was then transported to San Francisco General Hospital for further medical treatment and evaluation. During this incident it was discovered that the male was in the system as missing from a mental health facility.

On 09/18/2014, at 6:25 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of the “Chess Tables” observed a male lying on the ground and appeared to be pale and sweating profusely. The officer contacted the male to offer medical attention which was declined. The officer discovered that the male had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The male was booked into jail without further incident.

On 09/19/2014, at 1:02 am, Officers responded to a report of a male breaking into vehicles in the area of the 200 block of 18th Ave. The caller in this instance was able to provide an accurate description of the suspect she saw breaking into a vehicle in the area. The witness immediately called the police who responded and saturated the area. They were able to positively identify the suspect and later booked him for auto burglary.

On 09/19/2014, at 1:10 pm, Officers responded to a report of a possible explosive device on a Muni coach at the corner of 6th Ave and Balboa St. The muni driver followed the Muni protocols which are in place regarding a call of this nature. The officers contacted the initial caller who directed them to a person who had claimed to be carrying a device. The officers were able to see into the open bag and were immediately able to determine that was no merit to explosives in the bag. The officers spoke to the male who claimed to have the explosives. He said prior to getting on the bus an unknown female had stepped on his bag and he told her not to. The unknown female asked what was in his bag to which he replied “I have a bomb.” When asked why he would make a statement like this the male said because it was a stupid question. The was no merit to this incident and there were no injuries. The male was cited for the violation.

On 09/19/2014, at 6:45 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Geary and 25th Ave. saw a vehicle with no license plates. The officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. It was discovered during their investigation that the driver was suspended from driving. The driver was cited for the above violations at the scene.

On 09/21/2014 at 11:33 am, Officers on patrol in the area of Geary and 17th Ave. saw a vehicle run a red-light at the intersection. The officers contacted the driver regarding the violation and during the contact discovered that the male was driving on a suspended license. The male was cited for multiple violations at the scene.

On 09/22/2014, at 6:57 am, Officers responded to the 200 block of 14th Ave. regarding a public decency complaint. The caller in this instance was reporting that two adults were naked and in a dumpster having intimate relations, while also smoking in a dumpster full of flammables. As the officers were making contact the male turned and the officers saw narcotics paraphernalia in the males possession. As the officers continued their investigation they were able to recover a large quantity of methamphetamine along with other items. The male was booked on multiple violations and a probation violation.

On 09/22/2014, at 3:57 pm, officers responded to a reported assault at a business premise on Clement St. On arrival at the scene the officers contacted the victim who stated she was struck on the head and had her hair pulled by a family member who goes to the business for free food. The suspect in this incident was known to enter the kitchen and cook food for himself without asking for permission on prior occasions. The business owner told the suspect that he was welcome to sit and eat but that he was not to enter the kitchen and should have the regular chef cook for him. On this occasion the suspect became enraged and assaulted the business owner, afterwards fleeing the scene. An ambulance arrived on the scene and the victim declined any medical aid. The investigation continues….

On 09/22/2014, at 4:56 pm, Officers on traffic enforcement patrol in the area of Jackson St and Arguello observed a silver dodge commit a vehicle code violation. The officers stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver who told them “I don’t have a driver’s license.” The officers cited the driver for multiple violations.

On 09/24/2014, at 5:05 pm, Officers responded to the area of 11th and Geary regarding a report of a male brandishing a knife. When officers arrived at the location they were unable to see anyone in the area and so got out on foot to continue their search. The officers discovered a male lying on the ground passed out due to an unknown reason. The officers did discover a knife which they removed from the male prior to waking him up. The male was discovered to have multiple warrants for his arrest and was subsequently booked at the county jail.

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We are still suffering from vehicle break-ins along Fulton St. and around the Sutro Baths – Point Lobos Areas. We are actively addressing the vehicle break-ins that occur but we also need the assistance of the general public in this endeavor.

We would ask you to follow these general guidelines.

    You should lock doors and windows, even if the car’s in front of your home.
    Remove valuables from your automobile.
    Remove ‘pull-out’ style radio face plates (if equipped).
    Park in well lit areas when possible.
    Park where your car will be easily & frequently viewed (natural surveillance).
    Park in your garage if you have one.
    Use a car alarm, it will alert anyone nearby.
    Never leave your car running or the keys in the ignition when you’re away from it, even for a short time.
    Use anti-theft devices like “The Club” or an alarm system. You may get a discount on your auto insurance.
    You should never leave portable electronic devices such as smart phones and GPS navigation systems in a vehicle.

The San Francisco Police Department remains committed to the reduction and prevention of vehicle thefts and auto burglaries, and to the prosecution of those that steal vehicles. We hope the information provided will help the members of our community.

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Sep-29-2014

Man threatens suicide after DUI stop on Park Presidio Saturday night

Late Saturday night around midnight, northbound traffic on Park Presidio Boulevard between Clement and Geary was diverted due to an incident with a traffic stop.

SFAppeal reports that SFPD pulled over a man on Park Presidio on suspicion of a DUI. The driver then threatened to kill himself and was armed with a knife. He cut himself during the incident.

More police and SWAT team members were called to the scene. Flash grenades were used to subdue the suspect who was then detained and transported to a hospital.

Traffic backed up onto 12th Avenue on Saturday night due to the closure on Park Presidio. The incident concluded around 1am.

Sarah B.

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