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Macaulay Culkin’s pizza loving band at Neck of the Woods, March 5

The Pizza Underground. Culkin is second from the right.

File this under “interesting conversation starters”… Home Alone star Macaulay Culkin will be playing at Clement Street’s Neck of the Woods on March 5 with his band, The Pizza Underground.

The band’s schtick is that they love all things to do with pizza, and make a show out of re-imagining classic tracks so that all the lyrics are about, you guessed it, pizza.

“All Tomorrow’s Parties” becomes “All the Pizza Parties,” Lou Reed’s “Walk On the Wild Side” becomes “Take a Bite of the Wild Slice,” “I’m Waiting for the Man” becomes “I’m Waiting for Delivery Man” and so on.

The band was originally scheduled for one show at Neck of the Woods, but after selling out, the club added an additional early show on March 5 at 6pm.

Tickets are available online ($10) and at the Neck of the Woods box office.

Just try to keep your Home Alone heckling to a minimum…

Sarah B.

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 5:02 am | Posted under Live Music | 5 comments

Video: “Through Our Eyes” Richmond District photo project

Late last year, we told you about a photo project that took place at the Richmond District branch library called “Through Our Eyes: Visual Stories of the Richmond Neighborhood”.

The workshop was led by photojournalist Frederic Larson, who worked at the San Francisco Chronicle for thirty years, where he covered all types of assignments – from fires to football, earthquakes to celebrities.

Larson invited amateur photographers to come out and capture a visual snapshot of the Richmond District neighborhood by covering 18 square blocks in and around the library.

The video above highlights the project and its participants, which resulted in not only interesting photographs, but also some insights into the residents and our variety of cultures.

Librarian Dorothy Kimmel, who spearheaded the project, tells us some of the photos can be seen on the branch Facebook page, and that “in the near future I will post a slide show and two photo stories.”

Sarah B.

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 12:43 pm | Posted under Art, Photos | 2 comments

Police Blotter – January 31, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of January 31, 2014. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

A few people have asked me to give a little background on myself in this week’s newsletter:

I’ve been in the police service for over 26 years and have worked in a variety of assignments. I began my career with the U.C. Berkeley Police where I worked as a patrol officer and a bomb technician. After transferring to the SFPD, I was a patrol officer at Ingleside and Northern Stations, a member of the academy staff, an inspector in the Night Investigations Unit, and a patrol sergeant at Tenderloin and Mission Stations. After promotion to lieutenant, I was in charge of the field training program for several years. I headed up the Department’s Legal Division and then returned to patrol where I served as a watch commander at Mission, Southern and Park Stations. Most recently, I was in charge of the Homeland Security Unit before being promoted to captain and assigned to Richmond Station. Each of my assignments has taught me a great deal and I’m excited to put my experience to work in the service of this district.

Our next Community meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 6pm. It will be in the Community Room, here at Richmond Station, 461 6th Ave.

On 01/24/14 at 3am, officers were patrolling the area of 11th and Geary when they observed two subjects. The officer recognized one of the males as being on probation. They stopped to speak with the males and determined that one of them had outstanding warrants for sex crimes from another county. The male was handcuffed and as the officer was opening the door to the patrol car the male started to run away. He was stopped by the officers and brought to the station. Further investigation revealed that the male was a registered sex offender out of compliance as he had moved and not updated his residence. The 25yr old male was booked on the warrant and being out of compliance.

On 01/24/14 at 7:05am, the victim was on a 38 Geary MUNI line when the suspect came and sat next to her. She noticed that he was wearing earphones and talking out loud. She initially thought he was on the phone but then heard him talking nonsense. Suddenly the suspect “flinched” which startled the victim who retreated into the corner of the seat. The suspect suddenly stood up and kicked her in the side of the head and said, “I can’t go back to jail.” The suspect exited the bus at 17th and Geary. The victim, who was uninjured, along with a witness provided a detailed description of the suspect who had fled the scene. Based on the description of the suspect, Richmond officers believed that they knew who it was and continued to search for him. At 10:30am, an officer saw the suspect get on a bus at Park Presidio and Geary and was able with the assistance of another officer to detain the suspect at the Golden Gate Bridge toll plaza parking lot. When they detained the male he told the officers that he knew why he was being stopped, that he didn’t hurt that girl and he was acting in self defense to combat the evil she was giving off. The 39 year old male was charged with aggravated assault.

On 01/25/14 at 6pm, two brothers and a friend were sitting in their vehicle parked near their home on the 400 block of 26th Ave. They observed a male approach the front gate of their apartment building and tamper with the lock. Neither of the brothers recognized the male as a tenant or friend of the other occupants. The suspect was able to get the front gate open and entered the main lobby door, which is unlocked. The brothers then went to investigate and as they got to the front, the suspect was exiting with a package in his hand. They began to question him when suddenly he threw the package to the ground and ran. The 3 men chased him and finally caught up with him at 25th and California and wrestled him to the ground, holding onto the suspect until police arrived. The 26yr old suspect who was wanted on a parole violation was also charged with burglary.

On 01/25/14 at 8:25pm, officers were called to 17th and Lake on a report of a male rummaging through a neighbors vehicle. The caller went out to confront the suspect who then fled on foot. When officers arrived the vehicle was secured and free of damage. Another officer located the suspect at 18th and California and when conducting a records check, the suspect had numerous warrants for his arrest, including burglary and possession of stolen property. The 23yr old male was booked on the warrants.

On 01/28/14 at 3:18am, officers were called to the area of 3rd and Clement St on a report of subjects on the roof of a building, spraying graffiti. When officers arrived they walked to the front of the building and could hear the hissing and rattle sound of a spray can. The officers then saw a male on the roof spray painting the wall. There was a second suspect with the male who was standing by. Officers ordered the two off of the roof and they complied. They immediately recognized the male from a prior graffiti arrest. The male stated that the female that was with him had nothing to do with the graffiti and she had nothing to do with the tagging. Officers located 11 cans of spray paint and 9 markers on the roof. The suspect had photos as well of other places he had done graffiti. The 21yr old male was charged with felony vandalism.

On 01/24/14 between 7am and 4:30pm on the 1400 block of Broderick, a suspect entered a flat through an unlocked window and took cash, an iPad and a game console. It appeared that the suspect entered through the tradesman’s door, up a drain pipe, and though the unlocked window.

On 01/27/14 on the 2100 block of Scott St, a construction foreman returned to the job site and saw that the padlock on the portable toilet had been broken off. Sometime later he returned and discovered suspicious containers that had a strong chemical smell emanating from them and evidence of a small fire. Officers arrived and with determined that it was suspicious and secured the area. SFPD EOD unit responded and render the scene safe.

Between 01/24/14, 7:30pm and 01/27/24, 7am on the 200 block of Spruce St, a suspect entered a home under construction and took tools from a lock box. The suspect entered by prying open a window.

Between 01/25/14, 1pm and 01/26/14, 11:20am on the 5800 block of California St, a suspect entered a garage and rummaged around a vehicle parked inside. There was no loss from the vehicle but the suspect took a bike. The suspect may have pried the front door to the building.

On 01/25/14 at 9:35pm, the victim was walking north on 44th Ave towards Cabrillo St. She noticed the two suspects behind her. She also saw that there were several other people on the block and vehicles coming in and out of garages. As soon as the block cleared, the suspect ran up to her and one of them punched her in the shoulder and pulled her purse from her arm. This caused her to fall to the ground and she sustained a gash on her elbow. The suspects fled the area and officers searching for the suspects located the victim’s purse and contents on the 6700 block of Fulton. There were no items missing from her bag. The suspect’s were described as two black males, 18-25yrs wearing dark clothing and dark beanies.

On 01/26/14 at 2:28pm, the victim was putting money into the parking meter on the 2400 block of Sutter St. The two suspects approached her and one of the males brandished a handgun. Her cell phone was taken from her hand and the suspects began to walk away. One of the suspects then turned around and yelled to her “Give me your purse” and started walking back towards her. The victim ran to a nearby building and began to yell for help. The suspects did not follow her and got into a white SUV that was parked nearby and fled the area. The suspects were described as two Hispanic males, 16-17yrs, one wearing a white shirt and a vest with light colored pants.

On 01/27/14 at 6am, a tenant of an apartment building left to go walk his dog. As he was leaving he noticed that packages for him and others had been delivered and were on the table in the front entry. When he came back at 6:30am he saw that all of the packages were gone. He thought that maybe a neighbor had moved the packages to the garage and went to check. As he entered he saw a male loading something into the back of a silver Jeep. The male called out to him that he knew this wasn’t his parking spot but that he was picking up something from another apartment and would be out of there shortly. The victim continued to look for the packages and realized the male in the silver jeep had taken them. He was described as a white male, 30yrs, wearing a light colored button down shirt.

Between 01/28/14, 4:45pm and 01/29/14, 7am on the 3600 block of Washington a suspect entered an unsecured home under construction and took tools.

On 01/28/14 at 10:40pm, a male was looking after a friend’s dogs inside Golden Gate Park at 25th and Lincoln. A witness said that the male was attempting to put a leash on one of the dogs when it began to attack him. A second dog also bit him several times. A passerby heard screams and attempted to assist, but was also bitten. Officers arrived on scene and were able to carry the victim to safety while others were trying to corral the dogs. One dog fled and was found the next day. The other dog had to be shot by officers because it was continuing to behave aggressively, could not be controlled and posed an immediate threat to public safety.

Between 01/29/14, 11:30pm and 01/30/14, 8:30am on the 300 block of 11th Ave, a suspect forced open a side door to the garage and took 4 bikes.

On 01/30/14, between 8:30am and 1:30pm on the 500 block of 12th Ave, a suspect gained entry into an apartment building via the front door which locks malfunctions. The suspect opened an interior hallway window and gained access into an apartment. The suspect took a laptop, iPad and a camera. Another tenant in the building told the officer that at 12pm a white male knocked on her apartment door looking for a male who he thought lived in the building. He was in his 30’s with dark blonde hair, wearing dark clothing.

On 01/31/14 at 2am, officers were called to 4th and Geary on a report of a male who was bleeding and possibly unconscious. The officers located the male who was extremely intoxicated. He told the officers that he had fallen. Another male who was nearby and also intoxicated told the officers that the victim had been punched several times by a male who was upset because the victim had apparently insulted a woman. The victim was transported to a local hospital.

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 5:26 pm | Posted under Crime | 3 comments

Free women’s self defense class at Barra Brothers Academy

Every Monday night in February, the Ocean Beach Barra Brothers Jiu-Jitsu Academy is offering a free self-defense class for women.

The class is taught by co-owner Carlos “Sapão” Ban who holds a 3rd degree black belt.

Classes are every Monday night in February at 8pm at the Barra Brothers Academy, located at 710 La Playa Street near Ocean Beach (February 3, 10, 17, 24).

For more information, call 379-4045 or email barrabrothersacademy@gmail.com.

Sarah B.

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Watch Super Bowl XLVIII on the big screen at the Balboa – FREE!

This Sunday, the Balboa Theater will host its annual Super Bowl party, featuring the Denver Broncos versus the Seattle Seahawks.

Doors open at 2:30 and kick off begins at 3:15. Pop star Bruno Mars will entertain at half time, plus you’ll get to see all the new commercials.

If attendees are really lucky, maybe they’ll show some of the 2014 Kitten Bowl – we think that’s what everyone will be talking about on Monday.

The Super Bowl event is free so come by the watch the big game on the Balboa’s huge screen in surround sound, with plenty of popcorn to go around.

Sarah B.

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Remediation complete at Mountain Lake; Planting day February 8

Since last spring, Mountain Lake has looked a lot like a construction site as dredging equipment has sat on the surface, methodically removing sediment contaminated with lead and motor oil from the bottom of the lake.

In late 2011, a $13.5 million settlement was reached between the Presidio Trust and CALTRANS for cleanup of contaminated sediments that have run into Mountain Lake off of the Park Presidio roadway. The runoff has been occurring since the roadway opened 70 years ago.

The first phase of the project involved making adjustments to the roadway to avoid future runoff, including the installation of 400 stone columns into the ground along the northbound shoulder of the roadway west of Mountain Lake. Treatment devices were also installed in storm drains along the highway to prevent contaminants from entering the lake in the future.

Another part of the project involved removing all non-native species from the lake, including fish and turtles. All of the captured wildlife, including 42 red-eared slider turtles (photos), were taken to Sonoma County Reptile Rescue where they were relocated with breeders, pet stores, herpetological societies and local citizens.

One of the red-eared slider turtles that was removed from the lake and relocated

Dredging then got underway in Spring 2013. The dredged sediment from the bottom of the lake was transported via pipeline to a staging area north of the lake where it was dewatered and then pumped back into the lake. The dried, contaminated sediment was transported offsite and disposed of in a permitted, offsite landfill.

The last truckload of sediment left Mountain Lake in December, and all of the dredging equipment was removed from the lake. The remediation equipment in the staging area will also be removed soon, officially completing the remediation portion of the Mountain Lake project.

Crews plant new trees along the Park Presidio roadway in May 2013.
In the background, dredging barges can be seen on the lake. Photo: Presidio Trust

Up next is the beginning of the restoration phase, which is expected to last nearly three years. During that time, Biological Science Technician Jason Lisenby says they “will plant thousands and thousands of local plants into the newly cleaned-up areas.”

Planting will also take place in the lake itself, to ready it for the return of fish and act as a food source for wildlife:

Planting into Mountain Lake is expected to begin in March, and the first priority, Laskowski said, will be to introduce three of the lake’s most important plants: sago pondweed (Stuckenia pectinata), coontails (Ceratophyllum demersum) and water nymphs (Najas guadalupensis).

Those plants will play many roles, Young and Laskowski said. They will form a leafy canopy to shield microorganisms on the bottom from sunlight and provide a source of food for the lake’s dabbling ducks, as well as for the rare Western pond turtles that are being raised at the two zoos until they can be moved to the lake.

Once the plants are thriving, Young’s team will introduce hundreds of fish called three-spined sticklebacks, (Gasterosteus aculeates), a 2-inch species with a crucial role in the lake’s ecology. [SFGate]

Next Saturday, the Presidio Trust will host a celebration of the end of the remediation phase that includes a volunteer planting day. Volunteer opportunities will run from 9am to 12noon, followed by guided walks and a talk about future plans for Mountain Lake by Michael Boland, Chief Planning, Projects & Programs Officer for the Presidio Trust.

This is an auspicious rebirth for Mountain Lake, which scientists estimate is 1,700 years old, and one of the few remaining natural lakes in San Francisco (the others are Lake Merced, Pine Lake west of Stern Grove and the semi-natural Chain of Lakes in Golden Gate Park).

The lake was also a valuable source of drinking water for the Ohlone Indians and for early European settlers like Juan Bautista de Anza, who camped along its shores in 1776.

For more information on the Mountain Lake remediation and enhancement project, visit the project website.

Sarah B.

A view of Mountain Lake from 1899, looking west from the south shore (the side where Mountain Lake Park is today). The buildings in the background are the historic Marine Hospital, where the Presidio Landmark apartments are today. Photo: Presidio Trust

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 9:35 am | Posted under History, Parks | 13 comments

Mysterious bright lights at Lands End this morning

A view of the bright lights over Lands End from Baker Beach

We were up early for a Bright1Fitness workout this morning and noticed unusually bright lights out at the the coast.

Driving up Lake Street, we thought they might be coming from the VA Hospital, but once we were down on Baker Beach, they appeared to be coming from further west than the hospital.

Anyone know what was going on out there in the pre-dawn hours? We haven’t had a chance to drive out there and see if there’s any evidence (like an alien spaceship?)…

Sarah B.

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 9:32 am | Posted under Lands End | 8 comments

The Internet Archive wants to turn your old t-shirts into cushions

Photo: Internet Archive

The Internet Archive, located at Clement and Funston, is asking for donations of old t-shirts – preferably ones from tech companies or non-profits.

Why, you may ask? For achy posteriors, it seems. The former church that the Internet Archive is headquartered in has a great room (former sanctuary, really) that seats 400.

But like any church worth its salt, the seating in it is comprised of hard, wooden pews that become pretty tiresome once you’ve logged more than 15 minutes. We can attest to this after attending some Lost Landscapes screenings.

Rather than purchase cushions, the IA is asking for donations of t-shirts that they can turn into cushions.

“We are looking for T-shirts from non-profits or from tech companies in particular, but we’ll take whatever you’ve got. Any size, any color, just as long as there aren’t holes in the fabric or big stains that may discourage people from sitting on that cushion.”

You can drop off your t-shirt donations at the IA office during business hours or drop them in the mail: Internet Archive, 300 Funston Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118.

“Your old T-shirts could make somebody’s butt very happy,” says the Internet Archive.

Sarah B.

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 5:02 am | Posted under Business | 1 comment