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Oct-30-2014

Way to go Giants! 2014 World Series Champions

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Oct-30-2014

Saturday: Seventh “Bazaar Stock” music festival featuring local indie artists

This Saturday, the Bazaar Cafe will host Bazaar Stock, a festival of local musicians put on by promoter kc turner. kc has been organizing Bazaar Stock since 2009, and it’s a fun, free event that promotes local, independent musicians.

The festival runs from 10am until 10pm and is a cozy affair inside the Bazaar Cafe at 5927 California Street. Check out the full lineup on the event’s Facebook page.

Thanks to Elizabeth L. for the tip.

Sarah B.

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Oct-28-2014

Grinders Pizzeria to open on Balboa near 6th Avenue


Photo by @kllymills

We heard from a couple of readers yesterday about Grinders Pizzeria, a new restaurant that is getting ready to open at 448 Balboa Street near the corner of 6th Avenue (between Melisa’s Chinese and Cinderella Bakery).

According to their website, Grinders will offer “Chicago Deep Dish and California Thin Crust pizzas in a refined format. Our Chicago Deep Dish pizzas feature our signature carmelized-cheese crust that heightens the flavor profile and crispness of the crust. The California Thin Crust pizzas are where our name derives from. We have deconstructed popular grinder sandwiches and cleverly re-located their ingredients onto a pizza crust.”

Grinders will provide online ordering and their delivery area will include the entire Richmond District.

The people behind Grinders are husband and wife team Joe Irick and Amanda Petrowski. Joe is the former pizza critic for the Chicago Tribune, and the two are aiming to “change the way you think about pizza in SF!” They just got married in April after meeting at a convention in 2008 (you too can stalk their wedding website).

In addition to pizza, the menu offers side salads, buffalo wings, mac and cheese, and a skillet cookie: one massive chocolate chip cookie baked to order.

Grinders’ space still has brown paper on the windows and they tell us they’re in their final inspection so they could be opening within the next couple of weeks. When they do, they’ll be open 7 days a week. But don’t rush over there just yet!

Welcome to the neighborhood, Grinders! Let’s hope this is the beginning of an uptick in occupancies for the Inner Balboa commercial district.

Sarah B.

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Oct-27-2014

Photo: Blinding colonnade at the Legion of Honor


Photo by Eujin Rhee

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Oct-24-2014

Local links: Mar’s water usage, Bib Gourmand winners, Mt Lake fish & more


The pipeline on the North Shore of Hawaii. Photo by Fred Larson

Here are some local links to take you into the weekend – have a great one!

  • While come California officials have increased their water consumption during the drought, our own Supervisor Eric Mar has proven to the biggest water conservationist, according to The Desert Sun. “The most miserly official in California was Eric Mar of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, who lives in a condominium in the Inner Richmond district, part of the city’s fog belt. He used 45 gallons per day in 2013 — about enough to fill a bathtub.” We asked Mar’s office for water-saving tips from the Supe, but they declined to comment. Could it be that he’s spending even more time at his beloved YMCA jacuzzi?
  • Michelin recently announced the 2015 Bib Gourmand winners, their award for the best moderately-priced restaurants. Several Richmond District restaurants made the list: Chapeau!, Hong Kong Lounge II, Kappou Gomi, Sichuan Home, and Troya. [EaterSF]
  • Remember all those creepy, prehistoric-looking fish that the Presidio Trust was trying to evict from Mountain Lake? After three years of unsuccessful eradication, the Trust announced recently that they will be using rotenone in the lake to finish the job. Rotenone is a short-lived chemical that only kills animals with gills, e.g. the fish in Mountain Lake. Workers will apply 47 gallons of the product in a 5 percent solution in liquid form at Mountain Lake during a single day in mid-November. Expect the lake to be closed a couple of days prior to the treatment, and for up to three weeks afterwards.
  • Photojournalist Fred Larson will be at the Richmond District branch library (351 9th Avenue) on October 28 at 6:30pm to share work from his latest trip to Hawaii “where he hung out with the surfers”. Watch his latest slideshow and get tips from this seasoned photographer. Free admission.
  • Looking for a new ‘do? Check out Kinship Salon & Barber, a new salon that opened on the corner of Clement Street and 4th Avenue. We love what they did with the interior of the space, and so far Yelpers are big fans of the Aveda salon. Owner Ashley tells us, “We have really been enjoying meeting all the neighbors of this amazing neighborhood.” Word on the street is that it’s a family affair – Ashley is married to the owner of Blue Danube cafe.
  • Good news for riders of the Muni 31AX bus. Peter Lauterborn, aide to Supervisor Mar, sent out an email recently about some planned improvements. “The good news is that Muni is hiring around 40 new drivers a month. This should have an immediate improvement in service City wide. Second, in the Spring of 2015 Muni will embark on the first round of service increases around the City. Based on your testimony and our pushing, the MTA has agreed to change their plan and include a service bump for the 31AX.”
  • There’s a new “small” business on Clement called Wee Scotty. Team member Dana tells us “We’re a fashion school and retail store and we just moved in at 609 Clement. We offer sewing classes for all ages and skill levels and have been working on getting to know the community.”
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Oct-24-2014

Video: Homebound seniors getting help from new RDNC food delivery program

The Richmond District Neighborhood Center is getting ready to kick off a pilot program for grocery delivery to homebound seniors in the Richmond District. The center says there are 16,000 seniors in the neighborhood, one quarter of which are unable to get to the grocery store on their own.

The RDNC uses their successful food pantry program to prepare the groceries, and then relies on volunteers to deliver them to seniors.

CBS News recently paid a visit to the center to profile the program, which you can watch in the video above.

To volunteer for the program, or to let the RDNC know about a Richmond District, homebound senior who could benefit from this program, contact Sarah Huck at sarah@rvbeacon.org or (415) 750-8554.

Sarah B.

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Oct-23-2014

Police Blotter – October 24, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of October 24, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS & INCIDENTS
On 10/16/2014, at 11:08 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of 21st an Geary observed a vehicle make an illegal left turn. The officer’s initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. It was noted that the driver appeared to be showing signs of intoxication. The officers conducted a DUI investigation which resulted in the arrest of the driver who was booked at the county jail.

On 10/17/2014, at 5:50 am, Officers responded to the area of 1600 Pierce St. regarding a male “trying” handles of vehicles parked in the area. The officers conducted a search and located a male who matched the description given by the dispatcher. A computer query revealed the male had outstanding warrants for his arrest. Subsequent to his arrest, the male was discovered to be in possession of a quantity of methamphetamine. The male was booked at the county jail without further incident.

On 10/18/2014, at 4:30 pm, Officers responded to the area of the 100 block of Parker Ave. regarding a report of a robbery. The victim stated he was walking on the sidewalk when he was approached by a male asking for directions to USF. The suspect lunged at the victim, grabbed his iphone and then fled towards a waiting vehicle. The victim stated that there was a second suspect waiting in the getaway car. The investigation continues….

On 10/18/2014, at 4:00 am, Officers on patrol in the area of Arguello and Clement St. observed a vehicle with a mechanical violation. The officer’s initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver who was unable to provide a drivers license. A computer check confirmed the driver had never been issued with a California license. The driver was cited for the violations.

On 10/19/2014, at 5:16 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Geary and Cook observed a vehicle with expired registration. The officer’s initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver who was unable to provide a drivers license or proof of insurance. A computer check confirmed the driver had never been issued with a California license. The driver was cited for the multiple violations.

On 10/20/2014, at 6:50 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Lincoln and 47th Ave. observed a vehicle with a mechanical violation. The officers initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver who was unable to provide a drivers license. A computer check confirmed the driver had never been issued with a California license. The driver was cited for the violations.

On 10/20/2014, at 10:52 pm, Officers responded to the area of 2500 Sutter St. regarding a street robbery. The Victim stated that he was walking east on Sutter St. when he was approached by a male with a handgun. Fearing for his life, the victim retreated into the street and a brief struggle ensued over the duffel bag he was carrying. The victim released his duffel bag and the suspect fled on foot from the area. The investigation continues…

On 10/20/2014, at 11:20 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of Euclid and Heather St. observed a vehicle fail to stop at a posted stop sign. The officers contacted the driver and were able to determine the driver was suspended from driving. The officers cited the driver for multiple violations.

On 10/21/2014, at 7:06 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of 4th Ave. and Fulton St. observed a 4yr old vehicle operating without any license plates attached. The officers contacted the driver in an effort to discover why the plates were not attached. As the officers continued their investigation, they discovered that the driver was never issued a California drivers license. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On 10/21/2014, at 7:14 pm, Officers on patrol in the area of eastbound Geary Blvd observed a vehicle with its headlamps turned off. The officers initiated a traffic stop and contacted the driver. A computer query revealed that the driver was suspended for a prior violation. The driver was cited for multiple violations.

On 10/22/2014, at 08:17 am, Officers responded to what was reported an injury collision at 34th and Balboa. When the officers arrived on scene and started to render aid, it was only then they were informed that this was in fact a hit and run. Luckily a witness was able to provide a license plate for the vehicle which was registered in the city. Richmond officers responded to the registered owner’s home address and were able to make an arrest. The victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital with serious injuries. Due to the ongoing investigation no further details are available at this time.

On 10/22/2014, at 4:41 pm, Officers responded to the 800 blk of La Playa St. regarding a male causing problems in the area. The officers contacted the male who matched the description provided by dispatch. A computer query revealed that the male had over $500,000.00 (1/2 Million Dollars) in outstanding warrants. The male was booked at county jail without incident.

On 10/22/2014, at 5:24 pm, Officers responded to the children’s playground in the area of Rossi Park and Edward St. regarding a report of a male scaring children and acting in a strange manner. The officers quickly contacted the male and discovered that there was a court issued stay away order from all playgrounds. They also found the male had warrants for his arrest which were outstanding. The officers arrested the male and booked him into county jail.

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Oct-23-2014

Fine craftsmanship in the printing of Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass” at Arion Press

Local filmmaker and Richmond District resident James Kennard sent us this film he shot at Arion Press, the small printing company just inside the 14th Avenue Presidio gate that employs about ten people as printers, bookbinders, editors, and in other publishing roles.

For its 100th publication, Arion chose to create a handset deluxe limited edition of the text in the famed 1855 first edition of Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman.

Kennard’s film documents the making of the book which is nothing short of fascinating. The amount of craftsmanship, labor, detail and patience that went into the process is astounding. Publisher Andrew Hoyem narrates the film, showing you the most intimate moments of the book manufacturing process, which even includes Hoyem reading every page aloud to a proofreader that sits across from him.

Hoyem chose Leaves of Grass as Arion’s 100th publication as a tribute to his Arion Press predecessors Edwin and Robert Grabhorn, whose masterpiece was their 1930 edition of the Whitman poem.

“A holy book of the nation, along with the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence,” is how poet laureate Robert Hass describes Leaves of Grass. The appearance of this book of poems in the middle of the nineteenth century was revolutionary. No one had ever read poetry like this before. Ralph Waldo Emerson was so astonished and impressed that he wrote the thirty-five-year-old Whitman what must be the mash note of all time: “I greet you at the beginning of a great career, which yet must have had a long foreground somewhere, for such a start. I rubbed my eyes a little, to see if this sunbeam were no illusion; but the solid sense of the book is a sober certainty.” [Arion Press]

Kennard does a wonderful job of showing the minutia of the making of the book but also keeping you engrossed as the book comes to life, piece by piece, beginning with custom type being made in the press’ foundry.

The Arion Press edition of Leaves of Grass is limited to 275 copies with Arabic numerals for sale. The price is $1,250; contact Arion for more information (see the “Please Enquire” button at the bottom of this page).

Sarah B.

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