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Richmond District’s “Valentine wall” grows; makes the news


The community valentine wall that sprouted up on Valentine’s Day at 23rd Avenue and California has continued on, and it caught the attention of KTVU news.

They did a nice piece with residents talking about what the wall inspires in them, and why it’s very San Francisco. Go Richmond District!

Sarah B.

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 5:10 am | Posted under Art, Community | Add comments

Photo: Flying over the Richmond District

Photo by Alan S.

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 5:15 am | Posted under Photos | 1 comment

Photo: SUV charred by porta-pottie arsonist

On Valentine’s Day a 3:07pm, someone set a porta-pottie on fire on 10th Avenue. The car parked next to it also suffered fire damage.

This isn’t the first time an arsonist has targeted porta-potties. Since 2008, this has been an ongoing problem across the city.

According to Hoodline, 27 portable toilets were set on fire across San Francisco between late 2008 and fall 2009. At the time, police arrested a 62 year-old homeless woman but she was never convicted.

In 2012, a similar rash of porta-pottie fires occurred, but no one was arrested and police are still unsure if it was the same arsonist from the 2008-2009 spree.

And most recently in January, one was burned down on Divisadero Street.

Who knows whether this is the same person or a copycat but the problem doesn’t seem to be going away. In the meantime, be mindful of where you park…

Sarah B.

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 4:10 am | Posted under Crime | 4 comments

Star of the Sea School parents upset after young students questioned about sex

Controversy was brewing again at Star of the Sea this week after the church handed out pamphlets to young students at the adjoining school that many parents felt were inappropriate.

In preparation for their first confession, second graders were given a pamphlet asking questions about sexual topics like “Did I practice impure acts on myself or masturbate?”

Parents told ABC7 News that they’re not upset with the Star of the Sea School or its administration – which is run separately from the church – but rather with the new priest at the neighboring church who walked onto the campus and handed out the literature to young students.

“It talked about some pretty serious things, that pamphlet,” said parent Meghan Parent. “So yeah, obviously we want to protect our kids as much as possible.”

This is the second time that the church, led by Father Joseph Illo, has received media attention recently.

In late January, the church made national news when Father Illo changed a policy to now ban girls from being altar servers in the church.

ABC7 News reports that parents at the school are now forming a group that will help facilitate communications between the priest and the school. They hope future lessons about sin will be tailor-made for young children.

Sarah B.

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 10:25 am | Posted under Schools | 11 comments

Mother and child on bike struck by driver at 7th Avenue and Geary

Photo by Derek

On Friday afternoon around 4pm, a cyclist was struck by a driver at the intersection of 7th Avenue and Geary.

According to one reader, a SUV driving westbound on Geary ran a red light and hit a cyclist riding southbound on 7th Avenue.

Witness Vincent Scully, who was driving behind the SUV saw the driver run the red light and honked his horn to warn her but it was too late. Scully said he didn’t know there was anyone in front of the SUV until he saw the bicyclist falling into the intersection.

The driver of the SUV did stop at the scene of the accident and cooperate with police.

SFGate reports that the mother suffered a broken leg and the toddler suffered bumps and bruises. Both were transported to San Francisco General Hospital for treatment and are expected to survive.

Police blocked traffic on Geary between 6th and 7th Avenue in the westbound direction as well as traffic on 8th Avenue while the accident scene was investigated.

Police are asking that anyone who witnessed the crash or has additional information call the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 with “SFPD” at the beginning of the message.

Thanks to reader Derek for the report.

Sarah B.

Photo by Derek

Photo by Derek

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 10:42 pm | Posted under Traffic | 27 comments

Police Blotter – February 20, 2015

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of February 20, 2015. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

SFPD Richmond District Police Station
Weekly Update 02-20-2015

Captain Simon Silverman

CAPTAIN’S NOTE: I don’t include every call for police service in the weekly list of recent incidents (there were 771 this week). Instead, I select incidents that are noteworthy and that illustrate current trends in the Richmond Police District.

Clay & Cherry
02-12-2015 @ 5:00 PM to 02-13-2015 @ 4:00 PM
An unknown suspect stole two bicycles from a garage

Clement & 9th Ave
02-13-2015 @ 10:35 AM
The manager of a store detained a 40 year old man for shoplifting and called the SFPD. Responding officers found that the suspect also had a warrant for shoplifting. He was booked at County Jail.

Geary & 40th Ave
02-13-2015 @ 4:02 PM
A distraught person went to her neighbor for help because she wanted to harm herself. The neighbor called 911 and officers took the person in need of help to the hospital.

Balboa & 3rd Ave
02-13-2015 @ 5:00 PM to 02-17-2015 @ 8:15 AM
An unknown suspect entered through an unlocked door and stole two computers.

Point Lobos & 43rd Ave
02-13-2015 @ 5:05 PM
A 911 caller reported a person casing the area to break into cars. Responding officers detained the suspect but found that no cars in the area had been broken into. The officers arrested the suspect for a theft warrant from Sonoma County and booked him at County Jail.

Anza & 23rd Ave
02-13-2015 @ 6:15 to 6:45 PM
A resident returned home to find that someone had damaged his door in an attempt to gain entry, but had not actually broken into the house.

Cabrillo & LaPlaya
02-13-2015 @ 6:23 PM
Officers met with a person who told them that he was on probation and might have a warrant for his arrest. A records check revealed that he was correct on both counts and they booked him at County Jail.

California & Cherry
02-13-2015 @ 8:00 PM to 02-14-2015 @ 10:00 AM
An unknown suspect stole soap, a soap dispenser, paper towels and a paper towel dispenser. The stolen property was found nearby, but the suspect made a clean getaway.

Geary & Commonwealth
02-14-2015 @ 1:00 PM to 02-15-2015 @ 11:04 AM
An unknown suspect etched graffiti into the windows of a business.

Presidio & Post
02-14-2015 @ 3:00 PM
SFPD officers served an arrest warrant on a battery suspect from a previous incident and booked her at County Jail.

California & 10th Ave
02-14-2015 @ 3:07 PM
An unknown suspect lit a portable toilet on fire. A nearby car was damaged and the portable toilet was destroyed.
CAPTAIN’S NOTE: Portable toilets are a common target for arsonists. I will leave it to the reader to insert his own joke or Freudian theory here.

Cabrillo & 15th Ave
02-15-2015 @ 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM
The residents returned home to find that an unknown suspect had damaged their door to gain entry. Jewelry and cash were stolen.

02-15-2015 @ 3:06 PM
Geary & 41st Ave
A woman called 911 and told the dispatcher that she wanted to jump in front of traffic. Responding officers know this person from numerous mental health calls and took her to the hospital.

02-15-2015 @ 6:26 PM
Geary & 8th Ave
A concerned person called the SFPD because he saw an elderly woman who appeared to be lost and confused. Officers quickly reunited the 96 year old woman (suffering from dementia) with her daughter.

Anza & 20th Ave
02-16-2015 @ 7:00 PM
Two suspects knocked on a resident’s front door and told him that they were selling magazine subscriptions for a charitable organization. The resident invited them in and they talked for about 20 minutes. He went into another room to write them a check. After they left, he discovered that his wallet was missing.
Suspect 1: Black male, 25-30 years, 6’2” 190lbs, white polo shirt, black tie, black cargo pants
Suspect 2: Black male, 25-30 years, 5’11” 190lbs, white polo shirt, black tie, black cargo pants
CAPTAIN’S NOTE: Never invite a stranger into your home. Very few legitimate charitable organizations still engage in door to door fundraising. If you have doubts about a door to door solicitor, don’t answer the door. Call the SFPD.

Cabrillo & 42nd Ave
02-16-2015 @ 1:02 PM
A citizen discovered an agitated person hiding in her unlocked car and she called 911. Responding officers found the adult male to be disoriented, disheveled and unresponsive to basic questions. They took him to the hospital.

Arguello & McAllister
02-16-2015 @ 6:15 to 8:00 PM
An unknown suspect entered an apartment and stole a laptop and cash while the resident was out.

Fulton & 18th Ave
02-16-2015 @ 6:48 PM
Officers responded to a call from a person who said that she was having suicidal thoughts. They took her to the hospital.
CAPTAIN’S NOTE: This is the same person from the mental health call on 02-15-2015 at Geary & 41st Ave.

Post & Pierce
02-17-2015 @ 2:00 AM to 6:00 AM
An unknown suspect stole two bicycles from a garage.

02-18-2015 @ 2:46 PM
MLK & Bowling Green (Golden Gate Park)
Officers investigated a suspicious person who turned out to have a warrant for his arrest. They booked him at County Jail.

Geary & Arguello (on the 38 MUNI bus)
02-18-2015 @ 5:15 PM
An unknown suspect stole a wallet from inside the victim’s purse as she was riding the crowded bus.

Fulton & 9th Ave
02-19-2015 @ 6:25 AM
A resident came out to his car to find a person inside stealing his belongings. He called 911 and responding officers detained the suspect (along with a nearby companion). The main suspect was arrested for stealing from the car, possession of crack cocaine, possession of a pipe used for smoking the crack, and felony warrants for theft. The companion was not involved in the current theft, but had a theft warrant of his own and was also arrested. Both suspects were booked at County Jail.
CAPTAIN’S NOTE: Recently passed Proposition 47 changed simple possession of cocaine from a felony to a misdemeanor.

McAllister & Stanyan
02-19-2015 @ 6:45 AM
An alert neighbor called 911 when she saw a suspicious person climb over the fence of the house across the street and peer into the windows. She was particularly concerned because she knew that the same home had recently been burglarized. Officers conducted an extensive search of the area but did not find the suspect.
Suspect: Black male adult, 5’10” 170lbs, black hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black shoes with white trim.
CAPTAIN’S NOTE: This is an excellent example of neighbors looking out for each other.

Fulton & 30th Ave
02-19-2015 @ 7:25 AM
A citizen approached the suspect (who was throwing trash on the ground) and asked him not to litter. The suspect brandished a weapon at the citizen and then ran away when the citizen called 911. Responding officers detained the suspect. As they tried to handcuff him, he threatened them, tried to pull away, and pushed an officer. Once the suspect was under control, officers found a 7” dagger in his possession. He was arrested on all charges.

Kittredge & Golden Gate
02-19-2015 @ 2:15 PM
A USF Public Safety Officer detained a suspect who had been involved in a recent theft and had returned to the campus. SFPD officers responded and found that the suspect had a misdemeanor warrant for theft. They booked him at County Jail.
CAPTAIN’S NOTE: This is the fourth case this week where a suspect detained for theft also had theft warrants or was already on probation for theft charges.

Divisadero & Post
02-19-2015 @ 9:50 PM
A citizen saw an adult male spray painting graffiti on several buildings and mailboxes. She called 911 and stayed on the line with the dispatcher while watching the suspect from a safe distance. The information she gave steered the officers right to the suspect who was still standing next to a freshly defaced mailbox with a can of spray paint sticking out of his pocket. He was arrested for vandalism.
CAPTAIN’S NOTE: This 911 caller did everything right. She called right away, she stayed on the line with the dispatcher, and she kept a safe distance while continuing to tell the dispatcher what was happening.

Tuesday 03-17-2015 @ 7:00 PM
Richmond Station Community Room
461 6th Ave.

Call 911 for emergencies
Call 415-553-0123 for non-emergency police service
Richmond Station
461 6th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94118
E-mail: SFPDRichmondStation@sfgov.org
Twitter: @SFPDRichmond

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 10:18 pm | Posted under Crime | 4 comments

Local Links: Mescolanza / Luna Rossa shuffle, Oscars at Balboa, Fulton speeds reduced

Photo by Eugene Kim

Happy Friday, Richmond District! Here are some local links to ease you into the weekend…

  • Mescolanza recently closed which saddened some fans, but a new, nearly identical concept called Luna Rossa opened in its place. It’s no accident – the owners of Luna Rossa were the original owners of Mescolanza back in the day and sold the lease, and the restaurant’s name, to an employee. But now they’re back, and after displacing their tenant, Mescolanza, have opened Luna Rossa. Reader Boots says the same Mescolanza server is even working there, and the menu is nearly identical. Boots also said word on the street is that the Mescolanza chef is planning to reopen near 2nd and Geary in the future.
  • And the Oscar goes to…The Balboa! They’ll be hosting an Oscar viewing party on Sunday starting at 4pm. Host Reed Kirk-Rahlmann will be on hand with his irreverent Awards Party mudslinging which begins at 7pm as the ceremony commences. Tickets are available online or at the Balboa box office (it usually sells out so get ‘em quick).
  • Mind your accelerator when you’re driving on Fulton as the speed limits were recently reduced. Reader Steve informs that new speed signs have been posted: “30mph westbound from Stanyan to 36th (down from 35), 25 from 36th to 38th (in front of the Senior Center), then 35 from 38th to the beach; eastbound it’s 35 from the beach to 38th, 25 from 38th to 36th, back up to 35 again from 36th to 25th, then 30 from 25th to Stanyan.”
  • The Jiu Jitsu Academy (710 La Playa) is offering a free self-defense class for women on Monday, February 23rd. To register, email Info@csjiujitsu.com.
  • Pretty alert! Check out the video below for some stunning night views over San Francisco in super super hi definition.

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 4:15 am | Posted under Business, Events, Food, Traffic | 10 comments

Sustainable boutique William the Beekeeper opens on Clement

We’re a couple of months behind with this one but a new boutique opened late last year called William the Beekeeper at 55 Clement Street. They moved from their former location at 2036 Polk.

The store describes itself as a “sustainable and socially responsible concept store”, and features local designers and artisans, decor and home goods, and organic honey.

We haven’t had a chance to visit in person but found photos on the store’s blog that include shots of desk accessories, women’s clothing, bags, blankets, jewelry and decorative items.

According to the website, the store also donates a portion of their profits to the local community.

William the Beekeeper is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11am until 7pm. Stop in and welcome them to the ‘hood!

Sarah B.

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