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Feb-10-2015

Payton forced to hang up his apron after episode 2 of Kids Baking Championship


Payton (R) faces elimiation in episode 2

Well no one ever said baking was easy. Factor in television cameras in your face and tight timelines, and the pressure gets really intense. Oh and did we mention this is happening to a 10-year old?

Richmond District resident Payton Pelaez just barely avoided elimination in the first episode of Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship.

But on last night’s second episode, his luck ran out.

The contestants were told they would be making “dessert imposters”, e.g. desserts that look like other foods like sushi, pizza, garlic bread etc. Payton drew pizza as his dish which made him happy since he had experience with dessert pizzas before.

He topped a snickerdoodle “crust” with marshmallows, gummy bears, peanut butter cups and fondant which went over well with the judges.

But a mid-challenge twist threw him for a loop when he had to make an additional side-dish: garlic-bread. It came out looking like egg rolls, which landed him in the bottom two. At the end of the episode, he was voted off the competition.

While Payton may not be continuing on Kids Baking Championship, we know someone with his passion for baking won’t be hanging up his apron anytime soon. You can keep up with him through his Chez Pay website, and even order up some of his creations for yourself.

Sarah B.


Payton shows his dessert pizza to the judges, Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli


Payton (L) narrowly misses elimination in episode 1

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 11:52 am | Posted under Community, Food | 4 comments
Feb-10-2015

We Players to stage integrated theater performance of “Ondine” at Sutro Baths


We Players performing Macbeth at Fort Point, 2013

The We Players, known for their “site-integrated performance events that transform public spaces into realms of participatory theater”, including performances of Hamlet on Alcatraz, Macbeth at Fort Point and The Odyssey on Angel Island, are bringing their latest production to Sutro Baths.

Ondine at Sutro
, “an exploration of our own troubled love/destruction relationship with Nature”, will play at Sutro Baths every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 1 – June 7, 2015 (preview performances April 23-26).

Ondine is the tragicomic love story between a mystical creature of the deep and a mortal man, a hapless knight – often shallow, sometimes deep – in short, a real man. A fable of the follies of love, Ondine is also an exploration of our own troubled love / destruction relationship with Nature. Worlds collide and the powers mete gentle but unrelenting justice.

Staged at Sutro Baths and Sutro Heights Park, we experience the great power and sense the timeless depths of the ocean as we wander amidst the eroded foundations of mansions and grand swimming pools. Audiences will move with the action of the play, exploring the park and taking in the expansive and breathtaking views of the great Pacific, while immersed in the enchanted realm of Ondine.

Advance tickets are available now. Click the link below for the day you’re interested in and enter the password “SeaChange” to access the pre-sale:

Preview performances: April 23 – 26, $40
Fridays: May 1- June 5, $60
Saturdays and Sundays: May 2- June 7, $80

Pre-sale tickets are limited so if they run out, you can try again on March 2 when the rest will go on sale.

Sarah B.


We Players performing Hamlet on Alcatraz, 2013

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Feb-9-2015

2 RadioShacks on Geary closing due to bankruptcy; Clement to remain open


The RadioShack stores due to close by March 31. 5644 Geary (L) and 3200 Geary

RadioShack announced last week that they will close about half of its stores nationwide in the next six weeks due to a bankruptcy filing.

RadioShack released the full list of 1,784 store closings which includes two locations on Geary Boulevard – 3200 Geary near Spruce and 5644 Geary near 21st Avenue. A total of eight stores will close in San Francisco.

But don’t despair – the RadioShack at 701 Clement Street will remain open. So the next time you need to string extra coax cable or phone line (yes, some people still have a landline!) around your home, or want to stock up on cheap batteries, you’re covered.

Of the RadioShack stores that remain open, about 1/3 of the floor space will be given over to cell phone provider Sprint. RadioShack has not said how many employees will be affected by the closing. As of its bankruptcy filing, the company has about 21,000 employees nationwide.

If you’re looking for some good deals on electronic accessories, stop by these two RadioShack locations before they close for good on March 31. According to CNN, “many of the stores have already had their hours and inventories severely reduced, and merely a skeleton staff is left to sell off items at deep discounts.”

Sarah B.

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 1:44 pm | Posted under Business | 13 comments
Feb-9-2015

Storm downs tree branch in Mountain Lake Park, tree at police station


Photo by Kira B.

Aside from some heavy rains that caused flooding at many corner sewer grates, we didn’t see too much damage around the neighborhood from Stormageddon II this weekend.

But reader Kira B. sent us pics of a downed tree branch at Mountain Lake Park near the meadow. The branch fell onto a section of the fence around the lake.

And ABC News was on scene to catch the cleanup of a tree that fell onto the side of the Richmond District police station on 6th Avenue.

If you’re in the neighborhood today running or walking, be mindful of debris. The high winds really stirred things up!

Sarah B.


Photo by Kira B.

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Feb-7-2015

Police Blotter – February 6, 2015

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of February 6, 2015. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpdrichmondstation@sfgov.org.]

02-06-2015 Weekly Update
Richmond District Police Station
San Francisco Police Department

RECENT INCIDENTS:

BATTERY & THEFT OF RECYCLING Fulton & 11th Ave
01-29-29-2015 @ 6:00 PM
A resident saw a woman stealing from a curbside recycling bin. The resident followed the suspect and confronted her. The suspect rammed the victim with a shopping cart causing a minor injury. Suspect: Asian female, 30-35 years old, 5’7” 130lbs, wearing a dark colored hat, dark jacket, and navy blue jogging pants

EDITOR’S NOTE: We do not recommend confronting suspects. Call 415-553-0123 for police service or 911 in an emergency.

ARREST: BATTERY Geary & 11th Ave
01-30-2015 @ 12:15 AM
The suspect exchanged angry words with a group of people leaving a bar. He then punched a female in the group with a closed fist and kicked her. At this point, SFPD officers arrived and arrested the suspect.

ARREST: FELONY WARRANT Richmond Station
01-30-2015 @ 12:45 PM
A subject came to the station to make a report when officers recognized him as the person wanted for two counts of aggravated assault in a previous case.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We recommend avoiding police stations if one is a wanted felon who wishes to remain wanted.

MENTAL HEALTH CALL 36th Ave & Fulton
01-30-2015 @ 8:30 PM
Officers responded to a call from family members who reported that a loved one was behaving violently and wandering in traffic. The person was transported to the hospital.

ARREST: DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL 29th & Lake
01-30-2015 @ 9:33 PM
The driver was found passed out behind the wheel of his car in a lane of traffic with the engine running. He showed objective symptoms of alcohol intoxication and refused to submit to chemical testing, which is a violation of California’s implied consent law. This law states that a person who drives a motor vehicle is deemed to have given his or her consent to chemical testing. Officers obtained a search warrant which allowed them to have a certified phlebotomist draw a blood sample for testing. The driver was booked into County Jail.

ARREST: VEHICLE THEFT Golden Gate & Masonic
01-31-2015 @ 4:05 AM
Officers arrested two suspects in a stolen car. There was suspected stolen property in the car and investigators from Richmond Station are following up on this case.

ARREST: THEFT FROM A VEHICLE & MISDEMEANOR WARRANT Geary & 10th Ave
01-31-2015 @ 11:00 AM
Witnesses saw the suspect enter the unlocked car of a person attending a funeral in a nearby church. The suspect stole items from the car then ran into the church where the funeral service was in progress. Officers entered and (quietly) arrested him for the theft plus two misdemeanor warrants.

BATTERY California & 3rd Ave
01-31-2015 @ 12:39 PM
Two adult males got into a mutual fist fight aboard a MUNI bus resulting in minor injuries to both. When officers arrived, neither person wished to press charges.

SEXUAL BATTERY 4th Ave & Cornwall
02-01-2015 @ 1:00 AM
The victim was walking alone when the suspect ran up behind her and grabbed her breast. She screamed and the suspect fled on foot. The victim told officers that an unknown witness was walking in the area at the time. If you are that witness, please call Richmond Station at 415-666-8000.

Suspect: unknown race adult male, 5’7” 140lbs, wearing a dark baggy sweatshirt and dark baggy jeans.

BATTERY Clement & 7th Ave
02-01-2015 @ 1:30 AM
The victim was working security in a bar and attempting to deal with a drunken patron causing trouble. The suspect punched the victim several times and fled on foot. Suspect: White male, 30-40 years old, 5’7” 165lbs, wearing a light gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and red shoes. The suspect has a beard.

ARSON OF A PORTABLE TOILET Lyon & Jackson
02-01-2015 @ 3:55 AM
An unknown suspect lit a portable toilet on fire. Firefighters responded and extinguished the blaze. A nearby car was damaged and the portable toilet was reduced to a molten puddle.

EDITOR’S QUESTION FOR THOSE CONSIDERING A CAREER IN THE FIRE SERVICE: Given this scenario, wouldn’t you rather become a police officer?

MENTAL HEALTH CALL Pierce & Pacific
02-01-2015 @ 5:53 PM
A distraught person told a concerned stranger that he wanted to hurt himself and other people. The concerned stranger called 911. When officers arrived, the distraught person told them that he had been previously diagnosed with psychiatric problems and had just taken methamphetamine. The person was transported to the hospital.

ARREST: FELONY WARRANT Geary & 28th Ave
02-01-2015 @ 7:35 PM
Officers responded to a call of an intoxicated male knocking on the windows of area businesses. They detained the suspect and found that he had a felony theft warrant for his arrest from Alameda County. He was booked for public intoxication and the warrant.

BURGLARY OF AN OFFICE Geary & 17th Ave
02-01-2015 9:00 PM to 02-03-2015 5:00 PM
An unknown suspect broke into an unattended office by damaging the door, and then stole a computer and a bicycle.

ARREST: CHILD ENDANGERMENT & PUBLIC INTOXICATION Geary & Arguello
02-01-2015 @ 10:15 PM
Officers responded to a call of a male wandering in lanes of traffic while carrying a child. They found the intoxicated suspect and his 9 year old son. Based on witness statements and the extreme impairment of the suspect, he was arrested for child endangerment and public intoxication. The matter was also referred to Child Protective Services and the child was released to a responsible relative.

MENTAL HEALTH CALL California & Locust
02-02-2015 @ 8:30 AM
A woman was walking on Locust near California when the subject spat on her. Area residents and merchants have reported that this subject, who is homeless, has been behaving aggressively in the past few weeks. Responding officers found the subject to be disoriented, inadequately clothed for the weather, and suffering poor hygiene. She was transported to the hospital. The woman who was spat upon did not want to press charges.

ARREST: MISDEMEANOR WARRANT Great Highway & Lincoln
02-02-2015 @ 9:06 AM
Officers stopped a car with expired registration. A routine check showed that the driver had a misdemeanor trespassing warrant as well as a traffic warrant for his arrest. He was arrested and also cited for the expired registration violation.

SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE Geary & Arguello
02-02-2015 @ 3:10 PM
A wooden box that was labeled “ammunition for cannon with explosive projectile” was found leaning against a garbage can on the sidewalk. The SFPD Bomb Squad responded and determined that the box was empty.

BATTERY & VANDALISM TO A MOTORCYCLE California & Broderick
02-03-2015 @ 5:18 PM
The victim was riding his motorcycle when another motorcycle cut him off. At a traffic light, the victim criticized the suspect’s driving at which point the suspect dismounted and began punching the victim in the head (although both victim and suspect were wearing helmets). The suspect then kicked the victim’s motorcycle over causing damage. The suspect fled on his motorcycle.

Suspect: Latino male, 6’0” 180lbs, wearing a black T-shirt, blue jeans and blue flip flops
Suspect Vehicle: 2006 Harley Davidson, black

EDITOR’S NOTE: A T-shirt and flip flops are not appropriate riding gear. Safe riders wear a protective jacket and trousers, plus sturdy and supportive footwear at all times – and they don’t attack other riders.

THEFT FROM AN AUTO & BURGLARY 11th & Anza
02-03-2015 9:00 PM – 02-04-215 6:30 AM
An unknown suspect broke into a car parked in the driveway of a house, stole the garage door opener, opened the garage and stole a bicycle from the garage.

EDITOR’S NOTE: We recommend that you don’t leave the garage door opener in the car when parked in front of or near your home.

ARREST: DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF ALCOHOL Fulton & Park Presidio
02-04-2015 @ 12:47 AM
The driver ran a red light and was speeding. When officers stopped him, he displayed obvious signs of intoxication and could not complete field sobriety tests in a satisfactory manner. His preliminary alcohol screening result in the field was in excess of 0.12% (0.08% is the legal limit for California drivers over 21 years old). He was arrested.

ROBBERY ON THE STREET Geary & 36th Ave
02-04-2015 1:25 PM
The victim (a 15 year old male) was approached by two suspects who demanded his phone and threatened to shoot him although no gun was seen. One suspect grabbed the phone from the victim’s hand and they both fled on foot.

Suspect 1: Black male 15-18 years old, 5’6”, thin build, wearing a black baseball cap, a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans

Suspect 2: Black male 15-18 years old, thin build, also wearing a black baseball cap, a dark hooded sweatshirt and dark jeans

MENTAL HEALTH CALL 18th Ave & Fulton
02-04-2015 @ 6:55 PM
Officers responded to a woman having suicidal thoughts who had just taken a large quantity of pills. She was transported to the hospital.

TRESPASSER / SUSPICIOUS PERSON 6th Ave & Clement
02-05-2015 @ 7:38 AM
A resident awoke to a noise along the side of his house. He looked out and saw a suspicious person peering over his side fence. When the suspect realized he was being watched, he fled through adjoining yards. Officers used a police dog to search the area for the suspect but did not find him.

Suspect: Black male, 25-35 years old, wearing a black sweater

THEFT California & Locust
02-04-2015 4:40 PM
The victim had her purse in the top section of her shopping cart. She turned away briefly to reach for an item on a high shelf. When she turned back, she discovered her purse had been stolen by an unseen suspect.

BURGLARY OF AN OCCUPIED RESIDENCE Beaumont & Anza
02-06-2015 @ 01:41 AM
The residents were upstairs when an unknown suspect entered through a downstairs window. He stole miscellaneous property and fled on foot. Responding officers set up a perimeter and searched the surrounding area for the suspect but did not find him.

Suspect: White male, 30 – 40 years old, 6’0” 185lbs, wearing a dark zip-up jacket, white T-shirt, and dark jeans. The suspect had a goatee.

STOLEN AND RECOVERED VEHICLES:

STOLEN VEHICLE 32nd & Anza
01-31-2015 – 02/01/2015
A parked and unattended 2004 Volvo X90 was stolen off the street by an unknown suspect.

RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE 4th Ave & Fulton
02-01-2015 @ 3:30 PM
A previously stolen 2007 BMW 335i was found parked and unattended.

STOLEN VEHICLE California & Locust
02-02-2015 @ 9:30 PM
A parked and unattended 2007 GMC Yukon was stolen off the street by an unknown suspect.

STOLEN VEHICLE 37th Ave & Fulton
02-04-2015 @ 5:50 PM – 02-05-2015 @ 8:15 AM
A parked and unattended 2013 Mercedes C250 was stolen off the street by an unknown suspect.

STOLEN VEHICLE Spruce & Euclid
02-04-2015 @ 6:30 PM – 02-05-2015 @ 8:15 AM
A parked and unattended 1998 Honda Civic was stolen off the street by an unknown suspect.

RECOVERED STOLEN VEHICLE Euclid & Masonic
02-05-2015 @ 12:16 PM
A previously stolen 2004 VW Phaeton was found parked and unattended.

TRAFFIC COLLISIONS WITH INJURIES:

TRAFFIC COLLISION WITH INJURIES California & Laurel
02-01-2015 @ 1:50 PM
One driver rear ended a car that had stopped at a red light causing minor injuries to the driver of the stopped car. The driver at fault was cited at the scene for following too closely.

TRAFFIC COLLISION WITH INJURIES Balboa & 11th Ave
02-01-2015 @ 3:05 PM
The driver (who was northbound on 11th Ave) stopped at the stop sign, but then proceeded into the intersection when it was not safe to do so and struck a car that was going west on Balboa (where there are no stop signs). Three people were injured; two of them were transported to the hospital. The driver most at fault was cited at the scene.

TRAFFIC COLLISION WITH INJURIES El Camino Del Mar & 25th Ave
02-04-2015 @ 6:54 PM
A car had just stopped at the stop sign facing eastbound on El Camino Del Mar. The intersection was clear and the car began to move forward when a pedestrian suddenly ran northbound across 25th Ave in front of the car and was struck (suffering minor injuries). EDITOR’S NOTE: Although this collision occurred in a crosswalk where the pedestrian would usually have the right of way, that right is not absolute. The vehicle code says that no pedestrian my suddenly leave a place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.

TRAFFIC COLLISION WITH INJURIES Pine & Broderick
02-05-2015 @ 12:35 PM
A driver in stop and go traffic was traveling too fast to stop before hitting the car in front of her (causing minor injuries to the other driver). She was cited at the scene for unsafe speed.

TRAFFIC COLLISION WITH INJURIES Balboa & Funston
02-05-2015 @ 1:36 PM
The driver (who was northbound on Funston) stopped at the stop sign, but then proceeded into the intersection when it was not safe to do so and struck a motorcycle that was going west on Balboa (where there are no stop signs). The motorcyclist suffered minor and was transported to the hospital. The driver most at fault was cited at the scene.

CITATIONS FOR UNLICENSED AND SUSPENDED DRIVERS:
CITATION: UNLICENSED DRIVER California & Spruce
01-30-2015 @ 8:02 AM

CITATION: DRIVING WITH AN EXPIRED LICENSE Anza & 3rd Ave
01-30-2015 @ 4:38 PM

CITATION: DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE Geary & 8th Ave
01-30-2015 @ 5:24 PM

CITATION: DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE 2nd Ave & Cabrillo
02-01-2015 @ 5:45 PM

CITATION: DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE Fulton & 33rd Ave.
02-02-2015 @ 3:57 PM

CITATION: DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE 2800 Turk (USF Campus)
02-03-2015 @ 9:40 PM

CITATION: UNLICENSED DRIVER 24th & Cabrillo
02-04-2015 @ 7:21 AM

CITATION: UNLICENSED DRIVER Geary & 4th Ave
02-05-2015 @ 12:35 AM

CITATION: UNLICENSED DRIVER Geary & Wood
02-05-2015 @ 12:35 AM

CITATION: DRIVING WITH A SUSPENDED LICENSE Geary & 9th Ave
02-05-2015 @ 1:19 PM

CITATION: UNLICENSED DRIVER Clement & 3rd Ave
02-05-2015 @ 3:10 PM

NEXT COMMUNITY MEETING:
Tuesday 02-17-2015 @ 7:00 PM
Richmond Station Community Room
461 6th Ave.

CONTACT US:
Call 911 for emergencies
Call 415-553-0123 for non-emergency police service
Richmond Station
461 6th Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94118
415-666-8000
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Feb-5-2015

Hermit’s Crab House opens on Clement – temporary pop-up?


Photo by Derek

Reader Derek sent us these pics of new eatery Hermit’s Crab House which opened very recently at 332 Clement near 5th Avenue in what used to be the home of Chow Win restaurant.

We haven’t been able to find any info on the menu or hours of operation. But their lone Yelp review from Dan B. references chili cheese fries and “grease, salt, gooey cheese, red meats”. But no mention of crab or seafood. Whatever the menu, sounds like you’ll want to keep your TUMS handy.

Some photos from the same reviewer include a shot of a sidewalk sandwich board that says “pop up now open”, so it’s unclear if Hermit’s is here to stay, or just a temporary tenant. Based on their high-end banner/sign, we’re thinking maybe this is not permanent…

UPDATE 2/8/15: The sign is gone and the business no longer appears to be in operation. So if you’re thinking about heading over, don’t bother.

Sarah B.

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Feb-3-2015

Public meeting this Thursday to discuss open fires on Ocean Beach


Photo by St. John’s Community

On Thursday night, the National Park Service will host a public meeting to discuss fires on Ocean Beach. The meeting will be held at the Cliff House- Terrace Room from 6pm until 8:30pm (1090 Point Lobos Avenue).

There has been a long brewing controversy over the fires on Ocean Beach, with beach visitors in favor of them and the Park Service not due to the cleanup and people’s inability to follow the rules when having fires.

Take a stroll on the beach on a Saturday or Sunday morning and you’ll see lots of remnants from the previous night’s fires including trash, bottles and broken glass. It’s this post-fire cleanup that is taxing the Park Service, who say they don’t have the staff or the budget to manage it.

In 2006, the Park Service was threatening to ban fires altogether, but fans fought to keep the tradition alive.

In 2007, a nonprofit organization called Burners Without Borders stepped in to represent the community, and work with the park service to design and build artistic fire pits for Ocean Beach, raising $40,000 for the project. The hope was that designated fire pits would help reduce the amount of rogue fires and encourage the community to better manage the trash and debris.

Unfortunately the designated fire pits did not alleviate the issues, and the Park Service is now reassessing the program.

Thursday’s meeting may be the last chance for the public to give their input into fires on the beach before the Park Service decides on next steps. Options on the table range from requiring permits for beach fires to banning fires altogether.

According to the agenda for Thursday’s meeting, the objective is to “obtain productive input and feedback from the public to help inform the decision-making process for the future of fires on Ocean Beach.”

More from the Park Service:

Throughout the years there have been ongoing issues on the beach in the area wherefires are allowed, making it challenging for the park to manage effectively. The most prevalent issues include: hazardous materials such as broken glass, nails and hot coals; disorderly conduct associated with alcohol consumption; and significant amounts of trash left on the beach and promenade.

This meeting has been structured to provide as much information as possible and respond to questions and concerns from stakeholders. NPS staff will be available to discuss and provide information based on their experience in the field. District 1 Supervisor, Eric Mar, and representatives from San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department will also be in attendance and available to speak with attendees.

The agenda for Thursday’s meeting is as follows:

  • Introductory remarks – Frank Dean, Superintendent of GGNRA
  • Background information – Howard Levitt, Director of Communications and Partnerships, GGNRA
  • City of SF Partnership – Eric Mar, Supervisor, District 1
  • Review of Revised Pilot Program – Samantha Pollak, Planner, GGNRA
  • Concepts for the future – Aaron Roth, Deputy Superintendent, GGNRA

The meeting will also include small group discussions on focused topics. The meeting begins at 6pm at the Cliff House.

Sarah B.

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Feb-2-2015

Photo: Moon over the Richmond District


Photo by @ob_kc

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