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Oct-7-2013

Photo: Indian Summer Sunset in the Richmond District


Photo by Edwin Young

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Oct-4-2013

Police Blotter – October 4, 2013

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of October 4, 2013. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

CAPTAIN SHARON FERRIGNO’S MESSAGE
The success of last year’s Hardly Strictly Blue Grass was evidenced by a reduction in overall calls for service during the event. In fact we received fewer complaints than we have in previous years. 80,000 plus persons attended Hardly Strictly Blue Grass each day and we received many compliments from neighbors regarding the improvements made to last year’s concert. I must give credit where credit is due. The staff at Richmond Station work tirelessly to police the event and it would not be possible without the dedication and devotion of all members involved. We would like to thank PAR and the many neighbors and business’s that step up and work together to accomplish this event. Based on this we are looking forward to another successful event this year.

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San Francisco police are alerting the public to a telephone scam involving the demand for payment for what are presented as overdue loan debts, and a telephone scam involving payment for traffic tickets supposedly issued by the San Francisco Police Department. In these calls, often the caller ID is that of the SFPD, showing a legitimate police department number.

In the unpaid loan scam, the caller identifies himself as a police officer, stating that he is acting on behalf of “Mark Rothman & Associates.” To prevent criminal proceedings or a bench warrant being issued, the caller demands an “interim payment.” The caller instructs the victim to purchase a $500 Green Dot MoneyPak or Vanilla Gift card or similar cash-load card as payment and to call a specific number once this is done. Once the victim has purchased the card and called the number, the victim is instructed to give the card information, and a phony proof-of-payment e-mail is sent. Once that information is given, all the money on the card is fraudulently used.

In the unpaid traffic ticket scam, the caller claims to be from the San Francisco Police Department and may even fraudulently use the name of an actual San Francisco police officer. The caller states that there is money due, $154 or more, on unpaid traffic tickets and that a bench warrant will be issued unless payment is received. Payment is demanded through a similar cash-load card process and, again, the money on the card is used.

These fraudulent contacts may also be done through e-mail or pre-recorded calls. As a matter of policy, the police department never contacts citizens for payment under any circumstances, including for outstanding traffic citations or for any civil debt.

Citizens are urged not to comply with such requests, and to report such calls to the police. Green Dot MoneyPak cards and similar cash-load cards have recently been the focus of scam artists throughout the country. Citizens should never provide the card number and security clearance codes to a caller or in response to an e-mail.

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS
On 09/29/2013, at 12:03 am, Officer Schor was on regular patrol in the area of Divisadero and Pine St. He observed the driver of a vehicle, driving and texting in violation of the vehicle code. He initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. While advising the driver of the vehicle the reason for the stop he became aware that the driver may also be driving under the influence of alcohol. When officers tried to continue their investigation the driver started resisting and became combative. The driver refused to assist officers in their investigation and was later booked at the County Jail for D.U.I…

On 10/02/2013, at 10:20 am, Officer Wu was on regular patrol in his assigned area alond the Clement St. Corridor. Officer Wu saw a vehicle fail to stop at a posted stop sign. He then conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver. A computer query revealed that the driver was currently suspended / revoked and not allowed operate a vehicle. The driver was cited for both violations in this incident.

On 10/02/2013, at 9:45 am, Officer Jew was on patrolling the area of Sutter St. and Steiner St. He observed a vehicle with no front plate attached, which is a vehicle code violation. Officer Jew imitated a traffic stop and contacted the driver regarding the violation. A computer query revealed that the driver was currently suspended / revoked. Officer Jew cited the driver for both violations.

On 09/30/2013, at 2:35 pm, Officer Mariano observed an individual in the area of 28th and Clement St. who is known to him as currently on active probation for narcotics offences. Officer Mariano contacted the individual who he observed trying to discard something which was in his hand. Officer Mariano then saw something drop from the individual’s left hand. Officer Mariano located the item and determined that it was a “Baggie” which contained suspected Methamphetamine. Officer Mariano arrested the suspect who was booked on narcotics and probation violations.

NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS
On 09/30/2013, at 2:50 am Richmond Officers Andersen and Ivanov responded to the area of 11th Ave and Cabrillo St. regarding a report of a street robbery. The victim was walking in the area when she was accosted by two males. One male blocked the path of the victim while the other one grabbed her and pinned her arms. After removing various items from the victim the suspects fled in an unknown direction. Richmond units conducted a search of the surrounding area but were unable to locate the two suspects. Although the victim was roughly handled in this incident, she remained unhurt and refused any medical attention. The investigation continues…

On 10/01/2013, at 2:14 am Officers responded to a report of an aggravated assault in the area of 20th Ave. and Geary Blvd. On arrival they contacted the victim in this incident who apparently had been struck by an individual with a baseball bat. The victim stated while standing on the street corner there was a verbal altercation between him and the suspect for no apparent reason. The victim stated that as the suspect approached him he saw a knife. Fearing for his safety he ran away and retreated inside a local business. The victim was then followed inside the premise by the suspect who had apparently managed to acquire a baseball bat. The second victim in this incident saw the assault about to commence and attempted to intercede but got hurt himself in the process. The first victim was struck by the bat before the suspect fled in a silver sedan west on Geary Blvd.

On 09/30/2013, at 10:55 pm, Officers responded to the area of Bush St and Broderick St. regarding a reported street robbery involving a gun. On arrival at the location officers contacted the victims who provided descriptions of two male suspects who were also in possession of a semi-automatic handgun. The loss in this incident included two Apple Iphones and other items. Both victims in this incident were unharmed and the investigation continues

On 09/28/2013, at 5:45 pm, Officers on patrol observed a vehicle traveling north on Divisadero St. with a mechanical vehicle code violation. Officers initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle and discovered that the driver was driving with no license issued. The driver was cited for driving with no license issued.

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Oct-3-2013

Open house and tour of Arion Press inside 14th Ave gate, Saturday


Touring Arion Press. Photo by inarges

Many of you may not know that a printing press sits just inside the 14th Avenue gate to the Presidio. It’s called Arion Press and this Saturday, they’re hosting an open house event.

Arion Press, which is named after the legendary Greek poet who was saved from the sea by a dolphin, first opened on Franklin Street in 1961. It moved three times across the city since then and has been located in the Presidio at 1802 Hays Street since 2001.

Arion Press is small, employing about ten people as printers, bookbinders, editors, and in other publishing roles. Part of the team are the highly skilled and long-experienced typesetters of Mackenzie & Harris, the oldest and largest surviving typefoundry in America. They supply lead-alloy type to printers and schools around the country and provide typographic services in computer-generated composition.

Saturday’s Open House and sale runs from 11am until 5pm and includes a gallery display of Arion books, prints, broadsides, photographs and posters, including special sale items. RSVP on Facebook (optional)

Free tours of the typefoundry, press room, and bindery will be offered at 12noon and 3pm. Visitors on the tour can see how type is cast from hot metal in the foundry, watch pages being made up in the composition room and printed by letterpress, and learn how a book is bound by hand, from sewing to backing to casing in.

If you can’t make it to Saturday’s open house, Arion Press also offers tours on Thursday afternoons at 3:30pm that last approximately an hour and a half ($10 per person).

Sarah B.


The Arion Press building (yellow) inside the Presidio near Lake & 14th Avenue.

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Oct-2-2013

Local links: 5L, an art cave, Mysterious Rack opens, farmer’s mkt updates, Halloween hats, Sunday Streets & more


The Mysterious Rack’s second store at 12 Clement Street


Happy hump day Richmond District! Here are some local links to keep you humming.

  • A second location of the Mysterious Rack vintage clothing store is opening at 12 Clement Street this weekend (original location is at 3423 Balboa at 35th Ave). The store will host a grand opening party this Friday at 8pm, so stop in to check out their new digs. Both locations also offer alterations and tailoring services.
  • The new 5 Fulton Limited service pilot will begin at the end of October according to a recent progress report from the SFMTA (Sec. 2.2.2). The 5L would run during peak commute hours in the morning and evenings, Monday through Friday, and would make all stops from Ocean Beach to 6th Avenue, and then limited stops until from 6th Avenue until it reaches Van Ness Avenue. More info from a previous story.
  • Parking for the Clement St. Farmer’s Market just got a little easier, thanks to Roosevelt Middle School who will offer $5 parking in their school lot every Sunday from 8:30am until 3:30pm. Drive into the lot from Palm Ave. between Euclid and Geary, and you can access the farmer’s market on foot via the school’s Arguello gate. And for those of you wondering, the Farmer’s Market has been approved to continue every Sunday from 9am until 2pm until November 24, 2013 with a hearing for a further extension on October 24.
  • Need a great hat for your Halloween costume or looking for a great hat to BUILD your costume around? Check out the annual hat sale at Paul’s Hat Works at 6128 Geary, where you can pick up a vintage or costume hat for $1 – $80. They’re open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am until 6pm.
  • Got your dancing shoes on? Stop by Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church (417 31st Avenue) on the 3rd Friday of every month at 7pm for a family folk dance night. The fee is a sliding scale $5-$10 per family, and no experience is necessary. Dances are taught by an elementary school dance teacher.
  • Mark your calendars for our next Sunday Streets on October 27 which for the FIRST time will take place on Clement Street between Arguello and Funston (and on Arguello from Fulton to Clement; view map). Also during Sunday Streets, the Farmer’s Market will expand from 2 blocks to 4. The entire route will be closed off to cars to maximize care-free frolicking.
  • There’s a new “art cave” in the neighborhood (translation: garage converted into an impromptu art gallery). The Cabrillo Art Cave will have art and artisanal crafts for sale, and will be an opportunity for visitors to meet some local artists. They’ll be open this Friday through Sunday in conjunction with Hardly Strictly, so stop by 925 Cabrillo (between 10th and 11th Avenues) between 11am and 5pm to check it out. Not sure on hours after this weekend, but their website says “We open for nice weather and Events.”


The Cabrillo Art Cave, open on nice days at 925 Cabrillo

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Oct-1-2013

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass music festival in Golden Gate Park this weekend

This weekend (Oct. 4-6) is the free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park. As usual, the schedule is bursting with a wide variety of artists and genres across 6 stages including M.C. Hammer for the Friday morning kids’ program, Bonnie Raitt, The Cave Singers, Boz Scaggs, Natalie Maines, Nick Lowe, Elvin Bishop, Emmylou Harris, Steve Martin, Chris Isaak, and Gogol Bordello.

Friday’s schedule runs from 10:30am until 7pm, Saturday and Sunday from 11am until 7pm. View the full performance schedule

This festival is free to all attendees, so don’t expect the usual fencing etc. that accompanies events like Outside Lands. But there will be street closures (to cars) in Golden Gate Park beginning on Tuesday. Read the FAQ page for full details; the map below shows closures that begin Friday at 6am through Sunday at 12midnight:


Streets closed to car traffic for HSB beginning Friday night

There is a Hardly Strictly mobile app for both iPhone and Android – so if you’re headed to the festival, download it to get easy access to the schedule, a map etc.


The 2013 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Map (download PDF)

Parking will be tight again this weekend in and around the park, so if you see people circling, remind them that there are school lots offering event parking, usually for $20-$25 per day:

  • George Washington High School – 600 32nd Ave. [enter at 30th Ave. between Geary & Anza]
  • Argonne 680 18th Ave. [enter at Cabrillo between 17th Ave. and 18th Ave.]
  • Lafayette 4545 Anza Street @ 36th Avenue [enter on 36th between Anza and Balboa]
  • Presidio Middle School (Sat & Sun ONLY) – 450 30th Ave. [enter on 29th Ave. between Geary and Clement]
  • Jefferson Elementary School (Sat & Sun ONLY) – 1725 Irving St. [Enter on 18th Ave. between Irving and Judah]

If you have issues with the festival or attendees during the weekend, there is a Neighborhood Support Line at 415-386-8584.

Rock on and have fun!

Sarah B.

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Sep-30-2013

Try your hand at lawn bowling! Open House in Golden Gate Park, Oct. 5

You’ve probably seen them when you’ve driven through the Golden Gate Park – adults dressed in pristine white clothes, hurling small, dense balls across smooth lawns. Some in v-neck sweaters with sharp-looking hats.

Wasn’t there a part of you that was just itching to join in?

Well here’s your chance! On Saturday, the San Francisco Lawn Bowling Club is hosting an open house at the club on Bowling Green Drive in Golden Gate Park. Stop by to learn how the game is played and try it for yourself.

The free open house runs from 10am until 4pm and takes place at the Lawn Bowling Club in Golden Gate Park (directions). Be sure to wear flat-soled shoes!

If Saturday doesn’t work for you, they also offer free lessons every Wednesday at 12noon (weather permitting).

Sarah B.

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Sep-27-2013

Police Blotter – Sept. 27, 2013 | Phone scams to avoid, recovered property video

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of September 27, 2013. To be added to the station's mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

CAPTAIN SHARON FERRIGNO’S MESSAGE
This week we are featuring a video of the recovered property found after officers and investigators from Richmond Station completed an in-depth investigation resulting in the arrest of several burglars that have been plaguing our city. Please take a moment to view the list if you have been a victim. I attended a great luncheon with local merchants this week and it was great to visit and share the vision of our district.

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San Francisco police are alerting the public to a telephone scam involving the demand for payment for what are presented as overdue loan debts, and a telephone scam involving payment for traffic tickets supposedly issued by the San Francisco Police Department. In these calls, often the caller ID is that of the SFPD, showing a legitimate police department number.

In the unpaid loan scam, the caller identifies himself as a police officer, stating that he is acting on behalf of “Mark Rothman & Associates.” To prevent criminal proceedings or a bench warrant being issued, the caller demands an “interim payment.” The caller instructs the victim to purchase a $500 Green Dot MoneyPak or Vanilla Gift card or similar cash-load card as payment and to call a specific number once this is done. Once the victim has purchased the card and called the number, the victim is instructed to give the card information, and a phony proof-of-payment e-mail is sent. Once that information is given, all the money on the card is fraudulently used.

In the unpaid traffic ticket scam, the caller claims to be from the San Francisco Police Department and may even fraudulently use the name of an actual San Francisco police officer. The caller states that there is money due, $154 or more, on unpaid traffic tickets and that a bench warrant will be issued unless payment is received. Payment is demanded through a similar cash-load card process and, again, the money on the card is used.

These fraudulent contacts may also be done through e-mail or pre-recorded calls. As a matter of policy, the police department never contacts citizens for payment under any circumstances, including for outstanding traffic citations or for any civil debt.

Citizens are urged not to comply with such requests, and to report such calls to the police. Green Dot MoneyPak cards and similar cash-load cards have recently been the focus of scam artists throughout the country. Citizens should never provide the card number and security clearance codes to a caller or in response to an e-mail.

NOTEWORTHY ARRESTS
On 09/22/2013, at 7:15 pm, officers from our plain clothes unit were operating in the area of 2500 Sutter St. in an effort to eradicate the armed robberies which have occurred in the general area over the past few weeks. The increase in the robberies was of great concern to Captain Ferrigno, the officers and citizens of the Richmond district. The plain clothes officers Jones and McWilliams observed a person of interest on the sidewalk and contacted the individual. The officers recognized the individual and knew he had an active warrant for his arrest. The officers were assisted by Sgt. A. Cox who and they charged the subject with multiple armed robberies which have occurred recently. The suspect is also suspected in a number of other crimes. The subject was transported to County Jail for booking.

06/26/2013, at 6:13 pm Richmond Plain clothes officers working as part of the (F.R.E.T) Fugitive Recovery Enforcement Team contacted a subject with a current warrant for his arrest. The subject was located in the area of 4th and Fulton St. The violator was arrested without incident and transported to County Jail for booking.

06/26/2013, at 3:09 pm Richmond Plain clothes officers working as part of the (F.R.E.T) Fugitive Recovery Enforcement Team responded to the area of Leavenworth St and Eddy St. to locate a subject with a current warrant for his arrest. The subject was located in the area and was arrested without incident then transported to County Jail for booking.

06/26/2013, at 5:34 pm Richmond Plain clothes officers working as part of the (F.R.E.T) Fugitive Recovery Enforcement Team while in the area of Mason St. and Eddy St. observed a subject commit a municipal code violation. The subject was identified and discovered to have a search condition imposed due to a previous conviction. The subject was searched and found to be in possession of suspected morphine. The subject was arrested without incident on the violations and then transported to County Jail for booking.

On 09/23/2013, at 5:57 am, officers were on patrol in the area of 4th and Balboa St., an area which is known to Richmond officers for auto burglaries and other related issues. They contacted a male who identified himself to officers and was discovered to have felony and infraction warrants for his arrest.

The subject was arrested without incident on the warrants and then transported to County Jail for booking.

NOTEWORTHY INCIDENTS

On 09/26/2013, at 2:44 am Officers responded to a report of a robbery which occurred in the area of Geary and 20th Ave. While speaking with the victim in this incident officer discovered that the incident had occurred at 1:40 am and both the suspects had fled the area. There were no injuries in this incident.

In reference to this previously posted item:

“On 09/19/2013 Richmond Station personnel responded to an address in the tenderloin which was revealed during the course of an ongoing investigation. At the address indicated officers were able to contact 3 people regarding this investigation. They were able to recover and remove over 100 items from the location. These items included bicycles, cameras, musical instruments etc… As a result of this investigation Richmond Station officers were able to arrest and charge these 3 individuals with multiple felonies.”

We are now able to show members of the public photographs to review. If you recognize one of the recovered items please contact the (SIT Team) at Richmond Station. You can call and reference the SFPD Case Number related to this incident, # 130-761-631.

NERT TRAINING
The San Francisco Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) is free training from the San Francisco Fire Department in how to help yourself and your neighbors prepare for and respond to a disaster by working together. The 20-hour training taught by First Responders includes personal preparedness, light search and rescue, disaster medicine, shutting off your utilities, and how to participate as a member of a neighborhood response team. NERT also offers continuing training for graduates and activities that support building robust neighborhood teams. For more information, visit the NERT website at http://sfgov.org/sffdnert, or contact Lt. Erica Arteseros at (415)970-2022 or sffdnert@sfgov.org. Register on Eventbrite or call (415)970-2024

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Sep-27-2013

OneRepublic, Goo Goo Dolls headline “Now & Zen” music fest in GGP, Sunday


“Now & Zen” bands clockwise from top left: OneRepublic, Goo Goo Dolls, Larkin Poe and Walk Off The Earth

Alice 97.3FM is putting on their annual “Now & Zen Fest” this Sunday in Golden Gate Park’s Sharon Meadow from 12noon until 5pm. Admission is free.

Headlining the music festival this year is OneRepublic and Goo Goo Dolls. Supporting bands include Plain White T’s of “Hey There, Delilah” fame, Canada’s Walk Off the Earth, and Larkin Poe, known for their ‘swampadelic soul’.

Approximate set times for Sunday are:

Larkin Poe – 12:05p
Walk Off the Earth – 12:25p
Plain White T’s – 1:10p
Goo Goo Dolls – 2:20p
OneRepublic – 3:45p

Rock on!

Sarah B.

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