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Revamped Eagle’s Point overlook opens at Lands End

Last fall, the El Camino entrance to Lands End was closed off for reconstruction of the Eagle’s Point overlook. It’s one of the best views in the neighborhood, overlooking China Beach, Baker Beach and the majestic Golden Gate Bridge.

The entrance reopened this week and debuted the new overlook which is simple in its design and in keeping with the other overlooks along Lands End’s coastal trail.

The old overlook was made of wood and included a ramp up to the viewing area. The new overlook is flush with the trail path, and features a simple semicircle design and three benches. Builders did keep and re-install one of the brown, wood benches from the old overlook and placed it slightly east of the main viewing area.

The new overlook is completely accessible, and old and diseased trees were removed around the overlook creating an unobstructed view. The next phase of the project includes native plant re-vegetation (if you’re interested in volunteering, get more info here).

Other improvements from the project include a resurfaced and regraded trail, a new bike rack near the 32nd and El Camino entrance, new signage, and an emergency call box near the overlook.

The Eagle’s Point renovation was the final project in the improvements to Lands End made possible by a $5 million grant from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund in 2010. Funds were supplemented by additional grants from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and California State Coastal Conservancy.

Sarah B.

One of the old benches from the previous overlook still remains

The new overlook is flush with the trail

The new signage and bike racks near the Lands End trail entrance at 32nd Avenue and El Camino Real

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Police Blotter – January 23, 2014

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of January 23, 2014. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

Thanks to all of you who have welcomed me to the Richmond District! I’ve spent the past week meeting with community groups and learning about the concerns of the people who live and work here. The members of Richmond Station have briefed me on the crime and traffic trends in the district, and how we’ve been addressing them. The most common crime problems I see are car break-ins and residential burglaries, so we will be targeting those crimes in particular (but not neglecting other crimes). In my experience, the people who commit these kinds of crimes are prolific, serial violators so the arrest of just one or two suspects can have a significant impact.

We have already increased traffic enforcement and targeted our traffic trouble spots. In just one hour last week, our officers wrote 25 citations along Fulton St. The tickets were mostly for speeding, red lights, stop signs, and failing to yield to pedestrians. On Friday morning (January 24) we will have an undercover officer on foot acting as a decoy to catch anyone who does not yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk. As a reader of the newsletter, you get advance notice that we will be working on Geary, although I’m not going to say exactly where!

I look forward to meeting more of you in the coming weeks and please don’t hesitate to call us or e-mail us if we can be of service.

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 01/17/14 at 6:50pm, officers were called to the 700 block of 7th Ave on a report of a male that was walking around the store asking customers for money. The employees wanted him escorted out and warned not to return. Officers detained the 45 year old male and determined that he had a warrant for his arrest for burglary. The suspect was booked on the warrant.

On 01/17/14 at 7:50pm, officers were called to 7th Ave and Fulton regarding subjects that were yelling at pedestrians and rummaging through a dumpster. Officers detained the 3 males and determined that one of the males was listed as a wanted parolee and had a warrant for his arrest for burglary. The 50 year old male was booked.

On 01/18/14 at 10:40am, officers were called to a business on the 3800 block of Geary. The caller was reporting that a male had entered an employee restroom and was refusing to come out. Officers located the male and detained him. In the suspect’s possession were credit cards with other people’s names on them. Officers were able to contact two of the victims. One of the victim’s was pick pocketed on a MUNI bus and the other had her car broken into. The 50 year old male was charged with possession of stolen property, trespassing and a probation violation.

On 01/19/14 at 4:45pm, officers were called to the 700 block of 17th Ave to do a well being check a male who was mumbling to himself and using a neighbor’s garden hose. When officers arrived the suspect told them he was washing his feet and had an ingrown toe nail. The suspect said he did not know who lived in the house nor did he have permission to use the hose. The suspect was on probation for narcotic violations and was subject to a search. Officers located methamphetamine in his possession as well as credit cards and a driver’s license issued to another person. Officers attempted to find information on that person but were unsuccessful. The 23 year old male was charged with narcotic and probation violations.

On 01/18/14 at 1:22pm, the resident of a home on the 800 block of 38th Ave, attempted to pull into her driveway. She saw that her garage door was open and the suspect was standing at the open door sitting on a bike. The suspect was holding onto a different bike when suddenly a second suspect ran out of her garage. Both suspects fled west onto Fulton, on the bikes. The husband who was home had heard the garage door earlier but thought it was his wife. About 5 minutes later she returned and began to honk the horn as the suspects fled the scene. The suspects entered the garage through an unlocked window at the rear of the building. The suspects removed the garage remote from the car parked inside the garage. There was no other loss. The initial suspect was a white male, 22-28yrs, wearing a black baseball cap, red tank top and cargo pants. The second suspect was a white female, 22-28yrs with black hair. She was wearing light colored blue jeans with blue underwear.

Between 01/20/14, 5pm and 01/21/14, 7:30am on the 2700 block of Pacific, the suspect entered a home under construction and took numerous tools. The suspect gained entry by prying open a lock box attached to the front gate. The suspect then removed the key and entered the home.

Between 01/20/14, 10pm and 01/21/14, 7am on the 600 block of 20th Ave, a suspect cut the meshing on a front gate of a residence. The suspect then reached in, unlocked the gate and took a bike.

On 01/22/14 between 3:30pm and 6:15pm on the 3300 block of Jackson, the suspect entered a home through an unlocked front door. The suspect took art and figurines that were in the front foyer.

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SFMTA proposes restrictions on overnight RV parking along outer Clement

The SFMTA is proposing to prohibit overnight parking for oversized vehicles along outer Clement

At their upcoming hearing on January 31, the SFMTA will consider a proposal to restrict the parking of oversize vehicles on certain city streets. The city defines an oversize vehicle as more than 7 feet tall or 22 feet long, into which RV’s squarely fall.

Last June, the SFMTA voted to launch a pilot program to prohibit overnight RV parking in areas of the city, including along Fulton Street in the Richmond District.

The 3 month program, which instituted a $100 fine for violators was considered a success.

“Along La Playa Street and the Great Highway, for example, 21 oversize vehicles were known to park. But after three months of enforcing the new law, just two were counted in October,” the Examiner reported in November.

During the three-month pilot, 74 citations were issued, of which 19 were for mobile homes or buses. Fourteen were issued to vans, including three to the same van. Another 26 were issued to pickups or other trucks. No oversize vehicle was known to have been towed, according to the SFMTA.

In the agenda for the January 31 meeting, the SFMTA will propose an extension of the initial program, restricting parking between 12midnight and 6am for oversize vehicles on streets in several neighborhoods including the Sunset, Mission, Haight/Panhandle, Potrero Hill, Western Addition, and the Richmond.

In the Richmond, the additional targeted streets are Clement Street, north side, between 33rd Avenue and 45th Avenue and Clement Street, south side, between 36th Avenue and 38th Avenue. This stretch of Clement borders the Lincoln Park golf course and Veterans Hospital, and is a popular spot for oversize vehicles to park.

This type of restriction would likely appeal to residents in another part of the Richmond District known as the “greenbelt” along Park Presidio.

The blocks of Funston and 14th Avenue between Lake Street and Fulton is a popular spot for oversize vehicles to park for days at a time. It borders federal park land on one side, and city streets on the other. The dual jurisdiction often causes a debate about which entity is responsible for eradicating the oversize vehicles and homeless encampments that take root inside the greenbelt.

The January 31 meeting, which is open to the public, will take place at City Hall at 10am in Room 416 (Hearing Room 4).

Sarah B.

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Photos: Alexander Skarsgård spotted filming at Ocean Beach

Photo by msfangirl99

Instagrammer msfangirl99 snapped a pic of a film crew out at Ocean Beach on Monday, which included hottie Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) in blue short shorts and tube socks.

The film being shot is Diary of a Teenage Girl, and is based on a graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner.

IMDB sums up the plot as “A teen artist living in 1970s San Francisco enters into an affair with her mother’s boyfriend.” SNL’s Kristen Wiig will play the mother, Skarsgård the boyfriend, and British actress Bel Powley will play Minnie, the daughter.

The story takes place in 1970’s San Francisco, hence the retro clothing on the actors in the scene. Given his skimpy shorts, I’m sure Skarsgård was thankful for the unusually warm Ocean Beach weather. ;)

Sarah B.

[via SFist]

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Photo by msfangirl99

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“King’s Thai Cuisine” is new branding for Thai restaurants on Clement

Photo by Derek

Last week we posted about the two King of Thai restaurants on Clement Street dropping / losing their royal monikers.

We haven’t been able to confirm the reason for the change, but surmised it was a trademark dispute or possibly a business divorce.

This week, the restaurant signs have changed once again. The location at 639 Clement has been relabeled as “King’s Thai Cuisine”. We assume the other location at 346 Clement Street will soon follow suit.

As we said in the last post about this, they can be called whatever they want – as long as they stick around! :) As one tweeter wrote, “As long as I can still get tasty pumpkin curry and pad kee mao in 4 minutes flat, they’ll always be the King of Thai to me.”

Sarah B.

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Photo: “My Richmond District Home”

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Washington High students get a lesson in manufacturing with Eric Mar, SFMade

George Washington High School students get hands-on experience in manufacturing at TechShop

Last Friday, a group of Washington High School students visited TechShop, a fabrication and protoyping studio located South of Market.

The students are all enrolled in an Automotive elective class at Washington High, and their visit is part of a new pilot program funded by Supervisor Eric Mar’s office called Inside Manufacturing. The goal of the program is to expose students to local manufacturing careers, enabling them to meet entrepreneurs and explore ideas through hands-on workshops and technology.

SFMade is a partner in the Inside Manufacturing program as well. The organization is focused on developing the local manufacturing sector by building and supporting the community of entrepreneurs, and promoting locally made products and businesses.

During their trip to TechShop, the students made customized tool racks using acrylic and metal, using the nearly $1 million worth of equipment that sits in the TechShop workspace.

The students also received a demonstration of 3D printing from Type A Machines, a local company that is working to build affordable 3D printers.

The visit to TechShop was the culmination of the pilot year of the Inside Manufacturing program, whose long-term goal is to create sustainable, long-term employment opportunities for youth in local manufacturing – as employees and as entrepreneurs/business owners.

Sarah B.

George Washington High School students talk with Supervisor Mar about the Inside Manufacturing program

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Police Blotter – January 17, 2014 | Message from new Captain

My name is Simon Silverman and I am excited to be taking over as the Captain of Richmond Station. I’d like to congratulate Sharon Ferrigno who has earned a well deserved promotion to Commander. I have big shoes to fill and I promise to carry on the great work that Commander Ferrigno and the members of the station have been doing. Since Commander Ferrigno will be my new boss, she will still be involved in the district with us. I’m honored to have been entrusted with the care of the Richmond District and I look forward to working with the community to keep the district safe.

The SF 49ers are playing in the Divisional Championship on Sunday, January 19th. We are asking our residents and merchants, especially those along Geary and Clement Sts who have garbage pick-up on Monday morning to place their bins out either very late Sunday night or early Monday morning. This can help alleviate trash being thrown or bins being knocked around in the event of spontaneous celebrations or mourning.

Our next Community meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 6pm. It will be in the Community Room, here at Richmond Station, 461 6th Ave.

On 01/13/14 at 9:45pm, officers were called to the area of Parker and California on a report of a male digging through resident’s trash bins. They located the male rummaging through the cans and scattering garbage onto the sidewalk. The male told the officers that he was homeless and looking for recyclables. He also informed the officers that he was on probation for narcotic violations. Officer located a flashlight in his pocket and a sparkplug in his backpack. He informed the officers that he uses the sparkplug to break out the window of vehicle to steal items from inside. He does this to support his drug habit. The male was charged with possession of burglar tools.

On 01/14/14 at 5:50am officers responded to a call of a male who tried to force entry into an apartment building on the 700 block of the Great Highway. The caller initially came across the suspect as she was walking her dog and he asked if she knew where San Jose was. He then asked if she had any cigarettes or a CD. She replied no and then believing he was under the influence, quickly left the area. She checked to see if he was following, but he was gone. She then got to her front door and was cut off by the suspect who put himself in between the victim and the front door. The suspect asked if he could come to her apartment as he needed a place to sleep. She told him no and was able to slip by him and get the front door open. When she started to close it, he tried to push it open from outside. After several minutes of back and forth the victim was able to get the door closed and locked it. She then contacted 911 and officers located the male near the building. The suspect told the officers that he had been doing drugs and just wanted a place to sleep. The suspect, a 20 year old male, was charged with burglary and being under the influence of narcotics.

On 01/16/14 at 3pm, officers were traveling on Fulton and observed the suspect cross Fulton St on the red light. The officers stopped to speak to the male and had him sit on the curb while attempting to identify him. He originally told the officers he was 34yrs, but gave them a date of birth that made him 30. When the officers questioned this, the suspect got extremely nervous and began to look around. Suddenly he stood up and ran eastbound on Fulton. The officers caught him and he tried to break free of their grasp. They finally got him to the ground and were able to handcuff the male. They were finally able to determine his true identity and discovered he had to outstanding warrants for his arrest for possession of stolen property from Placer County. The 36 year old was charged with resisting arrest, battery on a police officer and the warrants.

Between 01/10/14, 730am and 01/11/2014, 10am on the 200 block of Anza St, a suspect entered a residence, possibly through an unlocked window. The suspect took a laptop and ipad mini.

Between 01/11/14, 3pm and 01/12/14, 12pm on the unit block of Manzanita, a suspect entered a shared garage by unknown means and took a bike.

Between 01/11/14, 4pm and 01/13/14, 8:30am on the 5600 block of Geary, a suspect entered a business by kicking in a side door. The suspect then entered an office and took cash and credit cards.

Between 01/11/14, 5:30pm and 01/12/14, 9:40am on the 600 block of 12th Ave, a suspect forced open a door to a home under construction. The suspect took tools.

On 01/13/14, between 11:30am and 6:50pm on the 300 block of Maple, a suspect forced open the main door to an apartment building. The suspect then pried open the door to one of the apartments and took an iPad. The suspect then entered the garage and broke the hasp on a storage unit and took a bike.

Between 01/13/14, 4pm and 01/14/14, 7am on the 2600 block of Pine St, the suspect pried open a door to a home under construction and took numerous tools.

On 01/14/14, between 5am and 5:45pm on the 800 block of 28th Ave, the suspect pried open the front gate to a residence. The suspect then went through the front door and took a bike that was in the front entry way.

Between 01/15/14, 5:20pm and 01/16/14, 6:45am on the 2000 block of Scott St, a suspect entered a home under construction by unknown means. The suspect took numerous tools.

On 01/16/14, between 8:20am and 8:40am, two different residences were broken into on the 700 block of Arguello. A caller reported seeing a man reaching into an open window of her neighbor’s home. The male was talking to someone else who the caller could not see. She called 911 and reported the incident providing a description of the suspect as a black male with short hair wearing a gray tank top. As the officers arrived, the residents of another home on the block were out in front as they had just chased a white male from their home. Those residents were asleep and one of them heard a noise and went into the hallway and saw the male with their backpack. That resident started yelling which woke up the rest of the roommates. When the suspect fled the home, he dropped the backpack which contained a laptop and fled south on Arguello. The white male was 28-35yrs, wearing a gray military style cap, black jacket and dark pants.

The home where the caller saw the black male was also burglarized and officers spoke to those tenants when they returned home later in the evening. From that home a laptop, e-reader, jewelry and an iPad were taken.

On 01/17/14 at 2am, a resident of a home on the 100 block of Ewing Terrace awoke to the sound of the garage door opening. She had been asleep in a bedroom off of the garage. She then heard two voices whispering and footsteps. She called her roommate who was asleep upstairs to see if it was him in the garage. He told her that he was in his room and to call the police. The upstairs tenant then looked out the front window and saw a bicycle in front of his garage and also called 911. The suspects fled the scene and when the officers conducted a search, the victims told them that two of their bikes had been stolen, but the two bikes out in front had been left by the suspects. There were no signs of forced entry into the garage.

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