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Police Blotter – December 6, 2013

[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of December 6, 2013. To be added to the station’s mailing list, email sfpd.richmond.station@sfgov.org.]

Richmond Station officers and investigators routinely coordinate their efforts. The result of that coordination has resulted in some amazing arrests over the past month. Investigations can sometimes be painstaking. That was certainly the case in our recent arrest of persons wanted in connection with stolen autos and auto burglaries, the investigation encompassed several police districts and we are sharing the information with those officers. With the weather dropping to freezing levels our roadways are more treacherous. Slow down and look for pedestrian and bicyclist who are bundled up due to the cold and may not be as visible as usual. Frosty steamed up windows can also block our visibility. In this cold weather you probably need more time to get where you are going and when the weather is wet and freezing its important to reduce your speed.

We will not be having a community meeting in December. We will see you again after the New Year.

On 11/25/13 at 12:38am, on the unit block of 18th Ave, a caller reported hearing the sound of glass break and when she looked out her window, she saw the suspect reaching into the front passenger window of a vehicle. The caller provided a description and officers located the male at 16th and California. He was in possession of a bag which had been taken from the vehicle and the registered owner identified the property as hers. The 35yr old male who is on probation was charged with burglary and being a sex registrant out of compliance for not registering within the proper time frame.

On 11/28/13 at 3:45pm, a footbeat officer was called to a beauty salon on the 400 block of Clement St. The salon was reporting that there was a male inside refusing to leave and yelling at the staff and customers. When the officer arrived he recognized the male from many prior contacts. The male was intoxicated and holding a shaver in his hand. The officer told him to put it down and leave the store. The male said, “I just want to cut my f*****g beard!” The officer attempted to detain the male; however he began to fight with the officer. With the assistance of other officers, the male was taken into custody. He was charged with trespassing, resisting arrest and several outstanding warrants.

On 11/29/13 at 12:10am, officers responded to a burglary in progress on the 2600 block of Sutter St. The caller stated that the suspect was breaking in from the rear of the premise. Officers arrived and saw that the back door had been pried open. As officers set up a perimeter, the suspect exited the building from a side door and was detained. A bag was located with items taken from the store. The 24 year old male was charged with burglary, possession of stolen property and burglar tools.

On 12/01/13 at 9:40pm, an officer was near the front desk of Richmond Station and saw a male in the lobby. The officer recognized the male as he had arrested him for burglary on May 15th. The suspect was apparently at the station to retrieve some of his property that had been booked at the time of his arrest. The officer ran the male through the system and discovered he had two outstanding warrants for his arrest from Modesto, CA. One was for burglary, the other was narcotic violations. The suspect was detained and charged accordingly.

On 12/02/13 at 9pm, officers observed a vehicle traveling east on Balboa towards 6th Ave. The vehicle was traveling with the driver’s door open and the driver holding onto the door handle. The vehicle continued south on 6th Ave at a high rate of speed, with the door open and passed the car in front of him. Officers stopped him at 6th Ave and Fulton. The driver said he was on his way to pick up his wife. He had an outstanding warrant for his arrest from Orange County and was booked accordingly.

Back on 02/28/13 on the 100 block of 25th Ave, a home was burglarized with the suspect smashing in the glass of the front door. Several pieces of jewelry were taken from the home. On 12/03/13 the suspect was identified by forensic evidence left at the scene and on 12/04/13 the 56yr old suspect was arrested on the 1700 block of Mission St.

On 12/04/13 at 11pm, officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on the 2800 block of California St. The officer could smell marijuana emanating from the vehicle. The driver is on probation and is subject to search conditions as a result of his probation. Officers located several Ziploc baggies of marijuana and in the trunk of the vehicle was a shotgun. The 28 year old male was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and narcotic and probation violations.

On 11/26/13 at 2:30pm, the victim was walking on Bush St when a vehicle pulled up alongside of him. The driver, who spoke Italian and broken English, rolled down the window and asked for directions to the airport. After speaking for a few minutes, the driver told the victim that he worked for Armani and was a manager in a store in Milan, Italy. He told the victim that to repay him for his help; he would give him two leather jackets. Believing that it was genuine, the victim accepted the jacket. They continued the conversation and the suspect asked how much the victim thought an iPad would cost as he wanted to bring one back to Italy for his son. The victim told him around $200 dollars. When the suspect said he had no money and could he borrow it from the victim, the victim agreed and gave him the cash. The suspect provided his business card and said he would reimburse him as soon as he got back to Italy. When the victim got home he realized that the jackets were fake and he would most likely never see the $200 returned to him. The suspect was a white male between 45-50yrs, balding, with a darker complexion. He was driving a tan colored Infinity with Nevada license plates.

It should be noted that the same scam occurred on 19th Ave and Geary on 12/03/13 at 12:45pm. The male who was approached by the suspect was suspicious of the whole story and did not buy into it. The description of the male in this incident was similar, but this victim said that the vehicle was a dark colored Jeep SUV. In both incidents the suspect said his name was “Rocco.”

On 11/29/13, between 11:30am and 3:20pm on the 500 block of 33rd Ave, a suspect entered a garage and took a bike. The door may have been left open.

Between 11/29/13, 6:45pm and 12/02/13, 9am on the 4600 block of Geary, a suspect entered an office buy unknown means and gained access to the safe. The loss was cash.

On 11/29/13 between 7pm and 11:30pm on the 100 block of Commonwealth, a suspect entered a residence by smashing a glass door off of the patio. The suspect took a laptop, camera, desktop computer, laptop and two tablets computers.

Between 11/30/13, 9pm and 12/01/13, 9:45am on the 1900 block of Clement St, a suspect hopped the fence to the nursery and stole 10 Christmas trees.

On 12/02/13, between 2am and 5:15pm, on the 2700 block of Golden Gate Ave, a suspect pried open the front door of an apartment a took a cell phone, laptop and iPad.

On 12/02/13 at 5:25am, the victim was waiting at the bus stop on Geary at 28th Ave. She heard someone walking up behind her and as she turned around she heard a “buzzing” noise. She saw that the suspect had what appeared to be a stun gun in his hand and he placed it at her side. The next thing the victim knew was that she was on the ground and began kicking and screaming at the suspect. The suspect then used the stun gun on her left cheek and the victim then knocked it out of his hand. He picked it up and ran to a dark colored car and drove off. The suspect was described as an Asian male, 25-30yrs with short black hair. The victim received minor injuries and refused medical treatment.

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Holiday sing-a-long & market at Balboa Theater, Saturday

This Saturday, the Balboa Theater is hosting a benefit sing-a-long and holiday marketplace.

Bring the family for screenings of the sing-a-long versions of classic films “Frosty the Snowman” and “The Jungle Book”.

The films start at 1:15pm but beginning at noon, there will be a holiday marketplace in the lobby of the theater featuring crafts by local artisans, beer and wine, homemade sweets and holiday gifts. The market runs until 4pm.

Admission is $10 for adults, and $7.50 for kids 11 and under. Proceeds from the event benefit the Balboa Theater and the Sunset Cooperative Nursery School.

Sarah B.

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Beach Chalet renovation clears final legal hurdle; construction to start in 2014

A conceptual, overhead rendering of the four renovated fields at Beach Chalet

City Fields Foundation issued a press release today about a legal ruling that will finally allow the Beach Chalet Soccer Fields renovation project to proceed:


The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and the City Fields Foundation announced today that Superior Court Judge Teri L. Jackson has ruled in favor of the renovation of the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

Judge Jackson found that the City’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR) adequately reviewed the project under the California Environmental Quality Act. Recreation and Parks and the City Fields Foundation can now bid the project and then initiate construction.

San Francisco Recreation and Parks and the nonprofit City Fields Foundation are jointly funding the $14,000,000 renovation of the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2014 and the fields are expected to reopen in 2015.


On their website, City Fields posted “The lawsuit challenging Beach Chalet’s environmental review has been denied! Congrats and thank you to all of you, the City Attorney’s Office and our partners at Recreation and Parks! Yahoo!”.

More about the renovation from the City Fields website:

City Fields and SF Recreation and Parks are proposing to install synthetic turf, field lights and on-field spectator seating – bleachers on either end of the field and low profile bench seating between the two center fields. A new viewing plaza will connect to the restored restrooms with new paths leading from JFK Drive in the Park to the athletic fields.

A children’s play area will occupy the little ones while spectators watch the games from adjacent barbeques and picnic areas. With neighbors in mind, field light heights were reduced by 20 feet so the light standards will not be visible from surrounding neighborhoods and “open play” hours will be posted to ensure community access to the new fields.

A new pick-up & drop-off area near the restroom will increase safety for kids and athletes and 81 bike parking spots will be installed. Twenty new spaces will be added to the existing car parking lot to keep additional cars off park roads and a pathway will encircle the fields to provide disability access and to make it easier for everyone to enjoy the fields. The current eight foot fence will be lowered to four feet around most of the fields and rise to 16 feet behind the goals to keep balls in bounds.

Sarah B.

An overhead view showing the renovated parking, playground and seating area.

Instead of tall bleachers, an 18-inch raised walkway featuring built-in spectator
benches runs across the center of the fields.

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GGP tree lighting Thursday; Santa at Angelina’s Cafe on December 12

The holidays are upon us and we have two special events coming up in the neighborhood.

First up is the 84th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at McLaren Lodge in Golden Gate Park (Stanyan and Fell) this Thursday. The festivities begin at 4pm, with the tree lighting taking place just after dusk. The celebration will include a train ride, live entertainment, and a special visit from Santa!

The following week on Thursday December 12, Angelina’s Cafe will host Santa Claus from 2:30pm until 4:30pm. Stop by for a pic with the jolly fellow and to decorate cookies. Plus a magic show from Professor Salamini at 3:30pm.

Angelina’s is also collecting new, unwrapped toys for the SFFD Toy Program, so if you’re headed to the Santa event, bring a toy to donate.

Sarah B.

The Batkid Express train below the tree in McLaren Park. Photo by @melissahandley

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It’s #GivingTuesday. Here’s a list of neighborhood organizations that need help

It’s #GivingTuesday across the internet today. Why not give to one of our neighborhood organizations? Here are a few – feel free to leave more in comments and we’ll add them to the list!

Sarah B.

Western Neighborhoods Project
Dedicated to preserving the history of the west side of San Francisco
Donate here

Friends of Mountain Lake Park Playground
Raising money for a new playground at Mountain Lake Park, breaking ground in 2014.
Donate here

Richmond District Neighborhood Center
Providing free and low-cost services to children, adults and seniors in the Richmond District.
Donate here

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Benefit screening of newest “Lost Landscapes” at Internet Archive, December 18

A bit from the screening of Lost Landscapes 4. Don’t miss the footage at 3:30!

For eight years running, archivist Rick Prelinger has presented his annual collection of old San Francisco film and home movie clips as part of “Lost Landscapes”, “bringing together both familiar and unseen archival film clips showing San Francisco as it was and is no more.” This year’s show at the Castro has already sold out.

But on December 18, the Internet Archive at Clement Street near Funston will host an additional screening, with proceeds benefiting the Archive whose scanning center burned in a fire last month.

Many of Prelinger’s archival films were scanned and converted to digital at the Internet Archive for previous Lost Landscapes, and funds raised at the Dec. 18 screening will help replace the specialized equipment that was lost.

This year’s Lost Landscapes includes newly-discovered images of Playland and Sutro Baths; the waterfront; families living and playing in their neighborhoods; detail-rich streetscapes of the late 1960s; the 1968 San Francisco State strike; Army and family life in the Presidio; buses, planes, trolleys and trains; a selected reprise of greatest hits from years 1-7; and much, much more.

Prelinger’s screenings never include a soundtrack – he relies on the audience for that. “As usual, the viewers make the soundtrack — audience members are asked to identify places and events, ask questions, share their thoughts, and create an unruly interactive symphony of speculation about the city we’ve lost and the city we’d like to live in.”

The screening takes place on December 18 at the Internet Archive (300 Funston Avenue) with a reception at 6pm, followed by the film at 7:30pm. Tickets are available online and start at $25.

If you love San Francisco history and have a penchant for time travel, you don’t want to miss it.

Sarah B.

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Local links: Stolen bikes, Anzfer on Clement, new eateries, NEMS clinic & more

At a SFPD evidence site, about 800 stolen and recovered bicycles are stored. Photo: Brant Ward, The Chronicle

Hard to believe that it’s already December! Here are some local links to take you into the final stretch of 2013…

  • A lot of you have read about stolen bike after stolen bike in the weekly police blotter. Ever wondered what happens to them all? The Chronicle paid a visit to a SFPD warehouse, where nearly 800 “mountain bikes, road bikes, rusted clunkers, fat-tired cruisers, fancy carbon fiber, and new and old frames of every color” sit gathering dust. The challenge? Reconnecting the recovered bikes with their owners. If you’ve had a bike stolen, visit the Park Station website, tweet to @sfpdbiketheft, or call 553-0123 to report a stolen bike.
  • The woodworkers Anzfer Farms have opened up a temporary store at 248 Clement Street for the holidays. Stop by on December 7 between 2 and 8pm for a little celebration featuring shopping (furniture and other home accessories), snacks and drinks.
  • The Bold Italic recently went on a very scientific pork bun adventure, tasting and rating the brown pockets of meaty joy at nine different dim sum restaurants in the Inner Richmond, hoping to identify the best one. “After charting out all the nuances of each bun, we had a hard time defining what “best” meant. While we all shared similar rankings for our top three favorites (Clement Restaurant, Wing Sing, and Cherry Blossom), there wasn’t one clear winner.” Nevertheless, their detailed research and photography is definitely worth the read!
  • If you say something egregious about your employer or job on Facebook, could you be fired for it? Two Richmond Village Beacon employees found out the answer to that is yes, and that not every social media post by disgruntled employees is protected by the National Labor Relations Act. A judge ruled that their profanity-laced Facebook posts went too far.
  • A new Japanese and Korean izakaya called Joo Mak has taken over the Sushi Tani space on Geary near Funston. According to their Facebook page, Chefs/Owners Tony Chong and Sam Sohn “always envisioned a place where people could come together and experience authentic street food from Korea and Japan.” They’re open daily from 5pm until 2pm, but closed on Tuesdays. Yelp reviews are very positive so far, and one wrote that “they still use Tani’s menu for the Japanese rolls.”
  • A new sushi place called Yoi opened up in the former Drunken Sushi on Clement and 24th Avenue. The name means “good, pleasing, skilled”, and according to their website, they’re offering sushi, ramen and robatayaki (skewers slow-grilled over hot charcoal). They’re open daily from 5pm until 12midnight, and from Thursday through Saturday, stay open late until 2am. Yelp reviews are mixed so far.
  • North East Medical Services (NEMS) recently celebrated the opening of their new clinic on Clement Street near 12th Avenue. The building was donated to NEMS by Hong Kong entrepreneur Dr. Tihua Koo and his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Shaofen Vee Koo. NEMS is the largest non-profit, federally-qualified community health center in San Francisco, providing health care to over 57,000 patients annually. They have 8 locations in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
  • The OBB recently profiled the owner of Fredy’s Deli out on La Playa near the beach. After a medical struggle that caused him to close for several months this year, he’s decided to sell after 28 years. A former employee, David Nottage, is re-opening the business as Kawika’s Ocean Beach Deli. Nottage plans to close briefly in January for a renovation, and will keep selling many of the favorites that Fredy’s customers like so much.
  • Zephyr Cafe at 3643 Balboa has been renamed to La Promenade Cafe. Ownership changed back in June, but it sounds like they just got around to changing the awning. “We have completely renovated the café with new wooden floors and mural paintings depicting French café scenes which gives it its charm.” One Yelp reviewer reports that a lot of the clutter is gone and all the chairs now match. :)

Photo by @bonanos

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Photos: Snowy with a chance of reindeer at the Academy of Sciences

Photo by Derek

The California Academy of Sciences was laying preparations today for their holiday exhibit “‘Tis the Season for Science” in Golden Gate Park.

Kids enjoyed the fake snow that was spread out on the Academy’s front entry and reindeers Yukon and Willow were introduced to their home for the next several weeks. Apparently, Willow “is full of energy and has recently taken to pushing Yukon around”.

It’s the fourth year for the Academy’s annual exhibit which focuses on reindeer and their unique adaptations. Reindeer migrate up to 3,000 miles per year, their antlers are comprised of some of the fastest growing bone, and they see the world in ultraviolet, enabling them to find food even when it’s buried beneath the snow.

Other highlights of the festive exhibit include indoor snow flurries, a giant Snowman Theater screening the kid-friendly documentary Roaming with Reindeer, and daily penguin shows at 11:30am.

‘Tis The Season for Science officially opens tomorrow and runs through January 5.

Sarah B.

Photo by @calacademy

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