July 29, 2011

Announced: K9 Scrub Club

Recent activity at 1734 Church St has had us and many readers curious. Today we received a press release that led us to the answer:
"K9 Scrub Club is a San Francisco-based company specializing in everything for your canine companions, pooches, pups, dogs, four-legged friends and man's best friend (yes, woman's best friend, too!). Our focus is on everything good - organic, eco-friendly, safe treats, toys, bedding, bath and travel items - for your pup!
But doesn't that sound like another pet supply store? What makes them different? Self-serve grooming:
Clean dogs are happy dogs! We supply everything you need and you do the scrubbing. No need to clean up, we’ll take care of it. We’ll even throw in a free face scrub – on the house.
Their online store has been active since April but launches officially on August 1. Proprietor Steve Davis tells us to look for increased activity and neighborhood outreach in the next month. They plan to open in October. Direct inquiries to info@k9scrubclub.com.

K9 Scrub Club
1734 Church St
(415) 690-8904

Midsummer Romance at Omnivore

Celia Sack packs the event calendar at Omnivore Books as full as she can, and she's a natural host. Yesterday she played photographer and Twitter witness to a marriage proposal (highlights by The Bay Citizen here). Celia's summary? "You know what the best part was for me? All of y'all cheerleading, stressing, wondering, & congratulating. Just made it SO fun." Sweet.

July 28, 2011

Opening: First American Title

First Republic Bank opening in the old Tuttimelon spot is still a rumor, but First American Title moving into Noe looks like a done deal.

We noticed this sign today at 1354 Castro St. @ Jersey today across from Walgreen's on the corner that use to be Michelle's Tailor. Michelle's recently wedged into the former nail salon spot next door, and First American Title will slide into its place. Here's what the building and space use to look like - and it appears to have changed hands recently.

A title company of the same name at 18th and Castro closed in 2008 because of market conditions - so maybe it's another sign of the times (that the real estate market is even hotter than usual again).

To recap: Nail salon out, title company in - that's trading up, right?

No indication of when First American Title will open but it looks imminent.

July 27, 2011

Notes: July 27 Noe Valley Neighborhood Meeting

The Friends of Noe Valley sponsored neighborhood meeting with Scott Wiener this evening at St. Philips was reasonably well attended (40-50 people) and featured free wine and free pizza from Patxi's. The meeting got off to a a slow start with some random notes from the FoNV including ballot measures the group is interested in such as a move stop the privatization of park facilities. FoNV also needs the services of a pro bono lawyer and webmaster if anyone's interested.

Things picked up when guest of honor and District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener arrived (a few minutes late). He jumped right in with a plug for the accomplishments of his office so far including balancing the budget, rescuing some money for tree maintenance, and bringing back the police academy classes to train new cops in SF. He also touched on…
AT&T Boxes – Scott spent some time recapping his position on why he voted yes on the boxes and fielding tangent questions such as: Could we get rid of the Clear Channel news boxes instead (no – it's a 1st amendment issue, they're paid for and you can't ban news boxes); could we turn the boxes into street art or benches (yes, good idea – Emeryville has turned its boxes into art); and why can't we underground them (too big and need cooling). Overall AT&T is aware that Noe doesn’t want boxes and is not likely put them here unless asked.

Town Square – "It's alive" and can happen, says Scott, but it's going to take "an enormous amount of work." It might need to be packaged up with some other projects in the Bayview and Mission and can’t be done with just open space funds. Private funds will have to fill the gap + buildout costs + income for ongoing maintenance.

Real Foods – Scott's goal is to get the owner of the building to finally "sell it and be done with it." He says he's "found new people" involved in the building and is "in a dialog" with them. He'd like to see retail on the ground floor and housing above – which means the buyer would have to be a developer.

Muni – It's going to be a "long road to progress" Scott admitted, but there are some hopeful signs including the new MTA Director Ed Reiskin (he takes Muni daily and doesn't own a car), and the fact that Muni can now hire part-time drivers to cover Muni's sky-high absenteeism (expect to see changes on that front in 12-18 months). Other interesting factoids – the J has the lowest ridership of any Muni train at just 18,000 per day (vs. the N Judah's 30,000 per day), and most J Church riders only use the line north of 30th St.
In between of all of this, Scott also fielded some wacky (boozy?) out-of-left-field questions thrown at him by people who didn't quite get the format. Q: How do you stand on the Muni to Chinatown plan? A: I wouldn't have backed it but the horse has left the barn. Q: How come third-world countries have better cell reception and they don't have big AT&T boxes? A: The boxes are about high-speed cable and Internet, not cell service. And so on.

After Scott left, the meeting wrapped up with a preview of possible planned events from the FoNV this year and next including:
· Music in the Park (BBQ, music and activities near Noe Courts after Labor Day)
· Happy Birthday Noe Valley (history event in November)
· Noe Valley Love Fest (Valentine's Day)
· Book Week (March 4-10 with a Book Fair)
· A Group Run (See Jane Run sponsored; heats for strollers, pets, etc)
· A Pet Event (for families and furry ones; sponsored by local pet stores)
And finally, at the end of the meeting FoNV president Todd David dropped a rumor that the Tuttimelon space on 24th Street may have a new tenant soon… First Republic Bank.

[Photo: @sdweiner on Twitter]

SFBG: Congrats 2011 Noe Valley Best Of Bay Winners

It's that time of year again -- the 37th Annual SF Bay Guardian Best of the Bay hit the newsstands today. Here are two Noe Valley businesses that made the Editors Picks:
What does it take to win a gazillion green business awards? It certainly starts with a great concept, a seriously vetted supply chain, and a commitment to spreading the eco-word. It also helps to have a pleasing storefront in Noe Valley, cute and eager staff, luscious products, and bulk-store prices without the forklifts and doublewide shopping carts. Green 11, launched by married couple Marco Pietschmann and Bettina Limaco and inspired by a Rachel Carson observation ("For the first time in history, every human being is being subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from the moment of conception to death."), offers soaps, cleaning supplies, pet food, shampoo, conditioners, and lotions, all ready for your refillable, affordable use. Bring your own containers or put for up a starter container at the store. 3980 24th St., SF. (415) 425-5195. www.shopgreen11.com

Stepping into cobbler Suzanne George's shop is like entering a hide-covered time warp. George crafts her clodhoppers in much the same way that shoes were made several hundred years ago. She works the leather by hand, stitching the pieces with thread and hammering it all together with actual nails. Not only are the shoes custom-made to fit every tootsie they encase, they are also unique pieces of art, nearly too lovely to take tramping on the dirty pavement. George shares her high-quality, low-technology workshop with Peter, a shoemaker originally from Italy who used to make sandals for Mother Teresa. Together they make some damn fine throwback sling-backs. 1787 Church, SF. (415) 775-1775. www.suzannegeorgeshoes.com

And of course the readers got to vote:

BEST BREAKFAST: Chloe's Café, 1399 Church, SF. (415) 648-4116
BEST WINE BAR: Noeteca, 1551 Dolores, SF. (415) 824-5524, www.noeteca.com
BEST BUTCHER SHOP: Drewes Bros. 1706 Church, SF. (415) 821-0515, www.drewesbros.com
BEST CLOTHING STORE (WOMEN): Ambiance, Various locations, SF. www.ambiancesf.com
BEST SHOE STORE: Shoe Biz, Various locations, SF. www.shoebizsf.com
BEST TOY STORE: The Ark, Various locations. www.thearktoys.com

All other winners are on SFBG's site. Congrats to all!

July 26, 2011

Sign Of The Times: St. Clair's Liquors

A reader sent this note highlighting yet another business feeling the pressure Whole Foods is exerting on neighborhood businesses to step it up a notch:
So I started out today dropping off a pair of boots at Mike's Shoe Repair. Then picked up a nice bottle of scotch and some wine at Plumpjack followed by some fresh seafood and produce at Whole Foods. On my way to 24th St Cheese Co I passed the attached sign at St. Clair's Liquors. I stopped shopping there years ago because of high prices and mediocre selection -- long before Whole Foods moved in.
What's this all about? According to the ABC, Whole Foods is pursuing an off sale liquor license.

The sign reads:
Whole Foods Market is hurting many businesses in Noe Valley. However, they are not done yet. Whole Foods Market is determined to hurt more businesses in our community. Call supervisor Scott Weiner [sic] at (415) 554-6968 or email him at Scott.Wiener@sfgov.org and let him know that you are against Whole Foods Market selling LIQUOR in Noe Valley. Please, protest to the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control by filling a protest form.
Hmmm...Bell/Ralph's/Delanos sold beer/wine/liquor and St Clair's survived. And St Clair's has its own predatory history.

Meanwhile, Urban Cellars, Bell Market and GrayStone (24th/Castro) are all gone. Given that there are fewer places to buy liquor in Noe Valley than 10 years ago we're not buying St Clair's protest.

July 25, 2011

Crime Beat: Gunpoint Robberies

24th and Hoffman
The Examiner is reporting there were 2 gunpoint robberies within 20 minutes of each other in the Noe Valley and Castro areas on Sunday.
The first heist occurred at Caselli Avenue and Douglas Street around 1:40 a.m. A 43-year-old man was held up at gunpoint by a man in his 20s, police said. The thief fled with the victim’s cellphone in a white newer model 4-door sedan with chrome rims and tinted windows. A second suspect was driving the getaway car.
The second robbery occurred about 20 minutes later at Hoffman and 24th streets, police said. Two women in their 20s lost cash, a laptop, wallet, driver’s license, ATM cards and a backpack.
The suspects, described as men in their 20s, fled in a newer model white Chrysler 300 with rims and made off with the victims’ property, cops said.
Stay frosty out there, folks.

[SF Examiner]
[Photo: Google Streetview]

July 23, 2011

Noe Valley Neighborhood Meeting: July 27

Still have questions about the controversial AT&T U-verse boxes, the problems with Muni, and the plans and progress for a Noe Valley Town Square? You can email your questions to Scott Wiener directly, or you can see him in person at the next neighborhood meeting this Wednesday July 27, 7:00pm at St. Phillips. The meeting is run by the Friends of Noe Valley neighborhood group, but is open to all residents and non-members too. Other items on the agenda include upcoming neighborhood events planned by FONV and how to get involved.
What: FONV Neighborhood Meeting
When: Wednesday July 27, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Where: St. Philip’s Auditorium - 665 Elizabeth Street @ Diamond

Sign of the Times: Drewes Bros.

"Don't let Drewes Bros. become just another nail salon!"

The campaign to save Drewes Bros. Meats on Church St. has resurfaced - this time in the form of a handwritten sign in the front window of the "oldest operating butcher shop in California."

July 21, 2011

Tidbits: Cause, Cosmetics, Cops and Chicken

Benefit: The 7 Squared Project: "...a community-based video adventure that aims to raise awareness for 14 organizations that are doing purposeful, socially responsible work in San Francisco. This project is a collaborative endeavor between Seven Summits Productions, 7 non-profits, 7 businesses, and you."

Elizabeth Street Cosmetics: Kelly Crispen announces: "I'm a longtime resident of Noe Valley [and] I just launched my boutique line of lipsticks and lipglosses in honor of our beloved neighborhood!" All lipsticks and glosses are named for streets in Noe Valley. Currently available at Rabat on 24th St and through the website.

Meeting: Vicki Rosen (the "Upper Noe Valley representative on the Ingleside Station Police Community Advisory BoardPolice") Sends this meeting announcement: "Chief Suhr will be hosting a community meeting to solicit input from your community on a new Community Policing General Order on July 26 at 826 Shotwell, The Cesar Chavez School, at 6:00 pm. Ingleside and Mission Stations will share the venue. Please advise your respective community members and I encourage as many as possible to attend--this will be an excellent opportunity for the Chief to hear from you regarding YOUR ideas on Community Policing."

Fried Chicken Tuesdays - Frustrated that Firefly doesn't have their Famous Fried Chicken when you go? Try Tuesdays. "When it came to our ever popular fried chicken, however, we had to be satisfied with pleasing all of the people only some of the time. But now, we have committed ourselves to pleasing all of the people all of the time…sometimes."

And finally...it's been around a while but the above video - with a section on Noe Valley - is worth (another) look.

Scott Wiener: Why I Voted Yes On AT&T U-Verse

A typical AT&T U-verse box
The AT&T U-verse vote squeaked through the Board of Supes this week, and the long-delayed high-speed phone/Internet/TV project will soon be rolled out citywide. The first installations are reportedly headed for the Sunset and Richmond districts, but eventually 32 AT&T communications boxes are tentatively headed for Noe sidewalks as well.

Our own District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener voted in support of the U-verse roll out, and sent this note explaining why:
From: <Scott.Wiener@sfgov.org;
Date: Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 4:41 PM
Subject: My vote on the AT&T issue
To: Scott.Wiener@sfgov.org
I'm sending this email to a number of neighborhood association leaders and other involved folks in District 8, in order to explain my vote yesterday on the AT&T environmental appeal.  I would appreciate it if you would forward this email to your boards, memberships, and neighbors who have an interest in this issue.  The voters are entitled to an explanation of all of my votes (and I cast many each week), including votes as controversial as this one.  People can agree or disagree, but they deserve an explanation.

I will start by saying that I struggled mightily with this issue.  Like many of you, I do not like these boxes, or any of the utility boxes that are already on our streets.  Part of me very much wanted to vote against AT&T and for an EIR simply because I dislike the boxes.  But one of the commitments that I made to myself, and to the voters, was that I'm not just going to be a reactive elected official.  I committed that I was going to be the kind of elected official who tried to find solutions to hard issues.  I also committed to myself early on that I would not abuse CEQA by ordering EIRs where the law doesn't support it simply because I have policy issues with the underlying project. As described below, ordering an EIR here probably would have been illegal and certainly would have fed into our City and State's addiction to environmental review, with the effect that good projects (including public projects) are delayed, killed, or made much more expensive than they need to be.

The issue here was very hard -- pretty much everyone agrees that Comcast is in desperate need of competition while also agreeing that these boxes stink.  There were also incredibly strong views on both sides of this issue.  I received many emails from opponents, passionately and articulately describing the issues with the boxes, and from proponents, passionately and articulately describing why we need the service and competition.  This was a no-win vote for me in terms of popularity contests.  Either way I voted was going to make one group or the other upset with me.  But, for better or for worse, casting controversial votes is what we do at the Board.  If I wanted to be loved by everyone all the time, I wouldn't have run for office.

And, this issue pointed to a major problem we have in San Francisco.  We do a bad job managing our sidewalks.  Our departments don't coordinate well. We don't have a strong master plan.  We haven't fully implemented the Better Streets Plan.  That plan is how we should be managing our sidewalks and deciding what to put on them and where.  Not through CEQA, which is a blunt instrument that doesn't get you much other than delay and expense, but through actually having a plan for our sidewalks.  As described below, through a strong and well-planned permitting system, we can do that.

So, why did I, in the end, tip in favor of voting to reject the appeal?

1.  Not an appropriate CEQA issue:  This was not a vote on the merits of the project or on whether to issue permits and where.  This was an appeal under CEQA, of the Planning Department's determination that the project was exempt from a full-blown environmental impact report.  While the exemption was not 100% clear cut as a matter of law, it's pretty clear that the exemption was properly granted, since there is an exemption in CEQA for utility boxes.  Past Boards of Supervisors have used CEQA as a tool to achieve certain ends even when it doesn't really apply (i.e., killing projects they don't like).  I don't like to do that, and to its credit, the current Board has abandoned this practice to date.  CEQA abuse has been a problem in San Francisco and in California generally.  Instead of addressing projects on the merits, we try to save or kill them through CEQA.  That's not appropriate.

In my view, it's important not to apply CEQA inappropriately to accomplish another end.  I believe that's what would've occurred here had we sustained the appeal.  I never heard a truly credible legal argument that this project was required to undergo an EIR.  Indeed, ordering an EIR here -- something that has never happened before in San Francisco for placement of utility boxes on sidewalks -- would have set a terrible precedent.  After all, we have to apply CEQA fairly and equally.  Do we really want to require DPW to undergo an expensive and lengthy EIR (costing hundreds of thousands or millions of scarce DPW dollars) next time it decides to place 500 much-needed trash cans on our sidewalks?  Do we really want to require MTA to undergo an EIR when it decides to place new traffic control signals, and the resulting boxes, on our sidewalks?  That's the precedent we would have set.

2.  EIR wouldn't have stopped the project, just delayed it:  Even had we ordered an EIR, that wouldn't have stopped the project.  AT&T simply could have undergone an EIR and then proceeded with the project or sued us for improperly ordering an EIR.  Had that all occurred, then the community benefits and processes described below would have been off the table.  I determined that given the likelihood that AT&T would have been able to proceed with the project at some point anyway, it was best to negotiate a good process now.
3.  AT&T reduced its target number of boxes by 1/3, from 726 to 495.

4.  Undergrounding not a viable option:  If undergrounding had been a viable option, I would've led the charge to force AT&T to do that, no matter the cost.  But, after months of being immersed in this issue, I have yet to see any credible evidence that it's viable.  Undergrounding the boxes would require construction of a large underground room, large enough for a technician to safely go down and to have climate control.  That, of course, would have led to hundreds of major excavation sites around the city.  In many locations, undergrounding would've been impossible because of interference with underground wires and sewers.  Moreover, because of the need for climate control, undergrounding would still have required a box above the underground vault -- i.e., a box on the sidewalk.  I never saw a credible counter to this, and neither I nor my colleagues, to my knowledge, actually believed that undergrounding was a viable alternative.

5.  Permit and neighborhood processes -- neighbors will have a say and won't get a box if they don't want one:  AT&T cannot place boxes on the sidewalk without obtaining a permit from DPW.  DPW has discretion to grant or deny that permit, and a grant of a permit can be appealed to a hearing officer and then to the Board of Appeals. AT&T has agreed that before it applies for a permit, it will notify all neighbors within 300 feet of the box by mail (that's almost one block in all directions), the neighborhood association if there is one, and my office.  AT&T will work with the neighbors to find an appropriate site for the box.  If there's significant opposition, on a block or in a neighborhood, AT&T will not place the box there.  Moreover, AT&T is giving me, effectively, veto power over all placement decisions.  If I tell AT&T not to place a box in a particular neighborhood or street, the box will not go in.  I will, of course, be basing my decisions in this regard on feedback from the neighborhoods and neighborhood associations.  In other words, you will have significant control over this process, and if a neighborhood or street doesn't want a box, it won't get a box.  Period.
We will all be particularly sensitive to the width of sidewalks in neighborhoods. Some streets have narrow sidewalks that are already difficult to navigate.  It's hard to imagine it ever being appropriate to place a box on a narrow sidewalk, and I will be very conscious of that (as will you, I'm sure).

6.  Attempt to place boxes off of sidewalk:  AT&T has committed to looking for locations off of the sidewalk.  Some neighborhoods have small alleys that may be appropriate, for example.  But all of these placement decisions will be made in conjunction with the impacted neighborhoods.

7.  AT&;T has to pay for using the public right-of-way:  Under state law, AT&T will have to pay the City 5% of the gross revenue generated by each box each year.  Permanently.  Comcast currently pays the City $89 million annually. Comcast's payment will likely go down as AT&T takes customers away, but there's projected to be a net increase in revenue since AT&T anticipates that a lot of its new customers will not be former Comcast customers.

8.  AT&T has agreed to submit to the City's surface mounted utility order, which it previously had disputed as illegal.  That order provides DPW with the power to order AT&T to make streetscaping and design changes to compensate for the placement of the box.  This can include bulbouts, screening, benches, street art, etc.  Neighborhoods are encouraged to come up with ideas in this regard.

9.  AT&T has agreed to fund staffing in the Planning Department to ensure that the placement of the boxes complies with the Better Streets Plan (http://www.sf-planning.org/ftp/BetterStreets/index.htm).  In other words, there will be a staffer in the Planning Department whose job will be to ensure that these boxes are not just dumped on the sidewalk.  This staffer will work with AT&T, with me, and with the neighborhoods to maximize the fitting in of the boxes with the streetscapes.  I'm already in the process of convening a meeting with DPW and Planning to ensure that they are coordinating and have a solid plan in place.  I've requested that they not issue any new permits to AT&T before they have this plan, and proper staffing, in place.
10.  AT&T has agreed to fund staffing in DPW to compensate the city for DPW's time in working with this issue, to coordinate DPW with Planning and with neighborhoods, and to ensure that AT&T is complying with its obligations, including graffiti removal.

11.  AT&T has agreed that it will remove any graffiti on boxes within 3 days, and within 48 hours if possible.  If it fails to do so, it has agreed that DPW can remove the graffiti and bill AT&T.

12.  AT&T has agreed that of the hundreds of jobs created by this build, at least 1/3 will be locally hired.

I hope that this email has been useful in explaining my position.  Feel free to email or call me to discuss.  I'm also, as always, happy to meet with any neighborhood group to talk about this issue or the hundreds of other issues I'm dealing with here at City Hall and in the district.
Thank you.
Scott Wiener
Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors
District 8
(415) 554-6968

[Photo: SFGate]

July 12, 2011

Moving: Bespoke

Via comments and Twitter we learn that Bespoke is packing up for richer pastures in Pacific Heights. From their blog:
After well over a year, we've found our new home. We realized very early on that we were going to outgrow our small shop over here in Noe Valley. We've needed more room for our mechanical services and for our fitting services and VO2 testing not to mention storage and a real office. This new space fits the bill in every category. The new address is 2843 Clay St. We will continue to update the blog as our time-line develops.

Those of you in Noe Valley have been very supportive of us and we appreciate it very much. The local merchants, our clients and neighbors have played an integral part in helping us build a business we're very proud of. We hope to see you all visit us in our new home even if we are a little further away.

July 8, 2011

Closed: Cosmic Wizard

Cosmic Wizard vanished, and good ol' Twitter was there:
So does anyone else find the sudden disappearance of 'Cosmic Wizard' on 24th St in Noe Valley ironic and odd?! What happened?
Star Magic Cosmic Wizard made quite a splash in the NVV when they revived a hippy hangout in 2009, had some legal issues in 2010, and rehired the Grand Poobah who had flashbacks of greatness in March of this year.

No word yet if a psychic will move into the space.

NVV July 2011: We Read It So You Don't Have To

The Noe Valley Voice is published ten times a year and has been a neighborhood fixture since 1977. Here are highlights from the latest issue. Links are to items we've covered here on NVSF or outside sources as the Voice doesn't post stories online until mid-month.

July/August 2011

Front Page: Noe Valley guest vacation rental collective and directory launches called NVHOO (Noe Valley Home Owners Organization) - a place to stash relatives and visiting friends in the 'hood. The group has about 2 dozen vacation rentals - prices range from $500 to $2900 per week. Local merchants Noeteca, Drewe's, Terra Mia, Nomad Rugs, and HeliotropeSF jump on the Groupon and LivingSocial craze - while others aren't so happy with the kinds of clients these "deals" bring. And Friends of Noe Valley kicks off a new season with a meeting on July 27 at 7PM at St. Philip's Parish Hall (though strangely you won't find the meeting on the FONV website yet).

Letters: A long bit of hate mail for cell phone antennas; a frustrated Chattanooga resident railing about the draconian crackdown on sidewalk parking; a plea for drivers and pedestrians to be respectful on 24th St. so nobody gets hurt; and some snark from Theresa (last name withheld) about last month's pet lover: "Perhaps her parents should have had a dog instead of her." Meow!

Cost of Living in Noe: 17 single-family homes traded hands in May 2011, almost twice as many as May 2010; 15 of those sold for more than $1 million, and 4 sold for over $2 million.

Short Takes: Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) has neighborhood ambassadors who want to find homes for new trees in Noe; NV residents can weigh in on new public school boundaries.

Traveling Voice:  It's back! Readers schlepped copies of the the newspaper to Turkey and Java.

Store Trek: Noe Valley Smiles and Braces; Pot + Pantry.

Rumors: Still no news on Real Foods except this tidbit from Scott Weiner that Neutraceutical is "paying approximately $50,000 a year in property taxes," and a mention of the comment thread on NVSF about what should happen to the Real Foods space including a nod to Nelson's line: "You could probably fit two title companies in there, maybe a nails/waxing salon in back...."; the corner of 24th and Diamond is set to become a children's activity center called Little Lounge; Pixie Hall Studios is looking for a property owner in the Diamond/Elizabeth area to let them use a back yard for an "art of gardening" class; La Boulange has hired a "world-class chef" to create new items on the menu that reflect Provencal and Southern France cuisine; Firefly is regaining former chef Luke Prellwitz, and Fireflied chicken is still the favorite on the menu; Noe Valley resident and celeb chef Tracy des Jardins of Jardiniere got the runner-up spot on a recent Top Chef Masters show; Amberjack is becoming Kama Sushi; and Mike Skoufas is returning to barber at Of Barbers and Bears on 24th Street between Castro/Diamond.

[The Noe Valley Voice]

July 4, 2011

Strange Fireworks Over Noe

A reader wrote to tell us about this odd sighting tonight:
We went to the top of 21st and Sanchez tonight to catch the fireworks over the Bay. About 150 people or so were there with their friends, family and dogs at 9:30 enjoying the view and lights. At 9:42 as the main fireworks were really getting going, a cop car rolled up – and pushed its way through the crowd. The crowd booed the single policeman as he forced his car through the seated crowd, making every get up if they didn’t want to get flattened. As the cop was rolling away, a homemade IED firework went off in the middle of the intersection of 21st at Sanchez. The paint-can-sized firecracker/sparkler went off for the next 2 minutes, kicking off smoke, noise and flares into the crowd. A few people clapped nervously but it was weird and a little scary. A few minutes later the fireworks over the bay ended and the smoke and fire spewing paint can was gone. A little boy walking by afterwards asked “Why did the police do that?”
Why indeed. Anyone have any details about what really happened?

July 2, 2011

Town Square: Speakers Needed For Public Comment

Todd David of Residents for Noe Valley Town Square needs people to show in support:
I received a phone call from Rec and Parks yesterday informing me that the Commission is holding a meeting on Wed, July 6 at 2PM.

The Noe Valley Town Square is going to be mentioned as one of the projects Rec and Park is pursuing/investigating. It would be fantastic if 5 or 6 people could join me for Public Comment.

What: Recreation and Park Commission - Capital Committee Meeting
Where: 1 Carlton B. Goodlett Place (City Hall), Room 416
When: Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 2pm

[NVSF: Noe Valley Town Square: Concepts]

Crime Beat

Information is from Mission and Ingleside District San Francisco Police Station newsletters.
June 30

-- 9:18pm. 300 Block Duncan. Ingleside Units were dispatched to the area regarding a Robbery that had just occurred. Several units were in a nearby location and quickly responded, locating a large group of people standing in the street. Witnesses reported that a female had been robbed and was last seen chasing after the male suspect. Both witnesses and dispatch had given officers a detailed suspect description. A male that matched the description was seen traveling down 29th Street. Upon seeing officers heading towards him, the suspect immediately fled on foot towards Mission Street. After a brief foot pursuit, the suspect was stopped and detained. One witness who had followed the suspect from the incident, immediately positively identified him. The female Victim was located and told officers that she had been approached while walking up to her front door. As she retrieved housekeys from a purse, a male came up behind her, reached across her body and grabbed her cell phone out of her left hand. The suspect ran off and Victim began to chase him. The Victim was brought to the scene of the detention and also positively identified the suspect as the male that had robbed her. The suspect was taken into custody and booked in at Ingleside Station.