real-life grinches loose near sunnyside

sad to say, this is no joke. news yesterday from ingleside station capt. david lazar:

Last week I mentioned a burglary in Miraloma Park on Juanita Way. Over the weekend, a construction site on the 700 block of Foerster was burglarized.

Today, there was a burglary attempt on Dalewood and actual burglary on Melrose. When the officers arrived on scene at the Melrose location, the suspects were fleeing in their getaway car, nearly running one of the officers over.

The vehicle involved in today’s incident is described as a black Buick with tinted window. We obtained a partial license plate of 5YB…. Our Station Investigations Team is working on this case.

Please feel free to call the station if you have information or our anonymous tip line, 587-8984. Please phone the police if you see this vehicle in your neighborhood.

and from the sunnyside park families email list:

There have been gangs of thieves working free standing houses and neighborhoods up Teresita and Westwood heights to St Francis woods, and it looks like they tried to start working this area, and hopefully the police response will scare and keep them away.
Although disconcerting, a neighbors’ good eye and quick call to police, and the massive police response, should be a deterent to thieves considering working this neighborhood.   When they find neighborhoods they can work the word spreads amongst the thieves, and when they try something and get disrupted like yesterday the word will spread that this is not an easy target area.

i get the creepiest feeling i saw this buick creeping around monterey and detroit the other day. gah. anyway, keep an eye out and we’ll badger these baddies away.


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’tis the season in sunnyside

so i went out into our glorious neighborhood hoping to catch the spirit of the season, but these were the best my poor old digital camera can do. i didn’t get some of the more spectacular displays, but here ya go.

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sunnyside conservatory 3.0 launches with pomp, bagpipes, mayor

following the previous night’s major buzzkill (see below), it was sweet to see the sun come out, along with the gav (erm, his honor, the mayor), for the truly glorious opening of our neighborhood jewel, the newly renovated sunnyside conservatory.

a who’s who of sunnyside movers and shakers, along with regular folk like you and me (!), were treated to a redux worthy of the historic site. the designers have achieved a nice balance between acknowledging the conservatory’s storied past and creating a fully functional and rentable space for locals to use for events ranging from community activities to private parties.

i got there a bit late, but from what i hear and saw, the gav got a kick out of the new spot and rock starred it up a bit with a crowd clearly flattered he was spending a sunny saturday in sunnyside.

he was generous with the pics, and it took him longer to leave than most assumed he would spend there in total, but i chose to take my time with the mayor as an opportunity to promote this site! because i am a whore.

turns out local photog bill wilson caught the moment:

check out bill’s photo album from the day.

it was super to see the people i’ve met in the past year since launching this blog, particularly the friends of monterey blvd. with a full-on setup that attracted a lot of attention from locals curious about those “slow down!” signs. one lady construed it as a general zen comment, which was fine with the fomb’ers!

all in all, a great day in the ‘hood.

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the end of the line

it wasn’t a typical friday night necessarily, but close enough.

after checking out film archivist rick prelinger‘s supercool “lost landscapes of san francisco vol. 4” at the herbst theater, some drinks with friends, and a turkey club at the pork store on 16th, i hopped on the last 26-valencia.

but not just the last 26 of the night. the last 26 period.

our driver, tony, knew he was at the helm for the last ride since muni cuts eliminated the 26. what he didn’t know was that after more than 100 years of rolling through our area in one form or another, he was at the helm for the end of an era.

it was an uneventful ride, which was both sad considering the occasion, and appropriate, because one of the line’s main charms was that you could usually rely on a trip unmarked by chaos and/or violence, something its closest relative, the 14-mission, can’t exactly boast, particularly at that time of the night.

at least i wasn’t the only soul on the bus lamenting the end of the line. i met local activist david pilpel, who had taken it upon himself to take one last ride on every line being cut by muni this last weekend. (normally, you’d see a link there on his name, but david doesn’t believe in using the interwebs. yeah.)

i rode till my usual stop at circular and monterey, bid farewell to tony and david, and watched as the very last 26 bus chugged to its final stop. destiny. (via balboa park.)

p.s. sure enough, at 130am the next night i was on the 14 with the other riff raff, taking it to murray/bosworth, where i got off and schlepped on foot home to monterey and detroit. my new reality. and muni wants $70 for a fast pass starting next month?? must find bike … or coping mechanism.


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fomb unveils new monterey safety campaign

the friends of monterey blvd. folks have taken their “slow down!” movement one step further by specifying how much they want speeding drivers to slow down to – 25 mph, as opposed to the current speed limit of 30 mph.

check out their latest post, which illustrated very clearly their argument for bringing down the speed of traffic on my street. and while the fombers are bike folk, and thereby have an evil agenda to take us all back before the age of horseless buggies, as an occasional driver i can tell you that if you can’t restrain yourself from the urge to speed up to every stop sign between ridgewood and circular – YOU HAVE A PROBLEM.

i just tested this theory yesterday while borrowing a friend’s car, and i found that 25 was actually my natural default. i had to rev up to 30 just to not get hit by all the usual spazzes

pretty much proved the whole point.

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h’ween block party tomorrow!


well, i’ll have to keep my family-unfriendly costume at home (if you need to know what i’m going as, go ahead and google “armorgroup vodka” and let your imagination run wild), but i’ll be providing music tomorrow for the big sunnyside halloween block party on the 100 block of marston!

here are the details, courtesy of the sunnyside neighborhood association:

The Sunnyside Neighborhood Association invites neighborhood families to share some spine-tingling fun together this Halloween!

Come join us between 5 to 9pm Oct. 31 at the 100 block of Marston!

•Meet your neighbors

•Make new friends

•Jump around in a jumpy castle

•Eat hot dogs

•Carve a pumpkin, win a prize (Please bring your own pumpkin and tools.)

•Compete for best costume (adults and children compete separately.)

•Enter a raffle, and win services from a neighborhood store

•Visit a neighborhood haunted house and trick-or-treat around the block!


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sunnyside conservatory is go!


as i’m sure most of you noticed, a LOT has happened in the last week or so at the sunnyside conservatory site. the trailer’s gone, we got the sidewalk back, and a new sign is up!

plus, we now have a grand opening date, saturday, nov. 5 dec. 5, with a cool theme appropriate to the occasion.

here’s a behind-the-scenes update from the sunnyside neighborhood association:

“San Francisco Historic Landmark Site #78, the Sunnyside Conservatory, has reached substantial completion of capital renovations and will reopen to the public at a Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 5, 11am-2pm; ribbon cutting at noon. Celebratory activities and refreshments will be reminiscent of a gathering likely to be seen in the late 1800s at the family home of the original owner, William Merralls.

This spectacular site was neglected for decades. The current retrofit is the payoff for dedicated residents who struggled to save the site from being torn don to make way for an apartment complex, and who worked closely with Rec. & Park so that no detail was too small to not be addressed. The original character is preserved with materials and unique architectural features intact—it will look much as it did 100 years ago.

Although the octagonal building was originally a horse-n-buggy turn-around and open to the elements, the retrofit now encloses the interior which will be comfortable, well lit and featuring state-of-the-art controls to keep the space secure. Many types of public and private gatherings can be accommodated. A small kitchenette space is an added feature particularly useful for events including food service.

The landscaping still features magnificent palms, including the tall, smooth skinned Chilean Wine Palm. Flora was specifically selected to enhance the palms and be low water consumers. Winding paths add interest and ease of movement throughout.

FSC is engaging the community for stewardship of the site and surrounding Joost Mini-Park and Monterey Blvd. median garden. Regular public access to the building will be an issue for discussion with Rec. & Park at the November 16 Community Meeting. FSC welcomes ideas on backyard sustainability and artistic experience, and will solicit helping hands for Opening Day.

Stay tuned:

great work everyone! this has been a tremendous effort by the community, and for the community, and you’ve done us proud.

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