Posts Tagged ‘balboa’

San Francisco Named Balboa Street to Honor a Man Famous for Killing LGBTs in Central America – Why Not Change It?

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

Balboa Park, Balboa 31X, Balboa Street – there are lots of examples.

Now let’s check and see what Vasco Núñez de Balboa did to be so honored.

Oh, here it is:

Balboa setting his dogs upon Indian practitioners of male love (1594) The Spanish invader Vasco Núñez de Balboa (1475-1519) shown in Central America with his troops, presiding over the execution of Indians, whom he ordered eaten alive by the war dogs for having practiced male love. New York Public Library, Rare Book Room, De Bry Collection, New York.

Oh and we honor Funston too?

Oh well

 

How to NIMBY in the Inner Richmond: King Sing Restaurant is Dead But Yuubi is Coming – Your Protest Period Ends Soon

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Well here’s the sitch over at 501 Balboa at Sixth Avenue in the Inner Richmond.

It’s the former poorly rated King Sing Fine Dining Chinese Cuisine & Wine Bar.

He’s dead, Jim:

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See?

But here comes the replacement, Yuubi Japanese Restaurant:

Now, ss we all know, NIMBY’s and similar monsters aren’t born, they’re created, created by NIMBY-friendly rules and regulations.

You know, by stuff like this.

So have at it. You have ’til the end of the month to whine about one restaurant replacing another restaurant two football fields away from your fog-enshrouded, Prop 13-subsidized hovel.

Start up a group, why not? Call it the Inner Richmond Busybodies, or something. Say stuff like, “I’m the President of the IRBB and…”

Now that’s how you NIMBY in the 415.

All the deets, after the jump.

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Justin Ryan Beck is Back! OccupySF = Hippie, Cop, Nervous Pup, Hipster, Black Power Salute, MUNI 1057 (Cincinnati, 1948)

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Famous San Francisco street photographer Justin Beck has bounced back from losing his camera on the mean Streets of San Francisco, looks like.  He’s got another Nikon to work with so that’s nice.

Check it, a canary yellow streetcar.

Is this an album cover? 

Via JRB – click to expand

Poor pooch. Daijoobu, daijobu. Gambate!

This Building at 25th and Balboa is the Best in the Richmond District Because It Doesn’t Look Like All the Rest

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

See?

It’s a landmark. It tells you where you are without you having to check the street signs.

From Bauhaus to our house:

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Hurray!

Sup. Eric Mar and Police Chief Greg Suhr Will Host Community Meeting Re: Today’s Homicide in the Richmond

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Here’s the news about today’s homicide from Mike Aldax:

“Police Chief Greg Suhr came to the crime scene. He will hold a community meeting about the incident Tuesday at the Richmond Recreation Center at 251 18th Ave. The meeting is set for [October 4th, 2011 at] 6:30 p.m.

This is the now-standard community meeting that’s been promised for each and every SFPD officer-involved shooting.

And, per Eric Mar‘s office, our District One Supervisor will be on hand to ask and answer questions.

[UPDATE, October 4th, 2011

"Dear Neighbors, 

Please join me in attending a Police Community meeting tonight.  Yesterday morning at 7:30am, Richmond Station officers responded to a call of a stabbing on the 600 block of Funston Street. Officers encountered a wounded victim outside the home and was told the suspect was still inside.  As they entered the home they found an elderly woman with life threatening injuries and began to render aid.   The suspect, armed with two knives charged at the officers and an Officer Involved Shooting occurred.  The incident is being investigated.  Both the elderly woman and the suspect died from their injuries. 
   
A community meeting will be held tonight, October 4, 2011, and Police Chief Greg Suhr will address concerns and answer questions about the incident.  The meeting will be held at the Richmond Rec Center located at 251 18th Avenue, between California and Clement Sts at 6:30pm on Tuesday, October 4, 2011.

Regards, 

Eric Mar
Supervisor Richmond District
 

Eric.L.Mar@sfgov.org 
415-554-7410"]

And see what the SFPD has to say, below.

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Officer Involved Shooting at the 600 blk of Funston Ave.
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Posted Date: 10/3/2011
On October 3, 2011 at approximately 7:18 a.m., San Francisco Police responded to a call of a stabbing at the 600 block of Funston Ave. Officers and paramedics arrived on the scene and discovered a 78 year old Chinese male victim in front of the residence bleeding profusely. The victim suffered a stab wound to his hand and forearm.

Officers and paramedics immediately rendered medical aid in attempt to control the bleeding. The officers continued up the stairway where they found a 78 year old Chinese female victim with what the officers believed to be life threatening stab wounds to the body. As officers were trying to pull the victim to safety and get medical treatment for the female victim, they were confronted by a 44 year old Chinese male suspect.

The suspect had two knives as he advanced towards the officers. One officer used an Extended Range Impact Weapon (ERIW) in an effort to subdue the suspect. The ERIW proved to be ineffective. A cover officer discharged his firearm on the advancing suspect and stopped the deadly threat. Officers continued to search the house for additional suspects and victims and found a 50 year old Chinese female hiding in the back of the house inside a locked bedroom, she was uninjured.

All victims and suspect are related. The suspect was the son of both 78 year old victims, and the uninjured female found by officers at the scene, was the sister of the suspect.

At approximately, 9:39 a.m. the suspect was pronounced dead at the hospital. The 78 year old female victim was also pronounced dead a few minutes later at the hospital at 9:41 a.m

This is an active ongoing police investigation by the San Francisco Police Department’s Homicide Detail, Internal Affairs Division, District Attorney’s Office, and the Office of Citizens Complaints.

There will be a community meeting pertaining to the officer involved shooting tomorrow, October 4, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. Location will be at the Richmond Recreational Center at 251 18th Ave between Clement and California.”

Officer-Involved shooting: A Bloody Scene in Front of 636 Funston Avenue, in the Normally-Quiet Richmond District

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Here’s the scene this AM at 636 Funston Avenue, where an officer-involved shooting just occurred.

Somebody was dragging somebody or something, as you can see:

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Is Chief Suhr going to call for a community meeting with District One Supervisor Eric Mar? (Apparently, it’s his policy* to do that kind of thing after each SFPD officer-involved shooting, whether it’s needed or not.)

*You know who could use that policy? The BART Police, that’s who.**

** The worst police you’ll encounter in the 415:

1. Training

2. Pay

Famous San Francisco Street Photographer Justin Ryan Beck Gets Camera Stolen From His Hands at Arguello and Balboa

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

Do you know how much bad art we pay for? I mean, there’s lots and lots of (government-funded and government-mandated) bad art around town, let me tell you.

OTOH, popular photographer Justin Ryan Beck does his good art, his street photography, for free for one and all – isn’t that nice?

Or least it was nice, until yesterday, when the digital camera he was using got stolen out of his hands in the Richmond District at four-something PM in the afternoon:

I’m OK but was just robbed at the corner of Arguello and Balboa. Talked to cops. Time for a new camera I guess. :/” 

Here’s his last photo. It appears he’ll be on a break for a while.

Oh well.

How can we get a DSLR, preferably a new Nikon along with a wide anglish lens or two, back into the hands of JRB, you know, where it rightfully belongs?

Are Butterfly Glasses Enough of a Diguise to Rob a Bank? This Diamond Heights Woman Knows

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

The answer is no, butterfly sunglasses are not enough of a disguise to rob a bank.

Anyway, the SFPD is looking for this gal, FYI.

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Armed Bank Robbery Spree (10-070) 

San Francisco Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect in two armed bank robberies in San Francisco. In one incident, which occurred on July 12, 2010 the suspect enters the Bank of America on the 3700 block of Balboa Street. The suspect who is believed to be a Hispanic or white female approached the teller, brandished a black semi-auto pistol and demanded money. The teller complied and the suspect fled on foot.

In the second incident, which occurred on July 16, 2010 the suspect enters the Bank of America on the 5200 block of Diamond Heights Blvd. The suspect who is also believed to be Hispanic or White female approached the teller and brandished a pistol and demanded money. The teller complied and the suspect fled.

In both cases the suspect is described as either a Hispanic or White female, 30’s , 5’3”, 130lbs, orange/red tinted hair with sunglasses.

Anyone with information to either incident, are urged to contact San Francisco Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Unit at (415)553-9208 and speak with Inspector Phil Wong. Or you may call the anonymous tip line at (415)575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411 (non emergency only).

Insp Phil Wong  
SFPD Criminal Investigation Unit 415-553-9208
SFPD Crime Intelligence Center: (after hours) 415-553-1071
SFPD Anonymous Tip Line: 415-575-4444
SFPD Text-A-Tip to: 847411
type: SFPD + msg
SFPD CASE # 100 652 048 + 100 637 761

On 07/16/10 at 1245 hrs, the above pictured suspect robbed the Bank of America at Diamond Heights Blvd, San Francisco. The suspect brandished a pistol at the victim teller and demanded for all the large bills. The victim teller complied and gave the suspect the cash.

The suspect was possibly seen driving a white Toyota 4d vehicle in the area prior to the incident. 

Suspect is also responsible for robbing the Bank of America on 07/12/10 at 3000 block of Balboa, San Francisco.

Suspect was described as a White Female, possibly Hispanic or mixed race, 30′s, 5’3, 130 Ibs, brown with red dyed curly hair, sunglasses, last seen wearing blue denim zipper front dress with a gray short sleeve T-shirt underneath and black purse. Black semi-auto pistol was seen.

 

San Francisco Ghost Bus Travels Up Masonic Without Connection to Overhead Wires

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

This 31 Balboa was moving along last night  all lit up but it wasn’t connected to the overhead lines. See them trolley poles flapping in the breeze? How could this be?

Didn’t see a driver or any passengers:

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Can you really just keep on driving when your poles disconnect?

Like how far?

Recalling the Time Mayor Gavin Newsom Tried to Pass a Counterfeit $100 Bill

Saturday, August 1st, 2009

Well, let’s take local lawyer Rodel Rodis at his word when he recalls a conversation with then-Supervisor Gavin Newsom, excerpted below. And if you want, read Rodel’s whole woe-is-me tale of getting arrested by the SFPD for trying to pass a “counterfeit” $100 bill at a Walgreens. (Turned out that the lawyer’s money was little old school, but 100% genuine.)

Does this $100 bill necessarily look counterfeit to you? It shouldn’t. It’s just a little dated, that’s all – there’s no need to call the cops.

Bill copy

Anyway, as the litigation over this 2003 detention (non-arrest? arrest?) continues to infinity and beyond, here’s a new part of the story. When Mr. Rodis started going around saying how this bad treatment from Walgreens and the SFPD wouldn’t have been inflicted upon lesser-of -color notables such as Gavin Newsom or Tony Hall, he got a response:

“Newsom then related an incident that occurred when he was still in the private sector when he brought the daily earnings of his restaurant (Balboa Café) to the bank to deposit. He said the teller began counting the money and applied a counterfeit detector pen to a $100 bill which she found suspicious. The result confirmed that it was fake– unlike in my case where the pen applied by both the Walgreens cashier and manager showed that my $100 bill was genuine. ‘So what happened next?’ I asked Newsom. ‘Well, she returned the $100 bill to me and told me to be careful next time,’ he answered.”

Now I can pretty much guarantee you that if bank teller spots you trying to (innocently, of course) deposit a fake $100 bill, he or she won’t just hand it back to you! Typically, somebody’ll be on the horn, with a quickness, with the Secret Service - the bankers will immediately confiscate that funny money from you, and thereby ensure that you will be the one “eating the loss,” in industry parlance.

(I mean really, what are you supposed to do with a $100 bill you know is fake? Use it to buy a pack of gum, ending up with 99 real dollars? Deposit it  in an ATM and pray that the people who count the money happen to be on the MDMA that night? That’s a dilly of a pickle to be in.)

Keep in mind this is Rodel’s version of the story, and of course he  might look at the world a little differently than you. For example, this is behavior he describes as “refusing to sign a speeding ticket.” (Well, yes, that great-grandmother pointlessly refused to sign her 60 in a 45 speeding ticket, but that wasn’t exactly why she got (unnecessarily) Tasered, one might think.)

So There You Have It.