Posts Tagged ‘robberies’

SFGov Paves Over Its Problems Up at the Twin Peaks Tourist Area, After Taking Away Most of the Available Parking

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Here you go, new pavement:

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Well, mostly. This was a couple weeks ago. Rec and Park is on a paving rampage lately, so maybe they’ve gone further by now, or maybe this is where they’re responsibility ends, IDK:

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Infamous TUTOR SALIBA is in the house. I can’t say that I understand NO PEDESTRIAN & TRAFFIC ALLOWED. This doesn’t appear to be an official SFGov sign, it’s just something that somebody made. I don’t understand it, oh well.

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Anyway, that was your “transformation” project to not have so many people hanging out up at Twin Peaks. And it’s worked – fewer people go up there and stop to wander around these days. It used to look like this:

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You can still park in the middle section there, but cars are now banned entirely on the left side and officially banned from parking on the right side.

And here’s one part of the problem – it’s one of two sad notes left by a visitor who had a bunch of stuff stolen:

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I suppose locals learn that Things Are Different Here after experiencing a few break-ins in Frisco, or maybe their friends tell them. But the people who don’t know that Stealing Things From Cars is a Way Of Life for many in the 415 make up the endless stream of visitors coming to town, be they out-of-state peace officers with guns left inside or whoever.

(A couple license plate scanners mounted high on poles ala Tiburon could be highly effective, just saying. Because of the geography / layout.)

Anyway, that’s the update. Feel free to click here and read down about Twin Peaks issues over the years.

“Wi-Ki-Bi-Thi!” – Militant Cyclists Lounge About the Panhandle to Intimidate Clavicle-Breaking Robbers – “WE KILL BIKE THIEVES”

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Perhaps I’m jumping to contusions, but this large crew of aggressively-lounging bike riders certainly appeared to be trying to send a message to a pair of area bike robbers making the news lately.

Strike a pose:

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And what does that T-shirt say? It’s all, “WE KILL BIKE THIEVES.”* How charming!

(I’ve seen lots of bike meetups in the Panhandle, but usually people ride off or start picnicking. Instead, this crew just sat around and glared, for hours, kind of like the guy on my JetBlue flight to DC a couple weeks after 9/11, arms crossed, standing near the cockpit and just staring at everybody just waiting for somebody to try something.)

I’l tell you, I’ve ridden the Panhandle bike path thousands of times in the early morning hours, after zero-dark-thirty, and I’ve never seen or heard of anything like this. Similar attacks occurred on the McAllister bike route in the projects / projecty Friendship Village Apartments near Webster, about ten years back, purportedly with a “lead pipe” (that probably wasn’t made of lead, but anyway).

Who knows, perhaps news of this kind of meet-up will spread, through word-on-the-street, until it reaches ears of these strong-arm robbers.

In any event, this small series of crimes certainly now has the attention of the SFPD – we’ll see how it goes. I’ll tell you, it’d be nice to have a retired/out-on-disability cop monitoring a network of London-style, high-def** crime cameras for the night shift of Park Station, but I don’t see anything like that happening soon. Oh well…

*$35! Take an aggressive stance against rampant bike theft with this bold, reflective graphic statement”

**I suppose we already have a kind of video network, what with local business cameras on 24-7 plus the low-def SFPD cams, but this is nothing like the high-def cams what a town like Stockton***, CA has…

***The cops over in Stockton laugh, just laugh at the SFPD’s low-def crime cam setup. 

Coldwell Banker Calls New Western Addition Building at 2020 Ellis “NORTH OF NOPA CONDOMINIUMS” – I’m Seriously

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

The “Divisadero Corridor” peaks at McAllister and then it’s all downhill to Geary Boulevard. This part of town is literally north / northeast of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle but it’s sort of far away.

So today, per Troy McClure, we discover that Coldwell Banker has dubbed this stabbier-than-normal area “North of NoPA” in order to sell $550k-and-up condos at 2020 Ellis.

See? 

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Here’s 2020 Ellis at night, you know, when a manhunt is going on:

Oh, make sure to hide your cellie when you’re in the area – a group of people is grabbing iPhones about these days.

Anyway, welcome to the Western A, gentrifiers! 

Northern Station Police Captain Advises Not to Walk the Western Addition While Staring at a Cell Phone – Recent Robberies

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

Here are the latest Twitterings from Northern Station Captain Ann Mannix:

Just read 4 street robbery reports from the weekend and every victim had their cell phones in their hands…conceal your cell”

So don’t be like this: Really.

Here’s how Amici’s East Coast Pizzeria defines the Western Addition, apparently. Rather a small piece of real estate compared with my version of what constitutes the Western A: 

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Let’s be careful out there…

The Gun-Toting, Minivan-Driving Robbers of the Western Addition – Four Separate Robberies Last Night

Friday, September 24th, 2010

[UPDATE: Perhaps some of the perps have been arrested. Joe Eskenazi has the deets]

You ever just drive around the Western Addition with your buds in a white minivan and then rob people all night long?

Well, you’re not alone, per Captain Ann Mannix, the Resident Tweeter of Northern Station.  

Check it:

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