Glen Park Crime report: Jan 7 – 21, 2016

Thursday, January 7th, 2016
Nothing to report from Glen Park.

Friday, January 8th, 2016
09:15am 100 Blk Laidley Recovered Vehicle

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

2:37pm 2900 Blk Diamond Hot Prowl Burglary
A woman lying in bed heard a rustling sound outside her bedroom. She
turned over and noticed an unknown male staring at her through her
third floor bedroom window. The suspect had removed the outside screen
from the window. When he made eye contact, he quickly went down the
fire escape and ran away in an unknown direction. Ingleside Officers
Mora, Hornstein, and Dominguez searched the area for the suspect
without success. Report number: 160023718

Sunday, January 10th, 2016
09:30am 100 Blk Arbor Theft from Building

Monday, January 11th, 2016
Nothing to report from Glen Park.

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
Nothing to report from Glen Park.

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016
01:51pm 200 Blk 30th Street Recovered Vehicle

Thursday, January 14th, 2016
06:00pm 100 Blk Surrey Stolen Vehicle

Friday, January 15th, 2016
12:21pm Bosworth/Lyell Hit and Run
11:00pm 100 Blk Chilton Stolen Vehicle

Saturday, January 16th, 2016
02:45am Monterey/Circular Hit and Run

Sunday, January 17th, 2016
05:00am 200 Blk Monterey Stolen Motorcycle

Monday, January 18th, 2016

11:39am 300 Blk Arbor Robbery
Recently, the department issued a bulletin to all officers to be on
the lookout for a quartet of armed robbers who were wanted for
stealing money from Bank of America customers using ATM’s. The
suspects would wait until the customer entered his or her PIN number
and then, when the machine disgorged the funds, steal the money. Many
of the victim’s were elderly citizens. The department identified one
of the suspects and Ingleside officers Archilla, Tom, Pacchetti and
Phillips went to his home on Arbor Street. The suspect’s mother
answered the door and said her son was not home. However, during that
conversation, Officer Archilla spotted the suspect walking down the
sidewalk near the home. He, along with the other officers, detained
the suspect and arrested him for armed robbery, conspiracy, and elder
abuse. Report number: 150984697

04:18pm 100 Blk Arbor Burglary

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
04:50pm Bosworth/Diamond Theft

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

12:21am Joost/Acadia Robbery
Two women walking on Joost Street, near Acadia, were passed by three
men walking in the opposite direction. Suddenly, the three men turned
around and one of them produced what the victim’s described as a
shotgun. The suspects yelled for the women to drop to the sidewalk and
put their purse and backpacks on the ground. The women complied and
the suspects picked up the purse and backpack containing
identification, credit and debit cards, phones, and fled. Ingleside
Officers Villalozano and Wong responded to the scene and talked to the
victims. Other officers searched the surrounding area for the suspects
without success. One of the victim’s told Villalozano and Wong that
she did not want the suspects arrested or harmed. Both victims
declined medical attention. Report number: 160054456

08:00am San Jose/30th Street Theft from Vehicle
10:00am 100 Blk Beacon Recovered Vehicle
12:00pm Unit Blk Sussex Burglary
01:02pm O’Shaughnessy/Malta Traffic Collision
01:30pm 100 Blk Bemis Burglary

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

9:00pm Congo/Stillings Robbery
A man and woman walking home from the grocery store were robbed of
their possessions. The victims told Ingleside Officer Der that two
suspects, armed with an automatic weapon, approached from behind and
demanded they drop the grocery bags and surrender their property. The
loss was two Macbook Pro’s cell phones, a passport, wallets and a
small amount of cash. The suspects escaped in an unknown direction.
Report number: 160060732

11:39am 100 Blk Hamerton Fraud

Friday, January 22nd, 2016
04:50am 300 Blk Monterey Vandalism to Property
02:45pm Fairmount/Chenery Hit and Run

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016
Nothing to report from Glen Park.

Sunday, January 24th, 2016
10:43pm Monterey/Baden Traffic Violation Arrest

Monday, January 25th, 2016
08:30am Unit Blk Digby Stolen Vehicle

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Nothing to report from Glen Park.

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
Nothing to report from Glen Park.

Thursday, January 28th, 2016
12:54pm 200 Blk Laidley St Theft

Friday, January 29th, 2016
9:15pm Unit Blk Arbor St Recovered vehicle

Saturday, January 30th, 2016
12:51pm 400 blk Congo St Recovered vehicle

Sunday, January 31st, 2016
Nothing to report from Glen Park.

Monday, February 1st, 2016
Nothing to report from Glen Park.

*****Ingleside Criminal Nonsense of the Month*****

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

4:46pm 400 Blk Cortland Stolen Property
A man needed a battery for his electric bicycle and decided to
purchase the item at a local store that sells electric bicycles, in
fact, the exact brand owned by the customer. Fortunately, or
unfortunately, depending upon your point of view, the store had a data
base of stolen bicycles. The customer’s bicycle was on that list and
the store owner called police. Ingleside Officers Alday and Mbeleke
Eteti responded and questioned the customer who said he bought the
bicycle ($3500 retail) from a friend for $400. He was arrested for
possession of stolen property. He also had a history of arrests for
possession of stolen property and drug related crimes. A search of his
clothing revealed greetings cards, credit cards, fake identification,
and more than $2400 in cash. He was booked at Ingleside Station. The
bike, which was stolen last March, was returned to the grateful owner.
Report number: 160060566***

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Road Work on San Jose Ave

Forwarded from Public Information Officer Alex Murillo from San Francisco Public Works, Alex.M.Murillo@sfdpw.org

SF Public Works construction coming to San Jose Ave., Guerrero St., and Dolores St.

Project Description
San Francisco Public Works has hired M. Squared Construction, Inc. to perform sewer main replacement and pavement renovation work on San Jose Avenue, Guerrero Street and Dolores Street. The limits of work on this project are:

Sewer Work:
San Jose Avenue: Randall Street to 28th Street
Guerrero Street: 28th Street to 27th Street

Paving Work:
San Jose Avenue: Monterey Blvd off-ramp to 28th Street
Guerrero Street: 28th Street to Cesar Chavez
Dolores Street: Day Street to San Jose Avenue

The sewer main replacement/relining work is expected to commence on February 8, 2016 and will take approximately 8 months to complete. Many of the aforementioned blocks have a dual-sewer system. The contractor will replace the sewer on one side of the street for several blocks then drop back to start the same process on the opposite side of the street. Sewer service will not be interrupted during construction. Please continue to use your household plumbing as usual.

The scope of work will include new curb ramps, street base repairs, cathodic water main protection, and repaving.

We anticipate that final paving of San Jose Avenue (Monterey Blvd. off-ramp to 28th Street), Guerrero Street (28th Street to Cesar Chavez), and Dolores Street (Day St. to San Jose Ave.) will happen in late October 2016.

Impacts and Restrictions
Street parking will not be possible near the work zone during construction work hours. Please see the posted barricade signs for exact work hours, days, and locations. Work hours may vary depending on the construction task. Vehicles parked in the construction zone during the posted work hours will be towed at the vehicle owner’s expense.

Sidewalk and driveway access will be maintained at all times. Delays are possible, especially if crews are working in front of your home or on your block. Crews may need to create a path of travel for your vehicle to enter/exit. Please allow extra travel time during the posted work hours.

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we make improvements to San Francisco.

Please feel free to contact us if you’d like additional information about the upcoming work.

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Notes from the GPA Jan. 21, 2016 meeting

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Nicholas Dewar, outgoing vice president of the Glen Park Association, presenting information about the proposed Green Belt at a meeting on Jan. 21, 2016.

NOTES FROM THE GLEN PARK ASSOCIATION MEETING

January 21, 2016

By Bonnee Waldstein

ANNUAL ELECTION OF OFFICERS:

The first quarterly meeting of the Glen Park Association (GPA) kicked off with the election of officers. It was a mix of incumbents and new officers, elected unanimously: President – Michael Rice (12th year); Vice President – Scott Stawicki; Treasurer – Dennis Mullen; Membership Secretary – Hilary Schiraldi; Recording Secretary – Stephany Wilkes; and Corresponding Secretary – Mic Ames.

GRANT-MAKING PROGRAM 2016:

Outgoing Vice President Nicholas Dewar announced a round of funding of grants by the GPA for 2016. Grants are awarded to organizations that benefit Glen Park directly. In 2015 the GPA awarded $1,000 to the Sunnyside elementary PTA to support publication of a student journal, “The Ray.” It awarded $1,000 to the Friends of Penny Lane support further construction of the Surrey Street steps.

The guidelines and application form are available at:

http://glenparkassociation.org/grants/

Deadline for application submission is March 31. Grantees will be announced mid-May.

Question: Can a grant be proposed for furnishings for the new Rec Center?

Answer: Neighborhood fundraising will be key, as it was for the Glen Park Library chairs and tables. But we’ll look into it as the Rec Center nears completion.

Q: Where does the money come from for these grants?

A: Excess GPA funds. The GPA has a $20,000 reserve fund and two years ago it was decided to allocate these funds to the grant program.

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GLEN PARK GREENWAY FINAL CONCEPT PLAN:

Nicholas Dewar gave a brief recap of the history of the plan thus far. (For more detail on the design process, see the Winter 2015 Glen Park News, p.16.) A year and a half ago an anonymous donor gave $45,000 toward a neighborhood improvement project. The GPA donated $5,000 and Scott Wiener donated $10,000 from supervisorial discretionary funds.

Residents decided that a worthy project would be improvement of the green space that roughly connects BART with Glen Canyon Park, running parallel to Bosworth. This was later scaled back to encompass the green space from Brompton to Elk, and in the latest proposal, from Brompton to Burnside.

The land is controlled mostly by the SFPUC, but also by DPW and the Archdiocese of San Francisco. This adds a good measure of complexity in piecing together the project.

Surfacedesign, a landscape architectural firm, was engaged to come up with a plan. Roderick Wyllie, landscape architect, presented alternatives at three community meetings starting last May, and received a lot of encouragement and constructive feedback.

One contentious aspect of the plan was to include Paradise Street in the connection to Glen Canyon Park, because of issues of privacy and street tree feasibility.

To address these and other concerns, two meetings were held between GPA committee members and the residents of Paradise and the Chilton/Burnside stretch, along the proposed corridor. As a result, an earlier scheme to have an upper path between Burnside and Elk, and tree planting along Paradise, was scrapped.

The result is basically an improved walking path (no bikes) with attention to appropriate vegetation, lighting and safety.

There followed a discussion with comments and questions between Adam King (Penny Lane project), Nicholas Dewar and the attendees:

Q: What is the plan for lighting along the path and overhead?

A: As with other details of the plan, this will be hashed out later. The intent now is to get consensus on the basic design of the Greenway.

Q: The diagram shows plantings along the stretch between Diamond and Brompton. Is this part of the Greenway plan?

A: Other than the green space along Bosworth, which is DPW land, this is private property. It would be great if we could characterize it as the entrance to the Greenway but it will probably be developed eventually.

Q: What about the stairway from Chilton in terms of the ADA?

A: The law says once you spend $90,000 on a project it’s required to be ADA compliant. However, there are exceptions for hardship in complying.

Q: Once the Greenway is all fixed up, won’t it be even more attractive to homeless and undesirable elements – especially as the homeless are increasingly being pushed out of other areas of the City and taking up in outlying neighborhoods?

A: With the improvements, there will be more foot traffic and recreational activity. This has been shown in other City projects to discourage homeless encampments and nefarious activities, rather than increase them.

Q: The open space concept is very positive. There’s a concern about dense vegetation, especially for safety.

A: This will be addressed in the plan.

Q: It’s good to have a place to relax, reflect and de-stress. What about having benches?

A: The main idea is to encourage movement through the area. This was heard clearly in the workshops. However, details will be addressed later when the plan is firmed up.

Q: This is exciting and an asset. It’s too bad the Greenway couldn’t go all the way to Elk.

A: After meeting with residents along the corridor it was clear that there was too much opposition and so the idea was abandoned. There are some things we can do to make connections, such as way finding signage.

Q: I’m concerned we don’t know what the cost will be. Is it worth putting that much money into that much space and how many people will actually use it? It’s not close and accessible to everyone.

A: We haven’t done a traffic study and don’t know if one will be done. Cost and maintenance are very important but we don’t have to answer that now. We’re not on the hook to anyone at this point. It’s the City’s responsibility, not the GPA. The City wants to know that the community supports the plan. Then city agencies are more likely to work with us and fund it. Foundations might also come forward with funding. The project, if done, will be in stages. Also — We might not even do it.

Q: How do you get broad community support and how do you show it?

A: One way is a vote by the members of the GPA. Other ways include posting on websites, social media, bulletin boards, and flyers. It’s a political process, not a legal one.

Someone commented that, had there been major opposition to the Greenway plan, it would have arisen by now. It’s clear from the reaction so far that the plan is very much in favor with the community.

After the lengthy discussion the members of the GPA voted unanimously to endorse the Glen Park Greenway Concept Plan.

Follow the progress of the Glen Park Greenway Plan at:

http://www.glenparkgreenway.org/

SUPERVISOR SCOTT WIENER UPDATES AND DISCUSSION:

Supervisor Wiener ran through a number of legislative items he’s been working on:

Streamlining the process for approving affordable housing in the middle of an unprecedented housing crisis in the City. Even if we get costs down, housing is still unaffordable for many, including seniors, emancipated foster youth, and teachers. Even if the money and land are available it takes a long time, from three to nine months, to go through the approvals process, even when there’s no opposition. Wiener is putting a proposal before the Land Use Commission on Monday. If not approved, he will be moved to place it on the election ballot.

Police staffing: Wiener is on the Budget Committee again this year. Five new academy classes have been funded and we need to keep up the momentum. Right now we’re treading, and we need to move up in police staffing so we can have more patrols, among other things. New police will help to reform the culture of the department by bringing in younger, more diverse officers. The latest class of cadets just elected a transgender woman president of the class.

Elk Street: There’s a long time issue of speeding and pedestrian safety. Wiener is actively looking for funding to make the broad stretch of Elk safer.

Q: The street trees along Elk, from Paradise to Bosworth, have had no maintenance. A limb came down and almost killed someone. We live in fear of the trees hanging over our house.

A: Call Supervisor Wiener’s legislative aide, Adam Taylor, and he will follow up with DPW.

Q: Why does affordable housing require a conditional use permit?

A: Any construction above a certain square footage is treated the same. This wouldn’t apply to a single, two, or three-unit dwelling.

Q: What’s going on with the proposed Warrior stadium? How is transit going to keep up with the growth? And, only a couple of police officers are slated to be added to this area.

A: Transit is key. Right now the T-Third Street line is too sporadic. When the Central Subway opens in 2018-19 to the Bayview and Chinatown, it will be the highest used line, surpassing the N-Judah. The next wave of streetcars is coming and the old ones will be phased out. The number of LRVs will be doubled and provide more robust access by the arena. The MTA is moving toward dedicated bus lanes going west to the Mission and the Castro. Further on, the Caltrain high-speed rail could go to the Transbay Terminal. One proposed route would take it down Third Street.

Q: The GGNRA is not just for people — it’s also for animals. GGNRA is too aggressive in trying to manage these areas.

A: It’s where you draw the line.

Q: (new Glen Park resident): Why is there not more enforcement of leash laws? It’s very lax.

A: City doesn’t do a lot of enforcement – except for parking. . There are a lot of other areas needing enforcement, like code violations and permit violations. It’s a cultural thing in the City, but tickets do happen. It goes in cycles.

There has been an increase in park patrols. From two rangers on duty, there are now five or six – to patrol 220 parks in the City.

Q: Update on the drainage situation in Upper Douglas playground?

A: Not sure. It’s closed for the winter; it’s a bad situation. It has such high usage. It’s hard to make natural turf work there. There’s funding for artificial turf at Walter Haas playground. That might make sense at Upper Douglas but it’s so much bigger so the jury’s still out.

Q: Position on “Idaho” (rolling) stops for bicycles?

A: I am co-author of bike yield legislation, which passed 6-5 but was vetoed by the mayor. With the short staffing in the police department it’s not a good use of resources to write tickets to cyclists who don’t come to a full stop when no cross traffic or pedestrians are in sight. They should be ticketed for dangerous behavior.

Q: When the Diamond/Bosworth work is finished will the Arlington/Lyell intersection get traffic signals?

A: This project has been completely mismanaged by MTA. It’s the worst I’ve seen. The budget has been consumed, so there isn’t any funding for the signals. The MTA is responsible to find the resources to get it done and I’m going to stay on it.

Q: How about a left turn lane from O’Shaughnessy to Elk?

A: I’ll try to get some money together and we’ll have a community meeting with MTA.

Q: Do you favor making San Jose Avenue more of a boulevard?

A: I’d love to do that. The freeway cutting through the neighborhoods is not good. The eastern slope can be a very blighted area. It’s a massive capital project.

Q: Will the Crystal Springs watershed (part of the Hetch Hetchy water system owned by the PUC) be more open to recreational use?

A: The PUC is committed to expanding access while protecting the watershed. There will be limited docent tours to start. I’m optimistic about it. The area is breathtakingly beautiful.

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