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Glen Park crime report, Feb. 2 – 23, 2015

Monday, February 2nd, 2015
02:25am 2900 Blk Diamond Disturbing the Peace

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
12:00pm Monterey/Joost Traffic Collision

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015
Nothing to report from Glen Park.

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

7:58am Congo/Joost Stolen Vehicle
A car thief confessed to Ingleside Officer Morrow that his life is
stuck in a felony rut. Morrow was on routine patrol when he spotted a
car, with all the window’s fogged up, parked in a crosswalk at Congo
and Joost Streets. A computer check of the license plates revealed it
was stolen out San Mateo County. Officer Morrow opened the unlocked
door and found the driver sleeping in the front seat. Morrow asked
what he was doing, and the car thief said, “I was just trying to sleep
a minute”. At that time, Ingleside Officers Jackson and Muro arrived
to help with the arrest. The car thief wasn’t finished with his
confession. He told officer Morrow, “I don’t want to go back to jail”,
to which Morrow replied, “That’s what’s likely going to happen”, to
which the thief responded, “I keep getting caught. I’m not very good
at this. I was just arrested less than a month ago for stealing a
car.” He was taken to Ingleside Station and booked for car theft and
possession of burglary tools. Report number: 150088017

07:58am Joost/Congo Recovered Vehicle
07:58am Congo/Joost Recovered License Plate
01:55pm 2700 Blk Diamond Theft from Vehicle

Friday, February 6th, 2015
Nothing to report from Glen Park.

Saturday, February 7th, 2015
08:21pm Moffit/Bemis Traffic Collision
11:30pm 700 Blk Chenery Stolen Motorcycle

Sunday, February 8th, 2015
02:04pm Bosworth/Lippard Traffic Collision

Monday, February 9th, 2015

7:14pm Unit Blk Baden Robbery/Assault/Kidnapping
A woman on her way home was brutally attacked and dragged by a
stalker. The victim told Officer Vong that, had it not been for the
help of several witnesses that the incident could have been a lot
worse. She told Officer Vong that a man befriended her several months
ago while on her way home on day. They became friends and communicated
once in a while. After some time, the victim said their friendship
deteriorated because this male subject began showing up when she got
off the bus and insisted on walking her home. This subject would not
take “No” for an answer and began being possessive, and aggressive
towards her. The victim said she felt a bad vibe and distanced herself
from this subject. Again, after exiting the bus today, this individual
appeared from nowhere and confronted her. After trying to get away
from him, she pulled out her cell phone and tried to call the police.
This only enraged the subject. He rushed towards her, threw her on the
ground and began assaulting her. The victim screamed at the top of her
lungs as she was being beaten. Several witnesses, which included
residents and bystanders in the area, heard her screams and came to
her rescue as she was being dragged behind a parked car. The subject
quickly stopped his assault and walked away with the victim’s cell
phone and said, “Its ok. She’s my girlfriend”. A couple witnesses
followed the subject until they saw a responding unit and pointed out
the subject. Officers Khan and Ocreto jumped out of their patrol car
as the subject tried to make a run for it. The officers ran him down
and took him into custody. The suspect was ultimately charged with
multiple felony charges including assault, robbery and kidnapping.
Report Number: 150126792

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
01:15pm 800 Blk Chenery Fraud
02:30pm 300 Blk Arlington Theft

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
Nothing to report from Glen Park.

Thursday, February 12th, 2015
Nothing to report from Glen Park.

Friday, February 13th, 2015
10:48am Bosworth/Arlington Traffic Collision

Saturday, February 14th, 2015
05:30pm 100 Blk Randall Vandalism to Vehicle

Sunday, February 15th, 2015
05:00pm 200 Blk Chenery Vandalism to Property

Monday, February 16th, 2015

1:25pm Diamond/Chenery Robbery
A man removing cash from an ATM was robbed of his funds. The victim
told Ingleside Officers Leong, Siracusa, Cahill, and Campos that while
at the ATM, and after he entered the “PIN” number for his account, a
man standing at an adjacent ATM, pushed him aside and started removing
cash from his account. The thief stole $400 from the victim’s account
before walking away on Chenery Street. The victim followed the suspect
for a short distance while dialing the police. He lost site of the
suspect at Castro and Market. Investigators are reviewing Bank and
other video to learn the identity of the suspect. Report number:

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
Nothing to report from Glen Park.

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015
11:15am Lyell/Bosworth Stolen Vehicle

Thursday, February 19th, 2015
Nothing to report from Glen Park.

Friday, February 20th, 2015
Nothing to report from Glen Park.

Saturday, February 21st, 2015
03:00pm 100 Blk Bemis Theft from Building

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
Nothing to report from Glen Park.

Monday, February 23rd, 2015
12:36pm Unit Blk Burnside Recovered Vehicle


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Glen Park’s new (and tiny) art gallery

Lilly Hope and Megan Corkill, taking in Robbie Sugg's prints at Gallery Ex Libris. February 7, 2015.

Lilly Hope and Megan Corkill, taking in Robbie Sugg’s prints at Gallery Ex Libris. February 7, 2015.

By Murray Schneider

Bird & Beckett Books and Records, already a Glen Park cultural hub, is morphing into a neighborhood art gallery. Long a Mecca where one can obtain new and used books, enjoy poetry recitations and book talks, purchase used vinyl records and listen to jazz and Americana music, the Chenery Street bookshop now will host month-long exhibits of works of art.

Gallery Ex Libris, which experienced its grand opening before 30 people on February 5 when it featured 15 original imprints of San Jose artist Robbie Sugg, is the brainchild of bookseller Eric Whittington’s son, Jack Whittington.

“I’m an artist,” Whittington said, on a recent afternoon, sandwiched into what was once a postage stamp-sized storage closet, but now serves as a setting for him to mount his first exhibit. “It’s more and more difficult these days for artists to get into galleries and this is an opportunity for them.”

Jack Whittington in Gallery Ex Libris

Jack Whittington in Gallery Ex Libris

Lots of galleries are closing,” he continued. “Rents are skyrocketing, and it’s a good time to feature such an independent space.”

And what can be a better space than in one of San Francisco’s few remaining independent bookstores?

Jack Whittington’s cranny, though, might tax the composure of a claustrophobic.

“It was a broom closet and filled with a bunch of junk before we cleaned it up,” said Whittington, as he surveyed the freshly painted gallery walls, illuminated by new lighting.

Local artist Robbie Sugg’s prints hung behind him, and at the opening of Sugg’s solo exhibit, the artist and Whittington moved between the gallery and bookstore.

A Robbie Sugg print. The content comes from 1885 San Jose fire insurance maps.

A Robbie Sugg print. The content comes from 1885 San Jose fire insurance maps.

Robbie Sugg, at 27, is neither a stranger to Glen Park nor a newbie to the art world. He earned a degree from San Jose State University in painting and printmaking, minored in Japanese and writes poetry.

“Robbie lives in San Jose now, but spent time in Glen Park,” said Whittington, who until recently worked at Bird & Beckett. “He’s given readings of his poetry in the bookstore.”

“My parents were both musicians and would take me in the summer to a Mendocino music camp, which is where they met Betty Wong who lives on Bosworth Street,” Sugg explained. “We lived in Concord and I learned guzheng, a Chinese classical string instrument, from Betty. I’d take BART in from the time I was 11, and when my lesson was over I’d head for Bird & Beckett.”

“I loved milling around Eric’s store. Ever since, I’ve enjoyed inhabiting businesses that are threatened with going under such as coffee shops, bookstores and galleries.”

The demise of such valued “third places” hasn’t gone unnoticed by Jack Whittington.

- Robbie Sugg sitting in his San Jose studio. Photo by John Landry

– Robbie Sugg sitting in his San Jose studio. Photo by John Landry

“We’ve long promoted arts such as poetry and music,” he said. “But now we can do the same with the visual arts, as well as becoming a gathering place for artists who simply want to hang out and support one another.”

“What Jack has done here,” said Sugg, “is in the tradition of the Mission’s Adobe Books Backroom Gallery. Aware of escalating rents, which are pricing out gallery space, Jack is supporting the art scene, moving it to peripheral walls.”

Jack Whittington’s own graphic art is no stranger to Glen Park audiences. He designed the iconic Bird & Beckett logo embossed on the store’s T-shirts, tote bags and bookmarks, as well as the 2014-edition cover for his brother Nick Whittington’s poetry anthology, “Amerarcana.”

Now he’s doubled-downed with the Ex Libris crest.

A graduate of San Francisco State University in American history and earlier a student at the San Francisco Art Institute, Whittington grew up in the Inner Sunset and now lives in the Richmond District. Exiting his father’s bookstore, he’s now applying for graphic design jobs, possibly as an illustrator.

But Gallery Ex Libris ensures he’ll not stray far from Glen Park.

“My plan is to take submissions from local talent such as Robbie, not necessarily confining Ex Libris to prints and to curate different artists monthly,” said Whittington, who found a muse in Bruce Conner, the Sussex Street artist who worked in a wide array of styles and mediums. “Artists can contact me through the gallery website or pick up a business card outside the gallery.”

“What always amazes me is that some people don’t know Glen Park exists,” he said. “I liked working here where everything feels so personal.”

“And the people who attended the opening, they got it,” Robbie Sugg said about his collection of prints. “It was gratifying talking with them.”

Anyone who takes in Sugg’s show from now until the end of the month can see his prints serve a purpose other than simply showcasing art for its own sake.

San Jose, California found itself, in 1887, five years after the Chinese Exclusion Act, going through massive “beautification” to complete its modernization. The city had been newly electrified and it saw its Chinatown, centered around San Fernando Street, as an eyesore, as an impediment to its redevelopment plans.

“San Jose for years had tried to legally remove the Chinese from the very heart of the city,” said Sugg. “Then a mysterious fire broke out in the dense wooden enclave of over a thousand immigrants, resulting in the fragmentation of the Chinese community, which was then dispersed to various smaller pockets throughout the valley.”

Sugg’s collection of prints is a hybrid of different techniques: lithograph, etching, collage and monoprinting that visualize this demographic disruption in impressionistic form.

“I turned 1885 fire insurance maps of San Jose’s Chinatown into lithographs, which I then tore and collaged into abstract cityscapes,” he explained about his renderings.

“To me this speaks to the scattering of once tightly-knit communities,” he said. “It could be seen as an early case of urban renewal and forced gentrification, symbolically representing the fragmentation of any working class/immigrant/marginalized community displaced by socio-economic forces.”

“Even today, although the Santa Clara valley has a huge Chinese population and a thriving Japantown, there’s no Chinatown left to speak of, and most people don’t know there was ever a Chinatown in the first place.”

This from a boy whose parents lived on a commune in Lafayette and allowed him to ride a BART train from Contra Costa County to the big city before he claimed adolescence. At liberty, he explored a neighborhood where a music teacher named Betty Wong still lives only a few blocks from a bookshop named after a horn player and a playwright.

“Gallery Ex Libris is a vibrant space,” said Robbie Sugg. “And what could be better after you spend time there than spending hours reading a book and listening to jazz.”

Four days after Jack Whittington’s gallery opened, Lilly Hope and Megan Corkill, two students from the San Francisco Art Institute, wandered into Bird & Beckett for the first time. They sat beneath the back window that overlooks Wilder Street. After a while, Lilly Hope stood and stepped into the gallery.

It took a moment or two for her to compute what she was seeing.

“What a tiny, tiny gallery, so nice and intimate,” she finally said, “and so that local artists are supported.”

“Glen Park’s a rare neighborhood,” Jack Whittington had summed up only days earlier. “Distinctive and ever so small.”

Small like Gallery Ex Libris, but, then, less is more.

For more information about Gallery Ex Libris go to or if you are an artist and wish to be showcased, go to

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Comedienne Teresa Tudury at Sunnyside Conservatory March 6

The Sensational Chanteuse and Comedienne is Back!

Friday, March 6, 2015, 7 pm with Teresa Tudury celebrating 5 years in our restored Conservatory. Teresa was so fabulous the first time around that we couldn’t imagine having our big shindig without her. Also performing magician Ray Hoey.

$20 suggested donation. Refreshments Served. At the door or in advance on Brown Paper Tix:

Co-sponsored by Friends of Sunnyside Conservatory and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. Doors Open at 6.

236 Monterey Blvd. between Baden and Congo

More Info on Teresa: With a deep, sultry voice that magnetizes audiences, and a comedic wit to match, Teresa Tudury is a consummate performer who pours out her original songs with power, verve, passion, and disarming humor. Teresa’s voice has been described as a cross between Bette Midler and Bonnie Raitt (LA Weekly). Her vocal stylings are perfectly complemented by her bluesy guitar playing.

Ray Hoey has been spinning his magic since 2004, and will dazzle with his illusions and historical knowledge of magic through the ages.

To benefit free community events at the Sunnyside Conservatory.


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