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Glen Park crime report April 23 – May 2, 2015

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
03:00pm 800 Blk Chenery Hit and Run

Friday, April 24th, 2015
11:40am 200 Blk 30th Burglary

Saturday, April 25th, 2015
01:14am 100 Blk Mangels Recovered Vehicle
01:14am 100 Blk Mangels Warrant Arrest

Sunday, April 26th, 2015
08:00pm 700 Blk Chenery Stolen License Plate

Monday, April 27th, 2015
02:15am Unit Blk Miguel Burglary
01:59pm Diamond/Bosworth Traffic Collision
06:25pm 100 Blk Brompton Recovered License Plate

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015
08:20am Randall/Arlington Traffic Collision
06:00pm 300 Blk Monterey Stolen Vehicle

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015
Nothing to report from Glen Park.

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
Nothing to report from Glen Park.

Friday, May 1st, 2015
12:00am 1700 Blk Noe Burglary
05:40pm Unit Blk Addison Theft from Vehicle

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
12:30pm 100 Blk Fairmount Stolen Vehicle

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015
Nothing to report from Glen Park.

*****Serious Ingleside incident of the week*****

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
11:20am 3400 Blk San Bruno Hot Prowl Burglary
A woman cleaning her driveway was approached by a man who claimed to
be working on a neighbor’s fence. He asked the woman if he could take
measurements in her backyard. The woman consented and escorted the man
through her garage and into her backyard. The woman failed to close
her garage door while she was in her backyard. While there the unknown
workman used his cell phone to call someone else in a language she
didn’t recognized. After he finished the measurements, he and the
homeowner walked back through the garage where the man entered a white
vehicle which sped away. The woman went upstairs and found her jewelry
box and safe on the floor of her bedroom. Jewelry was missing from the
safe. She called dispatch and Ingleside Officers Johnson and Chew
arrived to investigate the crime. This incident mirrors an earlier
crime on Rey Street where the alleged workman, while in the backyard,
calls an accomplice who enters the home through the open door and
burglarizes the residence.

A NOTE FROM CAPTAIN MC FADDEN. Do not let any stranger into your home.
If a worker says he needs to inspect a fence or other item, tell him
now is not the time for the inspection. Ask for a card or some other
identification and tell him you will contact him if and when it can be
done. Call police and check with your neighbors to see if they have
hired someone to work on their property. If the worker insists that he
needs to inspect at that moment call police right away.

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San Jose Avenue changes

The GPA transportation committee has been pressing hard on SFMTA to keep the neighborhood updated on the various projects affecting us and to hold the agency accountable in terms of deadlines and promises. See Hilary Schiraldi’s April 30 post regarding the last meeting with them, and another is coming up. We’ll keep you posted.

Meanwhile, here’s an update on the San Jose Avenue changes, sent from

Damon R. Curtis, PE

Construction & Design Services Engineer

Livable Streets – Community Projects

Dear neighbors,

Thanks for your continued interest in the San Jose Avenue and I-280 Off-Ramp Road Diet Pilot Project.  The SFMTA has been working with Caltrans on measures to reduce speeding on San Jose Avenue and we have some new information to share.

Phase I of the pilot project reduced the number of travel lanes and provided a safer and more comfortable bikeway design in the hopes of reducing speeding on San Jose Avenue.  These changes did not bring about the desired 15mph speed reduction along the corridor and we will be moving forward with Phase II beginning on June 2.

Phase II includes merging the two lanes of the I-280 off-ramp into a single lane upstream of the existing I-280 tunnel.  Phase II construction will take place on June 2-3 and we will once again be collecting speed data to understand the impacts of these changes.

Thank you for your continued interest in the project.  We will keep you updated as this project moves forward.


Sustainable Streets Division

One South Van Ness Ave, 7th Floor
San Francisco, California 94103-5417

T:415.701.4674 | C:510.708.6911 | F:415.701.4343 |


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Nope, no bar opening up in the Bird & Beckett space

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 3.50.22 PMAlthough a couple of folks have wondered, given the big Application for Entertainment License sign in the window.

Here’s the explanation, straight from Eric (oh, and feel free to write a letter on his behalf to the City once you’ve read it.)


Just back from City Hall!

We’re turning 16, and getting our license to bop!
Don’t need a driver’s license for Bird & Beckett, ’cause we took the wheels off this chassis a long-time ago and settled in Glen Park for good. But the City told us a few weeks ago, “You’re doing wonderful things in your bookshop, Mr. Whittington, but we do think you need an entertainment license…” Well, ok, we copped to that. Got ourselves down to City Hall Wednesday and turned in the application and our $416 check (reasonable, we think), and came back and posted “The Notice!”

Folks now have 30 days to weigh in before our June 16 (Bloomsday!) hearing. Pro or con! You can read how on that big ol’ Notice. Then duck into the doorway next to where we have it posted. That’ll get you into the vestibule where you can read about what’s coming up on our bulletin board, and then right there is the door into the shop, or jazz club, or poetry den, or however you want to think of it.

In an era when many fear that bookshops and jazz joints are doomed or already gone, or think poets no longer walk this earth, we’re here to tell you it just isn’t so. Withness the 150+ concerts we present in the bookshop every year, now that we’ve got music every single Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Witness the readings, sometimes three in a week. Witness the deliveries of 6 or 7 boxes of new books twice a week that we have to order to keep our shelves full.

You wonderful folks DO buy books in real bookshops, and you folks DO turn out to hear musicians and poets ply their trade here, and you folks DO put up your hard earned dough in many ways to feed the enterprise. DON’T ever think we don’t notice and appreciate your contribution. We’re maybe guilty of being so busy keeping it rolling that we don’t say thank you enough, but we’re here to say Thank You!

Hey, want to mail us an old-fashioned letter of endorsement that we can carry to the hearing? If you live close to the store, where you might hear music emanating from within or witness poets dreamily leaving one of our readings, or jazz musicians hanging in front of the store, or a gaggle of giddy patrons spilling out with a headful of culture, it will carry particular weight. And, really, I, the proprietor, the guy seen taping up The Notice in the photo above, Eric Whittington, so named thereon, will listen to any complaints and see if there’s a good practical and creative way to eliminate any annoyances we might cause.

‘Cause we DO want to keep boppin’. Now and for another 16 years!
Celebrating 16 years of words and music
Help us celebrate! Come down and browse for a book. Or stop in for some jazz this weekend. Or catch one of three poetry readings scheduled for next Wednesday, Sunday a week and the Monday after. Or just peer in the store window and gives us a little wave!

And mark your calendar for a special jazz celebration scheduled for Friday, May 22nd reuniting the quartet that’s at the core of today’s Bird & Beckett jazz programming — we’ll call them the “Founders Quartet” – Chuck Peterson, Scott Foster, Don Prell and Jimmy Ryan on reeds, guitar, bass and drums, respectively, with special guests Dorothy Lefkovits, Rick Elmore and Howie Dudune.

In May 1999 we opened up, transforming a nice little bookstore called “Glen Park Books” into the phantasmagoria that has become Bird & Beckett. Not long after opening day, we listened as the late David Hallstrom stood before our counter reciting one of his lovely poems (you can hear some of them here next Monday). Soon after that, bassist John Clark (brother of a writer we had long admired) browsed our bins of jazz records and agreed to bring in a little jazz trio to entertain our patrons (with Vince Lateano on drums and Lee Bloom on piano). Blanche Bebb filled our heads with her bountiful literary enthusiasms, for Ben Hecht, for Pushkin, for Hrabal, Skvorecky and Capek of Czechoslovakia, and for Kafka, of course, as well as Maurice Baring and Ray Bradbury and so many others. Excited by the jazz orientation of the store, Mary Goode, a crazy saintly birdlike marvel, told us of her late husband, the drummer Johnny Markham, who hit the downbeat behind Frank Sinatra and the Nelson Riddle Orchestra that kicked off JFK’s inaugural party in 1960. She introduced us to a close associate of John’s, a jazz musician living right around the corner, Chuck Peterson – the very same Chuck Peterson who plays tonight in the shop at 5:30 with his current quintet and next week with the founding quartet. Mary Cabot brought food and drink, and Chuck, to the Fridays. Marlyse Hansemann got our website up and kept it running, with live streaming, no less. She and precocious little Renee kept a beautiful slide show going across the top of the page.

Linda Hmelo became one of our first “Goddess” donors, and brought kittens freshly weaned, and later found my dear departed mother her little dog Pablo. Carlota del Portillo and Maryanne Bulen seemed to compete in buying huge stacks of books, to make sure cash was flowing in at the register. Hong Sing sold me countless potstickers to keep body and soul together. Steve Fama introduced me to Bruce and Jean Conner, who vouched for me & the store to so many avid followers of the arts. Karen Ande introduced us to Diane di Prima. Justin Desmangles came to browse and always to buy, stayed to work, introduced us to Jerry Ferraz and to David Meltzer, as well as to Ted Joans and RaMu and the art of Wilfredo Lam. Walker Brents came to browse and buy and stayed to give brilliant, wide ranging talks that continue to this day. Keith Felton and Barbara Taormina and Jim Hays and Veronica Oliva and Kimberly Paul and Zadik Shapiro and so many others stood by the store and helped in a thousand ways. They’re still doing it.

Those were good days on Diamond Street. These are good days on Chenery. Thanks to all who’ve made it happen – to Michele who made it happen in the first place, to Felicia who sustained it on both sides of the big move, to the proprietor’s sons who contributed so much talent and productivity (the journal, the gallery, the graphics, the procedures that the unruly proprietor tries so hard to follow), the Melrose gang coming in to shop on lazy weekend days, the gang that convened with Madame Blanche to do the Eminent Authors Birthday Readings, the hardy little crew that constituted the Bird & Beckett Players, the Beckettians Scott Baker and Val Fachman. Will Segen presiding over the pancake grill on the sidewalk, Deb Lunsford who dreamed up the very idea of our pancake breakfasts, Joe Schuver who made the batter. All those who loaded and unloaded the pickup trucks that ferried the stock up from the old store to the new store one drizzly afternoon eight years ago…

We had jazz in the bookshop down there one Friday and jazz in the bookshop up here the next Friday. We’ve never dropped the beat. Thanks to you as patrons, and to the writers, the musicians, the artists — the Eulipions, journey agents — who fill this place with so much soul.

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