San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) Bayview Station captain Paul Chignell retired in June; lieutenant Robert O’Sullivan is currently serving as acting captain, and is expected to be formally promoted to the position…SFPD has been running an advertisement on television that features sergeant Montgomery (Monty) Singleton as a “Bayview native, served in Bagdad, back in Bayview”… Earlier this year SFPD officer Sue Lavin Mann was honored by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) police department for her work to improve the UCSF-Mission Bay area and service as a liaison to UCSF police officers. Although Lavin’s assignment is to clean-up homeless encampments out of the Bayview Station, she’s become one of UCSF police officer’s main SFPD contacts…
A preliminary hearing was held last month on a con that took place earlier this year that targeted elderly Chinese-American women. Three defendants have been charged in their involvement in the scam: Huifei Lin, 42, Caiqiong Chen, 43, and Lirong Linage 57. Victims were allegedly approached on the street and told that they were plagued by evil spirits, which were endangering their families. The defendants allegedly would befriend the victims and convince them that a “purification” ceremony was needed to lift the evil spirits. Victims were instructed to bring all of their jewelry and money in a bag to a specified location. During the “purification” ceremony, the defendants would replace the items in the bag when the victim wasn’t looking.
Market & Rye recently opened on DeHaro near 16th Street, serving breakfast and lunch…If you’ve walked down 22nd Street over the last several months you may have spotted a papered up storefront next to St. Stephen’s Baptist Church, diagonally across from Piccino’s. The restaurant that was supposed to open there, Le Corebeau, wasn’t able to raise enough money to get off the ground. It was going to feature rustic Franco-American cuisine that focused on local sourcing, organic seasonal produce, and wood-fired cooking. But owners Orianne and Shawn Paul, two former Soluna chefs, fell almost $20,000 short of their fundraising goal on Kickstarter, a crowd-funding website that helps entrepreneurial people launch their passion projects…Citizen Chef did recently launch, offering this generation’s version of Hamburger Helper, providing a ready-to-cook kit that contains fresh vegetables, grains, and sauces; just add the protein of your choice. At less than $10 for a package that feeds two to three people, it’s not as expensive as carry-out, and more wholesome than ready-to-eat packaged meals. It’s available at Whole Foods…Sam Jordan’s Bar, on Third Street, has been approved for landmark status by the Historic Preservation Commission. The designation will be voted on by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in September. We’ll drink to that…
Last month Potrero Hill resident Artemis Peplov, among others, released an app, Givengine, which provides a platform for participants to loan and borrow items, including tools, clothing, or just about anything. To learn more, go to givengine.org...Sufficient public dollars have been found to keep Candlestick Point Recreation Area open next year, despite threats that it might close as a result of the state’s budget deficit. Now that the state has found millions of unspent dollars stashed away in a hidden perks fund, perhaps threats of closure can be permanently removed. A proposed bill in the California State Legislature to prohibit cities and counties from requiring a minimum number of off-street parking spaces in “transit intensive areas” appears to have stalled. Assembly Bill 904 is back in committee after the author, Assembly member Nancy Skinner, canceled a hearing on the measure. If passed, the bill would become the Sustainable Minimum Parking Requirements Act of 2012. A consultant’s analysis suggests the new law may help developers provide new housing at a lower cost.
Earlier this year Sons of Norway, which is its second season as a Norwegian reality dating show, visited San Francisco in search of four single Americans of Norwegian descent who are looking for true love to fly to Norway to meet 32 single Norwegians. Each American will choose four Norwegians whom they’ll fly to America with and go on a series of dates. Once the Americans identify the one Norwegian with whom they have a strong connection, they’ll fly back to Norway, where the romance will hopefully blossom. Unfortunately the four bachelors have already been selected, but there’s always next year…
In last month’s View, an incorrect telephone number for the Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association was provided in “Potrero Dogpatch Merchants Association Means Business.” The correct digits are 779.4107…Likewise, Sala-Haqueenyah Chandler was inaccurately quoted as saying that if the government perpetrates abuses it needs to be abolished (“Bayview Activist Optimistic About Solving Social Problems.”). What she actually said was that under these circumstances the people should “alter and abolish the United States Constitution.” We regret the errors...The View isn’t the only paper that makes mistakes. In “Ex-S.F. worker-turned-landlord to pay record fine,” published in the San Francisco Chronicle on July 10, 2012, that paper of record stated that Bayview Property Managers agreed to pay an $800,000 civil fine, the largest on record for building code violations, as a result of a City lawsuit that was approved in June. In fact, the City sued CitiApartments, Skyline Realty and other shell companies owned by the Lembi family. The suit could make the Lembis pay as much as $10 million. But damages are capped at $2 million if the Lembis agree “to forever cease property management” in San Francisco “permanently and irrevocably.”
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