Steven J. Moss
The San Francisco Police Department is investigating a double shooting that occurred last month on Potrero Hill that left one person dead. At approximately 7:50 p.m. on a Thursday, the SFPD responded to multiple calls of shots fired in the area of 23rd and Arkansas. Upon arrival, officers located two shooting victims on 23rd Street; both were inside a vehicle when they were shot. The victims were transported to San Francisco General Hospital, where the male victim, a man in his 20s, died from his injuries. The female victim, also in her 20s, suffered gun shots to her arm and leg. She’s expected to survive. In the aftermath of the shooting, a large crowd gathered at the scene. Additional officers were dispatched to control the crowd, and pepper spray was used by officers to disperse those gathered, with one officer injured and transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Police have no suspect information…In the wake of a rash of car and home burglaries on the Hill SFPD is recommending that people leave nothing in their vehicle. And for the home, according to SFPD, a $100 investment in a video camera can help apprehend suspects; when there are cameras at a house or nearby the police get the culprit 80 percent of the time.
David Baker-designed Daggett Place, which as planned will include 450 rental units, a restaurant, stores, and light-industrial space — as well as a 0.9 acre public park along the Daggett Street right-of-way, created in lieu of paying $1.88 million in project impact fees — has been in the works since 2003, but appears to be held up by the need to remediate hazardous waste on the site. The existing vacant lot once housed a paint factory, which was demolished in the early-2000s. The developers are removing a source of “elevated concentration of ethylbenzene in soil and soil vapor” by excavating a 75 foot by 65 foot area to a depth of eight feet. Late last year the project was issued a $1 million permit to remove the old buildings’ concrete pad foundations, as well as the contaminated soil…
The Eastern Neighborhoods Citizens Advisory Committee met last month to approve an in-kind agreement for a proposed development at 850 Eighth Street in lieu of paying development fees. Under the agreement, $2.1 million in improvements would be made along Ringold Street between Eighth and Ninth streets, including utility undergrounding; and a $1.1 million pocket park would be located on the project site at the southwest corner of Ringold and Eighth. The committee also heard proposals from the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department to fund rehabilitation projects at South Park, and establish a framework for a rehabilitation program for other parks, including, potentially, Jackson Playground and Esprit Park…Christopher’s Books is now offering “Book Money,” wooden coins in $5 denominations that can be cashed in at the store to give as gifts.
A parcel of land under an Interstate 280 onramp, long a source of aggravation for neighbors and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), is finally being rehabed. The property — across Iowa Street from Progress Park, bordered on the west by Pennsylvania, and between 25th and extending a bit north of 22nd Street — has been used by Caltrans’ tenants to park heavy equipment and store containers and old buses. Its general neglect has attracted a homeless population, with reported use and sale of drugs on the property. According to Caltrans, the tenant that had occupied much of the property is moving out. A possible new tenant, the Army Street Storage Company, located at 26th and Indiana, is working with Caltrans to grade the property in anticipation of expanding its facilities. The plan calls for erection of eight-foot fences topped with barbed wire and covered with a mesh screen, to reduce visual pollution, along with night lighting and other security measures. Other possible uses for the tract could include a parking lot, a storage for recreational vehicles, and practice facilities for the San Francisco Elite Youth Baseball Club. Meanwhile, Caltrans has sealed openings on the underside of the onramp located on Iowa at 22nd, and directly north, where a taxicab company operates. People had been using the openings to climb into the concrete structure to sleep and store personal property.
Last month Hill resident Sharon Tetlow was appointed managing director at Danforth Advisors, LLC, responsible for expanding the firm’s financial advisory business on the West Coast. Danforth provides financial, operational and strategic support to life science and clean technology companies. Before joining the firm, Tetlow worked at Cell Genesys and Synergen, the life sciences venture group within Apax Partners, as well as diaDexus, Pathwork, Reprogen and Terrapin. She’s credited with orchestrating the successful sale of Cell Genesys to BioSante, and with raising what at the time was the largest round of independent investors for a private biotechnology company. Apparently the biotech sector prefers complex names with multiple vowels, perhaps like the diseases they are chasing…
Fast and Furious
Tesco, Britain’s largest retailer, has sold its unprofitable Fresh & Easy grocery store chain to an American private investment firm. Los Angeles-based Yucaipa Companies, chaired by billionaire Ron Burkle, will acquire more than 150 of the chain’s 200 stores, along with its production facilities and distribution center in Riverside. As part of the deal the store’s Bayview outlet — which opened just two years ago — will be closed; the fate of the Portola location isn’t known. Yucaipa said it plans to build on Fresh & Easy’s convenience retail experience, bringing in more local and healthful options… Also departing with Fresh & Easy — as well as the defunct nearby Corner Café — is no small amount of City investment, made in the hopes of fostering increased food access and associated economic activity…Under the Port of San Francisco’s Bayview Gateway Project a new one-acre public open space will be created along the southern bank of Islais Creek, bound by the creek on the north, Cargo Way on the south, Third Street on the west, and Illinois Street on the east. There’s an opportunity for a large-scale permanent signature artwork on the site, representing the entry to Bayview. Artists who’d like to design the art piece should contact the San Francisco Arts Commission. The project will also serve as a connection to the Bay Trail along Illinois Street and Cargo Way, and a resting place to view Islais Creek and the surrounding maritime activity.
Every Halloween, the costume and sugar-fueled fest is tinged with fears of candy tampering. Children are warned not to accept fruit or unwrapped candy while trick-or-treating, and to inspect items for razor blades, needles and poison. Actual incidents, however, are rare. In Texas, Ronald Clark O’Bryan gave his eight-year-old son a Pixy Stix laced with cyanide to collect $20,000 of insurance money. In 2011 The Huffington Post reported that in New Mexico John Martinez found a razor blade embedded in a Reese’s peanut butter cup his child was gifted while collecting Halloween candy. That’s about it. It’s not a bad idea to inspect any food item before consuming it; how often have you sniffed your milk to make sure it’s not sour? But, in the end, the candy isn’t supposed to be the scary part of the holiday.
According to InfoStreamGroup, Inc., San Francisco ranks sixth for the most eligible — single and looking for a long-term relationship — millionaires in the country. Apparently there are 909 of them in the City. Of course, if “millionaire” includes home values there’s far more than 900 or so eligible ones in San Francisco; there may be that many on the Hill…George Washington High School is celebrating its 40th year reunion, for the classes of 1972 and 1973, on November 8th, featuring a golf tournament at Lincoln Golf Course and wine tasting, followed by a dinner/dance at the Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf. If you’re a member of those classes, contact Sharon Nakamura, GWHSClassof73Reunion@gmail.com or 510.795.7892.
In “3rd on Third Street Events to Get Public’s Input,” in the September issue, the View stated that “…$240,000 from District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen’s discretionary fund will be spent on the monthly celebrations…” In fact, the expenditures are from the City’s general fund, not the supervisor’s discretionary fund. The View regrets the error…Speaking of corrections, the View’s home delivery launch last month didn’t go off without a hitch. A number of readers contacted us to complain about piles of papers left on street corners, or no papers at all delivered to stalwart distribution spots, such as the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House. The piles were supposed to be picked up by deliverers and dropped off at homes, condominiums and apartments. This month hopefully we’ve done better; if you see an errant stack of papers that’s sitting where it isn’t supposed to be for more than a few hours, please contact our new distribution manager, Peter Tangermann, at 510.332.4490.
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