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January Launch of Unique Joint Neighbor-Merchant SF Patrol Special Police Safety Program in Glen Park

posted Jan 7, 2009, 6:11 PM by Elizabeth Weise

From: Provisional Steering Committee (Ann, Ben, Brian, Charles, Dana, Irene, Mary, Pam, Ron, Suzanne, and Zeni)
Re:      January Launch of Unique Joint Neighbor-Merchant SF Patrol Special Police Safety Program in Glen Park

The Provisional Steering Committee of the Patrol Special Police Officer Safety Program is pleased to announce initiation of a pilot safety program for Glen Park!

Officer Cal Wiley from the Police Patrol Specials, will commence multiple random patrols throughout the Village on January 12, and indefinitely thereafter. Officer Wiley's business provides security services to the entire Diamond Hts/Glen Park/Ingleside area, including the Diamond Heights Shopping Center where he has been employed for about 30 years. We hope all Glen Parkers will feel free to say "hi" and warmly welcome Officer Cal to our friendly neighborhood as he goes about his duties.

We also hope that many others will join in and subscribe to this unique safety program. The program for the first time ever in San Francisco, unites neighbors with merchants in a joint effort to help restore peace of mind and a sense of safety in our Village. The program is sponsored in other City districts, but usually only by merchants or only by homeowners, making our Glen Park effort quite special. You may subscribe for_/ any/_ monthly rate you choose (suggested rate of $25 per month) by picking up a blue brochure distributed at Buddie's Market, Glen Park Cleaners, Glen Park Mail Depot, and Higher Grounds, or accessing an online subscription agreement here: 

Periodic small Information Socials are being scheduled at homes in the Village if you have questions. There you may meet Officer Cal Wiley and learn more about program details before subscribing.



More grinding on 280 on Dec. 11 and 12.

posted Dec 5, 2008, 4:06 PM by Elizabeth Weise

 

Today’s Date:      December 5, 2008

District:                4 – Oakland

Contact:               Valerie Royo

Phone:                  (510) 286-5206    

 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   

 

Grinding on Interstate 280 Northbound in San Francisco

 

San FranciscoThe California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has scheduled nighttime lane closures along Interstate 280 northbound at Mariposa Street for the following dates and times:

 

Northbound: various lanes
            Thursday, December 11 to Friday, December 12

11:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.

 

            Sunday, December 14 to Friday, December 19

            11:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m.

 

These lane closures will allow crews to grind 1584 feet of pavement along Interstate 280 northbound as part of the Interstate 280 PCC Pavement Grinding and Replacement Project.

 

For more information, please see our website at: http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/280pcc

 

Advanced Warning Changeable Message Signs will be in place to warn drivers of this closure. Please allow for more time if traveling in the area. Speeds are reduced in construction zones.

 

THE OPERATION WILL BE NOISY.

 

 

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Efforts to hire SF Patrol Specials in Glen Park continue

posted Dec 3, 2008, 2:00 PM by Elizabeth Weise

I am pleased to report that as of December 3, eight Village merchants have joined with 38 neighbors to subscribe to a dedicated Glen Park SF Patrol Special Police Officer! Five of those have expressed interest in helping with a walking patrol, the Buddie's Brigade, or the provisional Steering Committee for the patrol program. Thanks belong to Rachael, Sally, Charles, Ron, Rebecca, Suzanne, Shannon, Bill, and Krista for helping distribute over 2000 surveys throughout the neighborhood! If you wish to join this safety program now or in the future and receive the additional benefit of individual services such as vacation checks, escort services and an emergency number direct to our Officer, please email:  inquiry@romantasy.com. It now seems that a pilot part-time Patrol Special program may soon be introduced. Feel free to introduce yourself and ask questions you may have of our Officer Cal Wiley, if you see him while he is out and about during hours patrolling in the Village, or meet his employee, Officer John Abramson now patrolling up at the Diamond Heights Shopping Center.

Deadline for poll on private security for Glen Park extended to Dec. 5

posted Nov 28, 2008, 1:20 PM by Elizabeth Weise

This is a survey being taken by some community members about interest in paying for private security for the neighborhood using the San Francisco Patrol Specials.

View survey at:    http://romantasy.com/SF/PatrolSurvey.html   and view
F.A.Q. at:  http://romantasy.com/SF/PatrolSpecialInformation.html

Lighting safety tips for the holidays

posted Nov 26, 2008, 3:51 PM by Elizabeth Weise

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  November 26, 2008
CONTACT:  PG&E News Department (415) 973-5930

PACIFIC GAS AND ELECTRIC COMPANY OFFERS CUSTOMERS A SAFE AND BETTER WAY TO LIGHT UP THE HOLIDAYS

SAN FRANCISCO – Thanksgiving Day weekend signals the time when people begin to decorate homes and trees for the holidays. Holiday lights bring joy to the season, but they can also bring hazards and added costs to your energy bill. Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) encourages customers to stay safe and save energy this holiday season by offering the following tips.

Holiday Lighting Safety and Energy Efficiency Tips

    • Look up and live! Before stringing outdoor lights, check for overhead power lines. Never place yourself or any object in a position where you or it may come in contact with a power line—the result can be fatal. Look up before raising ladders or other objects. Keep at least 10 feet away from overhead lines.
    • Before stringing lights on outdoor trees, make sure tree limbs haven't grown into or near power lines. Branches, entire trees and even the ground adjacent to a tree can become energized when trees contact power lines.
    • Make sure lights used to decorate the outside of the house are approved for outdoor use. Never use indoor lights outdoors.
    • Follow the manufacturer's limits for the number of light strings that can safely be connected together.
    • Check all light strands for cracked or broken plugs, frayed insulation, or bare wires. Worn cords can cause fires. Discard damaged sets of lights.
    • Route cords inside your home so they won't trip anyone. Don't place them under rugs, furniture, or other appliances. If covered, cords can overheat or become frayed, increasing the risk of fire.
    • Always turn off decorative lights—indoors and outdoors—when leaving the house and before going to bed.
    • Do not place your tree near a heat source such as a fireplace or heat vent. The heat will dry out the tree, making it more susceptible to fires caused by heat, flame or sparks.
    • Purchase energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) holiday lights. LED lights can reduce energy consumption as much as 90% over traditional holiday lights and can burn brightly for over 100,000 hours.
    • In addition to being shatterproof and shock resistant, LED lights produce almost no heat, making them safe to touch and greatly reducing the risk of fire.

        Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE: PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in northern and central California. For more information, please visit www.pge.com .

Congestion Pricing Meeting for San Francisco

posted Nov 24, 2008, 9:02 AM by Elizabeth Weise

FROM The SF County Transportation Authority

MOBILITY IMPROVEMENTS THROUGH CONGESTION PRICING

STUCK IN TRAFFIC?
Concerned about the environment?
NEED A MORE RELIABLE COMMUTE?
Join Us for an Interactive Workshop and/or Online Meeting
WHAT IS CONGESTION PRICING?
Congestion pricing is a program to manage our congested city streets and has delivered
faster, more reliable travel and environmental benefits to several cities around the world.
Under the program, motorists pay a user fee to drive in specific areas or routes during the
most congested times of day. Travelers choose to drive if the convenience is worth the fee,
use alternatives such as transit, or drive at different times of day. Revenues are dedicated
to transportation infrastructure improvements for all travelers, including drivers, transit
riders, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

TELL US WHAT YOU THINK
The San Francisco County Transportation Authority will hold two interactive public
meetings in San Francisco and an online meeting to compare pricing program scenarios
and discuss evaluation results. All meetings will include a presentation and the
opportunity to ask questions and provide input on:
evaluation of congestion pricing scenarios
potential transportation improvements
potential discount and exemption policies

PLEASE JOIN US AT A PUBLIC WORKSHOP

Tuesday, December 2, 5:30 – 7:00pm
San Francisco Main Library
100 Larkin Street at Grove

Monday, December 8, 5:30 – 7:00pm
San Francisco Ferry Building
Port Commission Hearing Room, 2nd floor

ON THE WEB
Friday, December 5, 12:00 – 1:00pm

The Authority will present online during lunch!
Visit www.sfmobility.org now to register!

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Rumor Has It: New Thai restaurant may replace Young De

posted Nov 18, 2008, 4:41 PM by Elizabeth Weise

Osha Thai may be coming to Glen Park 

By Elizabeth Weise

Glen Park News

         Glen Park may be getting a new Thai restaurant.

         That’s the rumor among the merchants. They say the site of the former Young De Chinese/Japanese restaurant at 2922 Diamond, next to the nail salon and across the street from BART, is going to open as an Osha Thai restaurant.

         Osha Thai has five other sites in San Francisco. Some are white tablecloth, some more trendy/hipster, all quite stylish. (See oshathai.com for photos.)

 The Glen Park News was unable to confirm that Osha was definitively opening in the under-construction site. Calls to the manager have not yet been returned.

However the person answering the phone at their Valencia restaurant did say, twice, that the chain has a new site opening in Glen Park.

         It’s the word ‘chain’ that’s of concern to some neighbors, who fear that the opening of a restaurant with numerous outlets will pave the way for McDonalds and the like to open in Glen Park.

         That’s impossible, says Rick Crawford of San Francisco’s Planning Department. Under city rules, if a business has eleven or more “formula retail” outlets, which feature standardized spaces, merchandise, trade marking, décor and color schemes – think McDonalds, then it counts as formula retail.

         Such businesses must apply for and receive a conditional use permit to open, Crawford says.

         In some parts of the city, which have named business districts and which have applied for such status, all formula retail businesses are prohibited. Glen Park is not one of those areas, but neither do we have any formula retail.

Because Osha Thai only has five outlets, the chain does not fall under the formula retail requirements. In addition, says Crawford, the restaurants don’t appear to feature standardized décor, menus and color schemes.

         “Obviously we want local owned, local run business, and that’s what this seems to be,” he says.

The new owners appear to be building a full-service restaurant to replace another full-service restaurant. For that, they only needed a building permit, says Crawford.

         An internet search reveals several other Osha Thai restaurants throughout the United States, but none appear to be linked to the San Francisco chain.

         However, even if they were, it still wouldn’t constitute an entry for other formula retail into Glen Park’s downtown, says Crawford.

         “If they do go in, and it comes to our attention or to code enforcement, that this is the twelfth one, then we’d start an enforcement action and they’d have to get a conditional use authorization,” he says.

         So there is no possibility that Osha Thai opening across from BART would open the door for more conventional types of chains such as McDonalds, Crawford says.

         Ric Lopez, president of the Glen Park Merchants Association and co-owner of Sangha at 678 Chenery, says he has some concerns about whether Glen Park now has too many restaurants.

         He’s also putting out feelers to other neighborhood merchant groups to find out if there have been issues when a franchise restaurant comes into a neighborhood.

         He says the Glen Park Merchants Association is planning to meet soon to discuss the matter.

         Lopez says workers at the restaurant told him the goal is to open by January.

        

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         Look for more news and updates on the restaurant in the Dec. 10th issue of the Glen Park News, or on glenparknews.org as news happens.

 

And a shout out for any reader who can help us figure out why Osha is such a popular name for Thai restaurants worldwide? We can’t find it on our map of Thailand.

Private Patrol Officer for Glen Park?

posted Nov 7, 2008, 1:08 PM by Elizabeth Weise

Neighbors and merchants may now read details about the program and answer an online Information Survey due November 30, to indicate interest in a monthly contribution toward hiring a uniformed and armed private SF Patrol Special Officer (under the Police Commission) dedicated to Glen Park. Our Officer would be focused on crime prevention and education, not law enforcement, but would work cooperatively with our SFPD officers as backup when needed.
View survey at:    http://romantasy.com/SF/PatrolSurvey.html   and view
F.A.Q. at:  http://romantasy.com/SF/PatrolSpecialInformation.html


Crime Alert: Two Robberies in Glen Park Neighborhood

posted Oct 29, 2008, 1:02 PM by Elizabeth Weise

Crime Alert: Two Robberies in Glen Park Neighborhood

There have been two robberies in two days in the Glen Park neighborhood. Both occurred in the late afternoon and involved cars. The victim in each incident was a woman walking alone.

Monday, October 27th        5 pm                Diamond and Sussex Streets

A 54 year old Glen Park woman was walking home when she was approached by another woman who had just exited a parked car. The other woman took the victim's iPod from her hand and pulled on her purse. The victim fought for control of her purse. A second suspect joined the first robber and struck the victim in the head. The victim fell to the ground and both suspects kicked her. A witness broke up the robbery and the suspects fled in the car. The victim retained her purse and the iPod was found nearby.

The suspects in this robbery were described as black females, 20 to 25 years old, 5'6' to 5'7' tall, 145 to 150 pounds. The first robber was wearing a multicolored doo rag and black clothing. The second robber was wearing black clothing. The vehicle involved was described as a blue Honda.

Tuesday, October 28th        4:15 pm        Surrey and Van Buren Streets

A 25 year old Glen Park woman was walking home when approached from behind by two men. The first man pushed her to the ground and the victim was stuck in the face. Both men took the victim's purse and book bag. A witness saw one of the robbers in a red Japanese car shortly after the robbery.

The suspects in this robbery were described as black males, 18 to 22 years old, 5'8" tall, 165 to 180 pounds. The first robber was wearing a white plastic mask and a black Halloween costume. The second suspect was wearing a large light colored jacket and dark jeans. The driver of the suspect vehicle was described as a black male wearing a red shirt.

Please report suspicious activity.

Ingleside Station officers (plain clothes and uniformed) have increased their presence in the Glen Park neighborhood.

Both cases have been assigned to Sergeant O'Malley, Robbery Detail, (415) 553-1201.

If you have any information about these crimes please call Sergeant O'Malley or the SFPD Anonymous Tip Line: (415) 575-4444

Denis F. O'Leary
Captain - Ingleside Station
San Francisco Police Department
1 Sergeant John Young Lane, S.F., CA 94112
Desk: (415) 404-4030
Fax:    (415) 404-4008

To receive a copy of the Ingleside Station Newsletter please send an email to:

InglesideStationNewsletter-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Police Suggest-- Be Alert on Halloween

posted Oct 29, 2008, 12:51 PM by Elizabeth Weise

Please be extra alert when walking in Glen Park and during Halloween when opening the door for trick-or-treaters.

Residents in the area around Surrey and Lippard report that police were going door to door and patrolling the area this afternoon after a woman walking on Surrey near Thor had her purse snatched. According to what one undercover officer told a resident of Surrey near Van Buren, three black men in a red older car got out and stole her purse. This was at approx. 4:50 pm. A similar crime  happened yesterday on Diamond and Sussex. The police  were knocking on doors to see if anyone had seen or heard anything.

So- when walking, especially on the quieter streets above Glen Park, be on alert. The police officers also cautioned residents to be careful this Halloween when opening doors. He said that the crimes had been quiet the past couple of weeks but they are picking up.
Suspicious- non-emergency please call 553-0123
or the Ingleside Precint directly 404-4000

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