May 4 Crime Blotter – Craigslist robbery in Vis Valley « The Inglesider

Sometimes I cover stories on all of district 11, and sometimes I do stuff in the city. Don’t box me in!

Capt. Cassanego sent out a message this morning;

A report came across my desk of a robbery with a knife.  The victim saw an advertisement on Craig’s List for a Microsoft X-Box and agreed to meet the seller in the Sunnydale Public Housing Community.  When the victim arrived, he was told to drive to a unit a block or two away.  Once at the new location, the victim was set upon by two suspects and robbed at knifepoint. Robberies involving Craig’s List ads have been more common in the East Bay, but this is the first I’ve heard of one in the Visitation Valley area.

Craigslist Crime isn’t a new topic. In fact, there’s an entire blog dedicated to it. It’s interesting to see how the internet and crime are slowly becoming merged. The internet is a new crime tool. Generally, it’s reserved for hackers and pedophiles, but I think the 21st Century needs new bad guys (jokes). That said, stay on your toes and bring a friend for any craigslist transaction.

Full Blotter

Incident Date:
Monday, May 3rd, 2010

Arrests:

07:06 pm          Mission/Onondaga              Warrant Arrest
Officers Dominguez and Carrasco observed a pedestrian commit a traffic violation, crossing against a red light.  The officers stopped the pedestrian and ran a warrant check finding that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  The warrant was confirmed and he was taken into custody and booked.  Report number 090382012

11:23 pm          4200 blk Mission              Marijuana Sales Arrest
Officers Padilla and Tam observed two vehicles parked in the parking lot of a closed restaurant.  The vehicles were both occupied by numerous young adult males. The officers approached the vehicles and smelled the odor of marijuana.  One of the occupants told the officers that he was on probation with a search condition.  The vehicle occupants and the vehicles were searched.  The officers located marijuana packaged for sales, scales, and plastic baggies.  The officers also found prescription narcotic medication for which no one had a prescription.  The driver of one of the vehicles admitted ownership of all of the illicit substances.  The suspect was taken into custody and booked.  Report number 100410636

Other incidents:

10:47am           1500 blk Sunnydale                  Burglary
Officer Vizcay and Officer Creed responded to the report of a possible home invasion with multiple other units. They spoke with the reportee who said that she watched from her home as 4 male suspects broke into the house behind hers. The suspects broke a window to gain entry and left the house before police arrived. There were no residents inside the house, and nothing was reported stolen. Report number 100407401

12:20am           100 blk Appleton              Theft
Officer Hart and Officer Duffin responded to the report of a theft. The victim said that she was missing a wicker chair from the rear of her apartment. She thought it was at the front of another residence although she could not prove that chair in particular was her chair. The resident of that apartment showed that he had another chair of the same type inside,
and claimed to have bought them as a set.

05:35pm           200 blk Blythdale             Burglary
Officer Gabriel and Officer Apodaca were on patrol when they were flagged down regarding a burglary. The victim said that she returned home to find that her house had been broken into and that three pieces of jewelry were
missing. Report number 100405405

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Ingleside Academy of Sciences Neighborhood Days « The Inglesider

Take your family, friends, emenmies, whomever and enjoy a free day at the California Academy of Sciences. Check out their new “Extreme Mammals” exhibit that started April 3!

Neighborhood: Ingleside-Excelsior, Visitacion Valley
Zipcodes: 94112, 94134
Dates: May 7, 8, & 9

If you find yourself on the SFSU or Sunnyside way of living (94132, 94127, 94131) your dates are May 21, 22, & 23

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Specialty, small batch coffee in the Ingleside? I’ll sip to that PART II: Video Story « The Inglesider

Ingleside Crime Blotter – 4/21 « The Inglesider

Find out what’s poppin in Southeast SF!

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Keeping the Ingleside Safe?

Map of Neighborhood Watch Groups in the OMI + Excelsior

Safety is a prevailing issue in most neighborhoods. Despite how crime has dipped during the recession, that doesn’t mean people are feel safe in their neighborhoods. SF Safe, a non profit organization, is trying to change how people view their neighborhoods.

‘Most people don’t know their neighbors,’ SF Safe Executive Director Cindy Brandon said.

Brandon hoped that by creating Neighborhood Watch groups that people will begin to not only look out for each other, but create community.

According to SF Safe’s map of neighborhood watch groups (shown above), there are 19 groups in the Ingleside, including Merced heights and Oceanview. I noticed, however, that a majority of these groups are in the Sunnyside and Ingleside Terraces area (places not known for crime to my knowledge). However, places like Oceanview and Excelsior, don’t seem to have many, although crime rates are higher in those areas.

What gives?

Urban areas throughout the country tend to have one basic aspect: community. Although neighborhoods like the Sunset and Richmond have high rates of college graduates and income, most people tend to keep to themselves and not talk to their neighbors. This is not the case in places like Oceanview, where people are on the street talking and enjoying community. With this, however, I think comes a question of ethics. How do you tell the police about an illegal act when a cohort of yours commits it? Furthermore, how do you rely on a city service that historically seems to abuse you (at least in the Black and Latino context)?

While I admire and respect an agency like SF Safe for its acts, the cultural and economic differences, I think, create a barrier for this kind of methodology in an area like Ingleside, Oceanview or Excelsior. And in fact, when the affluent neighborhoods around you seem to have more neighborhood watch groups, it begs the question:

Are they just making connections in case of an emergency (fire, earthquake, etc.) or are they afraid of the people around them?

Luckily, I am writing a story about this topic soon. Stay tuned!

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Editorial: A look at hyperlocal blogging « The Inglesider

A view of the OMI from Merced Heights – San Francisco News (1938)

Running a hyperlocal blog can be a changing task. I mean, unless you have a media giant behind you, it takes a lot of time an effort, both of which I own in small burst. As a result, this blog, despite its newfound advocates, is small at best. However, the thing I love about this hyperlocal blogs is that if done correctly, the community can benefit from the exposure and flow of communication present. Furthermore, as the journalist running the blog (or blogger, whatever) you can learn a lot about a community.

J-Students at SF State are notorious running into a neighborhood, advocating and bringing exposure to the place and then disappearing. Unfortunately, this model of hit-and-run reporting is part of being a journalist. You go where the stories are. And if you can get a fresh angle from Bayview or Ingleside, great, but know people don’t want these stories. Well, at least newspapers think that.

All this hyperlocal nonsense, I think, can at least ground reporters in a neighborhood that they can grow and learn in. Furthermore, the first person perspective can add a lot more character than a typical news story. That being said, it’s hard not feel like you’re using a community for your gain. I especially feel that though I’m focusing on the Ingleside, an often forgotten part of the city (though that’s changing), as soon as this semester ends and I get that grade, I’m done. No motivation is better motivation than cash or grades. Luckily, organizations like Newswire21 are looking to create a more citizen approach to journalism. I can’t help however to feel that this, too, will be a fad like subheads.

This media thing moves way too quickly.

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A bizzare ride to the Ingleside « The Inglesider

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Do you ever find yourself wondering what does the southern part of San Francisco have to offer? I mean after all, it’s mostly post-war space and residential living. Though this is true, San Francisco has gems throughout. One only has to luck.

Luckily, I did the looking for you and created 20 places to visit in the Ingleside neighborhood. You not find boutiques, specialty coffee roasters or restaurants Gavin Newsom eats at, but you will find people and an almost old-timey feel to the tour. So a grab a bike, a six pack and your best friends and go on an adventure!

Be sure to leave comments if you make it out there!

Also, the headline is in reference a musical masterpiece.

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