Don’t get hung up on the third rail

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BART’s little known “Land line.”

Booze news: Royal Cuckoo Market wants to serve beer and wine

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Like its sister bar south of Cesar Chavez, the Royal Cuckoo Market wants you to stick around for a drink or two.

Known for its array of fancy liquor, the tiny market is pursuing a beer and wine license which, if approved, would allow them to start serving in the store.

Although letters have been sent to neighbors and a California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control already hangs in the store’s front window, owner Paul Miller wrote in an email that the process could still take months – if they get the approval at all.

Hi and yes we are planning on serving beer and wine along with what we already do but until we get approval from the authorities it’s just a poster in the window and a dream.

Opened two years ago in a former Salvadoran convenience store on 19th Street near Capp, the market serves coffee and sells staples like fruit, vegetables, milk and eggs alongside pastries, chocolate and sandwiches.

If Royal Cuckoo’s current booze selection is any indication, whatever they might eventually serve is sure to be a good thing.

How to stay in SF

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Well, technically this appears to be an ad for the new Jonah Hill movie War Dogs but it’s still pretty funny.

Eviction for Mrs. Robinson?

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Home(debt)ward bound.

[Spotted by Malaika on Florida Street, near 23rd]

Man, 42, critically wounded in Capp Street shooting

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A 42-year-old man is in critical condition following a shooting on Capp Street Saturday night, police said.

The victim was found shot on the ground near Capp and 19th streets at around 10:37 p.m., according to San Francisco Police spokesman Carlos Manfredi. The site of the shooting, the El Capitan parking lot, was taped off along Capp Street Saturday night and a police officer stood guard.

Witnesses reported hearing a man’s voice before gunshots rang out and that two people ran from the scene, Manfredi said. The suspects are believed to have fled in a dark blue four-door vehicle.

Pokémon Go enthusiast robbed of his phone in Mission

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A man playing the popular augmented reality game Pokémon Go found himself the victim of a real life crime last week when his phone was snatched in the Mission, police said.

The man was playing Pokémon Go while walking down Mission Street on Aug. 4, when Damarea Williams-Evans grabbed his phone out of his hand, according to San Francisco Police spokeswoman Grace Gatpandan. Williams-Evans, 23, was booked into jail on suspicion of felony strong-arm robbery, terrorist threats and drug-related charges as well as for warrants in South San Francisco, Santa Clara and Marin counties.

According to Gatpandan, the victim flagged down officers near 17th and Hoff streets following the theft and pointed out Williams-Evans as the man responsible. He also told them he’d chased Williams-Evans down and threatened to hit him with a bottle if he didn’t return the phone, but that Williams-Evans put his hand into the front of his pants, suggesting he was armed, and had threatened to shoot him, Gatpandan said.

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Damarea Williams-Evans

The phone was returned to its owner after he was able to unlock it with his thumbprint, she said.

Police have previously issued warnings urging Pokémon Go players to be alert, concerned that they might become so engrossed in the game that they ignore dangers around them. One Mission resident has gone so far as to offer Pokémon Go-related bodyguard services.

[Top photo via Sadie Hernandez/Flickr]

Doc’s Clock trying for legacy status

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Already beloved, Doc’s Clock is on track to becoming a legacy business, a move that could mean more money to help the dive bar navigate its uncertain future.

Last week, the city’s Historical Preservation Committee voted to approve the bar for the city’s legacy business program, which offers financial incentives to protect the city’s older vulnerable businesses. Doc’s Clock will cement its new status if the Small Business Commission votes in its favor at a meeting later this month.

Doc’s Clock has about a year and two months remaining on its lease at 2575 Mission St., which changed hands in July of last year. The new owner has decided not to renew the bar’s lease.

If approved, Doc’s Clock would be eligible for an annual grant of $500 per employee. The program, open to historically or culturally significant businesses that are 30 years or older, also offers a yearly grant of $4.50 per square foot to property owners who extend 10-year leases to legacy businesses.

While bar owner Carey Suckow doubts the grant money will help to change her landlord’s mind, she said it could help as she looks for a spot to move Doc’s Clock.

“We get a small stipend and the landlord will get a stipend as well. It is a new program so we are not sure how beneficial it will be yet,” she said in an email. “Since we have to move, we are taking any help we can get.”

Once a store, the bar was established in 1951, originally as “The Clock Bar,” according to nomination information submitted to the city. It became “Doc’s Clock” in 1961 and “has also become a well-known host for fundraisers and charity events for various causes at the local level and on a broader level.” Also noted are the bar’s neon marquee, the “interior wall mural from the 1970s or 1980s,” its shuffleboard table and its historic bar and back bar.

Back in February, Suckow told Capp Street Crap that the landlord plans to remodel the bar’s space and the Lipstick salon and beauty supply store next door. While she had hoped to find a way to buy the building, it “sold before it hit the market well over asking.

“I am trying to stay positive since change can be really good sometimes,” Suckow said.

The Small Business Commission meets at 2 p.m. on Aug. 22.

[Photo via Thomas Hawk/Flickr]

Authorities: Marijuana candy may be to blame for illnesses at Mission party (updated)

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A photo of the gummy candy [Courtesy of the San Francisco Department of Public Health]

UPDATE 3:10 p.m.: A health department official said the candies were tested this morning and found to contain THC, the active ingredient in marijuana.

ORIGINAL POST: More than a dozen partygoers sickened while attending a Quinceañera in the Mission Saturday night ate may have eaten pot candy, authorities said.

While final test results on the gummy candy rings are not yet in, 12 of the 19 people who were transported to hospitals from the event tested positive for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, according to Rachael Kagan, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

“Anyone who attended the Quinceañera and may have taken some of the gummy rings is urged to discard them immediately,” Health Office Dr. Tomas Aragon said in a prepared statement. “If they are sickened, they should report to the California Poison Control Center for advice. If they are feeling severely ill, they should call 911.”

Authorities were called to the Women’s Building at 3453 18th St. around 11:20 p.m. on Saturday after partygoers complained of dizziness, heart palpitations, nausea, confusion and other symptoms consistent with ingesting marijuana, Kagan said. Thirteen of the patients were 18 or under; the youngest was six years old. As of this morning, all of the 19 patients had been discharged from area hospitals.

The party was catered by a company based in Oakland and the Alameda County Department of Public Health is investigating, Kagan said.
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[Bottom via the San Francisco Fire Department/Twitter]

New art space “The Laundry” unfolds in the Mission

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Artist Locust Songs paints a new mural on the back wall of The Laundry, a new art gallery/cafe in the Mission. [Photo courtesy of The Laundry]

The Laundry, a new gallery and soon-to-be cafe in the Mission, wants to give artists a space to work without actually taking them to the cleaners.

Opened two months ago inside the former Lacrouts French Laundry on 26th Street near Capp, The Laundry offers monthly memberships for artists, crafters and other creative types that provide workspace and a venue for teaching classes. In addition, there are community memberships that allow people to take workshops for free or at a discounted rate.

‘We wanted the artist community to have an affordable, spacious environment to hone their craft and showcase it to others who might benefit in learning a new skill,” said Cynthia Boedihardjo, The Laundry’s general manager.

Artists can work Monday through Friday at The Laundry and hold up to three monthly workshops for as many as 20 people for a monthly fee of $300, Boedihardjo said. Community memberships are $60 a month.

There will also be food in the near future. The Laundry is still waiting on its permit to operate a cafe inside the 3359 26th St. space, but the hope is to open at the end of September. Think panini, pasta and salads, with discounts offered to neighbors in the 94110 Zip code.

“We want to try to bring affordable, healthy food to the neighborhood,” Boedihardjo said.

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The sign for The Laundry [via Burrito Justice]

Though viewable primarily by appointment until the cafe opens, art is already on display in The Laundry’s back gallery and the plan is to swap it out every 45 days. East Bay artist Judith Schonebaum’s work is currently up.

The Laundry will participate in ArtSpan’s open studios on November 5 and 6, while an exhibit featuring virtual reality is planned for October, Boedihardjo said. Yesterday, local artist Locust Songs began painting a mural on one of The Laundry’s outside walls. Those already working inside include a fashion designer who teaches kids how to sew and a member who uses LED to make interactive art, but space and workshop opportunities are still available.

Boedihardjo said The Laundry’s ultimate goal is to foster creativity at a time when affordable space for artists is dramatically shrinking.

“I think that’s the biggest thing,” she said. “We want [The Laundry] to be a hub for artists to come and use the space in a way we wouldn’t even know how to use it.”

The Laundry is inviting members of the public to bring paintbrushes and help paint its new mural this Saturday, Aug. 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Children must be 10 years of age or older. If you’re interested in joining, email them at info@thelaundrysf.com.

[H/t Eric D]

Party in a box

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 “The ‘Hey, let’s go to The Mission and drink Tecate’ starter kit,” according to Shaun O., who spotted this box of fun on 16th Street between Dolores and Guerrero.

Good times.