Quite the package


Because unruly didn’t have quite the same sex appeal?


Restaurant beat: Cha Cha Cha wants live music


Under new ownership since late fall, Cha Cha Cha is trying something new: live music.

The tapas restaurant, at 2327 Mission St., has applied for a permit that would allow Cuban bands to play there several times a month.

Irfan Yalcin, who bought the restaurant last year and also owns nearby L’Emigrante and Urban Fish, had not responded to a message left for him Sunday.

Maggie Weiland, deputy director of the San Francisco Entertainment Commission, provided some details. Cha Cha Cha is applying for what’s known as a limited live performance permit, meaning the entertainment must end by 10 p.m.

The restaurant plans to host bands, comprised of four to five members with no extra sound amplification, Weiland said. Music will take place Sunday afternoons and on some evenings.

Cha Cha Cha’s hearing before the entertainment commission is on April 4.

[Photo by Jeremy Brooks/Flickr]

Man dead after shooting at 19th and Capp (updated)

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The site of Friday morning’s shooting. According to a neighbor, the victim was lying not far from the bike rack.

UPDATE 3/24/17: Two San Francisco residents have been arrested in the killing of a 44-year-old man in the Mission last week, police said.

Jose Mejia-Carrillo, 22, and Alexis Cruz-Zepeda, 23, have charged with murder and conspiracy in connection with the shooting of Jorge Martinez, according to Giselle Talkoff, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Police Department.

A San Bruno resident, Martinez was found lying on the sidewalk near 19th and Capp Streets on March 17. He was shot multiple times, Talkoff said.

The two suspects were arrested on Tuesday near 19th and Church streets, she said.

UPDATE 1:43 p.m.: The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as Jorge Martinez, 44, of San Bruno.

ORIGINAL POST: A 43-year-old man was shot and killed early Friday morning near intersection of 19th and Capp streets, police said.

The shooting occurred around 12:45 a.m., according to Robert Rueca, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department. The unidentified man was taken to the hospital but was dead on arrival.

A neighbor, who didn’t want to give his name, said the victim was shot just next to the Royal Cuckoo Market on 19th street. Nearby restaurant and dance club Bissap Baobab was closed at the time.

Still shaken this morning, the neighbor said he did not recognize the victim.

“I heard two shots [from] my room. I was lying down. I came out and there was a guy laying in a pool of blood,” he said.

“The cops came,” said the neighbor, who estimated police were on the scene until at least four or five in the morning. “It was insane.”

Police said the shooter was a man, but had no additional suspect information.

“Brown Sugar Factory” debuting on Valencia

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Valencia Street’s newest restaurant Brown Sugar Factory is scheduled to open today and Capp Street Crap got a look recently at a draft menu.

An employee at the new restaurant, described as Asian fusion, told me yesterday that Brown Sugar Factory should be open for business this afternoon. At 525 Valencia St., the spot was previously home to Valencia & Kebab.

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Report of armed, barricaded person shuts down Valencia (updated)


UPDATE 3/13/17: The incident involving an armed and barricaded suspect that shut down parts of Valencia Street for hours Friday started with a visit from a pest control company, police said.

Shortly before 2 p.m., an exterminator and the manager of the building, on the 500 block of Valencia Street, went  to Samantha Helstrom’s second floor unit, and she opened the door and pointed a handgun at them, said San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak.

As negotiators communicated with Helstrom, 57, from the street, she stepped out of her apartment at around 6:45 p.m., confronting officers in the hallway and stating several times, “kill me,” Andraychak said. When Helstrom advanced, the officers fired less-than-lethal weapons, striking her with foam batons, he said.

Helstrom went back into her apartment where she remained until just after 9 p.m. when she stepped out and surrendered, Andraychak said. She was booked on suspicion of criminal threats, a felony, and brandishing a weapon, a misdemeanor.

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Samantha Helstrom (Photo courtesy of the San Francisco Police Department)

ORIGINAL POST: An armed person has been barricaded for hours this afternoon in a building near 16th and Valencia streets, according to police, who have shut surrounding blocks down.

As of about 5 p.m., Valencia Street remained taped off between 15th and 18th streets. A hostage negotiating team began attempting to contact the armed suspect, who is barricaded in a building between 16th and 17th streets, sometime before 3 p.m., police said.

According to Mission Local, which spoke with neighbors, the subject is a woman and she is inside the Crown Hotel, at 528 Valencia. Below is a video from a patron of nearby Thanh Tam II who said the Vietnamese restaurant was on lockdown until police told people to run out.

Gorillas in our midst


Ape-utation at 21st and Folsom streets.

[Photo by Renata]

Stump speech


No Trump? That wood be nice.

[Photo by keyohso/Instagram]

It’s no hamster wheel but …

OMG, you guys, a BART escalator was actually working!

Have Mission deliveries hit rock BOTtom?

Capp Street Crap friend Jeff captured this footage of one of the new delivery robots currently being tested out in the Mission. (Mission Local has more details here.)

I have so many questions here … What if someone runs into it or kicks it? Will it stop at red lights? Can I ride it? Will it recruit my Roomba for some sort of a robot uprising or romance? And, most importantly, how is this better than actually getting out and engaging with real people in your neighborhood?

[Video by Jeff]

Bright idea: Roxie Theater’s marquee restored


Things are looking brighter for San Francisco’s oldest cinema.

On Sunday, the Roxie Theater turned on its newly restored neon marquee and riser, the culmination of an effort that dates back to 2015.

Operations Director Lex Sloan said that while the neon portions of the marquee that read “Roxie” have held out over the years, various other parts of the sign have been on the fritz at times.

Fully restoring the sign included fixing the bars under the horizontal letters reading “Roxie,” and the neon borders and jewels at the top and bottom of the vertical marquee, she said. The repairs cost $3,000, and were paid for with money from a 2015 fundraiser.

“When I started at the Roxie a little over year and a half ago, the white neon that lights the entry under the marquee started to go on the fritz and that is when our executive director Dave Cowen and I decided our goal was to restore the marquee to 100 percent,” Sloan wrote in an email.

Finishing the work proved logistically tricky, requiring, among other things, navigating around phone wires, a tree and delicate neon, Sloan said.


“The final push, which happened on this past Sunday, required the rental of a boom lift to reach the top outermost side at about 37 feet in the air,” she wrote. “It took us a while to work out the logistics for replacing the uppermost red border.”

The Roxie, which first opened in 1909, has been getting a lot of love in recent years. In the summer of 2015, the 238-seat movie house and the Little Roxie theater two doors down shuttered for a week so staff and volunteer could paint and do an extensive cleaning. The theater also welcomed new management that year, obtained a state-of-the-art projector theater and increased its efforts to court donors.

[Photos courtesy of the Roxie Theater]