According to a story in the San Francisco Chronicle (July 21), Danielle Saxton, 27, stole clothing July 11 from Morrie's Boutique in West Frankfort, Illinois, then posted a selfie on Facebook in which she wore some of the loot, namely a leopard-print dress. When the store owner posted pictures of the stolen items on Facebook, someone made the connection and dropped a dime on Danielle. Police arrested her and charged her with petty theft.
There are two places that leave a lasting impression on a person: the United States House of Representatives and Fix Pacifica. The one is dominated by a collection of right-wing, self-congratulating blowhards, who, unable to accomplish anything positive themselves, instead meet for the sole purpose of pissing and moaning about everything under the sun. The other, of course, involves 435 federal legislators.
"The Dudley Perkins Company became a San Francisco reality in 1914. Dudley Perkins provided the police department with the most up-to-date motorcycles then available; the 1914 Harley-Davidson model 10F motorcycle had bicycle pedals that were used to get the machine’s engine engaged to start.” (Bob Pilgrim)
Despite the Pacifica Police Department's "zero tolerance" approach to Fourth of July illegal fireworks, violations persisted throughout the city. So let's help out our men and women in blue: Which Pacifica neighborhood do you nominate for the best and loudest display of illegal fireworks? The winning neighborhood will receive honorary "citations" — some folks may even be arrested. Cast your vote now!
Papagallo says he hopes this doesn't jinx it but that it has been very, very eerily quiet around town, a few days before July 4th. We wonder if the recent arrest of the Pacifica bombmaker cut off the supply of illegal fireworks. One can only hope.
The Vortex mover, a strong young guy from Azerbaijan, saves my old oak writing desk from sure destruction during my recent move. The upstairs guy accidentally lets slip the strap holding the desk, but the downstairs guy singlehandedly squats and catches the desk just inches from the ground. As you can see from the video, the catcher is none too pleased with the upstairs guy.
(from my "Wandering and Wondering" column in the Pacifica Tribune, May 28)
As a veteran of many moves in my misspent youth, I broke the pattern when I moved to Pacifica some 20 years ago. I began to slow down and stay put for longer periods of time. I have moved only twice since I got here in the early ‘90s (from Sharp Park to Park Pacifica to Linda Mar).
So it was a shock to my system recently when Leslie and I packed up and moved to a new house. I had forgotten how to deal with the chaos of moving: address changes, purging possessions, packing boxes, hiring movers, kicking dust bunnies around the house, losing sleep, getting bruises and scratches on every extremity, trying to remember where everything is (a futile exercise despite careful organization and labeling of boxes), schlepping last-minute carloads of odds and ends that somehow did not get packed in time for moving day.
Well, I survived, and now am thoroughly enjoying the open-ended process of unpacking and reorganizing my living space. This end of the move is much easier mainly because there is no deadline to get it done, whereas preparing for moving day is super stressful.
All I can say about the experience is that using local people is the key to satisfaction. Let me name a few for your consideration:
Realtor Rich Macario (getrichandbehappy.com) shepherded us through the entire process of house-hunting and house-buying. He was with us every step of the way, staying on top of the financial and legal details as well as the minutiae of closing out one house and moving into a new one. He checked in with us every single day to see how things were going, and when necessary, got down on his hands and knees to fix a balky garage door opener.
Rich recommended the Vector moving company, and the three-man crew spent eight hours getting the two of us and our four tons of stuff moved to the new place. They did the job with brains, brawn, and good humor throughout, including a miraculous catch of my heavy oak desk as it slipped out of the grasp of the guy hoisting it on a strap out the upstairs window (the beast was too bulky to fit through the doorway). We fed the movers pizza for lunch, and at the end of the move, tipped each one as generously as possible.
But Rich’s best referral of all was James and Lisa Pugliese and their four-man painting crew. They turned our plain-vanilla rancher into a colorful delight. Leslie and I both picked out custom colors for our home offices, master bedroom, living room, and hallway. Pugliese and company got it done in a day and a half, and if I told you the great price, you would not believe it. They did quality work with every touch of the brush, and as crazy as it sounds, we actually enjoyed the ordeal. The Puglieses and their crew are personable and professional, and we could not be happier with the results.
Ian Butler and his helper Joe (Bay Area Arborist Co-op) trimmed, pruned, and groomed a stand of pittosporum trees that line our new backyard, taking away three truckloads of greenwaste. We plan to have Dave Martinez of Dig It landscaping “kill” our scraggly, water-hogging lawn and replace it with drought-resistant native plants. Dan Underhill took care of some plumbing issues around the new house, and Rich Shafer of Granite Electric is scheduled to fix some of our wiring and lighting.
Finally, Alan Wald (Pacifica palindromist, who also volunteers with the Community Center rummage sales) was a huge help in lightening our load before the move, picking up carloads of donations to the rummage sales and loaning us his vast supply of handy-dandy moving boxes.
We always say, “Shop locally.” But after this move, now we really believe it. Local works.
Were the gophers wearing helmets as required by law? 1/5/14, 16:28, Welfare Check, 140105133. Occurred on Palmetto Av, Pacifica. RPX ON THE LINE, RAMBLING ABOUT GOPHER HOLES IN HER GRANDKIDS YARD AND RIDING HER SCOOTER. Disposition: Log Note Only.
Some people show off photos of their kids, others take pictures of their horse blankets. 1/6/14, 10:26, Dist Neighbors, 140106090. Occurred on Danmann Av, Pacifica. ONGOING PROBLEM OVER PARKING. TODAY THE NEIGHBOR BLEW DIRT (WITH A LEAF BLOWER) ALL OVER THE RP'S HORSE BLANKET. SHE HAS PICTURES. Disposition: Abated/Advised.
Perhaps the dog was hard of hearing? 1/11/14, 11:27, Dist Others, 140111069. Occurred at Milagra Dr/Miller Av, Pacifica. Male subj yelling at his dog and other people passing by heard only. Disposition: Gone On Arrival.
Iiiiiiiiinteresting. 3/2/14, 09:22, Citizen Assist, 140302069. Occurred on Inverness Dr, Pacifica. Rp would like to know if he is allowed to put mouse traps on his property to keep neighbor dogs from going to the bathroom on his lawn. Disposition: Abated/Advised.
Hello, is this the Fun Police? I’d like to report a crime! 13:09, Muni Code Violation, 140302096. Occurred on Mason Dr, Pacifica. GROUP OF JX'S SELLING HOME MADE CUPCAKES & JUICE - RPX ADVS NOW CAUSING TRAFFIC BACKUP. Disposition: Unfounded.
Whoever can remove this sword shall be crowned King of Pacifica! 4/7/14, 19:07, Property Incident, 140407243. Occurred at San Pedro Terrace Rd/Peralta Rd, Pacifica. NEAR THE NURSING HM WHERE THEY WERE DOING THE SEWER WORK // IN THE GRASS AREA, RP SAW A 2FT LONG SWORD ON THE FLOOR.
A crappy time was had by all. 4/20/14, 09:05, Citizen Assist, 140420069. Occurred on Cabrillo Hwy., Pacifica. Subj locked inside the restroom in the parking lot. Disposition: Abated/Advised.
A member of the notorious “49ers Gang” threatens to smoke a cigarette. 4/23/14, 15:49, Dist Juveniles, 140423154. Occurred on Linda Mar Bl/Cabrillo Hwy., Pacifica. 7 male teens bm's and hms wearing mostly red near the laundry mat and hallmark store rp thinks they might be up to gang activity rp heard one say they are going to bust one out. Disposition: Gone On Arrival.
Tip: Bring the number for the Pacifica Police with you on vacation in case the mood strikes. 16:19, Dist Juveniles, 140423160. Occurred on Cabrillo Hwy., Pacifica. SICK OF ALL THE KIDS LOITERING AROUND THE SMOKE SHOP, SMELL OF MARIJUANA ETC, "SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE ABOUT IT" RPX OUT OF TOWN NOW BUT FELT SHE NEEDED TO COMPLAIN ABOUT IT. Disposition: Gone On Arrival.
You can pick your feet, but you can’t always pick your parking spots. 4/26/14, 13:24, Suspicious Vehicle, 140426132. Occurred at Sheila Ln/View Wy, Pacifica. Ama in a blue car, keeps driving around and then parking for an hour or so -- he is picking at his feet now inside the car. Disposition: Checks Ok.
Okay, Putin is REALLY getting out of hand! 4/27/14, 12:58, Suspicious Circumstances, 140427115. Occurred on Old County Rd., Pacifica. Old army jeep greenish tannish driver/wma 35-40 yrs 6'2 drove into lot looks like there was some kind of machine gun looking thing mounted on the back. Disposition: Canceled.
(Chris Fogel flogs and blogs Pacifica Police logs for Pacifica Riptide.)
2/22/14 20:20 Fire Assist 140222239 Occurred on Alcala Ct, Pacifica. PER COUNTY--RESPOND W FIRE -- 2 SUBJ'S HAND CUFFED THEMSELVES TOGETHER, CAN NOT REMOVE HAND CUFFS W OUT OFCS OS. Disposition: Assisted.
2/23/14 01:07 Dist Noise 140223011 Occurred on Palmetto Av, Pacifica. "SQUEEKING FURNITURE AND LOUD SCREAMS" -- RP SAYS THEY ARE HAVING "LOUD OBNOXIOUS SEX" Disposition: Log Note Only.
2/25/14 18:48 Citizen Assist 140225267 Occurred on Gateway Dr. , Pacifica. POSTED DOG SITTING SERVICES ON CRAIGSLIST // X CALLED HIM AND HE GAVE HER ALL OF HIS PERSONAL INFO // X EMAILED HIM ADVISING SHE WOULD MAIL THE "DOGS" TO HIM FROM WHEREVER SHE IS AT // RP NOW CONCERNED FOR HIS SAFETY AND DOES NOT WANT ANYTHING DELIVERED TO HIS HOUSE // WANTS ADVICE. Disposition: Log Note Only.
(Pacifica Police Logs courtesy of roving reporter Chris Fogel)