On a perfectly sunny Saturday morning, a careful crook toting an open umbrella robbed a bank in San Francisco’s North Beach district, police said.The bandit used the opened umbrella to conceal himself from surveillance cameras during a heist at the Bank of the West on Columbus Avenue just after 9 a.m.The suspect was already difficult to identify. He wore a black nylon face mask and covered his head and neck with a multicolored bandana, police said. Read More
San Francisco tour buses could be banned from traveling down portions of North Beach.
For the past several years, residents of the northern San Francisco neighborhood have complained about large sightseeing buses idling loudly, spewing out fumes and jamming up traffic on narrow streets. Read More
A fluorescent blue cartoon moose beckoned the hungry and thirsty to the beloved old Moose’s.
At Park Tavern, which just opened in the same location, the first thing that caught my eye was a big round seal set in mosaic floor tiles at the front door that reads “est. 2011.” Pretty confident, I thought, in a town where many restaurants come and go. In fact, several had revolved through this very spot since the late, legendary Ed Moose threw in his bar towel. Read More
Thug, where’s my car? A 37-year-old man who couldn’t remember where he parked in North Beach on Thursday was punched and robbed by a goon who offered to help in the search, cops said.The victim was at a bar in the 500 block of Green Street. He met the suspect and told him that he couldn’t find his car, police said. The thug in sheep’s clothing offered his help. Read More
Laura McCambridge and a friend were standing outside their North Beach hostel just after 2 a.m. on Saturday, chatting with several police officers. McCambridge had noticed that the cops were armed, and she told them that police do not carry guns in her native London.
“Then they kind of said, ‘Oh sorry, guys, there’s something going on,’” McCambridge recalled. Read More
Police shot two bystanders while pursuing a suspect who was wielding a firearm in a troublesome North Beach area early Saturday morning.
Neither of the bystanders sustained life-threatening injuries, police said. A police source said the woman who was injured was released from San Francisco General Hospital on Saturday morning and the man was expected to follow suit later in the day. Read More
For three months in 2009, a Brazilian woman claims she was beaten and assaulted, overworked and barely fed after being lured to San Francisco by an Italian Consulate employee and his wife to keep house and care for their young children.
When she complained to the couple, she says the couple told her they were immune from prosecution and that the laws of the United States did not apply to them. Read More
Here’s a short list of seasonal outdoor events in San Francisco and around the Bay Area.
North Beach Festival, June 18-19
The free 56th annual event features arts and crafts, a celebrity pizza toss, live entertainment and Assisi animal blessings both days. Read More
City College of San Francisco officials say they can’t afford the contract for design of a planned Chinatown and North Beach campus that has ballooned in cost after nearly a decade of planning and construction. Read More
A man was critically injured after being stabbed during an argument in Cow Hollow, one of at least four stabbings in a two-hour period in San Francisco on Sunday. The 33-year-old man got into an argument with five people while walking in the 3100 block of Buchanan Street around 2 a.m., police said. He was stabbed in the abdomen before the suspects, described as Hispanic men in their 30s, fled. The victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital. Read More