Police warn Chinese community of latest “blessing” scam
A woman was approached by the first of three suspects, an Asian female, who asked for
directions to a healing salon. The second suspect, an Asian male, pretending to just be
walking by, approached and offered to use his smart phone to help locate
the salon. The male suspect then convinced the victim to walk to a nearby car where the
third suspect, an older Asian male, was waiting.
The victim was led to believe she had cancer and gave the suspects $5,000 as payment for
a cure. The suspects promised to return some of the money later that day, but never did.
The SF Police Department urges older members of the Chinese community to be
suspicious of strangers claiming to provide relief from a curse, illness or to provide
“purification” ceremonies, in which cash and valuable items must be offered as part of
the process. Potential victims are strongly advised to contact police immediately if
confronted with such a situation.
Children and caregivers of elder Chinese community members should discuss the scam
and instruct the elders to call a family member if anyone approaches them under
Presidio hosts free Shakespeare Festival
The SF Shakespeare Festival celebrates 35 years of free Shakespeare performances by
presenting “Hamlet” for the first time.
Set in Denmark in 1559, the play dramatizes the revenge Prince Hamlet is called to
wreak upon his uncle, Claudius, by the ghost of Hamlet’s father, King Hamlet.
Claudius had murdered his own brother and seized the throne, also marrying Gertrude,
his deceased brother’s widow.
The plays will be performed at the Main Post parade ground, on
Sept. 2, 3 (preview), 4, 9, 10, 16 and 17, at 2 p.m.
For more information, call (415) 561-4323 or go to the website at
New Orleans-style jazz band plays for wedding
To cement the union of two Richmond District residents on July 29, a New Orleans-style
jazz band was summoned. The seven-piece ensemble blasted horns, banged drums and
sang southern classics on California Street, near 22nd Avenue. It then took its act into
the back yard of the Bazaar Cafe, where Ginny and David Hirtz were tying the knot.
After the vows were exchanged, M.J.’s Brass Boppers Brass Band
(www.mjsbrassboppersband.com) started swinging as guests mingled and congratulated
Sutro Nursery needs vols
The Mt. Sutro Stewards, a non-profit organization that works to preserve and support
Mt. Sutro, is looking for volunteers to work at the nursery sowing seeds, transplanting
plants, working at a demonstration garden, weeding and planting.
The Mt. Sutro Stewards and volunteers work on Wednesdays, from
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The meeting place is at 476 Johnstone Dr., which is off
Clarendon Dr. behind the UCSF campus.
For more information or to register, send and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mt. Sutro Stewards also have volunteer opportunities working to maintain hiking
trails at the preserve on some Saturdays.
Environmental report for Mt. Sutro Forest released
Due to the “rapidly declining conditions” at the University of California, San Francisco’s
Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve, the university began a public process two years ago to
develop a plan to restore the forest’s health.
The goals of the Mount Sutra Open Space Vegetation Management Plan are to: protect
the safety of people and structures in and around the reserve; improve the health of the
ecosystem; enhance the visual design and preserve the forest experience; and, ensure
The plan outlines a process to: gradually remove thousands of dead and dying trees;
replant both eucalyptus and native species to restore the reserve’s canopy and improve
the biodiversity of the vegetation; improve the safety of the reserve.
A Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the project was released in July. A
copy can be downloaded at the website at http://www.campusplanning.ucsf.edu.
The university urges the public to review the DEIR and provide
comments before its September deadline.