Upper Haight Leftovers: 5/31

It's the last day of May, and we've got a big batch of leftovers to clean out the month.

First off, Park Station captain Greg Corrales has retired this week after more than 44 years as a police officer. He’s well-respected around the city for his effective work with community organizations, and he’s just as famous for penning station newsletters that featured alliterative prose and cinephilic references to marijuana usage. 

His parting remarks did not disappoint: 

“On Wednesday, after turning in all my gear, I opted to check conditions on Haight Street one last time. Despite employing my finely honed police instincts for the last time, I was unable to spot any suspicious scoundrels skulking sinisterly. Purveyors of pernicious poison, in possession of passels of The Weed with Roots in Hell were nowhere to be seen. I knew then that I could go home. I have loved every minute of every day of every year. It has ended too soon.” 

We’re working to arrange an exit interview. 

In other police news, the SFPD’s bait bike program made The New York Times this week. Headed up by officer Matt Friedman out of Park Station, the program leaves well-locked expensive bikes in public areas in order to lure professional bike thieves. Check our previous coverage for more local details

While the big Haight-Ashbury Street Fair is happening on June 8th, a fundraiser battle of the bands final is happening for it tonight at Lennon Rehearsal Studios at 271 Dore Street. The acts begin at 8:30pm. 

Meanwhile, tweeter @MisterBrainley alerted us to the fact that the Haight Ashbury Reunion Committee is hosting its 4th annual event in the Panhandle near Masonic until 5pm. The event is free and includes music, raffles and prizes, as well as food vendors, clothing and more. The HARC’s mission is to “find, support and reconnect original community members of the Haight Ashbury Area, while restoring activity, validity and added purpose through various social and humanitarian efforts.” It also provides a number of services for local children and families in need, which you can learn more about here

Second Act is looking for your ideas about what else the shared marketplace and events space can do. For example, should they host a happy hour once a week at its 1727 Haight Street location? Tell them what you think, here.

It won’t be around for much longer, but check out the intense Goth-Victorian interior of this recently sold home at 151 Broderick, via Curbed SF. Apparently bassist Mark Stoermers of The Killers had bought the place and extensively renovated it to its current state a few years ago, but he sold it recently because he doesn’t use it that often (and the value has also gone up from $1.55 million in 2009 to its new sale price of $2.35 million). The new owner, according to one commenter on Curbed, is sadly planning on undoing the retro theme. 

Finally, that "Hidden Cash" project, where someone claiming to be a wealthy San Francisco real estate developer hides chunks of change and gives people clues to their whereabouts, arrived at Amoeba last week. “They say vinyl is dead, but it still lives here. On a street named the opposite of love. #WeAreTheWorld,” read the tweeted hint. The money was naturally hidden in a We Are The World LP. 

And with that, go enjoy the last few hours of the month.

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