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Popular restaurant puts up controversial kid-unfriendly sign

A popular restaurant in Monterey is defending a controversial policy that bans “noisy children.”

Many tourists complain the policy is unfair, but the owner at the Old Fisherman’s Grotto says that’s not hurting his bottom line.

Fisherman’s Wharf is one of the Monterey’s Peninsula’s biggest tourist attractions and some say the sign at the restaurant is sending the wrong message.

The sign reads, “No Strollers. No High Chairs. No Booster Chairs. Children crying or making loud noises are a distraction to other diners, and as such are not allowed in the dining room.”

The owner of the restaurant says he doesn’t care if people are offended and if people don’t like it, they are welcome to eat elsewhere.

“If a place has the rules, that's what the rules are, you go in and abide by the rules or you find a place that's more suitable to your dining," Chris Shake said.

The owner says this policy has been in place for two years and they’ve had two signs up since then. They recently added the third.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:27:32 -0700

Officials look to address gun violence in Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood

Gun violence has killed four people in San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood this month alone.

City Supervisor Malia Cohen, who represents the Bayview, introduced a proposal to the board of supervisors Tuesday. It would create a new task force to address gun violence prevention.

"We must create a sense of urgency around the issue and maintain a resolve that this is not going to be tolerated," said Cohen from the steps of City Hall.

Cohen is proposing the formation of a 17 member task force composed of law enforcement, mental health workers, the school district and community leaders.

Joe Marshall, founder of the acclaimed Omega Boys Club, says the task force can help reduce crime.

"Violence has been going down in San Francisco. And this task force says lets push it to the next level," he said.

"We have too many task forces when Mayor Willie Brown was in office, when Gavin Newsom was in office. So why create another task force," said Shawn Richard who started Brothers Against Guns and who is running against Cohen for her supervisor's seat in November.

He says people need boots on the ground help, not task forces.

"We need services out here. Job services employment services, mental health services," said Richard.

Cohen says the task force will focus on getting illegal guns off the street and identifying young people who may be at risk of falling into street violence.

"You've law enforcement talking here, you got prosecution over here, you've got defense over here, I’m looking to bringing everyone together so we can come up with a strategy," she said.

Mattie Scott lost her son to gun violence in 1996. 

She says it doesn't take a task force to attack the root causes.

"Housing is a major issue. If you don't have a place to live your are subject to do violence," she said. 

Citywide homicides are down about 20 percent from last year.

Cohen says she hopes to have the task force in place by mid-September.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 19:11:00 -0700

Future of Gleneagles golf course uncertain

The drawn out drama of a rundown golf course in a rundown San Francisco neighborhood will come to a head this week when the city decide if and how Gleneagles can survive. 

Though the city owns the property, it has been an absentee landlord for decades, blaming the tenant for its poor condition. And so, on Tuesday the folks from San Francisco's tough Sunnydale district brought their case to the golfers at the city's toney Harding Park, demanding equal treatment for Gleaneagles Golf Course in McLaren Park. They want the city to provide labor, services and water as it does at its other five courses.

"To be here in Harding Park and see how beautiful and how much potential a golf course has, we definitely want that in Sunnydale," says Jackie Flynn and activist with the A. Philip Randolph Institute.

Gleneagles brings kids in from the neighborhood to learn the game and is working with labor unions on training kids for jobs in the field.

"It means a lot to us because it helps us for employment too: the community as well as our organization," says Jose Parra, a trade union member.

"This is not just a golf course for the golfers.  This is a San Francisco golf course in a very troubled neighborhood. And our job, our moral obligation is to help lift up this neighborhood." says Tom Hsieh, a San Francisco native and the current lessee operator of Gleneagles, a course Lee Trevino once said was one of the hardest courses in the nation.

But Hsieh's ten year lease is about to expire and he says he can't go on without the city's help which he's had some recent success in negotiating but, he says, he and the city are about $100,000 apart.

"We are asking them to go further so that we cannot just survive out here, we want this golf course to thrive,” says Hsieh.

Sarah Ballard, an executive with the San Francisco Parks & Recreation Department says if it cannot work a deal with Hsieh, it has a backup.

"We intend to keep Gleneagles open whether Mr. Hsieh is operating it or someone else" says Ballard.

The city lays the problem on Hsieh.

"He essentially walked away from the table," says Ballard.

Hsieh counters, "I've pledged I'm ready to sit down at the table anytime."

"Our hope is to have that agreement.  We're continuing negotiations," concedes Ballard. 

But, the locals say they don't trust the city much or just any other operator. 

"I don't think there was a conversation with the community for years too really develop a community partnership," says activist Jackie Flynn.

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 18:55:13 -0700

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