SafeSunset.com is my attempt to creatively impact the safety of the Sunset neighborhoods of San Francisco. This includes the Inner Sunset, the Central Sunset, and the Outer Sunset.
My name is Brian and I have been living with my wife Jean and 5 year old son Ian in the Central Sunset (close to the Inner Sunset border) since 2013. I have experienced huge upticks in crime from drug dealers living in my building to aggressive homeless, aggressive drug using loiterers who look homeless "lifestylers" (as SFPD Chief Greg Suhr puts it) to an armed robber who ran past my condo, gunshots heard all over the Sunset, to dangerous fireworks going off in front of my building, dangerous intoxicated driving on my street, public intoxication, a violent meth overdose, an attack on a homeless woman, sit/lie violations, stolen passports, prescription drugs, heroin paraphernaila and needles and human poop on the sidewalk. It's disgusting!
I've heard from residents who've lived here much longer that the Sunset District used to be a really nice neighborhood, but it's changing. There have been a lot of home and auto burglaries. Walking along Lincoln (or Fulton) or in Golden Gate Park one can see miles of broken glass, not completely cleaned up from smash-and-grabs. I'm pretty sure broken glass in GG Park is why my brand new bicycle tire went flat.
I have gotten involved with the conventional neighborhood watch program, gone to SFPD Community Meetings, called 911, 311, the SFPD Taraval Station non-emergency # (415.553.0123), the Narcotics Anonymous Tip Line (1-800-CRACK-IT), contacted the City Attorney, supplied audio and video recordings and dealt with a host of City Officials.
I know I am flawed and have not done everything perfectly, but the one thing that has become painfully obvious is that The City, San Francisco, and it's officials are definitely not doing things perfectly.
That is why I decided to start this website. I want to facilitate change in a way that is new. I also wouldn't mind making a profit in the process. I have bills to pay, and I can't continue doing what I've been doing for free.
I don't know exactly what I'm going to do yet, but I have had an important impact in the past. I no longer doubt my ability to make a difference.
In the Spring of 2015 there was an aggressive group of homeless getting wasted and yelling humiliating profanities at mothers walking their children to Jefferson Elementary School ("Hey B____! Suck my d____!"). They did this while sitting in front of the StarBuck's at 19th Avenue and Irving, right in front of the school crossing guard.
When I saw a man talking to the Irving Street Beat Cop about them, I stopped to contribute my personal grievance, that they had shouted "Hey! F___ Off!" at me that very same day. The cop was making excuses to not deal with the group. I challenged him "Are we supposed to just accept this?"
I started a thread on NextDoor.com that ultimately led to that cop collaborating with me to get StarBucks and the DA to take action against the so-called "worst offender." It turns out that he already had a Stay Away Order against him in The Haight. He also had a criminal history (including Simple Assault) that spanned the nation. The strategy seems to have worked, and that corner is much more pleasant now.
My first goal for this site is to do whatever it takes to move the needle on public safety and crime in the Sunset Neighborhood. My second goal is to make doing so profitable enough for my family that I don't have to get a full-time job.
I have been working part-time as a web specialist but that job is about to dry up. I could easily get a job but all the recruiters I talk to say that they only deal in full-time jobs. I volunteer in my son's elementary school. If I have to get a full-time high stress programming or web position, I will not have any time to work on quality of life issues in my neighborhood.
Please support me and check back often!