San Francisco works to keep 49ers celebrations peaceful 

click to enlarge Police Chief Greg Suhr, left, and Mayor Ed Lee, were among officials who reached out to merchants such as Patty Alvarez of Doré Studio on Mission Street. - ANNA LATINO/SPECIAL TO THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • Police Chief Greg Suhr, left, and Mayor Ed Lee, were among officials who reached out to merchants such as Patty Alvarez of Doré Studio on Mission Street.

Doré Studio, a photography studio on Mission Street, is one of dozens of businesses vandalized after the Giants won the World Series in 2010 and 2012, but owners are hoping any post-Super Bowl celebration Sunday will be more respectful.

“I’m not sure it will happen though,” said Doré Studio owner Patty Alvarez. “I always have concerns anytime anything big happens.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Ed Lee, Police Chief Greg Suhr and Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White visited Alvarez and dozens of other businesses in hopes of calming fears and encouraging peaceful celebrations after the Super Bowl appearance Sunday by the 49ers against the Baltimore Ravens.

“We want everyone to be excited, but we also want everyone to be responsible,” Lee said. “We have a lucky chance to celebrate a possible Super Bowl win, but we want to remind people to be respectful.”

City officials are looking to prevent the rioting throughout The City that occurred following the Giants’ World Series wins, during which fans clogged the streets, lit trash cans on fire, vandalized businesses and even destroyed a Muni bus.

According to police, more than 100 extra officers will be on the streets Sunday night and multiple DUI checkpoints will be set up throughout The City on Saturday and Sunday.

Muni will also switch out buses that use above-ground wires in favor of diesel buses in order to more easily reroute vehicles around crowds and get riders to their destinations.
Trash cans in The City will also be emptied during the game to help prevent fires.

“We don’t want anything in them for fuel,” he said.

Alvarez said she was grateful the officials paid her a visit. She said her studio was around during the 49ers’ Super Bowl wins of the 1980s and 1990s and did not suffer any damage, but now there is a different mentality.

“We welcome the celebration, but not the vandalism,” she said.

She said the celebration following the NFC Championship Game, in which the 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons to make it to the Super Bowl, was much more subdued because the police were proactive.

The police that day arrested 12 people in the Mission district for incidents including driving under the influence and public intoxication.

Ana Garcia, office manager of Buena Vista Clinic, said following the World Series wins, their office was tagged and trash fires burned in the streets.

“I’m very concerned, I don’t want that to happen again,” she said.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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