Monthly Archives: January 2011

SFPD Crime Prevention Tips: “Ten Things a Burglar Won’t Tell You”

In response to yesterday’s post about a thwarted home burglary attempt in Our Faire Neighborhood, Bernalwood reader SeanD commented with some street-smart burglary-avoidance tips from the San Francisco Police Department.  I’m reposting those tips here, for our collective benefit. From … Continue reading

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A Magical Trip Through Time to One Year Ago Today

Patrick Boury captured this magical image from atop Bernal Hill exactly one year ago today, on January 11, 2010. That same night, he also shot this: Frankly, I have no recollection of that day one year ago. Yet after seeing … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Tale About a Thwarted Home Break-In

This tale of an attempted home break-in was posted this morning on the Bernalsafe mailing list. It’s a reminder about the importance of vigilance, and keeping an eye out for one another in our glamorous little neighborhood. Let’s be careful … Continue reading

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A Wildlife Sighting During the Morning Commute

Erik Ellestad spotted this local critter on Monday morning at the corner of Crescent and Ellsworth, while waiting for the 23 Muni bus. Erik says, “Oh, we have all sorts of exciting wildlife down here on the Gritty South Side. … Continue reading

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This Unemployed Man Is a Superhero to Bernal Heights Seniors

Last weekend on the Huffington Post, Toan Lam, the founder of, published an article and video about Herman Travis, an unemployed construction worker who delivers food to 60 elderly Bernal Heights residents who live along the west side of … Continue reading

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Yummy Cocktails at the All-New Royal Cuckoo

All of a sudden, the intersection of Mission and Valencia Streets is a happening place to be.  The homestyle cuisine at Blue Plate has been a go-to staple for quite some time, and SoCha Cafe was a nice addition. But … Continue reading

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Our Seismologist Assesses Last Friday’s Earthquake, Bernal Bedrock, and Our Good Fortune

Julian Lozos, Bernalwood’s Seismologist-in-Residence, has been pouring over the data on the earthquake that rocked the Bay Area last Friday afternoon. Here is his report: Some of you may have felt the magnitude 4.1 earthquake that rocked the Bay Area … Continue reading

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Off the Hill: Progressives Get Punked, Sutro Tower Tattoos, More Parking Tickets, and 38 Great SF Restaurants

Did you know there’s a whole world of stuff that happens in the city beyond Bernal Heights? It’s true! Who knew? Here’s a roundup of recent news that may be of interest: Progressive Supervisors Outsmarted, Outflanked in Temporary SF Mayor … Continue reading

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SF Weekly Samples the Super Sausage (on Sandbox Bread!) at Locavore, as 7×7 Sings Praises Too

John Birdsall from SFWeekly visited Bernalwood’s western frontier recently to field test the house-made sausage from Locavore on Mission Street. He liked what he found: Jason Moniz was the opening chef at Oakland’s Flora in late 2007, back when Michael … Continue reading

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Savvy Spotters Say Bernal’s Birds Are Not So Sexy

San Francisco’s annual Christmas Bird Count happened last week. (The counts don’t have to be on Christmas, just around that time.) The Golden Gate Audubon Society is still tallying the final results, but here’s the initial report on the birds … Continue reading

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Is This the Best Corner Store in All of San Francisco?

Bryan O’Sullivan (@bos31337) recently made a bold assertion: Huh? Is humble Cancilla Market, on Folsom Street at the southwest corner of Precita Park, really “the best tiny little corner store in all of San Francisco?” I can see how you’d … Continue reading

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Raspberry Beret Lost, Found, Claimed by Prince

Did you lose a raspberry beret? If so, Prince found it somewhere in Bernal Heights. It’s his beret now. Spotted by lavidalibre.

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Help Wanted: Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center Needs a New Executive Director

They’re on the hunt to find a new ED at BHNC. Even if you don’t plan to apply, the job description provides an interesting peek inside the organization: Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center (“BHNC”) is a membership-based nonprofit organization founded in … Continue reading

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