Coming Soon: Fancy-Shmancy Tequila to Pair with Your Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack

El Amigos Cantina

There’s plywood and construction netting covering El Amigos Cantina, the bar on the corner of Mission and Virginia that’s connected at the hip with Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack.

El Amigos was an odd but not unpleasant place to grab a drink while waiting for a table to open up at Emmy’s, so what will happen to the space now? Emmy’s isn’t expanding; rather, the folls there told Bernalwood the family that runs El Amigos is transforming the joint into a “more upscale” tequila bar. I was made to understand that “more upscale”will likely be relative; rather than being upscale upscale, the tequila bar will simply be more upscale than the old El Amigos — which isn’t really so hard to do, so we’ll have to just wait and see.

PHOTO: Telstar Logistics

Music and Bottomless PBR at Wild Side West, Sunday

This musical event announcement arrived via the pneumatic tube that connects Bernalwood’s editorial facility with the outside world:

My name is Cristina and I perform music and make stuff under the moniker of The Heated. I wanted to let you know about a kick ass show coming up at Wild Side West for a great cause. This show is a benefit for three riders in the AIDS Lifecycle. Local (and all women) bands, The P’s & Q’sThe Heated and Tik-Tik Fly (a duo, one of whom tap dances!) will be performing. There will be bottomless PBR for a 10$ donation and there will be a raffle with a chance to win many rad prizes (like a Get Awesome tote bag printed by The Heated). And BBQ! Plus, who doesn’t love getting a little toasty in the afternoon? Here are the details and the flyer is attached.

Date: Sunday, May 1st
Location: Wild Side West
424 Cortland Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110
Time: 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm (music starts at 4:00 pm)

PHOTO: Courtesy of The Heated

Oh. My. God. This. Sutro. Tower. Tattoo!

Anyone who’s ever gone for a stroll on Bernal Hill knows that even though Sutro Tower isn’t properly part of the Dominion of Bernalwood, the landmark tower on Twin Peaks is an essential part of our landscape. So we took note when our hipster friends at Uptown Almanac snagged a snap of this intense tattoo.  KevMo pretty much tells it like it is:

Considering its expansive coverage of local landmarks (Sutro, Palace of Fine Arts, Transamerica Pyramid, Giant’s Logo, Golden Gate Bridge, Coit Tower, and walls of fog), and the fact it just looks sick, I’m going to have to go ahead and declare Geoff winner of the SF tattoo game.  I mean, pretty much the only thing that could be done to up the ante at this point is getting a giant portrait of Dirty Harry on your back, a cable car climbing up your ass crack, the Rice-A-Roni logo on your forehead, [and] an IT’S-IT on each of your butt cheeks.

PHOTO: via Uptown Almanac

Planned Parenthood Protestors Are Likely Breaking the Law

Bernalwood brings you this legal analysis from our  Pregnant Reporter, Jennifer Phillips

A few days ago, MissionLoc@l ran a story about the anti-abortion protesters in front of the new Planned Parenthood clinic on Valencia Street. I live just a few blocks from the clinic, and I’m annoyed at the protesters’ presence in my neighborhood. But the protesters’ time on the sidewalk may be limited: There’s a law on the SF books that says they may be liable for 3 months in jail or a $500 fine for being too close to the clinic.

San Francisco municipal code, Article 43, Section 4302 states that health clinics must have a “buffer zone” around them. Specifically, protesters must not be located within “an 8-foot radius extending in all directions from the individual seeking access to, passage from, or services within the healthcare facility.”

But as you can see by this video and these pictures, the sidewalk in front of the clinic is only about 9 feet at its widest. Since the protesters are on the sidewalk, and because the buffer zone extends in all directions from a person or their outstretched arm, there’s no way they’re 8 feet away from clinic patients.

The penalties for violating San Francisco’s buffer zone law is $500 fine or 3 months jail for the first offense, and $1000 fine or 6 months in jail for subsequent offenses. In addition, if someone did choose to sue the protesters under the law, the protesters would be liable for the plaintiff’s legal charges, $1000, and possibly punitive damages. The protesters seem very confident they know the Lord’s law, but in the meantime they’re in violation of man’s law.

Adrienne Verrilli, Director of Communications and Marketing for the local Planned Parenthood, says the clinic is very aware of the law, but “we really just don’t have a way to have eyes and ears on the street to see if it’s being enforced. And if there are more peaceful ways to deal with this, we want to find those ways.”

She says the clinic’s 15-some staff members have been so busy providing services like family planning and STD tests that it just hasn’t become a priority yet. She said staff is still growing, but if it comes down to “taking care of the client or dealing with crazy people, we choose the clients.”

Verrilli believes that it would be necessary to prove that the protesters had been consistently violating Article 43, Section 4302 in order to have a solid case against them. However, the clinic will have an escort program up and running in 2 months that could allow for more rigorous observation. Verrilli expects that the clinic will be ready to enforce the buffer zone “next year… unless we’re able to get a buffer zone through the Board of Supervisors before then.”

On a more personal note, as a local resident and currently cranky pregnant lady, I asked Verrilli if it would do any good to give in to my impulse to give the protesters a piece of my mind next time I pass. Don’t bother, she said. “It is not worth anyone’s breath to engage with the protesters. Facts are not something they are interested in hearing.” So while debate might not change much on the street, there is a legal way to battle the protesters. And whether they believe in the law or not, the protestors are subject to it.

IMAGE: Screen grab from peephole’s video

Yarn Bomb Detonates on Wool Street

Funny coincidence…

In the car yesterday, I listened to an NPR piece about Captain Hook, a guerilla street artist who knits sweaters and scarves for statues and monuments in Los Angeles. The practice is called yarn bombing, and it’s happening in Bernalwood too; Last night reader Said by Laura called our attention to a yarn bomb she spotted on — wait for it — Wool Street. A little cozy for the Wool Street street sign. How clever! How cute! Also, nice work matching the trim on the yarn bomb with the color of the house behind.

PHOTO: @saidbylaura