The Lost Tribe of College Hill is an ancient and proud part of the Dominion of Bernalwood, but it is also a world unto itself. Squeezed between Mission Street and the speedway portion of San Jose Boulevard, College Hill’s odd geography has nurtured its independent identity, and a recent (if honorably intentioned) redistricting saw College Hill removed from the David Campos’s District 9 supervisorial district to Scott Weiner’s District 8.
As a frontier district of Bernalwood, the people of the Lost Tribe of College Hill have had little choice but to learn self-reliance. They even have developed their own media delivery system, in the form of the ”College Hills News,” an occasional email newsletter produced by the College Hill Neighborhood Association.
The latest edition brings news of a clean-up event in the Bernal Cut that’s happening tomorrow morning, Saturday, August 3:
Tomorrow (Saturday, 8/3): Richland to St. Mary’s path clean-up and green-up with SF Parks Alliance
When: 9:15 a.m. to 2 p.m., and you can join in for any amount of time
Meet at: Bernal Cut Path at Richland Bridge (if arriving at 9:15), or wander down toward St. Mary’s to find a place to pitch in
Bring: gloves and gardening tools if you have them (we should have some to share)
Expect to: help clean and green along the Bernal Cut Path and the College Triangle Garden, including weeding, trimming, and spreading mulch (Thanks in advance for the mulch delivery, Joey!)
More info on the path clean-up, from Julia Brashares at the SF Parks Alliance:
The Clean & Green Crew is scheduled to work along the Bernal Cut Path on Saturday, August 3rd. We’ll meet at the Richland Avenue Bridge at 9:15 a.m. and then work south from the Richland Bridge, heading down toward St. Mary’s Avenue.
Neighbors are encouraged to participate! The Parks Alliance crew will arrive around 9:15 a.m. and work through to 2:00 p.m. (with a 45-minute lunch break somewhere within that time frame).
Also, in other ridiculously charming superhyperlocal news, the newsletter tells us:
Save the date: 8/25 is our next CHNA meeting—and we’re planning a block party!
As you may recall from last year, we try to make our end-of-summer meeting a social one. Last August, Lia and Patrick on College kindly hosted a potluck barbecue in their backyard. This year, we’ve applied for a permit to hold a block party on the “unit block” of Park Street, the cul-de-sac between Mission and the Bernal Cut Path (where the Precita Eyes/kid artists’ mural was recently installed). We’ll find out on 8/8 as to whether the team of city agencies has granted the permit; our backup plan is a neighbor’s backyard. So please mark your calendar for 8/25 and join us in getting to know our neighbors!
PHOTO: Bernal Cut, via College Hill Neighborhood Assocation on Facebook