Author Archives: Jobius (Joe Thomas)

Armed Man Killed by SFPD in Bernal Heights Park

A man wearing a gun in a holster was shot and killed by San Francisco police in Bernal Heights Park on Friday night. The Chronicle has the story: Officers responding to calls about a man with a gun approached him … Continue reading

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New, High-Tech Solar Streetlight May Deter Illegal Dumpers. Maybe.

The north entrance to Bernal Heights Park has been the site of many illegal dumping attacks, over the years, all done under the cover of darkness. But a new high-tech solar-powered streetlight should make the parking area a bit less … Continue reading

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What You Missed When You Missed Glenn Lym’s Talk About the Lost Geology of Bernal Heights

Glenn Lym addressed a full house at the Bernal Heights branch of the San Francisco Public Library on Wednesday night. His presentation focused on how San Francisco transformed the hilly native landscape into flat land suitable for development. Much of … Continue reading

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Pop-Up Barber Shop Opens in Undisclosed Bernal Heights Location

On a walk yesterday afternoon, I saw an unusual sight in a neighbor’s garage: Barbering. Complete with barber pole. Having just had my own hair cut on Saturday, I didn’t inquire about rates. But the convenience can’t be beat: just … Continue reading

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Dissident Parrots Take Refuge in Bernal Heights, Have Little To Say

It’s been a while since the Dissident Parrots of Bernal Heights dropped by Bernalwood’s Eastern Bureau, but on Tuesday they were seen holding a meeting near a neighbor’s bird feeder. Normally gregarious and chatty, the video below reveals that the … Continue reading

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A 60-Second Tour of Esmeralda Avenue, As Mapped (But Never Built)

Last week’s post about the confusing number of California Avenues in late 19th century Bernal Heights maps prompted an excellent suggestion from La Lengua’s rebel spokesblogger Burrito Justice: @Jobius Nice overlay map! You should walk the “proposed” Esmerelda line and … Continue reading

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In 1889, Bernal Heights Was a Confusing Mess of California Avenues

Last week, map maven Eric Fischer zapped a tweet to La Lengua’s rebel spokesblogger Burrito Justice, sending him a link to an odd 1889 map of Bernal Heights: @burritojustice Have you seen this 1889 Bernal Heights map before, by the way? … Continue reading

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Bernal Bräu: How the Thomas Brothers Make a Damn Good Beer in Bernal Heights

My brother and I brew beer in Bernal Heights. We do this to carry on the proud Bernal tradition of the North Star Brewery, which operated a century ago on Army Street near today’s South Van Ness. Also, we like … Continue reading

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Moon Over Sutrito Tower

This has been an auspicious moon, I think. It saw the Giants win the National League Championship and the World Series. It was nearly full for Halloween, and it looked great dancing with the fog in my time-lapse shot a … Continue reading

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Precita Creek Returns (Briefly) As Truck Strikes Fire Hydrant

Yesterday afternoon, as I was crossing Alabama, on my way from the Precita Park Cafe to Harvest Hills Market, I saw a trickle of water headed the other way. Someone washing a car? Soon, the flow became a torrent, and … Continue reading

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Threat or Menace? Bernalwood Mounts New Defense to Counter La Lengua’s Burrito Rail Gun

Those uppity La Lenguans have become uppity again, as the militarization of the La Lengua Autonomous Zone continues. Earlier this week, the La Lengua rebel propagandist known as Burrito Justice claimed to have developed a new superweapon, in the form … Continue reading

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Let’s Go for a Sutrito Tower Spin

Last week saw the launch of HYPNO SF, a thing whose Twitter bio says it’s “visually exploring + animating San Francisco” with crazy/amazing yo-yo videos of the Golden Gate Bridge, Market Street from the Ferry Building to the Castro, and … Continue reading

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Transit of Venus AND Sutro Tower Serendipitously Photographed from Bernal Hill

On Tuesday evening I went up the hill to see if anyone brought a big telescope to observe the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. I arrived with a pair of cheap cardboard eclipse-viewing glasses that I’d … Continue reading

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