Author Archives: Todd_Lappin

City May Offer Svanemyr Family $15 Million in Fatal Holly Park Hit and Run Settlement

The Examiner has an update on the tragic case of Christy Svanemyr, the woman who was killed in Holly Park after she was run over by a San Francisco Rec and Park department truck last September. The Examiner says Svanemyr family is pursuing a lawsuit … Continue reading

Posted in Calamity, Cars, Crime, Uncategorized | 12 Comments

Register NOW for the 2014 Bernal Heights Hillwide Garage Sale!

Attention Bernal Heights pack-rats and craphounds treasure-seekers!  This is the announcement YOU have been waiting for. Now is the time to sign up to participate in the  2014 Bernal Heights Hillwide Garage Sale, taking place on August 9, 2014. Hurry! Neighbor … Continue reading

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Boozy Miscreants Use Dormant Home as Million-Dollar Party Shack

It is 2014 and San Francisco is booming, housing is scarce, real estate is ridiculously expensive, and Bernal Heights is officially the sexiest neighborhood in the entire galaxy. And yet, somehow, in the middle of all this, it’s still possible for … Continue reading

Posted in Calamity, Crime, Real Estate | 19 Comments

This Kid Sold Us Some Fabulous Homemade Jam in Precita Park

Your Bernalwood editor was raised in a small town surrounded by cornfields, vegetable farms, and locavore M&Ms, so trust me what I say… small town life in the Big City doesn’t get much more tasty than this. Last Sunday, Bernalwood’s Cub Reporter … Continue reading

Posted in Food and Drink, Locavore | 6 Comments

Guess Which San Francisco Neighborhood Has Homes That Sell for the Most Over Asking Price?

No commentary. Let’s just get to the grubby business. From the San Francisco Chronicle: An astounding 90% of San Francisco homes sold at or over their asking prices in the second quarter of 2014, according to data compiled by Paragon Real Estate. … Continue reading

Posted in Real Estate | 6 Comments

Rude Mockingbird Sings Loudly All Night, Will Not Shut Up

A male mockingbird has taken up residence in Precita Valley, near the intersection of Precita and Shotwell. And as male mockingbirds are wont to do this time of year, Precitaville’s mockingbird has been singing his little avian heart out during … Continue reading

Posted in Nature and Wildlife | 30 Comments

Saturday: Celebrate Neighbor Aaron Zube’s New Paintings at Inclusions Gallery

Last February, Bernal Neighbor and painter extraordinaire Aaron Zube told us he was working on a new collection of Bernal Heights paintings for an upcoming show at the fabulous Inclusions Gallery on Cortland. Now he writes to say the show … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Events, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Tonight: Bernal’s Own Emperor Norton Will Be on TV

As you may recall, the (in)famous Emperor Norton, self-proclaimed Emperor of the United States, lives in Bernal Heights. Or, his modern-day doppleganger does. That is, when he’s not taking tourists on San Francisco walking tours. Now, he also rules the small … Continue reading

Posted in Celebrity, Media, People | 3 Comments

Bernal Heights Home Fire Reveals Marijuana Grow Farm

KCBS reports that an overnight fire in a Mayflower Street night revealed an unexpected surprise: Firefighters battled a one-alarm fire in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood where they uncovered an illegal marijuana grow operation this morning, a fire dispatcher said. … Continue reading

Posted in Calamity, Crime, Uncategorized | 12 Comments

Alex Nieto Shooting Investigation Will Be Very Long and Probably Very Unsatisfying

Neighbor Jim noticed some ad hoc messaging on Cortland yesterday during his morning exercise: Maybe you’ve already heard, but there are Alex Nieto stencils and posters on Cortland sidewalks on just about every block. Yes, your Bernalwood editor noticed this … Continue reading

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Bernal Neighbor’s Research Links Smarter Brain to Longer Life

This story slipped between the cracks a few weeks ago, but fortunately it’s as timeless as life itself… In early May, a team of UCSF researchers published published an article that identified a gene which enables both high cognitive functioning and unusual longevity. In … Continue reading

Posted in People, Science, Uncategorized | 9 Comments

Coffee Shop Named Best Coffee Shop in Bernal Heights

No, that headline isn’t a typo. Coffee Shop, a low-key place at 3139 Mission with an eponymous name and no sign out front, remains something of a Precitaville/La Lengua secret. Yet the secret is starting to spread, because Thrillist just proclaimed Coffee Shop … Continue reading

Posted in Food and Drink | 18 Comments

Security Camera Captures Cranky Person Leaving Cranky Parking Notes on Elsie

A neighbor on Elsie was bemused to find this cranky parking note placed under the windshield wipers of many cars on the street.: This was placed on many cars on the block, most of which DO belong to people on … Continue reading

Posted in Found Things, Parking | 82 Comments