Author Archives: Todd_Lappin

Saturday: Band Called “View From Bernal Hill” Is Not From Bernal Heights, But Will Perform Near Bernal Hill

The View from Bernal Hill is a “chamber-flavored jazz” group that used to be called the Camille Mai Trio, until recently, when they decided to change their name to “The View from Bernal Hill.” This is confusing, because the musicians in The View … Continue reading

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New Book About Bernal Library Mural Is Required Reading for San Francisco

Bernal neighbor Beth Roy has written a short, must-read book about the challenges San Francisco faces as the city polarizes along the fault lines of new vs. old, Anglo vs. ethnic, progressive vs. centrist, forward-looking vs. backward-remembering, and high-tech vs. working class. Blessedly, that’s … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Events, Politics | 2 Comments

Chuck’s Grocery Closes, But Neighborly Gratitude Remains

Chuck’s Grocery on the corner of Cortland and Bocana has been an institution since just about forever. Yesterday was Chuck’s last day of operation, though, and Neighbor Michael Nolan shared this lovely appreciation: Chuck’s Grocery Store, also known as Reliable Grocery, is scheduled to … Continue reading

Posted in Cortland, Merchants | 19 Comments

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 | 19 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 | 21 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 | 7 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

Posted in Calamity | 30 Comments