Author Archives: Todd_Lappin

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Cool Old Sign on Cortland Is Actually New, But Still Way Cool

On a recent evening, your Bernalwood editor was strolling in downtown Cortlandia, near the glamorous northeast corner of Cortland and Ellsworth. I looked up as I passed the corner store, and noticed a rather beautiful, retrolicious neon sign that  declared “Pay Little.” “Words to … Continue reading

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Globetrotting Bernal Neighbors Still Having Fun, Still Wishing You Were Here

When we last heard from Bernal neighbors Matt and Jennifer last November, they were happily enjoying an extended post-retirement tour of Southeast Asia. This week, Neighbor Matt wrote Bernalwood to say… they’re not ready to come home yet: Just wanted to say hello again. Jennifer … Continue reading

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Today: Opening Reception for Bernal Artist in City Hall Office of Supervisor Campos

Bernal artist Todd Berman has lots of fans around the neighborhood — including D9 Supervisor David Campos. Neighbor Todd’s art is now on display in Supervisor Campos’s office in City Hall, and from 4 to 7 pm today in Room 268, the … Continue reading

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Slacker Raccoon Invades Bernal Home, Plunders Cat Food, Takes Leisurely Nap

Neighbor Rusty, who lives on the upper reaches of Treat on the north slope, recently played host to an uninvited guest, and his security camera captured the house party: A raccoon came in through the cat door the other night … Continue reading

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Bernal Hill Cleanup Was Successful — and Social

Neighbor Sarah, who helped organize the Bernal Hill cleanup last weekend with the (super sexy) Bernal Go Team, shares this Executive Summary of the cleanup party’s effort: It went great! Good turnout, nice to meet neighbors. The scene wasn’t as bad … Continue reading

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