Author Archives: Todd_Lappin

San Francisco of the Early 1990s Is Alive and Well and Open for Business at Thrillhouse Records

Amid all the current whinging about gentrification, The Change, tech buses, and coffee boutiques, it’s good to know the “real” San Francisco of bohemian memory is alive and well — if you know where to look for it. Thrillhouse Records is such a place. … Continue reading

Posted in History, Merchants, Music | 10 Comments

After That Earthquake, Have You Hugged Bernal’s Chert Today?

Last weekend’s dramatic 6.0 earthquake was centered around American Canyon, but it caused substantial damage in the nearby town of Napa. Get well soon, drinky Wine Country neighbors! But did you feel the quake here in Bernal when the earth shook at … Continue reading

Posted in Calamity, Geology, History | 18 Comments

Nieto Family Files Wrongful Death Complaint in Federal Court

Grieving families. Medical examiner reports. Demands to release the names of the officers involved. There is a grim parallelism to many of the recent officer-involved deaths across the country, including the cases of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Eric Garner in New York City, … Continue reading

Posted in Calamity, Government, Politics | 19 Comments

This Is What Bernal Heights Looks Like from Atop Sutro Tower

Every citizen of Bernalwood knows what it’s like to gaze out to the west from Bernal Hill and feel the sculptural, sci-fi presence of Sutro Tower standing proud above the City, Twin Peaks, and even Karl the Fog. For example, yesterday. But have you … Continue reading

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Science Says Awesome Neighbors Have Fewer Heart Attacks

There are many good reasons to be a fantastic neighbor, not the least of which is that fantastic neighbors are fantastic. Not coincidentally, Bernal Heights is famous for being fantastic, in no small part because Bernal Heights has a long tradition of highly engaged neighborliness. … Continue reading

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Neighbor Goes for Walk on Lost Streets of Bernal’s Yesteryear

Bernal neighbor Michael Nolan has been here for many hundreds of moons, but he recently went for a short walk around west Bernal that sent him even farther back in time: I walked down Heyman this morning en route to boot … Continue reading

Posted in Geography, History | 10 Comments

Starting Tonight: Vigils and March to Remember Alex Nieto

Friends and family of Alex Nieto have organized a series events, starting today and culminating tomorrow, to honor the young Bernal resident who was killed in an officer-involved shooting on March 24. Adriana from Justice for Alex Nieto wrote to Bernalwood … Continue reading

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