Category Archives: Calamity

Medical Examiner’s Report in Alex Nieto Case Details 10+ Gunshot Wounds, Mental Health History, Taser Discharge

After a long and disgraceful delay, the San Francisco Medical Examiner’s office finally released its report on the March 21 officer-involved shooting death of Bernal resident Alex Nieto on Bernal Hill.  Yet in the style of a politician or corporate bigwig who seeks … Continue reading

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Scenes from the Great 2014 Bernal Heights Mini-Blackout

There was a power outage last night in some parts of Bernal Heights. Streets were dark in many areas of Bernal, but Twitter lit up as our neighbors huddled over their mobile devices for succor and social-sharing. Neighbor Carlo filed the first report … Continue reading

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Friends Remember and Mourn Bernal Neighbor Mary Atchison

Before she died one week ago, Neighbor Mary Atchison was active with the Miller Dogpatch Community Garden in northeast Bernal Heights.  Since then, her garden plot has become a focal point for her many friends to memorialize her life and mourn her passing. … Continue reading

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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

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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

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UPDATED: One Year After Tragedy, Why Are Rec and Park Vehicles Still Driving in Holly Park?

It was a tragedy when Christy Svanemyr was killed by a hit-and-run San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department vehicle in Holly Park last September. Yet if any possible good might come from such a horror, it is the knowledge that policies were put in … Continue reading

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Failed Fire Hydrant Creates Huge Waterspout on Bayshore

There was drama, excitement, and significant wetness yesterday afternoon as a fire hydrant on the corner of Bayshore and Cortland transformed itself into a huge waterspout. Bernal Alumni Noah shared this report (and a very satisfying video) shortly before City officials arrived … Continue reading

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