Category Archives: People

Meet Joseph McFadden, the SFPD’s New Top Cop at Ingleside

Neighbor Sarah, Bernal’s valiant liaison to the San Francisco Police Department, was unable to attend this month’s community meeting at Ingleside Station. In her stead, your Bernalwood editor attended the meeting to take notes as a (vastly inferior) substitute. But that … 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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Sad and Shameful: Alex Nieto Memorial on Bernal Hill Plagued by Vandalism

For those who knew Alex Nieto, the young Bernal resident killed during an officer-involved shooting on Bernal Hill last spring, the last few months have been unrelentingly sad — and at times, deeply alienating. Bernalwood recently described how the official … 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 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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“Graffiti Bandit” Eliminates Graffiti, Keeps West Bernal Sexy, Needs Your Help

There’s an anti-graffiti warrior on patrol along Bernal’s western frontier, and Neighbor Jaime Ross with the North West Bernal Alliance tells Bernalwood he could use your support: North West Bernal has a one-man graffiti abatement program. His name is Joe (shown above), and until recently … Continue reading

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Meet the Sneaky Bernal Kid Who Earned a Cameo in the Famous “Bullitt” Car Chase Scene

Our glamorous neighborhood’s most famous Hollywood moment took place in 1968, when Bernal Heights served as the gritty starting point for the classic Steve McQueen car chase sequence in the movie Bullitt. Writing for the SF Weekly,  Joe Eskenazi tells a sweet “Where are they … Continue reading

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