Category Archives: People

To Be Young and Subletting In Bernal Heights

The SubletSF blog chronicles the adventures of Neighbor Valerie, a young woman exploring San Francisco while subletting space in several apartments around town over the course of a year: My name is Valerie. I’m 25 years old and a founder of Rice … Continue reading

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Bernal Neighbor Becomes CEO of Glamorous Jazz Organization

Neighbor Diane shares a tip that “a member of the Bernalwood tribe has taken on a CEO position in the SF music and cultural scene.” Celebrity Alert! It seems Bernal Neighbor Donald Derheim, a skilled observer of Google Maps survey equipment, is leaving his executive … Continue reading

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Elusive Bikini Jogger Sighting Provides Important Reassurance During Uncertain Times

Stars collide, galaxies collapse, websites fall over, and the macroeconomic forces of global capitalism grind inexorably onward. Yet all is well in Bernal Heights, because there’s been a sighting of the legendary Bikini Jogger. A Bernal neighbor shared this snap … Continue reading

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Video Reveals the Deeper Story About the Story of Neighbor Laurel’s Ongoing Journey

About 25,000 people live in Bernal Heights, and each one of them has a story to tell. In fact, there’s a story behind each story, and at least one or two stories behind that, and maybe even a few more … Continue reading

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Eldest Son Continues Yom Kippur Tradition Atop Bernal Hill

Last weekend was the Jewish Yom Kippur holiday, and in Neighbor Kelly’s family,  tradition dictates that Yom Kippur should end with the blowing of a shofar (ram’s horn) from atop Bernal Hill. This year, Neighbor Kelly’s oldest son Charlie made his … Continue reading

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New Video Profiles Cortland’s “Optimistic Bike Shop”

Following up on his wonderful profile of Bernal artists Joseph Branchcomb and Toby Klayman, Neighbor Steve Sisler has released his next piece in his “Bernal Heights Conversations” video series: A video about Brett Thurber and Karen Wiener, the glamorous couple that … Continue reading

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Departing Neighbor Creates Lovely Montage of Bernal Memories

Sad News: Neighbor Andrés is moving from Bernal Heights. But before he departs, he created this lovely montage of the places and spaces that will represent Bernal Heights in his memories: As I move out, I think about the images … Continue reading

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Update: Fundraising Continues for Bernal Neighbor’s Cancer Fight

Neighbor Micky sends along news about Neighbor Mary Isham of Andover Street, who is now battling liver cancer. Her fundraising drive to pay for cancer treatment will soon come to an end. Micky says: Bernalwood’s January 7 story on Mary … Continue reading

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Confirmed: Bikini Jogger Sighting, Today on Bernal Hill

Neighbor Gary spotted Bernal’s mythical, magical, marvelous Bikini Jogger this morning: Sighted today on Bernal Hill at about 9:30 am…….is this the SAME jogger as last year? Apparently… yes!

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Bernal Penguinologist Introduces His Co-Workers at the San Francisco Zoo

During a recent overcast morning, Bernalwood’s Cub Reporter and I headed west to the San Francisco Zoo to visit one of our glamorous Bernal neighbors, penguinologist Anthony Brown. We used the Twitter to warn Anthony we were coming, and he … Continue reading

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Bernal Designer Creates Fabulously Cool Folding Lamp That Looks Like a Book

Neighbor Max lives on Folsom near Eugenia. He tells Bernalwood that he left his corporate job about a month ago to work on a lighting project he invented. It’s called Lumio, and it’s totally spiffy: Three days ago Max launched a … Continue reading

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One Year Later, Stephen Stymiest’s Daughter Wonders About the Dad She Didn’t Know

It’s been almost a year since the death of Stephen Stymiest, the homeless man who was was a fixture and a friend to many neighbors around Precita Park. Stephen is remembered warmly in Bernal Heights, but over the holiday break … Continue reading

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Bernal Neighbor Seeks Assistance to Pay for Cancer Treatment

Neighbor Micky writes with some difficult news about a crowdsourced effort to help Neighbor Mary Isham pay for her cancer treatment: A few weeks before her 50th birthday, Mary Isham, a 35 year resident of Andover Street in Bernal Heights, … Continue reading

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