Category Archives: Politics

Supreme Court Decision Amps Up Protestors at Valencia Planned Parenthood Clinic

Recently, a unanimous US Supreme Court decision invalidated a Massachusetts law that created protest-free “buffer zones” around clinics that provide abortion services, on the grounds that the law violates the First Amendment right to free speech. San Francisco has a similar buffer-zone law, which has been much … Continue reading

Posted in Activism, Politics | 11 Comments

New Book About Bernal Library Mural Is Required Reading for San Francisco

Bernal neighbor Beth Roy has written a short, must-read book about the challenges San Francisco faces as the city polarizes along the fault lines of new vs. old, Anglo vs. ethnic, progressive vs. centrist, forward-looking vs. backward-remembering, and high-tech vs. working class. Blessedly, that’s … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Events, Politics | 3 Comments

Air Combat: Precita Park and the Civic Politics of Drones

Well, since we already live in the future, this was probably inevitable… While Bernal neighbors conduct an ongoing conversation about the social norms associated with the presence of dogs in Precita Park, Neighbor Ruby reports that some Bernal residents are also trying … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Technology | 91 Comments

Your Superhyperlocal Analysis of 2014 Primary Election Results from Bernal Heights

We voted on Tuesday! (You did vote, didn’t you???) As you might have heard, in the closely watched primarily battle to succeed [Bernal resident] Tom Ammiano for the District 17 State Assembly seat, D3 Supervisor David Chiu prevailed over D9 Supervisor [and Bernal … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Uncategorized | 34 Comments

Secured: Precita Park to be Removed from Calle 24 District

The campaign was brief, and it was intense, but we are pleased to report that it was successful. Precitagate has come to a conclusion. With the support of the 24th Street merchants group, D9 Supervisor David Campos has announced plans to remove Precita Park from the … Continue reading

Posted in Neighborhoods, Politics, Uncategorized | 50 Comments

Supervisor Campos Annexes Precita Park, Cedes It to Mission District Merchants and Power-Brokers

Bernalwood has been monitoring developments in the Mission District, where our D9 Supervisor David Campos has spearheaded an effort to formally recognize the Latino character of the Mission’s lower 24th Street corridor. Last week, this effort culminated in the unanimous passage by the San Francisco … Continue reading

Posted in Activism, Politics, Rant | 123 Comments

This Afternoon: Listen In as Uptown Almanac Interviews D9 Supe David Campos

Well, this should be… different. And perhaps maybe possibly even in a good way! This afternoon at 4:30, our bloggy drinky younger friends at Uptown Almanac will interview our D9 Supervisor David Campos, and you can eavesdrop on the whole thing: … Continue reading

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Weekend Reading: Savvy Perspectives on a Changing San Francisco

Let’s take a moment took to survey the City of San Francisco, which we can see so clearly from our elevated perch in Bernal Heights. As you know, San Francisco is a place that was, in no small part, created by great economic booms. … Continue reading

Posted in Neighborhoods, NIMBY, Politics | 19 Comments

Star Sighting: Mayor Lee Visits New “Mission Bernal Merchants Association”

Star Sighting!  Earlier this month San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee was seen hobnobbing in the Bernal flatlands to show his support for the Mission Bernal Merchants Association, the new group that appears to have deftly navigated their recent naming challenges. Here’s the mission statement: … Continue reading

Posted in Celebrity, Merchants, Politics | 9 Comments

Dialog Between Housing Rights Activists and Tech Workers Yields Little Dialog

There was a community discussion of sorts in Bernal Heights on Tuesday night. The topic was gentrification, evictions, and technology workers — and the interrelationship between the three — and the discussion took place at Virgil’s, the tasty new(isn) bar … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Real Estate, Uncategorized | 78 Comments

Campos to Propose Increased Compensation for Ellis Act Evictions

D9 Supervisor David Campos sent this press release to Bernalwood yesterday: Saying that we cannot rely solely on Sacramento to solve our affordability crisis, Supervisor David Campos (D9) will introduce a local solution at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisor’s meeting to … Continue reading

Posted in Events, Politics | 159 Comments

New Mural Contrasts Bernal Heights, Then vs. Now

Neighbor Mark noticed a new mural by Precita Eyes that appeared recently on Alabama Street, just north of Precita. On the left side of the mural, there is a late 20th century vision of 24th Street and Bernal Hill. The … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Politics | 16 Comments

Viva La Contra-Revolución! La Lengua Dissidents Dislike Funny Name, Seek to Rejoin Dominion of Bernalwood

Fellow Citizens of Bernalwood, this is a day we’ve long awaited. We have endured years of rebellious bluster and seditious propaganda seeking to undermine the integrity of the Bernal Heights motherland. Yet we now have indications that the La Lengua separatist … Continue reading

Posted in Geography, History, Politics | 43 Comments