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Tracking developments in and around San Francisco's Bernal Heights. The neighborhood described by realtors as having "Edgy Flair".



Updated: 2015-09-16T15:28:47.044-07:00

 



Thank you and farewell

2008-01-28T08:57:39.744-08:00

Friends,It was a sad day when the moving van pulled up to our home on Gates Street. We recently moved from the city and headed north across the Golden Gate Bridge to Mill Valley. With the kids getting bigger, the lure of bike paths and open space was too strong.The thing I miss most about Bernal is the community -- the friends, neighbors, shop keepers, police, and city officials who worked so



Tinderbox Opens in Bernal Heights

2007-09-10T21:43:54.019-07:00

After many months of waiting, TinderBox has opened.The Chronicle shares their thoughts in an inside view of what it takes to open a restuarant.



Food for Thought

2007-08-17T07:39:59.440-07:00

Have you ever shared the feeling that buying groceries for dinner at Goodlife (or whatever your healthy local choice is) costs as much or more than eating out?When it comes to putting food into your kids bellies, these decisions are as much emotional as they are financial. At some point, however, the $10 gallon of milk raises some questions.A very quick survey of the milk that has come through



Avedano's open on Cortland

2007-08-09T22:42:20.383-07:00

I stopped into Avedano's, the new meat market on Cortland, this evening for some prawns. I was impressed with the people and selection. The guy behind the counter offered me some delicious soup as I waited for my prawns to be de-veined.Avedano's is owned by three woman one of whom is the chef at Sociale, one of my favorite restaurants across town. They also offer pre-cooked dinners that look



Home wind turbines in Bernal

2007-08-08T20:54:39.808-07:00

The Bay Guardian has an article about Bernal resident Todd Pelman on Roscoe Street and his six-foot-tall cylindrical turbine. The article says a turbine can generate about 10% of a home's electricity needs."A one-turbine system will cost around $5,000, though Pelman estimates that rebates will reduce the price by $1,500. It's an "emotional purchase," he said, that will at least partially satisfy



Bernal Heights' History Now in Print

2007-07-27T07:50:30.020-07:00

The History of Bernal is now in print.from the review:"San Francisco’s Bernal Heights is a hilltop village tucked away in the southern part of the city. Freeways and urban thoroughfares now bound the neighborhood, once defined by the swamps and creeks of the original Mexican land grant. The legacy of Potrero Viejo, or “old pasture,” and the farms of the 19th and 20th centuries have developed into



Ammiano spins rooftop wind turbine idea in S.F.

2007-07-23T13:38:06.739-07:00

Ammiano spins rooftop wind turbine idea in S.F.SAN FRANCISCO - A San Francisco supervisor wants to give residents of Bernal Heights the opportunity to harness wind for energy by allowing wind turbines on rooftops to rise beyond existing area height limits. The relatively new and untried practice of erecting wind turbines on rooftops to generate electricity may be catching on in San Francisco.more



Financial Times calls Bernal the "City's Last Secret"

2007-08-15T08:08:28.217-07:00

The city’s last secretBernal Heights is getting recognition for being a the last, true San Francisco neighborhood. Even the Brits have noted the "secret" "cult-like" feel of Bernal.By Kevin AllisonPublished: April 20 2007 18:37 | Last updated: April 20 2007 18:37Perched on a hillside above the gritty, funky streets of San Francisco’s Mission district, Bernal Heights feels a world removed from



Interactive Google Map of Bernal

2007-04-29T20:28:58.700-07:00




Gavin Comes Clean at Bernal Bubbles

2007-04-14T20:34:19.364-07:00

SF's Mayor Gavin Newsom came clean this evening at Bernal Bubbles.I came late to the gathering at the Bernal laundromat so I had to squeezed in right next to the door. I was incredibly impressed by how knowledgeable and articulate he was. Gavin was very comfortable going into details on a wide range of topics. Some of the specific areas that caught my attention:SF Connect -- The question of



Piqueo's opens in Bernal

2007-04-11T20:39:55.800-07:00

Neighborhood Peruvian comes to Bernal in the shape of Piqueo's, the long awaited replacement to Moki's space opened last Friday.From the Chronicle review:The cuisine: The menu is dominated by piqueos, or appetizers, such as beer-battered fried smelt for dipping into huancaina al rocoto limon, a creamy sauce infused with rocoto chile. The same chile adds warm heat to halibut ceviche served with



Green the Ghetto - Environmental Justice

2007-04-22T08:04:25.579-07:00

A recent conversation about the challenges in Bayshore and Hunterspoint reminded me to go back and listen to an inspiring talk by Majora Carter, a 2005 MacArthur "genius" grant recipient, who fights passionately for environmental justice in South Bronx.From the TED site:"In an emotionally charged talk, Majora Carter explains her fight for environmental justice in the South



Can you spare 18 minutes for inspiration?

2007-04-22T08:03:30.451-07:00

TedTalks, one of the most inspiring sites on the net, has just rolled out a very nice enhancement to their site.My favorite part of the site contains a series of 18 minutes videos by a fascinating collection of the world's leading thinkers. The talks range from Technology, Entertainment, and Design to Business, Art and Global Issues.Drop me a comment and let me know which are your favorites.



Bernal community is driving change

2007-03-18T21:11:04.093-07:00

I sat in the Bernal Heights safety meeting last Thursday evening thinking how lucky we are to have such an engaged and committed neighborhood.More than 35 residents from all corners of the neighborhood came together in the BH Community Center for a safety update. This gathering followed a previous meeting that drew more than 170 residents earlier in the year. Ingleside Police Captain Paul



Why is Toyota littering our neighborhood?

2007-02-26T22:36:18.822-08:00

By now anyone walking down Cortland has come across the Want2BSquare posters.Posters have gone up on shop windows, trash cans, street lights, and anything with a flat surface.The box headed man holding a bloody knife is brought to you by Toyota's Scion marketing team.There is a great video of a guy walking down Cortland and being inundated with the annoying posters.



FUF Brings Trees in Bernal

2007-02-18T21:41:17.076-08:00

We just finished a great morning of tree planting with the team from FUF, Friends of the Urban Forest. Along with FUF came volunteers from Berkeley's Civil Engineering club as well as Berkeley's RotorAct group. There was also a contingent of Japanese tourists who helped to plant. We put in about thirty tree and wrapped up with a wonderful potluck lunch.If you are interested in getting trees



Support Bernal at meeting with Chief Fong

2007-02-11T22:09:38.229-08:00

SFPD Chief Heather Fong will present her budget proposal for the coming fiscal year to the Police Commission this Wednesday 2/14 at [time to be determined -- either 4:00 or 6:30] in Rm. 400 at City Hall. (Think of it as your Valentine to Bernal Heights)Building on our very successful community meeting, our emails to the City, and our meeting with Chief Fong, Bernal neighbors need to turn out in



Bernal Author / Photographer seeks the soul of SF in her new book

2007-02-11T20:16:44.888-08:00

Bernal's Laura Dorothy Haertling has a wonderful new book on San Francisco, "Cool Places to Warm up in San Francisco". This is a view of San Francisco from a photographer who seeks the soul of the city over 24 hours.Check it on Amazon.



Friends of the Urban Forest come to Bernal

2007-01-21T13:45:37.136-08:00

From a recent Friends of the Urban Forest email:"... we get together to plant on Saturday, February 17th. But before then, we have to plan it out, and so we'll be having a community meeting to be held at your Neighborhood Organizer's Anil Dutt's home at 200 Andover Street, on the corner of Eugenia, on Monday, January 22nd at 6:30 p.m.The hour-long meeting serves three purposes: 1) To acquaint you



Bernal Heights Crime / Safety Meeting

2007-01-08T22:47:58.116-08:00

There will be a major Bernal Heights Crime/Safety Meeting at:Wednesday, January 17, 2006515 CortlandBernal Heights Neighborhood Center6:00 pm-8:00 pm. They tell me that childcare will be provided.



Lighten up on your coffee

2006-12-22T09:25:32.013-08:00

There's a very cranky discussion about the best coffee in Bernal on the Bernal Tribes list. Some of these people take themselves a little to seriously.



Pie Month at Liberty Cafe

2007-02-07T14:45:25.190-08:00

November is Pie Month at The Liberty Cafe; Get your orders in for Thanksgiving pies in early.We are making, PUMPKIN PIE, PUMPKIN PECAN, BANANA CREAM, APPLE, APPLE-CRANBERRYThe Liberty Bakery number is 415-695-1311



Liberty Cafe Releases October Menu

2006-10-03T21:41:27.213-07:00

Another month of great dining from Bernal's Liberty Cafe. Some of the more unusual dinner items from the October Menu inlcude:SAVORY PUMPKIN AND GOAT CHEESE TART with autumn greens, 9.00P.E.I. MUSSELS with white wine, Spanish chorizo and a roasted red pepper aioli crouton , 10.00PORK CHOP with cauliflower and potato gratin, broccoli di ciccio and pork reduction, 16.50HALIBUT braised in white



Jennifer McNeely's work on Bocana

2006-09-24T21:01:35.120-07:00

Jennifer McNeely's work caught me by surprise this afternoon as I came down Bocana onto Cortland. Her work will be on display until 14 October.She begins the description of her work with:"My work is about breakdown and repair, and alludes to the cultural situation and compulsions of women."



Best Seat in Bernal Heights. Chez Maman now Aura

2006-12-22T11:07:35.316-08:00

The restaurant formerly known as Chez Maman has been renamed to Aura. Tucked away in the back of the restaurant is the best table in Bernal, Potrero, and Noe. It is a deep red room that seats six to eight. It is set off from the rest of the restaurant making it a great escape or hideout. And while you're at it, the flowerless chocolate cake is excellent.