Tag Archives: Bernal Heights

‘Secession Art and Design’ celebrates a decade in Mission-Bernal

Since a five-alarm fire ravaged nearly an entire block – destroying a handful of businesses and displacing some 60 residents – where the Mission and Bernal Heights neighborhoods meet, local merchant and neighbor Eden Stein has worked tirelessly to help her community heal. In the weeks after the fire, Stein opened her storefront at 3235 Mission St. to the fire...

Community art addresses loss, healing after fire

Some 1,500 pieces of yellow and red plastic are sending a clear message to the Bernal-Mission community: home is community, and community is built on the people and stories that exist within it, past and present. Arranged to spell out the words “there is no place like…”, the pieces are attached to a fence that separates Mission Street from a...

Man found dead in Bernal Heights Park (update)

Update, 5/30/17: Alvarez’ family has set up a GoFundMe to cover funeral costs for the father of four. A community meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31 at the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center to discuss the case. Update, 5/26/17: The San Francisco Medical Examiner reports that the victim is Giovanny Alvarez, 33, a San Francisco resident. Original story: Police...

City Honors Local Merchant for Service to Community

Women’s Day came early for Eden Stein. On Tuesday, the curator and owner of Secession Art and Design was distinguished by the city with a total of six awards for her leadership in the burgeoning Mission Bernal Neighborhood. On Tuesday evening, after having returned from a day at City Hall, Stein stood inside her storefront at 3235 Mission St. at the...

San Francisco Supervisors Approve Memorial for Alex Nieto, Shot by SFPD

Traduccion en español aquí. The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved 9-1 an ordinance directing the Recreation and Parks department to install a memorial to police shooting victim Alex Nieto at Bernal Heights Park. Supporters of the memorial, friends of Nieto’s parents and advocates who have mobilized around his and other police shootings, burst into cheers at the vote, with...

Plans for Nieto Memorial Near Board Hearing

Traduccion en español aquí. As an ordinance requiring a memorial to police shooting victim Alex Nieto makes its way through the legislative process, some 100 residents who support it met Monday night to discuss what the monument should look like. Supervisors John Avalos and David Campos have put forward legislation instructing the Recreation and Parks Department to install a memorial...

Police and Community Address Spike in SF Mission Gang Violence

Mission organizers and police alike are mobilizing to address a spate of violence including shootings in the Mission and in Bernal Heights that have sent five victims to the hospital in the past two weeks, one of them a 13-year-old boy and one a man who was shot in June and died of his injuries on Oct. 3. On Monday,...

Police Shooting Anniversary Brings Community, Lowriders to the Streets

On the first anniversary of Alejandro “Alex” Nieto’s death, more than a hundred people took to the streets of the Mission with his family and friends, to show solidarity with Nieto’s kin and remember him by the things he loved: lowriders, music, and dance. A crowd that began as 20 praying at Bernal Heights Park quickly swelled on Saturday afternoon, as Nieto’s...

Vehicle Crashes on Bernal Heights Park Service Road

Witnesses report a vehicle crash in Bernal Heights Park occurred Monday morning at around 7 a.m. According to passersby on the scene, policers officers detained two people who were in the vehicle when it crashed on the service road to the summit of Bernal Hill—a road that is typically blocked by a locked gate. A witness who spoke with Bernalwood had this...

We’re Jealous of Bernal’s Coloring Book

Bernalwood, our neighborhood hyper-local up on the hill, reports that one of the sponsors behind Bernal’s Outdoor Cinema Fest have designed an architectural coloring book. It features various houses on the hill designed by a local architect: Neighbor Mason Kirby is an architect who lives on Mullen and works from a cute little office on Bocana just off Cortland. A...

Mr. Bagot Bucks the Trend of a Movement in Occupy Bernal

On a rainy night last June, 56-year-old Ross Rhodes saw a man in a car pull into the driveway of his Bernal Heights house. “The sheriff is coming out this late at night?” he thought to himself. Rhodes’ home of more than 40 years had been in foreclosure since 2008, so he was nervous about the unexpected evening visit. Being...

Long Exposures and Sunny Vibrations

Have you ever wondered why your wireless signal doesn’t extend as far as you think it should? It could be the chicken wire in your walls, according to the Wall Street Journal. Apparently the fencing is the perfect size to interfere with 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi signals. Strange. 133 seconds is a really long exposure time for a picture. But that’s...