Check Out the Phonographic Memories Podcast, Recorded in Bernal Heights

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We’ve said it before, and we know we’ll say it many more times to come:  Phonographic Memories is pretty special. Produced by Neighbor Corey Bloom and held monthly at the Bernal Heights Library on Cortland, Phonographic Memories is a live event for first-person storytelling about the relationships people have with the vinyl records they love.

You should check it out at the library, but now you can also enjoy Phonographic Memories from the safety and comfort of your favorite podcast streaming device. Cory  Bloom tells Bernalwood about the new Phonographic Memory podcast :

We here at Phonographic Memory used 2014 and 2015 to lay the foundation for our program, and really establish our live events at the Bernal Library and beyond. In 2016 we’re building up and expanding!

The podcast is our first step in that direction. We will be curating the episodes, selecting our favorite story and song combinations, and packaging them in easy to digest 10-15 minute episodes. We will release episodes every other week, so be sure to subscribe via iTunes. People can always stay up on our current happenings at, or on Facebook.

If you’re interested in presenting, please shoot us an email at Our next event is February 24th at the Bernal Library, starting at 7:00 PM.

As always, thanks for the support.

Your Bernalwood editor listened to Episode 1, and it’s really really good. Want a preview of what to expect? Here’s the teaser for the series:

Last Night a Woman Was Robbed at Knifepoint on the Esmeralda Stairs

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“Horrifying,” indeed: Last night, a woman was robbed at knifepoint on the Esmeralda stairway between Coleridge and Lundys. The victim suffered minor injuries.

Neighbor Mat tells Bernalwood:

Walking home about 9 tonight (Wednesday, Jan 27), I saw 3 or 4 police cars and an ambulance on Lundys and on Prospect, near Esmeralda. I asked a policeman what’s going on, and he said, “Attempted robbery at knife point on the stairs going down to Prospect.” When I asked if the victim was hurt, he said, “Yes, but she’ll be all right.”

Another Bernal neighbor reported:

Bad bruise on her arm, minor cut on her hand. Cops are still here. I actually saw him running away as I got out of a cab. Neighbor’s camera was able to pick up the footage and see where he dumped the knife. Other neighbors rushed out to help when they heard her screaming. More lights will be going up on the houses since we can’t count on the city to help.

Regarding that last point; Don’t forget there’s a Community Crime and Public Safety Meeting happening tonight at BHNC. Demand action.

Bernal Heights wishes the victim a speedy recovery.

Sightings Continue as Coyote Takes Up Residence Around Bernal Hill


Since a coyote was first spotted on Bernal Hill last Monday, there have been more reports of sightings. For now, it seems as if the coyote has taken up residence here, primarily in the northeast portion of the hilltop. We are honored.

Neighbor Carolyn shared some photos of the coyote, taken this morning:

My husband and I were walking our dog around Bernal this AM (7:45-8:15) and saw the coyote! It really was an incredible sight to see. The coyote was walking around the hill from the northwest-northeast side.



However, Neighbor Ben says he has a bad feeling about this:

Coyote was back this morning. Monday it seemed to be staying up towards the top of the ridges, but today was moving up and down the hill crossing the road several times. This attracted a lot more attention from the dogs, including a larger pit-mix that chased it in a manner that didn’t look very playful.

I think the dog population is a lot higher than when we had coyotes here ten years ago. Based on today’s events it doesn’t seem like a stable situation.

PHOTOS: Coyote on Bernal Hill by Neighbor Carolyn, taken on Jan. 27, 2016

UPDATED: Arsonist Arrested in Last Night’s Fire on Anderson Street May Have Been Facing Eviction


There was a fire on the 600 block of Anderson Street last night. Details are sparse, but a tweet from a SFFD firefighters union indicated that there was an arrest associated with the incident:

KRON-TV outlined the story:

San Francisco police have detained one person connected with a fire in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood Tuesday night, firefighters said.

Firefighters tweeted at around 7:41 p.m. that they were called to the 600 block of Anderson Street.

No other details have been made available about the incident or why the person was detained.

Initial reports said a mother stated that her son “had a knife,” firefighters tweeted.

SFist reports that according to the SFPD, the arsonist arrested in connection with the incident was  a 35-year-old man who lived in the residence who had been ‘”notified that he was being evicted” by his 60-year-old landlady.”

UPDATE: SFAppeal provides more detail:

Police today said the fire sparked shortly after the resident, 35-year-old Edwin Monzon, was informed by his 60-year-old landlady that he was being evicted.

Monzon was arrested on suspicion of arson and other offenses, according to police.

[SFFD spokesman Jonathan] Baxter said one person, a neighbor, was transported to the hospital as a precautionary measure but described it as a “minor episode.” He could not immediately provide more information on the nature of the medical issue.

PHOTO: Fire on Anderson, Jan 27, 2016, courtesy of Steve Rhodes

Free Meditation Classes at The New Wheel Bike Shop


What is the sound of a silent motor turning? That’s the kind of koan you may want to ponder at the new series of meditation classes hosted at the fabulous and futuristic New Wheel Bike Shop at 420 Cortland (near Wool). The classes are free, the first one happens tomorrow, Thursday January 28.  

The New Wheel’s blog provides more detail:

Many of our customers have enlightened us on the sense of calm that a daily bike commute has brought to their lives. It is in this spirit that the New Wheel, in partnership with Brahma Kumaris of San Francisco, bring you meditation classes every other week at The New Wheel.

First class: Thursday, January 28th, 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Thursday, February 4th, 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Thursday, February 25th, 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Thursday, March 3rd, 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Thursday, March 31st, 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Thursday, April 7th, 7:15pm – 8:15pm

Thursday, April 28th, 7:15pm – 8:15pm

We look forward to seeing you here!


PHOTO: Courtesy of The New Wheel

Spirit Animal Alert!! Coyote Sighting on Bernal Hill


Yesterday, the Bernalwood Office of Wildlife Affairs received several confirmed reports of a coyote sighting from multiple locations on Bernal Hill. The photo above was taken on Bernal Hill yesterday by @nataliacosa, and it’s so amazing.

Neighbor Jim captured a photo of the coyote  on the hill at 10:15 am, “just above the art rock,”  he says. (Specifically, it looks like the slope on the northeast face that riders at Ski Bernalwood call “Buckeye.”)


And here’s what Neighbor Chris saw at about 9 am, near the quarry on the southwest side:



Now, if we can set aside spirit animals and natural wonder for a moment… it’s time for a Public Safety Announcement. The coyote on Bernal Hill is awe-inspiring, but it also means humans with dogs — and especially, small dogs — should be vigilant.  We encourage you to re-read these important tips from a local coyote whisperer on how to navigate coyote-canine encounters.

UPDATE: Neighbor Jengis documented another coyote sighting today, Jan. 26, at about 10:20 am around “the wilds near Waltham and Alabama”:


Thursday Eve: Community Crime and Public Safety Meeting at BHNC


As you might have heard, we’ve been addressing property crime and robberies in Bernal Heights lately, as burglaries, auto thefts, and thefts-from-autos have been taking a wearisome toll on Bernal neighbors. And sometimes, things get violent.

Following up on last week’s meeting with the Northeast Bernal Neighbor’s Alliance, and as part of an ongoing series of efforts to address crime and public safety concerns in Bernal Heights, Supervisor David Campos and the Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center are hosting a community meeting on Thursday, January 28 at 6 pm.

Neighbor Ryan from the Northeast Bernal Neighbor’s Alliance says:

Supervisor Campos and Hillary Ronen are holding a separate meeting this week to address broader Bernal safety. If you didn’t make it to last week’s meeting, would like to continue the discussion with the other city agencies noted there, or don’t live in NE Bernal, I think it’s worth showing up!

Here’s their description of the event:

Supervisor David Campos is hosting a meeting to discuss the rampant car break-ins in Bernal Heights. Captain McFadden will present on how the community can work together to guard against and effectively report these crimes. Representatives from the Department of Public Works and the Public Utilities Commission will be there to discuss areas where additional street light is needed in the neighborhood. A representative from the District Attorney’s Office will be there to explain the office’s work to address this problem. Supervisor Campos would like to hear resident ideas to address the problem and will propose a plan to start addressing the issue.

What: Crime & Safety Meeting
When: Thursday, January 28th at 6:00pm
Where: Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, 515 Cortland Ave

Feel free to contact Hillary Ronen, from Supervisor Campos’ Office, with any questions or comments prior to the meeting.; 415-554-7739.

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PHOTO: Capt. Joseph McFadden at BHNC, Oct. 20, 2015 by Telstar Logistics