Mossie 2012: Mutant Bernal Heights Moss Creature Launches Bold Campaign for White House

From his covert utility-meter lair hidden inside an otherwise typical home on Bocana Street, Mossquatch, Bernal’s favorite mutant Bryophyta-Homo Sapien hybrid, has launched a daring campaign to become the next President of the United States.

We have no information on Mossquatch’s fundraising efforts or his campaign strategy, but Bernalwood expects his policy positions to be very, very green.

Also, for what it’s worth, your Bernalwood editor totally anticipated Mossquatch’s political career in our original post last year:

Prediction: Mossquatch is embraced as folk hero by Bernal Heights vegans, becomes raw food spokesmonster, develops political aspirations, defeats David Campos (the “rumored omnivore”) for D9 Supervisor’s seat, serves two terms in Board of Supes, runs for Mayor of San Francisco, and, after hard-fought campaign, elected by mudslide in 2019.

Mossquatch: He’s tanned! He’s rested! He’s ready!

PHOTOS: Fiid Williams

Glamorous “Sunshine Factory” Fashion and Housewares Shop Pops Up in Bernal

Nifty! Neighbor Victoria is hosting a glamorous pop-up store this weekend from 11 am – 6 pm Saturday and Sunday at 698 Precita at York.

I’m putting on the Sunshine Factory Pop-Up Shop this weekend, October 27th and 28th, at my storefront live/work space on the Mission-Bernal Heights border. It is the first event of this kind, and it’s organized by myself and Jillian Knox of Joules Jewels Vintage.

The Sunshine Factory Pop-up Shop will be filled with tons of vintage clothing, curated vintage housewares and furniture, local and organic bath products as well as original art, jewelry, and designs by local SF makers! Polaroid kits, vintage records (good ones) and homegrown succulent arrangements in retro planters will also be for sale. We will also have a selection of vintage costumes for last minute Halloween shoppers.

On Sunday, we’ll have complementary Halloween-themed drinks between the hours of 11am and 1pm, as well as coffee served up both days by Vega!

BTW, great poster, eh? Nicely done.

This Weekend: Your Guide to Artists’ Open Studios in Bernal Heights

Put on your walking shoes, art lovers, because Open Studios are coming to Bernal Heights this weekend. The event’s organizers at Artspan bring the context:

Here is the premise in a nutshell: The city is divided into four quadrants for the four open studios weekends. Artists in each area open their studio doors to show their art to the public. The work is for sale, but much more than an exchange of goods takes place. Perspective, inspiration, and ideas are shared; creative processes are divulged; and the appreciation of a life devoted to art is doled out. Join in the celebration by exploring and investigating a vast range of artists and artwork during this year’s SF Open Studios.

Bernal’s turn is this weekend; studios will be open Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.  Lots of Bernal artists will be participating, and here’s where to find them: (Click the map for the spiffy interactive version.)

IMAGES: Work by Bernal Artists Beryl Landau (top) and Mark Monsarrat

FIRE! Two-Alarm Blaze Damages Homes on Andover Street UPDATE: Family Forced from Home; Two Arrested in Connection with Fire



A two-alarm fire broke out this afternoon the 600 block of Andover Street (near Crescent) in Bernal Heights, damaging two homes. The fire was under control by 4:30. CBSLocal has the details:

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – A two-alarm fire that started at a home in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood Thursday afternoon has spread to an adjacent home, a San Francisco fire spokeswoman said.

The fire was reported at 3:55 p.m. at a home at 655 Andover St., fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge said.

There were heavy flames in the attic and the blaze extended into one of the next-door homes, Talmadge said.

Firefighters have not located anyone in the homes and no injuries have been reported, Talmadge said.

UPDATE: KTVU adds this:

Heavy flames in the attic of the home spread to a next-door house before the fire was contained, Talmadge said.

The American Red Cross has been called to assist three adults and three children who live in the first home and five adults, one child and three cats who live in the next-door residence, she said.

Personnel from the city’s Department of Building Inspection have been called to the scene to check the integrity of the buildings, Talmadge said.

No injuries were reported in the blaze.

UPDATE: More from KTVU regarding two arrests connected to the blaze:

Two people have been taken into custody in connection with a suspicious fire that caused an estimated $540,000 in damage to two residential buildings in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights neighborhood on Thursday afternoon, a fire department spokeswoman said Friday. [ …]

Two people were taken into custody after investigators determined the fire was suspicious, Talmadge said. The official cause of the blaze has not yet been determined, she said.
Police were not immediately available Friday afternoon to provide more details about the arrests.

PHOTOS: Click images for original source

Colorful Bougainvillea-Geranium Explosion Halts Traffic on Cortland

I noticed this colorful explosion of foliage while driving past the intersection of Cortland and Nebraska last week, and it was so stunning I stopped to admire it. I’m more of a gearhead than a green thumb, so I fired off an email to Neighbor Chuck, an expert on our local flora, to learn what kinds of plants these are. He replied:

Yeah, I’ve taken that picture many times myself. It’s a bougainvillea/geranium mashup.

The geraniums are technically pelargoniums, but only a hardcore plant person would bother to make the distinction.

What he said. All I know is that when I saw this, I had to pull over and say, “Wow!”

PHOTO: Telstar Logistics

Ballot-Stuffers Wanted to Help Bernal Mini-Artist Win Library Card Design Contest

The San Francisco Public Library is holding a contest to crowdsource some new library card designs, and aspiring Bernal Heights artist Mia submitted the drawing shown above. Neighbor Julia writes:

You might be interested to know that a Bernal resident is one of the finalists in the SFPL library card design contest. Mia’s design is in the “2nd grade and under” category. Mia’s submission is called “Reading,” and if you are a Camp Mather regular, you might recognize the hammock scene.

Anyone with an email address can vote. My disclaimer: I’m biased, because I’m her mom. Here’s the link if you’d like to vote.

Saturday: A Halloween Party to Support Junipero Serra Elementary School

There’s a Halloween benefit party at Junipero Serra Elementary School on Saturday, and monsters of all ages are invited. Neighbor Kristen says:

We’re having a Howling Hill gig this Saturday! It’s going to be fantastic.  We’ve worked with the neighborhood to block off the front block of the school from Park to Highland. One of our new families actually owns a petting zoo and is bringing it!  We’ll have pony rides, a jumpy house, a costume contest being judged by our very own district family advocate Ramon Martinez, and a pet costume contest judged by Supervisor David Campos!  Chloe’s Closet, Heartfelt, Red Hill books and many others are sponsoring us, and will have tables of items for sale.   There’s also great food and a kick-ass raffle with 49er tickets as one of the prizes.

The fun happens between noon and 4 pm on Saturday October 27 at Junipero Serra just off fashionable Holly Park.