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 Board of Supervisors of a Campos-sponsored resolution establishing a “Calle 24 Latino Cultural District.”

Bernalwood did not regard Calle 24 as a matter of immediate concern to the Citizens of Bernal Heights, because the effort was championed by the 24th Street merchant’s association. Publicly, Calle 24 was always described as a measure focused on the lower 24th Street corridor. Plus, it’s called “Calle 24” — which sure seemed like a good indication that Calle 24 was not about Bernal Heights. Because 24th Street is not part of Bernal Heights. Because for the last 175 years the Mission District has ended just north of Precita Creek/Army/Cesar Chavez. Because the area south of Precita Creek/Army/Cesar Chavez has always been, legally and unambiguously, Bernal territory. Because, in the 1850s, there was even a stone wall in place to emphasize that point:

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Since basically forever, 24th Street and Precita Park have been adjacent neighborhoods but wholly different urban ecosystems and entities. Which is why Bernalwood viewed Calle 24 as a matter to be decided exclusively by our esteemed neighbors from the Mission District.

Which, unfortunately, is precisely what happened.

Bernalwood has learned that, for reasons not yet known, Precita Park in Bernal Heights was included as part of the Calle 24 district that was legally established in the resolution sponsored by Supervisor David Campos. Bernalwood also discovered that neighbors, merchants, and neighborhood groups in and around Precita Park were not consulted or informed about the inclusion of Precita Park in Calle 24 before the resolution was voted on by the full Board of Supervisors. Nor did Precita Park neighbors know about it after the resolution passed and went into effect. In fact, most Precita Park neighbors are probably learning that Precita Park is part of Calle 24 for the first time, right now, as they read this.

Hi Precita Park neighbors! According to this new legislation, you’re now part of Calle 24. Surprise!!

Here’s the text from the resolution adopted last week by the Board of Supervisors:

WHEREAS, the boundary of the Calle 24 (“Veienticuarto”) Latino Cultural District shall be the area bound by Mission Street to the West, Potrero Street to the East, 22nd Street to the North and Cesar Chavez Street to the South, including the 24th Street commercial corridor from Bartlett to Potrero Avenue.

All well and good so far, right? Those are appropriate boundaries for a special district focused on lower 24th Street. But then comes the weird, Crimea-style redrawing of the map:

Additionally, the Calle 24 (“Veienticuarto”) Latino Cultural District shall include La Raza Park (aldo known as Potrero Del Sol Park), Precita Park, and the Mission Cultural Center because of the community and cultural significance associated with these places.

Emphasis added. Because otherwise you might have missed it. Which may (or may not) have been the goal all along.

And so, with a stroke of the pen, Precita Park was annexed to become part of the Mission’s Calle 24 cultural district.

Is the Calle 24 designation good for Precita Park? Is Calle 24 bad for Precita Park?

We don’t have any idea, because the legislation sponsored by Supervisor Campos hands Precita Park over to a group of 24th Street merchants and Mission District power-brokers, but the Bernal Heights community was not given any opportunity whatsoever to evaluate the proposal beforehand. Now, it’s already a done deal.

Bernalwood has confirmed that Precita Valley Neighbors was not consulted about the Calle 24 designation. This is extremely odd, because Precita Valley Neighbors is a City-recognized nonprofit neighborhood group that has done outstanding work organizing and beautifying Precita Park. They hold monthly meetings at Charlie’s Cafe. They are in regular contact with various City authorities. They are awesome, and totally on top of everything, and if that’s not enough Precita Park street cred, PVN even orchestrated the restoration of the historic, beloved “penultimate satellite spinner” in Precita Playground. (Amen!!!) Yet Precita Valley Neighbors had no knowledge Precita Park was included in Calle 24.

Bernalwood also contacted the owners of three prominent Precita Park businesses: Precita Park Cafe, Harvest Hills Market, and Hillside Supper Club. None had been informed of any effort to include Precita Park in Calle 24, and none had been contacted about it by 24th Street merchants or Calle 24 organizers. All were surprised to learn that Precita Park had been designated as part of the Calle 24 district. (Bernalwood was unable to reach Charlie from Charlie’s Cafe over the weekend.)

We stopped by the Precita Center, just off Precita Park, to see if they had any insight. Bernalwood spoke to the manager on duty at the Precita Center to ask if he knew anything about Calle 24. “That’s the 24th Street thing,” he said. He too did not know that Calle 24 includes Precita Park.

Precita Eyes is headquartered on 24th Street, although the group also maintains a studio on Precita Park. With storefronts in both neighborhoods, perhaps Precita Eyes had requested the Calle 24 designation? Bernalwood visited Precita Eyes on 24th Street last Saturday, to inquire. The gentleman behind the counter at Precita Eyes on 24th Street said, “Why would Precita Park be in Calle 24? That’s in Bernal Heights!” He recommended we speak with Precita Eyes founder Susan Cervantes. Cervantes told Bernalwood that Precita Eyes had not requested to make Precita Park part of Calle 24, although she added that she thought Precita Park “was included at the last minute.”

All this would be kind of amusing in a Putinesque sort of way, except it’s not. The inclusion of Precita Park in the Calle 24 District designation may have very real legal, zoning, and planning implications in the years and decades to come — impacts that may create new use restrictions for Bernal homeowners, residents, and merchants. Supervisor Campos himself emphasized this last month in the San Francisco Chronicle, in an article that framed the creation of the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District as the first step on a path to create a Japantown-style enclave in the Mission:

Eventually, Campos said, ideas generated by the community as well as information from the historic context statement could help inform new city laws such as zoning restrictions and other protections to ensure the area’s murals, businesses and community groups stay put.

“It’s really about preserving something that is very fragile that could be lost,” Campos said. “Calle 24 has become the focal point of Latino identity and culture in the Mission. … This resolution puts it on the record, recognizing this as a cultural corridor, recognizing the cultural heritage and history with the understanding there has to be a much longer community process where (people) can talk about what that means, what we want to preserve, emphasize and protect.”

Here’s how the objectives of Calle 24 are explained in the resolution approved by the Board of Supervisors:

[The purpose of the Calle 24 designation is] to stabilize the displacement of Latino businesses and residents, preserve Calle 24 as the center of Latino culture and commerce, enhance the unique nature of Calle 24 as a special place for San Francisco’s residents and tourists, and ensure that the City of San Francisco and interested stakeholders have an opportunity to work collaboratively on a community planning process, which may result in the Designation of a Special Use District or other amendment to Planning Code.

These are important goals. It just seems really really really inappropriate that if Calle 24 is all about engaging “interested stakeholders” in a “community planning process,” how come no one ever bothered to engage North Bernal the Communities of Precitaville and Santana Rancho to find out if Precita Park should be included in Calle 24 at all?

Precita Park is neither geographically nor culturally synonymous with the Mission or lower 24th Street. Never has been. Ever. In fact, Precita Park is so integral to Bernal Heights and so distinct from 24th Street that it was originally called Bernal Park. Here’s a map from 1905 (Bonus Fun Fact: The zig-zagging Serpentine Ave. traces the route of the Bernal family’s original stone wall):


Bernal Park was established in 1894 and named in honor of the Bernal  family. The park’s name wasn’t formally changed to Precita Park until 1973.

This also points to a fact that is rather obvious to everyone except the people who drafted the Calle 24 resolution: Bernal Heights has its own proud, but distinct history of Latino culture and influence. Our history begins with Jose Cornelio Bernal. Our legacy includes Carlos Santana, who lived on Mullen Street and, as one neighbor reminds Bernalwood, “began his career playing for all of us and our families every Sunday [in Precita Park] during the summers, before he was discovered at Woodstock.” Latino culture is a cherished part of life in Bernal Heights, and its influence is enthusiastically celebrated to the present day, in ways public and private.

Yet there none of that in the Calle 24 resolution. In fact, there’s not one mention of Bernal Heights in the entire document. Not a peep. It’s all Mission District, Mission District, Mission District…. from the start of the Calle 24 resolution to the end. Supervisor Campos sponsored legislation that gives Precita Park to Calle 24, but he never bothered to inform the community that lives and works in Precita Park before he overturned more than 150 years of tradition and precedent and sold-out a chunk of Bernal Heights to the merchants of 24th Street.

The appropriate remedy for this failure is straightforward: Bring together representatives of the Precita Park neighborhood, its residents, and its merchants. For the first time, give Bernal Heights the opportunity to evaluate the present and future ramifications of Calle 24 designation. Allow these representatives to publicly decide whether or not Precita Park should be included in the Calle 24 district and subject to whatever legal implications that might entail, at present or in the future.

Until such participation and public consent from the Bernal Heights community exists, Bernalwood puts Supervisor David Campos and Mayor Ed Lee on notice: The inclusion of Precita Park in Calle 24 is fundamentally illegitimate. It an act of underhanded appropriation, a fraudulent misrepresentation, an involuntary annexation, and an intolerable intrusion upon the self-determination of the Bernal Heights community, which is independent of any district or planning entity constituted, controlled, and dominated by lower 24th Street.

UPDATE 29 May: Precita Park will be removed from the Called 24 District

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

  1. This is a stunning and upsetting political move. Was there any community input? David, are you running from or for office?

    • Campos is what I call a “drive by” politician- comes to San Francisco, makes a lot of noise, gets a lot of attention, causes a lot of collateral damage, and then moves on to seek higher office. He doesn’t care about SF because it’s only a step on the ladder of success for him. And in the process, we get stepped all over.

      • +1

        I can’t decide whether it’s better to vote for him and send him up the food chain (and further from direct Bernal influence) or not vote for him and get to keep him.

      • He’s out at the end of his term anyway; so please don’t vote to send him where he can do more damage.

    • First, stellar piece of investigate journalism by Todd! Deliciously served up.

      Second, before we make this an excuse to pound on a politician you have a beef with: let’s not forget that Campos is a Bernal neighbor. He’s not a drive-by politician. I see him shopping and walking the dog in Bernal. Cortland businesses (often featured in Bernalwood) will confirm that he’s been doing effective work on behalf of the community, quietly in the background, without media or blog attention. He may not be a favorite of Salesforce or Twitter, but the small businesses appreciate his impact.

      Third, while it’s a mistake not to consult the Precita Park community before the annexation, let’s not assume that they only want to belong to Bernal (did someone ask them?) and that they don’t like the Calle 24 association. Yes, the discussion did not happen beforehand. Here’s our chance to have the discussion now.

      • Admittedly this was a blunder during a run for State Assembly.
        But we need someone like David Campos in Sacramento. Let’s face it. District supervisors are a waste of time all around – especially when the demographics of a district are all over the place. Personally I think having district supervisors is a mistake that needs re-evaluation.
        You can’t please all of the people all of the time. But if elected to the assembly he’s a better voice for all of
        SF than Chui. Unless you’re in favor of big business etc.

  2. I am *so* over Campos. His disdain for Bernal and Bernalites is no longer even thinly disguised.

  3. Can’t Campos find something else that needs to be done? Surely he doesn’t have enough to do. Ever since Precita Park changed its name I’ve not really considered it part of Bernal Heights. Precita Park, gateway to Bernal Heights!

    • George, I believe the overall hill that starts just south of Cesar Chavez is considered Bernal Heights.

      • Oh It is. I just find it a stretch. Totally my opinion, not a fact! Just like the north and south slope really have different vibes. North of Cortland and south, ditto. Amazing how something so tiny and be so different!

  4. There is an election coming up, folks. Do you want someone who does underhanded garbage like this? Do you want someone who put an admitted domestic abuser back in office? If you don’t maybe find someone else on the ballot to vote for.

    • I was thinking the same – did he really want to endanger his bid for state assembly?!

  5. So what ARE the ramifications and implications of this? Can PVN still operate, or would they have to pass things through a calle 24 rep? Who is calle 24? Will calle 24 appoint a commitee to oversee park maintenance and restoration? Or do we just go on like normal? Is it just a name (precita park part of calle 24) or will there really be a noticable effect?

    • ILLEGITIMATE TO WHO Todd? Its part of Latino history. The fact it is included in the resolution has nothing to do with what is needed on24th street. Why does Bernal have the right to say yeah or nah! I have noticed your stories do not present all the facts. Your distortion only incites negative comments. How about showing some respect to the SF Latino Community. I will make sure that Carlos Santana receives your article to see how wrong ypu are. Be more respectful.

      • The other fact Todd is that Jose c Bernal land grant covered the Mission District. Sorry Nina I posted the comment under your comment but it was meant for Todd.

      • “The fact it is included in the resolution has nothing to do with what is needed on 24th street.”

        Then why is it included in the Calle 24 resolution at all? And if it was necessary to call Precita Park a cultural district, why was it done behind the neighborhood’s back, with no notice given to anyone? Now _that’s_ disrespectful.

      • Dude seriously? “why does Bernal have a right to say yeah or nah” Have you been to planning meeting on new home construction in the last decade.

        You don’t think it was in anyway disrespectful by the latino community to not discuss adding a cultural zoning distinction to our neighborhood doing it with with zero notification or discussion. I want facts and need your help. Can you provide the facts on who proposed adding Precita Park to 24th Street Cultural District and when they notified anyone?

        BTW, Tell Carlos I say whats up. Does he still live here? Nah didn’t think so….he lives in what we around here call “luxury housing”

  6. Way to go Todd, you’re on a run of posts that are even more fantastic than usual.

    As for Campos’ annexation of sovereign Bernalwood territory, I’m tempted to say this is the last straw and he’s lost my vote in the coming election; but that would imply that he once had my vote. The do-nothing supervisor who ignores a large part of his constituency should be sent back home, which is presumably in the mission.

    • Campos lives in Bernal Heights, btw. Central.

      And I agree — great article – very informative, insightful, and inciteful!

  7. Great piece, Bernalwood. Is there actually any conceivable practical consequence of Calle 24 expropriating Precita Park? If so, the complete lack of Bernal input is intolerable and offensive, no matter how noble the intent might be.

  8. While they’re at it, why doesn’t the Calle 24 group just include the Noe Valley end of 24th Street, too?! So stupid! Who comes up this stuff?! Clearly nobody was thinking hard on this. Precita Park is Bernal Heights.
    Insulting that Campos states he’d like the Calle 24 district to be similar to Japantown. What a joke! Mission Street/District with few exceptions is pretty much from beginning to end a dump. Japantown is clean, fun, lots of variety, good place to be; plus you have the Fillmore District within walking distance filled with clubs, theatres, shopping, cafes.
    Corruption in politics – What a surprise!

    • I gotta respond to this. Japan Town is a synthetic after the fact redevelopment response to having destroyed the neighborhood. The Mission is a real place with an always evolving story, full of history and culture and a diverse population. Not to mention food and good weather.

      • The Mission district is a dump? The Mission has been just about the most vibrant neighborhood in the City for decades and like it or not it has become an epicenter for tech it may be one of the most influential neighborhoods in the country. What planet do you live on Pamela? Your comments show an embarrassing ignorance. Do you hide in Bernal?

  9. Sleazy indeed – there’s no legitimate reason this couldn’t have been brought up with the folks in the area beforehand. So who’s poised to profit from throwing Precita into another special use district, exactly?

  10. Beware Friends. This is what happened to the last man who dared speak up against the strong arm tactics of the Lower 24th Street Merchants Association – a.k.a Calle 24.

    Last time they painted “Keep the Mission Brown” on his business.

    He’s been attacked 2 more times since then, including the interior of Local’s Corner Restaurant on Friday.

    Is Precita Park Café Next?

      • Wrong. The business ‘leaders’ and ‘civic’ leaders from Calle 24 and Mission Neighborhood Centers are my neighbors and they are trying to run non-Latin businesses out of the neighborhood through threats, lies, set ups, graffiti tagging, posters and intimidation, all with Campos’ blessing. Fact.

  11. Does the annexation of Precita Park by Computin include the neighboring non-park areas as well? What happens to the Bernal Heights Special Use District Guidelines which cover these areas?

      • I’m not sure it’s unknown. Laws are generally vague, but this one isn’t on geographic boundaries (although it is contradictory). It refers to Precita Park and not the surrounding streets.
        I think there’s an important and engaging discussion to be had about the relationship between anglo and latino neighbors in the Mission and Bernal; but I’m not sure this post sets the right tone. There are many cultural claims to overlapping areas of D9, and yes that includes latino heritage. Objecting to efforts to preserve it on the grounds that businesses/neighbors in non-affected areas weren’t consulted seems like a bit of an overreaction.
        And just to preserve my anglo Bernal cred – since it appears necessary – I’m voting for Chiu next Tuesday.

      • I agree with Richard here. The resolution itself only mentions Precita Park as a cultural landmark without specifying any intention to expand this status to businesses surrounding the park. Likewise, the closing paragraph of the resolution suggests that the purpose of the resolution is to provide a starting point from which interested stakeholders can collaborate on what the Calle 24 designation translates to in real, daily terms. As you note, the Special Use District Designation or other code changes is mentioned as a completely unresolved and speculative part of what is–right now–a diffuse resolution by a city board.

        This is, after all, only a resolution and not an ordinance. Other resolutions passed in 2014 include: denouncing LGBT treatment in Arizona; accepting donations to the city for setting up wi-fi in parks; commending California for clean air initiatives; and applauding animal rescue groups on Alabama Street. Implying that a resolution has circumvented the law–or peoples’ rights–is not the most honest reading of the text.

      • Yes, agreed. The concern is with the definition of the district (to include Precita Park) and the precedent set by the resolution. The teeth would come later.

  12. Another example of Campos running rough-shod in the district he claims to represent, and not including everyone in the process as he seeks higher office. Seems he is more interested in only the Latino vote and their issues than being an all-inclusive elected representative. One more reason not to vote for him for the Assembly seat he seeks. Imagine what he’ll do in Sacramento, with political tactics like this…

    • He’s just trying to ride to more power by using the Latino vote. He doesn’t really care about businesses on lower 24th, if he did he’d get some kind of city no-interest loan program for established businesses to fix up their places. There are plenty of thriving Latino-owned businesses on lower 24th. The ones going out of business are the ones that haven’t been viable for a long time and only exist because they had extremely cheap rent.

      Wouldn’t it be better for the city to provide assistance to these businesses to improve and generate more income and serve more customers, than just to provide a special district that makes it easier for the barely surviving businesses to stay open?

      You improve an area by lifting everyone up, not by forcing everything to stay down.

      Subsidies to help improve marginal businesses would probably be the best option here. There aren’t that many and there are potentially a lot of customers.

  13. All the more reason to vote for David Chiu. Geez, Campos is a law unto himself–listening to the Mission only and has never adequately represented Bernal Heights.

    Now that I’m done ranting, is there anything we can DO? Or did miss it?

    • Already done. Didn’t need this new Campos pandering and sleazy dealing to push me into it. Not that Chiu is some great prize.

    • I was already leaning against voting for Campos after his office has called me roughly 7 times asking for my vote despite my telling them 6 times that they already called. Talk about disorganization. A quality I do not want from my district supervisor. Time to look into Chiu

  14. Something for all you Campos haters – Do you know that if Campos wins the election to the State Leg., your next Supervisor will be appointed by Ed Lee? And that interim supervisor will have 2 years to build a base as an incumbent for the next Supe election? And that Campos will inevitably have to moderate himself to be relevant at the State level?

    As for those who think the Mission is a dump end-to-end, I’m puzzled as to why you’d move to adjacent Bernal Heights.

  15. I get this this is an interesting local political kerfuffle and all, but, and I mean this with the utmost respect Todd, did you really want to equate a local zoning/business issue with this?

    Seems to trivialize something that’s, well, pretty serious. Just sayin’…

      • So, replacing the names of real countries on a map with SF neighborhoods and explicitly making a comparison between Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Crimea and the “annexation” of a portion of Bernal for a local business association isn’t drawing a rhetorical equivalency between the two?

        I get why it could be a topically amusing, but the facts on the ground of recent bloodshed and — as I pointed out — literally unburied bodies in the streets – for me would have made it off limits.

    • Couldn’t agree more. Misfired satire, I suppose, but good heavens please change that image to something a little more proportional to the issue at hand. I can’t stop cringing at the Ukraine conflation, no matter how much I try to distract myself with the post’s text.

    • I absolutely loved the map analogy, which while overblown a touch, serves perfectly to demonstrate the unilateral fait accompli land grab.

      (Glad they’ve now rolled back the tanks)

  16. Will there be a community meeting anytime soon? Do we have any legal right to request a “stay” on this decision until better community information and input? Is there someone we can contact to lodge a complaint re: community process? State Assembly voting aside, what can we do so that Bernal is heard now?

    • Excellent question. Laws can be amended and it’s not enough to simply vote Campos out of office. Todd – any thoughts on how we can organize a community meeting around this issue?

  17. Thanks for the great article Todd. It really boggles my mind how Precita got thrown into this, and it’s a slap in the face of the people that made the Park what it is today to not be included in this decision. Hopefully with a little digging we can find the rationale, or the… (dun nuh nuuuuuu) [looks at camera] scandal!

  18. Have you reached out to Campos for comment?

    My first guess: No response.

    My second guess: “We had a community meeting in the Mission and they said they wanted Precita Park so we gave it to them. Community input, IN YOUR FACE!”

    • Agreed there! I’ve written him before and got ZERO response. I wrote David Chiu however, and he emailed back!

      • On previous issues he has personally said he would meet, worked with his team to schedule a time, no reply even when he is CC-ed. It was not an “agenda” item so that might be the reason.

    • Sweet! So it should not be a big deal to have Precita removed from 24th Street Cultural District and declared a color blind park with rich heritage contributions from all races, colors, creeds, and sexual orientations.

  19. Thank you for putting the time and effort to expose this horrible dishonesty. Your blog keeps us stronger and the best neighborhood in sf to live. Together we are giant

  20. This blog represents a small group of much more conservative Bernal Heights residents. As stated in the post above, this is a non binding resolution that effects literally nothing. I imagine that the legislation was intended to give a little momentum to a group of our neighbors in the mission who are feeling particularly squeezed at this moment as they are being rapidly displaced. Simply a resolution in support of an historic population. Big deal. Real estate companies are rapidly rebranding our entire city and you guys are acting like latinos are pillaging your land because of a non binding resolution.

    Fortunately, most of our neighbors are not actually like this. If anyone disagrees with my statement that this blog is much more conservative than the neighborhood, I will bet anyone here $100 that Campos wins our neighborhood next week in the election.

    Nate Miller
    Banks Street Native

    • “More conservative?” No sir. Conservative is exactly what this blog hopes to overcome. Bernalwood is for less conservative, more connectedness, and more neighborliness.

      • Todd, this discussion here has mainly revolved around attacking the supervisor, creating unsubstantiated hysteria around a non existent land grab and accusing a guy who lives in our neighborhood of being some kind of invader, all in the week leading up to an election. As most of the people here are attacking Campos (which you often like to do), I am simply pointing out that the majority of our actual neighborhood will very likely not share in these sentiments. I say this blog is more conservative than the neighborhood (and this is just one of many examples), because by all accounts, David Chiu is clearly the more conservative candidate. You can throw out meaningless words like neighborly (when most people here are attacking our neighbor) or connectedness (to a small group) but it still doesn’t change the fact that the election will show that the majority of our neighbors actually like our supervisor and not the more conservative candidate. This is your blog and you have a readership and sometimes it is mildly entertaining and good for you, but if you think that it is representative of the views of the neighborhood then…
        Todd, I have $100 on a Campos win in Bernal next week (we can even include Precita Park).

      • “Bernalwood is for less conservative, more connectedness, and more neighborliness.” Why are you making such a big deal out of a resolution that literally changes nothing? It’s not very neighborly to stir up emotions and infer that Campos left an entire neighborhood out of some landmark legislation…

      • I feel that cherishing your block’s real estate values (above all else) rather than being sympathetic and tolerant of the pain of priced-out neighbors, snidely criticizing (or just ignoring) those who express displeasure at (often their own) displacement and isolation, claiming that this blog is YIMBY (as if a blog can be anything; really, the personification thing is aging badly and should be put to rest) while turning apoplectic about the potential influence of a vibrant neighboring district (where minority-owned businesses are also fighting to survive) is extremely conservative, does not encourage connectedness, and is blatantly non-neighborly. The Reagan Democrats have arrived in Bernal, or rather come out of the woodwork.

      • Just to be clear… This is not hyperbole. I would like to bet you (Todd) money or anyone else who thinks that this blog’s political views are in sync with the neighborhood.

        If this blog is not more conservative than the voters in Bernal Heights then bet money on David Chiu. I have money on Campos winning the cumulative majority of votes in the following precincts that make up Bernal heights: 7925,7926,7927,7928,7929,7931,7932,7933,7934,7935,7936,7937,7938,7939,7941,7942,7943,7944,7945

        So don’t be conservative, bet a lot of money on your blog’s views being in sync with the voting population of Bernal Heights. It will be a neighborly bet that will bring more connectedness between us.

    • THANK YOU for going through the trouble to write this comment!!!! I’ve been seriously depressed about reading Bernal Wood posts and comments. Especially after that guy was shot by cops on the hill. I wish there was more contributors and a better representation of folks. Yes, VERY conservative.

    • Thank you Nate, for saying what I was thinking. This Campos hate, especially in this thread, has been petty and uninformed.

    • Come on, now. We’re “conservative” for wanting a little basic notice on these sorts of things? This resolution is intended to be useful for designating special use districts, etc. later on. It’s completely fair to ask why they chose to quickly and quietly slip a park in Bernal into something that was ostensibly about protecting a small section of the Mission. But I guess that makes us all Glenn Beck fans, or something.

      • Calling someone who believes themselves to be liberal ‘a conservative’ is sharp jab, because today’s republicans/conservatives are such a nasty and reprehensible group. That said: if you own a home in san francisco you are rich compared to your average working class person

    • Nate, i am not sure conservative is the right distinction to place on the views of this blog. I think you and otis are saying this blog is more aligned with the views of the financial elite that has a grip on both parties Nationally and in California. I don’t see it that way myself but i can definitely see where you are coming from. My question is why are you a Campos fan? From where i vote he seems to be very ineffective and has not accomplished very much in his tenure as our supervisor.

      • As far as I can tell, “conservative” in SF has somehow become defined as “friendly to newcomers”, which is pretty weird. More specifically, it seems to mean “is generally supportive of building more housing in the city, and doesn’t regard tech workers as evil incarnate.”

      • Hi J

        Being conservative does not mean party affiliation and of course conservative is a spectrum. Bernal has historically voted to the left of liberal San Francisco and so my point is just that the blogger and people who make up the comment section are considerably to the right of the average voter who resides here. Sure, that has to do with being aligned with the financial elite and many other things… No, that does not mean that I am calling anyone Glenn Beck.

        The first reason that I support David Campos is because I strongly distrust David Chiu. Second, I’m a Bernal Native and my politics didn’t fall too far from the tree (I think that the Bernal heights democratic club slate card is consistently the best one in town). So Ideologically I am more closely aligned with Campos and usually agree with the way that he votes (Mirkarimi was an exception for me). Some of the legislative things that he has championed that I like are Free Muni for Kids, making sure that restaurant employees aren’t getting their wages stolen and are getting their health care, immigrant rights and squeezing developers to build more affordable housing. Generally, I also like his approach and have found him to be responsive on the rare occasion where I have felt the need to give input.

        David Chiu will sometimes vote in a way that I agree with, but most of the time that he does, it appears to be a very calculated look at how he can personally benefit from it. He will completely shift with the political winds depending on what will benefit him and that is a really unappealing quality in a place where there is a lot of power, mountains of lobbyists and not a lot of attention from everyday people, a place like the state assembly. His voting record (IMHO) is better than some of the people on the board of supervisors but the way that he arrived at those votes is unscrupulous. Frankly, I find him to be repulsive.

        I could go on about this for a long time, but that wasn’t really the point of my post. I don’t want to get off topic. A few hours ago people were all “in a tizzy”, whining about how Campos is throwing the poor white people in Bernal under the bus for the latino vote (which would be a bad strategy as there are a lot more white people and they vote in higher numbers than the small portion of latinos who are left who he pretty much already has a lock on). Is anyone willing to put money against me on Campos winning Bernal Heights? If not will Todd agree that this comments sections is not representative of the voters in Bernal?

      • Hi Nate,

        Thanks for replying. Not that i speak for Todd, or even know him other than from reading the blog, but i don’t think he is trying to represent the pulse of the neighborhood, and generally i don’t think he has an agenda, i think he writes entertaining blog posts about the neighborhood many of us live in, enjoy and love.

        Personally, i thought it was funny that some commenters felt that Campos was throwing a constituency under the bus ahead of the election, because more than likely he pushed that forward to shore up a constituency ahead of the election. You clearly know more about the local electoral politics than the average person because you know the precincts and you are probably right that Campos will win the district, i mean it is his home base after all.

        That said and just for fun, I am willing to bet you lunch at progressive grounds or moonlight cafe, and lets throw in 2 random additional well-meaning commenters (not nutty cooks that post vitriol).

        Just for the record I do not actively support Chiu, i don’t know much about him, but i have found Campos to be disengaged and fades into the background and not much of a political leader. There was one particular issue that i cared about that he seemed to let fall by the way-side, but just for fun, i am willing to make that bet for fun,

        Thanks for your comments on Campos, much appreciated.

      • Great J!

        Its a deal. Shoot me an email at and we will set up a time.

        I think Todd has a clear agenda and often stirs up a certain angry base of people in this blog. On the occasion that I have to read this blog, it has often felt alienating. A place like this can become an echo chamber and some of the virtual and anonymous nastiness can appear to be larger than it really is. It leaves you wondering if your neighborhood has changed that much, if the guy living next to you is a racist asshole or the woman walking by you is fixing to flip your friends house.

        While I have strongly felt like the majority of Bernalites do not share the opinions that are often voiced here (‘just deal with it!’), it is difficult to say that with any kind of authority. Many of the well intentioned people who come here are mislead by somewhat alarmist framing of issues. I hope for them and the other people like me who are bummed out about what our neighborhood might be becoming (especially when looking at this blog) will see the contrast between this comments section and how our neighbors view the world in the election next week.

    • ‘…give a little momentum to a group of our neighbors in the mission who are feeling particularly squeezed…’ – not how I see it. It seems like they are the usual group of implacable extremists trying to impose their (even for SF) extreme views on others.

      But, like most extremists, they lack thoughtfulness / judgment and tend to over-reach themselves.

      I wasn’t going to vote but I’ll haul my fat ass off the couch and X for Chiu. Also I saw him at Glen Park Bart last week and he had very impressive hair and teeth. I respect that.

      • A: I am sorry but your statement lacks the thoughtfulness that you decry. The Calle 24 group is trying to maintain a foothold in the neighborhood that they helped build. Many of the merchants and residents are under real pressure to maintain their spot in the neighborhood. That is actually a traditionally conservative value. However i applaud your effort to vote, even if it is out of spite.

    • I don’t think asking to give neighbors or a neighborhood a heads that they would be included in a cultural district is a conservative or liberal point of view. It is just common sense. It is entirely possible that the community would rally behind the inclusion and maybe even extend it to Bernal Heights Park…but we’ll never know as that was not what happened.

      • Nate, you’re chasing a white whale. No one here is running for office, or claiming to represent a political constituency. We’re all involved in a conversation. As others have kindly pointed out, there are different opinions here of the questions of new/old, then/now, own/rent, build/don’t build, sexy/unsexy, and what constitutes honest work. Which is great. But I’m quite confident that if the matter were put to a vote, your sense of entitlement is something that a majority of Bernal voters would reject.

      • Todd,
        I think that you have confused sense of entitlement with understanding the voters in our neighborhood, but we will continue that conversation above.

  21. I hate to say it Bernal but you voted Campos into office. The majority of District 9 votes come from Bernal Heights (not the Mission). Be smart about your vote in the next supervisor race.

    • He ran un-opposed so there were discontented people who had no clear alternative. I am still displeased that Campos did not seek out the whole Bernal community regarding the exterior of the Public Library. This Calle 24 extention into Bernal seems like another action by Campos where he did not seek out opinions from all those effected by this.

      And, do we have any potential candidates for the next election to fill the District 9 seat?

      • There were plenty of community meetings about the library, you can’t really blame Campos for not being part of that conversation.

      • The open community meetings happened after a small group was picked and had met with a mediator to come up with a plan. It was then that the community was asked to agree or not agree to this plan. This was not a process that asked for our whole community’s input from the start. I spoke up about this at the first community meeting and David did acknowledge my point.

      • Well, it’s good he acknowledged your point I suppose. What would you have done had you been allowed input from the very beginning?

      • Eugenie, I was referring to when he ran the first time. Not sure about any potential candidates yet. Still too early. But this will be the most interesting supervisor race in a long time. We will see how much the demographics have changed in District 9.

      • to reply to Beth–When I heard talk of a group that was pushing to restore the library murals, I thought I knew my opinion, but as I spoke to individual people, I heard a wide range of opinions, and I wasn’t sure. Having a general meeting gives everyone a chance to say what they want. They are not easy, but when people get a chance to express themselves, they may become more engaged.

        David wasn’t involved from the start, but at some point he was asked by the Library Commission or he volunteered to work toward a solution. Perhaps I am too hard on him, but at that point I think he ought to have considered if the community as a whole had been included. Our library is very important to many of us.

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  23. I guess I can be politically incorrect. I have been in Bernal for 20 years. I own a home, a business and I am NOT Hispanic. I feel discriminated against in neighborhood politics. Yes the history of the area is Hispanic. But it was something else before that, and before that too! But is the neighborhood still primarily that? David Campos seems to overtly throw his Hispano-centrism in the faces of the non Hispanics. Things change, makeups of neighborhoods change, how about making me NOT feel like an outsider in a place where I have planted down roots?

    • I feel your pain and totally agree. It seems like everyone has an agenda!! How about a people Hispanic, no Black, no white, no gay/lesbian…just PEOPLE!!!!! Campos seems to be all about the gay/Hispanic yet he represents a Bernal mix of everyone!

  24. What’s more is that the 24th Street area wasn’t really much of a Latino neighborhood until about 30 years ago. Prior to that it was mainly Irish, which is why there have been so many businesses with Irish names — Clooney’s, Harrington’s, J.J. O’Connor’s Irish florist where Mission Pie is now, etc. Why no resolutions honoring Irish history and the extremely important contributions the Irish made to SF?

    • Because the Iriish chose to leave the neighborhood and feld for the suburbs because they were afraid of the new brown people moving to the neighborhood. That is not true of the Hispanic population of the Mission. They are being pushed out.

      • That’s a lie. Attaching racism to a group of people who worked hard and wanted something more in life is bullshit. Seriously, go back to the state school you got your degree in PC studies and STFU.

  25. I love Tom Ammiano, and I have voted for him many times. I think Tom operates from the heart first, and I believe Tom’s heart is in the right place – helping people, period. I am not a Campos fan, and I’m not voting for him in the Assembly race. I’ve met him. I’ve contacted him several times on neighborhood issues, all with no reply. I didn’t vote for him in the last Sup race. I’m not voting for him because in my heart, I don’t think he primarily operates from the perspective of the people who he represents. Maybe secondarily, but not primarily. While David has a commendable background, and he is a smart person, I think at heart he is an opportunist. It seems to me that the “issues” he comes up with are more posturing than truly needed or effective.

    That said, the “Calle 24” initiative is a good one – I think we probably can all agree on that. The issue is in the execution, and what that execution reveals about David. It may not have immediate implications, but in the long run, it may, for better or worse. And for that reason, the Precita Park area should have been consulted.

    I do love this post – it raises a lot of good questions about how Campos operates. As for how Bernal will vote as a whole, I don’t know, but I bet it will be very close.

  26. I have been in communication with Todd through email explaining the resolution and its implications, which are none to the businesses, land use, the park itself or homes in Precita Valley or who makes decisions for the neighborhood. Our mistake was not reaching out to the folks in Precita Park to explain the resolution. Precita Park holds historical significance for the Latino Community not just in the Mission, but Bernal and City Wide. Potreo del Sol (La Raza Park) also holds cultural and historical significance for the Latino Community and so does 24th and Mission Bart Plaza and other parts of the Mission and the City. We have been working with SF Heritage and the SF Latino Historical Society. They have been working on Latino a Historical context statement city wide. They helped us Calle 24 write this resloution indicating areas that are part of the history of the Latino community and our contributions as a whole in our area of 24th creating the Latino Cultural District. (Not Historical)

    Precita Park was the sight of the beggining of carnaval and 35 years later still having a cultural impact and contributing to the areas local economy and the city as a whole. It was the sight of many protest held when “Los Siete” where being charged for killing a police officer. Charges were dropped after a long trial and so on… So that’s all the resolution is about. Its a point of referance.

    Calle 24 has never had any intentions or that we even could, control another neighborhood. Precita Park is not currently part of Calle 24 or never will be. (That’s not possible)

    We are dealing with displacement of our families, residents, artis, non-profits and extremly high rents. We have been providing heavy assistance for all our merchants new and old through the invest in neighborhoods program. We are also fighting to preserve the culture and history of Calle 24 which is the life blood of our economy on Calle 24. The first step we took was to acknowledge the history and contributions of the Latino community through a Latino Cultural District for our area.

    I feel that it is my responsibility to respond to the good people of Precita Valley and to respect process, so we are working to remove this designation. I plan to be there at your community meeting on Saturday

    Erick Arguello
    Calle 24 SF

  27. I want to correct my last statement: ” which is to remove this designation” Its actually working to remove Precita Park from this resolution.

    • Thanks, Eric. I know it was never your, or Campos’s intention, to include Precita Park in your resolution. Campos has agreed to introduce legislation removing Precita from the bill this Tuesday. BTW, you Campos haters – and especially the one who calls him a “drive by” Supervisor, must have never attended a community meeting in Bernal Heights in the last few years. Campos, and/or his staff, are at virtually every one of them. OK, disagree with his agressive attempts to preserve Bernal and SF for all of us but the wealthy (the one unit house next to me on Harrison and Norwich just sold for $1.29 million) – but good Goddess, if you haven’t met him in our neighborhood, it’s your fault. I have worked hard going door-to-door in support of his campaign to replace Bernal’s Tom Ammiano as our Supervisor (oh, do you hate him too?). Eighty percent of the voters wit whom I speak support him, and about one-third have met him in person! get out of the house onse ina a while, go to a community meeting or two, and don’t limit your political involvement to “drive by” and often anonymous comments on our dear and well read Bernalwood.

      • I’ve met him. I’ve seen him and his staff at neighborhood meetings. I believe he does not represent my interests. When he voted to reinstate Mirkarimi, I told him as much when he was standing at the corner of Cortland and Andover running for re-election. He stated his case, that Mirkirimi’s offense was not “official misconduct.” I disagreed, stating that someone elected to the position of Sheriff and pleading guilty to false imprisonment was clearly official misconduct. We concluded that I was not going to vote for him in his re-election, or any other. He got his vote, I got mine.

        And to equate Campos to Ammiano is a falsehood that David would like everyone to perpetuate.

      • I do go to community meetings, but find them disappointing because they’re always organized by someone with an agenda and don’t foster true discussion. I’ve seen Campos in person. I’m not a professional politician. I’ve met Ammiano too, and Campos is no Ammiano.

  28. Todd, the Precita Valley Neighbors meeting notice says this on its mtg notice: “Hillary Ronen, Aide to Supervisor Campos, will introduce Calle 24. Calle 24 recognizes the amazing Historic Mission District. The current version of Calle 24 does not include Bernal Heights or Precita Park in particular.”

  29. Erick, I have total respect for all the wonderful community work that that you do. Thanks for your post.

  30. While I own a house in Bernal I’ve moved to Monterey and can’t vote. I did vote for Campos but would not do so again. We all have agendas, including Campos. But his agenda was very limited and seemed to get rid of mine. I don’t think he is someone who tries to represent all the folks who live Bernal Heights. Tom Ammiano set a higher bar and has gone on do good for all Californians by bring people together. As we’ve seen on this post, Campos is divisive at best.

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  33. I have a problem with the racial aspect of this proposal, which will be used as a tool against future businesses and housing near 24th St. I agree it’s especially inappropriate to vote to include the Park and Bernal residents in a special 24th St Latino zone without consulting anyone who actually lives in Bernal. Hopefully there is a way we can opt out. BTW, Campos is going to lose this election big time, I expect.

  34. Campos is a racially divisive pol. He should be working to bring people together, yet time and again drives wedges in the community.

  35. Et tu, Bernal?

    Back when Eric Quezada was alive and living in Bernal, he had no compunctions about enforcing his narrow view of land use controls on the Mission, or at least trying to. That the Bernalite dominated the stakeholders for Eastern Neighborhoods/Mission Area Plan meant that self determination for us was suspended and we got the onslaught of luxury condos.

    In this case, al that a historical district does is to allow more scrutiny of changes to land use. Given that there are probably few land use rezonings slated for Bernal, what is the practical outcome of this inclusion? The answer is de minimus.

    Now, what are the Bernalites going to do to help your neighbors to the north to combat the march of the craptacular luxury condos that was supported by Bernal residents then Supervisor Ammiano and the late Eric Quezada?

  36. Ammiano strongly backs Campos to replace him as our Assemblyperson. Bit of a contradiction to love Ammiano and hate Campos. And though I disagree with folks who criticize Campos’s political positions, I have no problem with that. It was the “drive by Supervisor” comment that irked me. I’m glad Bernalwood raised this issue. Campos agreed to correct it immediately.

  37. Good god, keep it. The Mission never wanted it. Bernal Heights is awful. Gross moms (if you are going to wear workout clothes all day please look like you work out! And don’t get me started on flip flops, crocs and clogs), poorly behaved children and too much smug. You are not the Mission and will never be. Get over yourself. Seriously. We would try to give you to Oakland but they don’t want you too… My family owns property in Bernal (purchased in the 70’s for a ridiculously low price when they government considered it Urban Blight) and we still consider it our “B” property and “sell it” as “Mission adjacent for higher rents. I lived in the property in the late 90’s when at least the neighborhood had some grit not the smug fug it has now.

    • Too funny. I think we are well on the way to Noe Valleying ourselves! Maybe we’ve reached the tipping point?. Audi jams are now common place.

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