Monday, May 29, 2006

Bernal Woman Knits Sweaters For Iraq Deaths

- A San Francisco woman is remembering fallen troops in Iraq through an art project on display in her front yard. Nina Rosenberg has knitted more than 2,000 miniature red sweaters. They hang on a tree in front of her Bernal Heights neighborhood home.

Rosenberg is knitting the sweaters to raise public awareness about the war. But she's nearly 250-sweaters behind the current death toll, and she's hoping others will volunteer to help out.

If you would like to be a part of her knitting project, visit

Saturday, May 27, 2006

The Power of Buying Local

A recent Bioneer's podcast was devoted to the power of buying local. They reviewd the impact on the local economy of the locally owned bookstore vs. a Borders. The message was -- shoop at the locally owned shops if you want to keep the $$' sin the local economy.

Some of the factors that ensure our dollars stay within our Bernal neighborhood:
  • Do the staff own, rent, and live in the neighborhood
  • Are services sourced from within the 'hood. This can range from accountants and layers to cleaners and security service.
  • Are the inputs sourced as locally as possible. This may include ingredients for a restaurant, furnishing, fixtures, art as well as the goods for resale.
Why should we care?
  • Localy owned shops are tied more to a community than to a distant gruop of shareholders.
  • A strong network of people with economic ties to the community increases safety and quality of life.
  • A shared sense of purpose -- social, economic, and environmental - creates stronger, more enjoyable neighborhoods.
  • Buying local has a positive impact on the environment by reducing the impact of importing people and goods
  • Buying local forces the local labor pool to increase skills which creates a stronger, more dynamic base for handing any future adversity.
We're fortunate in that we have a thriving set of local shops on Cortland. I've found that this awareness has made a difference in the way I shop. Without going to the extreme, I'm trying to do the little things like opting for a Bernal restaurant or buying my java at Martha's instead of a stoip closer to work. OK, the fact that I may not make it to work without the aid of Martha's injection is another point.... Thanks for listening.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Bernal Video found on You Tube

Here's the Bernal Video I was looking for....