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Viva La Lengua, Viva La Lengua Libre!

July 27, 2010

The La Lengua Revolutionary Army (LaLeRa) has noted the unprovoked acts of aggression on the part of the San Francisco Association of Realtors to subsume the chosen land of La Lengua into Bernal Heights from the Mission.

(base map courtesy Mission Local & tanks here)

This travesty shall not stand! Please consider these facts:

1) Bernal “Heights”.  Heights. (Bernalians, we know this is not of your doing — you are entitled to safe passage.)

2) “Mission” St.

LaLeRa suggests La Lengüense adopt one of these two battle flags to be deployed on sight against any realtor found within our borders:

Or our new standard:

(snake via photobucket)

Viva La Lengua Libre!  For Great Justice!  La Lengüense, Unite!

46 Comments leave one →
  1. Insidesfre permalink
    July 27, 2010 5:11 pm

    I agree, I hate when they mess with the maps. This change is goofy.

  2. jbtiv permalink
    July 27, 2010 5:34 pm

    That’s just Lower Bernal Heights™.

  3. anonimo permalink
    July 27, 2010 5:54 pm

    This is jus as “goofy” as calling our neighborhood “La Lengua”! Por favor que pendejadas!!!

    • July 27, 2010 7:04 pm

      Sorry, you don’t get to call pendejadas unless you come up with a constructive suggestion. (That doesn’t involve “lower”.)

  4. anonimo permalink
    July 27, 2010 7:18 pm

    I pretty much call it like i c it but if u insist i’ll play by yur rules…why not call it “the mission”? As far as i’m concerened this is “the mission” and will always b “the mission”. Y the need to always try fix wat isn’t broken? Evr heard the saying “leave well enuf alone”?

    • July 27, 2010 8:57 pm

      Alex, I’d like to buy a vowel.

      And it *is* the Mission, but if you noticed (ntcd?), they are trying to take it away from the Mission.

  5. mfogel permalink
    July 27, 2010 9:43 pm

    Up in the lower haight we’ll be launching a revolution against our hayes valley overlords soon…

  6. anonimo permalink
    July 27, 2010 10:21 pm

    Okay let me fully spell it out for johnnyo since he seems to have a problem with me…not surprising since johnnyo seems always have a problem with anyone who doesn’t agree with him.

    It’s seems that you’re the pot calling the kettle black…”they’re trying to take it away from us”, really? Seems someone has already decided to try to take it away from “us” since “they” are now calling it La Lengua.

    Why the need to be constantly changing what doesn’t need to be changed? Is it that horrible to be a part of the Mission?

    Well johnnyo did I use enought vowels for you? Are there any mistakes in grammar you’d like to point out? That does seem to be your normal MO. I guess that’s how you keep from actually having to listen to anybody who doesn’t see eye to eye with you.

    • July 27, 2010 11:31 pm

      Hi smrod! I know you may find it hard to believe, but we’re on the same page on this one.

      I’ve always said that La Lengua is part of the Mission – check out the La Lengua microhood link at the top of the page. I like the Mission. It’s why I moved here, and why I resist the evil encroachment of the Noe and Bernal armies of darkness. La Lengua is the thin edge of the wedge.

      p.s. I think your “anonimo” handle is one of (if not the best) I’ve seen so far here. Seriously, and that’s out of probably 1000 unique people who’ve posted.

    • smrod permalink
      July 28, 2010 7:54 am

      I was wondering if you’d put 2 and 2 together! What a bright spark you are. But you’re right it doesn’t fit who I am just wanted to give it a try since people on these boards like to give out others info while still hiding behind there wall of anonimity…go figure.

      Thanks for mentioning your not a native to the Mission it explains everything! I like the way people move to a neighborhood because of its uniqueness than go and try to change everything that makes it unique. But I should expect nothing else, it’s happening all over the Mission.

      Oh and since you know me I’ll put the same invite I’ve made to others, you ever feel the need to come on over for a chat so i can put a face to the name feel free.

      Concerned Turkey, well what can I say…I guess it’s all in the name.

      All banter aside, for now, let me ask you why? I’m truly curious. Why a microhood? Why La Lengua? It’s seems this little patch of land has survived the takeover attempts of “evil forces” so far. Have the “evil” neighbors of Noe and Bernal stepped up their game and the only way to keep them at bay is sick the tongue on them?

    • July 28, 2010 12:01 pm

      “Thanks for mentioning your not a native to the Mission it explains everything!”

      Nice attitude. My daughter was born here, does she get a voice? Or does legitimacy only come with multiple generation residency?

      Things change. Ask the Irish, or the Spanish, or the Ohlone.

    • smrod permalink
      July 28, 2010 12:41 pm

      Again the pot calling the kettle black. As for children I have 3 born here too, AND? I don’t have a problem with people voiceing their opinions or with changes. What I do have a problem with is the “anybody not with me is against me” attitude you seem to have. Or the fixing what’s not broken state of mind that seems to be everywhere now.

      Your not being from here to me does have a bearing on your state of mind. I’ve come across too many people that come to live in the Mission because they like the feel, the vibe of it and then decide they know what’s best for everyone else and start changing what’s “not broken”.

      Now back to my earlier question, why? I am truly curious to know the reasoning behind this, the need for this. Who knows in the end I may agree with what your doing/saying BUT not about the evils of Noe Valley or Bernal Heights…sorry, don’t swallow that one. In my book there’s evil everywhere with people trying to push there ideals on others not just in the Noe or Bernal areas.

    • July 28, 2010 5:12 pm

      Are you serious?

      I hereby exclude you from La Lengua. No jacket for you.

    • smrod permalink
      July 29, 2010 8:11 am

      hahahaha, if nothing else your good for a laugh johnnyo. I guess I won’t get any answers as to the why’s but that’s okay…you have a good one johnnyo.

    • July 29, 2010 2:40 pm

      I’m beginning to think you don’t actually read before posting comments.

      But I do find your random inconsistency rather entertaining. You really ought to start your own blog as you have some uniquely fascinating opinions — I believe is free.

    • smrod permalink
      July 29, 2010 2:59 pm

      I have no idea why you would think I don’t read the comments before posting since I’m replying to what your saying or why you feel I’m being inconsistant (again just responding to what you’re posting) so why don’t you explain it to me? I thought asking why was pretty valid BUT I guess that’s too much to ask for.

      HHHHMMMMM, my own blog…nay. I rather enjoy our conversations here on burritojustice, their so enlighting as to how your brain works.

    • July 30, 2010 7:32 pm

      That’s too bad on the blog, hope you change your mind.

      You *do* realize that they are trying to move you out of the Mission into Bernal, right?

  7. Alicia permalink
    July 27, 2010 10:24 pm

    I need a La Lengüense jacket. I’d also like to propose that San Jose Ave north of 26th be renamed San Jose St, or perhaps have an entirely different name to distinguish it from the four lane highway that merges into Guerrero.

    • July 28, 2010 11:44 am

      You could appeal to tradition and change it back to “El Camino Real”. Or get the expressway section renamed back to “Bernal Avenue” and leave San Jose Avenue (or “Old San Jose Road?”) for the regular street.

  8. anonimo permalink
    July 27, 2010 10:36 pm

    Let me know when and what you’ll be changing San Francisco to. I’d really like to know what the name of the city I live in ends up being called.

  9. rocky'sdad permalink
    July 28, 2010 10:18 am

    Honestly, why the hell does it really matter? but really…calling a little sliver of space La Lengua seems kinda meaningless.

    Guess what? We’re all just San Francisco. Period.

    • friscolex permalink
      July 28, 2010 10:34 am

      Ooh, them’s fighting words for those that grew up here. :-)

    • smrod permalink
      July 28, 2010 10:37 am

      @ rocky’s dady, I can live with that. Seems I’m just a glutton for punishment though and I get tired of all the hulabaloo that’s being thrown around…renaming districts cause it’s catchy, renaming streets cause we don’t want to be associated with “them”, seeing the enemy around every corner, that kind of thing.

      Hopefully one day I’ll learn to just read these comments, shake my head, sigh, go on with my day and focus on what’s really important.

      @ everyone, PROUD San Francisco AND Mission native! Make no mistake I don’t question or comment to be a “B” I do it cause this is my home and I love it. Granted there are things that need changing I just don’t think this is important enough to be one of them.

  10. friscolex permalink
    July 28, 2010 10:35 am

    Love it, BJ! I’ll need a sticker for my bike so when I zip through the area on my way home I’ll have safe passage. :-)

  11. rocky'sdad permalink
    July 30, 2010 6:27 pm

    @smrod: I hear ya…and I agree. most of it is a lot of hot air..amazing how some like johnnyo get pretty hot under the collar about neighborhood names..and others who attempt to have a “higher” opinion just cause they were born here.

    Since I was not born here, but been here now for 35 years, I guess my opinion is worth..say…..80% of a natives? whatever, I’m gonna keep talking.

    • July 30, 2010 7:26 pm

      Hot under the collar? Really RD? That makes me sad, especially since I’m having fun and smrod/anonimo is taking things so verry seriously.

      You two are made for each otheAverie down, have a glass of wine and chill. And start a blog. I’d love to read it.

  12. rocky'sdad permalink
    July 30, 2010 8:23 pm

    LOL..oh, trust me JO, get quite passionate and hot under the collar at times..on some what? we all do…just don’t pretend you are mr cool here all the time, cause you arent.

    Lighten up.:) don’t be sad. it’s not real life.

  13. August 1, 2010 10:30 pm

    I think I want a t-shirt. Seriously….I could rock that rolling stones/mission mash up. (I could settle for Lower Bernal Heights™, tho)

  14. August 4, 2010 2:46 pm

    NoeBerMish Gulch

    • August 4, 2010 9:03 pm

      Ha! I thought you said “NoeBeerMish Gulp”. (But upon proper reading, yours does indeed have promise.)

    • From above the cafe permalink
      August 7, 2010 6:23 am

      TriBeCha – triangle below Chavez

  15. sfkayak permalink
    August 11, 2010 6:10 pm

    The Bernal Heights Postal Station has been located in Bernal for years and years. First on 29th Street and in later years on Tiffany Ave. It’s Bernal which is located in the Mission and has been for more years than I can remember. Get over it!

    • August 11, 2010 8:38 pm

      We tolerate that small outpost of Bernalian government activity in our midst due to its short lines and utter convenience.

      Anyway, it’s less “Bernal” that’s the issue than is the “Heights”, which is clearly geographically anomalous.

      Given the Bernal’s ranchero was in the historical heart of La Lengua, it’s really Bernal Heights that should be renamed!

  16. August 16, 2010 2:20 pm

    I’m in no way defending any real estate agent or entity – but since that corner of Mission and Cesar Chavez is the location of the former Bernal family’s county at Rancho Rincon de las Salinas y Potrero Viejo…it appears only right and just to continue to consider this Bernal land.

    • August 17, 2010 10:34 pm

      Agreed (and I’m sure you’ve seen my El Rio post). I have most issue with the “Heights” describing our hood.

      Really, it’s Bernal Heights that’s misnamed! So what do we call them? Cortland Hill? Precita Heights? Chert Peaks? Red Rock?

  17. August 16, 2010 2:21 pm

    county = country home

  18. Matt permalink
    August 17, 2010 4:46 pm

    As a resident of La Lengua who works in data presentation and is fascinated with SF history and maps, this website is the best ever. Where do i sign up for LaLeRa.

    • August 17, 2010 10:30 pm

      Dude, are you my clone?

      LaLeRa caps – Chairman Mao style – will be handed out at the next revolutionary council meeting. (Look for the giant tongue projected up on the side of St. Luke’s.)

  19. August 18, 2010 2:51 pm

    Yo, johnnyO: I see what you’re saying and I agree. My neighbors who have been living in Bernal decades longer than I have been simply call it Bernal (but they pronounce it in Spanish, not the Gringo way). I.E, Bernal doesn’t rhyme with kernel.

  20. May 11, 2011 3:25 am

    Hello! I love watching football and I loved your blog as well.


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