Castro LBGTQ Cultural District Forming

Map shows proposed borders of Castro LGBTQ Cultural District
as described in Supervisor Jeff Sheehy’s draft Resolution.

Our District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, and Supervisor Jane Kim from District 6, have drafted a resolutionestablishing the Castro LGBTQ Cultural District (see map), with the intent of preserving, sustaining, and promoting the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer history and culture of the neighborhood; highlighting the structures and sites important to this history; fostering racial, ethnic and cultural diversity among its residents and businesses; and creating a safe, beautiful, and inclusive space for LGBTQ and allied communities, from those who call this neighborhood home to those who visit it from around the world.

For more information, contact Andrew Shaffer

Click HERE to read the full text of the resolution.

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A Brief History of Mission Dolores Park

It took a long time for Mission Dolores Park to become the city park we know today.

At our May 26, 2018 Dolores Park History Day volunteer storytellers recounted events before, during, and after the Park’s creation, using photos, maps, and reproductions of old paintings.

Thousands of years ago the native peoples of the Ohlone tribe chose the area for its sunny weather and access to natural resources. In 1776 the Spanish settlers built Mission Dolores nearby for the same reasons.

The entrance to Woodwards Gardens was located on Mission Street. The grounds were bounded by Mission Street, 14th Street, Duboce Street, and Valencia Street, just on the eastern edge of the Mission Dolores neighborhood. Courtesy of San Francisco Public Library.

During the Gold Rush era, freewheeling bars and other places for amusement sprouted in the Mission District.

Jewish cemetery in Mission Dolores Park.

Then the to-be park welcomed the dead when two Jewish congregations made the land into burial grounds in the 1860s. The era of the dead ended in 1904 when (at the City’s urging) the Jewish cemeteries moved to Colma. A city bond measure funded the purchase of the land in 1905. And Park Superintendent John McLaren designed the park.

Then the 1906 Earthquake made the park into a camp of more than 500 earthquake shacks and tents for those who lost their housing in the fire.

1906: Written on back of photo: 1 hour after earthquake The boys expression says it all. Also of note, all of the buildings on far side of park later burned. Photo via OpenSFHistory / wnp27.0119.jpg

View southwest from 18th Street showing hundreds of earthquake refugees, wagons, and tents. Photo via OpenSFHistory / wnp37.01129.jpg

Finally, the park’s major landscaping was completed in 1910 and stayed largely intact during the last century.

1910: Children playing a in wading pool. In the background, the former Lutheran Church at 19th and Dolores under construction, now the luxury Light House homes. Photo via OpenSFHistory / wnp36.01182.jpg

Mothers and their children at the Mission Park playground in 1922. Courtesy of San Francisco Public Library.

The park was completely renovated from 2012 – 2016. Now community members engage to keep the park clean and safe (Love Dolores, Dolores Park Ambassadors, and neighborhood groups such as DHIC.) Contact the Ambassadors to contribute to our history research and storytelling or to help in a variety of other ways.

Thanks to Dolores Park Ambassador volunteers: Robert Brust, Hans Kolbe, Anne Vannucchi, Katie Snider, Luis Perez-Cordero, Carolyn Thomas, John Staal, Joanna Tong, Carolyn Kenady, Michelle and Chris Stone and Chris, Dog Kona, and Tam Tran and to Andras Power, Love Dolores & SF Rec and Parks Dept.

For more fun facts and photos, visit the links below:

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Green Garden Day – Saturday, June 2

Our next Green Garden Day stairway clean-up takes place on Saturday, June 2 from 9-11am at 20th and Noe Streets.

Heavy lifting and hill climbing are not required.

Therell be coffee provided bySpikes coffeeand treats from theDHIC, garden tools and gloves courtesy ofSF Parks AllianceandSF DPW, as well as lots of friendly faces.

Our mission is to improve our public staircases and their surrounding green areas with a healthy combination of gardening, safety, neighbor involvement and fun!

Everyone is welcome. Please join us!

E-mailstairs@doloresheights.orgfor more info, or just show up!

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What a Wonderful Spring Gathering!

Thank you for joining us!

Jeff SheehyandRafael Mandelman (our candidates for D8 Supervisor) spoke with and then answered questions from Dolores Heights neighborson Saturdaymorning. We met at the dead end at the top of the Sanchez stairs. The candidates both cited homelessness and affordable housing as key issues in D8 and in San Francisco. They outlined what they’ve done (and plan to do if elected in June) to solve these big challenges. ABC Channel 7 just postedcandidate statement videos and candidate questionnairesfrom both Jeff and Rafael. Very informative if you missed our meeting or want to learn more.

Prior to the Spring Gathering with our D8 candidates, we had a lively firstSaturdaystairway clean-up (caffeine and donuts always energize the clean-up crew.) The Sanchez stairway and its west slope are looking really great! Thank you to the Green Gardens committee! (Click HERE to read the stats from their clean up.)

Thanks to Liz Clark for all these wonderful photos! We need your support to be a voice for our neighborhood. Numbers count when we work our city officials and when we advocate for our community at the city and state level. Please renew (or join) for 2018.

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May Green Garden Day a Great Success!

Our May 5 Green Garden Day produced:

9 bags of trimming

2 plastic garbage bags

10-12 syringes

We had 15 volunteers @ 2 hours each + 4 volunteers @ an additional 1.5 hours each = 36 hours total

Thank you all for your help and efforts. And thanks to Liz Clark for these great photos!

Our group would like to extendextraBig ThankstoRaymond and June (their smiling faces see below center!) from SFDPW, too!

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Another Threat: SB 828 Up for Vote April 24th

Supporters and opponents of SB827 stand off in front of city hall. Photo by Michael Toren for Mission Local.

Cities, organizations and individuals across California opposed SB 827, and we won! The final State Senate Transportation and Housing Committee vote on SB 827 was 6 opposed, 3 abstain/absent, and 4 support (the supporting votes included the bill’s two sponsors, Scott Wiener and Nancy Skinner). Why the Senators opposed SB 827:

  • Don’t like the one-size-fits-all approach
  • Zoning decisions should be local and regional, not statewide mandates
  • New jobs and housing should be planned together
  • Basing bill on rail/bus routes is flawed since future transportation is changing
  • Adversely impacts lower income communities and contributes to gentrification
  • Needs more affordable housing incentives
  • Needs increased parking allotments in certain cities
  • Bus routes change frequently so this transfers zoning power to local MTAs
  • No plans or funding for infrastructure (sewer, water, schools, fire, police) to keep up with increased density
  • Building along transit creates a corridor of homes vs. cluster of communities
  • Developers reap all the benefits and cities suffer the consequences

What’s Next?

Despite serious concerns from Senators opposing the bill, Senator Weiner and his colleagues vowed to return with a revised bill in January 2019.

Meanwhile, Senator Wiener has proposed other bills that take away significant local controls. As we focused our efforts on SB 827, a less publicized, but just as damaging bill, SB 828, is making it way through the legislature. SB 828 will be heard at the Transportation and Housing Committee on April 24th. Please write and call the committee members to register your opposition to SB 828. (Senators’ names, emails, and phone numbers are available here.)

Under SB 828, Senator Wiener will double cities’ quota for new housing production (already set in 2014 via the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA), a data-driven legally-mandated statewide process.) So he’s moving back the goal posts after the games started. If cities do not meet these virtually unattainable goals, then Senator Wiener’s SB35 enacted in January 2018 will force the cities to allow all construction projects to become by-right. By-right means developers can build what they want and where they want. It deregulates the housing approval process and takes away the public’s right to weigh in on development projects. That means:

SB 828 green lights projects and muffles the voices of local residents.

SB 828 requires cities to rezone sites to accommodate this 2X of new housing units. Moreover, it requires that the RHNA quota will be achieved via construction of multi-unit buildings. There goes the concept of single-family homes in cities.

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Spring Neighborhood Gathering – Saturday, May 5

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Green Garden Day – Saturday, May 5

Our next Green Garden Day stairway clean-up takes place immediately before the Spring Neighborhood Gathering on Saturday, May 5from 9-11 am at the 19th and SanchezStreet staircase.Yummy baked goods, Spikes coffee, juice, and fun while sprucing up our stairs and green areas. Everyone is welcome. Please join us!

E-mail stairs@doloresheights.orgfor more info, or just show up!

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Dolores Park Earth Day Celebration April 21 & 22

The Dolores Park Earth Day Celebration runs from 2-6 pm on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22 throughout Dolores Park.

Saturday and Sunday is the Love Dolores Celebration. The Ambassadors will join a lineup of community stars, Cheer SF, the Citys official cheerleaders; Dolores Flow, they bring flags, hoops and balls; Velocity Circus, magical theatre on the move and the Bridgemen, gay-bi-trans mens social service volunteers. We also expect a great turnout from the local Dolores community, the Bike Polo club, Giant Bubble crew, Robot Dance Party, and our local merchants doing what they do best. Can you taste the ice-cream? Plus special guests, The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Sunday, is Earth Day and The Dolores Park Ambassadors have partnered up with Rec and Park and the Love Dolores folks for three days of service in the park. Thursday we will kickoff with the now famous Dolores Garden Club, 10 AM to noon. We bring the Flower Power to Dolores.

We need your help! Families and children welcome to help with simple gardening tasks on Thursday. And on Saturday and Sunday we need help throughout the park with logistics and spreading the good work of the day.

Dont Trash Dolores, Use the Can!



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CANCELLED!! Green Garden Day April 7 CANCELLED!!

CANCELLED: Green Garden DaySaturday 4/7/18

Due to heavy rain overnight andtomorrowmorning, we are cancelling Green Garden Daytomorrow.

Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at our next (rain-free) Green Garden Day.

The Stairs Committee

Green Garden Day!
When: Saturday, April 7 from 9 AM to 11 AM
Where: Cumberland Street & Sanchez Street
What: Garden work, pruning, trash pickup, and planting.

As before, this will involve improving the steps, and the surrounding green areas, a healthy combination of neighborhood safety, gardening work and getting to meet your neighbors. Bring your gloves, tools, sunblock(!) and love of the neighborhood. Therell be coffee provided by Spike’s Coffees & Teas and treats provided by DHIC, garden tools and gloves provided by San Francisco Parks Alliance and SF DPW, as well as lots of friendly faces. As with previous events, this should also be a fun morning!

If you have any questions email

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