Year-end Greetings from the DHIC Board

What a year! State legislation, city elections, more city (and state & federal) elections, homelessness, crime, and our community’s safety and cleanliness. Thank you for your help and support during 2018!

Heres what we accomplished for Dolores Heights in 2018:

  • Improving Dolores Heights stairways – via the first Saturday Green Gardens clean-up and local stewards who sweep, clean, and cultivate their nearby stairways ongoing
  • Building block groups and helping to create a network of block safety leaders throughout Dolores Heights
  • Hosting candidates for District 8 Supervisor at our spring gathering and fall festival
  • Speaking out on behalf of Dolores Heights at City meetings on safety, housing (to protect, preserve, & produce), and homelessness
  • Working with the Dolores Park Ambassadors and the Park District to host the first-ever Dolores Park History Day and other activities to ensure that the park welcomes all community members and to discourage trashing the park
  • Participating in the feasibility assessment of a Green Benefit District for Dolores Park and surrounding neighborhoods
  • Working with Supervisor Mandelman, city agency leaders, and other community leaders to obtain shelter and services for homeless people now camping on our streets and in Dolores Park

We cannot do it without you. Support our work by sending us your 2019 dues. (DHIC membership is on a calendar-year basis.) Renew or join by downloading our membership form HERE. For more information, write us at

Thank you and happy holidays!

Carolyn Kenady, on behalf of the DHIC Board

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Please Support Mission Station’s Toy Drive

Help Create Holiday Happiness
Give to Mission Station’s Toy Drive

On Saturday December 22, 2018 , Mission Station police officers will hold their annual toy give away for the community. This holiday event is funded by Mission Station police officers and by community members.

Please consider donating either toys and money on behalf of our police officers who’ve served our community during 2018 and make a child’s holiday happier.

You can donate a toy by dropping it off at Mission Station front desk (630 Valencia Street). Or write a check payable to: Operation Dream and write “Mission Station Toy Drive” in the memo section (TAX ID # 94-3220436.)

Or email to arrange to drop off your donation with a neighbor who will deliver to the station. Thanks to all and happy holidays!

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CANCELLED! Green Garden Day – Saturday, December 1 CANCELLED!

The December 1 Green Garden Day has

been CANCELLED due to rain!

Best wishes for a peaceful and joyful holiday season.

Stay tuned for the schedule of our Green Garden Days in 2019

Our next Green Garden Day stairway clean-up takes place on Saturday, December 1 from 9-11 am at Noe & 20th Streets.

Heavy lifting and hill climbing are not required.

There’ll be coffee provided by Spike’s Coffees & Teas and treats from the DHIC, garden tools and gloves courtesy of SF Parks Alliance and SF 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-mail for more info, or just show up!

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November Green Garden Day a Great Success!

Glorious Green Garden on Saturday, November 3 with volunteers coming from as far away as the Netherlands!

We had 18 volunteers with a total of 46 hours.

The group collected:

19 bags of compost

3 trash bags

2 recycle bags

4 hypodermic needles

1 brush pile 4 X 4 X 8

DPW compost truck arrived exactly on time and quickly dispatched our collections.

Next Green Garden Day is Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Liberty/Sanchez Streets Median. Thank you again for your support of our Dolores Heights Green Garden program!

The DHIC Stairs Committee

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Green Garden Day – Saturday, November 3

Our next Green Garden Day stairway clean-up takes place on Saturday, November 3from 9-11am at Cumberland 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!

And mark you calendars for our last 2018 Green Garden Day!

December 1 – Liberty/Sanchez medians

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Thanks to all our 2018 Fall Festival Supporters!

Thank you to our local merchants for their generous donations — please patronize these businesses

Arlequin Cafe

Bi Rite Market

Canela Bistro and Wine Bar

Castro Coffee

The Castro Fountain

Castro Nail Salon

Catch Restaurant

Delfina Restaurant

Fable Restaurant

Hand Job – Nails & Spa

Hot Cookie

Levis on Castro

Mollie Stones Grocery – 18th Street

Mudpuppys – Castro

Queenbee Nails

17th & Noe Street Market

Soulcycle at Castro

Special thanks to Mr. Tom Taylor & Dr. Jerome Goldstein for party furnishings and set-up and to an anonymous donor for two Amazon gift cards

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Fall Festival 2018 – A Beautiful Day with Neighbors!

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Should We Form a Green Benefit District?

A group of residents and businesses in the neighborhoods around Mission Dolores and Dolores Park is trying to find ways to better maintain and improve our neighborhoods’ shared open spaces and parks. We are asking for your opinion on the conditions and needs of these public spaces, as well as possible solutions. We hope to bring neighbors together to address shared problems and implement solutions that help make our area more vibrant, clean, safe and livable for all.

Please take the 10-minute online survey by October 20 to let us know your priorities.

There will also be a series of community meetings to discuss the survey, its results and the next steps, including the option of creating a Green Benefit District (GBD).

Wednesday, October 10, 6 – 7:30 pm

Thursday, November 15, 6 – 7:30 pm

The meetings will be held at Dolores Park Church, 455 Dolores Street*.

Please take the survey and learn more at There you will find FAQs that describe how we are identifying the outcomes we hope to achieve, the process we are following to find solutions, and the procedures for creating a Green Benefit District, should this be the way we agree to move forward. And please let me know if you if you have questions.

Thank you!

Bruce Bowen

*The postcard you may have received says the meetings will be at 65 Dorland Street. That is the address of the church’s office building. The meetings will be in the church itself.


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Real Foods = Retail Only and No Housing

The long-vacant Real Foods property at 3939 24th Street was acquired last year by the MWA LLC who promised to revive the site. The plans they showed to neighbors in June featured retail stores and no housing. DHIC, Noe Neighbors Council, and individual neighbors gave feedback at a public meeting – pointing out that housing above the retail shops would provide much-needed housing for the community and add to the vitality of 24th Street. We asked the project sponsor to add housing. The answer was no.

On Thursday, October 4 Dolores Heights Improvement Club (DHIC) will ask the Planning Commission to disapprove this change of use to small retail stores and instead to ask the project sponsors to include apartments above the ground-floor retail stores. Approving this project for retail-only space squanders an opportunity to add much-needed housing in a site thats zoned for mixed-use (commercial and residential) buildings. And this project can add more homes without displacing current residents. Approving a retail-only project contradicts our Mayor’s and other elected officials stated position to produce more housing. It also runs counter to our City planning departments actions and policies that encourage greater housing density. The Conditional Use Authorization for this project, very near to Dolores Heights, should be rejected unless housing is included on this site.


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Lets Stay Safe in Dolores Heights

The recent mugging on 20th Street between Church & Sanchez on Monday, September 17th at 6:45pm reminds us all that safety awareness and block groups are important. Three guys attacked a single young guy and stole his cell phone. They sped off in a car parked across the street. The crime was captured on a neighbors video camera.

What can you do? Please be aware when walking in the neighborhood. Watch your surroundings. If you see strangers, use your judgment regarding where to walk. Call the police non-emergency number (415-553-0123) to report suspicious strangers on the street. Join one of our neighborhood block groups.

To connect with our block groups and learn more about safety, come by our Safety table at DHIC Fall Festival on Saturday, October 13. A representative of SF Safe will be there along with Patrick Crisp, one of the DHIC block safety group leaders.

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