August Green Garden Day a Success!

We had an exceptional August Green Garden Day on a beautiful Saturday morning. We had twice the amount of bags and brush piles that we usually have! A good mornings work!

16 Volunteers with a total of 36 hours.
46 Compost Bags
Two 4 X 6 X 8 brush piles
1 large trash bag
No needles this time!

Thank you for your ongoing support and supplies.

DHIC Stairs Committee

Liz Clark
Jennifer Bury
David Dea
Bruce Muncil

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Stop State Overreach on Housing

Yet again, our state legislators want to impose state control over local housing decisions. SB-828 introduced earlier this year significantly increases the Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) targets for every jurisdiction in California including San Francisco. This comes on the heels of ten bills passed by the state legislature in 2017 to accelerate housing production. San Francisco is meeting its RHNA target for market rate housing. The City has 60,000 units in its pipeline and has a total capacity of 143,000 housing units. San Francisco’s housing shortfall is in the affordable, not market rate, category. (Housing data fromSF Planning Commission, February 2018.) Keep in mind that the City doesn’t build housing. Developers build. So San Francisco will be saddled with higher targets and no direct power to build more housing.

Just as our City has stepped up to increase housing – especially affordable housing, Senator Wiener seeks to increase our targets. SB 828 would double the numeric housing targets for every California jurisdiction. These increased housing targets create significant, unfunded state and local financial consequences estimated by the Department of Housing & Community Development at $741,000 annually. So not only this bill is bad housing policy, its also bad fiscally. SB 828 goes to the Assembly Appropriations Committee in early August to consider its financial implications to the state budget, not policy implications. Your action can help defeat the bill.

Please let our state legislators know that you oppose SB 828. For details on how to email or call them click here

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Send one e-mail to the Chair of the Assembly Appropriations Committee with a cc to the Principal Consultant and a blind cc to Susan Kirsch.

To Committee Chair:

Cc Principle Consultant:

Blind cc:


Subject: OPPOSE SB 828


To the Honorable Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher:

I encourage you to oppose SB 828 because it is too costly to the state and the cities.

Thank You,




OR – Call the Chair’s Office and state your opposition. To call more members of the Assembly Committee, refer to this list

Lorena S. Gonzalez Fletcher (Chair) 916-319-2080

Principal Consultant: Jennifer Swenson 916-319-2081

Forward this information to other concerned people or organizations.

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Green Garden Day – Saturday, August 4

Our next Green Garden Day stairway clean-up takes place on Saturday, August 4 from 9-11 am at the Liberty Triangle (Liberty and Sanchez Streets.)

Heavy lifting and hill climbing are not required.

There will be coffee provided by Spikes coffee 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 stairs@doloresheights.orgfor more info, or just show up!

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Community Safety Report

Concerned about safety in Dolores Heights? Help your block neighbors stay safe by serving as a block safety lead. Its easy and rewarding. For more details, write The block safety leads meet together quarterly to share info and take action on issues.

At the June 26 monthly Mission Station Community meeting, Captain GaetanoCaltigirone introduced Rafael Mandelman, our new D8 Supervisor who will be sworn in on July 11. Rafael and the Captain have been meeting about neighborhood safety. Officers continue to make progress on auto break-ins. Four officers were injured while arresting an auto burglar who swung a 2×4 and threw bottles at the officers.

Officers on the homeless outreach team are making progress on reducing the number of homeless on the streets. The team is building and growing a “No Fly Zone”. It is an area free of encampments, poop, and needles. Neighbors discussed specific issues in their area of the Mission and thanked the Captain for his efforts in helping with some problematic people in the Castro.

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Do you know Audrey’s Bench?

Nestled among the plants near the southwest corner of Sanchez & 21st Streets is a beautiful sculpted wood bench. Its a great place to enjoy the views from Sanchez hilltop or to catch your breath after ascending the hill on one of the four steep streets. Created in 1997 as a memorial to Dolores Heights activist, Audrey Penn Rodgers, the redwood seat is a fitting memorial to a tireless leader.


Audrey led the campaign from 1978 – 1980 that obtained Board of Supervisors’ adoption for the Dolores Heights Special Use District (DH SUD). The DH SUD with its 45% rear yard setbacks and 35 foot height limit balances the natural and the built environment. Audrey’s work protected the amazing views of the City and the Bay for visitors and residents to enjoy from every street corner and sidewalk in our neighborhood.

Dolores Heights was recognized in the San Francisco General Plan for its uniform scale of buildings, mixed with abundant landscaping in yards and steep street areas. Rows of houses built from nearly identical plans that form complete or partial block frontages, arranged on hillside streets as a stepped-down series of flat or gabled roofs. Building setbacks with gardens set before Victorian facades and interesting entryways.

While youre relaxing at Audreys bench, think about what Audrey and other neighborhood leaders helped make Dolores Heights a place in which we love to live. And take the time to join DHIC. Help us continue our work as advocates for our neighborhood and our neighbors.

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Real Foods Site to be Sub-divided

Vacant for 15 years, the old Real Foods grocery store at 3939 24th Street was acquired by MWA LLC, a group of commercial property developers.

The good news: the developers want to complete the renovation and rent the stores within six months.

The not so good news: they arent interested in adding housing above the current ground floor.

At a pre-application meeting on June 27, Mitchell Benjamin, architect for the propertys new owners, presented plans to renovate the 4500 square foot space into three retail spaces. The project will be entirely within the envelope with no vertical or horizontal additions.

Neighbors attending the meeting from Noe Valley and from DHIC asked about adding upper floors for housing.Per Mr. Benjamin,the owners want to open the retail property as quickly as possible so they do not want to go through the residential permitting process.

Stay tuned. This project requiresConditional Use Authorization in order to replace a grocery store with retail stores. So the Planning Commission will review the owners project application. For more information, email

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DHIC Helps Win Neighborhood Notifications

Neighbors win at Planning Department & Board of Supervisors! On Tuesday, June 26 we got the Supervisors to retain key resident notifications.

The Planning Department staff, following through on a directive from Mayor Lee’s office, prepared process changes for 100% Affordable Housing projects. DHIC supported the changes to streamline 100% Affordable Housing. However, the Planning Dept. added key changes to the neighborhood notification process and planning approvals:

  • Shorten the time for neighborhood review of proposed projects (after mailing of a 311 notice) from 30 days to 20 days
  • Allow over-the-counter (OTC) permits for one and two-story additions to the rear of a residence (up to 360 square feet & 12 feet deep) with no neighborhood notification other than a single pre-application meeting with adjacent neighbors
  • Replace mailed project notification (containing the notice of Planning approval, printed plans of proposed project, and appeal) with a 3X5 postcard mailer

DHIC strongly objected to these changes.

Regarding notifications, when Planning approves a projects plans, neighbors within 150 feet of the project receive a mailed notification packet (called a Section 311 Notice). The Section 311 packet includes printed plans and the details on how neighbors can appeal the approved design. Planning proposed to replace the packet with a postcard. Neighbors would have to find and download final plans online. Planning also proposed to shorten the 30-day appeal deadline to 20 days.

The recurring theme here is to discourage public participation, hence cutting ten days from the notification period and eliminating notifications for pop-outs. How can ten days make any difference in the permitting process when it takes months if not years to complete the cycle from start to finish?

DHIC wrote Planning opposing these changes and testified twice at the Planning Commission against the remaining changes. Finally, we wrote to Supervisor Jeff Sheehy and the other Supervisors when these changes went to the Board of Supervisors.

On June 26, the Board of Supervisors agreed with us and ordered Planning staff to to go back to the Planning Commission’s recommendations and reinstate notifications for pop-outs, and keep the Section 311 notification periods at 30 days and maintain the current level of information mailed out with the 311 notices. A big win for neighbors and their neighborhood organizations!

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June in Dolores Park: A Report from the Dolores Park Ambassadors

The park is beautiful right now and getting lots of visitors! Its estimated that nearly 75,000 people were in & out of the park during the Pride weekend. The Dyke rally & march on Saturday, June 23 occurred without any serious incidents. The SFPD, Rec & Park rangers, Recology, LoveDolores, and event organizers all helped make it a successful weekend.

SFGate Pride Weekend Slideshow

Trash pickup was a huge job Sat pm/Sun am. Teams worked late nights, early mornings and extra hours to have it picked up. By Monday they were out fine tuning and further raking lawns. A big thank you to the City for their work to improve park cleanliness in the last year .

One call-out: the Dyke March event organizers and attendees need to be more responsible too. “Pack in – pack out” and “leave no trace” are San Francisco party mantras yet not mentioned on the organizer’s website. We would love to see Dyke March attendees have more Pride about cleaning up after themselves.

SFGate Coverage of the Dyke March

Pride weekend has left a mark on the park with many large brown patches. On Saturday July 7, LoveDolores is hosting a volunteer community day from 10am-2pm, focusing on micro-litter left on the grass. After Pride and 4th of July festivities, small tiny trash like bottle caps and pull-top tabs remains on the ground. It needs to be removed before SF Rec and Park aerates the ground to restore the grass. Otherwise, the aerator machine will push this small litter into the ground. Join us in the Park on Saturday the 7th to help keep Dolores beautiful. Please sign up on this link. Or just show up.

And Thursday, July 19 the Dolores Garden Club will work with the Dolores Rec and Park gardeners to restore and maintain some of the flower beds. Volunteers of all ages are needed. Meet up at the entrance to the Childrens Playground.

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Green Garden Day – Saturday, July 7 from 9-11 am

Our next Green Garden Day stairway clean-up takes place on Saturday, July 7 from 9-11am at Cumberland and SanchezStreets.

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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