Support the Mission Police Station Holiday Toy Drive

Please consider donating a toy or cash to the 2019 Mission Police Station annual toy giveaway.  This Christmas Holiday event being held on December 21 is funded by Mission police officers and by community members.   Please consider donating toys or money on behalf of our police officers who’ve served our community during 2018 … and make a child’s holiday happier.  You can drop off toys or checks at Mission Station front desk (630 Valencia Street). Make your check payable to: Operation Dream and write write “Mission Station Toy Drive” in the memo section (TAX ID # 94-3220436.)   Thanks to all and happy holidays! 

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CANCELLED! – Green Garden Day – Saturday, December 7 – CANCELLED!

Due to the rain forecast for tomorrow we regretfully have to cancel our December 7 Green Garden Day tomorrow.


Thanks to all our volunteers and we look forward to seeing you at the next Green Garden in 2020.


DHIC Stairs Committee: Jennifer Bury, David Dea & Liz Clark

E-mail stairs@doloresheights.org for more info.

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Who to Call When for Assistance

If you see…

If you encounter issues reporting these situations contact the office of Supervisor Rafael Mandelman at mandelmanstaff@sfgov.org or (415) 554-6968

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Green Garden Day – Saturday, November 2

Our Green Garden Day stairway clean-up takes place on Saturday, November 2 from 9-11 am at Noe and 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 SFDPW.

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.

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

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Another Fun and Informative Fall Gathering

On Saturday, October 5 with blue skies and warm temps, about 60 Dolores Heights neighbors came to the DHIC annual Fall Gathering at the top of Sanchez Hill.  We closed the block of Sanchez between 21st & Hill Streets for a fun and informative get-together.

Neighbors heard from Jessica Closson, SFPD Community Engagement Liaison for District 8, and from Supervisor Rafael Mandelman about homelessness and housing issues and the work underway to address them.  Lots of Q&A and good dialog ensued.

The chairs of DHIC Committees had information about their work and how neighbors can get involved. All of this conversation was leavened by refreshments and a drawing for gift certificates at area restaurants and stores.

A big THANK YOU! to the merchants who donated prizes to our drawing:  BiRite Market, Canela Restaurant, Delfina Restaurant, Fable Restaurant, Hot Cookie, Molly Stone’s Market, Poesia Restaurant, The Sausage Factory, and 17th and Noe Market.  Please patronize these merchants who support us!

Lots of neighbors joined or renewed their memberships for 2020 at the Gathering.  DHIC membership runs on a calendar year … and we start the renewal process in October for the coming year. If you missed the Fall Gathering and want to support us, you can download our membership form here.  (Coming soon on our website … online membership via credit card.)


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2020 Friends of Noe Valley Garden Tour Seeking Gardens to Showcase

Hello Neighbors!

The annual Friends of Noe Valley Garden Tour 2020 is actively looking for gardens to showcase on the tour next May. Over the years most of the gardens have been located in lower Noe Valley around 24th Street. This year we are hoping to showcase some gardens from the hills of Noe Valley including Dolores Heights.

The 2020 Garden Tour will be held on Saturday, May 16th from 10am to 4pm. There are typically 8 -10 gardens on the tour. All types of gardens are encouraged – manicured, wild, vegetable, pet friendly, owner or professionally designed. Around 200-250 people attend the tour viewing the gardens, at their own pace and in any order, with a map that is provided. Entrance to a garden must be through a passage, garage or walkway that does not involve passing through a residence. Prices for tickets are $20 for adults and $16 for seniors 65+. Children under 12 are free. Raffle tickets for a garden makeover are also sold. Proceeds from the Garden Tour are returned to the community through a donation to a beautification project in the neighborhood.

Here is where you come in. Do you or a neighbor have a garden that you think should be considered for the Garden Tour? Don’t be shy! The Garden Tour committee would love to see it. Let us know even if you are unsure. The committee members have lots of ideas and can help you out. Participation in the Garden Tour is actually a really FUN experience!

If you have a garden you’d like to be considered or have any questions please contact –
Peggy Cling
mpcling@gmail.com

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DHIC Fall Gathering – Saturday, October 5

We invite you and your family to the DHIC Fall Gathering on Saturday, October 5, from 11am to 1pm, on Sanchez Street between 21st & Hills Streets.

Enjoy our History Exhibit with photos and stories of Dolores Heights including the 1906 Earthquake, the “Mayor’s house,” Sanchez Hilltop and much more.

Our D8 Supervisor, Rafael Mandelman, will be there at 11:30 am; followed by Jessica Closson, SFPD Community Engagement, liaison at noon.

Learn about the work of our Green Garden Stairway Clean-up, Planning & Land Use, and Neighborhood Safety groups.

SFMTA representatives are hosting a table to discuss the findings from their study to speed up the J Church line.

Join or renew your DHIC membership and be entered in our drawing for great prizes at 12:30 pm.

So bring your questions and suggestions on all things Dolores Heights & San Francisco. Please join us to see old friends, meet new neighbors, and to learn about key issues in our community!!

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Assessors Office’s Services for Property Owners

From the Office of Assessor Carmen Chu: Tips to Save on Property Taxes

The Office of Assessor Carmen Chu determines the assessed value of all property in San Francisco. This work results in property tax revenue which goes to support vital city services and public education. There are many programs available to help save on your annual property tax bill. Below are brief descriptions and links to some of our Office’s most popular tax savings programs, as well as programs administered by other local agencies.

Homeowners exemption: If you own and occupy your property as a primary residence, you may be eligible to receive a Homeowner’s Exemption on your property taxes. This exemption deducts $7,000 from your assessed value, thus lowering your property tax bill each year. For more information, we have developed the Property Tax Savings for Homeowners fact sheet.

Property tax savings for families: Thinking about passing on property to your children? CA tax laws allow parents to transfer ownership of their primary residence and other properties as eligible to their children (and vice versa) without reassessing the property to market value. This means the recipient would be able to keep your current assessed value on the property and continue to pay property taxes as you would have. A similar tax benefit is also available for property transfer to a grandchild, however eligibility for each program is unique. To share more information on these programs, we have created a brief informational video on Property Tax Savings for Families.

SFUSD parcel tax exemptions for seniors: Over the past several years, SF voters have approved measures which provide funding to the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), including the Quality Teacher Education Act of 2008, the School Facilities Special Tax of 2010, and the Living Wage for Educators Act of 2018. All of these measures include an exemption for seniors ages 65 and over, provided they meet certain criteria. If you are 65 or older as of June 30, 2020, you may be eligible to receive over $600 in savings on your property tax bill. This exemptions program is administered by SFUSD, and you can find out more by visiting the website of their Senior Citizen Exemption Office.

Property tax savings for historic properties: The Mills Act program allows qualified owners to receive property tax reductions and use that savings to offset the cost of rehabilitation, restoration, and maintenance of their qualifying historic properties. This program is administered by the San Francisco Planning Department. For more information, please review this Historic Preservation Bulletin on the Mills Act program.

Learn about estate planning at the Family Wealth Forum: At the Assessor’s Office, we understand that planning for a secure financial future is a top priority for San Francisco families, but laws around inheriting property can be complicated. That’s why our office is organizing the Family Wealth Forum, a community event designed to provide families with the necessary tools to kick-start the estate planning process. The next Family Wealth Forum will be held in May 2020, but pre-registration is open now. To learn more and register, visit the Family Wealth Forum webpage.

If you have additional questions about the assessed value of your property and how you can save on your property taxes, please visit our website at sfassessor.org or reach out to the Office of Assessor Carmen Chu via email sfassessor@sfgov.org, by calling (415) 554-5596, or visiting us in City Hall, Room 190, Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm.

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Update on Homelessness Issues in Our Neighborhood

Are the Park and surrounding areas looking better? DHIC has been working for one year with other neighborhood associations to address issues caused by homelessness around Dolores Park and the Castro. At the July 31 Town Hall, City representatives heard the growing frustrations of neighbors and they committed more resources focused on the Park and surrounding areas. There is now a “Hot Spots” list of areas that are receiving more services daily and weekly. This includes areas in the Park and the Sanchez Stairs.

Do you see an improvement?? With the increased services and resources, we expect to see faster and more effective action on the 311 issues, on daily safety, and on the recurring “come and go” homeless camps and belongings. DHIC is working with Supervisor Mandelman, Captain Caltagirone, SFPD Mission Station, and other city representatives. We have asked SFPD to increase their focus on drug sales and use around the Park and Mission High and Children’s Day School.

Let us know your thoughts at info@doloresheights.org. And please attend our Fall Gathering on Saturday, October 5. Jessica Closson who’s working directly on the strategy and to escalate issues will be there to meet you and other neighbors. (See announcement in this issue.)

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Green Garden Day – Saturday, October 5

Our Green Garden Day stairway clean-up takes place on Saturday, October 5 from 9-11 am at Cumberland and Sanchez 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 SFDP.
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.
E-mail stairs@doloresheights.org for more info, or just show up!

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