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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Green Garden Day – Saturday, October 6

Our next Green Garden Day stairway clean-up takes place on Saturday, October 6 from 9-11am at Sanchez & 20th Streets.

Heavy lifting and hill climbing are not required.

There’ll 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.org for more info, or just show up!

And mark you calendars for our upcoming Green Garden Days!

November 3 Cumberland & Noe Streets
December 1 Liberty/Sanchez medians

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SF DA’s Office Holds Meeting on Public Safety September 20

Marisa Rodriguez, Assistant District Attorney and Director of Community Relations
at the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, invites community leaders and concerned citizensto an important meeting to discuss public safety updates and issues impacting us and our communities.

The meeting will be held on September 20th at 6pm at the Hall of Justice850 Bryant Street (the exact room TBD). Please feel free to pass this invitation to other interested people.

RSVP tomarisa.rodriguez@sfgov.org

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

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September Green Garden Day a Success!

Our September Green Garden day went very well. We picked up trash/needles, pruned foliage, for better exposure and safety, and planted many drought tolerant succulents in the ground and in the four planter boxes.

Volunteers: 14

# of total hours: 32

Compost bags: 16

Trash bags: 2

Hypodermic needles collected: 14

 

Thank you again for your help!

 

DHIC Stairs Committee

Jennifer Bury

Liz Clark

David Dia

Bruce Muncil

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Leveraging Our Safety Work

Dolores Heights block groups have formed the Dolores Heights Neighborhood Partnership (DHNP.) Meeting quarterly, the block captains share information and make plans for more effective neighborhood safety. DHNP leaders along with a representative of SFSafe will be at the DHIC Fall Festival on Oct. 13. Stop by for safety tips and talk. To join your block safety group, just emailinfo@doloresheights.org

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Save the Date! DHIC Fall Festival Saturday, October 13, 2018

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Green Garden Day – Saturday, September 1

Our next Green Garden Day stairway clean-up takes place on Saturday, September 1 from 9-11am atSanchez & 19th 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 upcoming Green Garden Days!

October 6 – Sanchez & 20th Streets
November 3 – Cumberland & Noe Streets
December 1 – Liberty/Sanchez medians

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Dolores Park Ambassadors Help City with Growing Homeless Encampments

During the last few weeks of August, neighbors noticed a growing homeless presence at Dolores Park. Folks started to gather on the edge of of the lawn next to Dolores Street, their belongings and tents stacked up on the strip of lawn next to the curb. Ironically, this gathering occurred right after Supervisor Mandelman and Mayor Breed took a first-hand look at the Castro and Dolores Park to assess the homeless, street cleanliness, and general quality of life.

The Dolores Park Ambassadors group alerted the Dolores Park rangers, the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT), DPW, and Mission Station Captain Caltagirone. They also contacted Supervisor Mandelman. The groups worked together very effectively to resolve a potential homeless .

Robert Brust, a Dolores Park Ambassador leader, emailed Captain Caltagirone, “We would like to thank you and your officers DPW, Park Patrol, HOT, and Supervisor Mandelman for all your efforts.”

Coordination between City agencies and the neighbors is essential if we are to prevent the park and our community from becoming a large scale homeless refuge Brust explained.

If you see issues in the park, alert the Park District rangers. Two rangers are on duty during peak hours (typically later morning through sundown.)

Park Rangers general dispatch:(415) 242-6390.park-patrol@sfgov.org

Always include 311 for any City service issue. This will log and track your issue and helps coordinate all City agencies. Calling Supervisor Mandelmans office is also effective for getting quick results. And you can always contact SFPD directly.

SF311 – online, call or try the app

911 – if there is an ongoing crime or threat of violence.

Homeless Outreach, the HOT team, (415) 355-7401

District 8 Board of Supervisors Constituent Services, Tom Temprano – 415 554 6968,tom.temprano@sfgov.org

SFPD Mission Station desk – 415 558 5400 and Captain Gaetano Caltagirone,Gaetano.Caltagirone@sfgov.org

Dolores Park is a jewel in our neighborhood because the community cares. To receive updates or volunteer with Dolores Park Ambassadors, emailDoloresParkAmbassadors@gmail.com

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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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