Green Garden Day February 3 at Cumberland & Noe Stairs

Hello Neighbors,

On Saturday, February 3, we’ll meet at9 AMat Cumberland& Noe Streets for coffee, treats, tools and yes, gardening!

  • When:Saturday, February 3, 2018 from 9 AM to 11 AM
  • Where: Cumberland& Noe St.
  • What: Garden work, pruning, trash pickup, and planting.

As before, this will involve improving stairs 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. There’ll be coffee provided by Spikes Coffee and treats provided by DHIC, garden tools and gloves provided by SF Parks Alliance and SF DPW, as well as lots of friendly faces. As with previous events, this should also be a fun morning!

As always, this joint event is made possible by:

If you have any questions about this event, you can email

See you all soon!

Join DHIC:

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Dolores Heights Resident Catches Camera Thief; Makes Citizen’s Arrest

A San Francisco resident living near Dolores Park caught video footage of a man ripping the security camera from his front gate on January 23, 2018.

You can read more in this SFGate article.

Thanks to Bruce Bowen for sharing this!

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Noe Valley Dems Host “Meet the Mayoral Candidates” January 31

Its a big election year in our supervisorial district, District 8. Scott Wieners unexpired D8 supervisorial term will be filled at the June primary election onTuesday, June 5, 2018. And due to the unexpected death of Mayor Lee in December, his unexpired term must be filled via the June primary election. At thisupcoming neighborhood meeting you can hear from the leading candidates.

Noe Valley Democratic Club sponsors: MEET THE MAYORAL CANDIDATES

Noe Valley Dems have invited Angela Alioto, London Breed, Amy Farah Weiss, Jane Kim, and Mark Leno to speak to the club. Each candidate will be given 20 minutes to present and answer questions (10 minute presentation and 10 minute Q & A). All 5 candidates have indicated that they should be able to make the meeting

Everyone is invited regardless of whether they are a club member or not.

What: Noe Valley Dems–Meet the Mayoral Candidates
When: Wed, Jan 31th–6:30 Social Hour; 7pm Meeting Begins
Where: Noe Valley Town Square,3861 24th Street

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Dolores Park Ambassadors Community Meeting February 15

Dolores Park Ambassadors Community Meeting
February 15 ~ 6-7:30 PM
Dolores Park Church Office Building, 65 Dorland
Room 423

The Dolores Park Ambassadors are organizing their first community meeting of the year on Thursday, February 15. Hans Kolbe, DHIC board member and Ambassador leader, promises a meeting packed with up-to-date reports from City agencies on the state of Dolores. We have had time to follow up on our last meeting, especially continuing the collaboration with SF Rec & Parks, Park Rangers, and the Love Dolores campaign (Rec and Parks project to increase respect for the park.)

Invited guests include Rec & Parks maintenance on the trash plan, lawn repairs, and broken toilets. Park Rangers on security incidents, CCTV camera installation. And SF Police with a security overview.

Hans reports, In addition, we are actively making contact with neighborhood groups to activate the park with historical and cultural activities. Expect to hear from the Dolores Garden Club, Historical & Cultural Event Committee and Sports & Recreation Committee.

Thank you for your support and see you in the park!

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2018 Board Meeting Schedule

Dolores Heights Improvement Club
2018 Board Meeting Schedule

  • Monday, February 12, 2018 from 7-9 pm
  • Monday, May 14, 2018from 7-9 pm
  • Monday, August 13, 2018 from 7-9 pm
  • Monday, November 12, 2018 from 7-9 pm

The DHIC Board meets quarterly on the second Monday of the second month of each quarter. You are welcome to join us.

For the agenda or other info, write to us at

Meeting Location

Community Meeting Room in the Bank of America Building
501 Castro Street (18th & Castro Streets)
(Enter the building on the Castro side and go up the stairs to the 2d floor.)

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ALERT from DHIC Planning & Land Use: SB 827 WILL UPZONE THE CITY

Come to the Town Hall meeting on Saturday, February 3 at the Taraval Police Station to Voice Your Concerns

State Senator Scott Wiener (D).

Senate Bill 827, sponsored by our State Senator Scott Wiener, will effectively upzone much of the City. It will also effectively eliminate the protections of the Dolores Heights Special Use District (SUD) for our neighborhood. It would raise the Residential Housing district height limits to 55 feet or even 85 feet for a street that’s more than 45 feet wide – like Church and Dolores Streets. Over time, Dolores Heights and most of San Francisco would see huge residences towering over adjacent homes and sidewalks. And the bill has no provisions to mitigate its impact on our already overburdened infrastructure and transportation systems or on our affordable housing crisis. It will increase the number of market-rate housing units (for which builders are already hitting the City’s targets) while reducing the relative supply of affordable housing.

How can this happen? SB 827 allows the State to override local zoning and density limits if a property falls within 1/4 mile of a bus line with service intervals of no more than 15 minutes during peak commute hours or 1/2 mile of a Major Transit Stop, which includes intersections where bus lines cross. Because bus and streetcar lines on Church, Castro, 18th and 24th Streets meet these criteria, all of Dolores Heights would lose all zoning protections, all density protections, all community review protections (no DRs), and our current height limits below 55 or even 85 feet. This impact goes across the whole City!

This planning concept of locating taller and larger buildings along transit corridors or hubs works for less densely populated suburbs with fewer transit lines. But this one-size-fits-all bill gives developers free rein to build big across much of San Francisco. More importantly, it guts all zoning and density and community review provisions within these Transit Corridors. And Senator Wiener’s bill makes no provisions for expanding transit services, city infrastructure, or affordable housing. So in return for densifying our neighborhoods, our teachers, nurses, service workers or any other middle to low income San Franciscans receive no additional affordable housing. We’re not alone. This LA Times editorialhighlights similar concerns for Los Angeles. And the Sierra Club opposes SB 827.

Please educate yourself by reading the exact text of the law linked above, and come to Senator Wiener’s Town Hall on Saturday, February 3, from noon – 2pm at Taraval Police Station, 2345 24th Street (call 415-557-1300 to RSVP).

Email or call (415) 557-1300 Senator Weiner to express your opposition to SB 827 as currently proposed.

Purple areas correspond to transit-rich zones under Wieners bill. (CourtesyMetropolitan Transportation Commission.)

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SAVE THE DATE – Next Green Garden Day on February 3

Since March 7, 2015, neighbors in the Dolores Heights Community have come together to garden and clean the various staircase areas in our community.

Our second 2018 stairway clean-up is Saturday, February 3 from 9-11 am at the Cumberland and Noe Street staircase. Please join us!

E-mail to get involved.

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First Green Gardens Day of 2018

Green Gardens volunteers hard at work on the stairs at 20th Street and Noe Street on January 6. Keep up the good work!

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New Year’s Greetings from the DHIC Board

Hello Neighbors!

On behalf of the Dolores Heights Improvement Club Board, we hope that everyone had a great holiday season. Tom & Jerrys Holiday Tree – celebrating its 30th anniversary – drew many visitors.

We wish you a happy and healthy 2018 and will work with you to make Dolores Heights an enjoyable and safe neighborhood for residents and for our many visitors who enjoy our hills, gardens, stairways, and views.

Heres what were doing in 2018 to achieve these goals:

  • Supporting our Block Safety Groups. Crime is on the upswing especially in the Mission Police Stations district. For more information, please see our articles about Block Safety, about the new Mission Police Captain, and the KQED interview with SFPD Chief Bill Scott in this newsletter. To get involved with your block group, email us at
  • Continuing our Green Gardens monthly stairway clean-ups. Join us on Saturday, January 6 from 9am – 11am at the Noe & 20th Street stairs (see article below for more details on the Committees work)
  • Being ambassadors for a safe and enjoyable Dolores Park. We stepped up to address problems in the Park and have proposed several projects in 2018 to continue that work (see article on participatory budgeting.) everyone who enjoys the park should email the Dolores Park Ambassadors at
    to be alerted about park events.
  • Advocating for balanced land use projects. Our Planning and Land Use Committee (PLU) protects the letter and spirit of the Dolores Heights Special Use District (DH SUD). We monitor projects to ensure that they adhere to the DH SUD. You can help by contacting us (at when a new project is proposed in our neighborhood. We also evaluate proposed SF Planning policies and lobby for changes when they have negative impacts on Dolores Heights
  • Growing our community engagement. Our Fall Block Party brought together neighbors and our elected and City officials. We also kicked off our 2018 membership drive. Numbers count! Join DHIC to increase our impact on elected officials, city departments, and stakeholders who affect Dolores Heights.

Make 2018 the year when you engage in the issues of your Dolores Heights Community! There are fun and gratifying activities for everyone from neighborhood safety, gardening, stairway greening, Dolores Park advocacy, and land planning. No worries if youre busy. We rightsize involvement to fit people’s schedules – from once every few months to more frequent activities. And if you have super powers like writing/communications, lobbying/regulatory, or other skills, let us know!

Carolyn Kenady

Chair, DHIC Board


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Thanks to All for Block Party Success

On behalf of the Dolores Heights Improvement Club Board, thank you to everyone that made ourOctober 7thBlock Party a great success!

It was a fun and sunny day with activities, visitors, and the Great Raffle! Neighbors came together – old friends reconnected and new friendships were forged.

Joining us at the party were our District 8 Supervisor, Jeff Sheehy; the Mission Station Captain, Bill Griffin; and Rafael Mandelman, candidate for District 8 Supervisor. We also had a special visit from the family of Susana Robles, the shooting victim on Rayburn Street.

Huge thanks to all the merchants who donated prizes for the Raffle and food items for our refreshments. Congratulations to the lucky raffle winners. We hope your prize introduces you to a new neighborhood business!

A big shout out to all who helped to produce our annual party, especially…

  • Joe Titi, the king of the Great Raffle prizes and the membership table
  • John Guisti who helped with membership
  • Ursula Hunting, our event manager extraordinaire
  • Darby Auerbach-Morris, Kid Corner wrangler
  • David Pennebaker, our local history buff
  • David Dea, the Green Gardens wizard
  • Our Dolores Heights safety captains – John ODuinn, Liz Clark, and Patrick Crisp
  • And our Dolores Park Ambassadors, Hans Kolbe and Donald Bruce

And to all who the merchants who supported our annual party, especially…
17th & Noe Market
Absinthe Restaurant – Hayes Valley
BiRite Market – 18th Street
Bistro SF Grill – Castro & 24th Streets
Canela Bistro & Wine Bar – Market & Noe Streets
Castro Nail Salon – Castro & 17th Streets
Chez Marius Restaurant – 24th Street & Castro
Cotton Basics – Castro & 24th Streets
Delfina Restaurant – 18th Street
Easy Breezy Frozen Yogurt – 24th Street
Hand Job Nails & Spa – 18th Street
Hot Cookie – Castro & 17th Streets
Levi Store – Castro & 18th Streets
Mollie Stone’s Market – 18th Street at Collingwood
Papalote Mexican Grill – 24th Street
Queen Bee Nails – Market Street
Safeway – Market & Church Streets
Sausage Factory Restaurant – Castro Street
Soulcycle – Castro & Market Streets
Starbucks – 18th & Castro Streets
Tom Taylor & Jerome Goldstein – party equipment
Wink – Castro & 24th Streets

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