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 for more info.

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Check Out the New Garbage Can!

As the slogan used to go: “Every Litter But Helps!” We are proud to have played a part in acquiring f this new garbage can at the bottom of Sanchez and 20th Streets.

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Great Shots from our November Green Garden Day

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We Planted a King Sago Palm Tree!

The Green Garden team had a fun time planting the mother plant onto our hillside garden in November.  We should know in a few months if the transplant is successful. 

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Year-end Greetings from the DHIC Board

Happy Holidays and year-end greetings from the DHIC Board of Directors!  2019 has been quite a busy year for all of us as we participated in state legislation, city elections, and town hall meetings regarding our serious neighborhood issues of homelessness, crime, safety and, cleanliness. 

Here’s what we accomplished for Dolores Heights in 2019:

  • Supported the improvement of the Dolores Heights’ staircases in conjunction with the DHIC’s Green Garden Group and SFDPW’s First Saturday “Green Garden Days” as well as our neighborhood Stairway Stewards, who sweep, clean, and cultivate their nearby stairways throughout the year
  • Continued working with District 8 Supervisor Rafael 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
  • Secured enhanced neighborhood cleaning, Hot Team, and police services for the areas around Dolores Park and the Castro
  • Helped to build block groups and participated in a network of Block Safety Leaders throughout Dolores Heights
  • Hosted Supervisor Mandelman and city officials at our annual Spring and Fall Gatherings
  • Spoke out on behalf of Dolores Heights at city meetings on safety, housing issues, and homelessness
  • Partnered with the Dolores Park Ambassadors and San Francisco Parks and Rec to welcome all visitors to a clean and safe Dolores Park

We cannot do it without you. Support our work by sending us your 2020 dues. (DHIC membership is on a calendar-year basis. Basic dues are $25.) Join/renew online or by downloading our membership form here. For more information, write us at

Thank you from the Board of The Dolores Heights Improvement Club!
Carolyn Kenady, Chair; John O’Duinn, Vice Chair; Joe Titi, Treasurer; and board members Jennifer Bury, Liz Clark, Rhett Currier, Hans Kolbe, and Bruce Muncil

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Spotlight on a Neighborhood Organization: Castro Rotary

This newly formed club welcomes members.  It’s a great small group of civic folks who volunteer at DHIC’s monthly Green Gardens.  The parent Rotary organization supports community projects around the world with volunteers and funding.  Some Castro Rotary members are traveling to Guatemala to help with  H2Open Doors, the global clean water project.   To find out more, visit or stop by one of their meetings on the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 6:30-8 pm at Hamburger Mary’s, 531 Castro Street.

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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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Who to Call When for Assistance

If you see…

If you encounter issues reporting these situations contact the office of Supervisor Rafael Mandelman at 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 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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