SAVE THE DATE – Neighborhood Party Saturday, October 5

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DHIC Board Meeting August 22 at 7 pm

Join us on Thursday, August 22 from 7pm – 8:30pm

for the DHIC Quarterly Board meeting

in the Community Meeting Room,

2d floor, Bank of America Bldg,

18th and Castro Streets

(Enter via Castro Street door)

Agenda:
Regular business

SFMTA Update on J Church Service Improvement Project
with Bonnie Jean von Krogh, SFMTA*
Discussion to Follow

For more information, email info@doloresheights.com

 

*Take the SFMTA Survey on how to improve service on the J Church line

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Speak Out for Dolores Park

Come to July 31 City Community Meeting

Are you sickened by whats going on at Dolores Park and our nearby neighborhoods? Its beset by homeless camps, gang violence, car break-ins, and general trashing by those who leave their garbage behind. And despite efforts by some, its not getting better. On May 26 a shooting among gang members at the Miguel Hidalgo statue wounded one involved person. On Tuesday, July 16, a large group moved onto the north lawn along 18th Street near the Maintenance facility. This group is openly using drugs and acting aggressive with passers-by. They are the most recent in a series of encampments that started in August 2018.

Help us protect Dolores Park and our neighbors. Voice your concerns to the City at the Community Meeting on Wednesday, July 31 at 6pm at the Childrens Day School (at 601 Dolores Street.) Our supervisor, Rafael Mandelman, organized this meeting to update us on the citys efforts to ensure public safety and address homeless encampments in and around Dolores Park. Representatives from city departments including Rec & Park, SF Police – Mission Station, the Department of Public Works and the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing will be speaking. They need to see and hear from us. Show up to tell the City that we want Dolores Park and our neighborhoods to be free of violence and homeless camps!

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Green Garden Day – Saturday, August 3

Our Green Garden Day stairway clean-up takes place on Saturday, August 3 from 9-11 am at Cumberland and Noe Streets.

Heavy lifting and hill climbing are not required.

There’ll be coffee provided bySpike’s Coffees & Teasand treats from the DHIC, garden tools and gloves courtesy of SF Parks Alliance and SFDPW, 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.

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

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No Green Gardens in July

Shhhhhhhhhhh!
Our Green Gardens team is taking a rest in July!

Mark your calendars for our next stairway clean-up

Saturday, August 3 from 9:30-11:30 am

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-mailstairs@doloresheights.orgfor more info, or just show up!

*Heavy lifting and hill climbing are not required.

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Dennis Richards’ Recap of SB 50 at our Spring Gathering

At our June 1 Spring Neighbors Gathering, Dennis Richards recapped Senator Scott Wiener‘s bill SB 50. That bill would sweepingly upzone (that is, change zoning to allow more density on each lot) most of the City (and indeed much of the State). It would incentivize more market-rate & luxury housing, but would not effectively promote more affordable housing which we so desperately need.

In addition to these general points, we should add that the bill in its current form would have significant impact on Dolores Heights:

  • Increase height limits within theDolores Heights Special Use District from 35′ to 55′ (in most cases; 45′ in a few locations) because of proximity to the J Church. It would do this without requiring that developers build multi-unit or affordable housing
  • Waive all maximum controls on density for all of Dolores Heights because of proximity to the J and the 24. So any lot can have any number of units, as long as the result complies with the Building Code.
  • Not increase the production of affordable housing in our area: Most lots are not large enough to hold more than 10 units legally. SB 50 only requires affordable or inclusionary requirements for projects with more than ten units.
  • Because of the increased density, a proposal that would demo a single family residence and replace it with multiple units on what is today an RH-1 lot could be approved “by right” without review by the City or appeal by adjacent neighbors.

SB 50 is officially on hold until next year. However, Senator Wiener may be able to use any number of legislative maneuvers to bring it back at least in part this year. As an example of a step he could take, Senator Wiener just resorted to a legislative trick called “gut and amend”. He’s taken a bill that originally dealt with licensing for barbers and cosmetologists – SB 592 – and amended it to create another housing bill which is different than SB 50 but in some ways might be even worse.

SB 592 is a very complex and detailed piece of housing legislation that would undermine a long list of local controls over residential developments by extending the scope of the Housing Accountability Act (HAA). The HAA was originally passed in the 1980s to protect communities from housing discrimination, but has been increasingly used to sue cities in order to force approval of development permits. SB 592 changes the HAA to an anti-local controls measure that appears to disallow Discretionary Review and appeals and protects proposed McMansions from neighborhood objections. We will write more about SB 592 as we understand it better.

What can you do? Call Assembly Housing Committee Chair (and our state assemblyman) David Chiu at (916) 319-2017. Urge him to oppose SB 592.

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A Look Back at our 2019 Spring Neighbors Gathering

DHIC’s Spring Gathering brought together neighbors and several key city leaders: Rafael Mandelman, our district supervisor, and Dennis Richards, a San Francisco Planning Commissioner (more on his remarks and key legislation HERE.)

 

Supervisor Mandelman provided updates on neighborhood/district issues and answered neighbors questions. He also introduced Jessica Closson, our new District 8 Safety Coordinator. Jessica is meeting with community groups to identify top safety issues and how she can help us address them.

 

Before the gathering, neighbors met for the monthly Green Gardens clean-up. They worked to clear and trim the green areas adjacent to the Sanchez Steps (above 19th Street.) Everyone is welcome to this first Saturday event. There will be no stairway clean-up in July but we’ll be back in action on Saturday, August 3. For more info, see Green Gardens announcement in our next newsletter or write stairs@doloresheights.org.

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Dolores Park History Day Sunday, May 26 from 2-6 pm

Dolores Park History Day ~ Sunday, May 26 from 2-6 pm

Why are all those shacks in the park (Hint: It’s 1906)?

What streams ran near the park and where did they go?

Who was buried in the parkland (before it was a park)
and why were they moved?

Who lived in the Mission Dolores area –
starting with the native peoples through today?

How and why has it changed over the centuries?To hear these and other stories, stop by Dolores Park on Sunday, May 26 from 2pm on. Neighbors at six separate tables will outline important historic events. Each speaker will cover a key period in the area’s history.

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Dolores Park – Homelessness Update

Robert Brust, a leader of the Dolores Park Ambassadors & DHIC member, and several neighbors recently met withRec and Park staff members.TheyaskedthePark representativesto take action in response toincreased illegal camping and other violations.Significantly moreunhoused peopleare sleeping in the park andputtingtheir belongings in the park andonCity sidewalks. This week aParkstask force was in the park alerting the 40 or so folks sleeping there that they have to leave.

The Rec and Parkteam will continue to enforce the Park’s ban on overnight sleeping/camping . And they will be joined by DPW, SFPD, and the Homeless Outreach Team (SF HOT) who offer shelter and other services to homeless individuals.

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Green Garden Day – Saturday, June 1

Our Green Garden Day stairway clean-up takes place on Saturday, June 1 from 9-11 am at Sanchez & 19th Street stairs.

Plan to stay on and join us at 11 am for the annual Spring Neighbors Gathering!

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, 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.

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

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