Author Archives: Gail Burns

Castro Shared Space Reopens on Weekends

Castro Merchants are again sponsoring the popular Shared Space program during the weekends. (They closed during the Dec – Jan Stay at Home order.)  Come out and enjoy the vehicle-free on-street strolling and shopping.  Here’s the details:   18th Street – … Continue reading

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How You Can Protect Your Home

Here are the most commonly used ways to prevent garage/home break-ins. Keep entry lights on at night. Lighted doorways deter break-ins especially if video cameras are visible.  Keep one or more interior lights on at night.  Install motion flood lights … Continue reading

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D8 Crime and Prevention – A Talk with SFPD Chief Bill Scott

D8 residents are seeing and hearing about more crime in our district–from car or garage break-ins, vandalism and store robberies, home burglaries, to muggings on the street. On Friday, January 22, Supervisor Rafael Mandelman hosted a Zoom with Chief Bill … Continue reading

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Here’s to a Better 2021

What a year!  Never imaginable (still unbelievable) … yet we’ve done more than survive.  We’ve responded to this pandemic in positive and healthy ways.  We reached out to our neighbors in new ways…helping with errands, Zoom meetings, growing block safety … Continue reading

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Should There Be a Public Safety Cameras in the Castro Benefit District?

Due to increased crime and vandalism, the Castro/UpperMarket Community Benefit District is considering installing a public safety camera program, on private property, at the major intersections in the Castro and Upper Market. The camera program would have strict privacy controls … Continue reading

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Vandalism & Security Measures in The Castro

Battered by repeated burglaries and vandalism, Castro merchants enlist private security force By Alex Barreira – Staff Reporter, San Francisco Business Times Feb 1, 2021 Updated Feb 1, 2021, 1:33pm PST After her store on Castro Street was burglarized for … Continue reading

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Fall Gathering Time Means Membership Renewal Time!

Mark your calendars for our Fall Gathering Online – via Zoom Monday, October 26 from 7-8 pm Meet your neighbors and DHIC Board members Hear from our Supervisor Rafael Mandelman Please REGISTER IN ADVANCE to attend! After registering, you will … Continue reading

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We Want YOU on the DHIC Board!

And our board is up for re-election. We serve two-year terms. David Pennebaker is chairing our Nominations Committee and wants to hear from any member who is interested in serving on the board. He’s also seeking volunteers to help with … Continue reading

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Will There Be a DHIC Fall Party? Stay Tuned!

We’ve missed seeing you!! When the March 2020 Shelter in Place orders banned group gatherings, DHIC cancelled our Spring Fling. We fully expected to see you at our street party in early October. However, the June – July surge in … Continue reading

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State Housing Legislation Action: Register your Position Now!

As reported in prior DHIC articles, San Francisco and California face a significant affordable housing shortage — housing for our teachers, municipal support workers, first responders, service workers, etc. However, a group of legislators are sponsoring bills (SB 902, SB … Continue reading

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