You’re Invited! Learn about the Green Benefit District

Have you heard? The greater Mission Dolores area has the opportunity to form a Green Benefit District. It will provide enhanced services (above and beyond the City’s existing services) funded via an overlap tax.

Why a GBD? Issues around safety & cleanliness came to a head last year in the Mission Dolores neighborhood. Following a series of public meetings, an exploratory group focused on finding a more sustainable way to address quality of life issues and support the whole community. Districts like this exist in business and commercial areas (like the Castro Community Business District), and Dogpatch/Potrero Hill recently adopted a GBD.

The exploratory group conducted a survey last fall among all community property owners and residents. The results are in! Come to a meeting in early February to hear about it and give us your feedback.

  • Saturday, February 2 – 10:45 am at Noe & 20th Streets (at the end of our Green Garden clean-up. Check here or on the DHIC Facebook Page for news of cancellation due to rain.)
  • Monday, February 4 – 7 pm at a 21st Street home (to RSVP and obtain address info, please email carolynkenady@gmail.com)

To learn more, visit the Mission Dolores GBD website. To connect with us, click on the Contact tab there.

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DHIC PLU Committee Sees Increase in Planned Construction Activity

The DHIC Planning & Land Use Committee (PLU)currently seeing an increase in planned construction activity in Dolores Heights. There are four proposed or pending demolitions, at 357 Cumberland, 617 Sanchez, 801 Sanchez and 835 Sanchez. Smaller proposed projects (remodels or additions) include 327 Cumberland, 328 Cumberland, 258 Cumberland, 674 Sanchez, 350 Liberty, 428 Liberty, and 439 Hill. These projects are in various stages at the Planning Department. We also know of another demolition and other projects that are under consideration. We support proposed legislation sponsored by Supervisors Peskin, Mandelman, and four other supervisors that would strengthen controls on both legal and illegal demolitions and help preserve existing housing.

(Click HERE for a map of “Active Permits in my Neighborhood”)

DHIC serves as a resource for all neighbors involved in or affected by projects. We can help neighbors who are affected by a proposed project. We also review all proposed projects and may take a position (support or oppose) for a proposed project. We work to ensure compliance with the letter and spirit of the Dolores Heights Special Use District (35 foot height limit and 45% rear yard setback), other City rules, and applicable Residential Design Guidelines. Our goal is to preserve and provide for our special neighborhood.

In Sacramento this year, we expect another busy year with legislation that will affect local planning. Senator Wiener has again introduced a bill – SB 50 – that over-rules local zoning rules to allow greater density and taller buildings in areas near transit. This includes Dolores Heights and most of San Francisco. This bill (similar to 2018s SB 827) would override our height limits & rear yard setbacks for qualifying projects. Legislation in Sacramento and San Francisco is also expected to streamline approval of Accessory Dwelling Units. For more information, write to PLU@doloresheights.org

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CANCELLED!! Green Garden Day Saturday, February 2 CANCELLED!

Our first Green Garden Day stairway clean-up of 2019 takes place on Saturday, February 2 from 9-11am at Noe & 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 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.We are hosting the Green Benefit District discussion at 10:45 am, after this clean-up. Join us to learn more and give your opinion on the GBD.

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

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CANCELLED!! – Green Garden Day – Saturday, January 5 – CANCELLED!!

Unfortunately, we are CANCELING the January Green Garden day due to forecast of heavy rain overnight and tomorrow morning.

Thank you. Hope to see you for our next Green Garden Day on Saturday, February 2, at this same location.

Our first Green Garden Day stairway clean-up of 2019 takes place on Saturday, January 5 from 9-11am at Noe & 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 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. Please join us!

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

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Year-end Greetings from the DHIC Board

What a year! State legislation, city elections, more city (and state & federal) elections, homelessness, crime, and our community’s safety and cleanliness. Thank you for your help and support during 2018!

Heres what we accomplished for Dolores Heights in 2018:

  • Improving Dolores Heights stairways – via the first Saturday Green Gardens clean-up and local stewards who sweep, clean, and cultivate their nearby stairways ongoing
  • Building block groups and helping to create a network of block safety leaders throughout Dolores Heights
  • Hosting candidates for District 8 Supervisor at our spring gathering and fall festival
  • Speaking out on behalf of Dolores Heights at City meetings on safety, housing (to protect, preserve, & produce), and homelessness
  • Working with the Dolores Park Ambassadors and the Park District to host the first-ever Dolores Park History Day and other activities to ensure that the park welcomes all community members and to discourage trashing the park
  • Participating in the feasibility assessment of a Green Benefit District for Dolores Park and surrounding neighborhoods
  • Working with Supervisor 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

We cannot do it without you. Support our work by sending us your 2019 dues. (DHIC membership is on a calendar-year basis.) Renew or join by downloading our membership form HERE. For more information, write us at info@doloresheights.org

Thank you and happy holidays!

Carolyn Kenady, on behalf of the DHIC Board

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Please Support Mission Station’s Toy Drive

Help Create Holiday Happiness
Give to Mission Station’s Toy Drive


On Saturday December 22, 2018 , Mission Station police officers will hold their annual toy give away for the community. This holiday event is funded by Mission Station police officers and by community members.

Please consider donating either toys and money on behalf of our police officers who’ve served our community during 2018 and make a child’s holiday happier.

You can donate a toy by dropping it off at Mission Station front desk (630 Valencia Street). Or write a check payable to: Operation Dream and write “Mission Station Toy Drive” in the memo section (TAX ID # 94-3220436.)

Or email info@doloresheights.org to arrange to drop off your donation with a neighbor who will deliver to the station. Thanks to all and happy holidays!

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CANCELLED! Green Garden Day – Saturday, December 1 CANCELLED!

The December 1 Green Garden Day has

been CANCELLED due to rain!

Best wishes for a peaceful and joyful holiday season.

Stay tuned for the schedule of our Green Garden Days in 2019


Our next Green Garden Day stairway clean-up takes place on Saturday, December 1 from 9-11 am at Noe & 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 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!

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November Green Garden Day a Great Success!

Glorious Green Garden on Saturday, November 3 with volunteers coming from as far away as the Netherlands!

We had 18 volunteers with a total of 46 hours.

The group collected:

19 bags of compost

3 trash bags

2 recycle bags

4 hypodermic needles

1 brush pile 4 X 4 X 8

DPW compost truck arrived exactly on time and quickly dispatched our collections.

Next Green Garden Day is Saturday, December 1, 2018 at the Liberty/Sanchez Streets Median. Thank you again for your support of our Dolores Heights Green Garden program!

The DHIC Stairs Committee

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Green Garden Day – Saturday, November 3

Our next Green Garden Day stairway clean-up takes place on Saturday, November 3from 9-11am at Cumberland and Noe 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 last 2018 Green Garden Day!

December 1 – Liberty/Sanchez medians

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Thanks to all our 2018 Fall Festival Supporters!

Thank you to our local merchants for their generous donations — please patronize these businesses

Arlequin Cafe

Bi Rite Market

Canela Bistro and Wine Bar

Castro Coffee

The Castro Fountain

Castro Nail Salon

Catch Restaurant

Delfina Restaurant

Fable Restaurant

Hand Job – Nails & Spa

Hot Cookie

Levis on Castro

Mollie Stones Grocery – 18th Street

Mudpuppys – Castro

Queenbee Nails

17th & Noe Street Market

Soulcycle at Castro

Special thanks to Mr. Tom Taylor & Dr. Jerome Goldstein for party furnishings and set-up and to an anonymous donor for two Amazon gift cards

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