We are a neighborhood organization organized in the 1960’s when the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency created the model community of Diamond Heights.  The Agency mandated that planning in the neighborhood be coordinated with the neighborhood organization.  The DHCA is incorporated as a Section 501 (c) 4.

Resilient Diamond Heights Meeting Feb. 27: Emergency Supplies Needed for Your Home or Business


For those new to our Resilient Diamond Heights (RDH) email list, RDH has provided resources, trainings and plans for preparing Diamond Heights for all types of emergency situations. Residents from other neighborhoods are welcome to attend our meetings.

Please join us for our next meeting Feb. 27th with dinner at 6 pm and Emergency Supplies Presentation By Greg Carey, 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Please reply to Betsy Eddy at betsy.eddy@gmail.com so that we have plenty of food for dinner.

Betsy for the Diamond Heights Community Association and Resilient Diamond Heights.

Have you wondered how to start preparing your household for an emergency? Do you know the difference between a “Go Bag” and a “Shelter Kit”? What about additional needs to help your neighbors?

In this month’s Resilient Diamond Heights (RDH) Workgroup Meeting on Feb. 27th, we will look at examples of these various levels of preparedness. Not only will we peak inside home supplies, but also look at examples of what a NERT volunteer may want to have ready as well as some of the more sophisticated equipment RDH has been accumulating to provide neighborhood support in the case of an earthquake, major fire, or extended power or water outage. Come prepared with questions and be sure to invite your neighbors who might not know about the work we’ve done for over 12 years to prepare for disaster.

Also remember to follow us on Facebook to stay up to date on being better prepared for the unexpected: https://www.facebook.com/resilientdiamondheights/

Resilient Diamond Heights Workgroup Meeting
Thursday, February 27th, Dinner: 6:00, Presentation 6:30 to 8:00 pm
St. Aidan’s Church, Upper Level, 101 Gold Mine Drive
Parking: Next door in the Safeway parking lot 

Learn How to Unite Neighbors to Prevent Crime! Create a Neighborhood Watch group.

Please help us spread the word about two important crime prevention meetings in January. Please forward this message to friends, neighbors and email lists. Please post the attached flyers. Click on them to download them. Thank you!

Wishing you a safe and happy 2020!

Learn How to Unite Neighbors to Prevent Crime! Create a Neighborhood Watch group
Resilient Diamond Heights invites the public to a presentation on starting up a Neighborhood Watch group on your block. Adam Cuadra, SF SAFE, will detail how to start a group at our RDH meeting, Thursday, Jan. 23, 6:00 for dinner and 6:30 for the Neighborhood Watch presentation. Please reply to this message if you plan to attend so we will have plenty of food for dinner.

Recently, there have been many car and home break ins in Diamond Heights and surrounding neighborhoods. Assaults and robberies of individuals seemed to have increased as well. You can take action by starting a Neighborhood Watch group on your block.

SF SAFE provides assistance starting Neighborhood Watch groups in a process of 5 – 6 meetings with neighbors. Crime prevention tips, creating an email group of your block, a free safety check of your home and other safety measures are provided. One of the best benefits of Neighborhood Watch is getting to know your neighbors which provides a foundation for watching out for each other to deter crime.

Diamond Heights Shopping Center Safety Meeting Jan. 27th, 6:30 pm Convened by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman
In December, a thief smashed a car window in the Shopping Center parking lot while a father and daughter were in their car. The thief took the girl’s backpack that had her homework in it. This scary incident is just one of the many “smash and grab” car break ins in the Shopping Center parking lot and in Diamond Heights. As a reaction to these crimes, Supervisor Rafael Mandelman has scheduled a meeting to look at prevention measures underway and what actions are needed to stop this criminal activity.

The public is invited to this meeting:
Diamond Heights Shopping Center Safety Meeting
Monday, January 27, 6:30pm
San Francisco Police Academy Community Room
350 Amber Drive at Duncan Street
Accessible parking is available in the Police Academy lot next to the community room.

Officials and others attending the meeting include Supervisor Rafael Mandelman; DA Chesa Boudin; Ingleside Captain Chris Woon; Diamond Heights Shopping Center representatives Henry Avila, Taran Stokes and Trina Perales; and SF SAFE.

Blue Christmas Gathering and A Jazzy Little Christmas This Week at St. Aidan’s

Blue Christmas: a Service that Makes Space for Grief and Loss at Christmas 
Wednesday, Dec 18, 5:30-7pm – (No Communion is offered) at St. Aidan’s Church
Messages from St. Aidan’s
For a number of people, Christmas is actually not an especially joyous time of year. Often those who have lost loved ones, or for whom family Christmas gatherings are deeply uncomfortable or simply not possible, feel a great deal of pain as Christmas approaches. This service of “Blue Christmas” seeks to make space for this experience. With a lessons and carols format featuring several readings and reflections, this service without Communion is meant to be accessible to people of various Christian traditions. Please feel free to come and invite anyone you know who might appreciate this service.

A Jazzy Little Christmas 
Please join us on Sunday December 22 for a night filled with music! Performances will include St. Aidan’s parishioners Elaine Jennings and Janet Lohr with guest performer Michael Jennings. All proceeds will help fund St. Aidan’s various ministries! Tickets are available now at https://sidebyside.brownpapertickets.com and at the door.

Volunteers Needed for DH Holiday Party Saturday, Dec. 14th, 3-5 pm at St. Aidan’s

First, I hope you are available to attend our Diamond Heights Holiday Party on Dec. 14th, 3:00 to 5:00 pm at St. Aidan’s Church. Just attending would be wonderful but if you have an hour or two to volunteer that would be terrific. Though the party is sponsored by the Diamond Heights Community Association, Resilient Diamond Heights (RDH), and St. Aidan’s Church, the main volunteers to plan and create the party are from the RDH Workgroup.
We need a few more volunteers to help with one or more of the following roles:
1:30 – Help with set up of tables, chairs, food table, beverage table, craft tables and decorations
2:30 – Help pick up food from Safeway and Harbor Villa Restaurant (to be transported by car)
2:30 – Help set up of craft making and then assist people who need help during the party. Holiday crafts will be available to make for all ages
2:30 – Welcome people at the door and click attendance
2:30 – Help staff welcome table
3:15 – Serve food to individual plates in food line
5:30 – Assist with clean-up
Please reply if you would like to volunteer and let me know what interests you.
Thank you for considering volunteering and Happy Holidays!
Betsy for RDH

Music on the Hill Presents Farallon Quintet, Dec. 8, 7 pm, St. Aidan’s Church

Music on the Hill presents
The Farallon Quintet
Sunday, Dec. 8 at 7:00 PM
St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
101 Gold Mine Dr., San Francisco.
A dynamic Bay Area Clarinet Quintet (string quartet plus clarinet), the musicians are all
principal players in the S.F Opera & Ballet Orchestras. In addition to playing the classics,
the quintet seeks to perform rarely heard works, innovative arrangements, and new
music by living composers. In keeping with that tradition they will be performing original
compositions by Jose Gonzalez Granero, a transcription of De Falla’s Spanish Songs,
“The Dreams & Prayers of Isaac the Blind” and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet.
Tickets are $20/$15. Purchase online at www.musiconthehill.org/tickets

Stronger Together Meeting Dec. 5, Median Project Update and Urban Angels Appeal

Please see the message about a new program at St. Aidan’s Church.
In this time of receiving letters of appeal for worthy nonprofits, please consider donating to the Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project and Urban Angels San Francisco – programs right in our neighborhood.
Enjoy December and treasure holiday spirit.
Betsy for the DHCA
Invitation and Message from St. Aidan’s Church
Stronger Together 94131– join neighbors from throughout the 94131 zip code for our Community Circles series. 
December 5th from 6:30-8 PM, at St. Aidan’s Church, (Parking available in lot next to Safeway).
RSVP to office@staidansf.org or call 415-285-9540 x 3. 
We will gather for a simple supper and small-group intentional conversations. It is our desire to share stories about our beloved San Francisco, create connections, and explore possibilities for building a stronger community that we can achieve together, because it is impossible to do it alone. Come, be part of this moving, hopeful series of conversations, and invite friends!
Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project Update
You may have noticed the new plants on the Diamond Heights Blvd. median islands. Volunteers with an assist by Public Works staff installed the plants along with a drip irrigation system funded by a Community Challenge Grant. The grant also funded new pavers to form an endcap at the southern entrance to the Diamond Heights Shopping Center. Now it is less likely that truck tires will create large holes in the median when pulling out of the Shopping Center.
A huge thank you to Paul Matalucci, Project Lead, who has shepherded the Median Project from the beginning. Paul reports that by spring the new plants will provide glorious color up and down the medians. More drought tolerant, low growing plants will be planted. Paul and volunteers have transformed our median islands from a vast unmaintained area filled with tall shrubs and dying trees to become an attractive and beautiful asset for our neighborhood. To support the volunteer program and to purchase supplies please consider a donation to the DH Blvd. Median Project by going to https://secure3.convio.net/sfpa/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app334a?df_id=1765&1765.donation=form1&NONCE_TOKEN=2E72F81C0BAC26C407B3DF944D5227FD
See photo below.
Urban Angels San Francisco
Message from Barry Nelson, Founder 
Urban Angels SF is making a big impact in its efforts to reduce the suffering on the streets of our city. The UASF volunteers are men and women who care about sharing with the less fortunate and who volunteer many hours a year to hand out hot food, water, information about essential services, clothing, school supplies and toys at Christmas time! And we want to double our impact next year. Please help make this possible with a financial (tax deductible) donation. Bless you for all you do.
To make your tax-deductible donation by CREDIT CARD, go to www.urbanangelssf.org and click on the donate button. To donate by CHECK, make it payable to Urban Angels SF and mail it to our office at 5228 Diamond Heights Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94131 and mark in the memo section the particular area you wish to support (Increased deliver of hot food, retire the debt for 2019 schools supplies, or fund school supplies for 2020).
To receive our email updates, send a message to me at the email address below.
Grateful to be in Service,
Nelson Barry
Founder, Urban Angels SF

Greg Carey’s RDH Pamphlets for Evacuations, Food Safety, Heat Emergencies, Sanitation and Sheltering

Hi Resilient Diamond Heights Workgroup,
Here are Greg Carey’s five excellent pamphlets. Thank you, Greg!
Let me know if you cannot download the pamphlets.
Betsy for RDH
Resilient Diamond Heights
Public Information Brochures
Resilient Diamond Heights (RDH) has developed five brochures to train its volunteers and the public on how households can prepare for a wide variety of emergencies. This was undertaken when we found that very little of information scattered over the Internet is in a format that is easily understood. Some is written for the professional, and covers plans rather than procedures. Other material is over-simplified with little details of what or why certain recommendations are made.

These new brochures are based on broad research, and condensed into a single page (front and back) covering each safety topic, with graphics from the Internet where helpful. Links within the brochures allow more details if the reader desires. The following descriptions include a link to each brochure, allowing it to be downloaded for local reading or printing.

Planning Evacuations: The experience of the 2017 Santa Rosa fires that destroyed whole neighborhoods was that no advanced warning was given until sheriff’s deputies began pounding on doors at 2 AM. The average family had less than 8 minutes to gather people, pets, and belongings before evacuation. This brochure explains how to prepare your household, whether the emergency is a local fire or an area wide disaster: https://www.dropbox.com/s/g43nvk6kk6yfucm/Evacuation%20Flyer_1_6.pdf?dl=0

Sheltering: The New York Times recently ran an article that explained that construction of most San Francisco high-rises will protect life, but that damage after a 7.0 earthquake may render 50% of the buildings uninhabitable. Looking on the bright side, this also suggests that at least 50% of the residents will be able to shelter-in-place during the recovery. This brochure provides tips on preparing to shelter, include the important lists of what should be in your “Go Bag” and what should be in your “Shelter Kit”:

Heat Emergencies: San Francisco’s extreme heat during the 2017 Labor Day weekend led to the death of several people, along with the hospitalization of dozens because most homes lack air conditioning. This brochure provides tips for remaining healthy, and especially provide tips for vulnerable residents who depend on assistance from relatives and neighbors to remain safe: https://www.dropbox.com/s/6d5upws26fgi0ts/Heat_Flyer_1_1.pdf?dl=0

Food Safety: A power outage affects both refrigeration and the ability to cook food to prevent illness. Refrigerated food begins to spoil after as little as 4 hours, and a regional disaster could leave homes without power for days. This brochure explains how to stay safe at both the household and the neighborhood levels until mass feeding is set up by the government following a large disaster: https://www.dropbox.com/s/cz0erorgmpsquuh/Food_Flyer_1_0.pdf?dl=0

Sanitation: Regional emergencies may cut off water for days or weeks, rendering toilets unusable. This brochure explains how to prepare for this possibility and how to maintain safe and sanitary conditions until plumbing returns to normal:

Invitation to Community Circles, a new program for 94131

Invitation and Message from St. Aidan’s Church
Stronger Together 94131– join neighbors from throughout the 94131 zip code in a two-part Community Circles series. 
ThursdayNovember 14th and December 5th from 6:30-8 PM, at St. Aidan’s Church, (Parking available in lot next to Safeway).
RSVP to office@staidansf.org or call 415-285-9540 x 3. 
We will gather for a simple supper and small-group intentional conversations. It is our desire to share stories about our beloved San Francisco, create connections, and explore possibilities for building a stronger community that we can achieve together, because it is impossible to do it alone. Come, be part of this moving, hopeful series of conversations, and invite friends!


Christopher Park Work to Start and New Plants on Our Median Islands

Construction on Christopher Park to Start this Week
Message from Lauren Chavez, Rec and Park

Greetings to the George Christopher Park Community,

Great News! Construction of the George Christopher Playground renovation will begin during the week of November 4th!

You’ll soon see temporary fencing going up as the first step in the construction mobilization process.

The tennis court will be closed throughout construction, but the ball field will remain open. Field users are advised to enter the park via the pathway behind the Shopping Center post office, near the Opalo Ln. stairs and Gold Mine Dr. The contractor is providing and maintaining accessible temporary restrooms and a handwashing station for field users, which will be open during the regular park restroom hours from 8am to 8pm.

Your commitment, passion, and support shaped the project and brought us to this exciting milestone. Thank you!

Please direct interested neighbors to check the project website, or contact me directly with any questions or concerns.

Lauren Chavez
Project Manager, Capital & Planning Division

(415) 581-2551  |  lauren.chavez@sfgov.org

New Plants on Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Islands

A big thanks to Public Works and Paul Matalucci and Diamond Heights Median Project Volunteers for starting the process to add new plants to our median islands along Diamond Heights Blvd. If you would like to help with planting, please contact Paul Matalucci at paul@wordwc.com. More volunteers are needed to work with Public Works and Paul.

Wildfire Prevention Hearing Monday, Nov. 4, 1:30 pm at City Hall

Hi Resilient Diamond Heights Workgroup,
Please consider attending this important hearing to let the City know that more fire mitigation is needed in our 5 parks in Diamond Heights in order to prevent a fire started in a park from spreading to homes on a very windy day. Dry brush and dead wood need to be removed from our parks among other mitigations!
The Wildfire and Prevention and Management Hearing is Monday, Nov. 4, City Hall in the Board chambers Room 250. The Land Use and Transportation Committee meeting starts at 1:30 pm. The Wildfire hearing is 3rd on the agenda the last page of which is attached.
Thank you to Supervisors Mandelman, Yee, Stefani, Mar and Fewer for sponsoring the hearing.
Item 3 on agenda:
[Hearing – Wildfire and Prevention and Management]
Sponsors: Yee; Stefani, Mar, Fewer and Mandelman

Hearing on wildfire prevention and management practices on land owned or operated by each department or entity; and requesting the Fire Department, Public Utilities Commission, Recreation and Park Department, Public Works, Port, University of California San Francisco, and Presidio Trust to report.