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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.

Please Vote for District 8 Funding for Diamond Heights and Glen Park Projects!

Please vote for the Diamond Heights and Glen Park projects listed below to help improve our neighborhoods. Information on each project is listed in the voting link https://sfpbd.sfgov.org/district/8/ballot and in the additional information below.

Please forward this email to your friends, neighbors and email lists to help spread the word on this important funding opportunity provided by Supervisor Jeff Sheehy and the City. We need your votes!

Please vote for the following. You may vote for up to 10 projects in District 8. Voting ends on May 1st at midnight.

Open Space:
Diamond Heights Safety Wall Lighting
Glen Park Greenway Boundary Survey

Public Safety
Diamond Heights Resilience Improvements

Thank you in advance for voting and spreading the word about this funding opportunity!

Betsy for the DHCA

Message from Supervisor Sheehy’s Office

SAN FRANCISCO—At 12 PST, Wednesday, April 18th, 2018, voting for District 8 Participatory Budgeting Proposals went live. Click here to vote on your favorite Participatory Budgeting Proposals . Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process that gives community members the opportunity to set budgeting priorities and make decisions on which community projects should be funded.

District 8 residents will be able to help decide on how best to spend $250,000 for neighborhood enhancements, beautification, safety, open space and other improvements. All District 8 residents 16 and up can participate in the voting process. Non-U.S. Citizens, regardless of immigration status are also invited to participate in the voting process.

Supervisor Sheehy, is the first District 8 Supervisor to initiate this process in our community. Sheehy said, “I am very proud to initiate District Eight’s first Participatory Budgeting process. We have set aside $250,000.00 in community funding initiatives and I encourage all of you to Vote!”

First and last name, address and birthdate must be provided on the ballot in order to vote.

For further information, contact:

Koledon Lambright
Legislative Aide

Office of Supervisor Jeff Sheehy

(415) 554-6986 | koledon.lambright

Diamond Heights and Glen Park Projects – Please help us fund these projects! Thank you!

Public Safety
Diamond Heights Resilience Improvements
Resilient Diamond Heights has been working for 9 years to develop training and plans for the neighborhood to remain resilient after a disaster. Funding will provide supplies for the NERT staging area, a cooling center for heat wave relief, for a Neighborhood Support Center and for emergency kits for vulnerable people. Training and templates for emergency plans will be developed for the 13 housing complexes that include 550 units of affordable housing focusing on checking on seniors, those that live alone and people with disabilities after a disaster.

Open Space
Diamond Heights Safety Wall: Help bring to life the entrance to our neighborhood! The SF Arts Commission, Public Works and SF Planning have agreed to work together on preserving this important artwork created in 1968 as a gateway to Diamond Heights. With its upcoming renewal and restoration, this sculpture will look beautiful again and we have a chance to make it shine even more. The lighting will not only accentuate the interesting sculptural details it will also help brighten and make safer an otherwise dark strip of sidewalk. It can become a safe beacon at night for pedestrians. We live in a very special neighborhood and we’re fortunate to have a sculpture at its entrance! If the lighting is approved, visitors would always know they are entering Diamond Heights, no matter what the time of day.

Glen Park Greenway Boundary Survey: Help continue improving the walkway from Glen Park Village to Glen Canyon Park. The walkway is fabulous thanks to planting efforts by many volunteers of all ages. Support is needed for this volunteer effort!

Alfred Nobel’s Dynamite Factory Plaque Dedication April 21 Glen Canyon Park

Message from Evelyn Rose:
We are incredibly excited to announce the date of the dedication for California Historical Landmark No. 1002! The grand dedication ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. We will convene in the Auditorium of the Glen Canyon Park Recreation Center.

In March 1868, the Giant Powder Company began operations in what today is the site of San Francisco’s Glen Canyon Park Recreation Area. The operation was the first dynamite factory in the United States and was personally licensed by inventor Alfred Nobel. It is our link to the most prestigious award in the world, the Nobel Prizes.

San Francisco historian and civic activist Ms. Jean Kortum led the effort to designate the site a state historic landmark in 1991. Yet, the site never had a plaque. The GPNHP has collaborated with the Native Sons of the Golden

West Historical Preservation Foundation and Twin Peaks Parlor No. 214 who generously donated the funds to purchase the plaque. The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department is graciously constructing the concrete pedestal to hold the plaque and is providing use of the Glen Canyon Park Recreation Center for the event. To those of you who made a donation towards the plaque, we are grateful for your support in helping us complete the work Ms. Kortum began 27 years ago!

After some opening remarks, we’ll move outside to the site of the plaque where the Native Sons of the Golden West will perform the same ceremony they have been using for over 120 years in over 1100 dedications, including many other state historic landmarks across California. The program will conclude with cake and refreshments. Be sure to download the announcementand mark it on your calendar!

Walter Haas Park Volunteer Day, Saturday, April 14th

Here is a great opportunity to help spruce up Walter Haas Park in cooperation with SF Rec and Park on Saturday, April 14th, 9 am – 12 noon.

Please see the message from Robin Lee, Friends of Walter Haas Park, about the Volunteer Day.

Hello Neighbors – Happy Spring!

It’s been a while, but we have a

Walter Haas Park Volunteer Work Day coming up!

Park clean-up scheduled for THIS Saturday, April 14th from 9-12

Tools and Treats Provided!

Diamond Heights Holiday Party Dec. 16th

All are welcome to attend the free Holiday Party for the community on Saturday, December 16, 3:00 to 5:30 pm at St. Aidan’s Church. Come by to enjoy great food, entertainment and caroling lead by Scrumbly Koldewyn, holiday craft making, free prize drawings and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Community sponsors include the Diamond Heights Community Association, Diamond Heights Shopping Center, Resilient Diamond Heights and St. Aidan’s Church. The party is also an opportunity to talk with sponsor organizations about our projects in the neighborhood.
Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, the food table, assisting with the crafts and helping with cleanup.  If you would like to volunteer or would like more information, please reply to me.
Please help spread the word about the party by inviting friends and neighbors, by posting the attached flyer and by forwarding this message to your email lists.  Thank you!
DH Holiday Party 12-16-17

Supervisor Sheehy Safety Meeting Dec. 14

Supervisor Jeff Sheehy is holding a community meeting about public safety in Glen Park.

Thursday, December 14, 2017, 7-8 PM

Location: Glen Park Recreation Center

Attendees confirmed:

  • SFPD Ingleside Captain Hart
  • District Attorney’s office – Vietnam Nguyen
  • SF SAFE – Adam Cuadra

For additional questions, contact:

Justin Jones, Communications Director

District 8 Supervisor Jeff Sheehy

Justin.jones@sfgov.org

C: 415-448-6184

O: 415-554-6986

Please Help Obtain Landmark Status for the Redwood Sculpture/Safety Wall

The San Francisco Planning Dept. Historic Preservation Commission is in the process of deciding whether to approve the Diamond Heights Safety Wall on Portola Drive at Diamond Heights Blvd. as an Article 10 San Francisco Landmark. Landmark status would provide the basis for the Diamond Heights Community Association (DHCA) to apply for grants to preserve and restore this important Diamond Heights landmark.

DH Safety Wall

Background: The artwork was designed and created by Stefan Novak in 1968 to serve as the entrance to the new Diamond Heights model neighborhood created by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. The sculpture, 60 feet by 36 feet in height, fits the narrow location that drops steeply to the homes below. It also functions as a safety wall preventing cars from going down the hill in an accident. The design allows people to walk within it. The sculpture was funded by a $40,000 grant from the General Electric Company that developed some all-electric homes nearby and is owned by the San Francisco Arts Commission. The DHCA Board supports landmark status for the artwork and is exploring funding for restoration, trimming of trees that grow in and around it, the addition of lighting at night and installation of a commemorative plaque.

How you can help

·      Write a letter to the Historic Preservation Commission in support of landmark status

·      Attend the Historic Preservation Commission Hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 12:30 pm at City Hall, Room 400 to support the agenda item for landmark status.

Please email letters of support to me, betsy.eddy@gmail.com. I will email them to Tim Frye and Desiree Smith, Historic Preservation Commission Staff.  Letters received by Oct. 25 will be included in the meeting materials. Letters received after Oct. 25 will be provided at the hearing.

Address letters of support or email messages to:

Andrew Wolfram and Commissioners
Historic Preservation Commission
San Francisco Planning Department
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103

Sample wording:

Please approve designation of the Diamond Heights Safety Wall on Portola Drive at Diamond Heights Blvd. as an Article 10 San Francisco Landmark. The artwork has served as the gateway to Diamond Heights for 50 years and is now in need of preservation and restoration.  Landmark status will facilitate obtaining funding for restoration, nighttime lighting and for a commemorative plaque honoring the artist. Landmark status will help preserve the sculpture’s place in San Francisco history.

Thank you for your help!

DHCA Community Meeting Wed., Oct. 4 – Sen. Wiener, Sup. Sheehy, Capt. McFadden, Dadisi Najib

Where and When:

Wednesday, Oct. 4th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

San Francisco Police Academy

350 Amber Drive – parking available in large lot next to community room

Agenda:

  • State Update: Senator Scott Wiener
  • Crime Prevention Updates:
    •  Supervisor Jeff Sheehy, District 8 Supervisor
    • Capt. Joseph McFadden, Commander Ingleside Police Station
  • Update on Work on Diamond Heights Blvd.: Dadisi Najib, Public Information Officer, Public Works

“Where in the World is Christopher Park?” Festival, Sep. 23

Come an enjoy a free and fun community event! Please share this page with your friends, neighbors and email lists.

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What: The Christopher Park Festival will be the first of its kind to celebrate this hidden gem of San Francisco, building connections among the diverse organizations, businesses and individuals that comprise our beautiful community. Highlights of the Festival include:

  • 11 am – A Doggie Fashion Show with MC Senator Scott Wiener 
  • 1:00 – Tribute to Mike Lefiti
  • 1:05 – Pet Photo Contest Awards Officiated by Supervisor Jeff Sheehy
  • Live Music from community artists
  • 11:30 – 1-hour history walking tour of Diamond Heights covering everything from milk ranches to unrealized skyscrapers to Modernist architecture to a KGB drop site
  • Fabulous hot dogs for purchase from Let’s Be Frank

Sign up for the the Doggie Fashion Show and Pet Photo Contest at friendsofchristopherpark@gmail.com 

Website: www.friendsofchristopherpark.org – provides instructions for entering the Doggie Fashion Show and Pet Photo Contest as well as lots more information

When: Saturday, September 23, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Where: George Christopher Playground, 5210 Diamond Heights Blvd. behind the Diamond Heights Shopping Center

Parking: Free at the San Francisco Police Academy, 350 Amber Drive next to the park for those able to negotiate the steps to the park. Access for people with disabilities is through the Diamond Heights Shopping Center.

If you are not disabled, please do not park at the shopping center in consideration of customers.

Cost: Free

Entertainment: Little Folkies, Eric Beatty and the Party Ants, Pat Wilder Band, The Canyon Birds Jazz Trio and DJ Jack & Johana Soulful House

Children’s Activities: Tree Frog Treks reptiles, bounce houses, scavenger hunt and planting activities

Resource Booths: Friends of Christopher Park, DHCA, Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project, Diamond Heights NERT, SFFD Fire Engine, SFPD, Glen Park Neighborhoods History Project, Noe Valley Nursery School, Dept. of Emergency Management, SF Village, ADRC, DAAS, Recology, Cielito Lindo Montessori School, St. Aidan’s Church, and other community groups

Table Signups Still Available: Sign up for a table to promote your organization. Due to permit restrictions we cannot have vending; however, suggested donation-based activities or just simple donation boxes are permitted. Sign-ups for programs, wait lists to buy products, so forth are allowed. We encourage tables to be engaging/interactive, and to especially provide activities for children.

There is a suggested $20 fee to have a table, and that fee is waived if you are a nonprofit. The $20 fee is a tax-deductible donation to Friends of Christopher Park, and we will provide a table and two chairs. Please email betsy.eddy@gmail.com for a table sign up form.

Facebook: Follow us at Where in the World is Christopher Park?

Volunteers still needed: Email the contacts below if you would like to help us before and/or during the Festival.

Contacts: Brynna McNulty, Festival Coordinator, friendsofchristopherpark@gmail.com and Betsy Eddy at betsy.eddy@gmail.com

The Friends of Christopher Park, and the Diamond Heights Community Association, the Noe Valley Nursery School and the San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department are delighted to present the festival and spread the word about our organizations and proposed park improvements. Funding is provided by grants from the SF Parks Alliance, the Glen Park Festival and from community sponsors.

 

 

 

Resilient Diamond Heights Workgroup Meeting and Dinner May 23

Our Resilient Diamond Heights Workgroup has been meeting for 9 years to work with neighborhood organizations and residents to prepare for that big earthquake in our future and for local emergencies. Please attend to learn how you can become involved.

Resilient Diamond Heights Workgroup Meeting

Tuesday, May 23rd, 6 pm dinner – sandwiches and salads, meeting at 6:30 pm 

St. Aidan’s Church, upper level, 101 Gold Mine Drive at Diamond Heights Blvd. 

Please reply to me betsy.eddy@gmail.com if you plan to attend so that we will have plenty of food. 

Parking available across the street in the parking lot next to Safeway 

Please invite those who may be interested in our important planning for Diamond Heights. 

On the 23rd, we will present the scope of work for two of our projects:

  • Planning for the Neighborhood Support Center at St. Aidan’s Church that will serve as an important meeting place to gather and share information after a disaster. We are working with Daniel Homsey, Director of the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN), and his Resilient San Francisco projects to design this project based on a handbook developed in New Zealand after the destructive earthquakes there in 2011.
  • Creation of a disaster preparedness strategy for Diamond Heights. This initiative will focus on identifying the vulnerable populations in our community, what their preparedness needs and goals are and how to help them achieve them. Resilient Diamond Heights will work with the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN), the Departments of Public Health, Human Services, Emergency Management and the American Red Cross on this effort. 

We are really excited to invite you to join us in this important mission and look forward to seeing you on May 23rd. 

Betsy for the DHCA and Resilient Diamond Heights Team