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.
Since 2016, the Glen Park News, a long time quarterly independent newsletter for neighborhoods bordering Glen Canyon Park, has included a column entitled News from Diamond Heights. I was honored to be asked to write the column and have enjoyed writing about events and projects in Diamond Heights for five years.
The current fall edition includes the regular columns: News from City Hall by Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, Glen Park Association update, Evelyn Rose’s Histories of Our Neighborhoods, Glen Park Real Estate and articles about people involved in work and volunteer activities in Glen Park.
The current column News from Diamond Heights includes progress on the construction at Christopher Park, an update on the Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project and an overview of Urban Angels of San Francisco. Urban Angels was founded in 2015 by Nelson Barry and is located in his law office in the Diamond Heights Shopping Center. The nonprofit has increased its services and donations to help unhoused people in the time of COVID. Urban Angels has opportunities to volunteer right in our neighborhood.
Here is the link for the current edition of the Glen Park News:
For other quarterly editions, go to glenparkassociation.org.
If you have suggestions for future columns for News from Diamond Heights, please reply to this message.
Stay safe and well.
DHCA Co-President with Mike Kramer
Saturday, Oct 10, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Join your neighbors for a FREE online workshop that will provide your family with valuable information about preparing for a natural disaster. We’ll show you how to write a disaster plan for your household, identify supplies to have on hand, and explain how neighbors can help each other in crises.
This free training will be presented by David Munoz Ventura and hosted by Resilient Noe Valley. David presented several trainings for Resilient Diamond Height earlier in the year. This one hour training will incorporate elements from those trainings.To register for the training go to:
resilientnoevalley.com and select Events and Training.
Ingleside Station Captain Chris Woon is our DHCA contact for informing our neighborhood about crime trends and SFPD reports. Diamond Heights has had serious crime incidents in the last several months. See below for two reports provided by Capt. Woon.
Here are some suggestions from the DHCA for taking action to prevent crime.
- Continue to be vigilant and report unusual/suspicion activity through 311 or 911 depending on the situation
- Get to know your neighbors. Reach out to at least one person on your street and get to know them. Encourage them to do the same
- Create an Email, Text or WhatsApp message group for your street so that you can text/email each other in case of emergency
- Organize a Neighborhood Watch Group. Go to sfsafe.org for more information
Incident Summaries from Ingleside Station Capt. Chris Woon
Burglary on the Unit Block of Amethyst Way / 09-24-20 / 8:30 p.m. / SFPD Report 200577322
Officer Cvetovac responded with numerous Ingleside officers on a report of a hot prowl burglary. Officers were advised by the victim that when she entered her garage in the morning, she observed new damage to her garage door. The victim then determined that several bicycles had been taken from inside her garage, and that another piece of property taken from the garage had been located a block away from her home, by a neighbor. The officers determined that an unknown suspect had forced entry through the garage door in order to gain access to the garage, and then stole the bicycles. Report #200577322
Shooting on the 5300 Blk Diamond Heights Blvd / 10-01-20 / 10:55am / Report #200590885
Officers Chew, Lustenberger and several Ingleside units responded to the 5300 block of Diamond Heights Boulevard on a shot spotter activation. Upon arrival, they located four spent casings along the street. They also located a vehicle that had crashed and left abandoned on the opposite side of the street. Several witnesses stated they heard the shots and one witness said he saw a suspect shooting at the victim vehicle as it drove down Diamond Heights Blvd. As a result, the vehicle collided with a parked truck. The victim, who was inside the vehicle, jumped out and fled the scene. The Suspect was then seen jumping into another vehicle and fled the scene as well. During the investigation Officers were able to make contact with the victim, who was uncooperative with the officers and the investigation. Fortunately, there were no reported injuries. Report Number: 200590885
Virtual (Upper Douglas Dog Park) Blessing of the Animals, Noon, Sunday, October 4th via Zoom
In honor of St. Francis Day, St. Aidan’s Church will be doing its Upper Douglas Dog Park blessing via Zoom. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the Zoom link. Please forward this message to others who may like to attend this blessing.
Since Diamond Heights reached 95 degrees today and our forecast is 86 degrees for Tuesday, Sept. 8, our Resilient Diamond Heights Steering Committee wanted to send you this brochure created by Greg Carey with tips to get you through heat emergencies safely.
Heat Emergencies: San Francisco’s extreme heat in the last several years 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 safe during a heat emergency.
Stay safe, well and cool,
Resilient Diamond Heights Steering Committee
Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/resilientdiamondheights/
This is an update from the Noe Valley Nursery School (NVNS). The preschool has been renting the rec center at Christopher Park for many years after moving from Noe Valley. The preschool has some openings. The teachers and students are looking forward to the completion of the renovations to Christopher Park this fall.
Message from NVNS
Noe Valley Nursery School is excited to announce we will reopen our doors on Monday 31st August 2020 for the new school year! The school will operate in line with SFPHD and licensing requirements.
All sessions will be based at our school house, located at 5210 Diamond Heights Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94131. We plan to utilise our outdoor space as much as possible, including our two patios and Glen Park Canyon once the children are settled and into a school routine. The school believes in a play-based, child-centered, and developmentally-appropriate philosophy of preschool education. Additionally, we are a cooperative preschool which means our families support in the planning and operation of the school.
Primarily, we will begin with one stable pod of 10 children, but by the beginning of October, we aim to create a second stable pod who will attend on alternate days of the week to the 1st pod. There will be no cross over between children and teachers. Children will attend 2-3 days per week from 9am-1pm.
We have several open spots available for our second pod. If you or someone you know might be interested in joining us please get in touch with NVNS membership at email@example.com
Photo of one of our students; happy to be back at Summer School with her loving teachers!
Please help us to spread the word and fill the spaces in our second pod!
Noe Valley Nursery School
It is exciting to see the progress on the construction at George Christopher Park. It is awesome that the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has included replacing the baseball fencing and resurfacing the tennis court in the renovations.
Laura Chavez Message on the Construction Progress:
Cheers George Christopher Community,
There has been tremendous progress on George Christopher Playground Renovation this summer. The irrigation mainline piping has been installed, the concrete and CMU walls around the plaza and ramp area are almost complete, and the new plaza has been poured. The new single stall ADA restroom is tiled and painted, and the planters around the play areas have been formed. A couple weeks ago, our contractor started digging footings for the play equipment, and as the pieces come together for layout, you can glimpse how awesome this playground is going to be.
There was little response when I emailed at the start of the pandemic to notify you that one of the Jim Miller-Melberg play sculptures was unfortunately damaged during the course of construction. We’ve been working with the contractor and several committed community members and are pleased to announce that a replacement sculpture will be made for the new sculpture play area. We’ve coordinated with our deferred maintenance team and will be replacing the fencing at the ball field and resurfacing the tennis court in parallel with the playground renovation. The project team has also worked with several city departments to strategize around park accessibility, and we are revising our pathway plans and site signage so folks of all abilities can better navigate to all park amenities.
Please reach out with any questions or concerns.
Lauren Dietrich Chavez
Project Manager, Capital & Planning Division
We Have Moved! After August 5, 2020, you can reach me at:
San Francisco Recreation and Park Department | City & County of San Francisco
49 South Van Ness Avenue, Suite 1220 | San Francisco, CA 94103
(628) 652-6643 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ingleside Capt. Chris Woon Message on SFPD Follow-Up in Diamond Heights and Glen Park on Recent Crimes
Here is a message from Capt. Woon responding to a request for information about gunfire on Aug. 11, the robbery of the Bank of American on Aug 10 and other incidents. Please see the DHCA Announcement on Aug. 12 for more details of these incidents.
Capt. Woon’s message on Aug. 14:
The updated information appears to be that there were multiple locations of where the shots fired occurred as you listed. As of this moment, besides property damage, no one was reportedly injured. Our investigators are following up with the leads and video surveillance to work the case. As the follow up investigation evolves, the officers will seek information to determine if it is random, gang related, specifically targeted, etc. However, at this point of the investigation, it is too soon to determine. As a reminder, please encourage the residents in the area to review their cameras to see if they may have captured any valuable information to aid in the case.
In addition, extra patrols have been already directed to the area. Officers are well aware of the issue and are doing their best to increase their presence in the area as they become available. Please assist us by encouraging the community to be our extra eyes, be a good witnesses by obtaining a good description, take video evidence, if possible, and to call the police accordingly so that we can investigate.
Regarding the incident on Chenery St, the subject reportedly vandalized a person’s car by deflating the tires and breaking the windshield. In reference to the incident on Farnum St, the subject allegedly threw a brick at the windshield of a fire truck, shattering it. Officers arrived at the scene on both circumstances, arrested the subjects for vandalism, and they were subsequently booked into San Francisco County Jail.
For any community questions, please feel free to share my contact information so that I can communicate to your respective associations and members. I will also continue to update you of the notable issues in your areas.
Captain Christopher Woon #1852
San Francisco Police Department
1 Sergeant John V. Young Lane
San Francisco, CA 94112
Last night, Tuesday, August 11, at around 11:20 pm, gunfire coming from cars was heard in two locations. Ingleside Capt. Chris Woon has requested videos that may have captured the gunfire and cars. Call Capt. Woon at 415-404-4040 with any information and/or videos.
- Diamond Heights Blvd. at the intersection of Addison/Gold Mine
- Elk at the intersection of Chenery
There have been no reported injuries from the gunfire.
Diamond Heights Bank of America Robbery
On Monday, August 10 around 2:30 pm a person robbed the branch and left with money. The SFPD has a good description of the suspect. No one was hurt in the robbery. The investigation has been turned over to the SFPD Bank Robbery Unit.
Look What I Did Website: http://www.LookWhatIDid.org
Beverly Patterson and her son, created a website to “Have fun exploring ways to make, play, solve, move & more, and be a part of a community project. We’re all about artistic expression & creative problem-solving.”The program also connects with children who do not have computers in a location in Bernal Heights. If interested in contributing items to the website, donating art supplies and games or volunteering with the program, select “ Contact Us at the website.
Message from Diamond Heights Resident Cassidie Clayton:
Miraloma Kinder Small Groups for Shared Care: Proposal to Gather Interest
Date: July 23, 2020
Given the safety concerns for students and teachers, for SFUSD in-person learning is unlikely to start until later this fall or winter. Parents may be looking for opportunities to have children to meet safelywith a few of their classmates each day, and for the parents/caregivers to be able to share the responsibilityfor child care during school (and work) time. The groups would also allow for children to complete the SFUSD curriculum together performing activities together, allowing for collaboration and group learning.
To help parents and caregivers of all Miraloma Kinder students organize appropriately matched pods to safely look after our children until the school fully reopens. We hope to both ease the responsibilities of education and child care on parents and caregivers and to allow for social interactions.
1. Family safety: We will take appropriate precautions by developing policies: e.g. taking temperature each day; no attendance if anyone in the household is sick; mandatory masks for adults; encouraged masks for children; drop-off without entry.
2. Alignment with SFUSD:Our pods will strive to, as much as possible, work with the teachers, principal and PTA to enhance rather than disrupt school plans.
3. Inclusion & Transparency: We will endeavor to be inclusive to all families by using connections between families to ensure all who want to, have the opportunity to sign up. We will strive for open communication, transparency in decision making, share policies, and contact information through google groups, google docs and shared folders.
4. Convenience & Flexibility: We hope to make this convenient for families, by, for example, taking into consideration parent schedules, siblings who may also have schooling or caregiving needs, preparation of meals, organization by neighborhoods. As one of our goals. We also recognize that we will need to be flexible as SIP guidelines change, SFUSD’s program changes, families’ needs change and if the composition of a pod is struggling to meet the goals.
● Ongoing: Outreach to as many Kinder parents as we can.
● Mon 27 – Fri 31: Agree to overarching priorities applicable to all pods (inclusion, safety, alignment with SFUSD, convenience); Begin work of alignment with principal/teachers
● Aug 3 – Aug 14: As permitting by class lists, match children into appropriate pods, identify pod organizers. As permitted by SIP, and in accordance with SIP guidelines, organize social activities for pod families.