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.

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.

The Elves of Presley, an Original Musical Comedy Nov. 8, 9 and 10 at St. Aidan’s

The Elves of Presley, 
an Original Musical Comedy at St. Aidan’s Nov. 8, 9 and 10

You are invited to St. Aidan’s 16thoriginal musical comedy with familiar tunes. Please invite friends and neighbors to this fun show by forwarding this message and posting the flyer below.
Thank you,
Volunteer Producer
What:  Christmas comes in November when Elphus, King of the Elves from Presley, and Mother Mary lead the St. Dymphna’s Church holiday fundraiser. Much merriment and bah, humbug attitudes mix together for a laugh filled play.
The Elves of Presley, is written and directed by John Wilk, CCSF Theatre Professor. Scrumbly Koldewyn, legendary Cockettes star, is the music director. Choreography is by Deborah Shaw, director and choreographer of City College spring musicals. The show is one hour and 40 minutes and is appropriate for children that would engage in a show of this length.
When: Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9, 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 10, 2 p.m.
Where: St. Aidan’s, 101 Gold Mine Drive, San Francisco
Parking: Parking available across the street next to Safeway
Cost: $25 (general); $10 (children 5 to 18), $35 (priority seating Friday and Saturday);
Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4422209.
Tickets will be available at the door
Benefiting: St. Aidan’s community programs such as the weekly Food Pantry, Diamond Diapers, Diamond Diner’s Senior Lunch, and Resilient Diamond Heights
Info: Betsy Eddy, Producer, at betsy.eddy@gmail.com
Link: www.staidansf.orgselect join a group, Dymphna Productions

Noe Valley Nursery School 50th Anniversary Event

How about a fun evening celebrating Noe Valley Nursery School’s 50th Anniversary! If you are unavailable to attend, please consider making a donation to the preschool. The cooperative preschool moved from Noe Valley to the Christopher Park Rec Center for about 15 years ago. Parents and staff from the school especially Brynna McNulty, Coordinator of Friend of Christopher Park, have worked endlessly and successfully with Rec and Park on the design for the new playground structures and other renovations.

Betsy for the DHCA

Invitation from NVNS for Cocktails for a Cause
Hello friends, family, and all those who have been a part of the Noe Valley Nursery School community past and present!

Please join us for our annual auction Cocktails for a Cause, where we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of NVNS with a night of drinks, dancing, live and silent auction bidding, and an awesome wine raffle on

Saturday, November 2nd, 2019, from 7-11pm

at The Verdi Club in San Francisco 

To acknowledge the school’s inception in 1969, get ready to party in the spirit of the 60’s and 70’s (hint: dressing up highly encouraged!)

Simply click the invite above to purchase your tickets and register for the event. If you are unable to attend but would still like to give a contribution to the school, you can do so here.

Thank you for all your continued enthusiasm and support of NVNS.

Hope to see you there!

Assembly member Chiu Town Hall Oct. 30 in Eureka Valley

Assembly member David Chiu Distict 8 Town Hall, Wednesday, October 30, 6:00 – 7:30 pm at Eureka Valley Recreation Center.
The DHCA is honored to be a co-sponsor for this meeting. Please consider attending to hear directly from Assembly member Chiu about his work for San Francisco and the State.
Please RSVP at this link—https://bit.ly/2pdhoYn—so that staff will have an  accurate sense of attendees. See flyer for location address.

Diamond Diapers and Music in the Hill Oct. 27 at St. Aidan’s

Hi All,
Here are 2 events for Sunday, October 27, both at St. Aidan’s Church.

Diamond Diapers

What: Distributing free baby diapers to families
When: Sunday, Oct. 27, Nov. 24 and Dec. 22, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Where: St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, Upper Level, enter at 101 Gold Mine Drive.

A team from St. Aidan’s and the wider neighborhood is distributing diapers as a small way to support folks with children here. Families of all configurations very welcome.

Music on the Hill presents Solstice Vocal Ensemble
Sunday October 27 at 7:00 PM at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
101 Gold Mine Dr. San Francisco.

Founded in 1995, Solstice is an award-winning vocal a cappella ensemble for women’s voices.
Past performances in the Bay Area include The Freight & Salvage, La Pena Cultural Center, Montalvo arts Center & KALW Folk Music & Beyond. The program will feature works by Hildegard von Bingen, Francis Poulenc, folk music from the Americas and original compositions. Members are Becca Burrington, Christina Bogiages, Emily Bender, Kim Warsaw, Krista Enos, Sara Webb-Schmitz and Sheryl Kaskowitz.
Tickets are $20/$15. Purchase advance tickets online at www.MusicOntheHill.org/tickets.

Reminder: RDH Psychological First Aid Training Oct. 24, 6 pm at St. Aidan’s

Free Psychological First Aid Training

Hi All on Resilient Diamond Heights Email List,
This is a reminder to please join RDH for a free training opportunity provided by Jill Borofka and Tre Allen. Valuable information on how to protect your mental health and that of others after a regional or local disaster will be covered. This training is especially recommended for people who have signed up to volunteer at our Neighborhood Resource Center that may be activated at St. Aidan’s Church in an emergency.

Psychological First Aid (PFA) Training

Thursday, October 24th, Dinner: 6:00, Presentation 6:30 to 8:00 pm
St. Aidan’s Church, 101 Gold Mine Drive in Diamond Heights
Parking: Next door in the Safeway parking lot
Please register by replying to Betsy Eddy at betsy.eddy@gmail.com
Hope to see you at the training,
Betsy for DHCA and RDH

Psychological First Aid Training

After an emergency, disaster or traumatic event here in the San Francisco Bay Area, community members, faith-based institutions, local businesses and nonprofit organizations will be called upon to support neighbors and communities that have been affected. Psychological First Aid is an effective approach that can be offered by a wide variety of people in the community (from emergency personnel to neighbors and volunteers, in addition to trained personnel). The primary role of Psychological First Aid is to protect and promote the mental health and psychosocial well being of survivors. Psychological First Aid aims to reduce initial distress, meet current needs, promote flexible coping and encourage adjustment.
At this three-hour training you will learn:

  • Specific, practical skills to increase personal resilience, improve coping, and manage stress.
  • How to increase your confidence and effectiveness in communicating with others in the aftermath of a disaster.·
  • Communication skills that can increase cooperation and help you respond to difficult survivor reactions.·

The training will be given by Jill Borofka and Tre Allen. Jill has a background in cognitive and behavioral psychology and has trained in Psychological First Aid (PFA) with the Red Cross and Johns Hopkins University. Tre was trained in PFA by the San Francisco Dept. of Public Health. Working in the field of emergency preparedness, Tre connects HUBs with trainings and resources for disaster preparedness, mitigation and response.
Are you a community members/leaders, service/business providers, non-profit staff and staff/members of faith-based institutions? Then this training is for you.


DH Blvd. Median Project Workdays Oct. 22 – 26

Please see the good news about the DH Blvd. Median Project and the workdays this week including Saturday.

Message from Paul Matalucci, Project Lead
DHB Median Project, Planting Day!!! (volunteer for Sat, Oct 26, and/or a weekday shift from Oct 21 to 30)

Hello friends and supporters of the Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project,
With great delight, I’m happy to announce that our median landscape plan will be installed this coming week, with a huge assist from SF Public Works.

We need as big a volunteer turn-out as possible. I will be taking time off from my job to coordinate and partner with volunteers throughout the week.

Please email me if you can help with any one or more of the following:
1) Planting Day, Saturday, October 26, 9 a.m. to 12 noon (details below)
2) A four-hour weekday shift, based on your availability, to help form gopher baskets, and/or assist Public Works (details to be coordinated with me)
3) Help spread one or more of our mulch piles (weekday preferred)
4) Grooming of our previously planted islands (Addison to Berkeley Way, details to be coordinated with me)

If you’re unable to join our volunteer work day in person but would like to show your support, please consider making a financial contribution:

Event: Planting Day
Date: Saturday, October 26
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Meet at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church, 101 Gold Mine Dr, Parish Hall (Lower Level)
Refreshments: Morning snacks
Lunch: We will serve a hot lunch afterward to say thank you

Please RSVP to me, paul@wordwc.com.

Recommended for 12 years and older; no gardening experience required, but there will be bending and kneeling (pads and gloves will be provided). If you have preferred personal gloves, you are welcome to bring them.

Special thanks to our project sponsors: the Diamond Heights Shopping Center, Safeway, and Harbor Villa Restaurant for their ongoing support (including volunteer hours, financial and in-kind donations, and encouragement), and to Lanita Henriquez at the City of San Francisco Community Challenge Grant.