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
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.


Diamond Heights Blvd. Paving Project, July 30 – August 1 on DH Blvd. between Duncan and Clipper


San Francisco Public Works will be performing the remediation of the failing pavement area on Diamond Heights Blvd. between Duncan St. and Clipper St. This work is urgent as the pavement has failed and needs to be repaired immediately.


We will be reconstructing a portion of the three lanes on the Diamond Heights Blvd. between Clipper Street and Duncan Street. At least one traffic lane will be provided at all times and no detours will be required. Parking will not be affected.


Monday, July 30 through Wednesday, August 1, 2018

7am to 4pm

· Monday – reconstruct the two northern lanes

· Tuesday – reconstruct the remaining lane nearest the median.

· Wednesday – pave with 2” asphalt.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact me. Thank you.

Grace L. Moore

Public Affairs Officer

Office of Communications & Public Affairs

San Francisco Public Works

City and County of San Francisco

30 Van Ness Avenue, 5th Fl

San Francisco, CA 94102

Ph (415) 558-5282 Fx (415) 522-7723 ·

Walter Haas Dog Play Area will be closed July 27 and August 3

Due to issues with the new model of drinking fountain, the Dog Play Area at Walter Haas will have to be closed for two additional days to properly install it. It will be closed Friday, 7/27 and Friday, 8/3. While it will be open from 7/28-8/2, there will be no working drinking fountain. The Dog Play Area will reopen completely, with no future anticipated closures, on Saturday, August 4th”.

See flyer below for more details.

DH Blvd. between Clipper and Portola Repaving June 2nd and 9th

From Dadisi Najib, SF Department of Public Works:

Hi Diamond Heights Neighbors,

A Ruiz Construction, Co. under contract with San Francisco Public Works is scheduled to repave Diamond Heights Blvd between Clipper Street and Portola Drive. You may recall this segment was under construction last fall 2017 as part of the Diamond Heights Improvements Project. This small section of roadway paving did not meet City standards so, A. Ruiz Construction will grind (remove) the existing asphalt and repave. To minimize the impact of traffic and to the community, the work will occur:
Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm
In the coming weeks, the same crews will complete the remaining paving for the Diamond Heights Improvements Project between Berkeley Way and Sussex Street (alongside Glen Canyon Park).

Please expect delays and allow extra travel time. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Please share with your residents and friends.



Dadisi Najib

Public Affairs Officer

Office of Communications & Public Affairs

San Francisco Public Works

City and County of San Francisco

30 Van Ness 5th Floor

San Francisco, CA 94103

Ph (415) 558-5281 Fx (415) 522-7724 ·

Resilient Diamond Heights Heat Wave Center Drill on May 24th, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Please join RDH for a simulation of opening St. Aidan’s as a Heat Wave Relief Center when temperatures soar above 85 – 90 degrees for two to three days in a row. Dinner at 6:00 pm will be followed by the drill in which each person will have a name tag and role either as volunteer staff implementing the Incident Command System (ICS) or as guests. The ICS is used nationally by first responders so that response and communications are coordinated among police, fire fighters and paramedics. ICS use is suggested for nonprofit groups involved in disaster resilience planning. We will have props, safety vests and equipment to help with the role playing.

The drill will be a great way to improve the RDH plans for activating not only a heat wave center but opening for other emergencies as well. Please reply if you plan to attend so that there will be plenty of food for everyone.

St. Aidan’s Anti-Racism Committee Meeting April 29 at 12 noon

From Susan Spencer, St. Aidan’s Church:

The Anti-Racism Committee at Saint Aidan’s Episcopal Church is discussing racism and reparation. On Sunday, April 29 at 12:00 we will be discussing two articles:

The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A Case Against Reparations: A Reply to Ta-Nehisi Coates by Kevin D. Williamson

You are invited to come and participate in this discussion with us. We welcome your comments and views.

Candidates Forum for Mayor and District 8 Supervisor, April 28

Candidates Forum for Mayor and District 8 Supervisor, April 28

The Diamond Heights Community Association is delighted to invite the public to its Candidates for Mayor and District 8 Supervisor Forum on Saturday, April 28, 2:00 to 4:00 pm at St. Aidan’s Church. Candidates for Mayor that have confirmed attendance are Angela Alioto, Michelle Bravo, London Breed, Richie Greenberg, Jane Kim, Mark Leno and Ellen Lee Zhou. Candidates for District 8 that have confirmed attendance are Rafael Mandelman and Jeff Sheehy. The election for Mayor and District 8 Supervisor is scheduled for June 5, 2018.

Redwood Tango Ensemble April 22 at St. Aidan’s

84b64e69-2217-4a1a-9796-1eebec04f533.jpgMusic on the Hill presents Redwood Tango Ensemble
This Sunday, April 22 at 7pm at St. Aidan’s
A contemporary Tango sextet, Charles Gorezynski leads & composes for the ensemble, developing an original sound that is personal, percussive and compelling. The ensemble has released two albums including the 2016 original album, “Unison.” The sextet is also dedicated to performing traditional Argentine tango music,
Performing works by Astor Piazzola, Julian Peralta, Astillero, & Diego Schissi are Charles Gorezynski, bandoneon; Elyse Weakley, piano; Anton Estaniel, cello; Ishtar Hernandez & Mia Bella D’Augelli, violins; Daniel Fabricant, double bass.

The concert will take place at St. Aidan’s Church. Tickets are $20 general & $15 for students and seniors. For more information or to purchase tickets onlinelog on to You can email us at:
Check out our website at

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 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!