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
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2014/06/the-case-for-reparations/361631/

A Case Against Reparations: A Reply to Ta-Nehisi Coates by Kevin D. Williamson
http://www.nationalreview.com/2014/05/case-against-reparations-kevin-d-williamson/amp/

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

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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 www.musiconthehill.org/tickets. You can email us at: mothmuse2@yahoo.com.
Check out our website at www.musiconthehill.org

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!