March with Supervisor Mandelman on June 26 Pride Parade

March with Supervisor Mandelman – Pride Parade on Sunday, June 26

Message from Jackie Prager, Office of the Supervisor
Hi Everyone,
This year’s Pride Parade is approaching quickly (Sunday, 6/26) and our office wanted to invite you to march with us! If you, your family members, or community members are interested in joining us in the parade, please reach out to me at your earliest convenience so I can get everyone set up!  
Please feel free to pass the message along and let me know if you have any questions!
Best, 
Jackie Prager
Legislative Aide
Office of Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, District 8
jackie.prager@sfgov.org | 415-554-6986
Pronouns: she/her/hers

Glen Park Gum Trees Girls Festival, July 10

Honor the Gum Tree Girls Who Saved Us from a
Freeway through Glen Canyon Park!

Gum Tree Girls Festival, Sunday July 10, 10:30 am – 3:30 pm in Glen Canyon Park

This free festival will tell the story of how Glen Canyon Park was saved from a freeway by Zoanne Theriault Nordstrom, Joan Seiwald, and Geri Arkush, as well as their predecessor, Minnie Straub Baxter. Enjoy special guests, history talk and video, nonprofit tables, children’s activities and a remembrance of those lost to COVID. Please see the flyer below for more information.

The Festival is hoping to raise $5000 by the time of the Gum Tree Girls Festival on July 10. Here is the link to the
funding raising page – our new Flipcause page (a QR code is also on the flyer) and our Festival information page. Finally, here is the link to our history of the Freeway Revolt entitled, “Wonder Women! Glen Park’s Gum Tree Girls, Minnie Straub Baxter, and the San Francisco Freeway Revolt” at GlenParkHistory.org.

Emergency Supplies for Your Home

Presented by Resilient Diamond Heights
Virtual Meeting – Wednesday, June 8, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Resilient Diamond Heights (RDH) is preparing another training session to help your household prepare for emergencies such as home fires, wild fires or earthquakes. We will help you decide what to include in your shelter in place kit and go-bag, including the differences between these two essential kits and the minimum contents for each. The program will include time to answer your questions.

This event will be held virtually (Zoom) because the survey we circulated after postponing the March event told us that at least 25% of the Diamond Heights residents who responded are not yet ready to meet in person. Greg Carey will again be the presenter. He has been an active NERT volunteer since 2007 and part of the RDH Steering Committee since 2009.

Please reply to this message or contact Betsy Eddy at betsy.eddy@gmail.com to receive the link for this event.

Stay safe and well,

Resilient Diamond Heights Steering Committee

Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project Workdays Saturday, May 14 and June 4, 9-12 noon

Joining for even an hour or two will make a difference!

Please consider volunteering to maintain the plants installed by the Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project! Many more volunteers are needed to weed and pick up trash from Duncan to Diamond.

Join us!

Date: Saturday, May 14 and June 4 – Public Works staff will join us to help out
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon 
Location: Meet at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church on DH Blvd. at Gold Mine Dr.
Work: Pull weeds and pick up trash on the median islands 
Recommended for 12 years and older
No gardening experience required  
Supplies: Kneeling pads, gloves, safety vests, weeding tools and bottled water will be provided. You may wish to wear masks to reduce the risk to COVID variants and to avoid breathing in dust. You may also want to bring your own gloves, weeding tools and trash pickers.
Bathrooms will be available in the upper level of the church. 

Please reply if you plan to attend. Please reply if you have questions about the Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have worked hard to improve the appearance of our median islands along Diamond Heights Blvd.!

Betsy Eddy
Coordinator

Receive Funding for a Block Party on Your Street!

Virtual Meeting with Supervisor Rafael Mandelman 
How to create and receive funding for a Block Party this year

Wednesday, May 11, 7 pm – Register Below

Supervisor Rafael Mandelman will host a virtual meeting on May 11 at 7 pm for residents of District 8 who may be interested in creating Block Parties that will also include a resiliency component. The Resilient Diamond Heights Steering Committee decided to use funding from the Supervisor’s office to fund Block Parties in Diamond Heights. Up to $2,100 in funding would be available for each party. Much of the work setting up the party would be provided by Livable City. The organization will take care of obtaining permits, street barriers, insurance, etc.

A Block Party allows for local residents to meet, receive information on existing emergency response plans at the neighborhood level, and consider establishing block – oriented responses such as the Block Champion Program. However, there is no set agenda or message attached to the Block Party, and local residents can organize the party as they wish.

The Resilient Diamond Heights Steering Committee encourages residents to register for the meeting in order to find out more about this Block Party opportunity.

If you would like to apply for funding for a Block Party in Diamond Heights, please reply to this message or email betsy.eddy@gmail.com.

To attend Supervisor Mandelman’s virtual meeting on May 11 at 7 pm, please visit the Eventbrite link below.
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvfu6hpzsjGNZuKF94v6IBkzg2OUy4JFG1

Message from Jackie Thornhill, Legislative Aide, Office of Supervisor Rafael Mandelman: Join Your Fellow D8 Civic Leaders for a Briefing on New Public Safety Program on 5.11 @ 7pm with Sup. Mandelman

Good afternoon D8 community leaders,

One of District 8’s greatest qualities is its eclectic collection of neighborhoods that fall within its boundaries. While each is unique, the Supervisor is, like you, committed to making them all safer and more connected places to live.

In keeping with this commitment, our office is excited to announce the launch of a new program called D8 Neighborfest which combines the fun of a block party with classic public safety goals. Powered by the City’s Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) and Livable City, Neighborfest D8 offers residents the most feature rich block party program to date.

From zero street closure permitting fees to barricades delivered to the host’s door, D8 Neighborfest makes it easier than ever before to build community at the block level. We hope you’ll join other District 8 civic leaders to learn more about this program and how to get your neighbors involved by attending an online briefing at 7pm next Wednesday, May 11th.

Best,
Jackie

Jackie Thornhill (she/her/hers)
Legislative Aide
Office of Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, District 8
Jackie.Thornhill@sfgov.org |(415) 554-4488

DHCA Announcement: Please complete Resilient Diamond Heights Survey


Please Complete the Resilient Diamond Heights Survey
The Survey Link is Included BelowMessage from Greg Carey:
Resilient Diamond Heights (RDH) has been helping residents prepare their households to care for themselves and neighbors in events like the COVID pandemic or earthquakes since 2008. We had planned to return to in-person workshops for our volunteer workgroup on March 26, but found it necessary to postpone the event because of the low number of people who said they would be able to attend. Please take a moment to let us know if you would be interested in future events.
Your answers are anonymous, but you may add your contact information at the end of the survey if you have questions. Thank you!
 
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5N5K7D8 

DHCA Announcement: Resilient Diamond Heights Workday April 9

Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project Workday
Saturday, April 9, 9-12 noon

Joining for even an hour or two will make a difference!

Please consider volunteering to maintain the plants and trees installed by the Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project! 

It is a pleasure to announce that a community volunteer has stepped up to weed and install plants on Diamond Heights Blvd. on the median from Addison/Goldmine down. Sections of the median were hard packed dirt with weeds now replaced with new plantings and mulch.
Please see the photo below.

Join us!

Date: Saturday, April 9
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon 
Location: Meet at St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church on DH Blvd. at Gold Mine Dr.
Work: Pull weeds and pick up trash on the median islands 
Recommended for 12 years and older
No gardening experience required  
Supplies: Kneeling pads, gloves, safety vests, weeding tools and bottled water will be provided. You may wish to wear masks to reduce the risk to COVID variants and to avoid breathing in dust. You may also want to bring your own gloves, weeding tools and trash pickers.
Bathrooms will be available in the upper level of the church. 

Please reply if you plan to attend. Please reply if you have questions about the Diamond Heights Blvd. Median Project.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have worked hard to improve the appearance of our median islands along Diamond Heights Blvd.!

Betsy Eddy
Coordinator

Reconvening Our RDH Workgroup in Person and Virtually March 26!

Resilient Diamond Heights Workgroup Meeting

Saturday, March 26, 4-6 pm, St. Aidan’s Church
The Public is Invited 

Message from Greg Carey
We have missed the chance for Resilient Diamond Heights members to meet each other in person for the past two years. The COVID numbers are finally looking good, allowing in-person meetings to return. Unless something unexpected happens on the COVID front, we plan to return to our meetings on March 26 from 4:00 to 6:00 PM. As always, we will meet at the Saint Aidan’s Church. It will be good to spend time socializing and returning to getting ready to help our neighbors in the case of an earthquake or other event.

We thought we would get back to our conversation about safety by looking at how the church can serve as a Neighborhood Support Center during a major emergency or a Heat Center during heat events. Then we will talk about the topics you would like us to cover or review in future meetings.

Please reply to this message to let Betsy know whether you can attend.

Message from Betsy
In addition to meeting in person, we will have a Zoom link available for the meeting. When you let us know that you plan to attend, please indicate if you would like to attend via Zoom and I will email the link.

St. Aidan’s at this date requires N95 masks, social distancing and has not yet decided when to allow meals or refreshments. If you do not have an N95 mask, one will be provided.

Looking forward to resuming RDH meetings!

Diamond Heights in District 8 may be on the Chopping Block on Feb 23 – Let Your Voice be Heard!

Every 10 years after the U.S. Census, the San Francisco supervisorial districts are redrawn to ensure that each district’s population remains equal.

The San Francisco Redistricting Task Force is hosting online public meetings about the redistricting process. District 7 (D7) will be the topic of the meeting on Wednesday, Feb 23 at 5:30 pm. Diamond Heights is in District 8 (D8); however, several of the citizen redistricting proposals move Diamond Heights to D7. The Diamond Heights Community Association Board opposes this move because:

  • Diamond Heights is separated from D7 by Glen Canyon Park
  • Diamond Heights shares many issues in common with our D8 neighbors, Noe Valley, Glen Park, Twin Peaks and The Castro.
  • It would be more difficult for community organizations to work together toward a common goal


Please attend the online meeting at 5:30 PM on Wednesday Feb 23 to let the Task Force know that Diamond Heights needs to stay in D8:

WATCH: https://bit.ly/3uOwTWi
PASSWORD: comment

PUBLIC COMMENT CALL-IN
1 (415) 655-0001
Meeting ID 2494 075 1575 # #
(Press *3 to enter the speaker line)

Can’t make it to the meeting? Please send your comments to: rdtf@sfgov.org

Learn more about the Redistricting Task Force web site, offer comments, peruse the redistricting proposals that have been submitted or submit one of your own at: https://sfelections.org/rdtf.

The meeting agenda and instructions for joining the Feb 23 meeting online are posted here: https://sf.gov/meeting/february-23-2022-redistricting-task-force-meeting-district-7

Other ways to stay informed:

  • Submit comments by emailing rdtf@sfgov.org
  • Sign up for the email list to receive updates issued by the Redistricting Task Force at https://sfelections.org/rdtf
  • Follow the Redistricting Task Force on Facebook and Twitter: @RedistrictSF

To view map proposals and other communication related to redistricting, visit https://sfelections.org/rdtf

Volunteers Needed to build Habitat for Humanity Homes in Diamond Heights!

Habitat for Humanity Greater SF needs volunteers to help build 8 affordable homes in Diamond Heights starting mid-March! This Friday, February 11, shifts will be available on their volunteer calendar and will be updated weekly. Minimum age is 16 and no experience necessary! For additional information, please contact volunteer@habitatgsf.org or sign up for a volunteer info session!

Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco builds homes and sustains affordable homeownership opportunities for families in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties. Our values focus on building partnerships, equity, stability, and legacy.