A message from Mayor Faulconer regarding the devastating situation in Paris – stay vigilant!

“Our prayers tonight are with the people of Paris. Although there are no credible threats in San Diego, local law enforcement is closely monitoring this situation, coordinating with state and federal authorities, and taking all necessary precautions. We ask everyone to remain vigilant and if you see something, say something.”
Mayor Kevin Faulconer (if you witness a crime in progress call 911, otherwise call the SDPD non-emergency number 619.531.2000)

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Veterans Day

Good morning Del Cerro! On US holidays, the Elks Lodge 168, places flags on Navajo Road from Jackson Drive to the middle of the driving range. John Pilch and I place them from the middle of the driving range east to Bisby Lake. The following is the text John sent out to the members of the San Carlos Area Council. I thought it was worth posting on the DCAC website as well. Jay Wilson, Secretary, DCAC
Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday, observed annually on November 11, that honors military veterans, that is, persons who served in the United States Armed Forces. It coincides with other holidays, including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I; major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States previously observed Armistice Day. The U.S. holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.

Flags are flying on the Navajo median to honor all our veterans, not just today, but every day. The Del Cerro Action Council and the San Carlos Area Council ask that you remember our veterans daily for the sacrifices each has made for us and the country. Please remember their families also, for the sacrifices they made while their loved one served the country.

Many thanks to Jay Wilson for his help, and the Elk’s Lodge #168 members for placing the flags along Navajo Road today. Flags are also flying in Allied Gardens, courtesy of the Grantville/Allied Gardens Kiwanis, and on Lake Murray Blvd. at El Paso St., courtesy of the Lake Murray Kiwanis.

We hope your day is enjoyable. Please observe a moment of silence at 11:11 to remember our veterans.
John Pilch SCAC

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Draft Minutes from the October 22 meeting of the Del Cerro Action Council

Minutes of Del Cerro Action Council Agenda October 22, 2015

The meeting was called to order at 7:01 by DCAC Vice-Chair Anita Colmie who then led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The agenda for the October Agenda 22 was unanimously approved as were the meeting minutes of the July 23rd meeting.

The community police report was given by SDPD Eastern Division Community Relations Officer Tom Bostedt. Officer Bostedt introduced himself as a new CRO who will primarily be working in the western portion of the division, but will also be working patrol in our area. He is not replacing CRO Adam McElroy. The crime statistics were down for the past month.

There were three violent crimes in our area and all related to domestic violence.
Residential burglaries dropped for the month from 5 to 4. There was one residential
burglary on top of Del Cerro. Fortunately there was a good video surveillance system in
place, allowing for identity of the suspect who has also been tied to cases.

There have been a series of burglaries tied to the victims attending memorial services.
The suspects are looking at obituaries for the time of services, and they would burglarize the home while the victims were attending a memorial service.

There has been only 1 car prowl in Del Cerro and no stolen vehicles. There were 12 arrests
most were on Adobe Falls; the side accessed from Waring Road.

Several crimes have originated off of Airoso, below the Dam. Some may be living in one of
the abandoned homes with permission. There were 35 citations issued; most associated with traffic violations on Madra Avenue.

CRO Bostedt commented that residents are doing a good job with keeping doors and
windows shut; all the burglaries had windows/doors pried open.

There was a head-on crash on College near Wenrich. A drunk driver was north bound. He
jumped the median and came down in the southbound lane, causing a head on crash that
resulted in no major injuries.

The question was asked if the burglaries were at any specific time? CRO Bostedt said during the day – when cars are not in the driveway or parked in front of a home.

He was also asked if there was any update on Neighborhood Watch. CRO Bostedt did not have an update.

Another question dealt with speeding cars coming down Madra by Windmill Farms – making it unsafe to turn left from the parking lot on to Madra Ave. CRO Bostedt stated that would be a Traffic Engineering problem, and he will also take a look at the area in question. Liz Saidkhanian from Councilmember Sherman’s office said she would ask the new Traffic Engineer for our area to evaluate the concern and respond.

Anita then introduced SDSU Police Community Resource Officer, Corporal Mark Peterson, who in turn introduced the Nicole Borunda, the new Community Relations Manager for SDSU. Nicole stated one of her first priorities has been Adobe Falls and that she met with two of the concerned residents today. CRO Peterson stated there are normally 3-4 officers on duty for all of SDSU at any time. As an example, during his 8 hour shift today he monitored 5 responses of officers investigating a report regarding Adobe Falls. He further commented that SDSU is working on ways to clean-up the graffiti at Adobe Falls and comply with environmental regulations. One possibility is to dam up the creek, place woodchips in the dammed area, then power wash the rock walls to remove the graffiti and have the woodchips absorb the washed off debris. He further stated they are looking at drones, equipped with cameras to fly over Adobe Falls to deter the hikers.
CRO Peterson said there is still an issue with CalTrans regarding installation of a grate on the SDSU side of the storm drain that runs under I-8. The grate has to cover the entrance and at the same time allow the water and debris to flow into the tunnel. Nicole also commented SDSU is also looking at fencing around part of Adobe Falls and is contacting the neighbors.

Elected Officials Reports:
• Field Representative Sarah Fields reported for State Senator Marty Block who represents
the 39th District. Sarah Fields stated the senator is in the district as the legislative session
in Sacramento ended last month. Senator Block is holding a public utilities hearing on
Oct. 28 from 1-4 p.m. on the 12th floor of City Hall located at 202 “C” Street. Members of the PUC will be in attendance and focusing on changes to Net Energy Monitoring. Representatives from the PUC will be in attendance. Sarah may be reached at Sarah.fields@sen.ca.gov.

• Councilmember Scott Sherman: Representative – Liz Saidkhanian, Director of Outreach
reported on Adobe Falls clean-up on September 19. A total of 100 people participated
and over 1,100 lbs of trash was collected.

The city has finally dredged their portions of Alvarado Creek. Five separate environmental
permits were required. The City now has a grant from SANDAG ($300,000) and $100,000 from the city. SDG&E has agreed to enhance the median in front of Hearst Elementary.

The Program:
• “City of San Diego Water Conservation and Drought response” David Akin, Esq., works for the Customer Support Division, Public Utilities Department, City of San Diego made the presentation. He helps residents navigate through the bureaucracy of the city. The Public Utilities Dept. is large. One of the most asked questions is how does the city determine the sewer rate. He said look at lowest monthly consumption – that is used to determine your monthly sewer charge. David discussed reasons water bills is higher than it should be. Check for leaks – bad news – not all leaks will qualify for hidden leaks. Running toilets and leaking irrigation does not qualify for an adjustment. Make sure you have a good water pressure regulator. Turn off everything and check the meter in the sidewalk. If you see movement on the meter and you know everything is turned off, you have a leak.
Sometimes we make a mistake in reading the meter. The meter readers check about 500 a
day. To read your meter lift the cement cover in the sidewalk and open the cap of the meter, it has a meter number on it.

We are currently in a Drought Level 2. The State mandated a 25% cutback in water use. We cut back 16% and this was because we had done a better job in cutting back prior to the Governor’s order. There is an APP “Waste No Water” available through the city. If you see anyone or business wasting water, let us know. We also offer a free residential survey.
David is hoping to see some more grant funds for replacing grass with drought tolerant plants. The total rebate can reach $3.50 a square foot with funds from city and state. They are working on a rebate for grey water. You do not need a permit for using water from your basin or washing machine.

If you want more information, it is on-line http://www.sandiego.gov/water or contact customer serves at 619.533.3500. The best days to call Customer Service are Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday for fastest service. If you need to contact David, his email address is Dakin@sandiego.gov.

David commented that most of the rate increases are for infrastructure, desalinization. The rate increases specifically for water use are quite small.

?Are there any plans to add more reservoirs? ANSWER: The department is looking at a number of things. Money is the key. They are looking at groundwater, recycling water, etc. We are paying a lot more for water from the Metropolitan Water District.

?When will the desalinization plan go on-line.? It is scheduled to go on-line next month and it will provide 7% of our water needs.

Public Comment: The question was asked if anyone knew what the pink tape was for that is tied around several of the pine trees in the College Avenue median south of Del Cerro Blvd.

The next Meeting – Thursday, January 28 – 7 p.m. Temple Emanu-El.
Program – Dan McAllister – County of San Diego, Treasurer/Tax Collector


Visit DCAC website @ delcerroactioncouncil.org

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Agenda for Del Cerro Action Council quarterly meeting – Thursday, Oct. 22, 7 p.m., Temple Emanu-El Library

Del Cerro Action Council Agenda October 22, 2015

Meeting is in the Library at Temple Emanu-El – seating is limited – first come, first served

1. Call meeting to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Approval of October Agenda

4. Approval of the July DCAC General Meeting Minutes

5. Community Police Report –Community Relations Officer Adam McElroy

6. DCAC Officers Report
• President Report – Mark Rawlins
• Vice President Report – Anita Colmie
• Treasurer Report – Michael McSweeney

7. Elected Officials Report:
• Congresswoman Susan Davis, 53rd Congressional District: Representative Armeda
• Senator Marty Block, 39th District: Sarah Fields, Field Representative
• Councilmember Scott Sherman: Liz Saidkhanian, Director of Outreach

8. Program:
• “City of San Diego Water Conservation and Drought response” David Akin, Esq.,
Customer Support Division, Public Utilities Department, City of San Diego

9. Public Comment: You are allowed 2 minutes to present your comment on a non-agenda item.

10. Next Meeting – Thursday, January 22 – 7 p.m. in Temple Emanu-El Library
Program for January 22 – Dan McAllister, County of San Diego, Treasurer – Tax Collector


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Draft Minutes of Del Cerro Action Council Meeting – July 23, 2015 – Next meeting October 22


DRAFT Minutes of the Del Cerro Action Council Meeting – July 23, 2015

Del Cerro Action Council Meeting Minutes for July 23, 2015 DRAFT
The meeting was called to order by DCAC Chair Mark Rawlins at 7:06 p.m. He requested Jay Wilson lead the pledge of allegiance.
By a unanimous vote the minutes of the April 23rd meeting was approved.
The agenda for the July 23rd meeting was approved unanimously.
San Diego Police Lt. Michel Swanson reported that since the Neighborhood Watch meeting in Del Cerro two weeks ago, there has not been a single robbery reported. Lt. Swanson commented that his “C Squad” has combed the canyon adjacent to Lake Murray Dam and since the arrests and initially removing all the encampments, none have returned.
A resident mentioned the increased negative activity at the Pasatiempo Park on top of Del Cerro (this is the park on the west side of Pasatiempo). Most of the problems is caused by teenagers, at night, and on the weekends. Lt. Swanson stated he would have units investigate the area more frequently.
The increased activity at Adobe Falls is a growing concern for the residents including the Smoke Tree complex. The concern is the lack of enforcement by the SDSU police officers. They are issuing warnings, but not citations. One resident said she spoke with an SDSU police sergeant and he told her the reason no citations are being issued is because his department does not have time or money to send officers to court.

Meredith Morganroth the Director of Social & Wellness Services for Jewish Family Services San Diego, announced that the Senior Center that has been at Temple Beth Jacob in the College area will be moving to Temple Emanu-El as of September 1.

Lt. Swanson said Adobe Falls is SDSU property and they have jurisdiction on the property. His officers cannot take any action unless there is a violation within his department’s jurisdiction. But if you see a violation, call the police. (if it is not a 911 emergency, call the police business line 619.531.2000.) He said you can also file a report on-line. (Here is the link to file an online police report.) A resident from Smoke Tree stated we have no trespassing signs posted, but we still have activity with on residents walking through our property on their way to Adobe Falls. t. Swanson said even if there are no trespassing signs, if the area is open, it is not a violation. He said Smoke Tree can file a letter of agency, and that will allow the police take action. The Lt. was also asked if there is coordination between the SDSU and SDPD police departments. He responded “not a lot because it SDSU property. It is more difficult to coordinate with a state agency than the La Mesa Police Dept.”

Liz Saidkhanian representing Councilmember Scott Sherman. (619.236.6677) ESaidkhanian@sandiego.gov)

She reported she walked the Adobe Falls site with Dion Akers from SDSU. “We have floated several ideas.” We should probably have a meeting with all interested parties. A resident said it appears that SDSU’s attitude is a lot of lip service but they really don’t care.

Liz met with I Love a Clean San Diego and a clean-up is planned for Adobe Falls on Sep. 19, if SDSU supports the effort. We are looking at ways to clean up the graffiti at Adobe Falls. The major problem is how to contain the residue. The cleaning material and the removed paint cannot be allowed to enter the Alvarado Storm Drain.

Armeda representing for US Congresswoman Susan Davis – immigration and education are the Congresswoman’s specialty. She is working hard to stop child hunger during the summer. 2 upcoming events – Retirement security workshop and an Arts and Humanities nonprofit workshop that will have California and Federal representatives. Here is a link for more information Look below Events Schedule on the left hand side of the webpage.

Armeda was asked if the Congresswoman Davis could call SDSU and help drive the community concern home. She explained an elected federal official cannot call someone at the State level. But the representatives of the elected officials communicate frequently and can carry a message. She suggested we contact our elected State representatives. We will be contacting State Senator Marty Block.
Marty Block.

Tony Pauker – ColRich VP of Acquisitions gave a thorough presentation on the proposed 26 home development proposed for the canyon area below the Chevron Station. ColRich has been in business for 30 years, is based in San Diego and concentrates on in-fill developments. The parcel is below the Chevron Station, goes down to the I-8 west bound off ramp, and then turns east. It covers 5.6 acres. The property was a graded in the early 1960’s. There is a big boulder pile in the middle. It is zoned for single family homes with a minimum of 5,000 square foot lots. We will follow the zoning – 26 single family homes

The entry and egress will be immediately south of the gas station. General concept – we have a linear row of homes accessed from College Ave. These homes will be lower than College Ave.

They we have a series of cycles to get through the process. This will take approximately 6 months. They will be coming back to the community several times for community meetings or smaller groups. The homes will be 1800 to 2200 square feet and will sell in the high $600,000.

It was pointed out that when SDSU is in session, traffic in the morning can back up on College Avenue sometimes beyond Del Cerro Blvd. As an example, if someone living in the new complex, has a student at Hearst Elementary, they will have to go well beyond Montezuma before they will be able to make a a U-Turn to get back to their home.

If the project is approved, it will take about one year before construction would begin. Grading will take 3-4 months and an additional 5-6 months to build the homes.

Water reclamation and run-off. What happens to run-off? There are very stringent controls regarding run-off. We must retain all the rainwater. The homes will be grey-water equipped.

Tony Pauker will provide digital files of the drawings he showed at the meeting which will be posted on the DCAC and NCPI websites. We will also have an update at our October 22 meeting.

Next meeting will be Thursday, October 22, 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El

Meeting adjourned at 8:43 p.m.

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Signs your dog may be overheated

Good morning Del Cerro!

Rangers at Mission Trails Regional Park have rescued several dogs because the dog owners did not recognize the signs their dog had become overheated while accompanying their owners on a hike during this very hot weather at Mission Trails. Please take the necessary precautions when walking your dog in this hot and humid weather. Here is a link to a flyer listing the key signs a dog may becoming overheated. Flyer about preventing your dog from becoming overheated.

The following is from the web page on the Mission Trails home page.
Over the past several days, due to the extreme heat and humidity, the MTRP Rangers have helped rescue a number of dogs that have overheated. If you think it’s hot outside, try wearing a fur coat with no ability to sweat and no shoes to protect your feet! Please use your common sense and do NOT bring your dog out to exercise when it’s hot outside. Your dog can literally DIE and you can be cited under CPC 597(b) for Cruelty to Animals.

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Patriots Day And The American Flag

Good afternoon Del Cerro:

To honor the Americans, who lost their lives in the attack on this country on 09/11/01, John Pilch and I placed flags in the Navajo Road median this morning. We were joined by Elks Lodge 168, whose members placed the first half of the flags on the same median and the Grantville/Allied Gardens Kiwanis Club, whose members placed their flags along Waring Road, near the Allied Gardens shopping center on Waring Road.

We ask you to take a moment of silence to remember those who were killed, during this unprecedented event in our nation’s history, which We Will Never Forget.

Thank you.

Jay Wilson
Del Cerro Action Council

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