Trespassing on Marine Corps Air Station (Miramar)

Just as and FYI – I received the following information from Kristin Camper, with the Community Plans & Liaison Office at MCAS Miramar. If you or friends mountain bike anywhere adjacent to MCAS Miramar, please pass this information along. Thank you, Jay Wilson DCAC

“On the morning of March 16th, mountain bicyclists were observed in the impact area of the Rifle Range aboard MCAS Miramar. Marines were actively firing rifles on the range when the trespassers were observed, and an emergency cease fire had to be called. Fortunately, no injuries occurred. In addition to the obvious danger presented to bicyclists that ride through an active rifle range, trespassing incidents like these lead to lost training time and a diversion of USMC resources.

Since 2006, the Hathcock Range has been a critical USMC asset that trains and qualifies 8,900 Marines annually on both the M16A4 Service Rifle and the M9 Service Pistol. By Marine Corps order, all Marines must qualify annually on the pistol, rifle, or both to maintain combat readiness and small arms weapons capabilities. Superb marksmanship is a hallmark of the Marine Corps and distinguishes it from other military service branches.

Although many areas of East Miramar are not fenced off, those areas are still a part of MCAS Miramar and protected by federal trespassing laws. East Miramar is adjacent to the Mission Trails Regional Park, Sycamore Canyon Preserve, and Goodan Ranch Park. Signs are located on the MCAS Miramar boundary to discourage park users from trespassing. Military police periodically patrol the area and will issue trespassing citations and summons to Federal Magistrate Court.

In addition to the danger presented by its live ranges, there is significant threat from unexploded ordnance. East Miramar was used extensively as an artillery, tank, and mortar range as far back as the 1930’s and even though these particular ranges are no longer active many of them have not been fully cleared and are not considered safe. The Commanding Officer of MCAS Miramar asks that park users respect and comply with the “No Trespassing on Federal Property” signs located along the base boundary.

If you have any questions regarding this issue, please contact the MCAS Miramar Community Plans and Liaison Office at 858-577-6603.”

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Draft Minutes of the Del Cerro Action Council Meeting on Jan. 22, 2015

President Jay Wilson called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Jay relayed that the site below the Chevron on College is zoned for 28 homes. The owner will decide in the next 60 days whether or not to build.
(As a follow up, Jay has been informed the firm considering developing the homes
elected not to pick up the option on the property)

 Elected Officials Report:

Police Community Relations Officer Adam McElroy reported that crime normally increases during the holiday time. Del Cerro had an unusual incident—a resident jeweler was followed home from a jewelry show and robbed when he parked his car. Statistically, Del Cerro’s crime rate is about 25% less than that in the College area. In the last 3 months, Del Cerro had 71 police calls versus 93 in the College area. If you need to contact CRO Adam McElroy, his email address is

Councilmember Scott Sherman’s representative is now Liz Saidkhanian. Ryley Webb is still in Scott’s office, just no longer assigned to Del Cerro. Liz passed out street sealing maps and discussed paving projects. Albertsons decided not to renew their lease which will expire in April. They expect to close the store prior to the end of February. The Albertsons’-Waring Rd employees will be transferred to other Albertsons’ locations. Scott Sherman’s office is working with the property manager to bring in a grocery tenant to the Albertsons space. If you need to reach Liz in Councilmember Sherman’s office, her email address is:

Scott will be starting the District Town Hall meetings in February.

Kevin Beiser, School Board Member

Kevin relayed that the Patrick Henry Auditorium should be completed by March 2016. Parking problems were discussed and should be alleviated once the construction is completed. There will be a loss of 18 parking spaces.

Kevin is proud that the San Diego schools retained their music programs and class sizes. Kevin finally got air conditioning put into several hot schools in our area where the temperatures soared to 102 degrees. The school board is working on the budget and is starting to get back a little of the funding the state took a few years ago. We need to lobby the state to restore education funding faster. Other departments have already been fully restored; however it will take 8 years to restore the education funding.

Kevin believes in using research results to improve programs and to expand programs that work. Examples of successful programs are the graduation coaches and transitional kindergarten. It is important to ensure our kids are literate by the 3rd grade as 3rd grade literacy rates predict prison population 15 years out.

Child safety is the #1 priority and the schools are taking steps to keep the children safe. Kevin answered questions from the residents.

One question for Kevin was “why can’t the school district change the start time to a later time for Patrick Henry? Kevin responded that the start time for the school is a site decision and not one determined at the Education Center.
As a follow up, Jay Wilson contacted Listy Gillingham, the Principal at Patrick Henry, and
posed the start time question to her. She responded:

With the sport’s program all after school there is no way we could move
our start time back. Students are already practicing until 9 pm some nights.

The next meeting of the DCAC will be Thursday, April 23, 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El. Our guest
speaker will be Councilmember Scott Sherman!

There were no other resident concerns. The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Anita Colmie
Vice President

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Two important community meetings – January 22 and 27 & Albertsons is Closing!

1) Kevin Beiser, our School Board Member will be the keynote speaker at the Del Cerro Action Council meeting this coming Thursday, January 22, 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El. He will give an update on the district and the schools in the Patrick Henry Cluster. Mr. Beiser addressed the San Carlos Area Council earlier this month. His presentation will be well worth attending as it impacts all the students attending school in the San Diego Unified School District. He emphasized his support for art and music in all the schools and the overall benefit it is proving to be. There will also be an opportunity for questions. If you have a particular question you would like Mr. Beiser to address, please email it to

2) City Attorney Jan Goldsmith will be the Keynote speaker at the Allied Gardens-Grantville Townhall meeting on Tuesday, Jan 27, 7pm at Ascension Lutheran Church located at Zion and 51st. He will speaking about the Non-compliant marijuana dispensaries in Grantville.

3) ALBERTSONS UPDATE On Friday, January 16, Albertsons on Waring Road in Allied Gardens informed its employees the elected to not renew their lease and the store will be closing by the end of February. In fact, Albertsons did not even notify the property management firm in advance. The property management firm did not find out until Sunday. The property managers and the corporate office of the property owner are working full speed to try to find a replacement market that is certainly very needed.

Jay Wilson DCAC

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Christmas Trees 1/2 Price at Grantville-Allied Gardens Christmas Tree Lot

This Saturday and Sunday the Grantville-Allied Gardens Kiwanis Club is offering Christmas Trees at 1/2 price. Their lot is located at the intersection of Zion Avenue and Glenroy Street.

Their trees are as fresh and beautiful as ever! This is their main fundraiser of the year and all sales proceeds are used to finance our community service projects. Come stroll around their pine forest and find your special tree. Their tree lot is open seven days a week, Sat.-Sun. 9am-8pm. New tree shipments arrive weekly and all trees are kept fresh in water.

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Volunteers needed at the Grantville-Allied Gardens Kiwanis Club Christmas Tree Lot!

Good morning Del Cerro: I attended the Grantville-Allied Gardens Kiwanis Club weekly meeting on Thursday to present a program on Mission Trails Regional Park, and they were asking for some additional volunteers to help staff their Christmas Tree lot at the corner of Zion Avenue and Glenroy Street. Listed below are the dates for the next five days where they can use some help. There is always a member of the Kiwanis Club on site. All the proceeds from the sale of the Christmas Trees goes back into the community. If you would like to volunteer, please contact John Crawford at The club’s website is

Additional help is needed for the following Christmas Tree lot shifts:
• Saturday morning (9-1)
• Saturday night (4-8)
• Sunday night (4-8)
• Monday night (4-8)
• ALL DAY WEDNESDAY 9-1,1-4 and 4-8

Thank you all!
Jay Wilson, DCAC

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Good afternoon Del Cerro. I received the following email from Jason Allen, the City’s Senior Ranger for Open Space Canyons regarding a Navajo Canyon Clean-Up (the canyon between Del Cerro and Allied Gardens) this Saturday. Thank you, Jay Wilson DCAC
Saturday, November 22, we will be planting native plants, picking up trash, removing non-native weeds and doing trail maintenance. In Navajo Canyon (Del Cerro/Allied Gardens) 1:30PM– 4:30PM 6801 Easton Court – Prince of Peace Lutheran Church From Del Cerro, turn left off of Waring Road on to Galewood Street, and the first left is the church parking lot. Park in Church parking lot. Meet at gate. Thomas Guide 1250 B6. *NO BATHROOMS ON SITE* We will be picking up trash, and doing some brush and debris removal.

Additional Project Information: *NO BATHROOMS ON SITE* Tools and gloves are provided. Please wear closed toes shoes and protection from the sun (a hat, sunscreen, etc). Bring a sufficient amount of water for yourself to drink. Volunteers must be physically able to hike on uneven terrain down into canyon during some volunteer events and perform varying degrees of manual labor. Tasks vary and can be accommodated to fit volunteer’s abilities. Events are rain or shine!

Please Note:If you or your guest is below the age of 18, you need to have a parent or guardian sign the Liability Waiver that can be found at Bring the signed waiver to the volunteer event.

You are welcome to just show up to the event without prior notification if you have a group of 5 or less. If you would like to sign up a group please notify me in advance. If you have any questions about the event let me know. If you would like to be removed from the list let me know.

Thank you,

Jason W. Allen
Senior Park Ranger
Open Space Canyons
City of San Diego
Park and Recreation Department
Open Space Division

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Cleanup of Pasatiempo Open Space Park – Saturday, Nov. 8 from 9-11 a.m.

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