January Del Cerro Action Council Postponed

The topic for the January DCAC meeting was to be a community discussion on the proposed All Peoples Church on the east side of College Avenue between I-8 and Del Cerro Blvd. It was the DCAC’s understanding a draft of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) or a Mitigated Negative Dec (the MND is a simpler environmental report) and the Traffic Report would have been published for public review prior to the January meeting.

At this time, neither report is currently available. It is our understanding the All Peoples Church is producing another submittal to the city. This will require the city to produce another Cycles Report (a submittal is a response to questions from the city about the project and the city responds accepting or rejecting the project’s responses to the city’s questions). There are now three key elements regarding the church project which are not available to the public – draft environmental report, the traffic report and another Cycles Report.

When the documents are available for public review we will call a special meeting of the DCAC.

When the draft environmental document is released, everyone will have a minimum of 30 days to submit their concerns to the city.

This will all transpire prior the All Peoples Church project being placed on the agenda for the Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) as an action item. All of the Del Cerro community concerns will be presented to NCPI at that time.

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Questions about the new “Save Del Cerro” group and the status of All Peoples Church.

Mark Rawlins, DCAC Chair

Del Cerro Action Council has been receiving emails and phone calls regarding the new “Save Del Cerro” group being promoted on Facebook and Nextdoor. The inquiries are from community members wondering if this is the same Save Del Cerro group as the one from 2007.  At that time, DCAC supported the effort to oppose SDSU’s 2007 master plan to develop 540 housing units in Adobe Falls without providing any mitigation to traffic. The opposition was a team effort; DCAC partnered with the City of San Diego, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS).

In short, no. None of the leadership in the 2007 Save Del Cerro group is part of this current Save Del Cerro effort.

Those who recall, in the SDSU master plan development traffic, would have utilized Adobe Falls road, Mill Peak Rd, Arno Dr, Helena Pl, Genoa Dr, Capri Dr, Del Cerro Blvd. and College Ave to get to SDSU daily.  This traffic would have collided with Hearst Elementary traffic at the same time. DCAC and original Save Del Cerro were adamant that SDSU provide a mitigation plan to reduce traffic in Del Cerro by providing an alternate way in and out of Adobe Falls. It was a classic David and Goliath story. After years of litigation, SDSU was forced to reduce its master plan design down to 240 units in Adobe Falls.

The current Save Del Cerro group fiercely opposes the development of the All Peoples Church, a conservative Christian church. Many of their posts are filled with half-truths and distorted facts.  To date, they haven’t been willing to engage with DCAC nor with church leadership to address their concerns. Instead, they use Facebook and NextDoor to spread propaganda against the church. They have labeled it as a “Mega” church and are distorting the church building layout as massive. The proposed church capacity is only 100 more people than St. Therese and St. Therese has a school on site.  The majority of the buildings, including the top floor of the parking structure, will be set below the College Ave street site line. Additionally, the church is being built on 5.6 acres of land that is locked in a canyon. There is no other land available for the church to expand.

This group has also failed to mention that the church has proactively worked closely with, and been accommodating to, the community and nearby neighbors for over two years to address concerns about the impact of the development in the neighborhood. They have been providing updates on their progress with the city on their building plans to DCAC and NCPI with complete transparency. In any development there are unknowns and details that are being worked out with the city. If they don’t currently have all of the answers doesn’t mean they are hiding something with the city.

A topic that needs to be addressed is the Save Del Cerro group’s hostile view on the All Peoples Church’s beliefs. The Save Del Cerro organizers and core followers believe that the church’s values don’t align to Del Cerro community values and thus should not be built in Del Cerro as to their own admission during a Fox 5 News interview. That is an opinion which is not necessarily shared by the rest of the residents of Del Cerro. Freedom of religion is a First amendment right and no group or individual has the right to tell any religion that they cannot co-exist.   It doesn’t matter if a mosque, temple, church, or synagogue is being built, the issue of religion should not be a discussion point when it comes to private property land use and development.

The primary issue is traffic and congestion in Del Cerro. That is a concern I share. But this traffic issue is much different than with the SDSU 2007 master plan. The peak of the church’s travel is at Del Cerro’s lowest traffic pattern throughout the week; Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings. The main concern is the “right turn only” into, and out of, the church parking lot. If church traffic were to be limited to right turn only into and out of the property, the church development plan could have a serious issue. However, the church has proposed, and city staff has tentatively accepted, a new signalized intersection at the church’s driveway. If approved by City Council, it would cross the College Ave median just after the “Welcome to Del Cerro” sign. (The church has offered to work with the Friends of Del Cerro to ensure that their landscape and tree planting plans for the median will enhance the community’s median enhancement efforts.) The light would be designed to only turn red when a car in the parking lot would be turning left on to College Avenue to head south to I-8, or left from College Avenue going south and turning in to the church parking lot.  They will use technology that will not activate the traffic signal if a car is turning right out of the parking lot to head north on College Avenue. 

If this signal is approved, the project will have provided traffic mitigation for the community of Del Cerro. Is it enough to reduce traffic? Will it pass at Navajo Community Planners? Don’t know, but there is a plan to address the “right turn only” issue.

So where is the church in its development plans? My understanding is that they have worked through many of the details and answered concerns of most city departments. The Church will soon make its fourth submittal to the city. If this addresses the remaining issues, the city will move forward with an environmental review of the project per the California Environmental Quality Act. This document will be available for public review and comment. This is a time where the community will have an opportunity to provide any feedback or concerns about potential impacts the project may have. Once adjudicated, including issuance of the environmental and traffic reports, the church project will then go before NCPI, City of San Diego Planning Commission, and finally to the San Diego City Council for a vote. Public comment will be welcomed after each of the presentations at NCPI, the San Diego Planning Commission and the City Council.  Community planning groups such as NCPI are the only advisory groups officially recognized by the City of San Diego.  

If you have any questions pertaining to the All Peoples Church development, I recommend visiting the project’s website at light.allpeopleschurch.org or email thelightproject@allpeopleschurch.org.  If you would like information about when the project is scheduled to be heard by the NCPI visit their website navajoplanners.org. You may also contact DCAC via our website at delcerroactioncouncil.org.

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All Peoples Church Update

The Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) All Peoples Church Subcommittee will report to the NCPI Board this evening, Wednesday, November 11. The ZOOM meeting begins at 6:30p.m. The public is welcome to join the meeting. Here is the link to participate in tonight’s meeting. This is an informational item only. No action will be taken by the NCPI Board at this time.

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All Peoples Church NCPI Subcommittee will update the NCPI Board tonight, Wednesday, November 11.

For approximately two years, the All Peoples Church has been a project discussed at our quarterly Del Cerro Action Council (DCAC) meetings and mentioned in the DCAC articles in the Mission Times Courier and on the DCAC website. This Thursday evening, November 5, at 7:00PM is the Navajo Community Planners Subcommittee ZOOM informational meeting regarding the All Peoples Church project in Del Cerro. This ZOOM meeting is open to the public. Copy and paste the link below to participate. Since this is not an action item at this time, no vote will be taken. Here is the link to the project – https://light.allpeopleschurch.org/ Copy and past the link below to participate in NCPI ZOOM All Peoples Church Subcommittee meeting this Thursday at 7:00PM.

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Next Wednesday, November 11, at 6:30, the Navajo Community Planners (NCPI) All Peoples Church Subcommittee will report on their Nov. 5th informational meeting. NCPI will meet with a Zoom meeting. This meeting is open to the public. The link for this meeting will be posted on the NCPI website. NCPI is the planning group recognized by the City of San Diego. Since this is a report by the subcommittee, no vote will be taken. The next step will be for All Peoples Church to return to the DCAC, NCPI All Peoples Church Sub Committee and then as an NCPI as an action item.

NCPI is made up of four elected representatives from each of the four communities in the Navajo area – Grantville, Allied Gardens, Del Cerro and San Carlos. The four elected members representing Del Cerro are Jay Wilson, John Hoy, Lance Grucela and Justine Nielsen. They may be contacted through the Contact Us section of the NCPI website

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Del Cerro Action Council ZOOM Link – meeting Thursday at 7p.m.

Hello Del Cerro: Here is the link (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86801030682 – Meeting ID: 868 0103 0682) to the The Del Cerro Action Council ZOOM meeting is this Thursday at 7 p.m. There will be an update on the All Peoples Church.

The All Peoples Church will be an Action Item for the Navajo Community Planners Inc. (NCPI) at their ZOOM meeting on Wednesday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. This is an item many people in Del Cerro are interested in so please forward this information to your Del Cerro neighbors. The NCPI website is navajoplannears.org.

This meeting was postponed one week due to the final presidential debate held last Thursday evening.

Please join us Thursday at 7p.m. The agenda for meeting follows

Del Cerro Action Council Agenda October 29, 2020

On line Meeting – Zoom Meeting  link (https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86801030682)

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 & SDSU Report
SDPD Community Relations Officer John Steffen
SDSU Police Community Resource Officer Melissa Link
SDSU Director of Government and Community Relations Rachel Gregg

6. DCAC Officers Report
President Report
Vice President Report
Treasurer Report

 7. Elected Officials Report:
Jonathan Clark for Congresswoman Susan Davis
Lisa Scott for Councilmember Scott Sherman

8. Main Topic: Update on All Peoples Church – Marcela Escobar & Kristen Byrne

10. New Business

11. Next Meeting – Thursday, January 28, 2021.

12. Adjourn

Visit DCAC website @ delcerroactioncouncil.org

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Video Recording of the Navajo Community Mayoral Candidates Forum

On Wednesday, September 23rd, the three community councils representing Grantville, Allied Gardens, Del Cerro and San Carlos held a Zoom mayoral candidates forum. Here is the link to the video recording of the forum. The moderator is Jeff Clemetson, the editor of the Mission Times Courier.

Thank you, Jay Wilson, Secretary
Del Cerro Action Council

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Link for Mayoral Candidate Forum – Wednesday, September 23, 7pm – Todd Gloria and Barbara Bry

Wednesday night, September 23, the three community councils: Allied Gardens Community Council, San Carlos Area Council and the Del Cerro Action Council will be holding a ZOOM mayoral candidates forum. Please join us! Below is the link for attending this special meeting. The questions were submitted in advance. Jeff Clemetson, the editor of the Mission Times Courier will be the moderator for this Zoom candidates forum. The two candidates are Todd Gloria and Barbara Bry. This Zoom forum should last approximately one hour. San Diego has a lot on the line for the next four years.


Meeting ID: 833 3788 2685

Please forward this link to your friends and neighbors with our communities and join us tomorrow evening on ZOOM at 7pm.

Jay Wilson, Secretary
Del Cerro Action Council

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URL For Wednesday’s District 7 Zoom Candidates Forum

Below is the URL for Navajo Community residents to attend Wednesday evening’s ZOOM District 7 Candidates Forum which is set to begin at 7:00 PM.


Please forward this information to all your family and friends living in Grantville, Allied Gardens, Del Cerro and San Carlos!

If you would like our moderator, Jeff Clemetson, the editor of the Mission Times Courier, to ask a question, please send your question to district7candidates@gmail.com by noon on Tuesday, August 18.

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Minutes of the Del Cerro Action Council on July 23, 2020

Minutes of the July 23, 2020 Del Cerro Action Council

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Mark Rawlins at 7:05PM
The agenda for the meeting was unanimously approved as were the minutes from the January 23 meeting.

Chairperson Person’s Report – Mark Rawlins read an update provided by Officer John Steffen, our San Diego Police Community Relations Officer.
Crime Stats in the Del Cerro Area: Time frame is April 1 to July 22nd, 2020.
Violent: 5; 3 Commercial Robberies, 1 Domestic Violence, and 1 Assault With a Deadly Weapon; All events occurred on Adobe Falls Road.
Property: 27; 17 Theft from a Vehicle, 1 Residential Burglary, 9 Motor Vehicle Thefts.
Arrests: 30 Citations: 14

Elected Officials Reports – Lisa Scott, our representative for Councilmember Scott Sherman, reported parking citations are in remaining in a grace period until August 1. Following a recent vote by the City Council, the municipal code will now allow for moveable mini homes to be parked on residential property as soon as certain notifications are met. You can read more on this matter on Councilmember Sherman’s Facebook page.
Doug Livingston asked Lisa where mini homes had to be located on the private property; are they limited to the backyard or are they allowed anywhere on the property. Lisa will have to find the answer and let us know

Main Topic – Update on All Peoples Church

Kristen Byrne & Marcela Escobar provided an update on the status of the project. They have been working the last 6-8 months to receive permission from CalTrans for an easement. There is a sewer manhole under the freeway which must remain accessible. The church would have to build a large retaining wall and a very long road for access to the sewer connection. The church has thought of a better plan to connect to the sewer, which would be more aesthetically pleasing for us and Cal-Trans, albeit more expensive to build. They need CalTrans’ approval for this. They are still working through the CalTrans bureaucracy. The church will resubmit a new set of plans to the City in next 3-4 weeks. The new plans will reflect the sewer easement (not the nicer one) and enhanced landscaping plans per the neighbors’ requests following the March meeting with adjoining neighbors. The Church also presented their plans at a recent Navajo Community Planners’ zoom meeting. The Church is willing to build a screening wall between the parking garage and adjacent homes on Marne Avenue, which can be built only once all the 8 adjacent neighbors unanimously agree to it. There can only be one type of screening wall. It can’t skip certain houses. At the present time, the resubmitted plans will not include this wall as the church has been unable to receive approval for all the neighbors.

The signal light at the median break on College Avenue was approved by city staff. It is to be operational with smart technology. Most of the time it will be free green and activated for turns for Sunday services. It will be for left and right turns in and out of the church property directly to College Avenue. The church will help beautify the College Avenue median south of Del Cerro Blvd. There are 44 dead trees and empty planters which are unsightly on the College Avenue median: The Church will work with the Friends of Del Cerro for this median project.

The Church’s capital campaign ends soon. If they don’t receive a response from CalTrans, they will have to move forward with the existing plans.

Timing wise, they expect that the plans will go before the city’s planning commission and city council by the end of the year (members of the public will be able to comment on the project at each of these meetings). If approved, construction documents will be submitted. There is probably still a year to year and a half before they break ground. CalTrans really slowed down progress.

Old Business – Chairperson Mark Rawlins reported that the Del Cerro Action Council, along with the Allied Gardens Community Council and the San Carlos Area Council are hosting candidate forums for the District 7 and Mayoral races. Most likely the forums will be via Zoom (the password for
Candidate Forums will be embedded in the link)

The District 7 Candidates Forum for Raul Campillo and Noli Zosa will on be Wednesday, August 19, a 7 PM via zoom. Residents of Grantville, Allied Gardens, Del Cerro and San Carlos are asked to send questions for the forum to district7candidates@gmail.com. Only questions submitted in advance will be asked. The Mayoral Forum with Todd Gloria and Barbara Bry will be on Wednesday, September 23, 7 PM. At this time the mayoral candidate forum will also be a zoom meeting.

New Business – For future zoom meetings, the password will be embedded in the link.

The City replaced 3 benches at Princess Del Cerro park instead of adding 3. They look nice and we might not need more benches.

Next meeting -The next Del Cerro Action Council meeting will be Thursday, October 22nd – 7 p.m. (Currently scheduled for Zoom)

Adjourn – The meeting was adjourned at 7:42PM.

Visit DCAC website @ delcerroactioncouncil.org

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Zoom Link & Del Cerro Action Council Agenda for Thursday, July 23

Good evening Del Cerro:

The quarterly ZOOM meeting of the Del Cerro Action Council will be held this Thursday, July 23 at 7:00 PM. The link to attend and participate in this ZOOM meeting is below as part of the agenda.

Del Cerro Action Council Agenda July 23, 2020
On line Meeting – Zoom Meeting LINK
1. Call meeting to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Approval of July Agenda
4. Approval of the January DCAC General Meeting Minutes (April meeting was cancelled)
5. Community Police Report
• SDPD Community Relations Officer John Steffen
• SDSU Police Community Resource Officer Melissa Link
6. DCAC Officers Report
• President Report
• Vice President Report
• Treasurer Report
7. Elected Officials Report:
• Jonathan Clark for Congresswoman Susan Davis
• Lisa Scott for Councilmember Scott Sherman
8. Main Topic:
• Update on All Peoples Church – Kristen Byrne
9. Old Business
• Candidate Forums
District 7 Forum – Wednesday, August 19, 7 PM
Mayoral Forum – Wednesday, September 23, 7 PM
10. New Business
11. Next Meeting – Thursday, October 22nd – 7 p.m. (Currently scheduled for Zoom)
12. Adjourn

Visit DCAC website @ delcerroactioncouncil.org

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