Del Cerro Action Council Agenda for Thursday, October 26, 7 pm at Temple Emanu-El

Del Cerro Action Council Agenda
October 26, 2017 – 7 pm at Temple Emanu-El
1. Call meeting to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Approval of October 26 Agenda
4. City of San Diego Planner – Lisa Lind
5. Community Police Report
• SDPD Community Relations Officer John Steffen
• SDSU Police Community Resource Officer Corporal Mark Peterson
6. DCAC Officers Report
• Vice President Report
• Treasurer Report
7. Elected Officials Report:
• Councilmember Scott Sherman: Liz Saidkhanian, Director of Community Outreach
8. Main Topics:
• Rachel Gregg – SDSU Community Relations Manager – Update from SDSU
• ColRich Development update – set to be heard at City Council on December 12
• Update on proposed Maintenance Assessment District

9. Old Business
10. New Business
11. Next Meeting – Thursday, January 25 – 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El
12. Adjourn
Thank you to Temple Emanu-El for their continued community support by hosting DCAC meetings

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Notes from July 27 Del Cerro Action Council Meeting

Notes from the July 27, 2017 Del Cerro Action Council
The meeting was called to order at 7:03
The July agenda was adopted.
San Diego Police Department’s Community Relations Officer John Steffen reported there were 8 property crimes in our area over the last month. Most were vehicle break-ins and vehicles were unlocked and or valuables were left in a visible location. There was one violent crime and four minor citations were issued in the open space park on Pasatiempo at the top of Del Cerro.
The police have been working with the property management firm on the Colrich property below the Chevron Station to remove debris and eliminate any homeless camps. He indicated the property management firm has been very cooperative.
Offer Steffen also stated that the city did not receive the grant for Chaparral Canyon that would have allowed for the removal the non-native vegetation. It will be next spring before they can apply for the grant.
A resident asked about the increase in people knocking on doors and asking if they could use their bathroom or cell phone. Offer Steffen responded that they are merely trying to determine if
By end of the year we will have close to just 1800 officers. There is trouble recruiting. Jobs are plentiful and no need to become a police officer. Most people do not have like to work nights and weekends. We try to hire 200 officers a year. That requires about 5000 applicants. We have 600 retirements in the next 5 years. New captain is at FBI training and the acting captain is Chris Knighten. He will be with us rough Oct. or Nov.
Most communities in California are experiencing high crime rates. We are not. We are good at what we do. We are lucky we have good officers.
We are responsible for 42 square miles and about 145,000 residents.
There will be an open house at SDPD Eastern Division on Sept. 16 11 to 3:00 at 9225 Arrow Drive. It will be kid-friendly.

Elected Officals

Zach Bunshaft reported for Congresswoman Susan Davis. She is on the Arms Service budget committee as well as the education and workforce committee. The phone number for her San Diego office is: 619. 280.5353 and her website is:

Community Updates
Adobe Falls – Dr. Frost
The fence with the grease, etc. is still functioning at the bottom of Adobe Falls Drive. All the fences are in that can be built. People will show up in groups of 15 or 20 to visit the falls. There are 7,132 Instagram pictures. A very large number have already been removed. Social media has changed. SDSU has a new president with Sally Roush. This may be an opportunity to work with SDSU.
The problem of Adobe Falls is not going to leave. What to do with it – recommendation is to send a letter to Dr. Roush. There is a new person in charge of communications and a new Community Relations Manager for SDSU.
SDSU is dealing with the entrance from the SDSU side – middle school and high school students are using it.
SDSU is trying to get Qualcomm for a campus. Maybe with UCSD and other campuses. Maybe Adobe Falls could go to the River Conservancy.
Smash and Grab crimes have moved east. Adobe Falls is just too hard to get to for the homeless to use it as a campsite.
Paint out the graffiti Let’s measure the number of people.

Next meeting – Thursday, October 26 – 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El. Website

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Wildland Fire Protection Information

Hello Del Cerro: With the Wildland Fire season upon us, and noting the devastation in communities in Orange County and Northern California, here is information from the City of San Diego’s Fire-Rescue Department for “Ready, Set, Go!.”

No one knows when or where the next major wildfire will occur in our region. But it is a question of when — not if — it will happen. That’s why San Diego Fire-Rescue has partnered with the International Association of Fire Chiefs to create the Ready, Set, Go! Wildland Fire Action Guide. We hope you will read the guide, and follow its advice.” Here is the link to the information.

Stay Safe, and BE PREPARED – there is an extensive amount of canyons adjacent to Del Cerro that have not burned in decades.

Thank you,
DCAC Board of Directors

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Crime update for Princess Del Cerro – Friday evening, October 6

Hello Del Cerro – There was a posting on NextDoor Princess Del Cerro stating there was a police report indicating a robbery with a weapon on Friday evening in the 5800 block of Lance.

I contacted John Steffen, our Police Department Community Relations Officer for all of the Navajo Communities for an update. His response is below for your reference and referral.
Jay Wilson, Secretary, Del Cerro Action Council
Good morning Jay,
It was actually a Robbery and not a Burglary. The victim had just pulled into his driveway when the suspect approached and demanded his money. There was no gun involved. As I get more information I will let you know.
John Steffen
Community Relations Officer
SDPD Eastern Division
(858) 495-7971

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Planning Commission votes 5-0 in support of 24 homes along College Avenue

Despite a strong showing from Del Cerro residents, and solid testimony from a number of residents, on Thursday, September 14, the Planning Commission voted 5-0 to support the project. It is obvious the city’s interest for in-fill housing is a priority. The project meets the city’s requirements, and that is what the commissioners relied upon to justify their vote. To the commissioners, 24 homes is an insignificant impact on our community.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to attend the meeting and state their position in opposition before the Planning Commission.

The next, and final step, is the project will go before City Council. The date for City Council action has not been set. Now that it will be a docketed item for the City Council, you may contact the members of the City Council to state your position and encourage the councilmembers to vote against the project.

Thank you,
Jay Wilson, Secretary
Del Cerro Action Council

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ColRich Hearing at City of San Diego Planning Commission –

Good afternoon Del Cerro:

I was just informed the Planning Commission has docketed the ColRich project (24 homes south of the Chevron Station on College Avenue) for next Thursday, September 14.

The agenda for the planning commission meeting is not posted at this time (Thursday, September 7, 12:55 pm. Meetings being at 9:00 a.m. in the City Council Chambers – 12th floor of City Hall at 202 C Street. I will keep checking the Planning Commission website for the posting of the agenda.
Here is a Link to the Planning Commission Agenda page

I am following up with Mark Rawlins, the Chair of the Del Cerro Action Council regarding a presentation against the project. We can certainly use a show of support for the opposition of the project at the Planning Commission. The trolley is the best option as it stops in front of the City Administration Building. You never know how long items before the ColRich item will take.
Jay Wilson
DCAC Secretary

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REMINDER – The St. Dunstan’s Annual Rummage Sale is today and tomorrow from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

It time again for the annual gigantic St. Dunstan’s RUMMAGE SALE – Friday August 18 and Saturday August 19 from 7 a.m until 2 p.m. both days. St. Dunstan’s is located at 6556 Park Ridge Blvd., across from Patrick Henry. This always, by far, the largest rummage sale within the Navajo Community! Here is a rummage_sale_flyer_2017 to the flyer with all the details. Proceeds from the Rummage Sale support outreach programs at St. Dunstan’s, including the Interfaith Shelter Network (homeless shelter), El Nido (domestic violence shelter), The Teen Shelter, Episcopal Refugee Network and many other local, national and international projects.
It’s a whole lot of fun – go an explore!

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