Agenda for DCAC meeting on July 28, 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El

Del Cerro Action Council Agenda July 28, 2016

1. Call meeting to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Approval of July Agenda

4. Approval of the May DCAC General Meeting Minutes

5. Community Police Report

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

7. Elected Officials Report:
• Councilmember Scott Sherman: Liz Saidkhanian,
Community Outreach Director for Councilmember Sherman
• Congresswoman Susan Davis Representative

8. Main Topic: Adobe Falls, the Community and SDSU
a) Identify concerns
b) Identify potential solutions
c) Make recommendations on way forward

9. Public Comment – Community members may comment for a maximum of 3 minutes
on a community related matter not on the agenda.

10. Old Business

11. New Business – Excessive noise from late night air traffic over Del Cerro

12. Next Meeting – Thursday, October 27 – 7 p.m. in Temple Emanu-El

12. Adjourn

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Notes from special DCAC meeting regarding the home invasion and Adobe Falls

Notes from the special DCAC meeting held on June 23 regarding the home invasion in Del Cerro

Chairman of DCAC, Mark Rawlins opened the meeting with an overflow audience in the Synagogue. He thanked everyone for attending and stated “we hope to receive some clarification this evening and a path to a solution.” He introduced Councilmember Scott Sherman who stated “I share your concern and tonight we want to hear from you and receive information from the representatives from the city’s and SDSU’s police departments. (SDSU administration was invited, but declined.) We have key members of the San Diego Police Department attending tonight in addition to the Chief of Police for SDSU and the Community Relations Manager for SDSU.

(Note) – In the spring of 2015 I met Elliot Hirshman, the President of SDSU, at a meet and greet for him in Del Cerro. He stressed his interest in developing a strong relationship with Del Cerro. A month after meeting President Hirshman, I contacted his office and requested a meeting that would include DCAC board members, the council member’s office, and residents regarding Adobe Falls. I was informed by Megan Collins, his Chief-of-Staff, that they did not believe this was an appropriate time to to meet with community members and that the SDSU administration would be meeting with the Councilmember.

At the time I submitted this article, Liz from Councilmember Sherman’s staff had informed me a meeting had been scheduled with the SDSU administration.

Councilmember Sherman introduced Captain Bernie Colon who heads up the City of San Diego Police Department’s Eastern Division. Captain Colon expressed his condolences to the family for their loss and emphasized the impact a crime of this type has on the police officers. He stressed that his division works closely with SDSU’s police department. “The city has the responsibility of the streets and residents, and SDSU is responsible for their 30+ acres that includes a major portion of Adobe Falls.” (CalTrans is responsible for a portion of Adobe Falls. I have requested a map of the entire Adobe Fall area and it will be posted on the website as soon as it is available.)

Captain Colon stressed the importance of community members contacting the police department when they see something that does not look right. “If it is not an emergency, call the business office at 619.531.2000 and 911 if it is an emergency. This was a good example. Neighbors called 911 and two off-duty police officers responded immediately; their actions most likely saved the life of the second victim. The police department has taken steps to decrease greatly the waiting time when dialing the business office. Neighborhood Watch works and Community Relations Officer for Eastern Division, John Steffen, will help you establish your Neighborhood Watch.” He introduced CRO John Steffen who grew up in Del Cerro. His phone number is 858.495.7971 and his email is

Captain Colon introduced the head of the Homicide Division, Captain Dave Nisleit. He stated that because of the on-going investigation, there is little he can say at this time so as not to contaminate the case. He did say the suspect is in custody and he is quite confident the suspect was not a transient from the Adobe Falls area.

Captain Colon introduced the 12 officers present including Assistant Police Chief Todd Jarvis, and SDSU Police Chief Joshua Mays.

Chief Mays reiterated the cooperation between his department and Captain Colon and his officers. “You will see more SDSU officers in the area during the summer because school is out and we can devote more time to the area. My staff is not large and we serve the entire campus 7/24.

Nicole Borunda, the Community Relations Manager for SDSU also spoke. One concern is the storm drain tunnel that runs from the SDSU side under I-8 and comes out at Adobe Falls. The initial plan was to block the entrance, but because of the potential buildup of debris during a storm, the tunnel cannot be secured in any fashion. Nicole also stated she is working with the neighbors adjacent to Adobe Falls and with the property owners adjacent to the south end of Millpeak to close off that area with a fence. Her contact information is: Phone: 619.594.2078 and her email is:

The Lt. for Eastern Division who oversees the Navajo Area, referenced the Quality of Life squad that was formed specifically to deal with problems such as the homeless in Del Cerro.

Virtually every one of the more than 200 people attending the meeting reiterated concern for the lack of action, particularly by SDSU. Hopefully, the meeting scheduled between Councilmember Sherman and the SDSU administration will answer some of these questions and we can move forward with long-term resolutions. One possibility is that SDSU could transfer ownership of their Adobe Falls property to the city, which in turn could develop the area as an open space park with trails, creating a much safer environment.

As the result of a suggestion at the meeting, DCAC Chair Mark Rawlins, has created a petition which you can download from our website, supporting the SDSU property at Adobe Falls be transferred to the City of San Diego.

DCAC meets on Thursday, July 28 at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El. The DCAC board is expecting a positive update from SDSU, Councilmember Scott Sherman’s office and from our police department.

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April 28 Meeting Minutes

Minutes from DCAC meeting – April 28, 2016
The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Mark Rawlins at 7:01.

Officer John Steffen is our new Community Relations Officer. Officer Steffen grew up in Del Cerro so he knows our community very well. He reported on several burglaries in our area, virtually all the result of open windows or doors. “If a solicitor comes to your door, you don’t have to answer. Tell them you are not interested. All solicitors are required to carry a badge identifying them. If you are concerned or feel threatened, call 911. If you just notice solicitors in your neighborhood, you can report it through the non-emergency number; 619.531.2000.
Councilmember Sherman referenced the status of the median on Del Cerro Blvd. and the effort to have it replanted. He had a meeting with city staff and SDG&E to come up with a plan to revegetate the areas in question. The Park and Recreation Department has been very cooperative. Public Utilities fighting amongst itself to assign responsibility. According to city policy, anytime an outside firm negatively impacts the median, they are responsible to re-vegetating the area and maintaining it for 25 months. Liz Saidkhanian, Councilmember Sherman’s Director of Community Outreach will keep us informed.

The Councilmember announced the City has a new ordinance that makes it easier for communities to establish community gardens and it provides for tax incentives for property owners to allow their property to be developed as a community garden.

Over 11,000 potholes have been filled with the City’s new pothole program. Instead of jumping around from one area to the next on any given day, the new program has crews concentrating on specific areas one day at a time. This is much more efficient.

As Chair of the Audit Committee, Councilmember Sherman reported on an example of how an audit of a department can lead to solutions. Code Compliance, through no fault of the department’s staff was using very outdated equipment. An inspection was done, the inspector returned to the office to open a case, a copy of the report was printed out and passed on to another staff member. With the new program, staff will have tablets in the field and using a new software program, it will be automatically entered into the system for processing.

The city has a new policy to help establish new charter schools. The old policy was long and expensive. One frustrated group met with him and said they had spent $80,000 in an attempt to process an application.
To help motivate city employees, the City has a new program to provide incentives to employees for making suggestions on how to improve something. The employees who are doing the work at all levels have the best understanding and can help improve what they are doing. Now if an employee makes a suggestion that is adopted, the employee will receive a percentage of the savings. One example is an employee at the Miramar Landfill suggested a better way to compact the trash. The result of their suggestion is it may add as much as 10 years to the life of the landfill.

When asked about the Chargers, Councilmember Sherman responded that he supports the Mission Valley site.

Our second guest speaker was Sharmaine Moseley the Executive Director of the Citizens Review Board on Police Policies and volunteer board member Kathy Vandenheuvel. Together they explained the vital role of their board which reviews and evaluates serious complaints brought by the public against officers of the Police Department of the City of San Diego and reviews all officer involved shootings and in-custody deaths, and reviews and evaluates the administration of discipline arising from sustained complaints. This was a very informative program. Check out their website for more information and how to become a member of this vital board.

Nicole Borunda, the Community Relations Manager for SDSU announced a new community relations website She wants more people from Del Cerro to become involved.

Mark Rawlins, gave a presentation on establishing a Maintenance Assessment District. The DCAC will not take a position on this matter until all information is available. This is an involved process and requires a vote of the property owners. The DCAC will hold a meeting on this at a later date.

Mark announced the next meet on July 28, 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El

The DCAC website is

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Navajo Canyon Clean-Up this Saturday, July 23 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm

The City of San Diego has a new online registration process for all of our volunteer events. You are now required to sign up for any of the events listed below prior to joining us on Saturday. The link to the online registration is:

Navajo Canyon (Del Cerro/Allied Gardens) 1:30PM-4:30PM

Exit I-8 at Waring Rd. Take it North. Turn right (South) on Eldridge St. and follow left as road turns into Easton Ave. Turn right (South) on Easton Ct. and take to end of cul-de-sac. Park in Church parking lot. Meet at gate. Thomas Guide 1250 B6. *NO BATHROOMS ON SITE* Link to Google Map

We will be removing graffiti, picking up trash, and going on an interpretive hike. 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 and bring the signed waiver to the volunteer event. If you have a group of 6 or more, please contact me in advance. 619.235.8503 or

You can find my volunteer events posted at and (At this link you can also find the liability waiver for minors under 18).

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,

Josh Lambdin
Park Ranger
City of San Diego
Park and Recreation Department

T (619) 525-8503

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St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church Annual Rummage Sale – August 19 and 20

Hello Del Cerro: Here is some information about an annual community event.
St. Dunstan’s is preparing for their annual rummage sale -certainly the biggest one in the Navajo Community. Here is a link to the information on their website about donating items. Rummage sale flyer 2016
The Rummage Sale bin is available, and open during church office hours, Monday through Friday, before & after each service on Sundays, & by special arrangement. The sale is August 19th & 20th. When donating, please separate items if possible, and:

Put the following items in plastic bags:
Clothing (also can be on hangers)
Fabric items (sheets, towels, etc.)
Shoes (also can be in boxes)

Put the following items in boxes:
Household items & books
Toys, games, & craft items
Tools and garage items

NOTE: We cannot accept tube TVs, underwear, child car/safety seats, mattresses, & soiled or dirty stuff. Please wait until the week of August 8th before bringing the BIG stuff, i.e. furniture, exercise equipment, bikes, etc. If you have any questions, contact the church office.

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Adobe Falls – A petition supporting that the City of San Diego acquire the Adobe Falls property from SDSU

Hello Del Cerro: One of the points brought up at the special DCAC meeting regarding the home invasion crime and Adobe Falls, was to have the City of San Diego acquire the property known as Adobe Falls from San Diego State University for the purpose of maintaining Adobe Falls and adding viable trails through the area for everyone to safely enjoy an expanded open space park. DCAC Chair Mark Rawlins has posted a petition supporting this action. Please take some time to download the petition and ask your neighbors to sign it. This petition is for Del Cerro residents 18 years and older. The petition includes a mailing address to send the petition or email it as an attachment.

SDSU Adobe Falls Petition July 2016

Thank you, DCAC Board of Directors

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Councilmember Sherman Requests Special Meeting of the DCAC

Councilmember Scott Sherman is very saddened by the home invasion that occurred early Monday morning in Del Cerro and requested a special meeting of the Del Cerro Action Council (DCAC).

DCAC Chair Mark Rawlins has called a special DCAC meeting next Thursday, June 23 at 7pm at Temple Emanu-El. The meeting will be attended by Councilmember Sherman, Captain Colon from the San Diego Police Department’s Eastern Division, and a Deputy Police Chief. The Community Relations Manager and a member of the SDSU Police Community Resource Officer have also been asked to attend.

Jay Wilson, Secretary, DCAC

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