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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Update on San Diego’s 211 service from Councilmember Scott Sherman

Every day, San Diego 211 connects thousands of San Diegans to public benefits, food resources, housing and shelter, utility and financial assistance, and much much more. 211 works daily with all local government agencies and non-profits to ensure San Diegans have the most up-to-date community, social, health, and disaster resources and information Public Health Nurse Line 211 has launched the Public Health Nurse Line in partnership with the County of San Diego’s Public Health Services. San Diegans seeking clinical advice can call 211 and select option #1 to be directly transferred to one of 60 County Public Health Nurses. Connecting to 211 is easy, just dial 211 on your phone or visit 211SanDiego.Org.

Feeding San Diego Needs your Support.
As people grow increasingly worried about their future during this economic downfall, organizations such as Feeding San Diego are a vital tool to deliver needed supplies to households and reduce worry. Feeding San Diego has delivered thousands of meals over the past few weeks and needs our help to continue its operations. The Gwendolyn M. Sontheim and the Aqualia International Foundation has generously offered up to $1 million in funds to match any donations Feeding San Diego receives. This is your opportunity to double your donating power to an organization that is on the front lines of this crisis.
There are many ways to help. Please click here to find out how.
For latest updates, please visit the City’s Covid-19 website at: https://www.sandiego.gov/coronavirus

In Service,

Scott Sherman
Councilman, District Seven

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Information from Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins and SDG&E

Hello Del Cerro:

Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins forwarded a news release she received from SDG&E to the Del Cerro Action Council and requested we post it.
Here is the link to the news release. SDG&E Bill Discount Programs.

On behalf of the DCAC Board of Directors, stay well and positive thoughts as we all work through the COVID-19 challenges.

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Senior Citizen Resources from our Councilmember, Scott Sherman

While most of our District 7 staff has been forced to work remotely on most days, our office is still working every day responding to constituents concerns. If you have problems or concerns in your community, please continue to call or email my office at 619-236-6677, or ScottSherman@SanDiego.Gov.
I received an email yesterday from a constituent who did an excellent job compiling information regarding resources for seniors. It was so thorough that I am sharing it with you now. I hope it is helpful, and if possible, please pass along to any seniors who may benefit.
Healthcare Professionals Needed
First and most importantly, San Diego County is asking for help from healthcare professionals, including people who recently retired or have extra time to volunteer. More information here.
Home Delivered Meals and Transportation Options
(Non Profit Organizations)

• Meals on Wheels San Diego County
o Home Delivered Meals
o Phone Number: 619-260-6110
o Website: https://www.meals-on-wheels.org/
o Notes: Place order days in Advance
o Meals on Wheels is looking for more Volunteers!
• ElderHelp
o Phone number: (619) 284-9281
o Website: https://www.elderhelpofsandiego.org/
o Friendly Visits and calls
o Grocery Shopping-no cost
o Seniors A Go Go- Medically Necessary Rides
o Elderhelp is looking for more Volunteers!
• Jewish Family Services
o Home Delivered Meals
o Website: https://www.jfssd.org/
o Phone Number: (858) 637-3210
o Case/Care Management
o Phone Number: (858) 637-3210
o On-the-go (Rides limited to medical rides/grocery shopping only)
o Phone Number: (858) 637-7320
o JFS is looking for more Volunteers!
• Serving Seniors
o Home Delivered Meals
o Phone Number: 619-235-6572
o Website: https://servingseniors.org/
o Transportation needs for those 60+
o Phone Number: 888-924-3228
o Website: https://factsd.org/
Home Delivered Meals-(For Profit)
*All can be ordered through computer or Smartphone App with an account.*

• Door Dash
• Uber Eats
• Grub Hub
• Postmates
Social, Educational Caregiving Options and any other Miscellaneous
• Oasis-San Diego (Online Education Classes
o Online Course Catalog:
o https://www3.oasisnet.org/San-Diego-CA/Classes
• Alzheimer’s San Diego
o Website: https://www.alzsd.org/
o Free webinar classes that normally take place in person
o Although the organization’s has suspended all in-person classes and group meetings, clients can still speak to social workers over the phone at (858) 492-4400
• Southern Caregivers Resource Center
o Website: https://www.caregivercenter.org/
o Phone number: (858)268-4432
o Helping caregivers navigate the anxiety, the depression, the stress that comes with being a caregiver
o Voucher Program still available read more here: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/caregiver/news-for-caregivers/story/2019-11-19/family-caregivers-benefit-from-countys-respite-voucher-program
• Partner in Aging
o Connect senior to volunteer looking to make daily/weekly phone call check ins
o Connect senior to volunteer hoping to go on a daily/weekly week with a companion (safe social distance
o Connect a senior to a trusted caregiver or concierge assistant
o Connect to grocery shoppers
o Connect for medical rides and pharmacy pick ups
o Phone Number: 858-480-1453
• 211 (General Resource Hotline)
o Phone number: 211
For latest updates, please visit the City’s Covid-19 website at: https://www.sandiego.gov/coronavirus

In Service,

Scott Sherman
Councilman, District Seven

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Emergency Orders from the Mayor and San Diego County Gvernment relating to the COVID-19 emergency

Yesterday, The following is a copy of an email from Councilmember Scott Sherman. The Mayor and San Diego County Government issued further emergency orders in response to the ongoing COVID-19 emergency. Effective midnight on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, the Health Officer Orders in include:
• All events with 50 or more people in a single space at the same time, regardless of whether it occurs indoors or outdoors, are prohibited. All non-essential gatherings of any size are strongly discouraged.
• All businesses that serve alcohol and do not serve food shall close.
• All restaurants and business establishments that serve food shall close all on-site dining. All food served shall be by delivery, pick-up, or drive-thru.
• All businesses shall enact social distancing, increased sanitation standards, and shall make every effort to use telecommuting for its workforce.
• Schools shall not hold classes or other activities where students gather on the school campus.
• A strong recommendation is made that all persons who are 65 years old or older, have a chronic underlying condition, or have a compromised immune system self-quarantine themselves at home.
• All persons arriving in the country from CDC Warning Level 3 Travel Advisory locations shall be subject to a 14-day home quarantine and self-monitoring.
The full Public Health Order is available here. This order shall be reevaluated and extended if appropriate on or before March 31, 2020.
The Mayor also declared a State of Emergency that implemented the following:
The order went into effect at 11:59 p.m. last night and continues until March 31, 2020 at 12 p.m. unless otherwise extended. It mandates the following within City limits:
• Bars and Nightclubs – All bars, adult entertainment establishments and nightclubs in the City of San Diego shall be closed to the public.
• Restaurants and Retail Food Facilities – All restaurants and retail food facilities shall be prohibited from serving food for consumption on premises. They may continue to operate for preparing and offering food to customers via delivery service, pick-up or drive-thru. Even in these cases, restaurants are directed to establish social distancing practices while customers are waiting for pick-up. This does not affect grocery stores, pharmacies, food banks, cafeterias, commissaries, and restaurants located within nursing homes and other healthcare facilities.
• Supporting Grocery Stores – Trucks and other vehicles engaged in delivering grocery items to grocery stores are now exempt from having to comply with any City rules and regulations that limit the hours for such deliveries.
• Public Gatherings – All public or private gatherings of 50 or more people in any indoor or outdoor space are prohibited. All non-essential social gatherings of any size are strongly discouraged, and it is strongly recommended that the public follow the March 16, 2020 guidance by the Centers for Disease Control by limiting gatherings in places of worship and implement new ways to practice faith while observing social distancing.
• City of San Diego Operations –
o All City of San Diego public buildings are to be closed to the general public.
o City departments will execute their Continuity of Operations Plans and continue to provide essential services including police, fire-rescue, water, wastewater and trash pick-up.
o The City will limit parking enforcement and issuance of citations to holiday or Sunday enforcement regulations. Red, white, blue and time enforcement areas will continue to be enforced to maintain public safety.
o Moratorium on water and wastewater shutoffs.
School Resources
The Food Service Department of San Diego Unified will be conducting a drive-thru/walk-up distribution of packaged prepared food. Children will need to be present to receive meals, and each child 18 years and younger can take one lunch and one breakfast for the next day. There will be no congregate feeding. All food will be consumed off site. Meal distribution times for all locations are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Clark Middle – 4388 Thorn St, San Diego, CA 92105
• Cherokee Point Elementary – 3735 38th St, San Diego, CA 92105
• Sherman Elementary – 301 22nd St, San Diego, CA 92102
• Zamorano Elementary – 2655 Casey St, San Diego, CA 92139
• Kearny High – 1954 Komet Way, San Diego, CA 92111
• O’Farrell Charter – 6130 Skyline Dr, San Diego, CA 92114
• Walker Elementary – 9245 Hillery Dr., San Diego, CA 92126
• Farb Middle – 4880 La Cuenta Dr, San Diego, CA 92124
SD Unified has posted instructional resources to help parents as they home-school their children.
Also National University and National University Virtual High School are offering three months of free online classes to all California college and high school students impacted by COVID-19. programs in April, May, and June 2020. California high school students may take up to three online classes offered by NUVHS in April, May, and June 2020. To learn more about this initiative, visit: https://www.nu.edu/coronavirusresponse/.
Blood Donations Needed
The American Red Cross now faces a severe blood shortage due to an unprecedented number of blood drive cancellations in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As this disease continues to impact our communities, we need your help ensuring we have a sufficient blood supply to support hospital patients in Southern California and across the country. The Red Cross is working to continue delivering our mission, including the collection of lifesaving blood, but as more workplaces, college campuses and other venues send people home and encourage social distancing, we have had a staggering number of scheduled Red Cross blood drives cancelled.
As of March 16, more than 2,700 blood drives have been canceled in the U.S. due to COVID-19 concerns, representing approximately 86,000 fewer blood donations. Healthy individuals are needed now to donate to help patients counting on lifesaving blood.
As concerns about the coronavirus pandemic rise, we need your help to communicate vital messages to the public:
• Donating blood is a safe process and people should not be concerned about giving or receiving blood during this challenging time.
• More healthy donors are needed to give now to prevent a blood shortage.
• Keep scheduled blood drives, which will allow donors the opportunity to give blood.
• Share verified information from trusted sources on social media and/or follow @SDICRedCross for the latest local updates
For updated information please visit the City’s website here.

In Service,

Scott Sherman
Councilman, District Seven

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All Peoples Church & Dog Park Presentations at NCPI on Wednesday night at Tifereth Israel Synagogue

Good evening Del Cerro:

On Wednesday evening, March 11, there will be updated PowerPoint presentations on the status of two projects in our area at the Navajo Community Planners monthly meeting which will begin at 6:30 at the Tifereth Israel Synagogue in San Carlos.

1) The All Peoples Church which is to be constructed in the canyon east of College Avenue between the Chevron Station and I-8

2) The proposed dog park on San Carlos Point at Lake Murray Community Park.

Jay Wilson, Secretary
Del Cerro Action Council

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Del Cerro Action Council Agenda for Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020

Del Cerro Action Council Agenda Jan 23, 2020 – 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El

1. Call meeting to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Approval of January 23rd, 2020 Agenda

4. Approval of the October 24th DCAC General Meeting Minutes

5. Community Police Repor
• SDPD Community Relations Officer John Steffen
• SDSU Police Community Resource Officer Mark Peterson

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

7. Elected Officials & SDSU
• Representative Jonathan Clark – Del Cerro Senior Community Representative for Congresswoman Susan Davis – 619.280.5353
• Lisa Scott – Navajo Area Representative for Councilmember Scott Sherman 619.236.6677
• Rachel Gregg – SDSU Director of Government and Community Relations

8. Community Updates
• Update on All Peoples Church Project
• SDSU West Park Glenn Schmidt SDG – presented by Glenn Schmidt, the designer of the 60 plus acre park.

9. Old Business

10. New Business

11. Next Meeting – Thursday, April 23rd – 7 p.m. in Temple Emanu-El

12. Adjourn

Visit DCAC website @ delcerroactioncouncil.org

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Del Cerro Action Council Minutes from October 24, 2019

Our next meeting is Thursday, January 23, 2010 – 7pm at Temple Emanu-El. We will have an update from the All Peoples Church and from SDSU regarding the outstanding 60 acre multi-use park to be constructed as part of SDSU West.

Del Cerro Action Council Minutes – October 24, 2019

The Del Cerro Action Council (DCAC) held its quarterly meeting on October 24th at Temple Emanu-El and the meeting was called to order at 7:04pm.

San Diego Police Department – Congratulations Officer John Steffen, our SDPD Eastern Division Community Relations Officer, for receiving his 15 year pin with the police department. Officer Steffen reported a total of 5 property crimes and vehicle break ins, two active arrests and seven moving violations in the Del Cerro area during the last reporting period. He also announced a drug take back program at the Eastern Division Police Station located at 9225 Aero Drive.

San Diego State Police Department – Corporal Mark Peterson, the Police Community Relations Officer for SDSU stated there were only 22 Adobe Falls complaints reported to the SDSU police department compared to 80 for the same time period last year. SDSU police continue to patrol the Adobe Falls area.

Jonathan Clark for US Congresswoman Susan Davis – Jonathan reported the congresswoman has been working on legislation to simplify the student aid application. The current application is very complex. Her subcommittee is working to ensure those who deserve the service receive it. Jonathan also announced that the deadline for high school students to receive a nomination to a military academy closes October 31.

Roarke Shanley for Councilmember Scott Sherman – Roarke announced 33 streets have been added to the slurry seal list for Del Cerro. This is in addition to the initial list for streets to be slurry sealed or resurfaced in Del Cerro. Roarke also announced that he will be leaving Councilmember Sherman’s staff as of November 1. He has accepted a job with Assemblywoman Marie Waldron with the 75th State Assembly who represents north east San Diego County and Temecula in Riverside County. Roarke lives in Vista. We are very sorry to see him leave and thank him for the great work he did for us.

Public Comment – Chris Pearson, a former Community Relations Representative for Councilmember Marti Emerald, spoke on behalf of a brush management program called silviculture. This process trims sideways growth to eliminate fire ladders that explode and disperse burning embers during wildfires. It’s a new ecologically sensitive technique that has not been tried in San Diego. Here is a link explaining the work: http://treeculturesandiego.com. His request is for the DCAC to endorse silviculture and send a letter of support to the City of San Diego. The DCAC board will consider the request and check with the City’s Fire-Rescue Department before making a decision.

All Peoples Church – Pastor Robert Herber commented on the homeless encampments on the church property. He indicated church was able to file a letter of agency which means the city does not have to seek permission to go on the property regarding the homeless and/or homeless encampments. They are also working with the neighbors and the city’s brush management staff. Now that the bird breeding season has ended for endangered species, the church will be conducting some brush clearing. The website is being updated to make more information about the church available to the public.

Question – Initially you said the area would be used one day a week, but it now seems that there will be activities during the week. There will also be a lot of traffic and how are you going to handle it?
Response – We will have meetings/classes throughout the week but these are usually around 20 to 25 people. We are working diligently with city staff regarding handling the traffic which includes an additional signaled intersection and expanded deceleration/acceleration lane. Our plans have to follow the requirements of the city’s planning department and its traffic engineers. This will determine the number of entrances and exists. Once we have a response from CalTrans, we will be able to establish the elevation of the building pad. We are waiting on the city regarding the deceleration lane as that will determine where the one-story parking structure can be located; close to the homes or our preferred location closer to College Avenue.

Before the church submits its second set of plans for review, we will be back to the DCAC and the Navajo Community Planners, Inc.

Question – Where do your members come from?
Response – We have a lot of members who live in the Navajo Community. We are a non-denominational Christian church. Currently we have a Saturday service, but that will be terminated with our new church in Del Cerro.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:11pm. The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 23 at 7pm at Temple Emanu-El.


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