Navajo Canyon Clean-Up with a City Ranger – Saturday, June 24 1:30 – 4:30 – Meet at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church – 6801 Easton Ct. in Allied Gardens

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

We will be watering and weeding.

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:
1) 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.
2) You are welcome to just show up to the event without prior notification if you have a group of 5 or less.
3) If you would like to sign up a group please notify me in advance.
4) You can find my volunteer events posted at and (At this link you can also find the liability waiver for minors under 18).
5) 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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Mitigated Negative Declaration (Draft) for the “ColRich” proposed development – Public Response Date Extended to July 7

Here is a link ColRich Mitigated Negative Dec 5 24 17 to the City’s draft of the Mitigated Negative Declaration for the proposed ColRich housing development east of College Avenue and south of the Chevron station. The comment period is NOW THROUGH July 7, 2017 (Thanks to several Del Cerro residents who requested an additional two weeks). The city will respond to comments received by the end of the business day on July 7 as part of the Final Mitigated Negative Declaration report. Following the issuance of a final mitigated negative declaration, the city will schedule a hearing date before the Planning Commission. The public will have an opportunity to comment when the item comes before the Planning Commission. It will then go to the City Council and the public will also be allowed to comment when the item comes before the City Council.

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NCPI – Recap – ColRich proposal receives a “NO” vote of 6 to 4 by the NCPI Board

Here are some notes from the May 10th NCPI Meeting

Following a discussion on the proposed project, the NCPI Board voted 6 to 4 to deny the project. This is an advisory vote and the project will now move to the Planning Commission. There is no date for the item to be on the Planning Commission docket.

The Board unanimously passed a motion in support of having the Soccer City stadium/housing/commercial project be subject to a vote of the citizens and not decided by the City County.

Police Community Relations Office John Steffen reported a drop in crime in the Navajo Community.
Past month there were 2 violent crimes compared to 7 two months ago
Past month there were 62 property crimes compared to 85 two months ago

Dave Ege, the Manager of the San Carlos Library reported the library will be closed from June 12 through the 23rd for an upgrade to the collection – chips will be placed in each book for easy check out.

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NCPI will vote tonight on the proposed ColRich Development of 24 homes on the west side of College Avenue

The proposed ColRich Development of 24 homes to be built on the east side of College Avenue and below the Chevron Service Station will be an action item at the Navajo Community Planners, Inc. meeting tonight – 6:30 at Tifereth Israel Synagogue. Following the ColRich presentation, there will be an opportunity for public comment on the project. This is your opportunity to voice your concern or support for the project. The Del Cerro Action Council will present a letter indicating their opposition to the project. The vote at the April 27th meeting of the DCAC was 30 against and 5 in support of the project. Please note both the DCAC and NCPI votes are only advisory to the Planning Commission.

Directions – going east on Navajo Road, turn left at Cowles Mountain Blvd, and take the first left at Tommy Drive. Tommy Drive will make a 90 degree right turn and become Tommy Street. Make the first right into the parking lot for the Tifereth Israel Synagogue.

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ColRich 24 Homes Development Project to be Action Item at NCPI on Wednesday, May 10

At the DCAC meeting on Thursday, April 27, the development team from ColRich provided an update on their proposal to build 24 homes in the canyon below the Chevron Service Station and east of College Avenue. ColRich submitted several updated proposals to the City’s Development Services Department, and received a completed “Cycles Report” This indicates that they have met all the requirements of all the departments in the city that reviewed the project. Below is a link to a copy of the final cycles report for your reference and referral. The ColRich project will be an action item at the May Navajo Community Planners, Inc. meeting on Wednesday, May 10, at 6:30 PM at Tifereth Israel Synagogue on Tommy Street in San Carlos (east on Navajo Rd., left at Cowles Mountain Blvd., and left at Tommy Drive. Tommy Drive makes a right turn and becomes Tommy Street – turn in to first driveway on your right on Tommy Street).

City Cycles Report on ColRich Project

Cleared ReviewCycle_Issues ColRich

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Minutes from the Del Cerro Action Council Meeting – January 28, 2017

Del Cerro Action Council January 28 Meeting Minutes – Draft

Del Cerro Action Council meets Thursday, April 27 – 7 p.m. – Temple Emanu-El

The January 28th meeting of the DCAC was called to order by Mark Rawlins, Chair of DCAC at 7:04 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El.
Following motions to approve the minutes of the October meeting and the agenda for the January meeting.

Police Community Relations Officer John Steffen reported on the crimes in the area and stated they had declined. There were only three burglaries in the past four months. He stated “people are paying attention to their surrounding and that decreases the crime rate – keep those doors and windows closed and locked.”

CRO Steffen then introduced Capt. Rich Freidman who oversees the Eastern Division of the police department. He commented that he had held a meet with cop earlier this week in San Carlos and that he would be holding more in the community.
CRO Steffen was asked about an incident on Raymar with a homeless individual. He stated that the police Quality of Life Team responded and handled the matter. The incident led to a discussion about the homeless situation at the proposed ColRich development along College Avenue. He stated that he has been working with the ColRich company regarding the dense brush and that ColRich has indicated they will be working on the dense brush issue in the canyon. Capt. Freidman was also asked how many homeless are living in the ColRich development area. There are two to four individuals living in that area at any one time. “Furthermore we just acquired a “Stay Away” order with the cooperation of the ColRich company.

Captain Freidman then introduced Lt. Jordan, who is responsible for the 320’s which encompasses all of the Navajo Area. He also stressed that you should call the police anytime you think there is an issue that could be a police matter. “It is nice to be up here in Navajo Area. There is a lot of community involvement here and that is a lot more than in other communities I have worked in.

Corporal Mark Peterson, the Police Community Resource Officer from SDSU then spoke. He commented that the last piece of the fence adjacent to Mill Peak is in the works. SDSU is working on a plan with the final property owner. Construction should start within 4 weeks. “We are identifying plants that are native to the area and will serve as a deterrent for the area. We are doing proactive patrols in the Adobe Falls area. We know the Internet is keeping people directed to Adobe Falls. If you see a problem at the Adobe Falls area, call our law enforcement office at SDSU. First call 619.594.1991. You may also call my office at 619.594.1447.”

A resident commented on the gate at the bottom of Adobe Falls Road and asked who owned it. Corporal Peterson responded that the gate is owned by the Smoke Tree complex.

There was also a question about the size of the SDSU police department. Corporal Peterson responded that SDSU is in the process of hiring new officers. Currently there are 29 officers and that is one more than there was in the 1970’s. Corporal Peterson closed with an update on the new buildings on College Avenue the buildings on College Avenue just north of Montezuma Road; they will open in March. There will be validated parking for those shopping in the businesses within the complex.

Liz Saidkhanian, the Director of Outreach for Councilmember Scott Sherman reported that Councilmember Sherman is the chair of the Smart Growth committee for the city. This will include looking at the needs of the community which will address needs of the existing community to balance with redevelopment. She was also asked about the “road” that appears to be going up the hill into Del Cerro from below the west end of Del Cerro Blvd. Liz explained that it is from an SDG&E project and they will be re-vegetating the area.
Mark then introduced Ashley Campbell, our new representative from Congresswoman Susan Davis. She stated the Congresswoman David will be working on health care for all and she will be strongly fighting for civil rights.

The program was presented by Lisa Lind, the Senior Planner for the City of San Diego who is working on the Grantville Trolley Station/Alvarado Creek Enhancement Study which is addressing the water quality, flooding to the area, and enhancing the storm water channel/creek as an amenity. Two workshops are scheduled; February 13, at the Mission Trails Visitor Center from 6-8 and Wednesday, Feb 15, from noon to 2 p.m. at Jr. Achievement located at 4756 Mission Gorge Place.
Mark then gave a brief update on the Friends of Del Cerro effort to form a Maintenance Assessment District in Del Cerro. More information is available on the Friends of Del Cerro website – This is a long involved process. Once all the information is available there will be public meetings required by the city.

The next meeting of the DCAC will be Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El. The DCAC website is

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Del Cerro Action Council Agenda for Thursday, April 27, 2017 – 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El

Del Cerro Action Council Agenda April 27, 2017 – 7 p.m. – Temple Emanu-El

1. Call meeting to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Approval of April Agenda

4. Approval of the January DCAC General Meeting Minutes

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

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

7. Elected Officials Report:
• Councilmember Scott Sherman: Liz Saidkhanian, Council Representative for Del Cerro
• Congresswoman Susan Davis: Ashley Campbell Representative for Congresswoman Susan Davis

8. Main Topics:
• Dr. Eric Frost, Update on Adobe Falls
• ColRich Development upd,ate on the proposed development of 24 homes behind Chevron Station

9. Old Business

10. New Business

11. Next Meeting – Thursday, July 27 – 7 p.m. in Temple Emanu-El

12. Adjourn

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