Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast and Rummage Sale – September 8th and 9th at the Allied Gardens Recreation Center – Sponsored by the Grantville/Allied Gardens Kiwanis Club

Good morning Del Cerro:

On Saturday, September 8th, the Grantville/Allied Gardens Kiwanis Club is holding a fundraising rummage sale and pancake breakfast at the Allied Gardens Recreation Center beginning at 8:00 a.m. The will also be serving the pancake breakfast on Sunday, September 9th beginning at 8:00 a.m. Here is a link Pancake Breakfast September 8th & 9th to the flyer with all the information. The Grantville/Allied Gardens Kiwanis Club contributes a tremendous amount of community service to the Navajo Community. Come out and support the club and their community service projects.

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Aerial Photos & Video of the Adobe Falls Canyon Fire

Following the “Adobe Falls Fire, Kevin Powers, a grad student at SDSU, in Dr. Eric Frost’s Homeland Security program flew the SDSU and adjoining property with a drone. Here is the link to the photos and video. Both the City of San Diego Open Space Division of the Park and Recreation Department and the Environmental Health and Safety Department of SDSU are in the process of developing plans to revegetate their respective property. This will begin after the endangered species nesting season which ends September 15.

There will be an update from Rachel Gregg, the Director of Government and Community Relations for SDSU, at this evening’s (Thursday, July 26) DCAC meeting – 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El.

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Del Cerro Action Council Agenda – July 26, 2018 & Minutes of April 26, 2018

Del Cerro Action Council Agenda July 26, 2018 – 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El

1. Call meeting to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Approval of April 26th Agenda
4. Approval of the April 26th DCAC General Meeting Minutes
(posted at delcerroactioncouncil.org)
5. Community Police Report
• SDPD Community Relations Officer John Steffen
• SDSU Police Community Resource Officer Mark Peterson
6. DCAC Officers Report
• President Report –
• Vice President Report
• Treasurer Report
7. Elected & Appointed Officials Report:
• Councilmember Scott Sherman: Liz Saidkhanian, Council Representative for Del Cerro
• Congresswoman Susan Davis: Community Representative Jonathan Clark
8. Main Topics:
• Update on the All Peoples Church & Marcela Escobar-Eck & Kristen Byrne- Principals with the Atlantis Group and
Pastor Robert Herber
• Rachel Gregg, Community Relations Manager for SDSU
Restoration of SDSU property that was burned in the Adobe Falls fire
Installation of the storm drain gate on the SDSU side
Invitation to new SDSU president to update the DCAC
9. Public Comment – Members of the public may speak for 2 minutes on an item not on the April 26 DCAC Agenda
10. Old Business
11. New Business
12. Next Meeting – October meeting date may be changed to accommodate the schedule of an SDSU update by the new president of SDSU
13. Adjourn

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Del Cerro Action Council Minutes from the April 26th meeting
The April 26th meeting of the Del Cerro Action Council (DCAC) was called to order by Vice Chair Anita Colmie at 7:05 at Temple Emanu-El.

The minutes of the January 25th meeting were approved unanimously as was the agenda for the April 26th meeting.
City of San Diego and SDSU Police Reports:
City of San Diego Community Police Officer John Steffen gave a report and stated there were no violent crimes over the past month. There were 9 property crimes and 7 were vehicle break-ins. Again the majority of the vehicle break-ins were the result of valuables left in plain sight. He reminded everyone to double check that no valuables are left in plain sight and to remove your garage door opener if the car is not left in your garage. Officer Steffen also announced that Saturday, April 28 is Nation Prescription Drug Take-Back day. You may drop off left-over drugs at the Eastern Division Police Station between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – the station is at 9225 Aero Drive. His last item was regarding homeless concerns. He recommended to report homeless concerns to use the city’s Get It Done app. It is free to download and there is an Apple and Android version.
Corporal Mark Peterson, the SDSU Police Community Resource Officer informed us that graduation for SDSU will be May 11, 12 & 13. This will generate a high volume of traffic for eastbound traffic exiting on College Avenue during those three days. SDSU has hired Charles Kay as the new police chief for SDSU. He was formerly with the City of San Diego Police Department. Over the past 3 months there have been 92 incidents at Adobe Falls. 42 of the 92 were pro-active responses SDSU police officer.
DCAC Officers Reports: Mark Rawlins, the Chair of DCAC was out of the country. There were no reports from the Vice Chair or Treasurer.
Elected & Appointed Officials Report:

Liz Saidkhanian, our Council Representative for Councilmember Scott Sherman was not able to attend. She provided an update on the Rancho Mission Park Playground. The construction bids were opened this month. The contract should be awarded in July or August. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2018 and should be completed in the fall of 2019.

Jonathan Clark is the Community Representative for Congresswoman Susan Davis: He reported Congresswoman Davis has been working on new FAA regulations regarding drones; particularly making it a crime for an unauthorized drone to fly into areas such as wildland fires as this has grounded water drop airplanes. She is also working with the Navy to have them look into the sewage spill concerns with the Tijuana River as the Navy is planning on a new one-billion dollar expansion of the Navy Seal facility on the Silver Strand. The concern is the sewage run-off into the ocean may be detrimental to Navy Seal exercises. On Saturday, April 21, the Congresswoman participated in a public forum on North Korea which was held at SDSU.

Rachel Gregg, Community Relations Manager for SDSU announced that SDSU has hired a new president – Adela de la Torre. She will assume her duties on June 28. Rachael also announced that the Chancellor of the California State University System has announced there will be no tuition increases for the 2018/2019 school year. The SDSU Master Plan Update is scheduled to go to the trustees for approval in the next several months. Rachael again offered to give a tour of SDSU to anyone. You may reach her a rgregg@sdsku.edu.

ColRich Housing Project now All Peoples Church:
Executive Pastor Kendall Laughlin from the All Peoples Church and Marcela Escober-Eck, a Principal with the Atlantis Group land planning firm gave an update on the new plan for the former ColRich housing development south of the Chevron Service Station. ColRich elected to sell the property rather than move forward with the housing project, even though it was fully approved by the City of San Diego.

The church and the Atlantis Group are working with the city to determine the best course of action in how to move forward with a new land designation. They hope to go to Navajo Community Planners, Inc. within a month or two and they will keep us updated as well as they move forward.

Marcela stated they are all aware of the traffic concerns and they are going to diligently work with the city to see if there is any alternative to an ingress/egress off of College Avenue. She further stated that there will not be any daycare or school type activities at the church. It will primarily be Sunday services. She also emphasized the church will be aesthetically pleasing with respect to the single family homes adjacent to their property.
Pastor Laughlin reiterated that Sunday will be the primary day. The congregation, including children is about 1,100. They currently hold 3 services on Sunday morning. The initial plan is to have a church that would hold up to 500 people. Pastor Robert Herber, who leads the congregation also introduced himself and emphasized they want to be very good neighbors and a positive member of the community.

Montgomery-Gibbs Airport Master Plan Update
The City of San Diego is currently engaged in a master plan update for the airport. In addition to upgrades of the physical plant; expanded hanger space, increased tie-downs and the tower, additional landing space is being proposed for the main runway. The runway is not being lengthened, but the point of where planes may touch down is to be lengthened by up to 1,176 feet. This will certainly generate more air traffic.

Montgomery-Gibbs Airport Expansion Update
Joe Regan, a Del Cerro resident and former military and commercial pilot has been following the plan as it moves forward and has attended several of the community input meetings. He gave a presentation on the proposed expansion.
Currently, the proposed changes to the approach to Runway 28 (the one used to land from the east and which puts the planes directly over Lake Murray, Del Cerro and Allied Gardens) would be lowered by 60 feet. Joe’s proposal for any aircraft heavier larger than a King Air 200. A classic airplane. Any plane larger than that and all turbine (jet) aircraft 28R is not grooved (it could easily be done and this basically makes landings safer as it allows water to dissipate water to eliminate hydroplaning.
Heavy airplanes of any kind, including jests, must be established on the LIS (Instrument Landing System) Localizer and guide slope at point PENNY where a plane begins is glide slope) from which they are allowed to execute the visual landing and approach as cleared. There can be no training flights doing practice approaches to this airport.
Joe concluded by stating we need airplane noise monitors in Del Cerro. Information will be posted on the DCAC website as it becomes available.

Other Business
Water Bills – There is an update on the DCAC website from Brent Eidson, the Deputy Director of External Affairs for the City of San Diego’s Public Utilities Department regarding the increased water bills and what is being done by the city and what residents can do.

At the request of residents, the DCAC is requesting the city evaluate the intersection of Del Cerro Blvd. and Marne for posting a NO U-Turn sign for east bound traffic on Del Cerro Blvd. at this intersection.

The DCAC will also contact the property manager for the Windmill Farms Shopping Center to provide a safer pathway for walking customers using the driveway entrance from Del Cerro Blvd. at Marne.
The next meeting of the DCAC will be on Thursday, July 26, 7PM at Temple Emanu-El.

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City Park Master Plan Summer Workshops

Hello Del Cerro: The following information is from Steve Haupt, a friend of mine, and a District Manager for the Park and Recreation Department. This is important information that will impact future generations in San Diego. Please take the time to read through this information and get involved; either through a workshop or on-line. Thank you, Jay Wilson – DCAC Secretary
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The City of San Diego is in the process of developing their Park Master Plan. Part of the process is public outreach. One way this is being accomplished is through a number of workshops throughout the city during the summer.

The City of San Diego is embarking upon a citywide Parks Master Plan which is a three-year planning effort to shape our future parks, recreation facilities and programs for the next 20 to 30 years.
The Work Plan for the Parks Master Plan outlines the goals, what we will study, the project schedule and our public outreach. This Work Plan is available on the project website and has been provided to you as a handout. The Parks Master Plan will be the City’s road map for creating a world class parks and recreation system. It will be relevant to changing needs, make parks accessible to all community members, and celebrate the unique qualities of San Diego.

Park System Today
Our park system today is managed by the Parks and Recreation Department and it includes approximately 42,000 acres.
• This acreage includes 27,000 acres of city owned open space parks,
• 6,000 water acres in the La Jolla underwater park,
• 6,000 acres of regional parks, shoreline parks and beaches, and
• 3,000 acres of community and neighborhood parks
• It also includes 57 recreation centers
• 13 aquatic complexes
• 17 off leash dog parks
• 3 golf complexes, Torrey Pines, Mission Bay and Balboa golf course
• And 7 skate parks including the newly built Linda Vista Skate Park

Why is the Parks Master Plan needed?
The City’s last Parks Master Plan was competed in the late 50’s. In the past 60 years, changes in recreational trends and demographics have reshaped our City’s parks and recreational needs.
There are 52 community planning areas and many of these communities are built out with little land left for traditional parks. Many of these communities were built prior to the current park service levels the city requires today and therefore we do not have an equitable balance of recreational resources across the city.
Not only is it difficult to find park land, but land is very expensive to acquire. And yet the Parks and Recreation Department manages over 42, 000 acres of parkland and only a small percentage of this land is used for population-based community and neighborhood park needs. Therefore; we need to study how all city owned land is used for our recreation needs. This effort would provide the criteria and use of park equivalencies.
Our funding sources for parks and programs relies on funding such as Grants, Impact Fees and Regional Park funds and we know from experience that this funding does not fully provide what is needed to maintain our existing park system and build new park facilities. New funding sources need to be identified along with an implementation plan.

General Plan Project Goals
The 2008 General Plan states in the Recreation Element that a Parks Master Plan is needed and should:
• Build on the existing parks system
• Achieve an equitable balance of recreational resources
• Adapt to future needs
• Keep pace with population growth
Parks Master Plan Goals
The Parks Master Plan will provide the city with a policy document that will:
1. Guide future acquisition, design and construction of recreational facilities
2. Address park deficits to create equity in all communities
3. Identify new definitions for what a park is
4. Promote connectivity to parks and recreation facilities
5. Identify implementation strategies and funding options
Schedule
The Parks Master Plan is a three year planning effort. It will have four planning phases:
• Phase 1 will be the research of existing conditions,
• Phase 2 will be to obtain needs and priorities,
• Phase 3 will be to create a Parks Master Plan vision and goals
• Phase 4 will be to develop funding opportunities, an implementation plan and the preparation and approval of the Parks Master Plan

Public Outreach
One of the most important steps in this planning effort is understanding the public’s recreational needs and priorities. Over the next three years we will reach out to the public through surveys, regional workshops, stakeholder meetings, and online activities on the project website.

Special Considerations
Because our city is so big and diverse, our public outreach will incorporate special considerations to assure all residents have an opportunity to participate. These considerations include:
• Using clear language that is understandable.
• Workshop facilities will be accessible to all and located in different regions of the city.
• In communities with minority populations and/or low-income populations, the project team will partner with community-based organizations for assistance with communication to these community members and to encourage participation in the planning effort.
• Spanish speaking facilitators will be present for workshops
Website and Surveys
The project website, http://www.cityofsandiegoparksplan.com was launched at the beginning of the year. You can use the website to view project documents and presentations, dates for upcoming events including the Regional Workshops this summer and participate in online engagement activities.

Regional Workshops
Regional workshops will be held in each of the nine Council Districts and Downtown San Diego, these workshops will be scheduled this summer. Dates and locations to be determined. (Here is a link to the flyer listing all the summer workshops)Parks_Master_Plan_Meeting_Flyer_V4

Workshops will be open house 2-hour sessions where members of the public will be presented an overview of the PMP process, a summary of the existing conditions and interactive topic stations designed to gain input from the community on needs and priorities.
Tables with laptops or tablets will also be available enabling participants to complete an online engagement activity in a variety of languages.

How you can be involved
As park advisory bodies for the City, your involvement in the Parks Master Plan is critical to our success. Please stay involved in this project. The first step is for all of you to go to the website cityofsandiegoparksplan.com and go to the tab “Get Connected” to join the PMP mailing list. You will then be notified of upcoming workshops, milestones and online engagement activities. Please also spread the word to your constituents and members of the public about the upcoming workshops and activities.

Thank you for your time, this is a very important project for the City and we value your participation.

Steve Haupt
District Manager
City of San Diego
Parks and Recreation Department
619-685-1311

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Water Rates Update from City of San Diego Public Utilities Department

Good morning Del Cerro:
I received an update regarding water rates from Brent Eidson, the Deputy Director of External Affairs for the City of San Diego’s Public Utilities Department.

Jay, the Public Utilities Department learned a lot from our customers earlier this year and has taken a number of steps to improve our meter reading, customer service and approach to addressing customer concerns related to water billing. Some of these improvements may be visible to customers, such as leaving behind a door hanger to let you know that we’ve read your meter or if there is a problem that prevented us from obtaining that read to less obvious changes including internal controls to ensure accurate bills are being issued after the meter reading occurs. Additionally, the City has installed a new “State of the Art Water Meter Test Bench” to validate the accuracy of our water meters. This test bench is used when customers request we test their meter for accuracy, as well as sample testing new meters from the manufacturer before being put into service, and sample testing old meters as they come out of service.

Additionally, the independent City Auditor is conducting a comprehensive audit of the Department’s meter reading and billing operations with a formal report expected by the end of June. The Department has also hired a specialized consultant to conduct an exhaustive review of our entire ‘meter to cash’ operation. This means they are reviewing policies, procedures, protocols, etc. of all aspects of the Department’s operations related to meter reading to bill issuance. We expect to receive a final report in June which may lead to additional operational changes to improve our services for our customers.

While we recognize these are Department level efforts, we are still committed to providing excellent customer service to each of our customers. If a customer still has a concern about his/her individual water bill, we encourage him/her to call us at 619-515-3500 and allow us to help resolve the billing inquiry. We have increased staffing levels at our call center to reduce call wait times.

Brent also included a frequently asked questions sheet. Here is the link.water-billing-faqs

Jay Wilson, Secretary
Del Cerro Action Council

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DCAC Agenda – April 26, 2018 – 7 p.m. – Temple Emanu-El

Del Cerro Action Council Agenda April 26, 2018 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El

1. Call meeting to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Approval of April 26th Agenda

4. Approval of the January 25th DCAC General Meeting Minutes (posted at delcerroactioncouncil.org)

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

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

7. Elected & Appointed Officials Report:
• Councilmember Scott Sherman: Liz Saidkhanian, Council Representative for Del Cerro
• Congresswoman Susan Davis: Representative Zach Bunshaft
• Rachel Gregg, Community Relations Manager for SDSU

8. Main Topics:
• Update on former ColRich housing development adjacent to College Avenue
Pastor Kendall Laughlin, Executive Pastor for All Peoples Church & Marcela Escobar-Eck,
Principal with the Atlantis Group (Land Planning)
• Joe Regan – Del Cerro resident – a former fighter and commercial airline pilot reporting on Montgomery-Gibbs Airport Master Plan Update and potential impact to our community.

9. Public Comment – Members of the public may speak for 2 minutes on an item not on the April 26 DCAC Agenda

10. Old Business
• Water Bills

11. New Business

12. Next Meeting – Thursday, July 26 – 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El

13. Adjourn

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DCAC Meeting Minutes from January 25, 2018

Del Cerro Action Council Minutes from the January 25th meeting

The January 25, 2018 Del Cerro Action Council meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. by President Mark Rawlins. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the January agenda as well as the October general meeting minutes were approved.

SDPD Community Relations Officer John Steffen gave the community police report. There were no violent crimes in Del Cerro–2 burglaries and 6 car citations. Thieves look for easy prey–unlocked doors/windows and viewable items left in cars. The police will be monitoring pedestrian safety and vehicle safety. Be extra vigilant!

SDSU police lieutenant in charge of investigations stated there were 28 service calls so far in January to the Adobe Falls and 49 security checks during peak hiking times.

President’s report—The Friends of Del Cerro are still working on the Maintenance Assessment District plan. The Engineer’s Report is done, but the city is on hold and that makes the next step, and the petition, on hold as well. The City is still analyzing the effects of the lawsuit involving the La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District. The verdict in that lawsuit found that the District did not provide any special benefits, just general benefits. The City needs to figure out what is a special vs a general (standard) benefit. Once that is determined, the Del Cerro report can be revised if needed and the petition circulated.
Mark reported that the DCAC has approximately $15,000 in its coffers, mostly leftover from the SUSU lawsuit.
Audience question on Colrich development — Mark stated it passed and that he thought the next step was for Colrich to go back to Navajo Planners and that the community could ask for improvements such as a pedestrian walkway to the Windmill Farms shopping center.

Council District 7 Update – Liz Saidkhanian, Scott Sherman’s representative for Del Cerro noted that Scott was asking people to support his proposal to have the council president be rotated as the county does by speaking at the Monday council meeting at 2 pm (parking will be validated). Currently the council president is elected by council members which makes it political. If passed Scott would recuse himself from being council president, so this proposal is not self-serving, but in the best interest of the city.
Liz stated the city has doubled the quality of life team to help the homeless but only 10% of the homeless will take the offered services. The city is removing about 10 tons of trash a week from the homeless in the river camps. About $250,000 a month is spent on these cleanups.
Rosemary wants a law against panhandling and an audience member stated that the state of CA spends 80,000 per homeless person a year to fight homelessness.
Sue Braun asked about getting a No-U-turn sign on Marne (she had read about that idea in the Mission Times Courier via a letter to the editor). Liz told her anyone could make such a request on the city’s website and that it would take about 3 months to process.

Congresswoman Susan Davis – Zach Bunshaft, Congresswoman Susan Davis’s representative, reported that Susan voted against the budget because it did not include any wildfire disaster relief among other things. The White House budget is due 2/12, but the extension expires 2/8 so there will be more budget discussions. Susan is on the higher education subcommittee and wants to make college more affordable. One way to do this is to have apprenticeship programs so students can earn while they learn. She is working on a homeless census tonight at 3 am.

Michael Vogl, the Deputy Director of Customer Service of the San Diego Water Department and David Bryant(??) came to listen to customer concerns. Mike stated that the water department cares about feedback and wants bills to be accurate. They are still reviewing high bills. They invited everyone to sign a list and they will callback to hear the individual concerns. Mike discussed the general reasons for high bills: *Increase in usage (guests, leaks, more people living in the house)
*Additional fees such as security deposit or the fee for a returned check
*Inaccurate meter readings (1.33% based on 2013 audit).
The Nov/Dec bill added an extra 10 days, — a one time change so the bill period was 70 days instead of the normal 55-60 days. The water department stated they prorated the tiers so folks weren’t negatively impacted by the longer billing period. The winter billing period for sewer rates is based on daily use, not the billing period.
Michael and David were asked to look at the proration calculation since everyone was shocked at their Dec bill and how much higher those extra 10 days cost relative to a normal bill).
Audience members related their shocking increases even after removing their lawns. One person paid $260 in leak detection fees and another $60 for meter calibration testing, those that paid those fees had no leaks nor meter issues, just high, unexplained bills.
If a bill is read low or estimated low one billing period, the next billing period will reflect a higher usage. It also can cause the rate to jump if the higher bill causes an increase in the tier levels.
The water department offers a free service: they will meet you in your home and make suggestions as to how you can save water.
Mark asked that he be apprised of the findings of the reasons for the high water bills the attendees listed for the water department to check into. Mark also asked if our water meter reader kept changing or if we got the same person each period.

SDSU Rachel Gregg, the Community Relations Manager at SDSU discussed the EIR update. In 2007, SDSU revised their EIR after the court found the first one inadequate. The portion of the plan impacting Del Cerro was the building by SDSU of 48 townhomes accessed through Mill Peak and then later building 124 to 300 townhomes or condos in the lower section of their land between Highway 8 and Adobe Falls Road. The housing would be sold to SDSU faculty and staff at lower than market prices. The City of San Diego, SANDAG and the Metropolitan Transit System questioned several traffic related issues which the judge ruled SDSU needed to re-work. One issue was that SDSU had to pay for mitigation for their share of the mitigation cost, not wait for legislative appropriation. Another issue was transportation demand measures which SDSU is working on reducing traffic going into SDSU such as encouraging using transit passes and bikes. The third issue was an analysis of transit-related impacts to trolley and bus service. SDSU concluded that there is plenty of capacity on the trolley and buses. The traffic studies were updated, particularly for Del Cerro Blvd and College. This study was done in April 2016, on a weekday when schools were in session. Even at the higher traffic levels in 2007, per SDSU, there was no significant impact for the additional SDSU-caused traffic.
Now that the issues have been re-addressed, and once the public comment period is over in a month, the California State University trustees can approve the plan. Once the plan is approved, the 48 upper portion units could be built.
However, Rachel said that SDSU is not planning on through with this project right now. The focus in on Mission Valley. “Adobe Falls is not a conversation.”
Rachel noted that SDSU had 90,000 applications this year, up 11% from last year. They think it is because SDSU offers and affordable education.
An audience member questioned why SDSU had to expand versus building another campus in Chula Vista or using more satellite campuses such as Brawley and Calexico. SDSU will not be using any more satellite campuses. As far as Chula Vista, no one really knew, but thought the matter was put to rest because another campus would entail another set of administrative costs.
Rosemary wondered if SDSU would trade the Adobe Falls Land if they got the Mission Valley land. Rachel thought it was possible, but stated she cannot speak for SDSU. Laura Shinn the Director of Planning for SDSU jumped right in and said that since SDSU was at their cap of 25,000 full time equivalent students (FTEs), to get to the next cap level of 35,000 FTEs, SDSU had to use all its resources. SDSU wants to grow, and to do so, they need to implement their plans, although there are no plans yet to do so. In November, SDSU expects to have its new president and is cleaning up open issues so the new president can start with a clean slate. Complying with the court order to rework the traffic section of the EIR is a clean-up activity.
Rachel offered to give any interested person a tour of SDSU. She stated SDSU is cleaning up the brush and painting over the graffiti at Adobe Falls.

There being no other comments or any other business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 pm.
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