April e-news update from DCAC’s President

[Reprinted from Mission Times Courier]

Community involvement works. In the middle of March, I was contacted by Del Cerro residents regarding two neighborhood concerns: an abandoned vehicle and too many commercial vehicles belonging to one company, parked on a residential street. I contacted our Police Community Relations Officer, Ed Zwibel, and within 48 hours the abandoned vehicle was removed from the street. A call to the City’s Code Compliance Department resulted in a letter to the owner of the commercial vehicles and that matter should be resolved.

When you see a city-related problem in your neighborhood, take action! For a street-related matter, you can call (619) 527-7500, or go on the city’s website www.sandiego.gov. In the “search” box in the top right hand corner, type “Street Division Service Request.” The Request for Service webpage will pop up. Click on the purple Street Division Request line; then complete the form using the Text or Map option. The first time you fill out the form you will be asked for your name, etc. You only have to fill that out once. Mark it as a favorite web page. The next time you have a street-related problem or concern, you will only have to fill out the problem. You will receive an automated response providing you with a tracking number and instructions on how to track the status. When action is taken, you will receive an email response.

The Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) website is up and running, with a big thank you to George Janczyn who set up the website and maintains it. The NCPI website is navajoplanners.org. Go to the website and sign up to be notified whenever there is a new posting to the website. George also helps maintain the DCAC website: delcerroactioncouncil.org. Sign up on the DCAC website to be notified whenever there is a new post.

At the March NCPI meeting, Michael McSweeney was reelected as a board member representing Del Cerro. Each community in the Navajo Area; Grantville, Allied Gardens, Del Cerro and San Carlos, have four elected representatives.

At the March Navajo NCPI meeting, Eric Bolby, who chairs the San Diego Canyon Lands Committee, made a presentation to the NCPI Board requesting support for his effort to help preserve about 10,000 acres of canyon lands owned by the City of San Diego. Currently the canyons (such as our own Navajo Canyon) are “designated open space.” Eric is spearheading the effort to have canyons throughout the city become “dedicated open space.” This would further protect the canyons from ever being sold, and it will preserve the open space. More information is available on the San Diego Canyon Lands website at sdcanyonlands.org.

If your neighborhood does not have an active Neighborhood Watch, it is time to start one. Officer Zwibel is ready to assist you at any time. Neighborhood Watch continues to be a viable deterrent to crime in residential neighborhoods, but it does require initiative by the residents to form one. You may email Officer Zwibel at zwibel@pd.sandiego.gov for additional information. He will meet with you and your neighbors to outline the benefits of Neighborhood Watch and help you organize a Neighborhood Watch.

The DCAC email list is growing. Please continue to ask your friends and neighbors to send me their email addresses and I will add them to the list. The list remains confidential.

Your DCAC board would like to hear from you. If you have a city-related problem or concern, please email me at jwilson2@cox.net. The next quarterly meeting of the Del Cerro Action Council will be Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m.at Temple Emanu-El.

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