DRAFT NOTES for DCAC Meeting -Thursday, April 23
The meeting was called to order by Jay Wilson at 7:03.
There were no reports from elected officials or their representatives
Jay introduced the Police Community Relations Officer for Eastern Division, Adam McElroy, who in turn introduced Lt. Mike Swanson who is now responsible for the Navajo Community. Officer McElroy stated crime in our community and the Navajo Community remains steadily low. There have been several car break-ins and it is usually because of valuables left in plain sight such as backpacks and laptops. If there is a burglary in a home, it is usually because a window or door is left open.
There was a recent robbery of a resident on Snowbond. He was walking in the Princess Del Cerro Park about 10:30 in the evening when he was struck on the head and knocked unconscious. His cell phone was stolen. The unfortunate thing is the incident was not reported to the police until the next morning. It should have been reported as soon as possible.
Officer McElroy stated the residents are the best resources for the police…. “….you are our eyes and ears in the community.”
A resident commented her next door neighbor had a car broken into late at night, has video of the incident, but did not call the police. Officer McElroy urged that the victim call the police and report it.
Jay reiterated the importance of contacting the police anytime there is criminal behavior or suspicious activity. He said “if it is an incident in progress, you call 911, if it is after the fact, call 619.531.2000. The police need to know even if it is a small matter or of little value. The police can’t help us if they are unaware of increased criminal activity.
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Reporting minor incidents may provide the police with information about a series of crimes or allow them to become involved before it escalates into a more serious crime.
Jay then introduced Councilmember Scott Sherman. Scott stated things at city hall are getting better. “I ran because I wanted to bring my business experience to city hall. I was just appointed Chair of the Audit Committee. We are evaluating various departments and applying the Zero Based Budgeting concept. As an example we noted the printing department was budgeted for $350,000 to print forms. In an audit, it was determined the previous year they only used $4,900. When asked why they budgeted $350,000 it was because that what had been allocated for 20 years. Nobody had ever gone back and determined what was actually needed.
We also looked at the graffiti removal programs. A number of departments had their own programs. We now have a single number the public may call to report graffiti, and then internally it is routed to the proper department.
District wide, Councilmember Sherman mentioned a need for a skate park in Linda Vista. He met with city staff and it was noted there was infrastructure money available through a state grant, but it had be to be associated with affordable housing. Fortunately the Linda Vista Recreation Center is surrounded by affordable housing and the director of the state grant funds determined there was nothing in grant guidelines that prohibited using the funds for a skate park. The city applied for the entire grant, assuming they might receive $1,000,000. Nobody else in California applied, so we received the full $3,000.000, and then a bonus of $1,500,000. The result is Linda Vista is receiving a large skate park and another skate park will be built in District 9.
When asked about the Chargers, Councilmember Sherman said “I still believe there is a 70% chance the Chargers will remain in San Diego. He is very pleased the Mission Valley site was selected because development of the area can help pay for the new stadium. There is a real effort to develop higher density housing close to mass transit and Qualcomm is a prime example.
The Councilmember stated that the next master plan update will be for Mission Valley.
He was asked about the necessity of incurring more debt through a bond to help pay for much needed infrastructure repairs. Councilmember Sherman stated it was a difficult decision to support a bond issue, but that is the only way we are going to be able to catch
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up with all the deferred maintenance. The plan is that by the time we pay off a 30 or 40 year bond, all the infrastructure repairs will have been made and the city will be financially solvent so it can keep up with infrastructure needs and bond costs will not be a burden on the residents forever.
Councilmember Sherman was asked if the city had considered the “seeding of the clouds” to possibly help to increase the amount of rain. He stated that the matter had been discussed, but at this time there is not conclusive evidence that it truly works.
The status of the proposed development of the property on the east side of College Avenue and south of the Chevron Station was brought up to the councilmember. He stated that it is on the drawing board, but nothing has been submitted to the city. It does propose to use a right in, right out access on College Avenue and that is a concern.
Jay commented he has also been in communication with the developer and that if they decide to move forward they will come to the community first. That may occur the end of May.
Councilmember Sherman was asked when are we going to be able to hike in the area by Adobe Falls? The councilmember referenced a meeting in two weeks with SDSU regarding the on-going concerns for Adobe Falls and the negative impact activity at Adobe Falls is having on the neighborhood.
If you need to reach Councilmember Sherman’s office for a city related matter, contact Liz Saidkhanian, his Council Representative for the Navajo Area. Her phone number is 619.236.6677 and her email address is ESaidkhanian@sandiego.gov.
Dion Akers from SDSU introduced himself and stated he is very involved in the Adobe Falls matter and is working with the city police department and Councilmember Sherman’s office. He also introduced the SDSU Police Community Resource Officer, Sgt. Peterson.
Dion informed us the plan is for the storm drain from the SDSU side of I-8 that leads to Adobe Falls, should be closed off to pedestrian traffic this summer. Dion was asked if there has been a concerted effort by SDSU to inform students they are not to go to Adobe Falls. He said yes, including signs on the SDSU side, but they are periodically stolen.
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Dion was also asked about the two blocks of construction on College Avenue, north of Montezuma. It was stated the building closest to Montezuma will be 4 stories and will be
commercial and retail space. The building closest to SDSU will be 5 stories and will contain 300 parking spaces.
Sgt. Peterson stated that tickets are being issued to people at Adobe Falls, but an officer has to view the illegal activity to issue a ticket.
If you need to reach Mr. Akers, his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need to reach Sgt. Peterson, his email address is email@example.com and his phone number is 619.594.1447
Election of officers:
Although everyone in Del Cerro was given an opportunity to serve on the DCAC Board, there was not a rush of new people. Jay then proposed the new slate of officers:
Chair – Mark Rawlins
Vice Chair – Anita Colmie
Treasurer – Michael McSweeney
Secretary – Jay Wilson
With a motion from the floor and a second, the slate of new officers was unanimously approved.
Jay stated the adoption of the Grantville Community Pan Update is working its way through the city. It is scheduled to be on docket for City Council action on June 9.
Jay also mentioned that through the efforts of Councilmember Sherman’s office, and Liz Saidkhanian in particular, a farmers market is due to open on Friday’s from 4-8 p.m. in the parking lot of what used to be Albertson’s. The farmers market is being sponsored by the Grantville-Allied Gardens Kiwanis Club. The farmers market will be operated by the same person who operates a very successful farmers market in Ocean Beach.
The Next Meeting will be July 23 with new DCAC Chair Mark Rawlins
The meeting was adjourned at 8:15
Respectfully submitted by Jay Wilson, DCAC Secretary