Minutes from DCAC meeting – April 28, 2016
The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Mark Rawlins at 7:01.
Officer John Steffen is our new Community Relations Officer. Officer Steffen grew up in Del Cerro so he knows our community very well. He reported on several burglaries in our area, virtually all the result of open windows or doors. “If a solicitor comes to your door, you don’t have to answer. Tell them you are not interested. All solicitors are required to carry a badge identifying them. If you are concerned or feel threatened, call 911. If you just notice solicitors in your neighborhood, you can report it through the non-emergency number; 619.531.2000.
Councilmember Sherman referenced the status of the median on Del Cerro Blvd. and the effort to have it replanted. He had a meeting with city staff and SDG&E to come up with a plan to revegetate the areas in question. The Park and Recreation Department has been very cooperative. Public Utilities fighting amongst itself to assign responsibility. According to city policy, anytime an outside firm negatively impacts the median, they are responsible to re-vegetating the area and maintaining it for 25 months. Liz Saidkhanian, Councilmember Sherman’s Director of Community Outreach will keep us informed.
The Councilmember announced the City has a new ordinance that makes it easier for communities to establish community gardens and it provides for tax incentives for property owners to allow their property to be developed as a community garden.
Over 11,000 potholes have been filled with the City’s new pothole program. Instead of jumping around from one area to the next on any given day, the new program has crews concentrating on specific areas one day at a time. This is much more efficient.
As Chair of the Audit Committee, Councilmember Sherman reported on an example of how an audit of a department can lead to solutions. Code Compliance, through no fault of the department’s staff was using very outdated equipment. An inspection was done, the inspector returned to the office to open a case, a copy of the report was printed out and passed on to another staff member. With the new program, staff will have tablets in the field and using a new software program, it will be automatically entered into the system for processing.
The city has a new policy to help establish new charter schools. The old policy was long and expensive. One frustrated group met with him and said they had spent $80,000 in an attempt to process an application.
To help motivate city employees, the City has a new program to provide incentives to employees for making suggestions on how to improve something. The employees who are doing the work at all levels have the best understanding and can help improve what they are doing. Now if an employee makes a suggestion that is adopted, the employee will receive a percentage of the savings. One example is an employee at the Miramar Landfill suggested a better way to compact the trash. The result of their suggestion is it may add as much as 10 years to the life of the landfill.
When asked about the Chargers, Councilmember Sherman responded that he supports the Mission Valley site.
Our second guest speaker was Sharmaine Moseley the Executive Director of the Citizens Review Board on Police Policies and volunteer board member Kathy Vandenheuvel. Together they explained the vital role of their board which reviews and evaluates serious complaints brought by the public against officers of the Police Department of the City of San Diego and reviews all officer involved shootings and in-custody deaths, and reviews and evaluates the administration of discipline arising from sustained complaints. This was a very informative program. Check out their website for more information and how to become a member of this vital board.
Nicole Borunda, the Community Relations Manager for SDSU announced a new community relations website community.sdsu.edu. She wants more people from Del Cerro to become involved.
Mark Rawlins, gave a presentation on establishing a Maintenance Assessment District. The DCAC will not take a position on this matter until all information is available. This is an involved process and requires a vote of the property owners. The DCAC will hold a meeting on this at a later date.
Mark announced the next meet on July 28, 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El
The DCAC website is delcerroactioncouncil.org