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 p.mm 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 – friendsofdelcerro.com. 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 delcerroactioncouncil.org