Notes from July 27 Del Cerro Action Council Meeting

Notes from the July 27, 2017 Del Cerro Action Council
The meeting was called to order at 7:03
The July agenda was adopted.
San Diego Police Department’s Community Relations Officer John Steffen reported there were 8 property crimes in our area over the last month. Most were vehicle break-ins and vehicles were unlocked and or valuables were left in a visible location. There was one violent crime and four minor citations were issued in the open space park on Pasatiempo at the top of Del Cerro.
The police have been working with the property management firm on the Colrich property below the Chevron Station to remove debris and eliminate any homeless camps. He indicated the property management firm has been very cooperative.
Offer Steffen also stated that the city did not receive the grant for Chaparral Canyon that would have allowed for the removal the non-native vegetation. It will be next spring before they can apply for the grant.
A resident asked about the increase in people knocking on doors and asking if they could use their bathroom or cell phone. Offer Steffen responded that they are merely trying to determine if
By end of the year we will have close to just 1800 officers. There is trouble recruiting. Jobs are plentiful and no need to become a police officer. Most people do not have like to work nights and weekends. We try to hire 200 officers a year. That requires about 5000 applicants. We have 600 retirements in the next 5 years. New captain is at FBI training and the acting captain is Chris Knighten. He will be with us rough Oct. or Nov.
Most communities in California are experiencing high crime rates. We are not. We are good at what we do. We are lucky we have good officers.
We are responsible for 42 square miles and about 145,000 residents.
There will be an open house at SDPD Eastern Division on Sept. 16 11 to 3:00 at 9225 Arrow Drive. It will be kid-friendly.

Elected Officals

Zach Bunshaft reported for Congresswoman Susan Davis. She is on the Arms Service budget committee as well as the education and workforce committee. The phone number for her San Diego office is: 619. 280.5353 and her website is: Susandavis.house.gov.

Community Updates
Adobe Falls – Dr. Frost
The fence with the grease, etc. is still functioning at the bottom of Adobe Falls Drive. All the fences are in that can be built. People will show up in groups of 15 or 20 to visit the falls. There are 7,132 Instagram pictures. A very large number have already been removed. Social media has changed. SDSU has a new president with Sally Roush. This may be an opportunity to work with SDSU.
The problem of Adobe Falls is not going to leave. What to do with it – recommendation is to send a letter to Dr. Roush. There is a new person in charge of communications and a new Community Relations Manager for SDSU.
SDSU is dealing with the entrance from the SDSU side – middle school and high school students are using it.
SDSU is trying to get Qualcomm for a campus. Maybe with UCSD and other campuses. Maybe Adobe Falls could go to the River Conservancy.
Smash and Grab crimes have moved east. Adobe Falls is just too hard to get to for the homeless to use it as a campsite.
Paint out the graffiti Let’s measure the number of people.

Next meeting – Thursday, October 26 – 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El. Website delcerroactioncouncil.org

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