Del Cerro Action Council Minutes from October 24, 2019

Our next meeting is Thursday, January 23, 2010 – 7pm at Temple Emanu-El. We will have an update from the All Peoples Church and from SDSU regarding the outstanding 60 acre multi-use park to be constructed as part of SDSU West.

Del Cerro Action Council Minutes – October 24, 2019

The Del Cerro Action Council (DCAC) held its quarterly meeting on October 24th at Temple Emanu-El and the meeting was called to order at 7:04pm.

San Diego Police Department – Congratulations Officer John Steffen, our SDPD Eastern Division Community Relations Officer, for receiving his 15 year pin with the police department. Officer Steffen reported a total of 5 property crimes and vehicle break ins, two active arrests and seven moving violations in the Del Cerro area during the last reporting period. He also announced a drug take back program at the Eastern Division Police Station located at 9225 Aero Drive.

San Diego State Police Department – Corporal Mark Peterson, the Police Community Relations Officer for SDSU stated there were only 22 Adobe Falls complaints reported to the SDSU police department compared to 80 for the same time period last year. SDSU police continue to patrol the Adobe Falls area.

Jonathan Clark for US Congresswoman Susan Davis – Jonathan reported the congresswoman has been working on legislation to simplify the student aid application. The current application is very complex. Her subcommittee is working to ensure those who deserve the service receive it. Jonathan also announced that the deadline for high school students to receive a nomination to a military academy closes October 31.

Roarke Shanley for Councilmember Scott Sherman – Roarke announced 33 streets have been added to the slurry seal list for Del Cerro. This is in addition to the initial list for streets to be slurry sealed or resurfaced in Del Cerro. Roarke also announced that he will be leaving Councilmember Sherman’s staff as of November 1. He has accepted a job with Assemblywoman Marie Waldron with the 75th State Assembly who represents north east San Diego County and Temecula in Riverside County. Roarke lives in Vista. We are very sorry to see him leave and thank him for the great work he did for us.

Public Comment – Chris Pearson, a former Community Relations Representative for Councilmember Marti Emerald, spoke on behalf of a brush management program called silviculture. This process trims sideways growth to eliminate fire ladders that explode and disperse burning embers during wildfires. It’s a new ecologically sensitive technique that has not been tried in San Diego. Here is a link explaining the work: His request is for the DCAC to endorse silviculture and send a letter of support to the City of San Diego. The DCAC board will consider the request and check with the City’s Fire-Rescue Department before making a decision.

All Peoples Church – Pastor Robert Herber commented on the homeless encampments on the church property. He indicated church was able to file a letter of agency which means the city does not have to seek permission to go on the property regarding the homeless and/or homeless encampments. They are also working with the neighbors and the city’s brush management staff. Now that the bird breeding season has ended for endangered species, the church will be conducting some brush clearing. The website is being updated to make more information about the church available to the public.

Question – Initially you said the area would be used one day a week, but it now seems that there will be activities during the week. There will also be a lot of traffic and how are you going to handle it?
Response – We will have meetings/classes throughout the week but these are usually around 20 to 25 people. We are working diligently with city staff regarding handling the traffic which includes an additional signaled intersection and expanded deceleration/acceleration lane. Our plans have to follow the requirements of the city’s planning department and its traffic engineers. This will determine the number of entrances and exists. Once we have a response from CalTrans, we will be able to establish the elevation of the building pad. We are waiting on the city regarding the deceleration lane as that will determine where the one-story parking structure can be located; close to the homes or our preferred location closer to College Avenue.

Before the church submits its second set of plans for review, we will be back to the DCAC and the Navajo Community Planners, Inc.

Question – Where do your members come from?
Response – We have a lot of members who live in the Navajo Community. We are a non-denominational Christian church. Currently we have a Saturday service, but that will be terminated with our new church in Del Cerro.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:11pm. The next meeting will be on Thursday, January 23 at 7pm at Temple Emanu-El.

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1 Response to Del Cerro Action Council Minutes from October 24, 2019

  1. DENNIS BLACK says:

    I saw a interview with a local church pastor on KUSI, 12/31/2019, who was planning to build housing on the church property, using ” Yes in God’s Backyard” housing reforms. Will this same program allow the Peoples Church to build affordable housing on the proposed College Ave Site? Would this not change the whole traffic study they are using to get this project approved? Will the possibility of additional housing on the College Ave site be considered by San Diego’s planning department? Too many questions without answers? – Dennis Black

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