Patrick Henry High School Orchestra’s Annual Summer String Camp

The music program at Patrick Henry has been strong for many years; thank you to Matt Kalal, the director of the band and orchestra program at Patrick Henry.
July 8 through 12 will be the second annual string summer camp sponsored by the Patrick Henry Orchestra. If you know of a child who will be in the 5th through 9th grade for the next school year and who plays a string instrument, let them know about this summer camp. These musicians are welcome to participate in this opportunity to play with elementary, middle, and high school students from other schools, and receive professional instruction from string coaches, and perform in the new PHAME performing arts center. Here is a link String Camp 2019 Flyer to the flyer with all the information about the camp.

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More Information on the City’s “Pure Water” program

Hello Del Cerro: As a follow up to Mr. Perkins presentation on “Pure Water” at the Del Cerro Action Council meeting on April 25, here is a link to the City of San Diego’s Media Kit for more information about their “Pure Water” program.

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Del Cerro Action Council Minutes from April 25, 2019

Del Cerro Action Council Minutes of Community General Meeting on April 25, 2019

President Mark Rawlins called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. and led the Flag Salute. The Agenda and January 24th minutes were approved.

Rachel Gregg, SDSU Director of Government and Community Relations, reported that President de la Torre toured the Adobe Falls site with Scott Sherman. SDSU is negotiating with the City to purchase the Mission Valley stadium site. A draft Environmental Impact Report will be out this summer. SDSU wants community engagement and will hold town-hall meetings to explain their plans. Graduation ceremonies will be held on May 17-19.

Mark Peterson, SDSU Police Community Resource Officer, noted that the drug take-back program will be this Saturday, April 27th. As far as Adobe Falls, in the past 3 months, there were 22 calls–14 trespassers (probably most being faculty working on the site) and 8 security checks. This is down from 91 calls the same period last year (42 trespassers and 49 security checks). SDSU has added Akeeva, an explosives detection dog, to keep the campus safer.

 President’s Report:

Mark reported the Maintenance Assessment District effort was on hold, probably for 18 months, waiting for the same in La Jolla to be resolved. DCAC will have to re-start charging membership fees as it did prior to the great recession because we have to pay $150 each meeting to the security guard at the Temple. DCAC contributed $3,000 for Princess Del Cerro Park maintenance. Friends of Del Cerro also contributed.

 Elected Officials Report:

Councilmember Scott Sherman’s representative, Roarke Shanley:
The full council approved a new ordinance that folks cannot sleep in their cars in residential areas. There is a safe sleeping zone by the Mission Valley Fire Station. Sherman approved 2 donations from the Arts & Culture Funds: $5,000 for the Lake Murray Fireworks to cover stage and lighting and $5,000 to the Allied Gardens/Grantville 1st Friday Concerts.

Roarke has been working with SDGE to complete the median planting on Del Cerro Blvd that was torn out when the gas line work was done a while back. This should be completed in 2 weeks.

 Program:

Johnnie Perkins, San Diego Deputy Chief Operating Office of Public Works & Infrastructure:
1/3 of the City’s workforce is under Mr. Perkins purview. He is in charge of trash services, public utilities, potholes and storm water. Under Mayor Faulconer, the city is initiating its largest public works project–$1.4 billion to provide 1/3 of its own water by 2035.

San Diego needs its own water source to handle increased population and to protect us from droughts or decreases in available imported water supply. Currently 85% of San Diego’s water is imported and is expensive. In 2000, an acre square foot cost $400, now it costs $1300. Pure Water will reduce water costs after the loans are paid off. The contract for Phase 1 (North City Pure Water Facility to Miramar) will be awarded soon. By 2021, pure water will be blended with imported water in the reservoir. Phases 2 and 3 will be completed by 2035. Either the San Vicente or the Lake Murray reservoirs will be used.

A pump station needs to be built starting late summer/early fall. 11 miles of 4 feet wide pipes will be installed, trenchless, to avoid road closures (UTC and Clairemont areas). Landfill decomposition gases will power the pure water facility. The public is welcome to tour the facility.

Mr. Perkins will work diligently to bring this project to completion on time and on budget, which is more difficult as construction costs have increased 20-30% this year.

All People’s Church

Pastor Robert Herber gave us background on the church. The congregation is 900-1000 adults, 70% are less than 40 years old. They plan on 2 Sunday services, and on Tuesdays they have training classes for about 65 people. There will be a gymnasium for basketball.

Marcella Escobar is the consultant on the project which is for the land behind the Chevron at the 8 and College Ave. The church will submit plans to the city Friday April 26th. The plan is for the 2-story, 900 seat church to be located on the southern side of the site, closest to the freeway, with the parking structure tucked into the hillside. The northern part directly behind the Chevron will be surface parking. There will be 374 parking spaces in total. The Church is trying not to obstruct views and will try not to shine lights into houses. There will be 12 classrooms and office space.

Most of the Church traffic doesn’t operate during peak times. The Church is trying to mitigate ingress and egress issues. The project should cost around $13 million, and the church is running into the same higher construction cost problem noted by the city.
The Church is making the same presentation at the May 8th Navajo Planners Meeting.

There will be some back-and-forth time between the Church and the city planners. There will also be an environmental review where the public can comment-before the plan is voted on by the City Council. The City Council has previously approved a housing development for the site, which remains approved if the church does not go through. The community contact person is Kristen Byrne at

or 619-208-2499. Information is available online at

The meeting was adjourned at 8:43 p.m. The next meeting is July 25th, at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El

Respectfully submitted,
Anita Colmie
Vice President

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Del Cerro Action Council Meeting – Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El

Greetings all – Just a reminder that the quarterly meeting of the Del Cerro Action Council is this Thursday, April 25, 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El.
Here is a link DCAC Agenda Apr 25 2019 to the agenda and here is a link DCAC Jan 24 2019 Minutes for the minutes of the January 24th DCAC meeting.

There will be two Power Point presentations at the meeting.

1) Johnnie Perkins, the City of San Diego’s Deputy Chief of Operations for Public Works/Infrastructure will have a presentation on the city’s “Pure Water” program; purifying waste water into potable water. Mr. Perkins gave this presentation recently at the San Carlos Area Council and it is very informative.
When fully implement, it will greatly decrease the amount of water the City of San Diego has to import from Northern California and/or the Colorado River.
2) Representatives from the All Peoples Church will also have a presentation on their church to be built on the east side of College Avenue between I-8 and the Chevron Station.

Thank you,
Jay Wilson, Secretary
Del Cerro Action Council

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Crime and Safety Survey for Del Cerro

The Masters Program grad students participating in the SDSU Capstone Program and working on crime and safety in Del Cerro, have developed a survey and they are inviting all Del Cerro residents to participate. Here is the link to the survey. The Friends of Del Cerro and the Del Cerro Action Council are encouraging all Del Cerro residents to take a few minutes and complete the survey. These same Masters Program grad students are hosting the community meeting on Del Cerro crime and safety tomorrow night, Wednesday, March 27. See the previous post for more information on time and location.

Thank you,
Jay Wilson, DCAC

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Crime & Safety meeting for Del Cerro

Good afternoon all: Through San Diego State’s Capstone Program, and the Friends of Del Cerro, a group of SDSU Masters Degree students have been interviewing community leaders and related city staff such as John Steffen, our SDPD Community Relations Officer on the perception of crime and safety in Del Cerro. This Wednesday, March 27th, they are inviting Del Cerro Community Members to a meeting at 6125 Arno Drive from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. They are seeking input from us that will be used in a final report on their findings and recommendations.

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Agenda for the January 24th meeting of the Del Cerro Action Council – 7pm Temple Emanu-El

Del Cerro Action Council Agenda January 24, 2019

1. Call meeting to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Approval of January Agenda

4. Approval of the October DCAC General Meeting Minutes

5. Community Police Report
• SDPD Community Relations Officer John Steffen
• SDSU Police Community Resource Officer Mark Peterson

6. DCAC Officers Report
• President Report
• Vice President Report
• Treasurer Report

7. Elected Officials Report:
• Congresswoman Susan Davis – Community Representative Johnathan Clark
• Councilmember Scott Sherman, Council Representative Roarke Shanley for Del Cerro
• Rachel Gregg, Director of Government and Community Relations for SDSU
Upcoming Scoping Meetings for SDSU West – (Qualcomm Stadium Site)

8. Main Topics:
• Update on the All Peoples Church
• Update on Adobe Falls – Dr. Eric Frost

9. Public Comment – Up to 3 minutes regarding a community matter not on the agenda.

10. Old Business
• U-Turn sign on Del Cerro Blvd. at Marne
• Pedestrian walk-way to enter Windmill Farms parking lot

11. New Business

12. Next Meeting – Thursday, April 25th – 7 p.m. in Temple Emanu-El

13. Adjourn
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