Update on the Proposed Maintenance Assessment District for Del Cerro

Good afternoon all:

Mark Rawlins, who has been keeping us updated on the status of the proposed Maintenance Assessment District just sent out the following information for everyone’s reference and referral. Everything is on hold – city-wide.
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(an update from Mark Rawlins)
Del Cerro Neighbors,
It has been a while since I have provided an update. The good news is we have made progress, but the bad news is the process is currently on hold. The City completed the Engineers report and we were expecting to have our final meeting with the City on January 12th. The goal for the meeting was to review the Engineer’s report, make any last minute edits and then get the petition approved so we could begin the signature drive. However, the ruling on the lawsuit over the newly established La Jolla MAD came back against the City. Apparently the City did not show enough distinction between general benefits (the services the City is currently providing) and the special benefits (The services the property owners would pay for from the assessments.)
With that being said, the City’s plan for now is to hold formations moving forward (Del Cerro is one of them) until the City has a ruling on a potential re-trial for the La Jolla lawsuit. Unfortunately we won’t know if the City will be granted a re-trial until early March. So for now we are standing by. I will keep you posted. Once this is resolved, we will be back on track.
Below are the links of two articles from the San Diego Union Tribune on the law suit.
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/sd-me-tax-district-20171204-story.html
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/watchdog/sd-me-new-trial-20180124-story.html

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3rd community input meeting regarding Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport Master Plan Update

The next Airport Master Plan Public Meeting for Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport (MYF) will be on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM at the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department Auditorium, 9192 Topaz Way, San Diego 92123. This is where the previous public meetings were held. Information will be provided on the draft Master Plan alternatives being considered. Here is a <a href="http://MYF Master Plan Public Meeting #3link to the flyer.

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Minutes from the January 25th meeting of the Del Cerro Action Council

Del Cerro Action Council Minutes from the January 25th meeting

The January 25, 2018 Del Cerro Action Council meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. by President Mark Rawlins. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the January agenda as well as the October general meeting minutes were approved.

SAN DIEGO POLICE DEPARTMENT

SDPD Community Relations Officer John Steffen gave the community police report. There were no violent crimes in Del Cerro–2 burglaries and 6 car citations. Thieves look for easy prey–unlocked doors/windows and viewable items left in cars. The police will be monitoring pedestrian safety and vehicle safety. Be extra vigilant!

On April 28th, there will be a prescription drug take-back program for folks to drop off unneeded medications. SDSU will have a cite available too for the drugs to be dropped off.
The SDSU police lieutenant in charge of investigations stated there were 28 service calls so far in January to the Adobe Falls and 49 security checks during peak hiking times.

DCAC PRESIDENT’S REPORT
President’s report—The Friends of Del Cerro are still working on the Maintenance Assessment District plan. The Engineer’s Report is done, but the city is on hold and that makes the next step, and the petition, on hold as well. The City is still analyzing the effects of the lawsuit involving the La Jolla Maintenance Assessment District. The verdict in that lawsuit found that the District did not provide any special benefits, just general benefits. The City needs to figure out what is a special vs a general (standard) benefit. Once that is determined, the Del Cerro report can be revised if needed and the petition circulated.
Mark reported that the DCAC has approximately $15,000 in its coffers, mostly leftover from the SUSU lawsuit.
Audience question on Colrich development — Mark stated it passed and that he thought the next step was for Colrich to go back to Navajo Planners and that the community could ask for improvements such as a pedestrian walkway to the Windmill Farms shopping center.

COUNCILMEMBER SCOTT SHERMAN
Liz Saidkhanian, Scott Sherman’s representative for Del Cerro noted that Scott was asking people to support his proposal to have the council president be rotated as the county does by speaking at the Monday council meeting at 2 pm (parking will be validated). Currently the council president is elected by council members which makes it political. If passed Scott would recuse himself from being council president, so this proposal is not self-serving, but in the best interest of the city.
Liz stated the city has doubled the quality of life team to help the homeless but only 10% of the homeless will take the offered services. The city is removing about 10 tons of trash a week from the homeless in the river camps. About $250,000 a month is spent on these cleanups.
Rosemary wants a law against panhandling and an audience member stated that the state of CA spends $80,000 per homeless person a year to fight homelessness.
Sue Braun asked about getting a No-U-turn sign on Marne (she had read about that idea in the Mission Times Courier via a letter to the editor). Liz told her anyone could make such a request on the city’s website and that it would take about 3 months to process.

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS
Zach Bunshaft, Congresswoman Susan Davis’s representative, reported that Susan voted against the budget because it did not include any wildfire disaster relief among other things. The White House budget is due 2/12, but the extension expires 2/8 so there will be more budget discussions. Susan is on the higher education subcommittee and wants to make college more affordable. One way to do this is to have apprenticeship programs so students can earn while they learn. She is working on a homeless census beginning Friday morning at 3 am.

CITY OF SAN DIEGO WATER DEPARTMENT
Michael Vogl, the Deputy Director of Customer Service of the San Diego Water Department and David Bryant came to listen to customer concerns. Mike stated that the water department cares about feedback and wants bills to be accurate. They are still reviewing high bills. They invited everyone to sign a list and they will callback to hear the individual concerns. Mike discussed the general reasons for high bills: *Increase in usage (guests, leaks, more people living in the house)
*Additional fees such as security deposit or the fee for a returned check
*Inaccurate meter readings (1.33% based on 2013 audit).
The Nov/Dec bill added an extra 10 days, — a one time change so the bill period was 70 days instead of the normal 55-60 days. The water department stated they prorated the tiers so folks weren’t negatively impacted by the longer billing period. The winter billing period for sewer rates is based on daily use, not the billing period.
Michael and David were asked to look at the prorating calculation since everyone was shocked at their December bill and how much higher those extra 10 days cost relative to a normal bill.
Audience members related their shocking increases even after removing their lawns. One person paid $260 in leak detection fees and another $60 for meter calibration testing, those that paid those fees had no leaks nor meter issues, just high, unexplained bills.
If a bill is read low or estimated low one billing period, the next billing period will reflect a higher usage. It also can cause the rate to jump if the higher bill causes an increase in the tier levels.
The water department offers a free service: they will meet you in your home and make suggestions as to how you can save water.
Mark asked that he be apprised of the findings of the reasons for the high water bills the attendees listed for the water department to check into. Mark also asked if our water meter reader kept changing or if we got the same person each period.

SDSU
Rachel Gregg, the Community Relations Manager at SDSU discussed the EIR update. In 2007, SDSU revised their EIR after the court found the first one inadequate. The portion of the plan impacting Del Cerro was the building by SDSU of 48 townhomes accessed through Mill Peak and then later building 124 to 300 townhomes or condos in the lower section of their land between Highway 8 and Adobe Falls Road. The housing would be sold to SDSU faculty and staff at lower than market prices. The City of San Diego, SANDAG and the Metropolitan Transit System questioned several traffic related issues which the judge ruled SDSU needed to re-work. One issue was that SDSU had to pay for mitigation for their share of the mitigation cost, not wait for legislative appropriation. Another issue was transportation demand measures which SDSU is working on reducing traffic going into SDSU such as encouraging using transit passes and bikes. The third issue was an analysis of transit-related impacts to trolley and bus service. SDSU concluded that there is plenty of capacity on the trolley and buses. The traffic studies were updated, particularly for Del Cerro Blvd and College. This study was done in April 2016, on a weekday when schools were in session. Even at the higher traffic levels in 2007, per SDSU, there was no significant impact for the additional SDSU-caused traffic.
Now that the issues have been re-addressed, and once the public comment period is over in a month, the California State University trustees can approve the plan. Once the plan is approved, the 48 upper portion units could be built.
However, Rachel said that SDSU is not planning on through with this project right now. The focus in on Mission Valley. “Adobe Fall is not a conversation.”
Rachel noted that SDSU had 90,000 applications this year, up 11% from last year. They think it is because SDSU offers and affordable education.
An audience member questioned why SDSU had to expand versus building another campus in Chula Vista or using more satellite campuses such as Brawley and Calexico. SDSU will not be using any more satellite campuses. As far as Chula Vista, no one really knew, but thought the matter was put to rest because another campus would entail another set of administrative costs.
Rosemary wondered if SDSU would trade the Adobe Falls Land if they got the Mission Valley land. Rachel thought it was possible, but stated she cannot speak for SDSU. Laura Shinn the Director of Planning for SDSU jumped right in and said that since SDSU was at their cap of 25,000 full time equivalent students (FTEs), to get to the next cap level of 35,000 FTEs, SDSU had to use all its resources. SDSU wants to grow, and to do so, they need to implement their plans, although there are no plans yet to do so. In November, SDSU expects to have its new president and is cleaning up open issues so the new president can start with a clean slate. Complying with the court order to rework the traffic section of the EIR is a clean-up activity.
Rachel offered to give any interested person a tour of SDSU. She stated SDSU is cleaning up the brush and painting over the graffiti at Adobe Falls.

There being no other comments or any other business to discuss and an announcement of the next meeting date of April 26th, the meeting was adjourned at 8:20 pm.
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Minutes from the October 26, 2017 DCAC meeting

Minutes from the DCAC meeting on October 26, 2017

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m.

Lisa Lind, the City’s Senior Planner for the Navajo Community, presented a proposed plan for solving the flooding of the Alvarado Creek/Storm Drain. She indicated this is a great project for State and Federal Grants. The complete report is on the city website.

Police Officer John Steffen, our Community Relations Officer from Eastern Division and Police Lt. Jordan reported on crime and related police matters for our area. In the past month, there were 3 violent crimes and 9 property crimes (6 of the 9 were the result of unlocked windows/doors). There were 2 moving citations and 5 arrests. The crimes included one robbery in a driveway in Princess Del Cerro where a stun gun was used, and there was a drug bust at Chevron Station. The police just happened to be on site at the Chevron Station when the drug bust went down.
There have been some drug deals in the park on Del Cerro Blvd. They have been reported – they appear to be routinely between 10:00 and 3:00 during the day.
Permanent speed indicators are installed on Del Cerro Blvd. by Hearst, and on College Ave between Del Cerro Blvd and the Fire Station to remind drivers to slow down.
Officer Steffen is rotating the portable speed indicator throughout the Navajo Area.
Police Lt. Jordan commented on the upgrades on-going for the police dispatchers. The dispatching system was written in Cobal. The new system launched last week after 26 years.
Big news about the pay raise for all the police officers. It is a 30 percent increase over 4 years. He stated the police department needs 5,000 applicants to accept 4 candidates and we usually use one of those.
Chief Zimmerman is retiring in March. Six community groups were formed to help recruit a new chief. A professional firm has been hired looking for candidates. The Mayor’s office believes there should be a secret group to make a recommendation and others believe the panel should be transparent. There are internal candidates, and they are looking nationally as well.
The City of San Diego has been noted as one of America’s Safest City – even with the low number of officers.
SDSU Police Corporal Peterson noted SDSU is also understaffed and with new hires, they are reaching the appropriate staffing level.
There were 74 incidents since July 1 at Adobe Falls. Only 13 calls were received regarding Adobe Falls compared to nearly 70 last year.

Presidents’ Report – Mark commented on Jay Wilson Day at the city in September.
No Vice Presidents’ report
Treasurer Report – there remains about $15,000 in the account.

Rachel Gregg – SDSU Community Relations Manager – Update on the grate which will be on the south side of I-8 is being manufactured at the moment. This is a state project. Hopefully it will be installed in November. We are working with the San Diego River Park Conservancy to remove the non-native vegetation in Adobe Falls. She reported that on Nov. 9th at 3:30 pm, there will be a program to celebrate the 120th anniversary of SDSU at Jane Goodall Hall – Hidden Treasurers on SDSU.

Maintenance Assessment District (MAD). Mark Rawlins gave an update on the process. We are waiting for information from the City of San Diego. Jackie O’Connor is the chair of Friends of Del Cerro. She has experience with MAD’s and in particular the one on El Cajon Blvd. The petition that comes out will tell you exactly what it will cost each property owner. Although it has taken a very long time, the draft management report should be done shortly and in November the Engineer’s report should be completed. Mark is projecting the cost to be between $120 and $140 a year. The petition should be available shortly after that. We are working with the City Attorney’s Office to have an on-line signature. The city has expanded some of the areas so that all of Del Cerro will have a benefit. Every street area will be maintained.
The MAD allows us to manage the funds. All the funds stay with us in addition to funds already allocated to Del Cerro. We will have a city representative at each of the meetings of the MAD. Friends of Del Cerro is a nonprofit. They are able to receive grants as a nonprofit. This will give us matching funds when applying for grants. Over the past 10 years, our community has turned over about 38%. There are a lot of new faces in our community. More to follow. For more information, the website is FriendsofDelCerro.com .
The goal is to have 30% of the property owners positively respond (that is about 850 signatures), and then there can be an election. That is about 850 signatures. It is 50+1 of returned ballots to pass the MAD.
1) Local control
2) A beautification of our community
3) Safety – sense of broken window theory
4) It is an enhancement of our property

Any property owner within the boundary will be given one vote. Exception is the commercial area. Patrick Henry and Hearst can vote – City would have to pay into the MAD as well because of the property they own within the Del Cerro MAD boundaries.
When we started about 10 years ago there were 37 MAD’s, and today there are 65. The city policy is to maintain medians as if they were just asphalt.

David Ege, the Branch Manager of the San Carlos Library, gave an update of the upcoming program at the library.

Under new business, it was mentioned that with the repaving of the Windmill Farms parking lot, there is no specific access for pedestrians up any of the driveways and many people walk to the shopping center.

The next DCAC meeting is scheduled for January 25, 2018 – 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El.

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Respectfully submitted,
Jay Wilson, DCAC Secretary

Minutes from October 26 2017

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Agenda for DCAC meeting, Thursday, January 25, 7 pm at Temple Emanu-El

Del Cerro Action Council Agenda January 25, 2018
7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El

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:
• Councilmember Scott Sherman: Liz Saidkhanian, Council Representative for Del Cerro
• Congresswoman Susan Davis Representative
8. Main Topics:
• San Diego Water Department Bills – Mike Vogl, Deputy Director of Customer Support Division
• Rachel Gregg, Community Relations Manager for SDSU, discuss SDSU EIR update
9. Public Comment – Members of the public may speak for 2 minutes on an item not on the
January 25 DCAC Agenda
10. Old Business
11. New Business
12. Next Meeting – Thursday, April 26 – 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El
13. Adjourn

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SDSU 2007 Master Plan EIR Update – Adobe Falls

Good Morning Del Cerro:

SDSU has published a FINAL Draft Update to their 2007 Master Plan EIR. It references Adobe Falls several times in Section AA3.14, between pages 1 to 140. We are anticipating Rachel Gregg, the SDSU Community Relations Manager, to attend the Del Cerro Action Council meeting on Thursday, January 25, 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El. Here is the link to the complete document for your reference and referral.
SDSU 2007 Final Master Plan Revision Final EIR

All comments to the EIR are due on or before February 25, 2018. A hard copy is also available at the College/Rolando library located at 6600 Montezuma Road, San Diego 92115.

Thank you,
Jay Wilson, Secretary
Del Cerro Action Council

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Del Cerro Updates

Good morning Del Cerro

1) On Monday, the City Council voted unanimously to approve the ColRich development. The project met all the existing requirements and there were no legal matters that would allow for the project to be denied. Paul Godwin, the city’s Project Manager for the development sent the following information.
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The Planning Commission had included a recommendation that a restriction on second story additions be placed on the project. They were OK with the two story residences proposed, they just didn’t want other homes adding a second story later.

Councilmember Sherman removed that restriction so that the proposed two-story homes are allowed and all other units could add a second story if they wish, in conformance with the RS-1-7 zone regulations.
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2) The crosswalk system at College Avenue & Del Cerro Boulevard was updated by city staff very early this morning. The video screen that indicates when to stop/walk were replaced, and the system now enables anyone who is deaf or blind to have information delivered to them at the intersection; allowing them to safely cross College Avenue and/or Del Cerro Blvd. Also this morning about 9:45, the traffic signals facing westbound traffic on Del Cerro Blvd. at this intersection were repaired. It was a dangerous situation. For more than 12 hours only the signals facing westbound traffic on Del Cerro Boulevard were blinking red. All other signals were operating properly. Usually when signals are flashing red, it indicates all the signals at the intersection are flashing red. I was at Einstein Bagels this morning for a meeting and called it in (619.527.7500) about 9:30. It was initially reported last night. Fortunately, this time a city traffic signal technician was nearby and was immediately dispatched to fix the problem.

3) Speed indicators on Waring Road between Greenbrier and Princess View. I asked the traffic signal technician if he had any information regarding the two nonfunctioning speed indicators on Waring Road. He responded that the old units (about 15 years old) are being replaced systematically throughout the city. He did not know what the date might be. I am following up with Liz in Councilmember Scott Sherman’s office.
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Happy Holidays! Jay Wilson, Secretary DCAC

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