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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Minutes of the Del Cerro Action Council Meeting of October 22, 2018

The October meeting of the Del Cerro Action Council was called to order at 7:07pm on Monday, October 22 to accommodate the very busy schedule of Dr. Adela de la Torre, the new president of San Diego State University and our guest speaker for our meeting.

Police and Elected Officials Reports
Police Community Relations Officer – Normally John Steffen, our police Community Relations Officer provides an update on our community. Earlier in the evening Officer Steffen spoke with Jay and said at this time there were no real issues. He was not able to attend because every Monday he is on patrol.

Liz Saidkhanian, the Director of Outreach for Councilmember Scott Sherman reported that calls to the Councilmember Sherman’s office regarding renewed homeless in Chaparral Canyon. The police responded and removed the homeless from the canyon. She also stated the city had received a grant to assist with the removal of brush in Chaparral Canyon.
Liz was asked if the canyon property could become the property of the Park and Recreation Department? The answer was the property below Lake Murray Dam which makes up Chaparral Canyon, belongs to the Water Department rate payers. In addition, there are security issues because of the property’s proximity to Lake Murray Dam.
She also reported that construction began in September on the new playground at Rancho Mission Park. It is a nine-month project.

Guest Speaker
SDSU – SDSU President de la Torre was introduced. She said “I have only been on the job for 100 days and so far I am being a listener to everyone from SDSU staff to community leaders. I want to make sure SDSU is a good neighbor.”
?How do you see the project at Qualcomm?
ANS: In the last three months I have seen a tremendous demand for SDSU to grow. It is the only contiguous property available to us. Realistically we have to more forward to acquire that land. With it we can attract the kind of industry that will compliment SDSU. We have over 100,000 applicants for students and grad students. The opportunities are great at SDSU and the Qualcomm campus will greatly enhance our opportunities. 60% of SDSU students end up living and working in San Diego
?A homeowner who lives on Adobe Falls Rd at Mill Peak asked if SDSU could raise the height of the fence. The current height is not a good deterrent to keep individuals from climbing over the fence and down into the Adobe Falls area?
ANS: President de la Torre stated that should not be a major project and she was confident it could be done.
?What is the future of developing Adobe Falls for homes?
ANS: The vision is different from development of Adobe Falls. Qualcomm is much more attractive. The housing projects are in the 2007 Master Plan, but we do not have Adobe Falls housing in the current plans as far as I am concerned.
?What about the Adobe Falls area following the fire?
ANS: Dr. Frost responded to the Adobe Falls problem. Eric reiterated that there is a lot that can be done from SDSU in a positive manner. Eric also mentioned the problem with the runoff from rains that will impact the property downstream.
Dr. de la Torre commented on how the State College and the UC systems work. The SDSU Master Plan began in 1968. A group of individuals decided we would have a divided system. Times have changed. Look at SDSU now, and realize the volume of what we can offer. We have 19 doctoral programs. Currently we have to negotiate to expand our doctoral programs.
There are new doctoral degrees and we have to bargain with the UC system to offer these new programs. We need to find a way to allow the system to operate in the most beneficial way.
There is politics involved in the UC system dividing the UC and State system. It is time to modify the master plan. We have the faculty who can offer the next level of academics. There is strong interest in updating the master plan. I would assume that within 2 years there will be a change to benefit SDSU.
? What percentage of students are commuters?
ANS: Over 50% of students live around here “community students” Next year we will have 7,200 on campus beds. Beginning next year freshmen will not be able to have a car on campus.
?Jay, as a board member of the Henry Cluster STEMM Foundation, asked about how to increase cooperation between SDSU and the local schools with an emphasis on STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math & Music?
ANS: All of the SDSU faculty is interested
?How can Del Cerro support you and SDSU?
ANS: One of the things that is important is that we know about the issues well in advance. There are also opportunities for us to work with the community using our professors and expertise. We need to hear from you. I want to hear from the ground up.
Dr. de la Torre thanked everyone for the invitation and the opportunity to meet with us, hear our concerns and for us to understand she is committed to working with us.

All Peoples Church
Kristen Byrne on behalf of the Atlantic Group, gave a brief update on the All People’s Church that is to be built below the Chevron Service Station. The church has submitted plans for a preliminary review to the city. She stated that Ken Smith will be the architect and Hammond Construction will build the church.

Old Business
It was reported that a second request has been submitted to the city to replace the No U Turn sign on for east bound traffic on Del Cerro Blvd. Marne.
The property management firm for the Windmill Shopping Center has been contacted regarding painting pedestrian walkways on the entry roads to the shopping center from Del Cerro Blvd. and Madra Ave.

Next Meeting will be on Thursday, January 24, at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El.

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Del Cerro Action Council Agenda – Monday, October 22, 2018

Del Cerro Action Council Agenda October 22, 2018

1. Call meeting to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Approval of October Agenda

4. Approval of the July 26, 2018 DCAC General Meeting Minutes

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

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

7. Elected Officials & SDSU Reports:
• Johnathan Clark, Representative for Congresswoman Susan Davis
• Councilmember Scott Sherman: Liz Saidkhanian, Council Representative for Del Cerro
• Rachel Gregg, Director of Government and Community Relations for SDSU

8. Main Topics:
• Guess Speaker: Dr. Adela de la Torre, President, San Diego State University

9. Old Business
• No “U-Turn” sign at Del Cerro Blvd. and Marne
• Designated Pedestrian path at entrances to Windmill Farms Shopping Center

10. New Business

11. Next Meeting – Thursday, January 24th – 7 p.m. in Temple Emanu-El

12. Adjourn

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Minutes of the July 26, 2018 Del Cerro Action Council Meeting

Del Cerro Action Council Minutes – July 26, 2018

The July Del Cerro Action Council meeting was held on July 26th. and called to order by Vice Chair Anita Colmie. The minutes of the April meeting were approved and are posted on the DCAC website.
Police Reports
Corporal Peterson from the SDSU Police Department reported that officers from the department have been routinely policing the Adobe Falls area throughout the summer. The fall semester begins on August 27 and the primary move in dates for students are August 23 and 24. As usual, there will be a lot more traffic, particularly from east bound I-8 on to southbound College Avenue as the semester begins and students find their way. To email Officer Peterson, his email address is
SDPD Community Relations Office John Steffen reported there had been very few crimes in the recent weeks and he encouraged everyone to keep their doors and windows locked even during the summer months. Don’t give a criminal an opportunity! To contact Officer Steffen, email him at
Elected Officials Reports
Jonathan Clark form Congresswoman Susan Davis reported that the Congresswoman Davis has been working diligently on the AIM Higher Act program which is to determine how we make college affordable; make it affordable for as many students as possible with better repayment plans. She has also been working on a bill to provide funding for apprenticeships throughout the nation.
Congresswoman Davis scheduled two community events; Saturday, July 27 will be a panel discussion at SDSU regarding US/Russian relations. (It was also live streamed) On August 4th there would be a Town Hall meeting at Southwestern College. The website for Congresswoman Davis is
Liz Saidkhanian, Manager of Community Outreach for Councilmember Scott Sherman, reported that in an effort to minimize the homeless situation along the San Diego River, crews have removed 260,000 pounds of debris. This included 474 tires, 4,109 mattresses and box springs, 1,539 shopping carts and 198 appliances.
In the past, the City no longer has to give homeless individuals a 72-hour official notice to vacate public property due to the opening of the new homeless storage facility. “With the new storage facility, we only have to give a 3-hour notice since there is now a place for individuals to store their belongings. So far,150 people have taken advantage of the program.” To contact Liz, email her at
Community Updates
All Peoples Church
Marcella Escobar-Eck, a Principal with The Atlantis Group, the land use planning firm hired by All Peoples Church stated that the Navajo Community Planners recommended approval of the request by the All Peoples Church to initiate a plan amendment to the Navajo Community Plan (NCP). This allows the church to proceed with an application to amend the NCP. This is not approving the project, but allows the church to work on a plan to submit to the city. There will also be a community outreach in the neighborhood.
Dr. Eric Frost, a resident of Del Cerro asked that the church look at the lack of lighting along the sidewalk from I-8 to Del Cerro Blvd. It needs to be improved and he is asking this because it is not safe at night for students walking home into Del Cerro.”
Pastor Robert Herber and Marcela were asked about residential units, and the answer was no residential units are being built on the property and there will be no daycare or a school. The main activity is Sunday with much smaller meetings during the week.
Marcela mentioned that in a preliminary hearing, the Planning Commissioners commented that the church needs to be conscious of the traffic.“
It was also suggested that the church have one of their Del Cerro members check Next Door for comments on both sides of the issue.
Rachel Gregg, the Government and Community Relations Manager for SDSU stated that the university is working with the San Diego River Conservancy (SDRC) regarding Adobe Falls to gain access to the property for restoration of the property following the fire. The SDRC is evaluating what can be done.
CALTrans recently installed the long-awaited gate on the SDSU side of the storm drain tunnel that runs under I-8 with direct access to Adobe Falls.
Dr. Adela de la Torre has been invited to meet the residents of Del Cerro at the October DCAC meeting. (To accommodate Dr. de la Torre’s schedule, the meeting will be on Monday Oct. 22.) She is very interested in having access to the community. She has not been briefed on Adobe Falls and she wants to know more about our community.
Rachel mentioned Dr. Frost and SDSU staff are working on solutions to Adobe Falls after the fire. Rachel also invited anyone to come for a tour of SDSU. Her email address is
Rachel invited anyone to come for a tour. Email her at
Dr. Frost commented, “we are looking at the possible solutions for any upcoming rains, (El Nino possibility is building). The Adobe Falls fire burned a number of homeless encampments. One simple thing being done, is to try and break up the crust of the ground to help the water seep into the ground instead of rolling off into the Adobe Falls creek. Dr. Frost pointed out that in 1960 when the I-8 freeway was built, that is what changed the path of the Adobe Falls Creek. Virtually all of the area in the Adobe Falls Canyon is compacted from the freeway construction.
Rachel commented that Del Cerro has a real asset as does SDSU in Dr. Frost. Rachel welcomed input from the community regarding Adobe Falls.
Community Business
The DCAC was asked to again look into the possibility:
1) Reinstalling the No U Turn sign in the median at Del Cerro Blvd. and Marne
2) Can the red curb by the mail box be painted white to legally allow a car to stop by the mailbox to mail a letter.
3) Can the property owners of the Windmill Shopping Center designate a pathway for pedestrians walking up from Del Cerro Blvd. and/or Madra Ave. into the shopping center. This will definitely improve safety for everyone walking to the Windmill Shopping Center.
4) David Ege, Manager of the San Carlos Library encouraged everyone to check our website at . David also reported that the County received a report in April from the environmental testing agency hired to test the soil for the new library site, that the area for the new library is clean. We are waiting for the County to adopt the report so we can finally move forward.
Next Meeting – Monday, October 22, 7 pm at Temple Emanu-El
The meeting was adjourned at 8:23 pm.

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DCAC Meets MONDAY, October 22 – Meet Dr. Adela de la Torre, President of SDSU

Good Morning Del Cerro! A quick reminder that the Del Cerro Action Council is meeting MONDAY, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El. This will be an opportunity to meet Adela de la Torre, the new President of SDSU, and to learn about her vision for SDSU. This is not a discussion of the two ballot measures relating to the “Qualcomm” property.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night at Temple Emanu-El.

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Kiwanis Club Pancake Breakfast and Rummage Sale – September 8th and 9th at the Allied Gardens Recreation Center – Sponsored by the Grantville/Allied Gardens Kiwanis Club

Good morning Del Cerro:

On Saturday, September 8th, the Grantville/Allied Gardens Kiwanis Club is holding a fundraising rummage sale and pancake breakfast at the Allied Gardens Recreation Center beginning at 8:00 a.m. The will also be serving the pancake breakfast on Sunday, September 9th beginning at 8:00 a.m. Here is a link Pancake Breakfast September 8th & 9th to the flyer with all the information. The Grantville/Allied Gardens Kiwanis Club contributes a tremendous amount of community service to the Navajo Community. Come out and support the club and their community service projects.

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