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