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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Aerial Photos & Video of the Adobe Falls Canyon Fire

Following the “Adobe Falls Fire, Kevin Powers, a grad student at SDSU, in Dr. Eric Frost’s Homeland Security program flew the SDSU and adjoining property with a drone. Here is the link to the photos and video. Both the City of San Diego Open Space Division of the Park and Recreation Department and the Environmental Health and Safety Department of SDSU are in the process of developing plans to revegetate their respective property. This will begin after the endangered species nesting season which ends September 15.

There will be an update from Rachel Gregg, the Director of Government and Community Relations for SDSU, at this evening’s (Thursday, July 26) DCAC meeting – 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El.

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Del Cerro Action Council Agenda – July 26, 2018 & Minutes of April 26, 2018

Del Cerro Action Council Agenda July 26, 2018 – 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El

1. Call meeting to Order
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Approval of April 26th Agenda
4. Approval of the April 26th DCAC General Meeting Minutes
(posted at
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 & Appointed Officials Report:
• Councilmember Scott Sherman: Liz Saidkhanian, Council Representative for Del Cerro
• Congresswoman Susan Davis: Community Representative Jonathan Clark
8. Main Topics:
• Update on the All Peoples Church & Marcela Escobar-Eck & Kristen Byrne- Principals with the Atlantis Group and
Pastor Robert Herber
• Rachel Gregg, Community Relations Manager for SDSU
Restoration of SDSU property that was burned in the Adobe Falls fire
Installation of the storm drain gate on the SDSU side
Invitation to new SDSU president to update the DCAC
9. Public Comment – Members of the public may speak for 2 minutes on an item not on the April 26 DCAC Agenda
10. Old Business
11. New Business
12. Next Meeting – October meeting date may be changed to accommodate the schedule of an SDSU update by the new president of SDSU
13. Adjourn

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Del Cerro Action Council Minutes from the April 26th meeting
The April 26th meeting of the Del Cerro Action Council (DCAC) was called to order by Vice Chair Anita Colmie at 7:05 at Temple Emanu-El.

The minutes of the January 25th meeting were approved unanimously as was the agenda for the April 26th meeting.
City of San Diego and SDSU Police Reports:
City of San Diego Community Police Officer John Steffen gave a report and stated there were no violent crimes over the past month. There were 9 property crimes and 7 were vehicle break-ins. Again the majority of the vehicle break-ins were the result of valuables left in plain sight. He reminded everyone to double check that no valuables are left in plain sight and to remove your garage door opener if the car is not left in your garage. Officer Steffen also announced that Saturday, April 28 is Nation Prescription Drug Take-Back day. You may drop off left-over drugs at the Eastern Division Police Station between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. – the station is at 9225 Aero Drive. His last item was regarding homeless concerns. He recommended to report homeless concerns to use the city’s Get It Done app. It is free to download and there is an Apple and Android version.
Corporal Mark Peterson, the SDSU Police Community Resource Officer informed us that graduation for SDSU will be May 11, 12 & 13. This will generate a high volume of traffic for eastbound traffic exiting on College Avenue during those three days. SDSU has hired Charles Kay as the new police chief for SDSU. He was formerly with the City of San Diego Police Department. Over the past 3 months there have been 92 incidents at Adobe Falls. 42 of the 92 were pro-active responses SDSU police officer.
DCAC Officers Reports: Mark Rawlins, the Chair of DCAC was out of the country. There were no reports from the Vice Chair or Treasurer.
Elected & Appointed Officials Report:

Liz Saidkhanian, our Council Representative for Councilmember Scott Sherman was not able to attend. She provided an update on the Rancho Mission Park Playground. The construction bids were opened this month. The contract should be awarded in July or August. Construction is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2018 and should be completed in the fall of 2019.

Jonathan Clark is the Community Representative for Congresswoman Susan Davis: He reported Congresswoman Davis has been working on new FAA regulations regarding drones; particularly making it a crime for an unauthorized drone to fly into areas such as wildland fires as this has grounded water drop airplanes. She is also working with the Navy to have them look into the sewage spill concerns with the Tijuana River as the Navy is planning on a new one-billion dollar expansion of the Navy Seal facility on the Silver Strand. The concern is the sewage run-off into the ocean may be detrimental to Navy Seal exercises. On Saturday, April 21, the Congresswoman participated in a public forum on North Korea which was held at SDSU.

Rachel Gregg, Community Relations Manager for SDSU announced that SDSU has hired a new president – Adela de la Torre. She will assume her duties on June 28. Rachael also announced that the Chancellor of the California State University System has announced there will be no tuition increases for the 2018/2019 school year. The SDSU Master Plan Update is scheduled to go to the trustees for approval in the next several months. Rachael again offered to give a tour of SDSU to anyone. You may reach her a

ColRich Housing Project now All Peoples Church:
Executive Pastor Kendall Laughlin from the All Peoples Church and Marcela Escober-Eck, a Principal with the Atlantis Group land planning firm gave an update on the new plan for the former ColRich housing development south of the Chevron Service Station. ColRich elected to sell the property rather than move forward with the housing project, even though it was fully approved by the City of San Diego.

The church and the Atlantis Group are working with the city to determine the best course of action in how to move forward with a new land designation. They hope to go to Navajo Community Planners, Inc. within a month or two and they will keep us updated as well as they move forward.

Marcela stated they are all aware of the traffic concerns and they are going to diligently work with the city to see if there is any alternative to an ingress/egress off of College Avenue. She further stated that there will not be any daycare or school type activities at the church. It will primarily be Sunday services. She also emphasized the church will be aesthetically pleasing with respect to the single family homes adjacent to their property.
Pastor Laughlin reiterated that Sunday will be the primary day. The congregation, including children is about 1,100. They currently hold 3 services on Sunday morning. The initial plan is to have a church that would hold up to 500 people. Pastor Robert Herber, who leads the congregation also introduced himself and emphasized they want to be very good neighbors and a positive member of the community.

Montgomery-Gibbs Airport Master Plan Update
The City of San Diego is currently engaged in a master plan update for the airport. In addition to upgrades of the physical plant; expanded hanger space, increased tie-downs and the tower, additional landing space is being proposed for the main runway. The runway is not being lengthened, but the point of where planes may touch down is to be lengthened by up to 1,176 feet. This will certainly generate more air traffic.

Montgomery-Gibbs Airport Expansion Update
Joe Regan, a Del Cerro resident and former military and commercial pilot has been following the plan as it moves forward and has attended several of the community input meetings. He gave a presentation on the proposed expansion.
Currently, the proposed changes to the approach to Runway 28 (the one used to land from the east and which puts the planes directly over Lake Murray, Del Cerro and Allied Gardens) would be lowered by 60 feet. Joe’s proposal for any aircraft heavier larger than a King Air 200. A classic airplane. Any plane larger than that and all turbine (jet) aircraft 28R is not grooved (it could easily be done and this basically makes landings safer as it allows water to dissipate water to eliminate hydroplaning.
Heavy airplanes of any kind, including jests, must be established on the LIS (Instrument Landing System) Localizer and guide slope at point PENNY where a plane begins is glide slope) from which they are allowed to execute the visual landing and approach as cleared. There can be no training flights doing practice approaches to this airport.
Joe concluded by stating we need airplane noise monitors in Del Cerro. Information will be posted on the DCAC website as it becomes available.

Other Business
Water Bills – There is an update on the DCAC website from Brent Eidson, the Deputy Director of External Affairs for the City of San Diego’s Public Utilities Department regarding the increased water bills and what is being done by the city and what residents can do.

At the request of residents, the DCAC is requesting the city evaluate the intersection of Del Cerro Blvd. and Marne for posting a NO U-Turn sign for east bound traffic on Del Cerro Blvd. at this intersection.

The DCAC will also contact the property manager for the Windmill Farms Shopping Center to provide a safer pathway for walking customers using the driveway entrance from Del Cerro Blvd. at Marne.
The next meeting of the DCAC will be on Thursday, July 26, 7PM at Temple Emanu-El.

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City Park Master Plan Summer Workshops

Hello Del Cerro: The following information is from Steve Haupt, a friend of mine, and a District Manager for the Park and Recreation Department. This is important information that will impact future generations in San Diego. Please take the time to read through this information and get involved; either through a workshop or on-line. Thank you, Jay Wilson – DCAC Secretary
The City of San Diego is in the process of developing their Park Master Plan. Part of the process is public outreach. One way this is being accomplished is through a number of workshops throughout the city during the summer.

The City of San Diego is embarking upon a citywide Parks Master Plan which is a three-year planning effort to shape our future parks, recreation facilities and programs for the next 20 to 30 years.
The Work Plan for the Parks Master Plan outlines the goals, what we will study, the project schedule and our public outreach. This Work Plan is available on the project website and has been provided to you as a handout. The Parks Master Plan will be the City’s road map for creating a world class parks and recreation system. It will be relevant to changing needs, make parks accessible to all community members, and celebrate the unique qualities of San Diego.

Park System Today
Our park system today is managed by the Parks and Recreation Department and it includes approximately 42,000 acres.
• This acreage includes 27,000 acres of city owned open space parks,
• 6,000 water acres in the La Jolla underwater park,
• 6,000 acres of regional parks, shoreline parks and beaches, and
• 3,000 acres of community and neighborhood parks
• It also includes 57 recreation centers
• 13 aquatic complexes
• 17 off leash dog parks
• 3 golf complexes, Torrey Pines, Mission Bay and Balboa golf course
• And 7 skate parks including the newly built Linda Vista Skate Park

Why is the Parks Master Plan needed?
The City’s last Parks Master Plan was competed in the late 50’s. In the past 60 years, changes in recreational trends and demographics have reshaped our City’s parks and recreational needs.
There are 52 community planning areas and many of these communities are built out with little land left for traditional parks. Many of these communities were built prior to the current park service levels the city requires today and therefore we do not have an equitable balance of recreational resources across the city.
Not only is it difficult to find park land, but land is very expensive to acquire. And yet the Parks and Recreation Department manages over 42, 000 acres of parkland and only a small percentage of this land is used for population-based community and neighborhood park needs. Therefore; we need to study how all city owned land is used for our recreation needs. This effort would provide the criteria and use of park equivalencies.
Our funding sources for parks and programs relies on funding such as Grants, Impact Fees and Regional Park funds and we know from experience that this funding does not fully provide what is needed to maintain our existing park system and build new park facilities. New funding sources need to be identified along with an implementation plan.

General Plan Project Goals
The 2008 General Plan states in the Recreation Element that a Parks Master Plan is needed and should:
• Build on the existing parks system
• Achieve an equitable balance of recreational resources
• Adapt to future needs
• Keep pace with population growth
Parks Master Plan Goals
The Parks Master Plan will provide the city with a policy document that will:
1. Guide future acquisition, design and construction of recreational facilities
2. Address park deficits to create equity in all communities
3. Identify new definitions for what a park is
4. Promote connectivity to parks and recreation facilities
5. Identify implementation strategies and funding options
The Parks Master Plan is a three year planning effort. It will have four planning phases:
• Phase 1 will be the research of existing conditions,
• Phase 2 will be to obtain needs and priorities,
• Phase 3 will be to create a Parks Master Plan vision and goals
• Phase 4 will be to develop funding opportunities, an implementation plan and the preparation and approval of the Parks Master Plan

Public Outreach
One of the most important steps in this planning effort is understanding the public’s recreational needs and priorities. Over the next three years we will reach out to the public through surveys, regional workshops, stakeholder meetings, and online activities on the project website.

Special Considerations
Because our city is so big and diverse, our public outreach will incorporate special considerations to assure all residents have an opportunity to participate. These considerations include:
• Using clear language that is understandable.
• Workshop facilities will be accessible to all and located in different regions of the city.
• In communities with minority populations and/or low-income populations, the project team will partner with community-based organizations for assistance with communication to these community members and to encourage participation in the planning effort.
• Spanish speaking facilitators will be present for workshops
Website and Surveys
The project website, was launched at the beginning of the year. You can use the website to view project documents and presentations, dates for upcoming events including the Regional Workshops this summer and participate in online engagement activities.

Regional Workshops
Regional workshops will be held in each of the nine Council Districts and Downtown San Diego, these workshops will be scheduled this summer. Dates and locations to be determined. (Here is a link to the flyer listing all the summer workshops)Parks_Master_Plan_Meeting_Flyer_V4

Workshops will be open house 2-hour sessions where members of the public will be presented an overview of the PMP process, a summary of the existing conditions and interactive topic stations designed to gain input from the community on needs and priorities.
Tables with laptops or tablets will also be available enabling participants to complete an online engagement activity in a variety of languages.

How you can be involved
As park advisory bodies for the City, your involvement in the Parks Master Plan is critical to our success. Please stay involved in this project. The first step is for all of you to go to the website and go to the tab “Get Connected” to join the PMP mailing list. You will then be notified of upcoming workshops, milestones and online engagement activities. Please also spread the word to your constituents and members of the public about the upcoming workshops and activities.

Thank you for your time, this is a very important project for the City and we value your participation.

Steve Haupt
District Manager
City of San Diego
Parks and Recreation Department

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