Follow up to SD Fire-Rescue Assistant Chief Kelly Zombro’s presentation at the October NCPI meeting

Chief Zombro began his presentation with a video about projecting our homes from wildland and canyon fires. Here is the link. The video was initially produced for viewing at the Visitor Center at Mission Trails Regional Park and features San Carlos residents Chief Kelly Zombro and earthquake and wildland fire expert Dr. Pat Abbott.
Throughout his presentation, Chief Zombro emphasized the need to be prepared whether you live on the rim of a canyon or miles away; embers can travel five miles or more. The chief also recommended everyone read the ““Ready Set, Go” pamphlet on the city’s website. BE PREPARED AND STAY SAFE!

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Deputy Fire Chief Kelly Zombro to speak at NCPI tonight (Oct. 9) regarding preparing for wildland canyon fires

Good morning Del Cerro:

San Diego Fire-Rescue Deputy Fire Chief Kelly Zombro, a San Carlos resident, is a national authority on fighting wildland and canyon fires. He will be the guest speaker at tonight’s (Oct 9) Navajo Community Planners Inc. meeting which will begin at 6:30 at the East San Diego Masonic Lodge located at 7849 Tommy Drive in San Carlos. Wildland and canyon fire season is upon us. The Santa Ana winds forecast for the next couple of days and the possibility of SDG&E shutting down electricity in parts of east county as a safety precaution is a wake-up call for all of us. We all need to be prepared in case there is a major fire in one of the many canyons in the Navajo Community. Remember, it is not just homes bordering our canyons that are at risk; embers can be blown in excess of 4 miles.

Chief Kelly was instrumental in the production of the video on canyon fires that is shown at the Mission Trails Visitor Center. Tonight, Wednesday, October 9, he will be speaking about the dangers of wildland canyon fires and what we, as homeowners, need to do to prepare for a canyon fire in the Navajo Community. Prior to joining the City of San Diego’s Fire-Rescue Department, he was a Deputy Fire Chief for Cal Fire and managed Cal Fire operations for all of San Diego County. This is a subject that should be very important to all of us!

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Minutes of the Del Cerro Action Council meeting of July 25, 2019

Minutes of the July 25th, Del Cerro Action Council Quarterly meeting

The July 25th meeting of the Del Cerro Action Council (DCAC) was called to order at 7:05 by DCAC president Mark Rawlins.
Police Update – San Diego Police Department Community Relations Officer John Steffen reported there had been 2 violent crimes by the hotel/motel on Adobe Falls Road and 1 property crime in our area in over the past month. There were also 3 vehicle thefts, 1 car break-in and 1 home burglary. He also reported on the home invasion/homicide on Lake Shore that occurred the previous week.
San Diego State University Police Corporal Peterson reported orientation is on-going for incoming freshman and will continue orientation until school begins on August 28th.
SDSU Update – Corporal Peterson also reported on SDSU property at Adobe Falls. There were only 3 reported trespasses and in the same two month time period in 2018, there were 29. SDSU police conducted 23 pro active patrols in the area of Adobe Falls in the past two months.
Rachael Gregg, the Director of Government and Community Relations for SDSU, reported there will be an update on SDSU West this Saturday from 9-11 and the public is invited. She also stated SDSU has been conducting public workshops regarding the river park on the SDSU West property.

President’s Report – Mark Rawlins Presidents spoke on the status of the proposed Del Cerro Maintenance Assessment District. The City has turned the switch back on to move forward. There are several communities slotted to go before us. The Friends of Del Cerro, the group proposing the MAD will need a petition gathering effort which will require 30% of the property owners to sign. When the City approves the petition, this will allow for a vote by all the property owners to vote for or against the formation of a MAD for Del Cerro. The petition gathering effort is to begin on or before September 30.

Elected Officials Reports
Congresswoman Susan Davis – Ashley Campbell, the Senior Community Representative/District Scheduler for the congresswoman introduced herself and urged anyone with a federal concern to contact her at 619.280.5353 or email her at ASHLEY.CAMPBELL@MAIL.HOUSE.GOV

Councilmember Scott Sherman – Roarke Shanley, the Council Rep for Del Cerro invited everyone to attend a meeting at the Allied Gardens Benjamin Library on July 30, from 5-7 pm to learn more about the smart street light programs. It will be tracking pedestrian and automobile traffic. There will be a presentation on how privacy is being protected.
Roarke stated Councilmember Sherman supported the added flexibility for the mixed use community code update. This is an effort to get rid of those empty stores The newsletter is out for more details on the smart lights.
Roarke was asked about the increased traffic in the area with the proposed redevelopment of additional housing in Grantville and SDSU West. There was also concern from those attending the DCAC meeting about the ½ from a transit stop and that there are very limited requirements for parking.
He was also asked about Adobe Falls and can it be developed in one form or another in conjunctions with SDSU West. He responded that President de la Torre has stated it does not make sense to turn this area in to something that will draw people. That would change the neighborhood.
Roarke was also asked to check on the status of the open space at end of Duane on the top of Del Cerro.

Program – Roberto Garcia, with the 2020 US Census gave a report on the upcoming census. He emphasized the importance of everyone responding because in how districts for elected officials are determined and how much state and federal money is received. He stated “We need to know who is here.” You will be able to go online to complete your census form and only 1% of the population will receive a personal visit from a census worker. Through the Internet, or phone, paper form or in person, everyone will be contacted. The census will handle in 12 languages. We will be partnering with libraries and other sites with kiosks to complete the census on-lline via on-line. April 1 will be the official kick-off. We want to count 50% by April 1 P 2020 of responses. It is our civic duty.”
Paper version will be in English and Spanish only. In a census track where 20% or more speaks Spanish, the census will be available in Spanish. If more people from other ethnicities respond, it may be in in different languages in the future. Legally, the contents of a census cannot be accessed for 73 years. Your information is protected for 73 years. There are very severe penalties for any information leaks.
2020 Census Jobs. The movement is the biggest mobilization in the time of peace. The 2020 Census will be hiring and will have 3 offices in San Diego County. Most of the work will be from home. Enumerators will be paid $25 per hour. We are looking for individuals at all levels. Pay is $20 to $27.50 per hour. You must be 18 or over and have a valid email address.
Timeline – Census offices open on Sept. 1st. They are hiring right now. They work with United Way and 150 nonprofit organizations speaking to people one to one. 15 of 18 cities in SD County will be helping us support the Census count. California needs to receive its fair share of state and federal funds. If the census count California is less than the actual population, dollars often go to other states. Let’s keep as much as we can.
After the census 2020 census staff would like make this presentation to all groups.
Any person can request their own census profile.
There are only 10 questions. Name, age, ethnicity, own or rent home. There is a long form. American Community Survey (ACS)
Jobs are temporary from 4 months to 2 years and can be part or full time.

Next Meeting – The next DCAC meeting will be October 24, 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El. The All Peoples Church is scheduled to provide an update on their project as it works through the city planning department. They also plan to hold a community update meeting after they receive the second Cycles Report from the City. The website for the All Peoples Church is

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Agenda for Del Cerro Action Council – July 25, 2019 – 7:00 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El

Del Cerro Action Council Agenda July 25, 2019

1. Call meeting to Order

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Approval of July Agenda

4. Approval of the April 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, Council Representative for Del Cerro
• Congresswoman Susan Davis Representative

8. Main Topics:
• Guess Speaker: Mr. Roberto Garcia, 2020 Census information

9. Old Business

10. New Business

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

12. Adjourn

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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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