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News from the Del Cerro Action Council – Aug. 19

By Jay Wilson

At the quarterly DCAC meeting, John Steffen, the Police Community Relations Officer (CRO) for the Navajo Area, reported two residential burglaries in Del Cerro and several car prowls. Officer Steffen emphasized that car prowls are crimes of opportunity – valuables left in plain sight and unlocked doors.

He stressed to report something that does not look right. For an emergency, call 911. For a non-threatening matter, call 619-531-2000. To contact CRO Steffen, email JMSteffen@pd.sandiego.gov or call 858-495-7971.

Liz Saidkhanian, the director of outreach for Councilmember Sherman’s office, provided an update on several local matters. The city recently met with SDSU, SDPD and Regional Water Quality Control Board regarding Adobe Falls. They are investigating all options. Our office is scheduling a meeting between the SDPD and the City Attorney’s office to determine other options for securing the entrance off of Adobe Falls Road and how to ticket trespassers.

Sherman’s office will be meeting with the City Attorney’s office to discuss the transient issue near Chaparral Canyon. If you have information of people rummaging through recycling bins, please contact Saidkhanian ESaidkhanian@sandiego.gov or 619-236-6677. Councilmember Sherman’s office wants to work with the city’s Code Enforcement to cite individuals scavenging through recycle containers on trash day.

The SDG&E project on Airoso will be wrapping up in August and the remainder of Airoso will be repaved.

The city is continuing to negotiate with SDG&E on how the Del Cerro Boulevard median will be re-vegetated.

Julio DeGuzman with the City Attorney’s Criminal Division gave a brief overview of the department, which deals with misdemeanors – a crime that receives less than one year in county jail. A felony is a crime in excess of $900. A sentence of one year and a day is a felony.

Nicole Borunda, the Community Relations Manager for SDSU reported on Adobe Falls. The fence at Mill Peak Road, to deter people from entering Adobe Falls from this area, is being installed and should be completed by the end of August. The fencing is quarter-inch chain link and will be 8 feet tall. SDSU is working with Caltrans to determine the best way to prevent individuals from entering Adobe Falls from the tunnel. Reach Borunda at 619-594-2078 or nborunda@mail.sdsu.edu.

Lt. Ron Brussard with the SDSU Police Department gave a report as well. Since June 1, there have been 141 checks at Adobe Falls. SDSU police responded to 56 calls for service and issued 60 citations to students and non-students, mostly marijuana or other drugs. SDSU police impounded a car and made one arrest. To reach the SDSU Police Dispatch Office, call 619-594-1991.

The DCAC has formed an Adobe Falls citizens subcommittee. You can email the committee with your input to AdobeFallsDelCerro@cox.net. Your email address will not be published.

During public comment, Stu Joseph, representing the Del Cerro Taxpayers Association, spoke on why their organization, the Del Cerro Tax Payers Association, is against a Del Cerro Maintenance Assessment District and they are collecting signatures on a petition to oppose the measure. The DCAC has not taken a position on this matter and will have a public meeting when all the information about the proposed MAD is available. The city requires two public meetings and a vote of the property owners to implement a MAD.

For more information, visit the Del Cerro Action Council website at delcerroactioncouncil.org.

—Jay Wilson is secretary of the Del Cerro Action Council. Reach him at jwilson@mtrp.org.

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