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News from the San Carlos Area Council

By Mickey Zeichick

Meetings roundup

The next meeting of the San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) will be Wednesday, March 1 at 6 p.m. at the San Carlos Branch Library at 7265 Jackson Drive.

Our meetings are open to the public and our speaker will be Emma Santer, development specialist at the San Diego office of the March of Dimes.

The March of Dimes works to help ensure all babies are born healthy. Their mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Navajo Community Planners Inc. (NCPI): The annual elections for representatives from the Allied Gardens, Del Cerro, Grantville, and San Carlos areas will be held on March 8, at Tifereth Israel Synagogue. Voting registration begins at 6 p.m. and the general meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

At the Feb. 8 NCPI meeting, the Community Plan recommendations for the Cowles Mountain area, Lake Murray area, Mission Gorge area, and the future conditions within Cowles Mountain were addressed.

The Kaiser Permanente Zion Medical Center Sign Project (No. 525006) was also discussed. If you would like to get a copy of the information package submitted to the city, email me and I will email it to you. Some Kaiser Permanente Departments are scheduled to move to the new San Diego Medical Center at 9455 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. in April. Please check kp.org/facilities for the latest updated information.

Fourth of July festival

The July 4th Fireworks and MusicFest celebration is asking for donations and sponsors, if you wish to make a financial donation to this 501(c)(3) organization, please make your check payable to “Lake Murray Fireworks” and send it to:

Lake Murray Fireworks

C/O SCAC

Attn: Tracy Dahlkamp

PO Box 19246

San Diego, CA  92159

Neighborhood happenings

Lots of construction activity at the Orchard Hardware/L A Fitness center. I have not had confirmation on what is being built there. I also do not know what is happening with the former Blockbuster store site, but stay tuned to this column for updates as I get them. Jack in the Box (on Lake Murray Boulevard on the cusp of La Mesa and San Carlos) has moved a few hundred feet south of the home it enjoyed for many decades. It has a new and more upscale look!

Frequent guests

I received some emails from folks who are new to attending our SCAC bi-monthly meetings and were pleasantly surprised at the variety of subjects brought forth and discussed as well as the variety of governmental officials who send a representative to participate in our meetings. Typically, they are:

San Carlos Branch Library — David Ege, Branch Manager

Magnolia Science Academy — Principal Gokhan Serce

Navajo Community Planners, Inc. — Dan Northcutt, San Carlos Representative

Allied Gardens and San Carlos Recreation Councils — Terry Cords

Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation — Jay Wilson

San Diego Police Department — CRO John Steffen

San Diego Police Department — Battalion Chief Yamoney or Lt. Jeff Jordan

City Attorney Mara Elliott’s office — Jeff Burke

Rep. Susan Davis’ office — Lee Steuer

State Senator Toni Atkins’ office — Myrna Zambrano

State Assembly Dist. 77 representative Brian Maienschein’s office — Rob Knudsen

State Assembly Dist. 79 representative Dr. Shirley Weber’s office — Lee Hernandez

County Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s office — Victoria Floyd

Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s office — Darnisha Hunter

City Councilman Scott Sherman’s office — Liz Saidkhanian

Aging services

When you don’t know where to turn, you can turn to Aging & Independence Services at 800-510-2020. Whether the need is for assessment, service referrals, or follow-up, with just one phone call, you or a loved one can receive help for: seniors, disabled adults, abused adults, and those requiring home-based care to prevent institutionalization.

As a public agency, they provide comprehensive information and impartial assistance free of charge to county residents. Since 1974, people have been turning to Aging & Independence services, you can too.

—Mickey Zeichick is president of the San Carlos Area Council. To be added to the Interested Persons List or to reach her for questions, email mrzeichick@gmail.com.

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