Planners to vote on All People’s Church
At it’s Nov. 11 meeting, the Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) will take action on the proposed All Peoples Church project off College Avenue in Del Cerro. The NCPI board is encouraging local residents interested in commenting on the project to attend.
The action taken by the NCPI board will be whether or not to approve the project. Because planning boards are only advisory in nature, the city could still grant approval to the church. If the city denies the project, the land property will remain zoned for single-family housing. A previous housing project for that property was approved by the city but the property owners ultimately sold the land to All Peoples Church.
The NCPI meeting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Visit www.navajoplanners.org to request access to the meeting. To view updated plans of the proposed church project, visit bit.ly/34ytmwy. To submit questions or comments on the project to the NCPI board, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council news
Our Sept. 22 Town Hall Meeting was devoted to the interview of our candidates for the Council District 7 seat. We conducted the meeting by way of Zoom and were pleased by the attendance of 52 members of our community.
Candidates Raul Campillo and Noli Zosa each had 90 seconds to respond to each of the questions posed by our panel and time to present their qualifications for the office. Using that format we grilled the candidates for over an hour and a quarter regarding their views on handling the homeless population, increases in residential density, and other matters of interest to our community. All of the questions were based on the concerns the public posted on our website in anticipation of the event.
The candidates held up well. The balance and forthrightness of their responses was remarkable; Allied Gardens and Grantville will be well represented in the City Council.
We recorded the meeting. You can listen to it at our website, aggccouncil.org, by clicking on “Community Resources” and then “District 7 Voters” and then “Candidate Forum Recording.” In addition to questions you posted in advance of the meeting, those in attendance made additional inquiries by way of chat during the meeting. We will try to get those questions to the candidates and we will add their responses on the “District 7 Voters” page.
As of the drafting of this article the AGGCC has used the Zoom application to conduct four Board of Directors meetings and two Town Hall Meetings. I have joined at least a half-dozen meetings of various organizations with more coming. While I miss the pre/post-meeting snoozing, I have avoided at least six hours of commute to and from the meetings (as well as the requirement to get into something other than my pajama bottoms). The use of Zoom has not diminished my experience. Rather, I observed increased public participation. We would like to hear from you regarding the proposition than we continue the on-line meetings even after the pandemic is resolved. Post your thoughts at the website on the “Contact Us” page.
We hope to continue to hear from you regarding participation in the SDG&E Box Painting project. Perhaps you would like to sponsor a box by coming up with a design and contributing to the cost of the paint. Reach us through the website by following “Community Projects” to “Urban Box Art” to the “Urban Box Art Nomination Form.”
Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) will next meet by Zoom on Wednesday, Oct. 14. This organization deals with important land use and development issues for the communities of Allied Gardens, Grantville, San Carlos, and Del Cerro.
At monthly meetings of the AGGCC Board of Directors the community designs and implements important projects. Use the “Contact Us” page at aggccouncil.org to let us know how you can support our neighborhood. We next meet on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m. by Zoom.
—By Shain Haug, president of the Allied Gardens Grantville Community Council.
San Carlos Area Council news
Whew, what a summer. Blistering heat, virulent wildfires, rolling energy black-outs, a pandemic that nothing seems to curtail. But it’s not all bad news — the Padres made it into the Playoffs for the first time in 14 years; our San Diego Loyal soccer team is walking the walk against homophobia and racism; and El Cajon’s Taylor Guitars reported an enormous uptick in sales. That means more people are now making music.
As for San Carlos, our Eastern Division Police Department just announced that they are now able to conduct and participate in virtual meetings beginning Oct. 1. As per an announcement on Nextdoor, “If you are interested in setting up a meeting with your Community Relations Officers to discuss current events, crime trends, crime prevention and education, Neighborhood Watch, Community Council meetings, or anything else, please reach out to Officer Steffen, Community Relations Officer for Grantville, Allied Gardens, Del Cerro, Lake Murray, San Carlos, College West and College East.” You can reach him at email@example.com or by telephone at 858-495-7971.
If you have not yet filled out your Census 2020 forms, please do it. It took me two minutes. The census population count determines how many representatives each state will have in Congress for the next 10 years, and how much federal funding our communities will receive for roads, schools, housing and social programs. Each man, woman and child counts for about $1,250. Really, it’s a no-brainer. How many of us have noticed the condition of Navajo Road with its unending potholes? So please, if you haven’t done it yet, take two minutes and fill out the census. On the web go to my2020census.gov or call 844-330-2020 to perform your civic duty.
Mayoral candidate Barbara Bry came to visit the San Carlos community about a month ago. Her team created a video from that day. You can see it here fb.watch/TqljyWBu6.
SCAC meetings are now on hiatus until further notice. If you have a San Carlos story to share, please contact San Carlos Area Council VP Patricia Mooney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And as always, please stay safe, San Carlos.
—By Patricia Mooney, vice president of the San Carlos Area Council.
Del Cerro Action Council news
On Sept. 23, the three community councils in our Navajo Community held a very successful Zoom candidate forum for the two mayoral candidates: Todd Gloria and Barbara Bry. The forum was moderated by Jeff Clemetson, the editor of the Mission Times Courier. Each candidate presented their position on a number of matters which are now, and will be impacting the City of San Diego. They also strongly stated why they wanted to be mayor of our city. The Zoom forum was recorded and there is a link on the Del Cerro Action Council website: delcerroactioncouncil.org. Thank you to everyone who submitted their questions for the candidates.
The next quarterly Del Cerro Action Council meeting will be on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. The meeting will again be via Zoom. The link for attending this Zoom meeting will be posted on Monday, Oct. 19 on the Del Cerro Action Council home page: delcerroactioncouncil.org.
The All Peoples Church has submitted their third response to the city’s planning department and is waiting for the city’s response on what should be the city’s final cycles report. The All Peoples Church is planning on providing an update for us at our Oct. 22 meeting. The church staff has also met with the residents whose property borders the church property and there is an agreement with the property owners for the church to construct a property line wall where appropriate.
Please join us on for our Zoom meeting on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m.
— By Jay Wilson, secretary of the Del Cerro Action Council.