By Jay Wilson
On Thursday, April 25, the quarterly meeting of the Del Cerro Action Council (DCAC) will be held at 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El.
We will have two significant presentations. The first will be by Johnnie Perkins, the deputy chief operating officer of Public Works & Infrastructure for the city of San Diego. In December, I attended the San Carlos Area Council meeting to hear Mr. Perkins give a very thorough presentation on the city’s new Pure Water (treating sewage into potable water) program. Mr. Perkins will be narrating a very informative PowerPoint presentation. Construction of the Pure Water treatment facility is scheduled to be completed in 2023 and will significantly increase the amount of potable water produced in San Diego. This is a significant step in reducing the amount of water currently pumped into San Diego from Northern California and the Colorado River that when purified, provides over 80% of our potable water.
The second presentation will be by the staff from the Atlantis Group, the land use firm hired by the All Peoples Church. This will be the first time we are to see a rendering of the proposed building. At one point, there was a video of the project on the All Peoples Church website which showed a sanctuary for up to 900 people and 10 to 12 classrooms. It is quite a structure and is to be located at the southern end of the property with a 300-space, lighted parking lot starting below the Chevron Service Station.
On April 5, Councilmember Scott Sherman; SDSU President Adela de la Torre and staff; SDSU students affiliated with SDSU’s Homeland Security Master Program; students affiliated with SDSU’s Capstone Program, which is focusing on crime and safety in Del Cerro; members of the Friends of Del Cerro board of directors; and myself, representing DCAC and the Navajo Community Planners, joined SDSU Professor Dr. Eric Frost for a thorough two-hour tour of the entire Adobe Falls area. This was Dr. de la Torre’s first visit to Adobe Falls, and she is the first SDSU president to visit Adobe Falls.
The purpose of the tour was to provide Dr. de la Torre a first-hand look and understanding of the challenges facing SDSU, Caltrans, the individual homeowners and residents of the residential Smoke Tree complex. Dr. de la Torre and Councilmember Sherman pledged to work together and with all entities involved with Adobe Falls and the surrounding area to seek solutions to the issues.
Mark Rawlins, the chair of the Del Cerro Action Council, reminds everyone again to join us on Thursday, April 25, for the quarterly DCAC meeting at Temple Emanu-El at 7 p.m. For more information, visit delcerroactioncouncil.org.
— Jay Wilson is secretary of the Del Cerro Action Council.