News from the Del Cerro Action Council

By Jay Wilson

Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Del Cerro resident Kathryn Symington for being named “Teacher of the Year” at Carmel Del Mar Elementary School.

“This is my 15th year of teaching. I have taught grades K-5 at various points in my career, teaching first grade at CDM for eight years,” Symington said. “I absolutely love teaching first grade. It is my mission to instill a love for lifelong learning.”

Del Cerro history

About 15 years ago, the history of Allied Gardens was assembled and could be viewed each year at SpringFest. Earlier this year a project to record the history of San Carlos was undertaken.

Several gatherings were held at the San Carlos Library where residents were encouraged to bring in memorabilia of San Carlos so it could be photographed or scanned.

Now Bonnie Kenk has undertaken the task of assembling the history of Del Cerro. She is requesting that anyone who has items or information that may help develop a historical document of Del Cerro to contact her at

Photographs, news articles, recordings, Del Cerro Little League programs, or perhaps information about the first homes in Del Cerro. Anything you believe should be a part of the history of Del Cerro. Write down something you think will add to the history of Del Cerro and email it to Kenk.

Does anyone have a grocery bag from the first market in Del Cerro? This an exciting and very worthwhile project and Kenk is to be commended for taking on this challenge.

NCPI board

There is an open seat for Del Cerro on the board of the Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) — one of many planning groups in the city of San Diego. Community planning groups are citizen organizations that form to advise the city on land use-based community goals and development proposals.

Community planning groups are established in conformance with city policies and are “recognized” to provide official recommendations to the city. The Navajo Community is comprised of the neighborhoods of Allied Gardens, Del Cerro, Grantville, and San Carlos.

NCPI meets on the second Wednesday of the month. Most of these monthly meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. and are held at Tifereth Israel Synagogue in San Carlos. However, for the month of April, NCPI will meet at the East San Diego Masonic Temple at 7849 Tommy Drive. Check out the NCPI website at

Median woes

SDG&E is responsible for replanting and maintaining the medians they impacted while installing a new natural gas line — primarily the Del Cerro Boulevard median. One Del Cerro resident brought a 4-foot weed to the Allied Gardens Recreation Council just to show everyone what was going on.

The Del Cerro Action Council (DCAC) understands that SDG&E has begun work to harvest the weeds in the median.

SDG&E’s next challenge is to complete the revegetating of what looks like a road going up the Del Cerro hill from just east of Waring Road to the west end of Del Cerro Blvd. It is not a road, but rather the remnants of installing the natural gas line that leads up to the Del Cerro Boulevard median.

ColRich development

We do not have an update on the 26 homes proposed for the east side of College Avenue south of Del Cerro Boulevard. The only information we have is that they are working through submittals to the city of San Diego.

The next DCAC meeting will be on Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El. The DCAC homepage can be found at

—Jay Wilson is secretary of the Del Cerro Action Council. Reach him at

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