News from the San Carlos Area Council – July 15, 2016

By Mickey Zeichick

Our next San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) meeting will be Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. in the San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Drive. We will have a candid update from the principal of the Magnolia Science Academy (site of the former Cleveland Elementary School) regarding when the Academy will move to their new home. We will also have a special guest speaker which will be announced in the August edition of the Mission Times Courier. As always, this meeting is open to the public.

Mickey Zeichick

Mickey Zeichick

At our July 6 meeting, Sue Braun, former San Diego Unified School District Trustee, presented an 11-minute trailer of the powerful documentary “The Raising of America,” which is a five-part documentary series that explores the questions why so many children in America are fairing so poorly and the consequences for the nation’s future. It is becoming more commonly understood that children can learn at any age and years before they start kindergarten.

The flags along Navajo Road will continue to be set up and taken down on all holidays that are associated with patriotism and with respect to our men and women in uniform. The flags will be set out by Jay Wilson, Terry Cords and others from the SCAC board and membership, and maintained through the John F. Pilch Memorial Fund. Anyone wishing to donate to this specific fund, please send your check made payable to SCAC at the P.O. Box below. A report of the memorial fund will be made at our SCAC bi-monthly meetings.

At the June 8 Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) meeting, presentations were made regarding the cell phone equipment to be placed on the San Carlos Recreation Center property and the status of the Magnolia Science Academy Site. At the July meeting, we had an update on the cell phone and lively discussion. It was voted unanimously by the SCAC board to not approve any of the three possible alternatives for a cell tower design because we still have unanswered questions: Is there another site on this property? Is there another site not on this property? If the cell tower with clock is placed attached to the building, who will maintain the clock to ensure it is working, and how will this impact parking, walkability, and play?

Visit our plot (C-1) at the San Carlos Community Garden and you will be amazed at how a little attention helps plants thrive. A special thank you to our gardener extraordinaire Luciano Emanuele. If you would like to experience the serenity of this area and do not otherwise have access, please contact me at

Logging on to is a good way to keep updated on what is happening in our neighborhood.

SCAC dues are due ($7 per household and $15 for business). Please send your check for membership to: SCAC P.O. Box 19246, San Diego, CA 92159-0246.

—Mickey Zeichick is president of the San Carlos Area Council. Reach her at

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