News from the San Carlos Area Council – May 20, 2016

By Mickey Zeichick

Our next San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) meeting will be Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Drive. Our guest speaker will be announced next month. Our bi-monthly meetings are open to the public.

John F. Pilch

The SCAC is mourning the loss of John F. Pilch who passed away May 3, 2016. For the past 20-plus years everywhere in our neighborhood, John was somehow involved in making life better: 4th of July celebrations; area cleanups and wall repainting; movies and concerts in the park; fun runs; adding stop signs to our streets; fighting cell towers and the list goes on. If it was happening here, John was involved, and mostly not in a shy way. With his help, things got done!

May 3 was a very sad day, but because of John’s involvement we have a brighter tomorrow. Councilman Scott Sherman’s office, along with Jay Wilson, presented John with a Proclamation and a John F. Pilch Day was named. John was very proud of this proclamation as we are all proud of his many contributions to our area.

Prom outfits

Thanks to the generosity of our residents we were able to provide dozens of dressy outfits for our Patrick Henry High School prom attendees. Men and women’s clothing, purses, and costume jewelry were donated. Thank you to Ms. Dawn Marino at PHHS who helped the students select their outfits.

From our May 4 meeting

A San Diego Fire-Rescue representative discussed fire and fall prevention, reverse 911 instructions for cell phones and reminded us to make sure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working.

State Senator Marty Block discussed SB 1333 which will make it Illegal to smoke cigarettes or vapors in parks and on beaches. He also discussed SB 1257 which allows students to explore volunteer work in a career they might not know about.

State Assemblymember Brian Maienschein discussed AB 1639 which will create a set of guidelines and training to help coaches, parents, and student athletes identify symptoms of SCA (Sudden Cardiac Arrest); and AB 2582 which addresses the current need to help our disabled community find employment in California.

City Councilman Scott Sherman gave an update of what the city has worked on and what it has planned for District 7. He said 103 miles of repaved road and approximately 11,000 potholes were repaired this year. Urban gardens are being more fully endorsed and encouraged by the City Council.

The City Council is also making it easier for charter schools with less than 1,300 students to be developed. Charter schools fill the gap left when student circumstances may otherwise not encourage continuing their education.

New turf will be put in at Pershing Middle School and the San Carlos Rec Center parking lot will be repaved. Some innovative light-control technology will be used to ease the flow of traffic near Friars Road and Mission Valley Road.

During questions, residents brought up concerns about the cell towers at the Masonic Lodge on Tommy Drive. They are an eyesore and have not been maintained in accordance with promises made to the community. Concern was also expressed about the need for a pedestrian crossway on Jackson Drive from the Bank of America area to the Keil’s Shopping center.

The annual meeting and election of SCAC Directors and Officers was held. The results are: President, Mickey Zeichick; Vice President, Mark Schulze; Treasurer, April Boling; Secretary, Mickey Zeichick (interim); we received applications for Board positions.

Get involved

We are creating a new Interested Persons list and if you would like to be a part of that list or if you wish to discuss a matter, please contact me at

San Carlos Area Council dues are due (just $7 per household and $15 for a business); please send them 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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