Welcome to the autumn season of pumpkin spice lattes, a World Series to look forward to, and Halloween is coming. So are Thanksgiving and Christmas, but first things first.
Some of the best news I’ve ever heard in our town is that Council member Raul Campillo has just secured an additional $450K on top of the $250K seed money already allocated for our new San Carlos Library.
At our last San Carlos Area Council meeting Aug. 18, our San Diego Police Department liaison, CRO John Steffen mentioned that the crime stats for the past 30 days included three violent crimes, 23 property crimes, 11 proactive arrests and 12 moving violations. The most vehicle break-ins occur at the trailheads of Cowles Mountain and Mission Trails Regional Park, so if you park there, hide your valuables and lock your vehicle. There were robberies at both Cheers Deli and San Carlos Hardware. The suspect who robbed the hardware store is in custody while the Cheers Deli thief is still at large.
Our San Diego Fire-Rescue Department liaison, Michael Liversedge said there’s a layer of smoke reaching from the Canadian border to Los Angeles due to the raging wildfires up north. He urged anyone planning to hike in our present humid conditions to tell a buddy where you are going; bring your cell phone and lots of water; wear a good pair of broken-in hiking shoes; and be prepared.
Liversedge said that COVID is ramping up due to the Delta variant. He encouraged folks to get vaccinated, wash your hands and keep a safe distance. So far, San Diego has been “lucky” regarding wildfires, and we must maintain our vigilance.
We had two special guest speakers. Jeanne Patton, Environmental Specialist, spoke about the new changes to the City’s Recycling Ordinance. We’ll all be required to place our food waste in green bins to be provided by the City, unless you are already composting your food waste.
Jennifer Nelson talked about hate crimes. If you witness or are involved in a crime that appears to be based on racism or intolerance, it should be reported so that the City can deploy resources to help the victim.
Both speakers were excellent, and when we return to in-person meetings, we would like to host each of them for longer presentations that you can all enjoy.
We will not be meeting in September due to the Yom Kippur holiday. Our next Zoom meeting will be held Oct. 20, 6:30¬–8 p.m. The Zoom link and videos of past meetings are available online at facebook.com/sancarlosareacouncil.
If you have a San Carlos story to share, or would like to get involved in your Town Council, please contact San Carlos Area Council vice president Patricia Mooney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Patty Mooney, SCAC vice president