San Carlos Area Council news

Posted: September 14th, 2018 | Communities, Featured, San Carlos Area Council | No Comments

By Patty Mooney | San Carlos Area Council

Join us at the next meeting of the San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 6:30–8 p.m. in the San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Drive.

Representatives of elected officials will provide brief reports of the latest news and answer your questions and concerns. Our guest speaker will be Cherry Robinson Psy. D., volunteer climate leader at the Climate Reality Project. She is a Consultant, Coach and Trainer who helps people understand how their behavior affects the world around them. To learn more about her work, go to

Our September meeting featured reports from the offices of Rep. Susan Davis, state Assembly members Brian Maienschein and Dr. Shirley Weber, County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, and City Attorney Mara W. Elliott. We in San Carlos are fortunate indeed to have our finger on the pulse of America’s Finest City.

Rob Knudsen from Assembly member Brian Maienschein’s office alerted us that if your driver’s license is due to expire in the next few weeks, make that appointment at the DMV sooner rather than later, as operations have slowed to a crawl. A month is the current waiting time for appointments. And if you go into a DMV office without an appointment, you might have to wait for four to five hours. Why? It’s due to the implementation of the Real ID, which you will need by 2020 to board a domestic flight or enter a federal facility that requires identification.

ALDI Operations Manager, Mary Holt, came to talk about the opening of their franchise inside the mini-mall at Navajo Road and Lake Murray Boulevard. They celebrated their ribbon-cutting on Aug. 30. ALDI is next door to the Orchard Hardware Store which is soon planning to close its doors. ALDI originated in Germany and now boasts over 1,800 U.S. grocery stores in 35 states. They typically sign 30-year leases and enjoy sponsoring events that benefit children.

24-Hour Fitness is planning to open their doors at the property formerly known as LA Fitness, in the same mini-mall as ALDI. Their grand opening will be on Nov. 3.

The next Mission Trails Free Sunday Concert on Oct. 7 at 3 p.m. will feature guitarist Fred Benedetti. Friends, family and I have enjoyed many different world-class musical performances at this lovely venue for several years. These amazing musicians — who volunteer their time and talents — have brought a lot of joy to a predominantly senior population; for some, it’s the highlight of their month. There’s a possibility of the concert series coming to an end after the 2018 season. So stay tuned as this story unfolds.

A Beginning Vegetable Gardening class will take place in October on every Saturday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at the San Carlos Community Garden. Topics include planning a garden, healthy soil, composting, planting layout, starting from seed, transplanting, beneficial insects and what to do about pests, appropriate water use, harvesting and more. Pay $20 for all four classes or lease one 4-by-10-foot raised plot at the San Carlos Community Garden for a year ($100 including water) and get all four classes free. (New plots only.) Visit for further information.

Consider becoming a member the SCAC. The dues are modest, $7 per household. Help support this local volunteer-run organization by sending a check to: SCAC P.O. Box 19246, San Diego, CA 92159-0246. If you wish to be added to the Interested Persons List or have a topic you would like to learn about, please contact San Carlos Area Council Secretary Mickey Zeichick at

—Patricia Mooney is vice president of the San Carlos Area Council. Reach her at

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