By John F. Pilch
The next meeting of the San Carlos Area Council (SCAC) is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 at 6 p.m. in the Winer Family Community Room at the San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Drive. We have a special guest speaker, whose identity will be revealed at the meeting at the speaker’s request. Hint: the speaker is quite familiar with one of the three jewels in San Carlos. Please plan to attend. We think you’ll agree it will be educational and time well spent. We will also have reports from the SDPD and SD Fire-Rescue and representatives of elected officials. Until then, the officers and directors of the SCAC hope you and your family have a merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year in 2016.
We are pleased to report that our library has a new manager. His name is David Ege and he comes to us from the Serra Mesa branch, where he was the branch manager. Ege is scheduled to start on Jan. 4, 2016, so we hope to introduce him at our next meeting. Meanwhile, Rita Glick and her husband Bill have purchased a home near Overland Park, Kansas and she is awaiting the results of her interview to become a library manager in that system.
With respect to the water rate increases approved by the City Council, we learned that only ballots in opposition were counted. If you didn’t send in your ballot, your vote was made in favor of the increases. Is this fair? You decide and then let the City Council know how you feel.
The Navajo Community Planners, Inc. (NCPI) Board met on Dec. 9 and unanimously (13-0) opposed the 70-foot telecom towers proposed by T-Mobile on the field area adjacent to the San Carlos Recreation Center. The other telecom site on the NCPI agenda was not heard at the request of the applicant, Verizon Wireless, due to some technical problems. Verizon proposes yet another “architectural element” on the roof of the Masonic Lodge building. This would be the fourth site on that property, which has turned into an antenna farm for the carriers. Nearby residents are opposed to this site and plan to voice their opinion at the Jan. 13, 2016 meeting. More information and NCPI agendas are available at navajoplanners.org. NCPI meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Tifereth Israel Synagogue on Tommy Drive and Cowles Mountain Boulevard.
Currently, there is nothing new to report, as we continue to work the District 7 office to determine what can be done to make the intersection of Navajo Road and Golfcrest safer for pedestrians. This follows a fatality in August, when a driver, who ran a red light and was under the influence of alcohol, struck and killed a female pedestrian there. A traffic study is being conducted and more info will be reported, as it’s made know to us. In the interim, please be extra careful in this area. We’ll await the results of the traffic study before making any specific recommendations.
We are pleased to report that the San Carlos Community Garden continues to flourish. If you’re interested in raising your own plot of fruits and vegetables in this garden, please visit sancarloscommunitygarden.com for details. The community garden is located at the corner of Lake Adlon and Boulder Lake Avenue, adjacent to Springall Academy, 6440 Boulder Lake Drive.
We have resumed the collection of dues, to become more actively involved in community events and activities. Dues are $7 per household and $15 for a business. We’d like prior members to return and are soliciting new members in this article. Please send your check to SCAC, P.O. Box 19246, San Diego, CA 92159-0246. Many thanks to those who have already sent in their checks.
Finally, if you have an issue you wish us to consider or just have a question about the community, please contact me at 619-462-1408 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
––John F. Pilch is president of the san Carlos Area Council. Write to him at email@example.com.