CACC & CACPB
working together for our neighborhoods
Special Report of the CENRP, 2/26/2014
Ann Cottrell, Chair
Code Enforcement and Nuisance Rental Property Committee
This brief report is to acquaint those involved in the governance of the College Area neighborhoods with the extent of over-commercialization existing in RS-1 (single-“family”) neighborhoods, especially those near SDSU. This over-commercialization is due to the large number of rental homes characterized by high tenant turnover and generally high occupancy, called HTHO rentals. A high concentration of transient oriented rentals creates problems on many fronts including noise issues, parking in front yards and reduced on-street parking, trash and poor property maintenance; in short, deteriorating neighborhoods.
At our February meeting, we heard from Tommy Messinger of the Alliance for African Assistance, which has offices in the College Area, around 59th and El Cajon Blvd. The mission of the Alliance is to assist refugees, immigrants, the economically challenged, and underserved to become self-sufficient, productive members of their communities. For over 20 years, this non-profit organization has worked to provide assistance here in the United States and abroad, to refugees, internally displaced persons, immigrants, those seeking asylum, victims of torture and war, distressed women and children and others suffering from economical hardship. Such assistance includes preparing host families; securing safe and affordable housing, help with rent and transportation, health screenings, enrolling children in school, English language classes and translation services, and job assistance and training. Although originally focused on African refugees, today this help is not limited to Africans immigrants. The Alliance has successfully resettled more than 8,000 refugees in San Diego from Somalia, Sudan, Congo, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Ethiopia, Liberia, Eritrea, Vietnam, Iran, Kosovo, Bosnia, Iraq, and Russia. For information on how you can support the Alliance and its mission, please visit its website, www.alliance-for-africa.org.
In other business, acting as the College Area Community Council, the board voted to send a letter to RQUID, Rolandans for Quality Infill Development, supporting the legal process that has been initiated to examine whether Boulevard 63, the large multi-unit residential development at 63rd and El Cajon Blvd. was properly approved by the City and built by the developer, Carmel properties.
In September, 2013, the College Area Community Planning Board identified a mobility study for El Cajon Boulevard as its highest priority for the City’s fiscal year 2015 Capital Improvements Budget. A mobility study would identify the best way to move autos, buses, cyclists, and pedestrians along this important corridor, from 54th Street to the La Mesa city line. Such a study is necessary as part of an effort to improve the look and feel of El Cajon Boulevard so that people will enjoy spending time there and quality businesses will do well there. In the wake of that action, and of a lively presentation on creating livable communities by Andy Hamilton of San Diego County, a group of residents and business people from the College Area and surrounding communities have formed an El Cajon Boulevard Working Group to identify needed improvements for our section of The Boulevard and to seek funding for implementation of those improvements.
Hours of work for this project will be 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for residential streets, and 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. for trenching on or near Montezuma Road.
Public notice mailing(s) will alert Residents to the coming work and the streets will be resurfaced upon sewer installation.
The new design is planned to connect to the new Montezuma trunk sewer which was just installed, with no overlap in resurfacing. Please contact Mr. DeBaliso with any questions.
January marks the beginning of a new year and our annual membership drive. This year, we've included Renewal Reminders with the monthly newsletter.
Renew your membership
The CACC meets the second Wednesday in the month at the College-Rolando Library, 6600 Montezuma Road, Community Room, at 7:00 p.m.
Here are a few of the activities the CACC has been involved in recently:
- Volunteer Code Enforcement Program
- Rooming House Ordinance Update
- College Area Capital Improvement Plan
- College Area Facilities Financing Plan
- Design and Development of Tubman Charter School Joint Use Park
Thank you for your support of the College Area Community!
The City of San Diego is reactivating its popular Code Enforcement Volunteer Program, whereby neighborhood residents will assist with code enforcement by documenting violations that cause neighborhood blight, such as inappropriate signage, cars parked on lawns, and overgrown vegetation.
For more information about San Diego's Neighborhood Code Compliance reporting, visit www.sandiego.gov/nccd/report/.