CACC & CACPB
working together for our neighborhoods
College Area farmer’s market
At the September meeting of the College Area Community Council and Planning Board, we were pleased to learn about plans for a College Area Farmer’s Market, to be held Wednesday afternoons in the parking lot of the College Avenue Baptist Church, at 4747 El Cajon Boulevard. The Farmer’s Market, sponsored by the non-profit San Diego County Farm Bureau, will be offered from 2 pm to 6 pm, or from 3 pm to 7 pm, depending on the season. The entrance to the Market will be on El Cajon Boulevard, between APEX Music and Effin’s Pub. The Market will offer lots of organic fruits and vegetables, as well as unusual locally grown fruits and veggies not found in supermarkets. Community residents and board members voiced enthusiastic support for this project. It is hoped the Market will be ready to open in October. Stay tuned for more details.
Caltrans mobility study
Also at this meeting, the board endorsed an application for a Caltrans grant which would fund a mobility study for El Cajon Boulevard between Collwood Avenue/54th Street and the boundary with the City of La Mesa at 73rd Street. A working group comprised of representatives from community groups both north and south of The Boulevard has been seeking funds for this study since December 2013, as a first step toward making improvements to this stretch of El Cajon Boulevard. These improvements would make the Boulevard more attractive to pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles alike. We are hopeful the grant will be awarded.
Neighborhood traffic signs
A number of issues regarding stop signs were considered at the meeting. The board requested that the City impose a 4-way stop at Art and Mesita, where traffic from parents dropping off their children at the Language Academy is further complicated by residents from a new 915 bedroom complex in Rolando commuting to San Diego State University. Children and their parents who are walking to and from the Academy are endangered by the chaotic vehicle traffic. We also voted to ask that the City review the status of two requested stop signs in the El Cerrito neighborhood around 54th and New Mills Road. These signs are needed to slow drivers who are speeding down the hill.
Additionally, the Community Council voted to send a letter to San Diego Unified School District expressing concern over delays in repairing playground equipment at Hardy Elementary.
Our next meeting will be Wednesday, October 8 at 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the College-Rolando Library, 6600 Montezuma Road. Among other items on the agenda, we’ll hear a presentation from San Diego State University about South Campus Plaza, the mixed use development at College and Montezuma expected to break ground in October. We hope to learn, among other things, the identity of some of the commercial tenants who have signed on for the project, and to hear why the residential component was changed from apartment style to dormitory style living.
The CACC/CACPB did not meet in August. At our July meeting we heard an interesting presentation on the San Diego Clean Elections Initiative. John Hartley, a member of the Normal Heights Community Planning Group and coordinator of the initiative effort, made the presentation.
The San Diego Clean Elections Initiative is being sponsored by Neighborhoods for Clean Elections, a grass-roots coalition aiming to place the Initiative on the local ballot.
Police Bikes Arrive in College Area
The San Diego Police Department Eastern Division’s C Squad, which patrols the College Area, now has five new bikes to make its patrols more effective.
The specially equipped bikes, which cost $2,000 each, were purchased through a $6,000 donation from Councilmember Marti Emerald’s discretionary budget, and $2,000 each donated by the Alvarado Estates neighborhood association and the College Area Community Council.
CACC Committee activity during FY 2013-14
Most of the work that gets done by any board takes place at the committee level. At our April meeting, we reviewed the Annual Reports from our four standing committees for the fiscal year ending March 2014. The hard working people on these committees are not all board members. Most committees consist of board members plus caring community members who have a special interest in a particular issue in the College Area.
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.