St. Paul’s Cathedral & Metro San Diego CDC Co-Hosting Meetings To Discuss Design of Cathedral’s Ground Floor Community Space — October 10th & 11th

St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Metro San Diego CDC are co-hosting two community meetings to obtain public input about the design of the ground floor community open space planned for St. Paul’s Cathedral, as part of their redevelopment project.  St. Paul’s Cathedral is seeking suggestions and ideas about how this community space can be utilized to best serve the local community, while also maintaining a safe and secure environment.   The discussion at these meeting is limited to the ground floor open space, and not any other aspects of the proposed project.

The meetings will be held:

+Wednesday, October 10th, at 1:00 p.m., in the St. Paul’s Cathedral Guild Room at 2700 Sixth Avenue

+Thursday, October 11th, at 7:00 p.m., in the St. Paul’s Cathedral Guild Room at 2700 Sixth Avenue

Leo Wilson,

Administrator,

Metro San Diego CDC

St. Paul's Project, Ground Floor

Metro San Diego CDC September 2018 Meeting Summary:

 

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The Metro San Diego CDC had its first meeting for the 2018/2019 year on Monday, September 24th

I. The first speaker was Brittany Bailey, representing City Councilmember Chris Ward, who spoke about several topics, including:

  1. The proposal to establish regulations for dockless scooters, that would address scooters riding on sidewalks; where scooters should park; and the need for riders to wear helmets;
  2. An update on how the City was addressing homelessness; there was recently a forum about the subject in Mission Hills that attracted over 100 people;

II. Peter Comiskey, Executive Director of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, provided an update regarding several future construction projects in Balboa Park. The Mingei Museum will be closed for about a year while it is rebuilt. Construction work will also take place in the California Plaza adjacent to the Museum of Man.  Both these projects will be completed prior to the start of the Plaza de Panama project, construction for which is expected to commence sometime in the first part of 2019.

Comiskey then made a presentation about the proposed Balboa Park banner district. There will be seven vertical banners placed on lampposts along Sixth Avenue in the West Mesa of Balboa Park.  The purpose of banners is to enhance the identity of Balboa Park; they may also be used to notice events.  If the initial seven banners along Sixth Avenue are successful, more may be placed.  The number will always be reasonable to avoid saturation. Metro San Diego CDC members present reacted very favorably to the proposed banner district. It was pointed out that visitors often inquire where Balboa Park is even when they are standing in it. Banner poles along Sixth Avenue could also be used to publicize community events in Bankers Hill.  The Metro San Diego CDC voted unanimously to support the proposed Balboa Park banner district. (Maps with the location of the initial banners are attached below.)

III. Susan Jester, Public Relations & Media Director for St. Paul’s Episcopal/Anglican Cathedral, indicated that the Cathedral was seeking community input about the design of the community open space on the ground floor of the Cathedral, which will be created as part of the new 6th & Olive Street project. Jester requested the Metro San Diego CDC’s involvement in the outreach effort. The Metro San Diego CDC unanimously agreed to partner with the Cathedral and co-sponsor community forums and events, as well as help with the public outreach.

IV. Don Liddell, the chair of the Balboa Park West Mesa Subcommittee, is also a Second Avenue resident. A proposed Second Avenue Historic District, between Upas Street and Palm Street, was identified during the Uptown Community Plan update process. Liddell will be moving forward with determining the feasibility of establishing the district, and has prepared a draft petition for property owners to sign.  The Metro San Diego CDC was supportive of this effort, and agreed to help with outreach.

V. Bob Daniel, chair of the Western Slope Community Association (“WSCA”), was unable to attend the meeting, but submitted a written report about the status of the railroad “Quiet Zone” being proposed along the western boundary of Uptown. A Quiet Zone study should be completed in Nov/Dec 2018; at which time SANDAG will determine the project’s cost and possible sources of funding. Dick Troncone, a member of the WSCA, has talked with the engineer working on the project, and both have visited the railroad crossings that would be affected. The engineer though the project was doable without significant modifications to the crossings.

 

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Proposed Second Avenue Historic District Moves Forward

One of the most distinctive areas of Bankers Hill is along Second Avenue between Palm Street and Upas Street.  The buildings along these five blocks (built 1871-1945) are some of the most attractive in the City of San Diego.  An Uptown historic study in 2006 recommended these five blocks be designated as a historic district (48 total structures; 44 potential historic).  The process of determining the feasibility of forming the historic district is now beginning, spearheaded by attorney Don Liddell, who resides on Second Avenue.  A draft petition has been prepared, and community outreach will soon begin. Liddell made a presentation at the Metro San Diego CDC on September 24th; which agreed to support him in this effort.  While welcoming new development, the Bankers Hill community also seeks to preserve its historic  character.

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Metro San Diego CDC Meeting on Monday, September 24, 2018, from 4:00-5:00 p.m.

The next meeting of the Metro San Diego CDC is on Monday, September 24th, from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  The location will be the 10th floor conference room (Room 1050) of the Manchester Financial Center, at 2550 Fifth Avenue.
The city is now looking at adopting regulations for dockless scooters. Brittany Bailey, from Councilmember Chris Ward’s office, will be present at Monday’s meeting and can provide an update on the issue.
Our special guests will be:
(1.) Peter Comiskey, the Executive Director of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, who will discuss among other topics the creation of a banner district in Balboa Park, which would include the West Mesa;
(2.) Jim Kidrick, the CEO of the San Diego Air & Space Museum,  and chair of Balboa Park United which spearheaded the Plaza de Panama project;
At a recent Metro San Diego CDC meeting, the relationship between substance abuse and criminal activity was briefly discussed.  Below are recent arrest statistics in the City of San Diego:

“The survey found that 79 percent of adult male arrestees and 73 percent of adult female arrestees tested positive for at least one illegal drug, including methamphetamine, cocaine, opiates, PCP and marijuana, which had not yet been legalized in the state. The percentage of men who tested positive is the highest recorded by the CJRD since it began recording data in 2000 and a 4 percent increase from 2016.

The report showed that 55 percent of men and 58 percent of women involved in the survey had tested positive for meth, and of the 90 percent surveyed who tested positive for multiple drugs, meth was one of them. According to the report, 98 percent of the arrestees said they obtained their methamphetamine in San Diego County.”

(https://timesofsandiego.com/politics/2018/08/24/new-study-finds-drug-use-among-male-arrestees-in-san-diego-highest-since-2000/)

Leo Wilson
Administrator
Metro San Diego CDC
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Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation: Board of Directors/Officers for 2018-2019

Metro San Diego

Community Development Corporation

Board of Directors: 2018-2019

 

Bud Alessio (General Partner /FAFC, Inc.);

Bob Daniel (Hilco Real Estate; Chair/Western Slope Community Association);

Beth Jaworski, (Past UCSD Researcher, University Height);

Alexandra Jamason, (Director of International Relations, Manchester Fifth Avenue Financial Center; Manchester Financial Group);

Susan Jester (Public Relations & Media Director/ St. Paul’s Episcopal/Anglican Cathedral;  Co-Chair on the Mayor’s LGBT Advisory Council; California Advisory Committee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission);

Richard S. Ledford, Treasurer (President/ Ledford Enterprises; Palm Street Properties; St. Paul’s Senior Homes & Services);

Bruce E.  Leidenberger, Secretary (President/ La Jolla Pacific Group);

Jennifer Pesqueira, Vice President, Five Points/Middletown (Owner/ El Indio Mexican Restaurant; Co-chair/Five Points/Middletown Business Association);

Michael Seidel, President (Senior Partner/ E&D Ventures LTD; Co-chair, Bankers Hill/Park West Community Association);

Easton Watumull (Asset Manager/ Greenwald Company; Director/ Uptown Hillcrest Gateway Council);

Dr. Alan Spector (President/ Park Laurel HOA; Board of Directors/ Balboa Park Conservancy);

Jake Sutton (Financial Adviser/ Edward Jones; President/ Bankers Hill Business Group);

Sara Steinhoffer, Vice President, Bankers Hill/Park West (VP Government Relations/Sharp Health Care);

Glen Younger (CEO Grah Lock /Past President/ Hillcrest Business Association);

 

 

New Stop Sign On India Street (at Chalmers) Calms Traffic Going Into Five Points Business District

Five Points business leaders and local residents, supported by the Uptown Community Parking District, succeeded in their effort to have a stop sign installed on India Street, at the intersection with Chalmers Street.  The new stop sign prevents drivers from speeding north on India Street through the Five Points business district,  creating a threat to public safety.

Uptown Planners voted to approve placement of the stop sign on April 3, 2018; under a special city policy (City Council Policy 200-08) if a community planning group passes a motion supporting the placement of a stop sign, the local city councilmember then has the power to request the stop sign be installed.  City Councilmember Chris Ward did so by a letter dated June 8, 2018.  Special thanks go to Jennifer Pesqueira, of El Indio Restaurant, who as a member of Uptown Planners guided the approval of stop sign through the Uptown community planning group process.  Pesqueira is also Vice-President of the Metro San Diego CDC.

 

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Balboa Park West Mesa Landscape (Grass) Rehabilitation Begins

On August 28, 2018, the City of San Diego began a landscape rehabilitation project on the West Mesa of Balboa Park, north of Laurel Street.  The project focused on restoring the grass cover, which in some places has eroded so badly that it has become dirt.  Here are pictures of the work that has so far taken place. The eroded areas have been fenced-off and fertilized, and are now being watered intermittently each day.

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Here are past pictures of what the West Mesa of Balboa Park looked like with a healthy grass cover. Hopefully, the landscape rehabilitation project will restore the grass to its former attractive condition.

 

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Hillcrest Fire Station #5 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Took Place on August 20, 2018

About 130 people attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly opened Hillcrest Fire Station #5.  San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Assemblyman Todd Gloria, and City Councilmember Chris Ward were among the speakers.  The Uptown community has been waiting for the opening of this new fire station for almost two decades.

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