Meeting Notices

Metro San Diego CDC Agenda for January 29, 2018




29 January 2018: Monday, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

St. Paul’s Cathedral “Guild Room” 2700 Sixth Avenue

Metro CDC Website:



a.) Administrator’s Update: Proposed 4th & 5th Avenue Maintenance Assessment District on hold;


1.) Olive Street Park/AIDS Memorial (“Woods McKee Park”): – Update by Susan Jester & Leo Wilson on the planning and design of Olive Street Park, which will include the San Diego AIDS Memorial.  The design plans for Olive Street Park & AIDS Memorial will be presented at a special meeting of Uptown Planners on February 22, 2018 in the St. Paul’s Cathedral “Great Hall”;

2.) Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival: — Presentation by Jake Sutton, Executive Director of the Bankers Hill Business Group, about this year’s festival, which will take place on March 23, 2018.  The Metro San Diego CDC is co-sponsor of the event;

3.) Hillcrest Gateway Project: — Presentation by Mercedes Sheehan, of the Greenwald Company, about the Uptown Gateway Council planning effort for the Hillcrest Commercial Core, that seeks to make it a vibrant and renewed commercial center, which will attract businesses and new residents;

4.) Letter of Support for the San Diego Half Marathon; — Update by Susan Briggs, Executive Director, San Diego Half Marathon; the event will take place on March 11, 2018; between  4:00-11:45 a.m., and the marathon course  will travel through Mission Hills, Hillcrest, Bankers Hill/Park West and downtown San Diego;

5.) Maple Street Angle Parking – Proposal to create eight new parking spaces on the 200 block of Maple Street through converting existing parking to angle parking, and removing a red zone on the south side of the street.  A blue zone angle parking space will also be created.  All the adjacent property owners have signed a petition in favor of the conversion to plan;

3.) FUTURE MEETING:           

 1.)  6th & Olive Street Project – Presentation of the revised plans for the previously approved Olive Street & Sixth Avenue project, which increases the unit count and height from that of the approved project. The developer will make a informational presentation at the Metro San Diego CDC meeting on  February 12, 2018;


Metro San Diego CDC Meeting on Monday, October 16, 2017, 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Just a reminder of the Metro San Diego CDC Board/Charter Committee will meet tomorrow, Monday, October 16th, from 4:00-5:00 p.m.  The location will be the St. Paul’s Manor “Cafe Room” located at 328 Maple Street.  There is a buzzer at the door to press for entry.

Among items on the agenda:

  1. Gerrie Trussel, the director of the Uptown Parking District, will be present to discuss the proposal to relocate 14 DecoBike bike share stations from the beach area to Uptown. It would result in the loss of 10 parking spaces, and placement of 13 advertising panels — two of which be on the east side of Sixth Avenue along Balboa Park. Pasted below is the link to a recent San Diego UT article regarding the proposal;
  2. Bob Daniel, chair of the Western Slope Community Association, will provide an update regarding the “Quiet Zone” proposal moving forward for the railroad track along the western border of Uptown. The proposed Quiet Zone would limit the amount of horn noise a train could make while traveling along this rail corridor;
  3. Jake Sutton, the director of the Bankers Hill Business Group, will discuss the Bankers Hill Fall Festival that will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. along 5th and 4th Avenues in Bankers Hill;
  4. Leo Wilson will provide an update regarding the Olive Street Park, AIDS Memorial, and the proposed Uptown/Hillcrest Parking Garage;
  5. The Waldo E. Waterman Park, at 250 West Maple Street, will be formally dedicated on Wednesday, October 25th, between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m.

Leo Wilson,


Metro San Diego CDC

Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation Board of Directors for 2017-2018

The Board of Directors of the Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation for the next year has been seated.  On September 28, 2017, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., the Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation will host a social mixer, at which the new board of directors will be introduced and the goals and projects of the Metro San Diego CDC for the coming year will be discussed:


Metro San Diego

Community Development Corporation

Board of Directors: 2017-2018


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)

Mercedes Sheehan (Asset Manager/ Greenwald Company; Director/ Uptown Hillcrest Gateway Council)

Christine Spalding (Past Administrative Canon/St. Paul’s Episcopal/Anglican Cathedral)

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

Jake Sutton (Financial Advisor/ 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)


Uptown News Guest Editorial:

Next Metro San Diego CDC Meeting is on September 11, 2017; Misc. Bankers Hill News

The next meeting of the Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation will be on September 11, 2017.  Below are two links to Uptown News stories about Bankers Hill, and a link to a KPBS story about the AIDS Memorial going into Olive Street Park.

Leo Wilson,


Metro San Diego CDC

‘Where’s Bankers Hill?’ – San Diego Uptown News

Still a hidden gem – San Diego Uptown News

Group Wants San Diego AIDS Memorial In Future Bankers Hill Park



Below is the Metro San Diego CDC letter in support of placing the AIDS Memorial in Olive Street Park  (“Woods McKee Park”)




536 Maple Street, No. 103

San Diego, California 92101

(619) 822-5103


October 27, 2016


Re:  Letter of Support for the AIDS Memorial Committee Recommendation to Place the San Diego AIDS Memorial In Olive Street Park:

Dear Uptown Planners:

On October 10th, AIDS Memorial Committee, chaired by Katherine Stuart Faulconer & Nicole Ramirez-Murray, made a presentation to the Metro San Diego CDC about creating a permanent memorial to those affected by HIV disease and AIDS in San Diego. A portion of the Olive Street Park site in Bankers Hill is currently under consideration for the location of the AIDS Memorial; The Metro San Diego CDC unanimously endorsed placing the AIDS Memorial at the Olive Street Park site on May 9, 2016.

The Metro San Diego CDC, and its predecessor the Bankers Hill/Park West Community Association, have spend the better part of a decade battling to establish the Olive Street Park, which will be named the “Woods-McKee Park”, after the family that donated the northern parcel of the future park to the city almost 100 years ago. The City of San Diego purchased the southern parcel of land that will be an additional part of the park several years ago.  The Metro San Diego CDC remains strongly in favor of placing the AIDS Memorial in Olive Street Park, and supports the AIDS Memorial Committee, the Mayor, and City Councilmember’s Gloria’s recommendations to place the AIDS Memorial at this location.

Sincerely yours,

B. Michael Seidel



AIDS Memorial Task Force Meeting To Discuss Design of San Diego AIDS Memorial on August 28, 2017; 6:00 p.m., in the Great Hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral

AIDSMemorial Logo

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – As part of their commitment to creating a lasting tribute to the families whose lives have been forever changed by AIDS and HIV, the San Diego AIDS Memorial Task Force will hold a public meeting Aug. 28 to provide a status update on the project and call on members of the public to submit design ideas for a memorial in a new Bankers Hill park.

The task force was created in 2015 with a mission to plan and raise funds for the creation of a permanent AIDS memorial in San Diego. The 19-member volunteer task force, which includes leaders from the HIV/AIDS service providers and LGBT community, is co-chaired by San Diego first lady Katherine Stuart Faulconer and City Commissioner Nicole Murray-Ramirez.

More than 8,000 people from across San Diego County have died from AIDS. The memorial is intended to be a place of reflection and meditation as well as raise awareness that there still is not yet a cure.

The task force voted unanimously to focus their efforts on placing a future memorial in Olive Street Park last year following the Truax House sale.

With the support of Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, the City Council last year unanimously voted to authorize the sale of the Truax House, the first AIDS hospice in San Diego. The sale was approved with the caveats that the historic home would be restored by the buyers and that funds from the sale would be used toward the construction of Olive Street Park, which would become home to San Diego’s first AIDS memorial.

Since then, the City of San Diego has held multiple public meetings about the preliminary designs of Olive Street Park and received input about what amenities the surrounding community would like to see in it. With that information in mind, the task force is now ready to call on the public for memorial design concepts that can be integrated into the park’s architecture.

At the Aug. 28 meeting, the task force will listen to the public ideas as well as outline the process by which people can officially submit their design concepts so they can be voted on next month.

The meeting will be held Monday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m. Great Hall at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 2728 Sixth Ave, San Diego, CA 92103.


Balboa Park Committee Will Discuss West Mesa Noise Buffer & Decibel Limit on Thursday, July 6th, at 6:00 p.m.

On Thursday, July 6, 2017, the Balboa Park Committee will have the following informational item on its agenda:

501: “Establishing a Noise Buffer & Decibel Limit on the West Mesa” which would apply to special events held on the West Mesa of Balboa Park.

This is the a further step in the process of advancing the noise buffer proposal forward that was recommended by the West Mesa Subcommittee of the the Balboa Park Committee in January 2017.  The need to establish a buffer zone along the west side of Balboa Park that borders Bankers Hill/Park West neighborhood was included as a policy recommendation in the Noise Element (page NE-158) of the update of Uptown Community Plan approved in November 2016.

The Balboa Park Committee will meet on July 6, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Balboa Park Club Santa Fee Room, at 2150 Pan American Road West in Balboa Park.


Below is the recommendation from the West Mesa Subcommittee, which was unanimously supported by the Metro San Diego CDC Board/Charter Committee:


January 25, 2017

Honorable Mayor Kevin Faulconer & Members of the City Council

City of San Diego

220 C Street,

San Diego, California 92101



West Mesa Subcommittee Letter In Support Establishing A Noise Buffer and Noise Decibel Limit Along Sixth Avenue in Bankers Hill/Park West:

Dear Mayor Faulconer & Members of the City Council:

As stated in the Uptown Community Plan (2017): “Noise and amplification associated with special events that take place on the west side of Balboa Park present serious challenges for the neighborhoods of Bankers Hill/Park West.”  In late 2009, the West Mesa Committee of the Balboa Park Committee prepared a report entitled “Balboa Park Special Events on 6th Avenue & the West Mesa; Sharing Boundaries with the Community”.  The report was subsequently adopted by the Balboa Park Committee, and submitted to the city for implementation.

In November of 2016, the City Council approved an update to the Uptown Community Plan. In the update Uptown Plan’s Noise Element, on page NE-158; four of the policy recommendations are:

NE-21-1: “Consider the establishment of a ‘buffer zone’ between the location of special events and Sixth Avenue” in Balboa Park”;

NE-1-22: “Relocate sound stages and amplification equipment away from Sixth Avenue”;

 NE-1.23: “Apply noise decibel monitoring to public address systems for announcements and all sound equipment used by musicians and other performers utilizing amplified sound”;

NE-1.25: “Monitor sound levels at special events to ensure that noise does not exceed the allowed noise level as specified in the noise ordinance”.

At its January 17, 2017 meeting, the West Mesa Subcommittee passed the following motion ( by 8-0 vote) with the intent to implement the recommendations of the Uptown Community Plan Noise Element and West Mesa Subcommittee’s Special Event Report:.

1.)  That sound systems for any special events on the West Mesa of Balboa Park be placed at least 50 feet back (east) of the east curb of Sixth Avenue. This will create a 50-foot buffer zone between amplified sound equipment and Sixth Avenue, reducing unsafe noise levels in the adjacent community;

2.) That the measured noise level from amplified sound at special events in Balboa Park be limited to 70 decibels at the east curb of Sixth Avenue;

Sincerely Yours,

Don Liddell,

Co-Chair, West Mesa Subcommittee

Of the Balboa Park Committee