The Metro San Diego Community Development Corporation met on February 10, 2020. The following items were discussed:
1. Susan Briggs made a presentation regarding the 8th Annual San Diego Half Marathon and Padres 5K Run, which will be held on March 15, 2020. The Metro San Diego CDC Board/Charter Committee unanimously voted to write a letter of support for the event;
2. Jake Sutton, the President of the Bankers Hill Business Group, provided an update about the upcoming Bankers Hill Arts & Craft Beer Festival, which will be held at The Abbey, at 2825 Fifth Avenue, on March 27, 2020. The annual Bankers Hill Arts & Craft Beer Festival is one of Bankers Hill’s signature events;
3. Concerns were raised regarding the increase in criminal activity in Bankers Hill and Five Points/Middletown. There has been an increase in vandalism and problems with homeless transients, which has created public safety concerns. Several attendees reported incidents of transients trespassing onto residential property, and attempts to gain access into residential units. Tyler Burch, representing the Third City Council District, emphasized the importance of reporting all criminal incidents, as the amount of criminal activity in a neighborhood is a factor in determining the amount of police resources assigned to it.
4. There was a discussion of Balboa Park issues; and concerns were raised about the new pre-fabricated restrooms which would be installed in Balboa Park adjacent to Sixth Avenue, at the intersections with Nutmeg Street and Thorn Street. They will be replacing existing restrooms (“comfort stations”) at each location, which are now closed. When the two restrooms were open, they were occupied at night by transients, who abused and often sold narcotics. The police were frequently called to these locations. When restrooms are again opened at these sites, it was suggested they be locked at night, which once was done in the past.
5. Further discussion took pace regarding establishing a maintenance assessment district along the eastern commercial corridor of Bankers Hills. The Metro San Diego CDC Board of Directors approved the creation of the property owner formation committee for the proposed MAD, and appointed 11 property owners members, and one ex officio member, as the initial membership of the formation committee. San Diego CDC will discuss proposed boundaries of the proposed MAD at its March 16, 2020 meeting.
January 28 @ 5-7PM
Join the Bankers Hill Business Group on Tuesday, January 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. to learn about this year’s Bankers Hill Art & Craft Beer Festival!
This month’s meeting is hosted at Avante Garde Travel, a boutique travel planning company specializing in custom vacation planning, river and ocean cruising, escorted tours and luxury hotels.
As always, drinks and appetizers will be served…santé!
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San Diego, CA 92101
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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:
- 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;
- 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.
“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.”
The Metro San Diego Board of Directors/Charter Committee met on Monday, March 26, 2018.
1.) There was a presentation by representatives of two “dockless” bicycle sharing programs: Limebike and Ofo Bike. Both indicated they had very high usage; Limebike in their first four weeks had about 21,000 riders, who took 55,000 trips. A dockless bike can be rented by using an app; at a cost only a $1.00 for a half/hour or hour. Each program was offering initial free rides. Both company representatives indicated their programs were attempting to educate their users so they parked their bicycles appropriately — avoiding walkways, driveways and doorways. The presentation were favorably received; however, concerns were raised about bicycles being left parked on sidewalks and other inappropriate locations.
2.) After a presentation by Katie Holmes, the Race Coordinator for the Rock “n” Roll Marathon & Half Marathon; the Board/Charter Committee unanimously voted to write of letter of support for the 2018 event. Several attendees pointed out that it was one of the better managed special events in Balboa Park & Uptown.
3.) Don Liddell, the chair of the Balboa Park Committee’s West Mesa Subcommittee, provided an update on measures being taken to control excess special event noise. Liddell reported that event coordinators were now voluntarily working with park staff to lessen noise impacts on adjacent neighborhoods. At the recent St. Patrick’s Day festival, the events organizers placed the loudspeakers facing east, and moved them further into the park. Local neighbors said these actions were very effective in reducing noise levels.
4.) Jennifer Pesqueira, of El indio Restaurant, informed the Board/Charter Committee that Five Points businesses were supporting placement of a stop sign on India Street, at the intersection with Chalmers Street, to slow down traffic as it entered the Five Points business district. City traffic engineering was supportive of the stop sign; since Chalmers Street was north of where airport traffic took an off-ramp off India Street onto the I-5 freeway.