Metro San Diego CDC Meeting Summary for February 10, 2020

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.