Golden Hill planning minutes AUGUST 13, 2008
Called to order at 6.30
PRESENT: Richard Baldwin, Carole Caffey, Dave Caldwell, Laurie Burgett, Scott Glazebrook, Anita Margolis, Frederick Ruffell, Angela Vasconcellos ABSENT: Chris Blatt, Maureen Burke, David Skillman, Marie Skillman
Biotech conference downtown was good
Comicon was also pretty good
La Raza convention was also good
Tagging should come to an end w. end of school holidays
Violent crime is a little up, but all the homicides have been sorted. Isolated events rather than gang driven
Question from the audience : Critical Mass, what is the status ?
A: Adults don’t have to wear helmets. The police are watching it but are loathe to interfere. Loosely monitored
Question from the Audience: Have you found the bomber from this morning?
A: Officer knows nothing about it
Report from district eight
-6 angles parking spots have been installed on 1200 block of 28th st
-If you want angled parking plese call Yolanda, street needs to be 50’ or more wide
-30thand A, B and 26th st speeding. Traffic is investigating the possibility of four way stops
-Don’t know if there are more trees available for street planting, but working on it
-Dave Suggested evaluation of 30th and L and 30th and Fern st for speeding evaluation
-Dave suggested icon for unsafe crossing on walkability study at Fern and Elm
Report from Susan Davis office
-Congresswoman is here
-Had a water forum
-Grants workshop is coming up
-Home foreclosure workshop is proposed
Question from the audience: What is the answer for the water
A: 20 gallon challenge (use only 20 gallons per day)
-Discussion on desalination v. reuse
Report form the Planner’s office
- Community plan update almost done, out to consultants. RFP request for proposal out for historic survey and facilitatior. Hoping to get it all done by Sept. Oct. January kickoff for update. Meeting scheduled for planning group chairs sept. 8th
- City lights townhouses, hearing officer report available. Will email to Dave
Question from the audience: Is the urban forest in the update ?
A: Process has not been started, not sure. Interested parties will have the opportunity to take part. Should include a historic survey of trees
Tertia Delgin: City has received FEMA funding for brush management in the canyons. Canyon people are apprehensive about this
Ashley Gardiner from the Women’s History Museum wanted to bring attention to it, also gave a plug for the upcoming suffrage ball a fundraiser for the WHM
Representative from the CDC MAD program (manager)
-Urban core contract signed
Urban core started this week on cleaning , including powerwashing sidewalks
Mon&Fri commercial areas, Tue Thur residential
Now have a supervisor, graffiti crew, cleaning crew, powerwashing crew.
Question from audience: Which streets will be powerwashed ?
A: Power washing will be done as needed
A tree trimmer will be hired through a RFP process
Q: Can MAD look after the greenway ?
A Landowners should be looking after the greenway. Needs to be looked at, not sure. Concreting suggested, decorative brick suggested. Helping homeowners keep it clean suggested
Q: Is there a certain time to contact MAD ?
A: 8-4 on weekdays
Q: Will they let homeowners know when tree trimming will occur ?
A: Will aim at a qualified tree trimmer, language will be added to give homeowners notification
A member of the audience also suggested that there should always be a person on any given crew who speaks English
-MAD is working on Golden Hill Banners, new trash receptacles and doggie poop bag dispensers
32nd st Canyon sewer project report- Dirk Smith
Systems need to be maintained, for this access is needed. A lot of the required paths are already present, it will really be just formalizing the existing paths, as well as using the SDGE paths. Mitigation will be carried out offsite at both Lake Murray and San Diego river. Mitigation ratio depends on nature of disturbance, as determined by a biologist and reviewed by development services. Revegetation will be carried out with low growing plants and natives to protect from erosion.
Input from Tertia:
-Apprehensive about the project
-Dirk has helped address the issues
Question: will it go to Land use this month ?
Question: Why do you do offsite remediation? Is it due to cost ?
A: We want the site to be successful, this is easier offsite
A: discussion of policy for mitigation was discussed, as well as cities claim on canyons for such. Tertia will follow up on the cities claim on canyons for mitigation
The committee decided that the sewer stuff will come back to the full committee after landuse as an action item.
Tertia will forward letter about mitigation in the canyon to the committee.
Minutes for last month were unanimously accepted
Nothing was reported
Membership and elections:
-Carlos has dropped out due to other commitments
-Need four more people, eleven is the lowest number possible
Comment from Bernie (planner) Will need public outreach for plan review, probably with a subcommittee from the planning group. Would be best to include a lot of different stakeholders
Maureen not present
3rd public workshop for downtown planning. The downtown parking is at 70-100% utilization, 85% off street. By 2015 there will be a small morning deficit, some in evening. Encourage off street parking at night. Universal valet has been proposed. Someone will park your car for you after you arrive downtown.
Balboa park :
Nothing to report
The south park historic group has been contacted. They would like to do a presentation
Meeting was adjourned
Richard Baldwin, acting secretary.