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January, 2015

In This Issue
Thank You For Your Membership
Community Garden
November Meeting Summary
Friends of the Library
January Meeting Topics
Agendas for the Next Meetings




Project Review Committee 

Wednesday, January 7th

7 p.m.



Next CACC/CACPB meeting

 Wednesday, January 14th

7 p.m.


College-Rolando Library

6600 Montezuma Rd. 

Upcoming Neighborhood Events 
Don't Forget!
College Area
 Farmers Market  

College Ave. Baptist Church

4747 College Ave

Every Wednesday!
2 pm - 6 pm


College Area Community Planning Board

Project Review Committee 

College-Rolando Library 

6600 Montezuma Road 


Wednesday, January 7th

7 p.m.




College Area

Community Council &

Planning Board Meeting  

College-Rolando Library 

6600 Montezuma Road 


Wednesday, JANUARY 14

7 p.m.



College Area Public Safety Meeting (CARPUS)



Tuesday, January 20th  

6:30 pm-8:00 pm

College Ave. Baptist Church

4747 College Ave

CEC Bldg. Rm. 302  




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Community Liaison Directory:
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 The CACC would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all members of the College Area for their support and interest in our vibrant community, and a special thanks to all those members who have already renewed their membership.  If you haven't done so yet:  




 You can renew online by going to: and paying your dues through PayPal, or print and mail the form  with your dues to: 

College Area Community Council

PO Box 15723

San Diego, CA 92175-5723



The Garden is Ready for You!

Become a Member.  Lease a Plot.  Start Planting.


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Here is a letter from Henry Bertram, President of the College Area Community Garden-

Happy New Year!

As we move into the new year, we are looking forward to seeing many more members from the surrounding community in the garden.  A generous donation we received in December, 2014 from SDSU President Hirshman via the President's Leadership Fund will help the garden do that.  These funds are intended to create a stronger senseo fo community and will be used to further serve culturally and socioeconomically diverse populations in our area.

2015 events being considered are designed to welcome and to encourage all community members to participate in activities like outdoor meals made from healthy foods, organic gardening workshops and basic training in growing healthy food.  As we prepare for this increase in community participation we will continue our planned infrastructure build-outs and improvements needed to serve the community such as an outdoor classroom, more storage area, shaded rest areas, a second composting area, expanded irrigation lines and a rainwater catchment system.

In the months ahead look for announcements detailing all the upcoming garden activities.  We look forward to your continued support and participation and ask that you spread the word about the garden.


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The CACC/CACPB did not meet in December. At our November meeting, we considered a request from the City of San Diego for modifications to Parking Permit Area B along a small section of Montezuma Road, adjacent to frontage for Zuma Apartments. The problem was created when the residents of Zuma Apartments, with inadequate parking facilities in the building, started applying for B Permit Parking. If this were to be allowed, the residents would be entitled to 96 permits, which would in effect overwhelm the available B Permit parking on adjacent streets.


The City proposed to solve this problem by either enlarging the B Permit Parking area to include Zuma Apartments, or eliminating B Permit parking along a short stretch of Montezuma Road next to the apartments, and fronting a vacant lot which is slated for multi-family residential development, giving Zuma tenants more on-street parking


Faced with these alternatives, the board voted to eliminate the B Permit Parking fronting the vacant lot, and explicitly establish a precedent that B Permit Parking should not be allowed for multi-family residential complexes in the College Area. These complexes are expected to provide adequate on-site parking for their tenants, and the surrounding single family neighborhoods should not be negatively impacted by the parking needs of tenants from multifamily complexes. 


The City has issued a few B Permits to tenants of Zuma Apartments in error, but these permits will not be renewed, and no further permits will be issued to tenants of the apartments.


Also at our November meeting, we considered the September 2014 Addendum to the approved EIR for South Campus Plaza, dubbed the "Complete Streets Addendum". City staff were invited to attend the meeting to present the traffic impacts of the addendum, but declined to attend. Instead, CACPB chair Rhea Kuhlman summarized the major impacts of the Complete Streets addendum as outlined by SDSU's consultants in the on-line version of the report. 


The addendum would add bike lanes and wider sidewalks to an approximately three block stretch of College Avenue from the Pedestrian Bridge to Montezuma Road. In order to do this, it would narrow the vehicle lanes on that stretch of College, and eliminate certain measures which had been planned to mitigate the increased traffic from South Campus Plaza, such as an additional left turn lane from southbound College onto Montezuma Road. It would also be a de facto amendment to the College Area Community Plan, which calls for three lanes in each direction on College Avenue from I-8 to Montezuma Road. 


Among the effects of this change would be a diversion of approximately 4,000 Average Daily Trips from College Avenue to Fairmount Avenue, Montezuma Road and 70th Street. The impacts to these already heavily traveled corridors could not be mitigated because there is no room to expand these roads. The change would also lengthen the queue, or back-up of vehicles traveling southbound on College during the afternoon rush hour, by about 58%, which translates to additional waiting time in traffic.


The board voted to oppose the September 2014 "Complete Streets" Addendum, and to again point out that a Supplemental EIR is needed should the City approve this proposed change to the original South Campus Plaza plans.




Your support of the Friends of College-Rolando branch library enables the group to fund children's crafts and activities, Oasis programs for older adults, and the Children's Summer Reading Program. Your membership also helps purchase books, for which the library receives matching funds.

Please join the College-Rolando Friends or renew your annual membership for 2015. You can sign up and place your payment in the envelopes at the library front desk. With more members, we have a bigger voice to advocate for our library.

Please visit their web site to learn about current library events, classes, volunteer opportunities plus links to San Diego Library and community.

The next Friends meeting is in the Community Room of the Library on Tuesday, January 27 at 4:30. Your ideas, volunteer time and enthusiasm will keep our library a vital part of our College- Rolando community.  


Check out our January programs at your branch library:


 Children & Nature features a series of 5 more programs, with hands-on activities, for children ages 4 & up.


Kumeyaay 1769 is next on January 21 at 1:30.


 Our new Lego Play Lab for grades K-5 is every Thursday at 3:30



Don't miss Story Box Theater on

Monday, January 26th at 3 PM.  

Watch a special presentation of the Japanese storytelling tradition called Kamishibai.  Fun for all ages, and it's free!


 January 27, 2:00 p.m.

 Adults' Oasis Class is:

 "All You Ever Wanted to Know About Busting Stress"


Adults' Book Club meets second Saturday at 10 AM  January selection is

"March" by Geraldine Brooks


Other events:

 Arts and Crafts: Saturdays at Noon;

 Kid's Yoga: 1st and 3rd Fridays at 11 AM;

 Family Story Time every Friday at 10:30 AM

Zumba Fitness: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 6:30 PM;

 Zumba Gold: 1st and 3rd Saturdays at 9:45 AM.

 Aryn's Family Yoga is second and fourth Saturdays at




On Wednesday,January 7 at 7 p.m., the Project Review Committee of the College Area Community Planning Board will hold a meeting to consider a proposal for student housing at 5030 College Ave., just South of Montezuma Road. The proposed structure would be 4 stories plus underground parking, and would have 97 units, almost all of them 3 and 4 bedrooms. As proposed, each unit would house 4 students, except for the on-site manager's unit. Neighborhood residents have voiced a number of concerns regarding the project, and the developer has attempted to address these concerns. It is unclear at this point whether all concerns have been addressed. There may be an advisory vote on the proposal, if the City has completed its review of the issues. The meeting will be held in the Community Room of the College-Rolando Library, 6600 Montezuma Rd.






At the regular January 14, 7 p.m. meeting of the College Area Community Council and Community Planning Board, we will hear about Alvarado Hospital's plans to nearly triple the size of its Emergency Room facilities, from 12 to 33 beds. The two-story addition to the hospital Emergency Room will extend the footprint of the building to the eastern lot line. The project has already been ministerially approved by the City of San Diego, and will be financed by a loan facilitated by Civic San Diego, the successor agency to the City's redevelopment agency.



Also at the meeting, representatives from Civic San Diego will explain what that agency does, and how its activities might impact the College Area. Civic San Diego was created to complete the projects left incomplete when the State of California ended redevelopment through tax increment financing. In the College Area, the only such incomplete project is improvement of the sidewalks on El Cajon Boulevard, which we hope will get underway this year.  


Civic San Diego has also taken on some of the former redevelopment agency's other functions, such as trying to foster business and multifamily housing development in selected areas. The agency's involvement in the financing of the Alvarado Hospital expansion is one example of that work. We hope to begin a dialog with Civic San Diego so that we will not be confronted with any surprises with regard to development that they have chosen to undertake in the College Area in the absence of Community input.



Also in January, we'll hear from representatives of San Diego State University's Associated Students, regarding the new Campus Community Commission that A.S. has created. This Commission will, among other duties, supervise the A.S. Good Neighbor Program, which has been dormant in recent years, but which had done good work in past years helping to educate students about appropriate behavior when out in the community. We look forward to hearing about how the office has been reorganized, and what concrete steps we can hope to see from the Community Commission in the coming months and years.



If there has been a recommendation from the Project Review Committee, we may vote on the proposal for student housing at 5030 College Avenue at the January 14 meeting. If not, the vote will probably take place in February.


Finally, we'll consider a report from the Eastern Area Communities Planning Group which will be presented to the Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee in January, addressing deficiencies in the San Diego Municipal Code with regard to student housing.


The Wednesday January 14 meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the College-Rolando Library, 6600 Montezuma Road.







College Area Community Planning Board Project Review Meeting

7:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 7, 2015

College/Rolando Branch Library,

6600 Montezuma Road, San Diego, CA 92115 


*Review of Proposal for Student Housing Multi-family Complex at 5030 College Avenue (Possible Action Item)

Designates College Area Community Planning Board Agenda Items



College Area Community Council and

College Area Community Planning Board


7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 14, 2015

College/Rolando Branch Library,

6600 Montezuma Road, San Diego, CA 92115


I.  Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance/Roll Call.

II. Approval of Agenda 

III. Approval of Minutes of Wednesday, Nov.12,    2014

IV. Adoption and Approval of Consent Agenda - none

V.  Public Comments

VI.  Treasurer's Report

VII. City Council District 9 and Law Enforcement Liaison Reports (3 minutes per speaker)

VIII. Elected Official Liaisons Reports (3 minutes per speaker)

IX. New Business

    1. Alvarado Hospital Emergency Room Expansion (Information - 10 minutes: Brian D. Klevin, Chief Financial Officer, Alvarado Hospital)

    2. Civic San Diego Activity in College Area and City-wide (Information - 10 minutes: Michael Lengyel, Senior Project Manager, Civic San Diego)

    3. SDSU Associated Students Campus Community Commission (Information - 10 minutes: Caroline Gillen, Associated Students

    4. *Request for Endorsement of Eastern Area Communities Planning Group's Recommended Changes to the Municipal Code Regarding StudentHousing (Possible Action Item)

    5. *Review of Proposal for Student Housing Multi-family Complex at 5030 College Avenue (Possible Action Item)

    6. *Appointment to Audit Committee to replace Jennifer Finnegan (Action Item)

X. Committee Reports

  1. *Project Review
  2. Dollar per Ticket (ad hoc)
  3. Code Enforcement and Nuisance Rental Properties
  4. Beautification and Projects
  5. Community Outreach

XI. Delegate Reports

  1. *Community Planners
  2. College Area Public Safety (CARPUS)
  3. El Cajon Blvd. Mobility Working Group

XII. Adjournment  




* Designates College Area Community Planning Board Agenda Items

.Questions regarding the agenda may be directed to: Rhea Kuhlman, CACC President, (619) 491-0664, 






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PO Box 15723

San Diego, CA 92175-5723