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San Carlos Area Council agenda for April 6, 2011

Posted by George J Janczyn on April 5, 2011

 

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San Carlos Area Council meets February 2

Posted by George J Janczyn on January 28, 2011

Main topic: Duties of the City Auditor and Financials for the City of San Diego

FEBRUARY 2011 MEETING AGENDA

Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Time: 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Place: San Carlos Branch Library, 7265 Jackson Drive

Call to order and Roll Call of Directors
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Minutes of January 5, 2011 meeting
Treasurer’s Report
SCAC Announcements and Public Comment.

Reports from Elected Officials’ Representatives and Agencies
a) San Diego Police Department – Lt. Ken Stewart (858-495-7900)
b) Congressman Duncan Hunter – Andrea Jones (448-5201)
c) State Senator Christine Kehoe – Sean Wherley (645-3133)
d) State Assembly Member Marty Block – Ben Zeiger (462-7878)
e) County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – (531-5522)
f) County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price – Adam Kaye (531-5533)
g) Mayor Jerry Sanders – Denice Garcia (236-7056)
h) Councilmember Marti Emerald – Mary Ann Wallace (236-7042)

Guest Speaker: Eduardo Luna, MPA, CIA. City Auditor – City of S.D.
Topic: Duties of the City Auditor and Financials for the City of San Diego

Dates to Remember:
Next scheduled meeting: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at 7 PM
Location: San Carlos Branch Library
Speaker: Dan McAllister, SD County Treasurer/Tax Collector
Topic: Proposed Changes in Property Tax Collection

Next Executive Committee Meeting: To be determined.
All SCAC Directors are invited to attend.

For more information, please call John Pilch at 619-462-1408
Or by e-mail to: jfpilch@hotmail.com

 

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San Diego’s IPR Coalition to change name; City continues neighborhood outreach

Posted by George J Janczyn on September 2, 2010

The San Diego Indirect Potable Reuse (IPR) Coalition today decided on a name change. The new name is: Water Reliability Coalition (WR Coalition). An accompanying tagline for the WR Coalition will be: “Advocating for local water purification.”

The WR Coalition (or WRC) is an association of environmental, consumer, business, labor, development, ratepayer, and technical organizations allied in support of IPR projects in the San Diego region.

The group’s decision to change name was partly motivated by the City of San Diego’s IPR project name change to Water Purification Demonstration Project (the old name was Indirect Potable Reuse Reservoir Augmentation Demonstration Project).

The Coalition wanted to have a name that was consistent with the city’s new project name, but also wanted the name to be a good umbrella term allowing for inclusion of water topics other than IPR that the group considers important.

The Coalition also made a decision to roll out a website and selected a local firm (which I can’t name yet) to handle design and development. In the meanwhile, I have this page with additional information.

In related news, two representatives from the San Diego Public Utilities Department gave a presentation on the Water Purification Project yesterday at the San Carlos Area Council. Eric Symons, Supervising Public Information Officer, and Alma Rife, Public Information Officer used Powerpoint slides to illustrate their talk.

The audience seemed quite well-informed already and was mostly receptive. As for the presentation, my impression was that the presenters were a little tentative and defensive in the presentation. I suspect this may be partly because they are officially barred from advocating IPR in the presentation, allowed only to do educational outreach. In any case, I suspect they were probably pleasantly surprised when an audience member said “So what are we waiting for? Why aren’t we already doing this?”

I did grimace at one point in the presentation when reverse osmosis was listed as one stage of the advanced treatment. In the verbal presentation and on the slide it was highlighted that the RO process is used by bottled water manufacturers. The implication being that IPR is as good as bottled water. I’m not sure we should hold bottled water up as a standard for IPR to strive for.

The new name for the project did generate some confusion for audience members. Why do we need a water purification project, they asked, when we’re assured our water is already safe and pure to drink? So the presentation had to stall in order to explain the name.

I’m curious how they came up with that name anyway. I recall someone mentioning other terms like “purified recycled water project” or “repurified water project” both of which I think would be a little less confusing than “water purification demonstration project.”

In the end, though, regardless of the name for the project it will require further explanation. There’s just too much behind the concept to capture the whole idea in a simple two or three word term.

I was glad to hear the presenters mention Las Vegas using IPR. I think San Diego can learn a lot from the full-scale IPR operation in Las Vegas and hope to write more about it in the future. You’ll note my first installment on that front appeared on today’s blog post From Lake Mead to Las Vegas and back again.

 

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San Carlos Area Council meeting May 5

Posted by George J Janczyn on May 4, 2010

 

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Navajo Community area news

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 9, 2010

There’s a possibility that both the San Carlos Area Council and Del Cerro Action Council will soon be implementing a dynamic presence on the web, but in the meanwhile, the Mission Times Courier recently published these updates:

San Carlos Area Council news report for February
Del Cerro Action Council news report for February

 

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Beach parking fees on Mayor Sanders’ agenda?

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 4, 2010

At yesterday’s San Carlos Area Council meeting, President John Pilch said that Mayor Sanders recently attended a Past Grand Juror’s Association luncheon and wanted to know how many people support paid parking at the beach. Mr. Pilch asked for a show of hands in this meeting as well. This stimulated a few questions and a little discussion.

One outspoken individual, who said he was born and raised in Ocean Beach and owns commercial property there, said that he had suggested the fee. He said in a community he saw in Virginia with a beach parking fee “the beach is clear, the homeless folk are not all over the place…like, just simply walk down to the foot of Newport in Ocean Beach and you can’t sling a dead cat without hitting some homeless folks and panhandlers and all that sort of stuff.”

A woman then asked him, “Just how would charging a fee change the homeless population?”

The man continued, “Well, also they clean the beach, police the beach, they hire college students during the summer, they clean the area up, there’s a greater security presence, it prevents people from parking their motor homes there, from sleeping there, we could buy fire rings.”

People wanted more details. Mr. Pilch said the basic idea is to install parking meters at the beaches, which would accept cash (paper or coin), credit card, or parking card. One idea for the fee would be between $5-8, whether you stay the whole day or not. 45% of meter revenue would go toward improvements in that community.

(I’m curious about that because my understanding was that the high-tech “pay and display” meters they’re using downtown allow the purchase of individual amounts of time)

Most people didn’t seem to like the idea of having a fixed day-use fee as opposed to hourly metering. Then people started wondering about other ways of funding things, but the president had to stop discussion because it was just an informal poll not on the agenda, and asked for a show of hands. A large majority voted no for beach parking fees.

So, I wonder what was behind the mayor bringing this up with the (old) grand jury?

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San Carlos Area Council meeting

Posted by George J Janczyn on March 2, 2010

Our guest speaker is Professor Patrick Abbott, a San Carlos resident and an expert on natural disasters. Dr. Abbott (Ph.D. in Geology) will discuss the recent earthquake in Chile and the resulting tsunami, the Haitian earthquake and the fault lines in San Diego County. It promises to be a non-political, educational and informative meeting. We hope you can attend at the San Carlos  Library, 7265 Jackson Drive. It begins at 7 PM, is free and open to the public. Thank you. John Pilch, President, SCAC

MARCH 2010 MEETING AGENDA

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Time: 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Place: San Carlos Branch Library
7265 Jackson Drive

1. Call to order and Roll Call of Directors
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Approval of Minutes of the February 3, 2010 meeting.
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. Announcements and Public Comment
6. Reports from Elected Officials’ Representatives and Agencies

a) San Diego Police Department – A/CRO Edward Zwibel (858-495-7943)
b) State Senator Christine Kehoe – Sean Wherley (645-3133)
c) State Senator Dennis Hollingsworth – Ellen Malin (596-3136)
d) State Assembly Member Marty Block – Lisa Silverman (462-7878)
e) County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – Caroline Braun (531-5522)
f) County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price – Erica Holloway (531-5533)
g) Mayor Jerry Sanders – Denice Garcia (236-7056)
h) Councilmember Marti Emerald – Chris Pearson (236-7042)

7. Guest Speaker: Professor Patrick L. Abbott, Ph.D. Univ. of Texas at Austin
and Professor Emeritus, San Diego State University
Topic: Earthquakes, Tsunamis and other Natural Disasters
8. New Business
9. Pending Business
10. Adjournment

Dates to Remember:

1. Next Scheduled meeting: Wednesday, April 7, 2010 at 7 PM
Location: San Carlos Branch Library

Two Local Projects for which applications have been filed. The Valero Gas
Station at Navajo and Jackson and a Childcare Center in a Single Family
Residence at 6261 Jackson Drive, adjacent to an existing childcare facility.

2. Next Executive Committee Meeting: Date and location TBD.
For more information, please call John Pilch at 619-462-1408
or by e-mail to: jfpilch@hotmail.com

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