Thursday, July 14, 2011

ECCC Community Meeting

THURSDAY July 21, 7:00pm
Blessed Sacrament Parish Hall
(El Cajon Blvd. at El Cerrito Dr.)

Farewell to Lt. Chuck Kaye
Welcome to New and Returning Mid-City Officers
Come join with neighbors in saying “Farewell” to Lt. Chuck Kaye and introduce yourself to Lt. Andrew Hoffman who takes over Lt. Kaye’s job. Friday, July 8, was Lt. Chuck Kaye’s last day at Mid-City. He is moving on to Vice. He will truly be missed by the El Cerrito Community. A presentation to Chuck will be made at the July 21, 2011 ECCC meeting.

A big welcome to Lt. Andrew Hoffman. We look forward to working with him in the future. His e-mail is:

Welcome back to Officer Jenny Hall, returning as the Community Relations Officer for the north side of the Boulevard until the transition to Eastern Division takes place in September. Officer Hall’s e-mail is: The SDPD website is:

Business Presentation

Northgate Gonzalez Market
Mr. Jim Bartell of Bartell & Associates will give an overview for the Northgate Gonzalez Market planned for the site next to the K-Mart at 54th Street and University Avenue. The new store is scheduled to open at the end of July. The store will have a large meat department, bakery, tortilleria (where they make fresh tortillas on site), fresh produce and prepared foods.

Learn more about Northgate Gonzalez Markets at

Community Vote
Group Homes/Sober Living Facilities Letter
The ECCC Board of Directors proposed, at its meeting on Thursday, July 7th, that the community be asked to vote on whether or not a letter (select link below) should be sent from the ECCC to our 7th District Councilmember, Marti Emerald, requesting a report on sober living facilities. You can let the ECCC know in advance if you approve of this letter, make comments on it or suggestions for changes by either calling 619-287-2460 or via e-mail to:

Select the following link to read the
ECCC Group Housing Letter

ECCC Newsletter, July 2011

  • ECCC Meeting - Thursday July 21, 2011
  • Newsletter Donations - Thank You for Your help
  • Let's All Have Fun at ECCC's Annual Pot Luck and Silent Auction
  • Lt. Chuck Kaye Leaving Mid-City Division
  • The El Cerrito Summer of Fun 2011 Idea Launch!!!!
  • Three Options Proposed for University Avenue Corridor Mobility Study
  • CentrePoint Update
  • New District Lines Proposed for City, County, and State
  • El Cerrito Neighborhood Patrol Updates
  • Sober Living Facilities
  • Have a Fun and Safe Summer!
Select the following link to read the
July 2011 ECCC Newsletter

Monday, July 11, 2011

El Cerrito Summer of Fun 2011

Several El Cerrito neighbors have discussed the idea of having neighborhood events & activities. These events would not only be fun, but they would allow opportunities for us to get to know everyone in El Cerrito vs. only to know our neighbors on our streets. It's an excellent opportunity for us to create a very supportive, tight, and small town feel to our very urban neighborhood. This is nothing formal... just people introducing themselves to each other and talking about their neighborhood, life in general, and getting to know each other. There is not an urban neighborhood in San Diego that has attempted this type of neighborhood collective.

El Cerrito Summer of Fun 2011
At the Balboa Park Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Meet on the shady-side of the Spreckels Organ Pavillion and look for any of your El Cerrito neighbors. If you know another neighbor from a different street, please introduce that neighbor to your friends & neighbors. New neighbors keep meeting and through these types of activities we form a tight community to support the great neighborhood of El Cerrito. We also have fun in the process! If you want to go to the El Prado restaurant or anywhere after the concert, it’s your call. (Please pass the word if your neighbor does not have internet access)

Balboa Park Speckles Organ Pavilion
Tuesday Concert Schedule
6:15pm to 7:15pm
  • July 12 The Klezmeds-Klezmer Music speaks to the Heart
  • July 19 Ron Jermaine-Music of the Big Band Era (40’&50”s)
  • July 26 Bayou Brothers – Cajun/Zydeco
  • Aug. 2 San Diego Concert Band – Classical to Pops; Sousa to the Beatles
  • Aug. 9 Corvallis-Motown
  • Aug. 16 Coronado Big Band-Swing
  • Aug. 23 Moonlight Serenade Orchestra
El Cerrito Summer of Fun 2011
At San Diego Desserts

Mark, the owner of San Diego Desserts, has invited us to his place for El Cerrito summer happy hours.

San Diego Desserts
5987 El Cajon Blvd.
4:30pm to 6:30pm on the following Fridays:
July 29th
August 26th
September 30th here's the plan: Come and introduce yourself to people you don't know, tell them what street you live on, and then enjoy getting to know your new El Cerrito neighbors.
Mark has an excellent happy hour menu. Some parking is available across the street behind the Verizon store on 60th; however, please walk there if you can. Hope to see you there!

Let's have some fun this summer and get to know each other.
If any questions, contact Leo @ or 619-250-5469.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summer Safety and Crime Prevention

Tips from the Mid-City Division for Home, Vacation, Car, and Worksite

Select the following link to read about
Home and Vacation Safety

Home Safety Tips like familiarize guests with your security measures
Vacation Safety Tips like avoid traveling in vehicles that are obviously rented

Select the following link to read about
Auto and Work Site Crime Prevention

Report Auto Thefts to Crime Stoppers
Call 888-580-8477
Text SDTIPS to 274637
i-Phone AP
Report Stolen or Missing License Plates

Avoid Fraud When Buying or Selling a Car, Boat, or Motorcycle

Prevent Thefts from Construction Sites

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Three Options For University Avenue Improvements

The next community workshop for input on these options is set for Thursday July 21.

With funding from the Crossroads Redevelopment Area, planners and consultants have developed 3 options for improvements to all modes of transportation on University Avenue from 54th Street to 69th Street. The goal of the University Avenue Corridor Mobility Study is to identify short-mid and long term projects that will improve pedestrian access, bicycle facilities and accessibility, transit operations and facilities and traffic flow in the corridor. View the options from links at the end of this posting.

Proposals Include
  • Realignment of Chollas Parkway to an intersection with a traffic signal at University Avenue
  • Raised medians from 54th Street to 69th Street
  • Elimination of free right turn lanes at 54th and 58th Streets, slowing traffic and reducing crossing distance at intersections with large numbers of pedestrians
  • Left turn lanes for 58th Street at University Avenue
  • A pedestrian ramp to improve access to the bus stop on the north side of University Avenue between 58th Street and 60th Street
  • Sidewalks installed where they are missing now
Community Workshop
6:30 to 8:00pm
Teen Challenge Center
5450 Lea Street
(Stop by on the way to the ECCC Meeting at 7:00 the same evening.)

Comments on these plans can also be made to the City by contacting Thomas Landre at or to the project consultants by contacting Greg Parks at

Select the following link to read
Chapters 1 through 4 of the
Mobility Study Preliminary Draft Report

Select the following link to read
Chapter 7 of the
Draft University Avenue Mobility Study

Select the following link to view
Option #1 of the University Avenue Mobility Study

Select the following link to view
Option #2 of the University Avenue Mobility Study

Select the following link to view
Option #3 of the University Avenue Mobility Study

Select the following link to visit the
City's University Avenue Mobility Study Web Page