The next General Membership Meeting of the MBTC will be this Wednesday April 12th at 6:00 pm. The meeting will be held in the Community Room at Belmont Park (above the arcade). We have two guest speakers, a representative of SPIN (scooters) and Laura Chez of We See You San Diego a homeless advocacy group will give presentations. The agenda for this month's meeting and zoom info if you cannot attend in person may be found here.
Don't Trash Mission Beach - The DTMB March report may be found here www.donttrashmissionbeach.com/post/beach-march
If you care, would you please join DTMB and become a court Steward or volunteer to clean up just once a week? Don't let yourself become desensitized to the trash the careless leave behind. It makes a difference. https://www.donttrashmissionbeach.com/adopt-a-court
San Diego Police Department updates -
The bait bike program is once again being used to deter theft of bicycles in the Northern Division which we are part of, since January of this year the program has resulted in seven felony arrests!
The SDPD is hosting a zoom meeting on Wednesday April 12th at 3:00 pm focusing on recent burglaries, and how to keep your home and neighborhood safer. To join this meeting please use the following link. For more information please contact Officer Jessica Thrift at JThrift@pd.sandiego.gov
If you would like more info on Neighborhood Watch programs in Mission Beach please contact Marcella Teran the Pacific Beach and Mission Beach Neighborhood Watch Coordinator at www.savepb.org/neighborhood-watch
Some in our community have wanted to see Officers enforcing ebikes/scooters and dogs on the boardwalk. Next month the area will be receiving additional beach Officers that come from throughout the city. Our SDPD reps will try and that time to get more enforcement on the boardwalks for the violation of signs that occurs daily. Street Vendor Enforcement - as a reminder the primary enforcement of the street vending ordinance is with Park Rangers, file a Get It Done report under the "other" category and also report violations the the ordinance to the Shoreline Park Duty Line at 858-581-9982. The SDPD can only enforce the vendor ordinance when park rangers are off duty or as back up to the rangers when requested by the rangers.
Vehicle habitation enforcement has begun and we a owe a big thank you to Lt. Brecht and Officer Thrift for their work with the Neighborhood Policing Division to start removing the large cluster of "van lifers" from Mission Point Park!
Surveillance Ordinance - If you missed the SDPD's presentations on Smart Street Lights and Automated License Plate Readers use the following link to learn more. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRtdFglWB0A the MBTC board will consider a resolution in support of their use and our April board meeting.
From the Mayor's Office - UNSAFE CAMPING ORDINANCE
Hello! Last month, Mayor Gloria participated in a press conference alongside Councilmember Stephen Whitburn to announce his support for Councilmember Whitburn’s proposed Unsafe Camping Ordinance.
As proposed, the ordinance will make amendments and additions to the San Diego Municipal Code to prohibit encampments on public property when there is shelter availability. However, regardless of shelter availability, encampments will be prohibited at locations considered to be high risk of public health and safety, including:
within two blocks of K-12 schools
within two blocks of a homeless shelter
along trolley tracks and transportation hubs
certain parks like Balboa Park, Presidio Park, Mission Bay Park and shoreline parks
and waterways like the San Diego River.
The proposed ordinance will be presented to City Council's Land Use and Housing Committee next Thursday, April 13 at 1:00pm. The agenda will be posted here. As someone who has shared concerns about homelessness and tent encampments in the City, we encourage providing public comment at the hearing by either tuning in virtually or in-person in Council Chambers (202 C Street (12th floor), San Diego, CA 92101). It’s important to note the City has been using every tool and resource currently at its disposal to address and prevent homelessness through the expansion of homeless shelter capacity, street outreach, Safe Parking programs, and the creation of more permanent/long-term housing opportunities. This ordinance is only one piece of our continued efforts to address homelessness. In addition to the proposed Unsafe Camping Ordinance, the Mayor is working with Councilmember Whitburn’s office to establish a Safe Sleeping Program – sanctioned sites where people living in tents can go. While enforcement is necessary to protect public health and safety, the Mayor recognizes it’s important to provide a location for individuals to safely camp while they are being connected to supportive services, resources, and permanent housing options. More than happy to answer any questions or concerns via phone or email. Kohta Zaiser (he/him) Deputy Director of Community Engagement Internship Manager Office of Mayor Todd Gloria City of San Diego C: 925-408-9745 ZaiserK@sandiego.gov