Meeting Notes

NOTES ON THE MEETINGS OF THE MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

NOTES ON THE JULY 11th, 2018

MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 at the Tecolote Nature Center.

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:38 PM.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (D. Bear/A. Graham) to approve the minutes of the May 9th, 2018 meeting of the Marian Bear Park Recreation Council. Motion passed.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  1. Joe said mail was received at North Clairemont Recreation Center, but not relevant.

  2. Joe asked if the group wanted to post events in the Clairemont Times free spot to try and get more attendance. The group was in favor.

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

  • None in attendance

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  1. Toni was absent and Deron spoke on her behalf.

  2. Deron stated the checking account was fully shut down and all items on the spend down list has been purchased.

  3. Deron gave Steve a copy of the tax report to file.

  4. Balance is $0.00

  5. The endowment is still under control of the Council.

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Park Ranger Steven Smith

  1. Steve stated that as it is beginning of the fiscal year he has no PO’s approved, but when they were approved he would begin trail clearing efforts in the canyons again.

  2. Steve will be installing property boundary signs in the southwest portion of Marian Bear where city property butts up against private property. He will also place one on the Lakehurst trail where park property ends.

  3. Steve said he will utilize the endowment funds for the Regents East parking lot next.

  4. Steve gave Deron historical pictures that Cameron found for kiosk use.

  5. Steve said that they were updating the Tecolote map and pamphlet and would be doing the Marian Bear pamphlet next. He asked if the group would like to do it or if they would like Ranger staff to do it. The group said that they would like Ranger staff to do it and then review it.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • None

AGENDA ITEMS

  • None

ACTION ITEMS

  • None

WORKSHOP ITEMS

301. Class Visit Review

  1. Event went well.

  2. Deron said a baby Rattler Snake was seen during school hike.

  3. Deron said many parents and volunteers attended.

  4. Deron said he might try and bring more classes down for more hikes and activities.

  5. Deron stated Erika did an amazing job on the class hike.

302. Wildfire Education

  1. Joe talked about fire hydrants along the road for fire safety.

  2. Joe talked about possible fire education in the kiosks.

  3. Joe showed a picture of an old fire hydrant in Eastern Marian Bear he can no longer locate. Showed a picture of a solar panel marking the location of the hydrant.

  4. Joe spoke about firefighting.

  5. Joe stated that people should clear private property on canyon rim for fire safety.

303. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update

  • Lisa saw a scruffy coyote in East Regents.

  • Cameron saw a bobcat in West Regents.

  • Steve saw hawks

304. Current Events

  • Joe reported that the Regents Bridge will not be built as reported in The Clairemont Times.

  • Joe reported a change of bus routes along Genesee and now you can take a bus to the park.

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Lisa Cook who hikes in the Park often would like to donate a bench to Marian Bear Park in the Regents East parking lot where there were picnic tables in the past.

  • A discussion on bench designs occurred. A solid stone bench appears to be most liked.

  • The recreation Council supports the idea of a bench.

ADJOURNMENT

  • The meeting was adjourned at 7:51 PM. (D. Bear/D. Steele) All were in favor.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING: September 12th 2018, 6:30PM at the Tecolote Nature Center.

Respectfully submitted,

Steven Smith, Sr. Park Ranger, Tri-Canyon Parks & Mission Valley Preserve.

 

 

NOTES ON THE MAY 9th, 2018  MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held on Wednesday, May 9th, 2018 at the Tecolote Nature Center.

ATTENDANCE

Guests

City of San Diego

Steven Smith, Parks & Recreation Dept.

Cameron Engelhart, Parks & Recreation Dept.

Erika Evans, Parks & Recreation Dept.

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:37 PM.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (T. Bear/D. Bear) to approve the minutes of the March 14th, 2018 meeting of the Marian Bear Park Recreation Council.  Motion passed.

  1. Toni recommended that Phyllis Bear should be removed from future membership role due to health issues for future minutes.

MOTION: Joe proposed to remove Phyllis Bear from the membership role.  All were in unanimous favor.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  1. Joe showed a picture of the Genesee entrance and the communication pole.  Stated it will be changed soon, but is on CalTrans property. Also stated that the telephone company doesn’t want birds hanging on the tower.

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

  • None in attendance

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  1. Toni stated the April bank statement shows a balance of $3131.31.
  2. Taxes are done and turned in.  Toni will make a copy for city file.
  3. Toni stated the coming year the group will need to submit taxes even though they will have spent down the bank account.  Need to check with the city on how they will fund future costs.
  4. A discussion on how Recreation Councils will operate, get their funds, pay taxes and spend down plans occurred. Also discussed possibility of becoming a Friends group.

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Park Ranger Steven Smith

  1. Steve introduced Ranger Cameron Engelhart and Ranger Aide Erika Evans.
  2. Steve stated the released Guinea Fowl in Marian Bear were captured and donated to the Orange County Zoo where Cameron used to work.
  3. Steve stated that the Genesee parking lot will have stones placed around the parking lot to replace old rotten logs using endowment funds.
  4. Steve reported that someone had cut down the wood fence in Regents West in order to get in or out of the lot after hours.
  5. Steve reported on increased reports of lewd activity and that he will be meeting with a San Diego Police Sargent on avenues of addressing lewd activity in the park.
  6. Erika introduced herself and spoke about her background leading up to becoming a Park Ranger Aide.
  7. Cameron introduced himself and spoke on his background leading up to becoming a Park Ranger.  He also added his vision for the future of Marian Bear and adding positive community park use activities/events in order to decrease negative activity through positive use.
  8. Joe spoke on the history of Marian Bear Park and early neighborhood trails entrances.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • None

AGENDA ITEMS

  • None

 ACTION ITEMS

  1. 2018 Spending Plans
  1. Toni bought a projector replacement bulb.
  2. Steve requested an electronic copy of the spend down plan for the file.
  3. Joe replaced 3 plexi glass replacement panels. Joe bought 6 sheets.
  4. Deron recommended buying 8 panels for extras in case of vandalism.
  5. Toni stated the taxes are paid for the year.  Toni also that tax preparation for 2018 is part of the plan.
  6. Kiosk is the last item on the spend down.
  7. Cameron spoke on the condition of the kiosks.  They are in good condition, but could use a freshening up of paint and cork backing. Cameron then spoke on the general updating of the parking lots and bathrooms.
  8. A discussion on kiosk posters and new posters being made occurred.
  9. A discussion on the spend down plan and dates occurred.

 MOTION:  It was moved and seconded (T. Bear/A. Graham) to approve the spending plan.  All in favor.  Motion passed.

 WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Class Visit and Poster Update
  1. Class visit was discussed and the date will be June 7th from 9:30-11:30
  2. Rangers will bring 2 tables.
  3. Rangers will do a guided walk.
  4. Rangers will trim the trail for students.

 

  1. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update
  • Joe stated Walt’s memorial tree is still there.
  • Joe saw a rattlesnake and showed a picture.
  • Joe showed pictures of poison oak and cactus.
  • Cameron stated Ranges have been pulling non-natives and onion weed in the park.
  1. Current Events
  • None

 COMMUNICATIONS

  • None

 ADJOURNMENT

  • The meeting was adjourned at 7:42 PM.  (D. Bear/A. Graham) All were in favor.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  July 11th 2018, 6:30PM at the Tecolote Nature Center.

Respectfully submitted,

Steven Smith, Sr. Park Ranger, Tri-Canyon Parks & Mission Valley Preserve.

 

NOTES ON THE MARCH 14th, 2018

MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

 

TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held on Wednesday, March 14th 2017, at the Tecolote Nature Center.

 

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:35 PM.

 

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

  • Toni noted Deron Bear’s name was spelled wrong in the minutes.  Steve said he would revise the minutes to correct the spelling.

 

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (D. Bear/B. Banta) to approve the minutes of the January 10th, 2017 meeting of the Marian Bear Park Recreation Council with amendments to.  Motion passed.

 

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • Joe Stated the big item is going to be the discussion on how to spend the council’s money and didn’t have anything else to add.

 

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

  • None in attendance

 

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • Toni stated the latest balance is $3131.38 and there has not been any activity.
  • Joe asked if there was a bank account fee for non mail banking.  A short discussion occurred on what to do about the Recreation Councils banking, but was tabled for Action Item 201.

 

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Park Ranger Steven Smith

  • Steve reported that he has put in the paper work to use some of the endowment money to purchase blasted granite boulders to be placed around the Genesee parking lot in order to replace the old logs as a barrier.  Steve wanted to start with just the Genesee lot and then move on to the Regents lots later.
  • Steve talked about the Guinea Fowl at Regents East and how they have tried to catch them and are still working on catching them to give to a zoo.  They are a non native bird dropped off illegally by someone and need to be humanely relocated.
  • Steve told the council that Ranger Cameron would be interested in fixing up the kiosks.  Also that Ranger Cameron would like to do an event at Marian Bear on a Saturday to bring in positive public use in the park.
  • Steve said a Mountain Bike company would like to get a permit to do a mountain bike demo in Marian Bear.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • None

 AGENDA ITEMS

  • None

ACTION ITEMS

  1. 2018 Spending Plans
  •             Joe spoke about the park and recreation board a bit and spending of the Recreation council money.
  • Joe thought most of the money could be spent on the kiosks. Stated Plexi glass could be bought and extra sheets could be stored.  Each sheet is roughly $100 and should by 8 and have extras.
  • A discussion on Cameron fixing up the kiosks and what needed to be done occurred.
  • Toni got a quote from an illustrator for a kiosk poster that did not include printing. They would cost the 500 to 600 to create and the council would own the image and it could be printed anywhere for relatively cheap.
  • Joe talked about the Girl Scout posters in the kiosks.  Toni mentioned they could be printed on better paper.  All agreed.
  • Toni brought up the idea Joe had mentioned about keeping a bank account and then said they should not.  Then a small discussion came about on how to accept donations. Steve then talked about how Friends of Tecolote Canyon operates as a Friends group and can receive donations through their nonprofit banking status.
  • Brent stated that the Marian Bear Recreation Council does not operate like a Recreation Council as per what the city defined as a Recreation Council.  A discussion occurred and it was loosely agreed upon that the money should all be spent, but there were some reservations due to tax filing needs.
  • A discussion occurred on how the Council can operate if it does not have a bank account and can’t take donations.
  • Brent asked how much the slide projector bulb costs.  Joe stated about $120.
  • The council came up with 4 categories for spending
    • Kiosk repairs ~ $ 1400 or less depending on other items
    • Kiosk posters ~ $500 to 600
    • Projector bulbs ~$120
    • Plexi glass ~$800 -900
  • The 4 categories came up to roughly $3100 and at least $150 for end of year taxes.
  • Cameron should give the council a quote for repairs.
  • Joe should get a quote for materials.
  • Deron said they should table the idea of what to do with future donations.

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (D. BEAR/B. BANTA) to approve the spend down plan as indicated.  Motion passed.

  • Toni will fill out the spend down form.

WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters
  • Joe showed pictures of the still unrepaired road in West Regents.
  • Joe showed pictures of the budding Sycamore trees.
  • Joe showed a picture of the Walt Shaw memorial tree.
  • Joe stated he hoped the sewer department would fix the road this year.

 

  1. Internet Postings
  • Joe said the only thing posted was the agenda and meeting minutes.
  • Toni created an event on Facebook for the park and would like pictures for posting.

 

  1. Current Events
  • The path under the 52 highway is open now and paved for easy access connecting Marian Bear Park with Rose Canyon.
  • Deron asked about the Natural Resource Management Plan.  Steve said it is not starting for a while, but all the trails illegal and legal had been mapped.
  • Mike asked if there was a policy on leaving the rental bikes seen around the city in the park.  Steve did not know and has not yet had to deal with it.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

  • April 21st clean-up day will be in Ogalala Canyon off Pocahontas Ave. Another will be in University City and Linda Vista.

 

ADJOURNMENT

  • The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 PM.  (D. Bear/M. Kowalski) All were in favor.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  May 9th 2018, 6:30PM at the Tecolote Nature Center.

Respectfully submitted,

Steven Smith, Sr. Park Ranger, Tri-Canyon Parks & Mission Valley Preserve

 

NOTES ON THE JANUARY 10th, 2018

                     MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

 TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held on Wednesday, January 10th 2017, at the Tecolote Nature Center.

 

City of San Diego

Steven Smith, Park & Recreation Dept.

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:29 PM.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (D. Bear/B. Banta) to approve the minutes of the November 8th, 2017 meeting of the Marian Bear Park Recreation Council.  Motion passed.

 

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • Joe thanked Deron for setting up meeting at Bali Hai and those who attended.
  • Joe stated he received a letter form the Franchise Tax Board asking to verify organizations status as tax exempt and still active. Darren stated Toni will take care of it.

 CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

  • None in attendance

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • Darren spoke on behalf of Toni.
  • The account is at the new address of 5180 Tecolote Rd.
  • Balance went down $150.  For tax purposes.  But unofficially stated by Deron as he is not the official treasurer.  The $150 was spoken of in a former meeting.  Tax preparer cashed the check at the end of the year.
  • The balance is $3131.38
  • Joe stated it was not in the November minutes.

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Park Ranger Steven Smith

  • Steve reported that two Guinea Fowl were dropped off at East Regents and has so far been unsuccessful in capturing them.  Once captured there is a zoo that is willing to take them.
  • An increase in complaints on reported lewd activity witnessed in Marian Bear. A discussion on ways in how to address it occurred.
  • New Trash and Recycle bins were placed around Marian Bear as well as the rest of the Tri Canyons park entrances.
  • Steve stated he would like to start focusing on obtaining rocks for placing around the parking lot perimeter after a second ranger aide position is filled.
  • Steve spoke on a meeting he went to concerning Recreation Councils and the changes required of them.  A discussion ensued on the status of the Marian Bear Recreation Council and what they were created for as well as other recreation councils.
  • Joe asked of animals Steve had seen.  Steve spoke on Gopher Snakes he had seen and Coopers Hawk chasing Ground Doves.

 COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • None

 AGENDA ITEMS

  • None

 ACTION ITEMS

  1. Installation of 2018 officers
  •             Joe accepts the Presidency.
  • Don accepts Correspondence Secretary.
  • Toni accepts Treasurer as stated by Deron.
  • No need for a motion as the decision occurred during the last meeting.

 WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. City Changes to Standard Operating Procedures
  • Joe read and showed the draft the City sent out.
  • A discussion about the changes occurred.
  • A discussion on whether to accept the Standard Operating Procedures occurred.
  • This was categorized as an informational piece of the meeting.
  1. Internet Postings
  • Joe showed the City’s website for Marian Bear Park and some of the features on it.
  • Joe showed the Facebook page for Marian Bear Park run by Toni.
  1. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters
  • Joe showed pictures of the access road off Regents West and stated how it was impassable for vehicles.  Then showed pictures of the road and where there is water in the creek.
  • Joe showed pictures of the Walt Shaw memorial oak.
  • Don asked if Walt’s wife’s Memorial Bench was still in the park.  Joe stated it was, but the brass plaque was lost.
  • Joe showed pictures of frost in the park on fence poles.  Stated that this year had very little frost.
  1. Current Events
  • Brent asked who the groups Bat person was concerning Bat Houses. A discussion on who would be good to call. Friends of Rose Canyon was suggested.
  • Brent asked who knows the rocks of Marian Bear Park. A discussion on who and what documents would have that information as well as the foreign rocks dumped there.  Joe showed Brent a geology poster for Marian Bear on the Recreation Council web page under Park Information.
  • Darren wanted to know about how the gates were doing and if there were any lock-ins. Steve stated that there were very few, but some.  The conversation then went into some of the other issues in the park that require enforcement.

COMMUNICATIONS

  • None to report

 ADJOURNMENT

  • Don made a motion to adjourn the meeting.
  • The meeting was adjourned at 7:28 PM.  (D. Bear/B. Banta.)  All were in favor.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  March 13th 2017, 6:30PM at the Tecolote Nature Center.

Respectfully submitted,

Steven Smith, Sr. Park Ranger, Tri-Canyon Parks & Mission Valley Preserve.

NOTES ON THE NOVEMBER 8th, 2017

                     MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

 

TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held on Wednesday, November 8th 2017, at the Tecolote Nature Center.

 

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:37 PM.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (T. BEAR/B. Banta) to approve the minutes of the September 13th, 2017 meeting of the Marian Bear Park Recreation Council.  Motion passed.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • Joe talked about the unofficial council meeting held at the Bali Hai.
  • Deron picked December 16th Saturday at 11:00 or 11:30.
  • Joe stated former members have been invited.
  • Joe brought up the Pure Water Project affects the Rose Creek Watershed.  Showed a map of the pipeline.  Steve stated that they had already done sample boring and that all drilling would be done via boring and no open trenching would occur.  Also stated project staging will occur at the Genesee parking lot.
  • Joe shared a picture of a car that went off the road in Western Marian Bear.  Last year’s erosion has blocked access to the trail.

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

  • None in attendance

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • Toni stated the balance is $3281.38.
  • Called the bank and changed the address to the Tecolote Nature Center.
  • It was stated that if the Recreation Council gets any mail Steve will save it and let Toni know.
  • Brent talked about a newspaper article concerning the City’s changes to how money is being managed.  Steve stated all he knew about it, but lacked in depth knowledge.
  • Toni stated she would look into the Recreation Council changes.

 

STAFF / RANGER REPORTPark Ranger Steven Smith

  • Steve spoke how he went through the access roads with Paul Kilburg and Wastewater on getting them fixed.  It is now documented and will be addressed.  East Regents will be done first and West Regents second due to the large amount of work needed.
  • Steve mention Janice Retired.
  • Steve stated he hired a new Ranger.
  • Steve inquired about the trust.  He found out there is not a deadline to spend the money. He then spoke on all of his ideas on how to use the funds.
    • Use West Regents for a mitigation site and just use East Regents for parking. Due to maintenance of West Regents and adequate parking in East Regents.
    • Add stones to the parking lot lining of East Regents and Genesee.
    • Discussion on picnic table numbers and the use they encourage in an open space park.
    • Better foot bridges.
    • Ideas that improve passive recreation over active recreation.
  • Joe mentioned a Ranger station at East Regents.
  • Deron mentioned adding new benches instead of new picnic tables.
  • Steve talked about an “All Access” path made of DG in the park for handicap access.
  • Steve mentioned that possibly an Eagle Scout could propose a project funding through the Recreation Council and the grant.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • Election Committee recommended to reelect the existing officers into the existing positions.

MOTION: (D. Bear/B. Banta) moved to approve the recommendation of the Committee as Steinabch for Chair, Toni Bear for Treasurer and Steele for Corresponding Secretary.  Motion Passed.

 

AGENDA ITEMS

  • None 

ACTION ITEMS

  1. Selection of committee to nominate 2018 officers
  • Motion was passed in committee report.

WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update
  • Joe talked about Oak Trees being attacked by the Gold Spotted Oak Borer Beetle.  He still found a tree putting out acorns.  Have lost some trees though.
  • Deron wondered if the wetter winter helped out.
  • Steve stated he walks around picking acorns and stuffing them in the ground to mimic squirrels.
  • Steve stated a lady called in to report a mountain lion in the park.  She sent pictures, but after they were examined by other rangers it was determined it was a bobcat due to definitive markings and tail curvature.  She also stated she saw a coyote with 3 pups.

 

  1. Internet Postings
  • Joe spoke of the Facebook page.
  • Joe received pictures from the Friends of Tecolote.
  • Joe spoke about the WordPress page and different things you can find on it.
  • Toni asked about the city website and the link not going to Marian Bear unless it is searched.  Steve responded he looked into it, but had not heard back.  He will look into it again.

 

  1. Current Events
  • Anne asked about walks in the parks.  It was discussed who was still giving walks and where.  The Tecolote Canyon Interpretative Group and Audubon Society both do walks in the parks.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

  • None to report

 

ADJOURNMENT

  • Joe made a motion to adjourn the meeting.
  • The meeting was adjourned at 7:57 PM.  (D. Bear/T. Bear.)  All were in favor.

 

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  January 10th 2017, 6:30PM at the Tecolote Nature Center.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Steven Smith, Sr. Park Ranger, Tri-Canyon Parks & Mission Valley Preserve.

 

 

NOTES ON THE SEPTEMEBR 13th, 2017

MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

 

TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held on Wednesday, September 13th 2017, at the Tecolote Nature Center.

ATTENDANCE  City of San Diego

Steve Smith, Park & Recreation Dept.

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:41 PM.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (D. STEELE/M. KOWALSKI) to approve the minutes of the May 10th, 2017 meeting of the Marian Bear Park Recreation Council.  Motion passed.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • Joe saved his report to fire hazards and saved his talk for Workshop Item 302.

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

  • None in attendance

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • Toni stated the balance is $3281.38.
  • No action in August.
  • A deposit of $50 in the June 1st statement.
  • Joe stated need to tell Bank of America we have a new address of the Tecolote Nature Center.

STAFF / RANGER REPORTPark Ranger Steven Smith

  • Steve gave letters for Deron Bear to Toni Bear, but they were titled “Chairman” so Toni gave them to Joe.  Letters were from the Planning Department.
  • Steve asked if the Recreation Council if they would be interested in writing CalTrans to propose a regular painting out of the graffiti on their bridge running over the Genesee staging area near the comfort station.
  • Don stated there may be a historical letter allowing Parks and Recreation to paint there bridges to cover graffiti.
  • Joe said that CalTrans used to provide us with paint to paint over the graffiti.
  • Don offered to write the letter if Steve finds out who the contact is.
  • Steve stated that the family whose son died in the car crash near the Genesee entrance wanted to do a memorial, but we do not allow them.  So they planted 1 oak and 3 white sages in memory of him.  They will be watering and tending to them.
  • Steve told about the film crew in Marian Bear that used a smoke machine without disclosing they would be using it.  Fire and police were called out multiple times.  Steve had to shut down the film because of the smoke machine use not being in the permit.  It made the local news.
  • Steve will be meeting Paul Kilburg and other departments to address the access roads in Marian Bear that are still not repaired.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • None

AGENDA ITEMS

  • None

ACTION ITEMS

  1. Selection of committee to nominate 2018 officers

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (D. STEELE/M. KOWALSKI) that the committee consist of Toni Bear, Don Steele and Michael Kowalski.  Motion passed.

  1. Kiosk Repair
  • Joe said he had difficulty finding the right size Plexi glass.
  • Joe will pay for it and give the receipt to the treasurer so it can be seen as a gift.
  • Toni will write a letter that Joe can sign as a donation.

WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Class Visit
  • Joe stated it was recorded in last minutes.
  • Don said it was positive to mix the different aged generations.
  • Joe stated that he could communicate better on cups and chairs.
  • Don asked if they could borrow chairs from the Nature Center for next year.

 

  1. Preparing for Wildfires
  • Joe spoke on a car wreck that went through the fence from the 52 into Marian Bear Park.  A woman was injured and there was difficulty in retrieving her.  Had the access roads been passable, it could have been an option in assisting getting to her.
  • Joe showed slides of 6 fire engines on regents that were there to extinguish a fire that occurred on Regents.
  1. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update
  • Steve hasn’t seen coyote this year, but lots of scat.
  • Joe said that hikers in Rose Canyon saw 5 coyotes in one morning.
  • Joe said that Audubon society likes coyotes because they eat cats.
  • Don stated that coyotes signify a healthy environment.  Cats eat a lot of the native animals.
  • Joe showed a picture of Walt Shaw’s tree and there was a lizard in the photo.
  • Steve expressed concern to old oaks dying due to Gold Spotted Oak Borer Beetle.  Joe asked about planting small oaks as the beetles don’t seem to eat young oaks.
  1. Internet Postings
  • Toni said Facebook got a couple more likes and that she would put some wildfire info on the page.
  1. Current Events
  • A side discussion occurred on homeless camps in the Tri Canyons correlated to the Hepatitis A outbreak.
  • From the discussion on excess work the Rangers are doing due to transient camps mostly in the Mission Valley Preserve (MVP), Steve asked that the Recreation Council write a letter in support of extra ranger staff in order to address the MVP so that the Tri Canyons are managed better and the MVP has regular patrols as it takes a disproportionate amount of work time compared to its small acreage in the Tri Canyons.
  • Don asked if Marla could use any help.  Steve stated the Nature Center could always use more volunteer help.
  • A discussion on community involvement in the parks occurred.
  • Coastal Clean Up Day is Saturday the 16th and there will be a cleanup near Tecolote and one in Marian Bear in the Ogallala creek canyon portion.
  • Toni asked about the endowment that was left for Marian Bear Park and when we had to spend it?  Steve stated he would look into it.

COMMUNICATIONS

  • None to report

ADJOURNMENT

  • Joe made a motion to adjourn the meeting.
  • The meeting was adjourned at 7:57 PM.  (D. Steel/T. Bear.)  All were in favor.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  November 8th 2017, 6:30PM at the Tecolote Nature Center.

Respectfully submitted,

Steven Smith, Sr. Park Ranger, Tri-Canyon Parks & Mission Valley Preserve.

 

 

NOTES ON THE JULY 12th, 2017

MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held on Wednesday, July 12th 2017, at the Tecolote Nature Center.

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:42 PM.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (D. STEEL/B. BANTA) to approve the minutes of the May 10th, 2017 meeting of the Marian Bear Park Recreation Council.  Motion passed.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • Joe had Don Steel Mail of a letter of support for Park Ranger Steven Smith as the new Sr. Park Ranger.
  • Joe asked if everyone was comfortable in the new meeting place of The Tecolote Nature Center.
  • Joe asked if it was okay for the Marian Bear Recreation Council to receive mail at the Nature Center.  Ranger Smith replied it was okay on behalf of Marla Gilmore the Center Director.

 CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

  • None in attendance

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • Official treasurer absent, Joe spoke on behalf.
  • The current balance is $3231.38
  • There were $200 in gifts and $10 in California State tax fee.
  • Don stated to use the language of “donations,” rather than “gifts.”
  • Joe will donate plexi-glass as tax deductible.

STAFF / RANGER REPORTPark Ranger Steven Smith

  • SDG&E will be replacing one of their power poles in the Regents West parking lot. Thus will be doing soil sample boring. The pole replaced will go from wood to metal.
  • Don recommended asking SDG&E to lend help in any area that they could while they work on the property. For example, using equipment.
  • At Genesee lot the San Diego Pure Water Project did sample boring for the upcoming water line that will be going through the canyon.  During the project they will be staging in Genesee parking lot.
  • No news on road improvements.
  • A car accident happened near the Genesee parking.  And under the allowance of Steve Haupt we are letting the family of the boy who died in the accident plant 1 Coast Live Oak and 4 white sage at the beginning of the trail and they will be up keeping them through the summer and years to come.
  • A discussion about Kay Stewart’s park plan was put into effect via Matt Sanford planting oaks in the Genesee lot area.

 COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • None stated

 AGENDA ITEMS

None

 ACTION ITEMS

  1. Kiosk Repair
  • The Genesee lot kiosk has been vandalized many times and needs repair.

 WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Class Visit
  • Visit went well, but ran out of cups as they used them as plates.
  • Ann had to go home and grab extra chairs.
  • The kids replaced the snake facts panel.
  1. Preparing for Wildfires
  • A letter was sent about the access roads disrepair in Marian Bear and a response was sent back.  But nothing has been done to address roads yet.
  • Ranger Smith stated he has heard no news on the roads situation either.
  • There was a car accident on the 52 near the on ramp from Regents Rd.  2 fatalities occurred.  This is a possible cause for concern and fire in the canyon.
  • Joe stated the City web page has a flyer on how to clear brush near your home for fire preparation.  Suggested the flyer could be posted on the kiosks as encouragement to home owners on canyon rim.  City website refers you to a YouTube video.
  1. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update
  • Joe talked about a website called nextdoor.com and a lady who posted about a coyote she spotted.
  • Ranger Smith reported a lady called to report seeing a Bobcat near Regents east.
  1. Current Events
  • Friends of Rose Canyon had a July 4th booth at Stanley Park.
  • Don stated the Recreation Council used to attend.
  • Friends of Tecolote brought Sycamore the Rosy Boa and a small booth set up next to Friends of Rose Canyon with the help of two volunteers.
  1. Current Events
  • Joe stated in the Clairmont Times an article on the Regents Road Bridge is going before a judge in consideration for being built.  Ann asked about the bridge and Joe gave her a brief history on the Regents Bridge and the article about putting the bridge back in the Master Plan.
  • A discussion about the bridge occurred.
  • Don spoke on the need to plan for the future and changes in communities and innovation.  An example is the growth of mountain bike use in the parks from past use to present use. Also to stay vigilant in fighting against unwanted community planning changes.

 COMMUNICATIONS

  • None to report

 ADJOURNMENT

  • The meeting was adjourned at 7:38 PM.  (D. Steel/B. Banta)

 

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  September 13th 2017, 6:30PM at the Tecolote Nature Center.

Respectfully submitted,

Steven Smith, Sr. Park Ranger, Tri-Canyon Parks & Mission Valley Preserve.

 

 

NOTES ON THE May 10th, 2017

                    MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held on Wednesday, May 10th 2017, at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:40 PM.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (D. BEAR/P. BEAR) to approve the minutes of the March 8th, 2017 meeting of the Marian Bear Park Recreation Council.  Motion passed.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • Due to room switches at Clairmont Recreation Center, Joe stated he would like to move Marian Bear Recreation Council meetings to The Tecolote Nature Center. Joe requested a motion to make switching to Tecolote Nature Center an action item on the agenda.
  • T. Bear moved to make action item 202 “switching meeting to Tecolote Nature Center. Seconded by M. Kowalski.  (T. Bear/M. Kowalski).  All in favor

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

None

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • The current balance is $3,041.38.
  • T. Bear asked to sign tax papers with Joe after Meeting.
  • Taxes are done and prepared.

STAFF / RANGER REPORTPark Ranger Steven Smith

  • Ranger Smith acquired new PO’s to get gravel and equipment to repair the Marian Bear Regents West parking lot and will have it re-opened by the end of the week.
  • Sewer department fixed the extremely rutted out access road east of the Genesee park entrance.
  • Ranger Smith has been dismantling illegal bike jumps on the Cobb trail.  And posted them for surveillance as well.
  • The rest of the access roads are still in need of repair and will happen when Sewer gets to them.
  • Ranger Smith has been doing a lot of trail clearing
  • No Major transient issues
  • No Gate issues since February when they were started to be locked

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • Joe stated that the Rose Creek Watershed Alliance was planning for global sea rise.

AGENDA ITEMS

None

ACTION ITEMS

  1. Request for Trail Repair
  • Joe suggested writing a non-formal letter to sewer maintenance to fix the access roads in Marian Bear as they are impassible by vehicle. This is for sewer pipe access and safety such as fire concerns or injuries in the park.
  • Joe stated he will write an informal email concerning the access roads.
  • Recreation council in unanimous favor of letter
  1. Move the Marian Bear Recreation Council meetings from Clairmont Recreation Center to The Tecolote Nature Center
  • Bear moved on the motion. All in favor

 

WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Class Visit
  • Bear’s class is in the process of making an interpretive panel on snakes for the East Regents Kiosk.
  • Class field trip will be on Tuesday, June 13th from 9:30 to 12.
  • Stanley Trail and kiosk will need to be cleared of brush. Kiosk needs to be cleaned
  • Snacks, fruit and water will be brought for kids.
  • Ranger Smith will do a short guided walk for the students (3rd and 4th)
  1. Preparing for Wildfires
  • T. Bear will put something on Facebook advising of the high risk fire year due to excess rain and associated vegetation growth.
  • Discussion on canyon rim homeowner’s responsibility to keep property clear of excess brush for fires. Ranger Smith stated that it was Brush Managements responsibility to thin the canyon rim of excess brush to reduce fire hazards.
  1. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update
  • Brush is starting to brown.
  • Sycamores look beautiful this year.
  • The stream still has water flowing through it.
  • Coyote still seen around East Regents
  • No rattlesnakes seen yet in Marian Bear.  A gopher snake has been seen.
  • T. Bear stated that the Genesee Kiosk could be updated if anyone like a Girl Scout troop needs a project.

 

  1. Current Events
  • There was a car crash on Regents where the car ended up in the canyon upside down near the Regents East entrance.  Some damage to Ice Plant was done due to removing the car from the canyon.
  • It was asked by D. Bear if the Marian Bear Recreation Council could receive mail at The Tecolote Nature Center. Ranger Smith said he would ask Center Director Marla Gilmore.

COMMUNICATIONS

  • N/A

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 PM.  (D. Bear/M. Kowalski)

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  July 12th 2017, 6:30PM at the Tecolote Nature Center.

Respectfully submitted,

Steven Smith, Park Ranger, Tri-Canyon Parks & Mission Valley Preserve.

 

NOTES ON THE MARCH 8th, 2017

                    MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

 

TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held on Wednesday, January 11th 2017, at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:33 PM.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (STEELE/D. BEAR) to approve the minutes of the January 11th, 2017 meeting of the Marian Bear Park Recreation Council.  Motion passed.

 

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • Joe stated what he had would be on the agenda.

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

None

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • The current balance is $3,041.38.
  • Toni Bear said she had responded to the IRS request for a narrative description of activities and a couple years of tax returns on January 26th and has heard nothing back.
  • Joe mentioned tax deductions to the group from public donations to the Recreation Council.

STAFF / RANGER REPORTPark Ranger Steve Smith

  • The security gates were installed
  • The gate open and closing signs were installed on the gates with a changeable time slot for daylight savings.
  • Securitas the security company has been opening and closing the gates daily with no issues thus far.
  • The large rains from 2/27/17 caused significant damage to the Regents West parking lot and trails throughout the park. Steve stated he had to close the parking lot until it could be fixed.
  • Steve is doing everything he can to get the West Regents parking lot fixed and reopened as well as fixing the trails up. Wastewater will be taking care of the access road issues as soon as they are able.
  • It was brought up that the new gates were a safety advantage in their ability to close off the parking lots when things like the flooding damage occur.

 COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

AGENDA ITEMS

  1. Draft a letter to fill Sr. Ranger vacancy
  • Toni Bear made a motion to create an action item to write city staff that a swift hiring of a new Sr. Ranger for the Tri Canyons Parks would be appreciated. The motion was seconded by Don Steele. The item was voted on with unanimous approval. It was moved and seconded (STEELE/D. BEAR) to make it action item 202.

ACTION ITEMS

  1. Commendation of Ranger Matt Sanford
  • Joe and Council members spoke on what a great job former Sr. Ranger Matt Sanford was for Marian Bear Park. He went above and beyond in his community relation skills and bringing in outside groups to participate in educational, interpretation, art, volunteer work, park funding and trail enhancements.
  • The council will send a letter to City Staff for commendation of Matt Sanford on his work concerning Marian Bear Park.
  1. Draft a letter to city staff to promptly fill the vacant Sr. Ranger position for the Tri Canyons

WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Internet Postings
  • An interesting fact is that the website holds a long history of minutes for Marian Bear Park.
  • It was mentioned to brainstorm ideas on how to generate more Facebook activity.
  • Ranger Steve Smith was asked if it was ok to post a Facebook flyer for Marian Bear Park on the kiosk to which he said was ok.
  • Ranger Steve said he would pass on any interesting pictures he takes of the park to the Toni Bear to post on Facebook.

 

  1. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update
  • The recent high waters that flooded the canyon was talked about and how semi recently a walking path was added to Regents Road Bridge that allowed for easier pedestrian and cycle crossing of the creek below.
  • A possible idea of creating a raised foot path under Regents Bridge was mentioned by Joe as a way to aid crossing the park without crossing Regents road as a safety issue, but was dismissed as a cross jurisdiction problem as well as liability issues.
  • Walt’s Memorial Tree had a protective screening put around it by Ranger Steve and Matt.
  • Ranger Steve talked of a coyote that has been recently seen around the East Regents parking lot on a regular basis.

 

  1. Current Events
  • The city is having a spring cleanup, but does not include Marian Bear park. Ogalala Creek, also known as Lakehurst which is a canyon that joins Marian Bear Park will be having a cleanup on Aprill 22nd.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

  • N/A

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:44 PM.  (Joe/Darren)

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  May 10th 2017, 6:30PM at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

Respectfully submitted,

Steven Smith, Park Ranger, Tri-Canyon Parks & Mission Valley Preserve.

 

 

NOTES OF THE JANUARY 11th, 2017

                    MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL
 
TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held on Wednesday, January 11th 2017, at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

CALL TO ORDER
Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:32 PM.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

 

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (STEELE/T. BEAR) to approve the minutes of the November 9th, 2016 meeting of the Marian Bear Park Recreation Council.  Motion passed.

 

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • Joe reported that the Celebration of Walt Shaw was well attended. A Oak tree was planted in his memory.

 

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

None

 

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • The current balance is $3,041.38.
  • The Franchise Tax Board requested a narrative of the activities conducted by the MBMPRC in 2016, and a copy of the group’s financial statements for the past 2 years.

 

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Park Ranger Matt Sanford

  • We’re still waiting on the security contract to be approved for opening and closing the parking lot gates.
  • We recently reduced a lot of the sign clutter around the parking lots, and installed new gate closing and park rules & regulations signs.
  • SANDAG has a Use & Occupancy Permit to access approximately 10,000 square feet of the very west end of the park to reconstruct and realign a City sewer pipe. This is related to the trolley project.  They’ve been doing some clearing and removed several trees, but the permit requires them to do a full restoration, and maintenance of this area once they’re done.  Expected to last up to 15 months.  They will be restricting access through this area, and will be posting trail closed signs in MB and Rose in the areas close to where this project is taking place.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

 

ACTION ITEMS

 

WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Natural Resource Management Plan Update (NRMPU)
  • Ranger Sanford mentioned that he would talk to Senior Planner Betsy Miller about the next steps for the NRMPU, and park staff will report back about this at a future meeting.

 

  1. Internet Postings
  • The group discussed the Facebook page for the Marian Bear Recreation Council, and the information about the park listed on the City’s website. Ranger Sanford mentioned that the City’s website is being update and we should see some improved information and pictures of the park soon.

 

  1. Wildlife & Vegetation Matters Update
  • Joe shared some pictures of recent frost in the park.

 

  1. Current Events

 

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Brent Banta mentioned that he found some old park maps. He’s going to drop them off at the Nature Center sometime soon.

 

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 PM.

 

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  March 8th 2017, 6:30PM at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Matt Sanford, Sr. Park Ranger, Tri-Canyon Parks & Mission Valley Preserve.

 

 

NOTES ON THE NOVEMBER 11th, 2015 MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

 

TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held on Wednesday, November 11th 2015, at the Tecolote Nature Center.

 

ATTENDANCE

Kay Stewart

City of San Diego

Matt Sanford, Sr. Park Ranger, Tri-Canyons/Mission Valley Preserve

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:38pm.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (D. BEAR/STEELE) to approve the minutes of the October 9th, 2015 meeting of the Marian Bear Park Recreation Council.  The motion passed unanimously.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • Joe reminded the group that there is no MBMPRC meeting in December.
  • The holiday party is on December 19th at the Bali Hai restaurant.
  • The Park & Recreation Dept. is working on a draft update to the Special Use Permit and Standard Operating Procedures for all Recreation Councils in the City. The group reviewed both documents.

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

None

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • The current balance is $3,988.37.
  • Brent Banta did the taxes for the Council this year.

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Park Ranger Matt Sanford

  • We’ve in installed new trails signs and a small footbridge on the trail along creek near the East Regents parking lot.
  • Rangers and volunteers repaired the downed fencing around the former mitigation area near the East Regents parking lot.
  • I’ve been talking to the Streets Division about gates proposal for all of the parking lots. They are OK with the location of the gates, but asked that we get the OK from the Fire Department about their design and locations.
  • I will be giving Councilmember Zapf a tour of the Tecolote Canyon on December 2nd, and am hoping to also tour her through Marian Bear Park and talk to her about the enforcement issues occurring in the parking lots, and about some of the projects we’re working on.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

ACTION ITEMS

  1. Election of 2016 Officers

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (STEELE/T. BEAR) to elect Joe Steinbach as Chairperson, Toni Bear as Treasurer and Don Steele as Secretary of the Marian Bear Memorial Park Recreation Council for 2016.  Motion passed.

WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Plans for Parking Lot Improvements
  • Kay Stewart shared her proposed plans for improvements in all of the parking lots with the group.
  • The group reviewed proposals for replacing the barrier logs around the edge of each parking lot with boulders. Kay suggested that the old barrier logs be left to rot in place, and that the new barriers be installed in front of them.  She added that the concrete blocks attached to the old logs should be removed.  Kay provided some information about where the boulders can be obtained.
  • The group reviewed the designs and locations for security gates and additional fencing at the entrances to each parking lot. Also reviewed were the stepover bars that would be installed on both sides of the gates.  The stepover bars would allow hikers, bikers, etc to enter the park after the gates were closed, but prevent off-road vehicles from entering.
  • The group reviewed Kay’s proposal for new picnic tables and benches around each parking lot. She researched where several picnic tables in the parking lots were manufactured, and how they were delivered.  Locations for new benches around the parking lots were suggested, and Kay will provide information about manufacturers.
  • Kay suggested several locations around the parking lots where native oak trees, and other native plants, could be planted. The Genesee parking lot would look a lot nicer with new tree plantings.  She suggested a technique when planting the tree to help it survive, and mentioned that the San Diego Native Plant Society could help propagate acorns from native oak trees that could be used for future plantings.
  • Kay will make some modifications to the plans and report, and will make PDF copies of the plans. She is going to send all of the Council members a PDF copy of the plans and report.

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  1. Facebook Page
  1. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update
  1. Current Events

 COMMUNICATIONS

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  January 13th, 2015, 6:30pm at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

Respectfully submitted,

Matt Sanford

Sr. Park Ranger, Tri-Canyons/Mission Valley Preserve.

 

 

NOTES ON THE OCTOBER 14th, 2015 MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held on Wednesday, October 14th 2015, at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

ATTENDANCE

City of San Diego

Matt Sanford, Sr. Park Ranger, Tri-Canyons/Mission Valley Preserve

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:30pm.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (T. BEAR/D. BEAR) to approve the minutes of the September 9th, 2015 meeting of the Marian Bear Park Recreation Council.  The motion passed unanimously.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • Joe mentioned the FY16 Regional Park Fund Allocations memo that was sent out by the Park & Recreation Dept. to all of the park community groups.  Don Steele and Toni Bear stated that they will attend the Park & Recreation Oversight Committee meeting on November 19th.  Don is going to contact Jim Winter about the time and location of this meeting.
  • The group discussed the MBRC holiday party in December.  The party will be held at the Bali Hai restaurant on Saturday, December 19th.

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

None

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • The current balance is $3,988.37.
  • Toni stated that the IRS sent the Council a letter about filing their taxes.  Toni was going to contact Brent Banta about this.

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Park Ranger Matt Sanford

  • There is a restoration area at the bottom of the Kroc trail that’s being managed by Pangaea Biological.  They’re restoring this area for SDG&E after a section of pipeline was dug up for maintenance purposes several years ago.
  • I contacted the Streets Division about the proposed gates we’d like to install at the entrances to all of the parking lots.  The intent of this is to make sure they’re OK with the location of the gates so that there’s enough space for vehicles to slow down and turn around when the gates are closed.
  • The fencing around the former mitigation area just down the trail from the east Regents parking lot is in bad shape and we’re going to repair it in the coming weeks.  This former mitigation area was turned over the park staff several months ago, and it’s vital that we keep people out of it.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

ACTION ITEMS

  1. Selection of Committee to Nominate 2016 Officers

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (STEELE/T. BEAR) to nominate Deron Bear, Michael Kowalski, and Don Steele to the Committee to Nominate the 2016 MBRC Officers.  The motion passed unanimously.

  1. Scheduling the November MBMPRC Meeting

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (STEELE/KOWALSKI) to change the location of the November MBRC meeting to the Tecolote Nature Center.  The motion passed unanimously.

  1. Community Outreach with Facebook
  • The group discussed starting a MBMPRC Facebook page to publicize the meetings, events in the park, etc.  The page would be run by the MBRC members.

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (STEELE/T. BEAR) to pursue a Facebook page for the Marian Bear Park Recreation Council and to create a committee to discuss setting the page up.  The motion passed unanimously.

 WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Plans for Parking Lot Improvements
  • Kay Stewart will be presenting the final parking lot improvement plans at the November MBRC meeting.
  • The group discussed changes to the draft plans at the September meeting and these changes were communicated to Kay.
  • Matt Sanford mentioned that he should have Streets opinion about the proposed gate locations at the November MBRC meeting.  He added that the cost of installing the gates could be significant because of the labor and prevailing wages for contractors.
  1. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update
  • Matt Sanford mentioned that park staff have been very busy pulling and spraying castor bean in all of the parks.
  1. Current Events
  • Joe Steinbach mentioned that the small footbridge just down the trail from the west Regents parking lot is in bad shape.  Matt Sanford mentioned that he would check it out.
  • Toni Bear mentioned that she volunteered with the Friends of Tierrasanta Canyons for the “I love a Clean San Diego” Coastal Cleanup Day on September 19th.

 Fund Raising

  • The group discussed ways to raise funds for the park and Marian Bear Park Recreation Council.

COMMUNICATIONS

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  November 11th, 2015, 6:30pm at the Tecolote Nature Center.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Matt Sanford

Sr. Park Ranger, Tri-Canyons/Mission Valley Preserve.

 

NOTES ON THE SEPTEMBER 9th, 2015   MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held Wednesday, September 9th 2015, at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (T. BEAR/D. BEAR) to approve the minutes of the August 12th, 2015 meeting of the Marian Bear Recreation Council.  The motion passed unanimously.

 

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • Joe mentioned that the Clairemont Senior Center (where the MBNPRC meetings are held) may be closing at 4pm soon. Future meetings may need to be held at the North Clairemont Recreation Center or elsewhere.

 

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

None

 

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • The current balance is $3,800.89.

 

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Ranger Matt Sanford

  • A resident that lives near the Biltmore St. trailhead finished installing a bench at the top of the trail stairs.
  • Park staff continues to be busy dealing with several transient camps in the park, and illegal dumps at the parking lots.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

 

ACTION ITEMS

None

 

WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Plans for Parking Lot Improvements
  • The group looked at the draft plans that Kay Stewart provided for improvements in the parking lots, and discussed some preferred changes.
  • The gate at the entrance to the west Regents parking lot should be moved back so that it’s not in front of the park memorial sign, and that sign should not be moved. Instead of landscaping one or both sides of the gate, the group preferred additional fencing and a step over to allow pedestrians to enter when the gate is closed.
  • Toni Bear mentioned that the memorial sign and area around it should be improved.
  • The group also preferred additional fencing and a stepover bar on both sides of the gate at entrance to the east Regents parking lot.
  • Deron Bear inquired about who would open and close the gates each day. Matt Sanford mentioned that a private security company would be the preferred option.  This is currently what other parks in the City do with entrance gates.  He added that closing the gates each evening would hopefully help deter dumping and other illegal activity from occurring.
  • The group discussed where new native tree plantings could be installed around the parking lots. Matt Sanford mentioned that park staff will try to plant several new native trees around the Genesee parking lot later this year.
  • Toni Bear asked about the access path near the entrance to the west Regents parking lot and whether that path entrance should be blocked off to prevent vehicles from driving in. Matt Sanford mentioned that it’s most likely an access path for Public Utilities, and that a small gate be installed at the entrance.
  • The group discussed the barriers around the edges of the parking lots. The old SDGE logs have deteriorated and look ugly.  Kay suggested that they be replaced with boulders, bollards or new logs, and either solely use one type or combine several.  The group liked the idea of combining several different types of barriers for the parking lots.  Matt Sanford mentioned that this project may need to be made into a Capitol Improvement Project due to the size and cost.

 

  1. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update

 

  1. Current Events
  • The annual Basket’s & Botany event at the Tecolote Nature Center is coming up on Saturday October 10th, from 9AM to 2PM.

 

  1. Fund Raising

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  October 14th, 2015, 6:30pm at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Matt Sanford, Sr. Park Ranger, Tri-Canyons/Mission Valley Preserve.

 

 

NOTES ON THE MEETING OF THE AUGUST 12 MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held Wednesday, August 12th

2015, at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

 

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

 

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

 

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (D. BEAR/KOWALSKI) to approve the minutes of the June 10th, 2015 meeting of the Marian Bear Recreation Council. The motion passed unanimously.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • Joe thanked Deron for bringing his class to the park again back in June. Deron mentioned that he will be making some minor changes to next year’s class visit.
  • There was a lightning strike in the park a couple of weeks ago that caused a small brush fire near the west Regents parking lot. SDFD responded. No evidence of a fire was observed by Joe.

 

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

None

 

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • The current balance is $5,800.89.
  • Toni mentioned that some changes were made to the account to save money whenever a check is written. She added that the bank informed her that online banking is available for this account, if so desired.
  • Deron and Toni Bear made a contribution to the account to keep the balance above $3000 once Kay Stewart is paid for her parking lot improvement plans. This will ensure that the account is not charged a monthly fee for having a balance under $3000.

 

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Ranger Matt Sanford

  • The Public Works Department completed repairs to all three parking lots. They also spread gravel on top of the road surfaces in the Regents parking lots.
  • A resident that lives near the Biltmore trailhead built a bench and offered to install it at the top of the stairs.       I recently met with him about this and he will be installing it soon.
  • A crew from the Alpha Project recently removed weeds from around the parking lots, and at the entrances. It looks a lot better now.
  • We have a new janitor servicing the park restrooms and they’re doing a great job.
  • A water pipe broke behind the Genesee restroom and was repaired by a City plumber.
  • We relocated a small wooden footbridge from Tecolote Canyon to a drainage at the bottom of the Kroc trail in Marian Bear.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

ACTION ITEMS

None

WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Plans for Parking Lot Improvements
  • Kay Stewart presented the group with draft plans for various improvements in the parking lots.
  • She showed the group ideas for replacing the existing log barriers around the parking lots with new barriers that will keep vehicles out of the of natural areas. The barrier suggestions included new poles similar to the existing ones, large boulders, and bollards. She also mentioned that a combination of these barriers could be used at the parking lots, and inquired about the history of the existing SDGE logs barriers. The group discussed these ideas.
  • Recommendations for new tree plantings around the parking lots were suggested to improve the look of some barren areas around the parking lots.
  • Recommendations for new picnic tables and benches in all of the parking lots were suggested to the group. Kay shared some picnic bench manufacturers.       The group discussed benches with the bases attached, similar to ones already found some of the parking lots.
  • The group also discussed designs for security gates at the parking lot entrances.
  • The MBRC will discuss the draft plans at the September meeting and will provide Kay with feedback about them. Kay will attend the October meeting with the final set of plans for the parking lot improvements.
  1. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update
  1. Current Events
  1. Fund Raising

COMMUNICATIONS

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

 

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING: September 9th, 2015, 6:30pm at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

Respectfully submitted,

Matt Sanford, Sr. Park Ranger, Tri-Canyons/Mission Valley Preserve.

 

NOTES ON THE JUNE 10th, 2015

MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

 

TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held Wednesday, June 10th

2015, at the East Regents Rd. parking lot in Marian Bear Park.

 

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:06 p.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (STEELE/KOWALSKI) to approve the minutes of the May 13th, 2015 meeting of the Marian Bear Recreation Council.  The motion passed unanimously.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • Joe mentioned that the MBNPRC should research additional funding opportunities, and suggested that they discuss this at the July meeting.

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

None

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • The current balance is $3,800.89
  • We received a $300 donation, which will be deposited shortly.

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Ranger Matt Sanford

  • The kiosk at the Genesee parking lot was vandalized recently. One of the panels is missing the plexi-glass and posted information now.
  • The Public Utilities Dept. repaired and graded the parking lots recently, and will be adding materials on top soon.
  • A crew from the Alpha Project cleared back brush from alongside the trails recently. They also cleared out the storage area behind the West Regents Rd. restroom.
  • Park Rangers have been patrolling the creek areas on both sides of Regents Rd. recently, and working with them on some transient camp issues in the Limerick Mesa area of the park.
  • A shotgun was found in the park recently by a hiker near the Genesee Ave. parking lot.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

ACTION ITEMS

None

WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Prepare for Class Visit
  • Deron Bear stated that his class will do a quick cleanup of the kiosk panel, and then hike to the park memorial panel at the west Regents Rd. parking lot. Ranger Sanford will be hiking with the group.  Refreshments will be provided.

 

  1. Plans for Parking Lot Improvements
  • Don Steele had some concerns about the proposed gate for the Genesee Ave parking lot.  He mentioned that emergency responders should be given enough space to safely get off the road when the gates are closed.

 

  1. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update
  • Deron and Toni Bear reported seeing a green hummingbird recently.
  • Sr. Ranger Sanford saw a bobcat walking along the creek near the east Regents R. restrooms.

 

  1. Current Events

COMMUNICATIONS

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:00 p.m.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  July 8th, 2015, 6:30pm at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

Respectfully submitted,

Matt Sanford, Sr. Park Ranger, Tri-Canyons/Mission Valley Preserve.

 

NOTES ON THE MAY 13th, 2015   MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held Wednesday, May 13th

2015, at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (STEELE/KOWALSKI) to approve the minutes of the April 8th, 2015 meeting of the Marian Bear Recreation Council. The motion passed unanimously.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

No Report

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

None

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • The current balance is $5,073.89
  • The check for $400 to the IRS cleared.

 

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Ranger Matt Sanford

  • Park Rangers have ongoing enforcement issues keeping us busy with transient camps, etc.
  • The Public Works Department began grading and repairing the parking lot surfaces. They will be adding some materials such as pea gravel and decomposed granite to the worst sections soon.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

ACTION ITEMS

None

 WORKSHOP ITEMS

301 Prepare for Class Visit

  • Deron Bear will be bringing his class from Speckles Elementary for a visit to the park on Monday, June 15th from 10AM to noon at the east Regents Rd. parking lot. Along with doing some beautifying around the parking lot, they will be installing a new exhibit on the kiosk about snakes.

 302 Plans for Parking Lot Improvements

  • Kay Stewart stated that she took some measurements of the parking lots, and checked out the locations of existing park benches and locations for new benches.
  • Kay researched manufacturers of picnic benches, and presented examples of some benches with and without concrete foundations attached. She also showed some areas within the parking lots where the new benches could be installed.
  • The group discussed some of the configurations of the Genesee parking lot, including the adjacent CalTrans property and fencing. Kay suggested that the group look at installing new tables and/or benches at this parking lot as well.
  • Ranger Sanford shared some correspondence that former Sr. Ranger Tracey Walker had with engineers in the Transportation Department about installing gates at the entrances to the Regents Rd. parking lots. They had concerns about vehicles exiting this busy road, and turning around when the gates are closed. The group discussed these concerns and the need for installing gates at all of the parking lots to deter illegal dumping, camping in the parking lots at night, and closing them when it rains.
  • Kay will present more detailed plans at the August MBNPRC meeting.

303 Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update

 304 Current Events

 

COMMUNICATIONS

  • The June 10th MBNPRC meeting will be held at the east Regents Rd. parking lot, at 6PM.
  • Joe Steinbach spoke about a Meetup.com group that organizes hikes around the County, including in Marian Bear Park.
  • Deron Bear mentioned that he would like to write an article in the Clairemont Times about parking lot improvements that the MBNPRC and park staff have been discussing.

 

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING: June 10th, 2015, 6:00pm at the Marian Bear Park, east Regents Rd. parking lot.

Respectfully submitted,

Matt Sanford, Sr. Park Ranger – Tri-Canyons/Mission Valley Preserve

 

 

NOTES ON THE APRIL 2015 MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held Wednesday, April 8th

2015, at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (STEELE/T. BEAR) to approve the minutes of the April 8th, 2015 meeting of the Marian Bear Recreation Council. The motion passed unanimously.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • No report

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

None

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • The current balance is $5,476.89

  • A check for $400 was written to the IRS to change the status of the MBNPRC from a private foundation to a public charity.

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Ranger Matt Sanford

  • Park Rangers have ongoing enforcement issues keeping us busy with transient camps, etc.

  • A couple of unauthorized trails west of the Genesee parking lot were closed and signs posted at the access points.

  • The Public Works Department will be grading, repairing, and adding materials to the parking lot roads soon.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

ACTION ITEMS

None

WORKSHOP ITEMS

301. Family Trust Donation; Entrance Improvements

  • The group discussed Kay Stewart’s most recent proposal, including new picnic tables and benches, security gates, removing and replacing the barriers surrounding the parking lots, and narrowing the road entrances.
  • Sr. Ranger Sanford expressed concerns about the long term maintenance and budget impacts related to the road narrowing proposal, and the proposed suggestions for managing the Gold Spotted Oak Borer (GSOB) problem in the park. The Open Space Division is currently working on a draft management plan for the GSOB in Marian Bear Park.
  • The Council agreed to ask Kay to remove the sections related narrowing the road entrances, and the section with the GSOB suggestions, and to request a revised proposal after these changes have been made.

302. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update

  • Sr. Ranger Sanford mentioned that Ranger Steve and volunteers have been clearing brush back from alongside the park trails.

303. Current Events

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Joe Steinbach mentioned that he’s been talking to Toni Bear about improving the Marian Bear Park website. They would like to not only improve the content related to the Council meetings, but also improve the information about the park’s natural and recreational features. The group discussed paying someone to do this, or recruiting a college student to do this work as part of their studies. Toni Bear suggested that the Council get ideas for improving the website from professional’s that do this work. Michael Kowalski suggested there be two websites; one for the park recreation council, and one for information about the park features.

  • Joe updated the council on the Mid-Coast Transit Corridor project, and the proposed bicycle path near the Rose Canyon Open Space Park.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING: May 13th, 2015, 6:30pm at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

Respectfully submitted,

Matt Sanford, Sr. Park Ranger – Tri-Canyons/Mission Valley Preserve

 

NOTES ON THE MARCH 11th, 2015   MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held Wednesday, March 11th

2015 at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

 

City of San Diego

Janice Lavallee, Park Ranger, Tri-Canyon/Mission Valley Preserve

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (M.Kowalski/T. Bear) to approve the minutes of the February 11th, 2015 meeting of the Marian Bear Recreation Council. The motion passed unanimously.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

Kay Stuart has been under the weather and has not been able to do the proposal for improving the parking lot entrances at Marian Bear Park.

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

None

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • The current balance is $5,476.89.
  • I requested some information from the bank on the minimal balance needed for this account

is $3000 without fees.

For IRS purpose reclassify the account as public charity.

 

STAFF / RANGER REPORTRanger Janice Lavallee

  • Park Rangers have ongoing enforcement issues keeping us busy (transient camps, etc.)
  • A park patron reported that a guy was caught dumping carpet into our dumpster and we referred the case to Code Enforcement.
  • Facilities Division repaired the concrete in front of the East Regents restroom building.
  • We may obtain a quote for repairing the road surfaces at the Regents Road parking lots after the rainy season is done.
  • City wide Volunteer recognition event 04/14/15 at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. 10:00am-1:00pm

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

ACTION ITEMS

  • Deron Bear stated that the MBNPRC would really like to see more special events like this occur in the park, and mentioned several ideas for special events that others could be encouraged to do.

 

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (T. BEAR/KOWALSKI) to send a formal thank you letter from the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council to Kate Clark for her presentation, “Parking Lot Park”, in Marian Bear Natural Park. Motion passed.

 

Copy of letter below

 

March 11, 2015

Dear Kate,

The Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council would like to thank you for using Marian Bear Park for you sound/art installation project “Parking Lot Park.” It was a pleasure to work with you on such a unique event. We were very impressed with the amount of work that went into the project and the organization that it took to make the project such a success.

We enjoyed the enthusiastic atmosphere of an evening event in the park. We were also impressed by the variety of the art stations and the unique way each station interacted with the various areas of the park. It was a wonderful way to tell some of the stories of Marian Bear Park and we believe the event will encourage people to come back again for another visit.

We hope your project will inspire other artists to use the park for their projects. We also look forward to any future projects you may want to locate perform at Marian Bear Park.

Sincerely,

Joe Steinbach

Chairman

 

 

WORKSHOP ITEMS

None

  1. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update

 Rose Creek watershed is removing non-native pampas grass and palm trees and may also take non-native pampas grass and palms out of the creek in Marian Bear Park.

The Park Rangers have sighted two healthy coyotes on the west side of the parking lot.

 

  1. Current Events

COMMUNICATIONS

Joe Steinbach gave an up-date on the trolley and train lines.

Meet up.com held a walk at Biltmore on March 14th 1:00pm -3:30pm and was very well attended.

Joe mentioned that MBRC have a web page, Toni Bear mentioned the web page needs a new design. Deron Bear mentioned maybe even having a face book page showing lots of pictures of the beauty of the park.

 

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING: April 8th, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Janice Lavallee,

Tri-Canyons/Mission Valley Preserve Park Ranger

 

NOTES ON THE FEBRUARY 11th, 2015 MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (D. BEAR/T. BEAR) to approve the minutes of the January 12th, 2014 meeting of the Marian Bear Recreation Council. The motion passed unanimously.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

No report

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

None

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • The current balance is $5,476.89.
  • I requested some information from the bank on the minimal balance needed for this account, but our account is different from others so I will have to speak to someone about this.

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Ranger Matt Sanford

  • The park has been fairly busy the past month with the spring like conditions.
  • Park Rangers have increasingly been contacting dog owners that let their dogs go off leash in the park. This is a big problem not only in Marian Bear, but at many other open space parks in the City. Rangers may start issuing citations to owners that let their dogs go off leash. The fine expensive for this violation.
  • Park staff, with the assistance of Alpha Project, will be removing the old damaged picnic tables from the Regents Road parking lot areas. 2 on the west side of Regents, and 5 on the east side.
  • We may obtain a quote for repairing the road surfaces at the Regents Road parking lots after the rainy season is done.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

ACTION ITEMS

  1. Update the MBNPRC 501(c)(3) Tax Documents
  • Brent Banta stated that he called the IRS about updating the MBNPRC tax documents. There are 3 items that are needed: a form to ask the IRS to make a determination; a form where we describe what portion of our support comes from private and government sources; a check for $400. Brent drafted a letter to the IRS asking them to make the determination, and the MBNPRC needs to vote on paying the IRS $400 to update the group’s tax documents.

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (D. BEAR/BANTA) to approve Action Item 201, Update the MBNPRC 501(c)(3) Tax Documents, to become a public non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. This includes paying the IRS $400 to reclassify the MBNPRC. Motion passed.

  1. Review of Visual Arts Presentation, “Parking Lot Park” by Kate Clark
  • Kate and the MBNPRC reviewed the presentation and looked at pictures of the different stations.
  • The group also thanked Kate’s partner on the presentation, Sam Dunscombe, for his work on the audio elements.
  • Kate stated that of the people who showed up to see the presentation, approximately 60% were affiliated with UCSD, and added that she received a lot of positive feedback from her UCSD friends and colleagues.
  • Deron Bear stated that the MBNPRC would really like to see more special events like this occur in the park, and mentioned several ideas for special events that others could be encouraged to do.
  • Kate mentioned that she presented this project at Harvard University recently.

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (T. BEAR/KOWALSKI) to send a formal thank you letter from the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council to Kate Clark for her presentation, “Parking Lot Park”, in Marian Bear Natural Park. Motion passed.

 Proposed Bicycle Path at Western End of Park

  • Joe Steinbach informed the group that the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition provided some comments to the Pacific Beach Planning Group recently about this proposed bicycle path. They asked the planning group to write the Mayor and City Council about prioritizing this project so that it can be completed by the time the Mid-Corridor Transit Project is completed. He added that the Friends of Rose Creek Watershed do not want the bicycle path paved.
  • Joe advised the group that a motion on this action item be tabled until the MBNPRC receives more information about this project.

WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Family Trust Donation; Entrance Improvements
  • Joe Steinbach spoke about some of the project ideas that were discussed at the January MBNPRC meeting.
  • The group discussed narrowing the road entrances to the Regents Road parking lots, including the impact this would potentially have on public utilities in the parking lots, and the costs associated with narrowing the roads.
  • The group also discussed making the barriers around the edges of the parking lots more permanent and aesthetically pleasing, possibly installing more picnic tables, and the desire to have a meeting area for groups and Park Ranger talks.
  • Kate Clark mentioned that she has contacts with the Woodbury School of Architecture, and would be happy to assist with more public programming in the park, and ways to engage more community involvement.
  • Joe mentioned that the materials used on the road surface causes a lot of dust to be blown around when people are driving in and out of the parking lots.
  • Deron Bear mentioned that if the road entrances to the parking lot can’t be narrowed, something should still be done to make the entrances more inviting. Matt Sanford agreed and liked the idea of the installing boulders to replace to current power poles that are in bad shape. Matt added that installing gates at all of the parking lots would be a good idea to deter illegal dumping and people camping in the parking lots overnight.
  • Toni Bear asked Matt Sanford if there were plans to remove the loose chunks of concrete lying around the parking lots. Matt mentioned that they will, but that some of the concrete chunks are still attached to the power poles and can be remove whenever the poles are removed.
  • Deron asked if a shade structure could be installed. Matt Sanford stated that this may be a much larger project that may require additional permitting and Capitol Improvement Project funding.
  • The group agreed that they should get back to Kay with any additional input and comments about her draft proposal.

 

  1. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update
  1. Current Events

COMMUNICATIONS

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING: March 11th, 2015, 6:30 p.m. at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

Respectfully submitted, Matt Sanford, Tri-Canyons/Mission Valley Preserve Sr. Park Ranger

 

NOTES ON THE JANUARY 14th, 2015  MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR NATURAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (D. BEAR/STEELE) to approve the minutes of the November 12th, 2014 meeting of the Marian Bear Recreation Council.  The motion passed unanimously.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • Thanks to Deron Bear for doing a great job as Chair of the MBRC recently.
  • If anyone has suggestions for the future meeting agendas then let me know and I’ll add it.
  • The Water Quality Improvement Project (WQIP) is going through another public comment period and ends in a couple of weeks. The group decided to send a letter of support to the WQIP project managers.

 

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

None

TREASURER’S REPORT

  • The current balance is $5,466.89.

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Ranger Matt Sanford

  • We’ve been very busy keeping the park clean, and working with several officers in the SDPD Northern Division. Several illegal trash dumps were located in both Regents Rd. parking lots.
  • A lot of people were in the park over the holidays, particularly couples and families taking pictures for their Holiday cards.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

ACTION ITEMS

  1. Identify the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council Money as a Funding Source for the Completed Park Improvements Proposal from Kay Stewart

MOTION:  It was moved and seconded (STEELE/T. BEAR) to identify the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council money as a funding source for the completed park improvements proposal from Kay Stewart.  Motion passed.

WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Family Trust Donation; Entrance Improvements
  • Kay Stewart, Deron & Toni Bear. Sr. Ranger Matt Sanford and Ranger Steve Smith walked around each Marian Bear parking lot recently and discussed ways to improve the features and overall look of the grounds.
  • Kay stated that she put together a proposal based on the idea that she would provide it the MBRC rather than the City, and the Council can then make recommendations based on these proposals to City staff. The proposals are based on the idea that there would be some steps.
  • The first step would be to document the proposals and put them on a plan. Measurements of the parking lot would be taken to assist with cost estimates.  A preliminary study would be done next outlining 3 categories of things that will improve each parking lot.
  • One category would be removing the old damaged picnic benches and possibly adding new ones.
  • A 2nd category would be how to improve the look of the roads leading into the Regent’s Rd. parking areas. She mentioned that the wooden bollards and horizontal poles around the edges of the parking lots are in bad shape and could be removed and replaced with something more aesthetically pleasing that still keeps vehicles from driving into the off-limit areas of the park.  She added that the roads leading in are very wide, and they could be narrowed and curved.  Native landscaping could be planted alongside the areas where the road is narrowed.  The Marian Bear Resource Management Plan states that the roads and parking lots should reflect the natural character of the park, and the wide roads leading into the parking lots do not reflect the natural character of the park.  Narrowing the roads might significantly reduce the cost of maintaining the roads each year.
  • A 3rd category would be to plant new trees, removing non-native plants, and adding new native plants if they can be maintained to ensure survivability.
  • Base sheets and designs would be prepared for each category. After the MBRC tells Kay what should or should not be on the plans, she would assign costs to help them set some priorities.
  • The MBRC discussed using their funds to pay Kay for her services.

MOTION:  It was moved and seconded (STEELE/D. BEAR) to add Action Item 201 (Identify the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council money as a funding source for the completed park improvements proposal from Kay Stewart) to the January 14th, 2015 Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council meeting agenda.  Motion passed.

  1. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update
  • Ranger Sanford reported seeing a coyote at the entrance to the west Regents Rd. parking lot.
  1. Current Events

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Brent Banta mentioned that he noticed a mistake in the MBNPRC 501 (C) non-profit IRS application. The group was classified as a private foundation when they should have been classified as a public charity.  Brent talked to the IRS about changing the classification, but this would require filling out several more forms and paying for a $400 reapplication fee.  He proposed that a letter to the IRS be written by the MBNPRC requesting that the fee, or some portion of it, be abated, and that the reclassification forms be completed.
  • Brent stated that this topic should be added to the February 11th MBNPRC meeting agenda.
  • Toni Bear offered to complete the IRS reclassification forms.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

 

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING: February 11th, 2014, 6:30 p.m. at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

Respectfully submitted, Matt Sanford, Tri-Canyons/Mission Valley Preserve Sr. Park Ranger

Andy Quinn, Tri-Canyon Park Ranger

 

 

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