Meeting Notes

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

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 OF THE NOVEMBER 9th, 2016

                  MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR MEMORIAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held on Wednesday, November 9th 2016, 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 (D. BEAR/STEELE) to approve the minutes of the September 14th, 2016 meeting of the Marian Bear Memorial Park Recreation Council.  Motion passed.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • Joe informed the group that longtime Marian Bear Park Recreation Council member, Walt Shaw, passed away recently.  Adele Schwartz spoke about Walt, and mentioned that she is organizing a gathering of friends who knew Walt to celebrate his life.  The celebration of his life will be taking place on Saturday, November 19th at the west Regents Rd. parking lot.  Chris Redfern, Executive Director of the San Diego Audubon Society, is assisting with this celebration and will be sending out invites soon.  The group discussed installing a memorial plaque for Walt on the bench that was installed for his wife, Marlene, near the Genesee Ave. parking lot.

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • The current balance is $3,041.38.

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Park Ranger Matt Sanford

  • The parking lot roads were graded recently by the Park & Recreation Turf Services Division.
  • South Bay Fence began installation of the parking lot gates and security fencing.  The new gate closing signs have been ordered and will be installed soon.  A security contractor will open and close the gates each day, beginning in early January.
  • Sr. Ranger Sanford recently met with SANDAG and City Public Utilities officials to look at potential mitigation sites for their Mid-Coast Corridor Trolley project.  They looked at several sites including the west Regents Rd. parking lot area in Marian Bear Park, and there was some interest on their part in choosing this area for restoration mitigation.  The group discussed the prospects of this and were generally supportive of closing the parking lot on the west side of Regents Rd. and restoring this area.  Sanford added that nothing has been decided yet.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

ACTION ITEMS

  1. Election of 2017 MBMPRC Officers
  • Deron Bear reported that the nominating committee recommends that the current slate of Officers serve another year in the same roles.  There were no other recommendations for Officers made.

 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 2017.  Motion passed.

  1. 2017 Marian Bear Memorial Park Recreation Council Meeting Schedule

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (T. BEAR/STEELE) to meet on every odd numbered month in 2017 unless special circumstances necessitate an earlier meeting.  Motion passed.

 WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Holiday Party
  • The MBMPRC holiday party will be taking place on Saturday, December 17th, 11:30am at the Bali Hai Restaurant. Deron Bear will set up the reservation for the group.
  1. Meeting Schedule
  • Joe mentioned that he spoke to the staff person at the North Clairemont Recreation Center about the 2017 MBMPRC meeting schedule.  He asked if the group preferred to meet every other month instead of every month.
  • The group agreed that they will meet every odd numbered month unless special circumstances necessitate an earlier meeting.

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (STEELE/D. BEAR) to add the 2017 MBMPRC meeting schedule to this meeting’s agenda.  Motion passed.

  1. Wildlife & Vegetation Matters Update
  • Joe shared a picture of the park area around the Genesee Ave. parking lot.  The group discussed the network of paths in the creek area and under Genesee Ave.
  1. Current Events

COMMUNICATIONS

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 PM.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  January 11th 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 SEPTEMBER 14th, 2016

MEETING OF THE MARIAN BEAR MEMORIAL PARK RECREATION COUNCIL

TIME AND PLACE

The meeting of the Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council was held on Wednesday, September 14th 2016, at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:31 PM.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (STEELE/D. BEAR) to approve the minutes of the August 10th, 2016 meeting of the Marian Bear Memorial Park Recreation Council. Motion passed.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • No report

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

  • Joe suggested that the council vote on a Nominating Committee for next year’s Officers.

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (D. BEAR/STEELE) to make the Nominating Committee for the 2017 Marian Bear Memorial Park Recreation Council Officers an Action Item on this meeting’s agenda. Motion passed.

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • The current balance is $3,121.38. $10 was recently paid to the California Franchise Tax Board.

  • The 2015 MBMPRC taxes were submitted on time. Toni stated that the Council needs to pay the tax preparer $150, which will put the account balance under the $3000 minimum. Don Steele offered to give a $50 donation, and Joe Steinbach offered to give a $20 donation to the Council.

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Park Ranger Matt Sanford

  • South Bay Fence ordered all of the materials needed for the parking lot gates and fencing. They informed me that it would take approximately 5 weeks for everything to arrive. We’re hoping that installation will begin sometime in October.

  • We started to GPS all of the trails in Marian Bear Park in preparation for the update the park’s Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP). The trails on the very west end were GPS’d first and we will be moving east. There’s currently no timeline for the update to the park’s NRMP.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

ACTION ITEMS

201. Nominating Committee for 2017 Marian Bear Memorial Park Recreation Council Officers.

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (STEELE/D. BEAR) to nominate Deron Bear (Chair), Don Steele, and Michael Kowalski to the Nominating Committee for 2017 Marian Bear Park Recreation Council Officers. Motion passed.

WORKSHOP ITEMS

301. Kiosk Displays

  • The group discussed the art panels at the Tecolote Nature Center that were created by students at University City High School, and ideas to improve the content on the Marian Bear Park kiosks.
  • Sr. Ranger Sanford mentioned that he discussed the kiosk with a Tecolote volunteer that helped setup the art panels project with UC High. She seemed interested and was going to look at the kiosks. Sanford is going to report back about their discussion at a later meeting.

302. Natural Resource Management Plan (NRMP) Review

  • The group discussed putting together a wish list of ideas for the park’s NRMP update.

  • Joe brought up the new bike path that’s going to be constructed near the west end of the park, and whether the group should provide comments on this plan. He stated that the group opposed a prior proposal for paved bike path that went through the park.

  • The group discussed using solar on any new buildings.

  • The group discussed permanently closing the west Regents Rd. parking lot and restoring that entire area.

  • Sr. Ranger Sanford mentioned that park staff will probably hold off on installing any new picnic tables, or replacing the barriers around the parking lots, until 2018. The parking lot gates and fencing project has taken longer than expected, and a security contract still needs to be prepared for opening and closing the gates each day. The group discussed the improvements that have already been made.

303. Wildlife & Vegetation Matters Update

  • Joe mentioned that there was a story in the San Diego Union Tribune about the California Gnatcatcher, and its endangered species classification.

  • The group discussed the County of San Diego Vector Control Program, and how they combat mosquitos throughout the County.

304. Current Events

  • Joe informed the group about the I Love a Clean San Diego cleanups going on throughout the County soon. He also reminded the group about the group’s Holiday party in December. Deron and Toni Bear agreed to make a reservation for the group at the Bali Hai restaurant.

  • Sr. Ranger Sanford mentioned that the Tecolote Canyon Interpretive Group will be checking out the trail along the creek near the east Regent. Rd parking lot on Thursday, October 20th. He is going to encourage them to provide more guided hikes in the park, and on this trail. Park Rangers have been encouraging more positive use of this area to deter the illegal activity that has been occurring in that area for many years.

COMMUNICATIONS

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:50 PM.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING: November 9th 2016, 6:30PM at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

Respectfully submitted,

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

 

NOTES ON THE MEETING OF THE AUGUST 10th, 2016

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, August 10th 2016, at the Tecolote Nature Center.

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (T. BEAR/D. BEAR) to approve the minutes of the July 13th, 2016 meeting of the Marian Bear Park Recreation Council.  Motion passed, with Ann Graham and Don Steele abstaining.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • No report

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

None

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • The current balance is $3,131.38.
  • Toni contacted the person preparing the Council’s 2015 taxes. She believes they received an extension until August to file the taxes with the IRS.

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Park Ranger Matt Sanford

  • Park Rangers and work crews continue to clear brush back from alongside the park trails. Rangers have also been staying on top of several areas with transient camp issues.  We are also continuing to block access to unauthorized trails and access points alongside the creek near the East Regents parking lot, and will be doing the same near the West Regents parking lot as well.
  • Ranger Steve and Janice modified their schedules recently and will be working later hours each week. They will be patrolling Marian Bear Park later each day.
  • 3 teenagers playing Pokémon Go in the park several weeks ago located a deceased person near the West Regents parking lot. The person was badly decomposed, and most likely a transient.  No foul play suspected.
  • The contract for the parking lot gates and fencing was submitted and we’re waiting on the approved purchase order. Once the PO is received we will notify South Bay Fence to get started.  Installation of the gates and fencing should begin soon thereafter.
  • The Council voted on the future gate opening and closing times a few months ago. The closing time that was voted on then was 7:30pm, but after observing how light it is and the amount of park usage at that time we feel it would be better to close the gates at 8:00pm instead.

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (STEELE/T. BEAR) to add a new closing time for the parking lot gates to this meeting’s agenda as an action item.  Motion passed.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

ACTION ITEMS

  1. New Closing Time of 8:00pm for Future Parking Lot Gates.

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (STEELE/D. BEAR) to defer to staff’s recommendation of a new closing time of 8:00pm for the future parking lot gates.  Motion passed.

WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Trail Guides
  • The group met at the Tecolote Nature Center to look at the newly installed art panels on the chain-link fencing around the native plant garden. The panels were prepared by students at University City High School, and the group discussed working with students from UC High on projects in Marian Bear Park.  Ranger Sanford explained how the project came to be.  They also toured around the native plants garden and discussed other projects that park staff have been working on.
  • The group discussed the prospects of installing plant ID or interpretive signs along some trails in Marian Bear Park. They also discussed some of the areas that have been blocked off in that area.  Ranger Sanford explained that those areas were blocked off because of the illegal activity occurring, and for resource protection purposes.  He added that these measures, combined with a consistent Ranger presence in the park, have helped deter illegal activity in those areas.
  • Toni Bear shared a slideshow of the plant ID signs on Limerick Mesa. Several of the signs are in bad shape, have been vandalized, or are no longer next to the plant which they identify.
  • Deron Bear proposed taking out the signs that are damaged, or no longer have the plants next to them. He added that reducing the number of signs will also reduce the amount of vandalism and maintenance of the signs.  The group discussed visiting the area to look at which signs can be removed.  Ranger Sanford added that staff will clean graffiti off of the signs in the meantime.
  1. Meeting Schedule
  • The group discussed future meeting topics such as the update to the park’s Natural Resource Management Plan.
  • Joe Steinbach mentioned that the group should still have monthly meetings. Ranger Sanford mentioned that he will continue to attend every other meeting, and Deron Bear mentioned that he will also attend meetings every other month.  Deron added that monthly meetings should still be scheduled every month, but they should be canceled if no one shows up or nothing is on the agenda.
  1. Wildlife & Vegetation Matters Update
  1. Current Events

 

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Karen Zirk spoke about the Mid Coast Corridor Trolley Project and its impact on Marian Bear Park. She also mentioned the Rose Creek Bikeway project.
  • She suggested that mitigation for the Trolley project could be done in Marian Bear Park, and mentioned that she will be working with SANDAG about future site visits and where mitigation for this project will occur. Karen asked if the MBMPRC members would like to be involved with these discussions.  Toni Bear stated that they would love to be informed about this project.
  • Joe mentioned that there will be increased enforcements efforts soon to deter illegal crossings of the railroad tracks.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 PM.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  September 14th 2016, 6:30PM at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

Respectfully submitted,

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

 

 

NOTES ON THE JULY 13th, 2016

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 13th 2016, at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

CALL TO ORDER

Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:36 PM.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (D. BEAR/T. BEAR) to approve the minutes of the June 8th, 2016 meeting of the Marian Bear Park Recreation Council.  Motion passed.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

Copies of the Clairemont Times are available in hallway. Of interest Announcement of our meeting; Story on Tri-Canyon/Tecolote Canyon, Comments on Regents Road Bridge through Tri-Canyon/Rose Canyon Alternative methods of telling members about meeting locations and times should be considered.

 

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

None

 

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • The current balance is $3,131.38.
  • The Internal Revenue Service approved extension of time to file revised 501-c3 application.

 

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Park Ranger Matt Sanford

  • The roof on the Tecolote Nature Center is going to be replaced and work is scheduled to begin on or around August 1st, and lasting for several months.  The contractor said there will be minimal disturbance so we may still be able to meet here for the August meeting, but I won’t know for sure until the project begins and we get a good sense of how it will impact usage.  I know there was interest in checking out the new art panels on the chain link fencing around the native plant garden, so we could meet in the amphitheater behind the Nature Center if we’re unable to meet inside.  Or at the North Clairemont Rec Center.  Let me know what you would like to do.
  • Park staff and volunteers continue to clear back brush from alongside trails in the park.
  • Several active bee hives in the park were reported to us this past month. We’ve posted signs in those areas cautioning people.
  • Park Rangers worked with SDPD to make an arrest of a person responsible for several very large camps in the park, near the Conrad Ave. This person has been a chronic problem for us and has an active stay away order from the entire park.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

 

ACTION ITEMS

 

WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Trail Guides
  • New trail north of Regents East Parking was used by Spreckles Class. New bridges accross creek. Trail extends to Standley Park entrance. Now easier access to Penthouse. Only a few small arrow signs exsist now. Bulletin Board Poster including plant identification may be appropiate. Poison Oak warning should be on the poster.
  • Limerick Mesa sign improvement suggestions: old draft is wrong; too many repeated signs; some plaques could have bird names and possibly sketches; all plaques might include QR codes to information on the internet; a kiosk poster could be made; copies of a paper guide could be placed in a onsite box; 25 year old cement posts, put up after the City cancelled sale plans, show wear.

 

  1. Plans for Parking Lot
  • Ranger Sanford reported the new contract with South Bay Fence should be approved soon, and once it is, he will be setting up the gates and fencing installation for the parking lots.

 

  1. Wildlife & Vegetation Matters Update
  • Our Facebook page includes pictures of the appearance by a coyote at the june meeting.

 

  1. Current Events
  • After Rose Creek flows south from the Park, it enters a cement channel. Erosion undermined the channel and a 1 ft deep, 6 ft by 6ft hole opened in the cement. work crews temperorarly fixed it by filling it in with dirt. There is a large gap between the sidewall and the earth. This is a reminder that cement does not always stop road damage. An example of an unpaved road moving 10 ft is near the creek crossing 1/4 miles west of Regents west parking. Reason for no paved bike path in Park.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Member Deron Bear mentioned he might have to miss some future meetings because of conflicts with school duties.

 

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:25 PM.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  August 10th 2016, 6:30PM at the Tecolote Nature Center.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Joe Steinbach, chairman.

NOTES ON THE JUNE 8th, 2016 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, June 8th 2016, at the East Regents Rd. Parking Lot in Marian Bear Park.

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 6:10PM.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (D. BEAR/STEELE) to approve the minutes of the May 11th, 2016 meeting of the Marian Bear Park Recreation Council.  Motion passed.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • No report

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

None

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • The current balance is $3,131.38.
  • The person filing the MBMPRC taxes filed for an extension.

 STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Park Ranger Matt Sanford

  • Staff continues to clear brush back on trails throughout the park.
  • The water level in the creek has been unusually high the past several weeks.
  • We’ve also been busy dealing with several transient camps in the park. SDPD has been assisting.

 COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

 ACTION ITEMS

 WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Prepare for Class Visit
  • Deron Bear will be bringing his class to the east park on Tuesday, June 14th, at 10am. Meeting at the east Regents parking lot.
  • The students are working on new panel for the kiosk at the east Regents parking lot.
  • Snacks and refreshments will be provided, and the class will be taking a hike to memorial sign at the west Regents parking lot.
  1. Plans for Parking Lot
  • Ranger Sanford reported that the gates and fencing installation will happen shortly after the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st. Signs listing the gate opening and closing times will be installed as well, and the public will be given ample notice about when the gate closings will be begin.
  • The group discussed new picnic tables around all of the parking lots. Ranger Sanford mentioned that he spoke to a sales person at Wausau Tile, who manufactured several existing tables around the park, about possibly ordering some new tables later this year.  Kay Stewart recommended several locations around all of the parking lots for new tables and benches, and park staff will go by these recommendations when installation begins.
  1. Wildlife & Vegetation Matters Update
  • A small coyote was observed barking at a park patron with a dog near the parking lot while this meeting was going on. The group also observed a flock of parrots flying overhead, and several rabbits and squirrels nearby.
  • The group discussed several tress in the revegetation site near the east Regents parking lot.
  • Don Steele asked if any deer or mountain lion tracks have been seen in the park. Ranger Sanford answered that park staff have not seen any, and have not received any reports about those tracks.
  • Joe Steinbach mentioned the plant identification signs on Limerick Mesa, and asked the group if signs identifying common birds in the park should be installed. The group discussed several new sign proposals or a kiosk for this area of the park.
  1. Current Events
  • The group discussed having future meetings at the Tecolote Nature Center or other locations. Deron Bear mentioned that the ad in the Clairemont Times would have to be updated a couple weeks in advance of the meeting.  The July 13th meeting will be held at the North Clairemont Recreation Center at 6:30pm, and the August 10th meeting will be held at the Tecolote Nature Center at 6:30pm.

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Deron Bear mentioned a recent LA Times article about illicit behavior in the public spaces and how enforcement agencies law deals with these problems. The group discussed all of the proposed improvements for the parking lots, such as gates and new picnic tables, and how an improved image and security for the park may deter illicit behavior.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:20PM.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  July 13th 2016, 6:30PM at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

 

Respectfully submitted,

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

 

NOTES ON THE MAY 11th, 2016

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 11th 2016, at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.
CALL TO ORDER
Joe Steinbach called the meeting to order at 6:30PM.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (STEELE/T. BEAR) to approve the minutes of the April 13th, 2016 meeting of the Marian Bear Park Recreation Council.  Motion passed.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • Joe discussed the trail work that was done in Lakehurst Canyon by volunteer Evan Sollberger. He shared an aerial with the group and they talked about the BMX jumps that are not on park property.  Joe mentioned that residents around the Lakehurst entrance into the canyon did a big cleanup of the area recently.

 
CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT
None
TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • The current balance is $3,131.38.
  • Toni mentioned that the MBMPRC taxes are being prepared right now.

 
STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Park Ranger Matt Sanford

  • Staff have been clearing brush back on trails throughout the park.
  • We’ve blocked access to several unauthorized trails near the east Regents parking lot. The trails are near the creek, and we’ve observed trash and trampling of plants in very sensitive areas. There is an authorized trail on the north side of the creek that we’ve signed and are maintaining.  San Diego Police have offered to monitor and increase foot patrols with Rangers in these areas.
  • I met with a student from Mt. Everest Academy about a project she’s doing about the history of San Clemente Canyon. Little information was gathered about the project, but she did say that putting this information into digital format was her goal.  She had some questions about the history of the park, what Park Rangers do, and some of the issues in the park.
  • Don Steele asked if another Ranger position for the Tri-Canyons/MVP would be included in the FY17 budget. Ranger Sanford said that an additional Ranger is needed to help with all of the maintenance, operations, and enforcement responsibilities.  He added that the Open Space Division is trying to increase Ranger staff to better protect and manage the Open Space parks in the city, and also to bring the Division up to the national average of park rangers per total acreage.  The group discussed writing a letter to the City Council and Mayor in support of adding another Ranger position.

 
COMMITTEE REPORTS
None

 
ACTION ITEMS

  1. Entrance Gates Schedule
  • The gates and fencing will be installed at the 3 parking lot entrances, and will be opened and closed each day by a private security contractor. The contract with South Bay Fence to do this installation was submitted back in March, but there was a delay due to the City renewing its overall contract with them.  It’s likely that the gates will be installed after the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st.
  • The recommended opening and closing times are consistent with other City Open Space parking lot gate hours.
  • Park staff will install new gate opening and closing signs around the parking lots once the gates are installed, and a security contractor is ready to go.

MOTION:  It was moved and seconded (D. BEAR/STEELE) to open the future parking lot gates at 6AM year round, close them at 7:30PM during daylight savings time (March – November), and 5:30PM during standard time (November – March).  Motion passed.
 
WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Park Information in Digital Format
  • Toni Bear provided a brief update about the Marian Bear Recreation Council Facebook page. She asked park staff to send her updates and pictures about events going on in the park.

 

  1. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update
  • Joe Steinbach shared a picture of a small brush fire along the bike path near the 5 freeway.
  • Joe shared information about a public survey that MCAS Miramar is doing about an environmental cleanup they’re doing on the base.
  • Ranger Sanford mentioned that snakes have been very active in the canyons recently. He also reported seeing a bobcat near the east Regents parking lot.

 

  1. Current Events
  • The group discussed the Park & Recreation Parks Fit program, and posting some of the program flyers to the park kiosks.

 
COMMUNICATIONS

  • The group discussed when Deron Bear’s class can do their annual visit to the park. The 13th, 14th, 15th or 20th of June works well for everyone.  Deron is going to get back to the group about which date works best.  The class will walk to the east Regents parking lot.  Snacks will be provided and picture of the group will be taken.
  • Deron Bear mentioned that he spoke to a resident that lives near the Cobb Drive trailhead about suspicious activity occurring in that area. The resident mentioned that he and some of his neighbors believe that transients are living in the park, and that they’re thinking about starting a neighborhood watch program.  Ranger Sanford mentioned that staff have located camps in the park near the Creative Performing and Media Arts School on Conrad Ave, and that Rangers and volunteers frequently patrol this area.  He added that part of the land in that area belongs to SDG&E, and camps have been located on their property as well.  Deron asked the resident to keep him posted on these issues.
  • The June MBMPRC meeting will be held at the east Regents parking lot on June 8th at 6PM.

 
ADJOURNMENT
The meeting was adjourned at 7:40PM.
NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  June 8th 2016, 6:00PM at the East Regents Parking Lot in Marian Bear Park.
Respectfully submitted,
Matt Sanford, Sr. Park Ranger, Tri-Canyons & Mission Valley Preserve.

 

NOTES ON THE APRIL 13th, 2016

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, April 13th 2016, at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

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

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT – Joe Steinbach

Every thing is best said on other agenda items.

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

None

TREASURER’S REPORT – Toni Bear

  • No activity in the past month. The current balance is $3,131.38.

STAFF / RANGER REPORT – Sr. Park Ranger Matt Sanford

Volunteer Evan Sollberger did some more trail work in Lakehurst Canyon/Keller Trail, near the East Regents parking lot.  Attached are pictures of the work he did, and we’re pleased with how it turned out.  He rerouted a small section to get it away from an eroding creek bank.

 

We blocked off another unauthorized trail near the East Regents parking lot.  This path started near the picnic table just beyond the comfort station.  The paths that we’ve closed off in recent week were never authorized and we’ve observed trampling of sensitive plants, and trash in the areas they lead into.  They’re also frequently used by people who engage in illegal activity.  There is an authorized trail on the north side of the creek in this area, and it’s being maintained and signed for the public to use.

 

The parking lot gates and fencing installation is delayed until our Department contract with South Bay Fence is renewed.  Installation may not happen until after the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st.  I’d like to talk about the gate closing and opening times at the May MBRC meeting.

 

Rangers and volunteers have been pulling a great deal of nonnative Onion weed in the park, especially on the west end.  We think it’s creeping into the park from the 52 freeway and Regents Rd.

 

Snakes have been very active in the Tri-canyons recently.  We’ve been reminding people to stay on trail at all times, keep their dogs leashed, and not to harm them if they are obser

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

ACTION ITEMS

  1. Facebook

The Facebook key words are: Marian Bear Natural Park Recreation Council

There are other Facebook pages posted by others about Marian Bear Park.

Recent additions: rattlesnake pictures from Rangers. Trail map from City website. More pictures would be welcome.

 

The City of San Diego website includes a page about Marian Bear Park:

http://www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/parks/osp/marianbear/index.shtml

 

The recreation council has another website: http://www.marianbearreccouncil.wordpress.com. It is more :bureaucratic”. Its information includes 5 years of meeting notes and the Park Master Resource Plan.

 

AmazonSmile wrote that one customer identified us as a potential beneficiary. It is unlikely to be a significant revenue source;  0.5% of sales identified by the customer. City Schools use PTA’s for fund raising.

 

WORKSHOP ITEMS

 

  1. Current Events

Joe mentioned that the San Diego Earth Fair is on April 17th at Balboa Park. The Rose Creek Watershed Alliance , which includes our organization as an affiliate, will have a booth.

The Creek to Bay Cleanup is on the April 23.. We will not participate directly this year. I love a clean San Diego provides dumpsters and recruits volunteers. We have participated in the past.

 

  1. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update

Ranger Sanford said that there have been a lot of rattlesnake sightings recently.

  1. Park improvements.

The Spreckles School will provide another poster on Snakes. The date of the visit is uncertain.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

The June meeting in the Park.

 

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30PM.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  May 11th 2016, 6:30PM at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

 

NOTES ON THE MARCH 9th, 2016 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 9th 2016, at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (T. BEAR/GRAHAM) to approve the minutes of the February 10th, 2016 meeting of the Marian Bear Park Recreation Council.  Motion passed.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • Councilmember Lorie Zapf is hosting a volunteer recognition breakfast on Saturday April 23rd. She asked the Council to nominate a volunteer to attend this breakfast.  Joe suggested Evan Sollberger because of the recent trail work he did in the park.  Ranger Sanford will contact Evan to see if he’s interested and can attend this breakfast.
  • Joe asked the group if they would be interested in Amazon Smile as a way to raise funds for the Council. Toni Bear said she would do some research on it.
  • A spam email for a list including members of the Rec. Council was received. Joe suggested that the password for marianbearpark@yahoo.com be changed.

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

None

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • No activity in the past month.
  • The current balance is $3,131.38.

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Park Ranger Matt Sanford

  • Park Rangers and volunteers have pulled out several new palm trees from the creek. Onion weed is another invasive plant that has been moving into the park, and staff have spent several days pulling and spraying it.
  • Some new debris washed out onto the road underneath Regents. We’re going to clean it up soon.
  • Volunteer Evan Sollberger did some great trail work recently, and will be working on the trail that goes up Lakehurst Canyon soon.
  • We planted 5 native oak trees around the Genesee parking lot, and they’re doing very well so far.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

ACTION ITEMS

  1. MBMPRC Facebook Page
  • Toni Bear said she has not started working on the Facebook page yet. She is waiting for the Council to vote on whether or not they want one for the park.

MOTION:  It was moved and seconded (T. BEAR/KOWALSKI) to create a Facebook page for the Marian Bear Memorial Park Recreation Council.  Motion passed.

 WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Entrance Improvements
  • Ranger Sanford stated that park staff are moving forward on the parking lot gates and fencing installation. No timeline yet on installation, but they should be installed sometime this year.  New gate closing signs need to be designed and installed.  Sanford said he is going to get a quote for a security company to open and close the gates each day.  The gate to the road that leads underneath Regents Rd. will also be closed at night.  Closing the parking lots at night should deter illegal dumping and other illegal activity from occurring in the park at night.
  1. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update
  • Ranger Sanford said that there have been a lot of rattlesnake sightings recently.
  1. Current Events
  • Joe talked about the trespassing enforcement the Marines have been doing on Miramar MCAS property. The group spoke about whether or not Marian Bear Park needed signs on the eastern border warning people not to trespass onto Miramar.
  • Joe mentioned that the San Diego Earth Fair is on April 17th at Balboa Park. He added that the Creek to Bay Cleanup is on the same day.

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Deron Bear referenced a letter that the Rose Creek Watershed Alliance (RCWA) wrote to the Fish & Wildlife Service and other agencies about the Mid Coast Corridor Trolley Project. RCWA does not support mitigation being done outside of the watershed where the project is occurring, and they asked the MBMPRC to support them in this.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30PM.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  April 13th 2016, 6:30PM at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Matt Sanford

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

 

 

NOTES ON THE FEBRUARY 10th, 2016 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, February 10th 2016, at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

CALL TO ORDER

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

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (STEELE/D. BEAR) to approve the minutes of the January 13th, 2016 meeting of the Marian Bear Park Recreation Council. The motion passed unanimously.

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

None

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

None

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • No account activity.

  • The current balance is $3,131.38.

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Park Ranger Matt Sanford, via letter

The sand and rock debris underneath Regents Rd. has been cleaned up, and the gates have been reopened.

We placed several large downed logs at two unauthorized entrances into the creek area near the East Regents Rd. parking lot. These unauthorized entrances were popular with individuals who engaged in illegal activity by the creek. The logs are large enough that they can’t be moved easily, and we also placed a Keep Out sign in front of each of the logs – see attached Logs pictures.  Closing off these unauthorized entrances will better protect the sensitive creek area, and should discourage illegal activity from occurring there.

Ranger Janice added some materials about volunteer opportunities to the empty panel on the Genesee kiosk – a picture of the Genesee kiosk was shown.

A large Oak tree just down the trail from the West Regent Rd. restrooms broke off at its crown and is covering a popular section of trail. We attempted to remove it on our own, but there is a lot of poison oak in and around the tree, and we didn’t feel safe removing the large branches because of the weight and instability of the tree. Atlas Tree Service will most likely assist us with this removal.  Cones have been placed around the tree in the meantime.

Evan Sollberger, a park volunteer and liaison to the San Diego Mountain Biking Association, did some great repair work on the Kroc trail recently. Trail pictures were shown, and note the before and after shots.  Park Rangers are going to work with him on other trails sections in the park. Don Steele commented that Evan should be complemented for his work.

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

ACTION ITEMS

None

WORKSHOP ITEMS

301. Facebook webpage

  • Toni Bear showed the Mission Trails Facebook page and the Marian Bear Natural Park facebook page that includes a copy of the trail map and pictures taken in the park..
  • Meeting attendees said that the Facebook site encourages visits from members who are visiting other facebook pages and the current marianbearreccouncil.wordpress.com site does not have many visitors .
  • The City of San Diego had a policy of not linking to websites with advertisements, but other sites could link to City sites for maps and volunteer information. ..
  • Don Steele identified the artist of the Park brochure drawing of a young boy as Mierke Velőemen .

302. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update

  • Toni Bear showed some photographs taken in the Park that will be placed on the Facebook page.

303. Current Events

  • The Rose Creek Watershed Alliance, which includes this Rec. Council, will have a booth at the April 17th Earth Fair in Balboa Park.

  • The Creek to Bay Cleanup will be April 23rd. Marian Bear Park has participated in the past, a dumpster is provided and other volunteers are encouraged, No Rec. Council member volunteered to be site captain and our Park already has trash cans and a dumpster.

  • A story in January 19 Union-Tribune said that the Marines have impounded bicycles on Miramar Air Base. Park visitors should be reminded to not cross the I-805 eastern boundry of the Park.

  • Construction of the Trolley, at the western edge of the Park, has started with brush clearing, Some previously defined areas of our Park have been flagged for future work.

COMMUNICATIONS

  • Don Steele will make a 3 minute presentation to the funding meeting of the park and Rec. Board.

  • Don Steele has found an old letter about request for Police recently.

ADJOURNMENT

The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING: March 9th, 2016, 6:30pm at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

NOTES ON THE JANUARY 13th, 2016 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 13th 2015, at the Tecolote Nature Center.

 

CALL TO ORDER

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

 

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

 

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

 

CHAIRPERSON’S REPORTJoe Steinbach

  • The Rose Creek Watershed Alliance wanted to talk about the Rose Creek Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge project at this meeting, but we were unable to accommodate them due to the length of their presentation.

 

CITY COUNCILMEMBER’S REPORT

None

 

TREASURER’S REPORTToni Bear

  • Kay Stewart is now paid in full for her parking lots improvement recommendations.
  • The current balance is $3,131.38.

 

STAFF / RANGER REPORTSr. Park Ranger Matt Sanford

  • The recent storm washed a lot of sand and gravel onto the road that goes under Regents Rd. The gates on both sides of this road were closed while we wait for the citywide maintenance services to assist us with removing this debris.  The debris will be used to close off unauthorized entry points into the creek area where illegal activity has been known to occur.  There is a lot of cleanup around the City related to this storm so it may take several weeks.
  • I got a quote from South Bay Fence for the fabrication and installation of gates and fencing at the entrances to all of the parking lots. The purchase requisition will be submitted soon.  No timetable on when work can begin, but we’re hoping installation will be done by the end of this fiscal year.  I will also get a quote from a security company for opening and closing the gates each day.  They will be closed around sunset and opened around sunrise.
  • We are going to plant several Oak trees around the Genesee parking lot soon. Each tree will also have a deep well watering tube installed next to them per Kay Stewart’s recommendation.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

None

 

ACTION ITEMS

  1. Approval of City Special Use Permit
  • Toni Bear asked about the requirement to submit financial statements to the City at the end of each year, and the Carryover Expenditure Form requirement for all City Recreation Councils. Deron Bear stated that the tax forms are the financial statements that can be turned in.  Ranger Sanford stated that he would look into the Carryover Expenditure Form and get back to Toni about this.

 

MOTION: It was moved and seconded (D. BEAR/KOWALSKI) to approve the City Special Use Permit for the Marian Bear Memorial Park Recreation Council.

 

WORKSHOP ITEMS

  1. Parking Lot Improvements
  • Joe Steinbach asked about the empty panel on the kiosk at the Genesee parking lot. He inquired about putting the parking lot improvement plans on this panel, but the group decided that educational materials would better for this panel.  Ranger Sanford stated that park staff will put some materials together and post them soon.
  • Ranger Sanford mentioned that he is working with an art class from University High School on a project at the Tecolote Nature Center, and that he’ll ask them if they’re interested in redesigning one of the park kiosks for a future project. Similar to what the girl scouts did with the kiosk at the west Regents Rd parking lot.

 

  1. Wildlife and Vegetation Matters Update
  • Joe Steinbach shared some pictures of the frost on plants around the park.

 

  1. Current Events
  • The group discussed some artwork proposals for the Rose Creek Bikeway and Pedestrian Bridge Joe Steinbach mentioned that mitigation may be needed for this project, and that it should be done within the Rose Creek watershed.

 

  1. Fund Raising
  • The group discussed various ways to raise more funds for the Council, and how the Facebook page for the park could be managed.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

 

ADJOURNMENT

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

 

NOTICE OF NEXT MEETING:  February 10th, 2015, 6:30pm at the North Clairemont Recreation Center.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Matt Sanford

Sr. Park Ranger, Tri-Canyons/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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