Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce Holds Meeting with Governmental Agencies

| April 3, 2023 | 0 Comments

This past month, the Old Town San Diego Safe and Clean Committee, that has representation by members of the Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce, held a meeting which was extremely well attended. Representatives from numerous governmental agencies, including the City and County Parks and Recreation Departments, the San Diego Police Department, the Mayor’s office, Caltrans, San Diego Metro Transit System, County of San Diego Health and Human Services, and residents and business owners from the community.  The meeting took place at the Mormon Battalion Museum, located at 2510 Juan Street in Old Town San Diego.

Each department was given an opportunity to speak about their roles in assisting with different topics, including the homeless encampments and dangerous individuals who have been frequenting establishments and parks in the area.  Ongoing issues with street vendors who are creating challenges for pedestrians on the sidewalks and impeding foot traffic for brick-and-mortar businesses.  Homeless encampments in and around Presidio Park that have created a significant increase in fires during 2022 (100 percent increase from 2021). Graffiti abatement and management to eliminate an unfriendly environment for visitors, businesses, and residents. Abandoned shopping carts and holding locations for their removal; and recent communication with businesses that offer them to customers.

In addition to speaking on their roles with the topics above, the individuals representing these various governmental agencies accepted questions and comments from members of the audience. Due to subject matter and personal experiences, business owners and residents shared serious concern for delays in action taken and getting results, especially in emergency situations. 

Officer David Surwillo, who spoke on behalf of the San Diego Police Department, offered his responses on delays due to staffing shortages, and reminded members of the audience to use the Get It Done ap on non-emergency matters, including graffiti, abandoned shopping carts, homeless encampments, and street vendors.

The Old Town San Diego Safe and Clean Committee includes business owners and residents of Old Town. Left to right are Alex Ward, executive director of the Old Town Chamber of Commerce; Fred Grand, president of the Old Town Chamber of Commerce; and Trish Fillet, resident and volunteer. Each provided community reports for those who attended the meeting.


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