University City updates: Police search, a blood drive, and Regents Road bridge
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Bella, the dog who spurred The Bella Project, which aims at preventing dog drownings.
Bella, the dog who spurred The Bella Project, which aims at preventing dog drownings.
SD Police Department looking for new chief

The City of San Diego is asking for the public’s help to find a replacement for outgoing police chief Shelley Zimmerman, who is retiring in March 2018. The plan is for the new chief to be selected by January 2018.

“Under Chief Zimmerman San Diego has become a leader in community policing and remained one of the safest big cities in America. Our next police chief must build on her commitment to excellence and continue to forge strong bonds with our neighborhoods,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “The police chief serves all of San Diego so we want everyone to have a chance to participate in the selection process. I am encouraging San Diegans to attend these community forums so the public’s voice is heard.” The City will host four community meetings this fall and unveil an online survey to accept comments. One meeting will be held in University City at Standley Park Recreation Center, 3585 Governor Drive, on Thursday, Sept. 21, starting at 6 p.m.

UC blood bank drive

Saturday, Sept. 9 marks the date of the next UC San Diego Blood Bank Bloodmobile Blood Drive at the Sprouts/Starbucks marketplace on Governor Drive from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You'll find the bloodmobile in the center of the parking lot. Sign up at

Spontaneous blood donors and blood buddies are also welcome, and it is recommended to pop in between 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., if you do not have a reservation. Also, the bloodmobile door shuts at exactly 1:30 p.m., therefore the process must begin prior to closing. Future scheduled UC San Diego Blood Bank Blood Drives at the Sprouts/Starbucks Marketplace will be on Saturdays: Nov. 4, and, in 2018, Jan.13, March 10, and May 12.

UCPG shocked! No one is listening!

“We are under siege with too much construction,” said Janay Kruger, chair of the University Community Planning Group. It is rather concerning to read in the UT that Cal Trans has been negotiating in the courts against the wishes of the University Community.

University Community Planning Group (UCPG) has invited the director of Cal Trans District 8 to the Sept. 12 meeting at 6 p.m. at the Scripps office building to hear community concerns. There is no charge for parking, and all residents, workers and property owners are welcome.

The meeting will be located at 10010 Campus Pointe Drive in the first floor meeting room. Bring your concerns to the meeting or call Cal Trans director Lori Berman, 619-688-6669 or I-5 project manager, Allan Kosup 619-688-3611.

Regents Road bridge status

Regarding the removal of the Regents Road Bridge from the community plan, the August case management conference with the attorneys for both sides, and the judge, took place as scheduled. The court set future dates for the filing of opening briefs and reply briefs in October, November and December, pending the certification of the administrative record by Sept. 6. The trial, in the form of a hearing before the judge (where both sides present their arguments) is scheduled for Jan. 4, 2018.

Good deeds: Bella Project aims to prevent dog drownings

For their Silver Award, University City’s Girl Scouts (Troop 3476), Delia Braillard and Carolyn Sutton, incoming freshmen at UCHS, founded “The Bella Project.”

The Bella Project is a non-profit, community outreach mission which strives to inform new dog owners of the dangers of dog drownings. The project includes the creation of a flyer, sponsored by Dr. Feinberg at the Governor Animal Clinic. This flyer includes information on how to puppy-proof homes and yards protecting dogs from drowning.

Braillard and Sutton also created a website to inform the community about this cause.

The Bella Project was inspired by the tragic story of Bella, a 12-week-old puppy, who went swimming in her owner’s pond without anyone noticing. Bella couldn’t get out and tragically drowned.

This was a devastating experience and pushed Carolyn and Delia to make sure all new and existing dog owners know of Bella’s story and learn to protect their own dogs from this type of accident. The Silver Award is a small-group project in which the goal is to create an everlasting change that benefits the community.

They hope with the creation of The Bella Project, they will make a difference in many puppy’s lives. For more information, visit
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