Civic Report: Bird Rock Community Council, May 7
by Dave Schwab
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The on-again, off-again problem with off-leash dogs at Calumet Park is on-again. Public donations are still needed to fund the much-needed remodel of a police satellite station serving Bird Rock.

Those were the highlights of Bird Rock Community Councils (BRCC) May 7 monthly meeting at Bird Rock Elementary School.

A couple of local residents during public comment pointed out popular Calumet Park is increasingly becoming “a dog park,” with dogs “running right through roped-off areas.”

“It’s one of those things where it ebbs and flows,” said advisory group chairwoman Jacqueline Bell.

“Calument Park is posted [with signage]. Dogs must be on a leash at all times,” said Bird Rockian Dale Cafala.

It was suggested that the phone number for animal control be posted in BRCC’s monthly newsletter as one possible solution to the problem.

Bell agreed the issuance of more tickets for dog-related violations in Calumet might “serve as a reminder that it is not a dog park.”

Residents said the problem with dogs at the park is greatest early in the morning and at night around sunset.

One local resident pointed out dog complaints at the park are not an overreaction, noting they’d witnessed dogs actually “taking food out of children’s hands.”

Another local resident, Mike Costello, agreed the situation is deteriorating.

“It isn’t a dog run. It’s a people park, and it’s really too bad,” he said.

Bird Rock resident Sharon Wampler suggested it might be wise to start searching for park space somewhere else in the community to establish a bonafide dog park.

Bell replied that might be a good idea, but she cautioned park space is at a premium and might be difficult

Residents were asked to contribute to a Neighborhood Watch fundraising drive to raise $30,000 needed to pay for improvements at the ramshackle police storefront at 4439 Olney St. The storefront serves both Pacific Beach and Bird Rock.

About $25,000 has been raised over the last few months, and at least $5,000 is still needed. Donations, whic are tax-deductible, can be made out to the San Diego Police Officers Association and sent to 5666 La Jolla Blvd, #168, San Diego, 92109.

Discussing BRCC membership cards and renewals, Bell said the group has just switched to a calendar-year system, giving those joining an extra three months of membership for their $35 annual dues.

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The BRCC’s next meeting will be Tuesday, June 4 at Lupi Restaurant, 5518 La Jolla Blvd.
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