The eyesore median on Balboa and Mt. Abernathy.
  • The eyesore median on Balboa and Mt. Abernathy.
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Clairemont Mesa residents have had enough. Joel P. shared on, "Ever since they redid the entire median on Balboa from Morena to 805 with landscaping years ago, we have been blessed with the only portion of the median that was left as a trash bin and swamp at this one corner (right in front of Coco's). I call it Zapf's Legacy Swamp, as she did nothing to get this situation rectified after years of repeated calls and emails to her asking for assistance. I'm curious to see if the next representative can finally get this taken care of for our neighborhood."

After years of neglect, Councilman Cate's office says help is on the way next fiscal year.

Ryan Trabuco, president of the Clairemont Town Council, said, "We've received a lot of emails on this as well through Town Council. At one of our last meetings, Councilman's Cate's office mentioned that this particular median is scheduled for some much needed repair (obviously) in the next fiscal year. Things are happening and moving forward but at a molasses, government-like pace."

Keith H. of West Clairemont shared that this issue was discussed at the Clairemont Community Group last week. He said there are plans to repave the eyesore median with rocks like the other medians in the area. No new landscaping will be added due to the drought. The poor drainage will also be addressed.

Zapf's Legacy: No action taken after years of calls and emails by residents to Councilwoman Zapf.

A resident from Clairemont Olive Grove, Janet L., said she heard it through the grapevine that there were plans to remove all trees along the Balboa medians. Mike H. of North Clairemont speculated that this could be a response to a tree that fell across Balboa near Ruffin Road last year. Janet said, "As a taxpayer I find it highly irritating that someone at the city didn't have the foresight about the drought, which began four years ago, not yesterday. Why didn't they plant succulents, more native plants? Now they're going to spend more tax dollars to cut the trees down?"

These are some of the questions residents will have in hand today at the Clairemont Town Council meeting. Other issues to be discussed include a discussion of public safety by the San Diego Police Department and San Diego Fire-Rescue. The meeting will also include a short presentation by a local 911 dispatcher that will be available to answer any questions or concerns.

Representatives for Congressman Scott Peters, State Senator Marty Block, Assembly Speakers Toni Atkins and Brian Maienschien, Supervisor Ron Roberts, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, Councilwoman Lorie Zapf, and Councilman Chris Cate will also be in attendance.

For more information visit the Clairemont Town Council website.

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Joanie Mansfield Aug. 6, 2015 @ 10:56 a.m.

That median is horrible. It's full of weeds and cracked concrete. I've never understood why they stopped working until they finished all of them. It looks like it should be in a ghetto. Terribly out of place.


CaptainObvious Aug. 6, 2015 @ 12:48 p.m.

Rumors fly that they will remove the cobblestone and replace it with something flat, so beggers dont trip and sue. Has the "cardboard box" sign near Charger been replaced?


boemac Aug. 6, 2015 @ 2:18 p.m.

The last 3 councilmembers have been all talk and no action. The overall quality of life in Clairemont has gone down the tube in the last ten years or so. We pay our taxes and we should be getting more from the city and our councilmember. We need to band together and elect someone who cares about Clairemont more than running for mayor.


Visduh Aug. 6, 2015 @ 8:16 p.m.

Alex Clarke is so correct. Once your "hood is a ghetto, you can forget ever getting even the basics from the slobberin' city. Get your taxes back? Nevahappen when Dean Spanos and his gang are on the loose, demanding a new stadium. Who's gonna pay for it? You are, you poor shmoo!


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