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SJC Police Services Offers Holiday Safety Tips

CITY MANAGER'S REPORT: La Sala, a dinosaur, business licenses and more.

SJC Police Services Offers Holiday Safety Tips

HOLIDAY REMINDERS: Remember to make yourself a hard target for crime during this holiday season and always! With all of the holiday distractions, the San Juan Capistrano Crime Prevention Unit would like to remind you of these tips:

  • Keep a bright (energy efficient) light shining outside your home from sundown to sun up.
  • Keep your doors locked, even if you will only be gone for a few minutes.
  • Do not leave anything of value to you visible in your vehicle and always lock your vehicle no matter where you park.
  • Avoid leaving your garage door open unless you are going to be in the garage or otherwise be in a position to see the garage, and never leave your garage door open overnight.
  • If you are going to be gone for an extended period of time, ask a neighbor to pick up papers/ flyers that might collect and have them store or put away your trash cans after trash day.
  • Please help keep a watchful eye on your neighbors’ homes and report any suspicious activity immediately to the Sheriff’s Department at 949-770-6011 (or 911 if it is an emergency). Don’t assume someone else has called.
  • Be cautious of who you let into your home. There are those that use diversions and pose as construction workers, building inspectors or utility workers who have been allowed into a home by an unsuspecting resident, only to find out later that they were distracted while their property was taken by another individual. Ask for identification and if you are still unsure, do not allow them into your home.

If you are ever faced with a suspicious situation that just doesn’t look or feel right, call and report it to the Sheriff’s Department. You are our eyes and ears and the first line of defense against crime. Don’t let yourself be an easy target and partner with us to keep San Juan Capistrano safe! 

SDG&E TREE TRIMMING: It is time for the SDG&E annual tree trimming that will require removal of approximately 11 trees. SDG&E has been working cooperatively with city staff on an umbrella tree removal permit that includes notification to impacted residents, documentation to staff, and providing a replacement tree for each tree removed.

LA SALA ENTRY REPAIRS Work commences on Monday, Dec. 10 and should be completed before the end of the year. In the meantime, the La Sala Auditorium will remain closed for the public’s safety.

ZOOMAR’S: The city is processing an application from the property owner who is requesting to legalize the Apatosaurus dinosaur and install accessory shade structures, kiicha (reed hut), fossil sandbox and archaeological dig area. The park proposes four theme areas including the existing farm and the new Old West Town, Prehistoric Garden and Acjachemen Village. The Cultural Heritage Commission on a 2-1 vote recommended that the Planning Commission approve the conditional use permit modification, including the dinosaur. The Planning Commission will conduct a special meeting on Dec. 18.

I-5 HIGH OCCUPANCY VEHICLE AESTHETICS SUB-COMMITTEE: The Aesthetics Sub-Committee last met Nov. 26 to review treatments for two sounds walls and landscaping along the I-5 Corridor between San Juan Creek Road and Las Ramblas. A conceptual view simulation was reviewed and comments were provided.

BUSINESS LICENSE RENEWALS: Business license renewals are expected to go out in the mail by Dec. 7. To avoid penalties, be sure to pay by Jan. 31, 2013. If you have any questions, or if you do not receive your renewal form, please feel free to call the Customer Service Department at 949-493-1515.

POLICE SERVICES: On Saturday, Nov. 17, the San Juan Capistrano Police Services supported the residents of Capistrano Villas Community with a community clean-up event. Through our partnership, residents in this community filled up four, large trash receptacles and discarded abandoned sofas and debris found in the alleyways. This will help deter criminal elements from using these as a place to congregate and conduct criminal activities. Additionally, residents also benefitted from discarding their own unwanted items from their homes.

Our message to the residents remained the same – be an active neighborhood watch participant and partner with us and be the eyes and ears for the community by reporting suspicious persons and activities to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The clean-up successfully rekindled their neighborhood pride and strengthened their sense of ownership. A clean neighborhood, reclaimed and frequently used by residents is less attractive to criminals and more attractive to the residents, which makes the community safer.

DEL OBISPO STREET BRIDGE WIDENING: In the past week, the contractor removed pavement, installed crushed miscellaneous base, and asphalt paved at the south side of Del Obispo Street at Paseo Adelanto and at Alipaz Street.  Workers also removed the water diversion pipe from the creek and started re-grading the creek bottom. And, they removed excess construction materials from the creek area, and from the area north of Del Obispo Street just west of the bridge.

The traffic signal subcontractor pulled wire from the interconnect to the new traffic signal cabinets, and they rewired loops for the existing signal system. They assisted the SDG&E contractor to complete the SDG&E tie into the new Type 3 service cabinet, and the new service cabinet was inspected by the building department. They also worked on energizing the traffic signal at the intersection of Paseo Adelanto and Del Obispo Street. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-December.

I-5/CAMINO CAPISTRANO INTERCHANGE: The barricades were removed from San Juan Creek Road under the freeway on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 3-4. Also, on these nights, the newly constructed auxiliary lane for the I-5 off-ramps to Camino Capistrano was opened to traffic.

Phase 2 will shift construction to the west side of Camino Capistrano to construct an additional southbound lane from south of the ramps to the widened portion of Camino Capistrano. This work will be performed at night.

For more information, contact Caltrans Public Information Officer, David Richardson, at (949) 724-2341.


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