By Noli Zosa | Linda Vista Viewpoints
A Linda Vista elementary school shut off part of their drinking water supply due to unsafe lead levels, district officials announced on Nov. 9. Six water fixtures at Fletcher Elementary School displayed higher lead levels than the district’s 5 parts per billion safety limit during testing at the school. Most of the fixtures had lead levels under 10 parts per billion, but one — a cafeteria kitchen faucet — showed levels of about 45 parts per billion, nine times higher than the district’s limit and three times higher than the federal limit of 15 parts per billion. The district said they will hold a parent meeting in the school’s auditorium at 8 a.m. on Nov. 28 to discuss the findings.
Mission Valley CPU
The Linda Vista Planning Group submitted comments to the city of San Diego regarding the Mission Valley Community Plan Update (MVCPU). Given that the proposed Riverwalk development is situated along Friars Road, a shared border of the Mission Valley and Linda Vista planning areas, the Linda Vista Community stands to be greatly impacted by the MVCPU as it concerns the Riverwalk development area.
Recognizing the impacts, in October 2014, the San Diego Planning Commission encouraged the involvement of the Linda Vista Community in the planning and development of the adjacent Mission Valley planning area for the purpose of creating a dialogue with the Riverwalk developer and, importantly, to provide our neighboring community with a voice.
The comments to the city included concerns regarding the proposed density to the area; the insufficient amount of on-site affordable housing; lack of adequate parking; and opposition to the proposed Via Las Cumbres extension.
University of San Diego
The University of San Diego (USD) football team clinched the Pioneer Football League (PFL) championship and automatic berth to the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Playoffs with a thrilling 56-52 victory against Davidson on Saturday afternoon at Torero Stadium. With the victory, the Toreros maintained the nation’s longest active conference winning streak to 28. USD has won 34 straight home PFL games and owns the longest active home winning streak among FCS teams at 21 games. The Toreros seek to complete their third straight undefeated PFL season Nov. 17 when they play at New York’s Marist College in the regular-season finale. Kickoff is at 9 a.m. Pacific Time.
The men’s basketball team has high expectations this year coming off a 21-14 record last season. USD’s four leading scorers are back — senior wing Isaiah Pineiro (15.7 points per game) and senior guards Isaiah Wright (13.4), Olin Carter III (12.4) and Tyler Williams (8.8) accounted for 70 percent of the Toreros’ points last year. In all, USD returns 81 percent of last year’s scoring. USD has started this season 2-1 with convincing wins over Weber State and UC Davis.
—Noli Zosa is chairman of the Linda Vista Planning Group. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.