Saturday, May 11, 2019


More than 1,100 homes are planned for Proctor Valley Road. Those of us who survived the 2007 Harris Fire can take one look at the developer's promo video (below) and easily imagine the potential disaster.

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This recently built neighborhood burned last year.  Houses were too close together to allow for defensible space, though much more separated than the ones planned for Proctor Valley. One house ignited by embers, and they burned like dominos in the resulting radiant heat... one house setting off its too-close neighbors. 


Oak Grove Middle School Library

  • May 8, 2019 (Jamul) – On Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m., the Jamul-Dulzura Community Planning Group agenda includes a proposed general plan amendment for Otay Ranch Village 14 and Planning Areas 16 and 19, prior to County Supervisors upcoming June 26 hearing. (Note, the county rescheduled its May 22 hearing to June 26.)
  • The project would include homes, a school, recreational facilities and more on property in the Otay Ranch area as well as land between Jamul and Chula Vista. Concerns have been raised by school districts, tribes, environmentalists and the Jamul-Dulzura Planning Group.  
  • The Jamul-Dulzura Planning Group’s agenda also includes an update on the Jamul Casino, a General Plan clean-up process and officers’ reports.  

Below is the PROMO Film for Adara at Otay Ranch— the 1,100-plus homes planned for two-lane Proctor Valley Road. The developer is doing little more than paving Proctor Valley Rd, and meeting minimum county requirements for building in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI).  Ninety percent of the homes will be packed into lots so small that 100' of defensible space is not possible—(the lots range from 4,250sqf to 8,000sqft.)  As we all watched last year, homes built like dominos stacked on end will burn like dominos.  All it takes is one ember and one home with an open window or garage.
Notice the word "fire" is never used in this promo.  They will pave Proctor Valley Road, but leave it as two 12ft lanes.  Their plan even states that the interior streets will be purposefully narrow:
"Vehicle access shall be clearly subordinated to pedestrian access through street design that incorporates narrow travel lanes and minimal driveway and curb cuts.” 
Would you or your loved ones even consider moving to a potential firetrap like this?

The Jamul Dulzura Planning Group will have this on the agenda for May

And here's what Pendo-Jackson thinks should be built in Jamul:

Friday, November 30, 2018

THREE INCHES (almost) !

So the first major storm to arrive brought some very welcome rain.  I measured 2.75 inches on Friday afternoon, and heard from some folks in Bratton Valley that they'd almost hit THREE inches.  It certainly is welcome.  Soon our hills and valley will green up, and we can all cross our fingers that some good rainstorms continue to head our way.  Not too much, not too fast.  This week was just about perfect.
These three spots flood regularly when the ground is saturated and rain is heavy.  The sections on Honey Springs have fast-rushing water crossing the road.  Access to Lower Mother Grundy can be cut off.

When our ground is saturated, we have numerous spots that flood with rushing water or mud. We seldom have signs to warn, so make sure you know how deep the water is, the condition of the road underneath, and these cautions:

6 inches of fast-moving flood water can knock over an adult.
12 inches of rushing water to carry away a small car
2 feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles. 
It is NEVER safe to drive or walk into flood waters.

For those of you who may be new to our valley, we have several spots that can flood and make the roads impassable.  Where the creek crosses Honey Springs, the water is rushing downhill and can be extremely dangerous.
Honey Springs

"Lower" Honey Springs at the bottom of the S-curves

Honey Springs 
Don't trust that there will be a warning sign.  They usually go up late, and often stay for days.
Lower Deerhorn Valley Road

Monday, October 29, 2018


What a great time our community created last Saturday!  
The Bradford Ranch was again the perfect setting for the 8th Annual Trunk or Treat, sponsored and hosted by the hard working Steering Committee of our own Deerhorn Valley Community Association (DVCA)

Art Valdivia volunteered his photography skills capture the fun, costumes, cars, and parade.  Food was plentiful: hot dogs, hamburgers, cotton candy, and more.  It was a lot of work to get ready, and thanks to all who stepped forward and helped.  I'm getting a list together (and will no doubt not "catch" everyone).  This is one of those events that relies on everyone who comes to make it happen.

What a super community to feel a part of!  Thank you EVERYONE!

Here are some little :thumbnails" of Art's photographs.  You can download high quality copies, (always free) at Art's website— and don't forget to check out the photos from manh of our Deerhorn past events too!


Tuesday, October 23, 2018


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JAMUL AREA CRIME STATS ... September-October

Crime Stats for September-October from
I've followed for the Jamul area for a number of years, and I've never seen this amount of crime for Jamul before.  The huge number of crime markers for populated areas (Eastlake and Rancho San Diego) is normal, but it has been a rare occurrence to see markers in Jamul and beyond. 

You won't see any DUIs reported in our area, even though we know/suspect they are quite high on 94. The Sheriff's Department does not report them out, even though both San Diego and El Cajon Police Departments do. It would help all of us to know for sure what our DUI rates are on 94 and other roads.  You CAN request the information in person or by mail for a $20 fee. The Sheriff seems to be the most protective/secretive about this kind of public information.

Summary of Jamul Crimes (Within 2-mi radius of Melody & 94)
27 total crimes reported — Not including DUIs