Category Archives: Rose Creek

Election Season is Upon Us

The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope. ~~ Wendell Berry

Elections are approaching fast, November 6 at a polling place near you.  Take some time to ask the candidates about their positions on protecting and enhancing our local open spaces, their plans for keeping our ocean water clean, and how they propose to clean our air.

There are a number of planet friendly organizations in town that are vetting candidates.  Take the time to check out their endorsements and then learn more. We need elected officials who protect the landscape that makes San Diego such an amazing place to live. Some of these groups don’t have their November ballot recommendations up just yet, but check back in a week or two.

Sierra Club San Diego Political Committee

San Diego Green Party

League of Conservation Voters – San Diego

San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action

Rose Creek and the rest of the San Diego’s natural places thank you for thinking of them.

Volunteers were amazing at Coastal Cleanup Day

A huge shout out to the 188 volunteers who showed up for Coastal Cleanup Day at Rose Creek.   Volunteers removed couches, Arundo Donax (giant reeds), lo a Lime bike fished out of the creek and a tiger!  Enjoy these photos of the action and the trash!  Click on photos to enlarge!

Coastal Cleanup Day @ Rose Creek September 15

Join the Friends of Rose Creek and I Love A Clean San Diego as we pickup trash along, in, and around Rose Creek in Pacific Beach on Saturday, September 15th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Find us at the east parking lot of Mission Bay High School (2475 Grand Avenue, San Diego 92109) along Grand Avenue adjacent to the creek.



In 2017, I Love A Clean San Diego organized  6,686 volunteers at 105 coastal and inland cleanup sites, where 128,168 pounds of litter were removed from San Diego County. Our volunteers channeled their appreciation for San Diego’s environment into action to protect it. Join us this year and be a part of this international event!I Love a Clean San Diego Logo

Registration opens August 15th for volunteers. Click here to register on or after August 15 to help us estimate our headcount for snacks, gloves, etc.

Reduce waste at this year’s cleanup by bringing along your own wagons and buckets, work gloves, and reusable water bottle. Many of our sites strive to be “zero waste” this year and you can help them!
We collect valuable data from all of our cleanup sites during Coastal Cleanup Day! This data helps us understand how we can better prevent litter. Instead of using paper data cards, download Ocean Conservancy’s new mobile data collection app, Clean Swell! Available on iPhone and Android devices!

Please bring wagons to help transport trash from where you find it back to the dumpster. Wear closed toed shoes, long pants and long sleeves. Bring your reusable water bottle. Drinking water and healthy snacks will be provided. Did we mention, please bring wagons!

Check back later in August for more details!

Comment Period for Balboa Station Area Specific Plan Extended

Thanks to the Pacific Beach and Clairemont Planning Groups, the comment period on the Balboa Avenue Station Area Specific Plan has been extended to Tuesday, June 12.  If you didn’t comment already, please do so now.

Here are some suggested comments if you are looking for ideas and don’t want to read over 1,000 pages of the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (PEIR). Feel free to re-word these points and send them in as comments. However, if you want to read it all of the documents, click here and then scroll down the page to the section called “Draft CEQA Documents.”

Please send your written comments to the following address: Rebecca Malone, Environmental Planner, City of San Diego Planning Department, 9485 Aero Drive, MS 413, San Diego, CA 92123 or e-mail your comments to with the Project Name and Number in the subject line. Please note that only written comments, received either via US Mail, hand-delivered, or via email, will be considered official comments in the Final PEIR.

PROJECT NAME:  Balboa Avenue Station Area Specific Plan
PROJECT No.: 586601 / SCH No. 2017071007

The Friends of Rose Creek oppose any zoning density without parkland dedication for Rose Creek. With parkland dedication for Rose Creek, we support the Medium Density Alternative as outlined in the Draft PEIR.

In table 5.3-5, Conservation Element- CE-B.1 identifies the pursuit of of formal dedication of existing open space areas (sub item f). What are the hurdles other than a lack of political will to purse parkland designation or dedication for Rose Creek in the project area?  Would the City of San Diego be willing to address parkland dedication if a maintenance assessment district or other permanent funding source was provided to address maintenance, habitat restoration, water quality improvements, and flood control protections?

Item Impacts to Tier II and Tier IIIB habitats could be mitigated by requiring easements for all development along Rose Creek to provide a buffer zone between the developed buildings and the Tier II and Tier IIIB habitats. The buffer zone could be landscaped with appropriate native plants or suitable non-natives that are not invasive, that are drought tolerant excluding plans on the The Cal-IPC Inventory.

Recommendations identified in item 5.13.3 for the Draft PEIR require new parkland as the Pacific Beach Community is already extremely deficient in population-based parks yet the plan specifically does not propose additional parkland. We strongly disagree with this assessment and oppose any zoning density increase without additional parkland. Residents of high density housing need public parks  for kids to play and dogs to frolic within walking distance. How will the necessary parks be provided in the planning area if Rose Creek is not dedicated as a community open space park?

We strongly recommend a pocket park at the old work center at the corner of Mission Bay Drive and Daemon Street with restroom facilities for people walking/jogging/biking the Rose Creek Bike Path and Bikeway and interpretative signs on the history of Rose Creek and the Kumeyaay ethno-history in this area.

Recreation Element RE-A-6 requires the City to “pursue opportunities to develop population-based parks.”  The primary potential for population based parks exists along Rose Creek. In addition to Parkland Dedication, further actions should be taken to acquire easements from adjacent property owners to create a children’s play area between the Rose Creek Bike Path and private property as well as benches for bird watching.

In addition to easements and setbacks from open space, please restrict building heights to no more than 30 feet for properties boarding Rose Creek to allow sunlight to reach biologic habitats and prevent shadowing on the resources.

Item Mitigation Framework, sub-item BIO-1 – If mitigation is required, mitigation should be done as close to the impacted site as is technically feasible and in no case should mitigation be done outside the Rose Creek Watershed. There are multiple opportunities for Diegan Coastal Sage Scrub mitigation along Rose Creek between Grand Avenue and Mission Bay Drive. How can the plan prioritize  mitigation being implemented in the Pacific Beach portion of Rose Creek?

Under the City of San Diego’s General Plan Conservation Element, strategies must be implemented to address the Heat Island Urban Effect, protect open space, and adapt to climate change Elements: CE-A.2, CD-A.3, and CE-A.12. How will the protection of Rose Creek’s biologic resources serve to further this conservation element?

In Section 5.3, page 5.3-31, under Litter/Trash and Materials storage, Priority 1, Item 1, indicates the City will provide and maintain trash cans and bins at trail access points as well as removing litter and trash on a regular basis.  What is the timeline for implementation of and the funding source for these trash cans?  Please provide a more through explanation of what “remove litter and trash on a regular basis” means. Is that weekly, monthly, quarterly, annually or less frequently? How will the need to remove trash be identified by the responsible City departments? Will trash cans be provided throughout the BASASP planning area or only at access points to Rose Creek?  Will dog poop bags be provided at trail access points to encourage dog walkers to pick up their dog poop instead of letting it fall into Rose Creek and eventually Mission Bay Park?

In regards to the Mobility Element Policies Related to Multi-Modal Transportation Improvements, Table 5.1-7, ME-F.3 Identifies the goal to “Maintain and improve the quality, operation, and integrity of the bikeway network and roadways regularly used by bicyclists.”  There are two proposed projects that will facilitate movement through this area by pedestrians and bicyclists that could serve as mitigation for negative impacts to vehicular traffic circulation by encouraging more people to ride bikes and/or walk. One is the bridge over or tunnel under I-5 identified in this project. The other is the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition’s proposed bridge at I-5/Hwy 52 to allow movement between the communities of University City, Clairemont and Pacific Beach without using motorized transport.  Planning efforts on this project have been funded by the California Coastal Conservancy.  For details on the I-5/Hwy-52 bridge, click here and search for “Rose Creek Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge.” How can mitigation for vehicle traffic impacts caused by the Trolley station at Balboa Avenue and the proposed zoning density increases be redirected to these multi-modal improvements to reduce vehicle trips and increase bike/ped travel in the region?

Finally, please include design elements provided by the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition on creating a Bike Friendly Business District into this project. One specific recommendation is critical to creating a bike friendly business district: The City of San Diego should offer a free bike rack or corral to any business that requests one, with liability resting with the city, not the business.

Citizen Science Project

In April, the Friends of Rose Creek participated in City Nature Challenge 2018: San Diego. San Diego came in third in number of species and  and number of observations and second in number of people participating.  Great job everyone!

City Nature Challenge 2018 Final Results

Check out this great map of observations made by one volunteer along the creek:

Please keep on observing wildlife and plants along the creek. When you see something, use the iNaturalist app to record your observations.  Let’s make sure the world knows what is so special about Rose Creek.

Get It Done! App

See things at the creek you don’t like? Put the Get it Done! App on your phone and use it. Let’s hold the City’s feet to the fire. Besides reporting problems with trash, illegal activity, and impassible bike paths, the app creates statistics. Let’s show the City how many problems they are not addressing and make sure issues along Rose Creek make it onto City reports.


City Nature Challenge 2018 Final Results

The results are in.

San Diego County came in first place for the total increase in the number of volunteers from last year. The city that added the most new iNaturalist participants to their region through the City Nature Challenge: San Diego, California with 733 new observers added during the City Nature Challenge. Thank you to each of you who participate.

To see all the details, visit City Nature Challenge 2018.