Annual Meeting Summary: April 15, 2015

Written by Alyssa Burley.

On April 15, 2015, Project Cornerstone held its first Annual Meeting at the Best Western Seven Seas in Mission Valley.  Members came together to celebrate the organization's one year anniversary.

Jim Madaffer speaking at the Project Cornerstone Annual Meeting on 4/15/15.

Jim Madaffer speaking at the Project Cornerstone Annual Meeting on 4/15/15.

Guest speaker Jim Madaffer from the California Transportation Commission spoke to the meeting attendees about the future outlook of transportation funding for San Diego County and the State of California. 

He also touched on State Bill 1077 (DeSaulnier) which would create a pilot program in California that would tax drivers based on the number of miles traveled, instead of paying a tax at the gas pump.

Local construction aggregate producers and related professionals keep a close eye on transportation issues that could impact their businesses.

Crystal Howard speaking at the Project Cornerstone Annual Meeting on 4/15/15.

Crystal Howard speaking at the Project Cornerstone Annual Meeting on 4/15/15.

Crystal Howard, executive director of Project Cornerstone, presented an overview of the educational and community outreach activities conducted by the organization over the past twelve months. 

She presented the group with the Project Cornerstone Annual Report and Budget from the 2014-2015 year.

Included in the report was a breakdown of all the organization's educational and community outreach efforts.  Project Cornerstone reached an estimated 2,400 students, gave 19 presentations, performed 30 in-class activities, attended 5 conferences and 31 meetings, and organized 5 field trips. 

Attendees were urged to renew their annual donations and support the Project Cornerstone 2nd Annual Golf Tournament on July 17, 2015 at Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos.  There support allows Project Cornerstone to continue to reach community members about the importance of local construction aggregate resources.

Quarterly Meeting Summary: February 20, 2015

Written by Alyssa Burley.

Project Cornerstone held its quarterly meeting at the Best Western Seven Seas in Mission Valley on February 20th, 2015. 

Senator Joel Anderson spoke to the group which included local construction aggregate producers, consultants and members of related industries.  He gave a few updates from Sacramento and answered questions from the audience.  The Senator was eager to learn more about the local construction aggregates industry.  The event was not a fundraiser for the Senator.

Senator Joel Anderson speaking at the Project Cornerstone Quarterly Meeting on February 20, 2015.

Senator Joel Anderson speaking at the Project Cornerstone Quarterly Meeting on February 20, 2015.

Crystal Howard discussing Project Cornerstone's activities for the previous quarter.

Crystal Howard discussing Project Cornerstone's activities for the previous quarter.

Crystal Howard, executive director of Project Cornerstone, presented an overview of the community outreach and educational activities conducted by the group over the last several months.  She covered the presentations with the San Diego Highway Development Association, Alpine Community Planning Group, Lakeside Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis of El Cajon Valley.  Crystal also discussed the educational activities conducted at the Armed Services YMCA, Lindo Park School and a field trip with students from Cajon Valley Middle School.

The Annual Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015.  Everyone is invited to attend.

Attendees mingling prior to the start of the Quarterly Meeting.

Attendees mingling prior to the start of the Quarterly Meeting.

Handout from the Project Cornerstone field trips to Sycamore Landfill and Rock Quarry.

Handout from the Project Cornerstone field trips to Sycamore Landfill and Rock Quarry.

Project Cornerstone sign.

Project Cornerstone sign.

Photos by Alyssa Burley.

Updated 4/3/15.

Quarterly Meeting Summary: August 26, 2014

Written by Alyssa Burley.

Project Cornerstone held its quarterly meeting at Bully’s East on August 28th, 2014.  Clay Westling, Deputy Director for the San Diego County Department of Planning & Development Services spoke to the group about the restructuring within the department and its commitment to a streamlined permitting process.  Crystal Howard, executive director of Project Cornerstone, presented an overview of the community outreach and educational activities conducted by the group over the last three months.  She also briefly spoke about the I-5 Coastal Commission permit, the City of San Diego development services changes, the City of San Diego infrastructure projects update and the San Luis Rey River Water Quality Improvement Plan.

Photos by Alyssa Burley

Photos by Alyssa Burley

San Diego deputy director of the Department of County Planning and Development Services, Clay Westling, addressed the local construction aggregates producers about the changes made within the newly reorganized department.  Westling stressed the department’s commitment to customer service.  One way the department is working to improve customer service is by publishing its time standards online.  He also mentioned the success the department has had with its online permit request system. While only some permits may be obtained online, the reduced traffic in the department’s office has significantly improved wait times for those who must still submit paper applications.

Project Cornerstone provided attendees with a copy of the proposed changes to the County major use permit and reclamation plan applications to accommodate surface mining.  The changes would essentially create new surface mining specific applications and modify existing forms in order to streamline the process for surface mining operations.

Crystal Howard highlighted the community outreach presentations and the organization’s progress made with its educational programs over the last few months.  She showed pictures from many of the seven presentations made to the Alpine Kiwanis, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Infrastructure and Land Use Committee, Kiwanis of Ramona, Kearny Mesa Speakers Toastmasters, Uptown Rotary, Lemon Grove Rotary and the Santee Kiwanis.  Ms. Howard spoke about the workshop held at the Lemon Grove Academy where the organization was able to meet with science teachers and introduced a hands-on concrete activity.

Project Cornerstone distributed a set of maps showing the I-5 Public Works Plan projects organized by location and by phase.  The maps may be found in the meeting’s agenda.

Attendees were also provided with a list of the 2015 forecasted infrastructure projects for the City of San Diego.  The list includes 198 projects for airports, fire-rescue, library, office of the Chief Operating Officer, park and recreation, police, public utilities, public works, and transportation and storm water.  An estimated $328 million will be awarded in construction contracts for these projects.  The list of projects may be found in the meeting’s agenda.

Project Cornerstone staff have attended meetings for the San Luis Rey River Water Quality Improvement Plan development, to ensure the industry is considered in the process or is not considered as the source of pollutants.  The priority pollutant identified in the process was Bacteria and methods to reduce bacteria will be the main emphasis from the plan.  Project Cornerstone will continue to watch the development of this process.

The next Project Cornerstone quarterly meeting will be November 21, 2014 at the Inaugural Golf Tournament fundraiser at Pala Mesa Resort in Fallbrook, CA.  Please register to play in the tournament or sponsor the event.  The funds raised will help support Project Cornerstone’s mission to educate community members, public agencies and policy makers that local construction aggregates (i.e., sand, gravel and crushed stone) are the cornerstone of our communities.