The Sabre Springs Planning Group elected nine new members last week, bringing the total number on the board to 12, which qualifies it as an official advisory committee to the city of San Diego.

The planning group’s status was in jeopardy this year due to a lack of community representation. San Diego laws require planning groups to have at least a dozen members, but few residents were signing up for Sabre Springs.

Craig Balben, the group’s chairman, told me about the new members in an e-mail. We have been staying in touch since I wrote about Sabre Springs and a string of fatal traffic accidents along the community’s main thoroughfare. The most recent death involved a Sabre Springs resident, which inspired some neighbors to become more active in the community’s planning group.

As a result of the recent fatality, city engineers are studying the safety of Sabre Springs Parkway. Balben said the planning group is scheduled to hear the city’s report at its Jan. 20 meeting. In the meantime, some residents walk up and down the road with signs that say “slow down” or “share the road.”

Please let me know if your community is having safety problems with certain roadways. You can contact me by e-mail at


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