July 21, 2006

Political and Community Notes:

Michael Dalla Seeks to Bring Renewed Trust, Accountability and Optimism to National City

Michael Dalla, a five-time former Councilmember currently serving as City Clerk, has announced his candidacy for National City Mayor. Dalla is a candidate to replace Nick Inzunza, who announced he would not seek re-election.

“National City is at a crossroads,” Dalla said. “Our community has experienced unprecedented change and financial uncertainty for some time now. It is time to put our house back in order.”

Dalla is a 47-year resident of National City who has served five terms on the City Council and is serving his third term as City Clerk. He began his career of public service when he was elected to the City Council at age 25.

A Sweetwater High School graduate, Dalla earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Diego State University.

Dalla and his wife Maria are homeowners, raised their children in National City and have been active in church and community activities for many years.

“This community is my home and I want nothing more than to serve it,” he said. “I will be a mayor who works tirelessly to make National City a better place for everybody.”

A Discussion on Immigration

The Democratic Professional Club will be hosting “A Discussion on Immigration” with: Pieter Speyer, esq., Lilia Velasquez, esq., and Rogelio Quesada, esq., and possibly a representative of Friends of the Border Patrol.

The event will be held at the Balboa Park Club/New Mexico Building, located next to the Automotive Museum across from the gymnasium, Thursday, July 27, 2006 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Beverages and Hors D’oeuvres will be catered by The Big Kitchen.

There will be a $10.00 charge for non-members. www.democraticprofessionalclub.com

UCSD Small Business Fair 2006

Small businesses are invited to participate in UCSD’s Small Business Fair. This annual event showcases products and services in a festive environment. Vendors include everyone from printers and artists to telescope vendors and golf cart sellers. Network with UCSD staff and department decision-makers as well as other small business owners. Approximately 650 people attended last year’s event. This event is sponsored by the UCSD Small Business Purchasing Office. Go to http://www-bfs.ucsd.edu/PUR/SBO/sbfair.html for more information.

Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2006 from 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM

Location: UCSD La Jolla Campus, Price Center, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA

Vendor Registration: $250

Application deadline: August 1, 2006.

Contact: Anthony Singleton, Small Business Coordinator; sbo@ucsd.edu

Grants Seek to Spark Public Participation in Transportation Planning

The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has made it a priority to promote public involvement in the update of its Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) — the 30-year plan that strives to better connect the region’s freeway, transit, and road networks to homes, schools, work, shopping, and other activities.

To aid in catalyzing community dialogue, SANDAG is offering grants of $5,000 to $7,000 to community-based organizations that are willing to implement outreach efforts.

  The Scope of Work provides additional details on the activities and assistance needed. The deadline to apply for the grants is Monday, July 31, 2006. More information is available on the SANDAG Web site (www.sandag.org/contracts) or by calling (619) 699-6967.

Community Invited to groundbreaking ceremony for Laura Rodriguez Elementary School

A grooundbreaking ceremony will be held on July 26, 2006, to celebrate the start if construction of the new Laura Rodriguez Elementary School. The community is invited to join the Rodriguez family and friends, school district staff and the construction learn for this special event: Wednesday, July 36, 2007, 10:00 a.m., 825 31st Street (between Martin, Greely, 32nd and 31st). Parking will be available on the construction site.

Laura Rodriguez (1909-1994) was a tireless community activist who founded the Logan Heights

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