June 15, 2007

Community Notes:

Chula Vista Redevelopment Corporation Seeks Directors

The Chula Vista Redevelopment Corporation (CVRC) is looking for dynamic leaders with professional experience to apply for its Board of Directors. Applicants must be Chula Vista residents.

Vacancies on the board, which advises the Redevelopment Agency and City Council on redevelopment projects and issues, were recently created when the CVRC was restructured. The City’s Mayor and four Council members removed themselves from the nine-member Board of Directors, opening up to five positions.

The CVRC is a non-profit, public benefit organization formed by the city to support the planning and redevelopment activities of the City Council and Redevelopment Agency. Its members consist of local and regional experts who help oversee the redevelopment process. These individuals are among the county’s most talented and creative professionals and must have expertise in at least one of the following fields: business; finance; architecture; civil engineering; urban planning and/or design; science; education; environmental planning; environmental remediation; environmental law; and real estate development, investment and law.

As the City gears up for redevelopment opportunities in some of Chula Vista’s older neighborhoods, the high profile CVRC will play a key role in shaping the city’s future.

Applications are due at the Office of the City Clerk (276 Fourth Ave.) July 2.

Summer Food Service Program

The Coalition of Neighborhood Councils will sponsor the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) in San Diego again this year. For the past two years, the CNC has sponsored the largest SFSP program in San Diego County.

The mission of Coalition of Neighborhood Councils is to support neighborhood councils, community-based organizations, and residents to create, maintain, and strengthen vibrant neighborhoods.

The Summer Food Service Program is a Federal program under the US Department of Agriculture, established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, that meet the Federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children at approved SFSP sites in San Diego County.

The Summer Food Service Program is one of the CNC’s community health programs. It is an 11 week program which begins on June 18, 2007 and ends September 1, 2007. Most sites will be operational in the first week and most will serve two meals per day. As of June 11, 2007 the SFSP sites in the CNC program, include:

Southeastern San Diego
Harbor View Apartments
Park Villa Apartments
Casa Puleta Apartment
Inner City Youth Center
Faith Tabernacle
Mt. Erie Christian Academy
Lords Fitness Community Development Center
Gladiators Youth Center
Park Crest Apartments
New Seasons Church
Jackie Robinson YMCA

Sherman Heights / Barrio Logan
Mercado Apartments
Hacienda Apartments
Girls Club of San Diego
East San Diego / North Park
Cornerstone Christian Academy
Alpha & Omega Youth Center
Balboa Youth Center
Sudanese Community Center

South Bay
Lincoln Acres Library
Vista La Rosa Learning Center
Summer Crest Community Center
Vista Del Sol Apartment
Boys and Girls Club of National City

For more information about the SFSP program, contact the Coalition of Neighborhood Councils at 619 325-3580 or nutritiouschildren@gmail.com. For information about the meals served call the SFSP sites directly

Refugee Resettlement Services of Jewish Family Service in Honor of World Refugee Day

Seven years ago, the United Nations Association named June 20 as World Refugee Day. The day provides refugee concerned groups an opportunity to draw attention to the situation of refugees worldwide. Refugee Resettlement Services of Jewish Family Service of San Diego (JFS) resettles over 60 political refugees annually by providing clients with high quality social services.

Immediately upon arrival into the United States, JFS provides a furnished apartment, airport pick-up, acculturation services, translation/ESL services, employment assistance and advocacy. Services continue for eight months after the initial resettlement and include: Wilson/Fish Alternative Projects to promote self-sufficiency; family strengthening classes; financial assistance; medical assistance; social services; and case management.

Refugee Resettlement Services of Jewish Family Service consistently goes above and beyond the standards set by the State Department. “It is not just about finding an apartment, it is about finding the best apartment. It is not just about finding a job, it is about finding the best job” says Etleva Bejko, Director of Refugee Resettlement. In January-March of 2007, 100% of employable Refugee Resettlement clients remained employed after 90 days; the State Department goal is set at 70%. State Department standards say 61% of refugees employed must become self-sufficient after eight months. In February 2007, 100% of employed JFS clients were self-sufficient after eight months of employment.

Refugee Resettlement Services of Jewish Family Service has been assisting political refugees and asylees since the early 1900s. Today the program is located at the new Jewish Family Service Turk Family Center at 8804 Balboa Avenue. Refugee Resettlement depends on financial contributions from the public and is always in need of household items such as lamps, telephones, chairs, sofas, tables, kitchen supplies, detergent, and toiletries. For more information about the program contact Etleva Bejko at (858) 637-3093 or visit www.jfssd.org.

Las Comadres Conjunto con el Programa Pasa La Belleza Invita a Las Latinas de San Diego a Una Charla

Mujeres trabajando con otras mujeres. Discusiones acerca de la vida y de la familia.

QUÉ: La presidenta/CEO de Las Comadres, Nora Comstock de Hoyos, en conjunto con el programa Pasa La Belleza, invita a las Latinas de Austin a participar en una Charla, un evento que se centra en trabajo, la familia, y el balance de la vida.

POR QUÉ: La misión de Las Comadres es conectar y capacitar Latinas de todas las partes, estableciendo contactos, cultura y tecnología.

DÓNDE: Andres Restaurant, 1235 Morena Blvd, San Diego CA 92110, Tel: (619) 275-4114.

CUÁNDO: El evento es el jueves el 21 de junio a las 6:30p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Sweepstakes open for chance to board Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Knight Bus

San Diego young people can now enter a sweepstakes at their San Diego Public Library branch for a chance to board the Harry Potter and the Deadly Hollows Knight Bus when it visits San Diego on Thursday, July 5, 2007. The San Diego Public Library was one of 37 libraries nationwide that Harry Potter book publisher Scholastic selected to host the triple-decker, purple Knight Bus described in the Harry Potter books.

The sweepstakes is open June 8 through June 22. The San Diego Public Library’s 35 branches will randomly select six winners. Entrants must be age 8 to 18. “Space is limited on the bus, so we are holding a Sweepstakes to give young Harry Potter fans an equal chance to participate,” said San Diego Public Library Director Anna Tatár.

The bus will be at the Mission Valley Branch Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 5, 2007. While only a limited number of people will be selected to board the bus, the Library is planning other activities on July 5 to celebrate the bus’ arrival and the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, including magicians, music, face painting, arts, crafts and Harry Potter games. More information is available at www.sandiego.gov/public-library.

“The Harry Potter books have inspired so many young people to read,” Tatár said. “The Knight Bus visit is a great opportunity to celebrate the joy of reading and an opportunity for preschoolers, children and teens to visit the library and build reading skills during the summer.”

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