June 20, 2008

Community Notes:

Calling All Teddy Bears! The Child Abuse Prevention Foundation Joins The United Way to Recruit 10,000 Stuffed Animals to Bring Smiles to 10,000 San Diego Children

Thousands of stuffed animals are needed to comfort abused and neglected children in San Diego. On Saturday June 21, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the United Way office at 4699 Murphy Canyon Road, volunteers will be accepting new stuffed animals to “Stuff the Bus” as the donations will fill a vintage Volvo bus. The toys will be distributed by The Child Abuse Prevention Foundation of San Diego.

If you have ever met a child who has been abused or neglected, you know that they have a hard time trusting anyone. “Frozen watchfulness” is the term that describes their wary demeanor. But, if you present him or her with a cuddly stuffed animal and watch him embrace it like a long lost friend, you know the power these simple toys have because at that moment, you might just see a shy, little smile.

With these elusive smiles in mind, two great organizations are working together to collect 10,000 stuffed animals to provide a little comfort and a little friend for abused and neglected children. The goal of 10,000 stuffed animals is the number of cases of child abuse and neglect that occur in San Diego County every year.

Public Meeting to Discuss Border Sanitation Project and Water Quality Monitoring

The United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC) announces a public meeting of the USIBWC Citizens’ Forum at 6:00 p.m. on June 26 at the Imperial Beach Community Room, 825 Imperial Beach Boulevard, Imperial Beach, California. The purpose of the forum is to promote the exchange of information between the USIBWC and the community about the Commission’s projects and related issues in the area. Border sanitation, water quality, and flood control issues will be discussed.

The USIBWC in May announced its decision to upgrade the existing South Bay International Wastewater Treatment Plant (SBIWTP) to meet secondary treatment standards. The new facility will be constructed on land adjacent to the existing advanced primary treatment plant at the U.S.-Mexico border near the Tijuana River.

Currently, the SBIWTP treats 25 million gallons per day of sewage from Tijuana to advanced primary standards before discharging the treated wastewater 3.5 miles offshore through an ocean outfall.

There will also be an update on water quality monitoring that has been undertaken to help determine the source of bacteria and the conditions that may lead to high bacterial concentrations affecting South Bay beaches. USIBWC contractor CH2M HILL, along with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the University of Southern California, have been conducting various surveys to determine the oceanographic conditions that exist and their relationship to the transport of bacteria from various sources such as land-based runoff and the SBIWTP ocean outfall.

The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. Members of the public who would like more information about the meeting may call 619-662-7600 or e-mail sallyspener@ibwc.gov.

Leslie Wade representing Gaylord Hotels and Allison Rolfe representing Pacifica residential

They will join us on Monday, June 23, 2008 at 6:45 PM at the MAAC Charter School, 1385 Third Ave., (between Palomar and Quint-ard) for the (free) June meeting of the Southwest Chula Vista Civic Association. They will explain what Gaylord and Pacifica plan to build on the Chula Vista Bayfront and answer our questions. For more information please call (619) 425-5771.

Leslie Wade, represen-tando al hotel de Gaylord y Allison Rolfe, reprentando a Pacifica residencial hablarán sobre los planes de cons-trucción cerca de la bahía de Chula Vista.

LA TRADUCCIÓN SI-MULTÁNEA A ESPAÑOL SERÁ PROPORCIONADA

Venga el lunes 23 de junio a las 6:45 PM a una junta gratis de LA ASOCIACIÓN CÍVICA DEL SUROESTE DE CHULA VISTA en la Escuela de MAAC, 1385 Third Ave. (entre Palomar y Quintard). Más información (619) 425-5771.

Southwest United in Action Convention June 21

Residents of Southwest Chula Vista can share their priorities and vision for the future at a free family event Saturday, June 21 at the Loma Verde Recreation Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Southwest United in Action Convention will provide a forum for residents who have ideas about improving their neighborhoods. They are invited to share those ideas with elected leaders and key bilingual staff members. The convention is open to the entire family and includes games for children, raffle prizes and light refreshments.

Several City departments, as well as a number of non-profit and service agencies will be on hand to provide information and answer questions.

The convention is part of the City’s creative approach to developing improvements in neighborhoods that have aging infrastructure and special needs. The Southwest area includes neighborhoods south of L Street to Main and west of I-805 within the Chula Vista city limits.

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