January 30, 2009

Community Notes:

5th Annual Scrabble-thon

Escondido Public Library Literacy Services will be hosting its 5th Annual Scrabble-thon. The event is scheduled for February 7, 2009 at Emmanuel Faith Community Church. The public is invited to form teams of four at $100. per team, or individuals may register at $30. each. Trophies will be awarded to the 1st and 2nd place top team scores and 1st and 2nd place individual scores. This year we will have a category for high school teams as well. Registration is now open and you may download applications at www.escondido.org/library/literacy. For additional information, please contact Josephine Jones at (760) 839-4219, jjones@ci.escondido.ca.us.

Sweetwater Union High School District Hosts Ninth Annual African American Student/Parent Conference

Dynamic keynote speaker will deliver an empowering message on the conference theme: “You Can Do It Too!”

On February 7, 2009, the Sweetwater District will host the Ninth Annual African American Student/Parent Conference for several hundred African American students and parents from throughout San Diego County. The conference will be held at no cost to participants at Otay Ranch High School at 1250 Olympic Parkway, Chula Vista, CA 91913, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The conference is a collaborative effort of the South Bay Elementary School Districts and the Sweetwater Union High School District that annually provides the African American Community and other interested cultures with educational, community and well-being resources. The conference emphasizes the importance of African American families in supporting their children to attend and graduate from college and connect with role models from within the schools and throughout the community.

Chula Vista Northwest Civic Association will hold its monthly Town Hall meeting on Monday February 9 at 6:00 p.m., in the Auditorium of the Civic Center Library (4th & F St.). The preliminary plans for the Third Avenue Street-scape will be presented. This project redesigns the parking, landscape, benches, lighting, and traffic flow to improve accessibility and attractiveness of the heart of Chula Vista, on 3rd Avenue between E Street and G Street. There will also be a presentation on the progress of the implementation of the Prop O Sweetwater School District bond funds, which are being used to upgrade classrooms, restrooms, science labs and technology, remove asbestos and lead paint, and improve fire and safety systems. The presentation will focus on Chula Vista schools. For further information visit www.northwest chulavista.org or call (619) 429-0610.

Free Tax Assistance at Chula Vista Libraries

This tax season don’t deal with the frustration of misplaced forms and tax publications or struggle to answer tax questions. To help residents with their taxes, the Chula Vista Public Library has tax assistance offered by volunteers as well as paper copies of many tax forms and instruction booklets.

Free tax help: Free personal tax assistance starts on Feb. 2 and ends on April 15 at two of the Chula Vista Public Library branches on the following days and times:

• Civic Center Branch: AARP has scheduled sessions every Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• South Chula Vista Branch: AARP is offering assistance on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The library is unable to assist with appointments in advance; the service is offered on a same day first come, first serve basis.

Tax forms and instruction booklets: In addition, paper copies of most basic tax forms and booklets are available at all three of Chula Vista’s branch libraries.

Student Volunteers at UC San Diego To Offer Income Tax Information Help

Getting in an early tizzy over filing income tax forms? Wondering where you can get help, advice, expertise?

The Tax Outreach Program at the University of California, San Diego aims to ease your journey through the income tax filing process, offering resources and assistance along the way to make the process run as smoothly and pain free as possible.

  Beginning Feb. 15 and running through April 15, student volunteers at UC San Diego will make available tax publications, booklets, and forms and staff a tax hotline at (858) 822-2414. The hotline will offer referrals to area Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites, where help with preparing income tax forms is offered, as well as other Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and California Franchise Tax Board resources. The program also may be reached via e-mail at taxinfo @ucsd.edu.

  The UC San Diego Tax Outreach Program is sponsored by Student Legal Services, working closely with the IRS. It also will alert callers and e-mailers of workshops designed to offer general information to taxpayers and provide support for these workshops.

  “The outreach program is open to the UC San Diego community and the San Diego community at large,” says Jessica St. Clair, legal education coordinator for Student Legal Services. “We hope to be able to assist a wide range of students on campus and members of the community and to impress upon them the idea of starting income tax preparation early, avoiding a need to rush, and eliminating the frustration that procrastination always produces.”

  St. Clair says the students who volunteer with the Tax Outreach Program develop a variety of transferable skills, including problem solving, oral communication, customer service skills, marketing and outreach experience, as well as knowledge of income tax resources.

  ‘This is a service to taxpayers,” St. Clair says, “but also a learning experience for our students.”

  For the UC San Diego income tax hotline, call (858) 822-2414 after Feb. 15. To contact St. Clair, call (858) 534-4374 or e-mail sls@ucsd.edu.

El Comité Independiente de Contribuyentes Fiscales que Supervisa al TransNet (ITOC, por sus siglas en inglés) buscamiembros del público que estén calificados para llenar tres vacantes, de su comité de siete miembros, a partir de mayo de 2009, con las siguientes categorías:

• Profesionistas con al menos diez años de experiencia en el área de finanzas municipales o presupuestos públicos, que hayan tenido un puesto con poder de decisión a nivel alto o ejecutivo en el sector privado o público,

• Profesionistas con diez o más años de experiencia demostrada en bienes raíces, administración de suelos y/o adquisición de derechos de vía, y

• Profesionistas con diez o más años de experiencia demostrada en la administración de proyectos de construcción de gran escala.

ITOC apoya en la implementación del programa TransNet de $14 billones, el impuesto a las ventas de medio centavo destinado a mejoras del transporte en la región de San Diego. El programa TransNet es administrado por SANDAG.

Como se describe en la Ordenanza y el Plan de Gastos de TransNet, ITOC provee un creciente nivel de responsabilidad en el gasto. Los miembros de ITOC no son remunerados, pero ciertos gastos les son reembolsados. Debido a su estatus de servidores públicos, los miembros de ITOC deben cumplir estándares estrictos en materia de conflicto de intereses. ITOC funciona de manera independiente, abierta y transparente, para asegurar que el mandato de los votantes sea llevado a cabo; y desarrolla recomendaciones positivas y constructivas para mejorar y ampliar la integridad financiera y el desempeño del programa TransNet. La membresía de ITOC está abierta para individuos de toda la región que posean las habilidades y experiencia professional requeridas.

Se puede encontrar más información sobre ITOC y sus responsabilidades en www.sandag.org/itoc. Las personas interesadas en solicitar una posición en ITOC deberán comunicarse con la Oficina de Información Pública de SANDAG para obtener un formato de solicitud en la dirección de correo electrónico jde@sandag.org, al teléfono (619) 699-1950 o en www.sandag.org/notices. Las solicitudes deberán tener un sello de correo fechado no después del lunes 23 de febrero de 2009.

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