April 12, 2002

Community Notes:

Unity Fest 2002 at Sunshine Brooks on April 12

Oceanside’s Sunshine Brooks, Theater, 217 N. Coast Highway, will be the site of Unity Fest 2002, a celebration of culture and diversity in one of the most truly diverse cities in San Diego County.

This community event will take place Friday, April 12th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and will feature a variety of musical, dance and theatrical performances, including Blues, Polynesian, Oaxacan, Ballet Folklorico and Hip-Hot Dancers. There will also be excerpts from the play “A Raisin In The Sun,” a jazz gospel saxophonist, and the award-winning El Camino High School Choir.

Oceanside Mayor Johnson will address the crowd to kick off this high-energy event that is sponsored by the Fair Housing Council of San Diego, in cooperation with Partners for Healthy Neighborhoods, the City of Oceanside, City Bank FSB, and Durra Link Ink Printers.

The focus of Unity Fest 2002 is to combat hate through unity and promote hate-free housing and hate-free communities. Admission is free.

For more information contact Connie Johnson with Partners for Healthy Neighborhoods at (760) 716-5737.

Civil Rights Commission Chairperson, Rosa Parks Award-Winner Mary Frances Berry to Speak April 17 at UCSD’s Price Center

Mary Frances Berry, chairperson of the United States Commission on Civil Rights, a founder of the Free South Africa Movement and recipient of The Rosa Parks Award, will speak at 6:30 p.m. April 17 in the Price Center Theater at the University of California, San Diego.

Berry’s topic is Higher Education’s Responsibility in a Global Society. The event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by UCSD and San Diego State University, Berry’s lecture is the keynote for a spring forum, Diversity and Cultural Competence: Hear the Students’ Voices, which will include UCSD and SDSU students’ remarks and perspectives following the lecture.

Opening remarks will be presented by UCSD Chancellor Robert C. Dynes and SDSU President Stephen Webber, who will be joined by UCSD Associated Students President Jeff Dodge and SDSU Associated Students President Ron Williams.

Berry was appointed by President Carter and confirmed by the Senate as a commissioner on the United States Commission on Civil Rights in 1980. Fired from the commission for criticizing President Reagan’s civil rights policies, Berry sued and won reinstatement in federal district court. In 1993, President Clinton appointed her chairperson of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, reappointing her to that position in 1999.

Berry also served as Assistant Secretary for Education in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) during the Carter administration, supervising nearly 13 billion dollars of federal education programs. Prior to her EW service, Berry was a Provost at the University of Maryland at College Park and Chancellor at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

No stranger to conflict and staunch in her convictions, Berry was arrested and jailed several times as one of the founders of the Free South Africa Movement which instigated protests at the South African Embassy in the struggle for democracy in South Africa.

Currently, Berry is the Geraldine R. Segal Professor of American Social Thought at the University of Pennsylvania where she teaches history and law.

E-Commerce workshop to be held at San Diego Public Library

San Diego Public Library is hosting a free seminar, “El-Commerce.” Topics to be covered include Web design & Web hosting for business sites, online sales catalogs, online transactions, and website promotion. The seminar will take place at 6:00-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2002 in the Central Library’s second floor Computer Lab. The Central Library is located at 820 E Street in downtown San Diego.

This free seminar will be presented by Mike Alberga, president of Webwizer.com, a San Diego web hosting & design business. Reservations are recommended.

For more information or to make reservations, please contact Business Resources & Technology Link at the Social Sciences section of the San Diego Public Library at (619) 238-6630.

City Offers Saturday Hours at the Otay Mesa/Nestor Community Service Center

The City of San Diego’s Otay Mesa/Nestor Community Service Center relocated to the Southland Plaza Shopping Center at 695 Saturn Bl, Suite E, (next to Boll Weevil Restaurant) in January. Beginning in April, the Center will open for business on the first and third Saturday of the month from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Center is also open Monday-Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:30 to 5:00 p.m. and Friday 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Community Service Center Program’s mission is “To provide a variety of City and community focused services to our customers in a personalized manner enriching the communities’ quality of life.” The City accomplishes this by utilizing Community Service Centers to provide a convenient location for residents to take care of City business. Decentralizing city services and resources provide exceptional one-stop service of these “mini city halls.” Residents can pay their water citations, submit service requests for broken street lights and potholes, and apply for a city job. These are just a few of the city services conducted at Service Centers.

To truly provide one-stop service to residents, the Center provides non-city services such as County dog license applications, Section 8 housing lists and applications, and posting job opening lists for other government agencies and private sector employers. Additionally, this Center offers a community room for meetings and training. For more information, contact the Center at 619.424.0220.

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