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Pictured here are some of the incredibly hard-working members of The Rock Church, Chula Vista Public Works, and me (center), after a long day of moving decomposed granite and rocks, rebuilding a long-neglected park (Lancerlot Park) at the far west end of K Street. New playground equipment will be installed in January. This park does not have a water source for plants, so the public is welcome to "plant" colorful painted rocks like the one featured above.

 
December 1, 2021

Dear Northwest Chula Vista Neighbors and Friends,

It's the most wonderful time of the year! And Chula Vista has never looked lovelier.

There is nothing quite like walking or driving through the many beautiful neighborhoods of Chula Vista, turning a corner and seeing the unexpected thrill of Christmas lights and holiday decorations.

Our neighbors, family and friends have all been busy, stringing lights, setting timers, and thoughtfully placing festive decorations inside and outside of their homes, sharing the joy of the season with one and all who pass by.

Downtown Third Avenue is getting some beautiful new holiday lights this season, as we cross our fingers and toes that our beloved Starlight Parade is able to return next year. Please walk, shop, dine, or drive through downtown Chula Vista this month to enjoy the display of "Starlight Nights."

Christmas Circle, led by the ever vigilant Mrs. Claus, aka Sandra Burns, will welcome visitors on foot and in cars in the traditional fashion from December 11th-26th, 5pm-10pm. We are so very grateful to this wonderful neighborhood of Whitney and Mankato Streets, between 1st and 2nd Avenue and H Street/I Street. Contrary to urban myth, the homeowners do not get reimbursed in any way for the lights, decorations, or electricity they share. Thank you, Christmas Circle!

As we come to the end of this interesting year, I reflect on how grateful I am to have the opportunity to serve you. I am especially grateful for the hard-working employees of the city of Chula Vista, in every department, who make this city the best in the world to live, raise a family, and retire.

I wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 


Warm regards,

Jill M. Galvez | Chula Vista City Councilmember | District 2, Northwest
276 Fourth Avenue | Chula Vista, CA  | 91910
Phone: 619.691.5177 | Cell: 619.997.1016 | Email:  jmgalvez@chulavistaca.gov

 
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• •  Happening This Month (December)  • • 
  • First Friday Breakfast, Friday, December 3rd, 7:30am, FREE virtual event sponsored by the YMCA, the Chula Vista Chamber and the city of Chula Vista. This month's topic is State of the Chamber 2021, presented by the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce, Todd Galarneau 2021 President, William Hall, Interim CEO, Marcy Weaver, General Manager, and an Economic Development Update by Eric Crockett, Deputy City Manager. Click here to register.
  • Chula Vista Woman's Club Holiday Luncheon, Friday, December 3rd, 10am - 1pm, at the Historic Chula Vista Woman's Club, 357 G Street. This month, the Woman's Club will be handing out checks to 13 non-profit charities and will host a silent auction. Please contact Barbara Kruegel (619)981-6523 to reserve your spot, and consider attending in January 7th if you cannot attend this month. The Chula Vista Woman's Club meets the first Friday of every month (except July/August).
  • Community Cleanup, Saturday, December 4th, 8:30am, 302 Hollister Street (just south of Main Street, Chula Vista), sponsored by South Bay Sustainable Communities, CopyLink, Caltrans, and Clean California. To sign up, call Tina Matthias (619)738-4188 or email here.
  • Dumpster Disposal Event, Saturday, December 4th, 9am-11am, Caltrans Facility Maintenance Yard, 570 C Street, Chula Vista. The community is welcome to bring large household items, furniture, debris, tires and metal to this Caltrans facility for disposal. No hazardous material, no electronics, no appliances.
  • South Bay Toy Collection Drive, Saturday, December 4th, 10am-1pm, National City Electric Rail Depot, 822 W. 23rd Street, National City. Sponsored by the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council.
  • Chula Vista City Council Meeting, Tuesday, December 7th, 5:00pm, Teleconference or Council Chambers, 276 Fourth Avenue. This council meeting, the council will be hearing the Redistricting Commission's proposed new council district map. Click here to see the draft. Public Comments can be submitted here.
  • Brain Balance Seminar: Navigating Boyhood: How to Raise Kind, Calm, Cooperative Sons, Tuesday, December 7th, 8pm-9pm (FREE virtual event - the title says it all). Click here to learn more and to register.
  • Christmas Circle RETURNS! December 11th-26th, 5pm-10pm. Drive or walk through "the circle" of Whitney and Mankato, just south of H Street, between 1st and 2nd Avenue. Thanks to the residents of Christmas Circle and their organizer, Sandra Burns, for putting on this grand display and cherished holiday tradition (at your own expense)...
  • Nutcracker Ballet Performance, Sunday, December 12th, 4pm (FREE) Memorial Bowl, 373 Park Way. This 50 minute performance of the classic Nutcracker Ballet, performed by the San Diego Ballet, will be followed by a free mini-class for children of all ages to come on stage and learn ballet moves!
  • Chula Vista City Council Meeting, Tuesday, December 14th, 5:00pm, Teleconference or Council Chambers, 276 Fourth Avenue. Public Comments can be submitted here.
  • Brain Balance Seminar: Sensory Sensitivities: Holiday Guide, Tuesday, December 14th, 7:30pm-8pm (FREE virtual event). Parents and Caregivers - learn more about sensory sensitivities and explore practical tips to keep the upcoming holiday season sensory-friendly and stress-free. Click here to learn more and to register.
  • Family Holiday Craft Workshop, Thursday, December 16th, 5pm, Chula Vista South Branch Library, 389 Orange Avenue.
  • Wreaths Across America, Saturday, December 18th, 9am, Glen Abbey Memorial Park and Mortuary, 3838 Bonita Road. This annual tradition lays wreaths at the graves of our country's fallen heroes along with the act of saying each and every veteran's name out loud to honor each and every one. Click here to register to volunteer, learn more or donate. As of today,1,333 wreaths of 8,000 have been sponsored. Wreaths are $15 each.
  • Santa and Mrs. Claus Visit, Saturday, December 18th, 2-4pm on the Friendship Park deck of the Chula Vista Civic Center Library, 365 F Street.
  • Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24th
  • Merry Christmas, Saturday, December 25th
  • Kwanzaa, Sunday, December 26th
  • New Year's Eve, Friday, December 31st
 
Click HERE for the Official City of Chula Vista Calendar of Events or to submit a future event for consideration.
 

• •  Recent Council Items of Interest  • • 


Council voted (4-0) 11/9/21 to add 10 public safety positions using Measure A funds, effective January 14, 2022, including: one (1) Police Captain, one (1) Equipment Mechanic, one (1) Forensics Specialist, and three (3) Property and Evidence Specialists.

Council voted (3-0) 11/9/21 to approve a Master Product and Service Agreement with Pallet SPC for Emergency Shelter Units, 75 beds in 67 units, priced under $10,000 each, which will be run by a social service agency. We are excited that the hard-working unsheltered folks who have lovingly painted and restored so many Chula Vista parks, restrooms, and facilities in the Work for Hope program will have "first dibs" on these units. Note, these units are not traditional homes but they will have doors, beds, and locks. There will be two community multipurpose rooms for meals, and separate structures for bathrooms and showers. The new village will be located adjacent to the Otay River Bottom at the end of Broadway Ave and Faivre at the OVRP staging area. This program is entirely funded with State and Federal funds. Click here to read the UT story.

Council accepted (4-0) 11/16/21 the city's General Fund Long-Term Financial Plan, Fiscal Years 2023-2032. Although we are still facing projected General Fund deficits in the years to come, from a surplus forecast of $1.2M in 2023, to rising deficits of ($1.5M) in 2024, ($3.4M) in 2025, ($4.7M) in 2026, ($5.8M) in 2027, ($6.9M) in 2028, ($8.7M) in 2029, ($10.5M) in 2030, ($12.0M) in 2031, and ($3.4M) in 2032, our budget outlook is significantly better than in years past, largely due the refinancing of $350M in pension obligation bonds in 2021, from a rate of 7% to an advantageous net rate of 2.54% over 24 years. The city expects the Bayfront development to be the catalyst for growth, but growing expenditures such as inflation, higher healthcare insurance, rising utility prices, and other costs need to be addressed. The City Manager will develop her FY2023 budget in January/February 2022, workshop/discuss with the City Council in March/April 2022, and public will be invited to weigh in May 2022.


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The next city council meeting is Tuesday, December 7th, at 5pm, Chula Vista City Council Chambers, 276 4th Avenue. Councilmembers will be in attendance and seated on the dais. The public is welcome to attend in person. Council meetings are generally the first four Tuesdays of the month. Agendas are posted the Thursday prior to each meeting. To view the agenda, click here. To subscribe to receive future agendas, click here.

City council meetings can be viewed live online here or on television Cox Cable channel 24 (only in Chula Vista) or AT&T U-Verse channel 99 (anywhere in the county), via live-streaming on your computer, tablet, or smart phone.

 

• •  High Priority Items • • 

Police Officer Staffing, as of 12/1/2021 -  WE'RE HIRING ! 
  • Authorized Peace Officers - 281* Full Time Employees (Chief, Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants, Agents, Peace Officers)
  • Authorized Peace Officers (filled) - 247 (up from 241 last month!)
  • Vacancies - 34* Full Time Equivalents
  • Applicants for those positions currently in process - 251 applicants are currently on a civil service list for either Police Recruit or Lateral Peace Officer. These applicants have passed a written test, pre-background questionnaire, physical agility test and/or oral board interview. After being placed on this list, applicants must successfully complete a background, chief's interview, psychological evaluation and pre-employment medical. Our Human Resources Department is continually recruiting, which includes written test, physical agility testing and oral board interviews monthly. Chula Vista has very high standards for our police officers, and we lose a majority of applicants in the first phase of the application process. We can and should do better as a city to prioritize funding for our police department to ensure that all vacancies are filled. You can read more about my thoughts on Public Safety staffing here.

• •  Did You Know  • • 

Chula Vista has launched a Senior Connect Phone Line (619) 409-1932 to provide older adults and their caregivers with Chula Vista information and resources. The Senior Connect Phone Line is a partnership with the city and the County's 211 service. Seniors who sign up can receive weekly recorded phone calls with updates, activities and useful information for Chula Vista seniors.

The Burn Institute will install free smoke alarms in your home if you're 62+ and are the owner of your current residence. Call (858) 541-2277 or email here for more information.

Every ten years, after the U.S. Census, political districts are redrawn at the state and local level. Chula Vista's City Council has been elected to geographic districts since 2016, Districts 1, 2, 3, and 4. On December 7th, council will hear the independent Redistricting Commissions' report, public testimony, and vote to accept the new boundaries. District 2 has added residents to the east and lost the marina and future residents in the planned Pacifica community on the bayfront. Click here to see the proposed map.

CalFresh has launched a program to incentivize good nutrition! CalFresh recipients can earn up to $100 per month extra for nutritious fruits and vegetable purchases. Click here to learn more.


The MTS Blue Line Trolley's Mid-Coast Extension has opened for a one-seat ride from the San Ysidro border trolley stop to the VA, UCSD, and UTC Mall. Learn more here. Download the Pronto app on your smartphone here.

Republic Services will begin delivery of new, green food/organics/yard waste mechanical containers to single-family residential customers who do not have a Republic Services-provided green cart this month. On January 1st, 2022, Republic Services will go live with Chula Vista food and yard waste collection in the single green containers. After January 1st, Republic Services will no longer service customer-owned yard waste containers. Please read information in your trash bill. Anticipated rate changes/increases are February 1, 2022, after the Proposition 218 hearing.


The shuttle is coming! Vehicles have been ordered... We are on-track for early 2022... FREE door-to-door electric shuttle services for seniors 55+ in Northwest Chula Vista, 12 hours a day, 5 days per week, managed by the city and operated by Circuit. Click here to watch the presentation, here for the map showing the service area, or here for the staff report. Click here to watch Joe Little's news story, or here to watch the charming story by Televisa, featuring Rosemary Murphy and Marta Sanchez, the San Diego Union Tribune story here.

A sewer rate increase/proposal is coming to the city council in February 2022. Sewer rates may be increasing at an annual rate of 4.5-5.5% beginning July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2026. There has been no change in sewer rates for the lat two years. Sewer rate increases are largely pass-through rate increases from the San Diego Public Utilities Department. As a reminder, we are entering the lowest winter average period of water usage which sets your sewer rates for next summer and the subsequent year. The lowest two consecutive months of annual water usage dictate your sewer bill for the following year. So if you can save 1 HCF, you can offset the proposed rate increase... Don't shoot the messenger... Attend one of two virtual workshops (December 8th, 9am-9:45am or December 14th, 6pm-6:45pm) by clicking here and scrolling down for more information.

REMINDER - to the RUTH exhibit (Remember Us the Holocaust), which includes a section that acknowledges the Armenian Genocide. This poignant exhibit remains open at the Chula Vista Civic Center Library until August 2022, normal library hours. If you haven't seen it yet, I highly encourage you to visit this regional attraction, lovingly curated by Chula Vista author and historian Sandra Scheller.

The Chula Vista Fire Department 100 Year (Centennial) Exhibit remains open at the South Library, 389 Orange Avenue. For a virtual tour of the history of the Chula Vista Fire Department, click here. To read the Star News story, click here.


A new, beautiful Affordable Senior Housing complex (200 units) is being built in east Chula Vista, in the Millenia master-planned community. Click here to read more. Stay tuned to apply for residency!

A vibrant, exciting mural is being painted adjacent to SDG&E Park by Ground Floor Murals PJ Jimenez and Signe Ditona, part of the West Side/Best Side Mural and Graffiti Abatement Project that began with Councilmember Mike Diaz and Councilmember Jill Galvez (me!) and continues with Councilmember Andrea Cardenas. Thanks to Castle Park Coach Jose Cobian, Jr., director of the CPHS Trojan's Loving Their Community Club, the TLC students, and sponsor Blue Shield of California/CPHS Alum Barbara Jimenez. We are looking forward to the "big reveal" soon!!!


For those of you with time on your hands (or a keen interest in Chula Vista), you can read all back issues of my District 2 City Council Newsletters (January 2019 - present) at this link.


• •  Congratulations to  • • 

Chula Vistans Fanny Miller and Jennifer Bustamante for launching Chula Vista Today, a local news and features website that is interesting to read and explore. Click here to visit ChulaVistaToday.com.

Chula Vista mural artist Michelle Guerrero (aka Mr. B Baby) for your feature in the San Diego Union Tribune. We see your art in the most unexpected places, and love what you do! If you would like to beautify your business or empty space with Mr. B Baby art, please email me and I'll connect you :) Click here to read the UT story.

The San Diego-Tijuana region for being selected as the World Design Capital for 2024. San Diego is now the first US city to receive the designation, and Tijuana is the second Mexican city to hold the title (Mexico City held the honor in 2018). Click here to learn more about our regional efforts and here to learn more about the World Design Capital project. 



• •  With Gratitude  • • 

Farewell, thank you, and best wishes for your next adventure, Olga Berdial. We appreciate the many spectacular community events you organized and managed for our city over the past eight years, from the Starlight Parade to HarborFest, and the very special July 4th Celebration at the Elite Athlete's Training Center.


• •  Kudos to  • • 

Chula Vista Parks & Rec Director Tim Farmer, the Rock Church Pastor Ariel Dela Pena and 40+ members of the Rock Church and neighborhood volunteers, Vulcan Materials, Patrick Cavanaugh, Danny Schreck, Pancho, Esteban and Michael, for working side-by-side, planning, and then renovating Lancerlot Park at the far west end of K Street. New playground equipment arrives in January, and we are thrilled to invite the public to add painted rocks to this innovative park design. We have been working on this (almost $0) cost renovation for three years and hope the new design prevents the blight and bad behavior that this teeny little pocket park used to attract. 

Chula Vista Parking Enforcement Officer Monica Medina for double-checking an abandoned vehicle that had cleverly switched plates to the same make/model/color and discovering a stolen vehicle parked in an otherwise peaceful neighborhood. 



• •  Call to Action  • • 

Join our Chula Vista Police Department and local sponsors to help provide meals and toys to South Bay families in need by donating unwrapped toys or gifts for children of all ages before December 17th at local Chula Vista Walmarts, Starbuck, the Sun Outdoors RV Park, Balboa Thrift & Loan, Parway Rec Center, Chula Vita Public Works, Chula Vista City Hall, or the Chula Vista Police Department front lobby. You can also mail a personal check to Chula Vista Police Foundation, 315 Fourth Avenue, Chula Vista, CA 91910 (write "Holiday Meal/Toy Giveaway in the memo section). Click here to donate online. 

Eagle Scout candidate Alex Burritt is raising funds and supplies to help stray and adoptable pets at our Chula Vista Animal Care Facility as his Eagle Scout project. There are three ways to help:  1) You can purchase supplies from a special list on Amazon (click here) and they will be sent directly to the CVACF, 2) You can donate online (click here), and specify "Alex's supply drive" in the memo line, or 3) You can email Alex (click here) and arrange for a pickup or drop off of unused/unopened items from your personal pet supplies. . Alex and his family have fostered kittens with the CVACF for three years. Please help them help our local animals in need. Thank you very much!!


Nominate an older adult (55+) to be showcased on our city's website an on dozens of banners throughout our city for "We Are Chula Vista: A Celebration of Our Older Adults!" in 2022. Click here to learn more and submit your nominations.

CalRecycle is announcing the application release for the Edible Food Recovery Grant Program. The program provides funding for organizations that collect and redistribute food to people in need that would otherwise go to waste and/or assist projects that help prevent the generation of food waste. Click here for more information. Grant awards in the amount of $150K-$250K each! Applications are due on December 16th.



• •  Very Sad News  • • 

It is with a very heavy heart that I remind you that an AT&T worker lost both of his legs in the mid-morning of November 3rd, at 5th & C Street. A driver crashed into a parked car, which slammed into the man standing between his work van and the parked vehicle, amputating both legs at the site. Please, please slow down. Leave early for your appointments. Our community mourns too many people, of all ages, who have been hit by speeding motorists in northwest Chula Vista, including recently the CVHS 9th grade girl who was crossing Fourth Avenue on her way home from the Rec Center.


• •  COVID-19 Update 12/1/21  • • 

If you lose your COVID Vaccination Card you can get another one by clicking this link.

Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson booster shots for COVID-19 are now available for those 65+, for persons with existing underlying health conditions, and for certain essential employees, as long as you are six months past completing your second dose of Pfizer/Moderna or two months after getting the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Use the MyTurn system to schedule your booster vaccination appointment. Different variants of COVID will likely be with us for a long time. We cannot become complacent about practicing COVID prevention. 

FREE COVID Testing is available at various locations throughout the County, including the new site at the Oleander Community Center, 1301 Oleander Avenue, Tues-Sat 7am-7pm. Click here to find a site near you, or call (833)422-4255. For help in scheduling a COVID test or vaccination, call (619)476-2397 M-F 11am-7pm. You can also find more information here.

FREE COVID Vaccinations (and COVID boosters) are available every Thursday, from 1pm-4pm, at Chula Vista City Hall, Building C Lobby, administered by the Chula Vista Fire Department. Other vaccination locations can be found here or here.

Remember, the COVID vaccine should be free. Free COVID vaccinations are also administered at Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, 752 Medical Center Court, 10am-2pm, Monday - Friday. Free COVID vaccinations are also administered at the South Region Live Well Center at Chula Vista, 690 Oxford Street, 1-8pm, Sunday - Thursday. Free COVID vaccinations at San Ysidro Health at the Chula Vista PACE Center, 880 Third Ave. They have the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. They are taking walk-ins, but calling to make an appointment is recommended, (619) 205-4585.


If you are a housebound senior or cannot leave your home to receive a COVID vaccine, please call the Chula Vista resident support line (619) 476-2397. Our EOC staff will schedule our Chula Vista Fire Department's mobile vaccination unit "Operation Immunity" (Firefighter/Paramedic/EMT) to come to your residence.


If you lost a loved one due to COVID-19, FEMA may provide help with your funeral expenses, up to $9,000. FEMA will begin accepting calls to it's help center (844)684-6333 on April 12th. You will need a death certificate after January 2020 and all receipts. Beware of scammers - FEMA will not call you. Click here to learn more.

CONSUMER ALERT on Reported COVID FEES charged to patients. Attorney General Xavier Becerra's office issued an alert warning consumers about some healthcare providers reportedly charging patients a COVID FEE when seeking care. If you are being charged a COVID FEE by your doctor, dentist, or other healthcare practitioner, please call one of the following: Medi-Cal Members call (800)541-5555, Medicare members call (800)633-4227, Private Insurance call (800)927-4357, and/or file a complaint here

You can continue to check updated COVID-19 information at three important websites: the City of Chula Vista, County of San Diego and State of California.


California's eviction moratorium ended September 30, 2021.

U.S. land borders with Mexico and Canada have opened November 8th for vaccinated travelers. Beginning January 2022, all persons crossing the border will be required to show proof of vaccination.
 

• •  Need Help?  • • 

There are still funds available in the Chula Vista Emergency Rental Assistance Program for past-due rent and utilities. Financial assistance is for qualified rental arrears from April 2020 and later, not to exceed 15 months. Click here to learn more and apply. Click here for a tutorial on how to apply (in English and Spanish) and to learn eligibility details. If you need help with the online application, you can call (619)271-1805 during business hours. Walk-in help is available at South Bay Community Services, 430 F Street. Funding for this program comes from allocations from the U.S. Department of Treasury and the State of California. If you do not live in Chula Vista, click here if you need help. 

Don't despair - call someone if you are having mental health issues! Click here for a list of mental health resources in the county, or call (888) 724-7240 for 24x7 crisis support and referrals from trained and experienced counselors.

Eviction protections changed on October 1st. To reduce the risk of eviction, eligible renters should apply for the CA COVID-19 Rent Relief Program by calling (833)430-2122 or visiting HousingIsKey.com

Chula Vista Rental Assistance
, call (619) 271-1805 or click here.

South Bay Community Services, click here.

Housing Help, State of California, click here.

Legal Aid Society of San Diego, click here.

San Diego County Advocacy Against Discrimination, call (800) 954-0441 or click here.



• •  Jobs, Jobs, Jobs  • • 

Click here to see a list of current job openings with the city of Chula Vista. Job descriptions (and salary ranges) can be found here.
Click here to bid on projects with the city.
Click here to file for unemployment benefits if you have recently lost your job.

MTS is hiring - more than 100 job openings are available, with $1000 signing bonus for select positions. Click here to learn more or attend a hiring fair.

Marine Group Boatworks on the Chula Vista Bayfront is hiring (and training prospective employees!). Click here to learn more.

Chula Vista Bayfront construction partners Mortenson McCarthy Joint Venture are seeking small and diverse business enterprises to pre-qualify as Trade Partners for the 1600-room Gaylord Pacific Resort and Convention Center. Construction should begin in 2022. Click here to pre-qualify and learn more about business opportunities, or email here with questions.

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Thank you for the honor to serve you on the Chula Vista City Council. Your thoughts and questions are always welcome!

Be safe, take care, and please check in on your friends and family via phone, email, letter, or in person!

Warm regards,

Jill M. Galvez | Chula Vista City Councilmember | District 2, Northwest
276 Fourth Avenue | Chula Vista, CA | 91910
Phone: 619.691.5177 | Cell: 619.997.1016 | Email:  jmgalvez@chulavistaca.gov
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