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We had hoped for a resolution this morning (1/6/22) but the two sides have not come to an agreement and employees remain on strike. Please continue to put your organic waste in your regular black bins until further notice. 
Almost finished... Another beautiful mural, part of the West Side/Best Side Mural and Graffiti Abatement Project, is underway... Chula Vista artists PJ Jimenez and Signe Ditona of Ground Floor Murals will reveal the finished mural on January 14th, on the north side of SDG&E Park/Loma Verde Park, 1421 Hilltop Drive. Special thanks to Castle Park coach Jose Cobian, Jr. and Barbara Ororzco-Valdivia (Blue Shield California), and students from Castle Park High School. NOTE: The mural as depicted above is only partially completed. 

January 6, 2022

Dear Northwest Chula Vista Neighbors and Friends,

Happy New Year...

It's oddly quiet this week in Chula Vista. Normally, we hear the sounds of trash trucks, steadily picking up yard waste containers, then recycling bins, and of course our black trash bins.

But as you're probably aware, Republic Services employees went on strike December 17th, 2021, and remain on strike as I write to you this morning. Employees stated that they are troubled by maintenance and safety issues on their trucks, working conditions, and are also negotiating their employment contract. We had anticipated a contract this morning (1/6/22) but the two sides could not come to an agreement and the employees remain on strike.

As you might know, Republic flew in "the Blue Crew" - employees from as far away as Canada and Michigan - to take over the abandoned routes during the strike. Republic set up an escalation email: for residents and businesses to escalate trash issues. If you contact Republic, please copy me at . The landfill does not require a pass to use during this strike.

Please continue to set out black bins, and double-bag additional trash that doesn't fit in bins, setting it alongside black bins for regular pickup. Yard waste collection (including the original plan to add organics to yard waste) has been indefinitely suspended, and the city is mapping out a strategy should the strike go on much longer. Blue bin (recycle) pickups remain possible but unlikely this week or until the strike is over.

Apartment complexes, some HOAs, and industrial and commercial customers with dumpsters have scrambled to hire contractors to help. 

I have been escalating the worst of the pickup issues and copying city staff. We are all very much aware of the health and safety issues caused by trash that has not been disposed of at the landfill in a timely manner. Many of you have rightfully asked whether there will be a bill credit for the week(s). I don't know the answer to that question yet, but am advocating for you. I think it is the right thing to do, but whether the council could vote to force that to happen or not will be a question for our City Attorney at the January 11th council meeting. 

Another reason Chula Vista seems oddly quiet this week is that the highly-contagious, vaccine-resistant Omicron variant of COVID has reached California. Many of us are sick or know folks who have tested positive for COVID. Our local hospitals are encouraging folks to stay home unless they truly have an emergency and are having trouble breathing. Many are choosing to avoid unnecessary exposure or contact and are staying in until this wave passes.

Finally, school resumes for students in the CVESD and SUHSD next Tuesday. Students and teachers will be returning to in-person instruction as far as we have been alerted, but please check your school's website for important, up-to-date information. 

My apologies in the delay in sending out this newsletter to you. I was hoping to send you good news about the strike. The only silver lining about the strike happening this time of year is that the weather has been relatively cool.

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:

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• •  Happening This Month (January)  • • 
  • First Friday Breakfast, Friday, January 7th, 7:30am, FREE virtual event sponsored by the YMCA, the Chula Vista Chamber and the city of Chula Vista. This month's guest speaker is YMCA of San Diego County CEO Todd Tibbits. Click here to register.
  • Chula Vista Woman's Club Meeting, Friday, January 7th, 10am - 1pm, at the Historic Chula Vista Woman's Club, 357 G Street. Please contact Barbara Kruegel (619)981-6523 for more information. The Chula Vista Woman's Club meets the first Friday of every month (except July/August).
  • School Resumes for CVESD and SUHSD, Tuesday, January 11th. Check with your school district about COVID testing requirements.
  • Chula Vista City Council Meeting, Tuesday, January 11th, 5:00pm, Teleconference or Council Chambers, 276 Fourth Avenue. Public Comments can be submitted here.
  • Celebrate Betty White's 100th Birthday, Saturday, January 15th, a collaboration between Mmm... Cakes and Thr3e Punk Ales on Third Avenue... yes, we know her real birthday was January 17th...
  • Martin Luther King Holiday, Monday, January 17th, click here to hear and watch MLK's most famous speech, "I have a dream..."
  • Chula Vista City Council Meeting, Tuesday, January 18th, 5:00pm, Teleconference or Council Chambers, 276 Fourth Avenue. Public Comments can be submitted here.
  • Chula Vista City Council Meeting, Tuesday, January 25th, 5:00pm, Teleconference or Council Chambers, 276 Fourth Avenue. Public Comments can be submitted here.
• •  Save the Date and Reserve Your Space! • • 
  • Chula Vista Mayoral Candidate Forum, Thursday, March 3rd, 5:30pm, Chula Vista Presbyterian Church, 940 Hilltop Drive. There are seven candidates (so far) running to represent us as Mayor, including myself. Click here to learn more. Click here to reserve your space at the debate.
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 accepted (4-0) 12/7/2021 the Chula Vista Redistricting Commission's new district maps, based on the 2020 census, effective for the 2022 council district elections. Click here to read more and see the new map. Note that District 2 will lose the bayfront south of G Street and west of Hwy 5 to District 4, but gain part of Rancho Del Rey between H Street and L Street from District 1, effective December 2022.

Council voted (3-0-1) 12/7/2021 and 12/14/21 on a modified ordinance for Short Term Vacation Rentals in the city of Chula Vista. Click here to see a presentation of the original and modified ordinance and here to read the new ordinance, 5.68 of the Chula Vista Municipal Code. Short term rentals will now require a $250 application fee, a $175 annual renewal fee, a local contact, and the owner/applicant must live in Chula Vista and have only one short-term rental property in the city. There will be a new Code Enforcement officer assigned to  monitor short term rentals in the city of Chula Vista to ensure compliance with host and other rules.

Council voted (4-0) 12/7/2021 to accept the Mayor's appointments of councilmembers to outside agencies. Congratulations, Councilmember Andrea Cardenas, for being appointed Deputy Mayor for 2022. I was re-appointed to a fourth term on the board of MTS, for a third term as a member of the Metropolitan Wastewater Commission, a fourth term on the SANDAG Bayshore Bikeway Committee, and a fourth term as the alternate on the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). to see a list of council agency appointments for 2022, click here.

Council voted (4-0) 12/14/2021 to approve an agreement with Media 3 Communications for the exchange of fiber optic facilities within the city of Chula Vista. This agreement/exchange provides immeasurable benefits for the future information technology network being built/designed for our future as a Smart City, and is in alignment with our Telecommunications Master Plan.

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The next city council meeting is Tuesday, January 11th, 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 1/4/2022 -  WE'RE HIRING ! 
  • Authorized Peace Officers - 281* Full Time Employees (Chief, Captains, Lieutenants, Sergeants, Agents, Peace Officers)
  • Authorized Peace Officers (filled) - 243 (down from 247 last month!)
  • Vacancies - 38* Full Time Equivalents
  • Applicants for those positions currently in process - 281 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.

• •  What is Redistricting?  • • 

Every ten years (after the national Census), representative district lines are redrawn to reflect changes in populations and demographics. These changes go into effect for all affected district elections.
  • Chula Vista's City Council Districts: We have four council districts. Their boundaries will be changing slightly, effective for the 2022 council race. Click here to read more and see the new Council map. 
  • California State Assembly: For the past 10+ years, Chula Vista was divided in the middle into two Assembly districts (the 79th and the 80th), giving us less of a collective/strong voice as a unified population. Effective for the 2022 elections, Chula Vista is now consolidated into one Assembly District (AD 80). The Assemblymember who would normally be running for re-election to represent us (Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher) recently announced that she has resigned her Assembly seat in order to lead the California Labor Federation. Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber's district will no longer include Chula Vista.
  • U.S. Congress: Like the Assembly, Chula Vista representation was also divided in the U.S. Congress - east and west. For the 2022 election, our city will be united with representation by the same U.S. Congressmember, currently Juan Vargas. Congressmember Sara Jacob's district no longer contains Chula Vista.
Click here to see the new Assembly, Senate and Congressional districts on an interactive map. The State Senate seat continues to encompass all of Chula Vista.

• •  Did You Know  • • 

Retirees on Social Security are getting a pay raise! The 2022 COLA (Cost of Living Adjustment) for Social Security and Supplemental Income (SSI) is 5.9%, beginning January 2022. Click here to learn more. Thanks to Deuel Woodward for sharing this information.

Minimum Wage for all workers in the state of California rose to $15/hour for companies with 26 or more employees, or $14/hour for smaller employers, beginning January 1, 2022. The Federal minimum wage (in many other states) remains $7.25/hour.

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.

Reminder: 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 last two years. Sewer rate increases are largely pass-through rate increases from the San Diego Public Utilities Department (roughly 65%). 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. The hearing for the sewer rate increase will be at the Chula Vista City Council meeting on 2/8/22 at 5pm. Questions can be sent via email by clicking here.

The vibrant, exciting mural 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 will be "revealed" on January 14th...

Lately, there has been a string of catalytic converter thefts in the region and country. Our police say it's because of the small amounts of precious metals inside - platinum and rhodium. In Chula Vista, there were 350 thefts in 2020, but almost 2,000 thefts in 2021! The CVPD has teamed up with Wheel Depot in Chula Vista to install a protective shield to help prevent your vehicle from being assaulted. The shield costs in the hundreds of dollars, but replacement of a catalytic converter could cost $3000. Click here for more information. 

The San Diego County Grand Jury is a watchdog with jurisdiction over all local governmental entities within the County of San Diego. If you feel there is an issue worthy of Grand Jury consideration, please fill out the Citizen's Complaint form, available online at this link. To learn more about the Grand Jury click here.

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.

• •  Excited to Announce  • • 

Northwest Chula Vista District 2 will be receiving $7.1 million from the State of California Proposition 68 grants to renovate Eucalyptus Park (southwest corner of 4th Avenue and C Street). Our "new" park will provide long-sought improvements to lighting, fencing, playground equipment, fields, dog park, and add exciting new features, including pickleball, mountain biking, a water feature and more! The YMCA building on 4th Ave will also be renovated and repurposed into a maker-space for artists. A big THANK YOU to residents and community groups who came out to provide input, and to city employees Tim Farmer, Patricia Ferman, Patrick Cavanaugh, Beth McDonnell, Angelica Davis, Stacey Kurz (I'm certainly missing some and apologize)... 

Northwest Chula Vista District 2 will also be receiving $1.9M to create a brand-new pocket park (.81 acres), called Patty Davis Park (named after former City Councilmember Patty Davis, who passed away in 2019). converting the far west end of D Street into a play space for the neighborhood to enjoy from an additional Proposition 68 grant award.

Construction on the parks is scheduled to begin in the Fall of 2023 with an estimated completion date of Spring 2025.

A very special thank you to California Park Commissioner Myrian Solis Coronel for tipping us off to this grant opportunity (two years in the making), and for Tim and Patricia for your vision and determination to show some love to our West side parks!

• •  With Gratitude  • • 

Farewell, thank you, and happy retirement, Chula Vista Fire Department Deputy Chief Chris Scott, on 38 years of service to the city of Chula Vista. Deputy Chief Scott was one of the architects of our new Municipal Ambulance Transport Service, which was launched with great success in April 2020. Chula Vista ambulances are now stationed at eight fire stations and staffed with Chula Vista employees, arriving faster on scene and costing rate payers significantly less than before.

Farewell, thank you, and happy retirementHermon Howell. Thank you for your years of service and expertise in the Chula Vista Information Technology Department!

• •  Happening on Third Avenue  • • 

Culichi Town opened in the former Fuddruckers space at 340 Third Avenue. This Mexican/Japanese fusion restaurant features DJ and live music and a party atmosphere. 

You can meet Third Avenue Village Association's new leadership, New City America, and share your thoughts on some of their big plans by visiting TAVA's office at 353 Third Avenue. Suggestion: ask Dominic LiMandri if he is considering bringing back the Farmer's Market on Thursdays, or how he feels about public art in unexpected places... Read the UT story here.

• •  Kudos to  • • 

OPERATION PRIDE - Park Rangers Sam Alzubaidi, Frank Herrera, and their teammates in Public Works, the Alpha Project, Work for Hope, and the Homeless Outreach Taskforce. In 2021, Operation Pride collected 1,135,140 lbs of trash and 1,051 shopping carts from our parks, open spaces, streets, bayfront, waterways, and preserves. This was a record-breaking year, and our city looks beautiful because of you! Past years: 2020: 270,673 lbs of trash and 1,453 shopping carts; 2019: 219,672 lbs of trash and 1,504 shopping carts; 2018: 176,580 lbs of trash and 1,544 shopping carts; 2017: 127,905 lbs of trash and 2,147 shopping carts, 2016: 50,000 lbs of trash and 1,991 shopping carts.

Christmas Tree Circle neighbors and Mrs. Claus, Sandra Burns, for another beautiful year of decorating your homes and hosting this beloved, county-famous, tradition.

Mr. and Mrs. Christmas - Jackie and Jose Carranza, for decking out your beautiful Nolan Avenue home, inside and out, and opening it to the public for Christmas. Your neighbors in the 700 block did an amazing job as well! Click here to watch the news story.

The Chula Vista Police Department and sponsors for another beautiful annual holiday dinner and family toy giveaway. 

• •  Call to Action  • • 

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.

A blood shortage in San Diego is causing surgeries to be cancelled. Blood donors are urged to schedule an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting the Red Cross website here, or calling (800) RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). The San Diego Blood bank is also calling out for blood donations. Click here for more information.

• •  COVID-19 Update 1/5/22  • • 

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

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 everyone who had their second booster six months ago. Use the MyTurn system to schedule your booster vaccination appointment. 

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.

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?  • • 

Mortgage relief for struggling homeowners affected by financial hardship due to the pandemic (1/21/20-12/27/21): The California Mortgage Relief Plan is a new program that can help eligible homeowners make past due housing payments by making a one-time direct grant payment to your mortgage provider which doesn't need to be repaid. Click here to learn more or to apply.

On December 31, 2021, the FCC launched the Affordable Connectivity Program, to provide a discount of up to $30 per month towards internet service for eligible households and a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers. Click here to see if you or a member of your household qualifies and apply.

The Chula Vista Emergency Rental Assistance Program for past-due rent and utilities has very limited funding remaining to assist residences. Effective 1/4/2022, all currently submitted applications will be notified that "applications will no longer be assigned for processing, and if funds become available, submitted applications will be assigned for processing on a first come, first served basis and by required priority populations (50% AMI and lower or currently unemployed for at least 90 days)." The EARP website and web portal will remain open, but all new applications will receive the same message above. Financial assistance was for qualified rental arrears from April 2020 and later, not to exceed 15 months. Click here to learn more. Walk-in help for applications in process 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

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:
Photo of the month: Philip Conser, the owner of this charming craftsman home at 210 Cypress Street, Chula Vista, built a replica of his home out of scraps from a nearby renovation project. If you look closely, you'll see the tiny home is not a mailbox or a lending library, but a container that houses "Poop bags" for dog walkers to take, fill and place in the bucket hanging below.
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