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Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council news

By Shain Haug

Town Hall meetings

We hoped for a better turn out for our Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council (AGGCC) Town Hall Meeting July 25, but for those in attendance, it was the special event as advertised.

We were pleased to have state Senator Toni G. Atkins give us a lot of insight into the work going on in Sacramento. Her candid explanations of all the complications was most enlightening. We hope to have her back sometime soon.

We received some very important information from our Police Department and Fire Department representatives and a deep understanding of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).  RSVP is looking for volunteers and if you are interested, contact them at 858-495-7990.

As always, you will find the details of the meeting in the minutes that will be published in our next newsletter.

At our Tuesday, Sept. 26 Town Hall meeting, Marceline Marques, the director of the San Diego Unified School District Neighborhood Schools Enrollment Options, will address the program, what the schools in your area have to offer, and how to make an application for your school choice during the 2018-2019 school year. It will be of interest to parents of children who are beginning their educational careers. 

Zion Avenue Beautification Project

Residents living along Zion Avenue are invited to attend an informational meeting to learn about receiving free trees courtesy of the city of San Diego. On Tuesday, Aug. 22, information will be provided at the Benjamin Library Community Room (5188 Zion Ave.) from 6:30–7:30 p.m. Landscaping experts and tree arborists will advise residents in proper tree selection, care, and maintenance.

You will also learn the many benefits of adding trees to your community: greater home values, improved curb appeal, slower traffic, more shade, and cleaner, cooler air. A street with trees can be up to 11 degrees cooler in the summer heat than a street without. Learn how you can have free trees planted along your sidewalks courtesy of the city.

This project, sponsored by the Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council, the city of San Diego’s Community Forestry Advisory Board, and Allied Gardens/Grantville residents primarily focuses on the planting of additional trees along Zion Avenue — however, all Allied Gardens residents are invited to attend the meeting and this project is an opportunity open to all area residents.

Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Field Airport

A public meeting relative to the Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Field Airport Master Plan will take place on Aug. 23 from 5:30–8 p.m. at the City of San Diego Public Utilities Department, Metropolitan Operations Complex (MOCII) Auditorium, 9192 Topaz Way, San Diego, CA 92123. The meeting will be set up as an open house to explain proposed changes to the use of the airfield for commercial jet aircraft. For more information about the project, visit: sdairportplans.com.

Rummage sale

It time again for the annual gigantic St. Dunstan’s rummage sale – Friday Aug. 18 and Saturday Aug. 19 from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. both days. St. Dunstan’s is located at 6556 Park Ridge Blvd., across from Patrick Henry. This is always, by far, the largest rummage sale within the Navajo Community!

Proceeds from the rummage sale support outreach programs at St. Dunstan’s, including the Interfaith Shelter Network (homeless shelter), El Nido (domestic violence shelter), The Teen Shelter, Episcopal Refugee Network and many other local, national and international projects.

Board of directors meetings

Our next meeting of the AGGCC board of directors will be on Sept. 11 (postponed one week because of Labor Day) at 7 p.m. at Ascension Lutheran Church, 51st and Zion avenues. The public is welcome and there is a place on the board for you and your talents.

—Shain Haug is the President of the Allied Gardens Grantville Community Council. Reach him at aggccshain@yahoo.com. Suggestions for Town Hall meetings and council action will be much appreciated and your participation in these activities will be helpful.

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