News from the Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council

By Shain Haug

The next Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council (AGGCC) Town Hall Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 22, at 6:30 p.m. at the Benjamin Library at the corner of Zion Avenue and Glenroy Street in Allied Gardens. We will present a discussion of the competing initiatives for development of the San Diego County Credit Union Stadium property.

Honorable Toni G. Atkins was our guest for the March 27 Town Hall Meeting. She was sworn in as the 48th President pro tempore of the California state Senate on March 21. Elected to the state Senate in 2016 after serving as Speaker of the California State Assembly, Sen. Atkins represents the 39th District, which includes the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Del Mar and Solana Beach. Her discussion of the issues confronting the state and our community was deep and illuminating. A full report of that presentation will be found in our newsletter that will be mailed in early May 2018.

We’re excited that to date, San Diego Urban Forestry has planted 60 trees along Zion Avenue. Now it’s up to the community to make sure these trees prosper and fully mature. The rain this winter never really came so we’ve been placing 5-gallon gator bags around the trees in order to help the neighbors adjacent to the trees more easily water them. The bags, when filled, will slowly drain the water into the base of the tree over a 24-hour period. We hope that you will adopt a tree near you by watering it regularly.

Our urban forestry success is the result of the commitment and hard work of AGGCC board members Sophia Frost and Jessica Read.

Frost has been a resident and homeowner in Allied Gardens since 1990. She is proud to have raised both her children in this community. She works as a counselor for both public and private schools in San Diego County. She joined the Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council in 2017 and helped establish the board’s Beautification Committee.

Jessica Read was born and raised in San Diego and joined the Allied Gardens community after coming back from college in 2005. When she’s not working in the lab doing cancer research for the biotech industry, she enjoys the outdoors by hiking, climbing, biking and skiing. In the little spare time she does have, she spends it beautifying the Allied Gardens-Grantville community by getting more trees planted in the neighborhood, organizing the Arbor Day Festival and helping to get the community garden started.

The AGGCC board of directors meet on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at Benjamin Library, at the corner of Zion Avenue and Glenroy Street. Our next board meeting will be on Tuesday, May 1. Join us!

—Shain Haug is the president of the Allied Gardens/Grantville Community Council. Reach him at Visit the AGGCC website at You can also give suggestions at

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