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Chula Vista Community Connection - January 2018

Contents: In this issue...A

Every Issue
1 - Street Paving Projects3 - New Heritage Museum ExhibitDid You Know...
2 - Recreation and Resolutions

4 - First Responders Offer Holiday Cheer

2018 Kicks Off with Street Paving Projects Thanks to Measure P
More than $15 million in street paving will kick off this month with two projects. The street paving, repair and replacement projects are courtesy of Measure P - the 10-year, half-cent sales tax for infrastructure approved by Chula Vista voters in November 2016. The projects focus on repairing the worst residential streets in the City.

The first project will fund about $8 million in street repairs. The second project (about $7.5 million) is planned to be out to construction in summer 2018. Additional projects will follow annually. Visit the website and click onMeasure P Street Repair/Replacement Project 2018 to view the streets to be repaired in 2018.

The City Council approved funding $71 million in bonds in September to implement an array of Measure P infrastructure repair projects. In addition to the street projects, the bond funds will be used for capital purchases, upgrades and improvements including sports courts and fields; play structures, playground surfacing, barbeque grills, tables, and benches; sidewalk repair and replacement; improvements to recreation centers, Woman's Club and Norman Park Senior Center; Civic Center and South libraries; 15 electric fleet vehicles; corrugated metal pipe repair and replacement; police, fire, and other city building repairs and upgrades including roofs, HVAC, bathroom and flooring repairs, irrigation systems, water, energy and lighting efficiencies; and, citywide network and telecommunications replacement. Check out more details at the Measure P website
Recreation and Resolutions

If you've vowed to start the new year right with increasing your fitness goals, the City's Recreation Department can help! They have classes for all age groups and all fitness levels.

Adults will get their heart pumping with classes such as Zumba, Cardio Kickboxing, or Vinyasa Flow Yoga. Children can get into the act with Tumbling Toddlers or Hip Hop dancing and those with disabilities can enjoy Chula Vista Walk About where they explore the City walking to various downtown locations. Check out these and other great classes and sign up today

In addition, registration has begun for spring camps including basketball and multi-sport camp where kids ages 6-12 play a variety of different sports and games. Let us help you to a healthy 2018!

New Heritage Museum Exhibit Opens January 27
A new year-long exhibit will open at the Chula Vista Heritage Museum, located inside the Civic Center Branch Library at 365 F Street, beginning Saturday January 27. "Fronterizos: A History of the Spanish-Speaking People of the South Bay, San Diego" presents an oral history of the Spanish speaking peoples of the South Bay and sheds light on citizens' contributions to the community.
Focusing on the cultural heritage of the majority of residents in this region, the South Bay will be seen within the larger context of Mexican-American history. Included in the exhibit will be the Portola Expedition, the land grants to the first families, the great immigration during the Mexican Revolution, the Otay Valley farmers and laborstrikes, jockeys and card dealers during Prohibition days, service member contributions, and the Chicano Movement of the 1970s and 1980s.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular library hours. Funding is provided by the Chula Vista Heritage Museum, a Chapter of the Friends of the Chula Vista Library; a Community Enhancement Program Grant via County Supervisor Greg Cox; and a City of Chula Vista Performing and Visual Arts Grant.

On January 27, the Friends of the Chula Vista Library annual meeting will begin at 2 p.m. with a presentation about the new exhibit by local historian Barbara Zaragoza, followed by the exhibit opening. The public is invited and a reception will follow featuring San Diego-based musical group, Los californios from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The group plays and sings secular music of California from the days when the state was part of Spain and then Mexico.
First Responders Offer Holiday Cheer
Chula Vista is fortunate to have generous first responders who care about the community in which they serve. In late December, both the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) and the Chula Vista Fire Department (CVFD) provided food and gifts to many South Bay families.
On December 19, CVPD in conjunction with Wal-Mart and other organizations, distributed food to approximately 1,000 pre-selected families. They received a turkey, potatoes, vegetables, bread, and fruit. Each child in attendance visited with Santa and Mrs.Claus and received a new toy. Another 20 attendees were recipients of raffle prizes, including new bicycles, making their holidays a little brighter.
Chula Vista Firefighters Foundation adopted 16 Chula Vista families in need and delivered wrapped gifts with the help of Santa on December 20. The delighted families were very appreciative of the new toys, clothing and household items received. Children were thrilled at the chance to sit in a fire engine and meet first responders in a non-emergency situation..
Thank you CVPD and CVFD for supporting our community and helping to spread holiday cheer to so many. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.      
Did you know...
...the Otay Ranch Branch Library has been chosen as the 2017 National Passport Acceptance Facility of the Year by the Department of State. It was selected the winner from over 7,500 passport acceptance facilities inthe nation for its welcoming and hassle-free passport services. Since its opening in 2015, the Otay Ranch facility has processed more than 33,000 passport applications and 16,000 passport photos. Offering convenient evening hours and walk-in service in a unique setting at the Otay Ranch Town Center, visit them soon for your passport needs.

...the County Health and Human Services Agency has announced that this year's flu cases have now claimed 45 deaths in San Diego County. It's not too late to protect you and your family from the virus. Learn more about flu vaccinations and prevention tips via You Tube videos or check the Public Health Services flu update web page.

...nominations are now open for Chula Vista Champions! The 2018 Chula Vista Champions Celebration is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, at 11 a.m.at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center. The public event, held in conjunction with Elite Athlete Services, includes a ceremony that will honor Chula Vista champions in athletics, academics, arts, community service and other areas. You can nominate an individual, team, class or other group who live, work or play in Chula Vista. Champions will be recognized for receiving an award within the last five years in academics, sports, community service, cultural arts, and more. Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged. See details for nominations

...if you are looking for a New Year's resolution you can keep, consider adopting one of the adorable cats at the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility! During the month of January, cats 11 months of age and older can be adopted for only $25 (normally $65). Adopt a black cat and receive a $20 PetCo gift card in addition to the bagfull of goodies all adopters receive. Visit the CVACF at 130 Beyer Way,Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

...free classes for adults with disabilities are offered at various City facilities. Beginning January 10, Hot Shots will teach the fundamentals of a variety of sports including basketball, soccer, softball, and kickball. Held at Parkway Community Center, 373 Park Way, the class is offered on Wednesdays from 11 to 11:50 a.m. Power of Polite teaches dining etiquette and every day manners while improving social skills in an interactive learning environment. Scheduled for Thursdays from 3 to 3:50 p.m. beginning January 11, the class is held at Parkway Community Center. Pre-Picasso's develops painting and drawing skills using colored pencils and water based acrylic paint. Held at Heritage Park and Community Center, 1381 East Palomar Street, the class is on Fridays beginning January 12 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

...U.S. Citizenship classes are offered at the Civic Center and South Branch Libraries. Classes at the Civic Center Branch, 365 F Street, are held on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6 to 8 p.m. beginning Monday, January 8. Contact Celeste Caton to register. The South Branch at 389 Orange Avenue offers classes in English on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 to 8 p.m.beginning January 9, and classes in Spanish on Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

...congratulations to CVPD Captain Vern Sallee who recently graduated from the prestigious FBI National Academy! The FBI National Academy (FBINA), established in 1935, is the nation's premier law enforcement training program for police managers and executives. Less than one percent of law enforcement professionals have the opportunity to participate in the highly selective program. Since its establishment, the program has graduated over 50,000 law enforcement professionals who went back to their respective state,local or federal agencies with additional education and tools. Captain Sallee attended FBINA Class 270 with over 220 law enforcement professionals representing 49 states and 20 countries. Chief Roxana Kennedy, a graduate of FBINA Class 243, noted that she is extremely proud of CVPD's continued participation in the FBINA program. Captain Sallee joins Chief Kennedy, Captain Lon Turner, Lieutenant Eric Thunberg and Lieutenant Don Redmond as CVPD current graduates of the distinguished academy. Way to represent, CVPD!

...your energy costs are based on how much electricity you use and when you use it. Winter rates are in effect through May 31. According to SDG&E, the year-round, on-peak period, when electricity is needed the most - and you pay the highest price - is 4 to 9 p.m. Shifting energy use to off-peak hours can help you save energy and money. Check your pricing plan.

..registration is now open for the indoor/arena coed recreational soccer league for children in grades 1-8. Games are on Saturdays with practice held one or two days per week. Register by February 15.

...if you want to improve your English skills or are new to the English language, stop by the English Conversation Café at the Otay Ranch Branch Library on Tuesdays from 12 to 1 p.m. Chat in an informal setting located at the Otay Ranch Town Center.


Spanish Class for Toddlers
Your toddler can explore the Spanish language through fun activities such as art, music, dancing and reading. Children will learn basic vocabulary used in greetings, colors, numbers and more. Held on Mondays and Wednesdays from January 8 to March 19the class is for children ages 3-5 and scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Otay Recreation Center, 3554 Main Street.

Beginning Art for Youth and Adults 
Through this basic painting course, you will begin to hone and sharpen your skills as a painter. Learn to paint using different mediums and how to create amazing effects in your masterpieces! Offered Tuesdays, January 9 to February 27class for those ages 8-12 is from 4:15 to 5:10 p.m. and class for ages 13 and over is from 5:15 to 6:10 p.m. Both classes will be held at Parkway Community Center, 373 Park Way.

Enjoy Cool Jazz on January 13
Everyone is invited to a free concert at the Civic Center Branch Library, 365 F Street, on Saturday, January 13. Well-known musicians, Rob Thorsen Jazz Quartet, will lead the audience through a history of American jazz including New Orleans, Swing, Bebop, Latin, Funk and more. The "Jazz, An American Art Form" event will begin at 2 p.m.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
All City offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, January 15, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Trash service in the City will not be affected and Police and Fire services will be fully operational. You can helpcelebrate the great civil rights leader by attending the 38th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day parade scheduled for Sunday, January 14, beginning at 2 p.m. in San Diego. Participants, which include a contingent from the Chula Vista Police Department, will march along the Embarcadero from North Harbor Drive south to Pacific Highway.

Parents Night Off
Want to go out to dinner or watch a movie without worrying about the kids? Then sign up for the Parents Night Off at Loma Verde Recreation Center, 1420 Loma Lane, and enjoy an evening to yourself! Children ages 6-12 will enjoy a fun night of activities, arts and crafts, games and dinner on Friday, January 19, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Fee is $15 for Chula Vista residents and $19 for non-residents.

Kids in the Kitchen
The popular Kids in the Kitchen returns to Parkway Community Center, 373 Park Way, on Friday, January 19. Children ages 8-13 will chop, measure, mix and stir in this hands-on cooking class from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Otay Lakes Adventure
Here's your chance to learn how to row a boat, operate a motor boat, learn basic fishing skills and more at the next Otay Lakes Adventure class scheduled for Saturday, January 20, from 10 a.m. to noon. All equipment is provided in this class designed for children ages 8 and over. Those 8-17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Kindergarten Boot Camp
"Let's Get Ready for Kindergarten" boot camp for kids ages 4-5 helps prepare them with essential skills for kindergarten. This free class will be offered Monday-Friday, from January 22 to February 2, from 10:30 a.m. tonoon at both the Civic Center and South Branch Libraries. Registration is required and space is limited in this award-winning program offered in partnership with Altrusa International of Chula Vista. To register for the Civic Center location at 365 F Streetemail and for the South Branch located at 389 Orange Avenue, email.

Wellness & Aquatics Complex Opening
Southwestern College will dedicate its new Wellness & Aquatics Complex located at 900 Otay Lakes Road, on Wednesday, January 31, at 4:30 p.m. The multi-story center, funded by Proposition R, houses the college's new gymnasium that can convert to a 2,500 seat auditorium, two 50-meter pools and a third pool for therapy. The Wellness Center contains seven fitness classrooms and faculty offices. Community memberships will be available soon.

Library Book Sale
Mark your calendars for the next book sale at the Civic Center Branch Library located at 365 F Street. Stop by and check out the bargains on Friday, February 2, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Saturday, February 3, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Sunday, February 4, from 1 to 4 p.m.  


Animal Care
Animal Control: 476-2476
Pet Adoptions:  691-5123
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CLEAN Business Program: 
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Storm Water Hotline:  
Environmental Services, 
    Household Hazardous 
    Waste, Recycling and
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Public Works
Graffiti Hotline: 691-5198
Graffiti in progress: 9-1-1
Service Requests
Civic Branch: 691-5069
South Branch: 585-5755
Otay Ranch: 397-5740
Administration: 409-5979 
Woman's Club: 409-1980
Heritage Center: 421-7032
Loma Verde 
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    Pool:  409-1987
Montevalle Center:
Norman Park 
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Otay Center: 409-1999
    Center: 409-1980
    Pool: 409-1985
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Veterans Center: 691-5260
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Land Development: 691-5024
Building:  691-5272
Planning:  691-5101
Code Enforcement: 691-5280
Housing: 691-5047
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City Manager: 691-5031
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