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Chula Vista Community Connection - October 2017

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1 - Public Safety Staffing Report3 - Day in the Life of Graffiti RemovalDid You Know...

4 - Bonds for Measure P Projects

Public Safety Staffing Report Presented to Council
At the September 26 Chula Vista City Council meeting, the Public Safety Staffing Report was presented in response to direction received from the Council in June. Staff was asked to report back within 120 days with a plan to address the chronic understaffing of the Chula Vista Fire (CVFD) and Chula Vista Police (CVPD) Departments.

To obtain community feedback, City Manager Gary Halbert formed the Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC) to provide input into public safety staffing issues. The committee includes Chula Vista residents, business owners, and community leaders.

The Fire and Police Departments collaborated to assess factors affecting public safety including:

* Community and stakeholder feedback/input on priorities for delivery of public safety services 
* Short and long-term staffing level standards for CVFD and CVPD
* Response times for Priority 1 and Priority 2 emergency calls for CVPD
* Response times with properly equipped and staffed fire and medical units for CVFD
* Consideration of alternate public safety service delivery models
* Accounting for growth - 5 year, 10-year and build-out projection models
* Fiscal forecasts and impact

In the Public Safety Staffing Report, both CVFD and CVPD provided a detailed analysis of staffing level history, challenges with the current level of staffing, and recommendations to provide the personnel necessary to meet minimum staffing levels.

Important to note is that although staffing ratios are below recommended levels, Chula Vista's Fire and Police Departments have continued to provide quality customer service to residents. However, response times are below recommended levels and an increase in population has been and continues to be a contributing factor.

Chula Vista residents are encouraged to view the Public Safety Staffing Report. The City Council has asked staff to report back by the end of the year with recommendations to address the most critical needs.
BMX Beginning League Starts in October

One of the most thrilling and exciting events to watch or participate in is BMX racing. Tyler Brown, who recently won the Masters World Championship in BMX riding, is the track operator at the Chula Vista BMX, located at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center. Built in 2009, Tyler has operated the track since 2012 in addition to practicing and riding for the sport.

Currently the BMX track is open to the public three times a week. Practice is held on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. as an open riding time with no instruction for $7; lessons (clinics) are held on Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. for beginners and 6 to 7 p.m. for advanced riders and cost $20 per lesson; and races are held on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. for a fee of $12 with registration between 2 and 3:30 p.m. Each week, the top three racers receive trophies according to their age and skill level.

Riders range in age from 3 to 83 years old! If you can ride a bike, you can ride the track. Riders must wear closed toe shoes, pants and long sleeve shirt as well as a full face helmet. You don't have your own BMX bike to ride? No problem! Chula Vista BMX will rent bikes for $5 and provide a loaner helmet.

In addition to the main track located near the Visitor's area at the Center, the pump track is available for practice on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. and for fun on Saturday from 12 to 2 p.m.Some riders come weekly to learn the basic skills and others practice jumping and turns to help them earn national titles. More pros train at this site than anywhere else, so don't be surprised when you see an Olympian or USA Champion BMX rider here helping a new rider get back up on his feet after taking a tumble .

Tyler is passionate about the BMX program and introducing the sport to children of all ages. He watched his first BMX race at age 12 then entered a race two weeks later and won first place! With 20 years of riding - 14 of those in professional racing - Tyler is at the track 30 times a week training and offering tips to riders. "I want to make sure everyone has a personal quality experience while at the track," states Tyler. "I am blessed to have a job I enjoy."

In addition to the Masters World Championship, Tyler has received numerous professional wins, including being on the 2008 Olympic long team. He says that being part of the first Olympic team and winning a world title is a great thing. In addition to the clinics, Tyler also provides maintenance to the tracks, prepares them for races and offers private lessons and coaching.

Tyler said, "the sport is a good confidence builder and helps the rider stay active and in shape. Conducted in a controlled setting, the hard work of BMX riding transfers to life - what the kids learn here can be used at school and work."

On October 18, a new five-week BMX Beginner League will start and is a great entry into the sport. Participants will have training once a week then a weekly race. For more information on the BMX Beginner League or other details of the program, please check the website.
 Day in the Life of Graffiti Removal
One of the most unfavorable images of our fine city is graffiti. Graffiti is removed regularly from sidewalks, pavement, curb and gutter, street signs, and City facilities such as park benches, park restrooms or a recreation center wall. The City is responsible for removing graffiti from public infrastructure and property only; not from private residences or businesses.

You may be surprised to know that graffiti clean-up is the sole responsibility of one part-time hourly employee who works only two days per week! Sergio Padilla Jr. is enthusiastic about his job in removing graffiti and keeping our City clean and beautiful. However, it's not an easy assignment. Often, he just finishes painting over graffiti and the next week the taggers and gang members have hit the same area again. As frustrating as that is, Sergio quickly gets the area cleaned up and is on to the next area.

There are three main ways to remove graffiti and Sergio uses them all - sometimes all three in one day: pressure washing, paint out, or graffiti wipes. Pressure washing is mostly used on sidewalks after a special dissolvent is sprayed on the graffiti. The area is then sprayed with a strong hose and all water is captured with sandbags or vacuumed so that no water goes into the storm drain. The paint sprayer is a large piece of equipment secured to the graffiti removal truck and is used on large surfaces. This allows Sergio to quickly remove graffiti in multiple spots using recycled paint. Graffiti wipes are mostly used on small areas such as
street signs.


Before beginning to remove any graffiti, Sergio takes photos of the graffiti with the date and location marked on a sign. He then takes "after" photos with the same information which can then be used in court. Chula Vista participates in "Graffiti Tracker" where both the Public Works Department and the Chula Vista Police Department take photos of graffiti and enter the information in the county-wide database. If caught, the vandals can be held liable by the District Attorney's office. Reports from Graffiti Tracker help monitor the tagging and when used in court, the offender is charged per square foot for up to one year's worth of tagging.

For graffiti on private property, homeowners and business owners will receive a letter from the City informing them to remove the graffiti within a certain number of hours. Public Works will even provide the paint, but the homeowner/business owner must clean up the graffiti within the time frame or receive a fine.

Graffiti Abatement Coordinator, Norma Rodriguez, is always looking for volunteers to help remove graffiti - especially kids and groups. They are a great help at events such as Beautify Chula Vista or the Buff a Block program. Buff a Block volunteers remove graffiti on private property in the volunteers' neighborhood with all paint supplied by the City. Cleaning up a neighborhood is a great way to educate residents, inspire civic responsibility, and develop community pride. "Volunteers are desperately needed. If your home or business is tagged, your ability to clean it up is greatly appreciated," says Norma. "And it will only cost you a little time as we supply the paint and rollers." To learn more about Buff a Block, call (619) 397-6037 or Email.

So what if you see graffiti? If you observe it in progress, call 9-1-1. If the area has already been tagged or marked, report on ACT (preferably with a photograph and exact address), call Public Works at (619) 397-6000, or after hours call the Graffiti Hotline at (619) 691-5198. 
Council Approves $71 million in Bonds for Measure P Projects
The City Council approved the issuance of bonds to fund approximately $71 million in Measure P projects. The Council also approved amending the Infrastructure, Facilities, and Equipment Expenditure Plan to add the additional bond proceeds to the amended Plan which will accelerate the repair of critical assets.

The Citizens' Oversight Committee (COC) provided input and consent on the amended plan and proposed allocations and recommended it be taken to the City Council for approval. These bond funds will be used for the following capital purchases, upgrades and improvements: street repair and replacement; sports courts and fields - including upgrading irrigation systems; parks --  including play structures, playground surfacing, barbeque grills, tables, and benches; sidewalk repair and replacement; improvements to recreation centers, Womans Club and Norman Park Senior Center; Civic Center and South libraries; Corrugated Metal Pipe repair and replacement; Police, Fire, and other city building repairs and upgrades including roofs, HVAC, bathroom and flooring repairs, water, energy and lighting efficiencies; and, citywide network and telecommunications replacement. For more information, visit the Measure P webpage
Did you know...
...our city is collaborating with the County of San Diego to address the Hepatitis A outbreak that has affected at-risk members of the population including homeless people and drug users. Chula Vista has had 17 reported cases and the County provided several vaccination clinics at the Civic Center and South Branch libraries. This week, hand washing stations from the County will be placed temporarily in 14 locations including six City parks (Friendship, Lauderbach, Harborside, Bay Boulevard, Memorial and Orange). Check the county's website for more details.

...thanks to the generosity of Chula Vista residents and businesses, over 450 local school children received new shoes and socks at the Chula Vista Police Department School Resource Officer shoe/sock give-away. They were also given a new pack-back along with high fives and police badge stickers from CVPD officers.

...all three library branches are hosting S.T.E.A.M. programs in October. The Civic Center Branch, 365 F Street, will host weekly events on Wednesdays from 4:30 to 6 p.m. while "Science Rocks! S.T.E.A.M. Workshops" are held at the South Library, 389 Orange Avenue, on Thursdays at 4 p.m. And the Otay Ranch Branch, located at the Otay Ranch Town Center, will hold events on Saturdays. Check out details online.

...each quarter of the year, City employees nominate an individual or group to be recognized by the City Council for their outstanding efforts. The third quarter of 2017 saw the following employees receive our applause and acknowledgement: Angela Gaines, (pink suit) Police Community Relations Specialist, is an 11-year employee with a vast amount of talent. She plans and coordinates logistics for the Citizen Police Academy, the Teen Police Academy, and National Night Out. She also resolves resident complaints while always remaining calm, cool and smiling! Rick Rubel, (orange shirt), Custodian, was honored for his outstanding work ethic, pride he takes in his work and his can-do attitude. Rick is an exemplary public servant because he understands that every job is important and integral to the success of the organization. A team effort from Finance and Information Technology Services Departments was selected for their implementation of Munis Phase I - a new complex finance system which replaced an 18 year old one! The team consisted of Angelica Aguilar, Alicia Granados, Darrell Boggess, Mike Sylvia, Dave Hanson, Rachelle Barrera, Lisa Partee, Robert Synnott, Tess Nguyen, Ashley Clark, Niki Kotselas, Victor De La Cruz, Elly Aguilar, Robina Malik, and Monica Morales. Congratulations!

...the devastating hurricanes on the east coast demanded assistance from specially trained FEMA personnel from all over the country including 11 (plus a search and rescue dog) from the Chula Vista Fire Department. Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Peter was one of those deployed to both Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Hurricane Irma in Florida. His first-hand perspective was that despite advanced warnings of the impending disasters,many folks did not heed the advice and/or realize the severity of the pending hurricanes. The negative impacts of any disaster can be long lasting for any community. Preparedness and self-sustainability for at least 72 hours are critical. This is a good reminder to those of us on the west coast who can be affected by an earthquake or fire at any given time. A great resource for Chula Vista residents is the Ready, Set, Go! Fire preparation plan webpage. Check it out and be ready!

... If you are looking for a rewarding career in law enforcement, the City of Chula Vista could be your answer. Currently, the City is hiring Peace Officers and Police Dispatchers. In addition to competitive salaries, Chula Vista has many assets to offer its employees including upgraded equipment, excellent schools, and affordable housing in one of the country's top ten safest cities with populations over 200,000. Chula Vista is the second largest city in San Diego County, 13th largest in the state and the 89th largest in the country.

The position of Peace Officer performs a variety of duties involved in the prevention of crime and the enforcement of law and order; participates in and conducts a variety of criminal investigations; provides assistance to special crime prevention and law enforcement programs; and performs a variety of technical and administrative tasks in support of law enforcement services. Those who meet the minimum qualifications are invited to apply provided the following criteria are met: be currently enrolled in a California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) approved basic Police academy, or successfully completed California POST certified academy, lateral or out-of-state lateral applicant.

Police Dispatcher and Police Dispatcher Trainee positions are also available. The Police Dispatcher Trainee is an entry-level position to learn the Dispatcher tasks while the Police Dispatcher position is a more advanced position. A very important requirement of this field is the ability to type at a net rate of 40 net words per minute (certificate required) in addition to handling the constant emergency telephone calls to 9-1-1. Recently, the Chula Vista Police Department installed a new Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) system with state-of-the-art features to better serve its residents.

The Chula Vista Police Department is committed to providing excellent service by hiring exceptional Peace Officers and Police Dispatchers. Check to see if you have the requirements to be part of this outstanding team.

...a new program at the Civic Center Library is called Book a Librarian where you can have a one-to-one consultation with a librarian Monday-Thursday during library hours. In a 30- to 45-minute meeting, patrons can get personal help in learning how to use eBooks and audiobooks, search the library's catalog, or navigate the online databases. Librarians also are available to offer assistance with job searches, building a resume andwriting cover letters, job applications and more. Inquire at the information desk for your appointment.

...CVPD officers will be displaying new uniform patches during the month of October in honor of breast cancer awareness month. Police Chaplain Wes Anderson (pictured here with Chief Roxana Kennedy), through his non-profit organization Code 7, purchased the patches. Officers purchased the uniform shirts for the patches and other items are available such as key rings and ball caps. All proceeds from this fundraising effort will go to a Chula Vista charitable organization that supports breast cancer survivors.

... If you have ever thought about serving your community as a volunteer, consider joining the City of Chula Vista CAST program. Chula Vista's CAST - Citizen's Adversity Support Team - consists of volunteers trained to provide families of trauma victims with compassionate, supportive assistance. Volunteers, on call 24 hours a day, every day of the year, are trained by professionals including police officers, firefighters, psychologists, and emergency room staff.  First responders summon CAST to a variety of emergency calls - serious motor vehicle accidents, murders, domestic violence, shootings and fires. Since 1993, CAST members have responded to thousands of calls in the communities of Chula Vista, Bonita, and Imperial Beach. The next training session begins in January and runs through mid-April 2018. For more information, or to request an application, please contact Maria Zadorozny at (619) 691-5213 or Email.

...Halloween is at the end of the month and both the Chula Vista Library and Recreation Departments have some "spooktacular" events planned. Children will create Halloween LED pins in a S.T.E.A.M. event onWednesday, October 18, at 4:30 p.m., at the Civic Center Branch Library, 365 F Street. "Crafternoon" programs for youngsters include Upcycled Ghost Décor on Tuesday, October 24, at 4:30 p.m.Popsicle Stick Scarecrow Face on Friday, October 27, at 3 p.m.; and Haunted House Décor on Halloween Day, Tuesday, October 31, at 4:30 p.m. The South Chula Vista Branch Library will host a Halloween Fun Fest on Tuesday, October 17, at 5 p.m., including a live action story, crafts and giveaways. Two "not so spooky" storytimes will feature Halloween books and a parade through the library. Halloween Baby Bookworms for ages 0-3 will meet on Tuesday, October 24, at 11:15 a.m.; and kids ages 3-5 are invited to a Halloween Ready to Read Storytime. Children are encouraged to wear costumes to all of these programs. Five Halloween storytimes are on tap at the Otay Ranch Branch Library, #409, in the Otay Ranch Town Center, and costumes are encouraged for all. Check out the other library Halloween events.

Recreation's Montevalle Community Center is hosting Pumpkin Decorating for ages 2-5 years old on Wednesday, October 25, at 3:30 p.m., a Pumpkin Carving/Decorating event for ages 6-12 on Wednesday, October 25, at 5 p.m., and Little Tykes Costume Carnival on Sunday, October 29, for ages 2-5 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Get more details and register for all the freaky fun.

...another Halloween happening is offered by Recreation with "Movie Under the Stars" on Friday, October 20, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Goosebumps the Movie will be shown at the Chula Vista Golf Course located at 4475 Bonita Road. Kid's activities begin at 5:30 p.m. and the movie starts at dusk. Bring your chairs, blankets, snacks and jackets and enjoy this free family activity.

...CVPD is full of heroes but two officers received recognition asRed Cross Real Heroes at a recognition ceremony last week.Officers Curtis Chancellor and Casey Rose were given the "Law Enforcement Award for their lifesaving actions beyond the scope of their job to help another in critical need."

In November 2016, these exceptional officers saved the life of accident victim Anne Krone, who was hit by a car and pinned between two vehicles. The officers immediately applied tourniquets to her legs to help stop the excessive bleeding and then called for more tourniquets. Although Ms. Krone eventually lost both of her legs, this act saved her life and she is very grateful. Congratulations on this remarkable award!

...another CVPD hero is Agent Fred Rowbotham who was off-duty, but led a group of 100 to safety during the shooting tragedy on October 1 in Las Vegas. Although he was grazed by a bullet while fleeing the scene, Agent Rowbotham is thankful to be back to work and glad he was able to assist the group away from the horrific tragedy. Read his frightening story here. Thank you to all the first responders who seem to always be on duty, even while on vacation.

October Book Sale
Help support the library by joining the Friends of the Library at your local branch, visit the bookstore, or support the book sales of gently used books and music. The October sale will be held at the Civic Center Library on Friday and Saturday, October 6 and 7, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 8, from 1 to 4 p.m.

Animals on the Bay Day
Enjoy complimentary admission to the Living Coast Discovery Center on Sunday, October 8, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join us as we celebrate all the unique animals that call the San Diego Bay home! Don't miss animal encounters and feedings, interactive activities, games, arts & crafts and more!

Glamazon Party - Homecoming Edition
Teens can get a free party dress for Homecoming, along with fashion and make up tips, at the South Chula Vista Branch Library, 389 Orange Avenue, on Saturday, October 7. Appointments are available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with walk-ins welcomed from 2 to 4 p.m. Register at the library or Email.

Vim & Vigor Wellness Festival
Kalusugan Community Services is hosting the Vim and Vigor Fest on Saturday, October 14, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Memorial Park, 373 Park Way. The free, family festival features heath, wellness, and an active, healthy lifestyle. Also included is live entertainment, artist exhibits, health vendors, food vendors, tai chi and Zumba classes, and a health pavilion for brief speaker presentations.

Mariachi Oktober Fiesta
You won't want to miss this fun event sponsored by the Chula Vista Rotary Club on Saturday, October 14, from 5 to 8 p.m. Featuring great food, local brews, live mariachi, music and more, the event will be held at the Salt Creek Recreation Center, 2710 Otay Lakes Road. This is a 21 and over event featuring samples of delicious bites, tequila, beer and wine, as well as Folklorico dancers. Proceeds support a variety of local charity organizations. Tickets, which are $50, can be purchased online.

Beautify Chula Vista
There's still time to register to make a difference in our beautiful city! Register for the annual Beautify Chula Vista day to help pick up litter, clean up graffiti and remove weeds from two locations:  Rice Canyon or Otay Recreation Center. Pre-register for the Saturday, October 21 event which starts at 8:30 a.m. Volunteers must provide their own transportation, wear appropriate clothing including work gloves, and bring snacks or lunch. Community service hours forms will be provided upon request.

LIT (n.) [e-ra-ture] on Third
On Saturday, October 21, from 4 to 9 p.m., join the Third Avenue Village Association and Chula Vista Cultural Arts for a literary walk down Third Avenue. Enjoy a night of chilling tales, prose, soul, and spirits, around the historic streets of Third Avenue. Presenting will be some of the most talented literary troupes, poets, and actors from around town!

Re-Imagine D Street
Neighbors of the 700 block of D Street and anyone else interested are invited to a meeting on D Street Park. Come hear the latest developments about the park on Thursday, October 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Feaster Charter School Multi-Purpose room, 670 Flower StreetEmail for more information.

Halloween Glow Run
Join us for the second Annual Halloween Glow Run 5K as we run/walk along the Rohr Park jogging path onFriday, October 27. Each paid participant will receive a swag bag with a t-shirt, a finisher medal, and glow swag to light their way. Check-in is at 5 p.m. and the race begins at 6 p.m. Registration is limited to the first 400 participants - register early

Quarry-Crusher Benefits Chula Vista Fire   
Here's a real race challenge that you won't soon forget! Sign up now for the unique Quarry-Crusher Run to be held on Saturday, October 28, beginning at 8 a.m., at the Chula Vista Quarry located off Main Street. All proceeds benefit the Chula Vista Firefighters Foundation!