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Chula Vista Community Connection May 2015

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The month of May brings Memorial Day which was created as an occasion to honor those who have paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedom. It is our opportunity to stop and give thanks for the many who have died protecting that freedom.
Chula Vista's Veterans Park, a 12-acre community facility and recreation site, includes a prominent "Walk of Honor" walkway paved with bricks inscribed with the names of veterans.  The park is located at 785 East Palomar Street close to the Veterans Home of California, Chula Vista.  Dedicated in May 2006, the commemorative brick program has provided family members and friends a way to honor their loved ones who have served.

This year, the "Brick by Brick" campaign will be held from June 1 to July 31, 2015. All bricks purchased during this campaign will be placed in the Walk of Honor by Veterans Day, 2015. Each brick bears the name of one veteran, active duty military personnel or reservist, and their respective branch of service: U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, Police and Fire Departments.  The Brick by Brick campaign is made possible through the Friends of Chula Vista Parks and Recreation.

Veteran's Park Walk of Honor has become a popular ceremony site for retiring veterans as well as a place for family members to remember their loved one.  It is not uncommon to see a flower or other small memento on the brick of a loved one on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and birthdays.  Members from the Veterans Home often purchase bricks for recent fallen veterans with local ties to Chula Vista.

The minimum contribution for a single commemorative brick is $100. Bricks measure 4" x 8" x 2.25" and are engraved using state-of-the-art technology that guarantees they will never fade, chip, oxidize or peel. All net proceeds from the "Brick by Brick" campaign will benefit the programs of the Friends of Chula Vista Parks and Recreation, including youth basketball, the Learn to Swim program, and after school hours programming.

If you are interested in purchasing a commemorative brick during this year's campaign or would like more information, please call (619) 409-5979.  For order

information, CLICK HERE.
Another moving memorable event is the Remembering Our Fallenexhibit hosted by the Chula Vista Civic Center Library. Remembering Our Fallen honors 77 heroes from San Diego County including 14 from local South Bay cities.  From May 3-14, the 125-foot long exhibit, which features military and personal photos of the fallen, will be on public display in the Library's Veteran's Wing.  Located at 365 F Street, the library operating hours are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.,Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.  A separate area of tribute will be set up to honor the fallen heroes from the South Bay.  The exhibit is made possible locally by the Chula Vista Elks Lodge 2011, Marine Detachment 1207, American Legion Post 434, VFW Post 2111, and the Ladies of the Auxiliary, Military Order of the Purple Heart Unit 49.

Most likely you have heard these words from the old poem: "Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink."  Although written in 1797 about a sailor at sea, the drastic words resonate now with California facing its fourth consecutive year of a drought.  With Governor Brown's state-wide mandate to reduce water use, your City and the two water districts serving it, Otay Water District and Sweetwater Authority, are taking action.  

Chula Vista has begun removing non-essential grass on City maintained medians and along parkways and will replace the area with drought-resistant native plants 

.  Areas using recycled water still will be irrigated. We also have upgraded older parks with weather-based irrigation controllers and more efficient sprinkler heads. In addition, the City has mandated that new single-family homes are graywater-ready. Graywater is recycled water from your washing machine and bathtub that can be redirected to water landscaping.

Otay Water District is a big user of recycled water - wastewater that has been re-purified and is being reused.  Since the mid-1980s, recycled water has been in use in Otay Water District's east Chula Vista service area.  Every day, the Otay Water District converts up to 1.3 million gallons of residential and commercial sewage into high quality recycled water at its Ralph W. Chapman Water Recycling Facility.   Don't be surprised when you see water use in the eastern area of the city in parks, golf courses, open space, common areas, and roadway landscaping, and in use to compact soil and suppress dust at construction sites.  It's recycled!

In the 1990s, Otay Water District and the City of Chula Vista began requiring dual piping in all new developments. One set of pipes supplies drinking water for human use and consumption, while a second set delivers recycled water for landscape irrigation. You will know when recycled water is in use because all pipes, sprinklers, meters or valves designed to carry recycled water are required to be purple in color or distinctively wrapped with purple tape.  So every time you see the purple pipe, know that they are helping the communities served by the Otay Water District meet the challenges of the statewide drought.

Sweetwater Authority offers residents three simple rules to help lower your water use and to conserve water for our region:  mind the tap, timing is everything and minor investments=major water savings.

Mind the Tap:  
1. Turn the tap off while brushing your teeth, washing your hands and shaving; savings for the household is 10 gallons per day. 
2. Use a shower bucket while waiting for water to heat up and use that to water plants.  
3. Turn off the shower while shampooing or conditioning your hair and save nearly 50 gallons of water per week.
4. Use an automatic shutoff nozzle on your garden hose.

Timing is Everything:

1. Challenge the family to shorten showers to five minutes or less
2. Don't use your toilet as a trash can; each flush can use up to 7 gallons of water!
3. Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when you have full loads.
4. Water outdoors between 6 p.m. and 9 a.m., and keep the time short.

Minor Investments=Major Water Savings:
1. Install aerators on kitchen and bathroom faucets which can save nearly 20 gallons of water a day!
2. Swap out your old showerhead for an EPA WaterSense labeled one.  Save more than a gallon of water per minute.
3. Take your car to the carwash instead of washing it at home.

What Can YOU Do?  There are numerous ways to help save water including rebates for removing turf, upgrading irrigation systems, replacing inefficient clothes washers and toilets, and installing rain barrels and graywater systems.  Let's all do our part to help preserve our precious natural resource.

Need help identifying water-saving opportunities at your home or business?  Contact the City's Conservation Section at (619) 409-3893 or EMAIL to request a free water evaluation. For additional information, visit Otay Water, CLICK HERE , and Sweetwater Authority, CLICK HERE.


May is National Bike Month in the City of Chula Vista and across the country.  Whether you are an avid cyclist or have never biked at all, National Bike Month is meant to increase bicycling awareness and ridership!  Bicycling provides many rewards to riders such as exercise, lower stress levels, an increased connectivity to their community, and a smaller carbon footprint. Chula Vista has more than 123miles of dedicated bike paths, lanes, and routes connecting neighborhoods, shopping centers, and schools with another 40 miles proposed.  Free Bike Chula Vista maps are available at the City's Conservation booth at the weekly Farmer's Markets in the Third Avenue Village and at the Otay Ranch Town Center as well as online, CLICK HERE.

Community members are also encouraged to join thousands of fellow San Diegans to participate in Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 15.  Cyclists can visit a "pit stop" in the morning to refuel with free snacks, beverages, and to pick up a Bike to Work Day t-shirt.  For a list of pit stops in Chula Vista and across the region, CLICK HERE For more info on the City's alternative transportation and environmental programs, CLICK HERE, or call (619) 409-3893.



The Chula Vista Districting Commission has released a Draft Districting Plan depicting four proposed council districts. In 2012, City of Chula Vista voters approved developing four council districts from which councilmembers will be elected starting in 2016. CLICK HERE to view the Draft Districting Plan map.

After several weeks of public outreach and input, the Districting Commission met April 24 and 25, to develop a draft map to release for public review and comment. The Commissioners developed the draft map taking into consideration various Charter-mandated criteria for creating districts, including population equality, geographic compactness and contiguity, following natural and man-made features, street lines and City boundary lines, and respecting communities of interest, to the extent practical. More than 100 comments were received in advance of the meeting to propose the four council districts of approximately 60,000 residents each.

Residents can provide comments on the proposed Council District boundaries by using the online form, by EMAIL, call (619) 409-1946, or mail input to Chula Vista Districting, 276 Fourth Ave., Chula Vista, 91910, ATTN: City Clerk.  Five workshops are scheduled in May for input on the Draft Districting Plan (map).  Check the Districting Commission webpage for the online form and workshop locations and times, CLICK HERE.


...everyone is invited to attend the May 14 Chula Vista City Council Workshop

regarding state and local open meeting laws and ethical standards for elected and appointed officials.  Presentations will be given and questions answered by City Attorney Glen Googins and Deputy City Attorney Simon Silva.  City Councilmembers and other city officials and members of City boards and commissions will participate in the event to be held in the City Council Chambers, 276 Fourth Avenue at 5 p.m.

...the Chula Vista Olympic Training Centerwill celebrate 20 years of operation with a day-long community event on Sunday, June 7, from10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  The free celebration will feature demonstrations by Olympians and Paralympians, CVOTC resident athletes and special guests.  Along with sports activities, there will music, food and fun with local bands performing and local food trucks offering food for purchase.  A community expo will have a variety of local organizations represented and there will be photo opportunities with a real Olympic torch and athletes.  For more information and a complete schedule of events, CLICK HERE.

...May is also National Skin Cancer Prevention Month.  More than 3.5 million cases of skin cancer are diagnosed in the United States each year and over 90 percent are caused by the sun's ultraviolet rays (UVR).  Plus skin damage from UVR causes wrinkles, sagging, leathering and discoloration of the skin.  Chula Vista's Recreation Department reminds us of these important tips:  stay in the shade especially from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; don't burn; avoid tanning and UV tanning booths; cover up using clothing, hats and UV blocking sunglasses; apply 15 SPF or higher sunscreen 30 minutes before being exposed to the sun even if it's overcast.  Enjoy the sun but be smart about it!

...in celebration of Cinco de Mayo, why not check out the library's new and updatedyoung-boy-reading.jpg

bilingual Spanish-English children's book collections! Displays are in all three library branches. These 2,500 books include picture books for the very young, as well as fiction and nonfiction, and are also great resources for new English learners of all ages!

...you can help Chula Vista welcomeSpecial Olympics World Gamesdelegates from Argentina and Puerto Rico this summer!  The cities of Chula Vista, Coronado and National City will welcome over 100 delegates from July 21-24as part of the San Diego South County Host Town. The Special Olympic delegates will have the opportunity to participate in social and cultural activities and events that are unique to the South Bay, as well as rest and practice prior to commencement of the games in Los Angeles. With your support, we can showcase our great city, get to know the athletes, and foster an international connection to our local community. Help us make this a trip these Special Olympics World Games delegates will never forget!  CLICK HERE to learn more about opportunities to volunteer and donate to the cause.

...Sleep Train Amphitheatre kicks off its concert season on May 8 with a great variety of artists lined up through October.  Highlights include Brad Paisley, Nickelback, Niki Minaj, Van Halen and Luke Bryan.  Concert goers are reminded that absolutely no professional cameras and no weapons - even for off-duty peace officers - are allowed in the venue.  For more information on concerts and what is and isn't allowed in the venue (changes per artist), CLICK HERE.

...if you are looking for a companion cat, the Chula Vista Animal Care Facility (ACF) is presenting Cinco de Gato in May!  For a special adoption fee of $25 (normally

$65), you will receive not only a wonderful new family member, but also a $20 PetCo gift card and a bag full of goodies for your new pet.  The ACF is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. andSaturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 130 Beyer Way.

...our Aquatics division has several opportunities to help you learn how to be safe in the water.  May is National Drowning Prevention Month, and we are offering summer swim classes, an Aqua Fun and Fit class, and the popular Junior Lifeguard program.  For more information and registration details on the Aquatics programs, CLICK HERE.  Kaiser Permanente will again provide funding for the Operation Splash program which offers free swim lessons to fourth grade students in the Chula Vista Elementary School District.

...registration is open until May 8 for the Summer 2015 Youth Coed Basketball League.  Ages 6-17 and all skill levels are encouraged to sign up at any Chula Vista Recreation Center on a walk-in basis, or CLICK HERE. Games will be played on

Saturdays at Parkway Gym and Salt Creek Community Center.  Call (619) 409-1980 for more information.

...Bilingual Parenting Workshops are scheduled Fridays, May 1 through July 10, at the South Chula Vista Branch Library, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  These development and behavior classes are for parents and caregivers of children up to age 5 to enhance parenting skills and have fun. 

...if you are looking for a safe after school environment for your child or if your child needs homework help, the Heritage Open Rec & Read is just the ticket!  The free program, which includes fun activities each day, runs Monday through Friday from 2 to 5 p.m. at 1381 East Palomar Street.  No registration is required.  For more details, call Heritage Community Center at (619) 421-7032.

...speaking of reading...young children are introduced to Story Time at a variety of classes held at all three City libraries.  Baby Story Time, Family Pajama Story Time, Ready to Read Story Time, and Baby Pajama Time are offered for kids to learn

songs and rhymes and gain experience in a group setting.  CLICK HERE for more details.


...you and your neighbors can celebrate 4th of July as Chula Vista rocks the block party!  Celebrate your country with your community on July 4th and the City will WAIVE the permit fee.  For more information or an application, CLICK HERE


Therapeutic Recreation Classes

Disabled individuals ages 6 and over are encouraged to sign up now for a variety of classes that begin on Monday, May 4, at the Heritage Community Center, 1381 East Palomar.  Designed to increase social skills, fine and gross motor skills, improve self-esteem and have fun, choose from Fitness, Zumba, Learn to Swim, Fun & Fit Boot Camp and Basketball.  Fees are $27 for Chula Vista residents and $33 for non-residents. Contact (619) 421-3859 for more information or to register, CLICK HERE.

Cinco de Mayo at Otay
Kids ages 6 to 12 can celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Tuesday, May 5, at the Otay Recreation Center, 3554 Main Street. From 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., free activities include make your own miniature piñata and make your own nachos and cheese bowl!  No registration necessary. Call (619) 409-1999 for more information.

Historical Tour and Walk 

Chula Vista is fortunate to have many beautiful historical homes.  Join a walking tour on Wednesday, May 6, from 10 to 11 a.m. starting from the Norman Park Senior Center, 270 F Street.  Pre-register at the Center, or call (619) 409-1930.

Don't Forget Mom!
Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10, and kids ages 4-13 are invited to make a free gift for mom on Friday, May 8.  "Made for Mom" will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. at Veteran's Recreation Center, 785 East Palomar Street.  Call (619) 691-5260 for more information.

Otay Recreation Center will also be hosting a Mother's Day card-making activity onFriday, May 8, from 2 to 3 p.m.  Designed for children ages 6-12, all supplies for 

the craft are included in this free event.  For more information, call (619) 409-1999.

International Mother's Day
Celebrating its second year in Chula Vista, USA Multicultural presents International Mother's Day 2015 on Saturday May 9, as a day to celebrate all the special women in our lives. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., everyone is welcome to Memorial Park, 373 Park Way, for a fun filled day of free family activities and entertainment from around the world. Don't miss it!  For more information, CLICK HERE.

Hogwarts School is in Session  
Chula Vista's Civic Center Branch Library will host the "Harry Potter's World" exhibit produced by the National Library of Medicine from Monday, May 11, to Saturday, June 20.  Incorporating the work of various Renaissance thinkers (the books were partially based on fantasy and partly on Renaissance traditions), the seven-panel exhibit explores Harry Potter's world, its roots in Renaissance magic, science and medicine, and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter domain, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series.  The free display is open Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.  Cost of the exhibit was paid for by the Friends of the Chula Vista Library.

Movie Matinee at Otay 

"Night at the Museum:  Secret of the Tomb" will be shown on Friday, May 15, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Otay Recreation Center.  Designed for children between 6-12 years old, the free event also includes free popcorn!  No registration necessary; call (619) 409-1999 with any questions.

Fun Run...or Walk...or Stroll!
Don't forget to register now to run, walk, or stroll at the U.S. Olympic Training Center on Saturday, May 16, for the Seventh Annual Chula Vista Community 5K Fun Run!  A community expo and celebration with food, fun, music, a silent auction and opportunity drawing will follow.  After the race, the Chula Vista Police Activities League (PAL) will be hosting a pancake breakfast - enjoy three pancakes and a drink for only $5.  PAL provides educational and athletic opportunities as well as college scholarships for less fortunate and at risk Chula Vista youth. For more details and registration information,CLICK HERE. See you there!

Rootin' Tootin' Chili Cook-Off
The 16th annual Rootin' Tootin' Chili Cook-off & Fair is taking place Sunday, May 17, at the Bonita Village Shopping Center, 4180 Bonita Road, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  There will be chili samplings, a Kid's Fun Zone with hands-on activities, bouncy houses and pony rides, food vendors, arts and crafts, an entertainment stage and a pie eating contest.  Check out this community centered family event!  CLICK HERE for more information.

Older Americans and Volunteer Luncheon

Registration is open for this popular annual event that recognizes the incredible volunteers and older Americans who contribute so much to our City.  The event is set forWednesday, May 20, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Norman Park Senior Center.  Cost is $5 for Chula Vista residents and $6 for non-residents and includes lunch and entertainment by Elvis!  Call (619) 409-1930 or (619) 409-1931 to register.  Thank you, thank you, thank you very much!

Memorial Day
A reminder that all City offices and facilities will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25. Trash pick-up in the City will also be delayed one day. 

Camarena Elementary Color Splash
On Saturday, May 30, gear up for this fun, 5K event which begins and ends at Camarena Elementary. The event starts at 8 a.m. with the run taking place on surrounding streets. Celebrate community while helping the Camarena Elementary PTA reach their fundraising goals! Last year's event had over 600 participants, so register early. For more details and to register, CLICK HERE.



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Memorable May
Water Conservation
Bike to Work Month
Draft Council Districts
Did You Know...
Upcoming Events


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