What Do You Want to See in Your Neighborhood? Take This Survey For a Chance to Win a Prize!

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You’re busy. We understand. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could save a little time by having more places to shop and dine right in your neighborhood?

We want to know what restaurants, retailers and service providers you want to see in the Diamond Neighborhoods so we can better focus our efforts on bringing you the places you want to visit!

Please take a couple minutes to fill out a few multiple choice questions. We’ve listed some places that are looking for opportunities to grow for you to consider.

This survey will be available until May 15. We will share the full results at our next Town Hall focusing on redevelopment planned for this summer.

Survey participants will be entered into a drawing to receive a $50 gift card to the top selected full service restaurant. Make sure to include your contact information so we know how to reach you if you win!

Click here to be taken to the survey

Chollas Creek Restoration – Public Notice for General Contractor

NOTICE TO QUALIFIED GENERAL
CONTRACTORS

Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
Northwest Village Creek Phase 2

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI) (Owner), invites sealed bids from qualified General Contractors for providing the materials & installation of the Northwest Village Creek Phase 2 project at 4970 and 5050 Market Street and 504 and 602 Euclid Avenue between Market Street and Guymon Street, San Diego, CA 92114.

Sealed bid packages will be returned to the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation at 404 Euclid Ave (third floor), San Diego, CA 92114 no later than 2:00 pm PST on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. A mandatory pre-bid job walk with the owner representative’s will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 10:00 am PST, to review construction administration procedures, existing site conditions, construction access, staging areas, safety and protection. Each contractor shall RSVP their attendance at the mandatory site visit/job walk to the Construction Manager, Mitch Whitson: mitch@whitsoncm.com via email: with cc: to Ryan Melow, Project Manager; rmelow@whitsoncm.com and Kelly Moden, Director of Development & Construction for JCNI; kmoden@jacobscenter.org

This project is partially funded by the Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and as such the entire project is subject to Davis-Bacon Wage Determination (PREVAILING WAGE and CERTIFIED PAYROLL); and Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Act [12 U.S.C. 1701u and 24 CFR Part 135]. Section 3 is HUD’s legislative directive for providing preference to low- and very low-income residents of the local community (regardless of race or gender), and the businesses that substantially employ these persons, for new employment, training, and contracting opportunities resulting from HUD-funded projects. Additional funding is provided by the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Prop 84).

Please note that all RFP and bid documents will be available on multiple construction bidding sites.

Every effort will be made to ensure that all persons, regardless of race, religion, sex, color, ethnicity, and national origin have equal access to contracts and other business opportunities with Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. JCNI reserves the right to reject any and all bids.
Pub. March 30 through April 10-00129033

Lao New Year Festival – April 4 & 5

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The Lao Community Cultural Center and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation want to wish you a happy new year! A happy Lao new year that is. The Lao New Year Festival will take place:

 

April 4th & 5th
9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Market Creek Amphitheater
Parking is available at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114 

 

Bring the family and enjoy traditional and contemporary music, dance, crafts and authentic cuisine by the Lao Community Cultural Center. The two-day festival will also include traditional alms offerings to Buddhist monks, and the ceremonial procession for the seven daughters of the legendary king whose tragic death gives rise to the celebration of the Lao New Year.

The event costs $3 per person to attend. Children in a stroller are FREE!

Don’t miss out on the fun-filled
celebration of the year!

For more information visit the Lao Community Cultural Center on Facebook or at www.LCCC-SD.org.

Common Ground Theatre Presents: Regina Taylor’s Crowns – April 17 – May 3

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Common Ground Theatre Presents: Regina Taylor’s Crowns. Directed by Charles W. Patmon Jr. Choreographed by Kevin Burroughs. Musical Direction by Luke Dominguez.

April 17 – May 3
Friday and Saturday 7 p.m. / Sunday 2 p.m.

Educational Cultural Complex
4343 Ocean View Blvd., San Diego, CA 92113

Tickets are $25 General Admission, $20 for Students/Military/Seniors, and $15 for children under 12.

Tickets are available at www.cgtsd.org or by calling the Common Ground Theatre Box Office at (619) 272-3209.

Community leaders and residents gather to celebrate the start of the Chollas Creek Restoration Project

Yesterday, City of San Diego District 4 Councilmember Myrtle Cole, County of San Diego District 1 Supervisor Greg Cox, other community leaders and residents gathered in southeastern San Diego to celebrate the start of the Chollas Creek Restoration Project. A groundbreaking ceremony was held at 2 p.m. at the northwest corner of Euclid Avenue and Guymon Street adjacent to the creek.

Community leaders and residents of the Diamond Neighborhoods gathered on March 26 to celebrate the start of construction on the Chollas Creek Restoration Project

Community leaders and residents of the Diamond Neighborhoods gathered on March 26 to celebrate the start of construction on the Chollas Creek Restoration Project

The project provides several environmental enhancements including re-vegetating the creek with native plants, removing invasive plant species and redirecting creek flows into the low channel to reduce flooding.  It will also beautify the area with public art works and create places for residents to gather and enjoy the outdoors. A pedestrian bridge across the creek will be added as part of the project, providing a safer pathway for students attending Horton Elementary School.

The restoration of Chollas Creek is  part of the our goal to develop the approximately 50 remaining acres owned by the Jacobs Family Foundation over the next 15 years. It also plays an integral part in transforming southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods into a more walkable community and encouraging future investments in the area.

From left to right: City of San Diego District 4 Councilmember Myrtle Cole, Jacobs Center President and CEO Reginald Jones, Jacobs Center and Jacobs Family Foundation Board Member Valerie Jacobs Hapke, City of San Diego Economic Development Department Director Erik Caldwell, Jacobs Center Vice President of Impact and Marketing Angela Titus, Norm Hapke and County of San Diego District 1 Supervisor Greg Cox

From left to right: City of San Diego District 4 Councilmember Myrtle Cole, Jacobs Center President and CEO Reginald Jones, Jacobs Center and Jacobs Family Foundation Board Member Valerie Jacobs Hapke, City of San Diego Economic Development Department Director Erik Caldwell, Jacobs Center Vice President of Impact and Marketing Angela Titus, Jacobs Center and Jacobs Family Foundation Board Member Norm Hapke and County of San Diego District 1 Supervisor Greg Cox

Creek restoration is scheduled to start construction in May and is anticipated to be complete this fall.

FREE Health Care Career Fair – April 9

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Do you like helping people? Consider a career in the health care industry. Come to a FREE Health Care Career Fair and learn about all of the opportunities available to you.

April 9, 2015
1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114

Health care employers will be available to share job information, meet job seekers and interview potential employees. The event is FREE and open to all job seekers inerested in a health care career.

Come prepared with printed copies of your résumé.

Employers include:

  • Casa Companion
  • Family Health Center of San Diego
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Mission Home Health
  • San Ysidro Health Center
  • Sharp Healthcare

For more information, contact your career agent or visit workforce.org/events

This event is organized by America’s Job Center of CaliforniaHealth Profession Opportunity Grants, San Diego Workforce Partnership, and the
Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation.

Chollas Creek Restoration Project Groundbreaking Ceremony – March 26

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A groundbreaking ceremony will take place to celebrate the start of construction on the Chollas Creek Restoration Project.

Thursday, March 26 – 2 p.m.

Just north of Market Street on Euclid Avenue at the corner of
Guymon Street and Euclid Avenue

Parking is available at the event site. Please enter off of Euclid Avenue.

map-chollas-creek-groundbreakWhat does this mean for the Diamond Neighborhoods? The Chollas Creek Restoration Project will:

  • Restore the natural beauty of a portion of the creek by re-planting native plants, removing invasive plant species, and preventing erosion
  • Create places where residents can gather and enjoy the outdoors
  • Enliven the area with public art works
  • Provide a safer pathway for children attending Horton Elementary School

These enhancements help to beautify the area and encourage future investments in our community.

All are welcome to attend this free event. RSVP to Liz Faris at LFaris@JacobsCenter.org or 619.527.6161 ext. 376.

This project is funded in whole or part with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The City of San Diego awarded these funds to the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation. Additional funding is provided by the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Prop 84).

The Jacobs Center Welcomes Gill Sotu as its Artist-in-Residence

As part of our continuing effort to support the arts in southeastern San Diego, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is delighted to announce multidisciplinary artist Gill Sotu as its artist-in-residence.

Gill Sotu performs an inspiring original spoke word piece at the Jacobs Center's Town Hall Series Launch on February 26.

Gill Sotu performs an inspiring original spoken word piece at the Jacobs Center’s Town Hall Series Launch on February 26.

Mr. Sotu is a prolific poet, musician, DJ, host, and writer. He uniquely weaves all elements of his artistry into impactful performances that inspire, provoke thought, and evoke soul and laughter. Originally from Oxnard, CA, Mr. Sotu moved to San Diego in 2007. He has since opened for Grammy-nominated artist Sheila E, performed with the San Diego Symphony and conducted workshops at local high-schools and the San Diego County Juvenile Detention Center.

Gill has big plans for his two year residency with us. During his time here, he will create original works, community based projects, and develop new platforms for community engagement. Upcoming projects you can look forward to from him include a spoken word opera, a talent show for Diamond residents, and a spoken word and graffiti art festival. He also plans to collaborate with our programs and other community-based organizations in the area. Gill will work in partnership with Writerz Blok, our urban art program, to develop curriculum and teach classes on poetry and spoken word, playwriting, recording, and DJ mixing and blending to local youth. He will also conduct student workshops at local high schools and work with recipients of the Jacobs Presents Cultural Celebrations and Performances Grants to incorporate participatory elements into their projects through technical training seminars.

Gill’s first residency performance was at the Jacobs Center’s Town Hall Series Launch on February 26. He performed an inspiring original spoken word piece that called on residents to be part of the positive change happening in their community.

City Council Unanimously Approves Remaining Funding for the Trolley Residential Project

This week the San Diego City Council voted unanimously to approve a final loan and take the initial steps towards issuing the bonds needed to fully fund our Trolley Residential Project. This project will construct 52 units of quality multi-family housing at the southeast corner of Market Street and Market Creek Place Driveway. Adjacent to the Euclid Transit Center, the second busiest in the MTS system, this $23 million investment will set the stage for transit-oriented development in our community. It will also bring quality jobs to the Diamond Neighborhoods. Thank you Councilmember Cole for securing the City Council’s support for this important project.

To learn more about this vote and what else is happening in southeastern San Diego click here to view this week’s District 4 community newsletter.

Town Hall Series Launch Community Partners

Our Town Hall Series Launch on February 26 wasn’t your typical public meeting. This event offered guests a chance to meet many of the community-based organizations we work with. Guests were able to learn about the programs and resources available to them and find out how they can get involved. If you were unable to attend the Town Hall Series Launch or didn’t get a chance to speak with all of the community-based organizations in attendance check out the list below and visit them online to learn more about the wonderful work they do.

Redevelopment

Community HousingWorks

Brownfields Assessment Project

Community Engagement

Platicando Con Mi Gente

The Urban Collaborative Project

Permaculture Academy

Diamond Neighborhood Collective Impact Data

Arts & Culture

The AjA Project

The Lao Community Cultural Center

The San Diego Art Institute

Media Arts Center San Diego

Education

Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch

Elementary Institute of Science (EIS)

Writerz Blok

Diamond Educational Excellence Partnership

Workforce Development & Family Strengthening

South Metro Career Center

Second Chance

Home Start

Project A.W.A.R.E.

Leaders of Change

The Urban League of San Diego County

Newcomers Investment Club
(Contact NewComersIC@gmail.com for more information)

True Roots Hospitality Training Program

These are only some of the community-based organizations we work with. If you want to get involved in revitalizing and strengthening the Diamond Neighborhoods and don’t see what you are looking for here contact Liz Faris at lfaris@jacobscenter.org or 619-527-6161 ext.376 and she’ll direct you to more information.

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Cleanup Project – Request for Quotes

UPDATE – March 16, 2015

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation has selected Second Chance for a short-term workforce cleanup contract for the Northwest Village Creek.

Second Chance will have a crew of six individuals who have graduated from either their young adult or adult Job Readiness Training program and who seek to build their work history through crew based team work. Second Chance clients are individuals who face multiple barriers to employment including a history of incarceration, substance abuse, and homelessness. One hundred percent of the crew members will be residents of the local target area and they will receive wages for approximately 60 hours of work on this project between March 19 and March 27.

UPDATE – March 9, 2015

The following questions were asked about the Northwest Village Creek Cleanup RFQ. Please see responses below.

  1. Q) What are the measurements of the project site?
    A) Approx. dimensions:Phase I: 880 LF 57,200 SF
    Phase II: 2,080 LF (this includes portions next to Festival Park and along Market Street east of Euclid) 215,955 SF
  2. Q) Is the cover letter included the count of the 4-page maximum?A) Cover letter is in ADDITION (not included) to the 4-page maximum as is the budget. The 4 pages should be reserved for submission questions 1-8 of Section 7 titled: Proposal Submission.
  3. Q) Concerning Eligibility: Is a business entity that provides the described services eligible to apply and not just non-profits. Specifically, a sole proprietorship or LLC.
    A) Yes, these entities are eligible to apply.


UPDATE – March 6, 2015

Today, the Jacobs Center held a Respondent Workshop and Creek Tour. Click here for a list of attendees. Insurance Requirements for the selected offeror can be found here.

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The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (JCNI) is inviting proposals from community-based organizations or other entities who are able to perform a short-term trash and debris cleanup project on designated portions of JCNI owned property in and around Chollas Creek. 

The primary goal is to select a contractor to remove garbage and debris prior to the groundbreaking event for the Northwest Village Creek Restoration Project on March 26. The secondary goal of the project is to engage with entities who provide workforce opportunities or other educational supports to neighborhood residents and who can use this project to assist to carry out their work. The objectives are to connect the Northwest Village Creek Restoration Project to human development programs in order to support neighborhood residents with training and educational opportunities. This includes opportunities to increase soft-skills, build work history, and assist to create stewardship amongst neighborhood residents for the Chollas Creek Watershed. Download an application.

The following steps* will occur as part of this RFQ application process:

  • RFQ Released: Monday, March 2, 2015
  • Respondent Workshop and Creek Tour: JCNI 404 Euclid, 1st Floor Community Room – Friday March 6, 2015 at 1pm – RSVP Khenwood@JacobsCenter.org
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 5pm Pacific Time
  • Application Review: March 12, 2015 – March 13, 2015
  • Applicant Selected: March 16, 2015
  • Contract Executed: March 18, 2015
  • Work Completion Date: Phase I – March 25, 2015. Phase II – April 2015 -Start date is flexible.

*Note: subject to change per the discretion of JCNI

Celebrating Our Community and Moving Forward Together

Last Thursday, nearly 300 residents of the Diamond Neighborhoods, community leaders and members of our board and staff came together to celebrate our strategic plan for 2015-17 and the community input that created it at our Town Hall Series Launch.

This Town Hall event was the first in a series of meetings that will keep residents engaged in projects and programs aimed at revitalizing District 4. The next Town Hall will focus entirely on redevelopment projects planned for the area and will take place later this spring.

The evening began with an uplifting drumline performance from the Heartbeat Music Academy. Students of all ages brought guests to their feet and started the night off with a bang and a boom!

Members of the Heartbeat Music Academy perform for a packed room at the Town Hall Series Launch.

Members of the Heartbeat Music Academy perform for a packed room at the Town Hall Series Launch.

A program followed that included members of the community who had participated in the strategic planning process. They shared the four goals that guide our work. They include: “Personality,” “People,” “Place,” and “Programs.” Personality, relates to creating a sharpened brand identity for the Jacobs Center and improving communications and accountability. People, means increasing the number of engaged stakeholders. Place and Programs aim to improve the area’s quality of life through physical redevelopment and enhanced human development programs.

The program also included an update on redevelopment projects that are underway and planned to start construction this spring. Project’s like Rita’s Italian Ice (now open in Market Creek Plaza!) and the Walgreens being built near the corner of Euclid Avenue and Market Street are all part of our goal to develop our approximately 50 remaining acres in the next 10 years.

Among the upcoming projects is a facelift for Market Creek Plaza which will consist of a newly painted exterior, re-striped parking lot and landscaping. The Chollas Creek Restoration Project will break ground in April. This project will restore the natural beauty of a portion of Chollas Creek near Market Street and Guymon Street and will invite activity through the addition of art and a trail system. A Community Facilities District is being planned to fund infrastructure improvements in the Market Street and Euclid Avenue corridors. Improvements will include wider sidewalks, street lights and other infrastructure improvements. These features will help to attract developers, increase property values and establish Market Street as a vibrant activity corridor. We will issue tax exempt bonds to pay for these necessary upgrades. These bonds will only be applied to properties owned by the Jacobs Center and will be paid back through nominal property tax increases to their tenants.

The program ended with an inspiring spoken work performance by new Jacobs Center artist-in-residence Gill Sotu that captured the essence of community. Sotu called upon residents to work together to be part of the change in the Diamond Neighborhoods.

Jacobs Center artist-in-residence gives an inspiring spoken word performance at the Town Hall Series Launch.

Jacobs Center artist-in-residence gives an inspiring spoken word performance at the Town Hall Series Launch.

Before and after the program residents learned about resources provided by community-based organizations related to workforce development and family strengthening, education, community engagement, arts and culture.

Community members learn about programs offered at the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library at the Town Hall Series Launch.

Community members learn about programs offered at the Valencia Park/Malcolm X Branch Library at the Town Hall Series Launch.

More photos and video of the event will be posted soon. In the meantime you can see what people are saying about our Town Hall Series Launch by searching #JacobsTownHall on social media.

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the collaborative vision and plan for the Diamond Neighborhoods. And a very special thank you to the community partners who staffed tables and brought a wealth of information. Your work to engage residents is what builds a stronger community. The Town Hall Series Launch was the first step in our shared journey to revitalize the Diamond and we are so happy we were able to take it together.

Jacobs Center Town Hall Series Launch

Town Hall Series Launch

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Thursday, FEBRUARY 26, 2015  |  5:30 – 8 PM
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center  |  404 Euclid Avenue  |  San Diego CA 92114

Do You Know What’s Happening in Your Community and How it Will Affect You and Your Family?

Come Find Out!

MEET our staff, community partners and other Diamond Neighborhood residents.

LEARN about the strategic plan and how the community worked together to develop a shared vision to engage residents, create new places for goods and services, provide spaces for gathering, and develop programs and partnerships that will strengthen the Diamond Neighborhoods.

DISCOVER current and upcoming construction projects, educational programs for youth and adults, opportunities for skills building and employment and arts and culture activities.

ENJOY complimentary refreshments and hors d’oeuvres provided by True Roots Catering, a social enterprise of the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation as well as inspiring performance art from Gill Sotu.

All are welcome to attend this free event. Be part of the change! Join us to learn more and get connected to the neighborhood action.

RSVP to Liz Faris at LFaris@JacobsCenter.org or 619.527.6161 ext. 376.

For more information visit www.JacobsCenter.org or connect with us on social media. Use #JacobsTownHall to join the conversation.