MAYORAL FORUM SCHEDULED
Change Begins with Me, an Indivisible Group in University City, will be hosting a City of San Diego Mayoral Forum on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 4-6 p.m., at Mission Bay Montessori Academy, 2640 Soderblom Ave. The purpose is to provide mayoral candidates an opportunity to address a range of topics, including affordable housing, transportation, climate change, livable neighborhoods, and more. Candidates scheduled include: Barbara Bry, Todd Gloria, and Tasha Williamson. Refreshments will be provided. The forum is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required at tinu.cc/dfymcz. For questions, contact: ChangeBeginsWithMeSD@gmail.com.
Mark your calendar for the 11th annual EdUCate! Oktoberfest on Oct. 12, 1-6 p.m., at Standley Park on Governor Drive. Plan for the famous beer and wine garden, a variety of food offerings, music, booths, loads of games for the kids and more. The event has become an annual fun festival while raising money for the five University City public schools. Donate to the Dollar-a-Day ($180 or more) program, and you will receive unlimited pours for two in the Oktoberfest beer garden. The EdUCate! Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the five University City public schools: University City High, Standley Middle, and Curie, Doyle and Spreckels Elementary schools. Since 1993, EdUCate! has funded more than $1.9 million in teacher classroom grants, principal school-wide grants, multi-school programs like the EdUCate! Math Academy and Jr Achievement BizTown, technology improvements and scholarships. For more info, go to: uc-educate.org.
ROCKTOBERFEST SNEAK PEEK
Get a preview of the beer being served at EdUCate! Oktoberfest and go to the EdUCate! Happy Hour night at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Brewery, 8980 La Jolla Village Drive, Friday, Sept. 20, 4-7 p.m. Rock Bottom will be tapping their Rocktoberfest brew, which will be served at the Oktoberfest event. Plus, 10% of all sales during the happy hour event will be donated to EdUCate!
HOMELESSNESS IN SAN DIEGO
The Social Concerns Committee of the University City United Church (UCUC) is planning a two-part series on homelessness to provide information about the current status of homelessness in San Diego and to consider additional ways the community might become involved. The two events are:
Sunday, Sept. 29, 11:45 a.m.: Lunch and a screening of the film “Tony, the Movie.” This documentary film focuses on the day-to-day experiences of a homeless man on the streets of San Diego and will be shown in the church’s Koehler Hall. It’s a moving and personal presentation of the challenges facing individuals in Tony’s situation. The film lasts about 75 minutes and will be followed by a brief discussion of participants’ reactions.
Sunday, Oct. 20, 11:45 a.m.: Lunch and remarks from City Councilmember Chris Ward, who is vice chair of the committee on land use and housing and chair of the San Diego County Regional Task Force on the Homeless. He will discuss current city and county efforts to address homelessness and review available resources. The session will conclude with a group discussion of reactions of the audience and an exploration of possible additional efforts to address homelessness in the immediate neighborhood and city.
UCUC is located at 2877 Governor Drive (at Stresemann). The public is welcome and the events are free of charge, although donations are welcomed. Call 858-453-3444 or visit UCUC.org for more information.
UC FIRE SAFETY COUNCIL
The UC Library experienced a packed room last month when Charles Butler, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department code compliance officer, shared a wealth of information to UC residents on what to do when a wildfire endangers the area. A key element presented included preparing your family and home, such as having a family disaster plan in place and preparing an emergency kit to last at least three days. Special focus was placed on prevention of wildfires and creating defensible space around your home, including having tree canopies at least six feet above the ground and not over your roof.
During the evacuation discussion, it was noted that the UC area (as well as La Jolla) does not have a fire safety council, which can help educate residents on fire safety, hold events about fire prevention, and determine an evacuation center in advance. University City Community Association members have decided to create a council in order to help the residents and community get ready for an incident that, hopefully, will never happen. If you would like to get involved in helping University City set up a fire safety council, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. To download a Wildland Fire Action Guide, Red Flag Warning brochures, and look at real time wildfire info, go to wildlandfireRSG.org.