October 2021 University City News is now online! View and download PDF today; home delivery begins Friday

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Hello University City. The October 2021 print University City News newsletter is available for download as a PDF at at https://www.universitycitynews.org/ucca-newsletter-archives/. Print copies are available for pickup at the Recreation Center, the U City Coin Wash Laundromat, and the Community Library on Governor Drive on Thursday afternoon, September 30. This month’s cover stories feature the Global Climate Strike at Standley Park; this month’s back cover advertiser is EdUCate’s Oktoberfest. Thank you to all our community volunteers, contributors, and advertisers who help to make our hyper-local University City News print newsletter possible. 


From UCCA President Barry Bernstein: October and Fall weather is here ! Believe it or not only about 5.24 inches of rain were recorded this year in San Diego….not sure when it was less, but I suppose we can blame it on the “climate change” phenomenon.

It’s time for annual “flu” shots, and for some, booster COVID vaccinations as well. Our Padres sure needed some sort of booster, as the very long baseball season took its toll. At this writing, it appears their season MAY NOT include a wildcard playoff.

Saturday, October 9, from 2:00-6:00 at Standley Park, EdUCate will be holding its annual Oktoberfest event. UCCA is a major sponsor of this annual event which is held to raise funds to support our five local public schools. I will be at the UCCA table with 2022 UCCA membership forms, along with Barbara Gellman, who will be touting “Socks for Safety”…a fundraiser for our Neighborhood Watch/and local SD police.

We will be including next month membership/voting eligibility information for UCPG, (University Community Planning Group). Many of you are currently NOT eligible to vote for your choice of resident/business representative. There are six representatives from each of the three boundary areas in University City. Each area has three residents and three business representatives. Membership in UCPG is free, (Not to be confused with UCCA, which has categories for membership donation), These publicly elected representatives meet monthly and review various land use proposals, generated by private and public entities, and serve as an official advisory group to our City Council representative, Joe LaCava.

California can continue in its efforts to combat the COVID challenges combat the COVID challenges by keeping focused and following the science to ensure our citizens will have what is needed to stay well and safe. Keeping our citizens healthy by following the “science” will continue, albeit with some bumps in the road for sure.

The Governor signed the very controversial SB 9 and SB 10 housing bills into law,…which many California cities opposed as written and with little control of how they may be modified locally to meet unique community characteristics. Kudos to Diane Ahern and the U.C. Fire/Safe Council for earning final approval of our community Wild Fire Protection Plan.

UCCA will be applying to San Diego County for the Neighborhood Enhancement Project and the Community Reinvestment grant. In recognition of this accomplishment Councilman Joe LaCava has declared October 9 as University City Fire Safe Council Day”.

Our UCCA Board is very pleased to announce our many dedicated newsletter and Neighborhood Watch volunteers will be receiving as a token of appreciation and thanks, a gift coupon for the “Outcast Grill”. Special thanks to owner/mgr. Ron Vyas for his generosity and support in recognizing our volunteers and their contribution to our community. Our 2022 UCCA membership drive will be beginning this month…see our membership application and required annual dues categories on page 13 in the print newsletter. I will have membership applications at Oktoberfest….and those joining at Oktoberfest with receive a complimentary “I Love University City” bandana.

Costa Verde/Regency Centers and Westfield UTC renewed their corporate memberships with UCCA….and their donations will help support our December Christmas Tree/Menorah Lighting event, along with other community/school events this coming year. Thank you John Murphy/Costa Verde and Ryan Perry/Westfield/UTC for their personal interest and support of UCCA’s efforts and activities in University City.

Please join us, via ZOOM, on Wednesday, October 13, 6:00 p.m. The ZOOM link can be found in this newsletter as well as being posted in our members’ E-blast meeting reminder. Our special guest for our October 13th ZOOM meeting will be San Diego County Supervisor, Terra Lawson-Remer.

We invite you all to join us and hear how San Diego County, in cooperation and coordination with the City of San Diego, is meeting the many challenges we read and hear about everyday related to housing, transportation, COVID, and other topics. Lots going on in U.C. …stay involved, stay informed.

Remember, University City is “more than just a neighborhood”.  Happy Halloween! ~Barry

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