South County Happenings, Jan. 23 – The San Diego Union-Tribune

City councils: Chula Vista, 5 p.m. Tuesday

School boards: San Diego Unified School District, 5 p.m. Tuesday; San Ysidro School District, 5 p.m. Thursday; South Bay Union School District (Imperial Beach), 6 p.m. Thursday

Chula Vista business owners seek help

Business owners along the Third Avenue corridor in Chula Vista have formed a group to seek help combating an increase in broken windows, vandalism, public intoxication, threats to safety and other nuisances. Members say that many of the problems are the result of the more lenient, pandemic-era regulations allowing businesses to sell alcohol. There will be a virtual meeting at 10 a.m. Monday to develop an action plan to address these public safety concerns. The meeting will be hosted by Chula Vista Councilmember Jill Galvez, the Chula Vista Police Department, the Third Avenue Village Association, and the Institute for Public Strategies South Bay. Residents and business owners who want to attend the meeting can register at

College offering enrollment grants

Southwestern College is offering spring 2022 enrollment grants up to $2,500 for first-time students and students who missed the fall 2021 semester. Students who were enrolled in fall 2021 will also be eligible for up to $1,500 in grants. Applications open Jan. 31 and all students who are eligible for a grant must apply. Grants are awarded based on the number of units that new and “stop out” students are enrolled in for the spring semester. Those grants range from $500 for students enrolled in one to five units, $1,250 for students enrolled in six to 11 units and $2,500 for students enrolled full-time in 12 units or more. Students enrolled in non-credit courses are also eligible to receive the grants. Students must be California residents or AB 540 students. The grants are meant to supplement the college’s efforts to help students stay in school and remove any financial barriers. For full details and eligibility requirements, visit

Mission Fed donates $25K grant to MAAC

Mission Fed Credit Union recently received $25,000 in grant funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco’s 2021 AHEAD Program. The grant was awarded locally to the Metropolitan Area Advisory Committee (MAAC) to give training in financial literacy to low-income, Latino youth ages 18-24 in South County’s high-poverty areas. The AHEAD Program enables FHLBank San Francisco members, like Mission Fed, to boost local programs and projects targeting community needs. MAAC has a legacy of developing programs to help communities of color, sending families and individuals on a path to self-sufficiency. The $25,000 will support the “Caminos — Financial Education for Upward Mobility” project, which will help 150 young adults become more economically stable and build generational wealth. “Mission Fed is honored to support MAAC and help build resiliency in our communities,” said Doug Wright, CFO at Mission Fed, in a statement. “Financial literacy is an important topic close to our hearts, and there are currently not enough ways in which our underserved populations receive this knowledge. Understanding how to manage money can help families tremendously and build healthy, economically vibrant communities.”

Deadline extended for applications

San Diego Community Power is looking for NationalCity residents, business owners, employees or representatives of community-based organizations to serve on their Community Advisory Committee. Learn more and apply at Applications along with an optional resume are due by 5 p.m. Feb. 2.

Chula Vista honoring its seniors

Honor an older adult in your life by joining “We Are Chula Vista: A Celebration of Our Older Adults!” This program celebrates older adults (55-plus) in the community by showcasing them on the city’s website and on banners. Residents can nominate older adults who have affected their lives. All submissions will be featured on the city’s Age-Friendly website, and dozens of older adults will be featured on light pole banners in 2022. Visit before Friday.

Credit union helps auto museum

Wheelhouse Credit Union (Wheelhouse) and Balboa Park’s San Diego Automotive Museum recently announced successful results from their first year of partnership. Working together in 2021, the organizations exceeded first-year goals by over 50 percent: That means they generated $15,210 in new museum membership revenue to support its mission of explaining the social and technological past, present and future of motorized vehicles. Through the partnership, Wheelhouse offers discounted museum membership packages and promotes exhibits and activities to encourage community support. Plans also are underway for Wheelhouse to sponsor educational exhibits focusing on eco-friendly alternative fuels and electric automobiles next year. Visit

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