The Complete Streets Project will upgrade portions of Euclid Avenue, Guymon Street and Market Street in the town center area. We are supporting the City of San Diego to encourage active modes of transportation in the community, such as walking and bicycling, as a way to connect the community to the surrounding neighborhoods. The improvements include new and expanded sidewalks, bicycle lanes, crosswalks, medians, street lights, traffic signal modifications, landscaping, and curb extensions to help with traffic. The project is primarily funded by a $4 million Caltrans Active Transportation Program grant awarded to the City in partnership with the Jacobs Center and Capital Improvement Program funding by the City of San Diego.

The Complete Streets infrastructure project construction has begun and is anticipated to be complete by December 2021.

The City of San Diego’s official letter sent to area residents and businesses in July 2020 can be viewed here. The Construction Start Notice doorhanger distributed in September 2020 can be viewed here. View the presentation shown at the Euclid & Market Complete Streets Infrastructure Project Information Sessions in 2016 here.

For the latest project updates, please contact the City of San Diego Public Works Department at 619-533-4207 or email engineering@sandiego.gov — and please reference the official name: “Market St – 47th to Euclid Complete St and Water & Sewer Replacement Project.”

You can also bookmark this blog post or follow Jacobs Center on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter for major project updates. Please note that contacting the Public Works Department directly will always provide the latest and most accurate information.


September Diamond Snapshot: FREE COVID Testing, Parenting Classes, Outdoor Dining and more!

Read September’s Diamond Snapshot e-newsletter to learn more about what’s happening in Southeastern San Diego. This month, learn more about a variety of FREE resources, including COVID-19 testing, parenting classes and 2020 Census information. Subscribe today and stay up to date on events in our community!

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Community Conversation on Thurs. Sept. 10: Why the Census is Important

Why is the 2020 Census important? Learn this and more by joining us HERE on Facebook Live on Thursday, September 10 at 5 p.m. and hear from the US Census Bureau, along with the Jacobs Center’s Christie Marcella and Black American Political Association of California, San Diego’s Dhalia Balmir about how participation in the Census affects the community and helps determine the community’s future.

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August Diamond Snapshot: FREE Testing, Meals & School Supplies

Learn more about what’s happening in the Southeastern San Diego community with our Diamond Snapshot monthly e-newsletter. This month, there’s a lot of FREE resources available to you, including COVID-19 testing, meals and job training workshops. Also, learn what’s going on around the Jacobs Center – like Access Youth Academy breaking ground! Are you subscribed?

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Survey: How COVID-19 Impacts You/ Cuestionario del Impacto de COVID-19

COVID-19 grantees

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is supporting an effort by over 25 nonprofits in San Diego County to assess how COVID-19 is impacting individuals and families, especially those in low and moderate income communities.

The survey asks questions related to housing security, education, employment and healthcare and will help those organizations to understand how needs have changed and to seek resources to help the community respond and recover from the effects of this global pandemic. The survey only takes 10 minutes to complete.

Please fill out the survey by Friday, July 31, 2020 and choose Jacobs Center as the organization on the first question. Where it says “client/community member” in the survey, please answer as yourself. No identifying information is required to fill out the survey, and all individual answers will be kept private. Responses are optional, except for providing your zip code.

Click here to access the survey.

Your response is needed so that Southeastern San Diego is well represented!

La organización de Jacobs está apoyando una encuesta hecho por más de 25 organizaciones no lucrativas y socios del Condado de San Diego, para entender cómo los individuos y las familias han sido afectados por COVID-19, especialmente los que están de comunidades de bajo y medio ingreso.

Estas preguntas piden información sobre la seguridad del hogar, educación, el empleo, y de salud. Su respuesta ayudará a las agencias entender como las necesidades han cambiado y para buscar mas recursos para la comunidad. La encuesta nomas toma 10 minutos para completar.

Por favor, completa el cuestionario antes del viernes, 31 de julio, y enviarlo a cmarcella@jacobscenter.orgDonde dise “cliente/miembro de la comunidad” en la encuesta favor de poner “Yo” pero no su nombre, No tiene que dar su nombre para llenar la forma. Sus espuestas serna privadas. Tiene que poner su código postal nomas.

Completa el cuestionario.

Su respuesta es necesario para que los residentes del sureste de San Diego están bien representados en los resultos.


11 San Diego Businesses Compete in Virtual CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center’s Union Bank Startup Pitch Competition

Watch the Pitch Videos on the CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center YouTube chanel at bit.ly/CAJCYouTube. Judges will select winners for business grants. First place gets $7,500. Second place gets $5,000. Third place gets $2,500.

11 Startups. Five-minute pitches. Three grant prizes. One judging panel. And the audience (watching from their screens).

The cohort of local startup companies, ranging from cocktail kits to online nursing test prep to concussion-monitoring technology, will compete in the virtual CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center’s Union Bank Startup Pitch Competition for grant prizes of $7,500 for first place, $5,000 for second place and $2,500 for third place.

In addition to the Union Bank cash grants awarded by the judges (one of which is JCNI board member Paul Robinson), CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center cohort members will have a chance to compete for the “Audience Choice Award.”

These entrepreneurs have recorded five-minute pitch videos to convince a distinguished panel of judges why they should receive a business grant, explaining their business plan and what they’ve learned while in the CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center business accelerator program. The judge panel includes:

  • Oralia Alvarez, Director of Business Development,  Founders First Capital Partners, LLC
  • Fred Grier, Reporter, San Diego Business Journal
  • Gil Kennedy, Vice President, Branch Manager, Union Bank
  • Chida Rebecca, Entrepreneur & Publisher, Black & Magazine
  • Paul Robinson, Founder & CEO, Ensunet Technology Group and Board Member, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation

From June 28 through July 8,  the public can participate by “liking” their favorite pitch video on CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center’s YouTube channel, bit.ly/CAJCYouTube. The winner will receive the distinction of “Audience Choice” awardee and a prize basket, including an iPad.

Since the program’s inception, 25 local startups from various industries including technology, education, food, retail, health and beauty, have completed the six-month program, which seamlessly transitioned to a virtual program starting in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“This accelerator program is helping young entrepreneurs turn their dreams into reality by giving them the tools to build a successful business,” said Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “The diversity of ideas and participants supported by CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center’s program will help grow our local economy by allowing those businesses to get off to a fast start and put more San Diegans back to work.”

CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center is a strategic public-private partnership between the City of San Diego, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation and CONNECT w/ San Diego Venture Group. The business accelerator program and Business Resource Center opened in May 2019 in a renovated 4,300-square-foot space at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center in Southeastern San Diego.

All are invited to access free support through the Business Resource Center. Contact Selena Ellis-Vizcarra at sellisvizcarra@jacobscenter.org.

This program is funded in whole or part with Community Development Block Grant program funds provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to the City of San Diego, and private funding from partners, such as MUFG Union Bank N.A. and bkm OfficeWorks.


Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation Seeks Community Board Member


Applicants Must Live, Work in or Demonstrate Engagement with the Southeastern San Diego Community

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation has announced a call for applications for a community board member. Open to individuals who live, work or otherwise demonstrate engagement with the Southeastern San Diego community, this position is an opportunity to give back through advocacy, leading a committee or project, supporting community events and more. Applications are due July 31.

Community board members are part of the board of directors who serve side-by-side with Jacobs family members. Jacobs Center’s board members support and encourage the organization’s vision – to be part of a caring community where: people are responsible to each other, all cultures are embraced, sustaining resources are in place for a vibrant economy and residents create the future they envision.

“We are looking forward to welcoming another board member onto the Jacobs Center board. Having community board members has greatly enhanced our understanding of Southeastern San Diego neighborhoods and residents’ needs and goals,” said Valerie Jacobs Hapke, chairman of the Jacobs Center board. “We are seeking a volunteer who’s invested in this community and supports Jacobs Center’s mission to build communities and lift lives.”

The new board member will take the place of outgoing board member and current vice chair, Laila Aziz, who is the program director at Pillars of the Community. Aziz is a longtime community and policy advocate, who has worked to change legislation that disproportionally impacts youth and communities of color. Her contributions to the board and community include coordinating the Southeastern San Diego COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, distributing emergency grants to local nonprofit organizations serving Diamond District residents.

Continuing community board members include:

  • Paul Robinson, a Southeastern San Diego native and information technology entrepreneur, whose focus is on education to careers and local economy initiatives that offer accessible pathways to success for the community.
  • Juan Carlos Hernandez, a 30-year veteran of the banking industry who gives back in many ways through local board service, including as MANA de San Diego’s treasurer.

To be considered, applicants must be involved or have been involved in a Jacobs Center project, activity, committee or have a recommendation from someone involved. Ideal candidates will have expertise in community engagement, real estate development, finance, law, fundraising, economic development and/or government relations.

About Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation
Founded in 1995, the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is focused on building communities and lifting lives. As a creative catalyst and incubator, the Jacobs Center works with the community to revitalize Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods. This means transforming nearly 60 acres into sustainable developments that provide residents with greater access to resources and amenities that improve their quality of life. Additionally, the Jacobs Center works with community organizations and partners to increase residents’ economic opportunities, leadership skills and educational success.

Learn more at www.jacobscenter.org and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.


Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation: Health & Safety Resources

Official Updates

FREE, Local COVID-19 Testing Locations

  • Tubman-Chavez Community Center, 415 Euclid Ave.
    7 Days a Week, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Walk Ins Only
  • Euclid Health Center, 292 Euclid Ave.
    Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Drive-up Testing. Appointment Required.

Learn more and make an appointment: coronavirus-sd.com/testing.

Community Resources

  • District 4 Emergency Operations Resource Center
  • 2-1-1 San Diego’s COVID-19 Resources
  • San Diego Unified School District’s COVID-19 Updates
  • KIPP Adelante Charter School’s latest updates (located next to the Jacobs Center)
  • San Diego Youth Services offers resources for youth who have experienced or are at risk of commercial sexual exploitation or human trafficking
  • Voice & Viewpoint – the newspaper is FREE to the community during this vital time
  • NAACP San Diego chapter has a COVID-19 information page accessible here

Health & Food Resources

  • Fresh Food Bank, Tuesdays at 3 p.m. Pick-up at the Jacobs Center, hosted by I Am My Brothers Keeper, Urban Alchemy 360 and San Diego Urban Sustainability. Sign up here
  • Stay Home SD, a grocery assistance program for seniors 65+. Visit website or call 619-800-3252
  • San Diego Hunger Coalition’s food assistance programs and resources
  • The Alzheimer’s Association’s dementia and Alzheimer’s caregiving tips
  • The American Heart Association has resources to help maintain a healthy lifestyle while at home

Internet & Computer Access

  • Internet for All Now – The California Emerging Technology Fund can provide assistance determining if your household qualifies for an affordable home internet offer; call toll-free 1-844841-INFO (4636), or the website.
  • Everyone On – To see low-cost internet offers that you may qualify for based on zip code and household circumstances call 1-855-EVRY1ON (3879166), text CONNECT to 30364, or visit the website.
  • Human-I-T – A non-profit organization available to help those who are not connected to or unable to afford internet services. Fill out an internet request form or text 1-562-372-6925 for assistance accessing internet services.  Assistance is also available to help with affordable device access.
  • Computers 2 Kids – C2K is a program that donates computers to families in need at a reduced cost. Each computer received includes one free year of technical support and is loaded with Microsoft Windows and Office Suite software. Apply online; only one application permitted per household. Call 1-858-200-9788 with questions.

Business & Financial Resources

Nonprofit Resources

Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation Updates

  • The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation cares about your safety and wants to maintain a safe workplace and environment for its customers, visitors and community. We would like to make the community aware of the following updates in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19):
  • Jacobs Center staff will be working remotely as much as possible. The information line for the center will remain open and someone will be answering inquiries that come through the general phone number: (619-527-6161)
  • The Southeastern San Diego COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund funded over 33 community-based nonprofits to provide support to the community at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit the page for a list of organizations that were funded, including links to get assistance or show support for their efforts.
  • The Arts Park @ Chollas Creek and the Writerz Blok program is closed until further notice.
  • We are currently not taking new reservations for the Community Room and Market Creek Amphitheater on the Jacobs Center Campus. For existing reservations or inquiries, please contact Alvenesia Sims at asims@jacobscenter.org or 619-527-6161 ext. 189.
  • Most events scheduled through Kitchens for Good (at Celebration Hall and other venues at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center) have been postponed or canceled. For information about specific events or any of their other programs, please contact info@kitchensforgood.org so that your question can be directed to appropriate staff.
  • For any other organizations located in the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center building, please reach out to them directly for updates.


CONNECT ALL @ The Jacobs Center: Temporary Closure, Program Moved Virtual

Monday, March 16 to Tuesday, March 31

CONNECT ALL @ the Jacobs Center, in partnership with the City of San Diego, has decided to temporarily close the business accelerator beginning Monday, March 16 through the end of the month.

All scheduled workshops, office hours and cohort member collaboration will be virtual.

Similarly, our Business Resource Center’s physical location will be closed, but we are happy to help virtually. Contact Selena Ellis-Vizcarra at sellisvizcarra@jacobscenter.org.

Applications for the next cohort are still open through Monday, March. 30. Please contact info@connectallsd.org with any questions.

Apply now! 

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