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FREE Community Learning Series, Entrepreneurship: Food 101 – August 1

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Are you a local artisan or food supplier? Are you looking for more information on how to get your product
onto the shelves of local markets?

Join us for Entrepreneurship: Food 101 and talk with local food expert and forager Dwight Detter on standards, labeling, procedures and everything in between!

Saturday, August 1
9 am – 1 pm
The Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114
FREE parking is available on-site.

This is a FREE event. Space is limited.

REGISTER HERE

For more information contact Beatriz Garcia, Director of Community Engagement at BGarcia@JacobsCenter.org or
(619) 527-6161 ext. 371.

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Congressman John Lewis and his Award-Winning Graphic Novel Collaborators Visit Southeastern San Diego!

This past Sunday, the Elementary Institute of Science (EIS) and the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation welcomed nearly 800 residents, community leaders, and elected officials to the Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall for a special presentation from legendary civil rights activist and respected member of Congress John Lewis and his award-winning graphic novel collaborators Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Lewis, Aydin, and Powell made a special visit to Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods after their 2015 Comic-Con panel to discuss their bestselling graphic novel series MARCH. MARCH recounts Lewis’ experiences during the Civil Rights Movement and provides valuable lessons in nonviolent activism and youth empowerment.

Several local students who participated in reading and discussion activities about MARCH had the opportunity to ask Congressman Lewis and his collaborators questions and pose for a photo.

Several local students who participated in reading and discussion activities about MARCH had the opportunity to ask Congressman Lewis and his collaborators questions and pose for a photo.

The Jacobs Family Foundation and Jacobs Center Board Members Valerie Jacobs Hapke and Norm Hapke donated 1,000 copies of MARCH: Book One and Book Two to students in Southeastern San Diego. EIS used the books to coordinate reading and discussion activities with various local schools, churches, and community organizations to engage students in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Many of the students who participated in these activities were in attendance on Sunday. They welcomed the co-creators with a symbolic march across the Chollas Creek bridge from the Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater to the Jacobs Center.

Local students performed a symbolic march across the Chollas Creek Bridge from the Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater to the Jacobs Center.

Local students performed a symbolic march across the Chollas Creek Bridge from the Market Creek Plaza Amphitheater to the Jacobs Center.

The event started with a rousing performance by the Thunder Squad Drumline from the Heartbeat Music Academy. Young performers brought the crowd to their feet and shared personal monologues.

Following Thunder Squad Drumline, Courtney Davis, an alumna of EIS, welcomed the community and shared her experience, the importance of education, and spoke about the inspiration she received from Congressman Lewis’ career.

Thuder Squad Drumline opened the show with a bang!

Thunder Squad Drumline opened the show with a bang!

Lewis, Aydin, and Powell each spoke about their own social justice influences and what inspired them to create MARCH. Following their presentation, several students had the opportunity to ask Lewis about his experiences during the Civil Rights Movement and his thoughts on some of today’s social justice movements.

Congressman John Lewis, joined by his award-winning graphic novel collaborators spoke to a packed room at the Jacobs Center's Celebration Hall.

Congressman John Lewis, joined by his award-winning graphic novel collaborators spoke to a packed room at the Jacobs Center’s Celebration Hall.

Copies of the best-selling MARCH: Book One and Book Two were available for sale at the event. They can also be purchased at Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore.

MARCH: Book One and Book Two and the comic that inspired Congressman Lewis to write a graphic novel,

MARCH: Book One and Book Two and the comic that inspired Congressman Lewis to write a graphic novel, “Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Story”

With many communities across the country still struggling with social and racial issues today, the messages of hope that MARCH offers were especially meaningful for residents in the Diamond Neighborhoods.

The graphic novel series has become a key resource to teach the next generation about a pivotal moment in our nation’s history and has been embraced by countless readers. It’s been adopted in classrooms nationwide, spent 40 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List, and even become the first graphic novel to win a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award.

You can view more photos from the historic event here.

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Construction Careers Recruitment Event – July 16

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Construction Careers Recruitment Event

The Jacobs Center is beginning work on Trolley Residential, a new 52-unit affordable multi-family apartment complex at Market Street and Market Creek Pl. Driveway, adjacent to the MTS Euclid Transit Station.

Skilled and unskilled construction workers are invited to meet with our development partner Chelsea Investment Corporation and the project’s general contractor, Emmerson ConstructionResidents of the Diamond Neighborhoods are highly encouraged to apply.

Thursday, July 16th
3 -5 pm
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center, Community Room (First Floor)
404 Euclid Avenue
San Diego, CA 92114

Additional recruitments will occur onsite including construction staffing companies, subcontractors, “Earn and Learn” Apprenticeships, and training providers.

For more information or questions email DiamondJobs@JacobsCenter.org

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Jazz at the Creek Welcomes Chanté Moore, J Boykin & L.A. Collective All-Star Band – July 11

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This second installment by presenter M.A.N.D.A.T.E. Records, Inc. starts with J. Boykin, saxophone phenom; L.A. Collective All-Star Band with their brand of ‘Jazzy Funk’ and international recording artist Chanté Moore to headline.

Saturday, July 11
3 p.m.
Market Creek Amphitheater
310 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114
(located behind Food 4 Less)

FREE parking is available at the 
Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92114

BUY TICKETS HERE

A portion of the proceeds goes to the San Diego Food Bank’s
Food for Kids Backpack Program

Learn more at JazzattheCreekSD.com and don’t miss the series finale on August 15 featuring vocalist Daneen Wilburn, saxophonist Reggie Codrington, and headliner Nick Colionne!

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Join New Ark Church and Rancho Hills Church to Clean-up Chollas Creek – JULY 11

Chollas Creek Cleanup

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Trolley Residential Groundbreaking Coming July 15

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New Places to Call Home Are Coming to the
Diamond Neighborhoods!

Join us and our development partner Chelsea Investment Corporation to celebrate the start of construction on 52-units of new affordable multi-family apartment homes.

Trolley Residential Project Groundbreaking Ceremony
Wednesday, July 15
3:30 pm

Southeast corner of Market Street and Market Creek Place Driveway

FREE parking is available at the Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA

Located adjacent to the MTS Euclid Transit Center, this project will help create a more walkable community and is one part of transforming the Diamond Neighborhoods into a place where residents can live, work, play, and create. Come be part of the revitalization!

All are welcome to attend this FREE event. Please contact Liz Faris at LFaris@jacobscenter.org or (619) 527-6161 ext. 376 with questions.

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The Results of the Redevelopment Survey are in!

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The results of the Jacobs Center’s Redevelopment Survey were announced at our second Town Hall meeting held on Thursday, June 25. The survey, which concluded last month, asked residents which restaurants, retailers and services they would like to see in their neighborhood.

In addition to listing business that are growing, the survey also asked for resident’s ideas. The top results from each category are listed below:

Full Service Restaurants: 

  • BJ’s Brewhouse
  • California Pizza Kitchen
  • Islands

Casual Dining Restaurants:

  • Phil’s BBQ
  • Denny’s
  • Buffalo Wild Wings

Fast Casual Restaurants:

  • Wings N’ Things/Wing Stop
  • Pick Up Stix
  • Nektar Juice Bar

Retailers:

  • Petco
  • Sally Beauty Supply
  • AutoZone

Service Providers:

  • A credit union
  • Planet Fitness
  • Supercuts or Massage Envy

Additionally, there was a strong desire to bring more local businesses to the area.

Moving forward, our redevelopment team will explore these options and see which ones are compatible with the local market in the Diamond Neighborhoods.

Everyone who participated in the survey was entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card to the top selected full service restaurant, which was BJ’s Brewhouse. Nora Rocha was the randomly selected winner. Congratulations Nora and thank you to everyone who completed a survey!

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Community Comes Together to Focus on Redevelopment at Town Hall 2

Last night more than 100 residents, community partners, and Jacobs Center staff gathered in the auditorium at St. Rita’s Catholic School for the second in a series of Town Hall meetings dedicated to the revitalization of the Southeastern San Diego’s Diamond Neighborhoods. This Town Hall meeting focused on redevelopment projects, primarily infrastructure improvements that will create the foundation to transform the community into a vibrant town center.

The evening started with a lively performance by Souljahz Ministry, a local Samoan youth dance troupe that got the crowd involved and ready to participate and a wonderful welcome form local resident and member of our Redevelopment Community Working Group Keryna Johnson.

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Jacobs Center Vice President of Economic Development, Stephen Maduli-Williams updated residents on recent and upcoming projects that will restore the natural and built environment. Hazard Construction was announced as the general contractor for the Chollas Creek Restoration Project which will start construction later this summer. This project includes re-planting native pants, removing invasive plant species, and preventing erosion to create a space where residents can gather and enjoy the outdoors. A pedestrian bridge will also be added providing a safer pathway for students attending Horton Elementary School.  Also coming soon is a new look for the decade old Market Creek Plaza. The bustling retail center will be refreshed and reinvigorated with a newly painted exterior, a restriped and resurfaced parking lot, and the addition of landscaping. Additionally, at the end of July our artistic powerhouse Writerz Blok will be moving to a new temporary space in Festival Park next to the Market Creek Amphitheater, behind Food 4 Less to make space for more developments in the Market Street and Euclid Avenue area. Writerz Blok will continue to offer urban art programs and pathways to creative careers for local youth in their temporary home.

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Residents were specifically asked for their feedback on several projects and plans that will make the Diamond Neighborhoods more walkable and bike-friendly. Among these projects is the creation of a Community Facilities District to proactively address necessary infrastructure upgrades in the Market Street and Euclid Avenue area. The Jacobs Center is partnering with the City of San Diego on this special financing district that will help increase property values and encourage future investments in the area. The Jacobs Center’s draft Community Economic Opportunity Plan was also available for public review and comment. This plan will help ensure that investments in the Diamond are maximized to enhance the quality of life for all residents. The goal for the final plan is create a community with a stronger, more equitable economy. The draft plan is also available for review and comment online until mid-July.

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Additionally, residents were asked to choose their preference for a new color palette for the exterior of Market Creek Plaza and a name for the Trolley Residential multi-family apartments set to break ground soon. They also had a say in whether or not a movie theater would be a good addition to the community.

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The results of the Jacobs Center’s Redevelopment Survey that concluded last month were also shared at last night’s Town Hall. The survey asked what restaurants, retailers, and services residents would like in their community. The survey listed options of businesses that are growing and asked residents for their ideas.  The top choices in each category were:

Full Service Restaurant: BJ’s Brewhouse, California Pizza Kitchen, and Islands

Casual Dining Restaurant: Phil’s BBQ, Denny’s, and Buffalo Wild Wings

Fast Casual Restaurant: Wings N’ Things or Wing Stop, Pick Up Stix, and Nektar Juice Bar

Retailers: Petco, Sally Beauty Supply, and AutoZone

Service: A Credit Union, Planet Fitness, Supercuts, and Massage Envy

Moving forward, the Jacobs Center will explore these options and see which are compatible with the local market in the Diamond. Having a strong anchor business in place will also help to encourage local businesses to come to the community. A desire for more local businesses was also expressed in the survey feedback.

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Our Town Hall series will continue next year. In the meantime you can see more photos from the second Town Hall on our Facebook page and see what people had to say on social media and share your thoughts using the hashtag #JacobsTownHall.

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Your Opinion Matters! Provide Your Input on Safer and More Walkable Streets and be Entered for the Chance to Win!

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Support Safer and More Walkable Streets in the Diamond!

Take the Community Facilities District Survey 

Your input is needed to make improvements along the Market Street and Euclid Avenue corridors. We are creating a Community Facilities District to fund the improvements needed to transform the area into a beautiful and vibrant activity center. To do so we will tax only the properties owned by the the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation along Market Street and Euclid Avenue. Our goal is to make the area a safer and more creative place to gather, work, live, learn, and play together. Please take a brief moment to complete a few multiple choice questions.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY 

By completing the survey you will be  entered into a drawing to receive a $50 gift card to your choice of one of the Market Creek Plaza retailers or the new Walgreens near Market Street and Euclid Avenue plus two tickets to an upcoming Jazz at the Creek concert. Make sure to include your contact information so we know how to reach you if you win!

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