City Heights Clean & Safe Coalition
Goal of the Coalition
Improve the cleanliness and safety of the City Heights community by addressing safety and litter issues, engaging all sectors of the community, implementing effective and efficient programs and eliminating any unnecessary duplication of effort.
During the summer of 2013, a group of residents, parents and youth participated in a photovoice project that assessed safety and litter issues at Teralta Park in order generate community based solutions to improve the quality of life for residents. As a result of the photovoice project, the City Heights Clean and Safe Coalition was formed. On November 8, 2013, with the support of San Diego Council Member Marti Emerald, the City Heights Business Association and SAY San Diego, the coalition began its work.
• Vacant and Problematic Houses
• Drugs and Alcohol Abuse
• Dark Streets/ Alleys
Residents leading this effort have decided to initiate their work around the following strategies and extend their scope of work to all of City Heights.
1. Community Participation
· Collaborate with law enforcement agencies to implement crime prevention training.
· Create better ways of communicating and building relationships between the community and law enforcement.
2. Nuisance Abatement Programs
· Train residents on the different city maintenance programs available. Promote a culture of reporting among residents.
3. Awareness Campaign
· Launch an awareness campaign engaging residents and businesses around the importance of keeping the community clean.
Kickoff Event: August 21, 2014
We had our kickoff event on August 21st with a community clean up. We were joined by San Diego City Council Member Marti Emerald and Police Captain David Nisleit.