HILLCREST TOWN COUNCIL BYLAWS

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BYLAWS

 

ARTICLE 1.

The name of this association is HILLCREST TOWN COUNCIL and referred to in these bylaws as the HTC.

ARTICLE 2. MISSION AND PURPOSE

To provide a voice and enhance the quality of life for Hillcrest residents while supporting actions that benefit our neighborhood. For the purposes of HTC policies, Hillcrest residents will be defined as people living in Hillcrest who are renters, homeowners or unhoused.
The purposes of this corporation are to provide a forum that gives voice to the community, to communicate neighborhood views to appropriate government agencies, and to act on neighborhood issues, which include but are not limited to, generally improving the safety, cleanliness, sustainability and overall livability of the Hillcrest neighborhood while fostering cooperative efforts among residents and businesses for their mutual benefit, and continuing to preserve the character of the Hillcrest community.

ARTICLE 3. MEMBERSHIP

Members are defined as individuals residing in the greater Hillcrest Community with northern border as Meade Avenue, southern border as Laurel Street, western border as Goldfinch Street and eastern border as Florida Street.
In lieu of a membership fee, members attending meetings will be asked to make a voluntary donation.
Meetings of the Town Council are open to the general public, including but not limited to persons eligible for membership.

ARTICLE 4: BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

The number of directors shall initially be five (5).  On recommendation of the Board, the membership may increase the number of seats on the Board to seven (7) or nine (9).  If the membership increases the size of the Board at any regular meeting, nominations for the new seats will be open and the members will elect the additional directors at the following meeting.  The candidate receiving the greatest number of votes shall serve until the second annual meeting following their election and the candidate receiving the second highest number of votes shall serve until the next annual meeting.
Nominations, of self or other, for the Board may be made by any Member. Nominations shall require a second by another Member. Proof of Member residency and attendance at a requisite number of monthly and Advisory Committee meetings may be required.
Elections for the Board will be conducted by paper ballot. A simple plurality vote of Members present at the annual meeting shall be used to determine winners of the election.
The Board will elect its officers by a simple majority vote. Officers shall consist of Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. The remaining Directors shall be Members-at-large.
Any vacancy on the Board occurring mid-term shall be filled by appointment of the Board. A Board member may be removed by simple majority vote of the Board.
The Board shall be responsible for all matters of this corporation, including but not limited to, finances, operations, communications, chairing the Advisory Committee, and determining matters to be brought before Members.
The Chair shall chair all meetings and manage all follow-up actions. The Vice Chair will assume the responsibilities of the Chair in his/her/their absence. The Secretary shall take meeting minutes and maintain all records. The Treasurer shall manage the bank account, provide a monthly statement and collect donations. The Members-at-Large shall perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Officers.
Voting by the Board may be done in person or by phone or other appropriate electronic means as determined by the Board. The Board shall take action with a simple majority vote. Only action by consent may be voted on via email.
All Board meetings shall be noticed at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting and open to the membership. As provided by statute, the Board may meet in executive session to consider matters of personnel, contracts, and litigation.

ARTICLE 5. COMMITTEES
The Advisory Committee shall consist of the Board of Directors and any Members in attendance at its meetings. It shall meet monthly to advise the Board of Directors on any matters related to the purposes of the HTC.
To participate in voting on any recommendation the Committee makes to the HTC Board, an Advisory Committee member must have attended two (2) prior HTC meetings, one of which must have been an Advisory Committee meeting. The Committee member is then able to vote at the member’s third meeting.
The Advisory Committee meetings will be chaired by the HTC Chairperson, a board member or appointed facilitator.
The Board of Directors by majority vote may create ad hoc committees to achieve its purposes.
Committees and their members cannot authorize spending or speak on behalf of the HTC without a majority vote of the Directors.

ARTICLE 6. VOTING
Persons living within HTC designated boundaries are allowed to vote on issues before the HTC.
Annual voting for board members will be conducted by paper ballot. Each member may have to show proof of residence to receive a ballot.
Voting on actions and motions before the Board will be conducted by hand-count. Motions may be made only by Board members.
A majority of members present at the monthly community meeting constitutes a quorum. Normal votes require a simple majority. Extraordinary measures, which are actions outside the ordinary course of business, require unanimous consent.
Directors may make a motion for a vote at any community meeting. Members may make a motion for a vote, if they have given one month advanced notice to the board of their intention to make the motion. This notice may be waived by a simple majority vote of the Directors.

ARTICLE 7. BYLAWS

The bylaws may only be changed at the annual meeting. A motion to place amended bylaws on the March agenda must be made and seconded at the immediately previous February meeting. Any HTC member may make recommendations to amend the proposed bylaw changes at the annual meeting. Modifications of the bylaws will be affirmed determined by a simple majority vote of the members in attendance at annual meeting.

ARTICLE 8. ANNUAL MEETING

The annual meeting will be conducted on the second Tuesday of March.

 

Bylaws as amended by the Hillcrest Town Council membership on March 14, 2017.

Hillcrest Town Council Update

San Diego Free Press

Going from Angst to Action Focusing on Climate Change

By Anne Haule

 

One of many things causing me angst about Trump is his belief that climate change is a hoax — never mind the scientific community’s consensus to the contrary.

So, rather than sit on my sofa and continue to wallow in post-election depression, I joined my daughter and attended two local climate action events this past week and came away feeling empowered tot make action.

The first event was the Hillcrest Town Council monthly meeting — this one featured “sustainability” ass its theme…

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Hillcrest Town Council Update

San Diego Uptown News

U.S. Rep. Susan Davis visits, affordable housing discussed

By Mary M. McKenzie

U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) paid a visit to the Hillcrest Town Council community meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 9, where she expressed an understanding of why many Americans appear angry with Congress.

She emphasized her resolve to continue to work on issues such as gun violence, Zika virus funding, a student debt solution, protecting voting rights, transportation and affordable housing, the theme of the night.

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Follow up on our May Homelessness Panel

ANSWERS FROM COUNCIL MEMBER GLORIA’S OFFICE TO HTC MEMBER QUESTIONS    

– HTC HOMELESSNESS PANEL May 10, 2016 –

QUESTION: How and what are the plans to end homelessness. Arresting the homeless is not an answer. We kicked all the mentally ill out in the street and then were wondering why we have the epidemic.

ANSWER: Councilmember Gloria serves as Chair of the Regional Continuum of Care Council (RCCC), which is the regional planning body for ending homelessness in San Diego County.  This body is focused on ending family and youth homelessness.  The mission of the Regional Continuum of Care Council (RCCC) is to engage stakeholders in a community-based process that works to (1)  End homelessness for all individuals and families throughout the region (2)  Address the underlying causes of homelessness (3)  Lessen the negative impact of homelessness on individuals, families and communities. More info can be found at www.sandiegococ.org.  In November 2014, Councilmember Gloria joined the Mayor and San Diego Housing Commission (SDHC) to announce Housing First–San Diego, SDHC’s three-year homelessness action plan to create additional affordable housing with supportive services. Housing First–San Diego will impact the lives of as many as 1,500 homeless San Diegans through the following 5-point plan:

  1. Renovates the historical Hotel Churchill to create 72 affordable studios for homeless veterans and youth aging out of the foster care system;
  2. Awards up to $30 million over the next three years to create Permanent Supportive Housing that will remain affordable for 55 years;
  3. Commits up to 1,500 federal rental housing vouchers to provide housing to homeless individuals and families;
  4. Invests up to $15 million from the federal “Moving to Work” rental assistance program to acquire a property that will set aside 20 percent of its units for Permanent Supportive Housing for homeless San Diegans; and
  5. Dedicates 25 of SDHC’s own affordable units to temporarily provide furnished apartments for homeless individuals and families. SDHC is one of the first public housing agencies in the nation to commit affordable rental housing that it owns for this purpose.

 

In December 2015, 3 new initiatives were added to the Housing-First San Diego action plan. This includes:

 

  1. The Guardian Scholars Program, a partnership between the SDHC and SDSU which assists students who have been homeless or at risk of homelessness, including youths aging out of foster care, under legal guardianship or wards of the state.  
  2. The Monarch School Project, that will provide federal rental housing vouchers to 25 families who have at least one child enrolled at the Monarch School in Barrio Logan, which is one of only a handful of schools nationwide that specifically serve homeless children.
  3. For the second consecutive year, up to $10 million will be awarded to developers to create Permanent Supportive Housing or convert existing transitional housing to Permanent Supportive Housing.

 

QUESTION: Why is stadium more important than ending homelessness? How do you think we can move forward in homelessness when we can’t respect people who don’t look like you and what you assume someone to be?

 

ANSWER: Councilmember Gloria does not believe and has never stated that the stadium is more important than homelessness.  Homelessness in San Diego and working towards achieving the goals of the Housing First –San Diego action plan are some of his highest priorities.  

 

QUESTION: The Salt Lake City model of housing the homeless (60 Minutes segment) is cheaper than dealing with folks on the street. Can this model fit San Diego? The people triaged in these housing situations were alcoholics, hard drug problems, and mental issues.

 

ANSWER: The model referenced in the 60 Minutes segment on Salt Lake City is the Housing First model, which San Diego is currently in the midst of implementing.  In 2014 the San Diego Housing Commission created the Housing First – San Diego homelessness action plan. You can find out more about this plan at http://www.sdhc.org/Homeless-Solutions/HousingFirst-SanDiego/.  

 

QUESTION: How do you deal with the problem of services being downtown while the homeless population is in neighborhoods like Hillcrest and Mission Valley?

 

ANSWER: Downtown San Diego has some excellent service providers and we look forward to more services like this expanding to other neighborhoods in need throughout the city.

 

QUESTION: Why can’t we have concrete solutions for the homeless children, veterans, men and women and those with mental problems? The city should set aside money to house and help those in need.

 

ANSWER: Each year nearly $70 million in funding is distributed by the San Diego Housing Commission.  This money is a combination of Federal, State and City funds for housing projects and homeless services.  

 

QUESTION: It is my concern that a disproportionate influx of homeless population is stressing our financial resources. I would like to know and believe that increased funding from the State and federal is being directed our way. This problem/issue is not going to go away.

 

ANSWER: Since Councilmember Gloria came to office, he has been urging the Department of Housing and Urban Development to reassess their funding index.  Nationally, San Diego County is fourth in homeless population with almost 9,000 individuals sleeping on our streets and in our shelters. Last year, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro visited an affordable housing project in San Diego and committed to taking a step toward re-evaluating the federal formula for homeless program funding for the first time in decades. Under the current formula, San Diego is 23rd in the amount of funding it receives compared with other cities. To meet our goals, it is vital to secure the necessary funding to provide housing and services.  

 

Helpful links with more information:

http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/opinion/police-feedings-wont-solve-homelessness-housing-will/

http://www.sdhc.org/

ODE TO HILLCREST

Walking west on University from Park to First on the north side of the street and then back again on the south – from its rainbow colored flag to its iconic ruby red Hillcrest sign, and its hand-painted whirly-girly trash bins, Hillcrest is a sensory sensation.

An offshore breeze fluffs the purple leaves of the June Jacarandas and billows the giant PRIDE flag with its orange, yellow, red, green, blue and purple stripes beckoning all – boys, girls, girl-boys, boy-girls, old, young, black, white and brown – it’s a place to live and let live.

Delicate jasmine flowers belie their size filling the air with a strong, pungent, sugar fragrance. As happy-hour approaches, the garlic and curry-laced aroma of far away cuisines wafts over those strolling its walkways to exotic places such as Thailand, Japan, India and Vietnam.

Amidst the myriad of colors and smells, the sound of vibrant chatter in English, Spanish and Spanglish fills the air as couples wander hand-in-hand past thrift shops, used book stores, restaurants, bars, yoga and massage spas. Club music from hip-hop to blues lends rhythm to the sounds of the street with its whoosh of cars, occasional siren and rare horn.

The humans of Hillcrest offer a people-watching experience like none other. Toned young women with shiny pony-tailed hair wearing black yoga pants and flip-flops — buff young men with gelled hair wearing the latest plaid fashions, — old women with flowing grey hair and earth-shoes walking rescued mixed breeds – – old men with no hair walking small white puff-ball dogs – – and a few business type men wearing white oxford shirts with pleated beige slacks and their women counter-parts clicking high black patent heels and carrying mocha lattes.

Let us sing an Ode to Hillcrest celebrating its laidback lifestyle, its sensory sensations, its fun festivities and its progressive non-judgmental culture.

Anne Haule-copyright 2015

University Avenue Pipeline Replacement Project

Dear Stakeholder,

This project will take place in the Mission Hills, Uptown, Hillcrest, University Heights and North Park areas of San Diego, with work occurring in phases at particular locations along the alignment of the project.

HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING ON:

Fifth Avenue between University Avenue and Washington Street.
As a part of the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) project to replace the water mains servicing your community, construction in this area will begin on Sunday night, September 27, 2015 at 8 p.m. The crews will continue to replace the existing water main on Fifth Avenue between University Avenue and Washington Street. Remaining work in this area will include installing individual service lines from the water main to each property as well as street paving.
The implementation of this work requires a temporary closure of northbound (NB) Fifth Avenue between University Avenue and Washington Street. See map below for construction work zone and closure area. Only one NB lane will remain open. Parking on this section of Fifth Avenue will be prohibited; pedestrian access will be maintained at all times.
The street will remain partially closed until the task at this locations is completed. We anticipate completion by 8 a.m. on Friday, October 2, with additional, less restrictive work continuing through October 2015.
Robinson Avenue at Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Avenues
In preparation for the upcoming work to replace the water main on Robinson Avenue, the contractor will implement temporary closures on Robinson Avenue at the intersections of the Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Avenues on Tuesday night, September 29, 2015, for one night only. See map below for construction work zone/closed intersections and detours. Remaining work on Robinson Avenue will resume on Sunday night, October 4, 2015 at 9 p.m. Additional information about this work will be sent out.

Thank you for your patience and understanding while work progresses on this project. Every provision will be taken to quickly and efficiently complete the work.

WHAT TO EXPECT
During construction, anticipate temporary inconveniences. Please exercise caution in the work zone and note that:

There may be temporary traffic rerouting and limited access within the immediate work zone;
Staged pipe, fittings, equipment and storage containers will be located along the work zone;
When required, temporary “No Parking” signs will be posted 48 hours before construction activities start; and
Vehicles parked in violation of signs will be towed.

HOURS AND DAYS OF OPERATION (night work)
Sunday through Thursday nights, from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.

Save the Date – October 13, 2015

Save the date! At our October 13th monthly meeting we will have an open discussion on parking issues. Past surveys revealed that parking is the #1 issue for Hillcrest residents and we expect that hasn’t changed much.

The Uptown Community Parking District has been asked to look into replacing parallel parking with angle parking on some streets and to consider residential permit parking in some areas of Hillcrest. We hope you’ll come tell us how these potential changes would affect you, how you think they might best be implemented (if at all), and what other ideas you have for making parking more equitable and accessible.

As always, the October 13th meeting will begin at 6:30pm at the Joyce Beers Community Center. We look forward to seeing you there!