Friday, April 24, 2015

Clairemont Town Council President's Letter: May 2015

Next Saturday, May 2 is our 19th Annual Clairemont Garden Tour! Hopefully, you've seen our banners and posters throughout Clairemont, Bay Ho, and Bay Park.

If you have not purchased tickets online, they are available to purchase at The UPS Store in Clairemont Town Square, or at their Balboa Mesa Shopping Center location and at The Postal Connection (Clairemont Drive at Balboa Ave)
3895 Clairemont Dr #101. Prices increase May 1st and 2nd, so get them as early as you can! Of course, kids 12 and under are free.

Also, if you were not ready to get your garden on this year's tour, but would be interested in showcasing your garden next year (for Garden Tour's 20th anniversary), please let us know by e-mailing GardenTour@ClairemontOnline.com.

Post-Garden Tour, the Clairemont Town Council's next big project is our summer-long "Movies in the Park" series to be held in June, July, and August. More details to follow as we assemble an awesome mix of family-friendly films and activities.

In the wake of some distressing local crime activity lately, we want to thank our friends and officers at SDPD Northern Division, for the tough job of protecting our community, and for quickly apprehending those suspects involved. It's tough to be a cop. Thankfully, we feel better knowing that America's finest officers are doing their absolute best to serve and protect us here in Clairemont and throughout San Diego. Kudos to the men and women of Northern Division!

The Clairemont Town Council plays an important role in our community. We have been Clairemont's voice and conscience for over 60 years. Our purpose and objective is to provide a forum for discussion of community issues; take a stand on those issues as authorized by our members, and communicate those views to the appropriate entities; and to sponsor programs (Garden Tour, Movies in the Park) that benefit Clairemont.

Yes, we encourage more folks to attend our meetings. Yes, we encourage our neighbors to join as members. However, as many of us have seen on Nextdoor, sometimes that's not enough.

There are some folks, our neighbors, who don't even know we have a town council, a planning board, a chamber of commerce, an educational foundation, a theatre troupe, etc. Some may not know how to get involved, and there are others who don't know what that first step would be, or who to contact, in eliciting a critical change to better our community.

That's why we are here. That's why the Clairemont Town Council was founded 60 years ago. That is also why we are here to help you. So, if you have an idea, want to see some change, or have any questions about what's going on in our community or the Clairemont Town Council, please don't hesitate to contact us via our website (www.clairemontonline.com), by email (contact@clairemontonline.com), or by phone (858.480.9430).

Clairemont Town Council's next meeting will be held Thursday, May 7th at 6:30pm. We will hear a presentation from our Clairemont libraries, and our guest speakers will be San Diego Convention Center Boardmember Gil Cabrera who will provide a status update of our region's Convention Center, and Nancy Hartley will give us an update on the re-organization of UCAN (Utility Consumers Action Network) and their efforts. Also, as we continue to go over Bylaws, we will be voting on an updated section for Standing Committees, and hearing an updated proposal for the Council's endorsement process.

As always, given that we are a membership organization, we encourage participation as a member of our Clairemont Town Council. If you haven't already updated, renewed, or joined the Clairemont Town Council, you're always welcome! Membership starts at $10 for Seniors, Students, and Veterans, $20 for General Membership, $30 for Non-Profits, and $50 for Businesses. For more information on joining and becoming a member, please visit ClairemontOnline.com/Join.

Working for you, Clairemont!

Ryan Trabuco
President, Clairemont Town Council
president@clairemontonline.com
858.480.9430

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