The College Area Community Planning Board and Council holds its board elections every March. Because of the pandemic, normal in-person elections are not possible. The city has provided guidance to planning groups with several options. These include mail-in ballots, ballot drop-offs, online voting or postponing the elections until the state of emergency is lifted by the state.
At the February meeting, the board will decide which option to follow. Once decided, the information for each planning group will be posted on the city website and the city will publicize the procedures via its social media channels. The planning groups must post the procedures on their websites and disseminate the information by whatever other means it has available to it. In the case of the College Area, we also use Constant Contact and will send out the information accordingly.
Especially now that the College Area is in the process of putting together a community plan update, we encourage community members to get involved and maybe consider joining the board. You must be an eligible member of the community — either a resident (including renter), property owner, or a business owner (or representative of a business, including non-profits). You must be 18 years old and have attended two complete board meetings in the 12 months prior to the election, by the January prior to the election (which is in March).
Stay tuned for what procedure the board selects for this year. If you are interested, please submit an application. It can be found on the CACPB/C website at collegearea.org under the membership tab. All requirements, guidelines and details are listed there as well.
On other news, as spring is just around the corner, thanks to the generosity of the College Area Residents Association (CARA), two projects are in the works to plant trees at Tubman Charter School and Hardy Elementary. The plan is to plant trees along the fence surrounding the new joint-use field and possibly a few inside the campus. The trees at Hardy will be planted at the top of the slope facing Montezuma Road and along the eastern edge of the entry driveway. Two small trees will be planted in the kindergarten yard to replace some very large, very old trees that had to be removed because of root damage and other hazards.
As of this writing, we are awaiting final approvals from SDUSD and then planting can be scheduled. These will be great additions to our community that will, hopefully, inspire residents to get on the bandwagon and plant more trees. If you would like a free tree for your yard or street parkway, CARA still has some available. Contact our local neighborhood tree lady/champion, Troy Murphree at [email protected]. Many thanks to CARA for their generosity.
Don’t forget to support our local businesses during these difficult days. Order in some food or get all your other needs met by our local merchants. Let’s support each other. Stay safe and stay well!