Alliance Says Goodbye and Hello

The Casa de Oro Alliance would like to thank Brenda Simmons and Lieutenant Jerry Hartman for their service to our community.

Brenda Simmons, who provided critical professional skills and personal time and commitment during the infancy of the what is now the CDOA, until last year served on the CDOA Board of Directors. Brenda chaired the CDOA Advisory committee, until recently when she announced her decision to resign in order due to the demands of her new role as leader of the Institute of Public Strategies. Many members of the Board of Directors voiced their thanks for Brenda’s service to the Casa de Oro Community and wished her good fortune in her new position.

Lt. Hartman recently announced his retirement as a San Diego County Deputy Sheriff. While never formally a member of the CDOA Board of Directors, Lt. Hartman, a native of Casa de Oro, proved a consistent and engaged champion of CDOA. Lt. Harman encouraged Casa de Oro and area communities to work with law enforcement for positive change. His many years of experience working and communicating with the public were valuable assets he generously shared with CDOA. We wish “Jerry” a happy retirement, knowing he will be missed.

Thom Hiatt, the owner of a local marketing firm, was recently welcomed as the newest member of the CDOA Board of Directors. Thom became involved with CDOA giving his time and talents working with the community outreach and economic development committees.


In the Works – A Community Investment Grant Application

 Several Alliance Board of Directors are spending their home-bound hours working on a community reinvestment grant application. Items for which funding will be requested include streetlight pole banners, planters, landscaping and other business corridor improvements. Using electronic communication methods enables important efforts to continue, even during this time of social distancing. 

Library Project Alive, CDO Staying Safe, Still Moving Forward

A Message from Bob Yarris, Casa de Oro Alliance President

The $23 million library project is in final negotiations with all parties. I am more optimistic today than I was six months ago that the library and the Field of Dreams will become a reality for Casa de Oro. 

Construction of the long-awaited curb and sidewalk on Kenwood Drive to Campo Road was scheduled to begin this month, but has been delayed due to Covid-19 emergency measures.

Small trash containers along Campo Road have been replaced with new, larger covered containers. 

Board Members walked with Metropolitan Transit Service representatives along Campo Road in February and completed a bus bench survey which resulted in the approval of new, covered benches and updated bus route signs along Campo Road. Check out this post for more information.

Bob Yarris
President, Casa de Oro Alliance

The Economic Development Committee will be distributing information packets and conducting a survey of all Casa de Oro businesses when the quarantine is lifted. Results of this survey will be shared at upcoming General Assembly meetings and may be viewed on our website when completed.

We continue to work with the Sheriff’s Department and county agencies to address problems associated with homelessness and illegal marijuana outlets in our community. Please know that we share your concerns and frustration with these challenging issues and remain committed to finding solutions.

A special thank you to our community volunteers (especially our students) who have given up their Saturday mornings once a month to pick up trash along Campo Road. A huge thank you, also, to our passionate and dedicated Board of Directors for their continued hard work and commitment to our goals and mission. 

I hope this newsletter finds everyone in good health. Remember, we’re all in this together. Take good care.

Bob Yarris

Casa de Oro Alliance – 501(c)(3) Status Confirmed

The Casa de Oro Alliance is strategically positioned to successfully move into our second generation of existence.

The Casa de Oro Alliance was excited to learn recently of the organization’s recognition by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. More importantly, donors to the Casa de Oro Alliance may be eligible to claim their generosity as charitable donations on their income taxes.

Bob Yarris, president of the Casa de Oro Alliance congratulated the organization’s board of directors. “Along [with the County’s]  decision to select a planning consultant in the next couple of weeks , the Casa de Oro Alliance is strategically positioned to successfully move into our second generation of existence.”  The Casa de Oro Alliance was formed four years ago in response to local high school student efforts to improve the Casa de Oro Campo Road business corridor.

“We have much to celebrate and look forward to. We do have a very promising future indeed,” said Yarris