Spring Valley Transportation Workshop and Survey to Assess Needs

The County of San Diego is holding an in-person community workshop and conducting a survey to hear from La Presa and Spring Valley residents on current and future transportation needs and how your current options could be improved.

Community Transportation Workshop

When: Wednesday, September 15, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Spring Valley Library, 836 Kempton Street, Spring Valley, CA 91977

Participants in the workshop as well as those who complete the online survey will be entered for a chance to win a $25 gift card! You can register for the workshop, complete the survey, and learn more about the project here: https://tinyurl.com/Transportation-LaPresa


Live Well San Diego Events

  • April 2021 12th Annual Refugee Film Festival Join the International Rescue Committee as they bring award-winning documentary film and engaging conversation to your home every week for the entire month of April through four award-winning films selected to educate and inspire. Don’t miss this opportunity go beyond the headlines to gain a deeper understanding of the refugee journey, through stories told by those who live them. For more information or to register, please click here.


  • April 2021 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Join the Center for Community Solutions as they will be hosting four workshops in April on Wednesdays at 4:00pm in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). For the first time, these workshops are open to all ages! Participants can attend as many as they like and will receive a certificate for attending all four workshops. For more information or to register, please click here.


  • April 3rd – April 24th, 2021 La Mesa Earth Month Scavenger Hunt Join the La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation in partnership with the City of La Mesa and San Diego County Bicycle Coalition as they will hold a scavenger hunt using the Scavify app to encourage participants to get out and about and/or virtually learn about environmental sustainability. For more information, please see the attached flyer.


  • April 17th, 2021 A Return to Old Hollywood Join the San Diego Food Bank for their 9th annual Chefs, Cork & Craft Gala. The annual fundraiser will include a virtual program, paddle raise and a live performance with the legendary Chris Norton. The theme, A Return to Old Hollywood, will celebrate Hollywood’s Golden Age while commemorating the San Diego Food Bank’s mission and vital hunger-relief programs. The last day to purchase tickets is Friday, April 9. For more information or to register, please click here.


  • April 18th, 2021 UCSD 11th Annual Health Fair Join the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) at UC San Diego for their 11th Annual Health Fair from 10:00am-3:00pm. The 11th Annual Health Fair is free and open to the public. Its purpose is to educate low-income and under-served families in San Diego about health-related issues and preventative practices, while providing free, non-invasive medical services. Located at Montgomery-Waller Park, San Diego, CA 92154 (corner of Beyer Blvd. & Palm). For more information, please see the attached flyers (English and Spanish).


  • April 20th, 2021 Childhood Trauma and the Developing Brain Join the San Diego Domestic Violence CouncilSan Diego District Attorney’s OfficeThe San Diego County Methamphetamine Strike Force, and Live Well San Diego from 1:00-3:00pm for their training series on childhood trauma. The session will include an overview of typical brain organization and childhood development; the impact of traumatic experiences on the development of the brain; the psychological, developmental, and neurological impacts of early adverse experiences including neglect, abuse and exposure to domestic violence; and more. For more information or to register, please see the attached flyer or click here.


  • April 24th, 2021 Sharp Women’s Health Conference Join Sharp HealthCare for the 2021 Virtual Sharp Women’s Health Conference from 9:00am-2:30pm. Individual tickets are $45 per person. The virtual Sharp Women’s Health Conference is open to the public regardless of hospital affiliation or health insurance. It is designed to inspire women of all ages to live healthy, more balanced lives. The empowering event features Elizabeth Gilbert, author of The New York Times Best Sellers “Eat, Pray, Love”, “Big Magic” and “City of Girls”. For more information or to register, please click here.


  • April 24th – May 2nd Virtual Steam Week Join Live Well San Diego in partnership with the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering for the 2021 Virtual Steam Week. This event includes livestreams, interactive demos, hands-on activities, and dynamic speakers that all encompass elements of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics! For more information or to register, please click here.



Helpful Tips and Information


  • Vietnamese Community Advocate Job Posting The Bayside Community Center is hiring for the position of a Vietnamese Community Advocate. The Vietnamese Community Advocate, who must be bilingual in English/Vietnamese, will establish and foster relationships with community residents and connect them with essential services. Preferred skills and credentials include: Bachelor’s degree plus two year’s community advocacy services in non-profit setting or equivalent work experience; proficient in MS Office; ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and be flexible; public speaking skills; ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and respectfully with diverse people and groups; ability to present positive image of agency to the community; and knowledge of Linda Vista and San Diego resources. The deadline to apply is April 30. For more information, please see the attached flyer.


  • “Hope for Change” Directing Change Program and the Trauma Research Education Foundation (TREF) are sponsoring prizes for San Diego County youth, ages 12 to 25. Special prizes range from $25 to $300! Participants must create art pieces exploring mental health, hope, resilience, and change and creatively incorporate the lime green ribbon as a symbol for mental health. Submission prompt and entries need to be submitted by April 30. For more information, please see the attached flyer.


  • Spring Speakers Series Join the School of Public Health at San Diego State University for presentations given by public health professionals. Speakers from San Diego, Washington State, and Israel will discuss their role in COVID-19 research and the response to the pandemic. For more information or to register, please see the attached flyer.


  • Refugee Work Readiness Exchange Join the National Conflict Resolution Center for a self-paced e-learning course for refugees/asylees/SIVs who have arrived in San Diego County in the last 5 years (not citizens yet) and have dependent children. The first 75 learners to complete this approximately 4-hour course will receive a $50 gift card! If internet connectivity is a challenge, they can help with a data card or other option.  Learners also receive a certificate of completion which is a great resume-builder! For more information or to register, please see the attached flyers or click here (English), here (Arabic), or here (Dari/Farsi).


  • COVID-19 Funeral Assistance FEMA is reimbursing up to $7,000 for COVID-19 funerals to any family member who paid for a funeral. Please keep funeral documentation. For more information, please click here.


  • Grant Funding The San Diego Foundation announced $250,000 in grant funding available to support children ages 0-5 and their families through the 2021 Early Childhood Initiative (ECI) Responsive Grant. To be eligible for this grant, you must be a nonprofit with 501(c)(3) public charity status, located in and serving San Diego County. A webinar is scheduled on April 13 at 11:00am to learn more about the Early Childhood Initiative 2021 Responsive Grant. You will have the opportunity to ask questions via the chat feature following the short presentation. For more information or to register, please click here.


  • Work Readiness Workshops Join the National Conflict Resolution Center for work-readiness workshops that will help support jobseekers, as well as serve those who would like to gain more professional experience. These interactive online workshops help individuals prepare for successful communication and conflict resolution in the job-searching process and in the workplace. For more information or to register, please click here.

Help Shape the Content of the County’s Social Equity Cannabis Program: Participate in the March 18 th Casa de Oro Alliance General Assembly Meeting

Have you heard?

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted in January, 2021 to legalize the cultivation, sale and distribution of cannabis in the county and has directed the county staff to develop a “Social Equity Cannabis Program” to develop regulation ordinances, establish a permitting system, address enforcement concerns, and establish social equity objectives.

San Diego County's Socially Equitable Cannabis Program

The county staff is currently getting input from the community to help the county explore and develop the components of the cannabis program based on stakeholder input.

On Thursday, March 18, 2021 from 6:00-7:30pm, the Casa de Oro Alliance Government Affairs Committee is facilitating a stakeholder meeting with the county staff. We have invited representatives of several Spring Valley and East County organizations to participate on a zoom call that will be live-streamed on Facebook and the Alliance’s website so that anyone can watch, listen, and offer comments.

We hope you will watch the live-stream and give your input as to what you think needs to be included in the county’s plan.

–Lisa Stewart, Co-chair Government Affairs Committee, Casa de Oro Alliance



The County of San Diego is developing a Socially Equitable Cannabis Program and is holding stakeholder meetings to get input.  

March The 18th Casa de Oro General Assembly meeting is one of the many stakeholder meetings being held to provide input to the County of San Diego as they develop the components of a county-wide Social Equity Cannabis Program.


Here is the link to the county’s website:


While the Casa de Oro Alliance is setting up and facilitating the March 18 th stakeholder meeting, we want the County staff to get input from more than just the Casa de Oro Alliance and community leaders. We think it’s important for everyone to give their input because this will have an impact across the entire county of San Diego.

We hope you will participate by: 1) submitting your input prior to the meeting via the Casa de Oro Alliance website, 2) attend the live-streamed meeting and add your comments to the chat, and 3) send your input to the county’s project lead, Mr. Donald Chase (Donald.Chase@sdcounty.ca.gov)

The zoom meeting will be recorded so that you can view it later if you cannot watch it live.


The county’s cannabis program has four goals:  

1) develop zoning ordinances that would allow for cannabis retail, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution, testing, and microbusiness. 

2) develop a new cannabis permitting system that creates county
operating permits for retail, cultivation, manufacturing, distribution and testing or a county operating permit for a microbusiness license, allows for the sale of ingestible cannabis products, and allows for onsite consumption of cannabis products at specific facilities and at permitted events. 

3) addresses enforcement issues


4) contains a social equity component.


On Thursday, March 18, 2021 at 6pm, watch the meeting on the Casa de Oro Alliance Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CasadeOroAlliance) or on the Casa de Oro Alliance website (www.casadeoro.org). 

You’ll be able to post your comments.


The project lead is Mr. Donald Chase (Donald.chase@sdcounty.ca.gov). Send him your suggestions, recommendations, and links to articles you think would be helpful for the county to refer to when developing their cannabis program.

CDOA – Covid 19 information

Covid 19 has brought us all unprecedented challenges over the past year. We have muddled through such questions about keeping ourselves and loved ones safe, how to thrive in lock-down, and how to go forward in our mission to come together as a community to enhance and improve the Casa de Oro area. We are hopeful moving forward as things begin to stabilize and we learn to live in community while maintaining individual safety for ourselves and our families.

Our friends at Live Well San Dieago have provided a wealth of information and valuable updates on the covid situation for the community and the most up-to date information can be found via their facebook page.

We would also like to highlight the fallowing resources that have been provided: 

Local information & Daily updates can be found at: 

https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/coronavirus.html and can be received via text by sending code COSD COVID19 TO 468-311. 

Upcoming community events include:

Virtual Memories: at the Museum Join UCSD School of Medicine the first Tuesday of every month from 2:00-3:00pm for Live Zoom tours of four museums in Balboa Park. These interactive tours are provided for individuals with memory disorders and their care partners.

(Pre-Registration is required at http://smadrc.eventbrite.com Call (858) 822-4800 for more information. Adrc.ucsd.edu )

To keep up-to-date with CDOA events and information please follow us on facebook or visit our website: .https://casadeoroalliance.org..

San Diego County’s Socially Equitable Cannabis Program

San Diego County's Socially Equitable Cannabis Program

Hey Casa de Oro!
On March 18th at 6 PM we will be hosting our next General Assembly with Don Chase who is the Project Contact for San Diego County’s “Socially Equitable Cannabis Program”!
This is your chance to share your input in regards to Regulation, Enforcement, Permitting and Equity with the county on all things related to Cannabis.


We hope to see you all there on 3/18/2021!

To join us simply head over to the Casa de Oro Facebook page on 3/18/21 and check out the livestream to get involved!.

Future Casa de de Oro Needs You

Guiding Principals Workshop – Virtual Community Meeting

The County of San Diego – Planning & Development Services (PDS) is pleased to announce a virtual community workshop for the Campo Road Corridor Revitalization Plan on Thursday, October 15, 2020.

The County invites the community to participate in the workshop to provide input in this planning process:

What:            Guiding Principles Community Workshop for the Campo Road Corridor Revitalization Plan

When:           4:00pm – 5:30pm Thursday, October 15, 2020

Where:          Virtual Workshop 

Directions on how to attend will be available on the project website – http://bit.ly/cdoplan

If you have any questions, please contact Josh Menvielle, the project manager:

Casa de Oro Specific Plan Project Moving Forward

County Needs More Community Feedback

County planners and consults are continuing to develop a Specific Plan for Casa de Oro  but now need input from area businesses, landowners, and community members.

A county webpage dedicated to the CDO Specific Plan project was established to allow community review of the project deliverables at CDO Revitalization Project Plan. The site includes a conceptual plan developed by the Casa de Oro Alliance to identify issues and outlined a vision for community revitalization.

The project is divided into two phases so far. The first phase, included a professional study to further identify land use issues and challenges facing Casa de Oro. This study was largely used y the County to justify and request the SANDAG grant of $500,000 now funding the larger project itself. 

The second phase included detailed analysis of the current Casa de Oro corridor building stock, infrastructure, lot sizes, and other land use components. Phase One also includes a financial analysis of potential development costs, an analysis of existing traffic and parking, as well as community feedback collected at the Casa de Oro Fall Festival  last year and during a community workshop earlier this year.

Members of the Casa de Oro Alliance are concerned the visibility of the project is limited within the community. In addition, business owners and land owners need to become more aware of the project and its possible implications for Casa de Oro. As a result, county staff assured the CDO Alliance to soon return with a more detailed plan for Phase Three of the project, to include additional community input. 

The Casa de Oro Alliance, government affairs committee will be organizing and facilitating more meetings with area community groups to make them more aware of the project and solicit more community feedback as the plan is developed and completed.

Watch for invitations to virtual events in the coming future to provide your opinions on how Casa de Oro is developed into the decades ahead. If you would like to become more involved in the development of a specific plan for Casa de Oro, please join our government affairs committee by contacting the Casa de Oro Alliance at casadeoroalliance@gmail.com.

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.

Small Business Federal Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Director Mark S. Ghilarducci of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on March 13, 2020.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in several California counties including San Diego and Imperial.

•       Visit www.sba.gov/coronavirus for guidance and resources

•       Check www.sba.gov/disaster for updates specific to SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Price Gouging – It is against the law

It is illegal for businesses to raise prices on certain products and necessities more than 10% unless the business can show their cost also went up. The law applies to several products and necessities including: food and drink (including food and drink for animals); emergency supplies such as water, flashlights, radios, batteries, candles, blankets, soaps, diapers, toiletries; and medical supplies such as prescription and nonprescription medications, bandages, gauze, isopropyl alcohol, and antibacterial products.  

It is also a misdemeanor for a hotel or motel to increase regular rates by more than 10 percent during a declared emergency and for the 30 days following the state of emergency. 

Violations of the price gouging statute are subject to criminal prosecution that can result in one-year imprisonment in county jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Violations are also subject to civil enforcement actions including civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation, injunctive relief and mandatory restitution. You can report suspected price gouging to the District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Unit at (619) 531-3507 or to the California Attorney General’s Office