Community Safety

Community Engagement

Listening behind the words, promoting visible impact, and working together in real partnerships.

Goal:

To engage the community of City Heights in an ongoing dialogue that promotes more healthy and livable neighborhoods.

Description:

Our Community Safety Program uses an ongoing process to involve residents of the City Heights community in a continuous dialogue to collect ideas for improvement that represent the wants and needs of the community.

The Neighborhoods First Initiative (NFI) was launched in 2008 in the Colina Park neighborhood to coordinate projects and assist residents in developing a quality of life plan. CHCDC staff facilitate the steering committee, a collaboration of local organizations, residents, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and city staff, which works to develop and implement projects.

The Teralta Area Safety Initiative was launched in October 2012 as a coordinated effort with the Global Institute for Public Strategies. The goal of the initiative is to engage residents to identify and target neighborhood safety concerns. Collaborating on projects and events, residents and other organizations work together to create a safer neighborhood.

Activities:

  • Partnerships with other agencies are promoted and facilitated to provide resources to the neighborhood.
  • Events in Colina del Sol and Teralta Park are coordinated with community partners and held on a regular basis for residents in order to build a sense of ownership of their neighborhood as well as increase family friendly activities in the parks.
  • Residents are taught leadership skills to learn how to identify, report and promote safety in their neighborhoods.

 

Highlights:

  • Annual National Night Out Event: Every year approximately 300 community members participate in this event to promote community solidarity and safety.

  • Park Beautification: We have continued to promote safe and healthy parks by implementing beautification projects that help residents appreciate, own and use the public space differently. In collaboration with AmeriCorps, Crawford High School, and Dads Club several beautification projects were completed in Colina del Sol and Teralta Park, including monthly cleanups at Teralta Park and the branding of Colina del Sol Park with artwork designed by Crawford Multi-media Visual Arts students on utility boxes and trash cans.
  • The YEAH Girls (Youth Engagement and Action for Health): Residents of the Metro Villas Apartments conducted an assessment of Teralta Park and identified and documented all the safety issues they found. The YEAH Girls, a project of the RSS program, were able to advocate for changes by presenting their findings to the Parks and Recreation Department and our City Council representative.
  • The Corridor and Teralta West Neighborhood Alliance: The recent re-activation of these groups provides a venue for residents to expand their network of support and work together to address neighborhood concerns.
  • The Teralta Park Action Team (TPAT): TPAT is made up of a group of concerned residents who live near and/or frequently utilize Teralta Neighborhood Park. They have dedicated time to helping maintain the park and to encourage positive uses of the park. They host monthly cleanups and have formalized their volunteerism with The City of San Diego’s Park and Recreation.
  • Wilson Middle “Teralta Remix” Anti-Littering Campaign: A partnership with Wilson Middle School ASB leadership class to support the creation of a student driven campaign to promote clean and safe parks and neighborhoods. The Initiative works closely with school staff to develop curriculum based activities to encourage community engagement and leadership, all while promoting positive messaging around Teralta Neighborhood Park.