NOTE FROM THE PRESIDENT —
Dear Community Members and SVC Newsletter Readers:
SVC is committed to be involved and interested in all matters related to maintaining and improving
the quality of life for South Vista, including its environment, its standards of health and safety, and
its quality of life. SVC is not only about preserving, but also about improving and evolving as challenges,
needs, and circumstances change. SVC is very pleased to host its first community meeting since
the pandemic. The title, “Let’s Talk about the State of Things in District 4, Vista,” highlights our perspective for the coming months if not years.
The City of Vista is not alone in facing multiple challenges. Rising housing costs, increasing mortgage rates, inadequate supply of affordable housing units, home insecurity, homelessness issues, need
for greater green spaces, planning for climate challenges are some issues of concern. We are fortunate in having John Conley, City Manager of the City of Vista, as a speaker at our Fall Community Meeting to give us his perspective of Vista.
Federal, state, and local authorities have recognized an increasing number of scams specifically targeting senior citizens over the last several years. Financial scams targeting older adults are costly, widespread, and on the rise. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in 2021 there were 92,371 older victims of fraud resulting in $1.7 billion in losses. This was a 74% increase in losses compared to 2020. Seniors are perceived as wealthier, having a great desire to take care of their loved ones, more likely to stay at home and answer the phone or emails. They are less tech savvy and less likely to report a crime. As part of our goal to preserve a safety environment, we are pleased to have George Hernandez and Carolina Mendoza, Crime/Fraud Prevention Specialists from the San Diego Sheriff Department, as speakers at our Fall Community Meeting.
SVC COMMUNITY MEETING
JOIN US on Thursday, September 14, for
SVC’s Fall Community Meeting; 6:00 p.m.; Shadowridge Golf Club, 1980 Gateway Drive
Learn about challenges and opportunities for Vista from City Manager John Conley.
Garner tips and information from Crime Prevention Specialists Carolina Mendoza and George Hernandez.
JOIN US—It will be great to see you again. [An Rsvp would be much appreciated
I invite you all to join us for our Fall event on Thursday, September 14, 6 p.m.
Sincerely, Francis Dumler
FIELDS OF WEEDS
The rain we’ve experienced this year has been a blessing for gardens and landscapes . . . and for
weeds. Weeds have flourished, proving unsightly and—as they grow and dry out-a wildfire danger,
We’ve all been out there dealing with our weeds, and Vista’s Code Dept. and even the Fire Dept. have helped with weed abatement.
And, happily, two areas that were billowing and overflowing with weeds and wildfire worries have also recently been cleared.
There is a “thumb” of Oceanside that crosses Melrose at Cannon Road and includes St. Thomas More Church, Aegis Living Center, and a vacant lot on the north (1430 So. Melrose). Thanks to the City of Oceanside, that lot has once again been cleared (and is for sale again).
The other big lot full of billowing weeds was at the Stonemark project, just west of the intersection
of Mar Vista and Buena Vista. Thanks to PE Management Group, the developer, this big lot was recently cleared, as well.
WHAT ARE THE GREEN STRIPES?
Several residents have asked about the new green striping on our streets. According to City Traffic Engineer Sam Hasenin, the green paint in the bike lanes approaching intersections is meant to emphasize the areas where the vehicles and bicycles are most likely to have a conflict.
The green stands out to heighten drivers’ awareness of the potential presence of bicyclists.
Keep safe on our streets!