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Vista Chamber Of Commerce June Government Affairs Meeting

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Operation Hope North County Presentation Highlights Vista Chamber June Government Affairs Committee Meeting

TR Robertson – The Vista Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee continued a Zoom meeting for the various representatives of federal and state agencies and interested participants. The main presenter for the June meeting was representatives from Operation Hope North County.

Cindy Taylor and Nicole Ketcher, from Operation Hope, gave an overview of the organization and its importance to North County families in need. Operation Hope began in 2003 initially as an emergency winter shelter. Since then, it has grown into a major facility assisting North County families with children and single women experiencing homelessness. Operation Hope was awarded the Heroes of Vista Non-Profit of the Year award. They also offer the Pantry of Hope providing food for alumni and others in need. In the Main building there are 12 private sleeping rooms and in the Community Building classrooms, meeting rooms and dining areas. They provide Stabilization, Education, Action, and Independence for those taking part in their program. Operation Hope offers Like Skills Building, Child and Youth programs, Job Readiness and Community Engagement as just a part of what can be obtained at their facility. Operation Hope remained open during the COVID shut down providing virtual and online classes and programs. They also delivered community meals to those in the program. Operation Hope is currently going through a transition from the COVID shut down and expects to be offering complete services in the next few months. They have a multitude of partners that assist their operations. The last physical year they served 201 individuals with a 59% success rate. Operation Hope provides all their services through grants, individual donors, fundraisers, and a variety of other means. Future goals include expanded their alumni support programs, increasing the current programs they offer and many other goals. There are numerous ways you can get involved with Operation Hope by going to their web site at www.operationhopeshelter.org. Also contact Nicole Ketcher at ktecher.nicole@operationhopeshelter.org or Cindy Taylor at cindy@operationhopeshelter.org for more information.

Legislative Updates

Amanda Lee from the City of Vista – The City Council meetings are now in person and open to the public with limited attendance and safety protocols. At the last meeting, adult cannabis use was discussed as well as the Vista Action Plan. At the June 8th meeting the 2-year operating budget is on the agenda as well as many other topics. At the June 22nd meeting the single use plastic ordinance is on the table as well as housing and adult use cannabis. Vista will have a July 4th celebration and tickets will soon be on sale. The Single Use Plastic Ordinance when adopted will be the first such ordinance in all the North County cities.

Kristal Jabara from Supervisor Jim Desmond’s Office – It is budget season and public hearings will soon begin. COVID stimulus dollars are being requested – $20 million for food distribution, $30 million for mental health issues, $20 million for rental assistance, $10 million for youth sports fee waivers, $1.5 million for mentorship programs, $40 million for local business supports, $10 million for North County homeless teens, $20 million in grants to businesses for signing bonuses, $20 million for broad band services, $40 million for infrastructure programs, $15 million for legal services for landlords, $40 million for assistance for first responders and military and $20 million for youth camp fees. The Supervisor announced there are discounts for the Dine-in & Help-out program. A grant program began last month of the prevention of drowning program. Also extended is the outdoor dining program.

Jessica Ramirez from Congressman Mike Levin’s Office – The Thrive Act passed the Senate which improves veterans job training. Congressman supports the Free & Reduced Lunch Program which would be offered when school is not in session. Another program he supports is the Vets economic benefits offered through the VA. The Congressman supports the bill to ban offshore drilling off the Southern California coast. Minority Agency Grant Funding Business Development is available for those interested at www.mbda.gov/mbe-equity-multiplier-project.

Matthew Phy from Senator Patricia Bates Office said the budget deadline of June 15th is approaching. He also reminded everyone that the Senator’s office is willing to help anyone who is having difficulty with any agency.

Suleyma Balderas from Assembly Member Tasha Boerner Horvath’s Office – It was reported that several bills partially initiated by the Assembly Member have passed – AB 66 – establishing an early warning system for beach bluff landslides, AB 117 – Air Quality Improvement Program and AB 233 – Public Postsecondary Education for the University of California Admissions. She has also signed on to support $10 million program for the Food Bank funding.

Rachel Beld, CEO of the Vista Chamber of Commerce – Rachel reported that the Strawberry Festival will return as a scaled down version offering a street fair and market on June 20th from 9 am to 5 pm. There will also be a Beer Garden and a Virtual 10k run. On June 29th, the Chamber will offer an in-person mixer at the Film Hub from 4:30 until 6:30 pm.

The next Government Affair meeting will be a Zoom meeting on July 1st. The August meeting is scheduled to be an in-person meeting.


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