Monthly Archives: May 2017

All About Gardens & Trees at June Meeting

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Our UHCA meeting on June 1st will feature the following speakers:

* Julie Engel will speak about her vertical garden hydroponic “Tower Garden” growing system, which is used to grow vegetables in small spaces efficiently, without soil.

* Katie Buess, a graduate student in a joint program of Miami University and the Zoological Society of San Diego will discuss the topic of water conservation, landscaping choices for drought situations, and the various government rebate programs available to residents.

* Michelle Fenwick will then present her report on the next steps for Tree Mapping in University Heights. Your input is still needed, especially those of you living in Zones 4, 5, and 6. You can help Michelle complete her map and move forward with the City of San Diego’s Urban Forestry program.

In addition, historic images of the former Mission Cliff Gardens, which was the precursor to Balboa Park and a city-wide destination on weekends when the trolleys ran up Park Boulevard, will be on display. We look forward to seeing you there!

Note that this is the last meeting before our summer break. Our next UHCA meeting will be September 7.

Discussing Solutions to Homelessness at May Meeting

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At the next UHCA meeting on Thursday, May 4, our guest speaker will be Stacie Spector, a longtime public relations professional whom San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer has hired to help address San Diego’s homeless problem.

Ms. Spector will speak about her mission to lead and collaborate with various organizations in San Diego to find long-term solutions to homelessness, including housing, jobs, adaptive reuse of existing city-owned buildings, and more.

Ms. Spector has a diverse background that includes politics, education, and the private sector. She served as Deputy Communications Director in the Bill Clinton White House from 1997 to 1999 and most recently ran Spector Consulting, whose clients have included Step Up Women’s Network, HBO/Everyman Pictures, and the American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego and Imperial Counties. She has also worked with the Nutrition Science Initiative, the Salk Institute, and UC San Diego.

Please join us on May 4 to welcome Stacie Spector and to hear her ideas on solutions to the problem of homelessness in San Diego.