Community Workshops: Housing Discrimination In Our Community


How does housing discrimination happen in our communities? Who are the people frequently affected by housing discrimination? What can we do to reduce housing discrimination?

Join us at a Community Workshop to learn about fair housing laws, and to share your experiences with housing discrimination. The San Diego Regional Alliance for Fair Housing, is hosting a series of workshops throughout the San Diego region. Attend a workshop near your community:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Location: Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Joe & Vi Jacobs Center Community Room, 404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, CA 92114 Google Map

Your input is important to understanding the community’s needs and potential solutions for reducing housing discrimination.

For more information, please contact SDRAFFH by email or visit

30th Annual YMCA of San Diego County Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Dignity Award Breakfast

Presented by the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA


Waitlist spots may become available. Call 619.264.0144 for more information.

Town & Country Resort, Atlas Ballroom
500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108
6:00am Registration/Breakfast
7:00-9:00am Program/Award

Join us as we pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy for the thirtieth year by honoring those striving to make a positive impact in our communities.


The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Human Dignity Award is given each year to a person who most exemplifies the work and character of its namesake Dr. King. Throughout history, we know that Dr. King will be forever attached to the civil rights movement, but those who study the life and legacy of this American icon know that he was much more.


On November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed a bill creating a federal holiday to honor Dr. King. In January 1986, as our nation officially observed Martin Luther King Jr. Day for the first time, the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA hosted our first YMCA of San Diego County breakfast.

January 17, 2000 was the first time Martin Luther King Jr. Day was officially observed in all fifty US states. In 2011, a memorial honoring Dr. King was completed and dedicated in October at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., by the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial Project Foundation. The official address of the monument, 1964 Independence Avenue, S.W., commemorates the year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 became law.

The YMCA celebrates a long connection with Dr. King’s life. During the civil rights movement, meetings were held at YMCA’s.

“Living the Dream” Pledge"Living the Dream" Pledge

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and work, I pledge to do everything that I can to make America and the world a place where equality and justice, and freedom and peace, will grow and flourish.

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, I commit myself to Living the Dream by loving, not hating, showing understanding, not anger, making peace, not war, and helping freedom exist for all people everywhere in the world.

Volunteer at the Jackie Robinson Family YMCA or learn more about how you can serve others where you live, work or pray.

A Celebration with Author Nikki Grimes


New York Times bestselling author Nikki Grimes is the recipient of the 2006 NCTE Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children. The author of more than 45 books for kids, Grimes has also received the Coretta Scott King Award and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work. Grimes will read from her book, Rich: A Dyamonde Daniel book. Third grader Dyamonde is excited about the local library’s poetry contest. After the contest she makes a new friend and her ideas about what it means to be rich or poor begin to change.

This Book-to-Action program is sponsored by the California Center for the Book and provided in partnership with the Black Storytellers of San Diego. Materials are funded by an LSTA grant and Express Luggage. Refreshments from locally grown produce will be prepared by Chef Pam Banks of Comfort Catering.

Saturday May 31st • 11:30 am to 2:00 pm

Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library
5148 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92114
(619) 527-3405 |

Girls with Goals Fun & Fancy Friendship Tea Party

teaYou’re invited to our Fancy Friendship Tea Party! Put on your favorite dress, throw on your best hat and bring your friends! Girls with Goals Fancy Friendship Tea Party will be the best tea party ever! Mothers are welcomed to join in on the fun!

Join us Saturday the February 8 for:

  • Designing Black History month admirer Valentine’s Day cards
  • Refreshing tea and delicious cookies
  • Fun games, contest, and prizes

Who: Girls ages 4-15 (girls under 7 yrs old please be accompanied by an adult.)
When: Saturday, February 8th
Time: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Where: 721 San Pasqual St, San Diego, CA 92113



Girls With Goals is a new way to create long lasting friendships, uplift our young women in the community, and build leadership skills, positive morals, and a safe place to have fun. This event will be hosted by Motivational Mom Felicia Booker and Divine Speaker Cydanni Steele. Both ladies are deeply passionate about enriching the future of young women in the community. Feel free to get in contact with Felicia phone: (858) 717-4426 email:  or Cydanni phone: (770) 870-0415 email: website:

Enlighten . Empower .Transcend

Revealing YOUR Truth to Unlock YOUR Highest Potential


The Spay Neuter Action Project (SNAP) to Hold Monthly Clinics at Market Creek Plaza


The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is pleased to announce its new partnership in the areas of health and safety with the Spay Neuter Action Project (SNAP) of San Diego.  SNAP provides spay and neutering services for cats and dogs aboard their famous “Neuter Scooter” throughout San Diego County.  The two fully equipped surgical suites on wheels just celebrated ten years of service in which 45,000 animals were “fixed” on one Neuter Scooter alone.  Considering that one female cat plus her offspring can produce 420,000 kittens in six years, SNAP has spared needless pain and suffering that comes from unwanted litters and reduced the amount of homeless animals entering overcrowded shelters with, at times, harsh conditions.

Now at the cusp of their eleventh year, SNAP continues their dedication to providing much needed services that benefit both pets and their community.  For the spayed or neutered animal, life expectancy is on average three years longer than one who continues to reproduce unchecked.  Spaying and neutering can also prevent cancer and other diseases, depending on the age of the animal.  For the community, public safety improves by reducing the number of strays roaming the streets, incidence of dog bites, and fights with other animals in which people trying to intervene can get hurt.  Either way, it’s a win-win!

In addition to SNAP’s success in reducing pet overpopulation, they have an educational component by way of free classroom workshops for K-12 students.  Each program is tailored to fit the needs of the individual school or classroom and emphasizes responsibility and kindness, reinforcing the belief that children who are kind to animals are kind to each other.  Based on class age, students will learn about proper pet care, dog bite prevention, pet overpopulation, and career options in animal welfare.  At times well-trained animals may be part of the workshop and in some cases the Neuter Scooter may be on the premises for students to tour.

Here are some important details to keep in mind:

  • An appointment is a must—no exceptions
  • Dogs on leashes and cats in carriers
  • Pet drop off between 7:00-8:00 am
  • Pet pick up can vary but usually between 2:00-3:00 pm

The Neuter Scooters will be at the Market Creek Plaza 310 Euclid Ave. San Diego, CA 92114   (running along the trolley line just west of Starbucks) on:

  • Thursday, December 5
  • Friday, December 6
  • Thursday, December 19
  • Friday, December 20

If you’d like to book an appointment with SNAP, please call them at (866)-772-9287 or (619) 525-3047.  A few dedicated staff and volunteers man the SNAP hotline; if your call is not answered please leave a message and SNAP will return your call. When you receive a call back, have your pet’s breed, age, and weight handy.  You may be asked to provide additional details.  While setting the appointment you will be provided with the cost of service, instructions on how to prep your animal for surgery, and other essential information.

Please rest assured that spaying (females) and neutering (males) procedures are performed by licensed and qualified veterinarians with assistance from licensed veterinarian technicians.  Their mission is to provide pets in San Diego with a safe and healthy environment while helping to reduce pet overpopulation.  By spaying or neutering your pet, you are doing a good thing.  Please call today!

Supporting the Phillipines

Filipino-flagJoin us for a night of Filipino film, music, and food at the Hazard Center Digiplex Cinemas in Mission Valley this Saturday evening, November 16th.  100% of proceeds will benefit Typhoon Relief through Gawad Kalinga and Operation Samahan.

Minimum Suggested Donation:  $15, but additional donation levels are available.
($15, $25, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1000)

6 – 7 PM   Food & Music in Lobby
7 PM   Dance Performance by PASACAT
7:15 PM   Movie – CRYING LADIES

About the movie, CRYING LADIES:  a heartwarming comedy about three women who cry at funerals, professionally. The Philippines’ official Oscar submission of 2004.  Watch the trailer here.

Event partners include:  PASACAT, Filipino American Chamber of Commerce, PhilAmThrophy, Asian Business Association, and Sandwich Emporium.  Special thanks to Digiplex and Gala Engine.

Shirley Webber’s Mobile Office is Here to Help!

AD79_headerPlease visit the Mobile District Office

Do you have any questions about your state government? Are you having problems with any state agencies? My office is here to help!

Visit us at my Mobile Office every first and third Monday at the following local libraries.

1st Monday
Malcolm X Library
5148 Market Street
San Diego, CA 92114
10 a.m. – 12 noon

3rd Monday
Mission Valley Library, Seminar Room
2123 Fenton Parkway
San Diego CA 92108
10 a.m. – 12 noon

You will have the opportunity to connect with my staff for assistance with any problems you are having with public agencies, questions about legislation, and information about state or local services. Some issues we can help with include:

Constituent Services

  • Renters/homeowners assistance programs
  • Property tax issues
  • Consumer complaints
  • Veterans’ affairs
  • Unemployment and disability insurance
  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • State Franchise Tax Board
  • Government Affairs
  • Public Service

Information on appropriate forms for homeowner, senior citizen, disabled and renter tax relief programs

  • Consumer protection information
  • State Budget information
  • State agency information
  • Reports issued by the Legislature and public agencies
  • Information on State Capitol tours
  • This is a free service and open to the public.

If you have any questions, please call (619) 462-7878 or email for additional information.

Visit my website for more info.

Shirley N. Weber

YMCA-Flyer-Social-Etiquette-ClassThe Jackie Robinson Family YMCA is holding free Social Etiquette Trainings with Lorraine Collins for six weeks… Don’t miss the opportunity to be a part of this interactive social etiquette training… The classes began on Wednesday, June 5th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. and will continue for another five weeks.

For additional information and to sign up, contact Sasha Knox at (619) 264-0144 x110 or

Hear and Learn from the Resilient Story of Cupcake Brown

Cupcake FlyerOrphaned by the death of her mother and left in the hands of a sadistic foster parent, young Cupcake Brown learned to survive by turning tricks, downing hard liquor, and ingesting every drug she could while hitchhiking up and down the California coast. She stumbled into gangbanging, drug dealing, hustling, prostitution, theft, and , eventually, the best scam of all: a series of 9-to-5 jobs. Her story can change your life.

When: Thursday, May 30, 2013
Where: O’Farrell Community School Auditorium: 6130 Skyline Dr San Diego, CA 92114
Time: Doors open at 4:00pm; event starts at 5:00pm, Book signing/meet & greet to follow
Cost: Free
More Info: Jessica Rathbun, MSW, SAY San Diego Program Coordinator,, 858-565-4148

From Stumbling to Strolling With The Stumblr


Connie Lambert used to walk to Sprouts, a grocery store less than a half-mile from her Hillcrest senior-citizen apartment complex, but stopped when she fell over broken sidewalks along the way.

The weekend after Lambert’s photos of the sidewalks were featured on The Stumblr blog, the sidewalks had a fresh coat of asphalt over them, smoothing out their rough spots. Sprouts is a go again…

Check out this article written by the Voice of San Diego to learn about this new resource that’s helping to draw awareness to San Diego’s sidewalk policies.

Special Valentine’s Visit from Sweet Treats!


Sweet Treats is a food truck that will be stopping by the Jacobs Center parking lot on Thursday between 1:45-2:15p in case you want to purchase some treats for that special someone.

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and are you looking for something SWEET to get your Sweety?  Come visit the Dessert Truck and pick up a few Treats to take to that Special Someone. Our Bakeries have all come up with some wonderful desserts.

  • 6 pack chocolate covered strawberries
  • Cupcakes
  • Heart Shaped Cakes
  • Red Velvet Towers
  • Chocolate Bombs
  • Strawberry Tarts
  • Éclair
  • Salted Caramel Towers
  • Tiramisu
  • Heart Shaped Rice Crispy Treats (dipped in chocolate)
  • Heart Shaped Chocolate Chip Bars
  • Red velvet cookie sandwiches
  • Stuffed cookies
  • Snickerdoodles
  • Fudge Brownies
  • Peanut Butter Brownies
  • Knock U Naked Brownies


Smart Money Workshop

The San Diego City/County Reinvestment Task Force has started organizing SMARTMONEY 2013, which will take place 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Jacobs Center, 404 Euclid Avenue.

The Smart Money Summit will be a one day, one stop event that is intended to bring attention and resources to the various financial needs of the San Diego region. Workshops designed to bring financial education to our communities will be facilitated with the below key areas of focus:

If you would like to preregister for our Home Clinic where HUD approved housing counseling agencies will assist you with Home Retention/Loss Mitigation services we ask that you please email Reference “Smart Money” in the subject line of your email and you will receive a confirmed pre-registration notice as well as a list of necessary documentation needed in order to better assist you on the day of our event.

The large one-day event has been able to bring homeownership and foreclosure prevention services to hundreds of individuals. This year’s event will allow for experienced counselors to give expert counseling services, information and links to free resources in the following areas at several of the booth style exhibits that will be made available.

•  Affordable Housing
•  Budget/Saving
•  Credit/Debt management
•  College Preparation & Education – College grants
•  Financial Literacy & Asset Building Programs
•  Homeownership – First Time Homebuyer Assistance
•  Home Retention
•  Small Business Development
•  Workforce Development
•  Youth Programs

Onsite registration is also available. Remember parking and admission are FREE but space is limited!

For more information about exhibiting, participating or attending the upcoming RTF event, please go online:; call: (619) 578-7564 or email:

Have Your Next Cultural Celebration in The Village

The Village Cultural Celebrations Grant provides funding to support celebrations in The Village at Market Creek that promote the sharing and learning of culture, traditions, and heritage, are open to all residents, and demonstrate a commitment to strengthening relationships within and among communities.

Community groups and nonprofits with a cultural focus or mission may apply for celebrations taking place in The Village at Market Creek through June 30, 2013. Application forms for cultural celebrations taking place on or after July 1, 2013 will be available in late March 2013. While we do ask if you have IRS 501(c)3 nonprofit status, it is not required to be eligible for funding. Previous Cultural Celebrations Grant recipients must have satisfactorily completed a follow-up report to be eligible for consideration.

DOWNLOAD grant application

For more information, please contact Rahmo Abdi at 619-527-6161 ext 181 or email

Friday Night Game Time

Get your game on! The Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library hosts Game Time every Friday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Young adults are invited to kick off the weekend with Friday Night video games, board games, Yu-Gi-Oh! duels and other fun activities. For more information, call the branch library at: (619) 527-3405.

Also, Weekend hours have been expanded at Valencia Park/Malcolm X Library in District 4, as well as three other branches and the Central Library Downtown. Sunday hours have resumed from 1 to 5 p.m. at Valencia Park/Malcolm X, Logan Heights, Mira Mesa and Rancho Bernardo. The Central Library downtown is now open on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more infor-mation about extended library hours, please contact Marion Moss Hubbard at: (619) 236-5848.

Come Meet San Diego’s New Mayor

You Are Invited!

The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation is proud to host an inaugural celebration for Mayor Bob Filner.

Monday, December 3 from 7 – 9pm
The Joe & Vi Jacobs Center
404 Euclid Ave., San Diego, CA 92114

If you can’t attend our event, other events happening throughout the day are listed below.

Light Hors D’oeuvers will be served.

For more information call Renee Novo – 619.527.6161 Visit the Event page on Facebook

Also, please join us for:

The San Diego Mayor and City Council cordially invite the public to the Inauguration Ceremony of Mayor-elect Bob Filner, City Attorney Jan Gold-smith and Councilmember Sherri Lightner, Coun-cilmember Todd Gloria, Councilmember-elect Mark Kersey, Councilmember-elect Scott Sherman, Councilmember Marti Emerald as members of the 69th City Council of The City of San Diego at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 3 at the Balboa Park Club Ballroom, 2150 Pan American Road West. There’s limited open seating in the ballroom with a reception immediately following in the Balboa Park Club Foyer. For information, call the City Clerk at: (619) 533-4000.

Additional Events

4:30pm – 6:30pm : UCSD/La Jolla Playhouse/Potiker Theater
2910 La Jolla Village Drive La Jolla, CA 92037
Jane – 858-945-8702
5:00pm – 7:00pm : Mira Mesa HS Media Center
10510 Reagan Road San Diego, CA 92126
Levin – 619-578-8683
6:30pm – 8:30pm : The Center
3909 Centre Street San Diego, CA 92103
Sarafina – 619-692-2077 ext. 246
8:00pm – 10:00pm : San Ysidro Multi-Cultural Center
4345 Otay Mesa Road San Ysidro, CA 92173
Mario -619-942-1174

Searching for Democracy — A Question of Rights and Marriage

Searching for Democracy — “A QUESTION OF RIGHTS AND MARRIAGE”

Join professors Bryan Wildenthal and Steven Smith of Thomas Jefferson School of Law and University of San Diego Law School, and independent scholar Dr. Pat Washington for a discussion on the most prominent and contentious constitutional issue of our times.  Moderated by Dr. Danell Scarborough of the City of San Diego’s Human Relations Commission.

Saturday, October 27, 1:00 pm
Malcolm X Branch Library
5148 Market Street, San Diego, CA 

FREE (like your right to vote)