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Indian Voices • May 2011


ENVIRONMENT Reporting Graffiti in Your Neighborhood


Law enforcement agencies throughout San Diego County are working together to combat graffiti by taking part in a pro- gram that tracks and analyzes graffiti. If you see graffiti in your neighborhood, please call the Hotline (800) 829-6884 to report it or go online. When graffiti is reported, this information goes to local governments to follow-up with clean-up and investigation of the graffiti.


How the Program Works


Graffiti Tracker is a Web-based pro- gram that allows law enforcement and


public works departments to compile incidents of graffiti. When a clean-up crew goes to the scene to remove the graffiti, they take pictures of the vandal- ism using a special camera equipped with GPS. That information is sent to an analyst who then links the graffiti to other graffiti committed by the same vandal. That information is stored in database that law enforcement investiga- tors can access to build and solve cases. Investigators and prosecutors can use the bounty of information provided by the program to charge individuals with mul- tiple cases of vandalism and force them


to pay restitution to the City for all of the clean-up associated with their crimes.


How the Program Helps Reduce Graffiti By tracking graffiti throughout the


region, Graffiti Tracker significantly helps law enforcement solve graffiti crimes more efficiently. This collabora- tive program allows law enforcement to catch the biggest offenders, provide faster clean-up, and deter individuals from vandalizing personal and public property.


SANDAG Board considers Draft 2050 RTP and its SCS Next steps for the 2050 RTP


The SANDAG Board of Directors will be asked to release the Draft 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and its Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) at the April 22, 2011, Board meet- ing. The release of the Draft 2050 RTP will start the public comment period. The Draft RTP and its SCS were developed following more than two years of plan- ning, technical development, outreach, and public input. The Draft 2050 RTP has been posted at www.sandag.org/2050rtp and is available as part of the April 22 Board Agenda. The Board of Directors meeting begins at 9 a.m. on April 22. The meeting will be


held at 401 B St. in downtown San Diego in the Board Room on the seventh floor. If you can’t make it to the meeting in downtown San Diego, you may listen to the meeting live online at www.sandag.org.


Copies of the documents also may be


requested on a compact disk from SANDAG by: Sending an e-mail to: 2050rtp@sandag.org or calling toll-free: 1-877-277-5736


When making your request, please be


sure to include your name, mailing address, and a contact telephone number or e-mail in the event that we need to fol- low up with you regarding the mailing.


The next six months will be full of


activity related to the 2050 RTP, SCS, and EIR. Please make a note of the fol- lowing key dates and timeframes: May 2011 Release of the Draft


Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Jun 2011 Public hearings and work- shops on Draft 2050 RTP/SCS/EIR Jun 2011 Public comment period closes for Draft 2050 RTP and its SCS Sep 2011 Transportation Committee


review of RTP/EIR comments Oct 2011 Recommend finding of Air Quality Conformity, adoption of Final 2050 RTP, SCS, and EIR


Nevada Health Foundation Community-Based Health Center One of the missions of the team is to


Grand Opening - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - Sat. May 21, 2011 A


Ceremony is slated for Nevada Health Foundation which grand opening is a unique beginning for what can be possi- ble in preventive medicine. The initiative is a budding partnership between Nevada Health Foundation (NHF); Nevada Youth Alliance (NYA); Amerigroup Community Cares; PHASES


& Helping Kids Clinic (HKC), all who has joined together with the aim in pro- viding a plethora of prevention services to underserved youth and families in Nevada at no cost. Following the cere- monies there will be a tour of the facility, a mini health fair which will offer screenings such as blood pressure checks; face painting for the youth, vari- ous entertainment; light refreshments and more.


provide mini-health prevention/commu- nity resource fairs once a month at the facility in order to provide and address a wide variety of health prevention con- cerns through reaching across all boundaries with service providers through partnership. Invited are local community, agencies/organizations, public officials, educational entities, law enforcement, faith-based and health related institutions will celebrate the grand opening.


The lead agency in this one of a kind partnership is the Nevada Health Foundation (NHF) which was founded by Cardiologist Dr. Ram Singh in 2009. Dr. Singh is also the owner of the Access To Care Clinics Nevada Youth Alliance ~ PMB 125/7380, S. Eastern Ave., Ste. 124, Las Vegas, NV 89123-1552 • 702.393.6163 ~ 702.656.4910 Email: nvyouthalliance@aol.com


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3rd Annual Potential Bidders Conference


Learn how to do business with the city.


When: Wednesday, May 18, 2011 Time: 9:45 a.m. Registration Venue: Balboa Park Club –Ballroom, 2150 Pan American Rd FREE EVENT SPACE IS LIMITED –Register TODAY! (619) 236-6000


Last Day to Register is May 16


Visioning San Diego Lunch Forum


Friday, May 20, 2011, 12:00-1:00 PM RSVP: coffenhauer@walksandiego.org by 5/17/11


Lunch: $5.00 in adv., $7.00 at door San Diego River Tributary Canyons


Project Presented by, Mike Nelson, Executive


Officer of the San Diego River Conservancy. Learn about a collaborative effort by the San Diego River Conservancy and the Coastal Conservancy to improve recreational access to the San Diego River and its trib- utary canyons. The project will improve non-vehicular transportation options for movement within and between neighbor- hoods that are proximal to the River while preserving and enhancing natural resources and processes.


Location: Downtown Information


Center, 193 Horton Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101


Univ. of Maryland educator named SDSU president


by Pat Flynn, UNION-TRIBUNE


Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 9:46 a.m. Elliot


Hirshman, provost and senior vice president at the University of Maryland Baltimore County


Elliot Hirshman, the No. 2 official at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, has been named president of San Diego State University. He will succeed Stephen Weber, who is stepping down at the end of the aca- demic year after 15 years in the top job.


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