South County Happenings, April 17 – 71Bait

Councilors: Chula Vista, 5 p.m. Tuesday; coronado, 4 p.m. Tuesday; imperial beach, 6 p.m. Wednesday; national city, 16:00 Tuesday, special online budget meeting; 6 p.m. regular meeting

School Boards: Coronado Unified School District, 4 p.m. Thursday

Chula Vista offers budget workshops

The City of Chula Vista is hosting two workshops to discuss the proposed 2022-23 budget, which will fund essential city services including public safety, public works, library, parks, economic development and more. The budget also includes the proposed appropriations for Measures A and P. Voters approved Measure A in 2018 and added a half-cent sales tax to support public safety personnel. Measure P, approved in 2016, is the city’s temporary 0.5-cent infrastructure sales tax. The first workshop will be held Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. in the Civic Center Library Auditorium, 365 F St. and the second on April 27 at 6:00 p.m. in the HUB Community Room at the Otay Ranch Town Center Library, 2015 Birch Road, Suite 409 will provide an overview of funding sources and describe the process of developing a balanced budget, which will be presented to City Council on May 10th. The same information will be provided at both workshops. Residents can also find budget information at

Zumbathon to fight human trafficking

An outdoor Zumbathon With Purpose will be held Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at RevBody, 851 Showroom Place, #107, Chula Vista to raise funds to support human trafficking survivors. Sponsors are the International Network of Hearts, RevBody, El Latino and Chula Vista Today. Minimum donation is $20. Food trucks and vendors on site. Register/reserve tickets at Contact Manolo Guillen at (619) 451-8263 or

Register now for the job fair on Wednesday

The National City Chamber and Southwestern College are hosting the 12th annual Career Pathways to Success job fair Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the college’s National City campus, 880 National City Blvd. More than 50 companies will be represented including UC San Diego, 7UP, National City, Scripps Health, YMCA, North Island Credit Union, MyPoint Credit Union, National City Police Department, San Diego Blood Bank and National City Firefighters. Register at

Community Art Walk to highlight Broadway

Envision Broadway celebrates Chula Vista with an art walk featuring artwork from local schools Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event provides an opportunity for local artists to promote and sell their products and gives residents and visitors a chance to enjoy the art in an unexpected location at the Chula Vista Center mall, 555 Broadway. Event organizers aim to enhance the Broadway Corridor so business owners can meet each other and the new Bayfront development. All children are invited to submit an entry for the exhibition and competition. Visit For more information, contact Jovita Arellano at (619) 476-9100 ext. 126 or

Mushroom Cooking at Olivewood Gardens

If mushrooms are a mystery to you, Olivewood Gardens may have the answer with its All About Mushrooms cooking class, held on Saturdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Guest chef Aureny Aranda will share recipes involving mushrooms and how to use this versatile ingredient. This is a personal cooking class for adults. Classes are held in English, with a translation into Spanish available if required. Class prices start at $25 for National City residents. Register at Olivewood Gardens is located at 2525 N Ave., National City. Visit

City combines drug and color withdrawals

The annual Drug Take-Back Day is held on April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Chula Vista residents can bring expired, unused, or no longer needed prescription and over-the-counter drugs to the Chula Vista Public Works Center, 1800 for disposal Maxwell, bring street. No liquids, needles or sharp objects; Only pills or patches are accepted. The site will also accommodate old and unused paint and some paint related products. Acceptable items are paints and primers (latex and oil based), stains, top and concrete sealers, and clear coats (e.g. lacquer, shellac, etc.). Space for color redemption is limited and registration is required at The paint must be in a sealed container with the manufacturer’s original label attached. No aerosols, solvents or other hazardous waste. Businesses must qualify as an exempt producer to take advantage of the PaintCare program for oil-based products. Paint in good condition is provided to the public free of charge.

blood drives

The San Diego Blood Bank hosts these blood donation opportunities. Donors will receive a limited edition t-shirt while supplies last:

  • 7:30-13:00 April 24 First United Methodist Church, 1200 East H St., Chula Vista

People 17 years and older who weigh at least 114 pounds and are in good health may be able to donate blood. A good meal and plenty of fluids are recommended before donating. Appointments are urgently required. Photo ID required. Call (800) 469-7322 or visit

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