Wildfire Preparedness and Prevention is MMTC Main Program Nov. 4

By Pam Stevens

The November 4 MMTC meeting will feature a program on wildfire preparedness and prevention, including brush management for “defensible space.” The speaker will be Charles Butler, Code Compliance Officer, San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, Community Risk Reduction Division, Wildland Management & Enforcement Section. Butler will discuss the “Ready, Set, Go!” plan for preparedness. (See www.wildlandfireRSG.org ) His presentation will include tips for preparing your home to withstand a wildland fire as well as a checklist for evacuation readiness. Time for questions and answers will follow the talk. The meeting starts at 7pm in the community room at the Mira Mesa Branch Library, 8405 New Salem Street, San Diego CA 92126.

Please join us!

Following the main program MMTC members will vote November 4 on a “housekeeping” Bylaws amendment to stagger the Board of Directors’ 2-year terms, so 6 of the 11 members’ terms will expire in odd-numbered years and 5 in even years.

MMTC members will also vote to elect the MMTC Board of Directors who will take office in January 2020. The Nominating Committee, chaired by current parliamentarian Charlene Elllsworth, sought interest from those who would like to serve, and a mix of incumbent and new candidates are running for the Board. Two candidates, both recommended by the Nominating Committee, are running for president: Ted Brengel, MMTC president since 2010, and Bari Vaz, a past Board member who was newsletter editor in 2010-11, first vice president/program chair in 2012-2015, and treasurer in 2016-2017. The election for president will take place first, followed by the election for the other offices. 

The November 4 meeting will also include an invitation from VAYA (Vietnamese American Youth Alliance) for MMTC to get involved with the 2020 San Diego Tet Festival coming to Mira Mesa Community Park, Friday evening, January 24, through Sunday, January 26, 2020. This is VAYA’s 15th year organizing the Tet Festival, which celebrates the Lunar New Year. This year’s Festival will mark the start of the Year of the Rat (in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese and Vietnamese Zodiacs.) Hosted by VAYA and the Vietnamese Federation of San Diego, the Festival will again have free admission (the only FREE Tet Festival in Southern California) and feature attractions including Lion Dancers, a Vietnamese cultural village, and the Miss Vietnam San Diego pageant, as well as a variety of food, stage entertainment, business and non-profit group vendors, and carnival rides. Further details are at www.sdtet.com