Neighborhood Safety: The November 5 MMTC meeting will feature a discussion of Neighborhood Safety. The program will include an extended police report, with information about San Diego Police Department staffing and recruiting, information about Neighborhood Watch and how to form a group if you don’t already have one in your neighborhood, and the role of the Scripps Mesa RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol) as extra “eyes and ears of the police” in fighting crime. The panel will also include information about Nextdoor.com, a private social network people can join to share information within their own neighborhood and adjacent areas of their community, and its role not only as an extension of the old-fashioned “backyard fence” conversation but in particular as a “digital Neighborhood Watch.”

MMMAD 2019 Budget: There will be a brief presentation by Mira Mesa Maintenance Assessment District chair Tom Derr, with a vote by MMTC members regarding the MMMAD reballot proposal. At the December 3 MMTC meeting, members are scheduled to vote on the MMMAD budget for next year.

MMTC 2019 Board Elections: MMTC members will also vote November 5 to elect the MMTC Board of Directors for 2019. Parliamentarian Charlene Ellsworth and the MMTC Nominating Committee have identified a full slate willing to run as officers for 2019, with one exception: MMTC is still seeking a volunteer as Newsletter Editor for 2019!

Tet Festival: The November 5 meeting will also include an invitation from VAYA (Vietnamese American Youth Alliance) for MMTC to get involved with the 2019 Tet Festival coming to Mira Mesa Community Park February 8 – 10, 2019. This will be VAYA’s 14th year hosting the Tet Festival, which celebrates the Lunar New Year. This year’s Festival will celebrate the start of the Year of the Pig (in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese and Vietnamese Zodiacs.) It 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.