The first issue of the College View Estates Gazette, from winter 1996.
It took three decades for College View Estates (CVE) neighbors to formally organize as an association, although for some years neighbors on the west side of CVE had been gathering for an annual progressive dinner. CVEA was formally organized in 1992, incorporated in 2010, and received the status of a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2011.
According to the original by-laws, “The purpose of the CVEA is to preserve the integrity of the neighborhood by forming a common bond of residents and property owners… The objectives [include]… community beautification, hospitality/welcoming, health and safety, parking and traffic issues, an annual progressive dinner and the association newsletter.” In 1997 the CVEA Gazette reaffirmed that CVEA’s purpose is to: “…find better ways to keep everyone informed of issues impacting the neighborhood, foster sociability and friendliness, … and furnish a medium of understanding one another without impinging on individual privacy; this is a community support group.” It is clear that CVEA began as, and remains, an association of mutual support and social opportunities. It has never been, nor has it ever operated in the manner of, a formal homeowners’ association.
Social activities pre-dated the association and have remained a core function. The Progressive Dinner has been held every fall. In 2001 CVEA added an annual Block Party, particularly aimed at bringing families and young children to a community event.
Beautification has been a CVEA activity since the beginning. The first Beautification Committee project in 1994, planting 14 trees, was a major event with lectures and refreshments. Joe Jones and Marlene Greenstein working first with People For Trees, then the City of San Diego Urban Forrester and now with the Urban Corps have added 145 trees to our parkways.
Safety, security and a peaceful neighborhood have always been central concerns of CVEA, but the way these concerns have been addressed has changed. In the early years Block Coordinators were formally associated with the Neighborhood Watch program. In 1995-6, 16 neighbors formed a citizens’ patrol to keep watch on CVE during weekend evenings. By 2000 these concerns were being addressed by closer cooperation with the San Diego Police Department when it began sending a Community Relations Officer to CVEA meetings.
In 2011, after nearly a decade of effort, the construction of a traffic-calming median and College View Estates sign on Remington Road is underway. CVEA members involved in bringing this to fruition have included Dan Cornthwaite, Ann Cottrell, Gary DeBusschere, Roberta and Don Eidemiller, Joe Jones and Rosary Nepi. And in 2012 the CVEA introduced a website designed and implemented by Kristin Keller with help from Beverly Butler, Ann Cottrell and Lisa Vickers.
While the primary purpose of CVEA remains mutual support and socializing, CVE residents have actively engaged in a number of issues stemming from our proximity to San Diego State University and its impact on our neighborhood. The most prominent issues have been:
An attempt to have the SDSU arena located on a university site farther from the neighborhood (1980-95). A separate organization, Friends of College Area formed by CVEA members Gary DeBusschere, Roberta Eidemiller and Bob Piserchio, raised funds from the College Area in support of a law suit against the university seeking to change the arena’s location. (For a detailed history of this activity, click here.)
How to control student parking which was taking over neighborhood streets. Years of complaining led to the creation in the mid 1980s of the B area parking zone restricting weekday parking to residents. CVE's Don Eidemiller worked with other College Area neighborhoods and Mayor Dick Murphy’s office to make this a reality.
How to use money from the “dollar per ticket fund” established to mitigate the impact of arena traffic on neighborhoods near campus when the relocation effort failed. Using the funds to close Remington and extend Hewlett to Montezuma was widely discussed but failed for lack of support (1995-9). An alternative use of these funds, a traffic calming median and community entrance sign on Remington Road, was in the planning stage from about 2000 to 2011. The median and entrance sign were installed in July 2011.
How to control the spread of “mini-dorms” (high occupancy, high turn-over student rentals in neighborhood homes). This phenomenon increased steadily until in 2006 exasperated College Area residents organized to fight this trend. Ann Cottrell joined a CACC committee to get changes in the city code restricting the use of single family residential homes. The community-wide effort led to more restrictive building and parking codes in 2007 and in 2008 to the Residential High Occupancy Permit (RHOP) and the Rooming House Ordinance (RHO). CVEA members Jean Hoeger, Rosary Nepi and RD Williams joined Ann Cottrell on the CACC Code Enforcement and Nuisance Rental Properties committee (CENRP) which coordinates area wide efforts to enforce the new regulations. (For a detailed history of this fight, click here. For details of the regulations see city regulations on this site.)
How to discourage investors and encourage resident homeowners in the College Area. A group of CVE residents (Gary DeBusschere and Mike Jenkins with Ed Aguado, Ann Cottrell, Beverly Butler, Joe Jones, and RD Williams) formed a separate organization, Stabilizing College Neighborhoods (SCN), to seek ways of achieving this goal. The organization existed between 2008 and 2010 at which time some of the group’s activities were taken over by CVEA.
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