CCDC Recognized for Free Shuttles for Seniors by Jill Galvez

The following are excerpts from from Jill Galvez regarding the new CCDC sponsored shuttle program:

We’re thankful to the CCDC, CARB, Circuit, and city staff, and the $2M in grants to make FREE door-to-door electric shuttles for seniors 55+ in Northwest Chula Vista in early 2022, a project three years in the making that I started working on during my first month in office.

Three years in the making!! This is the free door-to-door shuttle service area map for seniors 55+ that I’ve been telling you about in past newsletters. SIX electric shuttles will operate 12 hours per day, 5 days per week, beginning (hopefully) in early 2022. You can call via phone, app, or text. I’m working hard on expanding the coverage area and seeking additional grants… Stay tuned!

Council accepted (4-0) 10/12/21 grant funds of $997,833 from the California Air Resources Board, and $1,000,000 from the Community Congregational Development Corporation, and accepted an agreement with Circuit Transit, to provide FREE door-to-door electric shuttle services for seniors 55+ in Northwest Chula Vista, 12  hours a day, 5 days per week, managed by the city and operated by Circuit. Click here to watch the presentation, here for the map showing the service area, or here for the staff report. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Daniel Kramer of Circuit, city staff Dennis Gakunga, Stacey Kurtz, Maria Kachadoorian, Bill Valle, Barbara Locci, Michael McDonnell, Glen Googins, Eric Crockett, and the wonderful board members of the CCDC: Laurie Orange, David Hand, Jerry May, Nancy and Wayne Holiman, Ruth Jones, Mike Green and Jessica Ripper. 

The full article can be found here:

Free Shuttles for Seniors Jill Galvez

The following is a note from Jill Galvez regarding the new CCDC sponsored shuttle program:

Here is a video of two ladies excited to take the new FREE door-to-door electric shuttles.

They are really looking forward to shopping in Chula Vista whenever they want, without having to worry. 

Whether or not you speak Spanish, I think you understand how transformational this new service will be in their lives.

With profound gratitude,

Jill Galvez Councilmember, District 2 Northwest
City of Chula Vista

Chula Vista District 2, October 2021 Newsletter

October 1, 2021

Dear Northwest Chula Vista Neighbors and Friends,

I have some very exciting news to share with you!!

For three years, I have been working to help fix problems caused bythe lack of parking in Northwest Chula Vista, especially around our Norman Park Senior Center, in our downtown, and around our local schools.

For three years, we have shed tears to learn of car accidents, injuries, and deaths due to more and more drivers, driving faster through our historic, small-town neighborhoods, as we become a bigger city.

Three years ago, I met with a company that operated a free door-to-door shuttle service in parts of downtown San Diego. I asked them how much it would cost to make that service available (but even better) right here in Chula Vista.

It was (gulp!) a big number. A million dollars to get the project started and to fund the first year of operation.

Three years ago, this seemed impossible. But I kept talking about it. And asking for help. And discussing the benefits to our city management and staff. And, frankly, praying on it.

And then an amazing partner came forward – the CCDC – Community Congregational Development Corporation – a non-profit created after the sale of the Community Congregational Tower. Chula Vistans (current and former) Laurie Orange, David Hand, Jerry May, Barbara Locci, Nancy and Wayne Holiman, Liz Aguilar, Mike Bishop and Mike Green, who serve on the CCDC board, offered to help make this dream come true!

And then a grant opportunity from the California Air Resources Board (CARB) was announced – up to $1M each for 20 Clean Mobility Option projects in the state of California.

So… Our city applied for the grant and was awarded close to $1M! 

And then the CCDC matched the grant with another $1M, and the result is…

Coming soon, FREE Door-to-Door Electric Shuttle Transportation for seniors in Northwest Chula Vista!!!

FREE rides, on-call, on-demand, within the Northwest Chula Vista service area. For you! For your parents and grandparents. A small fee will be charged for those who aren’t “seniors” but want to use the shuttle.

Let me emphasize that these shuttles will pick you up at your front door, and take you wherever you’d like to go in Northwest Chula Vista!

Your home to the grocery store. Your home to your grandchildren’s school. Your home to the movies, the library, the doctor, the pet groomer, city hall, a nice restaurant, the hair salon, your sister’s home, the Norman Park Senior Center, the mall, the park, a tasting room, anywhere in the Northwest Chula Vista service area and back to your home when you call.

On October 12th, the service area map, hours of operation, and more details will be revealed to the City Council and the General Public. We will also know the age definition of “senior” (hint, I believe it will be 50 and older), and what the nominal fee will be to use the service for everyone who hasn’t reached that golden year as yet.

I’m so excited – this is going to transform how we move about in Northwest Chula Vista. And yes, I will work hard to raise the funds we need to include all of Western Chula Vista and expand the service to all of Chula Vista.

Joe Little did a cute story on this. Watch the video here

Once we get this program going, it will be important to get as many people using it as possible, so that we have data that shows the community and environmental benefit. So stay tuned… And help me get the word out!

Yeah, Chula Vista!! Great things are happening and even greater things lie ahead for us!

Warm regards,

Jill M. Galvez | Chula Vista City Councilmember | District 2, Northwest
276 Fourth Avenue | Chula Vista, CA  | 91910
Phone: 619.691.5177 | Cell: 619.997.1016 | Email:

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Serving Seniors

On behalf of Serving Seniors, thank you to CCDC for your two generous grants totaling $70,000 for our Senior Nutrition Program. Grant funding supported life-sustaining nutrition and helped to improve the health of low-income seniors living in the South Bay region.

What Your Support Made Possible

For the last 50 years, our Nutrition Program has been the beating heart of our wraparound model, providing congregate and home-delivered meals to seniors across San Diego County.

When COVID-19 shuttered our congregate sites last March, we worked around the clock to transition our existing nutrition clients to home-delivered meals and meet the needs of thousands more seniors requesting services for the first time. Overnight, we began offering to-go meals at the Gary & Mary West Senior Wellness Center and began transitioning all our congregate meal clients to home-delivered meals. Soon we had more than tripled our Home-Delivered Meal Program and launched a new shelf-stable meal option, with boxes primarily prepared by volunteers and delivered directly to seniors’ homes.

Last year, our Senior Nutrition team provided 317,325 meals to 830 low-income seniors in the South Bay region— the most in our 50-year history. This represents a 223% increase in the number of meals served to South Bay clients over the previous fiscal year.

To read this full report, please see the following PDF.

Kudos from Chula Vista City Councilmember Jill M. Galvez

CCDC received the following kudos from Jill M. Galvez | Chula Vista City Councilmember | District 2, Northwest.

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The Community Congregational Development Corporation for awarding $450K in grants for improvements to the Norman Park Senior Center, including lighting above the outdoor fitness equipment, transformation of the old interior fitness center into two multipurpose courts for pickleball, yoga, senior volleyball, and more, and a new bocci ball court to replace the outdoor horseshoe pits. Thank you, CCDC! Stay tuned for next month’s big announcement… To learn more about the CCDC, their mission, and the good work they do for seniors, click here.

Our great city of Chula Vista for being one of two cities in the County that were awarded $1M each for green transit projects from the California Air Resources Board. Click here for a sneak peek! And stay tuned for next month’s big announcement of what this means for seniors, businesses, and the rest of us in Northwest Chula Vista (a project I have been focused on for over two years will finally come to fruition!)

To read the full article, click here.

Tech for Seniors

Like other older adults, Jeanie Lemaire, 70, didn’t grow up using computers and mobile phones. She recognizes the value of technology and has made some attempts to learn, but beyond making a phone call or sending a text on her smartphone, Jeanie feels a bit lost. “People say ‘just experiment,’ but it is not in my nature,” she explains. “I am a people person but want to be able to participate in the world.”

Recently, Jeanie was excited to learn that a new pilot project, Tech for Seniors, would be offered at her senior housing complex, The Salvation Army Silvercrest in Chula Vista. This six-month grant project aims to reduce social isolation and loneliness among lower income older adults in South Bay through the use of technology instruction. The project funded by Community Congregational Development Corporation and is a partnership between the South County Action Network (SoCAN), the health and technology organization Sarsis, and two low-income senior apartment complexes in the South Bay.

To read this full article by Kim Gallo, please see the following PDF.