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February Meeting: Back in Action!

Date: Thursday, February 2nd Time: 6:00 pm Location: PB Recreation Center (1405 Diamond St, San Diego, CA 92109) Agenda: Link to Review January 12 Mtg Minutes: Link to Review

This Thursday, we will hear from our new Councilmember Joe LaCava, Jordan Beane and Caryn Blanton! Meeting Highlights:

  • Council Member Joe LaCava - District 1 San Diego City Councilmember Joe LaCava will give us a deep-dive into his priorities for Pacific Beach.

  • Jordan Beane - Director of Policy and Communications for the Regional Task Force on Homelessness will talk about what homelessness looks like in San Diego County.

  • Caryn Blanton - Executive Director for Shoreline Community Services will explore problems and identify solutions relating to homelessness in San Diego.

  • Bring ideas for what you want the PBDC 2023 year to look like! - The new E-Board wants to hear your ideas for speakers, political and social action opportunities, and more!

Joe LaCava was elected to District 1 of the San Diego City Council. He assumed office in December 2020, succeeding Barbara Bry who ran for mayor of San Diego. Joe LaCava was raised in the San Diego neighborhoods of Logan Heights and University Heights, before moving to Allied Gardens. After graduating Patrick Henry High School, he went to SDSU, where he earned his bachelor's degree in engineering. Joe worked for the United States Forest Service in Northern California upon graduation, and became a civil engineer when he returned to San Diego. He served on the Bird Rock Community Council before becoming chairman of the La Jolla Community Planning group.

Jordan B joined the Regional Task Force on Homelessness as the nonprofit’s Director of Policy and Communications in March of 2022. Jordan’s role includes developing and implementing a strategic communications plan, elevating RTFH’s visibility, and increasing the awareness of RTFH initiatives. Additionally, he oversees the editorial strategy and content development for RTFH’s social media channels. Prior to joining RFTH, Jordan spent the last three years as the Communications Director and Policy Advisor for San Diego City Councilmember Jennifer Campbell. During his time at City Hall, Jordan led all aspects of the Councilmember’s communication efforts including messaging, social media, digital outreach, and press releases. He also helped to craft policy on some of the Councilmember’s biggest priorities in the environmental space. Before working in the public sector, Jordan spent a decade in the NFL as a digital media professional for two different teams, winning three local Emmy awards for his work. He grew up in upstate New York and holds a BA from the American University in Washington, DC.

Caryn Blanton is passionate about serving neighbors in the community. Prior to being the Executive Director of Shoreline Community Services, she was the Founder/Director of the Pacific Beach Street Guardians - a local nonprofit that offered employment to unhoused neighbors doing street cleaning, janitorial/custodial work and event setup/take down. She has a proven track record of providing quality, efficient service, exploring problems and finding solutions for them, connecting with people and resources and standing with all community members using a listening ear and compassionate heart.

More than 15 years of community development work has given her a unique vantage point of seeing the connection between what already "is" and what needs to be done.

Engaging people in a bigger community vision is what brings her the most joy and she believes Shoreline Community Services can be the vehicle to share that joy with others. Caryn lives in Pacific Beach with her husband, Jeff and their labradoodle, Telly. Some of her favorite things are: the theater, reading, art, learning to play her violin, a great conversation over a meal and dancing when no one is watching. P.S. Don't forget to pay your membership dues for 2023 if you haven't already done so!

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