Chaired by Chief Todd Elgin of the Garden Grove Police Department, the Neighborhood Improvement Committee (NIC) is comprised of approximately 15 staff members who represent the various departments within the City. The Goals of the Neighborhood Improvement Committee are to:
- Coordinate neighborhood meetings and communication
- Explore alternative ways to address neighborhood issues
- Develop strategies to address the physical improvement and social concerns of key neighborhoods
In April of 2016, the committee shifted its focus from short-term, small-scale residential projects, to a more long-term, large-scale outlook that targets areas containing both residential and commercial zones. After extensive research of crime trends, community issues, and commercial redevelopment opportunities located within the CDBG designated areas, the NIC selected the Palma Vista/ El Dorado neighborhood and commercial center located at Euclid Street and Katella Avenue as our target area.
Moving forward, the primary objective of this committee continues to be community engagement. To that end, we have created a tentative timeline that includes three phases; all of which are centered on forging a relationship with the residents and stakeholders in the community. The phases are as follows:
- Phase 1 – Engage (April 2016 – December 2016)
- Phase 2 – Enhance (December 2016 – July 2017)
- Phase 3 – Empower (July 2017 and beyond)
The flagship event of Phase 1 was the Mobile Food Pantry and Outreach Event, which took place on November 17th from 3 to 5PM in the Palma Vista/ El Dorado neighborhood. A short video highlighting the event can be seen here. For more information on the event, please see the “Behind The Badge” article here: Mobile Food Pantry Event. In conjunction with the Mobile Food Pantry event, city staff and volunteers administered a survey to receive feedback from the residents on the positive and negative aspects of the community, as well as ideas on how to increase their quality of life.
On May 21, 2017, the Neighborhood Improvement Committee hosted a Community Clean-Up Day. The event included access to dumpsters, planting 12 trees, prize giveaways, and a BBQ lunch. Click here to view a video produced by Garden Grove Channel 3 highlighting the days events.
Phase 2 will enhance the lives of the residents by addressing any code, building, and/or fire matters through a partnership between the property owners/ landlords/ property managers and City Staff.
Phase 3 is to infuse social and economic life into the neighborhood through programs and services tailored for both the residents and the local businesses. In our initial meeting with the property owners, it was communicated that a Family Resource Center is highly desired.