After representing the Fallbrook Hispanic community and its opinions on putting in community parks in Fallbrook’s more congested areas, Ricardo Favela was elected to be a sitting board member of the County Service Area (CSA) No. 81 advisory board on November 18.
Favela was considered by the board to fill the seat vacated by the resignation of Craig Olson after presenting neighborhood concerns about not having a county-maintained park nearby.
He also helped prepare a proposal for a community park on Clemmens Lane on a vacant lot formally used by SDG&E to house a transporter.
“There were so many issues with the kids needing a place to play [on the southern side of Clemmens],” said Favela, who recently became the manager of Town Center and Mobile Home Park near Clemmens. “People were constantly complaining about children playing ball on the streets, but the Boys & Girls Club was too far for some parents to take their children.”
Shortly after Favela succeeded in getting his approval for the park, the CSA board approached him to see if he was interested in continuing to serve his community by taking the board member position, which he readily accepted after being voted in by the board.
As a board member of CSA No. 81, Favela will assist the CSA in covering county-maintained parks in Fallbrook, Rainbow and De Luz.
The seven-member advisory board meets monthly in Fallbrook and makes recommendations on replacements for vacant properties to the San Diego Board of Supervisors.
By providing his mobile park residents with tutoring options for the children as well as helping the adults sign up for English classes, Favela has earned sufficient experience to be a good liaison between the community and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors when it comes to talking about county-maintained parks.
Favela, who is bilingual in Spanish, is excited to begin understanding more about his position with the CSA advisory board as well as finding out how he can be more of an ear for both English- and Spanish-speaking community members who are concerned about future park resources.
“These people need someone that they can communicate with that they know will listen to them,” he said.
Currently, Favela is working with St. Peter’s Catholic Church to organize a committee that will be able to create a proposal for a long-discussed skate or sports park in the Fallbrook area.
Favela will serve on CSA No. 81 board until his term expires on January 3, 2011.
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