Claudia Morris has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the County Service Area No. 81 advisory board.
Morris’ recommendation by advisory board members to fill the vacancy became official October 13 when the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, also the governing board of CSA No. 81, ratified the appointment.
She replaces Jim Bowen on the CSA No. 81 board seat.
“I’m excited to be a part of the board and to help with developing the community,” Morris said.
Morris is also on the Fallbrook Sports Park board and is involved in the Fallbrook Beautification Committee and the Fourth of July celebration at the Grand Tradition.
“We love our town,” said Morris, whose local family includes two daughters, two sons-in-law, and six grandchildren. “We try to stay involved.”
The Fallbrook Sports Park is among the facilities under the purview of the CSA No. 81 advisory board. “I see a lot of what they do,” Morris said of her interest in the advisory board seat.
Morris was raised in Orange County and moved to Fallbrook from Laguna Niguel approximately ten years ago.
“We’re just excited to be a part of this community,” Morris said. “I along with my family are excited to help in any way we can.”
Morris’ family has assisted with the Fourth of July celebration. Last year she was ran the childcare program, which was affiliated with the activities.
“We really had a lot of fun with that,” she said.
Her position on the Fallbrook Sports Park board includes working on the revitalization campaign which seeks increased funding through additional concession sales, additional banner sales, and rental by non-sports groups when sports organizations are not using the park.
“We’ve done a lot of revitalization at the sports park,” she said.
The new involvement includes the Lobster on the Green festival and the Fallbrook Vintage Car Club show.
“My biggest thing was to be a part of keeping that facility open and available,” Morris said.
New programs at the sports park include a “Mommy and Me” soccer program called “Little Kickers” where parents learn soccer fundamentals with children.
Specialty off-season soccer clinics are also new to the sports park. Special events being contemplated include an art fair and parties for children.
“It really provides a great venue for a lot of things we can do in Fallbrook,” Morris said.
The Fallbrook Sports Park land is part of Fallbrook Community Airpark and is owned by the County of San Diego, but the Fallbrook Sports Association leases the land.
Ingold Fields is also leased from County Airports. “Those two facilities really bring a lot of folks into town,” Morris said, referring to tournaments hosted at the sports park or at Ingold Fields.
Approximately 4,000 users each month participate in Fallbrook Sports Park activities which include senior leagues, Fallbrook Youth Soccer League activity, indoor soccer, and indoor lacrosse.
“We don’t have a lot of sports venues in Fallbrook,” Morris said.
Morris is aware that the sports facilities also include the Boys & Girls Club of North County; one of her grandsons plays basketball there.
She is also familiar with Fallbrook High School athletics, as her family helped build the school’s girls’ lacrosse program.
Morris also has a granddaughter who played softball at the sports park for two years. “We’ve had a lot of involvement. I love that facility,” she said.
Morris also brings a construction background to the CSA No. 81 advisory board. She has had her own business for 20 years; Level One Installation & Remodel Services builds interiors of stores such as signage, graphics, and fixtures.
“I have a pretty significant construction background through the company,” she said.
Level One Installation & Remodel Services is not involved in the construction of the actual buildings. Its clients are exclusively retail; Morris is not involved in home remodeling.
Her husband, Rick, retired after 33 years as a firefighter when the family moved to Fallbrook. He now helps his wife in her business.
Claudia Morris intends to learn more about the intricacies of the CSA No. 81 advisory board before pursuing any specific projects, but her goals will include keeping the community informed on the activities.
“My goal is to keep this in the forefront,” she said. “We ultimately cater to the families in the community.”