Cast a “vote” for OUR neighborhood…

By Trish Watlington – Board President
Mission Hills Business Improvement District

One year ago I wrote my first column for the Presidio Sentinel as president of the Mission Word-from-our-presidentHills Business Improvement District.  Thank you for letting me know you read it, I look forward to contributing each month.   Thank you Patty Ducey-Brooks for offering our neighborhood business association a continuing voice in a paper you freely deliver to Mission Hills’ homes and businesses.
As I move into my seventh year as a Mission Hills business owner, I’m thrilled that our BID is now 519 members strong! From home-based businesses to nationwide banks, our members’ very modest business fees support the work of the BID and the BID supports the businesses and the community.  The BID is governed by an elected board of directors and active committees including Promotions, Economic Development, Design and Parking Advisory.  We’d love for you to attend a meeting of committees the first Wednesday of each month for a robust discussion on matters important to our community. The third Wednesday of each month we continue the discussion and take action by voting.  Both meetings start at 3:30 at Mission Hills Books and Collectibles.  We’ll be taking the month of August off from meetings, though our executive director will still be in the neighborhood on behalf of the BID.
With so many folks on vacation, summer months can be slow for our Mission Hills business community.  Many of our businesses are small “mom and pop” shops. So when you’re thinking about where to purchase dog food, get a haircut, buy groceries, get a gift, coffee or a meal, think close to home.  Mission Hills’ businesses offer such a variety of products and services that we really can shop small and local and get just about everything we need.  In support of your neighborhood, spend in Mission Hills FIRST!
Don’t miss your chance to play Mission Hills’ WHO DAT!? Banner Hunt Contest. An assortment of our business owners are “flying on banner poles” throughout the neighborhood at the invitation of the San Diego County Fair. WHO DAT!? with a grand prize valued at $500, is really a scavenger hunt using the banners. Click to learn more about this month-long contest, June 16-July 16.
Mission Hills United Methodist Church is celebrating its Centennial Year! The church has graciously offered to let us host larger meetings in its sanctuary and we’re extremely grateful for such a perfect space to bring residents and business owners together. With the Mission Hills Town council we’re planning a meeting on the San Diego Regional Airport Authority RENTAL CAR CENTER PUBLIC ART PROJECT on Tuesday , July 21st at 6:00pm.  will have the most current  information.
The summer also brings us loads of fun neighborhood events, including the Town Council’s Annual Fourth of July celebration and Barbecue Contest and then Bastille Day the very next weekend. Thanks to the enthusiasm and coordination of Mission Hills’ own Marielle Giai, owner of Maison en Provence, on Saturday July 11th local merchants and restaurants will be offering French specials and French decor to celebrate the beginning of the French Revolution.

Finally, save the date for THE TASTE OF MISSION HILLS on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 5-9 pm. Tickets go on sale in August, online and at The Front Porch.  Advanced price tickets are $25, $30 day of, if they aren’t sold out.  Look for updates here on

“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” ― Anna Lappé


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