Meet the neighbors

Teralta West Neighborhood Alliance members Traci (upper left) and Maria (lower left) talk to their neighbor, Guillermina, about the group’s mission and invite her to the neighborhood mixer scheduled for Oct. 21.

Teralta West Neighborhood Alliance members Traci (upper left) and Maria (lower left) talk to their neighbor, Guillermina, about the group’s mission and invite her to the neighborhood mixer scheduled for Oct. 21.

The Teralta West Neighborhood Alliance invites residents to meet their neighbors during a mixer set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Central Elementary School cafeteria.

The Teralta West Neighborhood Alliance was established in 2000 to educate community members about their rights and responsibilities related to neighborhood safety. The group worked closely with the San Diego Police Department to eliminate drug and sex offenders from the neighborhood, and successfully litigated to increase security measures at a local nuisance bar. Despite its numerous successes, the Teralta West Neighborhood Alliance disbanded in 2004 when it lost the lease on its regular meeting place.

Building on the group’s history, a new Teralta West Neighborhood Alliance was re-established in 2012 to build a supportive network among Teralta West neighbors while encouraging a sense of ownership, community pride and neighborhood safety. “We’re putting the ‘neighbor’ back in the ’hood,” said one resident.

Refreshments will be served during the Oct. 21 mixer. For more information, contact Teralta West Neighborhood Alliance President Maria Cortez at (619) 822-9406.

The Teralta West Neighborhood extends from the Interstate 15 to Fairmount Avenue, between El Cajon Boulevard and University Avenue.