The AABA would greatly appreciate two minutes of your time to fill out the City of San Diego’s survey at the link at the bottom of the page. If you have already completed the survey, we thank you very much! Please give the Adams Avenue Business Association your highest ratings, we think we have earned them and offer a brief summary of our work product below. The City is requesting input from both business owners and consumers to rate the performance of the Adams Avenue Business Association and the City’s 16 other Business Improvement Districts. Your positive response will maintain our City funding and be used to approve our annual contract. The City’s language introducing their survey is in quotes immediately below.
“The City of San Diego is considering contract extensions with the 17 organizations that run BIDs from La Jolla to San Ysidro. These nonprofits provide direct business technical assistance and support community identity with social media, banners, street fairs, and other promotional efforts. This brief survey, which should take less then 3 minutes, will provide valuable information for the City. Responses are anonymous. Any identifying information will be kept confidential.”
The AABA is directed by a 15 member volunteer Board of Directors drawn from our 850 Business and Property-owner members. Paid staff manage the AABA’s diverse work program. In a non-pandemic year we host special events designed to expand and maintain your customer base. These include: the Adams Avenue Street Fair, Adams Avenue Unplugged, Taste of Adams Avenue, Adams Avenue Spirit Stroll and Holiday on Adams Avenue. This year we introduced Adams Avenue Alive to augment the cancelation of the 2021 Street Fair.
We also maintain the cleanliness of our 2.5 mile-long district through daily: litter abatement, graffiti control, and mitigation of the impacts from the unsheltered population. We empty 40 trash cans, maintain 450 trees and their planter areas. We recently painted 150 of our antique street lights black with gold accents and hung new banners on them. We provide technical assistance to our members and an interface with the government bureaucracy. Since the pandemic began we have aided business owners with grant and loan applications. Two years ago we helped raise $20,000 to install a holiday lighting display in a 70′ tree located in Kensington Library Park. We are currently raising $50,000 to install a Mosaic Butterfly Mural at the Adams Avenue Park @ 35th Street. We once built a 10,000 sq ft addition to John Adams Elementary School to house an overflow of students.
The AABA posts daily on our Facebook and Instagram page that have 25,000 followers and maintains a website that is visited by 200,000 people annually. We grant permits for sidewalk seating and sandwich-board signs, and support mural installation and maintenance. We manage and operate the Normal Heights Community Center for the benefit of our residential neighbors, as well as financially support other worthy local non-profits and events, such as: Mid-City Little League, John Adams Elementary, Kensington Memorial Parade, Art Around Adams and Movies in the Park.
Most importantly, the AABA makes money the old fashioned way: we earn it! We leverage our business and property owner assessment fees by a factor of 4 to 1, raising $400,000 annually to support the activities mentioned above and many other services. The average AABA member pays only $70 a year in BID fees to support the work of the AABA. So, please help us to help you, by securing our City funding. Follow the the link to the survey below to give us your input.