Mission:

The SoNo Neighborhood Alliance will serve as a platform for residents (homeowners and renters) of the communities of North Park and South Park to work together to enhance the quality of life in their neighborhoods. The Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, will focus its attention on residential quality-of-life issues that include land use and development, traffic, green space, parking, and code compliance. It will strive to ensure that laws are obeyed and enforced. It will call on elected officials and municipal agencies to be accountable to all their constituents and diligent in fulfilling their responsibilities. It will seek to foster diversity through special outreach to underrepresented groups, build consensus, and generate solutions.

Purposes:

The primary purposes of the SoNo Alliance will be:

  1. Publishing electronic news bulletins and hosting public forums and other community activities aimed at gathering feedback, identifying “best practices” that promote civic improvement, and ultimately mobilizing members to decide upon and take appropriate actions to uphold residential interests.
  2. Assisting members in learning about laws affecting residential quality of life and in identifying and utilizing available San Diego municipal services and other public resources.
  3. Keeping members informed on a timely basis about new and pending commercial development activities, including building and demolition permits, variance requests, and applications for alcohol licenses.
  4. Engaging property owners, developers, and city officials in a dialogue about the need for affordable housing that is equitably dispersed throughout San Diego.
  5. Working with parents and educators to engage K-12 students in programs and projects that increase their knowledge and appreciation of civic and community issues.

For further information, or to join our mailing list, please contact us by visiting our Get Involved page. Thank you!

Board Members:

The Steering Committee for SoNo Neighborhood Alliance includes

Judy Aboud 

Cia Barron 

Vernita Gutierrez

Stephanie Jennings

By Laws:

The SoNo Neighborhood Alliance,
A California Public Benefit Corporation

ARTICLE 1

NAME

The name of this corporation is “The SoNo Neighborhood Alliance, Inc.” (hereinafter simply the SoNo Alliance).

ARTICLE 2

MISSION AND PURPOSES

SECTION 1: MISSION

The SoNo Alliance will serve as a platform for residents (homeowners and renters) of the communities of North Park and South Park to work together to enhance the quality of life in their neighborhoods. The Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, will focus its attention on residential quality-of-life issues that include land use and development, traffic, green space, parking, and code compliance. It will strive to ensure that laws are obeyed and enforced. It will call on elected officials and municipal agencies to be accountable to all their constituents and diligent in fulfilling their responsibilities. It will seek to foster diversity through special outreach to underrepresented groups, build consensus, and generate solutions.

SECTION 2: PURPOSES

The primary purposes of the SoNo Alliance will be:

1. Publishing electronic news bulletins and hosting public forums and other community activities aimed at gathering feedback, identifying “best practices” that promote civic improvement, and ultimately mobilizing members to decide upon and take appropriate actions to uphold residential interests.

2. Assisting members in learning about laws affecting residential quality of life and in identifying and utilizing available San Diego municipal services and other public resources.

3. Keeping members informed on a timely basis about new and pending commercial development activities, including building and demolition permits, variance requests, and applications for alcohol licenses.

4. Seeking opportunities to engage property owners, developers, and city officials in a dialogue about the need for projects that are both within the financial reach of young and low-income residents and in keeping with the scale, dimension, and integrity of these neighborhoods.

5. Working with parents and educators to engage K-12 students in programs and projects that increase their knowledge and appreciation of civic and community issues.

SECTION 3: ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

The SoNo Alliance will be administered by a board of volunteer officers and directors who will be elected by the membership. It will be limited to those operations that are consistent with federal and state tax exemption status, Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).

ARTICLE 3

MEMBERSHIP AND ELECTIONS

SECTION 1. ELIGIBILITY

The general membership of the SoNo Alliance will be open to any person who is at least eighteen (18) years of age and a resident (homeowner or renter) in North Park or South Park.

SECTION 2. VOTING

Each paid individual general member will be entitled to one vote. Each paid family membership will be entitled to two (2) votes. Student members may not vote, and new members may not vote until one month after joining. There shall be no proxy voting, no absentee voting, and no cumulative voting.

SECTION 3:  BOARD ELECTIONS

Board elections will be held annually, with four (4) members elected on odd years and five (5) members elected on even years.  Any SoNo Alliance member in good standing who has attended at least two (2) membership meetings during the year prior to elections may be nominated or may nominate herself/himself or another member for a board position; all nominations will require a second by another SoNo Alliance member.

At the regular September meeting, the president shall appoint a nominating committee that shall select its own chairman.  The committee shall prepare a list of qualified nominations for Directors and Officers.

Committee Chairs will be appointed by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE 4

DUES, FUNDS, AND LIMITS

SECTION 1. DUES

Members may join any time during the year. Each member receives a free trial membership for one year. After the first year, annual dues will be $20 for individual memberships, $30 for family memberships, and $5 for students (any person who is younger than eighteen (18) years of age).

SECTION 2. EXPENDITURES

All moneys received shall be used primarily for administrative expenses, and appropriate expenditures may be approved initially by the Board of Directors and are subject to general membership ratification with ten (10) days prior written notification to the membership.  All checks must be signed by two Officers.

SECTION 3. BUDGET

At least thirty days prior to the Annual Membership Meeting, the Board of Directors shall propose and distribute by email an annual budget that will be voted upon by the membership at the Annual Meeting. The fiscal year shall be January 1 to December 31.

ARTICLE 5

MEMBERSHIP MEETINGS

SECTION 1. MONTHLY MEETINGS

Board meetings will take place each month on the same weekday and time and at a place to be determined by the Board of Directors. All monthly meetings will include a President’s Report and a Treasurer’s Report. The Board may as necessary call special general membership meetings by giving all members notice by email at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting.

Any member of the SoNo Alliance may attend meetings of the Board. They may make suggestions, but they are not allowed to vote or make second motions or vote.

SECTION 2. ANNUAL MEETING

The Annual General Membership meeting will be held during the month of November for the primary purpose of elections and ratification of the Budget.

SECTION 3. QUORUM

A quorum for a general membership meeting shall be at least two (2) officers and a total of not less than ten (10) members.

ARTICLE 6

DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

SECTION 1: NUMBER

The SoNo Alliance will have nine (9) directors, who will serve for terms of two (2) years, and who collectively will be known as the Board of Directors. Four of the directors will serve as officers: president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer.

SECTION 2: DUTIES OF PRESIDENT

The president will be the principal officer of the Alliance. She/he will have general supervision and direction of business responsibilities. He/she will preside at all meetings and prepare a President’s Report to be posted before all meetings.  In consultation with the Board, the president will be responsible for preparing and posting the SoNo Alliance annual report.

SECTION 3: DUTIES OF VICE PRESIDENT

In the absence of the president, the vice president shall perform all the duties of the president. In addition, she/he will serve as membership chair and will get the mail, update the membership list, inform the membership that dues are due October 1st, collect dues, and supervise the signing in of members at meetings.

SECTION 4: DUTIES OF SECRETARY

The secretary will be responsible for minutes of all meetings and for Board correspondence. The secretary will keep and update all SoNo Alliance records.

SECTION 5: DUTIES OF TREASURER

The treasurer will receive all monies, including dues, grants, and donations, and will keep an account of all financial transactions. The treasurer will prepare monthly financial reports for membership meetings and an annual financial report to be included in the SoNo Alliance annual report.

ARTICLE 7

TRUSTEES

SECTION 1: NUMBER AND QUALIFICATIONS

Two SoNo Alliance trustees will serve as non-voting advisors to the Board of Directors and as ombudsmen/mediators as needed.  The trustees will serve as volunteers to SoNo Alliance committees when their professional expertise is relevant to committee purposes and goals. The trustees cannot be SoNo Alliance members, and they will not have voting privileges.

ARTICLE 8

COMMITTEES

SECTION 1:  CHARTER COMMITTEE

A SoNo Alliance Charter Committee will review, discuss and make recommendations regarding governance and policy issues in consultation with SoNo Alliance Trustees.  They will review the By Laws six months after the launch and yearly thereafter.

SECTION 2: OTHER COMMITTEES

In addition to the Charter Committee, there will be three (3) standing committees: Membership (to be chaired by the vice president), Outreach (to include a marketing coordinator and a website coordinator), and History & Education.  Each committee will be organized and run by a chair, appointed by the Board of Directors, and each committee will prepare reports for membership meetings.

ARTICLE 9

AMENDMENT OF BYLAWS

These bylaws may be repealed or amended, or new bylaws may be adopted by a majority vote at any general meeting of the membership called for that purpose. Written notice of the meeting and of the proposed bylaw changes shall be forwarded to all members at least ten (10) days prior to the meeting.

ARTICLE 10

PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY

The current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order, Newly Revised shall govern procedure of the meetings of the general membership, the board and the committees in all cases where they are applicable and not inconsistent with the Bylaws.

CERTIFICATE

This is to certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the bylaws of the SoNo Neighborhood Alliance and that these bylaws were duly adopted by the board of directors of said corporation on , 2016.