City Heights Business Association

Our Mission

Our mission is to enhance the growth and improvement of City Heights as an international marketplace in collaboration with local nonprofit agencies, government agencies, community groups, and private businesses. We administer programs and services that focus on the needs of the businesses, property owners, customers, and residents of City Heights.

CHBA Board Meeting Nov 2019
Action shot of CBHA board meeting

About the Association

The City Heights Business Association (CHBA) was formed July 2003 as a 501(c) 6 nonprofit mutual benefit corporation to enhance the growth and improvement of City Heights as an international marketplace, to create partnerships between business and property owners that promote economic revitalization and combat deterioration in the community, and to administer the City Heights Business Improvement District and City Heights Maintenance Assessment District under contract with the City of San Diego.

CHBA represents over 750 businesses and property owners along University Avenue that serve the residents of City Heights and the thousands of customers that come from other parts of San Diego to shop, dine, visit, and do business.  

CHBA is governed by a 13 member board of directors composed of business and property owners whose businesses are located within the City Heights Business Improvement District and/or whose properties are within the City Heights Maintenance Assessment District.

Board of Directors

Au-Co Mai - President
Crummy Bunny Inc.
3434 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92104

Edgar Quiroz - Vice President
La Maestra Community Health Center
4060 Fairmount Avenue
San Diego, CA  92105

Marsha Ruether - Secretary
Standard Plumbing & Ind. Supply Co.
3864 40th Street
San Diego, CA  92105

Abe Tessema - Treasurer
Safari Computer Graphics
4226 University Avenue
San Diego, CA  92105

Andrew Benavides
Cafeina Café
4011 46th St
San Diego, CA  92105

Leo Rayos
4502 University Avenue, Suite 103
San Diego, CA 92105

Michael Rossler
The Tower Bar
4997 Lantana Drive
San Diego, CA 92105


Enrique Gandarilla - Executive Director of City Heights Business Association

Enrique Gandarilla

Enrique Gandarilla was appointed the first Executive Director of the City Heights Business Association in 2004.  He has over 30 years experience working in the field of nonprofit and government management with such organizations as the United Way of San Diego County, Neighborhood Healthcare, United Way of Massachusetts Bay, and the City of Boston. He has a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Jose Cervantes - CHBA Safe & Clean Ambassador

Jose Cervantes

Since 2012 Jose Cervantes has served as the Clean & Safe Ambassador. He has been a City Heights resident for many years and has worked at different organizations serving the community. He holds a J.D. in Law from the University of Guadalajara in Mexico.

Sabina Square

Sabina Villalobos

Sabina has served as the Community Advocate since 2019. She grew up in City Heights and loves living in this beautiful, diverse community. She attended San Diego State University where she earned degrees in Psychology, Sociology, and Counseling, and was involved in numerous campus organizations including a Labor Union for Hotel/Casino workers, the Community Law Project, and a Latina based sorority.

Andres Madrigal

Andres Madrigal

Andres is a resident of City Heights and was hired as a full-time maintenance worker for our Clean & Safe Program in 2019.

Gaspar Dominguez

Gaspar Dominguez

Gaspar is a resident of City Heights and was hired as a full-time maintenance worker for our Clean & Safe Program in 2019.

Business Improvement & Maintenance Assessment Districts

Maintenance Assessment District