City Heights Business Association

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide programs and services that contribute to a clean, safe and prosperous commercial environment within the City Heights Business Improvement District and City Heights Maintenance Assessment District.

CHBA Board Meeting Nov 2019
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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.

Pie chart of City Heights Business Association income for the fiscal year of 2021

2021 fiscal year total income: $503,254

Maintenance Assessment District

$372,703

Business Improvement District

$40,446

Small Business Enhancement Program

$17,336

Grants & Other Income

$72,739

Pie chart of 2021 fiscal year total expenses for City Heights Business Association

2021 fiscal year expenses: $494,679

Personnel

$285,778

Maintenance

$99,379

Operating

Total: $109,522

  • Insurance: $29,719
  • Marketing: $28,670
  • Rent: $16,934
  • Accounting: $13,363
  • Communications: $8,595
  • Audit: $5,000
  • Meetings/Training: $3,323
  • Supplies: $2,774
  • Other: $1,144

Board of Directors

Au-Co, Board President

Au-Co Mai

President
Crummy Bunny Inc.

I am a mother, tennis player, gardener, and in a rock band with four other moms. My favorite meal is Pho, a Vietnamese Noodle soup. You can often find me in City Heights eating Pho with my mom. I moved my business to City Heights in 2013 and desire to see it flourish.

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Adriana Enloe

Vice-President
Self-Help Federal Credit Union

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Marsha Reuther

Secretary
Standard Plumbing & Industry Supply Co.

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Abe Tessema

Treasurer
Safari Computer Graphics

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Andrew Benavides

Director
Cafeina Café

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Manuel Rodriguez

Director
Advance Auto Body & Paint

I am the owner and operator of Advance Autobody & Paint SD since 2019. With 20+ year experience in the Autobody and Repair industry my goal is to be the number one body shop in the city. I would like to give a back to the community that has helped me and my business grow.

Tom Vu La Maestra Community Health Centers

Tom Vu

Director
La Maestra Community Health Center

Tom Vu serves as Executive Director for La Maestra Community Health Centers. In this role, he oversees the organization’s operations including risk management, compliance, safety management, medical records – and partners with leadership to foster innovation, support growth and drive excellence.

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Julian Villegas

Director
Copley-Price YMCA

Maxine Zepeda

Maxine Zepeda

Director
Ryan Bros. Coffee

Staff

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.

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