Linda Vista

Town Council

USD frequently collaborates with the Linda Vista Town Council on issues of mutual interest and projects to benefit the community at large. The town council is dedicated to protecting and enhancing the quality of life in Linda Vista and to promote the civic, commercial, educational, and cultural interests of our community. Their objectives are to provide a forum to discuss community issues, to act upon those issues, and to promote and inform our government leaders about resident's concerns and needs.

Efforts between the town council and USD include development of dilapidated commercial properties, a street banner program, graffiti removal, a community garden, candidate forums, economic redevelopment projects, and community entry monuments.

Planning Group

The Linda Vista Planning Group (LVPG) was formed and recognized by the City of San Diego to advise and make recommendations to the City Council, Planning Commission, city staff, and other governmental agencies on land use matters, specifically concerning the preparation, adoption, implementation of, or amendment to, the City’s General Plan or and the Linda Vista Community Plan.

LVPG focuses its review on conformance with the adopted community plan and/or the city’s general plan. Upon receipt of plans for local projects, the planning group’s recommendations are submitted during the public review period.

Given the significant presence USD has in Linda Vista, the Office of Community and Government Relations often works with the planning group well in advance of any changes to the university’s master plan. This cooperation ensures that future construction or additions to the campus are in conformance with USD’s conditional use permit and avoid any negative impacts to its neighbors.


Primarily through its Community Service-Learning program, USD provides its college students as tutors and mentors to local children in area schools. These partnerships not only provide younger students with knowledgeable volunteers, but also good role models and inspiration to achieve success in both school and life.

Bayside Community Center

As USD’s closest partner in Linda Vista, Bayside Community Center works to help ease the struggle many low-income residents have with social and economic challenges, cultural assimilation, and social service needs.

Founded in 1932, the Bayside Settlement House began providing services to Italian and Portuguese fisherman and their families. In 1978, the renamed Bayside Community Center relocated from Little Italy to Linda Vista and quickly became the heart of the community. For more than 75 years, Bayside has provided emergency services and advocacy to immigrants and refugees who are limited by language, cultural understanding, knowledge of our existing laws, and transportation barriers.

Bayside is a collaborative partner and welcomes USD students to participate in and help deliver its 14 programs and services, which are designed to strengthen individual potential and build a healthy, active community.