While this hot summer weather is not normal for our area, we do get hot summers once in a while. The City of Chula Vista is part of a San Diego County program called, “Cool Zones.” The point of the Cool Zones program is that people can escape the heat by visiting certain public locations throughout the city that have air conditioning. This is not only to escape an uncomfortably warm home but it can be life-threatening for some people.
Here is the problem with the city’s Cool Zone program: out of the 100 Cool Zones in the county, there are only nine in all of the South Bay and, of those, only five are located in the city of Chula Vista. Wait, it gets worse. This Cool Zone list is basically just a list of the libraries in the city. This means that that particular Cool Zone location is only available while the library is open. Need a cool place on a Friday? Too bad.
To be part of this “Cool Zone” program, the City merely made a list of their libraries. It didn’t add a single hour to their schedule to make it available for more people. The City needs to improve this system. It should add more locations and / or make the libraries available additional hours and do a better job of letting people know where they can go to escape the heat.