In a Maintenance Assessment District (MAD), property owners within the district pay for and receive a special benefit of services above-and-beyond what the City of San Diego provides. The citizen advisory committee working with the City for the Talmadge Maintenance Assessment District (TMAD) is an elected Board of Directors and subcommittee volunteers from within the Talmadge Maintenance Assessment District and operating under the TMAD By-Laws.
Since 1999, TMAD’s efforts have been funded by the tax assessments as well as city and county grants. The money collected in the district is required to be spent in Talmadge under the guidelines of a Master Plan developed with input from the community. The plan includes: improvements to the entrances of the community with landscaping, trees, and restoration of the historic gates, the creation of a centerpiece for the neighborhood with landscaping at the traffic circle at 49th and Adams Avenue; the addition of street trees and most recently, the restoration, replacement and installation of historically relevant street lighting throughout the community.
TMAD Meetings, open to all, are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except Aug & Dec) at 6:30pm. TMAD’s November 2023 meeting will be held at the Normal Heights Community Center at 4649 Hawley Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92116. TMAD is working to find a permanent home for in-person meetings.
Geographically, TMAD is only a subset of the greater Talmadge area. The TMAD district begins with the Monroe Avenue addressed properties on the South and continues North to the canyons. (NOTE: at Monroe & 44th, addresses 4492 & 4494 on 44th Street are South of Monroe but within the District. NOTE: In the North canyons, the Talmadge Canyon Park apartment complex, East of Fairmount, is not within the District). Members of TMAD are the property owners within this boundary, as can be confirmed on a parcel’s property tax bill where the TMAD assessment is listed. See the TMAD Boundary Map City of San Diego 2000 for official boundaries.
More information about TMAD, and Maintenance Assessment Districts within the City of San Diego generally, can be found here.