By Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications Office
Photo: The San Diego region is more prepared for wildfires this year than it has ever been and residents need to do their part to lessen their risk and be ready to evacuate if it is recommended.
May 23, 2017 (San Diego) - This past weekend’s Gate Fire should have ended any lingering thoughts that the year’s ample rains dampened San Diego’s wildfire threat and the need to maintain defensible space around your home.
May 12, 2017 (La Mesa) - Helix Water District has named Chandrika “Dusty” Patel-Lynch of La Mesa as this year’s winner of its WaterSmart Landscape Contest. The annual contest recognizes outstanding water-wise residential landscapes which are judged on overall attractiveness, appropriate plant selection and maintenance, design and efficient irrigation methods.
By Jose A. Alvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office
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May 3, 2017 (Ramona) - High rental prices and low vacancy rates have made it extremely difficult for many San Diegans to find affordable places to live.
To help address the need, the County Board of Supervisors today approved spending $4.5 million towards the construction of two affordable housing developments consisting of 143 units. Those units, combined with an additional 118 units of Section 8 housing, will result in the creation of 261 new affordable housing apartments in the County.
April 28, 2017 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa Beautiful will hold its third annual plant sale on Saturday, May 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will be at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 4816 Glen Street in La Mesa.
April 23, 2017 (Lakeside) – Bees are amazing and essential--and they’re vanishing. On May 13 at 11 a.m., third generation beekeeper Richard Edwords will be speaking at the Lakeside River Park Conservancy, 12108 Industry Road in Lakeside.
April 20, 2017 (Lakeside) — You can learn the ins and outs of backyard chicken care from chicken expert Richard Edwords on Saturday, May 13th at 1 p.m. This educational program will be held at the Lakeside River Park Foundation at 12108 Industry Road in Lakeside.
April 7, 2017 (Alpine) -- Alpine Garden Club Presents the Waterwise & Butterflies Plant Sale & Festival in Alpine on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Christ the King Episcopal Church (1460 Midway Dr., Alpine).
April 5, 2017 (El Cajon) - Habitat for Humanity San Diego has applied for a planning permit, general plan amendment and zone reclassification to build five affordable, single-family detached homes in El Cajon.
March 28, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) - The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College will host its Spring Butterfly and Garden Festival on Saturday, April 29th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Activities include butterfly pavilion and garden tours, butterfly releases, face painting, kids’ activities and craft vendors, animal exhibitors, educational exhibits and presentations, us edible, ornamental and native plant sales. You can also sign up for landscape design consultations.
March 20, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates by as quarter of a point, the second increase in three months. But rates are still at a historic low range of 0.75 to 1 percent.
The hike means consumers will pay more for credit cards and home equity lines of credit and adjustable rate mortgages, but fixed rate mortgages and car loans are not expected to be affected since the anticipated change has already been calculated into those. People will also earn slightly more on savings accounts.
March 15, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) --Gardeners know digging, planting, harvesting and even viewing a garden is good for the mind, body and spirit. It improves strength and flexibility, lowers blood pressure and elevates our mood. And this is true for all members of the family from the very young to the more seasoned.
March 1, 2017 (San Diego) -- The California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee has voted 9-3 to pass SB 2, the Building Homes and Jobs Act, legislation authored by Senator Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) to create a permanent source of funding for affordable housing.
February 28, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) - The Water Conservation Garden invites the public to its second annual Water-Wise Home Garden Tour on March 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tour will highlight five beautiful gardens featuring a wide variety of colorful and low water usage plants. The gardens emphasize plants from semi-arid regions of the world including Australia, New Zealand, Southwestern U.S. and South Africa.
February 28, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) — California's largest tomato seedling sale is back and the Garden at Cuyamaca College is the only San Diego location this spring. TOMATOMANIA features hundreds of heirlooms and hybrid tomato varieties, expert advice, and the accessories to grow tomatoes in your own backyard.
February 7, 2017 (La Mesa) — “Gardening with nature—birds and butterflies and bats and bees” will be the topic discussed by guest speaker Connie Beck at the La Mesa Beautiful Annual Meeting on February 19 at 4 p.m. The event will be held in Nan Couts Cottage at 5045 Memorial Drive in La Mesa. The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.
February 7, 2017 (San Diego) -- Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) announced today she is joint-authoring legislation to protect rental housing tenants from being intimidated or retaliated against because of their immigration status.
January 31, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a trade group for San Diego-area realtors with an office in El Cajon, will present its “2017 Housing Market Overview” with Leslie Appleton-Young, vice president and chief economist, California Association of Realtors (CAR), from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, at PSAR’s East County Service Center, 1150 Broadway, El Cajon.
January 23, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - The most loyal aviating visitor to my yard is the Goldfinch. These little guys are a blast to watch, feeding on their thistle all day long in my front yard. I get as many as 12 to 20 birds or more on my two-sack feeder most of the day – everyday. However, this might drive you to the poor house in bird seed as they are voracious eaters.
January 22, 2017 (San Diego) – Representatives for the California Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, and National Association of Homebuilders have all voiced opposition to an executive order issued by President Trump that could add as much as $1,500 to costs for some first-time homebuyers.
January 15, 2017 (Sacramento) -- The California Department of Insurance has issued a Notice of Noncompliance charging State Farm General Insurance Company with refusing to reduce policyholders' rates, as mandated by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones' order, effective December 8, 2016.
January 12, 2017 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – Vermicomposting (worm composting) is an environmentally-friendly way to turn your food waste into nutrient rich castings for your plants or garden beds. Learn all about how easy it is to compost your food waste with red wriggler worms at an interactive presentation on Tuesday, January 24 at 12:30 p.m. in the Jacumba Branch Library (44605 Old Highway 80 in Jacumba.). Map | Website
January 6, 2017 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon is making plans to create nearly 5,000 new homes through a rezoning program that would amend zoning in four areas of the city, enabling formerly commercial properties to include future residential units.
January 2, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Alzheimer’s is a disease that drastically affects a senior’s ability to live out their golden years in their own homes. Many affected by Alzheimer’s find it necessary to move into an assisted living facility in order to live safely. However, there are a number of ways you can help your aging loved one remain in their home rather than uprooting and moving into a specialized facility.
January 2, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) – Caring for your landscape in winter leads to thriving spring gardens. On Saturday, January 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College will offer a class titled “Winter Garden Care: Proper Pruning Practices.”
January 2, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - Brighten your winter days by inviting birds into your landscape. Their beauty and motion help enliven the garden and lighten your spirit. Not only do they provide entertainment, but also an opportunity for all ages to stay involved with nature year-round.
December 12, 2016 (Kensington) -- On Sunday, December 18, 2016 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. the Iris Auxiliary to the San Diego Center for Children presents a holiday home tour benefitting the San Diego Center for Children, San Diego’s oldest accredited children’s non-profit organization
December 12, 2016 (Alpine) –Alpine resident Cristen Carver, branch manager of the HomeBridge Financial Services office in Mission Valley, has been honored with the 2016 Affiliate of the Year award by the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a 2,500-member trade group for San Diego-area realtors. The award recognizes a PSAR member for their loyalty and devotion to the association, including community involvement, association support and participation on PSAR committees.
December 8, 2016 (San Diego) -- Superior Court Judge Katherine Bacal today denied State Farm's emergency request to stay a November order issued by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Jones’ order directed State Farm to reduce homeowner and renter rates by seven percent and issue refunds totaling over $100 million to State Farm's policyholders.