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A NEW WORLD IS COMING... WILL YOU BE CHOSEN TO HELP CREATE IT? UTOPIA IS NOW CASTING!

 

April 16, 2014 (San Diego) - Have you ever wanted to create a new society from scratch?

FOX’s new unscripted social experiment series “UTOPIA” is searching for candidates to create a whole new world. Nationwide casting is now underway and we’re seeking motivated pioneers who have the ideas, skills and determination to create and run an ideal society. The actual casting event in San Diego will be the Earth Fair 2014. It will take place on Sunday, April 27th from 10AM - 5PM at Balboa Park.

COUNTY SHELTERS HAVE RABBITS IN NEED OF GOOD HOMES

 

April 12, 2014 (San Diego) -- Looking for a pet rabbit? Just in time for Easter, the County has created this video to help you "hop to it" if you want to adopt a bunny from a local animal shelter.

LEARN HOW TO SAVE THE LIFE OF A CHILD ON APRIL POOLS DAY

      

 

 

April 9, 2014 (La Mesa)--The city of La Mesa kicks off “May is Drowning Prevention Month” with several free learning and prevention activities at the La Mesa Municipal Pool. On Saturday, April 12th from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m., the following classes will be held:

A SUMMER TO REMEMBER AT CITY OF LA MESA SUMMER CAMPS

 

April 5, 2014 (La Mesa)-- Do you have a budding artist or a child that loves to act?  What about your sports enthusiast or do they love to work with wood and tools?  La Mesa Community Services is offering 19 “Summer to Remember!” camps that will put a smile on any child’s face ages three years and up:

EL CAJON COMMUNITY TO DESIGN NEW PLAYGROUND AT WELLS PARK

 

April 2, 2014 (El Cajon )--The City of El Cajon, Stoney’s Kids, Boys & Girls Club of East County and Foresters will join organizers from KaBOOM! (a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring all kids get the balance of active play they need to thrive) at the Wells Park on Thursday, April 3 to kick off design plans for a one-of-a-kind playground.

DMV IN EL CAJON CLOSING FOR REMODELING

 

By Miriam Raftery

If you’re planning to get a driver’s license, or take care of other business at the Department of Motor Vehicles, you’d better plan ahead.

WATER AUTHORITY ISSUES NEW PLAN TO TAKE THE COUNTY THROUGH 2035

 

By Nadin Abbott

March 31, 2013 (San Diego) On March 27th the San Diego Water Authority Board Of Governors voted to authorize the 2013 Regional Water Facilities Optimization and Master Plan Update that aims to take us into the 2030s. The plan states that one of its principal goals is the creation of a Climate Action Plan (CAP). The guiding document reads as follows regarding climate change:

CITY OF SAN DIEGO LAUNCHES BALBOA PARK EXPLORER PASSES

 

Limited-Time Charter Explorer Opportunity Locks in Low Price for Three Years

March 17, 2014 (San Diego)-- City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Council President Todd Gloria today announced the official launch of the complete Balboa Park Explorer family of passes, granting general admission to all 17 Balboa Park museums for one low price.

100 PLACES OFFERING FREE TAX HELP

 

County News Service

March 15, 2014 (San Diego)--Getting something for free does not happen often for Linda McIntear. So when she heard from a neighbor last year that the International Rescue Committee in City Heights was helping file taxes for free, the Mid-City resident jumped at the opportunity.

MISSION TRAILS SEEKS VOTES TO WIN TECHNOLOGY UPGRADE

 

March 14, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The MRC Company "Smart Technology Solutions" is the largest technology and services company specializing in workflow solutions and office systems. They are currently running a contest to provide the winning 501 I(3) nonprofit corporation with up to a $15,000 technology upgrade for their office. The winner will be decided by the number of votes cast on-line through March 17.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN LAKESIDE? FIND OUT MARCH 5

 

February 28, 2014 (Lakeside) - Lakeside residents are invited to a Lakeside revitalization meeting on March 5th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Lakeside Community Center, 9841 Vine Street.

MISS SINGING HILLS SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT SEEKS CONTESTANTS

 

February 26, 2014 (El Cajon)--The El Cajon Singing Hills Lions Club is seeking contestants to participate in the 3rd annual Miss Singing Hills and Miss Teen Singing Hills Scholarship Pageant.  This pageant is open to all zip code areas.

FUNDS AVAILABLE TO HELP REPLACE LAWNS WITH WATER-WISE LANDSCAPING

 

February 4, 2014 (San Diego)--Residents and businesses in San Diego County could be eligible for up to $2.50 per square foot in rebates  if they replace turf grass with plants more suited to our region’s semi-arid climate.

LAKESIDE'S RIVER PARK CONSERVANCY TO OPEN UP NEW TRAIL SEGMENT MARCH 8

 

February 1, 2014 (Lakeside)-- Lakeside's River Park Conservancy will open up a new segment of the San Diego River Trail on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The grand opening will be held at Lakeside Baseball Parks, 10030 Marathon Parkway, Lakeside, CA 92040.

This new San Diego River Trail segment is a huge step forward towards the overall goal of a 52-mile trail ranging from Julian down to Dog Beach. The public is invited to a grand opening day with free family-fun activities on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Lakeside Baseball Parks from 9:00am-11:00am.

 

SHERIFF SEEKS APPLICANTS; WOMEN NEEDED TO WORK IN NEW PRISON

 

January 31, 2014 (San Diego)--The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is hiring. Recruitment for sworn positions will open for ten days in February. It means you can apply on‐line for the position and register to take the written exam. The application process is often suspended to process all those that have come in.

Open recruitment begins Monday, February 3rd through Wednesday, February 12th. Just go to www.joinsdsheriff.net to apply.

LEARN WATER-WISE GARDENING TIPS

 

January 31, 2014 (El Cajon ) -- Amid our worst drought in California history, here are some options for learning how to reduce water use in your garden.

The Water Conservation Garden on the campus of Cuyamaca College in El Cajon is offering two garden workshops on Saturday, February 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Those interested can choose “Toss the Turf,” a workshop to learn the variety of ways to remove your turf once and for all, and what to do with your yard once it's gone.  You must register at www.thegarden.org.

The other choice is a free Home Compost Workshop, also on Saturday, February 1st from 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon, where participants can learn the basics of composting, how to compost with worms, and how to save in the process.

NEW AP LAUNCHED TO STOP CYBER-BULLYING

 

 

 

January 28, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - Bullying amongst pre-teens and teens happens everywhere. Social media has made it really easy for bullies to harass and stalk their victims without suffering any repercussions. 32% of bullying victims engage in “self-harmful” behavior.

GROUP MEDITATION: SATURDAYS IN JACUMBA HOT SPRINGS

 

January 11, 2014 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – Energy Works Rejuvenation is hosting group meditation on Saturdays from 4 to 5 p.m. at 44545 Old Highway 80 in Jacumba Hot Springs.

The class offeres guided relaxation meditation and light refreshments. No experience is necessary; wear comfortable clothing.

CHARGING FORWARD WITH NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION 2014

East County residents, business owners share resolutions -- plus tips for making some offbeat resolutions of your own

Story and photo by By Rebecca J. Williamson

January 9, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) –If you’re procrastinating making your New Year’s resolutions, here are a few points to ponder.

Maybe traditional resolutions such as slimming up don’t fit if you’ve already got a hard-driving Zumba instructor or you’re in such great shape that strangers post YouTube videos of you out dancing.  So think outside the box.  Resolutions do not always have to be standard.  They could encompass things like:

  1.  I will have all my friends perform their Charger tricks and superstitious rituals before their next play-off game and next season.  This includes excluding any family members who bring a hex to them by watching the TV, only wearing Charger socks not the jersey, and performing any rituals in your house that you “know” help them win.

YOGA AT THE MUSEUM

 

January 9, 2014 (Rancho San Diego) – Heritage of the Americas Museum invites you to experience “Yoga at the Museum.”  Classes run for 12 sessions on Wednesdays from February 5 through April 30 from 4:15 to 5:15 in the museum’s conference room.

Classes with instructor Paulette Young run $35 for the 12 sessions.  The museum is located at Cuyamaca College, 12110 Cuyamaca College Drive West in the Rancho San Diego area of El Cajon 92019.

AARP OFFERS FREE TAX HELP FOR SENIORS IN EAST COUNTY

 

January 8, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – The AARP Tax Aide Program offers free tax preparation and E filing for seniors and low income residents and others in need in the East County Community. Tax sites will be open the week of February 3, 2014 and continue until April 15, 2014

NEW SKATEBOARD PARK OPENS IN ALPINE

 

 

January 8, 2014 (Alpine) – A new skate park opened December 23rd in Alpine.

The skate park is located at the Alpine Youth Center at 2153 Arnold Way in alpine. The facility also includes a mini-movie theater, pool tables and other activities for youths.

The skate park opened with a celebration that included gift-giving, music plays, dinner and a holiday movie.  

SAN DIEGO AUTO SHOW ROARS INTO TOWN AT CONVENTION CENTER

Photo, left: Enduro Racer, world's first electric off-road racing vehicle

 

By Nadin Abbott

Photos Tom and Nadin Abbott

January 1, 2014 (San Diego) --The San Diego Auto Show opened this morning in San Diego. With it came a slew of new and old offerings from multiple manufacturers. We talked safety, future tech and new releases with people who are in the industry.

The first surprise, at least for this reporter, was the Enduro Racer, the EV 1.1 that sat with the hybrid and electric vehicles. The obvious question is, what is an off road racing vehicle doing in the middle of this green technology?

STORES TIGHTEN UP GIFT EXCHANGE POLICIES

 

January 1, 2013 (San Diego's East County) -- Ho ho! So that sweater from Grandma is two sizes too small, or the video game you got isn’t working at all.

If you have gifts to return, be aware that some stores have moved up deadlines to return holiday gifts this year according to a survey by www.ConsumerWorld.com

HELP FOR TAXPAYERS FALLING BEHIND ON STATEMENTS

State Board of Equalization Now Accepts Online Requests for Payment Plans

Sacramento – The California State Board of Equalization’s (BOE) newest convenient website service allows qualifying tax or fee payers to request a payment plan online. Payment plans allow tax or fee payers to pay down a past due balance over time, helping them avoid additional penalties and interest.

COUNTY LAUNCHES CHILD SUPPORT TIP LINE

 

December 12, 2013 (San Diego)--Know someone failing to pay court-ordered child support? You can now report them online - anonymously.

The Department of Child Support Services recently launched an online tip line. You can tell Child Support where a person works or lives, and a caseworker will follow up and take the appropriate action, which could include wage garnishing or serving another court order.

The tip line is not intended for custodial parents to report non-payment, as they would be faster served by directly contacting their case worker.

SANTEE SEEKS PUBLIC HELP IN UPDATING TRAFFIC CIRCULATION ELEMENT WITH DEC. 12 WORKSHOP

 

November 27, 2013 (Santee) – Santee’s Development Services Director Pedro Orso-Delgado announced efforts are under way to update the Circulation Element, a section of the General Plan that provides the framework for all aspects of transportation in the City. The Circulation Element addresses how local and regional traffic will circulate through Santee under both existing and future conditions, as well as the needs of bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit users.

COUNTY ANNUAL REPORT NOW ONLINE--AND ON YOUR SMART PHONE

County News Service

November 14, 2013 (San Diego) -- The County’s latest annual report has been published and you can check it out at SDCountyAnnualReport.com from either your home computer or –wait for it – your smart phone.

That’s right, this year for the first time ever, you’ll be able to read the County’s annual report on your smart phone.

And no, despite its name or any fusty reputations about reports in general, it won’t take a year to read the annual report. It’s designed to be a snapshot: a very, very condensed version of the County’s Operational Plan along with some extra accomplishments and fun facts and figures.

METEOR SHOWERS SEEN ACROSS REGION: MORE DUE NOV. 16

 

November 7, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) –Meteor showers were reported across San Diego, Orange and Riverside County  last night.  The bright lights streaking across the skies were all part of the Taurid Meteor Shower, known for producing  spectacular fireballs.

If you missed it, watch for the Leoinids meteor shower due up next,  on November 16.

Meteor showers are caused by earth entering a zone where a comet (such as the image at left, photographed by Jim Morrison, San Diego Astronomy Association) passed through the earth-s orbit in the past. As the sun heats a comet up, it leaves a trail of dust and rocky debris ejected off.

LAKE JENNINGS TO STOCK "TROPHY" TROUT STARTING NOV. 1

 

October 22, 2013 (Lake Jennings) – Ten-year-old Doug Utz stood with a smile beaming across his face and his arms spread the length of a nine-pound Rainbow trout.  The young fisherman was presenting his catch for a photo to commit the moment to history.

That was many years ago, however, and such catches have since been impossible at Lake Jennings in San Diego’s East County.  Rangers instead have been stocking higher numbers of smaller trout to help anglers bag their limits of five each.

According to Head Ranger David Acevedo, that philosophy and practice are coming to an end.  For this trout season, beginning Nov. 1, Acevedo said up to 3,000 pounds of trout will be stocked just before opening day with weekly 1,000-pound plantings thereafter.

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