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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
- 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.
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.
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
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.
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?
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 .
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
October 22, 2013 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free senior discussion group presentation on “Tai Chi for Seniors,” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23. The Public is invited to attend, and RSVP is not required. For more information, phone the library at (619) 825-5010 or visit www.herricklibrary.org.
October 8, 2013 (La Mesa)—The City of La Mesa is taking steps to encourage residents to walk and ride bikes by rolling out several new programs. These include a Regional Walk Day October 12, Walk to School Day on October 9, and creation of La Mesa Urban Trails, thanks to a grant from CalTrans. You can also download an ap for best walking routes, safe routes to school, and rate the streets where you walk. .Scroll down for details in a press release from the city.
September 26, 2013 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon will be hosting a community meeting for El Cajon’s America on Main Street, a new City special event. This community meeting will be held on Monday, September 30, at 5:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Community Center, located at 195 East Douglas Avenue
El Cajon’s America On Main Street will be on Saturday, June 14, 2014, which is also recognized as National Flag Day. The event will include American and ethnic foods, live entertainment on two stages, displays and more. For more information please call (619) 441-1754 or visit us online at www.cityofelcajon.us.
September 26, 2013 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon receives approximately $1 million in federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Funds and $420,000 in HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Funds each year for housing and community development projects. The City invites the public to have input in how the City programs this money over the next five years.
Introductory club training for swimmers ages 6 to 18
September 12, 2013 (El Cajon) – East County parents who have been looking for an inexpensive and fun way to involve their children in year-round club swimming now have that opportunity. Heartland Swim Association, East County's premier swim club, is offering a Fall Special Program at special introductory pricing.
Registration is $275 for swimmers between the ages of 6 to 18 and covers practices four to five days a week through December 15. There is also a $60 fee for membership in USA Swimming.
August 29, 2013 (San Diego) –- Hit the books and relax with a quiet "study buddy" kitty by your side.
County Animal Services' three animal shelters are overstocked on cats so for a limited time only, adoption fees for cats 6 months and older are only $5 through the month of September.
August 29, 2013 (San Diego) – As San Diego heads into the warmest weather of the year, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is encouraging customers to sign up for Reduce Your Use alerts, to help them earn bill credits for saving energy during hot summer days when demand for electricity is high.
August 8, 2013 (Alpine) – The construction of a new library for the community of Alpine is another step closer to reality.
The County Board of Supervisors gave the go-ahead to advertise for a design and build contract during a Board meeting Tuesday.
July 29, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego County homeowners can now get rebates of up to $50 and businesses can get rebates of up to $200 for purchasing highly efficient toilets as part of extensive regional efforts to promote wise use of water.
While many homeowners and businesses have upgraded to more efficient toilets in recent years, manufacturers have continued to reduce the amount of water necessary for each flush as regulatory standards evolve.