September 22, 2012 (Santee) – Santee Lakes announced last week that bicycles are now available for rent. Wheel Fun of San Diego is partnering with Santee Lakes to offer a rental fleet to visitors and campers. With a variety of options, guests can have fun cruising as a group in a double surrey or venture off on their own with one of the cruiser bikes.
September 24, 2012 (El Cajon) – The Automobile Club of Southern California has opened a branch at 2987 Jamacha Road, El Cajon, in the Rancho San Diego Towne Center (Target shopping center).
The new 6,480-square-foot branch is adjacent to TGI Fridays restaurant near the corner of Jamacha Road and Campo Road. The branch phone number is (619) 660-6657.
September 23, 2012 (Spring Valley)--"Bullying is tough on kids. It's tough for adults because no one teaches the grownups how to handle it!" says Scot Conway, Ph.D. "Very often, adults end up playing the bully's game. With every good intention in the world, adults end up giving power to the bully."
September 14, 2012 (San Diego) – The chief law enforcement agency in San Diego County recently announced they are hiring. They are seeking both sworn and professional staff including deputies, radio dispatchers, nurses, crime analysts and a variety of others. Newly hired employees will be able to work at a variety of locations throughout the county at assignments in Law Enforcement, Courts or Detention Services Bureaus.
From now until 2016, they are looking to fill 2,000 sworn and professional positions. Some of the newly hired employees will fill staffing needs at the new Las Colinas Detention Facility in Santee, increase patrol staffing in unincorporated areas and provide additional staff in several detention facilities as a result of the recent California Prison Realignment.
September 12, 2012 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon Teen Coalition kicks off another year of leadership and community service. Applications are actively circulating at El Cajon middle schools, high schools, and recreation centers, with applications also made available on the City’s website, at www.cityofelcajon.us.
Candidates must be residents of El Cajon or attend a school within the city limits, in grades 6th through 12th, and be under the age of 19 years old as of September 1, 2012. Those interested in becoming a teen coalition member need to complete an application and return it to the Recreation Department at City Hall, located at 200 Civic Center Way, in El Cajon, by Friday, October 5, 2012.
September 11, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The 3rd Annual Transportation Expo, Highlighting Transportation Resources & Safety will be held on October 3 at 8:30 a.m. at the Community Center, 4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa.
A variety of exhibitors and speakers will offer tips on driving and road safety, transportation options, safety related topics including how to avoid mail fraud, ensure financial safety, disaster preparedness, and crime prevention. In addition, flu shots will be given by the Sharp Senior Resource Center Team for a $2.00 donation.
September 9, 2012 (San Diego) – Seniors need to be proactive when it comes to their financial safety. Assemblyman Marty Block is offering a public workshop that highlights local services and legislation aimed at providing seniors with information to protect them from financial fraud and other scams. The seminar is September 13 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El Community Room, 6299 Capri Drive, San Diego.
September 9, 2012 (San Diego) -- East County Parks are hosting an abundance of events throughout the month of September. There’s something for everyone, both young and old. Below is a sampling of what’s available. Visit www.sdparks.org for all events.
September 9, 2012 (San Diego) – Parks and Rec has created a camping PSA to be shown in movie theaters and on cable television. Next time you settle into your seat and juggle your popcorn and your soda, keep your eyes on the giant, silver screen. Along with reminders to turn off your cell phone, you’ll see a reminder of another sort - how to enjoy the outdoors at our County parks.
Lead author SDSU astronomy professor Jerry Orosz said it's the first transiting circumbinary multi-planet system to be found.
September 6, 2012 (San Diego) -- Astronomers at the International Astronomical Union meeting announced the discovery of the first transiting circumbinary multi-planet system: two planets orbiting around a pair of stars. This discovery shows that planetary systems can form and survive even in the chaotic environment around a binary star. And such planets can exist in the habitable zone of their stars.
September 1, 2012 (San Diego) – Beginning September 2, all trolley lines end in the downtown area, providing single seat service to downtown from everywhere on the Trolley network. It’s all part of the Trolley Renewal project, designed to improve Blue Line and Orange Line stations and bring low-floor cars to the entire Trolley system.
Now, the Green Line will travel through Old Town and terminate at 12th & Imperial via Seaport Village, Convention Center and Gaslamp Quarter stations. Blue Line trains will travel between San Ysidro and America Plaza. Orange Line trains will travel between El Cajon and Santa Fe Depot.
In addition to an improved Trolley network, the Metropolitan Transit System will add considerable bus services on September 2.
Consumers to See tax at point-of-sale for online purchases
September 1, 2012 (Sacramento) – Beginning September 15, 2012, a new law takes effect [Stats. 2011, ch. 313 (AB 155)] that expands the types of out-of-state retailers required to register with the California State Board of Equalization (BOE) and requires them to begin collecting and remitting use tax on sales of tangible personal property to California consumers. The law applies to out-of-state retailers that have substantial nexus with California consumers. This includes any out-of-state retailer that has sold more than $1 million to California consumers in the past year and has had more than $10,000 in sales referred by an affiliate operating in California.
August 23, 2012 (Dulzura) – The community of Dulzura is invited to attend the grand re-opening and open house at the SDRFPD Dulzura-Barrett Station #35, 1135 Community Building Rd., Dulzura on August 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. After being remodeled, the SDRFPD station will now be manned by SDR/SDCFA volunteer fire fighters along with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Rural Division Law Enforcement Deputies.
The event will be attended by Supervisor Diane Jacob, Rural Fire Chief Dave Nissen, Assistant Sheriff Patricia Duke, Sheriff Lieutenant Rose Kurupas, Sheriff Sergeant Joe Leos, as well as members of the San Diego Rural Fire Board. Refreshments will be served.
The Rural Project launches its first quarter theme "Making a Difference in Rural America" on August 1.
August 14, 2012 (San Diego) – The Rural Project invites photos and essays that best capture the theme of “Making a Difference in Rural America”. The top prize is $1,000 cash each Quarter. The Rural Project is designed to bring light and attention to a segment of the population that often gets lost in the bigger city news.
BERKELEY, CALIF. (August 6, 2012) – Catalog Choice, through its Catalog Choice for Communities program, helps municipalities and their residents reduce paper waste and save costs on garbage collection and disposal. The nationally acclaimed zero-waste initiative has just announced a new effort to enable more communities to fulfill their plans to reduce waste by offering those that excel in educating and engaging their citizens about sustainability initiatives a waiver of the first-year fee for selected communities.
July 28, 2012 (Lawson Valley) –Residents of Lawson Valley in outer Jamul now have a website for local news, thanks to editor Leslie Yoder, who drew inspiration from Deerhorn Valley Antler editor Kim Hamilton.
July 29, 2012 (Rancho San Diego) – Rancho San Diego Farmers Market is now open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Cuyamaca College Campus, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon. The market was created to bring locally grown fresh produce to the community on a weekly basis and to celebrate the diversity of culture in East County.
Foothills will be offering a class in its support series to assist those who may be facing divorce or separation. Learn tips to deal with the disappointments, decisions and discoveries that come along with these changes. The class incorporates faith and prayer with ways to deal with this loss.
CELEBRATE THE GRAND RE-OPENING OF THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF EAST COUNTY’S NEW TECHNOLOGY CENTER JULY 12
July 10, 2012 (Lakeside) – The Boys & Girls Clubs of East County will be holding a Grand Re-Opening of the Lakeside Clubhouse’s new Technology Center on July 12 at 10:00 a.m. at 12824 Lakeshore Drive, Lakeside. The guest speaker at the event is Senator Joel Anderson.
Light refreshments will be served. Call 619-440-1600 or visit www.bgcec.org for more information.
July 8, 2012 (El Cajon) – The San Diego County libraries are offering an Adult Summer Reading Club now through August 5. Participants sign up for the club at a local County Library branch or online and keep track of the number books read or listened to this summer.
From drumming to mummy making, a treasure-trove of learning
June 29, 2012 (El Cajon) – Cuyamaca College is offering College for Kids July 9 – August 9 at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon. It is a summer enrichment program for children between the ages of 8-14 that will teach new and meaningful skills through participation in classes such as art, dance fitness, science, media and more.
June 19, 2012 (Santee) – The city of Santee’s Summer Concert Series kicked off its 29th year on June 14 with The Destroyers, Navy Band Southwest. The concert was accompanied by a food truck rally.
The nine-concert series features the return of three musical acts that attracted sizeable crowds last year, as well as an eclectic lineup of 7 other bands that range from country to classic rock. Performances are every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. through August 16, except July 5.
June 15, 2012 (Escondido) – Westfield North County hosts “Be A Sport” Family Fun Day on June 18 at 272 East Via Rancho Parkway, Escondido on Level 1 at Center Court. The event will include Little Kids and Big Kids activities.