March 2, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Photos taken at Lake Jennings during March may be entered in Helix Water District’s Lake Jennings Photo Contest. Prizes of up to $100 will be awarded in adult and student categories. Photos can be of any aspect of the lake—wildlife, wild flowers, camping, fishing, boating, scenic views. They can be up to 10 mg and must be e-mailed to: email@example.com. An entry and release form must accompany each photo and can be found at: www.lakejennings.org/photocontest/index.htm. Contest rules are also posted at this URL. Last year’s winners can be seen at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lake-Jennings/301972993198610
By Nadin Abbott; photos by Tom Abbott
February 23, 2013 (La Mesa)-- Brew Ha Ha’s comedy team, Chris Clobber and Diane Jean, had all of us in stitches at the Holiday Inn Mesa Grill on 8000 Parkway Drive last night. The benefit, held to benefit the East County Magazine, Viejas Alerts, and the upcoming launch of ECM’s radio show on KNSJ, was well attended.
February 24, 2013 (Descanso)--If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, Community Emergency Response Tea.m. (CERT) members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during training. These skills can help save and sustain lives following a disaster until professional help arrives.
The CERT training will be held in Descanso at the Town Hall on March 8-9 and March 14-16. The classes themselves are free.
February 17, 2013 (Santee) – Here's your chance to get know more about the services of the Santee Sheriff's Station. Chat with deputies, crime prevention specialists and detectives from the station's Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) Unit. Speak with staff in a casual setting and exchange ideas and concerns over a cup of coffee. This event will be held Wednesday, February 27 from 9-10 a.m. at Kaffee Meister Coffee Shop, 9225 Carlton Hills Boulevard in Santee.
Community outreach is a top priority of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department. Reducing crime, making neighborhoods safer, and in general improving the quality of life for all of our citizens can only be accomplished through partnerships and team efforts. This event is not hosted.
Join the most fun event in town!
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By Caprice Harrison
February 22, 2013 (La Mesa) – Bring friends and come on out for some terrific comedy tonight (Feb. 22) at Holiday Inn Mesa Grill, 8000 Parkway Drive to benefit East County Magazine (ECM). Brew Ha Ha’s hilarious comedy team, Chris Clobber from HBO and Comedy Central and internationally known comic Diane Jean, will perform stand-up comedy for an evening of laughs. Show starts at 7 p.m., or come early to mix and mingle at 6 p.m. with our staff, readers and comics. Win prizes and surprises--including a Viejas gift basket, a winery tour, restaraunt gift certificates and more!
January 31, 2013 (San Diego) – MTS has completed its transition from paper Day Passes to Compass Cards. To help riders, it has a new YouTube video (click here) showing how easy it is to purchase a 1-Day Pass on Compass Card from a Trolley ticket machine and to use it on MTS Trolleys and buses.
January 28, 2013 (Alpine) – In response to the alarming teen fatality trend the Alpine Sheriff’s Station is hosting “Start Smart” for parents and teens (ages 15- 20) on February 21 at 7 p.m. at the Viejas Training Center, 5000 Willows Road, Alpine. The goal of the program is to reduce the number teen driving related injuries due to drunk and distracted driving.
January 27, 2013 (El Cajon)--Young women between the ages of 10 and 24 who would like to represent the City of El Cajon or the communities of Rancho San Diego are encouraged to participate in the 2013 Miss El Cajon Pageant.
“The pageant is a rewarding experience for all who participate, with the chance to win a scholarship and to serve our community for an entire year,” a press statement for the event states.
January 22, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Leash Your Fitness, announces a six-week series of fitness challenges to help you get in shape after the holidays—while getting a workout for your dog, too.
“Our first three challenges were very successful for all of the participants,” said founder Dawn Celapino, whose motto is “Life is short! Exercise with your dog.” The kick-off to the Fitness Challenge will be held at Marking Pet Resort on Sunday, January 27 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The program runs for 6 weeks and is an online program open to anyone who wants to participate.
January 22, 2013 (San Diego) -- The computer has become an integral part of genealogical research. The San Diego Jewish Geneological Scoiety’s pursuit to understand family history has led to utilization of the latest technology from internet databases to DNA testing, to cutting edge software and social networking. But, how safe and secure are computers and the information each of us shares and retrieve? In this presentation Daniel Libby will cover the main concerns of computer security and safety.
January 15, 2013 (San Diego County)--They answer the call anywhere in the county when someone goes missing and they do it for free. Volunteers are the driving force behind the Sheriff's Search and Rescue (SAR) Division.
On Saturday, January 19, 25 new volunteers will join 80 other members of the SAR Division in a qualifying hike at the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, 12020 Black Mountain Road from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Base Camp is at the Ranch House.
Impacts will affect drivers, gun owners, renters, homeowners, immigrants, employers, and many more
January 1, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Starting today, your boss can’t ask for your Facebook password or username, thanks to AB 1944. Neither can universities, due to SB 1349.
Duke Cunningham won’t be able to run for office again under AB 2410, which bans those convicted of a felony involving bribes, embezzlement of public funds, perjury or offense of the public trust from becoming a candidate for any elective office in California.
These are just some of the new laws that take effect January 1, 2013. Scroll down to read more--and how these legislative changes may impact you, your family, your workplace or your school.
SIX-WEEK SERIES OF DOCENT TRAINING CLASSES FOR KNOX HOUSE MUSEUM IN EL CAJON BEGIN TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2013.
January 2, 2013 (El Cajon)—If you love history and want to learn more, volunteer opportunities are now open for Knox House Museum docents in El Cajon. Pre-registration of $37 is required for docent training classes covering the area’s post-Civil War settlement in 1869 to Cityhood in 1912.
Training sessions are led by Knox Curator, historian and author Eldonna Lay, who will provide overviews of national, regional and local history. Settler descendants and experts in specific subjects will present in-depth information featuring the Importance of the San Diego & Arizona Railroad, family and business reasons for relocating to the Valley and the elevated stature of gifted teachers and world and nationally famous entertainers and writers in El Cajon’s early decades.
January 2, 2013 (San Diego) -- Without carbon monoxide alarms, one neighbor’s faulty appliance in a multi-family dwelling can easily become a tragedy that affects ALL tenants. The California Office of the State Fire Marshal cited a recent study that found nearly nine in 10 California households do NOT have a CO alarm
All multi-family dwelling units, such as apartments, are required to have a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm by January 1, 2013. Landlords are responsible for installation, so for tenants whose units do not have a CO alarm, now is the time to remind your landlord by requesting one.
January 2, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Chabad of East County’s Jewish Learning Institute (JLI) new Torah Studies lessons. Classes will be held at the Andrusier residence, 8361 Beaver Lake Dr, San Diego, beginning tonight, January 2, 7:45 – 8:45 pm, and continue for eleven consecutive Wednesday evenings. Like all of Chabad’s courses, this latest adult education offering is designed for people at all levels of Jewish knowledge.
The law enforcement agency will accept applications for three days only in January
December 15, 2012 (Sacramento)--The California Highway Patrol (CHP) announced today that it will accept applications in January from individuals interested in a career as a CHP officer.
“This is an opportunity to serve alongside some of California’s finest who provide the highest level of safety, service and security throughout the state,” said CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow. “A career with a law enforcement agency like the CHP offers unlimited opportunities for someone who is looking for a challenge.”
December 15, 2012 (La Mesa)--Become a Play-Well Engineer! Students explore concepts in physics, architecture, mechanical and structural engineering, from Gear Cars to Battletracks. The engineer-designed curriculum challenges new and returning students to reach higher level of engineering comprehension while having fun.
Camp meets four days, Monday, December 31 through Friday, January 4 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Camp will not meet on Tuesday, January 1. Over 1000,000 pieces of LEGOS® are used. Campers should bring a snack and water bottle each day, everything else is provided at camp. This camp is not affiliated with the LEGO® Group.
People Encouraged to Protect their Properties, Keep Roadways and Storm Drains Clear
December 12, 2012 (San Diego County)--Winter rain is on its way, and San Diego County’s Department of Public Works (DPW) is once again giving away free sandbags to people in unincorporated communities to help them protect their homes, neighborhoods and streets from flooding, erosion, mud and debris flows.
December 4, 2012 (La Mesa) – More traffic enforcement and safer streets are coming to La Mesa in the coming year. Increased special traffic enforcement measures are on tap as a result of a recent $55,000 grant awarded by the Office of Traffic Safety to the La Mesa Police Department. The La Mesa Police Department is dedicated to keeping our roadways safe through both enforcement and education.
November 27, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Thanks to reader Tom Lemon for letting us know that the International Space Station will be visible over East County this week. You can check this NASA site to learn about viewing opportunities in your community: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/index.html.
Best viewing will be on Saturday, December 1 around 5:40 a.m., Lemon advises.
November 18, 2012 (El Cajon) – El Cajon is getting a new Certified Farmers Market in March 2013 and a contest is being held to design the logo for it. Original logo designs can be submitted with a 30 word explanation of how it represents the El Cajon Community. Winners will receive $150 for 1st place and $50 for 2nd place.
The contest deadline is Nov. 30 at 5 p.m. For more information on submission guidelines and the official rules please visit www.ElCajonFarmersMarket.org.
November 15, 2012 (Santee) – Kaffee Meister a5 9225 Carlton Oaks Blvd., Santee is hosting Open Mic nights every Thursday evening. The nights are hosted by the group Wood’n’ Lips, whose musicians, Gregory Gross, Bari Zwirn and Tim Woods, handle the lottery drawings for spaces and provide the guidelines for performers.
It’s an opportunity to perform in front of a small intimate audience and enjoy some quality coffee house beverages. Visit www.kaffeemeister.com for more information.
October 31, 2012 (San Diego) – County Parks and Recreation hosted the grand opening of a new community garden at Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve on October 26. County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price and County Parks and Recreation Director Brian Albright were on hand for the occasion.
Encourages customers to take charge of the credit with free credit score promotion and credit education.
October 8, 2012 (San Diego) – Consumers’ credit profiles affect their ability to borrow and the interest rates they’ll pay. And, lenders aren’t the only people who use credit scores to make decisions – many insurance companies, cell phone providers and landlords, do, too.
By Billy Ortiz, Lakeside Historical Society Member
Photos by Billy Ortiz and Lakeside Historical Society
September 26, 2012 (Lakeside) – Founded back in 1907, the Lakeside Auto Speedway is considered the first purpose-built auto racing facility in the United States. When completed, the Lakeside Auto Speedway transformed the nascent motor sports movement by moving races off dangerous public roads and horse race tracks.
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.