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HO, HO, HO!  EAST COUNTY LEADERS CELEBRATE THE SEASON




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East County's movers and shakers got into the holiday spirit at parties throughout our region.  

Valerie Harrison December 15, 2008 (Rancho San Diego) — Jamul Chamber of Commerce president Valerie Harrison donned reindeer antlers to conduct last week's meeting, where comedian Russ T. Nailz provided comic relief.   Members brought toys for the East County Toy & Food Drive”as did attendees at a First Friday holiday breakfast hosted by the East County Chamber of Commerce.
Valerie Harrison, president, Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce
Dave Scott Dave Scott of KUSI serenaded guests on his trombone in a unique performance with a string trio at a holiday tea hosted by Friends of East County Arts.
Dave Scott of KUSI plays trombone at Friends of East County Arts holiday tea
Dave Scott In Kensington, guests were in a festive mood at an Obama a "Change Party" hosted by Rita Sanchez, part of the Obama-Biden transition team's national effort to obtain ideas from citizens across America about what the nation’s priorities should be for the future.
Photo credit: Leon Thompson
Assemblyman Joel Anderson In El Cajon, Assemblyman Joel Anderson hosted a holiday open house, inviting the public and community leaders to mix and mingle.  Newly elected Assemblyman Marty Block also held a holiday party in his Lemon Grove office.
Assemblyman Joel Anderson greets Gregg and Debby Hamann of Hamann Construction at his holiday open house

Foothills La Mesa and East County Democratic Clubs teamed up to host a holiday party of their own, where syndicated columnist Richard Lederer (Looking at Language) shared his wit and wisdom.

At Viejas Dreamcatcher Lounge in Alpine, costumed elves manned an auction to benefit the East County Toy & Food Drive.  Civic leaders turned out to also honor the drive's founder, Stoney Stone.