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WATER BOARD MEMBER SAVED BY FELLOW ELECTED OFFICIAL

By Miriam Raftery

July 16, 2014 (Santee)—Suzanne Till, a member of the Padre Dam Municipal Water District, survived a harrowing incident during  a luncheon today, when her life was saved by the quick actions of Otay Water District Board member Jose Lopez, who is also the former Assistant Fire Marshall at San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

According to Mark Robak, Lopez was seated immediately behind Till at the Butcher Shop Steakhouse, when she “stood up choking from a piece of meat lodged in her throat.  Without even saying anything, he immediately gave her the Heimlich maneuver!”


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SERVING SENIORS: TACKLING HOMELESSNESS AND NOURISHING WELL-BEING

 

By Jonathan Goetz

View video, which originally aired on KNSJ Radio 

July 13, 2024 (Mt. Helix) -- Miriam Raftery, Editor of East County Magazine, recently interviewed Melinda Forstey, Chief Operating Officer of Serving Seniors, (www.servingseniors.org) a nonprofit providing services to help seniors thrive including nutrition, housing, health and social services. Serving Seniors has been around since 1970 and provides wrap around services primarily for low-income seniors, including a nutrition program serving over 1.4 million meals.

In the interview,  Forstey discussed the financial stresses on seniors, the root caues of the growing number of seniors becoming homeless, and efforts to help them--including Serving Seniors' senior housing project in Ramona, shallow rent subsidies for seniors, food program for seniors and more.


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COUNTY SHELTERS WAIVING ADULT DOG AND CAT ADOPTION FEES THROUGH JULY

 
July 13, 2024 (Bonita) -- Don’t “paws,” come meet our “pawsome” adult dogs and “purrfect” cats. Fall in love with one or two and help them make their “furever” homes with you. Adult dog and cat adoption fees are being sponsored.

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BABY HURT IN HORRIFIC EL CAJON CRASH NEEDS MORE HELP ON LONG ROAD TO RECOVERY

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 10, 2024 (San Diego) – Akeel Robinson will turn 2-years-old in August. He’s made remarkable progress since January, when a wrong-way driver plunged off a freeway overpass in El Cajon, sending a chunk of a concrete guardrail crashing into Akeel’s skull. But his family needs help to fund his extensive rehab therapies, particularly since his mother lost her job caring for elderly patients due to putting Akeel’s needs first for his near-daily therapy appointments, and the bills are piling up. 

“He’s going to need help forever,” Akeel’s grandmother, Jennifer Blocker, told ECM. She is asking for donations at a GoFundMe site, now that the projected costs for Akeel’s care have skyrocketed.  “When the accident happened, my daughter was in the process of moving.  She’s finally gotten into a place, but everything seems to keep snowballing.”  She hopes that the public, who gave generously right after the accident, will help her daughter and grandson assure that his therapy sessions can continue, and help them afford other critical needs.


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SENIOR FIRE SURVIVOR GETS NEW MOBILEHOME, BUT STILL NEEDS FURNISHINGS, AC, AND APPLIANCES

By Miriam Raftery

Photos: left: Melissa Taylor, in front of burned-out shell of her former mobilehome, right: new mobilehome

July 10, 2024 (El Cajon) – Last August, 65-year-old Melissa Taylor lost everything when a fire destroyed her mobile home in El Cajon, as ECM reported. Now, thanks to the generosity of donors who responded to her GoFundMe plea and a modest insurance settlement, she now has a new mobile home on the same site where she’s lived for 19 years. But she needs more help before she can move in.

“She has no air conditioning, or furnishings. She needs a washer and dryer," asl well as some other appliances to "make it livable,” says Kari Dodson, a long-time friend of Taylor’s. “She hasn’t been able to move in yet, so we are still keeping the donations link active.” You can donate here.

Kari Dodson, a friend of Taylor’s, told ECM our prior coverage helped bring in donations that enabled Taylor to replace her burned home,  “Thank you for your support and concern,” Dodson told ECM. “Your reporting does help the community immeasurably!”


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CRITTER ENCOUNTERS: RAMONA RESCUE IS HAVEN FOR INJURED AND DISABLED ANIMALS

By Mimi Pollack
 
Photo: Finley the Fennec Fox
 
July 6, 2024 (Ramona) -- In the United States, there is a problem with people acquiring exotic animals without really doing their research. People bring these pets home as tiny babies, not realizing that they can grow to be quite large as adults. For example black and white Argentine Tegu lizards, which start out as tiny babies, can grow to be up to four feet long. In addition, there are animals that are hit by cars, which unfortunately can be a frequent occurrence in rural areas such as Ramona.

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ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE'S CENTER TO HOST BON JOUR COUTURE FASHION SHOW AUGUST 17

East County News Service
 
August 27, 2024 (San Diego) – St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC), a nonprofit organization that serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, will host its 46th Annual Haute with Heart Fashion Show on Saturday, August 17th, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront in Downtown (1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101). 
 
This year’s theme, “Couture,” pays homage to one of the fashion capitals of the world, Paris. Inspired by a piece from artist and SMSC student Mark Rimland, guests will be taking a day trip to the City of Love. Attendees will be greeted by live Parisian inspired music, fabulous boutique shopping, a silent auction, and free flowing champagne. Once the ballroom doors open, all messieurs and madames will enjoy a delicious Parisian inspired luncheon, special up-lifting performances by SMSC students, live auction, and a one-of-a-kind fashion show produced by the talented Kristi Brooks, who has worked with top designers and styled celebrities around the globe. 

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SUPERVISOR SPEAKS AT GMIA DINNER, PRESENTS AWARD TO LARRY AND SUSAN NICHOLS

Source: Grossmont-Mt. Helix Improvement Association (GMIA)
 
June 24, 2024 (Mt. Helix) -- County Supervisor Monica Montgomery-Steppe (photo, left) was the keynote speaker at the Grossmont-Mt. Helix Improvement Association annual dinner held June 22 at the Cuyamaca College Student Center. 
 
GMIA, with about 1,000 members, is a community organization that has been working to improve the Mt. Helix area since 1938. The organization’s annual events include an Art & Garden Tour, a Succulent Swap, and a Walk to the Top of Mt. Helix. GMIA also advocates and informs the community on issues of concern, and works with local and state elected officials.

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HOT SUMMER FUN: CHILI COOKOFF JUNE 29 WITH LEMON GROVE LIONS CLUB TO FUND GRAFFITI CLEAN-UP

East County News Service
 
May 26, 2024 (Lemon Grove) -- Are you a fan of cooking or eating delicious chili? If so, you’ll savor the Chili Cook-Off event hosted by the Lemon Grove Lions Club and Lemon Grove Forward Club on Saturday, June 29 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will feature a chili tasting contest, where you get to help pick the best chili in Lemon Grove, music, cash bar, raffle and silent auction.
 
If you're confident in your chili-making skills, now's the perfect opportunity to showcase them by participating in the contest. For those who simply love savoring tasty chili, there will be plenty available for sampling! 

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NEW MOMS HONORED ON MOTHER'S DAY AT SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL

Source: Sharp Healthcare
 
May 12, 2024 (La Mesa) – In honor of Mother’s Day, the landscaping team at Sharp Grossmont Hospital gave moms who are delivering babies at Sharp Grossmont Hospital for Women & Newborns their own “special delivery” of fresh cut roses. This morning, the nurses and landscapers teamed up to deliver more than 30 bouquets.
 
The program, called “This Bud’s for You,” was initiated by Sharp Grossmont Hospital landscapers 16 years ago. Since then, each Mother’s Day weekend, the landscapers harvest fresh cut flowers from the hospital gardens, which they grow and maintain themselves year-round. They then arrange the bouquets and deliver the flowers to new moms.

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PRESIDENT BIDEN AWARDS MEDAL OF FREEDOM TO ASTRONAUT ELLEN OCHOA OF LA MESA

By Miriam Raftery
 
Official White House photo
 
May 6, 2024 (La Mesa) – President Joe Biden Friday presented the Medal of Freedom to Ellen Ochoa of La Mesa, the first Hispanic female astronaut and second woman to serve as Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center. She retired in 2018 after 30 years with the agency.

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LINDO PARK ELEMENTARY PRINCIPAL AND TEACHER GET “PIED” BY STUDENTS - ALL FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Story and photos by Ron Cook: Tessa Green (photo, lower right), Principal, Lindo Park Elementary and Barrett Braun (photo, left), Teacher, Lindo Park Elementary.
 
May 6, 2024 (Lakeside_— Lindo Park Elementary School marked a special celebration today with a "Pie the Principal and Mr. Braun" event, recognizing students' achievements in their recent jog-a-thon fundraiser.
 
The exciting celebration gave students an unusual incentive: those who raised $50 or more could hurl a pie at Principal Ms. Green or Teacher Mr. Braun. Students who raised $100 or more enjoyed the chance to “pie” both.

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LA MESA SUNRISE ROTARY CLUB HOLDS FUNDRAISER BOWLING EVENT MAY 10 AT PARKWAY BOWL

East County News Service
 
April 28, 2024 (La Mesa) — La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club invites you to their FUNdraiser bowling event on Friday, May 10 from 5:30 to 8:45 p.m. at Parkway Bowl, 1280 Fletcher Parkway in El Cajon.  

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HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH JOLYANA JIRJEES, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE CHALDEAN COMMUNITY COUNCIL

April 26, 2024 (El Cajon) – Jolyana Jirjees, the new executive director of the Chaldean Community Council, recently sat down for an interview on East County Magazine’s radio show on KNSJ.  She was a winner of San Diego Metro Magazine’s 40 under 40 award, and is also an elected member of the Cajon Valley Union School District board of trustee.

A refugee herself who fled religious persecution in Iraq when she was 19 years old and pregnant, she recalls, ““In my community in Iraq, it was very difficult to travel from one place to another due to street bombings or children being kidnapped for ransom.”

She came to San Diego without knowing English or where to turn for help. Fortunately, she was able to earn a high school diploma at  Diego Valley, learn English, and obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees from  San Diego State in sociology and counseling.

“After I graduated, my main passion was to help the newcomer refugees as I struggled to find my way when arriving to the US, she recalls.

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AN ARTIST WHO REPURPOSES

Hopefully, this exhibit will be the first of many more to come. This East County Artist's type of art would be perfect for Earth Day!
 
By Mimi Pollack, San Diego Jewish World, a member of the San Diego Online News Association
 
April 15, 2024 (San Diego) -- When immigrants first arrive, everything is new for them, and they must work to repurpose their life. Many volunteers, including Roni Breite, guide them in doing that.
 
In a similar way, Breite gives new life to discarded objects she finds and fashions them into her own unique designs. The display she had at the First Annual Artists’ Showcase at Tifereth Israel Synagogue in San Carlos earlier this month was fascinating.

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COUNTY HONORS 12 PUBLIC HEALTH CHAMPIONS

By Anita Lightfoot, County of San Diego Communications Office
 
April 13, 2024 (San Diego) -- The Health and Human Services Agency’s 2024 Live Well San Diego Public Health Champion Awards Ceremony was held on Friday, April 5, 2024. This event honored 12 local people and organizations for their outstanding contributions in the prevention of disease or injury and the promotion of public health for all San Diegans.
 
The annual awards ceremony is held during National Public Health Week, a time to recognize the importance of public health and improving the nation’s health overall.

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GOFUNDME AIMS TO HELP DAD, SANTANA’S WATER POLO COACH, WATCH HIS SON PLAY IN THE PARIS OLYMPICS

By Miriam Raftery
 
March 31, 2024 (Santee) – Alex Bowen of Santee, former captain of the Santana High School water polo team, is heading to the Paris Olympics with Team USA’s water polo team. His father, Rod Bowen, coaches Santana’s water polo team. Now a GoFundMe page has been set up to help Coach Bowen and his wife, Barb, travel to watch their son at the summer Olympics.
 
The effort was launched by Melissa Harmon, whose three sons have all been mentored by Coach Bowen.  

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CHARLENE WADDELL, SERVING COMMUNITY AND SPIRIT: CANCER SURVIVOR SEEKS 70 BLOOD DONORS APRIL 4 FOR HER 70TH BIRTHDAY

Blood drive from 2-4 p.m. April 4 in Treganza Heritage Park, Lemon Grove

By Chris Ernest Nelson

March 29, 2024 (Lemon Grove) -- Living in community is humankind’s primary means of survival. Our happiness, our well-being, and our purpose are all sustained by people working together in meaningful sympathy. Long-time San Diego County resident, Mrs. Charlene Waddell, knows from experience the importance of a healthy community, both in our general well-being and in the spirit of sacrifice. In 2006, she was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon Cancer. Her recovery required multiple surgeries that took parts of her colon, her liver, and her entire appendix. She required a lot of blood to survive. Thanks to the San Diego Blood Bank, which is there to help everyone in need of blood, Charlene got the precious blood she needed, and has made a welcome recovery.


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FUNDRAISERS FOR FAMILY OF SLAIN DENTIST AND YOUNG MOM HURT IN DENTAL CLINIC SHOOTING

Dr. Harouni’s family also announces plans to start charity,  Hearts Over Hate

By Miriam Raftery

March 9, 2024 (El Cajon) – Yareli Carrillo, mother of a 9-month-old baby, was one of two people injured when a gunman opened fire on Feb. 29 at the Smile Plus Dentistry & Orthodontics clinic in El Cajon where she works as an administrative assistant.  The shooter, a former patient, also killed Dr. Benjamin Harouni.

The young mother was shot five times in the legs, and has been hospitalized in stable condition.  Yarelli Carillo’s family has started a fundraiser on GoFundMe.  Organizer Edgar Hernandez says. Your generous contributions will directly support Yareli as she rebuilds her life, covering medical expenses, ongoing treatment, and ensuring the well-being of her baby boy in a stable and nurturing environment. Together, we can make a difference and bring hope and healing to Yareli and her family.”

Jake Harouni has set up a separate fundraiser to assist the family of his brother, Dr.. Benjamin Harouni. “We're organizing a charity - Hearts Over Hate - to support families affected by violent crimes, offering them much-needed counseling and support, particularly for those who lack the resources to access these services,” Jake Harouni writes.

He adds, ”Our enduring vision is to foster peace by educating young people and nurturing environments of love and kindness. This proactive approach aims to prevent such tragedies from recurring.”


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SAN DIEGO FLOOD RESPONSE FUND RAISES AND GRANTS MORE THAN ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO ASSIST FLOOD SURVIVORS

 

More than 1,100 individuals, businesses & organizations contributed to the fund

Hundreds of flood survivors assisted by nonprofit grantees

With FEMA assistance now available, fund will sunset

March 1, 2024 (San Diego)  – San Diego Foundation (SDF) Wednesday announced that $1,353,000 has been raised for the San Diego Flood Response Fund, including a second earned match of more than $215,000 from the San Diego Foundation Board of Governors. In total, San Diego Foundation is the largest contributor to the response fund with more than $300,000.


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FAMILY OF TODDLER CRITICALLY INJURED BY WRONG-WAY DRIVER IN EL CAJON NEEDS HELP TO PAY MEDICAL BILLS

By Miriam Raftery

February 24, 2024 (El Cajon) – The family of Akeel Robinson, a 17-month-old toddler critically injured by flying concrete in a crash caused by a wrong-way driver Jan. 28 in El Cajon have launched a GoFundMe drive to help pay medical expenses. The boy remains hospitalized with serious head and neck injuries.Donate here:  https://www.gofundme.com/f/medical-expenses-for-baby-akeel?utm_campaign=...

Akeel’s father, Anthony Robinson, was stopped at a traffic light in El Cajon with his three children in the family’s SUV, including Akeel, who was asleep in a car seat. Then a woman driving  a pickup truck the wrong-way on I-8 crashed into a concrete guardrail and plunged off the overpass.  It struck a wall below and burst into flames next to Robinson’s SUV. The wrong-way driver, Katy Frausto Aguilar, died at the scene.

Robinson was able to help his two older children out of the vehicle, but Akeel was slumped over, his head bleeding. He was rushed to Rady Children’s Hospital, where he underwent surgery for a fractured skull. To reduce brain swelling, he was put into a medically induced coma with part of his skull temporarily removed.

Ashleigh Jarrell, a cousin of Akeel’s mother, Kayte Blocker, has organized the GoFundMe page as the family’s medical bills mount.


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DONATE TO ILLUMINATE: HOW YOUR EYEGLASSES CAN LIGHT UP LIVES

East County News Service

 

February 23, 2024 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Lions Club is always actively collecting gently used reusable eyeglasses for the Lions Club International Recycle for Sight Program.

 

Refractive errors can be easily corrected with eyeglasses, yet millions of people living in low and middle-income areas lack access to basic eye care services. The Lions Club recognizes the urgent need for corrective lenses and collects usable eyeglasses in their communities. The lack of eyeglasses denies children and adults opportunities for education, employment, and a better quality of life. 

 


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SPRING VALLEY RESIDENTS UNITE TO SUPPORT FLOODED NEIGHBORS: DONATION SITE OPENS FEB. 24 THROUGH APRIL 15

Source: Spring Valley Community Alliance

February 22, 2024 (Spring Valley, CA) -- Spring Valley residents applaud Tuesday's approval of FEMA aid for those affected by the January 22 rainstorm, but the community is already taking action to support recovery efforts. A coalition of area churches, community organizations, and residents led by the Spring Valley Community Alliance have partnered to open a site at Spring Valley Community Church to collect and distribute donations for those affected. 

A donation site located at 3310 Bancroft Drive, Spring Valley will open Saturday February 24 from 10am to Noon. The site's regular hours will be Mondays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to Noon.

While the waters receded quickly from the thousand-year flood, more than 200 Spring Valley homes were left badly impacted. Cars, furniture, appliances, and other essential belongings were left severely damaged or destroyed.  

"Many Spring Valley residents were left with the clothes on their backs and the items they could grab as they attempted to escape the rising waters," said Chris Pierce, Vice President of the Spring Valley Community Alliance. "There are physical needs that our neighbors have beyond what the County Resource Center set up at the Spring Valley Library could provide."


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DISABLED GRANDMA SUFFERS DEVASTATING LOSSES IN ROLANDO FLOOD, INCLUDING ELECTRIC SCOOTER CHAIR

Dozens displaced Jan. 22 at Rolando apartment complex that has flooded in the past

By Miriam Raftery

February 16, 2024 (San Diego) – When a flood control channel next to Donna Ferguson’s townhome on Bonillo Drive in San Diego’s Rolando community,  water  surged through the ground floor, sweeping away everything in its path including furniture, appliances and clothes, also destroying the electric scooter chair that she relies on for mobility. 


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FLOOD DONATIONS NEEDED IN SPRING VALLEY

East County News Service
 
February 16, 2024 (Spring Valley) -- On January 22, 2024, Spring Valley, California experienced a 1,000-year Flood Event where 3-inches of rain fell in 1 hour.  Over 200 Spring Valley homes are badly damaged by 2 feet or more of flood water. The waters receded quickly but peoples belongings and property are severely damaged or destroyed.  FEMA still has not been activated for this disaster and it could be months before we find out whether they will be activated at all.
 
So as a Community, let's come together and help those impacted and who are struggling to get through this.

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FAMILY THAT HELPED SAVE NEIGHBORS NEEDS HELP AFTER MAJOR FLOOD DAMAGE

By Miriam Raftery

February 11, 2024 (San Diego) – More than 1,200 San Diegans remain displaced from homes damaged in the Jan. 22 flood, including Beba Zarate, a teacher, and her two sons. The Zarate family helped get neighbors to safety amid rising floodwaters when emergency agencies were overwhelmed. But they had no flood insurance at the time, and lost nearly everything. They have put up a GoFundMe page, but so far only a few hundred dollars has been raised.

“We are hardly getting any help from the county or from the city,” say Zarate, whose home on Osborn Street in San Diego’s Shelltown neighborhood had water four feet deep rush in when a nearby creek flooded. “The only help was cleaning stuff, cleaning the street.  They removed all the trash and furniture.”

Nonprofits provided basic essentials such as clothes, shoes and cleaning supplies. But so far, neither FEMA nor state or local governments have stepped up with the major financial resources needed to help the family rebuild their home and lives.

Their one-story home needs major repairs and nearly all of the family’s belongings need to be replaced, including Zarate’s computer and teaching materials, kitchen appliances, furnishings and more. They also lost items of sentimental value, including family photos damaged by floodwaters that reached four feet deep.


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EL CAJON'S YOUTH OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS SOUGHT

East County News Service

February 9, 2024 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon's Teen Coalition is now accepting nominations for the “Youth of the Year” award. This accolade is aimed at recognizing exceptional middle and high school students who have shown an extraordinary commitment to serving their community within the City of El Cajon. 


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DISTRICT ATTORNEY SUMMER STEPHAN HONORED WITH U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL MERITORIOUS PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

East County News Service

February 9, 2024 (Washington, D.C.) -- San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan was honored at a ceremony Wednesday with the United States Attorney General's Award for Meritorious Public Service - the top public service award granted by the U.S. Department of Justice. It is designed to recognize the most significant contributions of citizens and organizations in support of justice.


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DOGS RETURNED TO OWNER AFTER FLOOD AND MEDICAL CRISIS

Humane Society’s Foster team enabled temporary care dogs and heartwarming reunion

 

Source: San Diego Humane Society

February 8,2024 (San Diego) -- In a heartwarming tale of resilience, three small dogs have been reunited with their owner following the challenging aftermath of the Jan. 22nd flooding in San Diego.


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HOW CAN WE HELP FLOOD VICTIMS?

By Kirsten  Andelman

Photo via CalFire: Firefighters fill sandbags. Sandbags are available at most fire stations countywide.

February 2, 2024 (Spring Valley) -- The mood was one of somber preparation, mixed with some fear – and a palpable lack of optimism.

Around the corner from the Local Assistance Center set up last week for flood survivors at the Spring Valley library branch, firefighters at the San Miguel Fire District station heaved shovels all day last Thursday.  They packed bags with sand, and then delivered them to the long line of cars idling at the corner of Gillespie and Orville Streets.

People searched for ways to prepare for more line, while others stood by to support the many families already impacted by the floods of January 22.

For the displaced people awaiting a fresh deluge of rain the following day, the question had remained the same: “Where can we go?”


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