People Power

Inspiring Stories from San Diego's Eastern Region

NEW PROGRAM TO HELP PEOPLE OFF STREETS

 

By Jose A. Alvarez,

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today accepted the Project One for All implementation plan that will provide people who are homeless and have serious mental illness access to a coordinated range of services, including housing and health care.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: GRACE KAMINAKA TSUIDA, JAPANESE INTERNMENT CAMP SURVIVOR FROM GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL

 

By Chisato Iversen

 

June 15, 2016 (La Mesa)-- Grace Kaminaka Tsuida, a student at Grossmont High School’s class of 1944, is a survivor of a Japanese-American internment camp during World War II.  As part of an AP class project at Grossmont High School , students documented the experiences of Grossmont students who were interned.  Their stories are documented in  Japanese American AP US American Reports  and can be seen in a special exhibit at the La Mesa Historical Society during June. 

Grace Kaminaka Tsuida  was born  Sept. 9,1926 in Lemon Grove. She made friends easily, like other children, until after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, when the U.S. government sent her family and others to an internment camp.  After their release, they were given an apology from the government, though it failed to acknowledge the humiliation and confusion they experience.  Now, 67 years later, Grace’s niece, Judy Miyamoto, helped arrange for Grace to finally receive her Grossmont High School Diploma.

Now 90 years old, Grace granted an exclusive interview with East County Magazine.   Please read her compelling story.

100 VOLUNTEERS TURN OUT TO HELP CLEAN UP CASA DE ORO COMMUNITY

 

East County News Service

June 12, 2016 (Casa de Oro) – Nearly 100 Casa de Oro residents and businesses joined forces yesterday to clean up the Campo Road business corridor and strengthen community engagement in a neighborhood that is turning things around for a better future.  Following the work they celebrated the first-of-its-kind event with a barbecue and raffle, while also thanking the many business sponsors who made the event possible.

ANIMAL TALES: LIONEL’S LEGACY--RESCUING AND EDUCATING

 

By Mimi Pollack

June 3, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Last month, as I was walking around checking out all the booths at the San Diego Humane Society Walk event, I saw two sweet and funny little faces that drew me in. They were two senior chihuahuas named Fred and Ethel, like the couple who lived next door to Lucy and Ricky Ricardo on the “I Love Lucy” show. What perfect names for those silly little faces!

Fred and Ethel are two lucky pooches that were taken in by Lionel’s Legacy, a non-profit organization, out of El Cajon that specializes in rescuing senior dogs.

LOCAL VETERANS WITH DISABILITIES TO EMBARK ON INCREDIBLE JOURNEY WITH HELP FROM NO BARRIERS WARRIORS AND WELLS FARGO

 

Southern California servicemen join Warriors to Summits team to overcome personal barriers and traverse the Wind River Range in WY this summer

East County News Service

May 31, 2016 (San Diego) - Local residents Christopher Laha, a Marine Corps veteran and Johnny Walker, an Army veteran, will join 11 other servicemen and women with various disabilities for a challenging week-long trek across the Wind River Range in Wyoming this June 11 – 17.

WE SALUTE OUR VETERANS THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

 

 

East County News Service

May 29, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – This weekend, we honor the men and women who have sacrificed their lives to serve our country in the U.S. armed forces.

More than 1.1 million American soldiers have been killed in wars since our nation began, from the Revolutionary War to today. The U.S. currently has about 14 million living veterans from War World II to the present military conflicts.

Here in San Diego County:

CATHOLIC GROUP IN SAN DIEGO SUPPORTS POPE’S MOVE TOWARD INCLUSION OF WOMEN

 

Hear our radio interview with Nancy Corran and Jane Via by clicking the orange arrow above.

By Miriam Raftery

May 21, 2016 (San Diego) – You may be surprised to learn that although the Catholic Church officially refuses to allow ordination of women as priests, a reform movement within the church called Roman Catholic Women Priests includes 200 women priests who have already been ordained  by male Catholic bishops. 

Audio: 

HOME OF GUIDING HANDS 42ND ANNUAL GALA ON JUNE 11 AIMS TO RAISE $100,000

 

Proceeds to benefit local individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities

East County News Service

May 19, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Home of Guiding Hands (HGH), a nonprofit based in El Cajon committed to providing support to local individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities, will host its “Cabaret Rouge” Gala on Saturday, June 11, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at The US Grant Hotel in Downtown San Diego.

A MOTHER’S COURAGE: THE STRUGGLE OF AN ASYLUM-SEEKER

 

By Jaime Rodriguez-Sosa

Photo: Adenike O sought asylum to protect her daughter from violence and genital mutilation. Now she works as a Certified Nursing Assistant after completing a licensing program, also volunteering to train prospective students at Nile Sisters.

May 11, 2016 (San Diego) -- The California State Refugee Service Bureau states that since 1975, California has provided refuge to 700,000 people, with San Diego County being the most notable recipient of refugees in the whole state. On average San Diego resettles 2,500 refugees per year, with areas such as City Heights among the most prominent areas for resettlement. These numbers are expected to increase in coming years, with refugees from Syria being accepted to resettle in the United States.

EAST COUNTY COLLECTOR TO SPEAK AT WORLD STAMP SHOW

 

By Betty Chafetz

May 10, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Fletcher Hills resident Donald Chafetz has been selected as a speaker and exhibitor at the 2016 World Stamp Show in New York. This prestigious event happens only every 10 years and is expected to draw an international crowd of 250,000 from every corner of the globe. Chafetz is an active member of the Philatelic 25 Club of San Diego, exhibit chair of the SANDICAL exhibition, a local show, featuring collections from across the nation and has won gold medals for his collections on Morris County, New Jersey and Holy Land printed matter exhibits. 

MOM, 91, SAVES TREE IN ALLIED GARDENS—FOR NOW

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County News Service

May 9, 2016 (Allied Gardens) – Marie Ostwald, 91, issued a Mother’s Day plea on Facebook asking San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer to stop city workers from cutting down a tree that her husband planted back in 1957.  She included a photo of herself beneath the tree’s expansive shade and invited other mothers to come sit with her today, Monday, to help save her beloved tree.

LOCAL MOTHER-DAUGHTER TEAM RAISES ASSISTANCE DOGS

 

East County News Service

May 8, 2016 (Oceanside) -- Marilyn Fullen and her daughter Brittany have been volunteering together for over a decade. Together, they raise future assistance dogs for Canine Companions for Independence. Canine Companions is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Their shared hobby has brought them closer while providing a valuable community service.

MAN MISSING 10 YEARS REUNITED WITH FAMILY AFTER IDENTIFY THE MISSING EVENT

 

Source: County News Service

See video of reunion on KNSD

Photo: As a result of the region's first Identify the Missing event, Randy Gatewood, missing for 10 years from his family, has been found by his brother Gene Gatewood, at right.

April 30, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- He once was lost, but now is found.

16 BABIES AND COUNTING

 

Spring Valley foster family hopes to raise awareness about joys of fostering

By Jen Coburn

April 24, 2016 (Spring Valley) -- Not everyone has the energy to care for 16 babies, but Ana and Dale Griffin say they are up to the task. The Spring Valley couple has a secret weapon – pacing. They serve as foster parents for one baby at a time through Angels Foster Family Network, a nonprofit that requires San Diego families devote their full attention to one young child (or sibling set) at a time.

MONTE VISTA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AND STAFF TO PREPARE 40,000 PACKAGED MEALS TO ALLEVIATE GLOBAL HUNGER

 

East County News Service

April 23, 2016 (Spring Valley) -- Students and staff at Monte Vista High School know that Mondays are special.  They are faculty work days; classes begin two hours later than usual so students get the chance to sleep in.  But this coming Monday, April 25th, won’t be a typical one for the Monarch student body.  Instead of sleeping in, more than 200 students and staff members will work with “Stop Hunger Now” to package 40,000 meals for needy children in developing countries.  The students and staff are excited to be a part of this community service event hosted by their school and nearby Foothills United Methodist Church.

HELP THE HOMELESS AT FUNDRAISER APRIL 28 AT BNS BREWING IN SANTEE TO BENEFIT OPERATION SUPPLY

 

East County News Service

April 14, 2016 (Santee) – BNS Brewing & Distillery (10960 Wheatlands Ave)  in Santee will host a fundraiser on April 28th from 6-8:30 p.m. to benefit Operation Supply, a nonprofit which has supplied hygiene supplies and warmth to over 175 homeless people in San Diego over the past four years.

LAKESIDE HISTORICAL SOCIETY FOUNDER, 101, HONORED BY CONGRESS OF HISTORY AWARD

 

East County News Service

April 7, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – We wanted to share with you that Edna Swink Kouns, Class of 1932, received the Congress of History Ben Dixon Award in February 2016 for her preservation efforts in her hometown of Lakeside.  Edna’s acceptance speech emphasized and encouraged the importance of volunteering in your community,” the Grossmont High School Museum reports. “Edna has a lifetime passion for history, shown by her founding role in 1972 in the Lakeside Historical Society and is a driving force in its efforts to preserve, display, and celebrate the community’s history.  Edna at the age of 101 continues to volunteer weekly!”

SALVATION ARMY TO BUILD NEW FACILITY IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

March 31, 2016 (El Cajon) -- As part of a Capital Campaign that will improve the lives of thousands, The Salvation Army in El Cajon will build a $5.4 million social services facility that will help to assist 1,500 families in East County every month. In a community where the poverty rate is approximately 30%--and 7,395 children living within two miles of our corps qualify for free or reduced price meals--the Salvation Army is there offering hope and a hand-up.  More than 40,000 are served from our El Cajon Corps annually with programs including: 

CAPABILITY RANCH PLANS FUN ACTIVITIES FOR DEVELOPMENTALLY DISABLED

 

By Janis Russell

March 30, 2016 (Ramona) - Capability Ranch: Special Needs Activities and Events Center for Youth and Young Adults located in Ramona has been open for over a year. Nicola Bridges, founder of the ranch, and her husband, Tony Oxley, have been operating this ranch along with volunteers who teach activities. The ranch is geared towards young people who are 16-27 years of age, with the average being 21 years. ECM participated in an exclusive interview with Bridges.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB ANNOUNCES UPDATE ON LA MESA CAPITAL CAMPAIGN



 

East County News Service

March 18, 2016 (La Mesa) -- The Boys & Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC) has announced more than $5.6 million has been raised towards a goal of $9.4 million for its fundraising effort called the “La Mesa Capital Campaign” that includes construction of a new 25,000-square-foot clubhouse on the campus of La Mesa Arts Academy, previously known as La Mesa Middle School.

ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE’S CENTER RECEIVES MILLION DOLLAR GIFT FROM KRAEMER-KLEINBUB FAMILY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Angel and Fred Kleinbub

March 17, 2016 (El Cajon) -- St. Madeleine Sophie's Center in El Cajon, which serves developmentally disabled adults, announces a $1 million gift pledged over five years Angel and Fred Kleinbub.  The gift will be used for a new Aquatics Complex at St. Madeleine’s as part of a $3.5 mlilion capital campaign for campus-wide facility improvements.

LA MESA SUNRISE ROTARY HONORS FOUR ALTRUISTIC WOMEN

 

By Donald H. Harrison

Photos by Donald H. Harrison and Leon Thompson

Reprinted with permission from San Diego Jewish World, a member of the San Diego Online News Network.

Photo:  Manuela Bump, president of the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club, left, and honorees Kathi Anderson, Estela De Los Rios, Mimi Pollack, and Bobbi Brink.

March 12, 2016 (Spring Valley) – La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club honored four women on Saturday, March 5, for their advocacy in behalf of Syrian refugees, victims of sex trafficking, survivors of torture, and abused wild animals. Besides a certificate of appreciation and half the proceeds from the tea for them to donate to their favorite charities, the women were honored with Paul Harris Fellowships, named for one of the founders of Rotary International.

73-YEAR-OLD LAKESIDE RESIDENT WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE IS INSPIRATIONAL EXAMPLE OF EXERCISE BENEFITS

 

 

By Steve Lauria

March 10, 2016 (Lakeside) -- A great place to get a good workout is Lakeside’s Lindo Lake exercise path. There is a great assortment of stationary workout equipment for every part of the body. It is located right on the lake, next to the skateboard park.

NEW QUEENS CROWNED IN LA MESA AND SANTEE

 

By Sierra Billock, pageant director 

March 6, 2016 (La Mesa/Santee) - On Saturday, March 5, 2016 the city of La Mesa and the city of Santee held one of their most grand traditions, the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants.  The programs have been a tradition in the cities since the late 1960’s and are an outstanding mentoring program for young women.  Mayor Voepel from Santee and Mayor Araposathis from La Mesa were in attendance to formally present Miss La Mesa 2016 Susanna Wiggins, Miss Teen La Mesa 2016 Jennifer Barillas, Miss Santee 2016 Marrissa Lawrence and Miss Teen Santee 2016 Kaylyn Rambo.

CAMPO FUNDRAISER MARCH 19 TO BENEFIT CANCER AND KIDNEY TRANSPLANT PATIENTS

 

By Lynn Neff

February 9, 2016 (Campo) - Come on out and join the fun at the Community Fundraiser in Campo on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 2-6 pm at 976 Sheridan Rd.  The reason for this event, however, is no laughing matter.

SANTEE MAN WILL WALK ACROSS NATION TO BENEFIT ALS PATIENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 8, 2016 (Santee) – Carol Wahl died of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease on March 1st, 2010. To honor her memory and raise money to help other ALS patients have better lives, her son, Mark Solz, will embark from Petco Park in San Diego on March 1st for a 3,200 mile walk across America. 

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF EAST COUNTY TO HOST 50TH ANNUAL CHILDREN’S BALL FEB. 20

 

East County News Service

February 4, 2016 (San Diego) - The Boys & Girls Clubs of East County will present its 50th annual Children’s Ball on Saturday, Feb. 20, at the Omni San Diego Hotel, 675 “L” St., Downtown San Diego. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit programs, activities and services provided annually to more than 3,000 children, ages 5 to 18, who attend the five facilities operated by the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County. Cocktail reception and drawing will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner beginning at 7 p.m.

EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE WRITER AMONG WOMEN HONORED AT LA MESA SUNRISE ROTARY TEA MARCH 5

 

 

East County News Service

 

January 30, 2016 (La Mesa) – the La Mesa Sunrise Rotary Club invites you to a Spring Tea fundraiser honoring four distinguished San Diego women. The honorees are Kathi Anderson, director of Survivors of Torture International, Bobbi Brink, founder of Lions, Tigers and Bears, Mimi Pollack, a writer for East County Magazine, and Estela de los Rios, executive director of CSA of San Diego County.  The tea will be held on Saturday, March 5 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Noah Homes, 12526 Campo Road in Spring Valley.

COUNTY OFFERS FREE TAX PREPARATION AND HELP FOR LOW INCOME PEOPLE TO CLAIM TAX CREDITS

East County News Service

January 29, 2016 (San Diego) -- If you are a low-income family or individual, save your money. The County can help you file your taxes completely free—and assist you in receiving federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits that could amount to thousands of dollars in your pocket.

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