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CHABAD LAUNCHES TORAH STUDIES IN EAST COUNTY

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.

CHP TO ACCEPT NEW OFFICER APPLICATIONS

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.”

ENGINEERING WITH LEGOS® WINTER CAMP FOR AGES 7 – 12 YEARS

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.

COUNTY GIVING FREE SAND & BAGS TO RESIDENTS

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.

LA MESA POLICE COMMENCE SPECIAL TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM

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.

SPACE STATION TO BE VISIBLE OVER EAST COUNTY SATURDAY

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.

LOGO DESIGN CONTEST FOR THE NEW DOWNTOWN EL CAJON FARMERS MARKET – DEADLINE NOV. 30

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.

WOOD’N’ LIPS HOSTS OPEN MIC THURSDAYS AT KAFFEE MEISTER IN SANTEE

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.

A NEW COMMUNITY GARDEN OPENED AT LOS PENASQUITOS CANYON PRESERVE

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.

WELLS FARGO OFFERS FREE CREDIT SCORES TO EVERY CONSUMER CUSTOMER

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.

LAKESIDE AUTO SPEEDWAY MONUMENT DEDICATION SET FOR SEPT. 29

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.

PEDAL POWER: BIKES, SURREYS AND DEUCE COUPS NOW AVAILABLE FOR RENT AT SANTEE LAKES

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.

EAST COUNTY AUTO CLUB BRANCH OPENS

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.

BULLY STOP SEMINAR: SEPT. 28 AT QUEST MARTIAL ARTS IN SPRING VALLEY

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."

SAN DIEGO COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT IS HIRING

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.

CITY OF EL CAJON RECREATION DEPARTMENT TEEN COALITION SEEKING APPLICANTS

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.

3RD ANNUAL TRANSPORTATION EXPO IS OCTOBER 3

 

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.

SENIOR SCAM STOPPERS SEMINAR SEPTEMBER 13

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. 

FALL EVENTS IN EAST COUNTY PARKS

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.

COMING TO A THEATER NEAR YOU – PARKS AND REC CREATE A CAMPING PSA

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.

KEPLER DISCOVERS PLANETARY SYSTEM ORBITING TWO SUNS

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.

STARTING SEPT. 2ND, GREEN LINE GOES DOWNTOWN! $3.2 MILLION IN BUS SERVICE ALSO ADDED

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.

NEW LAW REQUIRES OUT-OF-STATE RETAILERS TO COLLECT USE TAX

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.

DULZURA SHERIFF STATION OPEN HOUSE AUGUST 25

 

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.

 

RURAL REFINED LAUNCHES “THE RURAL PROJECT” WITH $1,000 TOP PRIZE

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.

CATALOG CHOICE TO AWARD CUSTOMIZED WASTE-REDUCTION PROGRAM TO SELECTED CALIFORNIA MUNICIPALITIES

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. 

COMMUNITY BLOG LAUNCHES FOR LAWSON VALLEY

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.

A NEW FARMERS MARKET IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO

 

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. 

 

LA MESA CENTENNIAL “AMAZING GEOCACHE” CHALLENGE BEGINS

 
Modern Day Scavenger Hunt Uses GPS-Enabled Devices to Find City’s Historic Treasures
July 17, 2012 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Centennial-themed Amazing Geocache Challenge is officially on, and anyone who appreciates a fun and family-friendly modern-day scavenger hunt is encouraged to participate – and possibly win prizes along the way. Officially started on June 2 to coincide with the city’s Flag Day Parade, the Challenge concludes at 5:00 pm October 7, 2012, coinciding with the end of the La Mesa Oktoberfest. It’s not to late to participate!

SAFE LIGHT PROJECT: FREE SOLAR MOTION-ACTIVATED LIGHTS FOR QUALIFYING SAN DIEGO RESIDENTS

 
July 13, 2012 (San Diego)--The City of San Diego and the nonprofit organization Rebuilding Together San Diego, have developed a program to increase lighting in several areas within the City. 
 
Rebuilding Together San Diego has coordinated purchase and installation of high powered, motion-activated L.E.D floodlights which are battery-operated and charged via solar panels. These lights and their installation are free of charge to qualifying residents.

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