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Two finalists named for chancellorship of Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College

December 2, 2008 (EL CAJON) Public forums are scheduled for Dec. 10 and 11 for two finalists seeking the position of GCCCD chancellor. The finalists are
Dr. Cindy Miles, president of the Hialeah Campus of Miami Dade College in Florida,
and Dr. Mark Zacovic, interim vice president of administrative services for
the Pasadena Area Community College District.

The district is seeking a new chancellor because of Dr. Omero Suarez's plans
to retire from the district next spring after more than a decade at the district's
helm.

TOYS NEEDED FOR KIDS AND TEENS OF SINGLE PARENTS: CARE ORGANIZES DRIVE FOR DEC. 5 EVENT AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

SantaGrossmont
College's Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) program, which
serves several hundred Grossmont College students who are single parents receiving
public assistance, is hosting a holiday party at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec.
5 at the college's Student Center.  CARE  is seeking donations of
unwrapped toys and gift cards for distribution at the party to school-age children
below age 17.

Christmas in the Village

Quintessential hometown fun

By Kristin Hobbs Kjaero

La
Mesa (December 1, 2008) —
Santa Claus is coming to town!

On December 12-13, the La Mesa Village will magically transform with Christmas
lights, sparkling window displays and open fire pits. Visitors can enjoy carnival
rides, puppet shows, four stages showcasing homegrown talent, and ride ponies,
carriage, and fire truck.

EDITORIAL - A PROPOSAL FOR PRESIDENT-ELECT BARACK OBAMA

Put Americans to work providing fire protection infrastructure and
energy independence for San Diego's fire-ravaged East County region

By Miriam Raftery, Editor, East County Magazine

December
7, 2008 (San Diego's East County) —
President-Elect Barack
Obama is expected to propose the largest infrastructure-rebuilding program
since Franklin Delano Roosevelt initiated the Works Progress Administration
(WPA) during the Great Depression.  The goal is to put Americans back
to work and revitalize the economy while also repairing roads, bridges, levees
and other public projects.

While fiscal conservatives may oppose massive spending on public works projects,
the reality is that with a Democratic-controlled Congress, the President's
proposed infusion of capital into infrastructure rebuilding is guaranteed to
pass. "So why not have San Diego County's bipartisan Congressional delegation
propose that a portion of those infrastructure dollars be spent to improve
fire safety right here in East County, where the worst wildfires in California
history struck in 2003 and again in 2007?"

Save Water to Win Free Admission to the Natural History Museum--and Get Discounts for Legoland

December 1, 2008 (Natural History Museum) — San Diego County faces water rationing in 2009 as a result of drought.  Water districts locally are asking all users to cut back on water usage. Now you can earn some fun rewards for your family by conserving water. 

Residential customers who have saved water could win a family membership at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Sylvia's Soapbox --” DOCTOR, PATIENT MISTAKES CAN BE DEADLY AND EXPENSIVE

By Sylvia Hampton

Sylvia's SoapboxAs I write this, my daughter’s relative by marriage and close friend
is in a Los Angeles hospital intensive care unit fighting for her life at age
46. The family told my daughter the following story:

“Peggy” (not her real name) had been feeling ill for some time
with abdominal pain that her doctor thought was from the uterine fibroids they
knew she had. The doctor was considering a hysterectomy to correct the problem.
When her pain and complaints worsened she was told to take ibuprofen. This
did not help and when she later could not get a call-back from the doctor,
in frustration, she increased the dose herself to a dangerous level. The pain
got so bad after a day or two that she ended up in the emergency room where
she was diagnosed with diverticulitis, an inflammation of the colon, which
was missed during the earlier office visit. Did she have an elevated temperature?
Was that checked?

FORMER GUHSD SUPERINTENDENT TERRY RYAN DIES OF BRAIN TUMOR

By Miriam Raftery

December 1, 2008 (East San Diego County) — Terry Ryan, former superintendent of the Grossmont Union High School District, died November 24 at his home in
Rancho Bernardo.  Battling brain cancer, Ryan resigned from his position
at the GUHSD 18 months ago.

SOLAR HOLIDAY LIGHTS-- SAFE, CHEAP & GREEN!

By Miriam Raftery

December 2008 (San Diego) — Here's a bright idea--save money on your holiday electric bills by going green! 

Solar holiday lights are now available in white or colored strings, twinkling lights, tree nets, wreaths, illuminated stars and even poinsettia lights for a variety of outdoor applications. 

CHEAPSKATE GUIDE - TIPS FOR SURVIVING HOLIDAYS IN HARD TIMES

By Miriam Raftery

December 1, 2008 Holiday season can be a major budget-buster.  Short
of morphing into Ebenezeer Scrooge and avoiding gift-giving or merrymaking,
how can you survive the season without spending more than you can afford?  Here
are a few tips:

 

The San Diego Science Festival presents Small Wonders: a day of exploration into the world of nanotechnology and advanced materials for high school students

December 12 deadline for schools to apply

You have heard about the Stone Age, the Iron Age and the Bronze Age. Now we are
in the midst of a new technological revolution driven by nanotechnology and
other material sciences, which will usher in a new age of Advanced Materials. On
April 1, 175 high school students from all over San Diego County will
have the opportunity to participate in a fun, interactive and eye-opening day
as they learn about some of the exciting technologies that are driving this
new technological age.

Editorial - Proposition 8: An Irrational Assault on Civil Liberties, the 1st Amendment, and Gays

By Joel A. Harrison

Prop 8 Opponents at November 15th March.
Photo credit: Rick Greenblatt.

Updated December 4, 2008 — Though heterosexual,
I was both saddened and angered at the passage of Prop 8. In California it
takes a two-thirds majority to pass a tax law, i.e. the state taking personal
material property from an individual; but it takes a mere majority to deprive
someone of a civil liberty. Supporters of Prop 8 were angered by the State
Supreme Courts "thwarting the will of the people" in
overturning a previous anti-gay marriage proposition. In Federalist Paper 10,
James Madison, considered the Father of Our Constitution and author of our
Bill of Rights, writes that one of the key purposes of our Constitution was
to [restrain the ability of] "a majority or minority of the whole, who are
united and actuated by some common impulse or passion, or of interest, adverse
to the rights of other citizens." When all else fails, it is the role of our
courts to protect the rights of individuals.

EDITORIAL - CHANGE NEEDED IN INITIATIVE PROCESS AND VOTING HOURS

By Wren Osborn

Early voting at the San Diego Registrar of Voters, where
some people waited up to six hours in line.

December 1, 2008 (El Cajon) — I cannot understand why it is so easy to change
the California Constitution. "All it takes is an initiative with 50% of
the vote plus one voter and voila a new amendment to the Constitution." Yes,
it takes 8% to qualify the proposition instead of the usual 5% but does that
bring mature reflection to the process? "I would say not." Especially
since the process is now dominated by moneyed interests who hire paid signature
gatherers -- We've created a slam dunk process for those with money.

GIFTS FROM THE EAST

Our holiday guide to gifts unique to East County

By Miriam Raftery

Hot Pads
Buckskin baby booties are available at Mountain Oaks
Trading Post, Julian

December 1, 2008 (San Diego's East
County) —
This holiday season, why not choose gifts that benefit our community and provide
recipients with gifts that are unique to East County and San Diego's eastern
region?

In today's tough economic times, local merchants need support from community
members--especially during the holiday shopping season.   Buying products
made overseas or from companies that outsource jobs to foreign markets does
not help the U.S. economy or American workers.   Too many people
don't realize that ordering from big box discount stores or from Internet vendors
in distant places takes business away from our local economy.

BEST BAKERIES IN EAST COUNTY

Story and photos by Miriam Raftery

December 1, 2008 (San Diego's East County) — Holiday
season brings warm memories of home-baked goodies--the yeasty aroma of
freshly baked bread, rolling out cookie dough and decorating holiday
cookies, not to mention savoring home-made pies and other sweet delights.

THE WILL POWER REPORT - A BLANKET PARDON?

Nothing but the Truth!

By Will Power

Will Power LogoDecember
1, 2008 (San Diego) —
When I was about five years old, my father
was a US Air Force Officer. He was involved in a Court-Martial in Wichita ,
Kansas. It seemed a considerable number of US Army blankets went missing, and
several airmen were charged with stealing the blankets and selling them off
the base. I don't even remember the disposition, though I recollect nobody
was found guilty.

BE A FLOWER HELPER (OR JUST AN ADMIRER) AT THE WORLD’S BIGGEST FLOWER PARADE

Roses for Bayer float

December 1, 2008 (Pasadena) — For a unique adventure just up the road, you can
help behind the scenes in the days before the Jan. 1st Tournament of Roses Parade
in Pasadena. The parade will be seen by 40 million people on Jan. 1 on TV networks
including HGTV. Each float is decorated with more flowers than the average florist
will use in five years!

THE RENO REPORT - Good Luck, Chuck!

An Iowa native & SDSU Alum on the Firing of Chuck
Long

By Jamie Reno
Exclusive for East County Magazine

November 25, 2008 (San Diego) — The announcement this week that San Diego
State University head football coach Chuck Long was fired stirred up wildly
mixed emotions in me. On the one hand, as a rabid San Diego State football
fan who attended SDSU in the 1980s and is sick and tired of losing seasons,
I was ecstatic. Get rid of the guy! On the other hand, as someone
who has idolized Long for the last 25 years, I was crushed. How could they
fire my hero
?

THE ROLLING REVIEWER -- A TRAIL FIT TO BE WHEELED

By Janelle Eckardt

Dec. 1, 2008 (San Diego) —  Native San Diegans
are quick to admit that we enjoy arguably the best weather in the entire country – boasting
a balmy 74 degree average in November.  While the North East freezes each
winter, we oftentimes forget to even wear a coat to work.  But as a wise
person once noted, perfection grows weary; East County’s weather can
be so predictable and mild that we revel in the slightest “pattern” or “flow.” And
I am no exception. The first gloomy sign of autumn inspired me to head out
for a day of hiking at one of our most wheelchair-friendly parks: the Mission
Trails Regional Park (MTRP).

O CHRISTMAS TREE--CERTIFIED GREEN!

The
Coalition of Environmentally Conscious Growers™ is asking consumers to
purchase a real “certified green” Christmas tree this holiday season
for the following reasons:

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