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December 21, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – Congresswoman Susan Davis, La Mesa Mayor Art Madrid, and El Cajon Councilman Gary Kendrick were among the elected officials who joined in our “Feasting & Merrymaking” party over the weekend—and shared some  special news for our community.

Our guests also enjoyed live jazz by the amazing Chris Klich trio, fabulous food by chef Patrick Dean and the Grove Pastry Shop, wines from La Serenissima and San Pasqual wineries, plus an East County trivia game and prize drawings.

Editor Miriam Raftery welcomed guests, then introduced our VIP attendees.

“I am hopeful that we can reopen the East County Performing Arts Center by December 2013,” Councilman Kendrick said, drawing applause.   

Congresswoman Davis acknowledged our hard-working writers, editors and photographers and the contributions that East County Magazine has made to our community.  She also talked about the “fiscal cliff” negotiations in Congress and her hopes that both parties will work together to protect Social Security , Medicare and benefits for working people.

Mayor Madrid offered amusing details about a rooster credited with saving La Mesa.  After escaping from its owner, the cocky bird found its way to the La Torta restaurant, where it consumed  spicy food left outside.  “The rooster was coughing and cackling,” said Madrid.  A neighbor heard the commotion and looked outside in time to see flames leaping up from nearby Gingham’s Restaurant and called 911. Firefighters arrived just in time to prevent the blaze from spreading through the historic village. (Next up, Council may act to pardon the rooster, which is illegal to own in La Mesa, and its owner.)

Other public officials in attendance including Grossmont Union High School Board member Priscilla Schreiber, who thanked East County Magazine for hosting a candidate forum this fall, and Boulevard Planning Group member Melody Ponchot, who shared her concerns over industrial wind turbines proposed to be built in her scenic rural community.

More than 75 people attended our annual holiday festivities, including East County Magazine’s staff, publisher, donors, friends, community leaders, and most importantly of all, our wonderful readers.

Thanks to all who helped to make our holiday celebration a wonderful occasion!

We wish you and your family a merry Christmas/happy Hannukkah and a New Year filled with joy.

If you couldn’t make it to our party and want to support nonprofit community media, you can make a tax-deductible year-end donation, or join our Editor’s Club with a monthly pledge of $10 or more, at


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