Valerie Harrison

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: FIREFIGHTERS BATTLE HOUSE ABLAZE IN RANCHO SAN DIEGO

 

May 16, 2014 (Rancho San Diego) – Valerie Harrison sent in this dramatic image of a pair of firefighters battling an inferno during a house fire in Rancho San Diego on May 14.

END OF AN ERA: RANCHO SAN DIEGO-JAMUL CHAMBER CLOSES DOORS AFTER BEER FESTIVAL CANCELLATION; CITY FAILS TO ANSWER QUESTIONS, CRITICISMS ON ITS ACTIONS

EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE OUTSTANDING CITIZEN AWARD-WINNERS NAMED

 

 

VIP party honored achievements by local citizens and community leaders

 

By Miriam Raftery; photos by Julie Edwards

 

May 3, 2010 (San Diego’s East County) – During a “Celebrate our Citizens” VIP party at Cuyamaca College on April 28, East County Magazine presented awards to honor local citizens’ achievements in five categories: Humanitarian, Community Organizing, Education, Business Leadership, Environmental Protection, and Community Heroes. In addition, a special award recognized Viejas Fire Chief Don Butz and the Viejas Fire Department for their efforts to keep our communities safe from wildfires.

FREE JOB LISTINGS & MORE OFFERED BY RANCHO SAN DIEGO-JAMUL CHAMBER

 

 

February 14, 2010 (Rancho San Diego) – If your company has a “help wanted” ad, you can now place your job listing free in the Rancho San Diego-Jamul Chamber of Commerce monthly newsletter, The Bridge.

“We will also list job fairs as a free community service,” said RSDJ Chamber President Valerie Harrison.

 

SUMMIT SEEKS HELP FOR GROWING REFUGEE POPULATION IN EAST COUNTY

Nearly 85% of local refugees are from war-torn Iraq, straining resources on schools and social services; local leaders call for major changes in treatment of refugees

 

"We can create a national model," -- Sunny Cooke, president, Grossmont College

 

November 12, 2009 (El Cajon) – Impacts of the Iraq War are hitting home in East County, where so many Iraqi refugees have settled that El Cajon's mayor has dubbed a section of his community "Little Baghdad."  From Oct. 1, 2008 to October 1, 2009, the U.S. admitted almost 75,000 refugees—including 18,333 from Iraq.*  Since October 2008, San Diego has been taking in 400 refugee families a month.  Nearly 85% are from Iraq.  Almost 75% of all area refugees have settled in the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District (GCCCD), straining resources beyond capacity in social services, education, and healthcare.

 

“Social Services predicts that 200 to 300 new families will be entering East County each month for the next two or three years,” Mike Lewis, PhD, assistant superintendent of education for the Grossmont Union High School District said at a November 6 summit at Cuyamaca College titled Spotlight on Refugee Education and Employment.  Some have spent weeks or even years in refugee camps.  Many don’t speak English and have not been able to receive an education.  Many refugees are also physically maimed by war or suffer post-traumatic stress.  Often they receive misinformation and find steep barriers to getting the help that they need.