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La Mesa California

51st Congressional District candidate Hilaire “Fuji” Shioura

TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHY YOU ARE RUNNING FOR CONGRESS. As a committed educator and small business owner, I am running for Congress in California’s 51st District with a vision for transformative change. My campaign is grounded in key issues: ensuring safer schools, protecting parental rights, fostering…

La Mesa’s oldest park reopens after $4.5 million makeover

On Feb. 10, La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis, City Council members, Assemblymember Akilah Weber, city staff, and community leaders cut the ribbon to officially open the newly renovated Collier Park, the oldest park in La Mesa. “Growing up, I spent much of my childhood riding my bike to Collier Park…

Collaboration offers support for business

Recent historic storms have ravaged many small businesses and nonprofits in San Diego County and have had a disproportionate effect on business owners of color in the communities hit the hardest by flooding. Many of these communities have long grappled with systemic racism and economic disparity, and without the right…

51st Congressional District candidate Stan Caplan.

TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND WHY YOU ARE RUNNING FOR CONGRESS. I don’t like where our country is headed. WHAT ARE, IN ORDER, THE COUNTRY’S TOP 3 SPENDING PRIORITIES? Audit and cut wasteful spending in all areas – for future generations. WHERE DO YOU STAND ON FUNDING FOR AID TO…

Full shelters looking for funds, fosters

The San Diego Humane Society is starting its Walk For Animal campaigns. Walk For Animals – North County’s registration is now open (https://bit.ly/488CdUu) and will be held March 16 at Kit Carson Park in Escondido. This will be quickly followed by Walk For Animals – San Diego on May 4…

Veteran’s Center set for grand opening

On Feb. 15 Grossmont College will celebrate the grand opening of a new building that will provide a new home for the Grossmont College’s Veterans’ Center, along with classrooms and resources for math and science students. The 61,390-square-foot building will house the Grossmont College math, earth science, and anthropology classrooms,…

Authorities are asking for help identifying a woman found unresponsive in Santee earlier this week.

Officials with the San Diego County Examiner’s Office said a woman who appeared to be between the ages of 45 and 55 was found unresponsive in the brush on the southern border of Forester Creek Monday afternoon. After responding to a call for help in the area, paramedics were unable…

Resources ready for post storm remedies

With the 100-year storm wreaking havoc in San Diego County last week, the County declared a State of Emergency. With certain areas being hit harder than others, the Southern California Rental Housing Association is sharing best-practice tips for property owners, including homeowners and others who own real estate. TIPS, REMINDERS,…

Volunteers tally in county wide Point-in-Time Count

By Fernanda Lopez Halvorson County of San Diego Communications Office Once a year, around 1,500 volunteers walk the streets of San Diego County before the sun comes up as part of the region’s Point-in-Time Count to find people experiencing homelessness. The annual survey, called We All Count, is led by…

Parkway Plaza ushers in youth focused nights

Parkway Plaza is bringing back two events for children and teens beginning in February. Kids Night Out and Saved by the 90’s-Teen Night. Kids Night out begins on Feb. 9 with crafting for kids, dancing, games, giveaways and more. Registered guests will be entered to win rotating prize packages. This…

GUHSD superintendent leaving

After 37 years of service to the Grossmont Union Highs School District, Superintendent Mary Beth Kastan announced she will resign at the end of the 2023.34 school year. Kastan began her career with GUHSD in 1987 as a Social Science Teacher at Mount Miguel High School. She then served as…

El Cajon State of the City Address

The City of El Cajon announces the annual State of El Cajon address, to be hosted by Mayor Bill Wells and the El Cajon City Council. This event will take place at the Courtyard by Marriott, located at 141 Magnolia Ave., on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 6 p.m. The State…

Assembly member’s town hall delivers sobering budget news

On Jan. 17, Assembly member Dr. Akilah Weber, 79th Assembly District, held a virtual town hall meeting to discuss the governor’s proposed 2024/25 proposed budget with a looming nearly $38 forecasted billion deficit. She said this is about $30 million lower than reported by the Legislative Analyst’s Office in December.…

OWD elects new board president

At its January meeting, the Otay Water District board of directors elected new officers to lead the District’s board for 2024. The board elected director Jose Lopez, who represents division four, as president. The board also elected board member Ryan Keyes, serving division two, as vice president, and Mark Robak,…

Countywide meal provider Mama’s Kitchen has new CEO

Mama’s Kitchen CEO Alberto Cortés is retiring after 21 years on Jan. 26, and under his leadership has grown Mama’s Kitchen from a $1.7 million to a $5.5 million nonprofit, expanding the organizations HIV-focused mission to serve San Diegans with other critical illnesses. Now, Mama’s Kitchen works with more than…

Firefighters put boots on the ground

On March 7 local firefighters will take their boots to the streets for the 25th Burn Institute Annual Firefighter Boot Drive. Hundreds of uniformed firefighters will be stationed at intersections across the county to collect donations for the Burn Institute’s fire and burn prevention education and burn survivor support services.…

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