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Pass the potatoes and pet the dog

Animal Shelters are issuing warnings intended to keep local pets safe as the holidays unfold. San Diego Humane Society Director of Public Relations Nina Thompson said simply reminding guests to avoid sharing food with pets is wise, however they also suggest preparing a few snack bags in advance with pet…

Holidays arrive with specter of three respiratory viruses looming

California Health & Human Services Agency Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly hosted a teleconference on Nov. 17 to address the triple threat of viruses people and hospitals are facing heading into the holidays and winter season: the flu, COVID-19, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus. Ghaly said it has been a while since…

Warriors foundation has evolved over 100 years with same mission—aiding women

Foundation for Women Warriors is the only organization in California that solely focuses on serving women veterans and their families with programs that address the growing needs of the increasing number of military women transitioning into civilian life. CEO Jodie Grenier said the foundation is a 102-year-old nonprofit, beginning in…

Volunteers decorate veterans’ graves with Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America volunteers will be laying wreaths across veterans’ graves at nine different cemeteries across the county on Dec. 17 as they say their name aloud in remembrance, just as volunteers have done at military graves since Worcester Wreath Company donated extra wreaths to Arlington national cemetery in 1992.…

‘Club’ celebrates quarter century of service

On Nov. 10, the Home of Guiding Hands, a nonprofit that serves individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in San Diego and Imperial counties, honored long term staff at its 25-Year Club Celebration. In conjunction with this, it celebrated HGH CFO Jan Adams who will retire at the end of…

La Mesa Chamber of Commerce collecting donations for seniors

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is collecting donations for 16 homebound seniors through Dec. 2. The presents will be wrapped, grouped in holiday baskets and dropped off by the La Mesa Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol for selected seniors. Chamber president Mary England said many of the donations she’s seen…

State awards Viejas millions

The Viejas Tribe of Kumeyaay Indians received a $31 million grant from the California Energy Commission to deploy a cutting-edge, long duration energy storage system that will provide renewable backup for the Viejas tribe and support statewide grid reliability in the event of an emergency. The project, funded by one…

Advisors seek to change homelessness viewpoint

John Brady is the director of Lived Experience Advisers, a non-profit organization which recruits and trains people with lived homelessness experience to share their stories with government leaders, the community, academic and professional groups across the county to change the perceptions of homelessness. Often, Brady said, a community’s perspective on…

Mission Trails open for holiday shopping

Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center is opening its Holiday Marketplace on Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., transforming itself into a seasonal marketplace with one-of-a-kind gifts from local artisans with nature-themed products. Venders will offer a variety of products, including jewelry, cards, home goods, woodworks, ceramics, soaps,…

FUNDS FOR FISHER HOUSE

Courtesy photo The Lemon Grove Lions presented a $1,000 donation to Fisher House San Diego on Oct. 14. Located at the Naval Center, Fisher House San Diego offers a “home away from home” at no cost for families of patients receiving medical care at Naval Medical Center San Diego. From…

La Mesa History Center historic home tour a comment on design, history

When La Mesa History Center’s historic home tour organizer Jim Newland describes the annual event, happening in person on Nov. 5 after two years of distancing, he talks about the wider area encompassing Grossmont and Mt. Helix, Rolando and College Grove, and weaves in commentary about culture, unseen red-lining and…

Kristine Alessio for La Mesa mayor

Kristine Alessio is a 56-year-old attorney specializing in land use, a cat lover who helped found non-profit Savannah Rescue, and a board member of La Mesa Historical Society. The former La Mesa City Council member is running for the mayoral seat. Her two largest donors are La Mesa Firefighters association…

Mark Araposthatis for La Mesa mayor

Mark Arapostathis, 56, is a full-time teacher at La Mesa Arts Academy by day and Mayor of La Mesa by night, a position he’d like to retain through one more term as an incumbent. His campaign donations hover around $100 apiece, mostly from individuals, with one larger $4,900 donation from…

Reichart running for supervisor

Amy Reichert, 54, is a private investigator who has owned her small practice for 22 years. She’s running against County Board of Supervisors District 4 incumbent Nathan Fletcher with three primary goals: to lower the cost of living in San Diego County, solve what she calls a “homeless epidemic” and…

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