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February ushers in human rights film festival

Childcare and education, environmental protection, gender equality, transgender and indigenous rights, women’s rights—these are some of the subjects of the critically acclaimed films at the 13th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival hosted by the Museum of Photographic Arts from Feb. 2-9. Kicking off the festival on Feb. 2, an…

Spring Valley Day planned

Co-presented by the Spring Valley Community Alliance, New Seasons Church, and the Spring Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Spring Valley Day Planning Committee is looking to the local community in bringing together a day of celebration with its inaugural Spring Valley Day 2023 to be held on April 29. Spring…

Grant boosts hopes for growth in juvenile psychiatry workforce

A $4 million grant from UnitedHealth Group is helping the University of California to build a more diverse child and adolescent psychiatry workforce. Announced in 2020, the UC San Diego School of Medicine launched the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Inclusive Excellence Program (CAPIE) to expand the state’s mental health workforce…

Testing centers shutting down

The County of San Diego announced that the state is closing six state COVID-19 testing and treatment sites due to declining demand, but the County ensures there will still be plenty of option for San Diegans to get testing and treatment. Last week, state-supported testing and treatment sites were closed…

Partnership sets sights on college prep

Excellence and Justice in Education Academies in El Cajon and Barrio Logan College Institute announced its partnership last week to prepare K-12 students in the El Cajon area to be the first in their families to college. Under this partnership, BLCI will move its El Cajon operations to the EJEA…

911 services expand in El Cajon

The City of El Cajon announced that El Cajon residents who call 9-1-1 may receive expanded medical services through the El Cajon Community Care Program, a healthcare solution through a partnership between the City and American Medical Response. The program includes additional medical option by connecting 9-1-1 callers with a…

Group shifts focus to vet businesses

Susan Roberts is Chair of the Veterans East County Alliance, a San Diego Regional East County Chamber of Commerce program she first established in 2015 and rebooted in 2021 with a new focus on the business community. Headed into 2023, Roberts said the group is “taking off.” “I think of…

Tea by the Sea helps fund gallery

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center is gearing up for its 10th Annual Tea by the Sea at the Marine Room in La Jolla on Jan. 21 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year’s honorary chairs are Maureen King, Barbara Menard, and Angel Kleinbub. The event benefits Sophie’s Gallery art program…

El Cajon council, residents smitten with service app

At the Jan. 10 El Cajon City Council meeting, staff presented a report on the success of the City of El Cajon app, a service request management platform for mobile devices and computers. Launched in 2020, the app is available for both Android and Apple devices and can be used…

Networking bridges generational gap

Two entrepreneurs in Lemon Grove came together in a design of events to create a space where people from different cultures and generations can exchange knowledge, and to convene in a space to feel seen, inspired, encouraged, supported, and loved. Mohini Gima, the owner of Enchant Your Life Their first…

Task force counting on volunteers

San Diego Regional Task Force on Homelessness is looking for volunteers to help with the annual Point in Time Count which is scheduled for Jan. 26. Federally mandated by the Department of Housing and Urban development, the count requires dozens of volunteers to go out in teams and gather information…

Cooperation on the 2023 schedule

By Marie Waldron On Jan. 4, 80 Assemblymembers and 40 Senators returned to Sacramento for the 2023-2024 legislative session. Hundreds of bills will be introduced over the coming weeks. Most won’t be controversial, and many will probably never become law. Most bills must be submitted to the Office of Legislative…

Humane society pauses canine intake

With San Diego Humane Society locations being at or over capacity, and recent cases of canine distemper virus, the organization has temporarily suspended the intake of owner-surrendered dogs until Jan. 15, 2023. CDV is a contagious and sometimes fatal viral infection in dogs and some wild animals such as racoons,…

Anderson wants money for refugees

On Dec. 23, Congress approved reimbursing the Federal Emergency Management Agency up to $785 million for costs related to emergency shelters and services to asylum seekers. District 2 Supervisor Joel Anderson is asking his four colleagues on the county Board of Supervisors to vote cohesively and request some of those…

County’s transient occupancy tax revenue showed anticipated growth

It was reasonably expected that the County of San Diego’s Transient Occupancy Tax revenue for Fiscal Year 2021-22 would be higher than for 2019-20 and 2020-21 when coronavirus restrictions reduced lodging, but the 2021-22 countywide total of $7,225,923.25 was 24.9 percent higher than the 2018-19 figure of $5,784,163.63. The 2021-22…

ONE FINAL LOOK BACK

The city of La Mesa in February voted 3-2 to uphold an October 2021 appeal against a proposed marijuana dispensary filed by Communities Against Substance Abuse Executive Director Dana Stevens. An overview map provided showed the storefront’s proposed entrance would sit 1,950 feet away from Christ Lutheran church and school…

Starting the new year with Fitness Palooza for older adults

Starting the new year people often make resolutions only to be disappointed. But when it comes to staying healthy, San Diego Oasis, a nonprofit dedicated in helping older adults live rich and vibrant lives, is holding its annual Fitness Palooza on Jan. 6 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at…

Regional homelessness part of national equation

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development released their annual Homeless Assessment report to Congress on Dec. 19, which showed 582,462 people were experiencing homelessness on a single night in January 2022. The unfunded federally mandated count, a one-night tally of homeless individuals which takes place each January has…

Hundreds benefit from hospital’s longtime tradition of giving

Now in its 36th year, Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s annual Santa’s Korner Toy Drive serves local families in need who live in East County. Sharp Grossmont coordinated with various organizations, as well has the hospital’s prenatal services and adopted local families. On Dec. 14, hospital staff collected gifts on site before…

El Cajon focused on cleaner neighborhoods in 2023

Coming on Jan. 1, 2023, the city of El Cajon is launching a new program designed to encourage clean neighborhoods and community pride with its Neighborhood Cleanup Program. This is a free City service created to enable local residents within the city to divert trash from the streets and improve…

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