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Articles by BJ Coleman

What do you call people who compete with each other in business but spend most time alternately praising their professional counterparts’ camaraderie and extolling the family atmosphere of enterprises in their craft? You call them East County brewers.

Central hubs for multiple San Diego Beer Week events in East County included urbn st. brewing co. in El Cajon and Oggi’s Pizza & Brewing Co. in Santee. (Other local breweries opted for limited events, hosting in-house specials and participating in countywide SDBW gatherings.)

Salvation Army sums up its missions as “doing the most good.” Holiday shoppers know that Christmas time really is coming, when they see the Salvation Army’s red kettles and hear those ringing silver bells, which invite people to share their own good fortune with less fortunate neighbors.

Life is precious, but its value can be overshadowed when no purpose in life is immediately apparent. On Veterans Day, U.S. citizens pause in grateful remembrance honoring their fellow countrymen and -women, which through military service have defended life and liberty for others in the nation. But what happens when these protectors return from service wounded and injured, needing protection themselves? Those who rescue the rescuers are also deserving of appreciation and recognition.

Every person is moving toward a destination. For the youngest individuals, that end point of travel should disappear beneath the horizon. But a life-threatening illness can twist anyone’s course onto an unknown path.

Welcome to Julia’s journey.

On Oct. 9, Lakeside’s Chamber of Commerce hosted a Candidate Night meet and greet to inform Lakeside-area voters about local choices for the upcoming gubernatorial election on Nov. 4. The loosely structured three-hour event, held at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, allowed candidates and voters the opportunity to interact personally, freely discussing issues affecting the community. Event organizers also allotted each candidate a few minutes to address the attendee crowd as a whole. 

Veterans Campaign is a non-partisan, non-ideological educational organization dedicated to training military veterans in the ways of American politics since 2009. The group quotes Revolutionary War General and first President George Washington, “When we assumed the soldier, we did not lay aside the citizen.”

The nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization describes its mission simply as, “Training veterans to continue their commitment to service in elected office.”

Around San Diego’s East County, every season is kitten season, according to experts with the cat-care organization Friends of Cats. Its slogan is “You can’t buy love...but you can adopt it!” And it’s staging of the first annual Catoberfest on Sept.27, centered on both raising money to support the group’s efforts and pairing humans with cats for adoption. 

The high, lonesome sound may have provided the musical backdrop at the Santee Bluegrass Festival on Sept. 13. The crowd at the sold-out event, though, was friendly, and their high energy came from the tasty, abundant food and spirited libations that poured as freely as the lyrical harmonies of the bluegrass music setting the tone at Town Center Community Park East.

Brig. Gen, Robert L. Cardenas, US Air Force retired,  is a legend in his own time. And that created a problem.

“I kind of cut my own throat,” said Cardenas referring to his support for a policy barring memorials for anyone alive at Miramar National Cemetery. The Balboa Park Committee has a similarly restrictive standard, reserving public monuments and statues for figures of “significance” in San Diego’s history.