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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

SDG&E’s new rules drastically change the economics of going solar. More than 15,000 San Diegans have gone solar this year, and the vast majority is likely unaware of the financial impact they will experience when San Diego Gas & Electric moves them on to the new solar rates. A typical homeowner may lose tens of thousands of dollars in savings over the lifetime of their solar power system if it is not designed to take into account the new solar rules and rates. 

Why I voted for the temporary ban on the free distribution of food to the general public in public spaces

Some voices, especially from outside the City of El Cajon, have mischaracterized the City’s temporary prohibition on feeding the public in public spaces.  I thought I’d address here why I voted for the temporary ordinance and attempt to clear up any misunderstandings which have been distributed on social media and spoken in public forums.

Soroptimist International of La Mesa held its 60th Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Community Breakfast at the Handlery Hotel in Mission Valley. During the breakfast, the volunteer service club saluted women from across San Diego who have received the Soroptimist "Live Your Dream" (LYD) Award, a program that assists women who are trying to improve their lives through education and training while overcoming obstacles such as domestic violence, poverty, homelessness, drug or alcohol abuse, etc.  

On Saturday, Dec. 9, 25,000 people are expected to attend the 21st annual Toys for Joy event at from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event has grown over the years and expanded to four locations, including El Cajon Valley High School, Lincoln High School, Southwest High School, and Vista High School.

“Natural Views” will be on display in the Mission Trails Regional Park Visitor Center Art Gallery Dec. 9, – Jan. 5, 2018. The public is cordially invited to a reception in honor of the artists on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

By Sabrina Kumre

This past Sunday, Nov. 19, the El Cajon chapter of the Harley Owners Group (HOG) hosted their fourth annual Toys for Tots Program to benefit children in the San Diego area.

We’ve all heard it and personally complain about it out loud: “The managers and supervisors of my company make big salaries while me and my fellow workers get much lower wages!” This is the lament of workers at private companies, commercial industry, and now teachers presently working for the Cajon Valley Union School District.

Vietnam Veterans of America, California State Council has named 

 Assemblyman Randy Voepel Legislator of the Year.

“Assemblyman Voepel is one of us; a Vietnam veteran, and he understands our issues and the importance of helping not just our generation of veterans, but the men and women who are currently returning home from deployments in the Middle East,” said Dean Gotham, Chairman, VVA-CSC Government Affairs Committee.

Pierce Newsome, a junior at Helix High School in La Mesa, is the recipient of a $1,000 college scholarship from Do Something and Motiv San Diego. Newsome received the award at the Motiv8 Teen Service Summit held at University of San Diego in October.

Motiv connects high school teens to meaningful volunteer opportunities to foster passion for lifelong community service engagement. Motiv partners with DoSomething.org to connect teens to “do it yourself” service projects.

Three of St. Paul’s Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) employees has been accepted as scholars into the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP), a national program funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.