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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

This week, the City of El Cajon launched a campaign calling for Real change, not spare change. The campaign encourages the public to contribute in meaningful ways to help homeless individuals rather than contributing to panhandling. 

The City has already begun installing signs around El Cajon that encourage donating to homeless service providers rather than panhandlers. In addition, the East County Chamber of Commerce will distribute posters for businesses to display that discourage contributing to panhandlers. 

Peace and Justice Art from El Cajon kids and teachers were featured in Sacramento at the California Vision 2020 Conference Sept 21, as part of the United Nation’s International Day of Peace Celebration, and in discussion rooms at the conference on Sept. 22 and 23.

The Water Conservation Garden is excited to announce the return of its Halloween-themed Ms. Smarty-Plants™ Goes Batty!  Celebrating the season of ghosts and goblins, the Garden’s entertaining educational ambassador, Ms. Smarty-Plants™, takes center stage at the Friday, October 13 event.  The evening includes meandering around the Garden’s Trick or Treat Trails, hands-on Creepy Critter Encounters, and a Ms.

The La Mesa Chamber believes being a good community leader includes assisting those in need. Each year the Chamber has assisted homebound seniors and this year we shall assist 24.

The Chamber is beginning to gather items for these seniors. It is the goal of the Chamber to collect, purchase and assemble items and place them in large gift baskets and gift bags. All of these gifts are delivered along with a hot turkey dinner with all of the trimmings to the selected seniors by the La Mesa Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol. 

Celebrating its 44th year in 2017,

GI Film Festival San Diego is back, making it’s third annual appearance, featuring the untold stories of America’s military through film. The five-day military film festival features more than 30 films, including eight West Coast premieres, at various San Diego County venues from Oct. 18-22. All major film genres are represented throughout the festival, including dramas, documentaries and personal narratives in both short and feature length formats.

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce our 2017 holiday project that assists military children and families who live in La Mesa military housing.

La Mesa Chamber of Commerce and local community supporters are passionate about enriching the lives of military children and making sure they have a happy and memorable holiday. This project began last year with an investment by Jerry Lester, a strong advocate of children. 

Five local educators were named San Diego County T

Sponsored by Grossmont College’s Student Success & Equity Fund and the Latin@ Alliance