November 7, 2008

Community Notes:

Chula Vista Library Hosts Workshops in Spanish

Is your property at risk of foreclosure? Do you know your rights as homeowners? Those are a few of the questions Attorney Ruben Arizmendi will answer for Spanish speaking homeowners at a series of foreclosure prevention workshops Nov. 12, Dec. 10 and Jan. 14. The workshops will be held at the Civic Center Branch Library, located at 365 F St. at 6:30 p.m. For more information contact the library at (619) 691-5069, or go online at

Arizmendi will give a presentation in Spanish on how foreclosures work and alert homeowners to questionable practices, pitfalls and scams. Following the presentation, Arizmendi will be available to answer questions. The series of workshops is co-sponsored by the Housing Opportunities Collaborative who can be reached at (619) 283-2200, or by visiting

In addition to the series offered in Spanish, the Chula Vista Public Library continues to offer foreclosure workshops in English at the Eastlake branch on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., and the South Chula Vista Branch on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m., where Spanish translation is available. All library programs are co-sponsored by the Friends of the Chula Vista Public Library and are free and open to the public.

Veterans job fair to be held Nov. 13 in San Diego

For Veterans Day, U.S. Labor Department holds month-long nationwide job fair ‘blitz’

WASHINGTON — In observance of upcoming Veterans Day, the U.S. Department of Labor’s HireVetsFirst initiative announced plans for a month-long blitz of more than 120 veterans job fairs to be held in 31 states, including one on Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. PST at the Qualcomm Stadium, 9449 Friars Road, San Diego.

“The qualities America’s service members are known for – discipline, strong work ethic, leadership and technical skills – are highly valued by employers,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. “These job fairs are part of our effort to help America’s service men and women transition back to civilian life when their tours of duty end and are an excellent opportunity for employers looking for great workers.”

“America’s military service members are part of the best military this nation has ever seen,” said Charles S. Ciccolella, assistant secretary of labor for the department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service (VETS). “The Department of Defense and the military services invest billions of dollars in their training and education each year. When they leave the military, our soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines can readily translate their skills, education, training and experience into good civilian jobs. Even more important for America’s employers are the skills the military inculcates into our service members, such as loyalty, selflessness, leadership, discipline, the ability to follow instructions and perform under pressure and to get the job done. In fact, these are the most important skills that employers tell us they are looking for when they hire someone. Today, employers are hiring our military veterans, not only because it’s the right thing to do – even more importantly to them is that they recognize these are the people who will bring success to their companies and businesses.”

A list of job fair locations by state and more information about the HireVetsFirst campaign are available at www. For more information on all of the veterans’ employment programs offered by VETS, visit

The San Diego Women’s Foundation Accepting 2008-2009 Economic & Employment Development Grant RFP

The San Diego Women’s Foundation (SDWF) is accepting proposals for funding in the area of Employment & Economic Development. With the release of its 2008-2009 Grant Guidelines, SDWF enters its ninth year of grant making.

“The goal of the Economic and Employment Development grants cycle is to fund programs that help lower paid, lower skilled workers prepare for and move into higher paid, higher skilled jobs with the intent of strengthening the middle class in the San Diego region,” said Leigh Hartman, SDWF Discovery Team Chair. The specific target area was developed after the team’s yearlong study of priorities within the San Diego region.

All grant applications must be submitted electronically no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, December 3, 2008. Programs should provide education, training, skills development, and/or internships that are intended to result in placing people 16 years or older in specific jobs that move workers toward or into sustainable wage jobs.

Application and guidelines are available at

Last year the SDWF awarded $223,000 to five new community partners whose work addressed the 2008 focus area of building resiliency of youth living in vulnerable communities in the San Diego region by supporting community action programs which help middle-school-age youth develop positive skills and behaviors.

About the San Diego Women’s Foundation

The San Diego Women’s Foundation was established in 2000. SDWF’s mission is to educate and inspire women to engage in significant and sustainable philanthropy to strengthen the San Diego region. Made up of 250+ members who contribute $2000 each year for a minimum of 5 years, the SDWF has granted $1,545,000 to 45 non-profit community partners since its inception and created an endowment of $1.67 million. The San Diego Women’s Foundation is a supporting organization of The San Diego Foundation. For more information, please visit or call (619) 235-2300.

LULAC Foundation Raises Over $2800 For Christmas Food Baskets

If we are talking about the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) and food baskets then we know it is getting close to Christams time! And we are talking about the LULAC Christmas Bingo Fundraiser where over $2800 was raised to fill the baskets with vegetables, fruits, cereals, bread, and many, many can goods.

That is just the beginning LULAC still needs to raise an additional $3000 for the turkeys and other staples for 275 Christmas baskets that round out a wonderous holiday meal that will be distributed out to families from San Ysidro, National City, Chula Vista, South Bay, Escondido, Vista and other areas, stated Bea M. Estrada, President of LULAC.

The bingo fundraiser was a titak sucess we raised a total of $2800 which will enable us to purchase some of the vegetables, fruits and other items that will accompany our turkeys for the 275 Christmas Food Baskets to be

League of United Latin American Citzens/LULAC Foundation for San Deigo Community would to thank all of our fundrasier supporters, LULAC Members, and our Community Sponsors for their generous donations of prizes: Macy’s, Anheuser-Busch Sales of San Diego, Smart and Final N.C., American Legion Post 6, Premier Produce, Inc., Starbucks Southland Plaza South Bay, Pat & Oscar’s Plaza Bonita, Red Lobster C.V., Family House of Pancakes Broadway C.V., Souplantation C.V., Ruben and Terri Rubio, Red Lobster La Meza, Olive Garden C.V., La Prensa San Diego, Starbucks Camino de La Plaza S.Y., Ethereal Soul S.D.

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