October 3, 2008

Community Notes:

TB Case Reported at Southwestern College’s Higher Education Center at National City

HHSA Working with School Officials to Identify Those Who May Have Been Exposed

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is working with Southwestern College officials to notify students and faculty who were possibly exposed to tuberculosis (TB).

An individual who was in two classes at Southwestern College’s Higher Education Center at National City campus has been diagnosed with TB. The individual attended classes during the summer and fall 2008.

“Anyone who may have been exposed should contact their healthcare provider and ask about getting tested,” says Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County Public Health Officer. “This action will help us stop the spread of TB in our community.”

HHSA’s TB Control, working closely with school officials, has identified approximately 75 students and faculty at the Higher Education Center at National City who may have been exposed. Southwestern College has sent notification letters to the affected individuals.

Symptoms of active TB include persistent cough, fever, night sweats and unexplained weight loss. Most people who are exposed to TB do not develop the disease.

Southwestern College students who may have been exposed may be tested at no cost at Student Health Services on the Chula Vista, National City and Otay Mesa locations. For questions regarding testing, please call Student Health Services at (619) 482-6354.

Individuals with no medical provider, or anyone who would like more information, may call the County TB Control Program at (619) 692-8621.

SBA’s San Diego District Director Garcia to Speak at Business Expo

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) District Director Ruben Garcia and key staff members will make presentations about the advantages of SBA loan guarantees and other agency programs for those who are planning to start or grow a small business at the October 11 Build, Connect, Grow100 – Access to Capital Business Expo.

Topics and programs for the one-day program include:

• A Business Resource Expo
• Educational Financial Workshops
• One on One Consultations
• Success Strategies for Business Growth

Date: Saturday, October 11, 2008
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Location: Doubletree Hotel San Diego (Mission Valley)
7450 Hazard Center Drive, San Diego, CA

Cost: $10.00 (includes breakfast and lunch)

Escondido Gang Prevention Group to Hold Community Forum

The Escondido Gang Reduction, Intervention, and Prevention Task Force (E-GRIP) is inviting the Community to attend one of two separate public forums to express their concerns regarding gang activity, and any suggestions on how to keep youths from joining gangs.

Escondido residents are encouraged to attend the location that is nearest to their home. Childcare and Spanish translation will be provided.

The dates and locations are:

• October 7, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at Rose Elementary, 906 N. Rose St., Escondido

• October 28, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. at Felicita Elementary, 737 W. 13th Ave., Escondido.

To report any suspicious activities in your neighborhood, you may contact the Police Department directly, or you may make an unidentified call on our “Anonymous Tip Line” at (760) 743-TIPS (8477) or via our Web site at www.escondido.org/police.

Entre A Internet Para Estar Seguro Que La Información De Su Inscripción Es Correcta

Recurso que da a los electores la oportunidad de hacer cambios antes de la elección del 4 de noviembre.

El Registro Electoral del Condado de San Diego está animando a la gente a usar el fácil recurso de internet del departamento para revisar la información de su inscripción en www.sdvote.com.

“Estamos esperando una gran participación en la Elección del 4 de noviembre, y queremos estar seguros que los electores han verificado la información de su registro para asegurarse que el Día de la Elección transcurra sin contratiempo para todos,” Dijo la registradora Deborah Seiler.

Este recurso informativo está disponible en Inglés, Filipino, Español y Vietnamita. También puede ser usada por aquellos que voten por correo para encontrar cuándo sus boletas fueron recibidas por la oficina del Registro.

Para cambiar información de inscripción, complete una forma, disponible en: www.sdvote.com, en la oficina del Registro Electoral, en todas las oficinas de Correo, librerías públicas, y en las oficinas del departamento de Vehículos Motorizados. Todas las solicitudes deben estar mataselladas por el correo o enviadas al Registro Electoral no más tarde de la medianoche del 20 de octubre de 2008.

Los electores también deben estar conscientes que a diferencia de la Elección Primaria Directa, en junio, los electores en esta elección van a poder emitir sus boletas por candidatos de cualquier partido político.

Public Safety Agencies Join Forces During National Fire Prevention Week

Attendees can Get up Close and Personal with Safety Demonstrators

Who: Local and Federal Police and Fire Safety organizations

What: The National City Police and Fire Departments are hosting a Public Safety Fair designed to bring together and highlight the hard work and talent of Public Safety organizations throughout the County such as local and Federal Fire Departments, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Coast Guard and Emergency Response Teams among others. The event traditionally attracts thousands of families from all over the region. Two live helicopter landings are scheduled and various demonstrations from SWAT, K-9, Life Guard and Coast Guard departments. The event has served as a valuable informational tool as well as recruitment opportunity for these agencies. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet public safety officers, receive free safety resources and experience exciting safety demonstrations.

When: Saturday, October 11th from 10am-2pm.
Where: Kimball Park located in National City off of 12th and D Streets
Cost: Free to the public

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