April 5, 2002

Community Notes:


Community Honors Labor Rights Leader César Chávez With Street Name
Community members will gather at the Crosby Avenue at Main Street in Barrion Logan on Friday, April 5, at 10 a.m. as the city unveils the street sign, César E. Chávez Parkway, in honor of the labor rights leader.

The street runs westerly 1.7 miles between Commercial Street and the San Diego Bay.

Other events for the day honoring César Cháve include the following:

4/5/02 Cesar E. Chavez 4th Annual Commemorative Breakfast-San Diego
Convention Center 7-9AM
4/6/02 Cesar E. Chavez Memorial March-Starting at 2175 Newton Ave, 10:30AM
4/6/02 Cesar E. Chavez Community Celebration & Music Festival-Crosby Street Park, Noon
4/10/02 CSUSM Cesar E. Chavez 3rd Annual Candle Light Vigil-CSUSM, 8-10PM
For more information visit: www.cesar-e-chavez.com


ScrippsMobile provides critical link to medical care

Volunteer program seeks drivers to expand hours of service

Without volunteers like Ed Allman and Louise Fiore, Hector Camacho would have a tough time getting from his home in Imperial Beach to his regular doctors appointments at Scripps Memorial Hospital Chula Vista. Camacho relies on the ScrippsMobile to take pick him up and deliver him to the hospital on time, and take him home afterward.

Allman and Fiore are among a small group of volunteers who run the free hospital service, which started in 1986 to assist patients without a means of transportation to get to and from the hospital for medical appointments. The program initially operated all day, but in recent years a drop in the number of volunteers has forced it to run only during the morning.

“If we had more drivers we would be able to have an afternoon run,” Fiore said. “If a patient has an appointment at 2 or 3 o’clock, we’re not able to help them.”

Rosa Soto, Scripps Chula Vista Volunteer Services Manager, says she would welcome additional qualified drivers so that she could expand the hours of operation and help more people see their doctors.

“As a volunteer service at a non-profit hospital, these extra services which are so valuable to the community we serve, really depend on dedicated individuals who are willing to give of their time,” Soto said.

Allman, 76, is one of the van’s original and currently only driver. Since 1986 he has logged more than 4,000 volunteer hours. Although he’s not paid for his time, he says it’s well worth it.

“I always feel better when I leave, than when I came in,” he said.

Allman is always joined by a ride-along assistant such as Fiore who helps with directions, assisting patients into the van, and keeping them on schedule. Back at the hospital, Tina Garcia, serves as dispatcher, taking calls requesting rides and reminding patients each morning when to expect the van. Garcia is a veteran of Scripps volunteer program — putting in more than 8,000 hours over 24 years. “I’ve met some very nice people and made some very good friends,” she said.

Camacho says the van is important because he does not drive and his medical condition makes it difficult for him to take public transportation.

“They do a nice job,” he says of the ScrippsMobile volunteers. “I don’t have to worry about taking the trolley or the bus.”

Others who volunteer with the ScrippsMobile are Jack Harbin, Barbara Harbin and Sheila Oquist. Fiore, 75, who has given more than 5,000 volunteer hours, says she enjoys the people she meets through volunteering.

“You just thank God you’re able to get up in the morning and you’re able to help someone,” she said.

Van drivers must have a valid driver’s license and complete Scripps volunteer training course. For more information about volunteer opportunities at Scripps Chula Vista, contact Rosa Soto at 619-691-7537.

April Smart Money Financial Workshop Provides Strategies For Understanding and Using Credit Reports

The Smart Money Financial Series hosted by the Jacobs Center for NonProfit Innovation continues on Saturday, April 6, with a free workshop on credit reports. Topics include understanding and leveraging credit ratings and the process for correcting errors or omissions. The workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon, at the Jacobs Center, 5160 Federal Blvd.

The featured speaker is Lisa Ikeda Murzyn of the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of San Diego and Imperial Counties. As education and community relations specialist, Murzyn has six years of experience helping individuals maximize their financial resources and plan for the future.

The Smart Money Financial Series brings professionals in the fields of finance and real estate to the community level to generate greater understanding about money management, investing, saving, and home ownership.

Smart Money is a project of the Jacobs Center for Non-Profit Innovation, a neighborhood-strengthening organization that partners with resident to develop a common vision for community change.

For additional information on the Smart Money Series or to reserve a seat, please call 619-527-6161.

City Offers Two Business Assistance Seminars for South Bay

The City of San Diego’s Community and Economic Development Department is coordinating two business assistance seminars during April in the communities of Otay Mesa and South Bay. These seminars will inform business owners and entrepreneurs of available assistance programs and business incentives. Admission is free for all three seminars.

The seminars will allow the attendees to find out what type of no- or low-cost assistance programs are available to South Bay businesses. The programs include information on state tax credits through the Enterprise Zone Program when purchases of equipment are made or employees are hired. Free management counseling to businesses will also be available, among other incentives.

All seminars will include presenters from the City of San Diego’s Community and Economic Development Department, the Service Corp of Retired Executives (SCORE) as well as the Southwestern College Small Business and International Trade Center. The seminars will also include a presentation from the City of San Diego’s Equal Opportunity Contracting Program.

On April 12, 2002, the City of San Diego, in partnership with the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce, will hold the Essential Business Tools seminar for the Otay Mesa Community at the Comfort Suites Hotel, located at 2351 Otay Center Drive, from 9 to 11 a.m. For more information please call 619-661-6111. For reservations please fax name, contact information and number of attendees to 619-661-6178.

On April 19, 2001, the seminar will be held at the Otay Mesa/Nestor Community Service Center, located at 695 Saturn Blvd., from 9 to 11 a.m. For more information and reservations, please contact Fiama Castro at 619-533-5487 or via e-mail: xfxc@sandiego.gov.

North County Latino Democrats Meeting

The next general meeting of the North County Latino Democrats will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2002 beginning at 4:00 p.m. The meeting will take place at Casa Linda Restaurant in Vista, located at 721 S Santa Fe. Meeting is open to all in North County who support the democratic process. The main focus of this club is to register new voters and encourage voters toe exercise their vote.

Speaker for this meeting is Jess Cervantes, founder and owner of Leading Edge. We will also discuss important upcoming events, including a social event to the Lyceum Theater to see Culture Class on Sunday, April 28.

Plan to be there and bring a new person. For more information call 760/436-6348 or write to NCLatinodemocrat@aol.com.

House of Puerto Rico Honoring Military Personnel

The San Diego House of Puerto Rico’s next monthly general membership meeting will be on Saturday, April 6, 2002 at 3:00 PM at the Hall of Nations in Balboa Park. This month’s Culture Corner presentation will “Honor our Puerto Rican Military Personnel” and acknowledge the many contributions of Puerto Ricans/Latinos to the United States. We would like to invite our local Puerto Rican military personnel (and their families) to our meeting to give them an opportunity to connect to the San Diego Puerto Rican community. We also will have a potluck after the meeting so please bring a food item.

Saturday, April 6th, 2002, 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

Hall of Nations, Balboa Park, San Diego, CA.

Unity Fest 2002 at Sunshine Brooks on April 12

Oceanside’s Sunshine Brooks Theater, 217 N. Coast Highway, will be the site of Unity Fest 2002, a celebration of culture and diversity in one of the most truly diverse cities in San Diego County.

This community event will take place Friday, April 12th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and will feature a variety of musical, dance and theatrical performances, including Blues, Polynesian, Oaxacan, Ballet Folklorico and Hip-Hop Dancers. There will also be excerpts from the play “A Raisin In The Sun,” a jazz gospel saxophonist, and the award-winning El Camino High School Choir.

Oceanside Mayor Johnson will address the crowd to kick off this high-energy event that is sponsored by the Fair Housing Council of San Diego, in cooperation with Partners for Healthy Neighborhoods, the city of Oceanside, City Bank FSB, and Durra Link Ink Printers.

The focus of Unity Fest 2002 is to combat hate through unity and promote hate-free housing and hate-free communities. Admission is free.

Cal State San Marcos Admissions Office Holds Regional Receptions

The California State University San Marcos Office of Admissions has scheduled receptions during April to honor new and prospective students for Fall 2002. Students will receive information from a variety of campus offices, including Financial Aid, Housing, EOP, Orientation and Admissions. Light refreshments will be served and admission is free.

Students considering admission to Cal State San Marcos should contact their high school or community college counselor or telephone the campus admissions office, 760-750-4848, for information or to make reservations.

Reservations Schedule:

South Bay, Tuesday April 10, 2002 at Holiday Inn South Bay, 700 National City Blvd., National City, CA 91950 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

San Diego, Wednesday April 11, 2002 at The Handlery Hotel & Resort, 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA 92108 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Lincoln Acres Library Book Sale

The Friends of Lincoln Acres Library are holding a combined Book Sale, Bake Sale and Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The sale, to benefit the New Book Fund, will include used children’s books, fiction and nonfiction for adults, magazines, and home-baked pastries. The funds will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

The Lincoln Acres Library is located at 2725 Granger Avenue in National City. Call 475-9880 for further information.

The Migrant Face of God Workshop

The San Diego chapter of the Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Rights and the Roman Catholic diocese of San Diego are co-sponsoring the third annual Migrant Face of God workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 6 at the University of San Diego Manchester Conference Center.

The theme of this year’s workshop is Looking into the Future Together: The Contribution of Immigrant Youth in Building a Just Society. The keynote speaker will be Assemblyman Marco Antonio Firebaugh of Cudahy, a Los Angeles suburb. Firebaugh was the author of AB540 which allows undocumented high school graduates to pay in-state tuition fees at state universities.

“This bill has made it possible for thousands of talented, motivated high school graduates, many of whom have lived in the United States since infancy, to enroll in our state universities and community colleges without paying out-of-state tuition fees,” explained ICIR community organizer Brother Ed Dunn.

The conference will also include a panel of immigrant students who will share their own struggles and commitments to building a more inclusive society. For more information, phone Brother Bunn at (619) 702-5399 or Linda Arreola at (858) 490-8327.

2nd Annual Healthfest Features Free Family Fun in Balboa Park

The second annual Health-Fest 2002, to be held April 14 in Balboa Park, is themed “Hands-On Health” to portray the active role that people should take in their health care and well being. Pfizer Inc. leads over 40 participating exhibitors during the day long, free event. HealthFest 2002 will include educational and interactive exhibits, live music, cartoon characters and raffle prizes for participants. HealthFest 2002 will be in Balboa Park, on the corner of Park Blvd. and President’s Way, on Sunday, April 14th from noon - 4 p.m.

Families will visit over 40 exhibits featuring diagnostic screenings, family safety, health-related literature and hands-on activities including the “Healthy Balance” game, designed to educate children about healthy eating. Parents can also have their children fingerprinted and receive an informational card to keep in their records for their children’s safety”

“HealthFest 2002 is designed to show the community the latest developments in biotechnology research,” said Joe Panetta, president and chief executive officer of BIOCOM/San Diego. “San Diegans should be aware of the latest therapies, cures and local health services available to them.”

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