August 23, 2002

Community Notes:

Award Winning San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Honored at 23rd Annual California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Convention – The San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce received two distinguished awards recently in Sacramento at the 23rd Annual California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Convention: ‘Chamber Web site of the Year’ and ‘Large Chamber Program of the Year’.

The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) State Convention and Business Expo is held annually and recognizes Chambers for their growth, success and commitment to the Hispanic business community. This year’s theme was “Uniting Community and Business to Forge Access, Growth, and Power”. The ‘Large Chamber Program of the Year’ award went to the Chamber’s ‘Diverse Emerging Vendor Outreach’ (DEVO) program, which seeks to increase the participation of small and micro businesses in the procurement process with the City of San Diego and San Diego Unified School District.

Pictured with the DEVO award are (from left to right), Elizabeth Bustos, SDCHCC President, Sol Calinao, DEVO Program Coordinator and Robert Villarreal, Executive Director


Low Rider Car Club to Celebrate 25th Annivesary

Amigos Car Club, San Diego’s oldest active low rider car club, will celebrate its silver anniversary with a dinner dance on Friday, August 23, 6:00 p.m., at Fiesta Hall, located at 1770 Palm Avenue in Imperial Beach. The evening will include live entertainment by Los Alacranes and Los Blazers. Tickets are $25 per person, $40 per couple. For ticket information, please call (619) 690-6233.

Amigos Car Club, formerly known as the Casinos Car Club, was established on April 18, 1977. Rooted in the early Chicano movement, amigos co-founded the San Diego Low Rider Council in 1979. Long time supporters and sponsors of numerous Chicano community events, including Chicano Park Day, amigos mission statement is to promote a positive image of low riders to barrio youth. By creating awareness of Chicano art and culture, many youth use low rider cars as an outlet to express this unique art form.

For more information on Amigos Car Club, please call Rigo Reyes at (619) 690-6233.

Sweetwater District Seeks Hall of Fame Nominations

At its upcoming Alumni Hall of Fame celebration this December, the Sweetwater district will again showcase the significant contributions its students have made. Overwhelming response to last year’s inaugural event yielded 17 honorees that included Olympic gold medallist Gail Devers, Federal Trade Commissioner Timothy Muris and Dr. Connie Mariano, the Navy’s first Rear Admiral of Filipino heritage.

No one summed up the mission of Sweetwater’s Hall of Fame better than Devers who said, “Great people live here. Great people come out of here. Great things happen here. I want people to know this is where I came from.”

Knowing there are many other success stories to share, Sweetwater invites everyone to get involved in this year’s selection process. Candidates may nominate themselves, or friends and relatives may submit an application on behalf of someone they believe deserves Hall of Fame recognition. The only criterion is that honorees must be district graduates who have distinguished themselves by outstanding achievement in academia, arts, athletics, business, service to their nation or community or other areas.

To obtain an application, call Sweetwater’s Communications Department at 691-5578 or download the form from the district’s website at http://www.suhsd.k12.ca.us. Nomination forms are also available at district schools, public libraries and community a gencies.

By November 1, all candidates and nominators will receive notification of their application status. Inductees will be formally introduced at the awards dinner scheduled for Friday, Dec. 6, at Loews Coronado Bay Resort.

Committee for Humanity & Diversity Looking for Volunteers

The Committee for Humanity and Divesity a proactive community awareness group is presently working on an information project detailing the number of ethnic minorities employed by public agencies within the San Diego county region. Gathered information will be presented to the public and to the media. Volunteers are needed. The work is light and enjoyable. If you would like to become involved in any way feel free to call (619) 427-5456 or email Vpina7 @msn.com

SANDAG’S “Keep San Diego Moving” Roadshow Pulls into Celebrate Chula Vista

On Sunday, August 25, the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), will bring its traveling roadshow, “Keep San Diego Moving”, to the Celebrate Chula Vista at Marina View Park, sponsored by the Chula Vista Chamber of Commerce. SANDAG the regional decision-making entity on transportation and growth issues will conduct community outreach for its 2030 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). The 2030 RTP is intended to provide recommendations addressing long-term growth challenges in San Diego County over the next thirty years.

Representatives from SANDAG will be available at the “Keep San Diego Moving” booth to answer questions and educate people about the 2030 RTP as well as solicit public feedback about transportation issues they are experiencing in their specific communities. In addition, those who come by the booth and fill out a brief informational survey will be entered into a drawing to win a portable compact disc player.

The Keep San Diego Moving booth will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. For more information, call 1-877-277-5736 (KSDM) or log on to www.keepsandiegomoving.com

New ACS Program Teaches Nutritional Well-Being to Cancer Patients, Families

“I Can Cope: Nutritional Well-Being,” a workshop for people facing cancer, is offered by the American Cancer Society Cancer, Information on nutritious eating, strategies for managing nutrition problems and concerns, and recommendations for individualized healthful eating habits will be provided by American Cancer society trained volunteers who are health professionals from 1 to 3 p.m., Friday, Sept.. 6, at the Wellness community inside the Kimball Senior Center in National City.

The session will address the basics of nutritious eating, strategies for managing nutrition problems and concerns as well as recommendations for individualized, healthful eating habits. Spanish translation will be available.

Future I Can Cope sessions will address pain management, treatment programs and financial concerns for the cancer patient and his or her family. The sessions are designed to help participants cope with selected aspects of the cancer experience by increasing his or her knowledge, positive attitudes and skills. Learning is enhanced by the presence of the people who share a common experience.

The classes are free for cancer patients and family members, however pre-registration is requested in order to provide adequate seating. Please call the American Cancer Society, (619 682-7415, or e-mail rsosa@cancer.org for additional information.

Parent Information Hotline

Concerned Parents Can Find Help

A Parent Information Hotline will be available during the days immediately preceding and following the first day of school in order to help parents of San Diego City Schools students get help regarding any back-to-school concerns.

The hotline will operate between the hours of 7:30 a.m and 5 p.m. weekdays from August 26-September 6. The hotline will not operate on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2 by calling (619) 725-5525.

Serving more than 140,000 students, San Diego City Schools is the second largest school district in California, with more than 200 educational facilities and more than 17,000 employees. The district is undertaking unprecedented system-wide reforms aimed at increasing student achievement by focusing on developing high-quality site leadership and instruction, providing enhanced materials to the classroom, engaging parents and the community, and implementing an improved accountability system.

North County Lifeline Representatives to Speak at Renters’ Rights Forum

Rising rental costs in Fallbrook and the legal rights of renters will be the subject of a Renters’Rights Forum to be held August 29, 7-9 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church, 450 S.Stage Coach Lane, Fallbrook. Anyone interested in learning how to protect his or her rights as a renter against rising rents, discriminatory rental practices and other related issues is encouraged to apply.

The forum is being hosted by St. Peter’s Organizing Ministry, a community advocacy committee targeting the housing problem in Fallbrook. The committee recently surveyed Fallbrook residents and found their main concerns to be rising rental costs as well as their rights as renters.

The forum will feature representatives from Lifeline, who specialize in dispute resolution and mediation. The Lifeline representatives will address renter’s concerns and answer questions.

Last year a similar rally hosted by St. Peter’s Organizing Ministry drew more than 700 attendees whose concerns about Fallbrook lack of sidewalks were brought to the attention of County Supervisor Bill Horn. As a result, sidewalks are now being laid in critical pedestrian areas in Fallbrook, with the help of $450,000 in county funds.

Admission to the Renters’ Rights Forum is free. Spanish translators will be present. For more information, call (760) 728 7034.

Representantes De “North County Lifeline” Presentarán en un Foro de Derechos de Inquilinos

El alto costo de rentas en Fallbrook y los derechos de inquilinos sera el tema de un foro de derechos de inquilinos el 29 de agosto de 7 p.m. a 9 p.m. en la Iglesia Catolica de San Pedro en Fallbrook ubicada en el 450 Stage Coach Lane. El foro le hace la invitacion a cualquier persona interesada en aprender como proteger sus derechos como rentero en contra de rentas altas, practicas discriminatorias y otros temas relacionados.

El Foro de Derechos de Inquilinos es patrocinado por el Ministerio Organizador de la Iglesia Catolica de San Pedro, un comite dedicado a combatir el alto precio de vivienda asi como los derechos de inquilinos son temas preocupantes para los residentes de Fallbrook.

Representantes de “North County Lifeline” que especializan en resolver disputas de vivienda entre inquilino y gerentes estaran presente esa noche. Los representantes contestaran preguntas el tema de vivendas.

El ano pasado, hubo mas de 750 personas en un foro similar del Ministerio Organizador de San Pedro sobre la necesidad de banquetas en Fallbrook. Se le hizo saber al Supervisor del Condado Bill Horn de la falta de seguridad para ninos caminando hacia la escuela en Fallbrook. Por resultado, mas de $450,000 de fondos del Condado se han designados para construir banquetas en calles cruciales de Fallbrook.

El foro es gratis. Habra traduccion en español. Para mas informes, llame al 760 728 7034.

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