January 11, 2002

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LULAC Brightens the Holidays for 250 Families

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) San Diego Council #2842 members, National Guardsmen and volunteers put their Christmas spirit to work for two days as they assembled food baskets for families of their community. On Friday December 21st Santa’s elves filled baskets with canned good, apples, oranges, celery, bananas, cereal and much more, enough goodies to make Christmas brighter for 250 families.
On Saturday December 22nd the final items were added and the baskets, a big plump turkey, stuffing, and candy canes. The baskets were distributed to the families along with a bag full of toys for the children.
Among the many companies and individuals that made the Christmas Basket program such a success include: Macy’s, San Diego Padres Baseball Club, Peoplefirst.com, The Men’s Warehouse, Albertson’s-Coronado, Ralph’s-3rd Ave Chula Vista, Anheuser-Busch, Cabrillo Broadcasting, Orkin Exterminating, California State Forrestry Dept, Oneonta PTA, and the South Bay Union School District Education Foundation.

Anthony Brown receives a stuffed Snoopy donated by Macy's.

Individuals contributing included: Joan Bush, Jo Birdsell, Julia Bauer, Charles Galvan, Chris Martin, Dr. Vic Resendeza, Penny Frocks, Thelma Robinson, William and Peggy Dunn, Horace and Bea Estrada, Dan and Lily Muñoz, Sr., Helen Steel and Bob Muff, Sally and Emiterio Ramirea, Thomas and Pearl Martinez, Stephanie and Johnny Perry, Mike and Trish Biedenbender, Monica and Donald Thomason.
The list goes on: Dave Bye-NADEP-Cal Lab, Elvia Aguilar, Trustee SBUSD, Michael and Sandy MacManus, Marilou Sanchez and Keith Terpe, Ron and Jan Mueller-NADEP-Cal Lab, Shawn and Rita Willis-NADEP-Cal Lab, and Mary Salas-Chula Vista Councilwoman.

“Looking Towards the Future.” Every year Don Diego VFW sponsors a student to participate in a scholarship fund challenge by entering the “Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards” This year Lizette Zapata, a student at San Diego Academy of Performing Arts, will enter the national contest. Lizette will have the opportunit to win a $10,000 first place prize. Submitted by Publicity Chairman, Olivia Jean Solomon.
Pictured (left to right): Youth Activity Chairman Olivia Jean Solomon, art instructor Patricia F. MacdAulay, Lizette Zapata, youth asst’s Marcella Smith, and Mercy Gastelum.

Chula Vista Accepting Applications for Port Commissioner

The City of Chula Vista is accepting applications for Port Commissioner to fill the vacancy created when David Malcolm resigned on Jan. 4. Eligible candidates must be residents of Chula Vista and submit an application by 5 p.m. on Jan. 17 at the Office of the City Clerk in City Hall, 276 Fourth Ave.

The Chula Vista City Council will interview candidates on Jan. 19 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Council Conference Room in City Hall. The intent is to recommend a candidate for appointment at the regular City Council meeting on Jan. 22. The current vacancy expires on Jan. 3, 2003.

Applications are available in the City Council Office or at the Office of the City Clerk in City Hall at 276 Fourth Ave. Applications are also available on the city's web page at www.ci.chulavista.ca.us.


A Federal Procurement Outreach Seminar

The seminar is designed to assist the small business community in contracting with the Federal Government. This seminar will provide insight into the procedures and registrations required to conduct business with federal government agencies. The program will feature representatives and speakers from the U.S. Navy, General Services Administration, the Small Business Administration, other governmental; agencies, prime contractors, and Contracting Opportunities Center.

The seminar will be held on 18 January 2002, at the Santee City Hall Community Room, located at 10601 Magnolia Avenue in Santee CA. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., with opening remarks starting at 8:00 a.m. and the main workshop continuing until 3:00 p.m.

Cost for the seminar is $15.00 per person. This includes a Continental Breakfast, Brown Bag lunch and a roster of attendees at the end of the seminar.

For registration information, please contact the Santee Chamber of Commerce at (619) 449-6572 or Mr. Cato Cedillo, Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman Hunter at (619) 579-3001 or (800) 367-4545.

Grand Juror Response Too Low

Applications for the new Grand Jury are coming in at a record low pace as the deadline nears, much to the chagrin of Superior Court officials who expected a better turnout.

"With the renewed emphasis on family and community life since 9-11, we hoped that more people would apply as their way of safeguarding our democratic institutions," said Jury Services Manager Rex War-burton. "Apparently the opportunity to take part in the Grand Jury's watchdog investigations has been overshadowed by the war news."

Instead of 200 to 300 applicants, the court has forms from only 108 candidates for the 19-member 2002-2003 Grand Jury. The application deadline is Friday, Jan. 18.

More applicants are needed from all geographic areas to adequately represent each of the five county supervisorial districts in the weighted drawing in May.

Candidates may still obtain Grand Jury applications by telephone at 619-685-6667, in person at civil business offices in any county courthouse, and on the Superior Court website at www.sandiego.courts.ca.gov/superior.

Candidates must be citizens living in the county at least since June 1, 2001 and be able to serve four or five days per week during the fiscal year from July 1, 2002 through June 30, 2003. Payment is $25 per day plus mileage and free parking in the Hall of Justice.

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