March 29, 2002

Community Notes:


Cajon Classic Cruise, the largest weekly classic car show in Southern California, opens its 31-week season on Wednesday evening, April 3, 2002, from 6:00 to 9:00 pm, on East Main Street in Downtown El Cajon. Presented by the El Cajon Community Development Corporation, the weekly car show features more than 500 classic, custom and hot rod cars valued at more than $10 million.

Free to the public, the car show has a street-fair flavor, with live music, food and crafts vendors, DJs, and cars of every description spread over several blocks. The annual Cajon Classic Cruise draws thousands of spectators weekly throughout its seasonal run, which ends October 30.

Tenth Anniversary For Adelante Mujer Conference

CARLSBAD – The North County Latinas Association (NCLA) will hold its 10th Anniversary Adelante Mujer Conference on April 6th, 2002 at Palomar College in San Marcos. The conference targets 12 to 18 year old Latinas from North San Diego County. This year’s theme is: “Latinas ... communicating & educating, moving forward and taking action.”

Adelante Mujer means “forward woman” and that is exactly what this conference is designed to do – tell our youth to “go forward.” NCLA recognizes that Latinas account for more than half of the student drop out rate in San Diego. Our objective is to encourage young Latinas to stay in school, graduate and be prepared for the opportunities which lead to a successful career.

Registration fee is $10 per person. Checks, made payable to Oceanside Educational Foundation, can be mailed to: NCLA Adelante Mujer Conference, P.O. Box 1350, Carlsbad, CA 92018. For registration info call 760-439-0488. You can also log onto the NCLA web page at

Palomar College is located at 1140 W. Mission Rd., San Marcos, CA.

Contributing to the success of the conference are: Dr. Sherill Amador, President of Palomar Community College; Dr. Alexander Gonzalez, President of California State University, San Marcos; Larry Hatter, Oceanside Educational Foundation; The California Endowment; and The Tri-City Healthcare District.

The Family of Alejandro needs your help.

The Jimenez family has lost a son. They can’t afford to give him a proper burial. He was stolen from his family.

Alex has two children and a non-working wife. They have no funds to live on without him. The two kids are sick looking for their Dad...waiting for him to come home. There is no food at the house.

Please help them ... investigate ... find answers ... and bring peace to their family and our community.

Would you be able to help them start a Memorial Fund for them to pay for the funeral and the burial ?

They also need an attorney to find some sense and justice to this tragic event.

Their address is: Pedro Jimenez, Father, 4222 Dwight St. San Diego, Ca. 92105. 619-284-5747.

The funeral is on Thursday March 28th and the burial is on Monday April 1.

“Toward A More Civil Society” Is Subject of Summit

Toward A More Civil Society: Women in Politics is the topic of the 202 Legislative Summit being hosted by the Desert Coast Region of Sor-optimist International of the Americas.

The full-day Summit, which is open to the public, will be held on Friday, April 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Bahia Hotel, 998 West Mission Bay Drive in San Diego.

A panel of women elected officials from various levels of government will discuss the impact that their presence has on the political process, legislation, elections, debates, and policy-making. The panel will include State Senator Dede Alpert, State Assemblymember Christine Kehoe, and San Diego City Councilmember Toni Atkins. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Cheryl Lau.

The Summit will also include a session on “Violence Against Women and Children” and local, national, and international initiatives to address gender apartheid, domestic violence, trafficking for sexual exploitation, and other violent crimes against women and children.

Other workshops will address “Peace In Our Schools” and “Cultivating Civility in Our Youth.”

The Summit is being sponsored by the Soroptimists, in conjunction with their annual conference in San Diego, April 5-7.

Reservations are required.

Soroptimist International is the world’s largest classified service organization of business and executive women. Founded in Oakland California in 1921, the organization has over 100,000 members in 121 countries and territories around the world. Soroptimist International maintains status as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) with the United Nations.

As a worldwide organization, Soroptimist International is concerned with issues affecting the welfare of humanity and uses the model of Awareness, Advocacy, and Action to address community needs. Individual clubs conduct service projects to enhance the quality of life in their local communities.

For reservations or more information, contact Linda Cahill at (714) 537-2802.

Information on Proposed Water Rate Increase to be Shared at Upcoming Community Open House Meeting

Residents and business owners within the City of San Diego are invited to join the City’s Water Department as it presents for a proposed water rate increase. The community open house will be at the Neighborhood House, located at 5660 Copley Drive near Convoy Street and I-52 in Kearny Mesa on Wednesday, April 3 from 5-7:30 p.m.

An annual 6 percent increase is needed from fiscal year 2003 through 2007 to continue the upgrades and expansion of the water system to meet requirements of the California Department of Health Services Compliance Order. This increase is also necessary as the Water Department seeks to maintain the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, rehabilitate aging infrastructure, enhance security at Water Department facilities, and support the on-going operations and maintenance of the department.

“Those attending the open house may review the department’s commitment to keeping San Diego’s drinking water supply safe while providing enough water to effectively serve the growing business and residential communities within the City,” said Water Department Director Larry Gardner.

San Diego’s Water Department is currently in its fourth year of an eight-year Capital Improvements Program resulting from a strategic planning process derived in 1997 with input from a citizen’s advisory group. The Strategic Plan for Water Supply and the resulting CIP were approved by the City Council in 1997. The requested increases are needed to continue the CIP and complete vital projects scheduled through 2007.

More information and directions are available online at Click on “Departments” and then “Water.” Or, contact the Capital Improvements Program Public Information Line at (619) 533-4679 for additional details.

Two Workshops Set for EastLake Trails Community Park

Two public workshops to generate input from Chula Vista residents for the community park in EastLake Trails are planned. The workshops will be held by the landscape architecture division and the landscape architectural consultant who was selected to design this 23-acre park for public recreational use.

The first workshop will be held April 6 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon at 1331 South Creekside Dr. in EastLake. City staff will give an overview of the park program and the design process, followed by a chance for the public to express their ideas, needs, wants and opinions.

At the second workshop, the suggestions and comments from the first meeting will be implemented and several design alternatives will be presented. It will be held May 11 from 9 to 11 a.m. at 2405 Clubhouse Dr. in EastLake.

Information about plans for this park also is available by calling (619) 409-5819.

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