May 25, 2001

Community Notes.....

Citizen of the Month: Congressman Bob Filner honored Arturo Sepulveda as May Citizen of the Month for his outstanding service to the community. Arturo lives in National City with his wife Maria Guadalupe.
As the National City Senior Nutrition Program chef, Arturo has dedicated himself to serving four-star meals to local seniors at a price they can afford. For years, Arturo prepared meals in San Diego’s finest gourmet restaurants. Over time, he earned a reputation as one of the area’s master chefs.
Rather than catering to wealthy patrons in penthouse dining rooms, Arturo decided that seniors living on fixed incomes deserve first class meals as well. Through the National City Senior Nutrition Program, Arturo offers wholesome, delicious, and nutritious meals to local seniors for just $2.50.

Celebration in Memory of our Veterans

A celebration in Memory of our veterans will include a Spaghetti Dinner on Monday May 28, 2001 at the American Legion Post 6, 3563 Adams Ave. Dinner will be served from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. $5.00 per person. For more information please call Penny Frocks at 619/281-3381.


Youth Summer Job Fairs 2001

The San Diego Workforce Partnership will sponsor "Youth Summer Job Fair 2001." These jobs fairs will be hosted throughout San Diego county. Prospective employers from a variety of local business as well as retailers, corporations, and industries will be on site to meet with youth ages 16 through 21. In preparation for the job fair prospective applicants should bring several copies of a complete resume including past job history and dress professionally.

Locations for the job fairs include: War Memorial Building, Balboa Park; Carmel Mountain/Sabre Springs Recreation Center; South County Career Center, Chula Vista; East County Career Center, El Cajon; Escondido Union High School District Center, Escondido; Kearny Mesa Recreational Center; Plaza Bonita Shopping Center, National City; Oceanside Civic Center; and Jacobs Center, Southeast San Diego. For more information contact Joanne Tucker at the Youth Summer Job Fair Team, 619-238-1445 x367.


Free Class on Basic Internet in Spanish

The Central Library is holding a free class on basic Internet instruction in Spanish for Spanish speakers on Tuesday May 29 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the second floor Computer Lab. The library address is 820 E Street. Anyone interested in attending the class should call (619) 238-6621 for a reservation.


Input From City Youth Needed For Skate Park Plans

Chula Vista youth and others interested in the proposed plans for a skate park are invited to give input at one of the two public workshops scheduled this summer. The City of Chula Vista has scheduled the workshops at 5 p.m. on June 6 and July 19 at the Boys & Girls Club, 1301 Oleander Ave.

Community members attending these workshops are encouraged to recommend special design elements and to ask questions regarding all aspects of the proposed park. It is anticipated that this facility would be located at the Boys & Girls Club on Oleander Avenue.

Workshop invitations and flyers are being distributed to the community, especially focusing on the youth of Chula Vista as well as the neighborhoods adjacent to the proposed skate park. For further information please call Shy at (619) 585-5616 or e-mail at or Ed Hall at (619) 691-5109 or e-mail at


Liberty Run/Walk Looking For Teams

Domestic violence affects all facets of human life, including the workplace. Recent statistics indicate that business loses from domestic violence are an estimated five billion dollars annually, excluding another 100 billion dollars in abuse related medical payments.

Members of the 2001 Liberty Run/Walk planning committee are looking for teams from the public and private business sector who are willing to come out and show their support for those most affected by this type of violence... women and children.

The 2001 Liberty Run/Walk presented by Home Depot will be held on Sunday, June 10, 2001. The four-mile event will begin in the Gaslamp Quarter, cross over the Coronado Bridge and end at Tideland's Park in Coronado. On-line registration is available at

For more information on the 2001 Liberty Run/Walk call (858) 272-5777 ext. 45.

On Friday, May 11, Bea Estrada was invited by John Castillo, Special Marketing Manaager for Anheuser-Busch, to go for a ride on the Budweiser Blimp. “I really wasn’t sure, but I said yes. After all, I am scared of heights,” stated Bea. “We went on a ride for about an hour. We saw Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, Coronado, the Coronado Bridge and the 32nd Street base and ship yard. We even went about 500 feet off the water by Coronado. I really enjoyed it, it was a smooth ride. It was a chance of a life time - what a ride!”

MiraCosta College Names Maria Lopez-Aguilar Outstanding Classified Employee for Spring 2001

MiraCosta College has named Maria Lopez-Aguilar Outstanding Classified Employee for Spring 2001.

Lopez-Aguilar joined the MiraCosta staff in 1990 as a student worker for the college's Amnesty Program. She has since served in a number of jobs at MiraCosta, including aide for the Adult High School Diploma Program and Admissions and Records assistant at the Adult learning Center at its former Home Street location. In 1996, she began her current post as noncredit student and faculty support specialist, based at the Community Learning Center on Mission Avenue.

"The best part of my job is working with students. I really, really enjoy that," says Lopez-Aguilar. "It's nice when a student comes to look for you personally because you can help them. And having been a student myself and working full time, I definitely can empathize with them."

Colleagues who nominated Lopez-Aguilar for the award described her as the "glue" who holds the entire Community Learning Center together, a person who consistently demonstrates resourcefulness, professionalism, competence, and initiative, and who carries out her duties in a calm, responsible, attentive manner.

Lopez-Aguilar received her award at the college's annual end-of-the-year luncheon, held at the Holiday Inn in Carlsbad.

"I was very, very pleased to be acknowledged in such an important way," says Lopez-Aguilar. "It's an honor, it really is."

Congressman Bob Filner is Looking for D-Day Veterans to Honor Them With The "Jubilee of Liberty" Medal

Congressman Bob Filner announced today that he is searching for veterans from the 50th Congressional District who participated in arguably the most heroic and noble event in recent history —the D-Day invasions of Normandy. Those veterans are eligible to receive the "Jubilee of Liberty" medals, which Congressman Filner is going to present to the veterans later this summer.

"The men and women who performed so bravely during this triumphant moment of world history will always be looked upon by America and the World for their bravery. This award helps properly recognize their courageous actions," Filner said. "These veterans successfully defended democracy on foreign shores, and they will be forever respected and remembered by a grateful nation."

On the 50th anniversary of the invasion, the French government awarded 35,000 commemorative "Jubilee of Liberty" medals to U.S. veterans who returned to the hallowed shores were the invasion took place. However, many veterans were unable to make that trip to France several years ago and there are many Americans who have yet to be properly honored for their brave sacrifice.

To qualify for the "Jubilee of Liberty" medal, the veterans must reside in the County of San Diego, and must have been involved in the invasion of Normandy from June 6 to August 31, 1944.

Congressman Filner's office, with help from the San Diego Veterans Memorial Center and Museum, will attempt to locate these veterans who qualify, have them apply with proof of service and award them in an appropriate ceremony. Surviving spouses and family members will also be able to receive the award in memory of their loved ones.

The deadline for applications is June 15th. To receive an application or receive further information regarding the medal, please contact Congressman Filner's Community Office at (619) 422-5963.

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