December 1, 2000

Community Notes...

In Memory of John F. Kennedy. It was 37 years ago, on November 22, that Kennedy was assassinated. Honoring his memory Olivia J. Solomon, publicity chairman for the Ladies Auxiliary of Don Diego VFW Post 7420, shares this photo with the community and her memories of his visit to San Diego.
1960 -- It has been forty years since our late President John F. Kennedy was campaigning here in San Diego. At the request of our Department Commander Ray Rainwater of O.K. Ingram Post 1774 the Department Color Guard escorted our President from Lindberg Field to the U.S. Grant Hotel. Security at Lindberg Field was not as significant in the early “60s” as it is today, so our Color Guard didn’t have many security channels to go through.
The old model car in the motorcade had running boards that carried our Color Guard to and from the U.S. Grant Hotel where our President was guarded from the “C” Street entrance. He was greeted by many well wishers as he walked through the lobby of the hotel to the main entrance on Broadway. As several points, the plaza crowd surged against police rope lines. Kennedy, before speaking leaned forward over the rail of his platform to shake many hands.
Pictured from left to right: Adam Gastelum, President John F. Kennedy, Frank Sanchez, and Elfren M. Solomon.

Religious leaders hold vigil to support Hotel Del Coronado workers

Local religious leaders will hold a vigil to show support for the 650 unionized, Hotel Del Coronado service workers, who are represented by the Hotel Employees Restaurant Employees (HERE) Local 30. Workers are asking for livable wages, manageable workloads, and sick days. Currently, they receive no paid sick days.

Interfaith Committee for Worker Justice of San Diego, a non-profit organization working to educate and mobilize San Diego's religious communities and people of faith to improve pay, benefits, and working conditions for low-wage workers.

Hotel management has responded to worker protests with violence and threats. Over Labor Day weekend 24 union picketers were arrested; 18 workers filed suit against the hotel and its managers over the arrest. The hotel and Local 30 filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board over the negotiation process.

The vigil will be Friday, Dec. 1, from 4p.m. to 5 p.m. at Hotel Del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118.


Series of Free Marrow Testing Drives Set for Scott Delgadillo

A series of free, open to the public, bone marrow testing drives are planned as part of a concerted effort to find a matching donor for leukemia patient Schott Delgadillo, 14.

Since no one in his family matches him, Scott, who is Latino, must search for an unrelated donor.

Potential marrow donors must be between the ages of 18 and 60; have no history of asthma, cancer, heart or circulatory disease; be within 20% of the ideal weight for their height and age and be willing to be a donor for anyone who needs a transplant.

For more information call the San Diego Blood Bank, ph. 296-6393, located at 440 Upas St., San Diego.


Ty Gibbs Fund Needs Help

On Wednesday, November 22, 2000, a fund was established to help-out one of the Neighborhood House Asso-ciation's Head Start Families. The Ty Gibbs Fund was established to help with a terrible tragedy. On Monday, November 20th Ty Gibbs, a three-year-old Johnson Head Start student died at Children's Hospital from a gunshot wound to the chest. Ty's sudden death and the other extenuating circumstances surrounding this event have traumatized Ty's mother and family. The family is requesting assistance with the funeral cost and other expenses related to this very unfortunate matter.

For those interested in helping with a financial donation make the check payable to Neighborhood House Association, indicate in the memo section of the check it is (for benefit of) FBO Ty Gibbs and send it to: Union Bank of California, Neighborhood House Association-FBO Ty Gibbs Fund, 1666 Euclid Avenue, San Diego, CA 92105.

If you have any questions please contact Leticia Benitez at (619) 527-3380 or Al Dave at (858) 715-2642 ext. 180.


Grand Jury Candidates Needed

Individuals with a flair for research and a desire to ensure good government in San Diego County are needed for the 2001-2002 Grand Jury to review citizen complaints and carry out the Grand Jury's Traditional investigative role.

Applications may be obtained from the court website, by telephone at 619-685-6667, or in person from Superior Court business offices in the downtown Hall of Justice and in the East, North, and South County Regional Centers. The court website is:

Individuals must have lived in the county at least since June 1, 2000 and be able to serve four or five days per week during the fiscal year from July 1, 2001 through June 30, 2002. Payment is $25 per day plus mileage and free parking in the Hall of Justice.

To further qualify, applicants must be U.S. citizens at least 18 years old and a knowledge of the English language.

Applications must be received by the Jury Commissioner by Friday, January 12 to qualify for the applicant pool.

A Bake and Boutique at Christ United Methodist Church

A Bake and Boutique will be held at Christ United Methodist Church on Saturday, December 9, 2000, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. by United Methodist Women, at 3295 Meade Avenue, San Diego, Ca. 92116. Phone Number is 619-284-9205. Lunch will be held from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Pie and coffee will be sold throughout the day. This will be an ideal place for last minute Christmas shoppers or for Stocking Stuffers for Santa Claus. Hope to see you there!

Christmas Craft Workshop 2000 at National City

The National City Recreation Department is sponsoring its Annual Christmas Crafts Workshop on Wednesday, December 6, at the National City Community Center, 140 E. 12th Street. The workshop is for children ages 4-12 and will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Children ages 4-6 must be accompanied by an adult). Tickets sell for $2 per child (sorry no checks). Tickets are still available. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

As children enter the center, they will receive an elf hat to wear throughout the event. They are designated Santa's helpers and will be making 10 gifts to take home and give away to family and friends. It's a very festive and fun occasion. For more info, call 336-4290.

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