February 26, 1999

Community Notes......

Paradise Valley Hospital and Safe Kids Coalition Sponsor Free Gun Trigger-Lock Giveaway

More than 180 children ages 14 and under die and an estimated 1,500 are injured unintentionally from firearms each year. To help protect the children of San Diego from unintentional shootings from handguns, Paradise Valley Hospital's Center for Health Promotion and the Safe Kids Coalition will hold a free gun trigger-lock giveaway.

The event will be held Sunday, February 28, 1999 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., at 286 Euclid Avenue (Medical Dental Arts Building). Gun owners should not bring their firearms with them. Volunteers will pass out the free trigger-lock devices and explain how to use them.

The February 28th event has the support of Fourth District San Diego City Councilman George Stevens along with participants, Project New Village and the Comprehensive Health Center. The distribution of 1,500 free trigger-locks and promotion of gun safety could end up saving the lives of hundreds of San Diego children from accidental deaths and injuries by handguns.

Health Fair in San Ysidro Health Center

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of National Children's Dental Health Month, the San Ysidro Health Center is hosting a community health fair. Dental sealants will be applied to the teeth of 45 children who have been pre-selected from screenings in local schools. For others, the dental department will provide free giveaways. Additional activities include free immunizations for children, free blood sugar screening, free blood pressure testing and free pregnancy testing. The fair also includes children's activities, prizes and information distribution. A number of participating doctors and dentists will be available for interviews.

The fair will be at the San Ysidro Health Center, 4004 Beyer Blvd., San Ysidro on Saturday, February 27, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


2,000 Hispanic Women to Attend "La Mujer de Hoy" on Sunday, March 7

The 9th annual "La Mujer de Hoy," a free exposition with more than 30 exhibits featuring cosmetics, clothes and health advice, along with fashion shows and prizes, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, March 7, at the U.S. Grant Hotel, 326 Broadway, in downtown San Diego. Admission if free.

According to Emilio Guzman, XEWT promotions director, more than 2,000 Hispanic women and their families from both sides of the border are expected to attend.

For more information, phone XEWT-TV at (619) 585-9398.


Vision 2000

In 1996, the California Public Utilities Commission began implementation of our Vision 2000, a plan to ensure the Commission anticipates and keeps pace with the changes occurring in the utility industries it regulates. Our Vision 2000 plan has enabled us to meet these challenges and better serve the people of California.

As part of the Vision 2000 plan, CPUC Commissioners began holding office hours in various locations throughout the state in order to meet and talk with California's citizens.

The Commission's decisions affect virtually every resident and business in California. The Commission regulates investor-owned telecommunications, gas, electric and water companies, as well as transportation services such as household goods movers, airport shuttles, limousines and tour buses. It also oversees the safety of electric transmission lines, gas pipelines and railroads.

Commissioner Josiah L. Neeper will be holding office hours March 12, 1999, 9:00 a.m-12:00 noon, State Office Building, 1350 Front Street, Room 4006, San Diego.

If you would like to make an appointment or if you have questions, please contact Sandra Graham at (213) 897-3544 in the CPUC's Public Advisor's Office in Los Angeles.

Anti-Defamation League's A World of Difference Institute 1999 Educator Appreciation Awards

Debra Lobatz, Assistant Director of the San Diego A World of Difference Institute announced that the Anti-Defamation League has extended the deadline for application to the 1999 Educator Appreciation Awards to March 15, 1999. The ADL will recognize educators who are doing outstanding work in the area of anti-bias education and promoting respect for diversity.

Cash awards of $500 will be given to each recipient. The winner's school will receive an additional $500. Anyone wishing to recommend an educator, or apply for this award, should call the ADL office at (619) 293-3770 for entry information and application form.


Episcopal Community Services (ECS) Offers Low-Cost Family Counseling & Parenting Classes

Episcopal Community Services (ECS) announced it will begin offering low-cost family counseling to residents of San Diego County in early March 1999. Families and couples wanting to improve relationships or parenting skills are encouraged to sign up at Family and Couples Counseling. Enrolling up until April 8, 1999 to get special price at ECS Counseling Services, 3585 5th Avenue, Hill-crest. Cost is $20 per session for 8 sessions.

For information call (619) 688-2440.

ECS also currently offers low-cost parenting classes. Classes teach parenting skills, such as effective listening; problem ownership; logical solutions; disciplining with consequences; building a child's confidence; and reasons for misbehavior.

Parenting Classes will begin March 8, 1999 every Monday evening, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at ECS Counseling Services, 3585 5th Ave., Hillcrest. Each class is $7.00 per couple or $5.00 per person. Call Nancy or Stephanie at (619) 687-1783.

ECS was founded in 1927 by the Episcopal Church, and for the last 72 years has served as an expression of the church's concern for those most alienated in our society. Today, ECS is a dynamic, multi-cultural organization offering compassion, care, and solutions to those most in need of help; restoring value, dignity, and independence to peoples' lives. ECS has over 30 programs addressing issues ranging from homeless-ness, to unemployment, addictions to mental illness, and domestic violence to chil-dren's education.

Family Resource Center in Chula Vista Now Open

Lillian J. Rice Elementary, in partnership with Chula Vista High School, dedicated a new family resource center thanks to a $400,000 Healthy Start grant.

The center, called New Directions, will help families find low-cost health insurance for children and help others make the transition from welfare to work. Other programs to assist families include social workers, early intervention and classes through Chula Vista Adult School. The center will be located on the Rice campus at 915 Fourth Ave.

"Healthy Start sites have shown increased student attendance and academic achievement, greater family support and stronger communities," says Larry Cunningham, Chula Vista Elementary School District board president.

"Families are comfortable accessing needed services at their local school," said Rice Principal John Gugerty. "We're very excited to have so many opportunities for families here."

For more information, contact school nurse Sally Glynn at 420-7071 or New Directions Director Heather Rodriguez at 691-5301.


Escondido High Latinos class Of 68-69-70-71 interested in a reunion?

I am working on a documentary on "Latino Baby Boomers" of this time period

Want to know: Who were we? What happened to us? Where we're at today? Interested?

Contact Elia Esparza, eliascript@aol.com or

Write 137 N. Larchmont Blvd. # 483

Los Angeles Ca. 90004.

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