May 10, 2002

Community Notes:

Students, Policymakers to Discuss Substance Abuse

With a national report showing that half a million college students are injured in alcohol-related accidents each year, strengthening ties with institutions of higher learning is a top goal of a conference that links professional and community partners throughout San Diego County.

Substance Abuse Summit VII, to be held May 13 and 14 at the Town and Country Hotel and Convention Center, also will seek to improve the com-munity’s use of prevention research and other resources available through colleges and universities. A 1998 County study showed substance abuse problems cost county taxpayers $1.8 billion, and recent studies by the Harvard School of Public Health show that 44 percent of college students nationwide are binge drinkers.

More than 800 people, including 200 high school students, are scheduled to participate in the event, which will feature 32 workshops and many informational exhibits. The conference will begin with an interactive forum, where youth and adult leaders will discuss the roles of youth, parents, community systems and political leaders in efforts to reduce the risk of alcohol, tobacco and other drug problems.

The summit is the culmination of a year-long effort by 12 community work groups, each representing diverse community interests, including health care, education, justice, sports, parents and youth - as well as this year’s new partner, higher education.

“Substance abuse takes a heavy toll in San Diego County, on and off college campuses,” said Ron Roberts, Chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, who will speak at the event. “By building partnerships among many affected communities, the Substance Abuse Summit can play a critical role in reducing and preventing drug and alcohol problems.”

“Colleges can be high-risk zones for underage and binge drinking, sexual assault, vandalism and related threats,” Roberts said. “But with resources applied to prevention, research, treatment and law enforcement, campuses and communities can work together to make our country and its colleges safer.”

Oceanside Library Hosts Tribute to Military Heroes

The Oceanside Public Library will host a program called “Remembering... A Memorial Day Observance” on Saturday, May 18, from 1 to 4 pm at the historic Sunshine Brooks Theatre, 217 N. Coast Highway in downtown Oceanside. The event will actually be taking place on Armed Forces Day, to avoid conflicting with the many other demands of Memorial Day weekend.

This will be a special day for remembrance, and a chance to let our heroes know that we will never forget what they did for us. There will be a variety of readings & presentations. Terry Hertzler will read poetry from his book, “Way of the Snake.” Louise Fuller will read from her book, “Army Wives.” Crystal Harris and Erin Virrichio will read G.I. letters from the book, “The Greatest Generation” by Tom Brokaw. Carl Nelson will speak on “the 9/11 connection to Vietnam.” Veterans from several wars will share their experiences.

Please contact Kyle Capp, Library Adult Services staff, for more information at (760) 435-5586.

San Ysidro Gets a Visit From the Doctor

The San Ysidro School District’s Strengthening Our Children Program and the San Ysidro Health Center’s Healthy Steps will be collaborating to offer free medical screenings, dental screenings, and behavioral health screenings to children from infancy through five years of age who reside in the San Ysidro Community. Both programs are funded by a grant from the Children and Families Commission (Proposition 10 tobacco tax revenue). The main objective of these programs is to have physical and emotional healthy children from infancy so that they are ready to learn upon school entry.

The following services will be available to the community from May 20th to May 24th.

 Two mobile clinics will be stationed at the parking lot of each elementary school site

 Physical exams will be conducted by a professional doctor

Exams will suffice requirements for kindergarten admission

 Behavioral health screenings will be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the following days:

Monday May 20th: Child Development Center, 1880 Smythe Avenue.

Tuesday May 21st: La Mirada Elementary 222 Avenida de la Madrid

Wednesday May 22nd: Beyer Elementary 2312 E Beyer Blvd.

Thursday May 23rd: Sunset Elementary 3825 Sunset Lane.

Friday May 24th: Willow Elementary 226 Willow Road.

These services will be coordinated by Claudia Uribe, Strengthening Our Children Facilitator. Families interested in obtaining these services may call her at (619) 428-4476 Ext. 3540.

Valley’s Promise Director, Jaime Sepulveda-Bailey, to Speak at 3rd Annual Women in Business Symposium

Del Mar, CA — International and bilingual speaker, Jamie Sepulveda-Bailey will be a featured keynote speaker at the 3rd Annual Women in Business Symposium: Sharing a United Passion for Success, on May 23, 2002 (7:30am-5:00pm) at the San Diego Marriott Del Mar (11966 El Camino Real).

Sepulveda-Bailey is director of The Valley’s Promise, a teen program of the Boys and Girls Club of the Coachella Valley, which was developed from her work with Secretary of State and Chairman of “America’s Promise,” Colin Powell, and former President Gerald Ford. A successful business leader, renowned speaker, radio and television personality, Sepulveda-Bailey is also a political consultant and an activist for youth, women’s and diversity issues.

At the Symposium, Sepulveda-Bailey will deliver the presentation Blow Your Own Horn... The Art of Getting, Keeping... and Using Your Career Power Wisely as well as conduct an afternoon roundtable discussion, Agents of Change: Seven Intangible Qualities of Truly Effective Leaders!

Jaime Bonilla Family Foundation Announces Scholarships and Grants in the South Bay

Jaime Bonilla, president of Pacific Spanish Network, Inc., and currently a Director of the Otay Water District Board, is pleased to announce the formation of the Bonilla Family Foundation. The non-profit corporation has been established to offer scholarships and provide financial aid to charitable groups in the South Bay that meet the Foundation’s guidelines.

In 2002, the Foundation will focus its giving on agencies that provide youth services and scholarships to high school seniors at Castle Park Senior High, Chula Vista Senior High, Mar Vista Senior High, Montgomery Senior High, Southwest Senior High and Sweetwater High.

“Education is the key to success,” said Bonilla. “I want the students in the South Bay to enjoy some of the same opportunities that have been available to me.”

Grant and scholarship applications can be downloaded from the Foundation’s Web site ( or by writing to the Bonilla Family Foundation at 296 H Street, Suite 300, Chula Vista, CA 91910.

The purpose of the Women in Business Symposium, an annual daylong conference, is to provide businesswomen with motivation, inspiration, education, entertainment, and networking. The day includes presentations by top professional women speakers, afternoon roundtable discussions with experts in business, marketing, leadership, human relations, media, computers, and health, as well as exhibit tables and a silent fashion show during lunch.

Admission to the Symposium is $75 per person. For more information, please visit the website: or call 858.755.5913.

Paradise Valley Hospital Offers Free Cholesterol Seminar For South Bay Seniors

Cholesterol is a growing health condition among adults, especially seniors, today and to help educate about how to be heart-smart, Paradise Valley Hospital is holding two free seminars open to the community.

Dr. Jose Pena, a geriatric specialist with Paradise Valley Hospital, is an expert in the health care of seniors, and is on staff at the Paradise Senior Health Center. He will talk about cholesterol and will be presenting important information that every senior should know to ensure good health and to keep themselves from being at risk for heart attacks or other serious conditions that can occur as a result of high cholesterol. His talks will be held on the following days and times:

May 13th at 1 p.m., Kimball Senior Center, 1317 D Avenue, National City, CA 91950, 619-477-4716.

May 14th from 8:20 to 8:50 a.m., Plaza Bonita, 3030 Plaza Bonita Road, National City, CA 91950, 2nd floor Food Court, 619-267-2850.

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