Monthly Archives: April 2008

Looking at the Congressional Race

Seal of the U.S. Congress

This June, along with other assorted propositions and positions, East County residents will be voting on a replacement for long-term Congressman Duncan Hunter.  Last year Congressman Hunter decided to forgo another run (or in his case, cakewalk) for Congress and toss his hat into the race for President.  Earlier I blogged about being approached by one candidate for support and how I decided instead to post what I was looking for in a candidate.  Since no one took me up on that, I’m going to go to them instead.  I will be sending a request to each of the candidates to do a short taped interview, which I will then summarize and post here.  I also plan to post the interviews as podcasts, as well as posting written transcripts (depending on the length of the interviews).

So, here is a list of the candidates for the 52nd Congressional District, based on the Registrar of Voters information.

Democratic Candidates: Vickie Butcher, Mike Lumpkin

Libertarian Candidate: Michael Benoit

Republican Candidates: Duncan D. Hunter, Brian Jones, Rick Powell, Bob Watkins

I have sent invitations to all of the candidates, and I look forward to sharing their thoughts with all of you.

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April Chamber Mixer

Dr. Albert Klitzke hosted the April Chamber Mixer

The Santee Chamber of Commerce held its monthly After-5 Mixer on Thursday, April 19, at the office of Albert E. Klitzke D. D. S. Inc.  As I mentioned in a previous post, this was not only the monthly mixer, but also a fund raising event for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).  So, first about the mixer, then a little about JDRF.

Dr. and Mrs. Klitzke were hosts of the April After-5 Mixer







Dr. Klitzke was a very gracious host, and put on a very nice spread (food is always an important part of any mixer).  But above and beyond that, what makes the mixer work is the networking opportunities and the chance to meet other people who are involed in the community.  And, of course, this is the real reason for the mixers.  If you do business in Santee, or live in Santee and own a business anywhere, please consider joining the Chamber of Commerce.

Miss Santee Teen Lizzie Lingasin (l) and Miss Santee Heather DePriest (r) join Alexis Rodriguez of JDRF and Dr. Albert Klitzke

The Mixer also marked the first Chamber event for the newly-crowned Miss Santee, Heather DePriest, and Miss Santee Teen, Lizzie Lingasin.  The two were chosen from a crowded field at the March 14 Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants at Sonrise Community Church in Santee.

This month we had a rather interesting raffle – not in terms of raffle items but in terms of the numbers drawn.  The first number drawn belonged to long-time member Richard Jackson; the second belonged to Chamber VP Rob McNelis who was standing to Richard’s immediate left.  And it continued on, one by one to the left.  After the third ticket people jokingly moved over to get in line, but the joke was that it really did continue on down the line for every raffle ticket.  I’ll let the math majors figure out the odds of that happening.  The big winners this month were Art Kaliel for the membership drawing and yours truly for the 50-50 drawing.  And yes, I was the last in the line of the raffle ticket drawn.

Now, about JDRF.  The foundation was started in 1970 by parents of children with Type 1 (juvenile onset) diabetes, and has become the leader in fund raising and advocacy for research on diabetes.  I never knew before that about 1/5 of Medicare money is spent on juvenile diabetes, or rather Type 1.  Dr. Klitzke and his wife became involved 12 years ago when their son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, and Dr. Klitzke spoke at length about juvenile diabetes and the role of the JDRF.  Also on hand was Alexis Rodriguez, Special Events Coordinator from the local chapter of the JDRF, who spoke about the upcoming Walk to Cure Diabetes coming in October on the UCSD campus.  Please check their website for more information on the organization and their activities.

In May the Chamber After-5 Mixer will be May 15 at Hungry Howie’s Pizza, 9225 Carlton Hills Blvd.  See you there.


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Relay for Life

This weekend, April 19-20, is the annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life .  This nationwide event not only raises money for the ACS and its various programs, but also raises awareness of cancer treatment, celebrates cancer survivors and remembers those whose lives have been taken by these diseases.  Here in Santee the Relay will take place at Santee Lakes’ Lake 5.  As of now, there are 26 teams signed up and over $19,000 has been pledged toward the fight against cancer.  If you are interested you can get more information at the Relay For Life® of Santee page on the ACS website.

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April Chamber of Commerce After-5 Mixer

I thought I would put up a pre-event notice this time.  Thursday evening the Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly business mixer at the office of Dr. Albert Klitzke, DDS, 8790 Cuyamaca St., Ste. E.  In addition to the usual fun and frivolity, there will be a special fund raiser for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  If you do business in Santee, or live in Santee and own a business anywhere, think about joining the Chamber of Commerce, and please join us for this special mixer.

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Big Changes Coming

Groundbreaking Ceremony at Cajon Park School

On April 9 the Santee School District held a groundbreaking ceremony at Cajon Park School to celebrate the beginning of their modernization program.  This was made possible by the passage of Proposition R last year.  Altogether, $129 million will be spent to improve facilities at the nine schools in the district.  Cajon Park was chosen as the symbolic representative for the work planned for the entire project.

Dr. Lisbeth Johnson, Santee School District Superintendent At the ceremony were representatives from the school, the district, the builder, and the community.  Dr. Lisbeth Johnson, Superintendent of Santee Schools, welcomed dignitaries and visitors, and two Cajon Park students, eighth-grader Jennifer Elhke and kindergartener Joel Oliver, led everyone in the Pledge of Allegience.  Speakers included Santee School Board President Dan Bartholomew and Board Member and Cajon Park graduate Dustin Burns.  Others in attendance included Santee Mayor Randy Voepel, Councilmembers Jack Dale and Brian Jones, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Warren Savage, and members of the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee.

Principals from all nine schools were there to receive symbolic shovels from their respective ASB Student Representatives.  Cajon Park Principal Marcia Ginn-May and teacher Allwyn Gazi spoke following the presentation of shovels.  Finally Glynna Hoekstra, representing General Contractor Barnhart, Inc., presented an engraved ceremonial shovel to Dan Bartholomew.  Following the official ceremonies guests were invited to come and have their pictures taken with shovels and hard hats.

Cajon Park Middle School Teachers Pose at Groundbreaking

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Go Orange for the ASPCA

I’ve been away for a few days with family issues, but I’m here now and ready to get back to blogging.

I just received an e-mail (Wednesday, April 9) from an advocacy group telling me that April 10 is “Go Orange for ASPCA Day” to honor the 142nd anniversary of the founding of the ASPCA.  My first thought was, “why didn’t they send this out a bit sooner?”  It would have been nice to know far enough in advance to really do something to celebrate this day, like coordinate something with my daughter’s school.  But the best I can do is post this little bit in my blog and see who reads it.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded in 1866 as the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere.  The Society’s goal is to “work toward the day in which no animal will live in pain or fear.”  If you’ve ever watched any of the “Animal Cops” shows on Animal Planet, you know that they still have a lot of work ahead of them.

“Go Orange for the ASPCA” calls on individuals, organizations, communities, etc., to wear orange, the Society’s color, on April 10.  I personally don’t have any orange (I guess I’m not an autumn), so instead I’m going to feature my orange-ish dogs as my contribution to the day.

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