Monthly Archives: November 2008

Santee Sheriff’s Station – Temporary Closure

I just came across a notice on the City of Santee website about the Sheriff’s Station on Cuyamaca St. will be closed December 1-5.  If you need help you can go to the Santee Community Safety Center at the Trolley Center over by the clock tower, or you can go to the Lakeside Storefront at 9750 Winter Gardens Rd.  Everything will be back to normal on December 8.


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Updated Photos – Cajon Park Construction

I have updated the Cajon Park Construction Photo Page.  Work has been moving along quickly and the exterior is complete.  There is some landscaping and interior work to finish up, but it looks like all will be done in time for classes to move in during the second week of December.  I am hoping to be able to be there for the big event, and of course there will be more pictures.  Feel free to comment on the photos.

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Santee Schools in the News

No, I’m not being lazy.  I just wanted to post a link to an article in the San Diego Union-Tribune that features kindergarteners from Santee’s own Hill Creek School.  Enjoy the story.

1st step for Thanksgiving success: Hunt the turkey

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Let’s Get Those Signs Down!


As I warned, I am now going to start posting pictures of political signs that are still up, along with the location of the offending signs.  Most of them are on public property, so there shouldn’t be any problem for the candidates involved to stop and pull them down.  Oh, and just because your sign is on the ground, that doesn’t count as being removed.

Thank you, Larry & Rose

Thank You, Shirley!!

Candidate: Michael Benoit, 52nd Congressional District

Location: On the back of a fence, Northwest corner of the Cuyamaca Street/Mast Blvd. intersection

I also noted another sign for Mr. Benoit on Magnolia Ave. the other day, but I didn’t have a chance to take a photograph of that one.  And I still need to stop by SR-125 and Mission Gorge Rd. to see if the signs on the ground there have been picked up yet.

If you know of any other political signs that need to come down, please let me know and I will post them as well.  I will also send a link to the candidates and/or proposition supporters so that they can get these signs down.


Less than 10 minutes after I emailed Larry Urdahl about his signs he responded and told me he would have them down by Friday.  A tip of the hat to Mr. Urdahl, who also told me that he spent 3 hours one day after the election just taking down signs in Santee.

As of now – early January – all of the signs seem to be down.

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Holiday Season Has Arrived

Holiday Lighting Celebration

Yes, the Holiday Season has officially arrived in Santee.  Friday night (November 21) was the Holiday Lighting Celebration at Santee Trolley Square, complete with Santa Claus, Princesses, music, food, and lots of fun.  A very large crowd took part in the festivities, a welcome reminder that not all is gloom and doom as the news media seems to show these days.

Business and Community BoothsThe activities centered around the amphitheater, where Santa Claus and Mayor Randy Voepel were joined by the Miss Santee and Miss Santee Teen princesses for the actual lighting.  On the Target side were various community and business booths, including Camp Bow Wow, Waste Management, the Park and Recreation Department, Verizon, and KSON.  Several of the booths had prize wheels to spin along with a variety of goodies and trinkets to win.  This year the celebration included an iceless skating rink made of waxed plastic resin panels.  I didn’t try it out – not with my back – but the people who were out there seemed to be doing just fine and having a good time.


Iceless Skating

On the other side of the center were several craft and activity booths staffed by Lowe’s, Target, and the Santana Cheerleaders.  There were also carriage rides, which were very popular.  And of course, after his tree lighting duties Santa made time to meet the children who had come down.

Entertainment in the amphitheater was provided by the country band Southbound Jonny and the West Hills High School Choir.  Unfortunately the amplification wasn’t set up well for the choir, so it was difficult to hear this talented group of teens.  But Southbound Jonny was definitely a big hit, and had people dancing and singing along.

Thanks to all of the businesses and groups that donated time, talent, money, and more to make this a successful celebration.

Mayor Randy Voepel fires the shot that lights the tree

"The Shot"


Lighting the Tree

Fireworks – Always a nice touch


Mayor Randy Voepel – the Hardest Working Man in Santee – with
Miss Santee, Heather DePriest, and Miss Santee Teen, Lizzie Lingasin

Mayor, Miss Santee, Miss Santee Teen

KUSI Interviews Mayor Voepel

KUSI Interviews Mayor Voepel

Dancing to Southbound Jonny

Dancing to Southbound Jonny

The Lovely Runners Up

Runners Up


L-R: Sierra Billock, Miss Congeniality; Heather DePriest, Miss Santee, Kimberly Swank, Miss Santee First Runner Up; Maria Maes, Miss Santee Teen Fourth Runner Up; Lizzie Lingasin, Miss Santee Teen; Melissa Green, Miss Santee Second Runner Up; Cara Henson, Miss Santee Teen Third Runner Up; Michelle Green, Miss Santee Teen Second Runner Up; Emily Zobel, Miss Santee Teen First Runner Up

Miss Santee Princesses

West Hills High School Choir Entertains

West Hills High School Choir

The Popular Carriage Rides

Carriage Rides

Southbound Jonny Is…

Jon Watson – Lead Vocals and Acoustic Guitar

Jon Watson

Glen Wolff – Lead Guitar and Vocals

Glen Wolff

Dave Largent – Drums and Vocals

Dave Largent

Dave Edelman – Fiddle and Madolin

Dave Edelman

Giorgio Tupanjanin – Bass

Giorgio Tupanjanin


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November After-5 Mixer

We Know Best

This month the Chamber of Commerce After-5 Mixer was held at We Know Best, a computer and network service company located on the west side of Santee at 8011 Mission Gorge Rd.  Even though it was a rather low-key affair this month, there was still a good deal of networking going on, with representatives from a variety of businesses.


Among those present were Chamber Directors Warren Savage, Ronn Hall, Dan O’Brien, Sharon Smail, and John Morley.  Also attending were Virginia Hall, Terry Harris, Vickie Watkins, Don Preis, Richelle Lopez, and several others whose names I, unfortunately, didn’t get.  The Mixer was also graced with the presence of Miss Santee Teen, Lizzie Lingasin – in the midst of a busy week of community activities.

This month the 50-50 winner was Richelle Lopez of Extra Space Storage.  Pardee Homes was pulled for the Membership Drawing, but unfortunately for them no one from the company was present.  So the money will wait until next month when the prize will be $150 – so be sure to sign up as a member of the Chamber if you aren’t already.  Believe me, it works – one month a brand new member won the drawing.  Oh, and if your name is drawn and you aren’t there, you get pulled until you show up and put your card back in – so someone from Pardee Homes had better get to the next mixer.

A big “thank you” to for hosting this month’s mixer.  The next After-5 Mixer will be the annual Taste of Santee on December 4 at the Union Bank on Mission Gorge Rd. at Cuyamaca Street.  Admission for this event is a new, unwrapped toy or non-perishable food item – or $5 – which will go to Santee Santas to help with their annual drive for needy families.  This is a great event with food from several local restaurants and caterers, music, and all-around fun.   The festivities begin at 5:30, so don’t be late or the best food might be gone.

Miss Santee Teen, Lizzie Lingasin

Miss Santee Teen

When Ronn Hall speaks…Nevermind


Chamber Executive Director, Warren Savage, and Miss Santee Teen, Lizzie Lingasin

Warren Savage & Lizzie Lingasin

Miss Santee Teen and Mom

Miss Santee Teen and Mom

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Giving Kids “Momentum”

Momentum Tutoring Grand Opening

Wednesday, November 19, was the Grand Opening and Open House for Momentum Tutoring, a not-so-new business here in Santee.  That sounds strange until you understand that Momentum Tutoring has been working with kids on-campus for several years, but just recently opened a central location on Cuyamaca Street across from Rio Seco School.  Founder Terri Bozhor and Assistant Danelle Clark made the big decision to open in part because of the renovations going on at several of the Santee Schools campuses, which meant there were no classrooms available for their program.  The up side is that kids can now come in for help every day if they want (or, rather, if their parents want) instead of having to wait until the program came to their school.

So just what makes Momentum Tutoring different from other tutoring programs?  Well, first of all Momentum is a not-for-profit program with its own board of directors.  This means that they don’t have to answer to some out-of-town authority that might not understand the special needs of Santee children.  Second, as a not-for-profit, they are able to access grants and donations that allow them to offer scholarships and “pay what you can” programs.  Third, their program is designed to help students learn to manage their own workload, not just help them get assignments done.  Finally, they have a team of Associate Tutors made up of university, community college, and advanced high school students who work alongside credentialed teacher/tutors.  These enthusiastic young people help bridge the gap between the students who come in and the adults working with them, as well as act as big brothers/sisters and role models.

For more information about Momentum Tutoring, check out their website here.

And now, a few photos of the event.

The official ribbon cutting for Momentum Tutoring
(From L-R: Richard Jackson, Kelly Almack, Dan O’Brien, Warren Savage, Danelle Clark, Associate Tutors, Terri Bozhor, Associate Tutor, John Minto)

Ribbon Cutting

Warren Savage, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director; Danelle Clark, Momentum Tutoring Assistant Director; Terri Bozhor, Founder and Director; John Minto, Santee Councilmember


Dudley, the official Momentum Tutoring Mascot


Momentum Tutoring Associate Tutors show a little Attitude

Associate Tutors

The Associate Tutors are joined by Lizzie Lingasin, Miss Santee Teen, and Maria Maes, Miss Santee Teen Fourth

Tutors and "Teens"

Back: Warren Savage, John Minto, Ronn Hall, Danelle Clark, Terri Bozhor
Front: Maria Maes, Lizzie Lingasin

Dignitaries 2

Fun and Food at Momentum Tutoring

Fun and Food

Guests Mingle and Munch

Mingle and Munch

Need We Say More?


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