Monthly Archives: February 2009

CYT East Presents “Honk”

A Scene from "Honk"

Christian Youth Theater (CYT) is presenting “Honk” – the musical version of Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Ugly Duckling” – this weekend and next at the East County Performing Arts Center.  The production includes several Santee children onstage and in backstage crew.  It’s full of toe-tapping music, great dancing, and lots of fun – plus the age-old story of being who you are.

For more information, or to order tickets, go to CYT.  You can also find out about the 4 other shows playing in the area.

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Miss Santee Pageant Update

Miss Santee Princesses

The 2009 Miss Santee/Miss Santee Teen Pageant will be on Friday, March 6 – just two weeks away.  The coordinators are looking for businesses that would like to donate prizes and/or scholarship money for the winners.  There may also still be an opportunity for young Santee women to participate in the pageant, either as contestants (age 13-26) or in the Santee Princess Program (ages 6-12).  For more information, to donate, or to request a form for tickets you can contact Alexandra Kuty (Pageant Director) at misssanteepageant@yahoo.com or at 619-698-4163.

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Meet Your Neighbor – Allen Carlisle

Santee Lakes

This evening (Thursday, February 19) the Santee Library is holding its regular “Meet Your Neighbor” speaker series.  This month our neighbor is Allen Carlisle, Santee Lakes Park and Recreation Manager.  He is going to be talking about proposed developments at the Lakes and how they might impact the neighborhood.  This is a great opportunity to get more info about the Lakes and what is planned, as well as a chance to share your thoughts on the Lakes.

A side note: Santee Lakes will be the site next week (Wednesday, February 25) for a “Flip the Switch” ceremony to inaugurate a new solar energy system.  I’ll have more information on this soon.

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Small Business Seminar

The Santee Chamber of Commerce, City of Santee, and San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center are hosting a Federal Small Business Procurement Outreach Seminar on Friday, February 20.  The seminar will be held at the Santee City Hall Community Rooms at 10601 N Magnolia Ave. from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The early registration fee is $35, and walk-in registration is $45 (starting at 7:30 am).  The fee also includes a Continental breakfast, brown bag lunch, and a list of attendees.

What is this seminar all about?  The announcement says, “The Workshop is directed towards small, small-disadvantaged, and women-owned businesses.  The program will cover the process involved in completing the necessary registrations and information on how to pursue business opportunities with federal government agencies.”

Among the speakers will be representatives from the U.S. Navy, NAVFAC SW, SPAWAR, MCTSSA, Navy Special Warfare Command, General Services Administration, Small Business Administration, and other government agencies.  This workshop is always well-organized and provides great information for attendees.

For more information you can call 619-449-6572.  To download a registration form go to http://ptac-sandiego.org/userfiles/file/2_20%20Registration.pdf

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Crime Watch – Child Molestation Update

New Suspect in Child Molestation Case

New Suspect in Child Molestation Case

“Nick”

On Wednesday police issued an update on the child molestation/child pornography case I posted earlier.  There is a new suspect being sought – a second babysitter who may have also provided children to Jared Yaffe for molestation/pornography purposes.  He is known only by the name “Nick” and is possibly around 18 years old, about 5 feet 8 inches tall, and with a slim build.  Meanwhile, Jared Yaffe is still at large.  If you have any information about Yaffe or “Nick” please contact San Diego Police or CrimeStoppers.

San Diego Police: 619-531-2000

San Diego County CrimeStoppers: 888-580-8477 or email sally@sdcrimestoppers.com

You can also Send an Anonymous Tip

San Diego Union-Tribune

KGTV News

KNSD News

KUSI News

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On Food Patrol – Mimi’s Cafe

Mimi's Cafe

The Food Patrol has been on hiatus for a while, but today it was time to get back into the swing of things.  This evening my family had a celebration dinner at Mimi’s Cafe, and after the experience we had I felt I really needed to write about it.

I have mentioned before that some of my family suffers from gluten intolerance – where foods like wheat, barley, rye, and anything containing them cause stomach and intestine problems.  Not that long ago eating out was a study in frustration for us, trying to find something that they could eat without major hassles.  It was even worse years ago when we first discovered a problem with wheat – there was almost nothing available that didn’t have wheat in it.  Today not only are there more choices around, restaurants are much more aware of gluten problems.  Which brings us to our dinner at Mimi’s.Mimi's Cafe - Back Area

Our server, Brenda, went above and beyond to make sure that we had good choices – even to the point of bringing over a senior server and a book from the kitchen that listed ingredients in the foods.  They also made suggestions for variations and substitutions on some of the selections.  The results were an enjoyable meal with good food for all.

I have to admit that Mimi’s has been a favorite of ours for some time now, both for the food and for the caring people who work there.  And the atmosphere is great as well.  I particularly like the large family room in the front, with its New Orleans decor.  The back area is great for quieter dining, but still spacious enough for larger groups.

I can certainly recommend Mimi’s Cafe for a simple meal or a large celebration.  The restaurant is located at 9812 Mission Gorge Road in the Santee Trolley Center.  Enjoy.

Mimi's Cafe - Family Dining Room

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Crime Alert – Postal Problems

Are you missing something you expected in the mail?  It turns out a Santee postal worker has been arrested on suspicion of stealing mail.  Allen Pitman apparently covered an area around Mission Gorge Rd. and Cottonwood Ave.  According to reports, he would target anything that looked like a birthday/congratulations type card and check it for anything valuable (money, gift cards, etc.).  He had 30 gift cards as well as W-2s and Social Security mail when he was arrested.  In addition to stealing off his route he may also have stolen items at the post office itself.  His activities may go back to 2005 – which is a lot of gift cards that might be gone.  If you think you may be missing something you expected, or if you sent something and it didn’t arrive, please contact the Santee Sheriff’s Department at 619-956-4053.

For more details, check out these news sites:

KGTV News

KFMB News

KNSD News

San Diego Union-Tribune

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Cajon Park Dedication Ceremony

Cajon Park School Junior High Building

Santee School District has announced that there will be a dedication ceremony for the new Junior High (and 5th/6th grade) building on Thursday, February 12, at 3:00.  The ceremony will be followed by a tour of the new building and the newly-remodeled K-4 classroom buildings.  There will also be a school-wide Open House from 6:00 to 7:30 that evening so teachers can show off their new rooms.  Construction is still continuing on the Library/Media building as well as one classroom building, scheduled to be completed sometime in the spring.

Everyone is invited to come out, since it was the community’s support of Proposition R that provided the money to do the work.  And don’t think Cajon Park is the only school to benefit – construction is ongoing at several other district schools as well.

Cajon Park is located at 10300 N. Magnolia Ave., just a few blocks north of Santana High School.

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Crime Watch – Child Molestation Suspect

Have You Seen This Man?

Have You Seen This Man?

Jared Ravin Yaffe

Police are looking for the man pictured above in connection with child molestation.  He is accused of being involved with Aaron Zendejas, who has already been arrested in this case.  Zendejas is accused of allowing others to molest children he had been hired to babysit in Santee and El Cajon.  Yaffe is wanted for child molestation and child pornography, and is apparently also wanted in other states.  If caught and convicted, he could receive a term of 100 years in prison – let’s help get him there quickly.

If you have any information about Yaffe, please call San Diego Police at 619-531-2000 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477

Did You Use This Man as a Babysitter?

Did You Use This Man as a Babysitter?

Aaron Zendejas

Police are also asking for anyone who used this man, Aaron Zendejas, as a babysitter to contact them immediately.  Zendejas is accused of permitting Yaffe and perhaps others to molest children in his care.

For more information, check the following links:

San Diego Union-Tribune

KUSI News

KGTV News

KNSD News

KFMB News

Again, the phone numbers:

San Diego Police: 619-531-2000

Crime Stoppers: 888-580-8477

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