Monthly Archives: March 2009

Sonic Grand Opening

Attention all you Sonic devotees – their first San Diego County restaurant will be having its grand opening this Saturday.  I know my daughter will be one of many happy people there.  I’m looking forward to finding out what all the hullaballo is about, since I have never been to one before.  As I write this my daughter is sitting next to me gushing about all the good food Sonic has.  I will decide when I get to try some.

The big event is Saturday, with ribbon cutting at 5:30 pm.  The new Sonic is located at 10515 Mission Gorge Rd., just a bit west of North Magnolia Ave.  The easiest approach is from the west, since the restaurant is located on the south side of the road.  For more info, click on the links below.


Sonic Drive Ins

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Don’t Shoot the Canvassers

Bureau of the Census

Next year, 2010, will be the decennial census of the United States.  Every ten years, since 1790, the government has counted the population of this nation – as required by the Constitution.  In order to do this successfully, the Census Bureau has already begun laying the groundwork for the count.  Over the next few weeks you might see people walking around neighborhoods, going door-to-door, and working with little hand-held computers.  These are Address Canvassers, and their job is to make sure every possible living space is identified – this includes houses, condos, apartments, group homes, campsites, etc.  This way census forms can be sent out next year to everyone, and the Bureau will be able to follow up on any that are not returned.

Why is the Census so important?  First, it is the way the federal government decides how many representatives each state gets; in addition, state and local governments use the data to draw various representative boundaries.  Many other organizations use the data as well to do their jobs.  Also, the Constitution, in Article 1, Section 2, states “[An] Enumeration shall be made within three Years after the first Meeting of the Congress of the United States, and within every subsequent Term of ten Years, in such Manner as they shall by Law direct.”  Participation in the Census is required, but all personal information collected is kept in strict confidentiality for 72 years.  Only generic data is released before that time, and then only to organizations and departments that show they have a valid reason for using it.

So when you see these Address Canvassers, or when they knock on your door (which they are required to do), please be polite, answer the few questions they might have, and know that they have been well trained to do their jobs quickly and efficiently.

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Shop Santee and Save!

Shop Santee

In this age of economic uncertainty, how can shopping in Santee save you money?  Well, on April 1 the California state sales tax rate will increase by 1% in an effort to raise money to bridge the huge state budget gap.  Along with the recent increases in neighboring cities, that will make the sales tax rate 9.5% in La Mesa and 9.75% in El Cajon, compared to 8.75% here in Santee.  When you think about it, that can really add up on large purchases.

To promote this, the City of Santee and the Santee Chamber of Commerce will hold a press conference at 11:00 am on April 1 at the Santee Trolley Square Clock Tower.  At the conference they will kick off the “Shop Santee and Save” campaign and unveil a new pro-business logo.  More on this campaign soon.


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Miss Santee & Miss Santee Teen 2009

Earlier this month the Miss Santee/Miss Santee Teen Pageant was held at Sonrise Community Church.  I was not able to attend, but I did get to meet the young ladies who won at the SanTree Fest the following week.  I would like to introduce them to you (wiht thanks to the Santee Chamber of Commerce for the bio information).

Miss Santee, Sierra Billock, and Miss Santee Teen, Nicole Elhke

Miss Santee & Miss Santee Teen

Sierra Billock is 21 and a marketing major at San Marcos State University.  She also works as a Brand Manager for Bath and Body Works, and enjoys golf when she has time.  Last year Sierra was named Miss Congeniality.  This was her fourth time competing in the Miss Santee Pageant.  She receives a $300 college scholarship donated by Santee businesses.

Nicole Elhke is 16 and a junior at West Hills High School.  This was her second try for Miss Santee Teen, and she credits last year’s winner, Lizzie Lingasin, for helping her prepare for this year’s pageant.  Nicole works as a tutor at her school and is on the Principal’s Honor Roll.  She also volunteers at Alvarado Hospital and plans to become a pediatric emergency room doctor.  She receives a $125 scholarship sponsored by Viejas.

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Santee Chamber Ambassadors

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce the Santee Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors.  This is a group of local Santee business men and women who go a few steps beyond the normal Chamber member role.  They reach out to other businesses, attend business grand openings, and help promote the city as a business destination.  Currently the main project on the Chamber’s and Ambassadors’ list is the upcoming Santee Street Fair, which will be on May 30 at Riverview Parkway and Mission Gorge Rd. (more on this soon).  If you own or work at a business in Santee, and you would like to become involved in the Chamber or see how the Chamber can help you, follow the link below to their website.

2009 Santee Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors

Santee Chamber Ambassadors

L-R: Dan O’Brien, Warren Savage, John Morley, Virginia Hall, Ronn Hall, Richard Jackson

Not Pictured: Ike Enzenauer, Hartha Jackson, John Olson, Rob McNelis, Gabriel Pino, Cynthia Howard, Jason Schelte

Santee Chamber of Commerce

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“Beauty and the Beast” – Last Weekend

PLAY Beauty and the Beast

Cogsworth and Lumiere want to remind you that this is the final weekend for the PLAY (Performing Lakeside Acting Youth) production of “Beauty and the Beast.”  The first weekend was great, with standing room only on Sunday.  The performances this week will be Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings at 6:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday afternoons at 2:00 pm.  Come and support this fantastic program.

The silent auction continues for the Reborn Doll – currently the bid is at $225.00.

Reborn Doll

For more information on PLAY

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Beauty and the Beast in Lakeside

Beauty and the Beast

No, this is not a commentary on the community of Lakeside.  PLAY (Performing Lakeside Acting Youth), a program that provides a theatrical experience for Lakeside area kids from grades 4 through 12, is presenting the musical “Beauty and the Beast.”  The program is sponsored by the Lakeside Union School District and is based at Lakeside Middle School.  Kids handle everything from the acting to lights, sound, and sets.  It has become so popular that this year over 100 young people are performing in three casts.

The show runs this weekend, with performances tonight (Friday, 3/20) at 6:00 pm, Saturday (3/21) at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm, and Sunday (3/22) at 2:00 pm – then again next weekend at the same times, plus a 6:00 pm performance on Thursday (3/26).    All shows are at Lakeside Middle School, located at 11833 Woodside Ave., just off the 67 (exit Riverford Rd. and go north on Woodside Ave.) and tickets are just $4 – such a deal for some great family entertainment.

To help keep this program running, there will be snacks, raffles, and a silent auction of a “reborn baby doll” valued at $500.  So why not head over to Lakeside and “be their guest” for a great time.

This Reborn Baby Doll will be auctioned off over the run of the program

Reborn Baby Doll


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