Monthly Archives: August 2009

Santee Chamber Special Edition of Echo

The Santee Chamber of Commerce is putting together it’s 4th Special Edition of its regular newsletter, the Santee Echo.  Currently all advertising choices are available except for the back cover.  Costs range from $250 for a business card ad up to $3,000 for a center-fold right exclusive.  There is a discount for current Chamber members.  The issue will mail around the end of October, and the deadline for ads is September 11, so don’t wait.  The Special Edition goes out to some 22,000 businesses and residences in Santee.  If you are interested in advertising in this full-color issue, you can contact the Chamber at or by calling 619-449-6572.

Leave a comment

Filed under Business, Chamber Activities

Hot Weather, Cool Zones

Well, we’re in another little heat wave and the weather folks are predicting temperatures around/over 100 here in Santee for Thursday.  If you or someone you know is stuck without air conditioning in this weather, there is an official Cool Zone located at the Public Library in the Carlton Oaks Center at Carlton Oaks and Carlton Hills Blvds.  If you are not in Santee, there are other Cool Zones around the County.  You can find them on the San Diego County Cool Zones List.

Leave a comment

Filed under Community, Health, Weather

Business Recommendation – Kurt’s Camera Repair

Kurt's Camera Repair

When you do as much photography as I do you’re going to have camera problems now and then.  The first time I had an issue I was referred to Kurt’s Camera Repair on Mission Gorge Rd. in San Diego.  They solved the problem quickly and at a very reasonable price.  Recently, when I started to have problems with my wide-angle lens, I took it down to them again.  This time they told me that, yes, they could fix it but it would cost about the same as a new lens and a new lens would have a warranty.  When a business is willing to do what is right for the customer rather than what is good for their own bottom line, that business deserves a little extra good press.

So, if you have a camera that is not working as well as it should, I recommend Kurt’s Camera Repair at 7811 Mission Gorge Rd., #E, in San Diego.  They may not be in Santee, but they are well worth the little drive over the hill.

Leave a comment

Filed under Business

Celebrate East County

This Saturday, August 29, Heartland Foundation and East County Magazine present Celebrate East County – a wine and food tasting spectacular at the Heritage of the Americas Museum at Cuyamaca College.  The evening kicks off at 4:00 pm and includes drawings and silent auction for prizes including a baseball autographed by the Padres’ Adrian Gonzalez, a vacation in a Kern River cabin, and much more.

In addition, you can meet local business leaders, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum, and meet and talk with Sunbelt Publications authors.  This promises to be a fun time.  For more information, click on the link above, call 619-698-7617 or email  Cost is $25 for adults, $10 for ages 12-17, and $5 for ages 4-11.  The Heritage of the Americas Museum is located at 12110 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, on the Cuyamaca College campus.

1 Comment

Filed under Business, Community, Entertainment

The Week Ahead – August 24-30


With the end of Summer nearing, many activities and events are dropping off the radar.  No more Summer Concerts or Movies by the Lake.  But there are still a few things to do around Santee.

Santee Senior Club: This is sponsored by the City of Santee.  The Senior Club meets every Wednesday morning from 9:00-11:30 am at the Teen Center at Santee Lakes.  This week they are having an Ice Cream Social, so if you are a Senior or know a Senior who might be interested, this is the place to be.

Santee City Council Meeting: The City Council meets on Wednesday, August 26, at 7:00 pm in the Council Chamber at 10601 N. Magnolia Ave.  For a copy of the Agenda, click on the link above.

Mission Trails Regional Park: There will be Guided Nature Walks on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday starting at 9:30 am.  There is also a Twilight Walk on Saturday, starting at 6:30 pm.

Grand Opening: Desert Rose Studios will be having its official Grand Opening on Saturday, August 29, beginning at 10:00 am.  Desert Rose Studios is located at 9225 Carlton Hills Blvd., #29, in the Carlton Oaks Center.

Frubble: Karaoke Night is Thursday, August 27, at Frubble, starting at 8:00 pm.

If you know of anything else happening around Santee, send me a message and I’ll get it up.


Celebrate East County: Heartland Foundation and East County Magazine are hosting a wine and food tasting event to highlight some of East County’s “Best Kept Secrets.”  See the post on the event for more information.

Leave a comment

Filed under Chamber Activities, Community, Nature

Letter from California State Assemblyman Joel Anderson

This is an e-letter from California State Assemblyman Joel Anderson. He and a majority of the members of the Assembly Appropriations Committee co-authored a bill that would require California to accept its own IOUs as payment for any obligations owed to the state by individuals or businesses. In other words, if it’s good enough for the state to hand out, it’s good enough for the state to accept.

However, in spite of strong support, the Committee Chairman decided to send the bill to the “Suspense” file where “good bills go to die.” Anderson has asked for support from the public to help get this bill to a vote. Here is a copy of his letter:


Important AB 1506 IOU Update: Action Required Now

Dear Friends,

We need your help today.

Here is an important update on Assembly Bill 1506, which is critical legislation that I co-authored with my colleagues that would save the state money and provide financial relief for thousands of Californians who have received IOUs.

 Many of you saw what happened at the Appropriations Committee Hearing this past Wednesday, when AB 1506 was not allowed to come up for a vote, despite the fact that a majority of the committee members were co-authors and the bill saves the state over $18 million.

Over the objection of the Vice-Chair’s motion to bring AB 1506 to a vote, the Committee Chairman sent the bill to the ”suspense file” – a place where good bills go to die without a vote.

I wanted to let you know that since Wednesday’s Committee Hearing, I had a very thoughtful conversation on the Assembly floor with the Chairman of the Committee. 

After our conversation, the Chairman pledged to me that he would to take another look at the bill because critical information had been left out of his analysis regarding the major cost savings AB 1506 would provide to the state.

Since July 2, the State has issued over 327,000 IOUs totaling almost $2 billion. Each IOU adds to the state’s debt with interest.

If AB 1506 was law, the state would save a hefty $18,281,250.  

The Employment Development Department told the Committee Chair that this bill would cost $1.2 million in computer upgrades. Those computer upgrades are overdue and routine. AB 1506 would provide a net-savings of over $17 million and cover the costs of the necessary upgrades to the state’s infrastructure.

Now, my colleagues and I need your help to encourage the Committee Chairman to do what is right by Californians. AB 1506 saves the state millions, protects taxpayers and deserves a vote.

Please send your letter of support today for AB 1506 to my office so that I may hand-deliver your letters to the Committee Chairman personally.

California State Controller John Chiang’s main responsibility is to manage the state’s cash flow. He understands the importance of this bill. I want to personally thank him for his important letter of support and the majority of Appropriations Committee members that are co-authors of AB 1506.

Please email your letters to or fax them to (916) 319-2177, and include your name, title (if applicable) & phone number so that the Chairman knows you’re a real person who demands to be counted. If you have already sent a letter, please forward this message to your friends and family and ask them to join you in helping to bring this critical legislation to a vote.

We can bring common sense to this committee, but I need your letter by 8:30 on Wednesday morning. Californians up and down the state are counting on us to make a difference.

Leave a comment

Filed under Community, Politics

Help Save the Mother Goose Parade

MVD MotherGooseLogo

For over 60 years the Mother Goose Parade has been an iconic piece of East County holiday cheer.  Last year the Parade had financial difficulties, and this year money woes are once again hitting the event.  The Board of Directors of the Parade has started a “Save the Goose” campaign to fund this annual event for its 63rd year, and is asking families and businesses to help.

The Board needs to raise $150,000 by the middle of September in order for the Parade to go on.  Corporate Sponsors will be recognized in the Mother Goose Parade Souvenir Program and have their logo on the Parade website with a link to their own business website.  Depending on the level of sponsorship, you may also receive VIP tickets to the Evening with the Stars event, Grandstand tickets, and a prominently displayed banner.  Individual Sponsors/Members will receive a Certificate, mention in the Program, and chances to win tickets to the Evening with the Stars.  You can also simply Donate to the campaign if that is your choice.

This year’s theme is “Storybook Friends,” so lets see if we can work together to keep those friends marching.  The Parade is scheduled for November 22, but the real date to remember is September 15, which is about the time the Board of Directors will have to make the final decision on whether or not the Parade will go on.

Help Save the Goose!

Leave a comment

Filed under Community, Entertainment

Stimulus Projects to Slow Down Traffic in Santee

Federal stimulus money is making its way to Santee in the form of asphalt overlay projects along N. Magnolia Ave. and Mission Gorge Rd.  Starting August 24, work will be going on along N. Magnolia Ave. between Mast Blvd. and El Nopal between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.  The work will include filling and patching cracks and potholes, putting in video detection cameras, and putting on a rubberized asphalt overlay.  The project should be completed around September 4, but it will cause delays during that time – but access will continue during the work.

From about September 14 to October 9 similar work will go on along Mission Gorge Rd. from Fanita Dr. to the Post Office.  Most of this work will be done during the night to avoid major traffic delays.  If and when I get more specific details I will post them.

1 Comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Bayou Brothers Bring New Orleans to Santee

Bayou Brothers

Last Thursday, August 13, the Bayou Brothers brought the sounds of New Orleans to the Santee Summer Concert Series.  Cajun music and zydeco were the order of the evening, with a heaping side order of audience participation as local kids got the chance to play rhythm along with the band.

Junior Percussion

Although the crowd was not as large as some others this summer, folks were having a good time.  The dance area was full most of the evening, and an enthusiastic dance line formed during the last few songs.  Many couples seemed to be well-versed in Zydeco dancing (you can see a video on basic Zydeco dance on their home page), and there was even a dancing crawfish in the crowd.

Zydeco Dancing with a Crawfish

The Bayou Brothers (and one Sister) seem to have a core of members with other musicians moving in and out.  According to their website, the regular members who played this time were John Chambers on keyboard and accordion, Ric Lee on drums, and Jessica Stull on rubboard.  Also on hand were Tim Cash on bass and a lead guitarist from Santee whose name I unfortunately missed (please let me know if you know his name).

John Chambers – Keyboard and Accordion

John Chambers

Ric Lee – Drums

Ric Lee - Drums

 Jessica Stull – Rubboard
  Jessica Stull

Tim Cash – Bass

Tim Cash - Bass

Lead Guitar

Lead Guitar

Getting into the Music

Getting into the Music

The final concert in the series is this Thursday, August 20, when The Corvettes bring their mix of Doo Wop and Motown sounds to the Trolley Square amphitheater.  Be sure to get there early if you want a good spot.


Filed under Entertainment

The Week Ahead – August 17-23


A little late, but let’s see what’s happening the rest of the week.

Santee Summer Concerts: Thursday, August 20, the final concert in the series features The Corvettesand their Doo Wop and Motown sounds.  The fun starts at 6:30 pm and goes until 8:00 pm.

Sunrise Santee: Tuesday, August 18, at the Santee Hometown Buffet (275 Town Center Parkway, across the parking lot from The Home Depot), beginning at 7:25 am.  This is a monthly mixer sponsored by the Santee Chamber of Commerce.  This month’s speaker is Amy Keefe of Cox Business.  Cost is $5 for breakfast and $1 for raffle and 50/50 drawing.

After-5 Mixer: Thursday, August 20, the monthly After-5 business mixer will be held at Simply Spa(278 Town Center Parkway, Suite 101, next to Ross).  The mixer runs from 5:30-7:30 pm and is a good opportunity to meet business owners from around Santee.  Cost is $5 for members and $10 for guests, plus whatever you want to spend for raffle tickets.

Frubble Events: This week Frubble will host Karaoke Evening on Thursday, August 20, and Open Mic Night on Friday, August 21.  Both events start at 8:00 pm.  Frubble is located at 9628 Carlton Hills Blvd., in the Pathways Community Church Center.

Mission Trails Regional Park: This week the Park will hold another week-long class called “Creepy Crawlies” for kids 6-10.  The class runs from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, but it may be too late to sign up.  Also this week there are Guided Nature Walks on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday starting at 9:30 am.

Movies by the Lake: The final movie in the series, Bolt, plays at Santee Lakes on Friday, August 21.  You can start setting up around 6:00 pm, games for kids start around 7:00 pm, and the movie starts around 8:00 pm.  Cost is $8 per car for parking, so load up the minivan or SUV and head on out.

If you have an event you think should be on the list, please let me know and I will update it.

Leave a comment

Filed under Business, Chamber Activities, Community, Entertainment