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The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Making Your Wishes Known,” a free program on advance care planning, from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
“What kind of medical care would you want if you were too ill or hurt to express your wishes? This informative presentation will help you start the conversation with your loved ones about your wishes,” said Kathy Quinn, director, Herrick Community Health Care Library.
The speaker on Feb. 24 will be Janine Lortscher, business development specialist, Sharp HealthCare Advance Care Planning Department. She will discuss the advance care planning process, including future healthcare planning and the communication tips and tools to help you receive the medical care you would want. An advance health care directive will be reviewed as well as the POLST Form (Physicians Order for Life Sustaining Treatment).
The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer health public library specializing in health research information, accessible both on-site and via the Internet. The library is operated by the Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County. For more information, phone the library at (619) 825‑5010 or visit www.herricklibrary.org.
The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), with offices in La Mesa, is seeking applicants for two scholarship programs for nursing students and students pursuing careers as medical health technicians. Deadline to receive applications for both scholarship programs is 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Applicants for both scholarships must reside within the boundaries of GHD for a minimum of one year, or have graduated from a high school located within the district’s boundaries. Previous recipients of both of these GHD scholarships are not eligible to reapply. For more information and to obtain the criteria and applications for both scholarships, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org/operations/scholarship-programs.
Nursing students are invited to apply for a scholarship of either $3,000 or $1,500. Applicants must provide evidence of current enrollment in a registered nursing program approved by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), along with details about community volunteer work (volunteer work may be within either school or resident community), a letter of recommendation from a nursing instructor and a maximum 500-word essay on the topic “the future of nursing in my community.” Preference will be given to nurses who are new to the profession. The nursing scholarship, called the Richard Bea RN Memorial Nursing Scholarship, is named after former GHD board member Richard Bea, a registered nurse who worked at Grossmont Hospital for 18 years and served on the GHD board from 1996 until his death in 1999.
Health tech students are invited to apply for one of up to five non-renewable $2,000 scholarships. Applicants must write a maximum 400-word essay on the topic “where I will be in my career five years from now.” Eligible occupations for the medical technician scholarship include anesthesiology technician, cardiovascular technician,…Continue
The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host County Supervisor Dianne Jacob for a breakfast meeting starting at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Marie Callender’s restaurant, 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego. Breakfast sponsors includes Carl Burger Dodge Chrysler Jeep RAM World and Lamplighters Community Theatre.
The public is invited to attend. Cost to attend is $15 for Chamber members and $20 for guests with advanced reservations, or $25 at the door. Breakfast will include eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, potatoes, fresh fruit and juice. Prize drawings also will be held. Attendance drawing sponsors include La Mesa Courier and Opus Bank. Reservations may be made via the chamber website, www.lamesachamber.com, or by sending an e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the Chamber Office (619) 465-7700, ext. #2.
Jacob is now in her sixth term on the Board of Supervisors. She was first elected as Supervisor in 1992. She is only the second San Diego County supervisor in modern times to serve at least five times as chair. Jacob’s second supervisorial district features more than 2,000 square miles and more than 50 communities and cities with more than 620,000 East County residents of the unincorporated communities of Lakeside, Alpine, Ramona and Julian and the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Santee and Poway, as well as the communities of Allied Gardens, College Area, Del Cerro, Grantville, Navajo, Rolando and San Carlos in the City of San Diego.
San Diego United Church of Christ Partnership Churches’ Lenten - Easter Schedule, 2016
Come, Worship with Us, Celebrate with Us,
Await the Risen Christ with Us
Ash Wednesday Worship
2/10/16 – 7:00pm
Pioneer Ocean View UCC
2550 Fairfield St. 92110
Wednesday Psalm Study and Songs
Led by Partnership pastors and musician Paul Vasile
2/17/16 – 7:00pm
Mission Hills UCC
4070 Jackdaw St. 92103
2/24/16 – 7:00pm
4773 Marlborough Dr. 92116
3/2/16 – 7:00pm
Christian Fellowship UCC
1601 Kelton Road, 92114
3/9/16 – 7:00pm
UCUC – University City United Church
2877 Governor Dr. 92122
3/16/16 – 7:00pm
The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa
5940 Kelton Ave. La Mesa, 91942
Palm Sunday Passion Play/Worship
3/20/16 – 10:00am
The Table: United Church of Christ of La Mesa
5940 Kelton Ave. La Mesa, 91942
Maundy Thursday Worship
3/24/16 – 6:00pm…Continue
The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce has announced its eighth annual “Salute to Local Heroes” dinner will be held starting at 5:30 p.m. Wed., Feb. 24, at the Town and Country Resort Hotel, Golden Ballroom, 500 Hotel Circle North, in San Diego’s Mission Valley area.
The event, open to the public, will include installation of board members, dinner, silent auction and recognition of seven local heroes from law enforcement, fire district, paramedic field and retired senior volunteer patrol. More than 200 people are expected to attend. The event theme is “The Magnificent Mardi Gras.” Cost to attend is $60 per person or two tickets for $100 and a table of eight for $360. Complimentary parking is included. Tickets may be purchased online at www.lamesachamber.com, or by calling the Chamber Office (619) 465-7700. Deadline for RSVP is Feb. 12.
This year’s honorees include: Jon Alva and Robert Ivery, paramedics, American Medical Response; Capt. Dave Hardenburger, Heartland Fire and Rescue; Detective Bucky Wright and Master Officer Lillie Chase, La Mesa Police Department; Nonie Beach and Ray Rendina, La Mesa Police Department Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol.
La Mesa photographer Sandra Small is presenting “Nature Revisited,” an exhibit of eight outdoor nature scenes shot over the past four decades, on display through the end of February at the All The Perks Expresso Café, 8046 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, in the La Mesa Springs shopping center in the Vons shopping center. Small said the images include a vineyard in Paso Robles, a tree in San Jacinto and flowers in the East County, as well as a scene from Yosemite National Park. The café is open weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and 8 a.m. to noon on Sundays.
Mental Health In Focus
LA MESA -- The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host a free program on “Let’s Talk About Mental Health” from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016. The program is part of the library’s Wellness Wednesday series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
The speaker on Jan. 27 will be Dr. William Brock, clinical psychologist at Sharp Grossmont Hospital. The La Mesa resident has more than 20 years of experience in clinical psychology, cognitive behavioral therapy and consultation. Since 2004, he has worked at Sharp Grossmont Hospital’s Outpatient Dual Recovery Program that assists individuals with cognitive behavior therapy and recovery counseling, including a wide range of psychiatric and substance abuse issues. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Alliant International University, both San Diego and Irvine campuses. He earned his doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Southern California.
“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well being, and affects how we think, feel and act as we cope with life,” said Kathy Quinn, director, Herrick Community Health Care Library. “Join us to learn about common mental health problems we may encounter or that we may see in family and friends, such as stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse and adult attention deficit disorder. Treatment options and coping skills will be discussed. Attendees will have the opportunity to practice a variety of ideas and strategies for working on mental health concerns.”
The Herrick Library, which opened in 2002, is a consumer health public library specializing in health research information, accessible both on-site and via the Internet. The library is operated by the Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency…Continue
La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis makes an annual state-of-the-city speech at the first meeting of each year. Dr. A, as he is called, focused on the completion of the Downtown Street Project as well as the city's finances. He also spoke of the future of the property near the civic center.
The full text of his speech is below:
MAYOR Mark Arapostathis
January 12, 2016
State of the City - 2015
Good afternoon and Happy New Year. Today I am happy to present on behalf of my fellow Council members to La Mesa’s residents the State of the City Address. 2015 was a very busy year with much to celebrate.
Last month the City completed the $5.8 million Downtown Streetscape Project which began during the summer of 2014. The entire city Council would like to thank the businesses, residents and visitors for their patience during construction. Our new downtown village has been brightened, we have created a walkable, urban village with a fresh new look. As part of the Council’s direction to increase the visibility of the City, a marketing campaign was launched to encourage visitors and residents alike to shop, dine and explore La Mesa and visit its “Hidden Gems” during the holidays.
In support of downtown development, the Council last year adopted a zoning ordinance amendment to revise parking requirements and establish an optional parking in-lieu fee program in the downtown commercial zone. This initiative is intended to promote economic development and business growth in the village.
La Mesa welcomed a new Police Chief in 2015. Chief Vasquez has hit the ground running and his leadership team has initiated several new efforts including an
Abandoned Vehicle Abatement (AVA) program. The Police…Continue
Chambers Adds New Staffer
LA MESA -- Mary England, La Mesa Chamber of Commerce president/CEO, has announced the hiring of Amanda Dominguez as a Chamber administrative assistant. Dominguez graduated summa cum laude in 2007 from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in comparative literature. She previously worked in retail sales.
Dominguez, a Spring Valley resident, will be involved in special event planning, social media and promotion, sponsorship and fundraising activities, administrative duties and assisting Chamber members, England said. “We are thrilled to have Amanda as a wonderful addition to our team,” said England.
The 300-member La Mesa Chamber serves as the voice of business in community affairs by advocating and representing businesses' interests and issues affecting the La Mesa community. It promotes a business environment in a cooperative effort to stimulate a vibrant local economy and enhance the overall quality of life in La Mesa to its highest potential.
Jantz Will Head Taxpayers Group
LA MESA -- Former La Mesa city councilman Barry Jantz
, now serving as CEO of the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), has been elected to serve as 2016-17 chair of the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA) board of directors.
Jantz, who joined the SDCTA board of directors in 2007, will lead the region’s leading taxpayer watchdog organization in its role of promoting accountable, cost-effective and efficient government and opposing unnecessary taxes and fees, discriminatory regulations and ill-advised public expenditures. Jantz succeeds Greg Stein of Millennium Health, who served as SDCTA chair the past four years.
“I am excited about this opportunity to serve,” said Jantz, who resides in Jamul. “The Taxpayers Association plays an important role in the region, as our analysis of ballot measures helps voters understand their implications and make informed decisions. The Association also is instrumental in recommending important best practices to local government agencies in San Diego County.”
Jantz also is currently co-chairing the SDCTA search committee for a CEO to replace Mark Leslie, who retired in June 2015. Longtime civic leader Bill Geppert is serving as the other co-chair of the SDCTA search committee. Geppert, who is not on the SDCTA board, served for 16 years as general manager of Cox San Diego and served as chair of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation, San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego Bowl Game Association and as a member of numerous nonprofit boards.
Jantz, who joined GHD as CEO in 2004, served as a member of the La Mesa City Council for four terms from 1990 to 2006.…Continue