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September 2008

Assessment Appeals
As the housing market slumps, residents can appeal for a reduction in property taxes to better reflect their home's current value. While private companies may be offering to file for a fee, the County Assessor will do it for free!
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County Assessor

Alternative Care Sites
County disaster-medical teams are put through the paces on how to serve citizens in a large-scale emergency. Preparing for the unthinkable is an important part of the job.
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www.ReadySanDiego.org

Immunizations
Parents wondering whether their children have the right vaccines as they head back to school can find answers with the County.
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County Immunizations Branch

Kids and Healthy Meals
It's important for kids to get out the door each morning with a healthy, affordable lunch so they can hit the books hard all day!
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County Libraries
Coalition on Children and Weight in San Diego

Pacific Beach Swim School
School is officially in session at this pool, even for the very youngest of swimmers.
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Plant Pathologist
While TV shows bring great interest to the work done in crime labs, one County department has a different kind of lab that's just as interesting.  Learn what they can do for you!
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Plant Pathology Lab

Fighting Flea Season
Pet Vet Dr. Ruth shares tips on keeping your pet itch-free during one of the worst flea seasons in recent memory.
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August 2008

Interest in Imperial Beach
Open your front door and find a County leader talking about something really dangerous.  That's what happened in one neighborhood, and we take you there!
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Permeable Concrete
Something new in the usually mundane world of concrete and asphalt. Tune in for an interesting groundbreaking...
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Summer Safety Tips for Pet Owners
It's the perfect time of year for walking your pooch in the park, but beware of hidden dangers awaiting Fifi and Fido. Pet vet Dr. Ruth shares safety tips.
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County Animal Services

Mental Health Worker
Last year's wildfires scarred the landscape, and emotional scars linger as well. Meet someone helping in the healing process.
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Guajome Festival
The Rancho Guajome Adobe recently celebrated its culture and history, dating back to the 1850s, in Vista.
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More info about the Guajome Festival

Outdoor Adventure Camp
At-risk youth take to the shores of Coronado to learn surfing through the County's REC club.
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More info about Community and Teen centers

Bug Fair
Find out why many people spend a summer day "going buggy" at the annual Insect Fair in Encinitas!
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July 2008

Animal Foster Parents
You've heard of the foster care system.  Did you know there is one for animals as well?  Volunteers help our furry little friends get a great start in life.
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Animal Services Volunteer Opportunities

Prepare 101
A group of fourth graders gets a lesson in emergency preparedness.
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ReadySanDiego Kids Page

Spring Valley Walkway
A new trail through a park has features that can put you on the path to greater fitness.
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Parks & Recreation Dept.

Downloadable Audio Books
Listen to this!  You can now pack your player with audio books, without making a trip to the library.
County Library Digital Media
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New Digs
The County recently broke ground on a new building for the Medical Examiner and County Veterinarian.  The project will bring some much-needed improvements.
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Doing Good with Wood
An East Village craftsman's furniture is stunning to see.  And the beauty of his technique is its low impact on the environment.  Some of his work is on display through early 2009.  Exhibit information.
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Flamenco Dancer
Approaching 69 years old, a local woman still practices the dance she learned in Spain as a little girl.
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June 2008

"Green" House
After losing their home to the October 2007 wildfires, one Ramona couple is rebuilding in an environmentally-friendly way.
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Pool Inspections
The County helps ensure that your splash is safe.
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More about the Department of Environmental Health's pool inspection program.

Advanced Directives
Help your loved ones live out their last days in peace; have a conversation about advanced directives planning.
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Office of Aging & Independence Services
1-800-510-2020

Silver Age Yoga
Gentle techniques and greater flexibility help make yoga an exercise for everyone!
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www.silverageyoga.org

Grunion Run
Staying up late for some wild nightlife is worth it on this run...
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Scheduled runs
UCSD Aquarium

Ramona Sculptor
This town has its very first welcome monument from a fittingly friendly local artist.
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Artist Leslie Souza


May 2008

Trial Support Services
Computer animation plays a part in prosecuting criminals these days. Meet the high-tech team from the District Attorney's Office that makes it happen.
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District Attorney's Office

West Nile Virus Survivors
An El Cajon woman who survived West Nile virus is now helping educate the community about the disease.
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Fight the Bite - West Nile virus information

Workforce Academy for Youth
Each year, thousands of foster kids become adults and "age out" of the system. Many are not prepared for what follows. An innovative program gives them a start toward self-sufficiency.
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Read About the Program

Beating Aggression
A drum class for kids is about much more than music.
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San Diego Youth and Community Services

Olympic Training Center
The Summer Games are almost here, and the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista is busy with athletes from around the world. We meet a German pole vault team.
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Olympic Training Center Web site

Rooftop Hopping
A penthouse condo in downtown San Diego may be out of your reach, but you can enjoy the same views at a number of rooftop bars. Watch the video to see a few, or check out those on the list below.

Top of the Hyatt
(619) 232-1234

J6 Bar at Solomar Hotel
(619) 531-8744

Altitude Bar at the Ballpark Marriot
(619) 696-0234

The Oasis at Stingaree
(619) 544-9500

Moonstone Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel
(619) 764-6925

Eden Rooftop at The Ivy Hotel
(619) 814-1000

Beach Bar at the W Hotel
(619) 231-8220


April 2008

Search & Rescue Dogs
Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue
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Culvert Cleaning Team
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Nutrition to Grow On
Contact your district office or wellness coordinator to find your district’s toolkit.
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Borrego Flowers
California State Parks Wildflower Update
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Foreclosure Pools
West Nile Virus Information
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San Pasqual Academy Baseball
San Pasqual Academy Web site
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Julian Pie Company
Julian Pie Company Web site
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Balboa Park Trains
Balboa Park Miniature Railroad Web site
(619) 239-0512
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March 2008

 

BARK Program
County Animal Services is trying to cut down on dog bites, especially those involving children.
County Animal Services Dog Bite Prevention Info
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Encinitas Library
County Library has opened its newest branch in Encinitas.
Encinitas Branch Library
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Painting Restoration
A La Mesa man uses his talents to bring oil paintings and photographs back to their original glory.
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Frisbee Golf
Morely Field
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Coffeehouse Owner

Buy a cup of coffee - and make the world a better place.  That's the goal of a downtown coffeehouse owner.

Java Jones

(619) 696-9664
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SPA Playwright
The Playwrights Project holds an annual contest for young writers and professionally produces their works.  One of this year's winners is a student at San Pasqual Academy, a residential high school for foster kids.
Playwrights Project
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February 2008

Animal Adoptions
Looking for a new addition to the family - one with four legs?  Things are hopping these days at three County animal shelters.
County Animal Services
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Library Animals
The County Library's Valley Center branch is bringing the community together for some pretty wild activities.
County Library's Valley Center Branch
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Sign Language Story Time
Kids at the County Library's Bonita branch are getting a different kind of helping hand with reading.
County Library's Bonita-Sunnyside Branch
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Parks: Past & Future
County Parks and Recreation Dept.
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Sheriff's Museum
Old Town's attractions include this look at the history of the San Diego Sheriff's Dept.
Sheriff's Department Historical Information
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San Diego River Park Foundation
It's easy to forget a river runs through Mission Valley.  Meet a man who's passionate about restoring its place in our consciousness.
San Diego River Park Foundation
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Black History Month
The World Beat Center in Balboa Park held a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
World Beat Center
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January 2008 

Building Classes
The County is offering classes to help victims of the October wildfires rebuild their homes.
Workshop schedule
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Flames Through the Lens
Photojournalists from various news organizations talk about covering the October wildfires.
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Poll Workers
The County needs thousands of poll workers for this year's elections.  Veterans of past elections explain why they will do it again.

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Parks Department Volunteer

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County Parks Web site

 

Bird Watching

Get a preview of the Audobon Society's Annual San Diego Bird Festival, February 6 - 11, 2008.

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Festival Information

 

Singing for Recovery

A woman who went through County Mental Health Services found singing could help in her recovery.

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Mental Health Services

 

New Year's Resolutions

Get a few tips to help improve your chances of keeping New Year's resolutions.

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December 2007

Debris Removal
Learn about the County's Debris Removal Program on SDCountyRecovery.com
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Vector Control in Fire-Damaged Areas
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Water Conservation
Project Cleanwater
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Reach Out and Read
www.reachoutandread.org
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Farsi at the Library
San Diego County Library Web site
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Teen Crochet
San Diego County Library Web site
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Madres Little League Program
www.sdmadres.org
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November 2007


This episode is devoted entirely to stories about the County's response to the October 2007 wildfires.

    

Local Assistance Centers
www.sdcountyrecovery.com
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Emergency Operations Center
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2-1-1
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Evacuation Shelters
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Probation Department Volunteer
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Lakeside Rodeo Grounds Animal Shelter
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Air Quality
Air Pollution Control District site
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Damage Assessment Team
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October 2007

Horse Trailers
Pet Disaster Plan
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Overland Mail Anniversary
Parks and Recreation Department
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Navy Simulator
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Solar Panels
San Diego Solar Energy Installers
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Probation Centennial
Probation Department
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