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Monday, March 2, 2015

Bluegrass Festival Tickets on Sale Now

Monday, March 2, 2015

The sixth annual Santee Bluegrass Festival will be held Saturday, September 12. Don’t wait until the last minute to get your tickets because, without a doubt, this event will sell out.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at Santee City Hall, Building 6, 10601 Magnolia Avenue. Early bird pricing of $40 per ticket is effective through March 31. After that, the price increases to $45 for advanced sales and $50 at the door, pending availability. Designated driver tickets are available for $35.

The event will take place from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Town Center Community Park East, 550 Park Center Drive. Live music will be performed by two renowned bluegrass bands, Box Canyon and High Mountain Road. Plenty of food and drink will be available with samplings from local breweries, wineries and restaurants. There also will be a fabulous silent auction, so be ready to bid.

This event is a fundraiser to help support the Santee Teen Center, park improvement projects and the Recreation Scholarship Program that assists qualifying families to participate in our recreation programs at a discount.

For a list of participating vendors, parking information and frequently asked questions, visit the event webpage.

Hope to see you at the festival

Thursday, February 26, 2015

City Workers Honored for Displaying Values in Their Work

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Six City of Santee employees recently  received recognition awards for displaying one of the City’s five core values in their work on the job at the annual Values-in-Motion Awards Ceremony at City Hall.
During a Values-In-Motion Recognition Ceremony at City Hall, the six award recipients were selected from among 14 city employees nominated during 2014 and received a diamond shaped trophy for exemplifying one of the following Core Values: Accountability, Professionalism, Vision, Integrity or Commitment in their work.
The honorees were: Kathy Valverde, Assistant to the City Manager; John O’Donnell, Associate Planner; Heather Heckman, Administrative Secretary; Eddie Adame, Fire Engineer; Ian O’connor, Firefigher Paramedic; Terry Rodgers, Special Projects Coordinator.
The awards are part of the City’s Mission Vision Values (MV2) program aimed at encouraging performance that is based on a set of Core Values in support of the City’s Mission and Vision for the community.  
MV2 Award

Friday, February 20, 2015

Update on Prospect Avenue Project

Friday, February 20, 2015

Installing purple pipe for reclaimed water

New pavement is scheduled to be installed on Ian Way and Hacienda Road on the north side of Prospect on Feb. 25 and 26. Residents are being notified so they can prepare.

The southbound lane of Cottonwood Avenue where it meets Prospect Avenue will be closed March 3 -16 to allow for the installation of a decorative concrete crosswalk.   Detour signs will be put up to alert motorists and to divert traffic to surrounding streets. The northbound lane of Cottonwood Avenue will remain open.

Storm drains are being installed near Cuyamaca Street, where a stormwater bioswale is also being constructed.

Work continues on the installation of underground electrical conduit and conversion boxes in front of businesses and residences, which will eliminate the need for overhead electrical wires.

Workers are also continuing installation of curbs, gutters, sidewalks and driveways, and street surface work is continuing on the north side of Prospect Avenue.

Questions about the project can be directed to Senior Civil Engineer Toby Espinola at (619) 258-4100 ext. 174 or by email at TobyEspinola@CityofSanteeCa.gov

Mark Your Calendar for This Year's Spring Eggstravaganza

Bring your kids and baskets to the 12th Annual Spring Eggstravaganza at Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve on  Saturday, April 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event features continuous egg hunts for children up to age 8.  Egg hunts are staged at two zones: one for small children and another for kids from ages 4 to 8. There will also be games, carnival rides, a pony ride, a petting zoo, inflatables, face painting and crafts.  Primo the DJ will entertain with music and games.

Parking is $5 per vehicle. Tickets for rides and activities will be sold for $1.00 each.  Egg hunt wrist bands are also $1.00 each.

 Last year, more than 8,000 people attended the event, including 2,700 children who scrambled for treats at 40 egg hunts. Spring Eggstravaganza is co-sponsored by the City of Santee and the Padre Dam Municipal Water District, which operates the 190-acre preserve.

 The preserve is located  in Santee at 9210 Fanita Parkway. For more information, call the event hotline at (619) 258-4100 ext. 201 or visit the event page here

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Prospect Avenue Corridor Enhancement Update

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

New landscaped center median

Construction has started near Gillespie Field on a center median that will be landscaped and decorated with stamped concrete. Pedestrian walkway lights will also be installed on the sidewalk next to the airport.
Workers are making foundations for new street lights that will be installed along the 1-mile project corridor. Special low-profile lights will be installed adjacent to the airport because of height restrictions.

Grading is being done to create a bioswale – a vegetated depression in the ground–that will capture stormwater runoff on the north side of Prospect near TC Construction Co.

A drip irrigation system is being installed, and installation of electrical conduit continues.
Crews continue to pour concrete curbs, gutters, sidewalks and driveways, so please avoid these areas.

Street paving will take place in various areas including: North half of Prospect between Cuyamaca and Cottonwood; Hacienda Road north of Prospect; Ian Way at the end of February.  Please heed the 25 m.p.h. speed limit in the “cone zone” construction area.
Contact Senior Civil Engineer Toby Espinola with any questions or concerns at 619-258-4100 ext. 174.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Help Santee Prioritize Federal Grant Funds

Wednesday, January 7, 2015


Help us establish priorities for allocating funds from two federal grant programs by attending a public meeting  on Monday, Jan. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Santee City Hall Complex, Building 8A.

Volunteer Debbie Nash at Santee Food Bank

The city needs public input to establish a 5-year plan for using  the federal funds, which are aimed at helping low and moderate income households in Santee.

The plan is intended to provide policy guidance on distributing funds from the federal Community Development Block Grant and Home Investment Partnership programs.

Block grant funds support activities ranging from affordable housing to infrastructure, public improvements, economic development  or other activities that benefit low - and moderate-income households.  Nonprofit groups such as the Santee Food Bank have received portions of this funding.

Home Investment Partnership funds are used to acquire or rehabilitate single- or multi-family dwellings, and for tenant assistance programs.

The city wants to identify specific needs, priorities and strategies to address affordable housing, homeless and special needs, as well as community and neighborhood revitalization over the next five years (2015-2019).

You can also participate by submitting written comments to the City of Santee, Department of Development Services, 10601 Magnolia Avenue, Santee,  CA 92071.

The public is also invited to complete a brief online survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CNHB5BV

Friday, December 26, 2014

Santee Firefighters Make a Special Rescue

Friday, December 26, 2014

Jean Townsend (left) and Lora Morel

Every so often, a person’s entire world can change with just a tiny dose of kindness and compassion.

Such was the case recently when a group of Santee fire fighters decided they were in a position to help Jean Townsend, a severely disabled senior citizen who lives on a fixed income.

Townsend is unable to speak or walk because she suffers from an advanced case of cerebral palsy.  Ironically, before she became disabled, Townsend, who holds a master’s degree, worked for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation. So, as her illness advanced, she knew what to expect.

“Jean worked for the Cerebral Palsy Foundation for many years and was a key player in our community helping others in similar circumstances,” said Laura Morel, who works for a nonprofit  company that helps folks like Townsend who live in low-income apartments. “She has never asked for a thing –ever. So I asked on her behalf.”

Morel  didn’t know exactly who would be able to help. On a hunch, she approached Santee firefighters  because last year they had rescued Townsend after she had fallen in her kitchen and injured her head.

Sure enough, a few firemen remembered Townsend, who was unable to tell her rescuers what had happened and ended up being transported to a local emergency room.  It was later learned that Townsend, who cannot use a telephone, had to lay on the floor for several hours in a pool of blood until being discovered by her landlady.

After being approached by Morel, the Santee Firefighters Assn. decided they could again come to the rescue, but in a different way.

 Each year, the association holds a pancake breakfast to raise funds for the Make a Wish Foundation.  They used a portion of their pancake proceeds to buy Townsend an I-Pad  so she can type out messages and communicate with the outside world. They also bought her a special backpack so she can carry the device with her on her mobility scooter.

Morel is ecstatic that Townsend can now peck away at the I-Pad when she needs to communicate with people. But just to be safe, she also got her an emergency necklace that can get her help if she falls again.

“Santee firefighters do a lot more than fighting fires,” she said. “They do things for the community and are taking care of people in need.”

Lora Morel can be reached at: loramorel@yahoo.com