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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

On the shores where Imperial Beach meets The Silver Strand, the US Navy is beginning work on its newest Navy SEAL training facility. It will be a multi-million square foot, state of the art facility specifically designed to train the special forces of the future. And it will be built unapologetically on a 7,000 plus year-old Kumeyaay burial ground.

TheLaMesaChamberisgoingtoFlorence,ItalyinSeptember 2017 with one of the most experienced travel consultants in the area, Phyllis Dorfman. Phyllishas beentheownerofRainbowTravelandCruiseforthepast35yearsandhasthedistinctionof visitingover150countries.ShehasputtogetheranexcitingtriptoFlorence,ItalyfortheLa Mesa Chamber members, family members, and friends in 2017. This 7 day, 6-night trip from Sept. 14 –Sept. 21, 2017 willbeginand end with a direct flight out of the San Diego airport.

GI Film Festival San Diego announces the 2016 Local Film Showcase Award nominees. Categories include: Best Student Film, Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Feature, Local Choice Award, and Audience Choice Award. 

The La Mesa Chamber is beginning to gather items for the seniors that the Chamber adopts each year during the holidays. It is the goal of the Chamber to collect, purchase and assemble items and place them in large gift baskets.

Casa de Oro residents show their community is off to a running start, after a year of collaborative efforts result in crucial improvements. What began with local teens advocating against underage alcohol exposure led to the formation of a community alliance. In nearly a year since the group was created, Casa de Oro has been home to numerous developments, including the addition of several new businesses.

Sycuan Casino presented a $50,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County before Saturday’s John Ondrasik charityconcert, a result of the show’s proceeds. The funds will benefit the charity’s Operation Bigs program, which joins children with parents in the military to volunteer “Bigs” who are in the military, retired or civilian.

Organizers of the GI Film Festival San Diego, presented by Sullivan Solar Power, have finalized the full 2016 schedule for the screenings, receptions, and related events. To be held Wednesday, Sept. 14 through Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, the festival features 28 films for, about, and by service men and women and brings the stories of America’s military to life through film.

By Dick Rogers

This years camping experience started on July 24th with the Traditional Barbeque hosted by the El Cajon Valley Host Lions club.

Lions Camp Jack was the dream of its founder, PDG Jack Wyatt, a member of the San Diego Host Lion’s Club.