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Safe & Sound
DPLU personnel conduct inspections of houses and other structures during various construction phases to ensure everything is to code, to catch any problems before they become major issues, and to ensure safety of the occupants when the structure is complete. Produced by James Kecskes.
Below the Surface
If a business owns underground storage tanks, they are required to have an annual inspection to make sure they meet state regulations. In this story, we followed an Environmental Health Specialist as she inspected one local gas station. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
Search, Rescue, Read
Pam Medhurst of the Sheriff's Search and Rescue Canine Unit visits the Poway Library to educate kids and adults about the program. Kids also met a couple of specially trained beagles. The event helped kick off the County Library's summer reading campaign called "Read for a Reason." Produced by Andy Tolley.
Preventing Abusive Head Trauma
Health and Human Service Agency's Child Welfare Services is working to prevent Abusive Head Trauma, formerly known as Shaken Baby Syndrome, to young children. The agency collaborated with the Medical Examiner, San Diego Sheriff's Department and a local family impacted by Abusive Head Trauma, to create this video providing tips and education. Produced by Dominic Fulgoni.
It's an opportunity for local sixth, seventh and eighth-grade science students to use creative thinking, experimentation, and teamwork. Produced by Suzanne Bartole.
Pets for Patriots
For many veterans coming home from war, there are programs that help them deal with the stress they've been through. One of those programs, new to the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services, not only helps local veterans cope with their trauma but it also gives older dogs and cats a new home. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
Pets for Patriots
Green It Up
It's important for everyone to know their actions can impact our local water quality and habitat. When it comes to pollution, we are all responsible. Produced by Suzanne Bartole and Rose Pfanner.
Underground Storage Tank Removal
The Department of Environmental Health regulates the construction, operation, repair and removal of underground storage tank systems.
The Cool Zones program, initiated by County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, has established a network of Cool Zone sites for seniors and persons with disabilities to escape the extreme heat during the summer. There are more than 100 locations throughout San Diego County. Cool Zones are designated, air-conditioned buildings, identified by a Polar Bear Cool Zone logo.
Cool Zone Locations
Defensible Space Days
Residents are asked to participate in Defensible Space Days, an important reminder to remove fire hazards within 100 feet of your home before peak fire season. Residents can take steps such as mowing and properly maintaining lawn and weeds, pruning or removing ignitable trees and shrubs, stacking firewood away from the home and making sure the home's address is visible to emergency vehicles. Creating defensible space protects a home while providing a safe area for firefighters.
Defensible Space Information
Juvenile Hall Tour
One day out of the year, the public is invited to tour the facilities and see how juvenile detainees live at the Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility and Juvenile Court in San Diego. Meet one father who brought his 3 sons to experience the tour. Produced by Andy Tolley.
Juvenile Hall Information
Ramona Grasslands Preserve
The completion of this trail marks the first time the public has had access to the Ramona Grasslands Preserve and is also a celebration of the success of years of effort to aquire and protect the unique lands that comprise the open space.
Ramona Grasslands Information
The purpose of the housing program is to ensure safe housing in regulated areas of the County. To accomplish this, the Food and Housing Division enforces state laws pertaining to sanitation, maintenance, ventilation, and occupancy. Produced by James Kecskes.
A new California state law goes into effect July 1st, 2011 requiring all 7th through 12th graders show proof of whooping cough immunization. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
There's something that goes on at the three San Diego County Animal Shelters that you probably weren't aware of. It's a weekly thing and people are coming in for the savings. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
The event paid tribute to California Highway Patrol Officer Daniel Benavides and San Diego Police Department Officer Christopher Wilson, who both died in the line of duty in 2010 - and all San Diego County Law Enforcement Officers who have given their lives in the line of duty. Produced by Suzanne Bartole.
Testing the Waters
Unless you're going to learn how to inspect pools and carry around testing equipment, you have to trust that a public pool is clean and safe when you jump in. Produced by Dominic Fulgoni.
West Nile Virus
The West Nile Virus season began today with the county's first helicopter larvicide drop of 2011. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
Troubled teenagers participated in a cooking demonstration with TV host Sam Zien -- better known as "Sam the Cooking Guy" -- along with local executive chef Matt Gordon. While learning new cooking skills, the teenagers heard about the importance of finding their own career path. Produced by Andy Tolley.
The art and popularity of tattooing has come a long way. That includes the knowledge of how to keep people safe when they get tattooed. See how the County of San Diego works with tattoo artists and the public to protect everyone that gets "inked!" Produced by Suzanne Bartole.
Keeping Us Safe
Come into the lab — the Vector Disease and Diagnostic Laboratory. Its sophisticated tests help detect detect even tiny amounts of dangerous viruses and bacteria. Produced by James Kecskes.
The Vector Collectors
Squirrels, mice, ticks, fleas, and mosquitos. What do they have in common? The County's Vector Control Program catches all of these animals to test for nasty diseases like West Nile Virus and plague. Produced by Dominic Fulgoni.
Let the Games Begin!
The Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista was the site for the Intergenerational Games. It brought young and older athletes together, but not for competition. It was more about having fun and bonding between the generations. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
Local teens in need of a prom dress were able to pick one up at County Library's El Cajon branch — free of charge! Produced by Andy Tolley.
The County helped work out a deal that lets cellular phone carriers share a location without disturbing the feel of an historic park. Produced by Suzanne Bartole.
Children's Museum Passes
County Library branches now let families check out passes to visit the San Diego Children's Museum. Produced by Andy Tolley.
Give Kids a Smile!
Volunteers provided free dental checkups for kids and helped set families on a permanent path to protecting their teeth. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
Sweetwater Park Expands
The campground and park have just gotten over $10 million in improvements, including 63 new campsites with full RV hookups. Produced by Dominic Fulgoni
Sweetwater Park Information
Cultivating Life Skills
A composting program is providing a fertile environment for young people to develop valuable life skills. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
Center for Children
On the Waterfront
Take a look at plans to replace the parking lots around the historic County building downtown with lawns and landscaping, forming a new Waterfront Park. Produced by Dominic Fulgoni.
4 or 40: Helping Teens Make Better Choices
The four years of high school can determine how the next 40 years of your life go. A District Attorney program aims to help young people with the critical decisions they make at that time. Produced by Suzanne Bartole.
Fighting the Bite
We take a look at what the County is doing to protect you from West Nile virus. Produced by James Kecskes.
Winter Water Checkup
Even when the temperature turns chilly and the ocean gets a lot fewer customers, the County is still checking the water to make sure it is safe. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
Beach Closures and Advisories
The County hands out those letters you see hanging in restaurant windows. CTN.org follows an inspector as she checks out a local eatery. Produced by Andy Tolley.
Online Inspection Search
From Juvenile Hall to College
A teen who grew up in harsh conditions who turned his life around, with the help of a County psychologist. Produced by Suzanne Bartole.
Turn the Page
The County's newest library branch - your computer! That's where you'll find hundreds of eBooks available for download. Produced by James Kecskes.
San Diego County Fire Authority
The Fire Authority coordinates more than a dozen rural fire agencies to improve fire protection and emergency medical services in the region. Produced by Andy Tolley.
A campaign aims to erase stigma and housing discrimination against people with mental illness. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
Heritage Trail Dedication
A new 2.5-mile trail in Valley Center welcomes visitors on foot, horse or bike. It also includes a tribute to a former Public Works employee instrumental in creating the trail. Produced by Suzanne Bartole.
Sunny & the Spirit Fund
Many injured animals get a second chance at County shelters thanks to the Spirit Fund. Produced by Dominic Fulgoni.
A Crafty Christmas
An Encinitas mother and daughter have turned their holiday decorating traditions into a year-round business. Produced by Dominic Fulgoni.
Follow the Ballot
From polling place to behind-the-scenes at the Registrar's office, we look at the steps it takes to make sure your vote counts. Produced by Suzanne Bartole.
Green It Up
It's important for everyone to know their actions can impact our local water quality and habitat. When it comes to pollution, we are all responsible. Produced by Suzanne Bartole.
We take a look at a typical day for Rachel Chavez, a physical therapist for the County of San Diego's Health & Human Services. Produced by Andy Tolley.
You never want wild rodents in your home, and the threat of hantavirus is just one more reason. The County has some tips on keeping them out. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
Chef Jeff's Recipe for Success
The celebrity chef visited a juvenile detention facility and provided lessons in cooking while serving up inspiration.
After-School Library Program
The County Library's Vista Branch is launching an effort to provide programs that have been cut at public schools.
Teacher of the Year
The school is not typical and neither is this teacher. She has earned statewide recognition for the difference she makes in her students' lives. Produced by Suzanne Bartole.
Your best chance of stopping a wildfire from reaching your home is creating defensible space around it. Here are some tips to be prepared. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
Sometimes siblings are unable to be placed in the same foster home. This camp gives them a chance to spend several days together and strengthen family bonds. Produced by James Kecskes.
A program in Imperial Beach has resulted in a better understanding of who is vandalizing public spaces - and some big restitution checks. Produced by Dominic Fulgoni.
Teen Rock Stars
The County Library's Vista branch lifted its rules on quiet for a day to host a Teen Battle of the Bands Competition. Produced by Andy Tolley.
San Diego County is at an all-time high for cases of pertussis - better known as whooping cough. We take a look at the disease and what's behind the recent outbreak. Produced by Suzanne Bartole.
When older adults need help managing their lives, the County's Public Guardian comes to the rescue. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
A Valley Center teenager hoping to become the next American Idol is preparing with performances at County Library branches. Produced by Andy Tolley.
Murals at the County Administration Center
Learn the history behind three large paintings that grace the walls of the chambers where the Board of Supervisors meet. Produced by James Kecskes.
Movies in the Park
What better way to enjoy summer in San Diego than watching movies under the stars? County Parks and Recreation helps put on the free film series. Produced by Dominic Fulgoni.
Movies in the Park schedule
If a major earthquake, fire or other disaster strikes, what would you do? A little planning now can make all the difference. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
Preparedness information from ReadySanDiego.org
The San Diego Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force makes sure sex offenders are complying with registration laws. Produced by Suzanne Bartole.
Don't Tread on Me
Park ranger Patricia Heyden and a rattlesnake have been a team for over a decade, teaching people how to guard against the bite of the venomous reptiles. Produced by Dominic Fulgoni.
A Walk on the Wild Side
Library visitors got up close and personal with a snapping turtle, alligator, kinkajou and more. Produced by James Kecskes.
San Diego County Library Event Calendar
Campo Stone Store Museum
Take a step inside this East County building, and get a feel for what shopping was like more than a century ago. Produced by Andy Tolley.
Campo Stone Store information
Eggs in the City
Chickens have long had a place on the farm, but many are now flocking to urban backyards. Produced by Dominic Fulgoni.
Sikes Adobe Farmhouse Rebirth
Destroyed in the 2007 wildfires, this historic site has been been fully restored - with some help from the County. Produced by Suzanne Bartole and Rose Pfanner.
Tour information: (760) 432-8318
San Dieguito River Park information on Sike Adobe Farmhouse
If you're looking for a new addition to the household, consider stopped by your local County animal shelter. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
Shows are Booked
County libraries regularly turn into venues for musical acts. We a performance from the band Bigfellas at the Encinitas branch. Produced by Andy Tolley.
Profile: Hazmat Responder
It's a dirty job - but this guy does it. Meet hazardous materials emergency responder Todd Burton. Produced by Dominic Fulgoni.
Drug Court Graduation
The County Drug Court helps improve lives affected by drug addiction. Participants give their verdict on the program. Produced by Joe Solazzo.
San Diego Superior Court Drug Court Information
And the Oscar Goes To...
It may have been role playing, but the action was important preparation for the County's emergency response. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
Seniors & Technology
Older adults who become even a little tech savvy will find it can increase their safety and independence. Produced by James Kecskes.
Tai Chi for Seniors
A simple fall can result in life-changing injuries for many seniors. The County is offering Tai Chi classes to teach the balance and coordination needed to help avoid accidents. Produced by Joe Solazzo.
Aging & Independence Services
It's back to class at the County Library's Vista branch, but the students are not after a diploma. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
County Library Citizenship Center
Meet Dr. Wilma Wooten
County Public Health Officer Wilma Wooten, M.D., has become a familiar face to San Diegans. The doctor talks about her job, her background, and her medical efforts around the world. Produced by Suzanne Bartole.
Public Health Services
Check out the maiden run of the San Diego County Fire Authority's new fire truck, purchased with federal stimulus funds. Produced by Andy Tolley.
A Whale of a Problem
When trash shows up on our beaches and waterways, the source is often miles away. Learn what you need to do in your neighborhood to make a difference. Produced by Suzanne Bartole and Rose Pfanner.
Making sure residents at the County's skilled nursing facility have a high quality of life takes the efforts of many dedicated volunteers. Produced by Joe Solazzo.
Interested in volunteering? Call (619) 596-6356
The economy is down, but scams are up. And seniors are especially vulnerable. The County District Attorney's Office wants to you to know what to watch out for. Produced by James Kecskes.
District Attorney's Crime Prevention Information
Adult Protective Services
One of the many ways the County keeps you safe: checking rodents for potentially deadly hantavirus. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
Learn more about hantavirus prevention and the wet cleaning method.
Ranger Kevin Benson explains his routine at Agua Caliente Park in the Anza-Borrego desert and why he enjoys it. Produced by Andy Tolley.
Agua Caliente Park information
Agua Caliente online camping reservations
Among the aircraft at Gillespie Field is a vintage replica of Amelia Earhart's plane. Owner Grace McGuire plans to retrace and then finish the flight that took Earhart's life. Produced by Joe Solazzo.
Free books, free DVDs, free computer access - no wonder County Library branches have become a refuge from the recession. Produced by Suzanne Bartole.
San Diego County Library
CalWIN a WIN-WIN
The County is greatly reducing paper use with an imaging system that converts public assistance records into digital files. Produced by Robert Lacher.
LEARN to Read
Learning to read comes early for most of us. For some, that's not the case. The County Library can help. Produced by Jose Villanueva.
County Library LEARN program
One Step at a Time
The March of Dimes is devoted to giving babies a health start. Hear families tell the stories of how premature children affected their lives. Produced by James Kecskes.
March of Dimes California
The Big Read
The County Library is taking part in The Big Read, a nationwide campaign to get everyone to tackle the same book together. This year's choice is John Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath." Produced by Andy Tolley.
Big Read Information
One man's trip to the Descanso jail gives him a new purpose in life - to give everyone a chance to read.
The Bookman Web site
Workout in Nature
From a chest press to a stair climber, equipment at Lindo Lake turns the Lakeside park into an outdoor gym. Produced by Joe Solazzo.
Lindo Lake County Park
Cloudy with a Chance of Tree Falls
See what it was like to be a part of the road crew for the County Department of Public Works during the week of storms in January 2010. Produced by Dominic Fulgoni.
When a storm hits San Diego, County Meteorologist Rand Allan can tell you exactly where it's raining and where it might flood, all without getting wet. Produced by Suzanne Bartole.
Public Works Flood Control Information
The Sikes Adobe Farmhouse, after being restored in 2003-04, burned in the Witch Fire of 2007. Once again, the site is home to a major restoration project. Produced by Dominic Fulgoni.
Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead
Keeping Us Safe
A County health physicist inspects X-ray machines to make sure they are working properly. Produced by James Kecskes.
We profile Ignacio Estipona, recipient of the 2009 Unsung Hero Award for County Parks and Recreation. Produced by Andy Tolley.
The opening of a new Medical Examiner's building will help the County take advantage of modern forensic technology. Produced by Dominic Fulgoni.
County Medical Examiner
Senior Line Dancing
In San Diego's Skyline neighborhood, the Fourth District Seniors Resource Center turns lively twice a week when seniors do line dancing for exercise. Some have known each other for 50 years. Produced by Joe Solazzo.
Fourth District Seniors Resource Center
Get a break on your overdue library materials by taking advantage of "Fine-Free Fridays." Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
More Info: San Diego County Library
Books Behind Bars
Through a special partnership, the San Diego County Library reaches one group of people who aren't able to come into a branch. Produced by Suzanne Bartole.
San Diego County Library
County Probation Department
Seniors learn how to defend themselves against physical and financial attacks in workshops offered by the County. Produced by James Kecskes.
Info and reservations: (800) 510-2020, then press 4.
A "Grand" Job
Meet Victoria Stubblefield, Grand Jury Foreperson for the County of San Diego. Produced by Andy Tolley.
Lighting the Candle: Kwanzaa
M.K. Asante, Jr. is an award-winning author, poet and filmmaker. His film "The Black Candle," uses Kwanzaa as a vehicle to explore and celebrate the African-American experience. Produced by James Kecskes.
"The Black Candle" Web site
M. K. Asante's Web site
Kwanzaa Web site
Meet the Pharmacist
Older adults can get questions about their medications answered in person at these County events. This one took place in National City. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
County Aging & Independence Services Web site | Info line: (800) 510-2020
Child Health Screenings
A program developed by First 5 San Diego screens children from birth to 5 years old to identify developmental delays and connects families to resources so that the child enters school ready to learn. Produced by Joe Solazzo.
First 5 San Diego Healthy Development Services
(888) 5-FIRST-5 or (888) 534-7785
You can't just drain your pool into the storm drain. There are chemicals in that water that can hurt our environment. Learn the right way to do it. Produced by Suzanne Bartole and Rose Pfanner.
Watershed Protection Program
Independent Pool & Spa Service Association
A Sweet Addition
One of San Diego County's busiest camping parks is about to more than double the number of available sites. Produced by Dominic Fulgoni.
County camping parks
Artist on the Move
Meet the man behind the murals that adorn the County Library's two bookmobiles. Produced by Andy Tolley.
County Library Bookmobile
San Diego Hazardous Materials Team trains first responders from multiple agencies to identify unknown substances. Produced by Robert Lacher.
Hazardous materials info. Reporting spills. Household hazardous waste.
New Parks & Recreation Director
Brian Albright talks to us about his new assignment from both his desk and on horseback. Produced by Joe Solazzo.
Parks & Recreation Web site
Consider it traffic school for pet owners. The County of San Diego's Department of Animal Services has partnered with the City of San Diego to provide another option to pet owners who have received a misdemeanor ticket for minor pet-related offenses. Produced by Dominic Fulgoni.
Elementary school students and teachers in National City are getting a new organic garden to play in and learn. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center
Resource Conservation District, San Diego
County of San Diego Food Stamp Program
Slow Food USA
San Diego County Animal Services offers microchipping every Thursday and at weekend clinics throughout the year. Produced by James Kecskes.
The County used $1.9 million in federal stimulus funds to repave aging taxiways at Gillespie Field. Produced by Andy Tolley.
Grab 'N' Go
Fire season is here. Be prepared by packing a Financial Grab 'N' Go now. Produced by Suzanne Bartole Owen.
More info (PDF)
The Tea Lady
One lump, or two? A sweet woman serves tea at a beautiful Victorian home at the County's Heritage Park in Old Town. Produced by Joe Solazzo.
Exercise the Dream
Elementary school students in Chula Vista learn about healthy lifestyles at the Olympic Training Center. Produced by Jose Villanueva.
The County's employee-funded charitable organization is providing money to the Ride with Emilio program, which provides free transportation to families of cancer patients at Children's Hospital. Produced by Dominic Fulgoni.
Take a look at the park honored as 2009's Best Family Park in San Diego County by Nickelodeon Parents' Pick Awards. Produced by James Kecskes.
Louis Stelzer Park info
Turn It Up
Local band Negative Zero participates in the Teen Battle of the Bands Competition at the El Cajon Library. Produced by Andy Tolley.
The Probation Department is helping a group of teenagers get jobs. Produced by Suzanne Bartole Owen.
The visual arts and healing arts come together in a program at Edgemoor Skilled Nursing Facility. Produced by Joe Solazzo.
Back to School
The County of San Diego's consumer expert gives tips for staying within your school supplies budget this year and in years to come. Produced by Jose Eli Villanueva.
The County veterinarian's office has developed a new method to test wild birds for the presence of West Nile virus. Produced by Dominic Fulgoni.
West Nile virus information
The latest crop report shows values are increasing, even while the county contends with drought and a down economy. Produced by James Kecskes.
Read the crop report (PDF)
Books to Brushes
A local artist's paintings are now on display at the branch library where she works. Produced by Andy Tolley.
San Marcos Branch
Next time you go out to eat, let the calories help you decide what to order. Produced by Jose Villanueva.
Fostering an Organic Garden
The teens at San Pasqual Academy tend to lots of veggies and enjoy the fruits of their labor every day. Produced by Dominic Fulgoni.
Organic garden information
A new film shares the hopes and experiences of Iraqi Christians, called Chaldeans, living in El Cajon. Produced by Suzanne Bartole Owen.
Several County Library branches offer chess clubs that are fun for everyone. Produced by Andy Tolley.
A Chef for Children
His cuisine is often comfort food for special diners at Polinsky Children's Center. Produced by Joe Solazzo.
Teen Film Festival
The Valley Center branch library recently showcased the work of young filmmakers. Produced by James Kecskes.
Learn about a program where kids with disabilities get to learn to ride horses. Produced by Joe Solazzo.
Hello, Blue Skies!
Follow Julian's journey as the Department of Public Works removes the town's last power pole. Produced by James Kecskes
Old Blind Dogs
A look at a concert in the popular World Music series at a County Library branch . Produced by Andy Tolley
The Green Dream
A follow-up on the story of a couple who lost their home in the 2007 firestorm and are rebuilding in an environmentally-friendly way. Produced by Jose Villanueva and Jackie Collins.
Science in Action
Learn about important watershed protection efforts for all of us who live downstream. Produced by Suzanne Owen and Rose Pfanner.
Symphony in Stone
The Guardian of the Water statue recently celebrated its 70th anniversary and a rich history.
Pool Safety Tips
Keep more than cool in the pool this summer: learn what the most common mistakes and dangers are that could cause illness or injury.
Juvenile Hall Tour
One day a year, Juvenile Hall opens its doors for an open house that attracts thousands. Tag along and find out who attends- and why.
Lawn Mower Trade-In
Hundreds of residents traded in their gas-guzzlers recently. But we're not talking cars- we're talking lawn mowers! Find out how it was out with the old and in with the new.
The Department of Environmental Health is ensuring that residents who have to self-inject medications will have an easier time safely disposing of their sharps and syringes.
Lindo Lake Boathouse
This landmark put the "lake" in Lakeside, and has been renovated for enjoyment today while preserving its historic past.
Local Actress Gives Back
DJ Sullivan not only performs on the stage and screen, she also serves local communities as a respected acting coach.
Helping New Moms in Juvenile Hall
These teenage moms have made some mistakes, but a Probation Department program is helping out.
New Passport Regulations
If you are heading south of the border, some new regulations are on the way- and they have nothing to do with the flu.
Never heard of a "tweenie?" Learn what these furry little bundles are while you learn about a different kind of foster parenting.
For more information, call 619-767-2675.
One County department works with a trained canine named Friday to detect unwanted and dangerous pests in packages. See what she's sniffing out!
One County Library employee doubles as an aspiring filmmaker. Find out what's he's got rolling...
Composers Not Forgotten
The County Library offers a musical celebration of composers who were not celebrated in their own time...in fact, they were persecuted by the Nazis.
Juvenile Hall Program
Reading That Really Makes a Difference: Probation Department hosts United Through Reading Transitions Program to help Juvenile Hall residents stay connected to their siblings at home.
How Does Your Garden Grow? With all the talk of drought and water cutbacks, now's the time to take in some tips about keeping your garden green.
The Water Conservation Garden's Spring Garden Festival, April 25, 2009
El Cajon, CA
(619) 660-0614, ext. 10
County Library Gateway Program
Arabic @ the Library: Helping Middle Eastern immigrants start over, one mouse click at a time.
Just a Phone Call Away: County Master Gardeners share their expertise.
Public Health And Pests
Tick Talk: The County puts out the word about the dangers of ticks, little pests that can cause big health problems.
Teacher of the Year
Reading, 'Riting, & Rapping: Algebra lessons can be a nightmare for students, but one local high school teacher has found a way to make them memorable.
San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center
Green & Gold: A new nature center is a starting point for enjoying the surrounding reserve, and an example of building with a low impact on the environment.
San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center Web site
Help Is On The Way: The mortgage meltdown is claiming more victims each month. The County is doing its part to help keep people in their homes.
Unsung Hero: A ranger in Fallbrook went way beyond the call of duty with an ambitious project to make his park a better place.
Parks & Recreation Web site
Local Sculptor at Work
In Loving Hands: Her works in bronze have received national attention. We catch up with the artist at her North Park studio.
Veterans Using Wii
Bowling 2.0: Residents at a Chula Vista veterans home are putting a modern spin on physical therapy.
Veterans Home of California
Fencing at the Library
To the Point: County libraries are loaded with fun events and classes. Those looking to learn how to handle a sword can visit the Valley Center branch.
Library Web site
Palomar Airport Terminal
Ready for Takeoff: Once just a group of trailers, the terminal for McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad has just finished a major renovation.
McClellan-Palomar Airport Web site
Credit cards are convenient, but they can raise the risk of someone stealing your identity. The District Attorney's Office wants you to know how to protect yourself.
District Attorney's ID Theft Info
Child Abuse Hotline
The County of San Diego has a hotline to help children who are victims of abuse.
1-800-344-6000 or (858) 560-2191
Child Abuse Hotline Info
Brown Widow Spiders
Brown is the New Black: About 450 types of spider roam the County. In the past, only one was a concern. But now the black widow has a cousin in town.
Lakeside Ball Field
Having a Ball: Baseball season is just around the corner. For one Little League, the excitement has already begun.
County Department of Parks and Recreation
Benefits of Chocolate
Confection Affection: Visit a local chocolatier and learn how her goodies are not just a treat for your taste buds, but can even be healthy.
Nutrition News. Are your kids eating healthy at school? Check out a program helping them win the battle of the bulge.
Cord of Wood
Don't get burned! Learn how to get your money's worth when you stock up on firewood.
Contact the Department of Agriculture, Weights & Measures to resolve a dispute with a vendor.
Farewell to Greg Smith
Assessor-Recorder-Clerk Greg Smith has never been at a loss for words. He shares a few more as he ends his long service with the County.
Greg Smith's Accomplishments
NHL's First African-American Player
Breaking the Ice. He's the Jackie Robinson of pro hockey. Willie O'Ree brought his story to the County Library's Spring Valley branch.
Take a step back in time, when a corner of our County had its own little Jurassic Park.
Alpine Historical Society
Supervisor's Classic Cars
When he's not keeping the County running, Supervisor Bill Horn devotes time to a collection of classic autos.
Emergency Radio Operators
Race to Communicate. Meet the team that’s ready to keep disaster workers in touch with each other if the standard lines of communication go down.
RACES Web site
Fighting Domestic Violence at the Salon
Cut It Out. Meet some people you would not expect to find on the front lines in the battle against domestic violence.
(888) DV-LINKS or (888) 385-4657
Cut It Out Web site
A 69-year-old black belt helps teach seniors to protect themselves and their wallets.
Aging & Independence Services Info: (800) 510-2020
A program has young and old taking steps to cross age barriers.
Intergenerational Programs Directory
Are you buying the right toy for a child's age? Check out a few tips to keep kids safe.
Holiday Safety Links: American Academy of Pediatrics
Centers for Disease Control
A Crafty Christmas
An Encinitas mother and daughter have turned their holiday decorating traditions into a year-round business.
Anniversary of Firestorm 2007
One Year Later. Take a look at what has changed in the past year to help make you more safe.
More info about fire preparedness.
AlertSanDiego Cell Phone Registry
Don't Miss the Call. Don't be the only person on the block to not get a call when it counts...learn how to easily register your cell phone for reverse 911 notification.
More info about the cell phone registry.
Mingei Museum Featured Exhibit
Back to Life. One artist is taking dead palms and reviving them in a new form.
More info about the artist.
Bob Hope Sculpture
Giving Hope. A new bronze artwork along the Embarcadero honors the entertainer and immortalizes those who have served our country.
New County Library Branch
Desert Oasis. A new location in Borrego Springs is needed and appreciated by this town's population of 3,000.
More info about County Libraries.
Sharing Ceramic Art with Kids
Shaping Young Minds. A local artist teaches her love of pottery to children, shaping young imaginations along with clay.
Look to the skies for some help from above should fires rage again this fall. The County has invested in aircraft that can release massive water drops onto fires.
More info about the aircraft
An incredible story of survival comes from a starving horse and the help the County was able to offer.
County Animal Services
Bookmobile Partners with Public Health
Books..and blood pressure? See where you can get the lowdown on both!
Scripps Marine Biologist
Things are busy at the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. The big topic? Climate change!
Scripps Institute of Oceanography
Making the Grade
School's back in full swing, and it can be tough to get help with homework in the afternoons at home. There's only one place to go if you want to stay on top of your classes- find out where!
Kings, queens and knights spotted at a County Library branch. There are books to check out, and even friendly opponents to checkmate.
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!
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.
Parents wondering whether their children have the right vaccines as they head back to school can find answers with the County.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Something new in the usually mundane world of concrete and asphalt. Tune in for an interesting groundbreaking...
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.
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.
The Rancho Guajome Adobe recently celebrated its culture and history, dating back to the 1850s, in Vista.
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.
More info about Community and Teen centers
Find out why many people spend a summer day "going buggy" at the annual Insect Fair in Encinitas!
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.
Animal Services Volunteer Opportunities
A group of fourth graders gets a lesson in emergency preparedness.
ReadySanDiego Kids Page
Spring Valley Walkway
A new trail through a park has features that can put you on the path to greater fitness.
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
The County recently broke ground on a new building for the Medical Examiner and County Veterinarian. The project will bring some much-needed improvements.
Watch Video (Warning: Graphic Content)
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.
Approaching 69 years old, a local woman still practices the dance she learned in Spain as a little girl.
After losing their home to the October 2007 wildfires, one Ramona couple is rebuilding in an environmentally-friendly way.
The County helps ensure that your splash is safe.
More about the Department of Environmental Health's pool inspection program.
Help your loved ones live out their last days in peace; have a conversation about advanced directives planning.
Office of Aging & Independence Services
Silver Age Yoga
Gentle techniques and greater flexibility help make yoga an exercise for everyone!
Staying up late for some wild nightlife is worth it on this run...
This town has its very first welcome monument from a fittingly friendly local artist.
Artist Leslie Souza
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.
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.
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.
Read About the Program
A drum class for kids is about much more than music.
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.
Olympic Training Center Web site
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
J6 Bar at Solomar Hotel
Altitude Bar at the Ballpark Marriot
The Oasis at Stingaree
Moonstone Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel
Eden Rooftop at The Ivy Hotel
Beach Bar at the W Hotel
Search & Rescue Dogs
Sheriff's Department Search and Rescue
Culvert Cleaning Team
Nutrition to Grow On
Contact your district office or wellness coordinator to find your district’s toolkit.
California State Parks Wildflower Update
West Nile Virus Information
San Pasqual Academy Baseball
San Pasqual Academy Web site
Julian Pie Company
Julian Pie Company Web site
Balboa Park Trains
Balboa Park Miniature Railroad Web site
County Animal Services is trying to cut down on dog bites, especially those involving children.
County Animal Services Dog Bite Prevention Info
County Library has opened its newest branch in Encinitas.
Encinitas Branch Library
A La Mesa man uses his talents to bring oil paintings and photographs back to their original glory.
Buy a cup of coffee - and make the world a better place. That's the goal of a downtown coffeehouse owner.
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.
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
The County Library's Valley Center branch is bringing the community together for some pretty wild activities.
County Library's Valley Center Branch
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
Parks: Past & Future
County Parks and Recreation Dept.
Old Town's attractions include this look at the history of the San Diego Sheriff's Dept.
Sheriff's Department Historical Information
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
Black History Month
The World Beat Center in Balboa Park held a celebration in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
World Beat Center
The County is offering classes to help victims of the October wildfires rebuild their homes.
Flames Through the Lens
Photojournalists from various news organizations talk about covering the October wildfires.
The County needs thousands of poll workers for this year's elections. Veterans of past elections explain why they will do it again.
Parks Department Volunteer
County Parks Web site
Get a preview of the Audobon Society's Annual San Diego Bird Festival, February 6 - 11, 2008.
Singing for Recovery
A woman who went through County Mental Health Services found singing could help in her recovery.
Mental Health Services
New Year's Resolutions
Get a few tips to help improve your chances of keeping New Year's resolutions.
Learn about the County's Debris Removal Program on SDCountyRecovery.com
Vector Control in Fire-Damaged Areas
Reach Out and Read
Farsi at the Library
San Diego County Library Web site
San Diego County Library Web site
Madres Little League Program
This episode is devoted entirely to stories about the County's response to the October 2007 wildfires.
Local Assistance Centers
Emergency Operations Center
Probation Department Volunteer
Lakeside Rodeo Grounds Animal Shelter
Air Pollution Control District site
Damage Assessment Team
Pet Disaster Plan
Overland Mail Anniversary
Parks and Recreation Department
San Diego Solar Energy Installers