We are Ray and Kelli, counselors at City. Items that save money. 100K jobs. Azim Khamisa. Little Free Library. Best used cars. Dance2Heal. Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. A drive to help. Jobs! An Olympic Gesture. Teen helps animals. Office 365 bundle. First female NFL official. Panera Bread job opening. Foster parents. Burrito Boyz. Financial advice from Comic Con.

The veterans page: Faith and PTSD. Bell tower at Miramar Cemetery. Shelter to Soldiers. Homes For Our Troops. Impacting Veteran Homelessness. Project COMBAT. Honoring our Veterans on Memorial Day. Preventing veteran suicide. A gift of a home. Humanitarian food and toy drop. Breaking new ground as a female combat engineer. "Just A Common Soldier." Volunteers help a former Marine with Leukemia. Expanded Veterans' Services.

Memorable quote: "It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me." -- Christian Bale as Batman in "Batman Begins."

Friday, October 21, 2016

Items that save you $

How can a crock-pot, coffee maker, or cable modem save you money? Check out this MSN article to find out.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

100K Jobs

These 11 jobs can pay $100K or more a year and there isn't a medical doctor or lawyer in the group.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Forgiveness, Not Violence

Azim Khamisa lost his son, Tariq, to a senseless act of violence. Forgiveness gave his life a new purpose. Khamisa and Ples Felix, the grandfather of the boy who killed Tariq, have formed a bond to prevent youth violence. 

"I like to quote Gandha. 'The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.'" -- Azim Khamisa

"Mr. Khamisa's forgiveness and the forgiveness of Mr. Khamisa's family helped my grandson realize he is not a throwaway person." -- Ples Felix.

Senseless Violence, Unbelievable Forgiveness: The Tariq Khamisa Foundation was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on October 8, 2016.

Tariq Khamisa Foundation

Monday, October 3, 2016

Little Library

The message below was sent recently from Mesa College regarding a worthwhile project they just completed. Even though City sometimes sees Mesa College as a rival big sister, the project is notable for the spirit of promoting literacy in its community:
On Friday September 23, 2016, Mesa’s Honors staff collaborated with Principal Sarah Saluta of San Diego Cooperative Charter Schools to place the little library right outside of the elementary school located on the corner of Linda Vista Rd. and Genesee Ave. If you’d like to learn more about the little library project, please go to https://littlefreelibrary.org/

I got the idea for this project one day when I was jogging in my neighborhood, Hillcrest. I saw one and thought, Linda Vista, a community that Mesa is a huge part of, needs to have one of these. A lot of generous individuals put in time and money to make this happen, so I’d like to take a moment and give them all a shout out:

San Diego Mesa College Foundation; AFT Local 1931; and Mesa’s Honors program helped fund the project.

Professor Sam Lee, Math professor at Mesa and Miramar, volunteered his time all Summer 2016 to paint it.

Honors student staff members, Andrew Rice, Erik Tomlinson, and Carissa Carrasquillo, all of whom are works studies Veteran students, worked with the elementary school students to place it outside of the elementary school.

Arthur James, Stockroom Clerk at Mesa College Receiving, helped transport it to the elementary school. He helped with the digging too. :)

Mesa Facilities allowed us to borrow their shovels.

Please go and visit the little library located on 7260 Linda Vista Rd. San Diego CA 92111 (corner of Linda Vista Rd. and Genesee Ave.) Take a book, give a book, and spread the importance of literacy.


Pegah Motaleb

Monday, September 5, 2016

Best Used Cars!

If you're in the market to buy a used car, we are listing the best choices. According to the April 2016 Consumer Reports, these are the best used cars for reliability and safety based on model year. Make sure your vehicle includes electronic stability control for safety.

Less than $10,000:

Small cars:
Ford Focus 2009-10
Pontiac Vibe 2006-09
Scion xB 2008-09

Acura TL 2006
Acura TSX 2006
Hyundai Sonata 2007-09
Mazda 6 2009

SUVs and Minivans:
Honda CR-V 2006
Honda Pilot 2006
Toyota Sienna 2006

$10,000 to $15,000:

Small cars:
Honda Fit 2011-13
Kia Soul 2011-13
Mazda 3 2011-12

Infiniti G 2006-08
Lincoln MKZ 2009-10

Acura MDX 2006
Toyota Highlander 2006-07

$15,000 to $20,000:

Small cars:
Toyota Prius 2012-13
Hyundai Elantra 2014-15
Honda Civic 2013-14
Honda Accord 2011-12
Toyota Camry 2012-13
Lexus ES 2009-10

Mazda CX-5 2013
Toyota Rav4 2010-11

$20,000 to $25,000

Ford Fusion 2014-15
Subaru Legacy 2014-15
Toyota Avalon 2012

Nissan Murano 2012-13
Subaru Forester 2012-13
Toyota Sequoia 2008

Mercedes-Benz E-Class 2009
Acura RDX 2011
Lexus RX 2010

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Teens Bring Dance to Seniors

"They're not too old, and it's not something they can't do. This is good for their physical and mental health." -- Sarah Ludington, who developed the nonprofit, Dance2Heal.

Teen Dancers Get Seniors on their Feet was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on Aug. 26, 2016.


Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship 40K!

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
$40,000 for community college students who plan to enroll in a 4-yr university in Fall 17.
3.5 or higher GPA and demonstrate financial need.
Selection criteria: achievement and academic ability, financial need, persistence, leadership, and service to others.
Deadline: Oct 25, 2016 at 12noon Eastern time (9am Pacific).

A Drive to Help

Sue Chambers has helped many worthwhile causes in San Diego, including the Rancho San Diego Library. Volunteer Has a Head for Numbers, A Heart for Helping was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on August, 23, 2016.


Circle K has applications open for "In-Store Customer Service, Store Manager, and Office and Field positions.

Target is hiring. Check out their info online.

Party City is hiring for the Halloween season. You can apply at the specific store.

Best Buy has seasonal, part-time, and entry-level positions in San Diego. Search for positions and apply online.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Olympian Shows Compassion For Boy

There were a lot of exciting moments at the Rio Games, but none made a bigger impact than this gesture by Piotr Malachowski. Read why he is a real Olympic hero in the truest sense of the word.

Nikita Krishnan Helps Animals

I never was able to have pets of my own, so this is my way of being around animals. When I go to college, I plan to take my nonprofit with me and help animals wherever I go.” -- Nikita Krishnan.

Teen's Ingenuity Gets Animals Back on their Feet appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune on Aug. 16, 2016.




Saturday, August 20, 2016

Office Essentials Bundle from Best Buy

For a limited time, Best Buy has an Office Essentials Bundle: Office 365 Personal, Kaspersky Internet Security, and Wireless Mouse for $49.99 (regular $149.97)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Breaking New Ground

"I've Learned this myself: Go out and do it because you love it. Don't do it to prove somebody wrong because 'I'm a female and I need to make a statement.' Just go out and do the job because it's something that you want to do." -- Sarah Thomas, the NFL's first female official.

NFL's Lone Female Official in Position to Inspire appeared in the San Diego Union Tribune on August 11, 2016.

Panera Bread job openings

The Panera Bread in Coronado has a sign in front of its store that indicates they are hiring. The store is at 980 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA 92118. (619) 437-4288.

There are also openings at other locations including Downtown at 225 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101.

Info about job openings at Panera

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Helping children as foster parents

Foster kids always had a special place in my heart. They’re innocents caught up in an adult struggle they have nothing to do with. It grabs your heart because they need you so much. It becomes your mission to help them.” -- Foster parent, Susan Kurtik
Senior Couple Step Up As Foster Parents was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on August 8, 2016.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Burrito Boyz

"It was fun giving back to the (homeless) community. They deserve respect from us. They're people just like us, and they deserve the best." -- Alec Johnson, original member of Burrito Boyz.

Charity Cooks Up Milestone was published in the San Diego Union Tribune on August 1, 2016.

Burrito Boyz

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Backpack deals

If you are looking for a backpack, check out these two deals:

Unisex Outdoor Sports Waterproof Foldable Backpack Hiking Bag Camping Rucksack for $6.49

High Sierra Curve Backpack on clearance price plus an additional 50% off if you use the code: "clearout" at checkout. The price will be reduced to $12.49.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Financial Advice from Comic Con

At Comic Con 2016, there was a panel on Thursday called "Be a Financial Superhero Even If You Aren't Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne. It was geared toward creative artists and their finances. Here's what I pulled from this presentation:

To succeed in your own business:
What do you have to give that is going to help people?
What can you do that no one else is doing?
What is your passion?

What you need to be a successful artist:
Passion for your work
Skill set to do it well
Hustle to get yourself known

Build an outstanding team:
Find a mentor to guide you.
Hire people you trust so you can focus on your craft.
Develop a fan base of support.

Lay out your goals with timelines to keep yourself accountable and measure your progress.

They also talked about credit. Your credit score is made up of five factors:
35% is based on your payment history (whether you pay your credit card bills on time).
30% is based on the amount owed on your cards (try to keep your balances under 25% of the limit on a credit card).
15% is duration of credit (don't close out a credit card; it's better to lower your maximum on a card you rarely use in order to maintain your history and duration of credit).
10% is based on new credit (don't open up other new credit accounts prior to taking out a loan).
10% is the type of credit you have.

Some suggestions: Pay off your debts aggressively, don't take out student loans, step away from a purchase before buying an expensive item to avoid impulsive decisions, and ask yourself how many hours you have to work in order to pay for the item.