Live Well San Diego Events

  • April 2021 12th Annual Refugee Film Festival Join the International Rescue Committee as they bring award-winning documentary film and engaging conversation to your home every week for the entire month of April through four award-winning films selected to educate and inspire. Don’t miss this opportunity go beyond the headlines to gain a deeper understanding of the refugee journey, through stories told by those who live them. For more information or to register, please click here.


  • April 2021 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Join the Center for Community Solutions as they will be hosting four workshops in April on Wednesdays at 4:00pm in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). For the first time, these workshops are open to all ages! Participants can attend as many as they like and will receive a certificate for attending all four workshops. For more information or to register, please click here.


  • April 3rd – April 24th, 2021 La Mesa Earth Month Scavenger Hunt Join the La Mesa Park and Recreation Foundation in partnership with the City of La Mesa and San Diego County Bicycle Coalition as they will hold a scavenger hunt using the Scavify app to encourage participants to get out and about and/or virtually learn about environmental sustainability. For more information, please see the attached flyer.


  • April 17th, 2021 A Return to Old Hollywood Join the San Diego Food Bank for their 9th annual Chefs, Cork & Craft Gala. The annual fundraiser will include a virtual program, paddle raise and a live performance with the legendary Chris Norton. The theme, A Return to Old Hollywood, will celebrate Hollywood’s Golden Age while commemorating the San Diego Food Bank’s mission and vital hunger-relief programs. The last day to purchase tickets is Friday, April 9. For more information or to register, please click here.


  • April 18th, 2021 UCSD 11th Annual Health Fair Join the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) at UC San Diego for their 11th Annual Health Fair from 10:00am-3:00pm. The 11th Annual Health Fair is free and open to the public. Its purpose is to educate low-income and under-served families in San Diego about health-related issues and preventative practices, while providing free, non-invasive medical services. Located at Montgomery-Waller Park, San Diego, CA 92154 (corner of Beyer Blvd. & Palm). For more information, please see the attached flyers (English and Spanish).


  • April 20th, 2021 Childhood Trauma and the Developing Brain Join the San Diego Domestic Violence CouncilSan Diego District Attorney’s OfficeThe San Diego County Methamphetamine Strike Force, and Live Well San Diego from 1:00-3:00pm for their training series on childhood trauma. The session will include an overview of typical brain organization and childhood development; the impact of traumatic experiences on the development of the brain; the psychological, developmental, and neurological impacts of early adverse experiences including neglect, abuse and exposure to domestic violence; and more. For more information or to register, please see the attached flyer or click here.


  • April 24th, 2021 Sharp Women’s Health Conference Join Sharp HealthCare for the 2021 Virtual Sharp Women’s Health Conference from 9:00am-2:30pm. Individual tickets are $45 per person. The virtual Sharp Women’s Health Conference is open to the public regardless of hospital affiliation or health insurance. It is designed to inspire women of all ages to live healthy, more balanced lives. The empowering event features Elizabeth Gilbert, author of The New York Times Best Sellers “Eat, Pray, Love”, “Big Magic” and “City of Girls”. For more information or to register, please click here.


  • April 24th – May 2nd Virtual Steam Week Join Live Well San Diego in partnership with the San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering for the 2021 Virtual Steam Week. This event includes livestreams, interactive demos, hands-on activities, and dynamic speakers that all encompass elements of science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics! For more information or to register, please click here.



Helpful Tips and Information


  • Vietnamese Community Advocate Job Posting The Bayside Community Center is hiring for the position of a Vietnamese Community Advocate. The Vietnamese Community Advocate, who must be bilingual in English/Vietnamese, will establish and foster relationships with community residents and connect them with essential services. Preferred skills and credentials include: Bachelor’s degree plus two year’s community advocacy services in non-profit setting or equivalent work experience; proficient in MS Office; ability to work independently, prioritize tasks, and be flexible; public speaking skills; ability to work collaboratively, effectively, and respectfully with diverse people and groups; ability to present positive image of agency to the community; and knowledge of Linda Vista and San Diego resources. The deadline to apply is April 30. For more information, please see the attached flyer.


  • “Hope for Change” Directing Change Program and the Trauma Research Education Foundation (TREF) are sponsoring prizes for San Diego County youth, ages 12 to 25. Special prizes range from $25 to $300! Participants must create art pieces exploring mental health, hope, resilience, and change and creatively incorporate the lime green ribbon as a symbol for mental health. Submission prompt and entries need to be submitted by April 30. For more information, please see the attached flyer.


  • Spring Speakers Series Join the School of Public Health at San Diego State University for presentations given by public health professionals. Speakers from San Diego, Washington State, and Israel will discuss their role in COVID-19 research and the response to the pandemic. For more information or to register, please see the attached flyer.


  • Refugee Work Readiness Exchange Join the National Conflict Resolution Center for a self-paced e-learning course for refugees/asylees/SIVs who have arrived in San Diego County in the last 5 years (not citizens yet) and have dependent children. The first 75 learners to complete this approximately 4-hour course will receive a $50 gift card! If internet connectivity is a challenge, they can help with a data card or other option.  Learners also receive a certificate of completion which is a great resume-builder! For more information or to register, please see the attached flyers or click here (English), here (Arabic), or here (Dari/Farsi).


  • COVID-19 Funeral Assistance FEMA is reimbursing up to $7,000 for COVID-19 funerals to any family member who paid for a funeral. Please keep funeral documentation. For more information, please click here.


  • Grant Funding The San Diego Foundation announced $250,000 in grant funding available to support children ages 0-5 and their families through the 2021 Early Childhood Initiative (ECI) Responsive Grant. To be eligible for this grant, you must be a nonprofit with 501(c)(3) public charity status, located in and serving San Diego County. A webinar is scheduled on April 13 at 11:00am to learn more about the Early Childhood Initiative 2021 Responsive Grant. You will have the opportunity to ask questions via the chat feature following the short presentation. For more information or to register, please click here.


  • Work Readiness Workshops Join the National Conflict Resolution Center for work-readiness workshops that will help support jobseekers, as well as serve those who would like to gain more professional experience. These interactive online workshops help individuals prepare for successful communication and conflict resolution in the job-searching process and in the workplace. For more information or to register, please click here.

CDOA – Covid 19 information

Covid 19 has brought us all unprecedented challenges over the past year. We have muddled through such questions about keeping ourselves and loved ones safe, how to thrive in lock-down, and how to go forward in our mission to come together as a community to enhance and improve the Casa de Oro area. We are hopeful moving forward as things begin to stabilize and we learn to live in community while maintaining individual safety for ourselves and our families.

Our friends at Live Well San Dieago have provided a wealth of information and valuable updates on the covid situation for the community and the most up-to date information can be found via their facebook page.

We would also like to highlight the fallowing resources that have been provided: 

Local information & Daily updates can be found at: and can be received via text by sending code COSD COVID19 TO 468-311. 

Upcoming community events include:

Virtual Memories: at the Museum Join UCSD School of Medicine the first Tuesday of every month from 2:00-3:00pm for Live Zoom tours of four museums in Balboa Park. These interactive tours are provided for individuals with memory disorders and their care partners.

(Pre-Registration is required at Call (858) 822-4800 for more information. )

To keep up-to-date with CDOA events and information please follow us on facebook or visit our website: .

San Diego County’s Socially Equitable Cannabis Program

San Diego County's Socially Equitable Cannabis Program

Hey Casa de Oro!
On March 18th at 6 PM we will be hosting our next General Assembly with Don Chase who is the Project Contact for San Diego County’s “Socially Equitable Cannabis Program”!
This is your chance to share your input in regards to Regulation, Enforcement, Permitting and Equity with the county on all things related to Cannabis.


We hope to see you all there on 3/18/2021!

To join us simply head over to the Casa de Oro Facebook page on 3/18/21 and check out the livestream to get involved!.

Small Business Federal Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to California small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza announced today. SBA acted under its own authority, as provided by the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act that was recently signed by the President, to declare a disaster following a request received from Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designated representative, Director Mark S. Ghilarducci of the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services on March 13, 2020.

The disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in several California counties including San Diego and Imperial.

•       Visit for guidance and resources

•       Check for updates specific to SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans

Price Gouging – It is against the law

It is illegal for businesses to raise prices on certain products and necessities more than 10% unless the business can show their cost also went up. The law applies to several products and necessities including: food and drink (including food and drink for animals); emergency supplies such as water, flashlights, radios, batteries, candles, blankets, soaps, diapers, toiletries; and medical supplies such as prescription and nonprescription medications, bandages, gauze, isopropyl alcohol, and antibacterial products.  

It is also a misdemeanor for a hotel or motel to increase regular rates by more than 10 percent during a declared emergency and for the 30 days following the state of emergency. 

Violations of the price gouging statute are subject to criminal prosecution that can result in one-year imprisonment in county jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000. Violations are also subject to civil enforcement actions including civil penalties of up to $5,000 per violation, injunctive relief and mandatory restitution. You can report suspected price gouging to the District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Unit at (619) 531-3507 or to the California Attorney General’s Office

San Diego County COVID-19 Information by Text Message

County residents can now receive information about the novel coronavirus via text thanks to the County COVID-19 public information text message alert system.

The system allows County health officials to send real-time information about COVID-19 in the region. To sign up to receive the messages, text COSD COVID19 to 468-311.

The system was set up to let County public health officials issue information and instructions on changes related to COVID-19 in the region.

Recommended COVID-19 Websites

The World Health Organization COVID-19 Pandemic webpage ( offers global information on the disease, how it is spread, and how it can be prevented.

John Hopkins University of Medicine ( ) offers an excellent graphical ‘drill-down’ map showing the spread of COVID-19 across the globe.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( is an excellent way to keep up-to-date on ongoing developments. In particular, pay attention to CDC Guidance for Businesses and Employers  and CDC Environmental Cleaning and Disinfection Recommendations.

The California Department of Public Health ( is similar to the CDC site but more geared to California.

The County of San Diego also has a webpage dedicated to current important information in our county. Visit this site on a daily basis to keep locally informed.

Two other websites with up-to-date information about COVID-19 for people and businesses looking for ways to get relief include: Susan Davis, U.S. House of Representatives Corona Virus Webpage and 211 San Diego

The California Labor & Workforce Development Agency ( is an excellent source for important labor information on what employees and employers are entitled to.  Great website to help determine what is best for you, your family, and your workplace.

You will find COVID-19 FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) on laws enforced by the California Labor Commissioner’s Office on the State of California Department of Industrial Relations website.

Information Package: Risk-Related Business Issues for Reference in the Casa de Oro Specific Plan

Download the first Information Package produced by the Casa de Oro Alliance here:

Information Package Risk-Related Business Issues for Reference in the Casa de Oro Specific Plan

Here are some important hyperlinks for reference included in the Information Package


  1. Maps of Alcohol Sales (On and Off Site) Overconcentration
  2. List of ABC License Outlets in 91977 zip code
  3. Map of Casa de Oro Risk-related businesses
  4. California ABC Twitter Posting
  5. SANDAG Meeting Update (June 1, 2018)Draft Project Rankings and Funding Recommendations
  6. California League of Cities – Alcohol Regulation
  7. Campo Road Revitalization, Casa de Oro Alliance
  8. Issue Briefing; Reducing Harms Related to Risk-related business in Casa de Oro: A Review of Best Practices (Casa de Oro Alliance and Institute for Public Strategies)/; July 2018)
  9. Best Practices in Municipal regulation to Reduce Alcohol-Related Harms from Licensed Alcohol Outlets (Ventura County Health Care Agency, Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, and Center for the Study of Law and Enforcement Policy; January 2014
  10. Reducing Community Alcohol Problems Associated with Alcohol Sales: The Case for Deemed Approved Ordinances in California; Alcohol Policy Consultants, September 2009
  11. A Case for Deemed Approved Ordinance – a video
  12. Group Home FAQ Sheet, City of La Mesa
  13. Santa Cruz Fee Structure Proposal
  14. Rancho San Diego Specific Plan
  15. Tobacco Retailer Licensing Model Ordinance

  1. Model Ordinance for Smokefree Places

  1. City of El Cajon Alcohol Sales Ordinance & Deemed Approved Ordinance

  1. City of El Cajon Smoking Ordinance

  1. City of Oceanside Adult Business Ordinance

  1. Casa de Oro Business Survey; Casa de Oro Alliance and Institute for Public Strategies (March 2017)
  2. A Community Understanding of “Deemed Approved” FAQ; Alcohol Policy Panel of San Diego County, January 2015
  3. Article: El Cajon business stripped of ability to sell alcohol; San Diego Union Tribune, Karen Pearlman, March 18, 2015
  4. Tobacco Retailer Licensing is Effective; The Center for Tobacco Policy & Organizing, September 2013
  5. Tobacco Retailer Licensing- An Effective Tool for Public Health; Change Lab Solutions, September 2012.
  6. Unincorporated San Diego County Youth Tobacco Purchase Survey; Community Action Service Advocacy and Live Well San Diego, Spring 2016
  7. Lemon Grove getting serious about halting tobacco sales to youths; San Diego Union Tribune (August 2018)
  8. California Community Health Assessment Tool – Unincorporated San Diego County, December 2016

State of Tobacco Control 2016 – California Local Grades, San Diego County; American Lung Association, 2016