Score Discounted Tickets to the Holiday Bowl

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Don’t be caught on the sidelines. Get in on this deal for discounted tickets to the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl game. Employees can buy tickets valued at $70 for $25 (plus a $3.60 service fee per ticket).

The Holiday Bowl announced this week that the No. 22 Northwestern University Wildcats will play the No. 17 University of Utah Utes. The game kicks off at 4 p.m., Dec. 31 at SDCCU Stadium. That’s after the Port of San Diego Holiday Bowl Parade floats past the County Administration Center at 10 a.m.

Invite your family and friends; the more the merrier at this New Year’s Eve game.

This deal ends Dec. 21. Get your tickets today. (If the link does not open in Internet Explorer, try Chrome.)

It’s Not Too Late to Get a Flu Shot

 Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer, Getting her Flu Shot.

Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer, Getting her Flu Shot.

If you haven’t gotten your flu shot yet, it’s time to roll up your sleeve. It’s not too late to get one.

“Vaccination is the best protection against influenza,” said Wilma Wooten, M.D., M.P.H., County public health officer.

You have many options to get the vaccine. You can visit your doctor’s office; many pharmacies offer them; and if you are a Kaiser Permanente member, you can get vaccinated at KP CareNow at the County Operations Center on the 2nd Floor of 5530 Overland Ave. The on-campus clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are recommended. You can schedule an appointment by emailing KP-carenow@kp.org or calling 858-278-2802.

If you are a United Healthcare (UHC) member, you can schedule your flu shot through any of the UHC providers by contacting them directly.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months and older get a flu shot every year. The vaccine is safe and effective. It takes two weeks for immunity to develop.

Vaccination is especially important for people who are at high risk of developing serious complications from influenza. They include:

·         People with chronic medical conditions like asthma, diabetes and lung disease, even if symptoms are under control

·         Pregnant women

·         People 65 years and older

·         People who live with or care for others who are at higher risk

In addition to getting vaccinated, people should also do the following to avoid getting sick:

·         Wash hands thoroughly and often

·         Use hand sanitizers

·         Stay away from sick people

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth

·         Clean commonly touched surfaces

·         If you are sick, stay home and avoid contact with others

So do your part and get a flu shot!

Root, Root, Root for the Home Team

Updated 3:20 p.m., Nov. 20, 2018:  The Employee Wellness Intramural Softball Tournament scheduled for this weekend has been postponed due to rain.

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Twenty-four teams will take the field in the Employee Wellness’ second Intramural Softball Tournament this weekend. Come out to the ballpark for a fun-filled day and to cheer on your co-workers.

The tournament, which promotes camaraderie, teamwork and fun physical activity, will take place at Sweetwater Lane County Park, 1312 Sweetwater Lane, Spring Valley, CA 91977. Games start at 10:30 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The championship game will take place at approximately 4 p.m., Sunday.

Go, Team County!

Double Check Your W-4/DE 4 Tax Withholdings

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Central Payroll Administration has an important year-end reminder for you—review your tax withholding allowances before the start of 2019. The W-4/DE 4 forms are used to calculate the federal and state income tax withholdings from your paycheck.

If your filing status (married/single) or number of withholding allowances has changed since your last W-4/DE 4 filing, or if you claimed exempt status on your last filing and are no longer eligible, you must submit an amended W-4/DE 4 within 10 days after the change occurs through PeopleSoft Employee Self-Service. Step by step instructions for Federal and for State.

If you are currently eligible for exempt status and wish to continue claiming exemption from withholding in 2019, you must resubmit your signed W-4/DE 4 card to Central Payroll between Jan. 1 and Feb. 15, 2019. If your card has not been received in Central Payroll before the deadline, your income tax withholding will be returned to your previous withholding status (or single with zero withholding allowances, if you have no previous withholding status).

If your filing status and allowances are unchanged, and if you are not claiming exemption from withholding, you do not need to submit a new W-4/DE 4.

If you have any questions about your W-4/DE 4 filing, please call Central Payroll at 858-694-2051 or refer to the W-4 instructions on the IRS website and the DE 4 instructions on the EDD website.

Please note that 2019 W-4/DE 4 forms are currently unavailable. The IRS anticipates releasing the updated forms before the end of the year. In the meanwhile, review your paystub and learn about your 2018 withholdings.

County Meteorologist's Forecast

  The Department of Public Works has its own meteorologist as part of its flood control staff. Here's Rand Allan's forecast for the coming days.

The Department of Public Works has its own meteorologist as part of its flood control staff. Here's Rand Allan's forecast for the coming days.

A strong winter storm is moving rapidly towards California. Rain in advance of the upper low is currently moving through Central California. Shower activity is expected to begin over San Diego late tonight, becoming likely by sunrise tomorrow. Rain will become heavy at times as the cold front moves through the county by noontime and continuing into the early afternoon. Heavy rain switches to showers after the frontal passage continuing into Friday morning with scattered showers continuing into Saturday morning, primarily in the mountains. Expected rain totals are 1” near the coast increasing to 2”-4” in the mountains with up to 5” on the southwest facing slopes, and ¼” in the deserts. Minor urban flooding and debris flows in recent Alpine burn area are possible with the frontal passage. There should be a dusting of snow at the highest elevations.

Right on the heels of tomorrow’s storm is a second much weaker, but colder, storm arriving Saturday afternoon and continuing into Sunday morning with snow levels lowering to near 5000’. No word yet on rain and snow amounts, but flooding is not expected with this storm.

Weather clears Sunday evening with fair skies through at least next Tuesday with the possibility of a stronger third storm hitting Southern California mid-week.

 

Uke Got This, BHS

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Behavioral Health Services staff have found a harmonious way to refresh during lunch. A group of employees from different BHS programs have been meeting twice a week for ukulele jam sessions.

Rizza Rodriguez, an administrative analyst who plays with the group, is singing the praises of these informal get-togethers. Rodriguez said music has been shown to reduce stress, ease anxiety and improve memory. Plus, it is fun.

“Not only do we get to learn how to play the ukulele, we also get to take care of ourselves by introducing music in between work,” she said.

Watch them play a song or two.

Give Back on Giving Tuesday

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Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday have come and gone. Now it’s time to really get into the holiday spirit with Giving Tuesday, a day focused on charitable giving.

Please consider donating to the San Diego County Employees’ Charitable Organization (CECO) on this special day. CECO donates all the money it collects to community organizations and employees in need. This year alone, CECO awarded $167,990 in grants to 100 local nonprofit programs located throughout the San Diego region—all possible because of employee donations.

Here are three simple ways to give to CECO: become a biweekly contributor for as little as $2 per pay period or increase your current biweekly contribution by $1; make a one-time donation with cash, by check or PayPal Giving Fund; or make CECO your non-profit of choice when you shop at Amazon Smile.

Learn more about CECO.

County Parks Ranger ‘Visits’ Students Across the US

San Diego County Parks Ranger Kyle Icke was a special guest on a 30-minute online education program broadcast live to more than 400 elementary school students across the U.S. last week. The program, called “World of Work,” highlights careers in the science, technology, engineering and math fields, and is available to everyone wanting to bring a little bit of nature into the classroom.

The episode, created by Cajon Valley Union School District, will also be available for educators to share with students when it aligns with curriculum.

Let Ranger Kyle explain why “every day’s a vacation because I love my occupation” in this short preview video