Why Let Time Have All the Fun? Who is Santee’s Person of the Year?

This poll is in two parts: Nominate your Person of the Year and we’ll have a runoff next month.

Nominations are in! Click here to vote for your favorite

On Dec. 14, Time magazine will announce its Person of the Year—which isn’t guaranteed to be an actual man or woman. But in the run-up, the magazine has invited votes on 40 candidates, including Barack Obama, Gabby Douglas and Kim Jong Un. Other options include The Mars Rover and the Higgs Boson Particle. But who cares about the same-old same-old?

Who is Santee’s Person of the Year—the man or woman who, in Timespeak, “most influenced the news this year for better or worse”?

We won’t preselect your picks. But the ones most often mentioned in the comments (and tell us why) will have a runoff at the end of December.

Mayor Randy Voepel November 27, 2012 at 08:54 PM
I nominate Sam Modica, of Santee Santa's. He works hard to help the poor folks in Santee. Santee Santa's gives toys, food, Chistmas Trees, emergency help to our Santee poor and needy. Sam Modica is a perfect example of community service and dedication.
Arli November 28, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I agree... I would nominate Sam Modica.
rudy reyes November 28, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Santee Santas is seasonal, i would like to see a activist get this nomination. Kevin Brewster of Save mission Trails.org has been working hard year round to defend Santee residence from the Congentrix quail brush power plant!!!! He needs recognition for his work. Mr Brewster helped turn Santee and San Diego Council to fight the power plant and continues to fight in the meeting for the citizens of Santee! The whole group needs recognition!
PwmCwzy November 29, 2012 at 12:31 AM
I recommend Dr. Shaw, our previous Superintendent of the Santee School District. In my mind his leadership influenced every student in Santee's schools.
vicky November 29, 2012 at 03:50 AM
What about Joe Spencer...lol
Santee Homeowner November 29, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I nominate the entire West End Team of concerned citizens that have spent thousands of dollars of their own money and collectively thousands of hours of their own time to stop the Quail Brush abomination. It started with one lone person standing on the corner of Mast and West Hills Pkwy with a home made sign and culminated in an unprecedented 8-0 denial by San Diego City Council. Additionally the CPUC has heard the message and things look good there as well preliminay decision denies the power plant. ALL those people that built websites, put boots on the ground, wrote letters, sent emails, passed out flyers, attended public meetings and dug deep into their own pockets, they are the "Group of the Year".
Sam November 29, 2012 at 11:42 PM
Thanks Mr. Mayor for your nomination. I would like to make one comment; Santee Santas no longer provides Christmas Trees. That was discontinued several years ago.
Michael Lou November 30, 2012 at 12:30 AM
I nominate Sam Modica of Santee Santa. A couple of years ago Sam helped me, the owner of Michael's Grill, host a Christmas dinner for some of Santee's most needy families. Together with the counsel members we helped put a big smile on every ones face. The generous contribution of Sam's time and energy to this organization is unmatched by anybody I know. Every year Sam and many other volunteers manage to increase support from businesses and residents alike. Every year it is more successful than the previous year. Santee Santas and Sam not only help families in need during the holidays but throughout the year.
Stephanie Price November 30, 2012 at 03:48 AM
I don't know Sam but I would agree with the good of the Santee Santas. Years ago when Edd Long was in charge, the Santee Santas made a big difference in my kids life!
Kathy St. Onge December 03, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I also would like to nominate Santee Santas. I too thought Santee Santas was a seasonal organization. But after volunteering with them for over 5 years, I have learned that they help families all year long with with other needs.
Beatrice Tonelli December 03, 2012 at 05:14 PM
I would like to nominate Santee Santas. They are a year round orgainization who help the community when needed.
Donna Holland December 03, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I would like to Nominate KATHY ST. ONGE, Blue THong Society Chapter Director for all her various charity work for Santee City. She has been instrument in helping when ever needed by so many organizations over the years. She is someone who walks the walk, not just talks the Talk. Donna Holland
Rob McNelis December 04, 2012 at 03:32 AM
I am in agreement with the nomination of Sam Modica. He is a seemingly endless giver of both energy and heart to the Santee community. He does it all year long and without reservation. Just an all around great man.
Steven Bartholow (Editor) December 11, 2012 at 01:05 AM
Looks like we have four nominees so far: Kevin Brewster, Sam Modica, Dr. Shaw, Kathy St. Onge Nominations end Dec. 20, so leave a comment with the name of anyone else that should be considered.
Kathy December 11, 2012 at 07:56 AM
I would like to nominate Betty Koeppen. Betty Koeppen has been a Volunteer with the Santee Sheriffs Department for over 10 years. Betty has also been in charge of a wonderful Program called "YANA" which stands for You Are Not Alone. This program is where the Santee Senior Volunteers make weekly visits to Seniors and Disabled Santee Residents who sign up with YANA, to make sure their environment is safe, and the resident is O.K. Betty schedules all of the Members to make sure no one is missed for their weekly visit. If it wasn't for the YANA Program, some of these Senior and Disabled Santee Residents would have no contact with the outside world as many have no family in the area. Betty goes a step above what is needed and ensures that each of these Members have a warm meal for every Holiday. Betty also organizes a little Christmas gift for each of Program Members. Of course the funds and gifts are donated by various businesses and churches, which she is so grateful for. Oh, did I mention that Betty is 83 years old herself. Betty says the most difficult part of this Volunteer position is when one of the YANA Member passes away. Betty treats each and everyone of them as Family and makes sure they feel special and needed. You may not be aware of the YANA Program and probably haven't even heard of Betty Koeppen but it is the quiet behind the scenes that really make a difference in our Senior and Disabled Community, here in Santee.
Mary December 11, 2012 at 02:43 PM
I second the nomination of Betty Koeppen. Our community needs more like her. No fanfare or recognition, just dedication. Thanks Betty.
Santee Health Network December 11, 2012 at 08:48 PM
I'll go along with Santee Santas. They seem like a great organization
Steven Bartholow (Editor) December 18, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Betty is awesome! She was given the County’s Aging and Independence Services (AIS) “Volunteer of the Month” a while back- http://santee.patch.com/articles/santee-sheriffs-senior-volunteer-patrol-member-receives-volunteer-of-month-award
Steven Bartholow (Editor) December 26, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Nominations are in! Vote for your favorite: http://santee.patch.com/articles/poll-who-is-santees-person-of-the-year-your-vote-helps-decide


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