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Video Interview With Santee Citizen of the Year Joe Spencer

Not a man afraid to speak his mind- see the highlights of "Just Joe" riffing on his philosophy, what he does for the community and why.

Santee, PTA, smoke-free, cupcakes, blogging, citizen of the year... What name comes to mind?

If you follow Santee Patch, you know your thinking of , local volunteer, activist and .

In this video interview you'll see highlights cut from more than half an hour talking about who Joe Spencer is- his philosophy, what he's done for the community, why he does it, and where he's going next.

Joe is now involved in a campaign to make Santee parks smoke-free, with his company, Go For It Productions, he was instrumental in bringing the to Santee junior high schoolers and WWE stars to the , he has dedicated his time to the Santee School District as the District's Foundation Vice President and , and he even found himself helping in the from her burning vehicle earlier this year.

The County of San Diego recently issued a proclamation honoring for his "outstanding leadership, service and commitment to area residents," and declared March 26, 2012 as throughout the county.

As a regular , Joe does a lot to inform the community and can always be counted on to get a conversation started about an issue. If Joe says he'll bring a topic to the or City Council, you can count on him being there at the next meeting, speaking his mind.

Rich Smith March 27, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Hi Joe. Question for you as a prominent citizen of my future home town: I am in the process of purchasing a home in Santee. With no other information just firing from the hip, what do you think, good move or bad move? Do you miss Illinois? I really would like the opinion of someone who has no vested interest in my move. Hope to meet you some day when I get there.
Larry March 27, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Wow
Joe Spencer March 27, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Nice Edit Steven...I think it came out really well.
Joe Spencer March 27, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Well...not being from Jersey I cant really compare....what I can tell you is this. Overall, Santee is a wonderful community. I do miss Illinois at times....but when we have 80 degree days in January...you get over it. Its hard to be a sports fan here..they are not loyal or diehards here like what we are used to. I think the move will be great and if you have a family or plan to start one...our school district is excellent. Hope that gives you an idea.
Carol Nuzzo Gray March 27, 2012 at 05:57 PM
@Rich...Jow isnt a Santee Citizen he doesnt Live in Santee! Just a FYI!
Doug Curlee March 27, 2012 at 06:01 PM
carol.. i'll try this one more time, in hopes it'll sink in.. there is no residency requirement or rule for being named citizen of the year.. to repeat, none.. repeat that three times, and it's yours forever..i hope.. doug
Carol Nuzzo Gray March 27, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Old man Curlee....I wasnt addressing you ..So Shhhhhhh!!!!! LMAO!!!
Steven Bartholow (Editor) March 27, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Carol: I am beyond tired of hearing this. We get your point. Stop annoying the readers. And that's warning #1 for speaking like that to Doug and calling people names in a previous post. Three warnings and your account is suspended. We have one key rule on these boards: RESPECT EACH OTHER. The rest can be found in the terms of service- http://santee.patch.com/terms
Carol Nuzzo Gray March 27, 2012 at 06:45 PM
God forbid anyone get out of Line with Poor ol Doug Curlee..he says alot of things that arent very Nice I dont see You Steven giving him any warnings?! Hmmm??? Must be a Double standard here!
Steven Bartholow (Editor) March 27, 2012 at 06:53 PM
You've posted the same thing about a dozen times on this site and it's FB page. And at least one of your comments was out of line with our terms of service. I warn every commenter that get's out of line that catches my attention. I run this site and moderate the comments, at least respect that.
Carol Nuzzo Gray March 27, 2012 at 08:44 PM
There is definitely a Double standard here on Santee Patch! "I warn every commenter that get's out of line that catches my attention" as Editor and Moterator Steven you should be reading Everything and all posts. More than Once Doug Curlee has Provoked, Disrespected, and has been down right "RUDE" to people ! and You have never gave him a warning! Hmm...Wonder why that is....I respect you and the Job that you do BUT, i dont feel you are doing your Job as well as you could do.. thats My Opinion!
Doug Curlee March 27, 2012 at 10:53 PM
steven.. you go ahead and handle this one.. i'm sick and tired of her already.. doug
Steven Bartholow (Editor) March 30, 2012 at 04:25 PM
I keep as good an eye on comments as I can, seeing as how there are thousands of comments each month and the job I love to do is REPORT about Santee, not moderate comments. The more time I spend reacting to comments like this, the less reporting happens. I haven't seen any instances of Doug violating our terms of service, and you have. Now I end my part of this discussion, let's move onto to something more productive.
Corena August 01, 2012 at 03:03 AM
I'm new to Santee patch and by no means want to offend anyone, just came across this blog but as a tax paying citizen I respectfully ask this question. Do you research members not for residency but background? Are there rules for people who have a criminal past that not only can't run for office but can't legally vote? They can post obviously, freedom of speech but to ban others who don't share the same ideology or take advice from this individual.... I don't discredit heroes but I do pose this inquiry...there were 6 or 7 people ( correct me if I am wrong) and out of this only one showed up on every local station to get credit. I don't disregard the fact that the end result was saving a life...most important. I do question the hero title to someone with a questionable background that has escaped the radar. Go to YouTube or Google...Look up criminal records in the state. If I'm going to be enlightened and inspired I want to know the background of who I'm inspired by. You all should too, right?
Corena August 01, 2012 at 03:32 AM
@Mr. Doug Curlee and @Mr. Steven Bartholow Mr. Spencer has left Santee/ the city of San Diego/ Lakeside and according to public records two separate properties are looking for him due to failure to pay. That's how his criminal record is available online. Not trying to throw him under a bus however you should be aware
Joe Spencer August 01, 2012 at 05:06 AM
This is funny....first is anyone to believe that you simply are new to Patch and started to read all sorts of old articles and then chose to randomly research a person in the article and then make comments on a 4 month old post? Really? You expect people to buy that huh? Sounds more like someone who simply creatde a "dummy" second account on here or someone with a personal axe to grind. Now if you are going to come on here and throw comments around at least have the common decency and/or intelligence to have your facts straight. Who is it that can't legally vote? According to the registrar of voters, in California only someone currently serving time in prison or currently on parole lose their right to vote. Since I fall under neither category I am a current registered voter. Guess you just got your facts confused. A little advice so you can intelligently participate in conversations...don't always believe what you read online. It's not always true...or more importantly...wait for it....wait for it....accurate! You see...yes years ago I did some foolish things resulting in a criminal record. But if you did your "research" just a little more thorough you would find that most of that record has been formally expunged through the courts. That means the record no longer exists for all intents and purposes. It means any felony charges were reduced to misdemeanors and then the guilty plea is changed to not guilty and the record is dismissed. To Be Continued
Joe Spencer August 01, 2012 at 05:20 AM
So while you think you are providing such juicy information the fact is that you really didnt research much of anything. I suspect you know me and want to take a shot at me here because your story of suddenly finding this site and randomly picking a 4 month old story to make a post on...and nothing else by the way.....is very odd.......Either way it's fine....but at least have the decency to publish information that is a little bit more up to date my dear friend. I'm not afraid of my past. It is what it is. Very few..if any...people can destroy their lives like I did and then pick up the pieces and build their life back. If anything, there is some inspiration to my story that you can make something of your life if you work hard after your mistakes. There will always be people like you who try to bring someone down or embarass them. But the only real embarassment is to yourself when you dont have the facts straight and you get out in front of everyone and act like you've made this juicy discovery. I think it would be fun to look into a subpoena to force the Patch to release web records indicating the ip address of ignorant posts like yours and track down your true identity. Maybe if one person got called out in public for doing it people would think twice about what they think they can get away with "annonymous posts" on sites like this.
Joe Spencer August 01, 2012 at 05:25 AM
Again...not that my finances are ANY of your business....fact is I lived at ONE property for twelve years. Yep they put a collection on me...not for rent...but for a water bill that I disputed and refused to pay because it was billed to the tenants unfairly. It is still being contested. They aren't looking for me..they simply sent it to collections. This statement by you has me a little confused though...because I dont have any "public records" on my credit report....so I'm wondering just how you know anything about any "collection" record. Maybe I really do need that subpoena.....
Doug Curlee August 01, 2012 at 05:36 AM
corena..why do you care, one way or the other? why is it any of your business? doug
sheeple herder August 01, 2012 at 03:05 PM
And this, sheep, is why the patch should MAKE YOU sign in with FB or some other semi-accountable, non-anonymous way...
Earlene August 01, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Sorry, Corena, but I, for one, don't buy your story as you obviously know Joe and have some sort of vendetta against him and have now disguised yourself as another person and deliberatly gone out of your way to research his name. One can clearly see you have a definite motive and its not for political purposes. Secondly, owing a bill and disputing it does NOT make you a criminal, nor does having a bad credit rating. As far as any criminal record in the courts, once an offense has been expunged by the courts, its gone FOREVER, so why should you or anyone bring it up? Your motive for doing so is suspect. Besides, everyone, no matter who they are deserves a second chance, so let's be fair in your unfounded accusations here as it pertains to Mr. Spencer, especially on a public forum such as THE PATCH.
Doug Curlee August 01, 2012 at 05:56 PM
earlene and i don't agree on much.. we DO agree on this one..to have suddenly popped up and revived a four-month-old thread to attack someone seems more than a little suspect to me.. there's a hidden motive or two here..and i seriously doubt corena, or whoever she really is, is going to tell us what it is.. therefore, we will have to rely on our own common sense..and my common sense tells me that joe, who i often also disagree with, is the victim of an unwarranted attack..very likely by someone who's done it before, and couldn't get any traction on the "charges".. wonder who that will turn out to be... doug
Joe Spencer August 01, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Earlene Your kind words are appreciated. Thank You.
Earlene August 01, 2012 at 07:54 PM
I really don't care who she/he is as it's the fact that unfounded accusations were levied against someone via attack mode on a public forum. Everyone has the right to defend himself/herself. Common sense dictates there is a hidden motive here which, as you say, will never be divulged, but I hope by our posts this individual will see that most of us are not as gullible as this individual assumes. I also have hope that this sort of thing will cause those who only wish to make trouble for another individual to stop and think before posting what I see as defamation and "total nonsense."
Earlene August 01, 2012 at 08:13 PM
I suspect Miss Willameanah Mildew is most likely someone with whom he's done business, a neighbor, a girlfriend or individual on this forum with whom he did not agree or gave him a hard time in perhaps certain discussions on THE PATCH, whose now trying to get back at him without revealing their identity. If he thinks long and hard enough, it may dawn on him who she or he is. But whomever the individual, the scheme didn't work, nor should it have.

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