El Cajon

CASE OF ELIJA “BEAR” DIAZ, EL CAJON MAN MISSING SINCE 2015, TO BE FEATURED ON INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY TV APRIL 23

 

East County News Service

April 17, 2017 (El Cajon) — “Every Mother’s Son,” an Investigation Discovery TV show episode about the disappearance of Elija “Bear” Diaz, will air on April 23rd at 7 p.m.

Diaz vanished in the middle of the night of August 29, 2015 from his El Cajon home and his family suspects he met with foul play. A member of the Barona Band of Mission Indians, he was 20 years old at the time.

“We are encouraged that this national focus on Bear’s case will spark someone to remember any clues that might help us find him,” said LeLanie Thompson, Bear’s mom. “We miss our son and won’t stop looking for him until we have some answers about his disappearance. We appreciate the community’s continued support.”

PUBLIC INPUT INVITED ON DISTRICT ELECTION MAPPING APRIL 18 IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

April 16, 2017 (El Cajon) – El Cajon residents will have the opportunity to provide input on draft district maps for City Council elections.  A community workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 18 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the El Cajon Police Station community room, 100 Civic Center Way in El Cajon for input from the public.

EL CAJON HISTORICAL SOCIETY HONORS POSTER CONTEST WINNERS MAY 1

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Amaziah Lord Knox, courtesy El Cajon Historical Society

April 16, 2017 (El Cajon) -- For 36 years, the El Cajon Historical Society has sponsored a Third Grade Contest. This year, over 350 public and private school students participated in a poster contest titled, “A Visual History of El Cajon.” All participants receive certificates and 23 will be honored with trophies for special awards in a ceremony on May 1st at 6:30 p.m. at Greenfield Middle School, 1495 Greenfield Drive in El Cajon. 

7 CANDIDATES RUNNING AGAINST DUNCAN HUNTER: TOWN HALL THURSDAY IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 15, 2017 (El Cajon) – With Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) under criminal investigation by the Justice Dept., seven Democrats vying for his seat will be speaking out in a town hall forum hosted by the East County Democratic Club. The event will be held this Thursday, April 20 at 1150 East Broadway (the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors building) in El Cajon.

EL CAJON MOTORIST BLAMELESS IN DEATH OF WOMAN ON I-15; CHP SEEKS WITNESSES

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 15, 2017 (San Diego) -- A woman, 60, was driving south on I-15 near Miramar Road Thursday at noon when she inexplicably came out of her vehicle and landed on the roadway, Officer E. Colunga with California Highway Patrol reports.  She was struck by a vehicle whose driver fled the scene.

EL CAJON TEACHERS AND IMMIGRANTS HIGHLIGHTED IN WASHINGTON POST

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  ahausloher on Twitter

April 15, 2017 (El Cajon) – Efforts of El Cajon teachers to help Middle Eastern immigrant children have been highlighted in a Washington Post article titled, “How President Trump is – and is not—changing what it means to be American.”  Read the full story

LOCAL SYRIAN REFUGEE FAMILY SUFFERS TRAGIC LOSS

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 13, 2017 (El Cajon) – A Syrian refugee family in El Cajon who fled war-torn Syria to give their only son a brighter future is now grieving over his loss. On his first trip ever to a beach, 17-year-old Mohammed al-Mustafa was pulled under by a rip current and has not been found.

FLETCHER HILLS COUPLE DONATES HAND-CRAFTED DOLLHOUSE FOR USO SAN DIEGO’S STARS AND STRIPES GALA MAY 20

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 13, 2017 (Fletcher Hills) - Steve and Deborah Loeffler of El Cajon have built and donated an intricate dollhouse to auction at the upcoming silent auction at USO San Diego’s 76th Annual Stars and Stripes Gala on May 20th.  The dollhouse was a true labor of love, built and furnished with over 1,000 hours of work by the Fletcher Hills couple.

POSSIBLE ABDUCTION ATTEMPT AT PARKWAY PLAZA IN EL CAJON

 

Source: El Cajon Police

April 12, 2017 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police has issued a bulletin warning that the department is investigating a report of an attempted abduction in the Walmart parking lot at Parkway Plaza.  A 3-year-old girl and her mother were walking to their vehicle yesterday between 12 noon and 1 p.m. when the attempted abduction occurred, said Lt. Royal Bates.

VACANCY ON CITIZENS’ BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE FOR GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

East County News Service

April 11, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont Union High School District is seeking applications to fill a vacancy for a “community member at large” on the 11-member Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC).

“BLOOMING FASHIONS” SHOW MAY 6 BENEFITS FRIENDS OF EAST COUNTY ARTS

 

By Judy Moore

April 8, 2017 (El Cajon) --  Friends of East County Arts, Inc., supporting the arts in East County since 1984, will present “Blooming Fashions” show at the El Cajon Elks Club #1812 on  Saturday, May 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

“FIVE CHOICES DRAWING” AT HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM APRIL 29

 

East County News Service

April 8, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) -- In conjunction with the Spring Garden Festival and the Butterfly Festival at Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, the Heritage of the Americas Museum holds a very special drawing each year:  the "Five-Choices Dream Drawing."  The drawing will take place at the museum on Saturday, April 29, at 2:30 p.m.  Tickets can be bought in advance or the day of the festival.  You don't have to be present to win.  The cost of a drawing ticket is $1.00.  The Heritage of the Americas Museum is located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego.  Admission to the museum and parking will be free that day. 

The prizes represent the four wings of the Museum:  Natural History, Archaeology, Anthropology, and Art. 

CITIES REBEL AGAINST STATE BILL TO INCREASE SAN DIEGO’S CLOUT ON SANDAG, TAKING POWER AWAY FROM OUR REGION’S SMALLER CITIES AND THE COUNTY

 

La Mesa to vote April 11 on resolution to oppose AB 805

By Miriam Raftery

April 8, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Elected leaders in numerous local cities are gearing up to oppose a state bill that critics warn weaken the voices and voting power of smaller cities on the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), as well as the Metropolitan Transit System and North County Transit District.  The bill gives more power to the city of San Diego, which critics contend will mean not enough clout by representatives from the county or other cities in the region to pass, block, or even place items on the agenda.

GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT ANNOUNCES 2017-18 TEACHERS OF THE YEAR

 

Kathryn Worley and Daemein Patterson to represent GUHSD in prestigious San Diego County Teacher of the Year Competition

East County News Service

April 8, 2017 (El Cajon) -- At the Governing Board meeting on Thursday, April 6, 2017, the Grossmont Union High School District honored Teacher of the Year nominees from each of its schools. This is a great honor, as each nominee was selected by their peers.

WORKER CRUSHED BY FALLEN WALL IN EL CAJON

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
April 3, 2017 (El Cajon) - A cinder block wall collapsed onto a worker digging a trench for a new wall below the site at a car dealer in El Cajon this afternoon,  prompting a Herculean attempt to rescue the 51-year-old man, but he could not be saved.  A second worker was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

SAN MIGUEL FIRE BOARD RECALL UP IN SMOKE

 

By Miriam Raftery

End of recall effort means district will proceed with cancelling Cal Fire contract in July and return to free-standing status

April 3, 2017 (Spring Valley) – A petition to recall three members of the San Miguel Consolidated Fire District board  has been axed by Registrar of Voters Michael Vu for failing to comply with formatting requirements. The proponent, Robert Cederdahl, a former member of the board in the 1990s, did not submit amended forms by deadline, so the recall effort is up in smoke before any petitions were circulated for signatures.

MOTORCYCLIST KILLED, SECOND RIDER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN HIGH-SPEED CRASH

 

East County News Service

Update:  The deceased has been identified as Christopher John Kuhlmann, 37, of El Cajon.

April 2, 2017 (El Cajon) — A motorcyclist who drifted over the center line of Jamacha Road near Vista de la Valle struck an oncoming vehicle and died at the scene at 3:50 p.m. yesterday.  A second motorcyclist lost control and was transported to a hospital with serious injuries. 

THE FLOATING CITY AT SEA: MIDWAY SPEAKER APRIL 11 AT CREST LIBRARY

 

East County News Service

April 1, 2017 (Crest) -- Did you know that only about 5% of the USS Midway’s 4,500 crew were pilots? That the other 95% operated a floating city at sea– restaurants, barber shops, city utilities, convenience stores, police, hospital, newspaper, hotels, laundry & much more–so that the pilots could launch when the nation called?  Explore this floating city at sea, all within the confines of three football fields.

SABERING MARKS OPENING OF BEVMO IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

March 31, 2017 (El Cajon) – The grand opening of BevMo’s new store at 3777 Willow Glen Drive in El Cajon was heralded in with the “sabering” of a ceremonial champagne bottle.   Doug Ratto, EVP and Chief Merchant, wielded a sword to cut off the neck of the bottle to signfy store’s christening.

BOYS LACROSSE: HILLERS TOP SAINTS 7-2

 

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March 29, 2017 (El Cajon) - Grossmont High varsity boys lacrosse faced the Saints of St. Augustine High tonight.

SPRING BUTTERFLY AND GARDEN FESTIVAL APRIL 29

 

East County News Service

March 28, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) - The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College will host its Spring Butterfly and Garden Festival on Saturday, April 29th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Activities include butterfly pavilion and garden tours, butterfly releases, face painting, kids’ activities and craft vendors, animal exhibitors, educational exhibits and presentations, us edible, ornamental and native plant sales. You can also sign up for landscape design consultations.

AFTER MEETING WITH CA ATTORNEY GENERAL ON OLANGO SHOOTING, CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER PRAISES “NEXT STEPS” FOR OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS

 

East County News Service

March 25, 2016 (El Cajon) – Civil rights leaders including Rev. Shane Harris from the National Action Network met with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra yesterday in Los Angeles to discuss police reform and accountability. The group asked for a special prosecutor to investigate the officer-involved shooting of Alfred Olango in El Cajon last September.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT DISTRICT BOUNDARY MAPS IN EL CAJON IS MARCH 27

 

Source:  City of El Cajon

March 23, 2017 (El Cajon) -- With the passage of Measure S, the City of El Cajon is in the implementation phase of establishing City Council districts.  The mapping criteria was approved by the City Council on February 14, 2017, and four community workshops were held in February and March. 

GIRLS LACROSSE: EAGLES WITHSTAND MONARCHS' SECOND HALF RALLY TO WIN 5-3

 

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March 23, 2017 (El Cajon) - Tonight, Monte Vista and Granite Hills High girls lacrosse squared off in both schools’ second game of conference play.  Both schools sported winning records, with the Monarchs at a solid 7-2 and the Eagles at 3-2.

SECOND ANNUAL FAMILY PLAY DAY AT THE EL CAJON LIBRARY APRIL 1

 

East County News Service

March 21, 2017 (El Cajon) - The El Cajon branch of the San Diego County Library at 201 E. Douglas Avenue in El Cajon will host its second annual Family Play Day on Saturday, April 1 at 12:00 p.m. There will be crafts and activities for kids of all ages, as families learn how to make play items from common, everyday materials.  It’s fun, inexpensive, and teaches kids how to be resourceful.  This event is sponsored by the Friends of the El Cajon Library.

KALASHO THREATENS LAWSUIT OVER EL CAJON’S PROPOSAL TO LIMIT NUMBER OF ITEMS A COUNCIL MEMBER CAN ADD TO AGENDA

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

View video:  This agenda item can be viewed from 1:06:16 through 1:57:45

March 17, 2017 (El Cajon) – El Cajon’s City Council spent a full hour Tuesday debating a proposal by Mayor Bill Wells that aims to save Council time and staff resources by limiting how many items a Council member could place on an agenda single-handedly to just one per quarter, a maximum of four a year.  To bring forth any additional item, a Council member would have to gain support of one additional member. 

But that raises potential Brown Act violations andconcerns over suppressing citizen’s representation, the American CIvil Liberties Union (ACLU) warns in a letter sent to the City's attorney, Mayor and  Council members..

Newly elected Councilman Ben Kalasho strenuously objected to the proposal, leading to a testy exchange in which he threatened to sue Wells and fellow Council members to protect what he views as his right to represent his constituents.  Several members of the public also spoke out,  all opposed to sttifling their representatives’ ability to put items of concern on the agenda.

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