Santee/Lakeside

ASSEMBLYMAN VOEPEL ACCUSED OF "VALOR THEFT" BY GOP RIVAL, NAVY VETERAN

 

By Ken Stone

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Voepel wearing the Combat Action Medal.

April 18, 2018 (San Diego) - Republican Assemblyman Randy Voepel is taking heavy flak from a GOP rival, who along with another Navy veteran is accusing the former Santee mayor of having “Stolen Valor.”

Monday morning on KUSI TV, 30-year Navy SEAL veteran Larry Wilske brought up claims by retired Master Chief Petty Officer Terence Hoey* that Voepel misrepresented his military service record.

SANTEE ADOPTS DISTRICT ELECTIONS WITH MINTO-MADE MAP

 

By Mike Allen

 View full-size map B adopted by Council here.

 April 14, 2018 (Santee) -- Santee’s ongoing process of shifting from voting for their representatives by all city voters to a system of district elections took another step to reality last week when the council adopted a map made by Mayor John Minto and held the first reading instituting the change.

 Minto offered a map he drew that divides the city into four areas and with a close balance of some 13,000 people in each district. His motion also called for a change in the cycle of elections that results in two council seats being elected every four years starting in 2020. The mayor’s position will remain at large, or selected by all city voters.

 His motion, which was seconded by Councilman Ronn Hall, passed 3-2 with Council members Brian Jones and Rob McNelis opposed. The second reading and adoption of the law and the map is scheduled for April 25.

GIRLS LACROSSE: HIGHLANDERS RIDE OUT TOUGH BATTLE AGAINST SULTANS TO WIN 8-4

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

April 11, 2018 (La Mesa) - ECM Sports is bringing you both Santee schools this week, sports played by both genders and two different sports.  Since we last saw the Lady Highlanders of Helix on the lacrosse field, they’ve improved their record to 7-4 overall and 2-1 in league.  The Sultans of Santana paid them a visit tonight, bringing with them a record that leaves a lot to be desired:  2-9 overall and 1-4 in league.

PREP BASEBALL: WOLF PACK OVERCOMES BRAVES IN WILD SIX-INNING COMEBACK

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

April 10, 2018 (El Cajon) - ECM Sports couldn’t forget about prep baseball; it’s our reporter’s favorite spring sport to cover and in our first baseball game of 2018, we headed to El Cajon Valley. The Braves sport a decent .500 (4-4) record coming into league play in today’s game against West Hills.  The Pack, on the other hand, need to get things going heading into league as they’re 4-9 to start the season.  Sophomore Joseph Thrailkill took the mound for the Wolf Pack against senior Jesus Favela for the Braves.

PETITION CIRCULATES TO QUALIFY SANTEE GENERAL PLAN PROTECTION INITIATIVE FOR BALLOT

 

East County News Service

April 9, 2018 (Santee) -- A Notice of Intent to Circulate a Petition for the Santee General Plan Protection Initiative was filed late Friday by Van Collinsworth, Preserve Wild Santee’s Geographer/Director, and by Santee City Councilman Stephen Houlahan. 

THREE ARRESTED, DRUGS AND WEAPONS SEIZED IN LAKESIDE RAID

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 5, 2018 (Lakeside) — This morning, deputies from the Lakeside Sheriff’s substation and Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Detail executed a search warrant as part of a narcotics investigation at 11715 Morena Avenue in Lakeside.  They found a butane honey oil lab used to make concentrated cannabis products, as well as five guns, suspected methamphetamine and cocaine, drug paraphernalia and cash.

10TH ANNUAL SANTEE STREET FAIR AND CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL MAY 26

 

East County News Service

April 4, 2018 (Santee) -- The Santee Chamber of Commerce invites you to join over 30,000 visitors at the 10th Annual Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, May 26th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway in Santee.  This event features live music and entertainment, more than 300 food and craft vendor booths, carnival rides, and breweries from all around San Diego County.

SANTEE MOVES RELUCTANTLY TO ADOPT DISTRICT ELECTIONS

 

 

 

Today is last day to submit a map for final consideration at next Council meetings

By Mike Allen

 April 4, 2018 (Santee) -- Like it or not, and all five council members absolutely do not, Santee is adopting a system of district elections in advance of this November.

 Starting in late January, the council has been holding public hearings and soliciting comments about how boundary lines dividing the city into four quadrants should be drawn.

DUI CHECKPOINT IN SANTEE AREA ON FRIDAY

 

East County News Service

March 28, 2018 (Santee) – The Sheriff’s Santee station will conduct a DUI and driver’s license checkpoint on Friday, March 30th from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. at an undisclosed location.

Checkpoints aim to reduce the number of deaths and injuries from alcohol-involved accidents by getting offenders off the streets and by educating the public on dangers of impaired driving, as well as the importance of designating a sober driver. Checkpoints also assure that each motorist has a valid driver’s license.

LAKESIDE RIVER PARK FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES SPRING AND SUMMER CLASSES, ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

East County News Service

March 25, 2018 (Lakeside) -- Spring is here! The flowers are blooming, the trees are beginning to sprout new leaves, and the birds have begun to sing. TheLakeside River Park is offering a series of educational classes and workshops, most of which are free. Here are some upcoming opportunities, and you can find even more at the River Park’s website.

SEND IN YOUR BEST SHOTS: LAKE JENNINGS PHOTO CONTEST

 

East County News Service

March 17, 2018 (Lakeside) -- Do you love the great outdoors? Do you have a digital SLR or cell phone camera?  If so, you’re invited to come out and compete in this year’s Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest.

The shooting window is from March to the end of May and contest participants can get a free day pass to explore the reservoir to seek, find and capture eye-catching images.

EAST COUNTY ATTORNEY FOUND WITH HEAD INJURY IN JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 15, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Paul Hanks, a La Mesa resident, real estate broker and attorney with an office in Santee, was found by rescuers today in Joshua National Park.  He had fallen some 20 feet off a trail and suffered a head injury, but was conscious when found and is expected to have a full recovery, CBS 8 reports.

SANTEE-BASED POLITICAL ACTION COMMITTEE TO HOST PUBLIC MEETING ON NEW GUN LAWS

 

East County News Service

March 15, 2018 (La Mesa) – The San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), a Santee-based political action committee promoting Second Amendment rights, will host its 2018 California Gun Laws Convention, an event open to the public, from 4 to 7 p.m., Saturday, March 17, at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Surfside Race Place, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar. 

WANTED: SUSPECTS RESPONSIBLE FOR CREDIT CARD AND IDENTITY THEFT

 

Source:  San Diego Sheriff's Department

March 13, 2018 (Santee) - San Diego County Crime Stoppers and investigators from the Santee Sheriff’s Station are asking for the public's help to locate two unknown suspects wanted in connection with using a stolen credit card and identity theft.   

WALKER PRESERVE TRAIL TO RECEIVE THOUSANDS OF NEW TREES AND OTHER PLANTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: City of Santee

March 12, 2018 (Santee) -- The Walker Preserve Trail in Santee will soon have 4,000 new plants and trees – all native to our region.

Cottonwoods, alders, sage brush, buckwheat and San Diego sunflowers are among the drought-tolerant species that will soon line the walking trail, providing habitat for birds and other native wildlife, NBC 7 reports.  Native plants will also help improve water quality in the San Diego River and prevent erosion.

POSSIBLE HEPATITIS EXPOSURE AT DETENTION FACILITIES IN SANTEE AND VISTA

 

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications

March 8, 2018 (San Diego) -- A woman with a probable case of hepatitis A may have exposed inmates at the Vista Detention Facility and Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in Santee, the County Health and Human Services Agency reported today.

NEW QUEENS CROWNED IN LA MESA AND SANTEE

 

By Sierra Billock

March 8, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- On Saturday, March 3, 2018, the city of La Mesa and the city of Santee held the annual Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants. The programs have been a tradition in the cities since the late 1960’s and are an outstanding mentoring program for young women. Mayor John Minto from Santee and Mayor Mark Araposathis from La Mesa were in attendance to formally present Miss La Mesa 2018 Kelli Loper, Miss Teen La Mesa 2018 Kennedy Dirkes, Miss Santee 2018 Laurene Vouaux and Miss Teen Santee 2018 Jordan Bockert.

SANTEE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ANNOUNCES ANNUAL AWARDS, SANTEE’S FAVORITES

 

East County News Service

March 5, 2018 (Santee) – The Santee Chamber of Commerce, currently celebrating its 63rd anniversary, recently announced recipients of its 2017 annual awards. Honorees included community members and local businesses. Recipient of community awards included: Dustin Trotter, owner, TDT Construction, 2017 Person of the Year; Santee Young Professionals, Special Chairman’s Award; Robert “Bob” Lloyd, Sr., owner, Lloyds Collision & Paint Center, Chairman’s Award; Kathryn Ducharme, Santee School District, Educator of the Year; Elana Levens-Craig, Santee-Lakeside Rotary Club, Rotarian of the Year; Paul Stevens, Kiwanis Club of Santee, Kiwanian of the Year; William Chisum, Rancho Santee Lions, Lion of the Year; Deputy Daniel Psomas, San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy of the Year; Captain Chris Thompson, Santee Fire Department, Firefighter of the Year.

PASSAGES: MARION KATHRYN BARRERA … A LIFE TO BE REMEMBERED

 

By E.A. Barrera

March 5, 2018 (San Diego) -- My mother, Marion Kathryn Holmes Barrera, died on March 3, 2018. She died a little after four in the morning, 25 days to the minute from when my father died. My dad was San Diego State Professor Ernesto Martin Barrera. Together, my parents led a life that began on the campus of UCLA and took them to Cartagena, Los Angeles, San Diego - and a lifetime of romance, family and meaningful purpose. 

HOMELESS IN RIVERBEDS, ROAD REPAIRS, CELL SITES AND POWERLINE ISSUES ON AGENDA FOR LAKESIDE PLANNERS MARCH 7

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 5, 2018 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Community Planning Group meets Wednesday, March 7th at the Lakeside Community Center, 9841 Vine Street. The agenda includes discussion of homeless encampments in the riverbed, county road maintenance priorities, proposed cell sites and a request for exemption from undergrounding powerlines, among other items.

View the full agenda here.

MAN IN RED VAN SOUGHT FOR CHASING GIRL AT SANTEE SPORTSPLEX

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 3, 2018 (Santee) – The Sheriff’s office is seeking a man in a red van who reportedly approached two teen girls in a vehicle in the parking lot at the Santee Sports Plex and chased one of the young women.

The incident occurred March 1st around 11 p.m. when the girls were attending a softball game. They had returned to their vehicle to warm up when an Hispanic man approached and looked through the window. One girl locked the door and the man then grabbed the handle and tried to get in, the girl’s father told 10 News.

WEST HILLS HIGH STUDENT ARRESTED FOR THREAT

 

By Miriam Raftery

Updated 1:30 p.m. with information provided by the Sheriff's department.

February 28, 2018 (Santee) – A student at West Hills High School has been arrested overnight for “making terrorists threats after he posted a photo of a Lego rifle on social media with a threatening message,” Grossmont Union High School District public information officer Catherine Martin stated on Twitter.

STAYCATION, EAST COUNTY: COMFORTABLE CABINS AT SANTEE LAKES

 

Backcountry hidden pleasures:   Our guide to unique lodging adventures in San Diego’s beautiful backcountry

By Mike Allen, East County Magazine

February 22, 2018 (Santee) -- Ever since wood cabins were built at the end of Santee Lakes some seven years ago, I’ve been curious about what they were like.

I’ve stayed in a few cabins in my life, some quite rustic and spartan, and others with all the stuff you’d ever need if you’re “camping,” including one that had a spa tub.

The cabins at Santee Lakes are definitely at the higher end, in fact, downright luxurious with just about everything a family would need to enjoy one of America’s best campgrounds situated smack dab in the middle of Santee.

SANTEE SHERIFF HOSTS COFFEE WITH COMMUINTY FEB. 27

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 20, 2018 (Santee) – The Santee Sheriff’s station will host a coffee with the community on Tuesday, February 27th from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Santee Branch Library (9225 Carlton Hills Blvd. #17).

This is an opportunity to meet and engage with the San Diego County Sheriff’ Department. You’ll have a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know deputies who patrol your neighborhood. You can also get crime prevention tips and learn more about free safety programs, helping work together to keep your community safe.

For questions, call Crime Prevention Specialist Martha Miramontes at (619) 956-4022.

LAKESIDE SHERIFF’S SUBSTATION FORMS PARTNERSHIP TO HELP DOMESTIC VIOLENCE VICTIMS

 

East County News Service

February 13, 2018 (Lakeside) - More help is now available to victims of domestic violence in the East County. The Lakeside Sheriff's Substation is partnering with a non-profit group to offer direct and immediate assistance to victims.

MISSING WOMAN, 70, FOUND SAFE IN LAKESIDE

 

 

Update February 11, 2018:  Mrs. Scinto has been found near her vehicle , reunited with her family and taken to a local hospital for evaluation. See details below:

"We thank the public for looking out for Mrs. Scinto, as well as our Search and Rescue volunteers," says Sergeant Kristin Brayman.

The Sheriff's Search and Rescue (SAR) is an all-volunteer unit. Together, they perform wilderness and urban rescues, as well as search for missing and at-risk persons. Teams are available 24 hours per day to respond to local, state and federal agency requests. If you would like to volunteer, visit www.sdsheriff.net/volunteers.

If you have a loved one who has Alzheimer's or suffers from a physical or mental disability, you can sign them up for the Sheriff's Take Me Home Program. It's a FREE and confidential service that can help law enforcement find a loved one in the event they get lost or wander away. For more information or to enroll online, visit: www.sdsheriff.net/tmh.

DISTRICT ATTORNEY CANDIDATE TO SPEAK FEB. 15 IN SANTEE

 

“Be the change you want to see in the world.”

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

February 8, 2018 (Santee) – Genevieve Jones-Wright, a candidate running for San Diego County District Attorney, will be the featured speaker at the East County Democratic Club’s meeting on February 15 at 7 p.m. at Jimmy’s Family Restaurant, 9635 Mission Gorge Road in Santee.

DOCTOR AND WIFE KILLED IN SANTEE PLANE CRASH

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

Photo: Screenshot, ECM news partner 10 News

February 6, 2018 (Santee) – Dr. John Longhurst from U.C. Irvine Health and his wife, Cherill, died in a plane crash into a construction yard in Santee this morning.  A dog onboard was also killed; a second dog was injured and remains in guarded condition, ECM news partner 10 News reports.  View video.

VOTE FOR US! WE’RE A FINALIST FOR “BEST MEDIA” IN SANTEE’S FAVORITES SURVEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 25, 2018 (Santee) –  We’re proud to announce that East County Magazine is a finalist in the Santee’s Favorites survey!  You can help by voting for East County Magazine here in the “media and entertainment” category.  You can vote once each day, per IP address, now through February 4.

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