Santee/Lakeside

LAKESIDE RESIDENTS AND PLANNERS VOICE OUTRAGE OVER SAND MINING PROPOSAL AT HEATED MEETING

 

Story by Miriam Raftery

 

Photo, left: "Would you want these kids breathing that, every day for 15 years?" -- Jessica Webb

 

June 5, 2015 (Lakeside) –  Imagine up to 250 trucks a day – one every minute and a half—hauling sand along a rural  road right in front of your house--five days a week for the next 15 years or more in El Monte Valley, if a sand mining developer has his way.  It gets worse:  noise and dust from sand mining operations clogging the area, kicking up potentially deadly Valley Fever spores lurking in soil here, where several El Monte Valley residents have already contracted the disease. 

The sand loads would be transported for use on highways, roadways and other aggregate projects across San Diego County—potentially bringing sand  laden with Valley Fever spores to construction projects near you.  All thanks to a deal cut by Helix Water District to settle litigation over a golf course and water reclamation deal gone sour on land that Helix owned in El Monte Valley, a county-designated scenic view corridor.

This project has the Orwellian-like name “El Monte Nature Preserve” though all parties including the developer concede it is first and foremost a mining operation that will strip bare the valley for decades, lowering the valley floor 30 feet with dredging  far deeper in places, in a project three times wider than Lake Jennings.

SUMMIT UU FELLOWSHIP SUPPORTS "BLACK LIVES MATTER" IN SANTEE

 

June 3, 2015 (Santee) --Summit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship sponsored a march May 31st to support the national “Black Lives Matter” movement.  With Standing on the Side of Love shirts and signs as well as a “Black Lives Matter” banners, members of the church stood on corners and walked in a busy neighborhood in Santee.

WOMAN ACCUSED IN ROAD-RAGE MURDER OF SANTEE NAVY OFFICER HAD HISTORY OF VIOLENT THREATS

 

Photo: Instagram #JusticeforZachBuob

By Miriam Raftery

June 3, 2015 (Santee) – Santee resident Zacharia Buob,39, a Navy Chief Petty Officer in special operations, was killed May 28th in a bizarre road rage incident.  Darla Jackson, 26, has been charged with murder for allegedly striking Buob intentionally with her vehicle and running over him on his motorcycle.

SAND MINING PROJECT IN EL MONTE VALLEY ON AGENDA FOR LAKESIDE PLANNERS JUNE 3

UPDATE: Hear our interview on KNSJ radio with Lisa Wood, Lakeside resident and chair of Supervisor Dianne Jacob's youth activites on the river committee.  Wood discusses impacts of the sand mining project, which she believes would be severe, irreversible, and worse than Sunrise Powerlink. 

Listen online now:

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Facebook site dedicated to stopping project

May 29, 2015 (Lakeside) – A controversial proposal for sand mining in scenic El Monte Valley along the San Diego River bed is on the agenda for the Lakeside Planning Group on Wednesday, June 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lakeside Community Center (, 9841 Vine St, Lakeside). The applicant is the “El Monte Nature Preserve LLC,” though residents voice concerns the project will be destructive to nature, not preserve it.  View application.

Lakeside resident Billy Ortiz, a videographer who chronicles Lakeside’s beauty for media outlets and the Lakeside Historical Society, opposes the project. He voiced outrage over the plan.

. “If we don’t stop them, our beautiful valley will be destroyed,” Ortiz told ECM.  “We will be there to protest and discourage the project.”

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SHERIFF'S DEPT. HOSTS COFFEE FOR COMMUNITY JUNE 24 IN LAKESIDE

 

May 30, 2015 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside Sheriff’s Substation is holding a Coffee With the Community event on Wednesday, June 24 from 6 to 7 :30 p.m. at the Lakeside Community Center, 9841 Vine Street in Lakeside.

MAN ARRESTED IN LA MESA FOR MURDER IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

May 29, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Mark Michael Everitt, 52 was arrested today in the 5000 block of Grossmont Center Drive, La Mesa. He is charged with the murder of Julie Ann Marie Ulm, 55, a Santee resident, says Lt. John Maryon with the Sheriff’s Homicide Unit.

NIGHT FISHING AT SANTEE LAKES OPENS FOR SUMMER

East County News Service

May 28, 2015 (Santee) -- Santee Lakes invites you to drop your line for night fishing.   Lakes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be open for night fishing on June 4 and 18, July 16 and 30, August 13 and 27 from 5 p.m. to 11 :30 p.m.

Bring a lantern--but no radios please, to keep the lake quiet for best fishing.

NO BOMBS FOUND AFTER LOCKDOWN AT WEST HILLS HIGH

May 26, 2015 (Santee) – West Hills High School in Santee was placed in lockdown today after staff received a call at 9:15 a.m. claiming that several bombs had been placed around the campus.

Sheriff’s deputies swiftly responded and found suspicious items, prompting a call to the Bomb Arson unit and a lockdown order for the campus.  Additional agencies were summoned including the Santee Fire Dept., San Diego Fire Bomb Squad, federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cal Fire, El Cajon Police and numerous Sheriff’s detectives.

UNITED WAY GRANTS NEARLY $2 MILLION TO COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

 

Children and Families in Santee, Linda Vista, Tierrasanta and More Will Benefit

May 22, 2015(San Diego) – United Way of San Diego County is granting nearly $2 million to four community partnerships that are working collectively to help the youngest San Diegans and their families.

BOARS & BREW AT LAKESIDE'S RIVER PARK JUNE 20

 

May 23, 2015 (Lakeside) --Lakeside's River Park Conservancy's first ever Boars & Brew event is scheduled for Saturday, June 20th—the summer solstice.  You’re invited  for a beer stroll along the section of the San Diego River Trail that the Conservancy manages for an evening full of “great tasting beer, perfectly cooked food, and amazing company,” according to the invitation.

RIVERVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL'S 7TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FAIR

 

Community Event Offers Food, Games, Music and Family Fun

May 22, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Travel around the world and learn about other cultures, watch traditional country dances, play carnival games and taste exotic foods at Riverview Elementary School’s 7th Annual International Fair on Saturday, May 30 from 11am to 5pm. This fun-filled community event, complete with a one-of-the kind silent auction, crafts for the kids, photo booth, face painting, vendor booths, games and delicious international food takes place on the grounds of Riverview Elementary School at 9308 Winter Gardens Boulevard in Lakeside. All proceeds will benefit Riverview’s PTSA to provide field trips, assemblies, art, music and dance for Riverview students. For more information, please call (619) 390-2662, or check out our Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Riverview-International-Fair/158649264184882?fref=ts

--CHICK-FIL-A IN SANTEE TO HOST 'MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT'

 

May 21, 2015 (Santee) - The nine Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the Santee Chick-fil-A restaurant, 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, are preparing to give away a combined total of about 10,000 chicken sandwiches on Wednesday, May 20, as part of a “Military Appreciation Night” promotion.

5 TEENS TO STAND TRIAL FOR MURDER OF HOMELESS MAN IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

May 20, 2015 (Santee) -- Five teenagers must stand trial for the murder of Stephen Lee Hissom, a 55-year-old homeless man who was beaten to death in Santee on November 29th, 2014.

SANTEE STREET FAIR AND CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL MAY 23

 

May 19, 2015 (Santee) – The Santee Street Fair and Beer Festival organized by Santee’s Chamber of Commerce will be held on Saturday, May 23rd from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This large festival features local breweries from around San Diego County, live music and entertainment, a crafter row and artist alley, over 300 food and vendor booths, carnival rides and games for the family.

PURSUIT NABS ALLEGED LAKESIDE RITE AID THIEVES

 

East County News Service

May 17, 2015 (Lakeside) – Lakeside resident Shermal Taha, 23, and Nicole Gonzales, 27 of Spokane, Washington have been arrested and booked on commercial burglary, conspiracy and felony evading of arrest.

PLANE HITS TRUCK DURING EMERGENCY LANDING IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

Photo: Heartland firefighter Gabe Belloli

May 17, 2015 (Santee) – The pilot of a single-engine Cherokee plane made an emergency landing Saturday morning on Prospect Avenue near Cuyamaca Street in Santee.

CRIMSON RIVER CONCERT MAY 30 IN LAKESIDE

 

May 14, 2015 (Lakeside) - The Crimson River quartet will perform a free concert feature a rich blend of harmony on Saturday, May 30th at 6 p.m.  The concert will be held at the Lakeside Christian Church, 13739 El Monte Road, in Lakeside as the church celebrates 60 years at the site.

--GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT OPPOSING CLOSURE OF NAVAL HEALTH CLINIC IN SANTEE

 

May 9, 2015 (Santee) - The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, has sent a letter to the Navy stating its opposition to the pending closure of a health clinic in Santee.

SANTEE TRACK STAR KILLED IN CRASH

 

East County News Service

May 1, 2015 (Santee) – Ryan Willweber, a track star and junior at West Hills High School in Santee, has died of injuries sustained in a crash yesterday afternoon.  Two other students were injured, including Willweber’s brother, who reportedly suffered broken bones.

SANTEE BUSINESS AND MOBILE HOME PARK RECOGNIZED FOR RECYCLING EFFORTS

 

East County News Service

April 29, 2015 (Santee) -- GTM Discount General Stores and Meadowbrook Mobile Home Estates of Santee received special recognition from Waste Management of San Diego at this week’s Santee City Council meeting as part of Waste Management’s inaugural “Recycling Champion” program which recognizes businesses and multi-family complexes for their exemplary efforts in implementing recycling on their properties in the City of Santee.

SANDAG OPENS PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NEW REGIONAL PLAN, ANNOUNCES HEARINGS: SEEKS LOCATIONS IN EAST COUNTY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 25, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has released a $200 billion, 35-year regional growth plan for the county titled "San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan."   The plan lays out visions for transportation, sustainability and growth through 2050 including higher density land use along transportation corridors.

Several public hearings will be held including a May 13th hearing at 6 p.m. in La Mesa’s community center.  But thus far, no hearings have been schedule in East County’s mountain, desert or rural areas.

East County Magazine asked the County why no hearings are scheduled in those areas. We pointed out that rural, mountain and desert areas lack public transit, making it difficult for residents to travel long distances to attend hearings in San Diego or even La Mesa.  In response, the County indicated it could hold additional workshops potentially if a community group to partner with could be found.

4 ARRESTED ON DUI CHARGES AT CHECKPOINT IN SANTEE

 

April 26, 2015 (Santee) – Sheriff’s deputies set up a checkpoint in the 8700 block of Mast Boulevard in Santee Saturday night to check for drivers under the influence of alcohol.

MOTHER'S DAY RIVER CLEANUP MAY 10 IN LAKESIDE

 

April 23, 2015 (Lakeside) – Lakeside’s River Park Conservancy invites you to honor your Mom by helping Mother Nature.  Come help clean up the riverbed on Sunday, May 10th and all Moms present will receive a Mother’s Day Card and packet of seeds to start her own butterfly garden.

HERE'S THE BUZZ: HOT COUNCIL ITEMS THIS WEEK

 

East County News Service

April 19, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)—From beekeeping to mobile home park expansion, here are the hot items on local city council agendas this week in Lemon Grove and Santee.

MAN IN SKIRT FLASHES CUSTOMERS AND WORKERS IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

April 18, 2015 (Santee) –A man wearing a skirt entered several Santee businesses last Wednesday,  then lifted his skirt to show his underwear to women present.  One hairdresser at Hair It Is Etc. told 10 News the man seemed “mental” and was asked to leave.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: READY FOR THE RODEO

 

April 17, 2015 (Lakeside) - At the Eastbound Bar & Grill in Lakeside, staff is ready to welcome the rodeo crowd this weekend. The restaurant is ready to give away 1,000 free hats to its customers -- and provide a streetside spot to watch the 50th annual rodeo Saturday morning.

50TH LAKESIDE WESTERN DAYS PARADE APRIL 18

 

April 15, 2015 (Lakeside)--The 50th annual Lakeside Western Days Parade will roll out on Saturday, April 18th starting at 9:30 a.m. down Lakeside’s Maine Street.   This year’s theme is “There’s no place like home” and the grand marshal is Gita Morena, granddaughter of L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

FREE BIRD TOUR AT LAKESIDE'S RIVER PARK CONSERVACY APRIL 11

 

April 9, 2015 (Lakeside) – A two-hour guided hike at the Lakeside River Park will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to learn about birds of the San Diego River. Gail Sabbadini will lead the hike, identifying both year-round and migratory species.

FIRE CHARS MOTORHOME AND VEHICLES IN SANTEE

 

Photo courtesy of Heartland Fire & Rescue

April 8, 2015 (Santee) - A fire that began at a towing yard on Pioneer Way in Santee Monday evening spread to a nearby deli, NBC news reports.  The two-alarm blaze destroyed a motorhome and several other vehicles.

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