Communities

SHERIFF RESCUES 8 HIKERS AT THREE SISTERS FALLS

 

Story and photos by Miriam Raftery

June 18, 2017 (Cleveland National Forest) – Days after the Sheriff’s department issued an advisory urging hikers to avoid the Three Sisters Falls and Cedar Creek Falls trails during the current excessive heat warning, the department had to rescue eight hikers in distress on the Three Sisters Falls trail in Cleveland National Forest Saturday afternoon.

SHARP GROSSMONT HOSPITAL SENIOR RESOURCE PROGRAMS JULY 2017

 

Source: Sharp Grossmont Hospital

June 17, 2017 (La Mesa) - The Senior Resource Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital offers free educational programs and health screenings each month. The Senior Resource Center also provides information and assistance for health information and community resources. For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit our web site at www.sharp.com.

CAR BURGLARY SUSPECT SHOT BY HOMEOWNER, SETS FIRE TO PROPERTY

 

East County News Service

June 17, 2017 (Boulevard) – Anthony Saldana, 29, has been arrested after a rampage at a home in the 3400 block of Crestwood Road in Boulevard.  Fox 5 news reports that the 85-year-old homeowner spotted the suspect trying to steal his car around 4 a.m. and ordered him to leave.   

ALPINE COMMUNITY PLAN UPDATE: PUBLIC PREVIEW AT MEETING JUNE 27

 

East County News Service

June 17, 2017 (Alpine) -- The County of San Diego, Department of Planning & Development Services (PDS) would like to invite you to the first public meeting for the Alpine Community Plan update. This initial meeting will provide an overview of the scope of the update and include an opportunity for stakeholders to provide preliminary input related to existing conditions. The meeting will be held a the Alpine Community Center (1830 Alpine Blvd., Alpine, CA 91901) on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. 

ALPINE WOMEN'S CLUB OFFERS COMMEMORATIVE TILES

 

East County News Service

June 17, 2017 (Alpine) - This is an opportunity to be a part of Alpine’s history by purchasing a Commemorative Tile that will be displayed at the Historic Town Hall.

 

The tiles measure 4 x 4 inches and the cost is $250 per tile. On your tile you can have your name, children’s names, business name, dedicate a memorial tile for a loved one, or just be imaginative. The proceeds from the sale of these tiles go to the maintenance of the Town Hall.

SHERIFF WARNS AGAINST HIKING TWO POPULAR TRAILS DURING EXTREME HEAT

 

Source:  San Diego County Sheriff's Department

June 17, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - An excessive heat watch is in effect for the desert areas of San Diego County.  With temperatures soaring to dangerous levels, the Sheriff's Department is reminding the public to take precautions when doing outdoor activities.  

ALCOHOL, MARIJUANA LAW TO DEBUT IN LEMON GROVE PARKS

 

New law goes into effect July 7; summer concerts and movies in parks to begin soon

Source:  East County Community Change Project

June 17, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- Alcohol and marijuana are about to be prohibited at Lemon Grove’s eight city parks, just in time for summer family fun, according to city officials. The city council voted unanimously in May to take local control and make parks off limits to the use of marijuana in any form and all alcohol. While California’s new law under Prop. 64 makes recreational marijuana use legal for adults over 21, it is not legal to do so in public places. The council thought it was important enough to include it in the law.

LEMON GROVE EXPLORING NEW REVENUE OPTIONS: BUDGET IS ON TUESDAY’S AGENDA

 

By Jonathan Goetz

June 17, 2017 (Lemon Grove) - The Lemon Grove City Council is expected to approve a 1% or $139,990 increase to a general fund of $13,153,490 for the 2017-18 fiscal year this Tuesday, June 20. As last year’s tax revenue was lower than anticipated, the actual increase, if projections are accurate, is $704,000 or 6%.

SAVOR FATHER’S DAY AT RAMONA RANCH WINERY WITH A TRI-TIP FEAST

 

East County News Service

June 17, 2017 (Ramona) – Ramona Ranch Winery invites you to savor a relaxing afternoon on their terrace, where they will treat you to a special Father’s Day menu prepared by John Little Catering this Sunday, June 18th from 12 to 5 p.m.  Your feast includes grilled tri-tip with savory baked beans, corn on the cob, artisan bread and garden salad.

Also enjoy live music by singer-songwriter and acoustic guitar player Alyssa Walker from 2 to 5 p.m.

OWNER OF JEROME’S FURNITURE DONATES 60 MATTRESSES TO HOMELESS FAMILIES AT EAST COUNTY TRANSITIONAL LIVING CENTER IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

June 17, 2017 (El Cajon) - Jerry Navarro, owner of Jerome’s Furniture,  personally delivered 60 mattresses to the East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC), where he was joyfully greeted by dozens of homeless children.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: PHOTOGRAPHERS CAPTURE MOMENTS OF LOCAL BEAUTY

 

Winners named in annual Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest

Source:  Helix Water District

June 16, 2017 (Santee) - Have you ever imagined the beauty of intense light sparkling from a rippled lake surface?  Or the majesty of birds in flight, riding a cool breeze just inches above a glass-smooth body of water?  Twenty-four photographers captured these images and many more and entered them in Helix Water District’s Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest.     

AIRBORNE DRIVER LANDS IN RIVER BED IN SANTEE, SUSTAINS SERIOUS INJURIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  File photo, Mission Gorge Road along San Diego River bed in vicinity of where the crash occurred.

June 16, 2017 (Santee) – A driver suspected of being under the influence of alcohol has sustained serious injuries in a freak accident at 2:45 a.m.   The woman, 28, drove her Toyota Yaris sedan north on State Route 125 and went straight through a T-intersection at Mission Gorge Road, becoming airborne.

BARONA CULTURAL CENTER AND MUSEUM PRESENTS WAY OUT IN THE DESERT: STORY TIME AND CRAFT EVENT AT LAKESIDE LIBRARY JUNE 24

 

East County News Service

June 15, 2017 (Lakeside) - The Barona Cultural Center & Museum invites kids in grades K-2 and their parents to listen to the book Way Out in the Desert and take an exciting musical tour of the Sonoran Desert as part of the latest Keyip! Kechuw! (Listen! Make!) Native American themed story time and craft event on Saturday, June 24 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Keyip! Kechuw! is a free monthly program designed to inspire young children to read, have fun learning, and get creative. The events are held at the Lakeside Library located at 9839 Vine Street.

EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL APPROVES AID FOR EMERGENCY SHELTER AND CONSIDERS PROPOSALS TO HELP HOMELESS; RESIDENTS EXPRESS CONCERN ABOUT COUNCILMEMBER’S BEHAVIOR

 

By Paul Kruze

June 15, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Aiding El Cajon’s homeless population, disruption of a neighborhood by occupants of a house allegedly inhabited by drug users, and licensing of a new adult daycare center near El Cajon’s city center were the main topics discussed by the El Cajon City Council at its bi-monthly hearings on June 13th.  In addition, a budget workshop was held earlier  to consider El Cajon’s fiscal 2017-2018 preliminary annual budget.  Councilmember’s Ben Kalasho’s concept to draw down El Cajon’s sales tax to 7.75% drew strong broad opposition, with critics arguing it would devastate law enforcement and fire protection in the city.

“COOKIE CLUB COLLECTIVE” POT SHOP RAIDED IN SPRING VALLEY

 

East County News Service

June 15, 2017 (Spring Valley) – The Sheriff’s SWAT team and Rancho San Diego Crime Suppression Team, along with Sheriff’s deputies, served a search warrant at the Cookie Club Collective marijuana dispensary at 8783 Troy Street in Spring Valley. The warrant was the result of numerous complaints from concerned citizens about the illegal dispensary, says Sergeant Matt Cook.

LA MESA’S FIRST CHICK-FIL-A RESTAURANT OPENS JUNE 22: FIRST 100 PEOPLE IN LINE WILL WIN YEAR’S SUPPLY OF CHICK-FIL-A MEALS

 

First 100 Campout participants to pack 10,000 meals benefitting a local organization

East County News Service

June 15, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Franchise owner Rick Preciado will open the La Mesa Chick-fil-A restaurant on June 22, bringing 100 new jobs and the chance for the first 100 eligible adults to win free Chick-fil-A for a year while also packaging 10,000 meals for the hungry as they count down to the opening.

EXTREME HEAT WAVE HITS FRIDAY

 

East County News Service

June 14, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - A long duration heat wave is forecast to develop across the deserts in southern California beginning Friday and lasting through much of next week.  How hot could it get?  Temperatures could reach 114 degrees in Palm Springs.  Here in San Diego County, Borrego Springs could hit 108 degrees, Ramona 96 degrees and Alpine 94 degrees.

MARTINA MCBRIDE OPENS VIEJAS CONCERTS IN THE PARK SEASON JULY 2, SHOWS RUN THROUGH SEPTEMBER

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 14, 2017 (Alpine) – Viejas Casino and Resort has lined up chart-toppers from every genre, past and present for its summer-long open air concerts in the park.  The season opens with country music superstar sensation Martina McBride on July 3rd.

CAJON DE ORO LITTLE LEAGUE TEAM WINS TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 14, 2017 (Mount Helix) – The Cajon De Oro Little League’s majors team has won the Tournament of Champions President’s Cup–tops among 16 East County leagues.

The Cajon De Oro league, celebrating its 60th season, includes players ages 10-12 who live in the Mount Helix, Casa de Oro and El Cajon communities and is home-based at Mosher Field on Mount Helix.

SEX OFFENDER BACK IN CUSTODY

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 14, 2017 (Santee) – Just one day after the Sheriff’s Department sent a notice alerting Santee residents of sex offender Michael Bauer’s release into the community, he was arrested again today for violating his parole terms.  The Sheriff’s Department has not provided details on the nature of the parole violation.

HELIX REMOVES LAST LARGE SEGMENT OF CAST IRON PIPE FROM CITY OF LEMON GROVE

 

Source:  Helix Water District

Photo:  from right: Helix Boardmember Mark Gracyk, who represents Lemon Grove, Boardmember DeAna Verbeke, Board President Joel Scalzitti and Lemon Grove assistant city manager and public works director Mike James.  Via Helix Water District

June 13, 2017 (Lemon Grove) - Helix Water District Board President Joel Scalzitti operated the excavator this morning, lowering a segment of PVC pipe into the trench at the corner of Mt. Vernon Avenue and Golden Avenue in Lemon Grove.  The pipe was signed by the Lemon Grove City Council and Helix board members, and its installation marks the removal of the last large segment of cast iron pipe in the water distribution system serving the city of Lemon Grove.

RANCHO SAN DIEGO LIBRARY TO HOLD INDEPEDENCE DAY CELEBRATION ON JULY 1ST

 

East County News Service

June 13, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) -- Families and folks of all ages are welcomed to the Rancho San Diego Library at 11555 Via Rancho San Diego for their annual Celebrate the USA event, an old-fashioned Fourth of July festival. This event will be taking place Saturday, July 1st  from 11am-1pm, and is free for all ages. As part of the event, the Friends of the Rancho San Diego Library will be holding a half-price book sale in the library courtyard from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

PASSAGES: GORDON BOSMA, RETIRED POSTAL UNION LEADER AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER

 

East County News Service

June 13, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Gordon Bosma, a long-time resident of East County, died on May 29, 2017.   Bosma was a retired United States postal worker.  While working there, he led his local union, American Postal Workers, AFL-CIO.

SANTANA HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER FIGHTS RARE FORM OF LEUKEMIA IN ADULTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 13, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) — Family members of Santana High School teacher Janelle Pasquale Garrison are asking help to cover medical bills as she battles an acute form of leukemia that rarely occurs in adults.

CELEBRATING VALERIE VICTOR’S GOLDEN JUBILEE JUNE 25

 

50 years as organist/pianist at The Table:  United Church of Christ of La Mesa

By Mary Domb Mikkelson

June 13, 2017 (La Mesa) -- A national treasure right in our midst-- that’s the incomparable Valerie Victor, organist/pianist at The Table:  United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM).

Born in National City (as were her mother and grandmother), Valerie was seven when she started to play the piano, eight when her elementary school music teacher asked that she not return to class – it was “too easy” for her.  Taken on as the teacher’s private student for the next seven years, young Valerie thrived.  Another teacher followed, working with her for the next 25 – 30 years.  Once a month a “bonus” was added:  organ lessons. 

EAST COUNTY CHALDEAN CHAMBER LOSES TRADEMARK; DETROIT-BASED CHALDEAN CHAMBER OPENS OFFICES HERE

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 13, 2017 (El Cajon ) -- The U.S.  Patent and Trademark Office has issued an order cancelling Ben Kalasho’s trademark for the San Diego-East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce name.  The Trademark Trial and Appeal Board held that the trademark caused confusion with the Chaldean  American Chamber of Commerce based in Detroit, which has been using the name since 2001. 

The board held that the trademarks were similar and that the local group used the entirety of the Detroit group’s name in its branding.

Kalasho founded and served as President of the local Chamber before stepping down earlier this year to avoid conflcts of interest after his election to the El Cajon City Council.  Kalasho’s wife, Jessica, currently serves as President.

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