Communities

LA MESA TAKES STEPS TO ADDRESS HEPATITIS OUTBREAK

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Washing hands for at least 20 seconds with soap is an important step you can take to prevent spread of Hepatitis A.

September 25, 2017 (La Mesa) – After the County’s emergency declaration over Hepatitis A,  ECM learned that eight cases have been reported in La Mesa and at least six cases in Santee. So we asked both cities what steps they are taking to  address this public health problem.

RANCHO SAN DIEGO LIBRARY TO HOST SIX AUTHORS, NINE BOOKS ON OCT. 7

 

By Frans Leppanen, San Diego County Library

September 25, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) -- Six San Diego County authors will appear at a two-hour Author Event, Saturday, October 7 at 2 p.m. at the Rancho San Diego Branch of the San Diego County Branch Library, located at 11555 Via Rancho San Diego, El Cajon, CA 92019.  Authors Oyuki Aguilar, Renee Barnes, Sarah Bates, Dr. RH Gutierrez, Suzette Valle, and Wanjiru Warama will discuss their books. A book signing and reception will follow the authors’ presentations, with copies of the books available for purchase.

LIBRARY WONDER WOMAN CELEBRATION "LASSOES" ALL AGES

 

By Jo Moreland

September 25, 2017 (Lakeside) -- Girls, boys, moms and dads celebrated the first Wonder Woman Day on Sept. 23 at the Lakeside Public Library!

More than 50 people filled the children’s section of the small San Diego County library at 9839 Vine St. Many girls wore Wonder Woman costumes.

LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY ART EXHIBIT FEATURES 45 PAINTINGS

 

East County News Service

 

September 26, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is hosting its current art exhibit featuring 45 paintings by Michael Dayon of La Mesa. The exhibit, ending Sept. 30, features Dayon’s paintings in a variety of media, including alkyd-oil, acrylic, gouache, graphite and mixed media. Also on display is Dayon’s “Fritz the Pearman” series (Fritz is Dayon’s “struggling artist” alter ego).

AFFORDABLE HOUSING DENSITY BONUS, DRAFT MARIJUANA ORDINANCE AND FERRETS ON LA MESA COUNCIL’S AGENDA TUESDAY

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 24, 2017 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa City Council will take up several hot issues at its meeting on Tuesday, September 26th at 6 p.m. The Council’s decision could make it easier for developers to increase density and decrease parking, create new marijuana regulations, and declare La Mesa a ‘ferret friendly” city.

A proposed change in meeting time and openings on several boards and commissions are also on the agenda.

FIRE AT SPRING VALLEY HOMELESS CAMP THREATENED CONDOS; HAZMAT CONSULTED AND FIRE CREWS DECONTAMINATED DUE TO HUMAN WASTE

 

East County News Service

 

September 24, 2017 (Spring Valley) – This morning around 1:30 a.m., San Miguel Fire District Engine 16 and Brush 14, along with San Diego and Bonita Fire, responded to a vegetation/trash fire at a homeless encampment near Spring Canyon Drive in Spring Valley.

DEERHORN VALLEY COMMUNITY YARD SALE SEPT. 30

 

East County News Service

September 27, 2017 (Deerhorn Valley) – Folks in Deerhorn Valley in the Jamul area are clearing out their sheds, barns and back acres for a community yard sale on Saturday, September 30th from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. 

The event will be held at McKinley’s Field at the corner of Elena Lane and Deerhorn Valley Road.

NEED WORK OR BIZ RESOURCES? LOVE VINTAGE PLANES? EAST COUNTY MANUFACTURING EXPO AND RESOURCE FAIR OCT. 3 AT ALLEN AIRWAYS FLYING MUSEUM

 

By Valerie Watts

September 24, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Have you ever wondered what kind of businesses are located in East County, and whether there is anything actually being manufactured here?  You can find out when the East County Economic Development Council is hosts its 2nd annual Manufacturing Expo and Resource Fair on October 3, 2017 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. at the Allen Airways Flying Museum in El Cajon (located at Gillespie Field). 

BACKCOUNTRY STRONG: SPAGHETTI DINNER TO SUPPORT JULIAN-CUYAMACA FIRE DISTRICT SEPT. 30

 

By Valerie Watts

September 24, 2017 (Julian) -- "Backcountry Strong!"  That's what the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District is, and wants you to know it!  The Julian Volunteer Fire Company Association and the Julian Fire Plugs will be holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser Saturday, September 30 at 5 p.m. at Station 56, located at 3407 Hwy 79 in Julian.  They will be accepting donations and offering spaghetti, garlic bread, salad and drinks.  They even have vegetarian options available.  There will be speakers and entertainment.

PAM GLOVER ENGLISH HIGH TEA OCT. 8 IN LEMON GROVE

 

By Helen Ofield

September 24, 2017 (Lemon Grove) - The Lemon Grove Historical Society will hold the annual Pam Glover English High Tea on Oct. 8 from 2 - 4 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove, in support of the 2018 Treganza History Essay Competition for Third Grade in Lemon Grove Schools. Tickets are $25/person for a lavish, four-course high tea, party favors and door prizes.

LA MESA RESIDENTS SHARE IDEAS FOR FUTURE OF MACARTHUR PARK: PARK APPRECIATION DAY IS OCT. 7

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 24, 2017 (La Mesa) — On August 9th, La Mesa residents filled the community center to share their ideas for revamping MacArthur Park, the former Sun Valley Golf Course site. The city is committed to keeping the area as a public park and unveiled a map where citizens could post colored dots and comments to show which ideas they favored or not, and why.

BOULEVARD CONSIDERS IMPACTS OF FUTURE GREEN ENERGY PROJECTS, INCLUDING REVIVAL OF EX-SOITEC SOLAR SITES

 

Two proposed solar projects have been revived under new owners

By Paul Kruze

Photo: Map shows site of Boulevard Solar, one of the two former Soitec projects back in the planning pipeline.

September 22, 2017 (Boulevard) -- Boulevard, CA is a small rural community located about 50 miles east of downtown San Diego on Interstate 8,  nary half-an-hour to the Anza Borrego Desert State Park.  While residents – a mix of retired people and younger people who work in San Diego but want to experience rural living – are able to experience the best of both worlds, the stark realities of modern life do punctuate the overall quiet and serene quality of this hamlet.

This was apparent at the Sept. 7th meeting of the Boulevard Planning Group, where the dominant topic was the main threat to the area’s rural atmosphere – the development of alternative energy projects, including the revival of two former Soitec Solar projects now moving forward under new ownership.

BOXER ARCHIE MOORE’S SON LEADS 1M PUNCHES FROM THE HEART EFFORT TO HELP AT-RISK YOUTHS

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

September 22, 2017 (El Cajon) - “Yes, we had a boxing glove shaped pool,” said Billy Moore, son of legendary boxer Archie Moore said during a 1M Punches from the Heart event in El Cajon over the weekend.  Archie, who died in in 1998 in San Diego and resided here with his family for parts of his life, was the longest reigning World Light Heavyweight Champion of all time from 1952-1962, He also trained Muhammad Ali, James Tillis, and George Forman.

EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL FACES RESIDENT CONCERNS OVER CITY-FINANCED SOLTERRA APARTMENT COMPLEX

 

By Paul Kruze   

September 22, 2017 (El Cajon) -- The El Cajon City Council faced some new concerns at its Tuesday, Sept. 12 meeting when attention was directed to Solterra, an apartment project built by a partnership of both Affirmed Housing and the City of El Cajon some five years ago. The complex, located at 131-155 Chambers Street near W. Main Street, is a 49-unit, senior affordable community offering one-and-two bedroom apartments to seniors ages 55 and up who earn 30-60% of area media income (AMI).

NEW SAN DIEGO COUNTY LIBRARY KIOSK REMAINS UNOPENED DUE TO HEAT AND DUST IN BOULEVARD

 

Update September 29, 2017 :  Jorgina Soto, San DIego County Library, advises that a soft ribbon cutting is now scheduled for October 16th, with a ribbon cutting slated for early December at a date to be arranged.

By Paul Kruze

Photo:  The San Diego County Library’s new and shiny library kiosk sits in the dark with a heavy cover until further notice.

September 22, 2017 (Boulevard) -- It is back to the drawing board for San Diego County Library officials, who had intended to debut a 24/7 automated library kiosk in front of the old Boulevard fire station at 39923 Ribbonwood in September. But due to unforeseen circumstances, a heavy cover will remain on the kiosk and residents are going to have to wait at least until mid-December before it will be operational.

RESORT TO NATURE AT 52ND ANNUAL BORREGO DAYS FESTIVAL AND PARADE OCT. 21-22

 

 

East County News Service

September 21, 2017 (Borrego Springs) - The 52nd Annual Borrego Days Desert Festival returns to showcase qualities that make Borrego Springs so unique as both a weekend getaway and a world all its own with beautiful weather, incredible star gazing, resorts, and the free Borrego Days Festival which kicks off Saturday, October 21 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and continues through Sunday, October 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

READER’S EDITORIAL: LAWSUIT AGAINST COUNTY OVER JULIAN HOUSING APPROVED ON PROTECTED AGRICULTURAL LAND SHOWS CORRUPTION OF LAND USE POLICIES IN SAN DIEGO

 

By Duncan McFetridge, Director, Cleveland National Forest Foundation

September 21, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - Cleveland National Forest Foundation’s lawsuit against the county’s attempt to subdivide the Hoskings ranch near Julian brings out three extremely important points:   

HISTORY ALIVE OCT. 5 TO FEATURE BAHA’I FAITH LEADERS IN LEMON GROVE

 

By Helen Ofield, Lemon Grove Historical Society

September 21, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – On Oct. 5 at 7 p.m., the 40th season of "History Alive" continues in the H. Lee House, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove, when Roberta Bulling and Prabakar Mahalingam (photo), leaders of the Baha'i faith in Lemon Grove, present the fascinating story of this major religion and its links to U. S. history.

CITY OF EL CAJON TAKES STEPS TO COMBAT SPREAD OF HEPATITIS A

 

Source:  City of El Cajon

September 20, 2017 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon has been working closely with the County of San Diego and other partners since the announcement of the recent Hepatitis A outbreak.  The City is taking an aggressive and proactive role in protecting the safety of the City’s residents and visitors. 

SENATOR ANDERSON SPEAKS SEPT. 27 AT LA MESA CHAMBER BREAKFAST

 

East County News Service

September 20, 2017 (La Mesa) – State Senator Joel Anderson will be the featured speaker at the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting on Wednesday, September 27 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Marie Callendar’s, 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego.

BOYS WATER POLO: COUGARS DOMINATE MONARCHS IN THE POOL

 

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September 20, 2017 (Spring Valley) - It was a showdown between two Spring Valley schools in the pool as 7-2 Steele Canyon boys water polo traveled to the other side of Spring Valley to take on the Monarchs, who are 1-2 to start the young season, but 0-1 in conference play, losing to West Hills in August.

SPRING VALLEY MARIJUANA DISPENSARY OWNER ARRESTED

 

Update September 22, 2017:  Tooma has pleaded not guilty, claiming he only owns a smoke shop next door, not Spring Valley Greens, Patch.com reports.

By Miriam Raftery

September 20, 2017 (Spring Valley) – The owner of Spring Valley Greens, an illegal marijuana dispensary also known as the Wax Room, has been arrested.  Steve Tooma, 35, has been charged with opening a drug house, criminal conspiracy, and possession of marijuana for sale at the dispensary located at 9925 Campo Road in the Casa de Oro neighborhood of Spring Valley.

WORLD-CLASS MUSICIANS HIGHLIGHT 2017 FALL CONCERT SERIES AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

 

East County News Service

September 20, 2017 (Rancho San Diego)--The 2017 edition of the Fall Concert Series at Cuyamaca College will include a trio of world-class musicians from as far away as New York who will perform the first in an ongoing calendar of classic concerts underwritten by a well-known patron of the arts.

BUGSY’S BREW, POPULAR COFFEE SHOP AND OPEN MIC VENUE, CLOSES DOORS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 19, 2017 (La Mesa) – Bugsy’s Brew Coffee shop ha s closed its doors, five years after opening at the corner of La Mesa Blvd. and Jackson Drive.   A note taped to the door informs customers of the closing over the weekend “with a heavy heart but great memories.”  Owner Dan Moran thanked patrons, adding, “I’m sorry for having to move on, but my family is in need and I just focus on remaining active in my children’s lives! Family first forever.  I will love and miss my time here…let’s stay positive and may our paths cross in the future.”

FIRST AMENDMENT LAWYERS CRITICIZE COUNCILMAN KALASHO FOR LAWSUIT THREATS AND INSULTS MADE TO UNION-TRIBUNE REPORTER

 

By Miriam Raftery

“His behavior is extraordinarily irresponsible. A public official should not be in the business of threatening groundless litigation over acts that are things that reporters do every day.”  -- David Snyder, executive director, First Amendment Coalition

September 19, 2017 (San Diego) – El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho sent emails to San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Jeff McDonald repeatedly calling the award-winning journalist a “troll” and threatening legal action after McDonald asked tough questions about Kalasho’s business dealings and apparent conflicts of interests.

SAN MIGUEL FIREFIGHTERS FLIPPING PANCAKES SATURDAY FOR A WORTHY CAUSE

 

Source: San Miguel Fire Department

September 19, 2017 (El Cajon) -- This Saturday September 23, San Miguel Fire District Firefighters will be flipping pancakes and serving breakfast in support of the San Miguel Firefighters Charitable Foundation.  The breakfast will be held at Fire Station 19 located at 1273 Clarendon Street in El Cajon from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

FIREFIGHTERS RAISE AND DISASSEMBLE LEXUS TO SAVE KITTEN TRAPPED UNDER ENGINE FOR 3 DAYS

 

Source: Stephen Moran, San Miguel Fire District

September 19, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) --  Adrienne Koroly had his Lexus parked outside his home in Morena Valley. On Saturday morning , he drove from Morena Valley to his parents home on San Vicente Blvd in the Casa De Oro area of Spring Valley. When he stepped out, he heard meowing—not a typical engine purr.

TWO DRIVERS INJURED IN 3-CAR COLLISION NEAR GROSSMONT COLLEGE

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 18, 2017 (El Cajon) – A Hyundai driver traveling 40 miles an hour rear-ended a Toyota Camry stopped ahead of her as she exited southbound State Route 125 at Grossmont College Drive at 9:10 this morning. The impact pushed the Toyota across SR-125, directly into the path of a Chevy Impala traveling 65 miles an hour.

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