By David Dickens
Photo, left by Randy Jordan: Mayor Bill Wells presents proclamation to Jimmie Johnson
June 17, 2014 (El Cajon)-- On this beautiful day in downtown El Cajon, friends, family, fans, and promoters gathered to pay honor to NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson.
By Janis Russell
June 12, 2014 (El Cajon)- The East County Chamber of Commerce had its Rancho San Diego and Jamul Business Roundtable at Hooley’s in El Cajon on Thursday May 29. Jesse Navarro, director of community relations from District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis’ office, and two representatives from the Sheriff’s office spoke about issues businesses and residents have been facing.
June 17, 2014 (El Cajon)—A film by Robert Reich, Inequality for all: On behalf of the middle class will be shown June 19 at the East County Democratic Club’s meeting. The film won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival and highlights economic inequality in America.
Hear the Destination East County segment on the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ 89.1 FM each Wed. and Fri. at 5:00 p.m. or listen online at www.EastCountyMagazine.org!
By Ariele Johannson
June 10, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--East County has plenty of activities to enjoy this weekend, including some designated for Father’s Day. However, many of the events this weekend might be interesting for Dad and the family to enjoy. Plus, we have a major festival in El Cajon that is number one on our list.
By Miriam Raftery
June 5, 2014 (El Cajon)--Six-time NASACAR Champion Jimmie Johnson will be returning to his hometown of El Cajon for a special tribute on Tuesday, June 17.
Weather permitting, the El Cajon City Council will hold a special celebration to recognize the hometown hero for his racing accomplishments—and also his philanthropic contributions to the community. The City is encouraging everyone to attend and show support for one of the racing world’s biggest stars.
June 2, 2014 (El Cajon)--World War II aircraft, paratroopers, mock aerial “dogfights” complete with fireworks, performance flying demonstrations — even an airplane racing a jet-car — will fill the skies and tarmac Saturday and Sunday at “AirShow San Diego” at Gillespie Field in El Cajon.
Community tailgate at SDG&E offices June 6 in El Cajon and July 7 in Chula Vista
East County News Service
June 4, 2014 (El Cajon)--SDG&E is going to have Community Tailgates at its branch offices, providing information on programs, services and solutions to your energy needs. Their partners, TechniArt, will be on hand offering 3 light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs for $10 (which is a $60 value) along with additional LED sizes.
LEDs use far less electricity, and because they don’t have a filament to burn out, they last up to five times longer than compact florescent bulbs. And LEDs offer a “cleaner” light than compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. The LEDs use so much less electricity and last so much longer that the cost savings over a traditional incandescent bulb is about $540 over the life of the bulb. That’s a solid return on the investment of $3.33 per bulb in this special offer.
May 31, 2014 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon is reviving the tradition of its former Friendship Festival with a new event called America on Main Street. The event promises to celebrate the tradition of ethnic diversity, also providing free family fun and live entertainment.
June 1, 2014 (El Cajon) – A man accused of stabbing his mother to death and wounding his 14-year-old brother shortly before 1 a.m. on Friday is under arrest.
May 29, 2014 (San Diego)--The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency recently announced that the number of pertussis cases reported in the San Diego County and throughout California has surged over the past few years.
May 23, 2014 (El Cajon)--A Lebanese cultural festival takes place this weekend from Friday, May 23 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and then on Saturday and Sunday, May 24 and 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at St Ephrem Catholic Church in El Cajon.
Authentic Lebanese foods will be served, such as hummus, falafel, shawarma, tabouleh, stuffed grape leaves, chicken kabob, and a wide assortment of gourmet sweets. Visitors can expect live music and dancing, folkloric performances, and a variety of booths with Lebanese specialties, a beer & wine garden, hookah bar, carnival rides, and raffle prizes.
By Miriam Raftery
May 15, 2014 (El Cajon)—El Cajon Police have arrested Virgil Dion Richmond, 25, who is charged with the stabbing murder of his mother, Diane Mosley, 59.
Mosely’s body was found inside her residence in the 800 block of Friendly Circle after officers responded to a 911 call of a possible stabbing.
May 15, 2014 (El Cajon)—“The recent wildfires reminds us about how important it is to work and play together and build relationships that help us to work together when there is hardship in our communities. We hope you will join us next week and recover, relax, and enjoy our Grip it And Rip it Golf Tournament. It is a great opportunity to rebuild relationships for everyone,” said Eric Lund with the East County Chamber of Commerce.
By Miriam Raftery
May 15, 2014 (El Cajon) – A man who tried to take his children from his estranged wife at gunpoint. Jose Albert Garcia, 34, later aimed his weapon at officers and has been shot in the chest, Lt. Tim Henton with the El Cajon Police reports.
Officers responded to a 911 call from Garcia’s estranged wife, who told officers he was at her door demanding that she give him their two children. Officers arrived and spoke with Garcia in the driveway, but he was “uncooperative” and refused to follow orders, Lt. Henton said. “He showed officers that he had a gun in his waistband, and eventually drew the gun.”
A new music video will be premiered Saturday, May 10 at Grossmont College during a "Give the Dream" celebration with food and fun for the whole family.
The free event hosted by the Foundation for Grossmont & Cuyamaca Colleges is being held from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and will include rock climbing, dunk tanks, face-painting and food trucks. The festivities will also feature the premiere of a 4-minute music video filmed on the Grossmont and Cuyamaca campuses and which includes footage of students, faculty and community members.
By Janis Russell
May 5, 2014 (La Mesa)- At a Proposition H executive briefing held on April 25 by Grossmont Hospital, community leaders in San Diego and East County showed up to learn more about the measure, which will be on the upcoming June ballot. The measure seeks to extend Grossmont Healthcare District’s leae agreement with Sharp Healthcare at Grossmont Hospital for 30 years, until 2051.
By Miriam Raftery
April 24, 2014 (El Cajon) – By a unanimous vote, El Cajon’s City Council on Tuesday voted to grant $10,000 to fund the San Diego Youth Choir, a multi-racial, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural community youth choir based in El Cajon. The group’s mission statement is to empower young leaders through musical excellence. It’s mantra is “Empowering San Diego County youth, one note at a time.”
“What it really is, is an investment in children’s future,” Councilman Gary Kendrick told East County Magazine. “$10,000 today could save us $100,000 tomorrow in police costs and property crimes.” He added that performing together also builds self-confidence and a sense of accomplishment, as well as forging bonds that can last a lifetime. “My son still has close friendships in Hollywood that started when he was in Christian Youth Theater in San Diego,” Kendrick recalled.
The San Diego Youth Choir (www.youthchoirsd.org) aims to be housed in a central location in El Cajon with state of the art rehearsal space, practice rooms, dance rooms, and a recording studio.
By Miriam Raftery
April 19, 2014 (El Cajon) – Egon Karl Vanderlee, 52, of El Cajon has been identified by the San Diego County Medical Examiner as the victim who died in a fatal collision on April 11. The accident occurred at the westbound State Route 94 transition to southbound State Route 15 at 5:25 p.m.
By Miriam Raftery
April 19, 2014 (El Cajon ) – More than $45,000 was raised at this year’s Morning Glory Brunch, held on April 12 at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center in El Cajon to benefit the center’s innovative programs helping the developmentally disabled.
A highlight of the occasion included the ever-popular frog race, which had more than 500 entries this year vying for prizes. St. Madeleine’s swim team helped the plastic frog “contestants” along, kicking and splashing at the edge of the pool, while a “frog princess” at the opposite end declared the official winners.
View a video of the frog race: http://youtu.be/o6kFCc-V2Uk
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April 19, 2014 (Lemon Grove) - Continuing this season's theme, "immigrant history alive right now," the Lemon Grove Historical Society will present Warda Yonan on the "History Alive" lecture series on May 1 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove.
April 18, 2014 (El Cajon)--The Farragut Circle Health & Safety Fair will be held Sat., May 3rd, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 500 Farragut Circle, El Cajon.
April 16, 2015 (El Cajon) – Homegrown live music from seven bands with a diverse mix of styles will be coming to Cuyamaca College with the return of the Coyote Music Festival from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Now in its sixth year, the free outdoor festival has retained its eclectic vibe, with a host of young talent playing everything from coffeehouse acoustic pop to Tejano rock. The mostly young crew of volunteers is a reminder that the event is actually a class assignment for students enrolled in Music Industry Studies, a transfer degree program unique locally to Cuyamaca College that focuses on the practical aspects of developing careers in the music industry.
April 14, 2014 (El Cajon) - El Cajon Valley Host Lions are preparing for their fund-raising "Gunsmoke IV" night, Saturday, May 17 at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon. The evening activities will take place from 6-10 pm and is billed as a "Night of Gamblin' 'n Carousin' in an Old West Saloon. The Winchester Widows are assisting the Lions in the presentation and are pictured with members of the club in making preparations for the extravaganza.
April 12, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Ariele Johannsen snapped this photo of Joel Talmadge from El Cajon. Talmadge is proud to live in East County – so to show off his East County spirit, he’s tattooed the words “East County” onto his arm.
By Miriam Raftery
Updated April 11, 2014 (El Cajon) – By a unanimous vote, the El Cajon City Council on Tuesday asked the City Manager to prepare a request for proposal for groups seeking to rent or lease space at the East County Performing Arts Center.
The theater has been closed for several years, in need of major repairs. Recently Council voted to allocate funds for renovations and is now moving forward to attract additional tenants in hopes of reopening the theater next year.
But some community members testified that they believe the city should first make good on its promise to hire a professional theater management company, before making commitment to lock in time blocks for groups such as the Rock Church, which wants to use the theater for church services on Sundays.
April 9, 2014 (El Cajon)-At a special ceremony held last month, Katy Chapman received the California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS) District 12 (San Diego and Imperial Counties) Part-Time Recognition Award. Chapman, a Recreation Specialist with the City of El Cajon’s Recreation Department, was recognized for her years of dedication, enthusiasm, professionalism, and willingness to go above and beyond in her service to the organization and the community. At the April 8 City Council meeting, the Mayor and Council congratulated her on this prestigious award.
April 6, 2014 (El Cajon)—Cajon Classic Cruises returns, showcasing classic vehicles each Wednesday night starting April 23 and continuing through October 29.
Photo: Surveillance video shows DMV employee accepting cash from license applicant.
February 25, 2014 (El Cajon) --You could call this scam a license to steal, and it certainly was—until it all came crashing down on the corrupt state employees and their accomplices who were selling California driver’s licenses for cash.
April 2, 2014 (El Cajon )--The City of El Cajon, Stoney’s Kids, Boys & Girls Club of East County and Foresters will join organizers from KaBOOM! (a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring all kids get the balance of active play they need to thrive) at the Wells Park on Thursday, April 3 to kick off design plans for a one-of-a-kind playground.
By Robert Clark
April 6, 2014 (El Cajon)--The recent spate of earthquakes in our area may have been triggered by an explosion at El Cajon Superior Court on March 25, when the prosecution's case against Kassim Alhimidi blew up during a hearing concerning pre-trial motions. The trial began April 1, and testimony has strongly confirmed an opinion I formed some time ago that the evidence against Alhimidi is so shaky an immediate acquittal would be in order.