A proposed industrial solar farm in Lakeside’s scenic El Monte Valley is stirring up controversy. Property owner David Pressman/OCI Solar Lakeside has proposed to build a 40-acre solar photovoltaic project with approximately 8,500 solar panels on El Monte Road. OCI is a Korean company with holdings in the U.S.
A hearing on the plan is set for December 3rd at 6:30 p.m. before the Lakeside Community Planning Group at the Lakeside Community Center.
“Everyone I have talked to too is against it for many reasons.” says photographer Billy Ortiz. “My reason is El Monte Valley is and should always be a scenic corridor, period.” He posted photos of the proposed site and drew some strong responses.
November 15, 2014 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will host the 16th Annual Spirit of Christmas on Saturday, December 6th, 4pm to 9pm on Maine Avenue (between Parkside and Laurel) in Lakeside. This free, fun-filled family event will include a community tree lighting, visits with Santa, vendor booths, kids’ activities, food, music and entertainment by local bands & schools. Sponsorship opportunities and booth space are available. For more information, www.lakesidechamber.org or call (619) 561-1031.
November 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)- Cajon Valley, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, and Ramona’s school districts all had school bond measures on the ballot. Each bond measure needed 55% of the votes to pass. Lemon Grove’s school bond passed by a healthy margin. Lakeside’s school bond narrowly won approval. Cajon Valley and Ramona’s bonds appear to have failed by slim margins, though the Registrar of voters still has about 28,000 absentee and provisional ballots countywide left to count. Below are details.
October 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Forty people are under arrest following Operation Summer's End in Santee, Lakeside and unincorporated El Cajon, the Sheriff announced today. The probation checks were held from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11th. Operation Summer's End also included traffic stops and trolley patrols.
September 28, 2014 (Lakeside)--A 61-year old man was crushed by a skip loader tractor this morning in Lakeside. The Lakeside resident had been working with another man to excavate a pipe on Wildcat Canyon Road near Muth Valley Road when the tractor turned and the heavy load caused it to tip.
A free event hosted by Lakeside's River Park Conservancy
September 26, 2014 (Lakeside)- Project Wildlife will introduce you to the fascinating and unique world of bats on November 22 from 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m at Lakeside River Park. You can also meet Animal Ambassador Daisy, a Mexican Free-Tailed Bat in this indoor classroom located on Lakeside's River Park Property.
September 11, 2014 (Lakeside) -- The Barona Cultural Center and Museum invites San Diegans to learn the art of Southern California Style Pottery Making at a workshop led by Tony Soares. Pottery is one of the oldest forms of utilitarian objects used by the Kumeyaay/Diegueño people and other indigenous groups for the storage of water, food and seeds. Tony Soares will show participants how to grind and process raw clay, shape and build a pot, and then fire the final piece.
September 2, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – Just a few months ago, the future of Lake Jennings, in Lakeside appeared dire, with someHelix Water District board members ready to close it permanently or eliminate campgrounds. But a special committee was established to come up with solutions to save this resource for the public enjoyment--and the results are promising, based on a dramatic drop in losses and increasing use by the public.
The future of the lake is on the agenda this Wednesday at 6 p.m. at a special meeting of Helix Water District’s Board at 7811 University Avenue in La Mesa. (View full agenda: http://www.hwd.com/board/package090314.pdf)
August 30, 2014 (Lakeside) – Leon Thompson shot this tranquil shot of a sunset over the San Vicente Reservoir, with water level higher than in the past due to the largest dam height raising in America.
August 27, 2014 (Lakeside) – The Barona Band of Mission Indians invites San Diego to experience Native American dancing, music and cuisine at the 44th annual Barona Powwow at the Barona Indian Reservation’s recently renovated Sports Park. The celebration starts on Friday, August 29 with gourd dancing at 6 p.m. and grand entry at 7 p.m. and continues throughout the weekend on Saturday and Sunday, August 30-31, from 1 to 11 p.m.
August 25, 2014 (Lakeside)—Helix Water District’s Board of Directors voted 4-1 on August 20th to approve a settlement agreement with El Monte Canyon LLC and its successor, El Capitan Golf Club LLC. The settlement ends a six year dispute over plans for a water recharge project and wildlife habit in Lakeside’s El Monte Valley. It allows for sale of the property and some sand mining at the site, as well as habitat restoration.
August 18, 2014 (Lakeside) – A woman who crashed into a parked car in Lakeside, then fled the scene by jumping down 30 feet into a concrete drainage ditch, has been arrested and charged with drunken driving.
Photos: Mendez, left, from his Facebook page; Ingram, right, courtesy ECM news partner 10 News
August 3, 2014 (Lakeside) –A second body has been recovered from El Capitan Reservoir in Lakeside, following a boating collision Thursday. Russell Mendez, 20, and Jeffry Ingram, 21 were killed after a Nitro vessel struck the boat while they were fishing, ejecting both men into the water. Two men aboard the Nitro were treated for injuries and released.
August 1, 2014 (Lakeside)--A boat collision has claimed the life of at a 21-year-old man and injured two others at El Capitan Reservoir in Lakeside Thursday night. In addition a 20-year-old victim is missing after being ejected into the water. A search continues, with help from San Diego Lifeguards, Heartland Fire & Rescue and the San Diego Fire Rescue Department.
A witness told ECM news partner 10 News that a Nitro vessel was traveling at a high rate of speed when it slammed into a small boat that was adrift, plunging everyone on board into the water.
July 8, 2014 (Lakeside) - At Oak Oasis Preserve Campground in Lakeside, a free family campout and star party will be held on Friday night, July 25 through Saturday July 26. You’re invited to join members of the San Diego Astronomy Association and park staff, using telescopes to view stars and planets from 8 to 10 p.m. If you plan to campover, arrive by 7 p.m.on Friday to set up before sunset. (Note: Camping is only on Friday night.)
July 6, 2014 (San Diego's East County) -- Below are some of the newsworthy items on this week's agendas for boards, commissions and councils in East County. Taxes, electronic cigarettes and land use issues are among the hot topics to be discussed in these public meetings. You can find full agendas and meeting details at the websites for each local governing body.
June 13, 2013 (Lakeside) – On June 14 from 4-7 p.m. the Bucking Delorian restaurant in Lakeside will host a fundraiser for the Menegos family. Douglas Menegos was killed in a tragic car accident last week, after he was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver on Highway 67. He left behind his wife, Lisa, and two children, Kara and Jake.
June 6, 2014 (Lakeside) – You’re invited to share ideas, problems or concerns regarding County Government at a “Coffee with Constituents” hosted by Dianne Jacob, chairwoman of the County Board of Supervisors.
May 19, 2012 (Lakeside)—The East County Cailfornia Republican Assembly and the Lakeside Tea Party sponsored a joint event tonight at the Veterans for Foreign Wars post in Lakeside. The event had three Congressional candidates for three different districts, the 50th, 52nd, and 53rd.
Update 12 p.m. The Poinsettia Fire in Carlsbad is now 100% contained.
By Miriam Raftery
Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News
May 16, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) 9 a.m. --Escondido Police have arrested Isaiah Silva, 19, and a juvenile for arson, U-T San Diego reports. The arrests came after a citizen reporting seeing two people start a fire in a field near South Escondido Boulevard and another citizen reporting seeing arsonists start a blaze at Kit Carson Park. However, Lt. Mike Kearney has stated that the two suspects are not believed to have started any of the major wildfires currently burning in San Diego County.
Cause of the other fires countywide remain undetermined. There has been speculation in some media outlets of arson but officials have indicated the causes remain under investigation. An arson strike force has been assembled to investigate the fires.
Over 121,000 evacuation notices have been sent by officials and hundreds stayed in shelters overnight as numerous fires burned across the region.
May 4, 2014 (Lakeside)--The San Diego Sheriff's Department Santee Station is asking for the public's help in providing any information that would lead to the arrest of a suspect who threatened a man with a knife and robbed him in Lakeside.
On Saturday, May 3rd, at 9:22 p.m. the suspect approached the victim who was riding his bike home from a meeting in the unincorporated area of El Cajon on Los Coches Road near Interstate 8. The suspect ran up to the victim and brandished a knife with a 4-6 inch blade and demanded cash. The suspect left the area on foot northbound towards Lakeside.