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HEARTLAND FIRE TRAINING FACILITY CHAMBER MIXER- THIS THURSDAY, MARCH 28 IN EL CAJON

By Caprice Harrison

March 26, 2013 (El Cajon) – Heartland Fire Training Facility hosts a, “Joint Chamber Mixer” this Thursday, March 28, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., located at 1301 North Marshall Avenue, El Cajon.

Join Chambers from throughout the East County to learn about the facility that provides ongoing fire training for the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Santee; the fire protection districts of Alpine, Bonita, Lakeside and San Miguel, San Diego County Fire Authority, Barona and Viejas.

DINE WITH YOUR DOG AT CHEF MICHAEL’S® FOOD TRUCK FOR DOGS MARCH 14 IN POWAY

 

March 9, 2013 (Poway)--In today’s 24-7 world, it’s easier than ever to take your dog for granted.  Chances are quality bonding time is now a simple bowl of food in the morning, a short walk around the block, and maybe, if they’re lucky, a quick scratch of the belly. 

“Where’s the love? Where’s the togetherness? It’s time to recreate the magic and make a dinner date with your dog!” says Samantha Colla with Chef Michael's, who will be serving up food for you and your dog on Thursday, March 14 from 5-8 p.m. at Innovations Academy, 10380 Spring Canyon Road in San Diego.  

SEED BALLS AND SPIRAL HERBS TAKE ROOT AT IRC-KAISER COMMUNITY GARDEN IN EL CAJON

 

By Janis Mork

February 25, 2013 (El Cajon)- Last Saturday was a celebration of community gardens in El Cajon where the public was invited to different garden events around El Cajon. At the IRC-Kaiser community garden at 203 Travelodge Drive, Anne Barron, community garden coordinator from the International Rescue Committee, gave the public a complete tour of the garden.  Still in the production stage, the garden is set to open in mid-March.

INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE PREPARES FOR COMMUNITY GARDEN

 

By Janis Mork

February 19, 2013 (El Cajon)- The International Rescue Committee has partnered with Kaiser Permanente in El Cajon to open up a community garden for El Cajon residents, who wish to become gardeners by filling out a contract, to grow their food.

Anne Barron, community garden coordinator, gave ECM a tour of the garden, which is expected to open up in mid-March. The community garden is located at 203 Travelodge Drive in El Cajon. 

EL CAJON GOES DOWN ROCKY ROAD WITH OFFICIAL INVOLVEMENT IN CHURCH GROUNDBREAKING AND WORSHIP EVENT

 

By Paul Kruze

A Special Report for East County Magazine

February 26, 2013 (El Cajon)--The City of El Cajon may once again be walking down a rocky road of church and state separation issues with the announced participation of the El Cajon Police and Fire Departments as “special guests” at the groundbreaking of Rock Church’s newest location on Saturday, March 9 near Parkway Plaza on Jackman street. The invitation also includes “prayer and worship” at the newly-leased space.

COMMUNITY GARDEN DAY IN EL CAJON FEB. 23

 

February 17, 2013 (El Cajon)--Feb. 23, 2012 is a Day of Celebrating Community Gardens in El Cajon. Events are scheduled throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at different gardens and venues. Please see attached flyer.

At 11 a.m. there will be a grand opening celebration at Circle Community Garden, 476 Highland at Farragut Circle. We will celebrate with a ribbon cutting at 10:55, short speeches by dignitaries, introduction of committee and Master Gardeners. Cake then will be served and Master Gardener Joyce Gemmell and others will be there to answer gardening questions.

COUNCIL UNANIMIOUSLY VOTES TO EXPEND FUNDS FOR LA MESA VILLAGE PARKING GARAGE FEASIBILITY STUDY

 

By Janis Mork

February 18, 2013 (La Mesa)- At the La Mesa City Council meeting Tuesday, Paul Marra, senior principal from Keyser Marston Associates Inc., and Stephen Cook from Fehr and Peets  gave a presentation on the La Mesa Village Parking garage.

 Bill Chopyk, La Mesa community development director, advised that staff recommended that the Council establish the parking in-lieu fee to “provide an incentive to develop downtown.” Developers would pay this fee into a fund in lieu of providing required parking on site, and the fees can be used to provide centralized public parking, (http://www.mapc.org/resources/parking-toolkit/strategies-topic/fees-lieu).

LA MESA TOWN HALL MEETINGS DRAW PACKED HOUSES

 

By Jake Christie

February 13, 2013 (La Mesa)—At its March meeting, La Mesa’s City Council will take up issues raised by residents  in a pair of community meetings last month. This is a tradition that has gone on for five years. 

Council members listened to the questions, complaints, and comments of concerned citizens at the meetings held January 15 and 17 in auditoriums at Lemon Avenue Elementary School and the La Mesa Middle School, where the crowds were standing-room -only at times.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH COMMEMORATIONS FILL CALENDARS AT CUYAMACA, GROSSMONT COLLEGES

 

Photos by Phu Nguyen/Cuyamaca College photographer

February 9, 2013 (El Cajon)-- A library exhibit featuring John Robert Clifford, a seminal figure in African American history and a forefather of a Cuyamaca College administrator, and a stepping demonstration by members of a historically black fraternity are part of the commemoration of Black History Month at Cuyamaca College.

Danene Brown, interim vice president of instruction at Cuyamaca College, poses next to a campus library exhibit about her great-great-great uncle, John Robert “J.R.” Clifford, a seminal figure in African American history. The display is part of the college’s commemoration of Black History Month.

SENATE APPROPRIATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE RECEIVES FEEDBACK IN SAN DIEGO HEARING ON IMPLEMENTING PROP. 39’S $2.5 BILLION

 

Framework to Advance Jobs, Schools & our Environment

January 30, 2013 (San Diego)--To initiate implementation discussions about Proposition 39 passed by the voters, Senate Appropriations Chair Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) convened the Subcommittee on Fiscal Oversight and Bonded Indebtedness in San Diego on Friday, January 25, Joining Senator De León on the dais were Senate Appropriations Committee member Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) and San Diego representatives Senator Marty Block, and Assembly members Toni Atkins and Ben Hueso. Panelists from education, labor, business and environmental organizations outlined pitfalls to avoid when spending the more than $2 billion in energy efficiency funds generated by the initiative.

MISS EL CAJON AND MISS RANCHO SAN DIEGO CONTESTANTS SOUGHT

 

January 27, 2013 (El Cajon)--Young women between the ages of 10 and 24 who would like to represent the City of El Cajon or the communities of Rancho San Diego are encouraged to participate in the 2013 Miss El Cajon Pageant.

“The pageant is a rewarding experience for all who participate, with the chance to win a scholarship and to serve our community for an entire year,” a press statement for the event states.

EAST REGION RESIDENT LEADERSHIP ACADEMY STARTS SOON

 

January 27, 2013 (El Cajon)--The El Cajon Collaborative invites you to join the East Region Resident Leadership Academy starting in late January, continuing every Thursday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.  This free, 14-week course will give you the knowledge and skills you need to become a leader in the community.

CLAIM YOUR EITC DOLLARS: IT’S EASY AND FREE

$10 Million Returned to San Diegans in 2012

January 25, 2012 (San Diego)--County officials and community partners kick off the 2013 campaign to help low-income families and individuals boost their federal tax refunds by taking advantage of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and applying for CalFresh (food stamps). 

From Jan. 30 through April 15, hundreds of volunteers and college students will file income taxes for free at nearly 100 sites across the County. They will also screen families to determine if they qualify for CalFresh benefits. Residents can call 2-1-1 for more information. 

ALPINE PLANNING GROUP AGENDA FOR JANUARY 24 ANNOUNCED

Equine ordinance and Ewiiaapaayp rezoning request among agenda items

January 17, 2013 (Alpine) – The Alpine Community Planning Group will meet on Thursday, January 24 at 6 p.m. in the Alpine Community Center.

A County representative will be on hand to discuss the County’s proposed Equine Ordinance for horse owners.  The Ewiiaapaayp band of Kumeyaay Indians will send a representative to request rezoning of a parcel to “rural commercial” designation.  The agenda also includes cell phone site modification requests from Sprint and AT&T, and more.  For the full Agenda, read more. 

SIX-WEEK SERIES OF DOCENT TRAINING CLASSES FOR KNOX HOUSE MUSEUM IN EL CAJON BEGIN TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2013.

January 2, 2013 (El Cajon)—If you love history and want to learn more, volunteer opportunities are now open for Knox House Museum docents in El Cajon. Pre-registration of $37 is required for docent training classes covering the area’s post-Civil War settlement in 1869 to Cityhood in 1912.

Training sessions are led by Knox Curator, historian and author Eldonna Lay, who will provide overviews of national, regional and local history. Settler descendants and experts in specific subjects will present in-depth information featuring the Importance of the San Diego & Arizona Railroad, family and business reasons for relocating to the Valley and the elevated stature of gifted teachers and world and nationally famous entertainers and writers in El Cajon’s early decades.

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR EL CAJON CITIZEN OF THE YEAR; DEADLINE FOR NOMINEES IS DECEMBER 21

December 13, 2012 (El Cajon ) -- Since 1955, El Cajon's civic, service, and fraternal organizations have helped to select an El Cajon “Citizen of the Year” from the many people in El Cajon who contribute to the city through years of volunteer civic and community service. Anyone may make a nomination for this year's Citizen of the Year award by the December 21, 2012 deadline. This award is for volunteer (un-paid) service to the community which benefits the city and residents of El Cajon.  Applicants for El Cajon Citizen of the year need not live within the city limits of El Cajon, but must live in East County.

CHALDEAN LEADERS PRESENT 300 TOYS FOR NEEDY CHILDREN IN EL CAJON

December 13, 2012 (El Cajon) – Two community leaders,  Hani Daymia, President of the Chaldean American Association, and Ben Kalasho today donated 300 toys for children in East County to brighten their holiday season.

The Chaldean American Association is a social club located in El Cajon. Chaldean Americans represent 38% of El Cajon’s population, a segment that continues to grow each year. Daymia is the current president of the Chaldean American Association and has been a leading advocate for community involvement and outreach.

SAN DIEGO HOSPICE PROVIDES GRIEF SUPPORT DURING HOLIDAY SEASON

Grief experts provide tips on coping with the holidays after the loss of a loved one

November 25, 2012 (San Diego) -- Signs of the approaching holiday season have descended upon the general public through vibrant store displays, jingling television and radio commercials, and a rush of decorative party invitations from employers, friends and family.  

ECM’S NONPROFIT PUBLISHER, HEARTLAND COALITION, HONORED BY U.S. DEPT. OF COMMERCE’S MINORITY BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

Story and photos by I.C.  Jimenez

November 8, 2012 (San Diego)--Heartland Coalition has received the prestigious “Service Firm of The Year” award by the Minority Business Development Agency.  The award, presented October 25 in Riverside, recognizes individuals and organizations that have demonstrated leadership and commitment in advancing minority business enterprises.  The MBDA theme for this year is “Build it here-sell it everywhere.”

OTAY WATER DISTRICT SEAT 2: MITCH THOMPSON MAKES CASE FOR REELECTION

October 23, 2012 (Otay) -- Three candidates are running for Otay Water District’s seat 2. ECM sent questionnaires to all three candidates. Only the incumbent, Mitch Thompson, responded. Thompson was appointed to fill a vacancy and his answers are below. Other candidates are David Krogh, a business financial analyst, and Tracy Lopez, an immunization program manager. 

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

September 27, 2012  --  (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

LOCAL/REGIONAL

  • County hires planning director from bankrupt city (UT)
  • Census: El Cajon Has Highest Poverty Rates In San Diego County (KPBS)
  • Blaze roared through quiet community like a freight train (UT San Diego)
  • Turko tackles Alpine Boulevard construction woes (KUSI)
  • Judicial race pits establishment against Tea Party (North CountyTimes)
  • Will San Onofre outage mean relief for ratepayers? (UT San Diego)
  • Pattern Energy: The bad stuff just goes on and on (Hawaii Free Press)
  • Prolific disabled access lawyer to be disbarred (UT)
  • San Diego’s median income drops (Fox 5)
  • Pensions fall well below 80% funding level (UT San Diego)
  • Could bullying be behind Ramona boy’s suicide? (10 News)

STATE

  • Watchdog group faults states’ inspection of oil, gas wells (Los Angeles Times)
  • Jerry Brown signs two-year reprieve for state parks (Sacramento Bee)
  • Jerry Brown signs bill allowing same-day voter registration (Sacramento Bee)
  • Gov. Brown signs 18 bills to help veterans, families (Sacramento Bee)

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

EFFORT AIMS TO BRING BACK PACE CLEAN ENERGY PROGRAM, ALLOW HOMEOWNERS TO FINANCE UP-FRONT SOLAR COSTS THROUGH PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS

September 18, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Sierra Club Desert Committee has launched a campaign to help bring back the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program, which allows homeowners to finance rooftop solar installations through property tax assessments.   This link enables you to submit comments in support of PACE to the Federal Housing Finance Authority:  

LILY SCHWORM RUNS TO LEGALIZE CHICKENS, CUT SOCIAL SERVICES IN EL CAJON

By Miriam Raftery

September 11, 2012 (El Cajon ) – Lily Schorm, a teacher, learned some lessons while attending El Cajon City Council meetings. Now she’s among seven candidates running for three Council seats in November.

“It’s illegal to have chickens in El Cajon,” says Schworm, in an exclusive interview with ECM.  She has been working to persuade the City Council to legalize chicken ownership.  During that process, she saw Council  approve expenditures that she considered wasteful.

MEET AND GREET WITH LEMON GROVE COUNCIL CANDIDATE LOU MELENDEZ SEPT 16

September 8, 2012 (Lemon Grove)—A meet-and-greet with Lemon Grove City Council candidate Lou Melendez wll be held on Sunday, September 16 from 2-4:30 pm.

A 15-year resident of Lemon Grove, Melendez has worked as an engineer with CalTrans for 21 years with experience in infrastructure issues. He says he is committed to community development, local history and youth.

DOWNTOWN LA MESA'S MOSTLY MISSION

 
By Mayan Avitable
 
August 25, 2012 (La Mesa) -- One of the best things about downtown La Mesa is the shopping where you will find stores that are beyond the ordinary, and exceptional. One of the shops that many La Mesans agree is exceptional is Mostly Mission, a shop that carries quality merchandise and accessories for the craftsman style environment. The store first opened in 2007, and has recently moved from a 850 square feet location to a place up the street almost three times the size.
 

LA MESA IS HOME TO NEW COFFEE SHOP: BUGSY’S BREW

 
August 6, 2012 (La Mesa)--Bugsy’s Brew Coffee opens in La Mesa. Family owned and operated, Bugsy’s Brew offers customers a comfortable place to relax and enjoy fantastic coffee and desserts. Bugsy’s Brew Coffee is located at 8759 La Mesa Blvd at the corner of Jackson, so it is a perfect spot to hit before heading to work in the morning or for a pick-me-up in the afternoon.

SMITHSON TAPPED AS PRESIDENT, WARING RESUMES CHAIRMANSHIP OF CLEANTECH SAN DIEGO

 
July 27, 2012 (San Diego) -- The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of CleanTECH San Diego is pleased to announce the appointment of Holly Smithson as president and chief operating officer for the organization. Her appointment was approved by a unanimous vote. 
 
Smithson replaced Jim Waring who will be resuming his role as executive chairman of the board of directors of CleanTECH San Diego. Waring previously served as chairman of the non-profit trade organization from its founding in 2007 until 2011, when he assumed the interim role of president and CEO.

MOTHER EARTH DISPENSARY FILES EMERGENCY STAY; PATIENTS TELL THEIR STORIES

 

Story and photos by Nadin Abbott
 
Update:  The stay of eviction has been denied by the 4th circuit court. Mother Earth has filed for bankruptcy, but will remain open pending bankruptcy hearings, attorney Lance Rogers advised ECM today.
 
July 25, 2012 (San Diego)—A legal team for Mother Earth Alternative Healing Cooperative in El Cajon filed an emergency writ July 23 in San Diego County’s Superior Court seeking a stay of eviction from the facility near Gillespie Field. 

KENSINGTON COMMUNITY CHURCH TO HOST ‘THE SHOWER OF STOLES’ JULY 22

 
Open House Highlights the Role of LGBT People of Faith

July 14, 2012 (San Diego) -- To draw attention to the role of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people of faith around the country, Kensington Community Church in San Diego will host an exhibit of liturgical stoles called “The Shower of Stoles” at a community-wide open house on July 22nd. The national project represents more than 1,000 clergy members of more than 30 religious denominations on three continents, including many who have been excluded from serving in their church because of their sexual orientation.

SUSTAINABILITY EXPERTS AT UC SAN DIEGO GIVE TIPS ON HOW TO BEAT THE HEAT AND SAVE ENERGY

 
July 11, 2012 (San Diego County) -- Heat waves and power outages have been plaguing the nation in recent weeks and temperatures are expected to rise higher than usual in San Diego County within the next few days.
 
“In these extreme weather conditions, it’s important for people to be aware of how much power they are using because the high demand for energy and high temperatures go hand-and-hand,” said Dave Weil, director of building commissioning and sustainability at the University of California, San Diego. “At UC San Diego, saving energy is a top priority all year-round. The university generates about 90 percent of its annual electricity demand.”

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