FREE ADMISSIONS AT HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM AND WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN: SECOND FRIDAY EACH MONTH

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: EASTERN SAN DIEGO COUNTY YOUTH FAIR

HAVE BREAKFAST WITH LAKESIDE FIREFIGHTERS JUNE 8 TO SUPPORT CHARITABLE CAUSES

HOW TO REQUEST ROAD REPAIRS AND MORE FROM COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS

COUNTY TO HOST SECOND COMMUNITY BUDGET SESSION

HEAR OUR EDITOR ON THE JOHN OLSEN SHOW

SCORCHING SCHOOLYARDS: CALIFORNIA GROUPS WANT MORE TREES, LESS ASPHALT AT SCHOOLS

PASSAGES: BASKETBALL CHAMPION AND HOMETOWN HERO BILL WALTON

RETHINK "PERPETUAL WAR," END PARTISAN ATTACKS, MEMORIAL DAY SPEAKER URGES

MURDER SUICIDE AT LANTERN CREST IN SANTEE

UNDERCOVER SEX CRIMES INVESTIGATION IN LEMON GROVE LEADS TO ARREST

HOT SUMMER FUN: CHILI COOKOFF JUNE 29 IN LEMON GROVE

HAVE BREAKFAST WITH LAKESIDE FIREFIGHTERS JUNE 8 TO SUPPORT CHARITABLE CAUSES

By Miriam Raftery
 
May 29, 2024 (Lakeside) — The Lakeside Firefighters Charitable Organization invites you to a pancake breakfast on Saturday, June 8 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon at Fire Station 2, located at 12216 Lakeside Ave. in Lakeside.
 
For just $5, enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausages, orange juice and coffee. Plus, view fire engines, tour the fire station, enjoy games and a dunk tank, learn CPR and get fire prevention tips, and vie for prizes in an opportunity drawing.

VIDEO OF THE WEEK: TEEN TALKS FFA AT EAST COUNTY JUNIOR FAIR

East County News Service
 
May 29, 2024 (Lakeside) – Shiloh Ireland interviewed Westin, 17, at the East County Junior Fair last week. Westin exhibited knowledge, composure and public speaking skills as he explained the commitment that these young people make.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: EASTERN SAN DIEGO COUNTY YOUTH FAIR

East County News Service
 
May 29, 2024 (Lakeside)  --  Shiloh Ireland sent in these photos of Sheriff’s Deputy Carter at the Eastern San Diego County Youth Fair at the rodeo grounds in Lakeside last week, where a livestock auction was also held. The annual fair has representation of FFA, 4H and Grange with sheep, goats, swine, cattle, ducks, chickens, rabbits, more small animals and non-animal projects.

FREE ADMISSIONS AT HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM AND WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN: SECOND FRIDAY EACH MONTH

East County News Service
 
May 29, 2024 (Rancho San Diego) – Two of East County’s most unique attractions, both at Cuyamaca College, are offering free admission on the second Friday each month: Heritage of the Americas Museum and the Water Conservation Garden.
 
Visitors can enjoy tours of the garden and museum, participate in scavenger hunts, and pack a picnic lunch. The Garden is dog-friendly.

HOW TO REQUEST ROAD REPAIRS AND MORE FROM COUNTY PUBLIC WORKS

East County News Service
 
Photo:  Pothole, by Editor5807, Creative Commons 3.0 license
 
May 28, 2024 (San Diego’s East County)—Got potholes? Graffiti?  Sidewalks  that need repairs?
 
If you live in the unincorporated areas of the county, you can report road repairs needed, drainage issues,  traffic problems, missing or damaged road signs and more at this link: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/dpw/roads/Roads_Service_Reque...
 
Tell Us Now App

People in the unincorporated area can use the Tell Us Now! App (now available in Spanish) to report non-emergency problems to the County of San Diego and track the progress of a reported problem. They can report problems related to unincorporated County roads, pricing and scales (e.g. gas pumps, grocery stores), mosquitoes (e.g. green pools, dead birds, mosquito breeding), air quality (region wide), and code compliance (e.g. graffiti, abandoned vehicles) within the unincorporated area.  

To use the County of San Diego’s free “Tell Us Now!” App just download it from your App store, then select an area of interest, snap a quick picture and add some text on your smartphone and send! The app will alert someone to clean up the mess, repair the sign or fix that error!

COUNTY TO HOST SECOND COMMUNITY BUDGET SESSION

 
May 28, 2024 (San Diego) -- If you missed the open house on the recommended County budget, a virtual community budget session will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29.
 
County budget experts will give presentations on the County’s $8.48 billion recommended budget and then hold a moderated comment period.

SCORCHING SCHOOLYARDS: CALIFORNIA GROUPS WANT MORE TREES, LESS ASPHALT AT SCHOOLS

Advocates say California's public schools lack outdoor shade to protect students from the sun and heat

BY ALEJANDRA REYES-VELARDE for Cal Matters

CalMatters is a public interest journalism venture committed to explaining how California’s state Capitol works and why it matters

May 28, 2024 (Sacramento, CA) -- Too few trees at California’s schools mean there’s little protecting students from a warming planet. Here’s how advocates say the state can pay for more shade.

HEAR OUR EDITOR ON THE JOHN OLSEN SHOW

May 28, 2024 (Santee) -- This week,  John Olsen interviews Miriam Raftery, editor of the East County Magazine. She shares the range of information that our online news source provides (both existing and upcoming), how you can subscribe, and how you can support our community journalism and wildfire alerts.

Listen to the podcast at these links:

https://www.buzzsprout.com/1508560/15109333-miriam-raftery-and-how-the-east-county-magazine-serves-our-communities

https://open.spotify.com/episode/0cxFKYwg6b0b1eSwcPHelR

https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/miriam-raftery-and-how-the-east-county-magazine/id1541783400?i=1000656693561

BOARD EXPANDS OPEN SPACE NEAR MOUNT OLYMPUS COUNTY PRESERVE

 

By Shauni Lyles, County of San Diego Communications Office

 

May 28, 2024 (Pala-Pauma) The County took steps last Wednesday to buy more land within the Pala-Pauma community for open space and species protection. The Board of Supervisors approved spending $1.2 million to buy 222 acres adjacent to the existing Mount Olympus County Preserve.

PASSAGES: BASKETBALL CHAMPION AND HOMETOWN HERO BILL WALTON

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Miriam Raftery:  Left, Bill Walton at La Mesa's centennial in 2012; right, Walton at La Mesa Boys & Girls Club in 2014

May 27, 2024 (La Mesa)—NBA Hall of Famer and former Helix High School superstar  Bill Walton, 71, died this morning surrounded by his family after a prolonged battle with cancer. One of the greatest basketball players of all time, Walton later became an award-winning sportscaster. But he also won hearts and minds in the La Mesa community through his philanthropic efforts, including raising millions of dollars to build the Bill Walton Gymnasium at the Boys & Girls Club in La Mesa, where he was mentored in his youth.

NBA Commission Adam Silver issued a statement recalling Walton as “truly one of a kind. As a Hall of Fame player, he redefined the center position. His unique all-around skills made him a dominant force at UCLA and led to an NBA regular-season and Finals MVP, two NBA championships and a spot on the NBA’s 50th and 75th Anniversary Teams.”  As a broadcaster, Walton overcame lifelong stuttering to deliver “insightful and colorful commentary which entertained generations of basketball fans,” said Silver.

He added,  “What I will remember most about him was his zest for life.  He was a regular presence at league events—always upbeat, smiling ear to ear and looking to share his wisdom and warmth.” Silver said that he envied Walton’s “boundless energy and admired the time he took with every person he encountered.”

Born November 5, 1952,  Walton developed an early love for sports.  As a boy, he watched the San Diego Chargers play at Sunset Park near Lake Murray.  “I saw all those guys and I dreamed,” he said in a speech at a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club gymnasium that now bears his name.

RETHINK "PERPETUAL WAR," END PARTISAN ATTACKS, MEMORIAL DAY SPEAKER URGES

By Chris Stone and Ken Stone, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association
 
May 27, 2024 (San Diego) -- At Miramar National Cemetery’s 13th annual Memorial Day ceremony, the director of San Diego State University’s Center for War and Society spoke of how he held D-Day troops in awe — citing the Americans’ “superhuman strength” at Omaha Beach.
 
“I’d seen combat in Iraq, but this seemed near impossible,” said the director, history professor Gregory A. Daddis.
 
In the audience of 400 were four World War II veterans, three of whom leave Wednesday for Normandy, France — for the 80th anniversary commemoration of D-Day.

MURDER SUICIDE AT LANTERN CREST IN SANTEE

 

Update May 28, 2024 -- The deceased have been identified as 82-year-old David Soulner and his wife, 79-year-old Claire Soulner. According to the Sheriff's Department, David Soulner fatally shot his wife, then shot and killed himself.

By Miriam Raftery

May 27, 2024 (Santee) – The San Diego Sheriff’s department is investigating the deaths of two elderly adults found dead with apparent head trauma yesterday morning at their home in Lantern Crest, an upscale senior living facility on Lantern Crest Way.

Deputies responded to a call at 11:25 a.m. yesterday reporting the deaths of an elderly man and woman. Identifies of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of family members.

“Sheriff's Homicide investigators are working to gather more information to determine the circumstances of these deaths. There are no outstanding suspects and no danger to the community,” says Lieutenant Michael Krugh, who adds the an investigation is ongoing.

HOT SUMMER FUN: CHILI COOKOFF JUNE 29 IN LEMON GROVE

East County News Service
 
May 26, 2024 (Lemon Grove) -- Are you a fan of cooking or eating delicious chili? If so, you’ll savor the Chili Cook-Off event hosted by the Lemon Grove Lions Club and Lemon Grove Forward Club on Saturday, June 29 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will feature a chili tasting contest, where you get to help pick the best chili in Lemon Grove, music, cash bar, raffle and silent auction.
 
If you're confident in your chili-making skills, now's the perfect opportunity to showcase them by participating in the contest. For those who simply love savoring tasty chili, there will be plenty available for sampling! 

UNDERCOVER SEX CRIMES INVESTIGATION IN LEMON GROVE LEADS TO ARREST

Authorities ask public to report these ads if seen elsewhere, or if you have been victimized by answering such ads
 
East County News Service
 
May 26, 2024 (Lemon Grove) — An undercover operation in East County has resulted in arrest of Robert Owen, 48, on suspicion of soliciting sex from a minor.  
 
“The San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force (HTTF) investigation was initiated after concerned citizens brought bizarre postings that had been affixed to utility poles in Lemon Grove advertising the "AZ24.CO" website to the attention of law enforcement,” says Sergeant Jason Phillips with the San Diego Sheriff’s Dept.  

HOW TO SPEND A DAY IN EL CAJON

By Alyssa Hiestand

 

May 26, 2024 (El Cajon) -- Just fifteen minutes from Downtown San Diego lies El Cajon, bustling with small businesses, delicious eateries, and more to make any day or night well-spent. Offering an insider perspective, here’s what we’d recommend doing for the ultimate day on Main Street in El Cajon:

FLOOD VICTIMS REMINDER ABOUT MAY 31 DEADLINE TO RECEIVE A SHARE OF $1 MILLION AVAILABLE FOR HOUSING EXPENSES

East County News Service
 
May 26, 2024 (El Cajon) – Two of San Diego’s largest realtor trade associations, the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), with an office in El Cajon, and the San Diego Association of Realtors (SDAR), are reminding San Diego flood victims that Friday, May 31 is the deadline to apply for the opportunity to receive financial assistance.
 
The two realtor trade associations were jointly awarded in March a $1.16 million grant from the Realtors Relief Foundation (RRF) to assist flood survivors. RRF is affiliated with the National Association of Realtors (NAR).
 
Since then, officials with the two realtor associations said they have been meeting to review applications and reach out to community leaders and organizations about the RRF grant. Applications for more than 100 families are on schedule for approval, but the realtor groups are hoping to double this before the May 31 deadline.

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POINT-IN-TIME COUNT SHOWS KEY SHIFTS IN EAST COUNTY HOMELESS POPULATION

 

“The geographic shifts in populations of people experiencing homelessness to East and South County communities demonstrates the effect of the City of San Diego camping ban.”—Paul Downey, CEO, Serving Seniors

By Miriam Raftery

May 24, 2024 (San Diego’s East County)—The 2024 Point-in-Time Homeless Count reveals some significant changes for East County. East County’s total homeless population dropped by 28% overall from  January 2023 to January 2024, from 1,703 to 1,232.  That’s in sharp contrast to the county overall, which had  the number of homeless people increase by 3% to a total of 10,605,

However, some East County communities had sharp rises, notably in communities closest to San Diego, which recently enacted a ban on encampments:

  • La Mesa’s total homelessness rose 86%, with a 47.2% rise in unsheltered;
  • Lemon Grove’s unsheltered homeless numbers rose 85%

The sharp spikes in La Mesa and Lemon Grove may be due to  the city of San Diego’s ban on homeless encampments, suggests Paul Downey, Chief Executive Officer of Serving Seniors, a nonprofit helping low-income adults age 60 and up.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: AMAZING AURORA BOREALIS IMAGES IN THE ANZA-BORREGO DESERT

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Dennis Mammana

May 24, 2024 (Borrego Springs) – Astronomy writer and night sky photographer Dennis Mammana snapped these stunning photos of the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights, which made a rare appearance over our region on May 11.  The photo,  left, taken from his backyard in the Anza-Borrego Desert, also shows the Milky Way.

“I aimed my camera with 14mm lens toward the east-southeast. The right (south) side of the frame shows the Milky Way as it appears on a normal night. The left (north) side shows how far southward the aurora extended that night, and how it nearly overwhelmed the Milky Way,”  Mammana told East County Magazine.

SWEETWATER VOTES TO RESTORE FISHING FLOAT AT LOVELAND

By Miriam Raftery

May 24, 2024 (Alpine)—By a unanimous vote and without discussion, the Sweetwater Authority board of directors approved restoring the floating fishing dock at Loveland Reservoir in Alpine. Audience members applauded after the votes were cast.

The dock was severely damaged in a January 2023 storm, shortly after the reservoir was drained to dead pool status, an action which left the fishing float on dry land and which also killed off fish, much to the dismay of residents and visitors.

Russell Walsh, who has long advocated for restoration of floating fishing dock, said the vote reflects “a travesty being corrected by persistent citizens and hopefully increasingly willing Sweetwater Directors and upper management.”

LEMON GROVE USES ARPA FUNDS TO REROOF MAIN CITY BUILDINGS

 

By Jessyka Heredia

Watch Full Video Here

 

May 22, 2024 (Lemon Grove) – The Lemon Grove City Council was presented with a resolution and appropriation by city staff on May 7 to award a contract to Preeman Roofing Inc. for a city-wide roof replacement project. This project was approved by Council back in December of 2023, which gave staff direction to advertise for bids on the construction and allocated a material contract to Garland Company, Inc. for $467,075.46.

FIRE AT SANTEE’S ADVANCED WATER PURIFICATION PLANT EXTINGUISHED

By Mike Allen

Photos courtesy of Santee Fire Department

May 23, 2024 (Santee)-- A fire that sent large plumes of smoke across East County yesterday was caused when workers at the Advanced Water Purification (AWP) project in Santee were joining together two large pieces of plastic pipe.

Santee Fire Chief Justin Matsushita said while workers were fusing two large pipes that are 42 inches in diameter, the plastic material, called HDPE, caught fire and quickly overwhelmed the workers, prompting their 911 call.

LA MESA FREEWAY SHOOTER SENTENCED

East County News Service
 
May 23, 2024 (La Mesa) -- A La Mesa man has been sentenced to 50 years to life in state prison for shooting and killing a motorist on State Route 94 near the Kenwood Drive exit on March 5th, 2022.
 
49-year-old Thomas Evans the Third pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of Saundralina Williams, a 27-year-old mother of three from Chula Vista.
 
Williams was driving a Ford Edge with two male passengers who were stealing packages from homes in La Mesa, according to testimony at a preliminary hearing, Times of San Diego reports.

COUNTY’S FREE SUMMER MOVIES IN THE PARK SEASON STARTS FRIDAY AT WATERFRONT PARK; MANY SHOWINGS IN EAST COUNTY

East County News Service

May 21, 2024 (San Diego’s East County) -- The County of San Diego’s free “2024 Summer Movies in the Park” season starts at 6 p.m., Friday, May 24 with an event and sunset showing of the Oscar-winning blockbuster “Barbie” at the Waterfront Park downtown.  The full season includes more than 100 movies at dozens of parks countywide, including many in East County.

To celebrate the opening, there will be a variety of features and free fun for kids and families, including music, games, bounce houses, themed crafts, and other free activities. Although the movie starts at dusk, about 15 minutes past sunset, a host of free activities are expected to begin at 6 p.m. Make sure to bring a chair and blankets to cozy up for a night under the stars.

The first  East County showing will be on June 8, with “The Little Mermaid” 8 at Sweetwater Place Park Spring Valley and “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem” at Dos Picos County Park in Ramona.

East County and inland San Diego locations for future movies now through August include Campo, El Cajon, Escondido, Flinn Springs, Julian, La Mesa, Lakeside, Lemon Grove, Pine Valley, Potrero, Poway, Ramona, Rancho Bernardo, Rolando, San Carlos, Skyline, and Spring Valley.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: JOYFUL JUNE EVENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 22, 2024 (San Diego's East County) -- East County has some joyful June events coming up—including a Taste of Julian, Descanso Day Parade and Fair, Bathhouse Bazaar concerts in Jacumba Hot Springs, live music at the Magnolia in El Cajon, a twilight walk at Mission Trails, a comedy night in La Mesa, Santee summer concerts, La Mesa's classic car show, Lemon Grove's concert series opener,and El Cajon’s outdoor concerts and classic car shows, and more.

SECURITY CAMERAS SHOW MOUNTAIN LIONS IN LA MESA AND RANCHO SAN DIEGO

By Miriam Raftery

May 22, 2024 (San Diego’s East County)—Mountain lions are typically nocturnal and may travel many miles each night.  While rural residents are accustomed to the occasional cougar sighting, discovering that a mountain lion is their neighbor has startled residents in suburban La Mesa and Rancho San Diego over the past week.

On May 14, a video clearly documents a mountain lion in the backyard of a La Mesa home close to Lemon Avenue School near Jackson Drive, just west of State Route 125.

Another video taken on May 15 (screenshot, left) shows a mountain lion (also known as a puma or cougar) strolling along a swimming pool on Brabham Street in Rancho San Diego, not far from the library, ballfields and Cuyamaca College.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

May 23, 2024 (San Diego’s East County) - East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen on important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

WORLD

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

BABY FROM LEMON GROVE KILLED BY FALLEN TREE, ALONG WITH HIS GRANDFATHER

East County News Service

May 22, 2024 (Lemon Grove) – A Lemon Grove family’s trip for a family wedding in New Jersey ended in a double tragedy. 

Ben Canales has started a fundraiser for his friends, Alex and Amber Gasin of Lemon Grove. The couple went to a Mets baseball game and left their 6-month-old son, Micah, with his grandfather. But a storm passed through that night, causing unimaginable devastation to the family.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

May 23, 2024 (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 round-up stories include:

LOCAL

STATE

For excerpts and links to full stories,  click “read more” and scroll down.

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