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FROM THE FIRE CHIEF’S CORNER: GRADUATION TIPS – SHOW SOME CLASS WITH SAFETY

 

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

May 13, 2019 (San Diego) -- Prom and graduation season is here again – You want to make sure you graduate "with" your class!

Unfortunately, these happy occasions sometimes involve underage drinking which can result in tragedy reminds. It is therefore critical that parents keep the lines of communication open when it comes to talking to their kids about the dangers of underage drinking and drunk driving.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 10 - JUNE 8

 

 

East County News Service

May 8, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- The merry month of May continues with activities including San DIego River Days, the Manzanita High Mountain Rendezvous, Salsa y Salsa Festival in Lemon Grove, Lilac Festival in Santa Ysabel, Sky tours in Julian, Musica En La Plaza in Escondido, a jazz concert at Mission Trails Church, Open Farm Day at Oasis Camel Dairy, A Taste of Julian, America on Main Street Festival in El Cajon, America on Main Street, Wild in the Country at Lions Tigers and Bears, a Gunsmoke fundraiser for a local Lions Club in El Cajon, El Cajon’s dinner and a concert, Classic Cruise Night’s centennial season in downtown El Cajon, the San Diego Vintner’s Association Wine Festival, a hike across the Santa Ysabel Preserve, a Mount Laguna Living History event, the Julian Fiddle and Pickin’ Contest, a Memorial Day Warrior HIke Challenge in El Capitan Preserve, Visions of Broadway: a presentation by Kidz Danz Kompany and the Lavender Festival at Summers Past Farms.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF’S CORNER: SNAKE, RATTLE AND RUN!

 

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

May 6, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- With the coming of spring and warmer weather conditions, snakes of many species are through hunkering down, making human encounters with these elusive creatures more likely. Although most native snakes are harmless, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) recommends giving the venomous rattlesnake a wide berth – and knowing what to do in the event of a strike.

ADVANCING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: CALIFORNIA’S 4 A.M. BAR BILL – HERE WE GO AGAIN

 
 
By David R. Shorey, East County program manager, Institute for Public Strategies
 
Photo via Creative Commons
 
May 5, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- East County residents enjoy a great deal of peace and quiet, where it isn’t uncommon for folks to be up and on the roads in the predawn hours heading to work--to farms and livestock, others into the city. Most of the time traffic isn’t an issue and travel is uneventful. This could change with a new bill being considered that would extend the hours of bars and clubs two hours, for a closing time of 4 a.m.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS IN MAY 2019

 

 

East County News Service

April 24, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- May activities include El Cajon’s dinner and a concert season opener, the Coyote Music Festival at Cuyamaca College, Classic Cruise Night’s centennial season in downtown El Cajon, Vintage Alpine, the Lilac Festival in Santa Ysabel, Sky tours in Julian, A Taste of Julian, Open Farm Day at Oasis Camel Dairy, Wild in the Country at Lions Tigers and Bears, America on Main Street, a Gunsmoke fundraiser for a local Lions Club in El Cajon, a wine festival and the Julian Fiddle and Pickin’ Contest.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

WILD ZONE: A CENTURY-OLD FEDERAL LAW IS FOR THE BIRDS

 

 

By Renée Owens

Photo: Endangered least Bell’s vireo checking its nest

April 23, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- This year’s spectacular rainfall has finally ended our eight-year drought and the bounty of spring is one for the records: wildflowers are blooming far and wide, butterflies are migrating by the thousands, birds are nesting early, and the sound of SDG&E chopping at trees fills the air. What? The latter should not be a rite of spring and there’s a very good reason why.

BIRD TALK: GREATER ROADRUNNER

 
 
By Greg Dunne                                           
 
April 22, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The roadrunner is one tough bird.  Each spring all the songbirds get talked about and noticed--maybe deservedly so, calling attention to themselves with their singing and their beautiful colors. But the roadrunner is out and about this spring as well and certainly deserves to be talked about.  

REAL ESTATE REALITY: INTENTIONAL TRANQUILITY: DESIGNING WITH A PEACEFUL PURPOSE

 

 

By Maryanne Jackson, Real Estate Broker, CNE. CPRES.

April 20, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -

Dear Maryanne,

My mother and I purchased a home in Lemon Grove last year and it has been very quiet until recently. There is a lot of construction going on lately and the cars are being diverted past our home. We are now interested in finding solutions to creating a quiet and peaceful environment without moving.

Thelma S. & Joy L.

Lemon Grove, CA

EARTH TALK: SUSTAINABLE TRENDS IN HOME RENOVATION AND DESIGN

 

 

By Sam Bowman, Earth Talk

April 19, 2019 (San Diego's East County) - Sustainability has become a trend in home renovation and design, but which aspects of it are trending in the green building niche right now? As more people become passionate about eco-friendly living, sustainable innovations grow and become more accessible for anyone looking to create a greener house for themselves. When considering sustainability, trending items are not just about what is fashionable; it’s also about which are doing the most for the environment.

EARTHTALK®: WHICH SECTORS ARE THE BIGGEST DRIVERS OF CLIMATE CHANGE?

 
 
From the Editors of E - The Environmental Magazine
 
Photo:  WWF and Knorr are working together to encourage people around the world to diversify their diets so as to include more climate-friendly foods — such as fonio, a West African grain which is not only nutritious but also easy to grow without lots of chemical inputs. Credit: Communication JOKKALE, FlickrCC.
 
April 17, 2019 (San Diego's East County) - Dear EarthTalk: A chef told me that our food choices are the major driver of climate change around the world, but it seems to me that electricity generation and transportation are really more the problem, no? -- Melanie G., Moodus, CT

HOME OF THE FUTURE: ALMOST HERE TODAY?

 

 

By Roddy Scheer and Doug Moss, EarthTalk

Photo:  This small rooftop wind turbine from Netherlands-based start-up The Archimedes can generate 1,500 kilowatt-hours of energy each year, which would account for about 15% of the typical American household's annual energy needs

April 12, 2019 (San Diego's East County) - Dear EarthTalk: Given all the advances in residential household efficiency, can you paint a picture of what the home of the future will look like?

—Jennifer C., Valmeyer, IL

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS IN APRIL 2019

 

 

East County News Service

March 28, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- April activities include Lake Jennings Spring Carnival, a Star Party at Mission Trails, a Spring EggStravaganza, a warbirds event in El Cajon, Cajon Classic Cruise celebrating its centennial season, live music at the San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room in La Mesa, Spring Harp Fest in La Mesa, Earth Day celebrations in La Mesa and Jacumba Hot Springs,a heavenly harp concert near Mission Trails, Lakeside’s Rodeo and Western Days Parade, and a Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival at the Water Conservation Garden.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

REAL ESTATE REALITY: BUILD IT AND THEY WILL COME--ADDING A GRANNY FLAT

 

 

By Maryanne Jackson, real estate broker

April 1, 2019 (San Diego’s East County)

Dear Maryanne,

My mother is living in another state now, but we need to start to explore the possibility of having her come live with us soon. We have a large lot and would like to find out  how to get a permit to build a smaller unit on our residential property.

Is this an easy process?

--JD. La Mesa

ADVANCING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES: NATIONAL TAKE BACK DAY IN EAST COUNTY IS APRIL 27

 

 

By David R. Shorey

Photo credit:  CC by SA

East County Program Manager, Institute for Public Strategies

April 1, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) - If you were to open my medicine cabinet today, you would probably find a few bottles of prescription medication that I stopped using or didn’t need to finish. Perhaps I’ve forgotten I have them for pain medication, or I might be saving them for an “emergency.” Unfortunately, the availability of excess medication contributes to the problem with prescription medication abuse in the United States.

REAL ESTATE REALITY: A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT—LANDSCAPING WITH A PURPOSE

 

 

By Maryanne Jackson Real Estate Broker CNE. CPRES

March 21, 2019 (La Mesa) -

Dear Maryanne,

I own a property on Fuerte Drive in Mount Helix. With all the rain we have been getting recently, there’s an area in my front yard that has become a stream when it rains. Can I divert this water away from my house? What are some of the most common ways to deal with this?

--Ms. S. T.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MARCH 23 - APRIL 27

 

 

East County News Service

March 19, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes the 1000 Lights water lantern festival at Santee Lakes, Les Miserables at Steele Canyon High School, Latin vocal star Roberto Carlos at San Diego State University, and Off Broadway Live’s The Bridge in Santee.

Plus we’ll have a preview of April activities including Julian Gold Rush Days, Meet the Winemaker Weekend, the Catfish Opener at Santee Lakes, Lake Jennings Spring Carnival, a Star Party at Mission Trails, a Spring EggStravaganza, a warbirds event in El Cajon, Cajon Class Cruise celebrating its centennial season, live music at the San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room in La Mesa, Spring Harp Fest in La Mesa, Earth Day celebrations in La Mesa and Jacumba Hot Springs,a heavenly harp concert near Mission Trails, Lakeside’s Rodeo and Western Days Parade, and a Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival at the Water Conservation Garden.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

REAL ESTATE REALITY: THE SOLAR REVOLUTION—INVESTING IN SUNSHINE

 

 

By Maryanne Jackson. Real Estate Broker CNE, CPRES.

March 13, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -

Dear Maryanne,

My spouse and I will be getting a substantial refund this year from our income taxes.

We both agree that the refund should go into improving our home. We really want to install a solar system. Is this an improvement that would get us a good return on our investment?

Any input would be greatly appreciated.

--Jannine S. Crest, CA.

BIRD TALK: CEDAR WAXWING

 
 
By Greg Dunne 
                                                 
March 12, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – It’s seems that it has been hard to find a sunny day for a walk or hike lately here in San Diego County. However, I did get out for a walk at Santee Lakes a few days ago without getting rained on. I had a very rare bird sighting here in our East County, the Cedar Waxwing.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MARCH 6-27

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 6, 2019 (San Diego's East County) – This week’s destination East County includes the musical Mary Poppins in Spring Valley, Tomatomania at the Water Conservation Garden, and Quartet Luminosos at Mission Trails.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Baroque, Renaissance and Classical music in El Cajon, Arlo Guthrie performing in Poway, a St. Patrick’s Day lucky adventure at Fort Cross in Santa Ysabel, Hooleyfest and more St. Patrick’s Day activities at Grossmont Center, Sha Na Na at Sycuan, the Danny Green Trio at Cuyamaca College, Les Miserables at Steele Canyon High School,  the 1000 Lights Festival at Santee Lakes, Arbor Day in El Cajon, Latin heart throb Roberto Carlos in concert at SDSU and an Off Broadway Live performance of The Bridge in Santee.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

REAL ESTATE REALITY: HOME DÉCOR TRENDS 2019—STAGING WITH INTENT

 

 

By Maryanne Jackson, Real Estate Broker CNE. CPRES.

March 6, 2019 (San Diego's East County) -

Dear Maryanne,

My partner and I need to jazz up our home. Although we have no plans to move any time soon.

We need ideas. What are the latest home staging trends that would not cost us a fortune and require a building permit?

Marella K. in Grossmont

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF’S CORNER: SPRINGING FORWARD THE SAFE WAY

 

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

March 4, 2019 (San Diego) -- This Sunday, March 10, is Daylight Saving Time. Setting the clock forward means it’s time not to just check the clock, but for a spring clean safety check. As you make your “hot lap” around the home, setting clocks ahead, why not take a little extra time for a short safety checklist?

Help Spring your home into being safe and organized by following these steps:

REAL ESTATE REALTY: GROWING CANNABIS WHILE HOLDING AN ACTIVE DUTY STATUS

 

 

By Maryanne Jackson Real Estate Broker CNE, CPRES.

 

February 28, 2019 (San Diego’s East County)

 

Dear Maryanne,

 

My husband and I purchased a home last year in East County. My husband is currently Active Duty Military and we used his VA benefits to purchase the home. We have a large area in our fenced in rear yard that has been perfect for growing vegetables.

 

I have an honorable discharge from the military due to an injury, because of this injury I am subject to constant pain. I have been managing the inflammation and pain flare ups with my medical marijuana license that enables me to purchase the amount of vapor inserts that I need. The cost has become staggering to buy the medical marijuana that I need as it is not covered under my TRI CARE health insurance.

 

Last spring, I decided to take matters into my own hands and planted several marijuana plants. I have a green thumb to say the least. The plants are getting huge and I am planning on using the dried leaves to offset my cost. Upon my husband’s last visit home from sea he was mowing the grass and noticed the plants. He is concerned that he could get arrested or kicked out of the military for the plants growing on our private property.

 

Do you know where we stand on this? After all, marijuana has been legalized now in California and I do have a medical marijuana license.

 

A.J. Lakeside, CA.

 

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS IN MARCH, 2019

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos: CC by SA

February 27, 2019 (San Diego's East County) -- Destination East County highlights March events including an Off Broadway Live production in Santee, a wildlife tracking walk at Mission Trails, a Borrego historical tour and living history presentation, Tomatomania at the Water Conservation Garden, and Quartet Luminosos at Mission Trails Church.

Plu, coming attractions include Arlo Guthrie on stage in Poway, a St. Patrick’s Day lucky adventure in Santa Ysabel, Sha Na Na at Sycuan, and the 1000 Lights Festival at Santee Lakes.

So scroll down for these events and many more.

REAL ESTATE REALITY: TAKING THE FIRST STEP TOWARD A RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

 

 

By Maryanne Jackson

 

Image credit: Pixabay

 

February 18, 2019 (San Diego’s East County)

 

Dear Maryanne,

 

My wife and I are starting to consider options for retirement communities as we are getting on in age. The simple things have become more challenging for us to perform and despite our love for our home we feel it is time to start our search. We are looking for any suggestions you can offer for us as we start our investigating.

 

--J. Mount Helix

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF’S CORNER: BE A SWEETHEART AND LEARN CPR!

 

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

February 12, 2019 (San Diego) -- Why is knowing Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) important? Well first, what would you do if a family member, friend or coworker went into Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA)? Would you know what to do? SCA kills 1,000 people a day or one person every two minutes. It is estimated that 95 percent of victims of cardiac arrest die before they reach a hospital or other source of emergency help.

REAL ESTATE REALITY: HOME INSPECTION BEFORE THE SALE

 

 

By Maryanne Jackson

February 10, 2019 (San Diego’s East County)

Dear Maryanne,

My wife and I are considering selling our home in Spring Valley and purchasing a larger home in the same area. We will need to use the proceeds from the sale to upsize.

Is it recommended to hire a home inspector prior to putting our home up for sale?

If so, what is the advantage of us putting the $450 out to do this? Will the buyer still need to get their own home inspection during the escrow investigation process?

--Eric J., Spring Valley, CA

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEB. 10 - MARCH 2

 

 

East County News Service

February 4, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a jazz and soul food event at Grossmont College, an owl discovery event in Lakeside, open farm day at Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, a lunar new year celebration at Barona, hawk watch in Ramona, a star party at Mission Trails, a Celtic dance show in Poway, a Moxie theatre world premiere play, a Valentine’s tea in Julian, Black History month open mic night and a film showing at Grossmont College, and a mega-pet adoption at Grossmont Center in La Mesa..

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Butterfly Day, a Laurel and Hardy fan club event titled “Laughter is the Best Medicine,” a Borrego Historical tour and a living history presentation in the steps of explorer Juan Bautista de Anza.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JAN. 30-MARCH 2

 

 

East County News Service

January 29, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes Baron’s backroom beer pairing, a powwow at Cuyamaca College, the Lunar New Year at Barona, and Hawk Watch in Ramona

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions just in time for Valentine’s Day including a group wedding vow renewal at Parkway Plaza, Cupids and Canines at Grossmont Center, and KISS in concert at SDSU. There are also theatrical productions, open farm day at the Oasis Camel Dairy, a Borrego historical tour and living history presentation on the de Anza expedition.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF’S CORNER: SUPER BOWL SAFETY TIPS

 

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

January 28, 2019 (San Diego) -- On Feb. 3, the Los Angeles Rams will face the New England Patriots in the 2019 Super Bowl LIII. Millions of Americans will get together to root against the Patriots — ahem, I mean, to watch the game! 

REAL ESTATE REALITY: SHOULD I RENT OR BUY A HOME?

By Maryanne Jackson

January 25, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) 

Dear Maryanne, 

My fiancé and I have been renting our apartment in La Mesa for two years. Our lease is coming up for renewal and, once again our landlord is raising our rent.

Should we renew our lease and pay the increase in rent? Or, should we start to look at purchasing our own place to avoid this constant increase in rent year after year? 

-- Melissa M., La Mesa, CA

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