By Miriam Raftery
October 17, 2018 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police have released call records documenting that a process server reported being threatened by Councilman Ben Kalasho with an attack dog. The records were released in response to a records request by East County Magazine, after Kalasho posted this denial on Facebook:
ECM broke news of the reported attack on October 9th with additional details: https://www.eastcountymagazine.org/kendrick%E2%80%99s-son-files-police-complaint-alleging-stalking-kalasho-kalasho-falsely-accuses-kendrick.
ECPD also released call logs documenting numerous calls from Jesse Kendrick reporting Kalasho followed and tried to intimidate him. The incident occurred while Jesse Kendrick was campaigning door to door for his father, Councilman Gary Kendrick, who is running against Kalasho in the November election.
Read the ECPD call logs here from Jesse Kendrick and the process server, along with a cover letter from the city of El Cajon.
ECM's award-winning reporter Paul Kruze also filed a police report accusing Kalasho of threatening him with the same trained attack dog in the Parkway Plaza parking lot in July, where Kruze was photographing the Kalashos’ campaign vehicle.
Kalasho and his wife, Jessica, have engaged in a pattern of defamatory posts on their social media against Kruze and East County Magazine.
Yesterday, Jessica Kalasho posted objections on Facebook to Kruze photographing her during an El Cajon Council meeting where she was finally served legal papers, which the process server had been attempting to serve at the Kalashos’ home when the alleged threat occurred. Jessica Kalasho called Kruze a “psychopath” and falsely claimed he lacked press credentials. Kruze holds press credentials from the San Diego Police Department and multiple journalism organizations have awarded his reporting on Kalasho.
Jessica Kalasho also made false insinuations regarding a $120 payment noted on Kendrick’s financial reporting to East County Magazine, implying an "agenda." In fact, the payment was to purchase two tickets to our 10-year-anniversary East County Fest. All other politicians and other guests paid for their dinners—except the Kalashos, who crashed the party without paying and left when approached by a security guard.