Communities

HELIX WATER DISTRICT BEGINS BUDGET PROCESS FOR NEXT YEAR AND DENIES FEE WAIVER TO NEW PROPERTY OWNER

 

 

By Allan Acevedo

 

April 23, 2019 (La Mesa) – Helix Water District’s Board of Directors held a sparsely attended meeting last Wednesday that covered major topics including establishing guidelines to develop next year’s budget—including possible rate hikes.  Other issues covered included reconciling current policies with unfunded state mandates and reviewing specific actions on parcels.

 

The District provides drinking water for over 273,000 people in the communities of La Mesa, Lemon Grove, El Cajon, Spring Valley and portions of Santee, Lakeside and San Diego County.

 

SKETCH RELEASED OF MAN WHO TRIED TO LURE GIRL INTO CAR IN SANTEE

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
April 23, 2019 (Santee) -- Detectives from the Santee Sheriff's Station now have a sketch of a man suspected of trying to lure a young girl into his car on March 28th around 6 p.m. on Poplin Drive in Santee.  
 
A nine-year-old girl told detectives she was riding her bicycle when the suspect pulled up beside her and asked her if she would like a ride to a "game." The girl became scared and rode away in her bike all the way home. She was not hurt. 

EL CAJON HONORED FOR PROJECTS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 23, 2019 (El Cajon) – El Cajon has received projects awards from  the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the American Public Works Association (APWA).   The new animal shelter was honored by all three organizations.  Other projects honored including Stony’s Neighborhood Park improvements, sewer and traffic light projects. City Manager Graham Mitchell advised the City Council and Mayor that the city has received the following awards:

GOATS ARE BAAAA-CK TO CLEAR BRUSH, PREVENT WILDFIRES IN LEMON GROVE

        
 
By Sonny Saghera
 
April 23, 2019 (Lemon Grove) -- The City of Lemon Grove, along with its fire department, Heartland Fire & Rescue, will once again be taking steps to clear brush from eight and one-half acres of land near Lawton Drive and Camino De Las Palmas in Lemon Grove. Goats are being used as part of the process in clearing heavy brush to minimize fire danger and help create defensible space for homes in this area. 

ART DAYS AT LEMON GROVE LIBRARY MAY 14-15

 

 

East County News Service

April 23, 2019 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Library will present Art Days, a two-part, inter-generational event on May 14-15 in the Lemon Grove Library at 3001 School Lane.

The youngest artists lead off on May 14, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., with "Preschool Art Show" curated by their Lemon Grove teachers and library staff.

CONGRESSIONAL SUBCOMMTTEES TO HOLD JOINT HEARING ON STUDENT VETERANS WEDNESDAY AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

 

 

East County News Service

 

April 23, 2019 (El Cajon) -- On Wednesday, April 24, the Congressional Committee on Education and Labor’s Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment and the Committee on Veterans Affairs’ Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity will hold a joint field hearing entitled, “Protecting Those Who Protect Us: Ensuring the Success of our Student Veterans.”

 

WOMAN PEDESTRIAN KILLED IN EL CAJON

 

 

East County News Service

April 22, 2019 (El Cajon) – A woman struck by a Ford Explorer on April 19th in El Cajon succumbed to her injuries at a local hospital.  

El Cajon Police and paramedics responded to the accident in the 800 block of South Mollison Ave. around 7:50 p.m.  Witnesses told officers that the woman, 69, stepped off the curb outside of a marked crosswalk and was struck by the Ford Explorer. The driver of the Explorer, a 58-year-old El Cajon resident, remained on scene and cooperated with authorities, says Lt Stephen Kirk.  Drugs or alcohol are not suspected as factors in the collision.

THE CITY OF EL CAJON ELIMINATES MEETING VIDEO STREAMING FAILURE WITH THE HELP OF SWAGIT

 

 

Swagit Productions, LLC provides EASETM hands-free Webcasting system for optimal meeting video delivery to the citizens of El Cajon

Source:  Swagit

April 18, 2019 (El Cajon) - The City of El Cajon provides their residents with an improved City Council meeting viewing experience via Swagit Productions and their EASE™ streaming solution. 

“The City of El Cajon had an existing video streaming product that was not meeting our needs,” said Sara Diaz, Director of Information Technology for El Cajon.  “The system had a high failure rate and our staff had to spend a lot of time on the phone with their support trying to get the system functional and videos uploaded from our personal copies. 

BLOOMING INTO SPRING WITH THE 4TH ANNUAL LILAC FESTIVAL STARTING MID-APRIL

 

 

East County News Service

April 17, 2019 (Julian) -- Most people know that Julian is a popular tourist destination located in the high country of San Diego County. It’s not only a beautiful place to escape to, with its picturesque surroundings, apples, pies, and rich history, but it’s also growing into a springtime hotspot because of the wonderfully fragrant lilacs that grow throughout the area.

KARL STRAUSS BREWERY BACK ON TRACK IN SANTEE

 
 
 
By Mike Allen
 
April 16, 2019 (Santee) -- Santee’s largest commercial project in many years, a Karl Strauss brewery/restaurant on 10 acres off Cuyamaca Street next to Trolley Square, was officially put back into play after the San Diego beer company and environmental groups came to agreement about the project.

DOG RESCUED FROM BOULDERS UP FOR ADOPTION TUESDAY

 

A German shepherd mix who was rescued after she was trapped between boulders for at least four days will be available for adoption Tuesday. Special adoption applications will be accepted Tuesday through 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19.

SEE SMOKE TOMORROW THROUGH THURSDAY? SAN DIEGO COUNTY WILDLAND PREPAREDNESS EXERCISE APRIL 17-19

 

 

Source:  SDG&E, San Diego County Fire Chief's Association, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

April 16, 2019 (Alpine) - The San Diego County Fire Chiefs, in coordination with the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, will conduct their annual Wildland Fire Preparedness Exercise April 17-19, 2019. Numerous emergency service agencies from throughout San Diego County will come together to prepare for the upcoming fire season.

EL CAJON VALLEY HOST LIONS AND WINCHESTER WIDOWS PRESENT 'GUNSMOKE IX' MAY 18

 

 

East County News Service

April 16, 2019 (El Cajon) - The El Cajon Valley Host Lions and the Winchester Widows present their annual fundraiser Gunsmoke IX on Saturday, May 18 at El Cajon Elks Lodge 1812 (1400 E. Washington Ave., El Cajon) from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE LITERARY ARTS FESTIVAL STACKED WITH BOOK AND POETRY READINGS, PRESENTATIONS

 

 

Source:  Grossmont College

April 16, 2019 (El Cajon) - An April 22 panel presentation by a trio of local writers on the modern era of agent-free self-publishing, and later in the evening, student readings and performances of original work kick off Grossmont College’s 23rd annual Literary Arts Festival.

JUDGE WHO RULED IN FAVOR OF JULIAN CUYAMACA FIRE DISTRICT IN APR. 5 RULING TO ADJUDICATE EX-PARTE HEARING WEDNESDAY

 

 

Julian paramedics struggling after County freezes JCFPD funds

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

 

 

Read the documents here: JCFPDCourtDocuments

 

View older ECM article on Brown Act violations: https://www.eastcountymagazine.org/julian-cuyamaca-keep-fire-district-starts-path-healing

 

April 15, 2019 (Julian) -- The judge who ruled in favor of the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District a week ago, San Diego Superior Court Judge Randa Trapp, late Friday afternoon was designated to preside over the ex parte hearing requested by JCFPD attorney Cory Briggs. The change of judge was noted in the legal case’s online Register of Actions on the San Diego Superior Court website.

DESTINY GUNS WAS SANTEE JAIL'S FIRST ESCAPEE; SURRENDERED AFTER FIVE DAYS ON LAM

 

 

By Ken Stone 

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Destiny Guns, 22, escaped from La Colinas women’s jail in Santee about 6 p.m. Saturday. Photo via Sheriff’s Department

April 13, 2019 (Santee) - When 22-year-old Destiny Guns jumped walls and fences Saturday night at Las Colinas women’s jail, she made local history — as the first-ever escapee from the Santee lockup.

But Thursday night, she ended a manhunt with her arrest in the parking lot of the jail, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Melissa Aquino.

COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO SHUTS OFF RADIO AND FREEZES BANK ACCOUNTS OF JULIAN FIRE & MEDICAL SERVICES

 

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

 

Photo: JCFPD Attorney Cory Briggs talks with community supporters

 

April 12, 2019 (Julian-Cuyamaca) - The Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District (JCFPD) on Wednesday had hoped that it would get its day in court after the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) unanimously voted to dissolve the rural Julian fire and medical emergency district on Monday.

SAN DIEGO LAFCO VOTES TO DISSOLVE JULIAN CUYAMACA FIRE DISTRICT IN DEFIANCE OF COURT ORDER; VOLUNTEERS STAGE SIT-IN AT FIRE STATION

 
 
 
 
Friday Superior Court ruling nullified initial application to dissolve district
 
By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor
 
 
 
 
April 9, 2019 (Julian-Cuyamaca) - Just when you might figure the drama over the future of the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District (JCFPD) is over, after Monday’s vote by the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), it would appear it is only starting. This time around, there is one more player in the game, and volunteers are occupying the fire station until at least through Wednesday.

PACIFIC COAST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS AGAIN: GROSSMONT COLLEGE WOMEN'S TENNIS CAPTURES CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP FOR SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

 

 

Source:  Grossmont College

Photo courtesy grossmont.prestosports.com

April 8, 2019 (El Cajon) - Grossmont College women's tennis sealed the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Championship after its final conference match against Southwestern College April 4, 2019. The Griffin women defeated the Jaguars 9-0 and arrived home with their seventh consecutive conference title.

FEMALE INMATE ESCAPES FROM LAS COLINAS DETENTION FACILITY

 

 

Inmate was a resident of Santee; local law enforcement closes streets and roads in a wide perimeter around the jail

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

 

April 7, 2019 (Santee) – An inmate arrested on Apr. 1 for possession of a stolen vehicle and drug possession eluded local law escaped from the Las Colinas Detention and Re-Entry Facility in Santee on Saturday evening.

COUNTY LIBRARY CELEBRATES DIA ALL MONTH

 

Día de los Niños and Día de los Libros is more than a one-day affair at the County Library. Events celebrating Children’s Day/Book Day will take place throughout the month of April.

Mexico and many Latin American countries celebrate Día de Los Niños on April 30 but libraries across the U.S. now tie Children’s Day to the importance of books and literacy for children.

RINCON BAND OF LUISENO INDIANS PRESENTS CHECK TO ESCONDIDO'S 'CRUSIN' GRAND' FOR ITS 20TH ANNIVERSARY

 

 

Source:  Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians

April 5, 2019 (Valley Center) - The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians announced today that they presented a $10,000 gift to Escondido’s 2019 Cruisin’ Grand today in downtown Escondido. This $10,000 donation will support the music venue which will highlight local musicians and talent.

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