El Cajon

EL CAJON COUNCILMAN KALASHO FILES DISCRIMINATION CLAIM WITH STATE OF CALIFORNIA

 

By Paul Kruze

August 19, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Yet more eyes are going to be fixed on embattled El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho with news that he has filed a discrimination complaint with the State of California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. The action follows last Tuesday’s 4-1 vote affirming that the only electronic device permitted to be used by Council members at the dais during City Council meetings are city-provided Apple iPad tablets.

The iPads provided to members of the City Council will be configured to only allow access to City of El Cajon official websites and access to the city’s financial budget documents and municipal codes, but other Internet sites will be blocked.  Note-taking software will be downloaded onto the iPads and an attached keyboard will be provided.

WIEGHORST MUSEUM PRESENTS ART SHOW, RECEPTION TO BENEFIT PROMINENT WESTERN ARTIST JACK JORDAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 18, 2017 (El Cajon) – Works by Jack Jordan, a distinguished El Cajon artist, art teacher and former art director of the Evening Tribune, will be displaced at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum (131 Rea Ave.) in El Cajon from September 9-28, with a reception on September 9 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.  This is a benefit event to honor Jordan and raise funds for the aging artist’s medical expenses.

SUNSHINE HORTON TO HOLD DINNER SEPT. 10 IN EL CAJON TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo: Children’s Weekly

August 15, 2017 (El Cajon) – Today is Sunshine Horton’s 72nd birthday. Each year since 1995, Sunshine Horton has done a Miracle Maker birthday to raise money for Rady Children’s Hospital.

“For my 50th birthday I wanted to thank this country for giving me such a great life and I wanted to do something special, so I went to the Sheriff’s Department and they told me to do a walk.

KALASHO COUNTERSUES BEAUTY CONTESTANTS FOR DEFAMATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 12, 2017 (San Diego) – El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho is counter-suing two contestants in the Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant that he founded, alleging that his reputation has been harmed by their claims that include fraud and sexual harassment.

KALASHO THREATENS DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT AS COUNCIL LIMITS ELECTRONIC DEVICES

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo: Ben Kalasho, August 8, 2017 (El Cajon)

August 11, 2017 (El Cajon) - Councilman Ben Kalasho threatened to file an employment discrimination complaint Tuesday as the Council discussed a resolution to limit Council members’ use of electronic devices during City Council meetings.    

GOLDEN CORRAL BUFFET & GRILL IS RETURNING TO EL CAJON

 

By Robert Gehr

August 11, 2017 (El Cajon) - The now closed Hometown Buffet building located at 390 west Main St. in El Cajon is currently being transformed into a brand new Golden Corral buffet restaurant.

As I write this article, construction is going on inside and out, giving the place a fresh new look and feel.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN EL CAJON

 

Events provided by Monica Zech, Public Information Officer for the City of El Cajon

August 11, 2017 (El Cajon) – This Saturday, El Cajon hosts a free e-waste and paper shredding event. Coming up this week are the Heroes in concert, and Cajon Speedway Night downtown.  Other upcoming activities include the Alley Cat art walk and an Air Group One breakfast featuring World War II aerial crew heroes sharing their historic memories.  Scroll down for these events and more – all in El Cajon.

IESHA BOOKER, HOMELESS MTS DRIVER WHO CAME TO AID OF FALLEN OFFICER, GIVEN COMMENDATION BY EL CAJON COUNCIL

 

Photo: Iesha Booker and Mayor Bill Wells (Credit: Mary Ann Prall)

East County News Service

August 10, 2017 (El Cajon) -- On Tuesday, Iesha Booker, an MTS worker who aided a fallen police officer, was given a commendation at the El Cajon City Council meeting in front of a packed Council chamber and half a dozen news crews.   After a suspect beat the officer unconscious at a KFC restaurant, Booker used the officer’s radio to summon help, as ECM reported.

FIRE CAUSES $75,000 IN DAMAGE TO HOUSE IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

August 8, 2017 (El Cajon) – A home in the 1300 block of Marline Avenue in El Cajon sustained $75,000 in damages to the house and contents from a fire reported at 1:20 p.m. Monday afternoon.

Heartland Fire and Rescue Service responded within four minutes, aided by crews from San Miguel and Lakeside Fire.  Firefighters found a fire on an enclosed patio behind the single-story home had spread into the main part of the house.

GROSSMONT SCHOOL BOARD HOLDS SPECIAL MEETING ON BOND REFUNDING AUGUST 10

 

East County News Service

August 8, 2017 (El Cajon) – The Grossmont Union High School District board will convene a special meeting on bond refunding on Thursday, August 10. The public session begins at 6 p.m. after a closed-session meeting earlier.

RANCHO SAN DIEGO COMMAND CELEBRATES NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AGAINST CRIME

 

 

Captain Garmo speaks out on community outreach, police brutality and immigration

 

By Kendra Sitton

August 7, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) -- Cities across San Diego celebrated the National Night Out Against Crime on Tuesday, Aug. 1st. The Rancho San Diego Command hosted an event in the Target parking lot, where community members and police officers grilled hot dogs and visited booths. The National Night Out Against Crime is part of the wider public outreach strategy utilized by the RSD Command.



“We’re really involved in community policing. We take a lot of pride in doing a lot of outreach through faith-based and through community groups,” said Captain Marco Garmo. “Community outreach is so, so important. It’s just as important as putting bad guys in jail. They hold equal ground. We have to put resources towards it.”

CONGRESSWOMAN DAVIS‘ TRIBUTE TO MILITARY IN EL CAJON

 

By Paul Kruze

Photo:  Congresswoman Susan Davis addresses audience at veterans’ town hall in El Cajon.

Listen to veterans’ town hall with Congresswoman Davis:

http://www.mediafire.com/file/otg5ea4rh7x1i8p/SusanDavisVeterans_Final.mp3

August 7, 2017 (El Cajon) -- With the United States involved in war campaigns in the Middle East, Europe and Southeast Asia over the past century, there are U.S. soldiers who have returned home visibly unscathed by the hell of war. But there are those soldiers who have returned home healthy on the outside, yet everyday continue to deal with the ravages of war on the inside, enduring post-traumatic stress disorder and other challenges.

MEDICAL MEET AND GREETS FOR REFUGEES SOON TO BECOME REGULAR AFFAIRS

 

By Rachel Williams

August 7, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Medical handouts, translated to English and Arabic, are strewn across the table at St. John’s Church for Syrian and Afghan refugees. Health organizations around San Diego participated in an educational meet and greet to introduce the differences in urgent and emergency care, proper nutrition and disease prevention.

SECOND PAGEANT CONTESTANT ALLEGES WRONGDOING, ACCUSES KALASHO OF OFFERING TO TRADE SEX FOR CROWN

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

August 4, 2017 (El Cajon) –The San Diego Reader reports that a second contestant in the 2016 Miss Middle East Pageant has filed a lawsuit against Ben Kalasho and the pageant that he runs.  Paris Kargar told the Reader that on the eve of the pageant, Kalasho, an El Cajon Councilman, pulled her aside and told her, “You stay here at the hotel tonight with me, and you win.”

BIRTHDAY MARCH REMEMBERS ALFRED OLANGO

 

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

 A father's anguish: Richard Olango Abuka shared memories of his late son, a refugee whose American dream ended in gunfire by an El Cajon police officer.  Photo, left by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson.

August 3, 2017 (El Cajon) -- At a march to celebrate what would have been Alfred Olango’s 39th year of life, his father, Richard Olango Abuka, recalled one of his favorite memories; his son’s 13th birthday, “celebrating coming here” one month after they arrived in America.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE SUMMER ARTS CONSERVATORY PRESENTS TREASURE ISLAND NOW THROUGH AUG. 5: EXPERIENCE THE ADVENTURE

 

Review by Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewer sdtheatrereviews.com

Freelance writer Splash Magazine

August 3, 2017 (El Cajon) - Adventure is where you make it. In this rendition of Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson's beloved tale adapted for the conservatory by Jeanette Thomas, Jim is now Jamie, a girl, and she finds life is the adventure. Escape your every day life for a couple of hours and live the adventure of Treasure Island, directed by Brian Rickel & Mitzi Smith and with scores by musical director John Reynolds, complete with pirates, surprises and fun.

EL CAJON CONSIDERS REVOKING ALCOHOL SALES PERMIT FOR FORMER BROADWAY MARKET SITE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 2, 2017 (El Cajon) — The El Cajon Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 15 at 7 p.m. to consider termination of the former Broadway Market sit'es Deemed Approve Status and Revocation of a Conditional Use Permit for the off-sale of beer, wine and distilled spirits.

FLOOD WATCH FOR EAST COUNTY AND INLAND AREAS

 

East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts

August 2, 2017 (San Diego’s East County)   -- The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch Wednesday morning for San Diego’s inland region that includes the East County communities of La Mesa, El Cajon, Santee, Pine Valley and Julian as well as other inland areas of Escondido, Poway and San Marcos. 

The flood watch is in effect through tonight, with the threat of flash flooding and debris flows greatest in areas burned bare by brush fires. A deluge could bring over an inch an hour to some areas.

ROLLER HOCKEY HEADED TO GRANITE HILLS HIGH

 

By Nick Pellegrino

Aug. 1, 2017 (El Cajon, Calif.) -- According to the Granite Hills High School official website, the school's athletic department fields every single sport sponsored by the CIF San Diego Section.
 
It's bold. It's proud. It's also inaccurate, yet the Eagles are getting closer.

BACK TO SCHOOL SHOES NEEDED FOR HOMELESS KIDS AT EAST COUNTY TRANSITIONAL LIVING CENTER

 

By Mary Moran

August 1, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - There are over 100 kids living at East County Transitional Living Center (ECTLC)  with their parents who are working on transforming their lives from homelessness into becoming self sufficient, employed, tax paying citizens. These children attend public schools while their family is living at ECTLC.

COURTYARD MARRIOTT IS HIRING: AUGUST 9 EVENT IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

July 24, 2017 (El Cajon) – The Courtyard San Diego Marriott hotel opening soon in El Cajon is now hiring for positions including  front desk associates,  housekeeping and laundry positions.  The East County Career Center will host the Courtyard on Wednesday, August 9 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

EL CAJON “WITHIN WEEKS OF SEEING SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT HAPPENING” WITH THE EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo, left:  Robert Clark

July 22, 2017 (El Cajon) - Last week’s City Council meetings saw a new City Clerk, discussion of the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC), approval of a disposition and development agreement for the old police station on Highway 67 and approval of an adult daycare.

EL CAJON POLICE SET UP FUND TO AID HOMELESS MOTHER OF SEVEN, WHO CAME TO AID OF UNCONSCIOUS OFFICER

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 20, 2017 (El Cajon) – The El Cajon Police Officers Association has set up a Go fund me page (https://www.gofundme.com/ieshafund ) for Iesha Booker, a homeless mother of seven who came to the aid of Officer Sioson after he was knocked unconscious by a suspect who continued to assault him, causing serious injuries.

The 34-year-old MTS bus driver, was at the KFC in El Cajon when the assault occurred.  “When everyone else at the KFC stood around shocked, Lesha quickly stepped in, using Officer Sioson’s police radio to transmit `Officer Down at the KFC!’   It was that transmission which allowed us to expedite help to Officer Sioson, quickly arrest the suspect,” says Travis Howard, president of the El Cajon Police Officers Association.

MUSEUM ROADSHOW: JULY 22 AT HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM

 

East County news Service

July 19, 2017 (Rancho San Diego)—Heritage of the Americans Museum invites you to the Museum Roadshow this Saturday, July 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 pm.  You can bring in your treasures and have certified authenticator and appraiser Craig Helm tell you what it’s worth. 

His specialties are Native American and pre-Columbian artifacts, antique pictures, Western memorabilia and Asian artifacts.

MAN ARRESTED FOR KIDNAPPING FORMER GIRLFRIEND IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

July 18, 2017 (El Cajon) – Mark David Dabrowski, a 55-year-old transient in El Cajon, has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and domestic violence.

Yesterday morning, a witness called El Cajon Police to report that Dabrowski had abducted his former girlfriend, who is also homeless, while she was sleeping on an elementary school campus.

TRANSIENT CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER FOR ASSAULT OF EL CAJON POLICE OFFICER

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

July 18, 2017 (El Cajon) – A transient is under arrest for the attempted murder of an El Cajon Police officer that occurred yesterday shortly after 10 a.m. The suspect reportedly punched the officer repeatedly, continuing to assault him after he was unconscious.

 

Officers were dispatched to a Dollar Store, where a robbery had been reported.  Employees said the suspect had gone to a JFC restaurant nearby at 724 Fletcher Parkway. KFC had also called police to report the suspect stole soda from their fountain. There, the suspect,  Daniel Moses Cook, 42, violently assaulted the officer.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: EAST COUNTY REGIONAL TASK FORCE ON HOMELESS CHAIR ERIC LUND

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 15, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Recently, we sat down with Eric Lund, chair of the East County Regional Task Force on the Homeless  and president of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, for an interview that originally aired on KNSJ radio. 

He shared details about the Task Force's vision and proposals for a compassion approach to helping the homeless obtain housing and services, while also keeping communities clean and safe for residents and businesses.

Listen now by clicking the orange audio link.

Audio: 

MARCH JULY 29 IN EL CAJON COMMEMORATES ALFRED OLANGO BIRTHDAY, CALLS FOR FIRING OF OFFICER WHO KILLED HIM

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 9, 2017 (El Cajon) – Alfred Olango would have celebrated his 39th birthday on July 29th, if he hadn’t been killed by El Cajon Police Officer Richard Gonsalves. The shooting was ruled justifiable by District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis.  But his family and some civil rights activists from the National Action Network (NAN) and others believe justice was not served. 

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