El Cajon

EL CAJON NOW ACCEPTING YOUTH OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS

 

 

Photo: Creative commons image via S.A.

March 2, 2019 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon Teen Coalition is now accepting applications for the “Youth of the Year” Award, recognizing outstanding youth who go above and beyond serving their community!  This annual award is given to one middle school and one high school student, honoring them for their leadership abilities and/or their quality or level of community service. Final awards will be based on dedication and commitment beyond what may be required by the school and its effect on the community.

GROSSMONT HIGH CELEBRATES GROUNDBREAKING OF PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

 

 

State-of-the-art facility will bring together performing arts programs in a central location; provides modern new venue for school, district, and community events

East County News Service

March 1, 2019 (El Cajon) – Grossmont High School broke ground last Tuesday on a state-of-the-art facility that will bring together performing arts programs including dance, choral, digital music, and drama. The $26 million project is funded by Proposition U and Ballot Measure BB.

EL CAJON CONSIDERS SIGN ORDINANCE CHANGES, ZONING CODE EXEMPTIONS FOR MUNICIPAL PROJECTS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 1, 2019 (El Cajon) – El Cajon is considering an amendment to sign standards regulating the height and size of freestanding signs downtown. In addition, the city is considering exempting municipal projects and uses from the zoning code and entitlement process.

The Planning Commission will hold public hearings  on each of these proposals on Tuesday March 19 at 7 p.m.  The City Council will also hold public hearings on Tuesday, March 26 at 3 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 200 Civic Center Way, El Cajon.

ST. PATRICK’S 5K AND HALF MARATHON MARCH 3 IN EL CAJON

 

Photo by Robert Gehr

March 1, 2019 (El Cajon) -- A St. Patrick’s Day 5K run and half marathon will be held a wee bit early, on March 3rd in downtown El Cajon starting at the El Cajon arch.

Funds raised will benefit East County charities. There’s also a beer garden and more at the annual event hosted by the Run East County Foundation.

SAN DIEGO RIVER PARK FOUNDATION OPEN HOUSE ON FORESTER CREEK PARK PROPOSALS DRAWS ENTHUSIASTIC CROWD IN EL CAJON

 

You can provide your input on the Foundation’s survey on El Cajon Recreational Access Plan at www.sandiegoriver.org/survey.html (available in English, Spanish and Arabic)

By Jonathan Goetz

February 27, 2019 (El Cajon) -- The San Diego River Park Foundation held an open house yesterday on proposed parks along Forester Creek and other locations in EL Cajon. The event at the Ronald Reagan Community Center drew nearly 200 people, with multiple stations staffed by the Foundation's volunteers, staff and California Polytechnic State University graduate consultants.

EAST COUNTY CHURCH HOSTS `BLESSED WITH A DRESS,’ FREE FORMAL DRESSES FOR YOUNG LADIES

 

 

East County News Service 

February 25, 2019 (El Cajon) – Foothills Christian Church at 365 West Bradley Ave. in El Cajon will host “Blessed with a Dress,” a free event for young women needing high-quality, fashionable formal wear for school dances and other special occasions. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, girls can visit the church campus and select a free dress, pair of shoes and jewelry for upcoming formal events.

EAST COUNTY CHAMBER PRESENTS `EAST COUNTY HONORS’ AWARDS

 

 

East County News Service

February 25, 2019 (El Cajon) – The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce swore in its 30-member board of directors and presented awards at its recent 107th Annual Dinner, held Feb. 23 at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in El Cajon. More than 200 people attended the “East County Honors” event.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: HUMANITARIANS AL SANATI AND RAMIRO SANDOVAL SPEAK OUT ON EFFORTS TO HELP REFUGEES AND REBUILD IRAQ

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Al Sanati and Ramiro Sandoval

Cllick this audio link to hear our interview, or scroll down to read highlights.

February 23, 2019 (El Cajon) — Al Sanati, director of the War Refugees Group, and Ramiro Sandoval with Hermanos Unidos Sin Fronteras (Brothers United Without Borders) were our guests on our East Count Magazine Radio Show on KNSJ recently.

These humanitarian leaders are fighting for justice and filing suit to win financial reparations from the Iraqi government for1.2 million Iraqi refugees around the world, including over 80,000 in East County. They have also met with top dignitaries in Iraq in an effort to help the nation’s new government rebuild Iraq.

Audio: 

Interview with Al Sanati and Ramiro Sandoval

FOUR NEW STORES TO OPEN INSIDE FORMER EL CAJON SEARS SPACE AT PARKWAY PLAZA

 
 
By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor
 
February 23, 2019 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon’s iconic Parkway Plaza mall has dodged a bullet with the announcement that the recently vacated Sears store at the west end of the mall will be home to four new stores by Memorial Day Weekend. 

COMEDY NIGHT MAY 18 TO BENEFIT EAST COUNTY TRANSITIONAL LIVING CENTER

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 22, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – A comedy night fundraiser to benefit the East County Transitional Living Center in El Cajon will be presented on Saturday, May 18 at 6 p.m. at the Skyline Church, 11330 Campo Rd. in La Mesa.

BOYS BASKETBALL: VALHALLA'S PLAYOFF HOPES END; BURIED BY CAVERS IN DIII CHAMPIONSHIP 75-56

 
 
Story by Liz Alper
 
Photos by Don De Mars
 
February 21, 2019 (San Diego) - Valhalla High boys basketball has had an impeccable season; 28-3 on the year.  So it’s only fitting that they’d make it to the CIF San Diego section Division III finals after beating Southwest El Centro and Del Norte.  Tonight, they faced off against the Cavers of San Diego High on the campus of Mira Mesa High School.

CAJON VALLEY UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT DESTROYS BOARD MEETING RECORDING DESPITE ECM PUBLIC RECORDS REQUEST



Donna Frye, open government advocate, calls district’s actions “morally repugnant;” request follows negative state evaluation of CVUSD schools

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

February 20, 2019 (El Cajon) -- Some local government agencies including many school districts pride themselves on their transparency and openness towards local citizens. Others, such as the Cajon Valley Union School District (CVUSD), would rather operate under a cloak of darkness.

Despite a legally submitted California Public Records Act (CPRA) request made by ECM for a copy of the recording for the Dec. 11, 2018 CVUSD board meeting, the district willfully destroyed the recording without fulfilling our request.

Audio: 

COMMUNITY INPUT SOUGHT FOR PARKS ALONG FORESTER CREEK IN EL CAJON AT WORKSHOP FEB. 26

The San Diego River Park Foundation is seeking feedback about future improvement on Forester Creek

Source: San Diego River Park Foundation

February 20, 2019 (El Cajon) -- Ever heard of Forester Creek?  For many in El Cajon, the answer is no!  But Forester Creek, which feeds into the San Diego River, was once a major natural feature of El Cajon.  Today, much of it is channelized, lined with concrete, and hidden.  Community input is needed to help plan for future improvements and connections to the Creek. The public is invited to a community parks workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 26 from 4 to 7 p.m at the Ronald Reagan Community Center (195 E. Douglas St.) in El Cajon.

Local nonprofit The San Diego River Park Foundation believes the Creek has potential to provide opportunities for recreation, nature, and environmental education in El Cajon.  The organization has partnered with the City of El Cajon and received a $320,000 grant from the State of California to complete planning to develop a Recreation Access Plan for Forester Creek, as part of a larger effort to improve the health of Forester Creek.  They have hired Cal Poly Pomona’s Studio 606 Landscape Architecture program to facilitate the planning.

OLAF WIEGHORST MUSEUM PRESENTS FREE LECTURE ON NATIVE AMERICAN PUEBLO STORYTELLER POTTERY

 

 

East County News Service

February 20, 2019 (El Cajon) – The Olaf Wieghorst Museum at the Wieghorst Western Heritage Center, 131 Rea Ave., El Cajon, will present a free lecture about Native American Pueblo Storyteller pottery from 1 to 2 p .m. Wednesday, Feb. 27. The public is invited to attend.

DISTRICT CHANCELLOR CINDY L. MILES ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT

 

 

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

February 18, 2019 (El Cajon) - The 10-year era of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District with Chancellor Cindy L. Miles at the helm will soon draw to a close.

 With what she described as “mixed feelings,” Miles announced today that she will be retiring at the end of the year. Her retirement contract, set to go before the Governing Board Feb. 19, calls for Miles to remain until the end of the year to allow time for a successor to be selected.

FIREFIGHTERS SAVE HOME FOR FAMILY OF EIGHT IN EL CJAON

By Miriam Raftery

February 16, 2019 (El Cajon) – Heartland Fire and Rescue crews extinguished a blaze Monday night in the garage of a home in the 1500 block of Condor Ave. in El Cajon.  Residents were reportedly doing laundry when they smelled smoke and found their garage on fire.

Firefighters cut open the garage door to access the flames and were able to douse the fire within 10 minutes, saving the residence where eight people reside.

RANCHO SAN DIEGO SHERIFF CAPTAIN MARCO GARMO PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE DURING ATF/FBI CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION

Action comes on heels of countywide firearms trafficking investigation

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

Photo: Capt. Marco Garmo,10 News

February 14, 2019 (Rancho San Diego) -- Capt. Marco Garmo, who most recently headed up the Rancho San Diego substation of the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has been placed on an administrative leave until further notice, according to ECM news partner 10News.

On the same day that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted raids throughout San Diego County, including the large sprawling Jamul estate of San Diego jeweler Leo Hamel due to a firearms trafficking investigation, Garmo was put on leave. The Rancho San Diego substation covers the same area of Hamel’s property.

Sheriff Gore, in a e-mail obtained by 10News yesterday, states that he was made aware of potential criminal conduct by Garmo by a senior member of the Sheriff’s Department, and implies that the removal of Garmo is linked to the broader federal investigation involving Hamel’s properties.

FEDS RAID JEWELER LEO HAMEL’S HOME AND STORES IN GUN TRAFFICKING CASE

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

February 13, 2019 (Jamul) – A mansion in Rancho Jamul Estates owned by prominent jeweler Leo Hamel was raided today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Some of his jewelry stores were also searched in connection with a firearms trafficking case, 10 News reports.

In 2016, Hamel ran for the California State Assembly as a Republican, seeking to represent most of East County. Despite announcing that he had dropped out before the primary election, his name remained on the ballot and he advanced to the November run-off, but was defeated by Randy Voepel.

BOYS BASKETBALL: NORSEMEN ADVANCE TO CIF QUARTERFINALS AFTER TROUNCING SOUTHWEST EC 82-62

 
 
Story by Liz Alper
 
Photos by Don De Mars
 
February 13, 2019 (El Cajon) - If any team in the county deserves a spot in the playoffs, it’s Valhalla boys basketball.  The Norsemen knocked this season out of the park, going 25-3 overall and undefeated at home (11-0) and 9-1 in league play.  Tonight in the first round of the CIF San Diego Section boys basketball playoffs, the orange, blue and white faced the Eagles of Southwest El Centro.

EL CAJON MAYOR BILL WELLS’ TOWN HALL ADDRESSES COMMUNITY CONCERNS ON HOMELESS PROBLEM

 

 

Mayor promises more community forums; mandates City Council members to reach out to constituents with similar community forums

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

 

Audio: tinyurl.com/ECM-012019BillWellsTownHall

 

February 12, 2019 (El Cajon) - El Cajon Mayor Bill Well faced a mostly friendly crowd of some 250 people at a community town hall meeting on January 20th in the Sports Plex facility at Cajon Valley High School. While the Mayor touched on various topics during the two-hour meeting, El Cajon’s chronic homeless problem and crimes perpetrated by homeless individuals took center stage.

MURDER SUSPECT ARRESTED IN EL CAJON

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
February 10, 2019 (El Cajon) – A man suspected of stabbing another man to death in front of two witnesses this morning has been arrested.
 
El Cajon Police officers responded to Grossmont Hospital this morning, where they met with the victim’ wife.  She told officers that around 1 a.m., she and her husband, along with another man, where in their vehicle in an alley in the 300 block of North Second Street.  Her husband reportedly got into an argument with another man outside of their vehicle and tat man stabbed her husband in the chest.

CUYAMACA COLLEGE SPRING CONCERT SEASON FEATURES MUSICIANS OF NOTE

 

 

Source: Cuyamaca College

February 10, 2019 (Rancho San Diego) -- A wide assortment of musicians ranging from a San Diego mariachi band that has played at the Super Bowl to one of the most in-demand French hornists in the country will be performing in this year’s Spring Concert Series at Cuyamaca College beginning Feb. 28.

All performances, except the Coyote Music Festival, will be held at the Samuel M. Ciccati Theatre in the Samuel M. Ciccati Performing Arts Center. The annual Coyote Music Festival will be held at Cuyamaca College’s Grand Lawn.

On tap for the Spring Concert Series:

CAJON VALLEY UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT NAMED 2019 DIGITAL CONVERGENCE NATIONAL SHOWCASE DISTRICT

 

 

By Miriam Raftery 

February 5, 2019 (El Cajon) -- Modern Teacher has named Cajon Valley Union School District the 2019 Digital Convergence National Showcase District. 

TEA BY THE SEA RAISED MORE THAN $19,000 FOR ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE'S CENTER

 

 

Source: St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center

February 5, 2019 (San Diego) -- St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) of El Cajon partnered with The Marine Room to host the annual Tea by the Sea celebration on Saturday, January 19, 2019. The event hosted 210 guests and raised more than $19,000 to fund SMSC’s art program, where students can explore their creativity through a variety of artistic mediums at Sophie’s Gallery.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS AT GROSSMONT AND CUYAMACA CAMPUSES

 

 

East County News Service

February 4, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges are recognizing Black History month with a series of events including film showings, music, foods, lectures, a book club and more. See below for a full schedule of events at both locations in El Cajon and Rancho San Diego.

VALHALLA STUDENT ARRESTED FOR ALLEGEDLY BRINGING GUN TO SCHOOL

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
February 2, 2019 (Rancho San Diego) – A student at Valhalla High School has been arrested for allegedly bringing a loaded handgun onto campus in the Rancho San Diego area of unincorporated El Cajon yesterday.

CAJON VALLEY HOSTS SIX PUBLIC MEETINGS ON SCHOOL SAFETY

 

 

East County News Service

February 1, 2019 (El Cajon) – Cajon Valley Union School District invites parents to attend one or more of six school safety meetings where the district will share results of safety audits and recommendations. Participants will also engage with leaders from the El Cajon Police and Sheriff departments on immediate and long-term steps to maximize security and safety on campuses of students, teachers and staff.  

To attend, please RSVP to email@blackboard.com and complete this survey.  The meeting dates and locations are: 

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