Santee/Lakeside

SANTEE CITY COUNCIL PLANS ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT, ALSO DESIGNATES LIBRARY SITE FOR HOTEL

By Mike Allen 

By Mike Allen
 
August 15, 2019 (Santee) -- Executing one of its priorities set last year, Santee’s City Council has approved the concept of an overlay zone to an area centered around Town Center intended to attract arts and entertainment-orientated businesses such as night clubs, galleries, museums, theater and dance companies, plus other tourist-centric enterprises including hotels.

SENATOR BRIAN JONES HOSTS EAST COUNTY TOWN HALL AUG. 22 IN LAKESIDE

East County News Service

August 15, 2019 (Lakeside) – “It’s important that your voice is heard,” reads a flyer from State Senator Brian Jones, who will host an East County Town Hall on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 at the Lakeside Community Center (9841 Vine St., Lakeside).  There will be a local Nonprofit Expo first from 5-6 p.m., followed by a Town Hall from 6-7:30 p.m.

TREASURE ISLAND REVIEW: A PIRATE STORY

By Kathy Carpenter

August 14, 2019 (Santee) – We all go through journeys of discovery. Treasure Island, presented by The Pickwick Players, is Ken Ludwig's adaptation of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic that many of us were forced to read in high school English in days gone by. Admittedly, watching a play is far more entertaining.

SANTEE HISTORICAL SOCIETY TO HOST `THE IMPOSSIBLE RAILROAD’ PRESENTATION, SATURDAY, AUG. 17TH

East County News Service

August 12, 2019 (Santee) – The Pacific Southwest Railway Museum Association (PSRM), a San Diego-area historical and educational nonprofit, will host a free presentation on the history of railroading in San Diego County at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 17th at the Santee Historical Society’s barn building, 9200 Magnolia Ave., Santee. The public is invited to attend.  For more event information, visit www.santeehistoricalsociety.org.

LIVING WITH MOUNTAIN LIONS: AUG. 11 IN LAKESIDE

East County News Service
 
August 8, 2019 (Lakeside) – The Mountain Lion Foundation invites you to “Living with Mountain Lions,” a special presentation on Sunday, August 11 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Olde Community Church, 9906 Main Ave. in downtown Lakeside. 

BARONA POWWOW AUG. 30-SEPT. 1 CELEBRATES NATIVE AMERICAN TRADITIONS

East County News Service

 

August 8, 2019 (Lakeside) - The 49thtth annual Barona Powwow takes place Friday, August 30th through Sunday, September 1st at the Barona Sports complex on the Barona Indian reservation.

 

The public is welcome to come watch Native dancers and drummers from across the nation compete at the powwow, where you can also find craft vendors and food such as tacos made with Native American fry bread. 

SAN DIEGO BLOOD BANK HOLDS THREE BLOOD DRIVES IN EAST COUNTY

East County News Service

Photo: Creative Commons by SA-NC via Bing

August 8, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Blood Bank is hosting blood drives in Rancho San Diego on August 24,  Santee on August 25, and El Cajon on August 27.   Scroll down for details.

DRIVER SOUGHT IN LAKESIDE CRASH THAT LEFT MOTORCYCLIST BRAIN DEAD—JUST BEFORE HIS WEDDING DAY

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News
 
August 7, 2019 (Lakeside) -- Steven Johnson was set to be married this Saturday, beginning a new life with his fiancée, Karlene Moen. Instead, his grieving family and friends will be holding a celebration of life in his memory. Johnson, left brain-dead after a motorcycle crash, is set to be removed from life support. 
 
Now his loved ones are asking for public help to find the woman driving a gray compact car, who fled the scene of the accident. The crash occurred last Friday morning around 5:30 a.m. on southbound Highway 67 near Willows Road in Lakeside, 10 News reports.

FIND YOUR INNER LUMBERJACK: SOCAL AXE THROWING AT HH BAR & GRILL IN LAKESIDE

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

August 5, 2019 (Lakeside) - Don’t use the axe to shave, cut your double axe burger in half, or to divvy up a piece of cherry cobbler or deep-fried Portuguese donut at Lakeside’s newest bar and restaurant---SoCal Axe Throwing at HH Bar & Grill (9927 Maine Ave, Lakeside). 

 

Use the axe for target practice, fun, as a form of exercise, or to compete in an axe throwing tournament. Lakeside’s newest bar and restaurant comes with the opportunity to throw axes, eat, drink, and compete against your family or friends in a friendly game of axe throwing.

MEMORIAL SERVICE AUG. 7 IN LAKESIDE FOR KIERAN SHAFRITZ DE ZOYSA, 11, KILLED BY TERRORISTS IN SRI LANKA BOMBING

Update: View 10 News coverage of the celebration of life for Kieran: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtuTIWafbX0

By Miriam Raftery

Photo via Facebook

 

August 4, 2019 (Lakeside) – A memorial service for friends and family of Kieran Shafritz de Zoysa will be held on Wednesday, August 7 at 6 p.m. at Oakoasis Park in Lakeside, where a bench will be dedicated as Kieran’s View. The 11-year-old boy who dreamed of being a neurologist in hopes of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s was killed during the Easter Sunday terrorist bombing on April 21 in Sri Lanka.

NIGHT OUT TO FIGHT CRIME: AUGUST 6 AT THESE SHERIFF STATIONS

East County News Service

August 1, 2019 (San Diego) -- National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer. Millions of neighbors take part in National Night Out across thousands of communities from all fifty states, U.S. territories and military bases worldwide on the first Tuesday in August—including a dozen locations in San Diego County.

You can come meet deputies who patrol your neighborhoods, learn about services the Sheriff’s department provides, and get crime prevention safety tips. You can also explore Sheriff’s programs such as senior volunteers, home vacation checks, the You Are Not Alone program for homebound seniors and the disabled, and Jr. Explorers. Visitors may also meet McGruff “The Crime Dog” and view a Sheriff’s K-9 demo. The events also offer free food and drinks, giveaways and a bicycle raffle at some locations.

Click on one of the communities below for an event flyer at each of these Sheriff's stations and substations including several  East County locations:

"ROADSHOW” SEPT. 28 AT OFF BROADWAY LIVE IN SANTEE TO BENEFIT HOMELESS KIDS AND TEENS

By Miriam Raftery

August 1, 2019 (Santee) – Off Broadway Live Theatre in Santee will present a live musical play, “Roadshow,” on Sunday Sept. 29 at 3 p.m.   The performance follows a roadshow as singers barnstorm across the country to win a record deal.

COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY OPTION IS FEASIBLE, COUNTY REVEALS IN LAKESIDE FORUM

By Mike Allen

Photo: A community choice energy option would give residents an option to buy electrical power from the county instead of from SDG&E. Many Lakeside residents objected to SDG&E’s construction of  Sunrise Powerlink high-voltage lines through scenic areas such as the El Capitan reservoir (photo, left)  and El Monte Valley in Lakeside.  CCA plans also enable local governments to provide power from clean, renewable resources such as solar The electricity would still flow through powerlines and infrastructure maintained by SDG&E, but profits off energy production would flow to the county to benefit taxpayers, not SDG&E shareholders.

August 1, 2019 (Lakeside) - That the county is on the verge of declaring a community choice aggregate (CCA) appears evident, given the tenor of a recent forum held at the Lakeside Community Center July 30. Under the CCA, the county would buy and sell electrical power to residents and businesses, providing an alternative for consumers to SDG&E. The board is scheduled to receive a final report on the issue Sept. 10, and take a vote either then or soon after. 

SANTEE MULLS ALTERNATIVE WAY OF BUYING ENERGY

By Mike Allen

Photo: Howard Choy, EES Consulting

 

July 26, 2019 (Santee) -- Santee’s City Council took a more in-depth look this week at establishing a new entity that promises to provide energy at reduced rates while obtaining more of the power from renewable sources.

COUNTY TO HOLD PUBLIC FORUMS ON COMMUNITY CHOICE ENERGY

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

July 19, 2019 (San Diego) - The public can give input on whether the County should buy and sell electricity during four informational forums set for coming weeks.

Board supervisors started exploring the idea of starting a community choice energy program, also known as community choice aggregation, in February.

COMPUTER CODING PROGRAM IS LAUNCHING IN SANTEE

East County News Service

July 18, 2019 (Santee) -- ThoughtSTEM, a San Diego county based computer coding school for students ages 5 to 17, is launching classes this summer in Santee at San Diego Christian College. These classes will run from July 22nd through August 9th, and will teach all interested students the fundamentals of how computer software is made. ThoughtSTEM builds their curriculum around showing students examples of video games they know, and then helping them create their own similar gaming experience.

ROCK ‘N’ ROLL AND COUNTRY MUSIC GROUPS HEADLINE SANTEE’S CONCERT AT THE LAKES JULY 27

By Miriam Raftery

July 17, 2019 (Santee) - The July 27 Concert at the Lakes in Santee will feature a “whole lot of rock ‘n’ roll and a little bit of country,” according to organizers. This year’s lineup of the event at Santee Lakes will feature Shannon Rae & 100 Proof, Tom Petty and the Heartshakers and DSB.

The concert is open to those age 14 and up.  Lawn and table tickets are available at https://www.concertatthelakes.com/.

FOUR-STORY HIGH GEYSER IN LAKESIDE AFTER HYDRANT DAMAGED BY VEHICLE

By Ana Nita
 
July 17, 2019 (Lakeside) -- A towed car came unhitched and hit a fire hydrant last week on Mapleview St. in Lakeside, offering a spectacular show of a four-story high geyser to the Lakeside residents.
 
According to officer Christopher Aguerre with California Highway Patrol, who responded to the event, there were two cars involved in this incident: a privately own SUV towing a BMW up the hill into an apartment complex. 

FANITA RANCH POP-UP INTERNET ADS STRIVE TO DRUM UP SUPPORT FOR MASSIVE PROJECT

By Miriam Raftery

July 15, 2019 (Santee) – Fanita Ranch, the controversial master-planned development proposed in Santee, is seeking to drum up community support through pop-up ads targeting East County residents on the Internet.  This reporter had one of the ads pop up while paying an online solitaire game.

The ad claims that Fanita Ranch can “improve traffic” including adding westbound and eastbound lanes as well as a high-capacity onramp at Mast Blvd.  The ad clicks open to the website https://fanitaranch.com/improvingtraffic. But project opponents take issue with the advertising’s claims.  

MAPLEVIEW CAMP BENEFIT CONCERT IN LAKESIDE JULY 28

East County News Service 

July 15, 2019 (Lakeside) – A concert by Pete and Norene Cook in Lakeside will benefit youths in our area who can’t afford summer camp.  Mapleview Baptist Church will host the concert on Sunday, July 28 at 6 p.m.

LAKE JENNINGS SPRING PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS

Source: Helix Water District

July 10, 2019 (Lakeside) -- Helix Water District has announced the winners of its 2019 Lake Jennings Spring Photo Contest. 

Now in its eighth year, the contest drew 60 entries from throughout the county. This year’s theme was Life at the Lake, and each of the entries highlighted the unique beauty of camping, fishing, hiking, spotting wildlife and enjoying the view at Lake Jennings in Lakeside. 

GOAT DEATHS RAISE CONCERNS IN LAKESIDE: WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST SAYS COYOTES, NOT MOUNTAIN LION ARE MOST LIKELY TO BLAME

By Miriam Raftery

July 9, 2019 (Lakeside) – CBS 8 reports that numerous goats have been killed in the past month in Lakeside's Morena Valley and Eucalyptus Hills communities. The CBS story quoted Billy Ortiz, a wildlife photographer, who said he identified tracks of a female mountain lion and a cub near the most recent kill.

But wildlife biologist Renee Owens says, "By the nature of the kills they were most if not all coyotes and possibly dogs.  Yes, there is a mountain lion in the area, as has always been the case–as in all areas of our backcountry, but the track Billy has posted is not definitive of a lion."  Her nonprofit organization, Wildlife Zone, is working on a mountain lion study.  She has been featured on National Geographic, the BBC, Discovery Channel and Dateline for her wildlife expertise.

 

FREE FOOD AT CHICK-FIL-A THIS WEEK TO APP USERS

East County News Service

July 8, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – The 14 Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County are offering a free entrée to guests who create or log-in to their Chick-fil-A One app on either Monday, July 8, or Tuesday, July 9.  After connecting to the app, guests will receive a free entrée from Wednesday, July 10 through Wednesday, July 31, not including Sundays when Chick-fil-A is closed.

STAY ISSUED TO DELAY CLOSURE OF THREE CHARTER SCHOOLS IN GROSSMONT DISTRICT

By Miriam Raftery

July 6, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Three nonprofit charter schools operating within the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) have been ordered shut down by a judge, but now a stay issued has been ordered for one year until an appeal can be heard. 

The schools at risk of closure are Diego Valley East charter in El Cajon and San Diego Workforce Innovation High charter schools in Lakeside and Lemon Grove. 

MULTI-LINGUAL CONCERT JULY 21 AT UNITARIAN CHURCH IN SANTEE

East County News Service

July 5, 2019 (Santee) – San Jose musician Joe Ferrara will perform a concert on Sunday, July 21 from 2-4 p.m. at the Summit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (8778 Cottonwood Ave.) in Santee.

Ferrara has been entertaining Northern California audiences for the last 51 years. Joe's rich baritone voice and comfort with his audience have attracted fans of all ages. His repertoire of over 1,300 songs includes a variety of standards, folk songs, country, show tunes, Disney, classic rock, contemporary and original compositions. He even sings some favorites in Spanish, French and Italian.  

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