Santee/Lakeside

A STEER RUSTLING CAPER IN LAKESIDE

 

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

Photo: Left and right: bull atop El Capitan High School and former Pinnacle Peak restaurant

May 6, 2016 (Lakeside) – A popular icon in downtown Lakeside—the bull statue atop the former Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse on Maine Avenue—vanished recently, leaving locals to ponder, where’s the beef?

Fortunately the missing steer statue was found this morning not far away, standing on the roof of El Capitan High School—and that’s no bull.

No one has come forward to fess up to steering the statue to the high school, though a senior prank is rumored.

EAST COUNTY FAMILY YMCA AIMS TO BRING OUT WOW! FACTOR IN LOCAL KIDS DURING 25TH ANNUAL HEALTHY KIDS DAY®

 

Event helps kids stay active and keep learning all summer long

Source:  East County YMCA Press Release

April 25, 2016 (Santee and Rancho San Diego)--On Saturday, April 30, the Cameron Family YMCA in Santee and McGrath Family YMCA in Rancho San Diego are holding free community events to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. This year marks the 25th annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families.  The day-long event features activities such as games, arts, crafts, wellness education, fitness demonstrations, and water safety in preparation for the upcoming summer months. All activities are designed to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.  

THIS PAST WEEKEND IN LAKESIDE

 

 

East County News Service

 

April 25, 2016 (Lakeside) – Yeehaw!  Lakeside’s Rodeo and Western Days Parade took place this past weekend and photographer Randy Jordan of  R. Jordan Photography was there to catch the action, including barrel racing and calf-roping at “Slack Thursday” in the Bulls Only lead-up event to the Lakeside Rodeo.  He also watched the annual parade roll out down Maine Avenue through the heart of downtown Lakeside.

RIDER DIES AFTER HORSE FALLS AT LAKESIDE PARADE GROUNDS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy Billy Ortiz

April 24, 2016 (Lakeside) – Yesterday morning’s Western Days Parade in Lakeside was marred by tragedy.   Diana Cavender, an experienced horse trainer and member of the Escondido Mounted Posse, has died of head injuries suffered in a fall that occurred when her horse spooked while she was riding to a staging area after the parade.

ARREST MADE IN LAKESIDE MURDER CASE

 

Updated April 25, 2016 with victim's identity and cause of death.

East County News Service

April 24, 2016 (Lakeside) – Lance Benson, 29, of Lakeside has been arrested and will be charged with murder for the death of a man found early this morning on a sidewalk by a newspaper delivery person. The victim has been identified as Trammel Joseph Rizzuti, age 35 and the death was caused by sharp force trauma.

FREE SENIOR HEALTH FAIR IN SANTEE ON FRIDAY, APRIL 29

 

Source: Grossmont Healthcare District

April 22, 2016 (Santee) - The 17th annual East County Senior Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, April 29, at Sonrise Community Church, 8805 Magnolia Ave. in Santee. Admission is free. No advance registration is necessary.

EARTH DAY PARTY AT THE TRIPLE H RANCH B&B IN LAKESIDE

 

 

East County News Service

April 21,2016 (Lakeside) – You’re invited to a fun and festive Earth Day celebration and birthday party for the new Triple H Ranch bed and breakfast, 12453 Yerba Valley Road in Lakeside from 1 to 8 p.m.

Activities for the whole family include tours of gardens and the bed and breakfast, a petting zoo, face painting, an open gallery, mosaic making, music, plant and seed exchange and gifts, poster and photo contests, and a pot luck luncheon.

EARTH DAY COMMUNITY MURAL PROJECT IN SANTEE APRIL 22-25

 

East County News Service

April 20, 2016 (Santee) -- An Earth Day Community Mural project is being launched in Santee at the Walker Preserve this weekend. Volunteers are needed to help pain a series of six murals at the Magnolia Avenue underpass along the San Diego River starting Friday, April 22nd through Monday, April 25th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SAND MINING PROJECT APPLICANT SUBMITS REVISIONS TO PROPOSAL FOR LAKESIDE’S EL MONTE VALLEY

 

East County News Service

April 18, 2016 (Lakeside) – The developer who seeks to build a sand mine the scenic El Monte Valley in Lakeside that is overwhelmingly opposed by residents has submitted  a scoping letter to the County of San Diego with significant changes to the proposed project.  Click here to view the full document.

KEYIP! KECHUW! (LISTEN! MAKE!) BARONA MUSEUM’S STORY TIME AND CRAFT PROGRAM FOR KIDS

 

East County News Service

April 18, 2016 (Lakeside) – Barona Museum invites children to a cultural story and art activity on the last Saturday of each month starting April 30th and running through October.  The events will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the community center meeting room.

LAKESIDE RESIDENTS AND PARENTS SHOW CONCERN AND OPPOSITION OVER GUHSD REDISTRICTING

 

By Janis Russell

April 18, 2016 (Lakeside) - A public hearing was conducted April 11 in Lakeside to inform the public and let them voice their opinions for the by-trustee area election for GUHSD.  The hearing was held by the County Office of Education’s Committee on School District reorganization, which later approved the redistricting plan and map at its April 13 meeting. (http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/county-approves-guhsd-shift-trustee-districts)

HELP THE HOMELESS AT FUNDRAISER APRIL 28 AT BNS BREWING IN SANTEE TO BENEFIT OPERATION SUPPLY

 

East County News Service

April 14, 2016 (Santee) – BNS Brewing & Distillery (10960 Wheatlands Ave)  in Santee will host a fundraiser on April 28th from 6-8:30 p.m. to benefit Operation Supply, a nonprofit which has supplied hygiene supplies and warmth to over 175 homeless people in San Diego over the past four years.

SUV DRIVER KILLED AFTER HITTING TRUCK IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

April 13, 2016 (Santee) - An SUV driver who reportedly ran a red light after exiting State Route 52 near Mission Trails Regional Park in Santee struck a big rick truck at high speed early Wednesday morning, Patch.com reports.  The dark blue SUV became wedged under the big rick, trapping the driver inside.

BURGLAR IN TERMITE-TENTED HOME NABBED IN LAKESIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 9, 2016 (Lakeside) --  A worker for a pest control company who arrived to remove a termite fumigation tent from a home at 9548 Farmington Drive in Lakeside Friday found an intruder in the home. The suspect fled and the employee pursued him in his work truck, said Sergeant Mike McNeill.

BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS' SANTEE CLUBHOUSE TO RUN ON SOLAR POWER

 

East County News Service

April 8, 2016 (Santee) - The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC) has announced installation of a solar power system has been completed at its Santee clubhouse, 8820 Tamberly Way. San Diego-based Empowered Energy Solutions said its solar system costing $184,000 to install will save the Santee clubhouse $338,000 in utility costs over the next 10 years and $824,000 over the next 25 years.

STEER CLEAR OF SOUTHBOUND STATE ROUTE 67 APRIL 15-18

 

East County News Service

April 7, 2016 (Lakeside) -- Drivers are being advised by Caltrans and the County to steer clear of southbound State Route 67 in Lakeside from 10 p.m., Friday April 15, to 5 a.m. Monday, April 18, when a construction project will close a roughly 1 ½ mile stretch of the highway.

LAKESIDE HISTORICAL SOCIETY FOUNDER, 101, HONORED BY CONGRESS OF HISTORY AWARD

 

East County News Service

April 7, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – We wanted to share with you that Edna Swink Kouns, Class of 1932, received the Congress of History Ben Dixon Award in February 2016 for her preservation efforts in her hometown of Lakeside.  Edna’s acceptance speech emphasized and encouraged the importance of volunteering in your community,” the Grossmont High School Museum reports. “Edna has a lifetime passion for history, shown by her founding role in 1972 in the Lakeside Historical Society and is a driving force in its efforts to preserve, display, and celebrate the community’s history.  Edna at the age of 101 continues to volunteer weekly!”

71ST ASSEMBLY CANDIDATES RANDY VOEPEL AND TONY TEORA SPEAK AT LAKESIDE TEA PARTY

 

By Janis Russell

March 30, 2016 (Lakeside) - At the Lakeside Tea Party meeting on March 28, two of the 71st Assembly candidates, Santee Mayor Randy Voepel and small business owner Tony Teora, both Republicans, spoke and answered questions from the public. Leo Hamel, another Republican candidate, wasn’t able to make it.

WESTERN DAYS PARADE HAS PATRIOTIC THEME IN LAKESIDE APRIL 23

 

East County News Service

March 25, 2016 (Lakeside) – Lakeside’s Western Days Parade will roll out along Maine Street on April 23 starting at 9:35 a.m.  Celebrating its 51st year, this year’s parade hosted by the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will feature the theme “America Strong, Lakeside Strong.”

COUNTY SETS HEARINGS ON REDISTRICTING PROPOSED BY GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

 



By Miriam Raftery

Updated March 31 with new info from the County Office of Education.

March 15, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The County Committee on School District Organization will hold six hearings to get public input on the Grossmont Union High School District’s proposed shift to electing governing board trustees by districts.  The GUHSD board voted 4-1 to adopt a controversial map and seek a waiver of a public vote despite opposition from members of the public who spoke, some alleging gerrymandering to oust a dissenting board member and break up a vocal minority voting block, as ECM reported.

The six hearings are set for March 17 in La Mesa, March 28 in El Cajon,  April 4 in Alpine,  April 5 in Jamul, April 6 in Lemon Grove, and April 11 in Lakeside.  The public can testify at the meetings and also submit written comments up until April 7.  The County’s committee will vote to approve or disapprove the district’s request at its April 13 meeting. The Alpine hearing was added after ECM and community members asked that Alpine be added as a location due to the many controversies involving the Alpine area.

For the full schedule of meetings, rules and details, click "read more" and scroll down.

To view the San Diego County Office of Education hearings announcement in English, Spanish and Arabic, click here.

To view data on the GUHSD redistricting plan including demographic details and maps, click here.

HEALTHY LIVING PROMOTED IN LAKESIDE IN MARCH: LOTS OF FREE SERVICES

 

East County News Service

March 18, 2016 (Lakeside) - With Lakeside Health Awareness Month at its half way point, some great promotions have been going on to promote health, fitness and wellness to the citizens of Lakeside.

CHICK-FIL-A IN SANTEE IS SUPPORTING THE AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION’S "ALERT DAY" ON TUESDAY, MARCH 22ND

 

Take the diabetes risk test for diabetes risk awareness, then get free food from Chick-fil-A

 

East County News Service

March 18, 2016 (Santee) -- To commemorate Tuesday, March 22 as the American Diabetes Association’s “Alert Day,” the nine Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the Chick-fil-A restaurant at 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, will giveaway free food to customers who find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

73-YEAR-OLD LAKESIDE RESIDENT WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE IS INSPIRATIONAL EXAMPLE OF EXERCISE BENEFITS

 

 

By Steve Lauria

March 10, 2016 (Lakeside) -- A great place to get a good workout is Lakeside’s Lindo Lake exercise path. There is a great assortment of stationary workout equipment for every part of the body. It is located right on the lake, next to the skateboard park.

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