Communities

NIGHT FISHING AT SANTEE LAKES OPENS FOR SUMMER

East County News Service

May 28, 2015 (Santee) -- Santee Lakes invites you to drop your line for night fishing.   Lakes 1, 2, 3 and 4 will be open for night fishing on June 4 and 18, July 16 and 30, August 13 and 27 from 5 p.m. to 11 :30 p.m.

Bring a lantern--but no radios please, to keep the lake quiet for best fishing.

PENN NATIONAL GAMING NAMES RICHARD ST. JEAN GENERAL MANAGER OF HOLLYWOOD CASINO JAMUL-SAN DIEGO

 

East County News Service

May 26, 2015 (Jamul) – Penn National Gaming, Inc. (PENN: Nasdaq) announced today that Richard St. Jean has been named General Manager of Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego. Mr. St. Jean, who currently serves as General Manager of Hollywood Casino Toledo, will also assume an oversight role at Zia Park Casino Hotel & Racetrack in Hobbs, New Mexico.

Mr. St. Jean will have full responsibility for the opening and management of the planned $360 million Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego, which will be owned by the Jamul Indian Village of California and managed by Penn National Gaming.

PASSAGES: ACCIDENTS CLAIM EAST COUNTY LIVES

By Miriam Raftery

May 26, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Accidents have claimed the lives of several local residents including Xochil Calvario or Ramona, Darrell Thomas King of Alpine, and Michael Young of El Cajon. In addition, a fatal Pine Valley accident killed Casey Phillip Ellis of Yuma, Arizona.

FOR WEDDINGS TO SAVOR, GROVE PASTRY TAKES THE CAKE

By Miriam Raftery

May 28, 2015 (Lemon Grove) – If you’re looking for a wedding cake that’s personalized, beautiful and delicious,  you’ll find your heart’s desire at Grove Pastry Shop in Lemon Grove. When San Diego Style Wedding magazine held a competition for wedding cake bakers last year, Grove Pastry Shop won six of eight categories (and didn’t enter the other two). 

In business since 1947, the bakery has evolved with the times, now offering an array of options ranging from specialty cake flavorings from mango to margaritas, as well as decorating options from tiered chandeliers to tattoos.  One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is the bakery’s commitment to quality –with all cakes hand-crafted and baked the old-fashioned way, with the finest ingredients using many personal recipes from owner Teresa Johnson.

GUITAR MAESTRO ROBERT WETZEL IN CONCERT MAY 29 AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

 

May 26, 2015 (El Cajon) - Guitar maestro Robert Wetzel will perform a special concert at the Cuyamaca College Theatre (900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego) on Friday, May 29, at 8 p.m.

NO BOMBS FOUND AFTER LOCKDOWN AT WEST HILLS HIGH

May 26, 2015 (Santee) – West Hills High School in Santee was placed in lockdown today after staff received a call at 9:15 a.m. claiming that several bombs had been placed around the campus.

Sheriff’s deputies swiftly responded and found suspicious items, prompting a call to the Bomb Arson unit and a lockdown order for the campus.  Additional agencies were summoned including the Santee Fire Dept., San Diego Fire Bomb Squad, federal Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cal Fire, El Cajon Police and numerous Sheriff’s detectives.

JULIAN DANCE AND BACK COUNTRY BARBECUE JUNE 13

 

May 25, 2015 (Julian) - Julian’s Sons of the American Legion invite you to the annual Julian Dance and Back Country Barbecue on Saturday, June 13th from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.  The event will be held at Menghini Winery (1150 Julian Orchard Drive) and will feature three live bands: Shotgun Wedding, Freight Shakers, and Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP SERVING RANCHO SAN DIEGO, MT. HELIX & CASA DE ORO

 

Application deadline is July 3, 2015

May 25, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--The Community Planning Group for Rancho San Diego, Mt. Helix and Casa de Oro needs volunteer members to represent the community in planning and land use issues. The group meets the first Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. It is a fifteen member advisory body reporting to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Applicants must be registered voters residing in the community.

WATER CUTS HIT HARD IN BORREGO SPRINGS

 

East County News Service

May 25, 2015 (Borrego Springs)--An emergency order issued by Governor Jerry Brown is having a harsher impact on some communities than others, since the slash-water-use requirements make no distinction between northern forested communities and places like Borrego Springs, which is located in the Anza-Borrego desert.

ONE SURVIVED, THE OTHER DIDN'T: HISTORY ALIVE IN LEMON GROVE JUNE 4

 

May 23, 2015 (Lemon Grove)--On hand to tell how and why on June 4 at 7 p.m. in the H. Lee House Cultural Center will be historian Robert P. Case and his riveting lecture, "A Tale of Two Cities," the story of the San Diego and San Francisco expositions in 1915.

SOITEC SELLS OFF SOLAR BUSINESS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 24, 2015 (Sa Diego) – Soitec launched its solar manufacturing facility in San Diego with a $25 million federal grant. The company touted its cutting edge, utility-scale solar collectors as ultra-efficient.

But now the French-based company has announced it is selling off its manufacturing facility in Rancho Bernardo and other solar assets. The buyer is ConcenSolar. The deal includes all technology assets, manufacturing operations in Freiburg, Germany and San Diego, a company press release indicates.

UNITED WAY GRANTS NEARLY $2 MILLION TO COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

 

Children and Families in Santee, Linda Vista, Tierrasanta and More Will Benefit

May 22, 2015(San Diego) – United Way of San Diego County is granting nearly $2 million to four community partnerships that are working collectively to help the youngest San Diegans and their families.

BOIL WATER ORDER LIFTED FOR MOUNT LAGUNA RECREATION AREA WATER SYSTEM OPERATED BY THE U.S. FOREST SERVICE

 

May 24, 2015 (Mount Laguna)--The County of San Diego, Department of Environmental Health (DEH) has lifted the Boil Water Order for the Mount Laguna Recreation Area Water System, operated by the U.S. Forest Service.

READER’S EDITORIAL: MEMORIAL DAY 2015

By Rob Tade, Adjutant, American Legion Post 303, El Cajon

May 24, 2015 (El Cajon)-- Tomorrow is the annual day of remembrance for those that have gone before us and given “all” for our freedom and the liberties that we enjoy.   You are all welcome to join us for a short ceremony at the El Cajon Veteran’s Memorial. 

BOARS & BREW AT LAKESIDE'S RIVER PARK JUNE 20

 

May 23, 2015 (Lakeside) --Lakeside's River Park Conservancy's first ever Boars & Brew event is scheduled for Saturday, June 20th—the summer solstice.  You’re invited  for a beer stroll along the section of the San Diego River Trail that the Conservancy manages for an evening full of “great tasting beer, perfectly cooked food, and amazing company,” according to the invitation.

RANDY JONES TO BE EMCEE AT 41ST HOME OF GUIDING HANDS ANNUAL BLACK TIE & BOOTS GALA

 

May 22, 2015 (El Cajon) - The Home of Guiding Hands 41st Annual Black Tie & Boots Gala will take place on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the world famous Hotel Del Coronado. Former National League Cy Young Award winner will be the master of ceremonies. Money raised from the gala will benefit programs and services the Home of Guiding Hands provides to over 1,000 infants, adolescents, and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities throughout San Diego and Imperial Counties.

RIVERVIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL'S 7TH ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL FAIR

 

Community Event Offers Food, Games, Music and Family Fun

May 22, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Travel around the world and learn about other cultures, watch traditional country dances, play carnival games and taste exotic foods at Riverview Elementary School’s 7th Annual International Fair on Saturday, May 30 from 11am to 5pm. This fun-filled community event, complete with a one-of-the kind silent auction, crafts for the kids, photo booth, face painting, vendor booths, games and delicious international food takes place on the grounds of Riverview Elementary School at 9308 Winter Gardens Boulevard in Lakeside. All proceeds will benefit Riverview’s PTSA to provide field trips, assemblies, art, music and dance for Riverview students. For more information, please call (619) 390-2662, or check out our Facebook page at

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Riverview-International-Fair/158649264184882?fref=ts

HELIX WATER BOARD VOTES TO ADOPT DROUGHT ACTION PLAN

 

 

By Janis Russell and Miriam Raftery

May 21, 2015 (La Mesa)- At the board meeting yesterday, the Helix Water District board voted 4-1 for the drought action plan for increased public education and outreach, increased restrictions with two days/week for outdoor water use in tier 3, and a 10% penalty for using 31 units or more of water, effective starting with July 29th water bills.  The plan also limits watering to two days a week and cuts warning for water waste fines to just one courtesy letter. View the resolution here.

Tier-3 users will be charged 10% on water over 30 units each two-month billing period, but will not be charged 10% on the first 30 units, Mike Uhrhammer, senior public affairs representative at Helix, told ECM.  A person who exceeds the limit by 1 unit would pay 55 cents; while 50 units would be $11.02, for instance. See chart above left for details.  Average water use is 26 units over two months for the district.

“There is a variance procedure,” Uhrhammer said, citing a need to irrigate for defensible space or erosion control and undue hardships as examples. The penalties will not apply to tier 1, which is considered essential indoor water use level, or tier 2. Tier 3 is targeted because these residents use water mostly outdoors and the state is pushing districts to encourage homeowners to limit ornamental landscaping.

LA MESA PLANNING COMMISSION REJECTS PARK STATION PLAN, BUT APPROVES EIR

Project will advance to City Council

Story and photos by Janis Russell

Photo, left: Sherm Harmer, Urban Housing Partners

May 21, 2015 (La Mesa)- At yesterday’s meeting, the La Mesa Planning Commission voted to deny approval of a revised Park Station plan because of its inconsistency with the general plan and community objectives. The vote was 4-2 with Commissioner Dexter Levy absent.  Next up, the City Council will be asked to decide Park Station’s fate.

This was the developer’s third attempt to win approval.  The plan had been dramatically scaled down from 190 feet in height originally proposed  to a maximum of 75 feet in the latest proposal, though still far over the 46 feet height limit citywide and double the allowable density. The latest plan increased density and added a hotel, but reduced parking. A controversial aspect has been the developer’s effort to  get approval of a specific plan solely for Park Station so that zoning requirements of the historic downtown district and other areas in La Mesa would not apply.  It would have included a “by right” ability to make future changes without city approval, or what critics referred to as a “blank check.”

EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS JOIN CAST OF SINGIN' IN THE RAIN: MAY 22 - JUNE 7

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate and Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

May 21, 2015 (La Mesa)--Why Singin' In The Rain? When asked this question Ed Hollingsworth, who  moved into his La Mesa home 31 years ago, at 4:17 am on his wedding day, called the play “the quintessential movie musical.”

--CHICK-FIL-A IN SANTEE TO HOST 'MILITARY APPRECIATION NIGHT'

 

May 21, 2015 (Santee) - The nine Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the Santee Chick-fil-A restaurant, 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, are preparing to give away a combined total of about 10,000 chicken sandwiches on Wednesday, May 20, as part of a “Military Appreciation Night” promotion.

METHODIST GROUP IN LA MESA REACHES OUT TO LGTB COMMUNITY JUNE 6

 

Rare Event Affirms Welcoming Church Environment

May 20, 2015 (La Mesa)--At least 400 people are expected to attend a local event that is unusual for mainstream Protestant churches. A modern-day “Love –In” will showcase one United Methodist congregation’s welcoming environment for love between all people, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.  The event will take place on Saturday, June 6 at 7 p.m. at Foothills United Methodist Church, 4031 Avocado Blvd., La Mesa.

5 TEENS TO STAND TRIAL FOR MURDER OF HOMELESS MAN IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

May 20, 2015 (Santee) -- Five teenagers must stand trial for the murder of Stephen Lee Hissom, a 55-year-old homeless man who was beaten to death in Santee on November 29th, 2014.

LA MESA FLAG DAY PARADE MAY 30

May 20, 2015 (La Mesa) --   The American Flag will be flown proudly at the 18th annual La Mesa Flag Day Parade on Saturday, May 30th. The parade will begin at 10:00 a.m. led by the United States 3d Marine Aircraft Wing Band through the downtown La Mesa Village.  Enjoy this year’s Grand Marshal: Sharp Grossmont Hospital Celebrating 60 years in La Mesa. View the many floats, military vehicles, active and retired war heroes, equestrian units, service clubs, and youth groups.  Arrive early to see two pre-parade concerts, La Mesa Middle School and Parkway Middle School bands, at 9:00 a.m. along the La Mesa Boulevard parade route.

SANTEE STREET FAIR AND CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL MAY 23

 

May 19, 2015 (Santee) – The Santee Street Fair and Beer Festival organized by Santee’s Chamber of Commerce will be held on Saturday, May 23rd from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. This large festival features local breweries from around San Diego County, live music and entertainment, a crafter row and artist alley, over 300 food and vendor booths, carnival rides and games for the family.

EL CAJON'S AMERICA ON MAIN STREET A ROUSING SUCCESS

 

Story and photos by Robert Gehr ©

May 17, 2015 (El Cajon)—The second annual America on Main Street event ( held this year on May 16th ) was teeming with happy people - from parents with kids in tow, to some of us senior adults mingling with the crowds, all having a good time.

ANIMAL TALES: MARCEL, THE TRAVELING POOCH

 

By Mimi Pollack

May 18, 2015 (La Mesa)--Whenever, he sees his Sherpa carrier, Marcel gets all excited. This doggie loves to travel which is good since his owner, Maggie Espinosa, happens to be a travel writer! They have gone to various parts of the United States, Mexico and France. They live in La Mesa, CA where Espinosa’s husband works as a veterinarian in his own clinic.

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