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GRAND JURY REPORT SLAMS EAST COUNTY CITIES' “LACK OF RESPONSE TO HOMELESSNESS”

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 13, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego County Grand Jury has issued a report critical of four cities in East County for failing to provide adequately for the needs of homeless people, including failing to apply for federal funds available for that purpose. The Grand Jury report, titled “East County Cities’ Lack of Response to Homelessness,” also made recommendations to improve the situation.


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THE LOOKOUT AT LEGACY PARK AND CLOCK DEDICATION TO BE HELD JUNE 29

 

East County News Service

June 12, 2016 (La Mesa) - You're invited to celebrate the grand opening of The Lookout at Legacy Park in La Mesa on June 29th at 6:00 p.m. in honor of La Mesa's centennial.


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LA MESA CONVERSATIONS JUNE MIXER TO BE HELD AT BOLT BREWERY

 

East County News Service

June 12, 2016 (La Mesa) - This month's La Mesa Conversations will be held this Thursday, June 16, at Bolt Brewery, 8179 Center Street in La Mesa from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


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VIDEO OF THE MONTH: SAVE EL MONTE VALLEY, THE JEWEL OF SAN DIEGO

 

East County News Service

View the video: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10201644595153046&id=1724097629

June 12, 2016 (Lakeside) - Billy Ortiz has created a beautiful and moving video of El Monte Valley in Lakeside, which is threatened by a proposed sand mining project. 


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100 VOLUNTEERS TURN OUT TO HELP CLEAN UP CASA DE ORO COMMUNITY

 

East County News Service

June 12, 2016 (Casa de Oro) – Nearly 100 Casa de Oro residents and businesses joined forces yesterday to clean up the Campo Road business corridor and strengthen community engagement in a neighborhood that is turning things around for a better future.  Following the work they celebrated the first-of-its-kind event with a barbecue and raffle, while also thanking the many business sponsors who made the event possible.


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CELEBRATE OUR NATION’S BIRTHDAY IN JULIAN ON JULY 4

 

East County News Service

June 11, 2016 (Julian) -- The stars and stripes will move down Main Street in Julian during this year’s Fourth of July parade honoring Independence Day. For over 20 years, Julian residents, their friends and parade lovers turn out to watch what some call the “the best little town parade in America.” Pre-parade events start at 10:00 a.m. The parade begins at 12 noon and ends around 2:00 p.m.


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FIREWORKS AND FOURTH OF JULY PICNIC IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

June 11, 2016 (El Cajon) – The city of El Cajon will hold its annual Fourth of July picnic and fireworks at Kennedy Park.  The fun starts at 1 p.m. with food vendors, kids’ activities and live music from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.   The fireworks display will be held at 9 p.m.


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SANTEE SALUTES: PATRIOTIC EXTRAVAGANZA JULY 4

 

East County News Service

June 11, 2016 (Santee) – The city of Santee invites you to Santee Salutes, an annual extravaganza set for July 4th from 2:30 to 10 p.m. at Town Center Community Park East (550 Park Center Drive) in Santee.


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DEERHORN VALLEY HOSTS 5TH ANNUAL OLD-FASHIONED INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE AND PICNIC

 

UPDATE:  THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO ORGANIZERS HELPING WITH FIRE RELIEF EFFORTS. 

 

East County News Service

June 11, 2016 (Deerhorn Valley) — Residents of Deerhorn Valley will be holding a true Americana-style parade on Monday, July 4th starting at 10 a.m.  Residents of this rural community south of Jamul are invited to take a tractor, lasso a llama, hop on a horse, drive a donkey, walk with a wagon, jump aboard a Jeep or just walk on two feet, festooned in patriotic red, white and blue.  The parade will include Clydesdale horses, an antique fire engine and live drumming.  Spectators are encouraged to bring flags, drums, rattles and shakers.


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RESIDENTS SHARE REACTIONS TO QUAKES IN DESERT

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 10, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – A 5.2 earthquake that struck northwest of Borrego Springs in Anza Borrego Desert State Park at 1:03 this morning was felt widely, in part because it was at a shallow depth of just 1 kilometer.  Residents and at least one seismologist jolted by the quake and aftershocks quickly took to social media to report their experiences.


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SHERIFF HOSTS COFFEE WITH COMMUNITY JUNE 15 IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

June 10, 2016 (Lemon Grove) – The Lemon Grove Sheriff's Substation is holding a Coffee with the Community on Wednesday, June 15th from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.at the Lemon Grove Community Center, 3146 School Lane in Lemon Grove.


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DESERT QUAKES RATTLE REGION

 

June 10, 2016 (Borrego)—If you felt the earth move under your feet, that’s because a series of earthquakes struck in the Borrego Spring area including a 5.2 quake at 1:03 a.m.at a shallow depth or less than 1 kilometer along theSan Jacinto Fault.  Aftershocks as strong as 3.5 also rattled the area according to the U.S.. Geological Survey.

(Note: The USGS originally reported two strong quakes, 5.1 and 5.2, a minute apart but have since corrected the data to indicate this was just one major quake.)

Rocks are reported blocking the roadway on Montezuma Valley Road, per the CHP site.  There are no reports of serious damage as yet, though items felloff store shelves in La Quinta, a Lakeside resident reported a laptop fell to the ground and the screen broke. As far away as Downey, books reportedly fell off shelves.

We have reports the quakes were felt strongly across the San Diego region and as far away as the San Fernando Valley.  The quakes struck at a shallow depths near major fault lines capable of producing a 7.0 quake or higher. 

If you know of damage, impacts to roadways or other effects of the quake or have photos, contact editor@eastcountymagzine.org. You can also post in our commentsbelow.

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FIRE DESTROYS TRAILER ON MT. HELIX

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Bob Perry

June 9, 2016 (Mt. Helix) — A fire yesterday destroyed a trailer at 11905 Fuerte Drive on Mt. Helix, said Kendal Bortisser with San Miguel Fire Department/Cal Fire.


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NEW ART EXHIBIT OPENS AT WIEGHORST MUSEUM IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

 

June 9, 2016 (El Cajon) – The Olaf Wieghorst Museum at the Wieghorst Western Heritage Center, 131 Rea Ave., El Cajon, will present “Moments in Time,” an exhibit featuring 24 pieces created by six artists from June 15 to Aug. 22.


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FOREST SERVICE RELEASES DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT FOR THREE SISTERS FALLS TRAILS AND RESOURCE ISSUES

 

East County News Service

June 6, 2016 (Descanso) -- The Forest Service has prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) for the proposed Three Sisters Falls Recreation Management project, and we are asking you to review it and provide comments. This project was developed to establish a trailhead and trails along Boulder Creek Road and address public safety and resource issues in the Three Sisters Falls area. The draft EA is available on the Cleveland National Forest’s project webpage, listed below, or by clicking here. Hard copies are available from the project leader, identified below.

http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/nepa_project_exp.php?project=46285


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MT HELIX PARK TO OFFER ASTRONOMY NIGHT , HEART OF MT. HELIX AND CHILDREN’S ART CAMP EVENTS THIS SUMMER

 

East County News Service

Photo Mt. Helix courtesy Allan Ferguson on Flickr

June 7, 2016 (Mt. Helix) – This summer, several fun events will be held atop Mt. Helix, including an astrononmy night, the annual heART of Mt. Helix festivities, and an Art in the Park children’s art camp.  Scroll down for details.


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NIGHT FISHING AT SANTEE LAKES STARTS JUNE 9

 

East County News Service

June 7, 2016 (Santee) -- Night Fishing is coming to Santee Lakes on Thursday evenings June 9, 23, July 7, 21, and August 4, 18.


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FIRE TRAINING EXERCISES IN ALPINE THIS WEEK

 

East County News Service

June 7, 2016 (Alpine) -- San Diego County Fire Chiefs, in cooperation with the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians and the community of Alpine, are conducting their annual Fire Preparedness Exercise June 6 – 8, 2016 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m...  Emergency Service Agencies from throughout San Diego County will come together to prepare for the upcoming fire season.


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BREAK-IN TAKES COMMUNITY RADIO KNSJ 89.1 FM OFF THE AIR: BROADCAST EQUIPMENT STOLEN & VANDALIZED

 

 

East County Magazine Show is among programming knocked off air; funds urgently needed to restore broadcasting

 

June 7,2016 (San Diego)—Community radio station KNSJ 89.1 FM Descanso has been temporarily knocked off the air after a break-in and theft. KNSJ's transmitter site on Monument Peak in the Laguna Mountains was broken into, with vandalism intentionally disabled broadcasting on Thursday, June 2nd at 7:05 p.m. PST. The immediate impact of this crime is loss of the FM broadcast and service as an emergency alert system. KNSJ continues to stream 24/7 online, but not over the public airways. Because this break-in occurred on federal land and interrupted a licensed FCC full-power FM station, this forced entry is a considered a federal crime.

KNSJ is making a public appeal to raise $5000 to get the station back on the air.

Donations are needed to replace equipment, upgrade a security system and the speedy return of this non-profit radio station to regular programming. Tax-deductible donations can be made at KNSJ.org KNSJ is an all volunteer station relying primarily on donations.


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LAKESIDE WOMAN SAYS MOUNTAIN LION KILLED DOG IN YARD

 
 
East County News Service
Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News
 
June 6, 2016 Lakeside) – A Lakeside resident has posted signs in her Eucalyptus Hills neighborhood warning that a mountain lion killed one of her pug dogs last Wednesday.

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FIRE IN BOULEVARD

 

June 6,2016  (Boulevard) – A wildland fire is burning near the border in Boulevard’s Tierra Del Sol Community, CAL FIRE and County Fire ChiefTony Mecham reports.  The blaze started late this afternoon and is currently about 8 acres, with no structures threatened. It has a moderate rate of spread.

According to CAL FIRE, the fire is off of Zarina Lake Drive in Tierra Del Sol.  However Donna Tisdale, Boulevard Planning Group chair and a resident of Tierra Del Sol, told ECM that the fire appears to be south of the Southwest Powerlink at the south end of Tierra del Sol Road.


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A SIGHT TO BEHOLD: VISIONARY DANCE PERFORMANCE IN NEW CITY HEIGHTS ANNEX

 

By Chisato Iversen

June 6, 2016 (San Diego) -- Visionary Dance Theatre showcased Shadoworx, an amazing dance performance choreographed by Natalia Valerdi-Rogers on May 27 and 28th.  All the dancers were stunning. They could really convey their emotions through to the audience. They were able to go from sad and forlorn to sassy and quirky to soft and delicate. The dancers ranged from children to adults.


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FARMERS AND BUSINESSES MAY BE ELIGIBLE FOR DROUGHT ASSISTANCE

 

County News Service

June 6, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- San Diego County farmers, ranchers and businesses may seek some relief from the drought through two loan programs.


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CLEVELAND NATIONAL FOREST WELCOMES NEW DISTRICT RANGERS

 

Source: U.S. Forest Service

June 6, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- The Descanso Ranger District in Alpine, and the Palomar Ranger District in Ramona, have recently gained over 30 years’ experience between them with the addition of 2 new district rangers. Christopher Dowling for the Palomar, and Bob Heiar for the Descanso, both come from an extensive Forestry background and have already begun making substantial head weight on improving recreational opportunities, enhancing community protection, and enforcing ecological restoration. Forest Supervisor William Metz believes the expertise and timing couldn’t be better, "This comes at a crucial time as we head into fire season and begin preparations on the ground. Our focus is to meet the mission of public safety by increasing resources and expanding expertise, demonstrating our continued commitment to the people of San Diego County.


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CAMPO HOTTEST IN OVRE HALF A CENTURY

 

East County News Service

June 6, 2016 (Campo) – The heat wave on June 2nd shattered records across southern California.   Here in East County, Campo reached 101, breaking a 46-year record of 99 set in 1970.  (Records have been kept since 1948 for Campo.)


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LET'S TALK TURKEY JUNE 18TH AT 2 P.M. AT LAKESIDE LIBRARY

 

East County News Service

June 5, 2016 (Lakeside) - The Lakeside Library will host "Country Living:  Let's Talk Turkey" on Saturday, June 18th at the Lakeside Library on 9839 Vine Street in Lakeside.


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RESTAURANTS ANNOUNCED FOR TASTE OF LA MESA: 400 HUNGRY GUESTS EXPECTED JUNE 6TH

 

East County News Service

June 2, 2016 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host its eighth annual Taste of La Mesa from 5 to 8 p.m., Monday, June 6, at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memorial Dr., La Mesa.

Participating restaurants as of press time include Anthony's Fish Grotto, BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse, Bo-beau kitchen + garden, Brigantine Restaurant, Cali Comfort BBQ, Continental Catering, Cucina Basilico, Edible Arrangements, El Torito, Himalayan Cuisine, Hooley’s Irish Pub and Grill, Luna Grill, Marie Callender's, O's American Kitchen, Pick Up Stix, Riviera Supper Club, Souplantation, Sycuan Casino, Tarantino Gourmet Sausages, Terra American Bistro, The Hills Local Pub, Tiramisu Trattoria, and Valley Farm Market.  Samuel Adams is the exclusive beer sponsor of the evening. Wine sponsors include Nonno’s Ristorante Italino, Riviera Supper Club, The Regal Bar and San Pasqual Winery.


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HERRICK LIBRARY IN LA MESA EXHIBITS WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS THROUGH JUNE

 

 

East County News Service

 

June 3, 2016 (La Mesa) – The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library is now hosting its Spring Art Exhibit featuring 19 watercolor paintings by award-winning artist Carol Roberts of Spring Valley. The show runs through June 30. The exhibit features paintings of landscapes, animals, birds, flowers and scenery, some of them inspired by Roberts’ scuba diving trips to New Guinea, Palau and Fiji.


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PADRE DAM MUNICIPAL WATER DISTRICT RELEASES 2015 URBAN WATER MANAGEMENT PLAN

 

East County News Service

June 3, 2016 (Santee) - Padre Dam Municipal Water District released its draft 2015 Urban Water Management Plan on May 31, 2016. Padre Dam’s Board of Directors will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. to receive public comments on an update to its Urban Water Management Plan, prior to its adoption.   


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ANIMAL TALES: LIONEL’S LEGACY--RESCUING AND EDUCATING

 

By Mimi Pollack

June 3, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Last month, as I was walking around checking out all the booths at the San Diego Humane Society Walk event, I saw two sweet and funny little faces that drew me in. They were two senior chihuahuas named Fred and Ethel, like the couple who lived next door to Lucy and Ricky Ricardo on the “I Love Lucy” show. What perfect names for those silly little faces!

Fred and Ethel are two lucky pooches that were taken in by Lionel’s Legacy, a non-profit organization, out of El Cajon that specializes in rescuing senior dogs.


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