Communities

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.

RESIDENTS, BUSINESS OWNERS OFFER IDEAS ON LA MESA’S FARMERS MARKET

 
 
By Mike Allen
 
Photo, left:  Chris Gonzalez
 
March 1, 2019 (La Mesa) - After relocating the La Mesa Farmers Market from the Civic Center parking lot to La Mesa Boulevard last May, a lot of businesses on the main street of the Village cried foul, saying the Friday event was hurting their sales.

SANTEE LOOKS TO CREATE A BRAND

 
 
By Mike Allen
 
March 1, 2019 (Santee) -- Santee’s brand needs a makeover.
 
That’s the determination of the City Council, which on Feb. 27 approved spending $80,000 and possibly more for a consultant to help the city “uncover” its brand.
 
The Council voted 4-0 (with Councilwoman Laura Koval absent) to hire Tennessee-based North Star Destination Strategies, following a decision to delay the issue to consider a proposal from a local public relations firm.

MASKED ROBBERS SOUGHT IN FLINN SPRINGS

 

 

East County News Service

March 1, 2019 (Flinn Springs) – Sheriff’s investigators are seeking two armed men who reportedly robbed a man at gunpoint late Wednesday night at home on Olde Highway 80, just east of Flinn Springs County Park.

According to Sergeant Kelly Moody, the victim told deputies that the armed men had their faces covered.  During the robbery, a physical scuffle ensued and the victim was struck in the head. The thieves reportedly fled in a white Honda Civic with an undisclosed amount of cash. 

The victim was treated for minor injuries. Detectives from the Alpine station are investigating the incident.

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.

COLD RECORDS BROKEN IN FEBRUARY

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
Photo by Dave Hogan:  Deep snow near his home in the Pine Valley/Mt. Laguna area
 
March 1, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Across Southern California, February broke records for cold temperatures.  Campo averaged just 42.5 degrees for the month of February, the chilliest since February 1956.  In Ramona, February temperatures averaged 46.8 degrees, tying the all-time record from January 2007.  Alpine’s average 47.7 degrees was the coldest since January 1955 and Palomar Mountain, at a brisk 35.3 degrees, was the coldest since January 1949.

LAKESIDE SHERIFF HOSTS COFFEE WITH COMMUNITY MARCH 12

 

 

East County News Service

February 28, 2019 (Lakeside) — Lakeside Sheriff’s substation will hold a Coffee with the Community event on Tuesday, March 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Lakeside Community Center, 9841 Vine St., Lakeside.

“Community outreach is a top priority of the San Diego County Sheriff's Department.  Members of the community should feel comfortable bringing problems related to safety and security to our staff,” a press release from the Sheriff’s department states.

EAST COUNTY SOLAR EXPERIENCE MARCH 2 IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 28, 2019 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to an East County Solar Experience on Saturday, March 2 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Salvation Army KROC Center community center room, 6845 University Ave. in La Mesa. 

Hear from nationally accredited energy professionals and nonprofit climate champions to learn about the evolving solar power landscape including what’s changing for solar power and clean energy policy in 2019. You’ll also learn from neighbors who went solar.

Register at www.SDSolarExperience.org for this event hosted by Sullivan Solar Power and Climate Action Campaign.  There’s power through education!

LA MESA APPROVES GRANNY FLAT ORDINANCE AND CREATION OF CITIZENS COMMITTEE ON HOMELESSNESS

 
 
By Allan Acevedo
 
February 28, 2019 (La Mesa) – With a packed agenda, the La Mesa City Council addressed concerns of increased homelessness, the ongoing housing crisis, and the City’s action plan to meet 2020 and 2035 greenhouse gas reduction goals.

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.

JULIAN-CUYAMACA FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT BALLOT MEASURE: A “YES” VOTE DISSOLVES DISTRICT, A “NO” VOTE SAVES VOLUNTEER DEPT.

 

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor, and Miriam Raftery, Editor

 

February 26, 2019 (Julian) — Voters in the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District (JCFPD) have until March 19 to mail in their ballots on Measure A. The ballot language is confusing to some.  

 

In plain English, a “yes” vote would dissolve the county’s last all-volunteer firefighting district and put the San Diego County Fire Authority run by Cal Fire in sole charge of fire and emergency medical protection.  A “no” vote would save the district from dissolving and keep the volunteer firefighters and paramedics who have protected the area for over 20 years, with Cal Fire providing backup/mutual aid.

SNOW VISITORS DEFACE LA POSTA SACRED SITE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: ECM news partner 10 News

February 26, 2019 (La Posta) — A couple who claimed responsibility on social media for spray-painting graffiti on rocks at a sacred site on the La Posta Indian reservation in East County claims they didn’t know they were on tribal lands, but have offered to clean up the damage.

FIERY LAKESIDE CRASH MAY HAVE BEEN CAUSED BY RACING VEHICLES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: ECM  news partner 10 News

February 26, 2019 (Lakeside) – A 1995 red Ford Mustang traveling at a high rate of speed struck a raised curb and rolled over, catching fire around 2:47 a.m.  The occupants of the vehicle had fled the scene by the time emergency responders arrived and it’s unknown who was driving the vehicle.

FIRST FRIDAY ART SHOW MARCH 1 IN RAMONA

 

 

East County News Service

February 26, 2019 (Ramona) – The Gallery at 438 Main St. in Ramona invites you to a “First Friday” Art Party and Open House on March 1st from 6 to 8 p.m. The free event will feature free refreshments, art by local artists, and 20 percent discounts off purchases.

 

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.

CHICK-FIL-A IN SANTEE HOSTS SIXTH ANNIVERSARY PARTY ON FEB. 28TH

 

 

East County News Service

February 25, 2019 (Santee) – The Santee Chick-fil-A restaurant at 9418 Mission Gorge Road in Santee, will celebrate six years of serving guests with an anniversary party in the restaurant on Thursday, Feb. 28.  The 110-seat restaurant opened on February 28, 2013.

NATIVE PLANT SALE AT LAKESIDE RIVER PARK APRIL 6

 

 

East County News Service

February 24, 2019 (Lakeside) – The Lakeside River Park Conservancy will hold a native plant sale on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (or until supply runs out) at 12108 Industry Road in Lakeside.

Preorders are available with a $50 minimum order by March 23rd.  For more information or a complete plant list, visit www.lakesideriverpark.org/native-plant-sale.

MAN ARRESTED FOR FATAL SHOOTING OF WOMAN IN ALPINE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: 10 News

 

Update February 27, 2019: The victim has been identified as Melanie Benitez, 27.  Paraschak, 42, has been charged with murder.

 

February 24, 2019 (Alpine) – A man armed with two guns was arrested yesterday for killing a woman in Alpine. Paul Paraschak has been charged with murder, Lt. Rich Williams told 10 News.

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

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: DESERT GREENERY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Culp Valley at top of long passing lane (south side) looking southerly

February 23, 2019 (Borrego Springs) –  Bob Kutscher in Borrego Springs sent in thee images, stating, “I  captured some panoramic images yesterday of what Borrego desert looks like after the snowfall we had yesterday and have attached and inserted them with this email.  Note you can also see just how green the desert has become with all this rainfall.”  

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. 

LA MESA TO HOLD COMMUNITY FORUM ON FARMER’S MARKET THURS. FEB. 28

 
East County News Service

February 23, 2019 (La Mesa) – The City of La Mesa wants your opinions on the future of its farmer’s market. A community forum will be held this Thursday, Feb. 28 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the La Mesa Police Dept. Community Room., 8085 University Avenue.

COLDWELL BANKER WEST OPENS NEW EAST COUNTY OFFICE, LEASES FORMER BERKSHIRE OFFICE

 

 

East County News Service

February 23, 2019 (El Cajon) –  Coldwell Banker West (CBW), one of San Diego County’s largest real estate companies, has opened a new office in La Mesa to be called its Mount Helix office.

The company said it has leased and moved into a 13,000-square-foot, two-story office building at 9555 Grossmont Summit Dr., which previously was occupied by Berkshire Hathaway Home Services California Properties.

MITSUBISHI DRIVER FROM SPRING VALLEY KILLED ON ICY ROAD IN RAMONA

 
 
By Miriam Raftery
 
February 22, 2019 (Ramona) – A Spring Valley man, 43, in a Mitsubishi Montero died at the scene of a crash at 6:00 this morning in Ramona. 
 
According to Officer Travis Garrow with the California Highway Patrol, the motorist was driving north on State Route 67 north of Shady Bend when he lost control entering a curve due to his speed on the wet and partially icy roadway.
 

CHECK ROAD CONDITIONS BEFORE GOING TO THE SNOW



 

 

By Andy TolleyCounty of San Diego Communications Office

February 22, 2019 (Mt. Laguna) - A big snow day at Mt. Laguna means County Public Works crews are busy clearing the roads. But if they determine that chains are required, the CHP gets involved.

Be sure to check the road conditions before embarking on a trip to the snow.

Chain controls, road condition updates and other safety advisories about County-maintained roads are posted on the Department of Public Work’s Facebook and Twitter sites.

PASSION FOR THE ARTS PRESENTS CINDERELLA MAY 3-5 IN LEMON GROVE

 

 

East County News Service

 

February 22, 2019 (Lemon Grove) -- Passion for the Arts will present Cinderella at the First Baptist Church of Lemon Grove (2910 Main St., Lemon Grove) May 3-5.  The retelling of the fantasy tale will be more closely based on the novel than the Disney version.

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