Communities

READER’S EDITORIAL: CITIZENS’ INITIATIVE TO FUND JULIAN-CUYAMACA FIRE DISTRICT

 

By Pat Landis, PhD

September 14, 2018 (Julian) - Proposition QQ will be on the November 6, 2018, ballot in San Diego County. This is a Citizens' Initiative to raise the benefit fee for Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District. Proponents believe that a simple majority vote is required to pass this measure.

LA MESA VOTERS TO DECIDE ON MARIJUANA BUSINESS TAXES: BABER PROPOSES COUNCIL ALSO LEGALIZE RECREATIONAL ADULT USE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Hear our interview with Councilman Bill Baber on marijuana measures, originally aired on KNSJ radio, by clicking the audio link

September 13, 2018 (La Mesa) --The La Mesa City Council has approved by a 5-0 vote a ballot measure, Proposition V, which would allow the city to put a business excise tax on cannabis businesses in  La Mesa.  The tax, if approved, would be paid by the businesses, not consumers. The city’s finance departments estimate that the measure could raise $1.5 to $2 million per year.

“As a separate matter, we’re working on an adult use ordinance that would bring the opportunity for adult use businesses to come alongside medicinal,”  reveals Councilman Bill Baber in an interview with ECM on KNSJ Radio.  He envisions allowing dispensaries already complying with medical marijuana sales requirements to be the first to carry recreational cannabis.

Audio: 

Interview with La Mesa Councilman Bill Baber on marijuana measures

COMMUNITY LEADERS HOST EAST COUNTY TOWN HALL SEPT. 26 ON LACK OF DIVERSITY AMONG DECISION-MAKERS

 

Residents and experts to discuss changes needed to create local government by the people, for the people

East County News Service

September 13, 2018 (Lemon Grove) -- Dozens of East County residents will gather for a free town hall discussion on the barriers that exclude working people from joining the agencies that make decisions impacting their lives.  The event will be held Sept. 26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lemon Grove Community Center, 3146 School Lane in Lemon Grove. It was prompted by the Community Representation Report  from the Center on Policy Initiatives, which revealed East County as the largest geographic region in San Diego with a stark lack of diversity between decision-makers on boards and commissions and community residents.

ALPINE FOUNDATION HELPFUL TO FIRE SURVIVORS, OTHERS

 

By Jo Moreland, Alpine-Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce

September 13, 2018 (Alpine) - As a result of Alpine’s West Fire, a local organization to help provide tax-deductible donations for local causes is now a significant one for fire survivors. Thanks to generous people, businesses and organizations, donations for West Fire survivors are being made available for distribution through the Alpine Community Foundation.

EL CAJON VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL CELEBRATES GROUNDBREAKING OF FUTURE STUDENT SERVICES/EVENT CENTER FACILITY

 

 

Multi-phase project will include new state-of-the-art Student Services Building, Event Center, and Food Services Building

East County News Service

September 13, 2018 (El Cajon) — A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Friday, September 14 at 9 a.m. to mark construction of El Cajon Valley High School’s new Student Services and Event Center complex. (View a preliminary animation of the project design here.)

HOPE FOR IRAQI CHRISTIANS HOSTS FUNDRAISER SEPT. 28 TO HELP REFUGEES

 

 

East County News Service

September 13, 2018 (El Cajon) - Local nonprofit Hope for Iraqi Christians is hosting a gala fundraising dinner on Friday, September 28 at 6:30 p.m.  All proceeds will benefit refugees in Iraq and throughout the Middle East who have been driven out of their homes by conflict and genocide in the Middle East throughout the last several years. The event will be held at the University of San Diego Forums Hall, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego.

FREE 45TH LA MESA OKTOBERFEST IS GETTING READY TO OOMPAH WITH TWO STAGES OF NON-STOP MUSIC SEPT. 28-30

 

Featuring traditional Bavarian and German music, rock bands, polka, country, cover bands and more

East County News Service

September 10, 2018 (La Mesa) -- Strap on your lederhosen and get ready to bust out your best chicken dance and polka moves at the 45th Annual La Mesa Oktoberfest! As if tons of traditional German cuisine and flowing pints of beer weren’t enough of a reason to break out into a chicken dance, Oktoberfest will also feature two massive stages of non-stop music featuring everything from traditional Bavarian and German music, live oompah bands, traditional rock bands, DJs, cover pop and more.

SUPERVISORS REJECT UPZONING FOR COUNTRY CLUB ESTATE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IN BORREGO SPRINGS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: More than 50 Borrego residents made the long trip from the desert to show opposition to the project.

September 13, 2018 (Borrego Springs) – By a 3-2 vote, San Diego Supervisors rejected a request to upzone 169 acres in Borrego Springs. The proposed Borrego Country Club Estate project sought to build 169 homes on land currently zoned for just 16 residences.

The site known to locals as “Rudyville” is located in south Borrego Springs on land that includes ancient Ocotillo groves and endangered Peninsular Bighorn Sheep, among other species of concern.

The state has ordered Borrego to reduce its water consumption by 75 percent due to the community using more groundwater than is being replenished by rainfall, a fact that proved the key factor in blocking the project.

GERMAN-AMERICAN SOCIETIES HOST OKTOBERFEST IN EL CAJON SEPT. 28-OCT. 7

 

East County News Service

September 13, 2018 (El Cajon) - The German-American Societies of San Diego will host their Oktoberfest at their headquarters in El Cajon the last weekend in September and first weekend in October (Sept. 28-30 and Oct. 5-7). 

EAST COUNTY CITIES CONSIDER REGULATING SHARED SCOOTERS

 

Scooter craze offers freedom for riders seeking alternatives to cars, but raises concerns over injuries, parking and public safety

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Bird Scooters, by Grendelkhan creative commons

Updated September 10 with our readers' comments on scooter experience

Updated September 12 with comments from Councilmembers Baber and Parent in La Mesa.

September 9, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – The latest worldwide transportation craze, electric “dockless” scooters for short-term rental offered by companies such as Bird, Lime, Uber and soon, Lyft, are cropping up across San Diego County.

MASQUERADE BALL TO BENEFIT ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE'S: A NIGHT TO REMEMBER SEPT. 28 AT CRYSTAL PALACE IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 7, 2018 (El Cajon) – Enjoy “A Night To Remember,” a masquerade ball at the beautiful Crystal Palace in El Cajon to benefit St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center on September 28 from 7 p.m. to midnight.  No need for a tux – your mask is your costume!   Ticket deadline is Sept. 23.

Also savor dinner and an open bar, view a fashion show with local designers and models, and enjoy live entertainment by saxophonist Doug Allen and violinist Melissa Barriso, plus a DJ to dance the night away. An event photographer will capture special photo backdrops during this magical evening of festivities.

HELP SOUGHT TO REPAIR VANDALISM AT LA MESA’S HISTORIC DEPOT

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 12, 2018 (La Mesa) — Vandals have damaged the La Mesa Depot and locomotive. Built in 1894, the depot is California’ oldest building in its original form, La Mesa Today reports.  A meeting is planned on September 25th at the depot at the corner of Spring Street and La Mesa Boulevard to learn about efforts to raise funds to restore the depot, the last remaining station from the San Diego and Cuyamaca Railway.

LAFCO VOTES TO END JULIAN VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT., INVITES TOWN TO SAVE IT

 

By Ken Stone

Reprinted by Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Devi Ketelsen, 7, reads statement to LAFCO board while being held by mother Jamie. Photo by Ken Stone

September 11, 2018 (Julian) - The only way to save Julian’s last-in-the-county volunteer fire department is to order it destroyed, LAFCO board members declared Monday.

By a 7-0 vote, the San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission accepted staff advice to dissolve the Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District.

JULIAN RESIDENTS AGAINST COUNTY TAKEOVER OF FIRE SERVICES WIN VICTORY IN COURT, BUT SETBACK AT LAFCO HEARING

 

 

Battle to save the county's last volunteer fire district now hinges on a protest process that could give voters the final say

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

Miriam Raftery, Editor, also contributed to this report.
 

Photo:  Battalion Chief Mike Van Bibber, Julian-Cuyamaca Fire Protection District

September 11, 2018 (Julian) -- A group of Julian area residents fighting fire axes-and-hoses against a county takeover of fire and medical first responder services won a firm victory last Thursday in Superior Court. Judge Timothy Taylor ruled to allow a ballot measure to fund future operations for the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District (JCFPD).

Backers of the initiative hoped the ruling would curtail the County of San Diego’s efforts to terminate the JCFPD, the region’s last all-volunteer fire department, and shift fire and ambulance services to the County Fire Authority (CFA) in conjunction with Cal Fire.

But despite Judge Taylor’s ruling, yesterday the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) voted 7-0 to dissolve the district. Residents could still block the takeover through a protest process that’s now been triggered.  Determined opponents of the takeover are gearing up for the fight, arguing that eliminating volunteer firefighters who live in the community will make the area less safe, not safer has had been promised by the CFA.

DRUNK DRIVER SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS FOR KILLING HOMELESS PEDESTRIAN IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 12, 2018 (El Cajon) – Joshua Colby Ness, 33, of Lakeside was sentenced to 15 years in state prison for hitting and killing Michael Rourke, 60, a homeless man I El Cajon.  Ness, who fled the scene but later turned himself in to police, pled guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter.

HANNAH GBEH TO SPEAK ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND AGRICULTURAL ISSUES SEPT. 20 IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

 

September 11, 2018 (Santee) – Hannah Gbeh will be the featured speaker at the East County Democratic Club meeting on Thursday. September 20 at Jimmy’s Restaurant in Santee (9635 Mission Gorge Rd.)  Dinner and social hour start at 6 p.m. with the meeting at 7 p.m.

WILDLAND URBAN INTERFACE WORKSHOP OFFERED ADVICE THAT COULD SAVE YOUR HOME AND YOUR LIFE

 

 

By Jan Hedlun

Photo by Miriam Raftery: 2007 Harris Fire

September 11, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) - Living in a rural backcountry is a blessing and a curse. The blessing is seeing an abundance of stars at night, wildlife, and the relative peace and quiet the city can't offer. The curse: some of that wildlife bites, and wildfires are a constant threat for most of the year.

FREE HELP FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

 

 

East County News Service

September 11, 2018 (El Cajon) -- The San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is providing one-on-one business advising and training to small business owners to help them obtain capital as well as increase sales and jobs for the East County region.

FAA WORKING TO MITIGATE AIRPLANE NOISE IN EAST COUNTY

 

Members needed for new East County working group to study local airport noise

By Kendra Sitton

September 8, 2018 (Spring Valley) -- A working group is being formed to study the issue of airport noise in East County and provide recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in response. According to Susan Nichols, the group comprised of 15 members will look for feasible ways to reduce noise.

SUBSTATION AND NEW POWER LINES PROPOSED FOR TORREY WIND IN MCCAIN VALLEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Sunrise Powerlink tower dwarfs mountain ridges in McCain Valley

September 7, 2018 (Boulevard) -- Boulder Brush LLC (Terra-Gen) is seeking a major use permit to construct and operate a gen-tie line and substation/switchyard facilities on 110 acres of private land in McCain Valley south of I-8. The gen-time line would carry energy from the Terra-Gen Wind project proposed on Campo Kumeyaay tribal lands.

LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO HOST FREE MEETING ON SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING ON SEPTEMBER 26TH

 

 

East County News Service

September 13, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “QPR: Question, Persuade and Refer, Suicide Prevention Training,” an informational program about how to offer hope and help someone in a suicide crisis, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.

RAMONA ART AND WINE FESTIVAL SELECTS LOCAL ART FOR FIRST COMMEMORATIVE POSTER

 

 

East County News Service 

September 13, 2018 (Ramona) - The Ramona Art and Wine Festival selected a painting by Jamie Dougherty, a local artist, for the first commemorative poster to promote the Festival, area artists, and Ramona wine. Jamie, along with Patrick Korch, a painter and sculptor from Poway, was one of two semi-finalists chosen from submissions by participating Festival artists. 

CELEBRITY MASTER CHEF CROWNS REBRANDING AT JAMUL CASINO

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

September 9, 2018 (Jamul) – Unveiling of a new logo, giveaways for guests, and a VIP dinner with Master Chef Ron DeSantis crowned a rebranding celebration last month at the Jamul Casino.

Jamul Indian Village and the Jamul Indian Village Developmemt Corporation hosted a block party after taking back management from Penn Gaming at the facility formerly known as Jamul Hollywood Casino.

THREE MORE UTILITY BOXES IN RAMONA TURNED TO ART BY LOURANS MIKHAIL AND MARIE BRAVO

 

Source: Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Murals

September 11, 2018 (Ramona) -- Check out two utility boxes turned into art at 4th and Main across from the Ramona Valley Inn by Lourans Mikhail and another at 14th and Main, facing 14th  next to Dunkin Donuts, by Marie Bravo.

360-DEGREE VIEW FROM THE TOP: VOLCAN MOUNTAIN SUMMIT

 

 

Get motivated to do the 3-mile hike to Volcan Mountain Summit near Julian by watching this 360-degree video.

Visit sdparks.org for information on all our County trails.

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BARONA RESORT & CASINO OPENS OLD FASHIONED ICE CREAM SHOP AS PART OF WELCOME HOME EXPANSION

 

“The Creamery” features ultra creamy, extra rich homemade ice cream

East County News Service

September 8, 2018 (Lakeside) – Barona Resort & Casino recently unveiled The Creamery, a 1932-era ice cream shop serving super-premium, incredibly delicious house-made ice cream. It is the latest eatery to be unveiled as part of Barona’s Welcome Home expansion.

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