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We are the only regional publication dedicated to reporting news that matters in East County.  As nonprofit media, we reflect the public interest--not special interests.

Please donate to help us continue our mission to reflect all voices in our communities in San Diego's East County and to provide wildfire and emergency alerts, keeping you safe and informed.

We've won 142 journalism awards (2008-2023) from the Society of Professoial Journalists, San Diego Press Club, and the League of Women Voters--and many of our stories have led to positive changes, such as getting fire stations closed during fire season reopened, saving a state park from closure, halting illegal dumping in a public waterway, stopping desecration of Native American sacred sites, and empowering readers to stop a county proposal to eliminate all community planning groups as "red tape."  Our emergency alerts have also saved lives, some reaching readers who didn't know that wildfires were burning neighboring properties or even their own roof until they received our alerts.

Please make a donation of any amount-- or a monthly sustaining pledge to help fund our community journalism and emergency alerts, enabling us to budget for the long-term. 

Donors who pledge $10 a month or more join our Editor's Club for discounts on East County Magazine events, as our way of saying "thanks for supporting community reporting and wildfire/emergency alerts!"  


MAIL A DONATION : Make checks payable to East County MEDIA and mail to Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine, 4438 Hideaway Place, La Mesa, CA 91941

You can pay with a Paypal account, or if you don't have one, pay as a guest with your credit card. You can choose East County Magazine, our East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts, or general support through East County Media.

East County Magazine is published by the 501(c)3 Heartland Coalition (Tax ID #  33-0792600) and supported by the nonprofit East County Media, Tax ID#83-1108634.

More ways to help:

  • Call (619) 698-7617 or contact to learn about underwriting sponsorship opportunities
  • Host a virtual benefit event or a "coffee with the editor" to help your neighbors "meet the press" and let us know about your issues
  • Volunteer to help with community outreach or be trained as a citizen journalist

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Support community news in the public interest! As nonprofit news, we rely on donations from the public to fund our reporting -- not special interests. Please donate to sustain East County Magazine's local reporting and/or wildfire alerts at to help us keep people safe and informed across our region.