By Miriam Raftery, Editor
December 24, 2015 (San Diego's East County) --It’s been a tumultuous year around the world and also here in San Diego’s East County.
These ranged from water woes to lawsuits over education and transportation. East County residents rallied for refugees and protested land use projects ranging from a sand mine to a shooting range, as well as a casino, solar farms, a hotel highrise, and safety concerns after a plane crash near Gillespie Field. Our coverage helped clean up illegal dumping in Cleveland National Forest and save free speech outside Supervisors' meeting place. Other hot stories touched on fire safety, terrorism, police scandals, and winery regulations, There was also some good news--Lake Jennings was spared, a new habitat for bears opened, local police stepped up efforts to protect pedestrians, and Supervisor Dianne Jacob led efforts to find a cure for Alzheimer's.
Here are the stories and issues that captured the attention of our East County readers in 2015: