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BOARD VOTES TO REQUEST $125 MILLION TO HELP HOMELESS

 

 

By José A. Álvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office

February 12, 2019 (San Diego) - The County Board of Supervisors today voted to allow the Health and Human Services Agency to apply for and receive about $125 million to help people with serious mental illness and who are homeless or at risk of losing their home.

REAL ESTATE REALITY: HOME INSPECTION BEFORE THE SALE

 

 

By Maryanne Jackson

February 10, 2019 (San Diego’s East County)

Dear Maryanne,

My wife and I are considering selling our home in Spring Valley and purchasing a larger home in the same area. We will need to use the proceeds from the sale to upsize.

Is it recommended to hire a home inspector prior to putting our home up for sale?

If so, what is the advantage of us putting the $450 out to do this? Will the buyer still need to get their own home inspection during the escrow investigation process?

--Eric J., Spring Valley, CA

EAST COUNTY REALTORS HEAR SOFT HOUSING MARKET FORECAST FOR 2019: PRICES WILL REMAIN FLAT, BUYERS ON THE SIDELINES

 

 

East County News Service

February 7, 2019 (El Cajon) – The California housing market will continue soft in 2019 as prices remain flat and sales pull back because buyers are expected to remain on the sidelines throughout the year, according to California Association of Realtors (CAR) senior economist Oscar Wei.

HEART-SHAPED PLANTS TO GIVE FOR VALENTINE'S DAY

 

 

By Melinda Myers

Photo:  Anthuriums, courtesy of Melinda Myers LLC

February 5, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) -- Consider giving your valentine something different this year. Select an indoor plant with heart shaped leaves or flowers.

Anthuriums are an easy-to-grow, low maintenance, long-blooming indoor plant. The red, pink or white heart shaped flowers rise above glossy green leaves.

INCOMING RAMONA COMPLEX BRINGS SERVING SENIORS’ AFFORDABLE HOUSING UNITS TO MORE THAN 400

 

 

Rents for low-income seniors to range from about $476 to $978 a month; federal vouchers to cover portion

By Paul Downey, President & CEO, Serving Seniors

 

February 5, 2019 (Ramona) -- Serving Seniors may be most well-known for its meal program, which provides 2,500 meals a day to seniors across the county. In 2017, the organization served 600,000 meals, which can greatly assist seniors that may be on fixed incomes, yet their housing expenses continue to increase.

 

In addition to nutritious meals, Serving Seniors helps seniors in poverty live fulfilling and healthy lives by also providing health services and affordable housing. Early this summer, Serving Seniors will open its 62-unit Schmale Family Senior Residence in Ramona. Developed in partnership with Chelsea Investment Corporation, it will be the organization’s Seniors’ first affordable housing complex in east San Diego County.   

SAN DIEGO SOLAR EXPERIENCE KICKOFF SLATED TO ENERGIZE RESIDENTS IN 2019

Local nonprofit and solar industry experts come together in Ramona to launch a new year of clean energy education

East County News Service

February 4, 2019 (San Diego) -- The third annual San Diego Solar Experience Kickoff returns to sunny San Diego on Saturday, February 9. The event, beginning with a presentation at the Ramona Public Library at 11 a.m., will unite residents with local cleantech businesses and nonprofits to piece together the puzzle of new clean energy policy and share insights into what’s changing in renewable energy in 2019. As policy changes and our communities continue to implement plans that achieve our climate goals, it's both necessary and difficult to remain informed. The San Diego Solar Experience Kickoff event aims to conquer this challenge.

Participants of the San Diego Solar Experience Kickoff event can attend one of the three county-wide seminars in Ramona, Carlsbad and Chula Vista, where they will learn from nationally certified energy practitioners and nonprofit experts on the facts and benefits of gaining energy independence.

REAL ESTATE REALITY: SHOULD I RENT OR BUY A HOME?

By Maryanne Jackson

January 25, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) 

Dear Maryanne, 

My fiancé and I have been renting our apartment in La Mesa for two years. Our lease is coming up for renewal and, once again our landlord is raising our rent.

Should we renew our lease and pay the increase in rent? Or, should we start to look at purchasing our own place to avoid this constant increase in rent year after year? 

-- Melissa M., La Mesa, CA

HIGHER DENSITY CONDO PROJECT PRODUCES HAND WRINGING IN SANTEE

Santee Drive-In Theatre is one possible site for low-income housing

Council also approves feasibility study on community choice energy option, with two other cities

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By Mike Allen

January 24, 2019 (Santee) --Believe it not, Santee needs new housing, particularly affordable type, and more rental stock to handle demand from folks who cannot afford to buy houses.

But where to put housing geared to low income earners, and how that construction will impact other properties are not easy subjects, as was revealed at the latest City Council meeting Jan. 23.

The agenda item that prompted much frustration and hand wringing was a proposed residential condo development on a parcel owned by the county. City Ventures, a large Irvine-based developer, recently obtained the 22-acre parcel which is now in escrow. The company wants to build 365 new units at the site, which is just east of Town Center Community Park, behind the YMCA.

COUNTY SUPERVISORS ATTACK HOUSING CRISIS, WAIVE FEES TO BUILD GRANNY FLATS

 

…and they’re not just for grannies nowadays

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

January 9, 2019 (San Diego) -- San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors took action Wednesday to fight the housing and affordable housing crisis by voting to spend $11 million on a five-year trial program to waive fees and encourage homeowners to build “granny flats” on their properties.

HOUSEPLANTS 101

 

By Melinda Myers

Photo courtesy Melinda Myers, LLC

January 8, 2019 (San Diego) - Lift your spirits and improve your indoor environment by taking part in the indoor gardening movement. An apartment or home filled with tropical, succulent and flowering plants can provide beauty, extend your garden season, improve air quality and create a peaceful environment to de-stress.

PARDEE HOMES’ WESTON COMMUNITY IN SANTEE WELCOMES FIRST RESIDENTS

 

Luxury, energy-efficient homes still available in four neighborhoods

 

East County News Service

 

Photo: Lake Ridge, courtesy of Pardee Homes San Diego

 

January 4, 2019 (Santee) -- Move-in excitement is in the air as families and homebuyers are receiving keys and unpacking boxes in all four of Pardee Homes’ upscale Weston communities in Santee: Lake Ridge, Sandstone, Talus and Prism.  The new, state-of-the-art homes also have access to natural open spaces and outdoor activities.

‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS: EAST COUNTY 2018

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By Miriam Raftery



‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all across East County

Not a creature was stirring, from Julian to El Monte.

The stockings were hung by the chimneys with care

In hopes that St. Nicholas soon will be there.

Audio: 

Night Before Christmas East County 2018 audio

NEW 4-STORY MULTI-FAMILY HOUSING PROJECT PROPOSED IN LA MESA: COMMUNITY MEETING DEC. 17

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 13, 2018 (La Mesa) – Developers of Jefferson La Mesa, a proposed multi-family apartment project proposed at 4949-4999 Baltimore Drive, invite the community to a meeting to hear about project plans.  The meeting will be held on Monday, December 17 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the La Mesa Police Department (8085 University Ave.).

The proposed four-story project would include 230 residential rental units, including some designated as affordable housing on-site. Though designated officially as mixed use, only four of the units are designated as work/live apartments.  The developer is listed as South Baltimore LLC/The Forties Challenge.

ALPINE RESIDENT TO SHOWCASE 25 CHRISTMAS TREES DEC. 8 TO BENEFIT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 27, 2018 (Alpine) – Alpine resident Rhonda Lamar will be opening her home on December 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to showcase 25 decorated, themed Christmas trees – all to benefit Rady Chldren’s Hospital of San Diego.  She’s decked the halls with a popular peppermint tree, a wine tree, a monkey tree and an elf tree, among others. All guests will also be treated to apple cider and cookies.

GOT POWER? DEC. 6 FORUM IN ALPINE ON GENERTAORS, SOLAR BATTERY BACKUPS AND MORE EMERGENCY POWER OPTIONS

 

 

East County News Service

November 18, 2018 (Alpine)  Be prepared for power outages! The Alpine Library will host a forum for you to learn more about generators, solar battery backup and other residential emergency power options on Thursday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m.  

LANDLORDS NEEDED TO RENT TO VETERANS AND OTHER HOMELESS PEOPLE

 

Rorick “Rory” Luepton is looking for landlords.

No, he is not moving, nor does he need a new place to live.

THEY’VE DECKED THE HALLS! ALPINE HOLIIDAY HOMES TOUR DEC. 15

East County News Service

November 8, 2018 (Alpine) – The Alpine Woman’s Club will present its 13th annual Christmas in Alpine Home Tour on Saturday, December 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

This year’s tour will showcase five beautiful homes decked out in holiday style.

HOME PRICES IN THE EAST COUNTY REACH $535K, SAYS REALTORS TRADE GROUP

 

 

East County News Service

October 8, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – The median sales price for a detached single-family home in East County reached $535,000 in August 2018, which was 5.4 percent higher than the $507,500 price in August 2017, according to the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a trade group for San Diego-area realtors. The August 2018 monthly figure for detached homes is higher than the year-to-date median sales price of $522,000, said PSAR, which operates an office in El Cajon.

STRAW BALE HOME IN CAMPO HONORED AS ENERGY CHAMPION BY SDG&E, WILL BE FEATURED ON GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL TOUR OCT. 21

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos: Simple Construct

 

 

Hear our interview on KNSJ radio with homeowners Brian and Susan Fallgren, Simple Construct builder Rebeca Tasker, and SDG&E communications manager Helen Gao.

 View video on the home’s construction and view tour of the finished residence. 

July 14, 2018 (Campo) – Inspired by historical California adobe homes,  Brian and Susan Fallgren in Campo teamed up with Simple Construct to create a straw bale and adobe home that is beautiful, comfortable even in extreme heat, fire resistant and energy efficient—producing more power than it uses. 

The home has also won numerous honors.  It’s the first residence in Southern California to receive net zero certification through the Living Building Challenge, one of only 27 homes in the world to win this recognition.  A participant in the California Advanced Homes Program, it was also a winner in  the San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) 13th annual  Energy Showcase Awards and will be featured on the San Diego Green Building Council’s Green Homes Tour on Sunday, October 21.

“It’s an incredibly functional, comfortable home to live in, not only from an environmental standpoint, but from an every day livability standpoint,” Susan Fallgren says.

Audio: 

Interview: Straw Bale Homes--Helen Gao of SDG&E, Rebecca Tasker of Simple Construct, & Campo homeowners Brian and Susan Fallgren

BUSINESS AND LABOR GROUPS SUPPORT PROP 1 TO BUILD AFFORDABLE HOUSING, PROVIDE AID TO RENTERS AND HOMEBUYERS

By Miriam Raftery

October 3, 2018 (San Diego) -- One of the most important initiatives on the statewide ballot is Proposition 1, a four billion dollar bond measure to fund affordable housing construction, as well as rental and home loan subsidies. View a short video by Cal Matters here, and scroll down for more details. 

LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS “MODERN MUD” HOMES TOUR NOV. 3

 

 

East County News Service

September 22, 2018 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Historical Society, along with San Diego Home & Garden Lifestyle Magazine and Modern San Diego, will present the 13th Annual Home Tour on November 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Titled “Modern Mud,” this year’s tour highlights adobe, classic, and mid-century gems in La Mesa’s Eastridge and Mt. Nebo neighborhoods.

LA MESA HISTORICAL SOCIETY PRESENTS HISTORY ROUNDTABLE LECTURE SERIES

 

 

East County News Service

September 22, 2018 (La Mesa) — The La Mesa Historical Society presents a history roundtable lecture series titled “Classic Craftsman to Modern Mud.”  A presentation on October 6th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Grossmont Healthcare Auditorium (9001 Wakarusa) will discuss unique neighborhoods including Mt. Nebo and its exclusive tracts (Looking Park, Windsor Hills and Eastridge) that will be explored during the organization’s 13th Annual Home Tour "Modern Mud!" 

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.

KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY IN EL CAJON NAMES MANAGING DIRECTOR FOR ITS COMMERCIAL DIVISION

 

East County News Service

August 16, 2018 (La Mesa) – Keller Williams Realty San Diego East Foothills in El Cajon, the largest real estate brokerage in San Diego’s East County region, has announced the hiring of Jeffrey Davies as managing director of KW Commercial.

SANTEE COUNCIL DELAYS VOTE ON SLOW GROWTH INITIATIVE, EFFECTIVELY TO 2020

By Mike Allen

Photo: Pam Kerzner testified, "We don't need any more houses," citing traffic delays.

August 9, 2018 (Santee) -- Voters in Santee hoping to have more say in future development projects will have to wait two more years to do so, following the City Council’s vote last night to prepare a report on the initiative’s possible impacts instead of putting the issue on the November ballot.

In a two-hour hearing Aug. 8 before an overflow crowd at City Hall, the Council voted 3-1 to prepare a report to be completed within 30 days. That effectively prevents a public vote in November because there isn’t enough lead time for a campaign, said City Attorney Shawn Haggerty.

SUMMER CARE FOR PERENNIAL GARDENS

 

Story and photo by Melinda Myers

Photo:   Removing faded flowers before they can set seed, also known as deadheading, encourages an additional flush of flowers on many perennials including daylilies.

June 27, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- Keep your perennial gardens looking their best throughout the hot summer months with a bit of midsummer grooming and care. Investing time midseason means you’ll be enjoying beautiful gardens now through the end of the growing season.

FREE MEETING TO HEAR SUCCESS TIPS FROM TOP EAST COUNTY REAL ESTATE AGENTS

 

East County News Service

June 22, 2018 (El Cajon) – Keller Williams Realty San Diego East Foothills, based in El Cajon, will host a panel discussion with top Keller Williams sales agents from noon to 2 p.m., Thursday, June 28, at its El Cajon office, 1030 Fletcher Parkway. Real estate professionals throughout San Diego County are invited to attend. Admission is free. Free lunch will be served.

EAST COUNTY REALTORS REVIEW UPDATES TO REAL ESTATE TRANSACTION FORMS

 

East County News Service

June 21, 2018 (El Cajon) – The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a real estate trade group with an El Cajon office, will present a class for realtors on recent changes to real estate transaction forms from the California Association of Realtors (CAR). The class will be held from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, July 3, at the PSAR East County Service Center, 1150 Broadway, El Cajon. All real estate professionals in San Diego County are invited to attend. Admission is free for PSAR members, $20 per person for nonmembers. For more information, call PSAR at (619) 421-7811, or visit www.psar.org/formsnew.

HOUSING PROGRAM SAVES LAKESIDE FAMILY FROM ENDING UP ON STREETS

 

By José A. Álvarez, County of San Diego Communications Office

June 20, 2018 (Lakeside) - She survived them all. Violence. Cancer. Homelessness.

April found freedom after finally leaving her abusive and drug-addicted partner.

The 46-year-old is cancer free after going through rigorous chemotherapy sessions and multiple surgeries.

And thanks to the County’s rental assistance program, April and her three children now have a permanent place to live.

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