Dehesa

MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER IN DEHESA SHOOTING DEATH

East County News Service

Update: The victim has been identified as James Owens, 31, of unincorporated El Cajon.

November 21, 2020 (Dehesa) – Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call reporting a shooting Thursday night at 10:30 p.m.in the 6000 block of Stallion Oaks Road in unincorporated El Cajon.

According to Lt. Thomas Seiver, deputies learned that a person acquainted with the man who was shot had driven him away from the scene. Deputies stopped the vehicle on Stallion Oaks Road near Dehesa Road about a mile and a half away.

They found the victim inside and attempted lifesaving measures. Sycuan Fire Department arrived and relieved deputies, but unfortunately they could not revive the man and he was pronounced dead at the scene.


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COVID RATES REMAIN LOW IN MOST REOPENED EAST COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Cajon Valley, first to reopen, has most cases.  Three other districts report cases; others lack transparency in disclosure.  

Update October 31:  The Cajon Valley Union School District has added a breakdown by schools of its COVID cases, which now number 15 students and 2 employees  (17 total) at 11 schools. 

By Miriam Raftery

October 21, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) – How safe is it to send your child back to school amid a pandemic, or for teachers to provide instruction inside classrooms?

East County Magazine has checked out the websites of all districts in East County to determine how many cases have been reported at schools that have reopened thus far, and how transparent each district is in making this information easily available to parents, teachers and staff.

To date, the County Public Health Department has not reported any outbreaks (defined as 3 or more cases tied to a single location) at any East County elementary, middle, high school or community college district. However some school districts do have cases among both students and staff. It is unclear whether cases were contracted on campus, or how many others may have been exposed.

In some districts, information on schools with COVID cases are being publicly disclosed, but not in others. Asked about this discrepancy, County spokesman Michael Workman said, "A change in the order regarding schools is being discussed and may be in place soon. The state guidance referenced above covers school notification. It’s too early to say what our health order change may say."

Here are the results of ECM's investigation.


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SUPPLEMENTAL BALLOTS TO GO TO EAST COUNTY VOTERS IN DEHESA, HARBISON CANYON AND GRANITE HILLS

Source:  County of San Diego

October 3, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) -- Voters in Dehesa, Harbison Canyon and Granite Hills will soon see a supplemental set of election materials in addition to their regular mail ballot from the Registrar of Voters office. The Registrar was misinformed about which voters are eligible to vote on the Crest/Dehesa/Harbison Canyon/Granite Hills Community Planning Area Crest member, planning group contest. As a result, the local contest was not included in the sample ballot and voter information pamphlets or the vote-by-mail ballots set to start arriving in mailboxes Monday.  


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SYCUAN BUYS FORMER VOLUNTEER FIRE STATION IN DEHESA

By Miriam Raftery
 
Photo via Cal Fire:  Cal Fire doused a brush fire in Dehesa in July, operating out of a Cal Fire station. 
 
August 25, 2019 (Dehesa) – Going, going, gone.  A county auction sold off the former Dehesa fire station as surplus property on August 6th. The buyer is the Sycuan band of the Kumeyaay nation, which purchase the site for $650,000.  

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CAL FIRE BATTLING BRUSH FIRE IN DEHESA

UPDATE AS OF 6:49 PM:  ALL EVACUATION ORDERS LIFTED

UPDATE AS OF 5:19 PM:  forward rate of spread stopped.  Fire at 10% containment.  Evacuation orders still in effect.

UPDATE AS OF 5:05 PM:  fire is 25 acres and 5% contained

UPDATE:  EVACUATION ORDERS ARE IN EFFECT FOR THE STREETS OF TRAFALGAR RD., VISTA DE LA MONTAN AND CALLE DE NICOLE

East County News Service

July 17, 2019 (Dehesa) - Cal Fire is battling a vegetation fire off Vista De La Montana in the Dehesa area. The fire is eight acres with a moderate rate of spread. There is a report of structures threatened.

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BRAD DALUISO GOLF CLASSIC FEATURES HELICOPTER BALL DROP

 
By Nick Pellegrino
Photo courtesy Grossmont College
 
May 1, 2017 (Dehesa) - Brad Daluiso, the former National Football League kicker who spent the majority of an 11-year career with the New York Giants, added a wrinkle to his annual charity golf tournament, slated for Friday (May 5).

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HIKERS RESCUED AFTER OVERNIGHT ORDEAL

 

East County News Service

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

November 28,2016 (Dehesa) — Three hikers were stranded overnight in Sloan Canyon near Dehesa after one fell and injured his head on Saturday.

A rescue helicopter was unable to fly due to a storm. Drenched by the deluge in chilly temperatures, the hikers were rescued the next morning by a Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team which used ropes and pulleys to bring them to safety.


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READER’S EDITORIAL: SAN MIGUEL FIRE TO VOTE JULY 6 ON SPLITTING WITH CAL FIRE: PUBLIC INPUT NEEDED

 

 

Update:  San Miguel Fire Protection District board member Theresa McKenna has responded to Robert Perry's editorial to detail how much notice and discussion has been held on this issue. Read her remarks here.

By Robert Perry, community resident

Photo:  Protest at station closed due to budget gaps back when San Miguel was a stand-alone station, before contracting with Cal Fire. Opinions ran hot on both sides of the partnership deal at that time.

July 2, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) --With zero public input and zero community discussion (thus far) the San Miguel Fire Protection District has an action item on the agenda for the board meeting of July 6, 2016 to "discuss and may approve returning to a stand alone District".  View agenda.

The district has contracted with CAL FIRE the past four years after facing a structural deficit of their own making.  There is one more year of the contract.


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FLOODING AND MUDSLIDES WREAK HAVOC IN RURAL EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo of Dehesa Elementary School courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News

January 7, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Today’s storm has caused significant damage across East County including closure of Dehesa Elementary School and a mudslide that oozed into homes in Rancho San Diego.

Muddy floodwaters drenched the interior of classrooms at Dehesa Elementary, soaking electrical and computer equipment on floors.  The school will remain closed until Monday for cleanup, 10 News reports.


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VFW DONATES SOUND SYSTEM FOR DEHESA SCHOOL



 

East County News Service



March 16, 2015 (Dehesa) -- The Dehesa School now has a brand new sound system, thanks to a donation from the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9578 in Alpine. The donation enabled the school to purchase a new mixer, two speakers with stands, cables and three wireless microphones.


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FORMER DEHESA TEACHER'S HEARING SET FOR DEC. 30 ON CHARGES OF MOLESTING STUDENTS

 

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November 30, 2014 (Dehesa)--A December 30th hearing is set for a former Dehesa Elementary School teacher charged with molesting five young girls.  The alleged crimes occurred between 2003 and 2006, when he was teaching fourth and sixth grade at the school.


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POSSIBLE ARSON FIRE IN DEHESA

 

January 22, 2014 (Dehesa) – Officials are investigating the cause of a white SUV found fully engulfed in fire on the morning of Tuesday, January 21.  

“I am the resident that found the SUV while leaving for work. Fire was coming from the interior of the SUV with its windows rolled down part way,” Darin L. Wessel told ECM.   The vehicle was pulled off Sloane Canyon Road at Model A Ford Lane, parked near trees and brush.  Wessel took these photos after calling 911  and said the incident is being investigated as possible arson.  “The conversations I overheard indicated there may have been a rag hanging out of the gas tank.”


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DEHESA BUS STOP DEDICATION NOV. 1

 

October 31, 2013 (Dehesa) -- The Dehesa Valley Community Council, Inc., on behalf of the residents of Dehesa, has completed construction of a County approved School Bus Stop at Dehesa Road and Dehesa Ranch Road.

Dedication of the bus stop will take place at the site, on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm.

Superintendent-Principal Janet Wilson, as well as School Board Member Derek Voth, will join the students and “ride the bus” on that day.  Jacki Finch, school bus driver and advisor for the project, will deliver them safely to the destination.

Dehesa residents are invited to  join your neighbors for this celebration of community commitment, caring and success.


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CREWS RESCUE TRAPPED VICTIM AFTER HEAD-ON CRASH IN DEHESA

 

 

 

 

 

Photos: Lakeside Fire District

 

October 13, 2013 (Dehesa) – Uppdated October 15, 2013 -- A critically injured patient was freed from wreckage of a  high-speed, head-on crash in Dehesa and air-lifted to a hospital. The collision occurred at 8:13 a.m. at the junction of Dehesa Road  west of Sloane Canyon Road. 

According to the California Highway Patrol, a Ford Explorer driven by a 46-year-old man from Spring Valley crossed the center line while traveling eastbound and struck a Nissan Titan driven by a 21-year-old man from El Cajon.  

  “The driver of the Nissan had no time to react,” said CHP officer Kevin Pearlstein.


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STATE FIRE TAX NOTICES NOW HITTING LOCAL MAILBOXES

November 3, 2012 (Sacramento) – State officials have started mailing notices to tens of thousands of San Diego County property owners warning that they will soon be billed $150 annually to help shore up Cal Fire’s budget. Budget cuts have dropped the number of firefighters per engine, among other cutbacks in wildfire protection.

Residents of Alpine, Dehesa and other communities in Jacob’s Second District report receiving the notices in recent days. They consider the new fire tax an unfair burden, noting they already pay state property taxes to help fund public safety and often community fees for additional fire protection.


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FATAL CAR ACCIDENT IN DEHESA

August 16, 2012 (Dehesa) – Charles Robert Cook, 35, of San Diego died August 13 of respiratory failure at Sharp Memorial Hospital five days after he was seriously injured in a head-on collision.

He was traveling westbound on Dehesa Road in El Cajon when a Honda CR-V crossed the center divider and struck his vehicle head-on.
 


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PADRE DAM BOARD APPROVES NEW MEMORANDUMS OF UNDERSTANDING WITH EMPLOYEES’ ASSOCIATIONS

 
April 20, 2012 (Santee) -- The Padre Dam Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors approved new Memorandum’s of Understanding (MOU) between the District and the Padre Dam Employees’ Association (PDEA) and the Mid-Management and Confidential Association (MMCA) today. The new MOUs will facilitate a significant change, requiring employees’ to pay a larger portion into the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) among other items that will save ratepayer dollars.

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MINIMAL FIRE DAMAGE FROM A CHIMNEY FIRE IN DEHESA

April 16, 2012 (Dehesa) – San Miguel Fire District’s Engine 23 and its three person crew was the first on the scene of a chimney fire in a home on the 1200 block of Avenida Elisa on April 15 at 10:46 p.m. The fire, which began in the chimney box, quickly moved to the attic.  Containing the blaze was problematic because the flames burning in the attic compromised the strength of the roof, according to Leonard Villarreal with the District.  The blaze was knocked down in approximately 30 minutes.


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FIRE DESTROYS HOME AND BARN IN DEHESA

December 4, 2011 (El Cajon ) – A home and barn used for storage at 5237 Dehesa Road in the unincorporated area of El Cajon were destroyed by fire this morning.

Leonard Villareal, spokesman for San Miguel Fire Department, said the November 1st elimination of the fire engine at the Department’s Dehesa station was “not a factor in this case."


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SAN MIGUEL FIRE DISTRICT RESIDENTS SEEK HELP TO SAVE FIRE ENGINE


Sycuan may offer hope for restoring service in Dehesa; Mount Helix could be next to lose fire services

By Miriam Raftery

 


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DEHESA VALLEY COMMUNITY COUNCIL WITHDRAWS CHALLENGE TO SYCUAN LIQUOR LICENSE


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A DEFENSIBLE SPACE: JOSEPH DILIBERTI FIGHTS TO SAVE HIS ARTFUL DEHESA HOME

 

By Richard Darvas

 

$63,000 bill stemming from $25,000 weed abatement charge raises questions over fire district's use of private contractor

 

May 3, 2010 (Dehesa)--As World War II drew to its nuclear close, Joseph Diliberti was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Sicilian parents. From an early age, however, Diliberti discovered his perennial roots in nature. Whether crab fishing in Long Island or hunting in upstate New York, outdoor activities were a family affair.

 

“I love this ‘cause I feel like I’m home,” the retiree observes several decades later, as he traces his arm in a circular motion to indicate his present rural home in Dehesa.


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