El Cajon

EL CAJON POLICE DEPT. IS HIRING RECRUITS

 

East County News Service

June 25, 2016 (El Cajon) -- The El Cajon Police Department is looking for highly qualified, highly motivated individuals who want to make a difference by serving their community.  The application process opens on Monday, June 27th and closes on Monday, July 11th.  All applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on July 11th.  Visit the City of El Cajon website to begin the process and to obtain salary and benefit information.

www.cityofelcajon.us/your-government/departments/human-resources/jobs

LEWIS AND CLARK BOOK SIGNING AND PRESENTATION JULY 16 AT HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM

 

East County News Service

June 21, 2016 (Rancho San Diego) -- Author James Thomas will be at the Heritage of the Americas Museum (12110 Cuyamaca College Drive West, El Cajon) will give a presentation and book signing on Saturday, July 16 from 1-3 p.m.  He will be discussing his book, Corps of Discovery, about the Lewis and Clark Expedition.  Thomas is an expert on Lewis and Clark, so the facts are all there.  But he novelized the story, so his book is filled with conversation and you really feel like you get to know each person on the expedition.  We also sell his book in the Museum Store.   This presentation is fun for all ages. Thomas dresses up as an explorer from the period and brings artifacts like those used on the Lewis and Clark expedition.  So bring the family and come to the museum for this educational and entertaining event.

SAVOR THE FLAVORS OF THE MEDITERRANEAN AT SAJJ HOUSE

 

Review by Maridian Broadus

June 20, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Are you out of ideas of what to cook for dinner? Does your palate crave something other than the ordinary salt and pepper fare that comes out of your kitchen? If you answered “yes” to at least one of the questions posed, then pack your appetite, flee your house, and head over to Sajj House (1255 Avocado Ave., El Cajon), a marvelous new Mediterranean style restaurant where you can savor the flavors of exotic spices.

EL CAJON POLICE PARTNERING WITH EAST COUNTY AGENCIES TO HELP REDUCE HOMELESSNESS

 

East County News Service

June 18, 2016 (El Cajon) -- During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, El Cajon Police Chief Jeff Davis addressed the City Council to make them aware of the police department’s new partnership with other East County agencies for a homeless outreach program. The actions come after the County Grand Jury issued a report recommending East County cities take actions to improve help for the homeless, as ECM reported earlier this week.

MORE PLACES TO COOL OFF ON SUNDAY

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 17, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- A reader e-mailed us to point out that many of the Cool Zones listed on the County's map are not open Sundays. So we did some research to find a few more options on some cool places to go, such as shopping malls, bowling alleys, ice rinks, movie theatres, casinos, aquatic centers, libraries and more. 

We also have some tips on how to beat the heat at home and keep your cool. Plan ahead, since SDG&E says Flex Alerts (temporary power outages) are possible during the extreme heat starting Sunday. 

Check out our list below of cool places  that are open Sunday and beyond:

GRAND JURY REPORT SLAMS EAST COUNTY CITIES' “LACK OF RESPONSE TO HOMELESSNESS”

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 13, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego County Grand Jury has issued a report critical of four cities in East County for failing to provide adequately for the needs of homeless people, including failing to apply for federal funds available for that purpose. The Grand Jury report, titled “East County Cities’ Lack of Response to Homelessness,” also made recommendations to improve the situation.

FIREWORKS AND FOURTH OF JULY PICNIC IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

June 11, 2016 (El Cajon) – The city of El Cajon will hold its annual Fourth of July picnic and fireworks at Kennedy Park.  The fun starts at 1 p.m. with food vendors, kids’ activities and live music from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.   The fireworks display will be held at 9 p.m.

NEW ART EXHIBIT OPENS AT WIEGHORST MUSEUM IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

 

June 9, 2016 (El Cajon) – The Olaf Wieghorst Museum at the Wieghorst Western Heritage Center, 131 Rea Ave., El Cajon, will present “Moments in Time,” an exhibit featuring 24 pieces created by six artists from June 15 to Aug. 22.

ANIMAL TALES: LIONEL’S LEGACY--RESCUING AND EDUCATING

 

By Mimi Pollack

June 3, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Last month, as I was walking around checking out all the booths at the San Diego Humane Society Walk event, I saw two sweet and funny little faces that drew me in. They were two senior chihuahuas named Fred and Ethel, like the couple who lived next door to Lucy and Ricky Ricardo on the “I Love Lucy” show. What perfect names for those silly little faces!

Fred and Ethel are two lucky pooches that were taken in by Lionel’s Legacy, a non-profit organization, out of El Cajon that specializes in rescuing senior dogs.

EAST COUNTY MAYORS AT EAST COUNTY CHAMBER BREAKFAST AT COTTONWOOD

 

 

East County News Service

 

Photo: (from left to right) Grossmont Healthcare District board member Rancy Lenac and City of El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells

 

May 30, 2016 (La Mesa) - The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m., Friday, June 3, at Cottonwood Golf Club, 3121 Willow Glen Dr., El Cajon. It’s the Chamber’s annual breakfast featuring elected officials providing updates on East County cities. Confirmed speakers at press time include the mayors of El Cajon, Lemon Grove and Santee.

COUNTY PARKS AND REC'S CITIZENS ADVISORY BOARD HAS VACANCY

 

East County News Service

May 30, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- County Service Area 26 Citizen Advisory Board is looking for members. This organization advises the County Department of Parks and Recreation about care, operations and maintenance, and the budget for same, of the parks in its jurisdiction, from Lonnie Brewer Park (next to Kaiser on Avocado BL) to Woodhaven Park in Cottonwood.

EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TO OPEN SOON, MAYOR PROMISES

 

But action comes too late for Grossmont Community Concert Association, set to hold its farewell concert June 15

By Jonathan Goetz

May 26, 2016 (El Cajon) - El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells promised “we are in the process of refurbishing the performing arts center and it will be open soon” in response to public comment at Tuesday’s City Council Meeting.

SHERIFF’S WISHBONE THE BEAGLE AND HIS "SMELL AND TELL" BOOK READING JUNE 25 AT EL CAJON LIBRARY

 

 

Source: San Diego Sheriff

May 26, 2016 (El Cajon ) -- The Sheriff's Search and Rescue (SAR) K-9 Team plays a valuable role in locating missing people across San Diego County.  When he's not busy assisting Sheriff's Deputies and SAR Volunteers, Wishbone the Beagle loves meeting children.

Join Wishbone and SAR K-9 Team Leader Pam Medhurst for a special reading of a short book on this talented dog on Saturday, June 25 at 2 p.m. in the Fletcher Hills Library (576 Garfield Ave., El Cajon).

In "Wishbone The Beagle: The Smell And Tell Game," we learn about Wishbone's special talents and how he became a member of the Sheriff's SAR K-9 Team. It's a story children of all ages will love.

EL CAJON POLICE CHARGE FORMER UBER DRIVER WITH 5 MORE SEXUAL ASSAULTS, INCLUDING RAPE OF A 13-YR. OLD

 

East County News Service

May 25, 2016 (El Cajon) – An Uber driver arrested for sexual assault in El Cajon in March now faces charges as a serial rapist. 

El Cajon Police have charged John David Sanchez, 52, with sexually assaulting five additional victims, including raping a 13-year-old child and raping an unconscious person.  Authorities believe those attacks occurred between 2011 and 2014 at Sanchez’s residence in San Diego.

AMERICA ON MAIN STREET MAY 21: THE BEACH IS BACK

 

By Robert Gehr

May 15, 2016 (El Cajon) - Saturday, May 21st is the day to mark your calendar this year. The annual America on Main Street in El Cajon is back. This year’s theme is “The Beach Comes East” and admission is free.  You can bring the entire family to this friendly, safe event and enjoy hours of good old-fashioned, wholesome fun. I’m quite sure you won’t be disappointed.

WIEGHORST MUSEUM HOSTS “ART AFTER FIVE” SHOW, RECEPTION JUNE 16

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: “Happy Hour” painting by Grace Schlesier, created on location on El Cajon’s Main Street

May 15, 2016 (El Cajon) – The Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center will host a show of nationally known local artists including Gloria Chadwick and Grace Schlesier starting in June.  An “Art After Five” meet the artists opening reception will be held on Thursday, June 16 from 5 to 8 p.m.

SUSPECT WITH DEAD BODY IN BACKSEAT DIES AFTER POLICE CHASE, CRASH IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 14, 2016 (El Cajon) – The driver of a red Mazda truck is dead after fleeing from police and crashing into a tree shortly after midnight in El Cajon.  Officers attempting to render aid to the driver made a grisly discovery – a dead female in the backseat. Arriving paramedics reported that they believe the female was deceased before the collision and that her death was suspicious, said Lieutenant Rob Rainsweiler.

CACTUS GARDEN BBQ JUNE 4 AT THE WIEGHORST MUSEM BENEFITS KIDS WITH CANCER AND LITERACY PROGRAMS

 

East County News Service

May 14, 2016 (El Cajon) – You’re invited to have a ropin’ good time at a Cactus Garden BBQ at the Olaf Wieghorst Museum, a hidden gem at 131 Rea Street, just off Main Street in downtown El Cajon. On June 4th and 5th from 5 to 9 p.m. Sons of Charity Inc. will celebrate western Heritage and famed artist Olaf Wieghorst’s iconic art with a cowboy BBQ and concert by “Smith and Western.

MASS EVICTIONS IN EL CAJON; COUNCIL DROPS FINES FOR MOTEL OWNERS

 

Updated May 11, 2016 with comments from Michael McConnell, advocate for the homeless

By Jonathan Goetz

May 10, 2016 (El Cajon) - The El Cajon City Council praised the new owners of the Villa Serena Motel today for being “most cooperative” and “going above and beyond what we asked” as police evicted the residents at this 23-unit long-term hotel. Building inspectors found extensive building violations that have since been addressed.

EAST COUNTY COLLECTOR TO SPEAK AT WORLD STAMP SHOW

 

By Betty Chafetz

May 10, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Fletcher Hills resident Donald Chafetz has been selected as a speaker and exhibitor at the 2016 World Stamp Show in New York. This prestigious event happens only every 10 years and is expected to draw an international crowd of 250,000 from every corner of the globe. Chafetz is an active member of the Philatelic 25 Club of San Diego, exhibit chair of the SANDICAL exhibition, a local show, featuring collections from across the nation and has won gold medals for his collections on Morris County, New Jersey and Holy Land printed matter exhibits. 

RESURGENCE OF THE ODD COUPLE: THE ODD COUPLE CONTINUES MAY 13 & 14

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

May 7, 2016 (El Cajon) – The Odd Couple is a case of opposing personalities coming together.and trying to work things out. The original movie was in 1968, starring Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.  I can hardly believe it was so long ago. In 1970 they made the television series with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman, also a classic. Recently came the remake with Brian Cebrain as Felix and Matthew Perry as Oscar. Although I have only seen a couple of shows, it was also quite funny.

MAY 14 BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL LAUNCHES RETURN OF SAN DIEGO'S BUTTERFLY SEASON

 

 

Butterfly Pavilion Will Be Open through July 31

East County News Service

May 7, 2016 (El Cajon) -- The Water Conservation Garden invites the public to its third-annual Butterfly Festival on Saturday, May 14 for an exciting day of activities that will engage all ages with butterflies. The event highlights the important role these insects play in the ecosystem as well as how visitors can attract and support butterflies in their home gardens using drought-tolerant plants. A large selection of native milkweed plants will be on sale.

REALTORS HOST FREE SHREDDING, E-WASTE RECYCLING

 

East County News Service

May 5, 2016 (San Diego) - The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a 2,300-member trade group for San Diego-area realtors, will provide free paper shredding and electronic recycling services from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, May 13, at PSAR’s East County Service Center, 1150 Broadway, El Cajon. The event is open to the public.

THE CIRCLE PLAYERS WILL BE PERFORMING “MURD-ARR! PIRATES OF THE SALTY DOG” APRIL 29-MAY 1

 

By Kathy Carpenter, Associate editor www.sdtheatrereviews.com

April 28, 2016 (El Cajon) - A mystery dinner theatre production by Toby Otero. Come spend the evening at the Salty Dog Seaside Seafood and Steak restaurant and see what happens when Captain F. “Bigbeard” McQuarrie and his misfit crew decide to stop their pirating ways and try to sail the straight and narrow. With the notorious French Privateer, “The Razor,” always on his tail, and a drunken pirate head waiter who always seems to do the wrong thing, can Captain Bigbeard and his crew ever truly live a peaceful life? This is the manic tale of a stolen treasure chest, a sensational swashbuckling swordfight, mayhem, mischief, and…MURD-ARRR!!! Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday nights, April 29th and 30th, at 7:00pm and on Sunday May 1st at 2:00pm. The venue is Richardson Hall, 551 Farragut Circle, El Cajon. All seats are $20.00 and include a themed meal. For reservations, please e-mail thecircleplayers@gmail.com or phone (619) 588-5348.

EAST COUNTY LAW DAY MAY 2ND

 

 

By Liz Alper

April 25, 2016 (El Cajon) - The Foothills Bar Association is organizing Law Day. This is an opportunity for the public to meet with lawyers in the community who service different areas of law.

The free legal service will be held on Monday, May 2nd from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the El Cajon Library (201 East Douglas in El Cajon). The event is held once a year and is a unique experience and opportunity.

Attendees can consult with lawyers in a variety of areas including family law, criminal law, probate/trusts/estates, landlord/tenant, general civil and civil harassment orders and more.

Scroll down to view a flyer with full details or call 619-531-3900,

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