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“APRIL POOLS DAY” AT FLETCHER HILLS POOL – FREE SAFETY & FUN

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

April 17, 2017 (El Cajon) -- The City of El Cajon Recreation Department will be hosting an afternoon of pool safety and fun - called “April Pools Day” on Friday, April 28 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The event features a free lifejacket give-away, sun safety information, CPR mini lessons, crafts, water safety tips, and FREE open swim.

GIRLS LACROSSE: PATRIOTS ESCAPE BACK AND FORTH TUSSLE WITH EAGLES WITH 15-11 VICTORY

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

April 17, 2017 (San Diego) - Granite Hills girls lacrosse traveled to a sort-of East County school, Patrick Henry High, to take on the Patriots.

KIDS DISCOVER ADVENTURES AT SANTEE LAKES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

April 17, 2017 (Santee) – Santee Lakes is an idyllic place to let kids enjoy the simple pleasures of childhood.  On a sunny afternoon over spring break, kids at the lakes gleefully discovered their inner Tom Sawyer or Becky Thatcher. 

I spotted a group of kids piloting a pedal boat around one of several islands in the lake.   A large Canada Goose skidded to a water landing in front of another pedal boat, where a startled dad snapped photos while his kids looked on, pointing with delight.  

CASE OF ELIJA “BEAR” DIAZ, EL CAJON MAN MISSING SINCE 2015, TO BE FEATURED ON INVESTIGATION DISCOVERY TV APRIL 23

 

East County News Service

April 17, 2017 (El Cajon) — “Every Mother’s Son,” an Investigation Discovery TV show episode about the disappearance of Elija “Bear” Diaz, will air on April 23rd at 7 p.m.

Diaz vanished in the middle of the night of August 29, 2015 from his El Cajon home and his family suspects he met with foul play. A member of the Barona Band of Mission Indians, he was 20 years old at the time.

“We are encouraged that this national focus on Bear’s case will spark someone to remember any clues that might help us find him,” said LeLanie Thompson, Bear’s mom. “We miss our son and won’t stop looking for him until we have some answers about his disappearance. We appreciate the community’s continued support.”

PUBLIC INPUT INVITED ON DISTRICT ELECTION MAPPING APRIL 18 IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

April 16, 2017 (El Cajon) – El Cajon residents will have the opportunity to provide input on draft district maps for City Council elections.  A community workshop will be held on Tuesday, April 18 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the El Cajon Police Station community room, 100 Civic Center Way in El Cajon for input from the public.

EL CAJON HISTORICAL SOCIETY HONORS POSTER CONTEST WINNERS MAY 1

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Amaziah Lord Knox, courtesy El Cajon Historical Society

April 16, 2017 (El Cajon) -- For 36 years, the El Cajon Historical Society has sponsored a Third Grade Contest. This year, over 350 public and private school students participated in a poster contest titled, “A Visual History of El Cajon.” All participants receive certificates and 23 will be honored with trophies for special awards in a ceremony on May 1st at 6:30 p.m. at Greenfield Middle School, 1495 Greenfield Drive in El Cajon. 

7 CANDIDATES RUNNING AGAINST DUNCAN HUNTER: TOWN HALL THURSDAY IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 15, 2017 (El Cajon) – With Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) under criminal investigation by the Justice Dept., seven Democrats vying for his seat will be speaking out in a town hall forum hosted by the East County Democratic Club. The event will be held this Thursday, April 20 at 1150 East Broadway (the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors building) in El Cajon.

EL CAJON MOTORIST BLAMELESS IN DEATH OF WOMAN ON I-15; CHP SEEKS WITNESSES

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 15, 2017 (San Diego) -- A woman, 60, was driving south on I-15 near Miramar Road Thursday at noon when she inexplicably came out of her vehicle and landed on the roadway, Officer E. Colunga with California Highway Patrol reports.  She was struck by a vehicle whose driver fled the scene.

EL CAJON TEACHERS AND IMMIGRANTS HIGHLIGHTED IN WASHINGTON POST

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  ahausloher on Twitter

April 15, 2017 (El Cajon) – Efforts of El Cajon teachers to help Middle Eastern immigrant children have been highlighted in a Washington Post article titled, “How President Trump is – and is not—changing what it means to be American.”  Read the full story

SAN MIGUEL FIRE TAKES STEPS TOWARDS COMPLETING INDEPENDENCE

 

By Mike Allen

Photo:  San Miguel Fire & Rescue

April 13, 2017 (Spring Valley) -- The San Miguel Fire District continues to take the necessary steps to go back to being a stand-alone agency and cut the cord from Cal Fire, which currently provides its fire protection services.

LOCAL SYRIAN REFUGEE FAMILY SUFFERS TRAGIC LOSS

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 13, 2017 (El Cajon) – A Syrian refugee family in El Cajon who fled war-torn Syria to give their only son a brighter future is now grieving over his loss. On his first trip ever to a beach, 17-year-old Mohammed al-Mustafa was pulled under by a rip current and has not been found.

WEST HILLS HIGH STADIUM GETS FACELIFT

 

By Nick Pellegrino

April 13, 2017 (Santee) -- The first football stadium in the country with a two-toned, artificial playing surface will "field" a new look for the 2017-18 school year.

West Hills High School Stadium, which gained national attention with its one-of-a-kind, double-blue playing field, recently saw its old, worn field removed following nearly 10 seasons, to be replaced by a modern version of FieldTurf product for Wolf Pack athletics and other events.

READER’S EDITORIAL: HOW THE CITY OF LA MESA GAMES THE SYSTEM—PART 3

 

How the City of La Mesa games the system--even when it is not necessaary

By Joseph Glidden

April 12, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Prop. 218 will make it difficult for La Mesa’s ratepayers to reject the pending sewer rate increase. If the city has its way, it will be impossible.

In order for residents to defeat this proposal, the law requires that 50% (plus one) of the ratepayers submit a written “protest” letter. This is not likely to happen. La Mesans have not rejected a rate increase in recent history. In fact, the last two sewer rate increases have passed with 99.9% of the ratepayers not filing a protest letter. This should have been a red flag at City Hall. It is nearly impossible to get 99.9% of our community to agree on anything, let alone on a sewer rate increase. So how did the city manage such a feat? By gaming the system, of course.

FLETCHER HILLS COUPLE DONATES HAND-CRAFTED DOLLHOUSE FOR USO SAN DIEGO’S STARS AND STRIPES GALA MAY 20

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 13, 2017 (Fletcher Hills) - Steve and Deborah Loeffler of El Cajon have built and donated an intricate dollhouse to auction at the upcoming silent auction at USO San Diego’s 76th Annual Stars and Stripes Gala on May 20th.  The dollhouse was a true labor of love, built and furnished with over 1,000 hours of work by the Fletcher Hills couple.

POSSIBLE ABDUCTION ATTEMPT AT PARKWAY PLAZA IN EL CAJON

 

Source: El Cajon Police

April 12, 2017 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police has issued a bulletin warning that the department is investigating a report of an attempted abduction in the Walmart parking lot at Parkway Plaza.  A 3-year-old girl and her mother were walking to their vehicle yesterday between 12 noon and 1 p.m. when the attempted abduction occurred, said Lt. Royal Bates.

WESTERN DAYS BREAKFAST APRIL 29 IN LAKESIDE

 

East County News Service

April 12, 2017 (Lakeside) -- The Lakeside Historical Society will be hosting its annual Western Days Breakfast on Saturday, April 29 from 7 to 9 a.m.

Breakfast will include ham and eggs, hash brown potatoes, biscuits, gravy, juice and coffee, all for  $5.00.

FORMER PORTRERO RESIDENT SEEKING REVERSAL OF HOME FORFEITURE TO FEDS AFTER COURT VOIDS CONVICTIONS

 

By Mike Allen

April 11, 2017 (Potrero) – A former Potrero resident who was found guilty of smuggling illegal immigrants in 2014 had her ranch home seized by the federal government and sold at auction. But now a court has vacated, or voided, the most serious charges, so Kayla Rains seeks to have the auction funds returned to her.

VACANCY ON CITIZENS’ BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE FOR GROSSMONT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

East County News Service

April 11, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Grossmont Union High School District is seeking applications to fill a vacancy for a “community member at large” on the 11-member Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC).

TWO RESCUES IN 8 DAYS FROM THREE SISTERS FALLS

 

East County News Service

Photo via San Diego County Sheriff's Department

April 11, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – For the second time in just over a week, an emergency crew had to rescue an injured hiker off the trail to Three Sisters Falls in the Cleveland National Forest near Julian.

HOW THE CITY OF LA MESA GAMES THE SYSTEM - PART 2



By Joseph Glidden

 

How the City Games the System to Keep Its Residents Uninformed, Unengaged, and Uninspired.

April 11, 2017 (La Mesa)--The Strategic Planning Workshop is arguably the city council’s most important public meeting of the year. Police, Fire and city employees are always well represented, but few residents are in attendance. The city does little to promote civic engagement. If anything, it actively discourages community involvement in the following ways:

HOW THE CITY OF LA MESA GAMES THE SYSTEM—PART 1



 

How the City Games the System Through Sampling Bias

By Joseph Glidden

April 10, 2017 (La Mesa) --At its annual Town Hall Meetings, the City of La Mesa gathers skewed data that is then uses to make important decisions at the Strategic Planning Session held later in the year. While the town hall meetings might give the illusion of civic engagement, the data collected is misleading at best. Once again the City Council is busy with the irrelevant, at the expense of the essential.  

La Mesa has been holding annual town hall meetings for the past 10 years. One on the east side of town and the other on the west. Over the years and at both locations, the concerns voiced by residents have been conspicuously similar. Why would this be so?

“BLOOMING FASHIONS” SHOW MAY 6 BENEFITS FRIENDS OF EAST COUNTY ARTS

 

By Judy Moore

April 8, 2017 (El Cajon) --  Friends of East County Arts, Inc., supporting the arts in East County since 1984, will present “Blooming Fashions” show at the El Cajon Elks Club #1812 on  Saturday, May 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

ENCORE: THE ART OF THE QUILT, APRIL 29 IN LEMON GROVE

 

By Helen Ofield, President, Lemon Grove Historical Society

April 8, 2017 (Lemon Grove) — Back by popular demand, the Lemon Grove Historical Society and the Lemon Grove Library again team up to present an encore lecture from "History Alive" -- the hugely popular "The Art of the Quilt" with quilt historian Sylvia Wallace. Hasten to the Lemon Grove Library on April 29 at 2 p.m. for this treat.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING FILM SCREENING IN LEMON GROVE: MAY 8

 

Panel of experts and neighborhood organizing to follow showing of “Indoctrinated, the Grooming of Child Prostitutes” by Lemon Grove filmmaker Jim Ellis

By Helen Ofield, Lemon Grove Historical Society

April 8, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- Right here, right now, in our town...tough though it is to think of Lemon Grove as a haven for human sex traffickers, it is. This heinous crime is alive in our town. Predators are after our girls and boys. This, in a town where every neighborhood is anchored by a public school and volunteerism has been a tradition since 1890.

“FIVE CHOICES DRAWING” AT HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM APRIL 29

 

East County News Service

April 8, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) -- In conjunction with the Spring Garden Festival and the Butterfly Festival at Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, the Heritage of the Americas Museum holds a very special drawing each year:  the "Five-Choices Dream Drawing."  The drawing will take place at the museum on Saturday, April 29, at 2:30 p.m.  Tickets can be bought in advance or the day of the festival.  You don't have to be present to win.  The cost of a drawing ticket is $1.00.  The Heritage of the Americas Museum is located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego.  Admission to the museum and parking will be free that day. 

The prizes represent the four wings of the Museum:  Natural History, Archaeology, Anthropology, and Art. 

CITIES REBEL AGAINST STATE BILL TO INCREASE SAN DIEGO’S CLOUT ON SANDAG, TAKING POWER AWAY FROM OUR REGION’S SMALLER CITIES AND THE COUNTY

 

La Mesa to vote April 11 on resolution to oppose AB 805

By Miriam Raftery

April 8, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Elected leaders in numerous local cities are gearing up to oppose a state bill that critics warn weaken the voices and voting power of smaller cities on the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), as well as the Metropolitan Transit System and North County Transit District.  The bill gives more power to the city of San Diego, which critics contend will mean not enough clout by representatives from the county or other cities in the region to pass, block, or even place items on the agenda.

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