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BLOOMING IN JULIAN: LILAC FESTIVAL CONTINUES AT FORT CROSS OLD-TIMEY ADVENTURES

 

Also check out Julian Gold Rush Days at the Julian Mining Company just across the street

By Miriam Raftery

April 2, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – There’s still time to bring home a bouquet of fragrant lilacs as the Lilac Festival continues in its final day of the season at Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures today.  It’s all part of a revitalization of new activities reclaiming the region's  historical roots along Highway 78 just outside of Julian in San Diego's East County.

SANTEE COUNCIL HOLDS SPECIAL SESSION APRIL 3 TO MAKE EMERGENCY DECLARATION FOR SINKHOLE REPAIRS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Screenshot, NBC  7

April 1, 2017 (Santee) – The Santee City Council will hold a special meeting in April 3rd at 2 p.m. to consider a resolution proclaiming an emergency in order to authorize immediate repair of certain corrugated metal pipe storm drain systems that have caused major sinkholes that threaten to undermine homes.  The sinkholes are located on East and West Hartland Circle and Ryder Court.

THE FLOATING CITY AT SEA: MIDWAY SPEAKER APRIL 11 AT CREST LIBRARY

 

East County News Service

April 1, 2017 (Crest) -- Did you know that only about 5% of the USS Midway’s 4,500 crew were pilots? That the other 95% operated a floating city at sea– restaurants, barber shops, city utilities, convenience stores, police, hospital, newspaper, hotels, laundry & much more–so that the pilots could launch when the nation called?  Explore this floating city at sea, all within the confines of three football fields.

GUATAY MAN FOUND DEAD AT WORKSITE IN ESCONDIDO

 

East County News Service

April 1, 2017 (Guatay) – Jack Rafael Ruiz, 66, of Guatay died on March 30th at a home he was working on as a pest control employee at 1526 Oak Hill Drive in Escondido.  According to the Medical Examiner’s office, a coworker left for two hours and upon return, found Ruiz unresponsive on the back patio with head trauma.

SABERING MARKS OPENING OF BEVMO IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

March 31, 2017 (El Cajon) – The grand opening of BevMo’s new store at 3777 Willow Glen Drive in El Cajon was heralded in with the “sabering” of a ceremonial champagne bottle.   Doug Ratto, EVP and Chief Merchant, wielded a sword to cut off the neck of the bottle to signfy store’s christening.

PHILANTHROPIST AND ENVIRONMENTALIST TOM STEYER SPEAKS APRIL 5 IN LA MESA

 

By Devorah Ann Fox

March 30, 2017 (La Mesa) – California philanthropist and environmentalist Tom Steyer will speak at the La Mesa – Foothills Democratic Club meeting on Wednesday, April 5 at the La Mesa Recreation Center.  A 6:30 p.m. snack and social hour will precede his 7 p.m. speech and a question and answer period.

SURVEY SHOWS LA MESA RESIDENTS THINK QUALITY OF LIFE IS GREAT, BUT WANT MORE PARK FACILITIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 30, 2017 (La Mesa) – A survey conducted by the city of La Mesa found that 91% of residents rated quality of life in the city as good or excellent, with 87% satisfied with the city’s performance in providing municipal services.

BOYS LACROSSE: HILLERS TOP SAINTS 7-2

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

March 29, 2017 (El Cajon) - Grossmont High varsity boys lacrosse faced the Saints of St. Augustine High tonight.

SPRING BUTTERFLY AND GARDEN FESTIVAL APRIL 29

 

East County News Service

March 28, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) - The Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College will host its Spring Butterfly and Garden Festival on Saturday, April 29th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Activities include butterfly pavilion and garden tours, butterfly releases, face painting, kids’ activities and craft vendors, animal exhibitors, educational exhibits and presentations, us edible, ornamental and native plant sales. You can also sign up for landscape design consultations.

SPRING CRAFT FAIR IN LEMON GROVE APRIL 29

 

East County News Service

March 28, 2017 (Lemon Grove) - The Mt. Miguel School Alumni Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit, will hold a Spring Craft Fair on Saturday April 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.at Lemon Grove Academy Auditorium on School Lane in Lemon Grove.  All proceeds will go to fund Mt Miguel High School Programs and Scholarships.

QIGONG, AN ANCIENT HEALING ART FOR MODERN TIMES: APRIL 4 AT CREST LIBRARY

 

East County News Service

March 28, 2017 (Crest) -- Why do more than 3 million Americans practice an ancient healing art of Qigong from China?  Find out on April 4 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Crest Library (105 Juanita Lane, El Cajon).

LAKESIDE RESIDENTS SEEK CLEANUP OF DEBRIS IN EL MONTE VALLEY

 

Updated March 28 with a response from Michael Beck at the Endangered Habitats Conservancy and Supervisor Dianne Jacob's office.

By Miriam Raftery

March 27, 2017 (Lakeside) - A big mess in Lakeside just got worse.  Someone has dumped debris illegally over the weekend along a waste heap from a former sand mining site that residents in Lakeside’s El Monte Valley were already fighting to get cleaned up.

CAMPO-LAKE MORENA MEETING MONDAY TO INCLUDE PARKS FUNDING, REVIEW OF APPLICANTS FOR VACANCY AND KEY REPORTS

 

East County News Service

March 26, 2017 (Campo-Lake Morena) – The Campo-Lake Morena Planning Group will meet on Monday night, March 27 at 7 p.m.  The agenda includes a proposal to use 20% of new park funding for maintenance of existing parks, as well as review of applicants to fill a planning group vacancy. There will also be standing committee reports including water issues and announcements on items ranging from marijuana regulatory changes to plans for Star Ranch. Below is the full agenda and meeting location details:

MAN INJURED DEFENDING PREGNANT WIFE IN SPRING VALLEY BRAWL

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 26, 2017 (Spring Valley) -- A pregnant woman walking with her husband and 2-year-old child was  accosted last night at 8:10 p.m. by three men in the 1000 block of Elkerton Boulevard.  When her husband moved to defend her, one of the assailants grabbed a drainage cover and hit the husband over the head, causing a traumatic injury, said Sergeant Jeremy Sheppard with the Sheriff’s Department.

AFTER MEETING WITH CA ATTORNEY GENERAL ON OLANGO SHOOTING, CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER PRAISES “NEXT STEPS” FOR OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS

 

East County News Service

March 25, 2016 (El Cajon) – Civil rights leaders including Rev. Shane Harris from the National Action Network met with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra yesterday in Los Angeles to discuss police reform and accountability. The group asked for a special prosecutor to investigate the officer-involved shooting of Alfred Olango in El Cajon last September.

ANZA-BORREGO FOUNDATION HOSTS 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

 

East County News Service

March 25, 2017 (Borrego Springs) – On April 1st (no fooling!) the Anza Borrego Foundation will hold a day-long celebration commemorating its founding 50 years ago. 

The ABF will throw a party to look back at its accomplishments to support the Anza Borrego Desert State Park, and set the mood for the next 50 years.  

PEG LEG SMITH LIARS’ CONTEST APRIL1

 

East County News Service

March 25, 2017 (Borrego Springs) - Every year on the first Saturday of April – the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park attracts story tellers from all over the globe to compete in the annual Peg Leg Smith Liars Contest. This year’s event will be held on April 1st, starting at dusk.

SPRING CARNIVAL AT LAKE JENNINGS APRIL 8

 

East County News Service

March 25, 2017 (Lakeside) – Thousands of eggs and 1,700 pounds of trout are among the attractions at the Spring Carnival Lake Jennings slated for Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.   The event will also feature free paddle boating for the whole family, a Kid’s Pond for children under age 10, rainbow trout fishing and of course, an egg hunt. 

JAMUL INDIAN VILLAGE HANDS COUNTY KEYS TO TWO NEW FIRE TRUCKS

 

By Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson

Photo, left:  Kenneth Meza, Vice Chairman of the Jamul Indian Village Tribal Council, addresses attendees.

March 24, 2017 (Jamul) -- Fighting fires in the East County just got a little easier thanks to the Jamul Indian Village Tribe, which handed over the keys to two fire trucks to the San Diego Fire Authority at a ceremony that was held March 22 on the premises of the Hollywood Casino in Jamul.

LA MESA MAN ARRESTED AFTER SHOOTING, SWAT STAND-OFF

 

East County News Service

March 23, 2017 (La Mesa) — Daniel Mitchell, 29, was arrested early Tuesday morning at his home on Blackton Drive in La Mesa after a SWAT team incident.

Mitchell reportedly fired into the home Monday evening following a dispute with his roommate, who fled the residence unharmed, 10 News reports.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT DISTRICT BOUNDARY MAPS IN EL CAJON IS MARCH 27

 

Source:  City of El Cajon

March 23, 2017 (El Cajon) -- With the passage of Measure S, the City of El Cajon is in the implementation phase of establishing City Council districts.  The mapping criteria was approved by the City Council on February 14, 2017, and four community workshops were held in February and March. 

GIRLS LACROSSE: EAGLES WITHSTAND MONARCHS' SECOND HALF RALLY TO WIN 5-3

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

March 23, 2017 (El Cajon) - Tonight, Monte Vista and Granite Hills High girls lacrosse squared off in both schools’ second game of conference play.  Both schools sported winning records, with the Monarchs at a solid 7-2 and the Eagles at 3-2.

ALL DOGS ARE IRISH ON ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

 

East County News Service

March 23, 2017 (La Mesa) – ECM volunteer broadcaster Kim Cooney took her beagle, Angus, to Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa on St. Patrick’s Day.  Canine Corners, a nonprofit that maintains the dog park there, set up a “St. Pawtrick’s Day” photo booth complete with Irish props for pups of all ages.

East County Magazine Editor Miriam Raftery and her husband, Mark, also posed with their dogs, golden retriever Ginger and Juneau, a husky.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: BORREGO SUPER BLOOMS

 

East County News Service

March 23, 2017 (Borrego Springs) – Bob Kutscher of Borrego Springs shared these gorgeous flower photos taken during this month’s “super bloom” in the Anza-Borrego Desert.

“A routine of mine this year has been taking afternoon off-road rides and searching out flowers.  Needless to say it's been an enjoyable time this year.”

LOS COCHES STILL CLOSED DUE TO SEWAGE CONTAMINATION: COUNTY ASKS PUBLIC HELP TO REPORT SPILLS

 

By Miriam Raftery

File photo: sewage line

March 22, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – The County is asking the public to help report suspected sewage spills by calling 619-660-2007.

A recent sewage spill at Los Coches Creek found during a recent inspection resulted in over 900,000 gallons of raw sewage flowing into the waterway, which remains closed pending results of water testing.  It was contained the day it was discovered and is believed to have been flowing for more than two weeks.  But it could have been far worse, since many sewer lines are cleaned and inspected only once a year.

WHAT’S YOUR RISK OF TYPE 2 DIABETES? FIND OUT ON "ALERT DAY," THEN GET FREE FOOD AT CHICK-FIL-A IN SANTEE MARCH 28

 

East County News Service

March 22, 2017 (Santee) – To commemorate Tuesday, March 28 as the American Diabetes Association’s “Alert Day,” the nine Chick-fil-A restaurants in San Diego County, including the Chick-fil-A restaurant at 9418 Mission Gorge Road, Santee, will giveaway free food to customers who find out their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

 

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