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CASTLEROCK NEIGHBORS UNLOAD AT SANTEE OFFICIALS OVER CASTLEROCK HOUSING PROJECT

 

Mike Allen

Photo: Councilman Jack Dale moderated meeting on Castlerock project November 29 with elected officials, city workers, and representatives from developer Pardee Homes.

December 3, 2016 (Santee) -- Angry residents near the Castlerock housing project lashed out at Santee city officials and representatives from developer Pardee Homes during a public meeting November 29, saying the way the project is unfolding is nothing like the plans they saw earlier this year.

EL CAJON’S HOUSING ELEMENT REZONING PROGRAM: DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AVAILABLE FOR COMMENTS; COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE DEC. 5

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 1, 2016 (El Cajon) — A notice from the city of El Cajon today announces that a Draft Environmental Impact Report on the city’s proposed Housing Element Rezoning Program is available for public review and written comment starting December 5th through January 19th.

A community open house is set for January 5th from 6 p.m.to 7 p.m. at the El Cajon Branch Library (201 East Douglas) meeting room to discuss the project, the California Environmental Quality Act public review process and the content and findings of the draft EIR.

PET SAFETY TIPS TO KEEP THE HO, HO, HO IN HOLIDAYS

 

By Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

December 1, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - ‘Tis the season to dig out those boxes of decorations, blow the dust off of them and start hanging all those lights, stockings, tinsel, garland and everything else that puts you in the holiday spirit. Just make sure your pets don’t put a “bah, humbug” into your plans this time of year.

STAR RANCH UP FOR SALE

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 29, 2016 (Campo)- If you’ve got a hankering to own a 2,160 acre cattle ranch,  you may want to mosey on out to rural Campo and saddle up to see the Star Ranch.  The large property is on the market—and the owner is willing to consider offers on any of nine parcels separately or together. (View offering proposal).

A 455-unit housing development has been proposed on the site, drawing opposition from some neighbors concerned about impacts on groundwater supplies, traffic and loss of rural character.  Now the owner has put the site on the market-- and  is giving neighbors the first opportunity to purchase all or part of the sprawling rural property.

SANTEE SCHEDULES PUBLIC MEETING ON CASTLEROCK PROJECT TUESDAY

 

By Mike Allen

November 27, 2016 (Santee) -- The city of Santee’s Department of Development Services will host a public meeting at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov.29 at City Hall concerning the Castlerock homes project.

According to a city notice, representatives from the developer, Pardee Homes, as well as from the cities of Santee and San Diego will be available to answer questions.

PUBLIC’S PALM-READING NEEDED TO WARD OFF WEEVIL

 

Photos: Palm tree (right) heavily damaged by South American palm weevil (left); photos courtesy of the Center for Invasive Species Research at UC Riverside

By Gig Conaughton, County of San Diego Communications Office

November 6, 2016 (San Diego) -- They’re 1 ½ to 2 inches long, jet black, with long snouts and a deadly appetite for one of Southern California’s biggest icons — palm trees.

In September, South American palm weevils were determined to have killed palm trees in San Ysidro.

GREEN HOMES TOUR NOV. 12 INCLUDES RESIDENCES IN RAMONA, CAMPO AND JAMUL

 

Seventh annual San Diego Green Building Council event showcases best practices in green residential design and building

East County News Service

Photos:  exterior:  Ramona residence is energy efficient and blends with natural environment.  Interior:  Boulder provides thermal heat and dramatic focal point in Jamul

October 27, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) The San Diego Green Building Council (SDGBC), an environmental nonprofit dedicated to providing education, outreach and advocacy focused on green building in the San Diego community, announced today the 10 residential projects that will be featured on the Green Homes Tour on Saturday, Nov. 12. Home sites are located throughout the county, including Mission Hills, Pacific Beach, Poway, Ocean Beach, Leucadia, Chula Vista, Ramona, Jamul and Campo.

LA MESA PRESENTS 11TH ANNUAL HISTORIC HOME TOUR

 

East County New Service

September 20, 2016 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Historical Society, in association with MODERN SAN DIEGO and San Diego Home and Garden, invites you to a showcase of seven hidden jewels, nestled in the hillside of Mt. Helix. The La Mesa Historic Home Tour is set for Saturday, November 5th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

EAST COUNTY REALTORS GROUP TO SHARE CEO WITH NORTH COUNTY REALTORS GROUP

 

 

East County News Service



September 29, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Two San Diego-area realtor trade groups, the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR) with an office in El Cajon, and the North San Diego County Association of Realtors (NSDCAR), have decided to share a chief executive officer.

PLANTSTRAVAGANZA AT WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN

 

East County News Service

September 15, 2016 (El Cajon) - The Water Conservation Garden celebrates the fall planting season with the 2016 Fall Plantstravaganza! on Saturday, November 5 from 10am to 2pm, with a special members-only preview sale from 9am to 10am.   Garden memberships may be purchased at the gate.

CHRISTMAS IN ALPINE HOME TOUR DECEMBER 10TH

 

East County News Service

August 27, 2016 (Alpine) - The Alpine Woman’s Club will hold its Eleventh Annual “Christmas in Alpine” Home Tour on Saturday, December 10th from 10am to 3pm. You will have an opportunity to stroll through five stunning country estates, and visit Kathy and Mario’s quaint and spectacular place they call Alpine Country Garden and Gifts Shop. The Historic Town Hall will be open from 1pm till 4pm, where you can view Dickens Christmas Village on the Town Hall stage. Ticket holders can also enjoy light refreshments and a surprise gift to say thank you for your support.

UNDERWATER HOMES: RISING SEAS COULD SUBMERGE HALF THE HOMES IN OVER 300 CITIES, ZILLOW PREDICTS

 

San Diego could lose 2,289 properties to rising seas

By Miriam Raftery

August 24, 2016 (San Diego) - Zillow, a leading national real estate company, has issued a new report about homes underwater. (See also http://www.zillow.com/research/climate-change-underwater-homes-12890/).

HELIX WATER BOARD VOTES 3-2 FOR 10.3% RATE HIKE WITHOUT PUBLIC HEARING: CANDIDATES BLAST INCUMBENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 3, 2016 (La Mesa) – With scarcely any public notice, Helix Water Board passed a 10.3% rate hike by a slim one-vote majority. The stated reason was because water use has dropped due to customers conserving water--just as the district asked them to do.

Directors Kathleen Coates-Hedberg and Joel Scalziti voted against jacking up rates, while directors John Linden, Chuck Muse and Deana Verbeke voted for the rate hike over public objections.

MOSQUITOFISH, THE MOSQUITO'S WORST NIGHTMARE

 

They just might be a mosquito’s worst nightmare.

Which means they could also be a dream come true for lots of San Diego County residents.

Gambusia affinis. They’re more commonly known as mosquitofish. They’re tiny. They’re ravenous.

BEST BARNYARD CHICKENS FOR EGGS



East County News Service

July 5, 2016 (Crest) -- Richard Edwords from Kamps Propane will discuss how to pick the very best chickens for eggs, including breed, selection, culling, nutrition, cages & DIY cage design. His presentation will be held July 12th at 6 p.m. in the Crest Library, 105 Juanita Lane, El Cajon.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: NEW INVENTION BY SDG&E HELPS YOU GO SOLAR FOR LESS MONEY

By Miriam Raftery

 

July 4, 2016 (San Diego) – Recently,  East County Magazine’s Radio Show  featured an interview with Amber Albrecht  from San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E).  The interview originally aired on KNSJ 89.1 FM Radio.

 We talked about a new fast-track process for going solar and about renewable meter adaptors invented by SDG&E employees to help you avoid costly electrical panel upgrades when going solar.

Hear our interview by clicking the link above.

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FILING PERIOD TO OPEN FOR PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT APPEALS

 

Public Can Submit Applications from July 2 to Nov. 30

June 24, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego County residents and businesses who disagree with their property tax assessments for the 2016-2017 year may file an application to appeal them between July 2 and Nov. 30, David Hall, Clerk of the County Assessment Appeals Boards, announced today.

REALTORS FACING NEW STATEWIDE FORMS TO COMPLETE STARTING IN JULY

 

East County News Service

 

June 23, 2016 (El Cajon) – Effective July 1, local realtors will be dealing with completing new forms from the California Association of Realtors (CAR). The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a 2,300-member trade group for San Diego-area realtors, will present “Forum on Forms,” a program for realtors on new changes in CAR forms, from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 1 at the PSAR East County Service Center, 1150 Broadway, El Cajon.

ILAN-LAEL HOSTS ANNUAL FATHER'S DAY OPEN HOUSE ON HUBBELL HILL JUNE 19

 

Iconic San Diego artist James Hubbell to open property to the public, raise funds for Ilan-Lael Foundation and reveal near-completed Ilan-Lael Center

Photo: new Ilan-Lael Center in construction

May 22, 2016 (San Diego) - Renowned San Diego artist and humanitarian, James Hubbell, is opening his hand-built, artistic mountain retreat home to the public for the annual Father’s Day Tour benefiting the Ilan-Lael Foundation Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Julian, Calif. For more than 50 years, the Hubbells have been building their art-inspired home and guests are invited to tour the iconic property’s eight main structures, including the art studios, the famous “Boys’ House,” and chapel, plus the first-ever chance to explore the near-completed Ilan-Lael Center. James, his wife Anne, and their family will also be greeting the public to share their inspirational stories and insights about the property.

UNSHELTERED HOMELESS COUNT JUMPS 19% COUNTYWIDE

 

 

“We All Count” organizers voice concerns over undercount of homeless due to lack of data provided by shelter in El Cajon

By Miriam Raftery

May 12, 2016 (San Diego) – Results of “We All Count,” the annual count of homeless people countywide, show a 19% increase in the number of unsheltered homeless people, though a slight dip (less than a percentage point) in the total number of homeless countywide.

In an interview with the East County Magazine Show originally aired on KNSJ radio, Dolores Diaz, Executive Director of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, and Michael McConnell, an advocate for the homeless who has served as team leader for “25 Cities”, a national initiative to end homelessness and publisher of Homelessness News San Diego, discussed this year’s results of the point-in-time homeless count, as well as long term solutions to end homelessness.

Hear our interview by clicking the orange arrow above (sound files may take a few moments to load), plus scroll down for additional details and updates obtained after our interview aired.

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PASSAGES: SQUARE FOOT GARDENING CREATOR DIES AT 84: PUBLISHER TO CARRY ON LOCAL AUTHOR’S WORK TO COMBAT WORLD HUNGER

 

East County News Service

May 2, 2016 (San Diego) -- “Build a box. Fill it with Mel’s Mix. Add a grid…and start planting.” Mel Bartholomew, creator of Square Foot Gardening, has passed away at the age of 84 in La Jolla, California. His easy, innovative method of growing vegetables revolutionized the way millions grow their own food. 

SDG&E INVENTION SAVES TIME, MONEY FOR NEW PRIVATE SOLAR CUSTOMERS

 

$3 million+Saved by customers installing solar panels

Source: SDG&E

April 24, 2016 (San Diego) -- Over the last eight months, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) says it has helped nearly 3,000 private solar customers collectively save more than $3 million on the costs to go solar. August 2015 was when SDG&E first announced its Renewable Meter Adapter invention, a technology that was developed as an alternative for expensive and time consuming electric panel upgrades that are often required to accommodate solar.

FIRE-SAFE BACKCOUNTRY GARDENS SAVE WATER AND WILDLIFE,TOO

 

Native Gardens Tour April 2-3 previews

East County News Service

April 1, 2016 (Deerhorn Valley) --Two Deerhorn Valley couples who addressed their need for a fire-safe landscape using native plants discovered that native plants in the garden not only save water and reduce fire risk, but provide year-round beauty that appeals to all the senses.   They will be sharing their gardens and their experience as part of the California Native Plant Society’s (CNPS) Garden Native Tour, April 2nd and 3rd, which features a total of twenty gardens in inland San Diego County.  

SEE “LANDSCAPING OF THE FUTURE” AT NATIVE GARDEN TOUR APRIL 2-3

 

 

This year's tour highlights numerous gardens in East County and inland San Diego

By David Fleitner

Cover photo:  The view from the California Sunflower trail in the "Nature Adorned" garden

March 8, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Jean and Jerry Kaiwi look contentedly over their 2½-acre home site near Flynn Springs, enjoying the view from a patio table along a trail above their house. “It used to be that you couldn’t even see the land contours – the entire lot was covered with waist-high mustard,” says Jean. “ Now the beautiful natural contours and rock outcrops are finally visible, complemented by our native plants.   We so enjoy them, along with all the native birds, lizards, snakes and bees that now share this space with us.”  

HOME OWNERSHIP WORKSHOP FOR VETERANS AND MILITARY MEMBERS MARCH 19

 

East County News Service

March 6, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) — The San Diego Association of Realtors, Senator Joel Anderson, American Legion 731 and the Virtual Counselor Network will host a Military Housing Resource Workshop for all current and former military members.  The free workshop will be held Saturday, March 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the American Legion  (7245 Linda Vista Road) in San Diego


ONE TOMATO, TWO TOMATO, A HUNDRED TOMATOES ON SALE AT TOMATOMANIA MARCH 12-13

 

East County News Service

March 4, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Tomatomania!, the renowned Heirloom tomato seedling sale, returns to excite an enthusiastic group of gardeners in El Cajon this spring at the Water Conservation Garden, on March 12 and 13.


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