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INTEREST RATE RISES

 

East County News Service

March 20, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- The Federal Reserve has raised interest rates by as quarter of a point, the second increase in three months. But rates are still at a historic low range of 0.75 to 1 percent.

The hike means consumers will pay more for credit cards and home equity lines of credit and adjustable rate mortgages, but fixed rate mortgages and car loans are not expected to be affected since the anticipated change has already been calculated into those. People will also earn slightly more on savings accounts.

FAMILY GARDENING PROVIDES MORE THAN A BOUNTIFUL HARVEST

 

By Melinda Myers

March 15, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Gardeners know digging, planting, harvesting and even viewing a garden is good for the mind, body and spirit. It improves strength and flexibility, lowers blood pressure and elevates our mood. And this is true for all members of the family from the very young to the more seasoned.

ATKINS’ BILL TO FUND AFFORDABLE HOUSING THROUGH REAL ESTATE RECORDING FEES CLEARS KEY COMMITTEE

 

East County News Service

March 1, 2017 (San Diego) -- The California Senate Transportation and Housing Committee has voted 9-3 to pass SB 2,  the Building Homes and Jobs Act,  legislation authored by Senator Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) to create a permanent source of funding for affordable housing.

SECOND ANNUAL WATER-WISE HOME GARDEN TOUR MARCH 25

 

East County News Service

February 28, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) - The Water Conservation Garden invites the public to its second annual Water-Wise Home Garden Tour on March 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The tour will highlight five beautiful gardens featuring a wide variety of colorful and low water usage plants. The gardens emphasize plants from semi-arid regions of the world including Australia, New Zealand, Southwestern U.S. and South Africa.

TOMATOMANIA! MARCH 11 AND 12 AT THE GARDEN

 

East County News Service

February 28, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) — California's largest tomato seedling sale is back and the Garden at Cuyamaca College is the only San Diego location this spring.   TOMATOMANIA features hundreds of heirlooms and hybrid tomato varieties, expert advice, and the accessories to grow tomatoes in your own backyard.

SANTEE GARDEN CLUB ANNOUNCES MARCH AND APRIL EVENTS

 

East County News Service

February 23, 2017 (Santee) – The Santee Garden Club announces upcoming meetings,  an “All About Worms” vermicomposting workshop, and a plant sale.

The club meetings at the Santee Library (9225 Carlton Hills Blvd., #17) on the third Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m.

CONNIE BECK TO SPEAK ON “GARDENING WITH NATURE” FEB. 19 AT LA MESA BEAUTIFUL’S ANNUAL MEETING

 

East County News Service

 

February 7, 2017 (La Mesa) — “Gardening with nature—birds and butterflies and bats and bees” will be the topic discussed by guest speaker Connie Beck at the La Mesa Beautiful Annual Meeting on February 19 at 4 p.m.  The event will be held in Nan Couts Cottage at 5045 Memorial Drive in La Mesa.  The event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

GONZALEZ FLETCHER JOINS IMMIGRANT TENANT PROTECTION ACT OF 2017 EFFORT

 

East County News Service

February 7, 2017 (San Diego) -- Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) announced today she is joint-authoring legislation to protect rental housing tenants from being intimidated or retaliated against because of their immigration status.

EAST COUNTY REALTORS HOST STATEWIDE ECONOMIST FOR 2017 HOUSING FORECAST

 

East County News Service

January 31, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a trade group for San Diego-area realtors with an office in El Cajon, will present its “2017 Housing Market Overview” with Leslie Appleton-Young, vice president and chief economist, California Association of Realtors (CAR), from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 8, at PSAR’s East County Service Center, 1150 Broadway, El Cajon.

BIRD TALK: THE GOLDFINCH

 

By Greg Dunne

January 23, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - The most loyal aviating visitor to my yard is the Goldfinch. These little guys are a blast to watch, feeding on their thistle all day long in my front yard. I get as many as 12 to 20 birds or more on my two-sack feeder most of the day – everyday. However, this might drive you to the poor house in bird seed as they are voracious eaters.

TRUMP CANCELS MORTGAGE INSURANCE RATE CUT FOR FIRST-TIME HOMEBUYERS UNDER FHA, DRAWS OPPOSITION FROM REALTORS AND HOME BUILDERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 22, 2017 (San Diego) – Representatives for the California Association of Realtors, National Association of Realtors, and National Association of Homebuilders have all voiced opposition to an executive order issued by President Trump that could add as much as $1,500 to costs for some first-time homebuyers.

CALIF. DEPT. OF INSURANCES FINDS STATE FARM IN NONCOMPLIANCE AFTER INSURER DEFIES ORDER TO LOWER RATES

 

East County News Service

January 15, 2017 (Sacramento) -- The California Department of Insurance has issued a Notice of Noncompliance charging State Farm General Insurance Company with refusing to reduce policyholders' rates, as mandated by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones' order, effective December 8, 2016. 

ALL ABOUT WORMS: VERMICOMPOSTNG WORKSHOP AT JACUMBA LIBRARY JAN. 24

 

East County News Service

January 12, 2017 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – Vermicomposting (worm composting) is an environmentally-friendly way to turn your food waste into nutrient rich castings for your plants or garden beds. Learn all about how easy it is to compost your food waste with red wriggler worms at an interactive presentation on Tuesday, January 24 at 12:30 p.m. in the Jacumba Branch Library (44605 Old Highway 80 in Jacumba.).  Map | Website

5 BENEFICIAL HOME MODIFICATIONS FOR PEOPLE WITH ALZHEIMER’S

 

By Caroline James

Image via Pixabay by stevepb

January 2, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Alzheimer’s is a disease that drastically affects a senior’s ability to live out their golden years in their own homes. Many affected by Alzheimer’s find it necessary to move into an assisted living facility in order to live safely. However, there are a number of ways you can help your aging loved one remain in their home rather than uprooting and moving into a specialized facility.

WINTER GARDEN CARE: LEARN PROPER PRUNING JAN. 14

 

Source: Water Conservation Garden

January 2, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) – Caring for your landscape in winter leads to thriving spring gardens.  On Saturday, January 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College will offer a class titled “Winter Garden Care: Proper Pruning Practices.”

BRING IN THE BIRDS FOR WINTER BEAUTY AND ENTERTAINMENT

 

By Melinda Myers

Photo credit: Gardener’s Supply Company

January 2, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - Brighten your winter days by inviting birds into your landscape. Their beauty and motion help enliven the garden and lighten your spirit. Not only do they provide entertainment, but also an opportunity for all ages to stay involved with nature year-round.

PUT A FREEZE ON WINTER HOLIDAY HOME FIRES

December 21, 2016 (San Diego)--The holidays can be a joyous time, but only if you prevent winter weather-related house fires.

HOLIDAY HOMES TOUR IN KENSINGTON DEC. 18 BENEFITS CHILDREN’’S CENTER

 

East County News Service

December 12, 2016 (Kensington) -- On Sunday, December 18, 2016 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. the Iris Auxiliary to the San Diego Center for Children presents a holiday home tour benefitting the San Diego Center for Children, San Diego’s oldest accredited children’s non-profit organization

ALPINE WOMAN HONORED BY EAST COUNTY REALTORS ASSOCIATION

 

East County News Service

December 12, 2016 (Alpine) – Alpine resident Cristen Carver, branch manager of the HomeBridge Financial Services office in Mission Valley, has been honored with the 2016 Affiliate of the Year award by the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a 2,500-member trade group for San Diego-area realtors. The award recognizes a PSAR member for their loyalty and devotion to the association, including community involvement, association support and participation on PSAR committees.

JUDGE DENIES STATE FARM'S EFFORT TO STOP RATE REDUCTION ORDERED BY REGULATORS: POLICY HOLDERS TO GET HEFTY REFUNDS IMMEDIATELY

 

Source: California Insurance Commissioner

December 8, 2016 (San Diego) -- Superior Court Judge Katherine Bacal today denied State Farm's emergency request to stay a November order issued by Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones. Jones’ order directed State Farm to reduce homeowner and renter rates by seven percent and issue refunds totaling over $100 million to State Farm's policyholders.

SENATOR ATKINS INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO CREATE NEW HOUSING FOR LOWER-INCOME CALIFORNIANS

 

East County News Service

December 6, 2016 (San Diego) -- Shortly after being sworn in as the senator representing California’s 39th District on Monday, Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced legislation, SB 2, to create a permanent source of funding for affordable housing.

CASTLEROCK NEIGHBORS UNLOAD AT SANTEE OFFICIALS OVER HOUSING PROJECT

 

Update: Hear our interviews with Stephen Houlahan and  Preserve Wild Santee leader Van Collinsworth on environmental issues in Santee by clicking the audio link above.

 

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.

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

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