November 7, 2013 (Santee) – Each year since 2003, the City of Santee has launched the holiday season by hosting its Holiday Lighting Celebration at Santee Trolley Square.
This year’s celebration -- 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22 -- will include booths, music, and activities guaranteed to ensure a fun outing for the entire family.
Live music will be provided at the amphitheater stage by the Bayou Brothers, recent winners of “Favorite Blues Band” at the San Diego Music Awards. Also performing will be roving carolers dressed in period costumes and a community theater group singing holiday tunes.
October 26, 2013 (Santee) – If you bought a Fantasy 5 lottery ticket at the CVS Pharmacy in Santee, you may be the winner of a $379,925 prize. The store, located at the corner of Mission Gorge Road and Cuyamaca Street, sold a winning ticket that has not yet been claimed since Friday's drawing. The winning numbers are 5, 24, 30, 32 and 36.
Lottery officials have indicated that another local winning ticket was sold at a 7-Eleven store in Downtown San Diego, worth $186,723.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT REPORT: SUPERVISORS WEIGH INCREASING OUTREACH TO RURAL VETERANS AFTER ECM INVESTIGATION
Highlights of El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee and San Diego agenda items for this week
Update October 24, 2013: Supervisors unanimously approved the feasibility study on bringing veterans' services to libraries countywide.
By Miriam Raftery
County Supervisors and local city councils have several significant measures on their agendad impacting East County this week.
On Tuesday at 10 a.m., Supervisors will hear a proposal by Supervisor Dianne Jacob to extend the county’s outreach to veterans. This proposal is being introduced in response to an East County Magazine investigation that found a lack of County veterans’ services in rural East County.
Supervisor Jacob’s proposal asks the County’s Chief Executive Office to report back in 120 days on the feasibility of using county libraries for veterans services, which would add 34 additional locations for County Veterans Services representatives to meet with veterans.
October 20, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – On October 17, a shoulder-tap operation was conducted by the Sheriff’s Department and other agencies to see if retail outlets are illegally selling alcohol to minors in Santee, Alpine, Lakeside, Spring Valley, Lemon Grove, and unincorporated El Cajon.
Deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, Agents from Alcohol Beverage Control, and three minor decoys conducted a "Minor Decoy" and "Shoulder Tap" Operation at various locations in the East County. The operation involved minors who tested "on-sale" and "off-sale" establishments. The minor decoys tested retailers and servers at a number of locations in an attempt to purchase alcoholic beverages inside their establishments. Three employees sold alcohol to the decoys.
By Miriam Raftery
October 17, 2013 (Santee) – Santee’s City Council has voted to allow annexation of the controversial Castlerock Development project, meaning the land will be transferred from San Diego to Santee. Pardee Homes plans to build 283 single family homes, 147 multi-family dwellings and a public park at the project.
The Council has fought to oppose Castlerock on the boundary of Santee and San Diego, but the City of San Diego approved it. Unable to block the project, Santee’s Council decided to allow annexation so that developer fees and property taxes from the new homes will be paid to Santee. In turn, Santee will provide services as fire protection.
See what’s on the agendas for city councils in El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Santee, and the San Diego Supervisors this week
By Miriam Raftery
October 7, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) - Chickens, term limits, renaming a theater, the Castlerock housing project, a regional water plan and a proposal to boost beekeeping in the backcountry are among the hot items impacting East County that will be heard this week.
ENVRIONMENTALISTS WEIGH CHALLENGE AFTER SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL APROVES CASTLEROCK PROJECT AND TRANSFER OF LAND TO SANTEE
By Nadin Abbott
September 17, 2013 (San Diego)—The San Diego City Council voted 7-0 to approve the controversial Castlerock housing project on the border of Santee and San Diego. The resolution proposed by Council Member Scott Sherman (District 7) and Council Member David Alvarez (District 8) reads in part, “approve the Staff’s recommendation (Annexation being the preferred scenario).”
It is clear that San Diego would prefer the project to go to Santee. One key reason is fire response, which San Diego Fire Department cannot do in a timely manner, due to the location of the nearest fire stations and how busy Santee roads can be at rush hour. With annexation, Santee will have jurisdiction to dispatch fire engines and other emergency services.
September 15, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – The East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC) will host a bus tour of East County to learn about business opportunities, existing and future plans in the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, Santee, and the communities of Alpine, Lakeside, Rancho San Diego, and Spring Valley. The tour will be held on Wednesday, September 25. Those interested in attending must register by Friday, September 20.
By Miriam Raftery
September 3, 2013 (San Diego’s East County)—Traffic accidents claimed the lives of four East County residents in the past ten days, including victims from Lakeside, Ramona, and Alpine, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner.
August 29, 2013 (San Diego) – The FBI and San Diego Police Department announced the arrest of Cesar Daniel Flores, age 23, of Santee as a result of the investigation into the robbery of the San Diego County Credit Union, 2245 Fenton Parkway, San Diego on Friday, August 2.
Flores was arrested on Saturday at the Mission Valley Mall after an off-duty FBI Agent spotted Flores at a bus stop. After seeing Flores, the Agent contacted San Diego Police Department (SDPD) and requested a uniform Patrol Officer to respond to the area. When the agent and SDPD Officer returned to the bus stop they discovered Flores had left the area. After a brief search of the area, Flores was located in the mall and taken into custody without incident.
By Nadin Abbott
August 27, 2013 (Santee) — Experts offered parents tips on how to keep kids safe in today’s modern world, including advice on free software to monitor children’s online activities.
State Senator Joel Anderson and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis came to the forum at West Hills High School to meet residents in Santee last week. The forum presented a panel of specialists in child safety issues, as well as a question and answer session.
By Miriam Raftery
August 22, 2013 (Santee) –Founded in Santa Ysabel half a century ago, Dudley’s Bakery has gained fame across the region for its tempting array of freshly baked bread varieties such as Julian apple nut and jalapeno cheese breads. Long a secret of travelers through East County’s backcountry, Dudley’s later gained fame after winning the U-T San Diego’s “Reader’s Choice” poll as best bakery in the county three years in a row.
Now, fans of Dudley’s breads, fruit bars, pies and more won’t have to drive to the mountains. Dudley’s has announced plans to open up Dudley’s Bakery and Deli in the Santee Town Center in Santee this September.
By Miriam Raftery
August 17, 2013 (Santee) – An environmental group has lodged a formal complaint over a proposed electronic billboard in Santee, contending that the sign violates city laws and further, should require an environmental review.
The LEC-powered video billboard proposed by a Toyota dealership would stand 70 feet tall and be 321 square feet in size. It would tower above the junction of highways 125 and 52.
August 17, 2013 (Lakeside) -- The Santee Sheriff's Station will host a community forum in Lakeside on Tuesday, August 27 at 7 p.m. The event will be held in the Lakeside Community Center, 9841 Vine Street, Lakeside. The Sheriff's Department wants to hear your concerns about public safety and your ideas for creting an action plan for safer communities.
Hear from Captain Lisa Miller, Sheriff's deputies, crime prevention specialists, Lakeside Fire Department, County Animal Control, Commuinties Against Substance Abuse (CASA), and the Lakeside Planning Group.
August 15, 2013 (Santee) – State Senator Joel Anderson and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis will hold an East county Public Safety Town Hall on August 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the West Hills High School Theatre at 8756 Mast Blvd. in Santee. The top priority for parents is protecting their kids from danger. With new dangers arising daily, it can be difficult to get the information needed to keep children safe.
August 8, 2013 (Santee) – The East County Chamber of Commerce will host a business after hours dinner/mixer at Carlton Oaks Golf Resort in Santee on August 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The event is $10 for non-members and free to members who RSVP ahead. Hors d’houevres and non-alcoholic beverages are included. The event also includes a putting contest, tour of facilities, and chance to win prizes.
August 8, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – About two weeks ago, two East County residents, Courtney Case and Victoria Haynes, rescued a female stray Chihuahua-Dachshund mix in Bakersfield. Now she is seeking donations to fund surgery for the rescued dog, which is needed to save her from a degenerative disease.
“She did not have a collar, her nails were painfully overgrown, and she had acquired a limp on her back hind leg,” said Case, an assistant manager at Partnerships with Industry in Santee. “After returning to East County, she had already found a permanent home with a loving family; they fell in love with her sweet and loving personality instantly. Her new family got her all cleaned up and named her Koa, but unfortunately her limp persisted. Koa was taken to the vet to get X-rays and she was diagnosed with Legg-Calvé-Perthes syndrome. This involves spontaneous degeneration of the head on the femur bone. Unfortunately, it was determined that she needs immediate surgery or her condition would worsen and cause her even more tremendous pain and no use of her back right leg.”
Friday: Listen to the East County Magazine Show on KNSJ 89.1 FM at 5 p.m. to hear our interview with Stephen Bartholow, editor of Santee Patch, who has been tracking this story.
July 25, 2013 (Santee) – By a unanimous vote, Santee City Council ignored pleas from residents and authorized the city to seize and force sale of four properties, as well as obtain easements for nearly a hundred more. The declaration of eminent domain was done to allow the Prospect Avenue street widening project, which impacts properties on nine streets.
“We don’t want to leave,” Gloria Duff testified, Santee Patch reported. Duff, whose family has lived in their home for 50 years, said the family took out a second mortgage for remodeling recently and fears they won’t get enough money.
By Janis Mork
July 24, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – Helix Water District is looking to raise rates for its 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 fiscal years. For 2013-2014, proposed water rates for the domestic/ single customer - using 25 units bi-monthly - will increase six percent. Commercial/Multi-family customers will see a rate increase of three to eight percent.
SAN DIEGO PLANNING COMMISION MOVES FORWARD WITH CASTLEROCK PROJECT, DIRECTS TO SAN DIEGO CITY COUNCIL
By Janis Mork
July 22, 2013 (Santee)- At the July 11 meeting, the San Diego Planning Commission voted 4-2 in favor of the annexation scenario to place the proposed Castlerock master-planned community in Santee. The controversial housing project could include up to 430 residential units on 204 acres near the Santee-San Diego border.
By Miriam Raftery
July 7, 2013 (San Diego’s East County) – A controversial housing project that could include up to 430 residential units on 204 acres will be heard by the San Diego Planning Commission on Thursday, July 11 at 9 a.m. The public can attend and testify at the hearing, which will be held at Council Chamber, 12th Floor, City Administration Building, 202 C Street in downtown San Diego.
The project proposed by Pardee homes has sparked substantial opposition from environmentalists and residents. A 925-page environmental impact report details significant negative impacts on wildlife and the environment. ftp://ecity.ci.santee.ca.us/DDS/FinalEIRCastlerock062013.pdf
Preserve Wild Santee’s Facebook page describes Castlerock as “a monstrous housing development in San Diego and Santee” which “proposes to destroy four vernal pools and fairy shrimp, without examining the cumulative impact of these projects …”
July 2, 2013 (Santee) -- Sergio Joseph Dyda, 28, of Santee was killed June 30 in a high-speed collision on State Route 52 near Santo Road. According to the California Highway Patrol, Dyda was driving a 2000 Subaru Outback westbound when the crash occurred. A witness told CHP the vehicle was traveling at over 100 mph at 4:42 a.m. when the Outback passed him, lost control and collided with a guard rail on the right shoulder, careened across all lines and struck the center median, then traveled to the right and collided with the guard rail yet again before coming to a stop.
June 17, 2013 (Santee) – If you've had your bicycle lost or stolen in the last six months; call the Santee Sheriff’s Station. Please provide some form of proof; a picture of the bike, a receipt, identifying marks, or a good description of the bike in order to claim it.
Santee Sheriff’s Station
8811 Cuyamaca Street, Santee
Call (619) 956-4071 for more information.
By Nadin Abbott; photos by Tom and Nadin Abbott
June 17, 2018 (San Diego)—Aerial and ground firefighting efforts, including bulldozers, held yesterday’s brush fire to 110 acres. The blaze started around 4:30 off the shoulder of State Route 52 just east of Santo Road. Flames spread quickly in light to medium fuels into the boundary of Mission Trails Regional Park, precipitating a multi-agency responses.
When we first arrived on scene at Highway 52 and Santo Road, the highway was clogged with a hard closure of the on ramp.
June 12, 2013 (Santee) – Sharp Healthcare will be providing free health screenings in East County. These screenings could help prevent heart problems, diabetes and other risk factors. The screenings will only take about 15 minutes and are offered on eight different dates this summer.
The screenings will measure your cholesterol, blood sugar, body mass index (BMI), and blood pressure. Sharp Healthcare will also provide personalized strategies to improve your overall health and well-being. No appointment is needed. All adults over the age of 18 are welcome to participate.
May 30, 2013 (Santee) – The Knights of Columbus of Guardian Angels Church, located at 9310 Dalehurst Rd., Santee, CA 92071, is having a large rummage sale on June 1 and 2 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 7:00 a.m. to 12 noon on Sunday.
Some proceeds go to the Church pantry, which helps people in need, as well as other charity projects supported by Knights of Columbus.
Update: Santee reader Jerrie Dean informs us that her mother saw Larry Negrette return to his mobilehome park today. The Sheriff's office confirms with the following details:
On Monday, May 27, 2013 at around 10:15 p.m., Mr. Larry Negrette was located in the 10200 block of Ashwood Street in Lakeside. Mr. Negrette had contacted a resident on Ashwood Street and asked for food. The resident provided Mr. Negrette with food and water. As the resident and Mr. Negrette spoke, Mr. Negrette appeared disoriented and could not remember his address or phone number. The resident became concerned for Mr. Negrette and decided to notify the Sheriff's Department. Deputies from the Santee Station responded and contacted Mr. Negrette. He was reunited with his family.
May 27, 2013 (Santee) – Larry Negrette, 70, has been missing form his home in the 9400 block of Mission Gorge Road, Santee, since 5 p.m. Saturday May 25. He suffers from dementia and high blood pressure.
His family is extremely concerned for his welfare. His vehicle is inoperable and accounted for. Negrette is Hispanic with grey hair, receding hair line, brown eyes, and a mustache. He is 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighs about 210 pounds. He was last seeing wearing blue jeans, T-shirt, and white sneakers.
By Nadin Abbott
Photo: Firefighters battle spot fire in Lakeside; photo by Jeff Holz
May 26, 2013 (San Diego East County)—Fire season is off to an early start. Yesterday, even as firefighters fought to contain the 1800-acre San Felipe fire in the mountains of East County, four new fires drew resources from across the region. Here is a wrap-up on those fires in Ramona, Lakeside, the Santee/San Diego boundary area, Dulzura, and the border region.
By Sierra Robinson
May 24, 2013 (Santee) – Looking for some family fun this Memorial Day weekend? On Saturday, May 25, the Santee Chamber will be hosting the annual Santee Street Fair. Starting at 10:00 a.m. and running until 7:00 p.m., visitors of all ages can enjoy live music on three stages, over 300 vendor books, food, and entertainment fit for the whole family.
Photo by Paul Kruze
A small plane made an emergency landing on the median of Highway 52 at the junction of State Route 125 in Santee shortly after 6 p.m. today.
ECM photojournalist Paul Kruze was driving on the freeway when he witnessed the startling event.
“I was on my way to a concert when all of a sudden I saw this thing landing right in front of me. It was surreal. I had the same exact feeling as watching the plane fly into the World Trade Center—like watching a movie,” he said, then praised the pilot’s skill. “It was very controlled and the pilot obviously knew what he was doing.”