January 6, 2013 (Santee)—Pixi Welsh, 2 ½ , is the daughter of Santee Firefighter James Welsh. She was diagnosed with leukemia in November and was admitted to Children’s Hospital. Blood donations are needed, since she faces over two years of therapy including chemotherapy and blood transfusions.
Pixi’s illness has also placed a huge financial strain on the family, since her father will be out of work for months and medical bills are growing.
January 5, 2013 (Santee) -- An 18-year-old Santee woman says she is lucky to be alive after a gas fireplace she was trying to light exploded into flames, burning her face, hair and arm. Schannon Burr, who is now recuperatoring at home, spoke with ECM 10 News to share details of how the accident happened, plus get tips on how to avoid having a similar situation occur in your home. For details see: http://www.10news.com/news/santee-woman-burned-while-lighting-familys-ga...
Photo courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News
December 29, 2012 (Santee)—Jayme Midland, 25, was killed when the Volkswagen Beetle he was driving on State Route 52 was struck head-on by a Chevy pickup truck driving on the wrong side of the highway.
The woman driving the truck suffered moderate injuries. After treatment at Sharp Memorial hospital, she was arrested for gross vehiclular manslaughter while intoxicated. She has been booked into the Las Colinas Detention Facility, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Midland, a resident of Clairemont, was declared dead at the scene. The accident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. on eastbound 52, just east of Mast Boulevard in Santee.
December 20, 2012 (Santee) – The San Diego Better Business Bureau (BBB) has announced that Santee resident Kay Toma, a senior attending Francis Parker High School, has been awarded a $1,500 cash scholarship from the BBB after writing a 400-word essay on the importance of ethics and integrity in the community.
December 14, 2012 (Santee) -- The city of Santee dedicated on Tuesday, December 11 a 107-acre open space parcel along the San Diego River as a future public trail and parkway at a ceremony located at the 9600 block of Magnolia Avenue.
The event marked the transfer of the property from private to public ownership, a project spearheaded by the San Diego River Conservancy that was four years in the making.
“The San Diego River Conservancy is proud to have been the catalyst for the conservation of the Walker Property,” said Mike Nelson, executive officer for the San Diego River Conservancy. “It is a remarkable addition to a river park that will someday extend from the Cuyamaca Mountains to the Pacific Ocean.
December 5, 2012 -- (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:
- No fairy tale: The saga of the Mother Goose Parade, B-list celebrities, embezzled funds (UT San Diego)
- Desert wind farm jolts San Diego (UT San Diego)
- She spent money on whatever she wanted (IT San Diego)
- Council counters Madrid on Fair Trade (UT San Diego)
- Santee Crime report: $30,000 burglary at Padre Dam, thefts at Santana High (Santee Patch)
- Mayor, Councilman Ewin play hardball over lost softball in testy meeting (La Mesa Patch)
- Fire board member works for ambulance firm (UT San Diego)
- Old problems plague merchants group (La Mesa Today)
- California Legislature welcomes largest freshman class since 1966 (Sacramento Bee)
- California says federal immigration detention requests are voluntary (Reuters)
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.
December 4, 2012 (Santee) - On November 1, 2012, the City of Santee started work to upgrade the City’s collision analysis software. Funding for this program was provided by a $34,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The project will upgrade the City’s traffic collision analysis software to improve efficiency in collision data collection, analysis, and ultimately improve traffic safety. The grant will assist in efforts to deal with traffic safety problems and to reduce the number of persons killed and injured in traffic collisions.
November 25, 2012 (Santee) – The Santee Lakes Foundation, in concert with San Diego State University, SDG&E and the Santee Lakes Preserve presents the inaugural “Lighting at the Lakes – 2012” December 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Lake One under the new Pavilion.
November 15, 2012 (Santee) – On October 29, Sportsplex USA will made a donation to the Santee School District Foundation in the amount of $1410.00. Sportsplex USA and the Santee School District Foundation (SSDF) have partnered with the goal of offering affordable recreational youth indoor soccer programs to all parents and children in Santee. Since the partnership with the SSDF began in January, 2012, Sportsplex USA has donated $4,510 to the Foundation after three successful youth recreational soccer seasons.
November 14, 2012 (Santee) – Tellabration, a worldwide storytelling event is coming to Santee on November 17 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m. at Summit Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 8778 Cottonwood Avenue. Guilds and storytelling enthusiasts all around the globe will share their storytelling talents in concerts held in cities and towns to celebrate the ancient art of storytelling.
By Miriam Raftery
November 13, 2012 (San Diego) – In Colorado and Washington, voters decided it's high time to legalize recreational marijuana use. But locally, voters in Lemon Grove, Imperial Beach and Solana Beach defeated initiatives that would have allowed medical marijuana dispensaries.
Labor scored a win in Escondido, where a charter city ballot proposition was defeated by a 47.29% to 42.71% margin. Meanwhile in In Santee, a bastion of conservatism, voters approved raising transient occupancy taxes for hotel guests and campers from 6% to 10%, a move expected to generate $239,000 in revenues.
November 9, 2012 (Santee) –Ushering in the holiday season, Santee Trolley Square will be transformed into a cheerful village where carolers dressed in period costumes sing traditional holiday songs, kids can skate on synthetic ice, or pose for photos with Santa Claus while the whole family enjoys live music, food and horse-drawn carriage rides.
It’s all part of the city of Santee’s annual tree-lighting ceremony, a free family event to usher in the holiday season on Friday, November 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
November 8, 2012 -- (San Diego’s East County)--East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:
- Mayor-elect Filner: Everyone should be heard (UT San Diego)
- Election’s over. Now what’s ahead for Santee? (Santee Patch)
- Stieringers upset incumbents on school board, hospital board (La Mesa Patch)
- Voters reject pot initiatives in Lemon Grove and IB (UT San Diego)
- Runaway victor: Hunter claims 50th Congressional district race (Ramona Patch)
- Earthquakes, Faults and Misguided Development in San Diego (Voice of San Diego)
SDG&E now offers an “outage ap” for Smart Phone users
November 5, 2012 (Santee) – An “underground cable failure” caused a power outage November 1 that left 1,285 temporarily in the dark, SDG&E spokesperson Amber Albrecht has informed ECM.
October 27, 2012 (Santee) -- The Santee Sheriff's Station and Santee Fire Station invite you to the 14th Annual Santee Pancake Breakfast. It's a great way for people to get to know their local deputies, firefighters, neighbors, as well as help those in need.
Money raised from the two-day breakfast will benefit two organizations.
By Janis Mork
October 26, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) - Elana Levens-Craig is running against Gabriel Pina and Robin Fries for the Santee School Board Seat 4. ECM has contacted all candidates; below is Levens-Craig's interview with ECM.
Levens-Craig says she “is focusing on the ABC’s: Academics (innovate and improve classrooms), Budget (protect students’ education from financial cuts), and Communication (involve the community with their schools).”
October 9, 2012 (Santee)--Santee's City Council will consider changing speed limits at its meeting on Wednesday, October 10 at 7 p.m. at Santee's City Hall, 10601 North Magnolia Avenue in Santee.
Update 6 p.m.: The suspect has been identified as Paul Carl Tomasini. He is being charged with murder, the Sheriff's office reports this evening.
October 1, 2012 (Santee)—A man with stab wounds is being questioned by Sheriff’s homicide detectives in connection with the death of a woman found deceased in a home in the 10500 block of Strathmore Drive in Santee last night.
Editor's note: Also see video interviews with Santee mayoral and council candidates posted here.
By Nadin Abbott
September 20, 2012 (Santee)—Candidates for Santee’s City Council and Mayoral races met at the City Council complex for a candidate forum organized by the League of Women Voters and moderated by Dana Quitner. Mayor Randy Voepel squared off against Rudy Reyes, while long-time Councilman Jack Dale faced off against challenger Maggie Acerra.
The mostly-friendly debate touched on a series of issues of importance for the city. These ranged from the budget and how the end of redevelopment agencies has affected the city to public safety, including how the Cedar fire affected both Reyes and Voepel. Marijuana medical collectives, also a hot issue, drew some fiery responses.
By Rebecca J. Williamson
September 20, 2012 (Santee)Almond milk - check. Soy milk - check. Coffee? Checkmate. Where? At Kaffee Meister---which opened September 17 in the Carlton Oaks Plaza in Santee. The original Kaffee Meister is a coffee bar and drive-thru located next to the Big Red Barn in Lakeside.
“It will be a quality, community coffee shop,” according to Chester McLaughlin, son-in-law to owners Mike and Lesley Emmons.
August 31, 2012 (Santee) -- The League of Women Voters will be moderating a Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, September 18 at the Santee City Hall, Room 7, from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. with refreshments served after the forum.
It will be held in the City's Event Hall, Building 7 of the City Complex at 10601 N. Magnolia in Santee.
August 6, 2012 (Santee)--A mountain lion has been reported in the 10700 block of Princess Arlene, a residential neighborhood in Santee. Incident Page Network indicates that San Diego Sheriff and animal control officers are conducting a search of the area.
A mountain lion was also spotted days ago in an Alpine residential neighborhood. Mountain lions are native to our region, though the normally shy animals are rarely seen. Shooting a mountain lion is illegal in California, except in cases where a permit is obtained such as to address livestock predation. Violators have faced stiff penalties.
July 25, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Padre Dam Municipal Water District are considering a rate hike on its 24,000 customers in East County.
On Thursday, July 26 at 6 p.m., the District will hold a workshop at its board room (9300 Fanita Parkway in Santee) to explain the proposal and answer questions.
EAST COUNTY FIGHTS PROPOSED POWER PLANT; LOCAL SOLAR COMPANY OFFERS SUNNY SOLUTIONS AT FREE PROGRAM AUG. 4 IN SANTEE
Solar Shines Bright To Help San Diego Fight Construction Of Gas Power Plant
July 25, 2012 (Santee) – San Diego’s Planning Commission voted last week against rezoning open space near Mission Trails Regional Park to install a gas-fired power plant. But the decision can be appealed at City Council. Residents in Santee and San Diego have voiced strong opposition to the Quail Brush power plant on the site bordering both communities.
“We have created the San Diego Solar Program to offer a reliable clean energy solution that benefits our local communities,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and president of Sullivan Solar Power. “Not only are program participants saving money and helping our region meet our energy demands, they are getting paid to do so.”
To help with declaring energy independence, a free San Diego Solar Program informational solar luncheon is being hosted for East County residents on Saturday, August 4, at 11 a.m. at Santee City Hall, Civic Building #7 (10601 Magnolia Ave, Santee, CA 92071).
By Miriam Raftery
Photo by Billy Ortiz
July 21, 2012 (Santee) – Pilot Wayne Oehler, 79 of El Cajon landed safely on State Route 67 in Santee this morning at 10 a.m. after the engine on his homemade plane locked up.
A California Highway Patrol officer noticed the Europa plane attempting to land on the northbound side of the highway and started a traffic break, helping the plane to land safely at the Riverford Road off-ramp, UT-San Diego reported.
July 15, 2012 (Santee)—Now you can meet your legislator and beat the heat—all at the same time. Assemblyman Brian Jones, whose district includes most of East County, invites constituents to the second annual Ice Cream Social Open House at his Santee office on Thursday, July 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
- Catching up with San Diego’s legislators (San Diego CityBeat)
- Report: Padres to be sold to group including local golf star (10 News)
- Survey: Islam is San Diego County’s fastest growing religion (UT San Diego)
- Could economics doom ailing California nuclear plant? (Sacramento Bee)
- Santee among cities getting park grants (UT San Diego)
- Padre dam board settles on five-year plan (UT San Diego)
- ‘Appalled’ at Costs, Residents Slam Helix Water District Rate Hike Plan
- California growers join greens to query frack safety (Reuters)
- Legislature approves high speed rail spending (SF Gate)
- Historic bridges of Yosemite Valley under siege (Sacramento Bee)
- Study: What makes Californians smile? (News Service .org)
- College tuition is political fodder, from the state Legislature to the presidential campaign trail (Sacramento Bee)
- Rising costs push California cities to fiscal brink
July 11, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—Seth Tucker, 22, was arrested this morning for a scam in which he allegedly asked Santee residents for donations to send a local high school baseball team to Maui for a championship game.
“Investigators learned that Tucker had been doing this scam for several months in several different neighbors,” said Sgt. Tom Poulin. “He would always represent himself as a player for the local high school team of the area he was in.”