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.”
July 2, 2012 (Santee) – Five office buildings on Riverview Parkway in Santee have been acquired by El Cajon-based San Diego Christian College, which plans to open a new campus in Santee.
June 28, 2012 (Santee) – The City of Santee will host “Santee Salutes” festivities on July 4 featuring live musical entertainment by 80z All Stars, patriotic ceremonies, an inflatable zone for kids, food trucks, and of course, fireworks.
This year, the event moves to a new location in Town Center Community Park East at 550 Park Center Drive in Santee. Festivities run from 3:30-9:30 p.m.. A patriotic ceremony with color guard will be held at 6 p.m. and the fireworks display starts at 9 p.m.
Curfew and social host ordinance sweeps to continue this weekend
June 23, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – During the past two nights, the Santee Sheriff’s station conducted a sweep in Santee, Lakeside and unincorporated areas of El Cajon. Deputies arrested 13 juveniles for violating curfew after 10 p.m. They also looked for social host violations (adults providing alcohol to minors) but no social host arrests were made.
HEAT IS ON TO STOP REZONING FOR “QUAIL BRUSH” POWER PLANT: PLANNING COMMISSION TO HEAR ISSUE ON JUNE 28
May 29, 2012 (San Diego’s East County) – After spotting a Saturn car driving erratically near 257 East Bradley Avenue in unincorporated El Cajon at 12:08 a.m., three deputies from the Santee Sheriff’s Patrol Station attempted to stop the vehicle. The driver accelerated, leading deputies on a two-minute pursuit. The Saturn then struck a parked car in the driveway of a home at 988 Flint Street, pushing it into the garage.
By Miriam Raftery
April 27, 2012 (Santee)—The San Diego Planning Commission voted 4-2 to grant a 60-day continuance to Quail Brush Genco (Cogentrix), delaying a decision on whether to rezone property near Mission Trails Regional Park as industrial space in order to allow construction of a gas-fired power plant.
Congressman and Mayoral candidate Bob Filner called the continuance request “a chance to propagandize" as the project developer seeks to allay widespread community opposition. Filner has said the power plant would “harm the surrounding air quality and degrade Mission Trails Park – plus, installing a gas-powered plant in an area ravaged by the 2003 wildfires makes little sense.”
San Diego Planning Commission to weigh changing zoning to allow project at April 26 meeting; Opponents plan march today in Santee
March 31, 2012 (Santee) – Santee Mayor Randy Voepel didn’t mince words. “This is a declaration of war,” he said at Wednesday night’s City Council meeting, where Councilmembers voted unanimously to oppose the gas-fired Quail Brush power plant.
The 100 megawatt (MW) “peaker” power plant is proposed on 10 acres adjacent to Mission Trails Regional Park, close to West Hills High School and homes.
“It is with great admiration and gratitude that I am able to honor Elaine, who has selflessly given of her time and efforts for nearly all of her adult life to serve both our country and community.”