Skip navigation.
Home

Santee




EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

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:

LOCAL/REGIONAL

STATE

Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

STATE GRANT ENABLES SANTEE TO UPGRADE TRAFFIC SAFETY SOFTWARE

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. 

“LIGHTING AT THE LAKES: SOLAR TREE TO SHINE IN SANTEE DEC. 8

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. 

SPORTSPLEX USA DONATES $1410 TO SANTEE SCHOOL DISTRICT FOUNDATION

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. 

TELLABRATION IS HAPPENING IN SANTEE ON NOV. 17

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.

WRAP-UP ON LOCAL PROPOSITIONS: POT SALES, TAX HIKES, CHARTER CITY STATUS AND MORE

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.  

LET THE HOLIDAY SEASON BEGIN! SANTEE TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY NOV. 16

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. 

UNDERGROUND CABLE CAUSED SANTEE OUTAGE

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.

SHERIFF'S SANTEE PANCAKE BREAKFAST NOV. 2 AND 3

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. 

FORMER TEACHER ELANA LEVENS-CRAIG WANTS TO "GIVE BACK TO MY COMMUNITY" ON THE SANTEE SCHOOL BOARD

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).”

SANTEE COUNCIL WEIGHS CHANGES TO SPEED LIMITS

 

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.

HOMICIDE 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.

INCUMBENTS AND CHALLENGERS CLASH IN SANTEE DEBATE

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.

KAFFEE MEISTER OPENS IN SANTEE: ALMOND MILK, SOY MILK, AND OF COURSE...COFFEE

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. 

BEAT CANCER BOOT CAMP COMES TO SANTEE SEPT. 8

 
 
 
September 1, 2012 (Santee) – Beat Cancer Boot Camp is a fitness based program designed to help cancer survivors stay active during treatment and beyond. It’s also open to friends and family of those whose lives have been touched by cancer. On Saturday, September 8 at 8:30, the program kicks off in Santee’s Mast Park, 9125 Carlton Hills Blvd.
 
The program is geared toward all fitness levels so everyone can participate, utilizing scaled-down Navy Seal training fitness methods to empower participants.

SANTEE CANDIDATE FORUM SEPTEMBER 18

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.

MOUNTAIN LION SPOTTED IN SANTEE NEIGHBORHOOD

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.

PADRE DAM WEIGHS RATE HIKE: PUBLIC FORUM THURSDAY JULY 26

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).

PLANE MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING ON HIGHWAY 67

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.

SAN DIEGO’S PHIL’S BBQ WINS TRAVEL CHANNEL’S BEST WEST COAST SANDWICH

 
Phil’s BBQ El Toro tri-tip sandwich takes one of ten regional titles to advance to the final round
 
July 19, 2012 (San Diego) -- On Wednesday, July 18, 2012, Phil’s BBQ was named the West Coast Regional Winner of the Travel Channel show “Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America.” Phil’s El Toro tri-tip sandwich is one of ten regional winners that will move on to the final round of judging, where one sandwich will be named Best Sandwich in America.  There’s good news for East County foodies:  Phil’s BBQ will be coming to Santee this fall. (Here’s a clip of the Phil’s BBQ segment.)

ICE CREAM SOCIAL AT ASSEMBLYMAN JONES’ OFFICE JULY 26

 

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. 

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATE NEWS

 
July 12, 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: 
 
 

 

 
LOCAL
  • 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
STATE
  • 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
 
Read more for excerpts and links to full stories.

BASEBALL SCAM ARTIST ARRESTED

 

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.”

CHRISTIAN COLLEGE TO OPEN NEW CAMPUS IN SANTEE

 

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.

HUNDREDS TURN OUT TO OPPOSE QUAIL BRUSH POWER PLANT; SD PLANNERS POSTPONE ACTION UNTIL JULY 19

 

By Paul Kruze

June 28, 2012 (San Diego)--Facing a sometimes boisterous crowd of onlookers garbed in a sea of bright orange T-shirts and hats packing the San Diego City Council Chamber this morning,  members of the San Diego Planning Commission took public comment on a San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) proposal to build a 100 megawatt “peaker” natural-gas fire power plant.

The Quail Brush Generation Project would be sited on 10 acres of privately-owned land in the city of San Diego that abuts Mission Trails Regional Park, north of State Highway 52 and right outside of Santee’s city border.  

SANTEE SALUTES MOVES TO NEW LOCATION FOR JULY 4 FESTIVITIES & FIREWORKS

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. 

SHERIFF ARRESTS 13 JUVENILES AND 2 ADULTS IN EAST COUNTY

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

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
June 20, 2012 (San Diego) – Amid vocal community opposition, the city of San Diego’s  Planning Commission will soon consider whether to approve a zoning change  that would allow the proposed  gas-fired Quail Brush power plant to be built next to Mission Trails Regional Park. The public  hearing will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 9 a.m. in the City Administration Building, 202 C Street, 12th floor in downtown San Diego. 
Syndicate content