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WATER PROJECT UNDERWAY IN RANCHO JAMUL ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy of Jill Terp, Rancho Jamul Ecological Preserve, looking west toward the preserve from the Dulzura Creek area.

October 27, 2014 (Jamul) – Grading is underway for a waterline project at the Rancho Jamul Ecological Preserve.

GROUNDBREAKING SET FOR WALKER PRESERVE TRAIL PROJECT

 

Source: City of Santee

October 22, 2014 (Santee)--The city of Santee has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 to mark the beginning of construction of a new 1.3-mile-long multi-use recreational trail along the San Diego River known as the Walker Preserve Trail Project.

SHERIFF'S DEPT. SEEKS HORSE OWNERS AND RIDERS FOR VOLUNTEER MOUNTED PATROL

 

October 15, 2014 (Santee)--The Sheriff's Department is looking for horse owners and riders who would like to become members of the Volunteer Mounted Patrol. They conduct patrols on horseback across San Diego County, including the Santee and Lakeside areas.

MTS READY TO OPEN $44 MILLION 'RAPID' BUS ROUTE

 

San Diego Online News Association (SDONA)

By Chris Jennewein , originally published in Times of San Diego

Photo by Chris Jennewein

October 12, 2014 (San Diego)--San Diego transit and planning agencies on Thursday  celebrated completion of the $44 million Mid-City Rapid project, which starting Sunday will provide fast bus service between San Diego State University and downtown San Diego.

NEW APP SCANS TEXT, CONVERTS TO AUDIO FOR BLIND

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 24, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--Imagine being blind and having a device that can take photos of text on ordinary items, such as menus, ballots, store signs or classroom materials – and then read them to you out loud.  It sounds like science fiction, but a brand new app for Apple’s iphones can now do just that.  It can also convert the text to Braille.

COLORFUL LUNAR ECLIPSE TO OCCUR OCT 8

 

By Dr. Tony Phillips, Science@NASA

September 19, 2014 (San Diego)--On Wednesday morning, Oct. 8th, not long before sunrise, the bright full Moon over North America will turn a lovely shade of celestial red.  It's a lunar eclipse—visible from all parts of the USA.

SWING YOUR PARTNER: SQUARE DANCE CLASS STARTS SEPT. 16 IN EL CAJON

 

August 25, 2014 (El Cajon)- You're invited to exercise mind and body while learning basic square dance moves. Partners or fancy attire are not necessary. The class is open to families, couples, singles, children (ages 12 and older), and adults. The eight-week class begins on Tuesday, September

16, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Bostonia Recreation Center, 1049 Bostonia Ave. in El Cajon.

TROLLEY AND BUS RIDERSHIP BREAKS A RECORD

 

August 19, 2014 (San Diego) - More than 95 million trips were taken on local trolleys and busses over the past year, the Metropolitan Transit System, or MTS, has announced. That’s an 11.5 percent increase from the 85 million riders in fiscal year 2013.

HELP SAVE A LIFE: SIGN UP FOR PULSEPOINT APP TO BE NOTIFIED IF SOMEONE NEAR YOU NEEDS CPR

 

August 9, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) - Every minute that a victim of sudden cardiac arrest waits for CPR, their chance of survival drops by up to 10 percent.

ONLY LICENSED MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY TO OPEN IN EAST COUNTY: GRAND OPENING AUGUST 2

 

 

 

 

 

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By Miriam Raftery

July 30, 2014 (El Cajon) – Outliers Collective (www.outco.com), the only legal,  licensed medical marijuana dispensary  in East County’s unincorporated areas, will open this Saturday, August 2 near Gillespie Field.  A grand opening party is set from 1 to 4 p.m. at the collective dispensary, located at 8157 Wing Avenue in unincorporated El Cajon.

The grand opening will feature raffles, prize giveaways, meet and greet with model “Queen Esther”, poster signings, a food truck, 619 clothing and more.

SAN VICENTE'S RAISED DAM IS NOW COMPLETE

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 17, 2014 (San Vicente) - The tallest dam raising in the United States is now complete.

On Wednesday, the San Diego County Water Authority  held a dedication ceremony for the new dam at San Vicente Reservoir in Lakeside.

MARK TWAIN'S JUMPING FROG NAMED STATE AMPHIBIAN

 

Lori Abbott, California News Service

July 8, 2014 (Sacramento)-- Mark Twain made it famous, and now the California red-legged frog is about to become the state's official amphibian.

DOLLAR MOVIE DAYS AT REGAL CINEMAS IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

Looking for some affordable family entertainment?  On Tuesday and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. all summer long, 350 Regal Entertainment group cinemas (including theaters in East County) are offering $1 movie showings. 

East County theaters include Edwards Rancho San Diego Stadium 15 and Regal Parkway Plaza Stadium 18 & IMAX, both in El Cajon. Click here to find the schedule for a theater near you.

Dollar days at the movies were a bargain back when I was in college a few decades ago, and an even bigger savings today, with inflation, especially for families with kids off for summer vacation in need of some entertaining options on a limited budget.

Films to be shown are listed below.

PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT APPEALS FILING PERIOD OPENS SOON

 

June 30, 2014 (San Diego) -- Do you disagree with your property tax assessment for the 2014-2015 year? San Diego County residents and business owners who do may file an application to appeal their assessment from July 2 through Dec. 1, according to Clerk of the County Assessment Appeals Boards Thomas J. Pastuszka.

BICYCLE RODEO: LEARN BIKE SAFETY JUNE 28 IN PINE VALLEY

 

The County invites kids and parents to a Bicycle Rodeo at the Pine Valley Park on Old Highway 80 in Pine Valley this Saturday, June 28th from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.   

Kids can enjoy riding a short course to learn how to properly operate a bicycle. Children and parents will learn bicycle safety and how to properly fit a bicycle helmet. Kids are encouraged to bring bicycles, bike helmets and other safety gear.

WALK-IN WEDDINGS ARE BACK, THE COUNTY ANNOUNCED THIS WEEK....

 

June 20, 2014 (San Diego)--Getting married is a big decision, but once you’ve found "the one," why wait? Effective immediately, bridal couples can walk in to the County Administration Center downtown, pick up a marriage license and get married. No appointments necessary, no muss, no fuss.

KABOOM PLAYGROUND BUILT IN ONE DAY AT WELLS PARK ON SATURDAY

 

June 7, 2014 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon for 150 volunteers to help build a playground Saturday – and got 290. Not only was this one-of-kind customized playground built in one day, it was built in less than six hours.

NEW OUTDOOR EXERCISE EQUIPMENT AT WELLS PARK

 

May 24, 2014 (El Cajon)--The City of El Cajon Recreation was awarded a grant through the Indian Gaming Local Benefit Committee for fiscal year 2013 - 2014 to replace the outdoor adult exercise equipment located at Wells Park.  The ribbon cutting for the grand re-opening of the fitness area will be on Friday, May 30, at 10:00 a.m.

BOATERS ASKED TO HELP FIGHT SPREAD OF INVASIVE QUAGGA AND ZEBRA MUSSELS OVER MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

East County News Service

May 22, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--California agencies fighting the spread of invasive quagga and zebra mussels urge boaters to remain vigilant over the three-day Memorial Day weekend. The mussels have been found in numerous lakes in San Diego and East County, among other California locations: http://nas.er.usgs.gov/taxgroup/mollusks/zebramussel/maps/CaliforniaDreissenaMap.jpg

People who launch vessels at any body of water are subject to watercraft inspections and are encouraged to clean, drain and dry their motorized and non-motorized boats, including personal watercraft, and any equipment that comes into contact with the water before and after recreating at a waterway.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: HELP EL CAJON BUILD A PLAYGROUND AT WELLS PARK JUNE 5 AND 7

 

May 7, 2014 (El Cajon) - The City of El Cajon needs volunteers to help with the assembly of a one-of-a-kind, customized playground at Wells Park on June 5th and June 7th.  The existing playground at Wells Park is in need of replacement. A new playground will provide youth with a new area to play and have fun.

USDA ANNOUNCES FUNDING TO TRAIN AND EDUCATE NEXT GENERATION OF FARMERS AND RANCHERS

 

 

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

April 21, 2014 (Washington D.C.)– Last week, U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the availability of more than $19 million in grants to help train, educate and enhance the sustainability of the next generation of agricultural producers through the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP).

A NEW WORLD IS COMING... WILL YOU BE CHOSEN TO HELP CREATE IT? UTOPIA IS NOW CASTING!

 

April 16, 2014 (San Diego) - Have you ever wanted to create a new society from scratch?

FOX’s new unscripted social experiment series “UTOPIA” is searching for candidates to create a whole new world. Nationwide casting is now underway and we’re seeking motivated pioneers who have the ideas, skills and determination to create and run an ideal society. The actual casting event in San Diego will be the Earth Fair 2014. It will take place on Sunday, April 27th from 10AM - 5PM at Balboa Park.

COUNTY SHELTERS HAVE RABBITS IN NEED OF GOOD HOMES

 

April 12, 2014 (San Diego) -- Looking for a pet rabbit? Just in time for Easter, the County has created this video to help you "hop to it" if you want to adopt a bunny from a local animal shelter.

LEARN HOW TO SAVE THE LIFE OF A CHILD ON APRIL POOLS DAY

      

 

 

April 9, 2014 (La Mesa)--The city of La Mesa kicks off “May is Drowning Prevention Month” with several free learning and prevention activities at the La Mesa Municipal Pool. On Saturday, April 12th from 12 noon to 3:00 p.m., the following classes will be held:

A SUMMER TO REMEMBER AT CITY OF LA MESA SUMMER CAMPS

 

April 5, 2014 (La Mesa)-- Do you have a budding artist or a child that loves to act?  What about your sports enthusiast or do they love to work with wood and tools?  La Mesa Community Services is offering 19 “Summer to Remember!” camps that will put a smile on any child’s face ages three years and up:

EL CAJON COMMUNITY TO DESIGN NEW PLAYGROUND AT WELLS PARK

 

April 2, 2014 (El Cajon )--The City of El Cajon, Stoney’s Kids, Boys & Girls Club of East County and Foresters will join organizers from KaBOOM! (a national non-profit dedicated to ensuring all kids get the balance of active play they need to thrive) at the Wells Park on Thursday, April 3 to kick off design plans for a one-of-a-kind playground.

DMV IN EL CAJON CLOSING FOR REMODELING

 

By Miriam Raftery

If you’re planning to get a driver’s license, or take care of other business at the Department of Motor Vehicles, you’d better plan ahead.

WATER AUTHORITY ISSUES NEW PLAN TO TAKE THE COUNTY THROUGH 2035

 

By Nadin Abbott

March 31, 2013 (San Diego) On March 27th the San Diego Water Authority Board Of Governors voted to authorize the 2013 Regional Water Facilities Optimization and Master Plan Update that aims to take us into the 2030s. The plan states that one of its principal goals is the creation of a Climate Action Plan (CAP). The guiding document reads as follows regarding climate change:

CITY OF SAN DIEGO LAUNCHES BALBOA PARK EXPLORER PASSES

 

Limited-Time Charter Explorer Opportunity Locks in Low Price for Three Years

March 17, 2014 (San Diego)-- City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Council President Todd Gloria today announced the official launch of the complete Balboa Park Explorer family of passes, granting general admission to all 17 Balboa Park museums for one low price.

100 PLACES OFFERING FREE TAX HELP

 

County News Service

March 15, 2014 (San Diego)--Getting something for free does not happen often for Linda McIntear. So when she heard from a neighbor last year that the International Rescue Committee in City Heights was helping file taxes for free, the Mid-City resident jumped at the opportunity.

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