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Articles by Ana Nita

Social media lit up few days ago when County Supervisor Dianne Jacob went online to celebrate some really good news for Lakeside.

“The Board of Supervisors approved a design-build process for the 17,000-sq-ft facility planned for the heart of town,” said Jacob, adding that the ground-breaking ceremony could be as soon as March of next year. Jacob thanked the community “who is working so hard to make this project a reality.”

The McAlister Institute organized its sixth annual 5K Walk for Sobriety event on Sunday, July 8 to celebrate 41 years of existence under the guidance of its Founder and CEO, Jeanne McAllister.

The event took place at Naval Training Center Park at Liberty Station with check-in at 8 a.m.

The goal was to raise awareness about alcohol and drug addiction and also to raise funds to support the recovery services provided by the McAllister Institute.

This organization has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals impacted by addiction since opening its doors in 1977.

Thousands of protesters took over downtown San Diego on Saturday morning, chanting slogans, waving signs and drumming against the recent “zero tolerance” policy launched by the Trump administration.

Braving the heavy rain on Saturday night, Mar. 10, the community of Lakeside came together in large number at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds to support the inaugural St. Patrick’s fundraising dinner organized by the Lakeside Friends of the Library with help from the newly formed East County Optimist club, Lakeside Chamber of Commerce and the Lakeside Miss Teen Pageant team.  

 "This is St. Patrick’s Day and we thought it would be a good time to get people out and spend their money for a good cause,” laughs legendary Lakeside rancher Donald Bright, also known as  “Donnie” by his friends, well respected for his several decades worth of community work that earned him the “Citizen of the Year” award nine years ago. 

“It is my belief that dismissing the charges is appropriate in the furtherance of justice; there is no longer a need to attempt to obtain compliance with Ordinance No. 5066 in light of this automatic repeal,” reads the letter sent by Morgan L. Foley, City Attorney with the City of El Cajon on February 26 and addressed to Robert S. Dreher, the lead attorney hired by a dozen of the protesters arrested on June 14 for violating the city’s ban to share food with the homeless. 

Troy Cook’s life has followed a singular narrative: music and entertainment.

Born in Solana Beach and raised in Granite Hills in El Cajon, Cook is a native East County boy. After investing more than fifteen years in radio and thirteen years performing on-stage, Cook created TNT Entertainment, a family business that offers DJ services, photo booths and event lighting throughout San Diego.

It all started when he was six years old and his parents gave him his first keyboard. He took piano lessons for a few years and loved to play classical music.

It was a crisp morning at the beginning of February when a group of soulful women pulled up in the parking lot of the Las Colinas, the newly modernized detention center for women in Santee. Few dozens of big boxes were uploaded in giant laundry carts and industrial dollies and carried inside the facility.

The second edition of the Best of East County Reader’s Poll winners’ party, The East County Californian, and hosted at the Elk Lodge in El Cajon last week was more grand than the inaugural edition held last year. During the award ceremony, it recognized community and business leaders and also remarkable individuals who excelled in their field in 2017, all of them selected via public vote by 34,000 of its readers. 

  Correction: Previously, it was written that Bobbi Walker hung up the phone and "refused to disclose any more information." Walker has provided information to proper authorities, including financial reports.