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Articles by Ana Nita

Last week, the East County Homeless Task Force (ECHTF) had its monthly meeting in Lakeside, choosing this location for the first time since its inception after being invited by the local chamber of commerce. More than 100 people representing different organizations and volunteers involved in solving homelessness gathered to share data and find solutions.

Eric J. Lund, Director of the ECHFT and CEO of the East County Chamber of Commerce announced that East County will receive $2 million out of the $18.8 million state funding for San Diego County to solve the homelessness problem.

After two years of delay, the County of San Diego just published the Subsequent Environmental Impact Report and the Reclamation Plan for the sand mining project proposed for El Monte Valley in Lakeside. The public has 60 days to comment to support or oppose the biggest sand mining project in Lakeside and East County San Diego.

This project has stirred up the community for the past two decades in an almost lost battle to keep the land, the water and the air as is in El Monte Valley, ancient home of the Kumeyaay.

The numbers are in: 20 protesters, six police officers, more than 60 journalists, one freshly sworn in American citizen and two political candidates running in the 50th district of San Diego. These parties, besides the legal teams, showed up for GOP Congressman Duncan Hunter’s court arraignment on August 28, 2018.

Press gathered in front of the Edward J. Schwartz U.S. District Court located in downtown San Diego since before 8:00 a.m. to reserve space to photograph the congressman’s appearance in front of a federal judge.

The pavement disappears abruptly, allowing for bumpy gravel and steep ascents on the sinuous hot and dry Forest Route turning into Gaskill Peak Road in Alpine.

In one year only, three new projects have been announced for the Moreno Valley area in Lakeside, and the locals are not happy about the potential increase in traffic and pollution.

Last year, San Diego County Planning Commissioners approved Bob Turner’s new sand mine on Moreno Avenue across from the old Ennis’ similar mining operation.

Just last month, the County approved the budget to build an equestrian park on the same road.

A letter announcing that SDG&E planned seven power outages during the months of August and September sent customers over the edge in the Alpine areas scheduled to have their electricity cut off starting on Aug. 2, 2018. The neighborhood currently affected is the Careveacre Ranch Estates, off Japatul Road. The planned outages project is part of the Cleveland National Forest Fire Risk Mitigation Initiative (FiRM) which has been in work for the past 10 years.

“I really love my hometown and you all being here shows that you love Lakeside, too,” said Bonnie LaChappa, last term’s chairwoman of the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, opening the 38th Annual Community Awards ceremony.

The event took place on July 26 at the Barona Resort & Casino and honored local individuals and businesses who went above and beyond to serve the community. Several elected officials and their representatives were in attendance to present awards.

With a total budget of $4.5 million, the Lakeside Equestrian Park received the green light for the ground-breaking ceremony and the bidding for construction.

The County partnered up with the East County Equestrian Foundation, a local non-profit group tasked with raising $150,000 to cover the cost of management and maintenance for the equestrian facility after construction.

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.