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Articles by Ana Nita

“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.

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.