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Articles by Ana Nita

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.

About a dozen gathered at 5 a.m. at the Rise City Church in Lakeside, answering to a call for volunteers to participate in a national count known locally as WeAllCount. The event was organized by the Regional Homeless Task Force, which counted more than 9,000 homeless people last year. Based on the news later in the day, we were about 1,700 volunteers countywide scouring in the night for signs of human life inhabiting the world in inhuman conditions. 

What started at Standing Rock when many Native American tribes gathered together to protect the land and the water from Dakota pipeline it was only the groundwork for a dream of unity in diversity that transcends borders, cultural divides, races, and all other differences among the people of this land.

A full house on Jan. 24 at the Lakeside Community Center where different user groups came to offer feedback on the recently expanded Goodan Ranch/Sycamore Canyon County Preserve situated north of Lakeside on Highway 67 South, across from the entrance to the El Capitan County Preserve. The County of San Diego acquired 1,128 acres land in 2015, an area known as the Mission Trail Regional Park’s West Sycamore, adding more than seven miles of trails to the existing preserve. 

What looked like a typical family picnic gathering at Wells Park in El Cajon last Sunday afternoon made the local, national and international headlines only few hours later, with the social media on fire due to the dozens of constant live feeds from what was actually a protest to end a food ban targeting the homeless.  Back in October 2017, the El Cajon City Council voted 5-0 to prohibit sharing food on public property as a preventive measure against Hepatitis A virus outbreak that killed 20 houseless citizens and infected 577 people throughout San Diego County so far, with

This is a story about the little engine that could. This is about Shrek fighting off the dragon with Donkey’s help. Okay, if you must have a “once upon a time” intro, let’s say that this is a story about an old town whose precious daughter loved books so much that she begged her father to build a bigger and better castle to store all of her treasured collections. Her books, audio books, DVDs, magazines, new computers, activity rooms and a bigger parking lot. And she wanted to share it with everyone. It was her dream.

Eastbound Bar & Grill, a Lakeside staple, is unusually packed for a rainy Monday night as the community came together to support the local Sagebrush 4-H chapter. A percentage of the proceeds for the night will finance kids trips to national conferences as part of their leadership training within the organization.

What seemed to be just another day at the Lindo Lake park on Saturday morning, with children riding their skateboards or playing around, with people walking their dogs or doing their morning run, it was also a day of giving for a small, but determined group of Lakeside folks who used the last hours of the year to do good for their community. Lindo Lake park is a daily refuge for many homeless people who come here for the shade, safety, the chairs and the tables they can use to eat, to connect with the nature and, hopefully, with other people.

“My mom and I came up with the idea to collect books and place them around the city,” said Cydney Hansen, a 17 years old senior at River Valley Charter School in Lakeside. Hansen was approached by a senior at El Capitan High school, Connan Roosa working to complete the last step before being admitted as an Eagle Scout – a project that shows leadership and being active in the community. The perfect partnership was created and the idea of building a little free library took shape.