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Articles by Gary E. Mitrovich

It appears a mountain lion has taken up residence on Rattlesnake Mountain, in the Winter Gardens community of Lakeside.

Rattlesnake Mountain is the common name of the peak north of Pepper Road and west of Winter Gardens Boulevard (where the Christmas star is seen every year). Much of the mountain is permanent open space (overseen by the Center for Natural Lands Management) and most of it is in the City of Santee, known as the community of Sky Ranch. But the eastern slope and the homes along Golden Ridge Road is Lakeside.

Lakeside residents and the community in general have been waiting many years for the restoration of Lindo Lake, the namesake of our fair town.  The Lindo Lake Subcommittee has been working diligently for months now, trying to mold the many and often disparate ideas into one realistic and doable plan. The plan is now at the 90% stage. It’s almost done.

On the evening of Jan. 6, the El Capitan Stadium Association hosted a “Steaks and Steins” dinner to kick off their yearly sponsorship drive for the 53rd Annual Lakeside Rodeo in April. Their motto of “Working together for the youth of Lakeside” was reflected in the number and variety of community organizations in attendance. Their respective leaders shared ideas and what their organizations do for Lakeside.

Nothing starts a new year off right than a quick review of the past year. It’s always interesting to see how far we’ve come and startling to realize how quickly time passes. So here’s a little “Around Lakeside” perspective, covering some of the things we covered in 2016.

Santa Claus and his wife visited the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds this past Saturday, much to the delight of hundreds of kids and their parents. The cloudy brisk morning felt as much like winter as we get here in the San Diego region, which only added to the excitement and joyous holiday spirit. Children of all ages were treated not only to a visit (and a photo) with Santa, but to a hot meal, some holiday entertainment, and wagon rides — all for free.

There’s something about this time of year that brings out the joy of “small town” living. Whether we are here by choice or by circumstance, the holidays remind us of how fortunate we are to live in Lakeside. Leave it to the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce to celebrate our good fortune with its annual Spirit of Christmas event on Dec. 3.

By Gary E. Mitrovich


Families and friends mingled for a festive night filled with fun, food, and excitement. The Second Annual Harvest Hoedown was held Friday night, November 18, at the Lakeside Community Center. As a safe and fun family event, it really doesn’t get any better than this. It was literally designed for kids of all ages.

Labor of Love Community Garden

Did you know that San Diego is the only place in all of the United States where you can grow both summer and winter crops? Or that too much digging in your garden will actually ruin your soil? How about the best kinds of soil to use in your home garden?