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Articles by Joe Naiman

The County of San Diego has endorsed state legislation which would allow counties rather than the state to issue documentation required by lenders to finance mobile homes or manufactured homes in resident-owned parks.

A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote Mar. 14 directed county Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer to draft a letter to the county’s state legislators expressing the Board of Supervisors’ support for Assembly Bill 1943.

By Joe Naiman

For the East County Californian

What many of us have taken for granted, due to the words of the well-known song, “American Pie,” is likely a myth – the ‘big news’ is not always the national headline but the hometown story.

Between the first and second quarters of the San Diego Sockers’ game Mar. 3 against the El Paso Coyotes, 1977 Valhalla High School graduate Anthony Medina announced his retirement at the end of the season.  The game at the Valley View Casino Center, also known as the San Diego Sports Arena, was the Sockers’ final game of the 2017-18 regular season, and Medina scored three goals in his last regular-season game.

The San Diego County High School Coaching Legends banquet Nov. 2 at the Scottish Rite Center in San Diego included the inductions of former El Capitan and West Hills coach Bill Cleves, former West Hills coach Eric Sato, and former Granite Hills team physician Richard Butcher.

Mick Ruis was raised in the Rios Canyon area of Lakeside, which is named for his great-grandfather Peter Rios, and wrestled for El Capitan High School. Ruis is now affiliated with the sport of horse racing and is both the owner and the trainer of Bolt d’Oro, who won the Del Mar Futurity which was contested September 4 on the final day of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s summer meet.

“I don’t think that it could have went better,” Ruis said.

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has a hat contest on Opening Day, and this year Helix High School graduate Christina Stutz was the grand prizewinner in the July 19 contest.

“I’m shocked, overwhelmed, excited, and very thankful,” Stutz said. “I couldn’t be more elated.”

The hat Stutz calls “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” is decorated with a woman celebrating after winning at the track.

Ryan McConnel won the Optimist Bulls Only Rodeo XIX competition July 14-15 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds.

McConnel, who is originally from New Mexico and now lives in the Fresno County town of Tollhouse, was the only one of the 40 riders to stay on both bulls and had a score of 143 points on two head. Nuevo cowboy Corey Rickard placed second in the average (aggregate) with a score of 79 on one head, which was also the highest score of the rodeo hosted by the Lakeside Optimist Club.

San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved grants of $42,500 to the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce for the archway sign across Maine Avenue, $30,000 to the La Mesa Arts Foundation for the sound system at the La Mesa Arts Academy’s auditorium and Blackbox Theater, and $5,000 to the Jamacha United Support Team for the outdoor fitness circuit at Jamacha Elementary School.

Chris Wrisley of the Lemon Grove Fire Department won the 2017 Firefighter Demolition Derby that took place June 3 and was part of the San Diego County Fair.

“This is great,” Wrisley said. “Being out here with my friends and winning is a huge honor.”

The County of San Diego’s revised catering ordinance will become

effective January 13.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on a 4-0 vote approved the first reading and introduction of the ordinance November 16 with Greg Cox at a National Association of Counties meeting.  A 5-0 vote December 14 approved the second reading and adoption of the ordinance.