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Articles by Mary York

That America is a country of values has never seemed to be a question. But the crisis at our borders with immigrant children being separated from their parents – and the media storm that has risen from that – has certainly thrown into question what exactly those values are and how we as a nation should act them out.

Firstly, it is important to outline a few facts. 

Following a contentious hour of public comment, the Dehesa Elementary School District voted to renew the Heights Charter Resource Center (HCRS) charter.

The June 13 meeting drew teachers, parents, administrators and board members from both Alpine Unified School District (AUSD) and the HCRS to discuss the legality and consequences of the charter’s location in Alpine. 

Few things are as pleasant as good neighbors, and the Dehesa Elementary School District and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation have been very good neighbors.

Representing the tribe, Chairman of the Sycuan Band Cody Martinez presented a check for $250,000 to Dehesa during their regular board meeting on Wednesday, June 13.

The Marriott Courtyard Hotel on El Cajon is a marriage of entrepreneurship and public trust, and the grand opening on Thursday, June 14, celebrated the success of the new hotel as well as the parties that made it happen.

“This project specifically is important not only for us as Excel Hotel Group, but to the city for a lot of reasons,” said Neil Patel, partner at Excel Hotel Group. “This was the first major branded hotel project in East County in the last 25 years. It takes a lot of effort, a lot of vision to be the first entrant into any market.”

Dads make a big difference.

Whether it is the loving presence of a father or the lack of one, that figure makes a huge impact on our lives.

I am blessed to many good fathers, but, of course, my own father has been the shining standard of what it means to be a protector, provider, joke-teller and bad-day-fixer.

For those of you who do not know my dad, and the more I get to know East County, the more I realize how many of you already do, let me introduce you.

Cal Fire fought three outbreaks on Tuesday, June 12, bringing the total number of fires in San Diego County in the last seven days up to eight.

Tuesday’s Miller, Huey and De Luz fires were preceded by the Church fire in Valley Center on Monday and the Chaparral fire in Campo on Saturday. 

I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I agreed to run the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon.

It was an unassuming day in March, I was sitting with a friend – a country-folk music artist from Lakeside – drinking coffee in front of the Starbucks between Main Street and Magnolia in downtown El Cajon, when suddenly she said, “Let’s sign up for a race.”

And that was that. 


Describe the role of the District Attorney.

“The primary responsibility is actually in the code and the statutes. You’re the people’s prosecutor. It means you collaborate with the nine police chiefs and sheriffs with the primary goal is making sure the community is save. You protect victims and protect the rights of the accused.”

Another week, another school shooting.

At this point, it almost seems there is nothing left to say. No more marches from infuriated students who feel endangered and forgotten, no more anti-gun protests, no more promises from legislators that change will happen, no more thoughts and prayers will make a difference.

Albert Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

“We’re selling pizza by the slice down the block,” a young boy says to passersby on the crowded main street of downtown El Cajon as the aroma of sizzling food wafts overhead. Wrapped up in May Gray, the chilly Saturday afternoon hosts young and old alike at the America on Main Street celebration on May 19.

On one end of Main Street, food carts lined the sidewalks and a large children’s slide worms its way up the skyline. The drifting current of the crowd led past community booths, music stages and tabling political candidates.