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Articles by Rick Griffin

The nearly one million San Diego County residents within the massive 38th California State Senate District have a new state senator. Brian W. Jones, a three-term state assemblyman and former Santee city councilman, bested Jeff Griffith, a Cal Fire captain and two-term Palomar Health District board member, in the recent November general election.

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) will present the 2018 Kids Care Fest, a free community health event open to the public, featuring free health screenings, Kids Care Fest will be held Saturday, Nov. 3 at the Lemon Grove Recreation Center, 3131 School Lane, Lemon Grove.

A low-profile, political race for a state office to represent nearly 10 million residents in five Southern California counties may be falling under the radar for many voters.

Up for grabs is an open seat for District 4 on the California Board of Equalization (BOE), a state agency that oversees county property tax assessors and sets other taxes, including the alcoholic beverage tax, railroad car tax and taxes for public utilities and insurers. District 4 encompasses all of San Diego, Imperial, Riverside and Orange counties and a small portion of San Bernardino County.

Grossmont Healthcare District continues support for community organizations serving homeless, refugee populations 

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of community organizations that assist specialized populations in the East Region, including homeless and refugee groups, with recent grants to Crisis House and Survivors of Torture International.

A local political race for an open state Senate seat has remained relatively low profile due mostly to an aggressive campaign conducted by one candidate who is heavily favored to win.

The median sales price for a detached single-family home in East County reached $535,000 in August 2018, which was 5.4 percent higher than the $507,500 price in August 2017, according to the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a trade group for San Diego-area realtors. The August 2018 monthly figure for detached homes is higher than the year-to-date median sales price of $522,000, said PSAR, which operates an office in El Cajon.

Boys and Girls Clubs of East County schedules ribbon cutting ceremony for the Brady Family Clubhouse and Gagon Academy in La Mesa.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC) has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the end of 14 months of construction for its new Brady Family Clubhouse in La Mesa that houses the Gagon Academy, a learning center and homework room, and the Bill Walton Gymnasium.

Construction is nearing completion in La Mesa on the newest clubhouse to be operated by Boys and Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC).

The new Brady Family Clubhouse will house the Gagon Academy, a state-of-the-art learning center and homework room, as well as the Bill Walton Gymnasium. Opening day is expected sometime in late September or early October, according to Forrest Higgins, CEO of BGCEC.

The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various nonprofit health-related community programs and services in the East County Region, will host a free question-and-answer forum about its community grants program from 4-5 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, at the GHD Conference Center, 9001 Wakarusa St., La Mesa.

Community-based healthcare organizations providing health-related services to local residents are invited to attend to learn more about GHD’s community grants program.

A normally low-profile, countywide political race that often falls under the radar for many voters this year features incumbent Ernie Dronenburg, seeking his third term the office of San Diego County assessor-recorder-clerk, and San Diego ethics attorney Matt Strabone is the challenger.

Dronenburg was first elected to the office in 2010 and re-elected in June 2014 by a 28-point spread. With only two candidates in the nonpartisan race, whoever receives more than 50 percent of the vote on June 5 will be declared the winner.