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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

Measure A: The Right Choice to Repair San Diego

I am voting for Measure A, and I think you should as well. Here’s why.

By Jennifer Webber

Each year, the cost of education can rise with new developments in technology. On Oct. 28, the Barona Educational Grant Program gave $5,000 to Murray Manor Elementary School in La Mesa to help with the cost of iPad covers to protect this essential learning tool for current and future students.

Dear Editor,

Proposition 64,  would legalize all marijuana in California, not just medical marijuana.   Californians have the benefit of learning from the lessons of legalization in states like Colorado and Washington.  

Supporters of Measure S

Supporters of Measure S, which will be on the ballot November 8 for El Cajon voters, claim that it will “empower residents” and allow councilmembers to “focus their attention on their own neighborhood.”

 Under that measure, the City would be divided into four districts (with equal population), each represented by a councilmember who must live in that district. Voters can vote for or against only their local councilmember.

The Fair Housing Act was signed into law in April 1968 following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. This act prohibits discrimination on the sale or rental of housing based on race, color, religion, national origin, disability, familial status, and sex. It is illegal to set different terms or conditions for renting or selling a property for certain individuals. 

By Katilyn Farrell

At the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) Awards Luncheon, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, State Senator Joel Anderson personally presented Padre Dam Municipal Water District with the prestigious “District of Distinction Accreditation” award on behalf of the CSDA.

The La Mesa Chamber is proud to announce that Chamber Member, Lilly Pigg, owner of Lily’s Mobile Homes was submitted and chosen as the 79thAssembly District’s Hispanic Leader of the Year in the businesscategory.

Cox Communications and The James M. Cox Foundation have provided a $25,000 grant to fund a new technology center at the El Cajon Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County– one of six clubs nationwide to receive the grant.

By Monica Zech

The Cities of El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove, whose jointly managed fire departments make up the Heartland Fire & Rescue Service, have selected Colin Stowell as its next Fire Chief.  The City Managers for the three cities, Douglas Williford of El Cajon, Yvonne Garrett of La Mesa, and Lydia Romero of Lemon Grove, made the announcement that Stowell will begin serving in this capacity beginning Nov. 7.  Stowell replaces Chief Rick Sitta, who retired on August 12, 2016.

By Troy Hartpence

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints honors humanitarian efforts.

The Annual "Charity Never Faileth" Humanitarian Award was awarded to Deb Ferrin on Aug. 20 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.