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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

By Monica Zech

City Manager Douglas Williford announced that Police Captain Jeffery “Jeff” Davis will become El Cajon’s next chief of police on Dec. 5. Davis, a long-time member of the El Cajon Police Department, will replace retiring Chief Jim Redman. Earlier this month, Redman announced that he would retire on Dec. 4.

By Jawdat Al-Obeidi

On Aug. 13, the Iraqi community in El Cajon took part in a demonstration to support the Iraqi Prime Minister in his efforts to reform the Iraqi government. In addition, the group addressed a statement to President Barack Obama via Mayor Bill Wells. Following is the letter to the president. The Iraqi Center for Dialogue asks for support in making this dream a reality that all Iraqi’s can experience for the first time in decades.

Letter to the Editor-"Big banks, big money, unanswered questions"

The Federal Reserve has designated Bank of America as “too big to fail”.  I hope that Bank of America is not “too big to admit to and correct a failure”.

My name is Robin Peterson. In 2005/2006 I was Robin Rosenberg-Kubek, mother of Benjamin Kubek, a beautiful and gentle young man, living with a poor life prognosis due to cirrhosis of the liver caused by Cystic Fibrosis. In January of 2006, Benjamin was 19 years old and spent the vast majority of his existence in hospitals hooked up to so many bottles and bags, it usually required two IV poles to manage all the paraphernalia.

B. J. Coleman, a contributor to The East County Californian, was recently recognized for excellence in writing on veteran’s issues. At the American Legion’s Department of California Convention, the California American Legion Press Association on June 27 tapped Coleman to receive both of the First Place William E. Rominger Awards for individual writers. The statewide competition is staged annually.

Take a look at any beer or liquor manufacturer’s social media page this summer and it becomes obvious the industry giants are working hard to convince us that their product belongs in every recreational aspect of our lives.

By Lantern Crest

Helen was born May 3 1915 in Elk River, Minnesota. She grew up in Spencer, Iowa, near Lake Okoboji. She loved to roller skate and won some prizes for her abilities. She came to San Diego during World War II and met her brother’s friend a fellow Marine, Paul McAllaster “Mac”. They were married February 12, 1945. They were married for 49 years.

Congresswoman Susan Davis presented awards for the 2015 Congressional Art Competition for local high school students on Monday. La Mesa resident and Helix Charter High student Aysha Alani took the top prize for her piece Balboa Park Tower, which will hang in the Capitol complex in Washington, DC for the year.  Second and third place winners were also awarded, as well as two honorable mentions.

It was cold and raining, but Matt Oliver  said that did not bother him much. Team With A Vision runner Oliver, 26, placed 2nd in the Men’s Visually Impaired Division at the marathon. This was his first Boston Marathon.

“Once you were moving it wasn’t so bad,” he said, “but once you stopped you were freezing,” he said.