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Articles by Thomas Baker

A variety of different generation Mustangs and Camaros were on display at this week’s Cajon Classic Cruise. This car show is held every week from April 23 until Oct. 29 from 5 to 8pm in between Magnolia and Claydelle Avenues. The event is hosted by the Downtown El Cajon Business Partners and is sponsored by Sycuan Casino. Entertainment and an awards ceremony for the best car or bike that went along with the weeks’ theme was also part of the event. 

The 22nd Annual Law Enforcement Recognition Awards was held by the San Diego Scottish Rite Bodies to recognize the contributions law enforcement gives to our communities. Among those nominated for Scottish Rite Law Enforcement Officer of the Year were Detective Jonah Conley of the El Cajon Police Department and Officer Ryan Rogers of the La Mesa Police Department.

Recently Sunni militants of the al Qaeda splinter group ISIS moved into Mosul, a city in the Nineveh province of northern Iraq, and issued an ultimatum to the Iraqi Christians who lived there. Leave Mosul by noon of the following day, stay and pay a tax to practice their faith or be executed “by the sword.” Most fled the city the following morning.

On a day with temperatures hot enough to fry an egg on the pavement, most people would stay in doors with the air conditioning. Not so on America’s birthday where thousands of Santee residents celebrated at the Town Center Community Park for the city’s 13th Annual Santee Salutes fireworks festival. With more than $30,000 worth of fireworks, in large part from contributions from Waste Management who donates every year, this festival was not one to miss.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez stood at the front of the room listening intently to the 30-person class as they told their story of whom they were and why they are here. They were all immigrants hailing from countries as close by as Mexico to Iraq. They all had one thing in common—they were medical professionals. Yet with their move to the U.S. they licenses were no longer valid and they had to return to school. As they finished their stories, Perez began to tell his.

With the crisis in Iraq escalating, Ben Kalasho, president of the San Diego East County Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce, is doing his part in helping refugees flee embattled areas into safer ones. CACC is working with Iraqi officials to pledge for the safety of refugees. He said the largest mass evacuation of Iraq’s history is currently happening.
“It’s as if the population of San Diego fleeing at once,” said Kalasho. “But wait, you might get shot in the head as you run.”
The former board president of Grossmont Healthcare District resigned June 4 due to personal reasons. With his resignation came a vacancy, but also a feeling of loss within the board of directors.
“In the Jewish faith, there’s a term. It’s called a mensch. It’s a person with the highest integrity and skills and honesty you can bestow on a human being,” said board Secretary Michael Emerson. “Dr. Long was a mensch.”

With the birds chirping and the sun shining, it seemed Mother Nature herself saw fit to attend the inaugural America on Main Street festival held in downtown El Cajon. Patriotism abounded with red, white and blue everywhere the eye could see.