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Articles by Victoria Gonzalez

Last Wednesday evening Toyota of El Cajon got in the Christmas spirit as it was crammed with music, food and thousands of people from California’s 38th district who, instead of buying cars, got to meet and be photographed with their Senate representative, Republican Sen. Joel Anderson, at his 11th annual Holiday Legislative Open House.

Anderson said his main objective for the event was to hear what his constituents had to say.

By Victoria Gonzalez


As part of its 10th anniversary, KPBS’s One Book, One San Diego, in partnership with Girl Scouts San Diego, flew in Mr. Morris Lessmore’s Fantastic Flying Books to El Cajon Library this past Saturday to help promote literacy and a love of reading in local children. 

On Wednesday afternoons from late April to October the fact that Downtown El Cajon gets filled with classic cars is no novelty, but last Wednesday, a few days before Halloween, things were a little different. Powerful car engines could be heard roaring alongside songs like “The Time Warp” and “The Monster Mash.”

Pat Shepherd, from Santee, who rode to Trunk or Treat rode in a 1992 Harley-Davidson FXR and is a proud member of the Bellymen motorcycle club, said the car show was unusual.

Downtown El Cajon’s Main Street was blocked again. Only this time, it was a frightening fun family night with myriad ghouls and creatures big and small that stepped out last Friday as the sun went down to parade down the street. HauntFest arrived.

Sitting inside a small brown house with one of its walls festooned with bright, colorful Christmas lights surrounding a roughly painted-on Ouija-like alphabet, it feels like one has entered Joyce Byers’ living room in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, and not just taken the freeway exit off Ridge Hill Road in El Cajon.

After closing in the late nineties, El Cajon’s beloved old Marshal Scotty’s Playland Park came back from the dead, thanks in part to Alpine resident Dustin Parr.

On Oct. 5, candidates for the upcoming El Cajon City Council election were invited to Griffin Gate at Grossmont College by local journalists Miriam Raftery editor of East County Magazine, Karen Pearlman of the Union Tribune, Albert Fulcher, editor of The East County Californian and Marya Fani of MEGA network to participate in a forum discussion about the most concerning issues facing the city.

Somewhere in the world, a coffee farmer’s community is being benefitted by the choice a La Mesa school made to serve his coffee and become Fair Trade certified. Even the coffee we drink can have an impact.

Many do not realize where products come from, but organizations that support Fair Trade in developing countries are trying to change that.