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Articles by Ana Nita

“It is my belief that dismissing the charges is appropriate in the furtherance of justice; there is no longer a need to attempt to obtain compliance with Ordinance No. 5066 in light of this automatic repeal,” reads the letter sent by Morgan L. Foley, City Attorney with the City of El Cajon on February 26 and addressed to Robert S. Dreher, the lead attorney hired by a dozen of the protesters arrested on June 14 for violating the city’s ban to share food with the homeless. 

Troy Cook’s life has followed a singular narrative: music and entertainment.

Born in Solana Beach and raised in Granite Hills in El Cajon, Cook is a native East County boy. After investing more than fifteen years in radio and thirteen years performing on-stage, Cook created TNT Entertainment, a family business that offers DJ services, photo booths and event lighting throughout San Diego.

It all started when he was six years old and his parents gave him his first keyboard. He took piano lessons for a few years and loved to play classical music.

It was a crisp morning at the beginning of February when a group of soulful women pulled up in the parking lot of the Las Colinas, the newly modernized detention center for women in Santee. Few dozens of big boxes were uploaded in giant laundry carts and industrial dollies and carried inside the facility.

The second edition of the Best of East County Reader’s Poll winners’ party, The East County Californian, and hosted at the Elk Lodge in El Cajon last week was more grand than the inaugural edition held last year. During the award ceremony, it recognized community and business leaders and also remarkable individuals who excelled in their field in 2017, all of them selected via public vote by 34,000 of its readers. 

  Correction: Previously, it was written that Bobbi Walker hung up the phone and "refused to disclose any more information." Walker has provided information to proper authorities, including financial reports.

About a dozen gathered at 5 a.m. at the Rise City Church in Lakeside, answering to a call for volunteers to participate in a national count known locally as WeAllCount. The event was organized by the Regional Homeless Task Force, which counted more than 9,000 homeless people last year. Based on the news later in the day, we were about 1,700 volunteers countywide scouring in the night for signs of human life inhabiting the world in inhuman conditions. 

What started at Standing Rock when many Native American tribes gathered together to protect the land and the water from Dakota pipeline it was only the groundwork for a dream of unity in diversity that transcends borders, cultural divides, races, and all other differences among the people of this land.

A full house on Jan. 24 at the Lakeside Community Center where different user groups came to offer feedback on the recently expanded Goodan Ranch/Sycamore Canyon County Preserve situated north of Lakeside on Highway 67 South, across from the entrance to the El Capitan County Preserve. The County of San Diego acquired 1,128 acres land in 2015, an area known as the Mission Trail Regional Park’s West Sycamore, adding more than seven miles of trails to the existing preserve. 

What looked like a typical family picnic gathering at Wells Park in El Cajon last Sunday afternoon made the local, national and international headlines only few hours later, with the social media on fire due to the dozens of constant live feeds from what was actually a protest to end a food ban targeting the homeless.  Back in October 2017, the El Cajon City Council voted 5-0 to prohibit sharing food on public property as a preventive measure against Hepatitis A virus outbreak that killed 20 houseless citizens and infected 577 people throughout San Diego County so far, with

This is a story about the little engine that could. This is about Shrek fighting off the dragon with Donkey’s help. Okay, if you must have a “once upon a time” intro, let’s say that this is a story about an old town whose precious daughter loved books so much that she begged her father to build a bigger and better castle to store all of her treasured collections. Her books, audio books, DVDs, magazines, new computers, activity rooms and a bigger parking lot. And she wanted to share it with everyone. It was her dream.