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Articles by Mary York

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors will be considering approval for the development of 10,129 new housing units before the end of the year.

Although the county’s general plan only allows for three amendments a year, the developments – seven projects in total – are being ‘bundled’ together into three projects to meet the amendment cap.

My mom was the kind of mother who would buy extra bread at the store so we could feed the ducks on the way home. She was the kind of woman who brought us to the library every week to pick up dozens of books that would fill hours of our imaginations’ wandering at home. She was the kind of woman who would take my six siblings and me to the beach every day of the summer because she knew sand was good for our souls and sunshine made us sleepy enough to go to bed early – loving and clever, my mom.

My mom was the kind of mother who brought us to the polls with her.

For most of the season, Dylan Coleman, a Granite Hills senior, led San Diego high jumpers with a 6’5 record. In early April, Max Castin of Rancho Bernardo unseated him with a 6’6 jump. Now, with CIF next week, Coleman has found his way back to the top with a 6’6 jump to match Castin’s.

Appropriately, this year’s track and field season has gone by in a flash, and now East County is facing CIF with a few standouts to rival the best in the section.

Ready or not, the San Diego Section spring sports playoffs have got a kick-start.

Division titles in girls and boys lacrosse, boys volleyball, boys and girls swimming, boys and girls track and field, softball, gymnastics, boys tennis, boys golf and baseball will be decided over the next month.

Boys tennis got the jump by holding its section finals last week.

Eight East County teams participated:

Good things are coming out of Cuyamaca College’s track and field team.

Making an appearance at San Diego Mesa College’s gorgeous facility for the Southern California Regional Semi-Final on Saturday, May 5, the Coyotes had outstanding performances in the 400 meters, 400 meter hurdles, and men’s and women’s 10k, as well as pole vaulting and throwing events.

Head coach Tim Seaman said team is primed for a good showing this weekend at the regional finals, and hopefully, will advance to State.

Last week, we published a question on our website, Facebook page and in our newspaper – “Does East County need more affordable housing?”

I was not surprised by the answer – which was a resounding ‘no’ – as much as I was the manner in which the answer was given and the justifications that community members gave to back it.

Affordable housing is an issue, not just in East County, but in all of San Diego.

However, given East County’s especially large homeless population and the makeup of its neighborhoods, which are either very old or very isolated, affordable housing becomes a pressing question for this region on a number of levels.

Last week, La Mesa Conversations hosted a public meeting about the housing situation to involve the concerns, questions and opinions of the community.

After a long and exciting preseason, baseball conference games have finally come into full swing. 

Grossmont (12-7-1) is 3-1 in the Grossmont Hills league with Granite Hills (10-7-0) trailing behind, 2-1. Helix (13-6-1) comes third in the rankings, 1-1-1. 

Grossmont Valley teams are in a much tighter race, with Steele Canyon, Monte Vista and Valhalla all boasting a 5-1 record. 

I was in ninth grade when I first saw the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. On a drizzly day in early April, I stood in sacred silence and gazed upon a resting place that symbolized with hope a peace that we wish upon our fallen.

The Tomb is fascinating, as are the rituals that surround it. It has been guarded 24 hours a day since 1937. The sentinels chosen to guard the tomb follow a strict regimen both on and off duty, from behavior to uniform preparation, to ensure the tomb is not disrespected. 

Alpine Union School District students went on spring break on Friday, March 23. On Saturday, March 24, the district sent out a notice that the bus system would be turned over to the Grossmont Union High School District for operation and upkeep, effective April 9 upon the closure of break.

The weeks that have followed the implementation of this change have created numerous safety concerns regarding the well-being of children, as well as practical concerns for the community involved.