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Articles by Mary York

Dads make a big difference.

Whether it is the loving presence of a father or the lack of one, that figure makes a huge impact on our lives.

I am blessed to many good fathers, but, of course, my own father has been the shining standard of what it means to be a protector, provider, joke-teller and bad-day-fixer.

For those of you who do not know my dad, and the more I get to know East County, the more I realize how many of you already do, let me introduce you.

Cal Fire fought three outbreaks on Tuesday, June 12, bringing the total number of fires in San Diego County in the last seven days up to eight.

Tuesday’s Miller, Huey and De Luz fires were preceded by the Church fire in Valley Center on Monday and the Chaparral fire in Campo on Saturday. 

I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I agreed to run the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon.

It was an unassuming day in March, I was sitting with a friend – a country-folk music artist from Lakeside – drinking coffee in front of the Starbucks between Main Street and Magnolia in downtown El Cajon, when suddenly she said, “Let’s sign up for a race.”

And that was that. 


Describe the role of the District Attorney.

“The primary responsibility is actually in the code and the statutes. You’re the people’s prosecutor. It means you collaborate with the nine police chiefs and sheriffs with the primary goal is making sure the community is save. You protect victims and protect the rights of the accused.”

Another week, another school shooting.

At this point, it almost seems there is nothing left to say. No more marches from infuriated students who feel endangered and forgotten, no more anti-gun protests, no more promises from legislators that change will happen, no more thoughts and prayers will make a difference.

Albert Einstein said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

“We’re selling pizza by the slice down the block,” a young boy says to passersby on the crowded main street of downtown El Cajon as the aroma of sizzling food wafts overhead. Wrapped up in May Gray, the chilly Saturday afternoon hosts young and old alike at the America on Main Street celebration on May 19.

On one end of Main Street, food carts lined the sidewalks and a large children’s slide worms its way up the skyline. The drifting current of the crowd led past community booths, music stages and tabling political candidates.

The Sycuan Casino held its topping off ceremony on Tuesday morning, May 22, a little more than a year after breaking ground on the new hotel lobby.

Following a short ceremony, which included a blessing from Tribal Elder George Prietto and bird singing led by several members of the Sycuan tribe, tribal leaders signed the top beam before it was lifted into place.

General Manager of Sycuan Casino John Dinius said the construction of the 12-story hotel is right on track.

The bottom-line is that 10,000 new housing units is no small matter.

Debate about the newly considered general plan amendment bundles has covered a wide variety of concerns, from the legitimacy of bundling general plan amendments to the safety of residents who might move into the proposed developments.

Questions abound.

The three bundles would include seven projects and roughly 10,000 units across north and south county. Should such large changes be made to the general plan in one year?

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.