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Articles by Special to the East County Californian

Supporters of Measure S

Supporters of Measure S, which will be on the ballot November 8 for El Cajon voters, claim that it will “empower residents” and allow councilmembers to “focus their attention on their own neighborhood.”

 Under that measure, the City would be divided into four districts (with equal population), each represented by a councilmember who must live in that district. Voters can vote for or against only their local councilmember.

The Fair Housing Act was signed into law in April 1968 following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. This act prohibits discrimination on the sale or rental of housing based on race, color, religion, national origin, disability, familial status, and sex. It is illegal to set different terms or conditions for renting or selling a property for certain individuals. 

By Katilyn Farrell

At the California Special Districts Association (CSDA) Awards Luncheon, on Wednesday, Oct. 12, State Senator Joel Anderson personally presented Padre Dam Municipal Water District with the prestigious “District of Distinction Accreditation” award on behalf of the CSDA.

The La Mesa Chamber is proud to announce that Chamber Member, Lilly Pigg, owner of Lily’s Mobile Homes was submitted and chosen as the 79thAssembly District’s Hispanic Leader of the Year in the businesscategory.

Cox Communications and The James M. Cox Foundation have provided a $25,000 grant to fund a new technology center at the El Cajon Clubhouse of the Boys & Girls Clubs of East County– one of six clubs nationwide to receive the grant.

By Monica Zech

The Cities of El Cajon, La Mesa and Lemon Grove, whose jointly managed fire departments make up the Heartland Fire & Rescue Service, have selected Colin Stowell as its next Fire Chief.  The City Managers for the three cities, Douglas Williford of El Cajon, Yvonne Garrett of La Mesa, and Lydia Romero of Lemon Grove, made the announcement that Stowell will begin serving in this capacity beginning Nov. 7.  Stowell replaces Chief Rick Sitta, who retired on August 12, 2016.

By Troy Hartpence

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints honors humanitarian efforts.

The Annual "Charity Never Faileth" Humanitarian Award was awarded to Deb Ferrin on Aug. 20 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

I have been asked by several people since yesterday’s press conference if I intended to suggest by one of my responses that it is my opinion, after having watched the video, that the officer’s use of his firearm was not justified.  This was absolutely not my intent.

In answering a question from a reporter regarding how I would feel if the individual in the video was my son, I attempted to convey in my answer, as a father of three young adults myself, the very human anguish I would feel if that were the case.

Now in its fifth season, Art In The Park camp by Art Smarts, Inc. at Mt. Helix Park begins Monday, Oct. 10 and running through Friday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m. until noon each day. Treat your kids to a creative outdoor experience at the historic Mt. Helix Park and Amphitheater. Art Smarts, which hosts’ after-school art programs throughout San Diego, will be offering Art In The Park is for kids’ ages 5 to 12. The camp coincides with the La Mesa Spring Valley fall break and gives kids the opportunity to develop their creative skills from atop Mt.

The Californian Department of Water greed is destroying the quality of life in California. Mark Weston who controls all 24 San Diego County Water Districts is the San Diego County Water Authority’s Board chairman and wants a 62 percent five year price increase. The current Helix Water Board controlled by John Linden (Division 1), Charles Muse (Division 3), and DeAna Verbekeare (Division 2) have already voted to increase water rates 56 percent over the next five years even though the governor has declared the California drought is over.