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Special Activities & Events: This Weekend is Community Dump Day in El Cajon Time to clear out the clutter as the City of El Cajon and Waste Management host “Community Dump Day” on Saturday. • Date: Saturday, June 8, 2019 • Time: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. • Location: Wells Parks, 1153 East Madison Avenue, El Cajon Dump your stuff for “free” – such as; appliances, mattresses, furniture and tree limbs. This is for household refuse only. Limited space so come early. Be prepared to show proof of residency with a driver’s license or gas/electric/water bill. Each resident allowed up to four items. No hazardous materials – this includes paints, oil, batteries and household or industrial chemicals. No construction materials – this includes concrete, brick, drywall, and roofing material. No commercial vehicles, this includes enclosed U-Haul, rental moving trucks or business vehicles. For more information, please call (619) 441-1744. 2019 “Dinner & a Concert” Season Continues FREE concerts are back Friday nights in Downtown El Cajon. This Friday, June 7, listen and dance to old school fund music with the group Soul Persuaders. Concerts are from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. at the Prescott Promenade at 201 E. Main Street. For more details on all the upcoming concerts please visit

Wednesday Night Cajon Classic Cruise Car Shows Continue! Stars Cars in the theme June 5 and Crower Nite is the theme of the on June 12! Expect a street closure for June 12 of E. Main Street between Magnolia and Claydelle Avenues. Enjoy the 2019 Season of Cajon Classic Cruise every Wednesday night through October 30. Car shows are from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This very fun event is hosted by the Downtown El Cajon Business Partners. For details, please visit, or call (619) 334-3000. Free Summer Movies in the Park Begin June 22nd Enjoy nine (9) “free” summer movies from June through August at various parks in the City of El Cajon! • Saturday, June 22 – Hillside Park – 840 Buena Terrace – Teen Titans Go • Friday, June 28 – Wells Park – 1153 East Madison Avenue – Avengers Infinity War • Saturday, July 6 – Fletcher Hills Park – 2345 Center Place – Aquaman – (You must pre-register for this movie) • Saturday, July 12 – Bill Beck Park – 543 N. Pierce Street – Incredibles 2 • Saturday, July 19 – Bostonia Park – 1049 Bostonia Street – Big Hero 6 • Saturday, July 26 – Kennedy Park – 1675 East Madison Avenue – Ant-Man & the Wasp • Friday, August 2 – Renette Park – 935 Emerald Avenue – Spiderman into the Spiderverse • Friday, August 6 – Prescott Promenade – 201 E. Main Street – Justice League • Saturday, August 17 – Wells Park – 1153 East Madison Avenue - Captain Marvel Enjoy fun activities prior to the start of the movie at nightfall. Schedule subject to change without prior notice. For more information, visit or call (619) 873-1641. Summer 2019 Guide to Recreation is Now Available The new summer recreation guide is now available online at Copies of the recreation guide are also available at recreation centers and in the lobbies of City Hall and the El Cajon Police Department. See all the amazing classes and summer camps! Remember to register quickly before classes fill up. For more information, please call (619) 441-1516. General Information: • June 11 & 25 - El Cajon City Council Meetings are at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., as needed. Meetings are held in the Council Chamber at 200 Civic Center Way. For more information, and to view the full agenda online, please visit • June 14 & 28 - Alternate Friday closure for El Cajon City offices. Please go to www.cityofelcajon. us for a full calendar of office hours for City offices during 2019. Stay Informed – Register Now for E-Notification! Stay on Top of Special City Events, Meetings and Services!

Visit the City of El Cajon’s website at Register now for the “E-NOTIFICATION” system and select the information you would like to receive email notifications about meetings, news releases and upcoming community events. *This event column is courtesy of Monica Zech, Public Information Officer for the City of El Cajon - (619) 441-1737 or

Leadership East County- Join the “Best Class of 2020” Leadership East County is now accepting applications for the “best class” of 2020. Class will start late August 2019. Past alumni include business leaders from Santee Lakes, Grossmont Healthcare District, Noah Homes, El Cajon Police Department, Heartland Fire, Waste Management and more! If you want to contribute to East County, experience behind the scenes tours of different industries, and meet like-minded leaders, this program is for you. Any questions please contact Steve Lachman at or; at the San Diego-East County Chamber of Commerce,

San Diego County Ramping Up Fire Safety in Highest Risk Areas San Diego - Tuesday, June 4 – San Diego County leaders, joined by Cal Fire officials and others, announced several initiatives to better protect people and property in the most wildfire-prone parts of the county during a press conference held at the San Diego County Emergency Operations Center. The issue being that heavier-than-usual backcountry brush and other fuels this year could spark disaster. The press conference included Chairwoman/County Supervisor Dianne Jacob, County Supervisor Jim Desmond, Cal Chief Tony Mecham of the Fire/County Fire Authority, Chief Don Butz, President of the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County, and Kandhy Franklin of the Crest Fire Safe Council. The initiative improvements will include thousands of additional property inspections and the creation of fire breaks, with a special focus on Crest, Guatay, Palomar Mountain, and other communities in the crosshairs of a potential firestorm. While the county has invested over $500 million since 2003 on fire protection improvements, there’s broad agreement that more needs to be done to protect the most high-risk communities. Officials also say the thick vegetation this spring, fed by months of rainstorms, has heightened the risk of wildfire.

Homes for Heroes

My name is Shannon Grindley and I am a local resident Realtor who is also an affiliate Realtor with Homes for Heroes. With my husband in Law Enforcement for almost 6 years, I wanted to find a way to use my career to give back to my community and those who serve it. Homes for Heroes had allowed me to provide a tangible “Thank You” to those Heroes in our community. When I work with First Responders, Military, Teachers, and Healthcare Personnel, I am able to provide an average of $2,500 back at close of escrow for buyers and save THOUSANDS for Hero sellers! My husband and I wished that we knew more about the program when we were buying our first home as well as when we sold it. I provide this service to heroes all over San Diego County and live right here in Santee. (Maybe you have seen me driving around the community). This is simply a way for me to give back to YOU Heroes without any red tape, long wait periods, or forms to complete. It is simple and easy to save thousands when buying or selling, and I would love the opportunity to share more about the program with you! May God Bless you and your loved ones; and thank you from my family to yours for all you do in our community! You can find out more information by calling me at 619-9771244, or by email at You can also visit and find out more about the program.

On The Cover Santee – Wednesday, May 29 was the groundbreaking for the Health Occupations Center (HOC) in Santee, one of four Adult Education program sites for the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD).

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The Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a 2,800member real estate trade group for San Diego-area realtors with an office in El Cajon, was recently honored by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA) with a Golden Watchdog Award. The award recognized PSAR’s assistance to the San Diego County Assessor’s Office with a program that is helping disabled military veterans achieve homeownership. The SDCTA award, in the “Public-Private Partnership” category, honored PSAR, along with the San Diego County Assessor-RecorderCounty Clerk’s Office and the San Diego chapter of the Veterans Association of Real Estate Professionals (VAREP), with assisting more than 8,000 local disabled veterans in 2018, an increase of 28 percent from the previous year. The efforts helped disabled veteran homeowners benefit from $1.9 million annually in property tax savings. SDCTA said that PSAR 2019 President Robert Calloway played a key role in assisting Ernie Dronenburg, San Diego County AssessorRecorder-County Clerk, on informing realtors about a little-used California property tax exemption for disabled veterans and their spouses. Jordan Marks, Taxpayers’ Rights Advocate with the Assessor’s Office, initiated the program in March 2018. The little-known California property tax exemption, California Constitution and Revenue and Taxation Code Section 205.5, provides a property tax exemption on the home of some disabled veterans or an unmarried spouse of a deceased disabled veteran. The exemption is available to a disabled veteran who, because of an injury incurred in military service, is blind in both eyes, or has lost the use of two or more limbs, or is totally disabled as determined by the VA or by the military service from which the veteran was discharged. In presenting the Golden Watchdog award, SDCTA said: “To increase program participation, the Assessor’s Office partnered with Robert Calloway, a Disabled Veteran Property Tax Exemption (DVET) recipient, and his two organizations, including PSAR and VAREP, to educate realtors, veterans organizations and the community about the DVET exemption that can result in a savings for qualified veterans or spouses of up to $2,002 annually off their property taxes.” SDCTA said the effort demonstrated collaboration between the public and private sectors in promoting the DVET exemption, which helps veterans achieve homeownership and, in some cases, receive refunds of close to $10,000 from property taxes. Calloway, a realtor and broker-owner of Calloway & Associates Real Estate Services, who also serves as an advisor to the Assessor’s Office on disabled veterans issues, said, “This award from the Taxpayers Association is a great honor for PSAR, VAREP and the overall real estate community. We are ready to help local government officials anytime with advice and as sistance that will help all homeowners, including disabled military veterans who have given so much and risked so much in service of the nation.” “It was an honor and a pleasure working with Robert and PSAR,” said Dronenburg, who has served as County Assessor since 2010. “It was especially gratifying to help disabled veterans, these modern-day heroes who have selflessly shared so much and have sacrificed some of the best years of their lives, putting themselves in harm’s way to fight for liberty and keep everyone safe.” Rick Griffin Marketing Communications/Public Relations, Advertising

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Health Occupations Center Groundbreaking for New Adult Education Vocational Classrooms and Medical Lab Buildings Santee – Wednesday, May 29 was the groundbreaking for the Health Occupations Center (HOC) in Santee, one of four Adult Education program sites for the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD). The new buildings will include phlebotomy, pharmacy, dental, and medical labs; and classroom areas for the Vocational Nurse (LVN), Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Medical Assistant (MA), and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) programs. The new facilities will also support instruction and certificate coursework for more than 20 healthcare industry programs. Expected completion of this project is December, 2019. Speakers at the groundbreaking included Heather Peterson, HOC Director; Diana Harshman, Dental Assistant Program Director; Cherise Martin, Phlebotomy Student, Matthew Alapitan, LVN Student; and Tim Glover, GUHSD Director. GUHSD Board of Directors members Jim Kelley and Gary Woods were also present. Students and their instructors provided free health screenings as part of the event. Light refreshments and beverages were provided by Construction Manager, CW Driver. HOC is currently holding classes in temporary buildings while construction of the new buildings is underway. The campus offers 23 different career technical education programs and 13 different industry certifications. Photos by Jay Renard/Community Times

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VFW/American Legion Installation Santee - Saturday, June 1 was the Installation Ceremony for the American Legion Post 364 of Santee, the VFW Post 9327 of Santee, and their Auxiliaries. The event was held at the Santee VFW Post.

Another Record Year as Graduation Day Approaches at Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges El Cajon–Almost 2,700 graduates from Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges received 5,652 degrees and certificates at this year’s commencements, setting a new record as the largest graduating class from the two East County colleges. With many earning multiple degrees and certificates, 1,860 graduates received 2,752 degrees and 1,596 certificates at Grossmont College on June 5. On June 6, 839 graduates received 1,202 degrees and 202 certificates at Cuyamaca College. “I’m proud of all of our graduates for the hard work they have put in to reach this milestone,” said Cindy L. Miles, chancellor of the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. “We know they got an excellent education at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, and their lives will be transformed forever by what they learned here.” The numbers of graduates and the degrees and certificates that are awarded has continued to grow over the past decade as the colleges focus on more student support, increased university transfer rates, and greater career education opportunities. In the past 10 years, the number of degrees and certificates awarded at the two colleges has increased by 178%, and the number of Grossmont and Cuyamaca College graduates has risen by 78%. Shakur Collins, the student commencement speaker at Grossmont College, is nothing if not a study in determination. The Serra High School graduate who gave the commencement speech at the San Diego high school in 2015 had chosen the University of California, Irvine from the 14 universities that gave her the nod for admission. She had scholarships to cover her entire education. Life was good. But at freshman orientation in July, what was initially thought to be a bad migraine landed her in the hospital in San Diego. Four months of medical tests and hospital stays revealed the true picture: a buildup of cerebral spinal fluid in her head left her with a permanent, near total loss of vision. Forced to drop out from UC Irvine and losing tens of thousands in scholarships dollars, it was a dark chapter in Collins’ life. She could have wallowed in her misfortune, but she enrolled at Grossmont College in 2016, determined to pursue a new direction in her life. Collins sought help from the college’s Accessibility Resource Center and was assigned a personal scribe at the testing center and granted use of an electronic screen magnifier. She has been able to maintain straight A’s and is set to transfer in the fall as a psychology major at UC San Diego. She aspires to a career in the field of group and organizational leadership. In the meantime, she plans to continue working as a psychology tutor in the college’s tutoring center and in her spare time sing barbershop-style with the San Diego Chorus of Sweet Adelines and to train in the martial art of Tekio Jutsu, designed for people with disabilities. Collins said she has been on an emotional roller-coaster since her eyesight began failing, but Grossmont College has helped her regain her focus. “Grossmont has allowed me to take the time I need to heal,” she said. “There are so many wonderful professors who have mentored and helped me along the way. Grossmont is my home. This is a great institution.” Cuyamaca College commencement speaker Akila Scott is the first of six siblings raised in a single-parent home to pursue a university degree. A full-time waitress who carried 22 units her final semester and played for the women’s volleyball team during the fall, Scott described her daily schedule as “beyond crazy.” She is also the primary income earner in the household since her mother is legally blind and unable to work. She started as a chemistry major, but a philosophy class she took to fulfill her general

education requirements exposed her to Socrates and other great thinkers and gave her a deeper understanding of the “whys” in life that she had been craving. She will transfer in the fall as a philosophy major at California State University, Long Beach, where she will be living in a dorm. “I am thinking I should get my mom a little dog to keep her company,” said Smith, who graduates with a 3.3 GPA and several scholarships. “She’s my best friend and I know she will be calling me constantly to ask how I’m doing. She is a super hero to me, despite being legally blind. She has raised us all to respect her as the person who sets the rules. Scott said: “Cuyamaca College has also been the source of important lessons in life. This school will remain special in my heart because it has taught me that suffering is part of living and we can’t allow hardship to be an obstacle. My experience here has also led me to understand the importance of embracing change.” The second commencement speaker is Dawod Rafoka, an Iraqi refugee who started at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges in 2015 not remembering how to multiply or divide. He graduates with associate degrees in mathematics for transfer and University Studies: Science and Mathematics from Cuyamaca College and has received outstanding achievement awards from Grossmont College in English/Social Behavioral Sciences, ESL, and mathematics. He was initially terrified of speaking English, but developed his language skills so dramatically that just three semesters after starting college, he was hired as an English as a Second Language, or ESL, tutor. During his stint as an ESL tutor, he began making promotional videos and advancing the department through social media, which led to his current post as a resource specialist and student ambassador for Grossmont’s Outreach Office. He graduates with a perfect 4.0 grade point average and is transferring in the fall to San Diego State University. The 23-year-old, who became a naturalized American citizen less than two weeks ago, has plans to pursue a career in computer engineering with a goal of eventually working for Google. His upbeat attitude and outgoing nature belie his formative years growing up the northern Iraq village of Tellskuf, where car bombings and terrorist attacks are a constant reminder to maintain a low profile and not to draw attention. At 17, he left with his brother for a safer refuge in Turkey, where they were eventually joined by his parents. Two years later, the family was granted permission to move to El Cajon. “I’ve gone from a person who thought that education was not for him to a person who is transferring with a 4.0 GPA in computer engineering,” he said. “I love the supportive community that the colleges provide. I wouldn’t have reached this station of my life without professors’ generosity with their office hours at both colleges and the consistent support of services like the Tutoring Center.”

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Health Occupations Center Pharmacy Technician Graduation Santee – Wednesday, May 30, was the graduation of Pharmacy Technicians program. This class started in August 2018.The program was for 9 months, 3 days a week. There were 12 students in the program. There were academic and attendance awards presented. All graduates gave a presentation about some aspect of the medical field. The instructor’s name is Margie Archibald. Other graduations included: Phlebotomy Technician, Medical Lab Assistant, Dental Assistant, and Medical Assistant Programs. Photos by Jay Renard/Cummunity Times


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Santee Kiwanis Junior Olympics

Santee - Saturday, June 1 was the Annual Santee Kiwanis Junior Olympic Track meet held at Santana High School Stadium. More than 1000 parents and students attended the event that showcases the athletic and competitive spirit of all nine schools in the Santee School District. Grades 4-8 competed in a variety of running and field. In addition to individual awards, grades 6-8 competed for the coveted Santee Kiwanis Team Trophy that recognizes the best school in competition. Photos by Jay Renard/Community Times


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