Renovation of main patient tower recently completed at Sharp Grossmont Hospital

Grossmont Hospital lobby
Patients are now being treated in state-of-the-art, upgraded rooms on all five floors of the East Tower of Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) reports. Over the past three years, taxpayer-funded renovation has been underway on floors two through five of the seven-story East Tower building, originally constructed in 1974. The East Tower work was part of the hospital’s Facilities Master Site Plan. Renovation cost of $41 million was financed through Propo...

Final Judgment in Rate Case Secures Landmark Water Authority Victories

San Diego Water Authority
MWD owes Water Authority $235 million and rights to more MWD water supply A final judgment entered in San Francisco Superior Court late Wednesday affirms victories by the San Diego County Water Authority in both phases of two landmark lawsuits challenging rates set by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. The judgment also orders MWD to recalculate the Water Authority’s statutory right to MWD water supply – a right MWD had illegally under-calculated for more than a decade. ...

El Niño & Family Readiness

El Nino Ready
El Niño is a naturally occuring weather pattern characterized by warming sea-surface temperatures in the Pacific Ocean, causing extremes such as scorching weather, droughts and flooding around the world. Meteorologists expect El Niño to peak between October and January and to be one of the strongest on record. As a result, 2015 is on track to be the hottest year on record and 2016 could be hotter due to the El Niño weather pattern. Fortunately, you can keep your family safe by preparing, plan...

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District receives $1.2M Education Grant

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District was awarded a $1.2 million grant to help foster youth reach their education and career goals. The funds will be used by both district campuses to expand support services for its students, including specialized counseling and tutoring services, workshops in independent living, basic skills courses during the summer, and help with transportation, meals and books, and housing referrals for homeless students.   For the full article clic...

Construction for East County’s First Up-Scale Hotel Could Start in January

Construction on a Courtyard by Marriott hotel in downtown El Cajon could begin in January after necessary property sales were completed, city officials announced Thursday. The 120-room project on the northeast corner of Magnolia and Rea avenues will bring the East County its first upscale name-brand hotel. El Cajon’s top-rated lodging house, according to, is the Best Western Continental Inn on Mollison Avenue. A second major hotel could be built by Hilton near Parkway Plaza...

Airport Selects Design Concept for $2.2 Billion Terminal 1 Project

Alternative Airport Terminal
San Diego International Airport officials have chosen a design concept from among five alternatives for a planned $2.2 billion redevelopment and reconfiguration of the aging Terminal 1. The executive board of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority recently selected what is known by operators as “Alternative 5,” which officials said can be built in the shortest period of time because it minimizes and streamlines pre-construction preparation work. An airport authority statement ...

12/04 ECEDC Vice President Receives Honorable Mention at San Diego Business Journal’s 2014 Emerging Generation in their 20’s

December 4, 2014 James Sly, San Diego East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC) Vice President, received an honorable mention for the 2014 Emerging Generation: 25 in their 20’s Awards from the San Diego Business Journal on December 3, 2014. Sly joined the ECEDC team in September 2012. He quickly demonstrated his intellect, ambition and business acumen. One of his proudest achievements during his young career included working with a major Aeropsace Manufacturer in El Cajon. Sly ...

10/31 Aviation Advances Can Bring World to San Diego

Aviation Advances Can Bring World to San Diego By REO CARR Friday, October 31, 2014 Last week in this column, I offered you 5,000 miles for 5,000 feet. Using the recent visit to San Diego of music icon Paul McCartney as an example, I pointed out that he departed our fair city via a private jet from Gillespie Field in El Cajon, a regional airport with a runway of just over 5,000 feet in length. I noted that, flight conditions permitting, McCartney could have flown nonstop to London on the ...

10/29 ECEDC Presented Lifetime Achievement Award at 30th Anniversary Event

The East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC), a regional non-profit, business-growth organization founded in 1984, has honored Dana Quittner, a founding ECEDC board member, with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The award was presented at the ECEDC’s recent 30th anniversary celebration event. Presenting the award to Quittner was Jo Marie Diamond, ECEDC president/CEO, along with John Minto, ECEDC board chair and Santee City Council member, and Deanna Weeks, the ECEDC first CEO who is now...

10/24 Give Me 5,000 Feet and I Will Give You 5,000 Miles

Give Me 5,000 Feet and I Will Give You 5,000 Miles By REO CARR Rock icon Paul McCartney performed at Petco Park on Sept. 29 to a sold-out audience and rave reviews. Following the concert, he immediately departed San Diego via a private jet. No surprises there; isn’t that the way rock stars are supposed to travel? What was noteworthy about this footnote to McCartney’s historic San Diego concert was that McCartney arrived and departed not from Lindbergh Field in downtown San Diego or McClel...