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Post Date:03/17/2017


The El Cajon Gateway Spring 2017 Issue Is Now Available!

Be sure to pick up your copy of the Spring 2017 Edition of the El Cajon Gateway City News and Guide to Recreation! The City Guide was mailed to thousands of El Cajon residents and is also available online at, and go to “In The Spotlight.”  You’ll see the latest in City news and all the great classes and programs offered for spring.  Register now before classes fill up. For more information, please call (619) 441-1516. Pick up a copy of the spring guide at any of the El Cajon recreation centers, the Downtown El Cajon Library, and in the lobbies of City Hall and the El Cajon Police Station.


El Cajon Police Citizen’s Academy Begins March 29 - Deadline Extended For Applications

The El Cajon Police Department has extended the deadline in accepting applications for the 2017 Citizen’s Police Academy to March 24.  The Citizen’s Police Academy is a ten-week program that allows members of the community to learn how the El Cajon Police Department functions. Students will attend weekly classes and learn about topics that include the history of law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and crime scene investigation. Students will see presentations from the various divisions within the Police Department and participate in hands-on exercises, such as conducting traffic stops, dusting for fingerprints, and a firearms simulation.

The academy is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, March 29, and conclude with a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 31. Classes will be held every Wednesday, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the El Cajon Police Station Community Room, located at 100 Civic Center Way. Everyone is encouraged to apply, however citizens and business people in the city of El Cajon will be given priority.  Participants must be at least 18 years old. A total of 25 students will be accepted on a first come, first served basis, pending a background check and approval.  Applicants will be notified of their application status via mail by March 27.

An application for the Citizen’s Police Academy can be downloaded at  If unable to download the application, they are available at the front counter of the Police Department, or one can be sent in the mail.  Applications must be dropped off or mailed to: El Cajon Police Department, Attn: Samantha Scheurn, 100 Civic Center Way, El Cajon, CA 92020. Emailed applications will not be accepted.  Applications will be taken in the order received and all applications received after the first 25 will be placed on a waiting list. 

Please contact Police Services Officer Samantha Scheurn at (619) 579-4227 with any questions or need for an application. 


Submit Your Nomination for Youth of the Year

The City of El Cajon Teen Coalition presents a “Youth of the Year” Award to recognize those who go above and beyond in serving their community, either through their leadership abilities and/or their qualities, or level of community service in El Cajon.  This can be defined as individuals who consistently facilitate a team vision and help guide others towards success. Community service helps better the community through the value and impact of those served. Final awards will be based on dedication, commitment beyond what may be required by school, and a demonstrated impact on the community.   Two youth will be awarded each year:  one youth currently at the middle school level (grades 6 - 8) and one youth currently at the high school level (grades 9 - 12).  All nominations are reserved for youth who are residents of the City of El Cajon.  Youth will be recognized and awarded for service accomplished within the calendar year previous to the nomination period.  We are currently awarding work that has been accomplished between January 1 and December 31, 2016.  

Applications are available at the Recreation Department at 200 Civic Center Way, City of El Cajon Recreation Centers, and on the El Cajon Recreation Department’s website at  All applications must be received by Friday, March 24, 2017. For more information, please call Ryan Flickinger at (619) 441-1678. 


Arbor Day Celebration in El Cajon - Saturday, March 25

Join the City of El Cajon, Saturday, March 25, as it celebrates the City's 20th year of receiving the Tree City USA award and its 28th Annual Arbor Day ceremony.  Festivities will begin at 8:00 a.m. at Kennedy Park, located at 1675 East Madison Avenue.  Councilmembers Steve Goble and Ben Kalasho, and City Manager Douglas Williford will be taking part in the ceremonial tree planting, along with students from the Lion’s Club at Granite Hills High School and the Key Club at Grossmont High School.

The Tree City USA Award will be presented to the City by CAL Fire. Assisting with the traditional tree planting ceremony will be an arborist from Cuyamaca and Southwestern College.  West Coast Arborists will also be on hand to discuss the benefits of trees.  In addition, representatives from San Diego Gas & Electric, Waste Management, and Padre Dam will have displays providing conservation tips.  Girl Scout Troop 5119 Color Guard will take part in the opening ceremony and the El Cajon Teen Coalition will assist in providing light refreshments after the ceremony.

Arbor Day is a nationally celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care.  Trees can reduce the erosion of topsoil by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate temperature, clean the air, produce life-giving oxygen, and provide habitat for wildlife.  In celebration of Arbor Day, over 20 trees will be planted at Kennedy Park, located at 1675 East Madison Avenue.  For more information please call (619) 441-1653.


District Election Mapping Community Workshops

Now that the criteria has been approved by the City Council, four of five community workshops have been held to provide residents additional opportunities for public input on creating district boundaries.  The process will culminate with the presentation of draft maps to the City Council and community for review and ultimately a selection of one map by the City Council.  To help in this process, the City Council contracted the services of the National Demographics Corporation (NDC) to provide mapping and demographic services.

March 27 - District Election Map Submittal – First Review. This is the last day to submit district maps for initial review by City Consultants and to be included in the first set of maps released to the public. 

The final Community Workshop, will be held from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., on Tuesday, April 18, at the El Cajon Police Station Community Room, 200 Civic Center Way.  This last workshop will be to review draft maps and provide feedback.  Spanish and Arabic translation services will be available at these workshops.


“April Pools Day” at Fletcher Hills Pool

The City of El Cajon Recreation Department will be hosting an afternoon of pool safety and fun - called “April Pools Day!”  This family event will be on Friday, April 28 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Fletcher Hills Pool.   April Pools Day is a free event open to all ages, however ages 7 and under must be accompanied by an adult within arm’s reach at all times while on the pool deck or in the water.  The event features a free lifejacket give-away, sun safety information, CPR mini lessons, crafts, water safety tips, and FREE open swim.  No registration is required. Fletcher Hills Pool is located at 2345 Center Place, El Cajon.  For more information, please contact Heather Carter at (619) 441-1672.


Applications Still Being Accepted For the Miss El Cajon Scholarship Pageant

Officials are excited to announce that the 2017 Miss El Cajon Scholarship Pageant will be held on Saturday, April 15th at Greenfield Middle School!  Join the rich tradition of the Miss El Cajon Pageant, open to young ladies from age 9 to 22, residing or attending school in El Cajon, including Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges.

Upcoming pageant events:

  • Monday, March 20, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. - first rehearsal and paperwork deadline

*Please email for an application packet.


America on Main Street Is Coming May 20th - Mark Your Calendar!

“Come Play for the Day” is the theme of the fourth annual America on Main Street City event, scheduled for Saturday, May 20, 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Downtown El Cajon!  Thousands are expected for this exciting event that coincides with Armed Forces Day, in addition, celebrates the American spirit, through appreciation and respect of the many diverse ethnic and historical groups located in the community. 

America on Main Street is full day of free activities and attractions for people of all ages.  Highlights includes live entertainment on three stages, American and ethnic food booths, a chili cook-off, new amusement rides and attractions, arts, crafts, display booths, a large unique petting zoo, a rock wall, and much more!  It all takes place in Downtown El Cajon, on East Main Street and Rea Avenue, between Magnolia Avenue and Ballantyne Street. Free admission and parking!  For business sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, please visit, or call (619) 441-1762.


Visit the Knox House Museum

Take a fascinating look at El Cajon history!  The Knox House Museum, located at 280 North Magnolia, in El Cajon, will be open for tours the FIRST and THIRD Saturdays of the month between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Admission is free!  Come and tour the oldest commercial building in El Cajon and learn a little more about El Cajon’s rich history. Group tours are available.  If you are interested in reserving a group tour, please phone (619) 444-3800 and leave a message. For more information, visit   


Recreation News:

Spring Aquatics at Fletcher Hills

Registration began online on March 13 and begins in person on March 20 for spring aquatics at Fletcher Hills Pool.  Private lesson registration began March 13 and is done in person only.  Classes start April 11.   Group swimming lessons are offered for ages 6 months to 12 years of age, private swimming lessons for all ages, a non-competitive swim team, and water aerobics.  All instructors are American Red Cross certified.  Register at Fletcher Hills Center, located at 2345 Center Place, or online at For more information, please contact Heather Carter at (619) 441-1672.


Kids Night Out

Join us at Hillside Recreation Center for Island Adventure Kids Night Out!  Stay awhile on a deserted island of adventure! Be master of the hula in the hula-hoop contest, make a fun craft, eat island style kabobs, dip low beneath the limbo bar, and much more. KNO hours are 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., for ages 5 - 12 years-old. KNO will be held on March 31, but it is recommended to register early. This event is $10 per child. For more information please call Hillside Recreation at (619) 441-1674. Register for this event at or stop by Hillside to sign up. Hillside Recreation Center is located at 840 Buena Terrace, just off Fletcher Parkway.  Hours are Monday through Friday, from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.


General Information:

March 23 - Stop By El Cajon Farmers’ Market - Every Thursday afternoon from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The Farmers’ Market also offers a wide variety of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, fresh baked bread, vendors, music and more. For more information, please visit - or visit them on Facebook.


March 24 and April 7 - Alternate Friday closures for El Cajon City offices.  Please go to for a full calendar of office hours for City offices during 2017.


March 28 and April 11 - El Cajon City Council Meetings are at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., as needed. Meetings held in the Council Chamber at 200 Civic Center Way. For more information, and to view the full agenda online, please visit  


Stay Informed On City Events, City Services & Meetings

Visit the City of El Cajon’s website at and see all the exciting events and a variety of meetings planned throughout the year.  A variety of City services are offered online.  Register for the “E-NOTIFICATION” system and select the information you would like to receive email notifications about – including news releases.  It’s easy and it’s free. In addition, find links and information for various City departments and services.

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