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Post Date:02/11/2019 1:00 PM

Posted: February 15, 2019

Special Activities & Events

Trolley Service Advisory For This Weekend!

What: Grossmont Transit Center Track Closures

Where: Orange and Green Lines – between El Cajon & 70th Street/La Mesa

When: Saturday, February 16 and Sunday, February 17

On Saturday, February 16 and Sunday February 17, MTS will conduct a closure of the Orange and Green Trolley Lines, between the El Cajon Transit Center and the 70th Street/La Mesa station to replace the tracks at the Grossmont Transit Center. This closure of the tracks will mean no Trolley service on both lines for the weekend.  Instead, MTS will be operating a bus bridge between stations, which could affect transit trips out and into El Cajon for this weekend.



El Cajon Police Citizen’s Academy Begins March 13th - Now Accepting Applications!

The El Cajon Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2019 Citizen’s Police Academy. 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 attend weekly classes and learn about topics that include the history of law enforcement, the criminal justice system, crime scene investigation, and presentations from the various divisions within the Police Department.  Students also participate in hands-on exercises, such as conducting traffic stops, dusting for fingerprints, and a firearms simulation.

The academy will begin on Wednesday, March 13, and conclude with a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 10. Classes are held every Wednesday, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the El Cajon Police Station, in the Community Room, located at 100 Civic Center Way. Everyone is encouraged to apply; however, citizens and business people living and/or working within the City of El Cajon will be given priority.  Participants must be at least 18 years old.

Applications must be received by February 28.  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 if they have been accepted by March 1. 

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 or via e-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 or with any questions or if you need an application.



Register Now for RUN EC’s St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon

Register now for the St. Patrick’s Day Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk, Green Mile all set for Sunday, March 3!  Pre-register now, or beginning at 6 a.m. the day of the event.  All three runs begin at 198 West Main Street, in Downtown El Cajon, near the El Cajon Arch. The first run, the Green Mile begins at 7 a.m., the Half Marathon at 7:15 a.m., and the 5K at 7:30 a.m. Funds raised will benefit several East County charities.  Once registered, Race Packets can be picked up on Saturday, March 2, at the Downtown Café, 182 E Main St, El Cajon, CA 92020, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Visit for more information, to register or to volunteer. This annual event is hosted by the Run East County Foundation.  Watch for lane closures and traffic control on March 3.



Firefighters “Give Burns the Boot Drive”

On Thursday, March 6, firefighters from across the county will take part in “Give Burns the Boot Drive” benefitting the Burn Institute. From 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. firefighters from Heartland Fire & Rescue in El Cajon will be collecting money on E. Main Street at Greenfield Drive near Interstate 8, and on the exit from I-8 to Greenfield Drive raising funds for burn survivor support programs and services.  Donations in any amount are appreciated! 



Be Prepared - Free Disaster Preparedness Classes

Will you know what to do in the case of a wildfire, a home fire, or earthquake?  The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness and the hazards that may impact the area they live. Applications are now being accepted. For more information or to register, visit the Heartland Fire website at and look under “Emergency Prep.” The East County CERT Academy begins Saturday, March 23. For more information call (619) 667-1471. 


Winter Recreation Guide Now Available

See all the great programs offered by the City of El Cajon Recreation Department by picking up a copy of the new winter recreation guide at any of the El Cajon Recreation centers or in the lobby of City Hall, 200 Civic Center Way. You can also see the winter guide online at  For more information or to register, please call (619) 441-1754.



The City Drafts a Climate Action Plan and You Can Help

The City of El Cajon is currently underway with the development of a Climate Action Plan, a policy document intended to establish the City’s sustainable strategies. Identifying sustainable strategies for the City is a way to establish standards that can help improve El Cajon’s quality of life.

How can you participate in the process?  If you’re a business owner, property owner, resident, and/or non-profit organization who is interested in being featured in our sustainable strategies articles, please let us know by calling (619) 441-1742 or emailing Keep up with the latest news on the CAP development by visiting   


General Information:

  • February 18 – City offices will be closed in observance of the Presidents’ Day holiday!  
  • February 22 - Alternate Friday closure for El Cajon City offices. Please go to for a full calendar of office hours for City offices during 2019.
  • February 26 - 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 
  • March 6 – Give Burns the Boot Firefighter Boot Drive to benefit the Burn Institute.  Heartland Firefighters will be at Greenfield Drive and Interstate 8, and at the intersection of Greenfield Drive and Main Street, from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.


Stay Informed On City Events & Meetings! Register Now for E-Notification!

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.  Also, find links and information for various City departments and services.  Sign up today!


*This event column is courtesy of Monica Zech, Public Information Officer for the City of El Cajon – (619) 441-1737 or


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