ECEDC to host East County bus tour – East County Business News by Rick Griffin

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

by Rick Griffin

The East County Economic Development Council (ECEDC), a local non-profit organization, is hosting a bus tour of East County on Wednesday, Sept. 25. The tour will focus on new economic development business opportunities, including what’s new and future plans in the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Santee, as well as the communities of Alpine, Lakeside, Rancho San Diego and Spring Valley. Jo Marie Diamond, ECEDC president/CEO, said bus tour attendees should include business and community leaders, developers, brokers, investors and bankers. The bus tour will begin and end at Hooley’s Irish Pub and Grill at the Grossmont Center mall, 5500 Grossmont Center Dr., La Mesa. The bus will depart at 8:15 a.m. and return to Hooley’s at 12:15 p.m. A mid-morning break is scheduled at SportsPlex USA in Santee. Space is limited. Reservations are requested by Sept. 20. Cost to attend is $25 per person for ECEDC members and $35 for non-members. Bus tour sponsors include SDG&E, Cox Communications, Hooley’s, SportsPlex USA, Dentt Properties, Republic Services, US Bank and Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District. For more information, phone (619) 258-3670, or visit The ECEDC, founded in 1984, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting a healthy economic climate and enhanced quality of life in San Diego’s East County region.