East County Business News by Rick Griffin – Sycuan reservation adds 2,000 acres

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.

The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation has announced the acquisition of an additional 2,000 acres consisting of two parcels of about 1,400 acres, of which about 85 percent will remain permanent open space, and 600 acres that has been sold to the Kumeyaay–Diegueno Land Conservancy for conservation space. The additional acreage triples the size of the Sycuan reservation in El Cajon’s Dehesa Valley. The annexation, financed using profits from casino operations, was approved by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. The open space will be managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the state Department of Fish and Game. The tribe said it does not plan to expand gaming facilities onto the annexed property, rather the acquisition ensures the protection of Kumeyaay cultural and archeological sites. About 210 acres are planned for development, including 50 homes, a 120-space RV park, an equestrian center and an area for powwow celebrations.