El Cajon


Granite Hills building broker

Brian Jinings, president of Venture Commercial Properties (VCP), represented the buyer and sellers of the 18,660-square-foot Granite Hills Professional Plaza at 850-860 Jamacha Road in El Cajon for $3 million. The transaction was reported in this column Thursday. VCP will continue to handle leasing for the property.


Buildings in El Cajon on Jamacha sold

Granite Hills Professional Plaza, the 18,660-square-foot, office property at 850-860 Jamacha Road, El Cajon 92019, has been sold for $3 million.


Elks Lodge helps Up! students at Cuyamaca College

The El Cajon Elks Lodge donated school supplies and vouchers for books and transportation to students in a Cuyamaca College program.


Helping real estate agents succeed is what motivates veteran East County broker Chuck Sackett


Retail building on N. Johnson in El Cajon sold

El Cajon news archive

Visitor Information

The El Cajon valley nestles below the San Diego foothills and its name means "big box." The friars at San Diego Mission used this geography to their advantage to pasture their cattle. The hills kept the cattle from wandering and provided watershed.

After the missions were secularized, the valley land was given to Dona Maria Antonio Estudillo, wife of Don Miguel de Pedrorena to fulfill a debt of the government. That grant included the area that eventually developed into Santee, Bostonia, Glenview, Johnstown, El Cajon and part of Grossmont. 

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Business Information

El Cajon is a diverse business community that includes a downtown that bills itself as "East County's Cultural Zone," Parkway Plaza, a leading shopping area with over 200 stores and restaurants as well as a number of light manufacturing companies.  The area is also home to the El Cajon Speedway and two community colleges.  The goal of the city is to build a vital economy from this diversity that will offer opportunities to all income and age levels.

Unlike some other areas of the county, El Cajon is built out and does not have large tracts of open land available for development.  New construction is either built on vacant lots or involves the rehabilitation of older buildings and sections of the city.  For the last seven years the El Cajon Community Development Corp. has been leading the efforts to redevelop and revitalize the downtown historic district centered around Main and Magnolia.

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El Cajon Businesses

Cal Auctions

1900 Weld Blvd., 115
El Cajon, CA
  • Auction Services
  • Estate Sales
  • Liquidations

Casteel Accident Reconstruction

1920 Cordell Ct., Ste. 102
El Cajon, CA
  • Accident Investigation/Reconstruction
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Revitalizing Main Street pays dividends for San Diego communities

El Cajon's revitalized downtown area benefits from the National and California Main Street Programs. 

Movie Theaters

2951 Jamacha Rd.
El Cajon, CA, 92019
405 Parkway Plaza
El Cajon, CA, 92020

To find a movie theater outside this area, check the Source Movie Section.

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Green Apple Day of Service at Pepper Drive School

Reporter Carlos Rico visits Pepper Drive School for the U.S. Green Building Council's inaugural Green Apple Day of Service, where more than 60 volunteers lent a helping hand and learned about sustainability.

Upcoming Events

Build Your Brand - East County

Tue, Jul 29
5:00pm 7:00pm
SDAR East County Service Center
El Cajon
Join us for a fun evening of networking as you learn more about your marketing opportunities as a member of the Greater San Diego Association of REALTORS®. Take a Free Professional Headshot. Set Up Your REALTOR® Profile Learn About Discounted Marketing Tools Find Out How to Make More Money with Certifications & Designations Enter to Win Tickets to Our Upcoming Events.

Adult Reentry Orientation: Create Your Life

Wed, Aug 6
9:30am 12:30pm
Grossmont College
El Cajon
The goal of the program is to provide prospective students an overview of the training opportunities and support available at Grossmont College. Special Guest, Ms. Trina Hester, Assistant General Manager of Development, of KPBS Studios, Grossmont College alum and former adult reentry student, will facilitate a peer panel discussion featuring former Grossmont College reentry students, their challenges and success while balancing families and/or work schedules. If you want to re-career, upgrade your skills or fulfill your dreams of attending college and earning a degree, then the Grossmont College Adult Reentry Orientation is a great place to begin your new adventure!
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