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Home Care In El Cajon, CA

Home Care El Cajon, CA

They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.

However, as seniors grow older, completing daily tasks like showering and enjoying activities such as visiting the historic Knox House Museum gets harder without someone by their side. Unfortunately, many older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live far away from long-term, institutionalized facilities and closer to the place where they feel most comfortable - their home. Home care in El Cajon, CA is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.

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The Always Best Care Difference

Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they get older. We are proud to have helped more than 25,000 seniors maintain higher levels of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of in-home care available so that they may live happily and independently.

Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs. That way, they may provide care accordingly without compromising their wellbeing.

The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home services, Always Best Care is here to help.


“Hi, my name is Janett .. Working at Always Best Care has been the best experience of my life, from the day I went to apply for the job as a caregiver I felt very humbled. Im happy working at ABC and I hope to continue working for many years.. "❤️"”

Chapis V.

“I'm a caregiver with Always Best Care. I've work for the agency since early April 2023. My experience has been fun, challenging at times but very rewarding. My clients are very nice. It is a great place to work. Management and administration are very communicative and attentive. They always address any concerns I have whether it is schedule issue, a client issue, or a special request. I love working for ABC. I highly recommend our company for any prospective or experienced caregivers. ????”

Robert T.

“My name is Haley Maddox and I’ve been with Always Best Care for a few months now and I would just like to say I absolutely LOVE and appreciate the company because they are always willing to work with you and your schedule to fit your personal life as well. Not only that but they make sure you know it’s ok to report any and every kind of complications at work and they always encourage you to ask questions and I like that a lot because not many jobs give you that comfortable feeling that YOU matter too. Thank you to ALWAYS BEST CARE for taking great care of not just their clients but their employees as well!❤️”

Haley L.

“So grateful to be apart of this wonderful community of people, it is such a great company! My clients treat me as I am their family and I truly take great pride in being able to care for them.”

Midori G.

“Have really enjoyed working for Always Best Care !”

Angelica L.

“Chelsea from the day she manager has been sweet and wonderful, making sure my schedule which is very complicated was met. She is a blessing to me”

Gloria B.

“This is Gloria Brown and Ive been with always best care for some years. Its always been a great company to work for, but it even got better when Chelsea became the manager. With my super busy schedule she's alway been able to accommodate me, witch is not easy. It has been a blessing having her in my life. I've never worked for a company that shows appreciation and rewards us often. It feels wonderful to be appreciated. Thank you.”

Willie B.

“Always Best Care has been and continues to be a great working environment. The flexibility in my schedule has made it one of the most beneficial advantages working here. I have had the pleasure to have such great clients that have been very compatible both ways. Overall working at Always Best Care is and continues to be a great, flexible, compatible, understanding environment. Thank you Always Best Care”

A Q.

“Aida Gomez is truly an Angel in disguise She is patient with me & attend to all my needs as a caregiver.. Her appearance & personality is awesome!!????. Am very pleased with Aida. I love her flexibility.”

Martha C.

“For me it is a honor to be part of this company called ALWAYS BEST CARE . From the first moment they always treated me with great respect , always worried about what I need . For me , my clients are part of my family, they are people who needs heard,respected and loved♥️I feel very blessed to be their caregiver ????.. Thank you very much for allowing me to be part of your beautiful company ????”

leticia O.

“I have a great experience, flexible hours, great place to work.”

Ofelia C.

“This is a great place to work, great environment there is very nice staff a job you can call home and care about are clients.”

Janet M.

“Always best care provides an excellent service as a caregiver. They care about the staff and the patient needs. The Leadership team are very compassion because they have a good level of communication and it also wants to do the right things.”

Lorena D.

“Ophelia Carter is the best thing that ever happened to Bobby Wigley. She has a lot of patience and she is so good for him. She manages to do everything in a timely manner for him. She's amazing. I don't know how much money she makes but she deserves more. Thank you”

Darlene W.

“Hello ???????? there this is Leonardo Martínez I’m one of the formal Care givers associates for Always best Care I would like to thanks not only always best care in general for the amazing management but specially to my manager the best and most caring manager I have ever had ever, specially when it comes to work and making things work for everyone, awesome communication stills and training, always showing the best guidance for work,making me learn something new I can apply for work, honestly couldn’t be more great full and satisfied for chelsy Boscarino being by manages. God bless sincerely.”

Leonardo M.

“I am getting the best quality of care”

Marilyn V.

“Always Best Care Senior Services meets each of their client's needs regardless of the intensity of the illness. Health and safety are #1 with this agency without question as to the complexity or time frame. They are committed for the duration. Customer service is not a lost cause. The staff will go beyond its means to comply to request.”

Bennie S.

“From the start everyone (I've interacted with) has been awesome. You can tell they really care and so do their jobs well. From Chelsea in admin to Steven the phone nurse and especially Martesha Dad's caregiver. They make taking care of my father so much easier than it would be if I were on my own. I appreciate all of you and all you do. Thank you.”

Dawn W.

“Honestly this is a great company to work for. The owners really care about what they do and it's really refreshing for a change. It's been a blessing to be apart of the family. I look forward to continue my journey with them and helping seniors in our community!”

Shepherd B.

“Just wanted you to know that we moved Beth into Pacific Pointe last weekend. All is going well and I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to show me this place.”

Jill K.

“Ethan Kim was extremely helpful in assisting us set up in home care support. His staff was very friendly and made my mother comfortable. Ethan was always available to answer questions and was quick to provide substitute support when needed. Would highly recommend this company for senior care.”

Kathy C.

“Ethan Kim of Always Best Senior Services helped me find a place for my husband to recuperate after surgery for a broken femur and extensive surgery. He took me to see three places. I was able to choose one and I am very happy with my choice. I know I wouldn’t be able to accomplish this on my own. Very grateful for his service.”

Connie G.

“Outstanding service taking care of my Dad. The CNA assigned was awesome and we felt great knowing that she was there throughout the day. She was attentive, caring and genuine. I would highly recommend their services. You will not be disappointed.”

Steve P.

“Ethan did an excellent job finding placement for my father within tight time parameters. The home care facility Ethan helped us to find has turned out to be the best thing that could have happened for all of us. They have my father rehabilitated with their extra attention and care to the point where he can even walk again.”

Heather R.

“Ethan is a hard-working, honest man who will do everything in his power to get the right service you need.”

Sora K.

What is Non-Medical Senior Care in El Cajon, CA?


Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it is especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.


When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.


The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.


At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one gets older, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Types of Elderly Care in El Cajon, CA

To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:

Personal Care

Personal Care Services

If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes.

Common personal care services include assistance with:

  • Eating
  • Mobility Issues
  • Incontinence
  • Bathing
  • Dressing
  • Grooming

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Home Helper

Home Helper Services

Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.

Common home helper care services include assistance with:

  • Medication Reminders
  • Meal Preparation
  • Pet Care
  • Prescription Refills
  • Morning Wake-Up
  • Walking
  • Reading
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Companionship Services

Companionship Services

Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite local activities, such as visiting Wells Park with friends while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.

Common companionship services include:

  • Grocery Shopping
  • Transportation to Appointments
  • Nutritional Assistance
  • Conversation
  • Planning Outings
  • Completing Errands
  • Transportation to Community
  • Events and Social Outings
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Respite Care

Respite Care Services

According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy nearby activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress reduces the risk of caregiver burnout. So, if you've always wanted to eat at the local Mamma Rosa Italian Restaurant or visit Olaf Wieghorst Museum & Western Heritage Center, don't feel bad. Doing so is great for both you and your loved one.

At the end of the day, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible.

If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.

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Benefits of Home Care in El Cajon, CA

Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:

Always Best Care offers a full array of care options for patients at all levels of health. With our trusted elderly care services, your loved one will receive the level of care necessary for them to enjoy the highest possible quality of life.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit - something that is unavailable to many older people today.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a strange nursing home, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:

How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?

A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, then, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old.

With the help of elderly care in El Cajon, CA, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors.

Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.

For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like a nursing home. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier and more affordable to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, seniors who age in the comfort of their homes can save thousands of dollars per month.

In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, are often less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

If your loved one qualifies, Medicaid may help reduce in-home care costs. Review your CA's Medicaid program laws and benefits, and make sure your senior's financial and medical needs meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.
Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.
Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.
Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.
Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.
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Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers.

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in El Cajon, CA understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

Assisted Living Referral Services

While it's true that many seniors prefer to age at home, sometimes in-home care isn't the best fit. For those seniors and their families, choosing an assisted living facility makes more sense. Unfortunately, finding the optimal care facility is easier said than done in today's day and age. That's when Always Best Care's assisted living referral services begin to make a lot of sense.

Assisted living is a form of housing intended for seniors who require varying degrees of medical and personal attention. Accommodations may include single rooms, apartments, or shared living arrangements. Assisted living communities are typically designed to resemble a home-like environment and are physically constructed to encourage the independence of residents.

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At assisted living communities, seniors receive help with daily activities such as bathing, dressing, and eating. They may also benefit from coordination of services with outside healthcare providers, and monitoring of resident activities to ensure their health, safety, and well-being. Caregivers who work at assisted living communities can also provide medication administration and personal care services for older adults.

Other services offered within assisted living communities can include some or all of the following:

  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry
  • Recreational Activities
  • Social Outings
  • Emergency Medical Response
  • Medication Monitoring
  • Family Visitation
  • Personal Care
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At Always Best Care, our representatives can match your senior's emotional, physical, and financial needs with viable assisted living communities nearby. Results are based on comparative data, so you can select the best choice for you or your loved one.

Always Best Care works closely with local senior living communities to gain valuable knowledge that we then use to help seniors and their loved ones make informed decisions. This information can include basic care and rent, resident availability, and services provided. Because Always Best Care is compensated by these communities, we provide senior living referral services at no extra cost to you.

Some of the most popular assisted living communities to consider in our area include the following:

  • Lo-Har Senior Living
  • Parkway Garden Retirement Care Home
  • Carroll's Residential Care
  • Solstice Senior Living at El Cajon
  • California Home For Seniors
  • Casa El Cajon
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For many seniors, moving into a senior living community revolves around how and when they want to make a transition to more involved care. Some seniors are more proactive about transitioning to independent living. Others choose to remain home until their care needs or other requirements are satisfied. Remember - our staff is here to help. Contact our office today to learn more about assisted living communities and how we can find a facility that exceeds your expectations.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Always Best Care Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

A discussion of your needs and how our trained caregivers can offer assistance in the most effective way


A draft of your care plan, which includes highly detailed notes and a framework for the care that you or your senior will receive


Discuss payment options and help coordinate billing with your insurance provider


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

At the end of the day, we only hire the best of the best at Always Best Care. Whether you need home care in El Cajon, CA 24-hours a day or only need a respite for a couple of hours, we are here to serve you.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Latest News in El Cajon, CA

USA – Floods in California Prompt Dramatic Rescues in San Diego

Dozens of people had to be rescued from flash floods in San Diego on 22 January 2024 after record rainfall in Southern California. San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria declared a state of emergency in the city.In a statement of 22 January, 2024, city officials said:“The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department swift water rescue team is responding to multiple locations along the San Diego River, central parts of the city, low-lying areas near the coast and ...

Dozens of people had to be rescued from flash floods in San Diego on 22 January 2024 after record rainfall in Southern California. San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria declared a state of emergency in the city.

In a statement of 22 January, 2024, city officials said:

“The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department swift water rescue team is responding to multiple locations along the San Diego River, central parts of the city, low-lying areas near the coast and the Tijuana River Valley. Hundreds of people have been rescued from homes and flooded areas. The City asks residents to stay off the roads if you don’t need to travel.”

Floodwaters raced through areas of the city, sweeping away vehicles and damaging roads. Photos provided by the City of San Diego Fire and Rescue department showed vehicles piled on top of each other in areas around Beta Street in the city.

Roads were closed in over 70 locations, according to city data including stretches of Interstate 15.

San Diego City fire department said it carried out at least 24 high water rescues in areas close to the overflowing San Diego and Tijuana rivers, including around 8 migrants who were rescued from floods in San Ysidro.

“I’m proud of our City’s first responders who have been working tirelessly to respond to storm related emergencies across San Diego. Thank you City workers!” the San Diego Mayor said.

Homes were reportedly flooding in Spring Valley, Mountain View, Shelltown and Southcrest neighbourhoods. Flooding was so severe in the Spring Valley area that some residents had to be rescued from their homes by first responders, while others managed to escape by wading through waist-high water.

In response to the flooding, the American Red Cross Southern California Region said it had opened shelters in San Diego, El Cajon and Coronado, where volunteers were available to assist those displaced with shelter, food and more. The City of San Diego also opened a temporary evacuation facility, at the Golden Hill Recreation Center.

Heavy rain and storms also impacted areas further north in the state. An evacuation warning was issued for residents in the Owen Fire burn area of Topanga Canyon in Los Angeles County due to a possible mud or debris flow caused by the heavy rain falling on burn scars.

Storms triggered flooding in parts of the Bay Area and Northern California. Residents of Guerneville in Sonoma County were told to prepare to evacuate due to a flood threat from rising levels in small creeks and streams in northern areas of the community. Flooding also occurred in Santa Cruz in Santa Cruz County where multiple vehicles and a bridge were damaged. A minor landslide damaged a road in Burlingame, San Mateo County.

Heavy rain had previously caused damage and flash flooding in Humboldt County where residents were left isolated and without electricity in after the Mad River broke its banks on 15 January. At least one house was destroyed.

Rainfall and Rivers

The National Weather Service (NWS) San Diego reported that the city recorded 2.70 inches (68.58 mm) of rain in around 20 hours during the storm on 22 January. This is a record high for the day of 22 January, beating the previous high of 1.53 inches (38.86 mm) set in 1967. San Diego usually sees only 2 inches (50..8 mm) of rain for the entire month of January.

Daily rainfall records were also broken in Oceanside Harbor, Vista, Chula Vista Ramona, Alpine, El Cajon, Campo and Thermal.

According to NWS Dan Diego data, the San Diego River at Fashion Valley exceed Minor Flood stage on 22 January 2024. Levels didn’t reach as high as during the flash floods of 2017.

State of Emergency in San Diego

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria declared a state of emergency in the City of San Diego due to extreme rainfall and flash flooding.

The County of San Diego also proclaimed a local emergency in anticipation that resources and assistance from the state and federal government may be needed because of damage caused by flooding. A local proclamation communicates to the state that the County is anticipating significant impacts to both public and private property.

“County residents are recovering from serious impacts from this storm. Some areas of the County received several inches of rain in a short period of time, flooding streets, damaging homes, and businesses,” said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Nora Vargas. “We urge everyone to register for and download the SD Emergency mobile app to receive emergency notifications, updates, and preparedness information, like a personal disaster plan and go-kit in case of evacuation.”

One of dozens of rescues SDFD firefighters & lifeguards performed today. This man was saved by Capt. Boyd’s solid throw of the save-a-life disc from Friars Rd under I-5. Nice work gentlemen! E39’s crew: N. Boyd, M. Cornett, R. Kuo & D. Gregg.

— SDFD (@SDFD) January 23, 2024

Shots from Beta St near S. 42nd heading east toward S. 47th on Monday. Hundreds were rescued from their homes by our crews & eventually assisted by Red Cross at nearby shelters. Excellent teamwork! D. Eddy

— SDFD (@SDFD) January 23, 2024

The San Diego river is actively flooding, and water levels are still rising – after 2 to 3 inches of rain fell this morning, the crossing roads on the river will be dangerous with high flows #cawx

— NWS San Diego (@NWSSanDiego) January 22, 2024

Video from #SanDiego‘s Encanto neighborhood appears to show a vehicle being carried away by flash flooding. Hopefully, nobody is inside – the car seems to be on as its wipers are going.

— Yakov (@TallDarknJewish) January 22, 2024

El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells Speaks Out Against New Law Giving Free In-State Tuition to People from Mexico

The message is abundantly clear to all Americans: many politicians seem to be out of touch with the people they represent.Facebook...

The message is abundantly clear to all Americans: many politicians seem to be out of touch with the people they represent.



El Cajon — On Friday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that permits individuals from Mexico to receive free in-state tuition in California. Virtue signaling like this is only made so much more ridiculous by how incredibly difficult the real problems are in our region. American students across the nation are grappling with exorbitant college debt burdens. Allowing Mexican students to pay reduced in-state tuition is a disservice to the millions of American students facing this financial challenge.

This is emblematic of a growing pattern in our county, state, and country, where the needs of U.S. citizens are being disregarded. San Diego County allocates resources to provide attorneys for undocumented immigrants in their immigration cases, alongside a $3 million expenditure on migrant services. Meanwhile, the state of California extends in-state tuition benefits to individuals from Mexico. At the federal level, billions of dollars are directed to foreign countries like Ukraine and Iran. All while Americans see inflation at record levels.

The message is abundantly clear to all Americans: many politicians seem to be out of touch with the people they represent. There is an alarming trend in our county, state, and country to overlook the pressing needs of Americans while allocating taxpayer dollars to issues beyond our borders.

It is time to elect leaders who will prioritize the needs of American citizens and work towards improving their lives.

California Rainfall Prompts Flooding, Landslides, Rescues, Evacuation Warnings

Southern California got a season’s worth of rain in a span of hours, prompting flash flood warnings.0 seconds of 35 secondsVolume 90%Sign up for the Morning Brief email newsletter to get weekday updates from The Weather Channel and our meteorologists.Landslides shut down roads, first responders had to rescue people from floodwaters and evacuation warni...

Southern California got a season’s worth of rain in a span of hours, prompting flash flood warnings.

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Landslides shut down roads, first responders had to rescue people from floodwaters and evacuation warnings were issued Monday after heavy rainfall across parts of California.

The worst of the rain hit during and just after the Monday morning commute in areas like San Diego.

“While much of Southern California picked up soaking rain, the heaviest downpours fell over the San Diego metro in an arc from Coronado to the airport, Mission Valley, La Mesa and El Cajon,” senior meteorologist Jonathan Erdman said Monday evening. “These areas picked up 2 to 4 inches of rain, much of which fell in just three hours. That kind of deluge over a metro area with hills easily triggered flash flooding.”

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San Diego International Airport picked up 2.7 inches of rain, making it the wettest January day there in records going back to 1851.

“They picked up more than a month's worth of rain in less than six hours Monday,” Erdman said.

That left roads covered in water, flooded homes and prompted fears of debris flows in at least two wildfire burn scar areas in the Los Angeles metro.

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O?ne resident posted dramatic video as they escaped the flooded home where they had lived their entire life.

Others took to kayaks to check on neighbors and pets as cars and homes flooded in the Mountain View area of the city, KFMB-TV reported. They said they were helping anyone stuck in their homes.

"?For the most part, everybody's out," one man told the station. "It's bad."

E?vacuation warnings were in effect through 6 a.m. local time Tuesday in the Topanga Canyon area of Los Angeles County. Authorities warned residents that debris flows could hit areas left barren by past wildfires.

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F?arther to the north, a portion of State Road 70 w?as shut down to a landslide in Butte and Plumas counties, according to the California Department of Transportation, known as Caltrans.

T?he worst of the rain was over by Monday evening but runoff was expected to continue to cause problems in many areas.

T?he rain comes from the latest in a series of storms to cross over California this month. In higher elevations, it's bringing snow which is much needed to build up the state's snowpack, which started the year at only about 30% of averag

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El Cajon Walmart in Parkway Plaza closing its doors for good

The USDA's Food Access Research Atlas shows the area in a low-income census tract where a significant number of people live more than a half-mile from a supermarket.SAN DIEGO — As CBS 8 reported earlier this week, the Walmart at Parkway Plaza in El Cajon will so...

The USDA's Food Access Research Atlas shows the area in a low-income census tract where a significant number of people live more than a half-mile from a supermarket.

SAN DIEGO — As CBS 8 reported earlier this week, the Walmart at Parkway Plaza in El Cajon will soon be close its doors. An employee at the 605 Fletcher Parkway location told CBS 8 it will close February 9.

The announcement is concerning for some local residents, who fear they may not have many other affordable options nearby.

CBS 8 is Working for You to find out where the next best options to shop are.

CBS 8 looked up the neighborhood around the Walmart on the USDA’s Food Access Research Atlas. The information is dated from 2019, but it shows the area in a low-income census tract where a significant number of people live more than a half mile from a supermarket, what is sometimes referred to as a “food desert.”

“I was actually pretty surprised because this is a fairly busy and large Walmart,” said shopper Janet Reade.

“I hate the fact that they’re closing,” said Art Floto, who shops at the store regularly. “When I heard that, my stomach kind of turned over.”

Several shoppers CBS 8 talked weren’t sure where they will shop for groceries once the Walmart location closes next month.

“I think this location for Walmart is very good for people who just need to walk here,” said Reade. “So I think it’s going to create kind of a desert for them, a food desert.”

The USDA’s Food Access Research Atlas data indicates a fair number of people in the same area also don’t have vehicles.

“Sometimes for families that don’t have a car, maybe a ride that could take ten minutes, it could turn into half an hour or forty minutes or an hour to just go for groceries,” said Alondra Alvarado, president and CEO of the San Diego Hunger Coalition, a nonprofit with the mission to fight hunger in a holistic way.

“We are seeing this with rural communities in east county, they don’t have access to fresh produce and we see all the needs and barriers that they have,” said Alvarado. “Closing down those markets that are closer to the families, we have to think about how this is going to affect their budget and the time that they will have to invest to go to a different grocery store.”

As for alternatives, CBS 8 found an Aldi supermarket on the other side of Parkway Plaza that opened last April.

“It’s budget-friendly and I have a young daughter so I definitely try to get fresh produce and things that have cleaner ingredients,” said Kiana Jones, who shops at the location.

There is also a Food 4 Less at 444 Broadway, just under a mile from the Walmart, which is a 6-minute drive or a 20-minute walk.

“I’m getting old and decrepit and it’s hard for me to change,” said Floto.

At CBS 8, we are always Working for You and our community. This is a station promise that we will go the extra mile to solve a problem our audience can’t solve themselves. We want to hear your ideas on how we can cover and help our community. If you have a story idea, please email us at [email protected].

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El Cajon analyzed San Diego's newly approved homeless encampment ban

As it stands, El Cajon regulates camping or sleeping on public property in three areas.EL CAJON, Calif. — The El Cajon City Council analyzed San Diego's newly approved encampment ban. They also discussed what they learned from a recent series of ...

As it stands, El Cajon regulates camping or sleeping on public property in three areas.

EL CAJON, Calif. — The El Cajon City Council analyzed San Diego's newly approved encampment ban. They also discussed what they learned from a recent series of community townhalls on homelessness.

As it stands, El Cajon regulates camping or sleeping on public property in three areas. In El Cajon, a person cannot camp on a public sidewalk, street or alley.

Camping overnight in a city park or city playground is off-limits. It's also illegal to camp within the "superblock." This area includes the Civic Center, Judson Park and Prescott Promenade.

The city is hoping public input will turn into better solutions.

"I hope we can use the momentum and goodwill from those meetings to explore other more hidden aspects of homelessness and housing insecurity," said Rebecca, an El Cajon resident.

She said she attended all four community town halls. This is where she and other community members shared their thoughts on the homeless crisis.

"There's so many misconceptions about what homelessness is, what we can do and should be doing, where our hands are tied. All of that would be valuable if we could get to that," said Mayor Bill Wells.

Council members said they want to clearly define what homelessness is.

"I don't want to encourage or pay for the self destructive lifestyle of the homeless addicted to drugs and breaking into cars," said councilmember Gary Kendrick.

They said defining homelessness would help the better assist people in need.

"The mom living out of her car now that's traditionally what we would describe as homeless. She needs help," said councilmember Phil Ortiz.

El Cajon's assistant city manager, Vince DiMaggio, recommended waiting six months to one year to see how San Diego's encampment ban plays out before El Cajon makes any of its own changes.

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