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Introduction to El Cajon, California

El Cajon is a California city located in San Diego County. It is situated about 15 miles east of the city of San Diego, to which it is linked by Interstate Highway 8. Incorporated in 1912, the central city area of El Cajon evolved into a much larger incorporated area, coincident with large population spikes occurring after World War II and again between 1970 and 1990. As a General Law City, El Cajon derives legal authority for its city acts from the laws of the State of California as opposed to a city charter. El Cajon is governed by a five-member City Council including an elected Mayor, who serves a four-year term as presiding officer of the City Council and is the city representative at ceremonial functions. Until 1968, the Mayor was a City Council member chosen by the Council to serve a one-year term.

Arts, Education, and Entertainment

El Cajon is home to Grossmount Community College, Cuyamaca College, San Diego Christian College, and the Southern California Seminary. Also located within the city's boundaries are Gillespie Field (airport) and Knox House Museum. There are several attractions within easy driving distance, including the following:

  • San Diego Zoo
  • Sea World (San Diego)
  • San Diego Wild Animal Park
  • San Diego Aerospace Museum
  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • Balboa Park
  • LEGOland (Carlsbad, about 40 miles north)
  • Disneyland (Anaheim, about 100 miles north)
  • Knott's Berry Farm/Knott's Soak City (Buena Park, about 105 miles north)


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