Roots I was born and raised in East County in San Diego. Since people rarely know where El Cajon is unless they grew up in San Diego, it is off of the 8 east on your way to El Centro. It was a great place to grow up since most homes had a lot of property. We grew up on an acre. During the summer my two brothers and I were sent out in the morning to play with my cousins down the street and were not let back in the house until dinner. Ok, maybe an exaggeration but close to it.