JOIN EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB JANUARY 25 FOR A RUSSIAN-UKRANIAN FEAST AT VILLAGE HOUSE KALINA

HEARTY RUSSIAN AND UKRANIAN FEASTING AT VILLAGE HOUSE KALINA IN LA MESA

EL CAJON POLICE SEEK WOMAN SUSPECT IN FATAL STABBING

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO ARREST LEADERS OF SANCTUARY CITIES AND STATES

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

HIGH SURF ADVISORY

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

AWARD-WINNING JAZZ PIANIST/COMPOSER DANNY GREEN AND HIS TRIO PERFORM AT MISSION TRAILS GOLF COURSE JANUARY 25

UTILIITES MUST PASS TAX BILL SAVINGS ON TO RATEPAYERS, CPUC ORDERS

LIGHT BULB COFFEE: A SHINING ADDITION TO LA MESA’S DOWNTOWN VILLAGE

INTERNATIONAL PRESS REPORTS ON EL CAJON ARRESTS FOR FEEDIING HOMELESS IN PARK; ACTIVISTS THREATEN LAWSUIT AS CITY STANDS BY ITS BAN

NEW STORMS HEAD TOWARDS OUR REGION

SDSU WOMEN'S HOOPS FALLS AT FRESNO STATE 64-53

 

Cold second-half shooting dooms Aztecs for second straight game

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  McKynzie Fort scored a team-high 20 points on Wednesday at Fresno State.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

January 17, 2018 (Fresno) - Despite a 20-point effort from senior McKynzie Fort, the San Diego State women’s basketball team came up on the short end of a 64-53 decision Wednesday night in a Mountain West game at Save Mart Center.

GIRLS WATER POLO: MONARCHS HELD TO ONE GOAL FOR THREE QUARTERS AS VAQUEROS EARN FIRST WIN IN GROSSMONT LEAGUE PLAY

 

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January 17, 2018 (Spring Valley) - For the first high school coverage of the new year, ECM traveled to Spring Valley, where the Vaqueros of El Capitan saw the Monte Vista Monarchs in the pool.  The lady Monarchs have a rough start to the season, going 2-4 overall and winless in league (0-2).  The Vaqueros are doing a little better; 6-5 overall but also winless (0-2) in league.

HEARTY RUSSIAN AND UKRANIAN FEASTING AT VILLAGE HOUSE KALINA IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

An East County Eaters review from East County Magazine

January 17, 2018 (La Mesa) – Each time I’ve dined at Village House Kalina in La Mesa, the Russian, Ukranian and other Eastern European dishes have been delicious. These hearty and flavorful foods have nourished the creative powers of Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Tolstoy and other great Russian novelists, energetic Cossack dancers, tsars and peasants alike.

Cozy and filled with authentic décor from Russian samovar teapots to a balalaika on the wall, Village House Kalina is the perfect place for a hearty winter feast or filling fare year-round.

LEARN HOW TO ATTRACT POLLINATORS TO YOUR GARDEN FEB. 18 AT LA MESA BEAUTIFUL MEETING

 

 

Guest speaker:  Marcia Van Loy

East County News Service

January 17, 2018 (La Mesa) — Learn tips for attracting pollinators such as bees, hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden at La Mesa Beautiful’s annual meeting on February 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Nan Couts Cottage, 5045 Memorial Drive, La Mesa.

EL CAJON POLICE SEEK WOMAN SUSPECT IN FATAL STABBING

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

January 17, 2018 (El Cajon) — A woman stabbed near a bus stop in the 100 block of West Madison Avenue in El Cajon by another woman yesterday at 3 p.m. was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead.  According to Lt. Walt Miller with El Cajon Police, the victim and her pet pit bill dog had exited a vehicle to confront another woman. 

LEMON GROVE PLANNING COMMISSION REINSTATEMENT TABLED TO FEBRUARY 20

 

By Jonathan Goetz

January 17, 2018 (Lemon Grove) – On Tuesday, Lemon Grove City Attorney Jim Lough presented to Council Ordinance changes for the Municipal Code that the Council chose to table.  Council wanted more time to review it and compare differences between the new verbiage and the old verbiage.  Lough is expected to bring it back for a vote Tuesday, February 20.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

January 17, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) - East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen on important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views.  Top world and U.S. headlines include:

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For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO ARREST LEADERS OF SANCTUARY CITIES AND STATES

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 17, 2018 (Washington D.C.) – Leaders of sanctuary cities and states could be arrested and charged with crimes, Kirstjen Nielsen, Secretary of Homeland Security told Senators in a committee meeting Tuesday.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

 

East County News Service

January 17, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes the award-winning Danny Green Trio at Mission Trails Golf, the Mousetrap at Lamplighters Theatre, in La Mesa, Hawk Watch in Ramona, Santee’s 50-kilometer race and Active Lifestyle Expo, author Diana Lindsay at local libraries, guitarist Jim Earp at San Pasqual Winery, and coffee with La Mesa Conversations.

Plus, we’ll have coming attractions including Mean Mary in concert in Santee, a Laurel and Hardy film night in Spring Valley, a local author expo in El Cajon, the Oak Ridge Boys live at Sycuan, a violin and cello concert at Mission Trails, San Diego Chamber Music Society musicians at the La Mesa Library, Seussical the Musical in Spring Valley, Stage 4 Jazz at San Pasqual Winery’s La Mesa tasting room, live music at the Riviera Supper Club, a Star Party at Mission Trails, and the Martin Luther King Jr. choir’s ensemble performing in Lemon Grove.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

AWARD-WINNING JAZZ PIANIST/COMPOSER DANNY GREEN AND HIS TRIO PERFORM AT MISSION TRAILS GOLF COURSE JANUARY 25

 

“Admirable cohesion...beautiful touch.” – DownBeat Magazine

“Wittily melds jazz, blues, classical, and Brazilian music.” – Boston Globe

East County News Service

January 16, 2018 (San Diego) -- Pianist/composer Danny Green and his trio – featuring bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm – perform at the Mission Trails Golf Course (7380 Golfcrest Place, San Diego) on Thursday, January 25th. Pre-performance dining begins at 4:30 p.m. and the performance will be from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

UTILIITES MUST PASS TAX BILL SAVINGS ON TO RATEPAYERS, CPUC ORDERS

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

January 17, 2018 (San Diego) - Gas and electric companies in California must lower utility bills so that ratepayers, not shareholders, will receive windfall savings from the federal tax reform bill recently signed into law. 

SDSU MEN'S BASKETBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 1/16: FSU

 

 

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Video courtesy goaztecs.com

January 16, 2018 (San Diego) - After a tough road loss to Boise State, SDSU men's basketball is home tomorrow night against Fresno State.  Head coach Brian Dutcher and junior guard Devin Watson held a short press conference today.

SDSU UNVEILS CUTTING-EDGE ENGINEERING AND INTERDISCIPLINARY SCIENCES COMPLEX

 

The 85,000 square-foot facility houses collaborative spaces for future engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs and is designed to foster new technologies and scientific discoveries.  

Source:  SDSU News Center

January 16, 2018 (San Diego) — San Diego State University is kicking off a new era of scientific and engineering collaboration with the new Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences (EIS) Complex, which formally opened its doors to the community today. 

"As we dedicate this new Engineering and Interdisciplinary Sciences Complex, we celebrate the insights and innovations it will inspire," said SDSU President Sally Roush. "We celebrate a new chapter in university history and what this complex will add to our 120-year tradition of academic excellence and public service." 

LIGHT BULB COFFEE: A SHINING ADDITION TO LA MESA’S DOWNTOWN VILLAGE

 

By Jillian Hymer

An "East County Eaters" review from East County Magazine

January 16, 2018 (La Mesa) -- Light Bulb Coffee is a bright new spot in La Mesa’s downtown village. Opened three months ago at 8138 La Mesa Blvd., the business is filling the shoes that Starbucks outgrew when it moved into an expanded location a couple of blocks.

Their menu holds classic coffees, lattes, and teas alongside a variety of healthy smoothies and specialty drinks, as well as a wide variety of breakfast and lunch food items.  There are several house specialties, such as Turkish Hazelnut, which was subtly sweet when I savored an iced version.  Our editor sampled a hot California Pistachio, which had a nutty and minty flavor.

INTERNATIONAL PRESS REPORTS ON EL CAJON ARRESTS FOR FEEDIING HOMELESS IN PARK; ACTIVISTS THREATEN LAWSUIT AS CITY STANDS BY ITS BAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 16, 2018 (El Cajon) – The arrests of a dozen activists at Wells Park in El  Cajon for defying the city’s ban on feeding homeless people on public property over Martin Luther King Jr. birthday weekend has made news around the world.  Headline stories have been reported in the BBC in England and Canada, Britain’s the Guardian newspaper,  MSN,  Huffington Post, and other national and international media.

A national petition on the Care2 site calling on El Cajon to end the ban has been signed by 37,000 people.

Yesterday the city has issued a statement standing behind its actions as appropriate to prevent spread of Hepatitis A during a countywide health emergency. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)has also issued a statement condemning the arrests as “unconstitutional and “cruel.” Activists arrested and their attorneys also held a press conference denouncing the ban and threatening legal action.

DRIVER IN STOLEN VEHICLE ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT FROM ALPINE TO SANTEE

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 15, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) — Deputies from the Sheriff's Alpine, Lakeside, and Santee Station responded to request for assistance from the California Highway Patrol with a traffic pursuit this afternoon around 4:30 p.m. The driver was wanted for speeding and was driving westbound Interstate 8 through Alpine.

SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB IS GUEST SPEAKER AT LA MESA CHAMBER BREAKFAST FEBRUARY 21

 

East County News Service

January 15, 2018 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend its first breakfast meeting of the new year on Wednesday, February 21 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, 6950 Alvarado Road San Diego. The speaker for this first breakfast in 2018 is Supervisor Dianne Jacob.

LA MESA MAYOR DELIVERS UPBEAT STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS; VIEW FULL TRANSCRIPT

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo: Mayor Mark Arapostathis Mayor’s State of the City Report, January 9, 2018.  Photo courtesy City of La Mesa

January 15, 2018 (La Mesa) – On Tuesday, La Mesa Mayor Mark Arapostathis delivered an optimistic State of the City, in which he cited low crime, a 2017 survey that said 91% of La Mesa residents rate the quality of life in La Mesa as being excellent or good, and $8.5 million in local infrastructure improvements, plus further investments from SDG&E and San Diego County Water Authority that strengthen the "long-term stability for the infrastructure under our streets."

FEMA ASSISTANCE NOW AVAILABLE FOR RESIDENTS IMPACTED BY THE DECEMBER 2017 LILAC FIRE

 

Source:  San Diego County Emergency

January 15, 2018 (San Diego) -- Residents of San Diego County who suffered damage or losses from the recent Lilac Fire in December 2017 can now register for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the County of San Diego advised today. 

ARTRAGEOUS AND TEJANO MUSICIANS FLACO AND FRIENDS AMONG ARTISTS SLATED TO PERFORM AT SYCUAN

 

East County News Service

January 15, 2018 (El Cajon) – The entertainment line-up at Sycuan’s Live & Up Close Theatre this season is widely varied, including Tejano musicians Flaco and Friends in April and Artrageous, an interactive art and music experience in July. 

CONTROLLED BURN NEAR PINE VALLEY STARTS TUESDAY

 
 
East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts
 
January 15, 2018 (Pine Valley) -- If you see smoke  over East County  on this week, be aware that Cal Fire San Diego will conduct its first controlled burn of the year starting on Tuesday. Ignition is set to begin by mid-morning and is expected to take place over several days until complete.
 
The planned 100-acre burn on Corte Madera Ranch south of I-8 near Pine Valley is part of Cal Fire's vegetation management program to help prevent future large wildfires. Smoke will be visible throughout the county.

THEFT FROM UTILITIES ALLEGED IN SPRING VALLEY POT SHOP RAIDED MONDAY

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 15, 2018 (San Diego) – They seem to spring up faster than weeds after the winter rains.  Marijuana dispensaries, still illegal on unincorporated lands in San Diego County despite the state’s recent legalization of recreational use, continue to pop up and routinely be shut down by the Sheriff’s department.

EL CAJON POLICE ARREST PEOPLE FOR FEEDING HOMELESS IN WELLS PARK ON MLK WEEKEND

 

By Paul Kruze and Miriam Raftery

Photo: Screenshot from video on James Elia’s Facebook page

 

January 14, 2018 (El Cajon)—Defying a city of El Cajon ban on feeding homeless people in public places,  dozen individuals including a 14-year-old minor were arrested and given misdemeanor citations by El Cajon Police today, then released.

The feeding was one of many held around the country this weekend to carry on the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., who in a 1964 lecture to Nobel laureates voiced concerns about those who “have no houses or beds to sleep in.“ Rev. King added, “If we feel this as a profound moral fact, we cannot be content to see men hungry, to see men victimized with starvation and ill health, when we have the means to help them.”

El Cajon’s City Council voted to adopt a temporary ban on feeding the homeless in public places during the countywide hepatitis emergency declaration, since there have been many cases among the homeless in the outbreak, which county health officials believe originated in El Cajon.

DEDICATION CEREMONY JAN. 27 FOR “HIKING ON MT. WOODSON” MURAL AT RAMONA FITNESS CENTER

 

Source: Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural project

Photo: Artist Rik Erickson works to complete expansive 12 feet x 70 feet Mt. Woodson mural to be placed at the Ramona Fitness Center on Jan. 27

January 14, 2018 (Ramona) -- A dedication ceremony for the “Hiking on Mount Woodson” mural will be held on Saturday, January 27 beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the Ramona Fitness Center at 558 Main Street, Ramona. The public is invited to attend. In addition to refreshments, attendees will receive a picture of the mural, autographed by the artist.

TWO GOALS BY STROME USELESS AS ROADRUNNERS DEFEAT GULLS 4-2

 

Source: San Diego Gulls

Photo via sandiegogulls.com

January 13, 2018 (San Diego) - San Diego fell 4-2 to the Tucson Roadrunners tonight at Valley View Casino Center to end a four-game win streak. Dylan Strome scored two goals and added an assist (2-1-3) for Tucson while Adin Hill stopped 31-of-33 shots in the victory. Despite the loss, San Diego has wins in four of their last five games (4-1-0-0), and has won 10 of their last 13 contests (10-3-0-0) and 12 of their last 16 (12-4-0-0). 

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