DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: JULY 29-AUG. 13

GROCERY STORE BOYCOTT BEGINS: STORES IN LA MESA AND SPRING VALLEY AMONG THOSE TARGETED

PETITION LAUNCHED TO SAVE EAST COUNTY LAKES--AND PROTECT LIVES DURING WILDFIRES

ROARING ‘20S PARTY JULY 31 AT SAN PASQUAL WINE BAR IN LA MESA BENEFITS EAST COUNT MAGAZINE

CLINTON WINS DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION IN CONVENTION TOUTING HOPE AND UNITY

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

BLUE JAYS WIN MELVIN UPTON JR. SWEEPSTAKES

SANDERS: HILLARY CLINTON WILL MAKE AN OUTSTANDING PRESIDENT”

SAN MIGUEL FIRE BOARD TO CONSIDER CANCELLING PEPPER DRIVE FIRE STATION, PURSUING ANNEXATION OF CSA 115 BY LAKESIDE FIRE

PASSAGES: PHILANTHROPIST CONRAD PREBYS PASSES AWAY AT 82

LIONS, TIGERS & BEARS ASSISTS IN RESCUE AT WILDLIFE FACILITY THREATENED BY FIRE IN LOS ANGELES

WANT TO RUN FOR A LOCAL OFFICE? FILING DEADLINE IS OPEN NOW THROUGH AUGUST 12

PADRES AVOID SWEEPING BLUE JAYS, WIN 8-4

 

By Liz Alper

Photo courtesy @Padres on Twitter

July 27, 2016 (Toronto) - The Padres woke everyone up early for some day baseball and to hopefully avoid a sweep by the Blue Jays.  Luis Perdomo started on the hill against the veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

The Padres seemed determined to avoid the sweep.  Adam Rosales started things with a two-run bomb in the third to give the Padres a 2-0 lead.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: JULY 29-AUG. 13

 

East County News Service

July 27, 2016 (San Diego’s East County)—This week’s Destination East County includes the Pine Valley Days festival and parade, a Sip of Julian, a Musicians showcase in La Mesa, Helix Water’s customer appreciation day at the Water Conservation Garden, and our own Roaring 20s party at the San Pasqual Wine Bar in La Mesa. 

Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a theatrical production, night fishing at Santee Lakes, a barbecue and dance, HeART of Mt. Helix, the Julian StarFest, and Viejas Summer Nights.

 So scroll down for all of these events and more!

GROCERY STORE BOYCOTT BEGINS: STORES IN LA MESA AND SPRING VALLEY AMONG THOSE TARGETED

East County News Service

July 27, 2016 (San Diego)—A boycott of six Vons, Ralphs and Albertsons grocery store locations is underway starting this week, the United Food & Commercial Workers Union in San Diego has announced.  If no contract agreement is reached by August 8th,the union has voted to call a strike against all of the stores’ locations throughout southern California.

The boycott locations include two in East County:  the Vons store at 8011 University Ave. in La Mesa and the Albertsons at 9831 Campo Road in Spring Valley.

GIRLS NIGHT OUT - THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB JULY 8 - AUGUST 7, 2016 AT LAMPLIGHTERS

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatreereviews.com

July 27, 2016 (La Mesa) - Remember the good times you've enjoyed with your girlfriends over the years? The Dixie Swim Club is the story of five friends who won a championship swim meet together in college. They bonded together and meet every year on the Outer Banks off the coast of North Carolina at the same rental beach cottage. Best friends stay together no matter what.

PETITION LAUNCHED TO SAVE EAST COUNTY LAKES--AND PROTECT LIVES DURING WILDFIRES

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 26, 2016 (Lake Morena) – An online petition has been launched asking the City of San Diego to stop draining Lake Morena and Barrett Lake. Rural residents seek help from San Diego residents and all who are concerned about wildlife or the prospect of a devastating firestorm to sign the petition.

The petition, posted by Campo resident Karen Noblitt-McIntyre, accuses San Diego officials of ignoring public safety, noting that two residents died during the recent Border Fire. Firefighting aircraft were diverted to water sources farther away due to lack of water in these lakes, witnesses stated in recent public meetings.

The petition states that the city has put wildlife and rural communities at risk, also failing to live up to its promise to repair the dam at Lake Morena. The city drained Lake Morena to less than 3% of capacity and Barrett Lake to below 6% of capacity, public records indicate.  Although San Diego claimed it needed drinking water during the drought, the city did not ask its residents to conserve water before draining East County’s lakes.  The water was pumped to Otay reservoir, which overfilled when rain fell, so the city dumped the precious water supply into the ocean.

SANTEE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL SEPT. 10 BOOSTS LOCAL REC PROGRAMS

 

Source:  City of Santee news release

July 26, 2016 (Santee) - Santee’s annual Bluegrass Festival is a wine, beer and food tasting mixed with music and assorted fundraising activities, including a treasure-filled opportunity drawing and silent action.

People come for the fun and frivolity, but they leave behind substantial funds to support valuable ‘I’ community programs such as staffing for the Santee Teen Center.

SDSU DEVOTES 25,000 STUDENT HOURS TO LEMON GROVE FOR SAGE PROJECT

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo (L-R):  Councilmember Jennifer Mendoza, Vice Mayor George Gastil, Mayor Mary Sessom and City Manager Lydia Romero

July 26, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- San Diego State University has chosen Lemon Grove for its 2016-2017 Sage Project, in which students partner with cities on a variety of projects ranging from helping the homeless to recreation programs and public art. Council unanimously approved the Sage Partnership.

ROARING ‘20S PARTY JULY 31 AT SAN PASQUAL WINE BAR IN LA MESA BENEFITS EAST COUNT MAGAZINE

 

RVSP NOW FOR EARLY-BIRD DRAWING!

July 25, 2016 (La Mesa) – You’re invited to celebrate the era of Great Gatsby, flappers, gangsters, silent film stars, ragtime and jazz. Join East County Magazine at a benefit to support our nonprofit community reporting on Sunday, July 31 from 4-7 p.m. at the San Pasqual Wine Bar (8364 La Mesa Blvd.) in La Mesa. Festivities include winetasting, sparkling drinks  and Italian dinner plus dessert,  “Chicago” musical performance highlights,  live period music by the Classics, ‘20s film clips, games, opportunity drawings and silent auction.

Space is very limited! RSVP early for discount rates and your “speakeasy” password!  Scroll down for more festive details:

CLINTON WINS DEMOCRATIC NOMINATION IN CONVENTION TOUTING HOPE AND UNITY

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Whereas last week’s Republican National Convention opened with victims of crimes committed by undocumented Americans speaking out and sparking fear, the Democratic National Convention opened this week with stories of triumph and hope, touting strength through unity instead of divisive policies.

Democratic delegates also made history, shattering the glass ceiling as they nominated Hillary Clinton to be the first woman heading up a major party ticket for the presidency.

FRANKEN TAKES COMIC JABS AT TRUMP

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo: CNN screenshot

July 25, 2016 (Philadelphia) --Comedian-turned Senator Al Franken (D-Minn) drew laughs at the Democratic National Convention’s opening day in Philadelphia Monday with his spiel on Trump University and barbs aimed at Trump’s business acumen.

 “Clearly dare I say Donald Trump’s huge success as a businessman qualifies him to be President. And if you believe that. I’ve got some delicious Trump steaks to sell you,”  Franken quipped.

View video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRLWAH1l1p0. See full transcript below:

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

July 26, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen about important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to a wide variety of news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views. Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

Presidential campaign – Democratic National Convention

Presidential campaign: Republican National Convention

Other national news

WORLD

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

EXTRA-INNINGS BATTLE SLIPS OUT OF PADRES' HANDS, LITERALLY. LOSE 7-6

 

By Liz Alper

Photo courtesy @Padres on Twitter

July 26, 2016 (Toronto) - Canada welcomed the Padres head-on yesterday.  Today, the tables turned; Melvin Upton Jr. was on the other team, in his new home stadium, facing his old team.  Kind of like Adam Banks in the second Mighty Ducks movie.  He and the Jays faced Andrew Cashner, while the Padres faced Jays rookie Marcus Stroman.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

July 26, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- East County Roundup highlights top stories of interest to East County and San Diego’s inland regions, published in other media. This week’s top “Roundup” headlines include:

LOCAL

STATE

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

FDA UPDATES WARNINGS FOR FLUOROQUINOLONE ANTIOBIOTICS

 

Limits use for acute bacterial sinusitis, acute bacterial exacerbation of chronic bronchitis and uncomplicated urinary tract infections

East County News Service

July 26, 2016 (Washington D.C.) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved safety labeling changes for a class of antibiotics, called fluoroquinolones, to enhance warnings about their association with disabling and potentially permanent side effects and to limit their use in patients with less serious bacterial infections.

MERCURY POISONING LINKED TO SKIN PRODUCTS, FDA WARNS

 

East County News Service

July 26, 2016 (Washington D.C.) -- Whatever your complexion, it’s important to use products that will help your skin and not damage it. But as you wade through the beauty aisles, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration cautions that you should avoid skin creams, beauty and antiseptic soaps, and lotions that contain mercury.

MOSQUITOFISH, THE MOSQUITO'S WORST NIGHTMARE

 

They just might be a mosquito’s worst nightmare.

Which means they could also be a dream come true for lots of San Diego County residents.

Gambusia affinis. They’re more commonly known as mosquitofish. They’re tiny. They’re ravenous.

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER ANNOUNCES CHALLENGING 2016 SLATE

 

SDSU plays six contests against opponents who finished among their conference’s top two

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo via goaztecs.com

July 26, 2016 (San Diego) - Coming off of his team’s best campaign in four seasons, San Diego State men’s soccer head coach Lev Kirshner has announced the Aztecs’ 2016 slate. The schedule features 10 matches at SDSU Sports Deck, six contests against opponents that finished among their conference’s top two, and four matches versus teams that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

SINGER DEMI LOVATO COMES OUT ON MENTAL ILLNESS ISSUES AT DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION

 

By Jonathan Goetz

July 26, 2016 (Philadelphia) -- Singer/songwriter Demi Lovato endorsed Hillary Clinton for President in Philadelphia Monday, stating that Clinton “will fight to ensure all people living with mental health conditions get the care they need to lead fulfilling lives.” Lovato, who has been treated for bipolar disorder and bulimia, then delivered a moving performance of “Confident.”

View video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v”=h2xTu3zbkik  Full transcript:

SDSU FOOTBALL PICKED TO WIN MW WEST; SWEEPS PRESEASON AWARDS

 

Pumphrey (offensive), Kazee (defensive) and Penny (special teams) each named MW preseason players of the year

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo: Damontae Kazee via goaztecs.com

July 26, 2016 (Las Vegas) - The San Diego State football team swept the preseason awards and captured all 29 first-place votes en route to being picked to win the West Division of the Mountain West in the 2016 preseason poll, the league announced Tuesday in Las Vegas. The Aztecs became just the second unanimous preseason pick in MW history (TCU in 2010).

SANDERS: HILLARY CLINTON WILL MAKE AN OUTSTANDING PRESIDENT”

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 25, 2016 (Philadelphia) – Speaking at the Democratic National Convention tonight, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders told delegates, “This election is about – and must be about – the needs of the American people and the kind of future we create for our children and grandchildren.” He then laid out reasons why he has endorsed his former rival, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, for the presidency.

CITIZENS OVERSIGHT OBJECTS TO EL CAJON FUNDING HOMELESS PROGRAMS OVERSEEN BY RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 25, 2016 (El Cajon) — Citizens Oversight, a nonprofit government watchdog group, has sent a letter to the City of El Cajon objecting to future grants to the East County Transitional Living Center—and calling for the center to reimburse the city for grants that Citizens Oversight claims were “improperly applied to religious purposes.”  The group has asked that its letter and documents be distributed to Council members for the upcoming Council meeting Wednesday that includes community block grants.

PASSAGES: EVANGELICAL MINSTER, “LEFT BEHIND” AUTHOR TIM LAHAYE DIES AFTER STROKE

 

East County News Service

July 25, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Evangelist Tim LaHaye,  co-author of the best-selling “Left Behind” Christian book series and founder of local Christian schools, died today at age 80 in a local hospital of complications from a stroke.  Time Magazine once named LaHaye among the 25 most influential evangelicals in the U.S.

SAN MIGUEL FIRE BOARD TO CONSIDER CANCELLING PEPPER DRIVE FIRE STATION, PURSUING ANNEXATION OF CSA 115 BY LAKESIDE FIRE

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 25, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Miguel Fire Protection District board meets Wednesday, July 27th at the district board room at 2850 Via Orange Way, Spring Valley.  The board will discuss possible action to reestablish discussions with Lakeside Fire District over a possible joint annexation of County Service Area (CSA) 115, a 441-acre parcel that includes the planned Pepper Drive fire station.  The board will also consider halting development of Station 19 at Pepper Drive pending results of discussions with Lakeside Fire District over annexation.

In addition, board members will discuss and may take action to approve recommendations from the Transitional Ad Hoc Committee regarding a contract for a Transitional Consultant and may approve appointment of a Transitional Consultant.  Purchase of a fire prevention vehicle will also be considered.

SHOOTING ON BLM LANDS BANNED FOR FIRE SEASON—BUT SOME RESIDENTS SAY MORE ENFORCEMENT IS NEEDED TO PREVENT FIRES IN BACKCOUNTRY

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 25, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Effective July 1st, the Bureau of Land Management has banned all recreational shooting on its federal lands in San Diego County due to high fire hazard declared by the California Department of Forestry.

BBQ AND DANCE AUGUST 6 IN ALPINE TO HELP CANCER SURVIVOR VICKI HALSEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 25, 2016 (Alpine) — Secret Hills Ranch in Alpine is hosting a barbecue, dance and silent auction on August 6th to help fund medical bills for colon cancer survivor Vicki Halsey, a horse trainer and advocate for children. The deadline for pre-purchasing dinners is August 1.

PADRES RECEIVE COLD SHOULDER FROM FRIENDS NORTH OF THE BORDER, LOSE 4-2 TO JAYS

 

By Liz Alper

Photo courtesy @Padres on Twitter

July 25, 2016 (Toronto) - The Padres have never been to Canada.  Or at least, never to the Rogers Centre to face the Toronto Blue Jays.  They got their first taste of Canadian baseball tonight.  Colin Rea got the nod for San Diego against Aaron Sanchez for Toronto.

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