JOIN US AT TIRAMISU TRATTORIA SEPT. 21 IN LA MESA FOR OUR NEXT EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB FEAST!

PUERTO RICO HIT HARD BY HURRICANE MARIA

NEW HEALTHCARE REPEAL BILL EVEN MORE SEVERE THAN MEASURE DEFEATED PREVIOUSLY

OVER 200 DEAD IN MEXICO CITY EARTHQUAKE

BUGSY’S BREW, POPULAR COFFEE SHOP AND OPEN MIC VENUE, CLOSES DOORS

FIRST AMENDMENT LAWYERS CRITICIZE COUNCILMAN KALASHO FOR LAWSUIT THREATS AND INSULTS MADE TO UNION-TRIBUNE REPORTER

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS SEPT. 22-OCT.31

FIREFIGHTERS RAISE AND DISASSEMBLE LEXUS TO SAVE KITTEN TRAPPED UNDER ENGINE FOR 3 DAYS

PADRE JOHNSON DONATES “GLOBAL FAMILY” PORTRAITS TO HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM: SPECIAL PRESENTATION AND RECEPTION OCT. 6

NO INJURIES AFTER SMALL PLANE CRASHES IN EL CAJON

HEPATITIS OUTBREAK INCLUDES 8 CASES IN LA MESA, OTHER CASES IN EAST COUNTY

THEY’VE GOT RHYTHM: SYCUAN POWWOW 2017

WORLD-CLASS MUSICIANS HIGHLIGHT 2017 FALL CONCERT SERIES AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

 

East County News Service

September 20, 2017 (Rancho San Diego)--The 2017 edition of the Fall Concert Series at Cuyamaca College will include a trio of world-class musicians from as far away as New York who will perform the first in an ongoing calendar of classic concerts underwritten by a well-known patron of the arts.

ASSEMBLYWOMAN WEBER FAILS TO DERAIL FLETCHER ENDORSEMENT BY SAN DIEGO DEMOCRATS

 

By Ken Stone

Reprinted from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Network

Photo, left:  Nathan Fletcher said after his endorsement: “Every candidate is going to fight and have their base of support. And what we see as Democrats is we come together, post primary and focus on what we have to do, which is Democrats winning the seat.” Photo via Wikimedia Commons

September 20, 2017 (San Diego) -- Former GOP Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher easily won the San Diego County Democratic Party’s endorsement Tuesday night in his bid to “take back our county government.”

PUERTO RICO HIT HARD BY HURRICANE MARIA

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: NASA/NSR

September 20, 2017 (San Diego) — The eye of Hurricane Maria passed almost directly over San Juan, the capitol of Puerto Rico.  The powerful storm made landfall with 155 mile per hour winds—just 2 miles per hour short of Category 5 status.  It’s believed to be the strongest hurricane in at least 80 years to hit Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory home to 3.5 million people.

OVER 200 DEAD IN MEXICO CITY EARTHQUAKE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Policia Federal Mexico via Twitter

September 20, 2017 (San Diego) – A powerful 7.1 earthquake struck Mexico City yesterday, 32 years to the day that a 1985 quake killed 9,500 people and destroyed 100,000 homes in Mexico City.  Since then, the city has made major efforts to improve earthquake safety standards.

NEW HEALTHCARE REPEAL BILL EVEN MORE SEVERE THAN MEASURE DEFEATED PREVIOUSLY

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 20, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – Like the proverbial Lazarus rising from the dead, efforts to repeal Obamacare have been revived. Republican Senators Lindsey Graham and Bill Cassidy have introduced a measure that would repeal Obamacare with no replacement.  The bill would give block grants allowing states to let insurance companies deny coverage or charge more for preexisting conditions, and to eliminate lifetime caps on coverage for people needing costly care to survive.  It also cuts funds for Medicaid expansion and eliminates all subsidies for low and moderate income Americans. 

BUGSY’S BREW, POPULAR COFFEE SHOP AND OPEN MIC VENUE, CLOSES DOORS

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 19, 2017 (La Mesa) – Bugsy’s Brew Coffee shop ha s closed its doors, five years after opening at the corner of La Mesa Blvd. and Jackson Drive.   A note taped to the door informs customers of the closing over the weekend “with a heavy heart but great memories.”  Owner Dan Moran thanked patrons, adding, “I’m sorry for having to move on, but my family is in need and I just focus on remaining active in my children’s lives! Family first forever.  I will love and miss my time here…let’s stay positive and may our paths cross in the future.”

SAN DIEGO KINGS, NEW ABA TEAM FOUNDED BY EL CAJON VALLEY GRAD, BREATHES FRESH NEW LIFE INTO SAN DIEGO DEVELOPMENTAL BASKETBALL

 

By Liz Alper

Photo courtesy San Diego Kings

September 19, 2017 (San Diego) - Despite the Chargers hanging San Diego out to dry, new sports organizations are seeing San Diego for the premier sports destination it is.  And now, a new face is entering America's Finest City and it's founded by an East County high school grad.

ECM PADRES REPORT: OFFENSE COMES UP BIG TO TAKE SERIES

 

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Story by Liz Alper

Photo via @Padres on Twitter

September 19, 2017 (San Diego) - The Padres are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, which means they can act like 10-year-old Little Leaguers and have fun playing baseball.  Overly paranoid baseball moms everywhere can relax.  That’s probably why they’re winning more, by the way, as they won 4-2 last night over the Diamondbacks.  Zack Godley started tonight’s game two for the Dbacks against Travis Wood.

FIRST AMENDMENT LAWYERS CRITICIZE COUNCILMAN KALASHO FOR LAWSUIT THREATS AND INSULTS MADE TO UNION-TRIBUNE REPORTER

 

By Miriam Raftery

“His behavior is extraordinarily irresponsible. A public official should not be in the business of threatening groundless litigation over acts that are things that reporters do every day.”  -- David Snyder, executive director, First Amendment Coalition

September 19, 2017 (San Diego) – El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho sent emails to San Diego Union-Tribune reporter Jeff McDonald repeatedly calling the award-winning journalist a “troll” and threatening legal action after McDonald asked tough questions about Kalasho’s business dealings and apparent conflicts of interests.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS SEPT. 22-OCT.31

 

East County News Service

September 19, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes the Julian Apple Days Festival, an apple time tea, breakfast with firefighters and outdoor concerts in El Cajon and original dance performances in Bamboozled.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Oktoberfests in La Mesa and El Cajon, a reception at Heritage of the Americas Museum for artist Padre Johnson, the Laguna Mountain Rendezvous, Kids Care Fest in Lakeside, and Borrego Days.

We also have Halloween happenings including Hauntfest on Main, a Haunted Elks Lodge, a Halloween Harvest Festival on Mt. Helix, a Spooky Campover at Lions, Tigers and Bears and the Boulevard Boo Parade.

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

AZTECS FOOTBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 9/19: CONFERENCE TIME

 

 

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For Christian Chapman and Ron Smith’s portion of the press conference, click “read more” and scroll down

September 19, 2017 (San Diego) - With the Pac-12 behind them, SDSU football celebrated two wins against a tough conference and prepared to open Mountain West play against Air Force this Saturday.  Head coach Rocky Long, junior quarterback Christian Chapman and sophomore cornerback Ron Smith took the floor for this week’s press conference.

SAN MIGUEL FIREFIGHTERS FLIPPING PANCAKES SATURDAY FOR A WORTHY CAUSE

 

Source: San Miguel Fire Department

September 19, 2017 (El Cajon) -- This Saturday September 23, San Miguel Fire District Firefighters will be flipping pancakes and serving breakfast in support of the San Miguel Firefighters Charitable Foundation.  The breakfast will be held at Fire Station 19 located at 1273 Clarendon Street in El Cajon from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

FIREFIGHTERS RAISE AND DISASSEMBLE LEXUS TO SAVE KITTEN TRAPPED UNDER ENGINE FOR 3 DAYS

 

Source: Stephen Moran, San Miguel Fire District

September 19, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) --  Adrienne Koroly had his Lexus parked outside his home in Morena Valley. On Saturday morning , he drove from Morena Valley to his parents home on San Vicente Blvd in the Casa De Oro area of Spring Valley. When he stepped out, he heard meowing—not a typical engine purr.

TWO DRIVERS INJURED IN 3-CAR COLLISION NEAR GROSSMONT COLLEGE

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 18, 2017 (El Cajon) – A Hyundai driver traveling 40 miles an hour rear-ended a Toyota Camry stopped ahead of her as she exited southbound State Route 125 at Grossmont College Drive at 9:10 this morning. The impact pushed the Toyota across SR-125, directly into the path of a Chevy Impala traveling 65 miles an hour.

NEW FALL CLASSES FOR NONPROFIT CITY HEIGHTS MUSIC SCHOOL START OCT. 4

 

By Jeff Meyer

September 18, 2017 (City Heights) -- Additional fall classes provided by the City Heights Music School (CHMS) start October 4 at the Church of the Nazarene, 4101 University Avenue, San Diego. Classes offered include Mariachi, violin, voice, guitar, drums, piano, capoeira and ukuele. 

PADRE JOHNSON DONATES “GLOBAL FAMILY” PORTRAITS TO HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM: SPECIAL PRESENTATION AND RECEPTION OCT. 6

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 18, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) – Heritage of the Americas Museum invites the public to a special presentation and reception, “Padre Johnson and his Gift of the Global Human Family” on Friday, October 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. 

NO INJURIES AFTER SMALL PLANE CRASHES IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: San Miguel Fire Department

 

Update  6 p.m. -- FAA records indicate the plane was registered to Brian T. Fink of Ramona. His Linked In site indicates he is an engineer with Qualcomm. Epoch Times reports the plane was heading from GIllespie Field to Warner Springs when an engine failed, according to FAA spokesman Allen Kenitzer.

September 18, 2017 (El Cajon) – A pilot and his passenger escaped without serious injury after the Piper single-engine plane in which they were traveling crashed onto Second Street at El Rey in front of a church in El Cajon yesterday afternoon.

HEPATITIS OUTBREAK INCLUDES 8 CASES IN LA MESA, OTHER CASES IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 17, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- According to a California Health Alert Network bulletin, San Diego County’s outbreak of hepatitis A now includes  cases in La Mesa, El Cajon and Santee as well as unincorporated areas of the County, though cases have now been confirmed “in all parts of the County,” the report states.

IDENTITY RELEASED OF DEPUTY WHO SHOT TRANSIENT IN SANTEE

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 17, 2017 (Santee) – The officer who shot Robert Westbrook on State Route 125 the evening of September 8th has been identified as Deputy Freddy Herrero. He has been employed as a deputy sheriff with the San Diego Sheriff’s station for four years and is assigned to the Santee Sheriff’s station.

SDSU FOOTBALL: AZTECS RALLY TO BEAT NO. 19/19 STANFORD 20-17

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Christian Chapman finished with 187 yards passing in the Aztecs' upset victory over No. 19/19 Stanford.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

September 17, 2017 (San Diego) - Christian Chapman connected with David Wells on an 8-yard touchdown pass with 54 seconds remaining to lift San Diego State to a thrilling 20-17 come-from-behind victory over No. 19/19 Stanford in front of 43,040 fans Saturday night at San Diego Stadium.

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL PLANNED SUNDAY FOR MISSING SAN DIEGO WOMAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 16, 2017 (San Diego) - Julia Jacobson, a 37-year-old Army veteran and San Diego resident, has been missing since September 2nd, along with her dog.  Family and friends are holding a candlelight vigil on Sunday, September 17 at Ventura Cover Park, 3209 Gleason Road in San Diego at 7:30 p.m.

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER DROPS 1-0 DECISION TO CAL POLY

 

Mustangs use 14th minute goal to hand Aztecs homestand-ending loss

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

September 16, 2017 (San Diego) - The San Diego State men’s soccer team fell to Cal Poly 1-0 on Friday night at the SDSU Sports Deck to cap a season-long four-game homestand. The Aztecs now sit at 2-4-0 on the season, while the win for Cal Poly improves the Mustangs record to an identical 2-4-0.

NIGHT WORK ON SR-67 IN RAMONA BEGINS SUNDAY FOR ONGOING TREE MAINTENANCE

 

Source: Caltrans

September 16, 2017 (Ramona) - Caltrans Maintenance crews will close a two-block portion of Maine Street/State Route 67 (SR-67) from Wynola Street to Rotanzi Street in Ramona, Sunday from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. for tree pruning and removing dead wood. Signs will be posted directing motorist around the closure.

GIARDINO NEIGHBORHOOD CUCINA TO BRING ITALIAN-INSPIRED EATS TO LEMON GROVE

 

Classical menu brings on flavor, nostalgia and a bit of surprise

East County News Service

September 15, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- With a fast approaching debut next month, the neighborhood eatery, Giardino, has finalized its menu and looks forward to opening its doors to the Lemon Grove community. Featuring Italian inspired cuisine in a welcoming and casual setting, the menu will feature a variety of classic dishes found throughout Italy.

ECM FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS: HEARTBREAKER FOR MATADORS AS WEST HILLS WINS ON BUZZER-BEATING FIELD GOAL

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

September 15, 2017 (Spring Valley) - ECM Friday Night Lights stuck around Spring Valley this week to see the Matadors of Mount Miguel square off against a school we don’t get to report on often:  the Wolf Pack of West Hills High.  The kids from Santee left their blue turf this week with a 2-1 record on the young season.  The Matadors are improving, but still in the loss column at 1-2.

THEY’VE GOT RHYTHM: SYCUAN POWWOW 2017

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 15, 2017 (El Cajon) – The  28th annual Sycuan Powwow was held last weekend at the Sycuan reservation, drawing tribal members from across the U.S.   The grand procession and ensuing Native American dance competitions provided a panoramic vista of swirling colors and patterns, as participants clad in full regalia performed timeless steps to the accompaniment of pulsating drum rhythms.

BILL PREVENTING WOMEN FROM BEING FIRED FOR PREGNANCY HEADS TO GOV'S DESK

 

Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher bill would protect a woman’s right to make her own reproductive health decisions

East County News Service

September 15, 2017 (Sacramento) -- California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) won final Legislative approval of her bill protecting women from being fired for a pregnancy. The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act would also prevent an employer for firing or disciplining a woman for making any other decision related to her reproductive health. The bill now heads to the Governor, who has until Oct. 15 to either sign or veto the proposal.

TIJUANA, SAN DIEGO'S SISTER CITY

 

 

HAVING FUN IN TIJUANA: A Day Tripper’s Guide, by Sam Warren (Bookwarren Publishing, San Diego, California, 2017, 14 pages.)

Book Review by Dennis Moore

September 15, 2017 (Tijuana) - Sam Warren, the founder of SDWriteway, an online magazine in San Diego that has partnered with the East County Magazine, has written the indispensable guide to navigating through Tijuana, Mexico, and enjoying it; Having Fun In Tijuana: A Day Tripper’s Guide.

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