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READER’S EDITORIAL: NEW DIRECTION NEEDED AT GROSSMONT SCHOOL BOARD

EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE WINS 11 AWARDS FROM SAN DIEGO PRESS CLUB

YELLOW FEVER MOSQUITOES FOUND IN COUNTY

EL CAJON CITY MAYORAL CANDIDATE JONATHAN WRIGHT HOPES TO ALLEVIATE POVERTY

READER’S EDITORIAL: BIG MONEY AND HIT PIECES INFLUENCING OUR LA MESA POLITICAL SEASON

HEAR OUR IN-DEPTH INTERVIEWS WITH CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS & HER OPPONENT, LARRY WILSKE

HEAR INTERVIEWS WITH SANTEE COUNCILMAN JOHN MINTO AND CHALLENGER MAGGIE ACERRA

2 CANDIDATES AIM TO HALT RATE HIKES IN HELIX WATER DISTRICT

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS OCT. 23-NOV. 2

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL SHARES EBOLA READINESS DETAILS

DESCANSO’S WATER BOARD ACCUSED OF COVER-UPS ON URANIUM CONTAMINATION AND MORE

SAN MIGUEL FIRE BOARD RACE IS HOT


READER'S EDITORIAL: WHY TAXPAYERS COULD LOSE IF EL CAJON LEASES ECPAC TO ROCK CHURCH

 

By Robert Clark

October 27, 2014 (El Cajon) --   The October 7 interview with Bill Wells, Mayor of El Cajon, contained a real bombshell. He said that renovations to re-open the East County Performing Arts Center would cost $5.5 million, with the Rock Church paying "much" of the cost.

WATER PROJECT UNDERWAY IN RANCHO JAMUL ECOLOGICAL RESERVE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy of Jill Terp, Rancho Jamul Ecological Preserve, looking west toward the preserve from the Dulzura Creek area.

October 27, 2014 (Jamul) – Grading is underway for a waterline project at the Rancho Jamul Ecological Preserve.

THANKSGIVING HEALTH FAIRE AND OPEN HOUSE IN LA MESA NOV. 15

 

October 28, 2014 (La Mesa)—The Om Center for Spiritual Living in La Mesa is holding its second Thanksgiving Health Faire and Open House, Saturday, Nov. 15th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The La Mesa community is invited to the Center at 7232 University Ave., just east of Massachusetts. Admission is free.

MEXICAN WIND TURBINES MAR VIEWS ALONG BORDER

 

October 28, 2014 (Ocotillo) – Residents in the southern portion of San Diego and Imperial Counties have voiced surprise at seeing massive wind turbines sprouting up just south of the border.  The La Rumerosa wind facility in Mexico is visible across our region – causing consternation in some quarters.

READER’S EDITORIAL: NEW DIRECTION NEEDED AT GROSSMONT SCHOOL BOARD

 

 

“The claim of the administration and teachers' union that an Alpine separation would result in insolvency is a Halloween season scare tactic.” – Michael Waterman

 

By Michael Waterman, an East County attorney and writer

 

October 29, 2014 (La Mesa)--The state of the Grossmont School Board is not good. It's abysmal. Last year the County Grand Jury essentially charged the board majority with duping voters over the promised Alpine High School. In August the County Board of Education voted 5-0 to recommend to the State Board of Education that Alpine be allowed to break away from the District and build its own high school. This month a lawsuit was filed against the District which aims to stop bond spending on new projects until the State Board weighs in on the Alpine secession petition and a concomitant division of assets between Grossmont and Alpine.

EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE WINS 11 AWARDS FROM SAN DIEGO PRESS CLUB

 

East County News Service

October 29, 2014 (San Diego's East County)-East County Magazine picked up 11 more awards in San Diego Press Club’s 2014 Excellence in Journalism awards on October 28th, bringing our total to 80 journalism awards since our launch in 2008.

This year’s awards including winners in the following categories: breaking news, environment, general news, investigative reporting, political/government, public service/consumer advocacy, criminal justice, health and medicine, radio special reporting and radio feature categories.

To read and hear our award-winning reports, click "read more" and scroll down.

SCULPTURE STOLEN SOUGHT; TAKEN FROM MT. HELIX HOME

 

 

October 27, 2014 (Mt. Helix) -- Mount Helix Resident Sue Daniels is asking the public's help to find and return a bronze sculpture stolen from her yard sometime during the past two weeks.

RELEASE OF CHILD MOLESTER PROPOSED IN BORREGO SPRINGS

 

East County News Service

October 29, 2014 (Borrego Springs)--The state is proposing to release convicted child molester Gary Snavely, a sexually violent predator, in Borrego Springs.  A hearing will be held on December 5th in San Diego Superior Court and the public can provide with comments.

YELLOW FEVER MOSQUITOES FOUND IN COUNTY

 

October 29, 2014 (San Diego)—For the first time, a new invasive mosquito that carries yellow fever has been found in San Diego County.  These mosquitoes feed in daylight hours and can transmit several diseases.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: OCT. 31 - NOV. 15

 

East County News Service

October 29, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes lots of fun festive activities including an ice-skating Halloween costume party in Alpine , an art and wine festival at a Ramona castle, and the trout fishing season opener at Santee Lakes. Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions, including an Acorn Festival and a Hike by the Light of the Moon in our mountain regions.

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more, from East County Magazine!

YAPPY HOUR OCT. 30 AT DOWNTOWN CAFE

 

October 27, 2014 (El Cajon) – Camp Bow-wow invites you and your dog to “Yappy Hour” on  Thursday, October 30th from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Downtown Café, 182 East Main Street in El Cajon. The event includes “Puptinis” for four-legged friends as well as a special happy hour menu for two-legged guests.  A pet costume contest will also be held.

PEISER ASKS VOTERS TO "FIRE ISSA"

 

By Jordan Schafner

October 21, 2014 (San Diego)—Dave Peiser is asking residents in the 49th Congressional District to “Fire Issa” and “Hire Peiser.” 

His opponent, Republican Darrell Issa, is the richest man in Congress and has become a national lightning rod for controversy. Issa chairs the powerful House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where he has launched repeated investigations into the Obama administration, while failing to investigate allegations of corporate wrongdoing that impact consumers.

PASSAGES: EL CAJON AUTHOR LEOMA OWENS 1918-2014

 

October 27, 2014 (El Cajon)--Leoma Ada Emma Owens, 96, of El Cajon, a woman of faith who endured hardship and loved her family, passed away peacefully Oct. 22 at Lakeview Hospice Home.

BIRTH CONTROL DEVICE LINKED TO SERIOUS HARM IN WOMEN; MAKER COVERED UP DANGERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 28, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - An ABC News investigation that includes 10 News in San Diego reveals that the maker of the Essure birth control device covered up evidence that patients have been seriously harmed by the device for over a decade.

SOAP BOX DERBY RACES INTO HISTORY

 

 

East County News Service

October 27, 2014 (La Mesa) – This weekend’s Soap Box Derby in La Mesa may be the final race for local youngsters.  After 14 years, the event will be terminated unless new sponsors can be found.

 

SHERIFF WARNS PARENTS: BEWARE OF HALLOWEEN MARIJUANA CANDIES THAT CHILDREN CAN OVERDOSE ON

 

Source: San Diego Sheriff’s Department

October 27, 2014 (San Diego)--They look like chocolate bars, cookies, brownies and gummy or jelly candies. Children might mistake them for Halloween goodies, but these treats are not what they seem. Parents are advised to carefully check their children's trick‐or‐treat bags for candies infused with marijuana, Sheriff Bill Gore warns.

GOT A MAIL-IN BALLOT? THESE LIBRARIES NOW ACCEPT DROP-OFFS

 

October 28, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – If you haven’t yet sent in your mail-in ballot, you don’t have to drive to the Registrar of Voters to assure it’s received by the November 4th election.  Now you can drop your mail-in ballot off at 12 county libraries during their business hours through November 3rd, the day before the election. That includes the El Cajon and Santee libraries in East County.

ON THE SILVER SCREEN: ASHES TO ASHES (HIROSHIMA MON AMOUR)

 

By Brian Lafferty

October 27, 2014 (San Diego) -- Only death could stop prolific French director Alain Resnais from making movies. Resnais passed away on March 1 this year, having directed 50 features, shorts, and TV series. Even at 87 years young, when he helmed Wild Grass (released in the United States to deserved critical acclaim in 2010), he was as much a master of cinema as he was at 37, when he directed the film that quickly established him as one of France's preeminent filmmakers: Hiroshima Mon Amour (1959). 

EL CAJON CITY MAYORAL CANDIDATE JONATHAN WRIGHT HOPES TO ALLEVIATE POVERTY

 

 

By Janis Russell

October 24, 2014 (El Cajon)- Jonathan Wright is running against incumbent Mayor Bill Wells and challenger Allen Theweny  for Mayor of El Cajon.

Wright participated in an exclusive interview with East County Magazine. Wright discusses his values, what his main priorities will be once elected, and his views about the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC) among other topics.  He  has a background in business management, marketing and IT support. He decided to run for Mayor to serve the people and lead the city into the future, helping get the people and the city back on track to prosperity by working to alleviate poverty for the elderly and to get people off the streets.

READER'S EDITORIAL: DIVISIVE POLITICS IN ALPINE'S SCHOOL BOARD RACE

 

By George Barnett, Alpine

October 27, 2014 (Alpine)--Alpine’s Steve Hunyar has been staking-out positions this week on “dirty politics coming to “little old, sleepy Alpine”, and has been attacking AUSD board members Eric Wray and Glenn Dickey.

FUTURE HIGH SCHOOL, SCHOOL SAFETY TOP ISSUES IN ALPINE SCHOOL BOARD RACE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Left, Glenn Dickie.  Lou Russo did not respond to our request for a candidate photo.

October 25, 2014 (Alpine) – Six candidates are running for the Alpine Union School District: Michael Beraud, Glenn Dickie, Nina Gould, Al Guerra, Lou Russo, and Eric Wray.  We sent a questionnaire to all six of them over a week ago. Only two responded by deadline: Lou Russo and incumebent Glenn Dickie. (If others respond later, we will post their replies at the end of this story, so check back.)

Dickie says he strongly backs building an Alpine High School and wants to help the AUSD through unification with the Grossmont District to build the Alpine High School. Russo says he would only support unification if it is the only way for Alpine to meet its goals.

Both candidates have had children ho attended district schools.  Both platforms include financial accountability.  Both candidates are conservatives though Dickie has the County Republican Party endorsement.  Dickie has a degree in finance and career experience that includes accounting and information technology. Russo, a former Marine and ex-teacher, has made school safety the number one plank in his platform and called for armed guards on campuses. Dickie also supports safe schools but has other approaches in mind. Dickie wants to start a summer learning program and sees declining enrollment, implementing Common Core standards and increasing technology in the classroom as important issues.

Below are their responses in full.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM OCTOBER 26, 2014

 

For complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to www.SDWriteWay.org

Readers

October 29 (Wednesday, 4:30 pm) — UC San Diego's New Writing Series is pleased to announce a double reading from ROBIN COSTE LEWIS & TISA BRYANT. The reading will take place in the Literature Department's DeCerteau Room (155). This event is FREE and open to the public!

HAUNTFEST A HIT IN EL CAJON

 

Story and photos by Robert Gehr

© Robert Gehr 2014

October 26, 2014 (El Cajon)—El Cajon’s third annual Halloween festival was a hit once again. The festivities took place in downtown on Main Street, Sulzfeld Avenue and Rea Street as well as Prescott Park. The area became quickly crowded with many costumed people enjoying themselves as dusk began to settle in and the night enveloped the area in darkness.

ASK THE RETIREMENT CONCIERGE: V6

 

By Sharon Ann Hamilton

Dear Retirement Concierge,

I am retired and fortunately have adequate resources. I just don’t believe in spending money if I don’t have to and it is not hard because I have chosen to live a simple life for many years now. I do have my estate documents in order: trust, will, health care directive, and power of attorney for financial matters should I be unable to act for myself. Here is the situation: I want to make a couple of small changes in beneficiary recipients. Someone told me I could just handwrite a codicil and put in in my trust documents. Is that true? Attorneys are pricy these days and if I can do it myself without risk, I will.

SPRING VALLEY ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS AND HEARING

 

October 25, 2014 (Spring Valley) – Two news item coming up will impact Spring Valley residents.

Lamar Street will be closed to through traffic for a month due to a slope repair project, the County of San Diego has announced.  Residences will remain accessible during construction and questions may be sent to Brian Rochelle, resident engineer, at brian.rochelle@tylin.com.

RESIDENT ARRESTED FOR ARSON FIRE IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

October 25, 2014 (La Mesa) –La Mesa Police have arrested an arson suspect linked to a fire late last night that displaced eight people from a home in the Rolando area.  Brad Bach, 58, of La Mesa has been booked into county jail for arson of an inhabited structure.  Damage to the structure and contents is estimated at $260,000, according to Heartland Fire.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: POTATO CHIP ROCK

 

October 25, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Jimmy Rodriguez snapped this photo of Mark Raftery enjoying the view atop Potato Chip Rock, the “treat” awaiting hikers on the 8-mile round trip trek to one of East County’s most unique landmarks.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: MORNING GLORY

 

October 26, 2016 (El Cajon)--Robert Gehr of El Cajon snapped this photo of a morning glory flower growing on a fence in his neighborhood.  He writes, “A glowing beauty befitting its name.”

DESERT CONSERVATION PLAN MAKES ITS DEBUT

 

By Nadin Abbott

October 25, 2014 (San Diego) Representatives of state and federal agencies held a public meeting in San Diego at the Hilton in Mission Valley to present the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) to citizens.

The plan, which covers 22 million acres of deserts in California, has the following stated goals according to the program:

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