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PLENTY TO SAVOR AT THE RAMONA ART AND WINE FESTIVAL

PRESIDENT BACKS NET NETRALITY: FCC CONSUMER ADVISORY MEMBER ART NEILL FROM NEW MEDIA RIGHTS SPEAKS WITH ECM

PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES IMMIGRATION REFORMS

UC REGENTS APPROVE 25% TUITION HIKE OVER 5 YEARS UNLESS STATE BOOSTS FUNDING

EDITORIAL: STUDENTS AND PARENTS CAN’T AFFORD ANY MORE UC TUITION HIKES

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 22 – DEC. 7

PROTESTS MOUNT AGAINST UC TUITION HIKES

SLAUGHTER AT SYNAGOGUE IN JERUSALEM: REACTIONS POUR IN

KEYSTONE PIPELINE FAILS IN SENATE BY JUST ONE VOTE

HELIX WATER CORRUPTION ALLEGED

RED FLAG WARNING

COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED ON DRAFT DESERT RENEWABLE ENERGY CONSERVATION PLAN


PLENTY TO SAVOR AT THE RAMONA ART AND WINE FESTIVAL

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

November 22,2014 (Ramona) – Fine art, music, wine and gourmet food -- all served up in a castle. What more could one ask to savor for in an event?

The second annual Ramona Art and Wine Festival, held on November 1st, was even bigger and better than the first. Held at the elegant Amy Strong Castle in Ramona to benefit the Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural program, this year's event featured 18 local artists, a dozen local wineries and 10 local chefs.

WARBIRDS WEST AIR MUSEM HOSTS TOYS FOR TOTS PANCAKE BREAKFAST DEC. 13

 

East County News Service

November 22,2014 (El Cajon) – Warbirds West Air Museum invites you to bring a new, unwrapped toy and attend a pancake breakfast and open house on Saturday, December 13 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

You can view World War II aircraft and displays, see over 40 antique and classic cars, and meet Santa Claus.  Families are welcome to attend.  The museum is located at 1725 North Marshall Avenue in El Cajon at Gillespie Field.

PRESIDENT BACKS NET NETRALITY: FCC CONSUMER ADVISORY MEMBER ART NEILL FROM NEW MEDIA RIGHTS SPEAKS WITH ECM

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

 

Hear our interview on KNSJ radio with Art Neill, New Media Rights Executive Director and FCC Consumer Advisory Committee member:  http://kiwi6.com/file/q9qbpwj28i  (Sound file may take a minute to load.)

View video of President Barack Obama’s announcement on net neutrality: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKcjQPVwfDk

November 22, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) –President Barack Obama issued a statement on video on November 10 urging the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to reclassify the internet under Title II.

“In plain language, the President came out in support of real net neutrality, the principle that says Internet Service Providers (ISPs) should treat all internet traffic equally,” says Art Neill, executive director of New Media Rights in San Diego and a member of the FCC’s consumer advisory committee, co-chair of the broadband working group.

PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES IMMIGRATION REFORMS

 

 

 

   

By Leon Thompson and Miriam Raftery

 

President Barack Obama last night announced immigration reforms, just as       Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush before him took unilateral actions to  expand  protections for immigrants after Congress failed to act. 

President Obama 's plan will offer temporary relief from deportation to the parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in the country for more than five years, work and pay taxes. He will also extend a program that already allows undocumented migrants brought here as children to stay in the country.  The reforms are temporary, however, and could be undone by a future President and Congress.

Besides offering protections for a limited number of immigrants already in the U.S., the President also announced plans to strengthen enforcement at the border and prioritize enforcement resources to focus on deporting criminals who have convicted felonies, not families or working parents of U.S. citizens.

EDITORIAL: STUDENTS AND PARENTS CAN’T AFFORD ANY MORE UC TUITION HIKES

 

By Miriam Raftery, Editor

University of California's Regents just voted to hike tuitions 25% over the next five years. As a graduate of the UC system and a parent of two recent UC graduates, I have seen first-hand the negative impacts of recent tuition hikes. I fear the latest hikes will make college an impossible dream for many students and an onerous burden for many more. 

As a student decades ago, I was able to graduate from UC by working during the summers, with some help from my parents.My husband, whose father died young, also managed to afford a UC education with help from family and later, I worked to help put him through law school at UC Davis. 

Later, as parents ourselves, we saved for over 20 years to set money aside for our children’s college funds, based on what financial experts advised would be enough when they were born. 

But it wasn’t even close, due to the staggering tuition increases at the UC campuses that have already occurred in recent years.  Our piggy bank, so to speak, was soon empty.

UC REGENTS APPROVE 25% TUITION HIKE OVER 5 YEARS UNLESS STATE BOOSTS FUNDING

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 21, 2014 (San Francisco)—Ignoring protests from students, opposition from the Governor and legislative leaders, University of California’s Board of Regents voted Thursday to approve Tuition hikes.  The increase will be 5 percent a year over the next five years – 25 percent total—at all UC campuses .  For the 2015-2016 school year, tuition will be $12,804 and by 2019, students will be forced to pay $15,000 a year in tuition.

Some Regents indicated that if that state increases funding, they would vote to reduce tuitions. 

Assembly  Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego)  has pledged to introduce a measure to boost funding for the UC system.  She had urged the Regents to reject any tuition or fee hikes. Atkins, an ex-officio Regent with voting rights, called the fee hikes “unacceptable” adding, “California students and their families have faced too many fee increases already.”

AUTOPSY CONFIRMS HOMICIDE, VICTIM IDENTIFIED IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

November 19, 2014 (Lemon Grove)—An autopsy by the County Medical Examiner has confirmed that a man found dead near railroad tracks in Lemon Grove was a homicide victim.  He has been identified as Dale Robert Wheeler, 55, the Sheriff’s homicide unit announced today.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

 

November 20, 2014 (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.

WORLD

 

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

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

November 19, 2014 (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.

FUGITIVE ARRESTED AFTER PURSUIT IN EL CAJON

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 19, 2014 (El Cajon)—Hector Miranda, 34, is under arrest after a police pursuit across El Cajon in which the suspect’s car side-swiped two other vehicles. Undercover El Cajon Police investigators and Fugitive Task Force members were searching for Miranda, the prime suspect in a stabbing who was also wanted on a felony violation of parole warrant.

Crimestoppers described Miranda as “a violent felon with a history of robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence, burglary, and numerous narcotics offenses.”

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 22 – DEC. 7

 

November 19, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes events ushering in the holiday season, from a tree lighting and snow sledding in Santee to the annual Mother Goose Parade …plus we’ll have previews of some coming attractions in the next week or so, including musicals, Lemon Grove’s holiday bonfire and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy’s Holiday Party. 

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

A JOYFUL HOLIDAY MUSIC CELEBRATION: SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS & ORCHESTRA DEC. 7

 

November 19, 2014 (San Diego) - The San Diego Festival Chorus and Orchestra will present a Joyful Holiday Music Celebration on December 7th at 3 p.m. in the College Avenue Baptist Church, 4747 College Avenue, San Diego. The performance will include Vivaldi’s “Gloria” and Robert Shaw’s “The Many Moods of Christmas.”

PROTESTS MOUNT AGAINST UC TUITION HIKES

 

East County News Service

November 18, 2014 (San Diego)—Students staged sit-ins at all 10 University of California campuses statewide Tuesday to protest a new tuition hike that regents are expected to vote on this on Wednesday, November 19th.  If the 5% increase a year over the next five years is approved, tuitions will have tripled since 2005.

Already, the average student is graduating with $26,000 in debts—and many have not found jobs in today’s challenging economy.

The tuition hike is supported by UC President Janet Napolitano, who cites cuts in state funding to support the UC system as the primary reason why she believes tuitions need to rise.

But Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newson, who sits on the Board of Regents for the UC system, has denounced the proposed rate hike and has launched a petition to oppose it. You can sign the petition here: http://www.gavinnewsom.com/petition/stop-tuition-increases/

ALPINE CHRISTMAS PARADE OF LIGHTS & SNOW FESTIVAL DEC. 5

 

November 18, 2014 (Alpine) - The 19th annual Alpine Village Christmas Parade of Lights & Snow Festival with real snow will be held on Friday, December 5th from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

CAR STRIKES FOOD LINE AT EL CAJON CHURCH

 

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

By Miriam Raftery

November 18, 2014 (El Cajon)-  A driver who lost control while backing out of a parking space hit an unoccupied Ford SUV, then struck and injured three people who were waiting in line for food outside the Seventh Day Adventist church at 1630 East Madison Avenue Two of the victims, a 74-year-old woman and a 33-year-old woman, were pinned between the vehicle and a cement block wall, suffering serious injuries and were taken to a hospital, said Lt. Greg Robertson. A third woman, age 60, sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

The driver, 42, and her passenger, 62, also sustained minor injuries and were transported to a hospital.

LOCAL REACTIONS TO OBAMA ORDERING 1500 TROOPS TO MIDDLE EAST

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 18, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—Last week, President Barack Obama announced that he is sending an additional 1,500 U.S. troops to Iraq to train and advise Iraqi and Kurdish forces in the region, doubling the current number of troops deployed there. The President will also ask Congress for an addition $5.6 billion to help fight the terrorist group ISIL (also known as ISIS), or the Islamic State.

HELIX WATER RESPONDS TO CORRUPTION CLAIMS

 

East County News Service

November 18, 2014 (La Mesa) – Following a 10 News investigation that cited anonymous whistleblowers claiming corruption by a Helix Water District inspector and a construction company, the Helix Water District has responded to East County Magazine’s request for comments.  Read highlights of the 10 News story with links to the full report here.

Ted Salois, senior public affairs representative for the district, offered this response. 

“We strive to be excellent stewards of our customers’ funds and work diligently every day to continue earning the public’s trust.  When some concerns about our contracting practices were raised, we immediately initiated our own internal audit and commissioned a thorough review by an outside firm," he said.

KEYSTONE PIPELINE FAILS IN SENATE BY JUST ONE VOTE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Satellite: Photo: Strip mining of Athabasca oil sands, courtesy NASA

November 18, 2014 (Washington D.C.) – By a single vote, the Senate blocked passage of a measure to authorize building the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.  The measure previously passed the House of Representatives 252-161.

But with Republicans taking control of the Senate in January, Senate Majority Leader-elect Mitch McConnell vowed to bring the matter up again soon after the new Congress convenes. Even if passed, however, the measure could face a veto by President Barack Obama.

California Democratic Senator Barbara Boxer opposed the XL Pipeline, calling it the “Extra Lethal Pipeline.” She cited health risks from chemicals that can cause lung damage as well as serious environmental concerns.  "The facts are the facts are the facts," she said. "If you're not a scientist then be humble and listen to the peer-reviewed scientists.”

SAN DIEGO COUNCIL APPROVES RECYCLED WATER FOR DRINKING

 

East County News Service

November 18, 2014 (San Diego) – By a unanimous vote, San Diego’s City Council voted Tuesday to approve $3.5 billion to recycle water for drinking. The Pure Water project will include upgrading an aging water treatment plant in Point Loma to provide a dependable source of drinking water for the city during despite drought conditions.

SLAUGHTER AT SYNAGOGUE IN JERUSALEM: REACTIONS POUR IN

 

Photo, courtesy U.S. State Department: British Foreign Secretary Hammond Condemns Attack on Jerusalem synagogue before meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in London

By Miriam Raftery

November 18, 2014 (Jerusalem) – Two Palestinians armed with guns and butcher knives opened an attack inside the Kehilat Bnei Torah Synagogue  synagogue in Jerusalem early this morning, killing four rabbis and a police officer.  Three of the rabbis were American-Israeli citizens.

The Jewish Federation of San Diego issued a press release stating, “We are shocked and appalled by the horrific attack on innocent worshipers that took place in Jerusalem earlier today. As a community, we send our condolences to the families of the victims and wish a speedy recovery to the injured. …The recent wave of terror attacks and acts of violence in Israel is outrageous and completely unacceptable, but today’s attack on innocent people praying in a synagogue is incomprehensible. We call on the entire global community to join us in condemning this attack in the strongest possible terms, immediately and unconditionally.”

LAKESIDE HOLIDAY HOME TOUR DEC. 6

 

November 18, 2014 (Lakeside)--The Lakeside Historical Society will be hosting their annual HOLIDAY HOME TOUR on Saturday, December 6 from 10 a,m to 2 p.m.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased from the History Center, 9906 Maine Avenue (corner of Parkside) from 10am until 2pm Tuesday through Saturday. They can also be purchased at the homes on the self guided tour.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM NOVEMBER 18, 2014

 

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

Readers

November 18 (Tuesday, 9:00 am) — Adventures by the Book is pleased to present a Journalists Telling the Tough Stories Edventure featuring San Diego author Caitlin Rother at at SDSU (5500 Campanile, San Diego) and continuing on at ABC Channel 10 (4600 Air Way, San Diego). The event is ticketed and is open to all SDSU Osher members.

ARMED ROBBERY FOILED AT 7-11 IN LA MESA

 

November 18, 2014 (La Mesa)--A suspect armed with a handgun tried to rob the 7-11 Store located at 8747 La Mesa Boulevard shortly before 11 p.m. last night.  An employee was working behind the checkout counter when the suspect walked in and browsed for a few minutes, departing without making a purchase.  He returned one minute later and walked up to the checkout counter, lifting his shirt to reveal a handgun tucked into his waistband.  The suspect demanded that the employee open the cash register.

SANTEE KIWANIS TEAMS UP WITH WEST HILLS HIGH KIDS IN ROADSIDE PRIDE EVENT

 

Story and photos by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

November 17, 2014 (Santee)--The Santee Kiwanis hosted a "Road Side Pride" event in conjunction with the West Hills High School Key Club.  The high school kids were out at 9:00 a.m. on Woodside Avenue on the Santee/Lakeside borderline cleaning up trash on Saturday, November 15th.

SANTEE TREE LIGHTING NOV. 21

 

November 18, 2014 (Santee) - Ho ho ho! A free snow zone and sledding are coming to Santee on November 21st from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. during the city’s annual tree-lighting ceremony at Santee Trolley Square, located at 9884 Mission Gorge Road.

EXPLOSIVES STILL LURK AT EX-MILITARY SITES

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 18, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – UT San Diego has published a list of nine danger zones for explosives still lurking beneath the ground at former military sites.  It may surprise you to learn that seven of those are in East County and all nine are in inland areas.

PRESIDENT SET TO ANNOUNCE IMMIGRATION REFORMS

 

By Leon Thompson

November 18, 2014 (Washington D.C.)--President Obama is expected to announce Executive Action to ease Immigration restrictions. The President could unveil as soon as Friday his planned, unilateral overhaul of the nation’s immigration system. Details of the proposed measures remain under wraps, but senior administration officials have said Obama is prepared to “go big,” multiple news agencies report.

WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE AT SDSU AIMS TO INSPIRE COUNSELORS TO HELP STUDENTS ATTAIN COLLEGE DEGREES

 

East County News Service

November 18, 2014 (San Diego)--First Lady Michelle Obama gave a video welcoming message at a White House-sponsored conference designed to help high school counselors motivate more students to get college degrees.  A similar event was recently held at Harvard University.

The First Lady told those present, “I know that if we truly want to help our young people reach their college dreams, we need to support our school counselors. Our young people have so much potential, and they need someone in their lives who (believe) in them, and who can show them the steps they need to take to get to college.”

HELIX WATER CORRUPTION ALLEGED

 

UPDATE November 18, 2014 5 p.m. -- Helix Water District has responded to ECM's request for comments on the 10 News investigation.  Helix contends that an independent inquiry as well as an in-house audit found no irregularities.  You can read the Helix responses here.

 

View part 1 of the 10 News investigation here with links to documents and watch for part 2 airing tonight.

By Miriam Raftery

November 18, 2014 (La Mesa)—Whistleblowers are alleging that a Helix Water District inspector and a contractor conspired to overcharge ratepayers for work that was never done.

The district refused to be interviewed on camera about the allegations.  However an investigation by JW August at 10 News, an East County Magazine news partner, found documents that appear to substantiate some of the claims made by the whistleblowers, employees who spoke under condition that their names not be publicized due to fears of retribution.

East County Magazine has contacted Carlos Lugos, general manager at Helix, for comments on the 10 News investigation. We also inquired whether steps are being taken by the District to assure that overcharges are not made in the future. plus we asked whether competitive bids were obtained for the projects in question.  We will publish any responses once received.

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