COUNTY CODE ENFORCEMENT IS “PROLONGED AND SECRETIVE”; SPRING VALLEY PLANNERS CALL FOR REFORMS

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS SEPT. 3-OCT. 2

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

U.S. MAY END USE OF PRIVATE IMMIGRATION DETENTION FACILITES

BREAKING: CHARGERS SIGN JOEY BOSA

WITNESS SAYS HE SAW MICKEY GUIDRY THE DAY TEEN VANISHED IN THE ANZA-BORREGO DESERT BACK IN 2009

A DIVERSE FIELD OF EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES: BALLOT STATEMENTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: FESTIVALS AND EVENTS AUG. 25-OCT. 2

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH COLIN PARENT: ATTORNEY, ENVIRONMENTALIST AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVOCATE RUNS FOR LA MESA CITY COUNCIL

HELP THE ENVIRONMENT--BE GREEN! DISPOSE OF HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS FREE ON SEPT. 17 IN POTRERO

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

FEATURED PARK: SANTA YSABEL COUNTY PRESERVES

August 31, 2016 (Santa Ysabel) - Explore Santa Ysabel County Preserves before lacing up your hiking boots, strapping on your bike helmet or saddling up for a horseback ride on more than 17.5 miles of trails. Supervising Park Ranger Michael Hubbell takes you off the beaten path with this Q&A on the ecologically diverse County park, which is split into an east and west section.

CHIEF’S CORNER: BRUSH FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR HOMEOWNERS

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

August 30, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- There’s nothing wrong with being defensive, and providing some space!  Firefighting resources can get stretched thin this time of year as multiple brush fires break out. It’s important that homeowners do their part to mitigate the threat of wildfire by creating defensible space around their homes. .

COUNTY CODE ENFORCEMENT IS “PROLONGED AND SECRETIVE”; SPRING VALLEY PLANNERS CALL FOR REFORMS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 30, 2016 (Spring Valley) – The County’s process for enforcement of code violations is “prolonged and secretive,” often with no resolution and no updates provided to those who file complaints, states a letter sent by Lora Lowes, Chair of the Spring Valley Community Planning Group, to County Supervisors and to Mark Wardlaw, director of the county’s Department of Planning and Development Services. 

AZTECS ARE READY FOR NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

 

By Liz Alper

Player photo from left to right:  Christian Chapman, Calvin Munson and Nico Siragusa


August 30, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State football head coach Rocky Long and redshirt sophomore quarterback Christian Chapman, linebacker Calvin Munson and offensive lineman Nico Siragusa held a press conference today at SDSU.  They talked about Saturday's upcoming season opener against the University of New Hampshire.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS SEPT. 3-OCT. 2

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 30, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a living history pageant on Mt. Laguna, the Barona Powwow, a grape stomp festival in Julian, Stockzilla at Santee Lakes and more.

 Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including musical festivals in Santee and Julian, the Sycuan Powwow, a chili cook-off in Alpine, Julian’s Apple Days, and La Mesa’s expanded Oktoberfest.

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

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

East County News Service

August 30, 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.

WORLD

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CUYAMACA COLLEGE AWARDED $2.6 MILLION GRANT TO RAISE ACHIEVEMENT AMONG HISPANIC STUDENTS

 

East County News Service

August 30, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Hispanic students at Cuyamaca College will soon see a significant boost in efforts aimed at guiding them toward obtaining certificates and degrees and transferring to four-year colleges and universities, thanks to a nearly $2.6-million, five-year federal grant.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

 

East County News Service

August 30, 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

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CIVIL WAR NURSING LECTURE AT HISTORY ALIVE: SEPT. 1 IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

August 30, 2016 (Lemon Grove) – The Lemon Grove Historical Society’s next “History Alive” program will feature Donna Vitale Lupinacci, bringing life to the story of American nursing during the Civil War. The event will be held Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. on "History Alive" in the H. Lee House, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove.

ARE YOUR OAK TREES DYING? FREE SEMINAR OCT. 1 IN JAMUL INCLUDES NEW FINDINGS TO SAVE OUR OAKS

 

East County News Service

August 30, 2016 (Jamul) — Oak boring beetles have killed thousands of oak trees across East County.  But now there is hope to save them. On October 1st, the Lyons Valley Trading Post (17608 Lyons Valley Road in Jamul) will host a free workshop under the oak trees. Experts from U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Riverside and Cal Fire will be on hand to share the latest information including treatments that can save your trees.

DEVELOPER SAN ALTOS-LEMON GROVE ISSUED $595,367 PENALTY FOR WATER QUALITY VIOLATIONS

 

Source:  San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board

August 30, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- The San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board has imposed a $595,367 penalty against developer San Altos-Lemon Grove, LLC for water quality violations related to construction activities at its 18-acre Valencia Hills residential development in the city of Lemon Grove. 

POLL SHOWS DEMOCRAT APPLEGATE CHALLENGING 8-TERM CONGRESSMAN ISSA

 

By Chris Jennewein

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

Congressional candidate Doug Applegate greets a supporter. Campaign photo

August 30, 2016 (San Diego) -- A new poll released Monday by the Doug Applegate campaign shows him to be in a statistical dead heat with eight-term Republican Rep. Darrell Issa in the 49th Congressional District.

COMMUNITY CLEANUPS SET FOR CAMPO, BOULEVARD, JACUMBA AND POTRERO IN SEPT-NOV.

 

By Jan Hedlun

August 30, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- The Community Cleanup on Broken Bone Lane on August 27 was a wonderful success. Thank you to EDCO for providing the shipping containers for free. Thank you to The Real Estate Fire Safe Council who made this possible along with CERT and TEAME.

TOUCAN SIGHTINGS IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 29, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – If you see a bird that looks suspiciously like a flying Fruit Loops mascot, you’re probably not imagining it.  Residents from Alpine to Jamul are reporting sightings of a tropical toucan – and the Alpine Community Network website even posted a photo with the observation, “OMG ITS REALLY A TOUCAN!”

THE LA MESA CHAMBER LAUNCHES ANNUAL SENIOR PROJECT

 

Source: La Mesa City Council Press Release

August 29, 2016 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Chamber is beginning to gather items for the seniors that the Chamber adopts each year during the holidays. It is the goal of the Chamber to collect, purchase and assemble items and place them in large gift baskets.

SDSU WOMEN'S SOCCER DROPS MATCH AT NO. 23 LONG BEACH STATE

 

San Diego State plays its second of four consecutive road matches at San Diego on Fri., Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

August 29, 2016 (Long Beach) - San Diego State women’s soccer was unable to overcome a three-goal deficit in the first half and fell to No. 23 Long Beach State, 3-0, on Monday night.

U.S. MAY END USE OF PRIVATE IMMIGRATION DETENTION FACILITES

 

East County Magazine reported on complaints about a CCA private immigration detention facility in San Diego County back in 2011

By Miriam Raftery

August 29, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – Just one week after the U.S. Justice Department announced plans to phase out its use of 13 private prisons due to reports of serious abuse and ineffectiveness, as ECM reported,  Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson today called for a review to determine if use of private immigration detention facilities should be eliminated. The review should be done by November 30.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

 

East County News Service

August 29, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting-edge news that could impact your health and our future.

HEALTH

SCIENCE

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READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR AUG. 29-SEPT. 11

 

Edited by Sam Warren. Please send all notices to: SDWriteWay@gmail.com

August 29, 2016 (San Diego) – Upcoming literary events including open Shakespeare readings, author book signings, book discussions, writing workshops, confessions of a writing coach, and a Star Trek anniversary celebration.

PUBLIC COMMENTS NEEDED BY SEPT. 23 TO HELP SAN DIEGO GET MORE FEDERAL FUNDS FOR HOMELESS

 

By Kim Cooney

August 29, 2016 (San Diego) - On August 10, 2016, Congressman Scott Peters (D-San Diego), along with city and county officials, met to discuss the issue of homelessness in San Diego.  The key question is how funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Development (HUD) can be updated so that San Diego gets its fair share of money each year.  A recent Voice of San Diego report found that despite having the nation’s third largest homeless population, San Diego gets less than many other cities with fewer homeless people.

SDSU WOMEN'S ROWING ADDS BOBBIE SMITH TO COACHING STAFF

 

Aztecs welcome former UCLA rower, Marina Aquatic Center coach as assistant

Source: goaztecs.com press release

August 29, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State women’s rowing head coach Bill Zack announced the hiring Monday of Bobbie Smith as assistant coach. Smith arrives on Montezuma Mesa after a prosperous four-year run with the junior rowing program at the Marina Aquatic Center in Marina Del Rey, Calif. She will be involved in all phases of the Aztec program on and off the water.

LORE OF THE LAGUNAS: LIVING HISTORY PAGEANT SEPT. 3-4

 

East County News Service

August 28, 2016 (Mt Laguna) -- Lore of the Laguna’s (Living History Pageant) returns as the Laguna Mountain Volunteer Association presents its 29th Annual LIVING HISTORY after a two-year hiatus. The past comes alive in this re-enactment of life in the Laguna Mountains, starting in the early 1900s and going back in time. Visit with Native Americans, rugged cowboys and turn-of-the-(last) century mountain men. Meet the first Laguna Forest Ranger, and relive the summer encampment of a 1908 pioneer family from Imperial Valley. How did they survive back then without any modern devices or conveniences and most of all, cell phones or social media? It was a slower pace, but lives were just as eventful and full of adventure as they are now.

CHIEF’S CORNER: BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY TIPS

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Let’s All Have A Little Class!

August 30, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- When I was younger I hated all the “back to school commercials and ads.” It was the dreaded reminder summer was over and it was back to school time!

One class we all need is, It’s important to use extra caution while driving as excited students will be walking, bicycling, driving, riding buses and may not be paying attention while traveling to and from school.

Let’s take our first lesson with some safety reminders:

WITNESS SAYS HE SAW MICKEY GUIDRY THE DAY TEEN VANISHED IN THE ANZA-BORREGO DESERT BACK IN 2009

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 28, 2016 (Anza-Borrego Desert) – A reader of East County Magazine has come forward to say that he saw Mickey James Guidry , then 16, at the site where the Jeep driven by the teen broke down in the Anza-Borrego Desert over Thanksgiving weekend back in November 2009—just before Mickey went missing  The witness says he saw Mickey speaking with a couple who offered him a ride, and showed him a map with possible routes Mickey may have later taken on foot.   

The Jeep Mickey was driving was found 22-miles along Fish Creek Wash, its tire worn down to the rim and bumper torn off. Mickey’s wallet and ID were left in the Jeep. His cell phone was not working.  To this day, nobody knows if he managed to walk out or get a ride and go away voluntarily.

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR MURDER IN BORREGO SPRINGS

 

East County News Service

August 28, 2016 (Borrego Springs) – Mark Peter Waugh, 53, has been arrested for the murder of a man found dead yesterday morning in a home at 430 Verbena Drive in Borrego Springs,

The victim has been identified as Brett Leslie Boynton, 52. The Borrego Sun reports that the deceased worked in the kitchen at Carlee’s restaurant in Borrego Springs.

According to the Medical Examiner, Boynton died of blunt force trama and possible strangulation. His death has been ruled a homicide.

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