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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 25, 2016 (San Diego) — Conrad Prebys, a generous philanthropist who supported numerous San Diego nonprofit organizations, health and education centers, died Sunday, July 24th of cancer at Scripps Mercy Hospital with his family at his side.
July 25, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State women’s basketball head coach Stacie Terry revealed the team’s 2016 non-conference schedule Monday, with an invitation to the Seton Hall Tournament over Thanksgiving Weekend and a December home date with Big Ten member Michigan, highlighting the Aztecs’ 11-game slate.
July 25, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State women’s soccer head coach Mike Friesen revealed his team’s 2016 schedule on Friday. The Aztecs’ 18-game schedule features eight home games, including the season opener vs. UCLA, and does not include the return of the Mountain West Championship to SDSU Sports Deck in early November.
July 25, 2016 (Philadelphia) -- California's 546 delegates in Philadelphia for the Democratic National Convention could be met by hundreds of anti-poverty protesters on the convention's opening day. The Poor People's Economic Human Rights Campaign is holding the "March for Our Lives" demonstration in Philadelphia on Monday.
Regulators seek to prevent another disaster like Aliso Canyon gas leak
By Suzanne Potter, California News Service
July 25, 2016 (Sacramento) -- Regulators with the California Air Resources Board (ARB) at a hearing on Thursday removed a major loophole from proposed new rules on oil and natural gas facilities, in an effort to prevent another disaster like the massive gas leak at Aliso Canyon last fall. The proposed rules require more inspections of all surface facilities, existing and new, including those offshore.
July 24, 2016 (San Diego) -- More than half (56 percent) of at-risk youth in the San Diego region reported marijuana was the first illicit substance they ever used, up from 34 percent in 2007, and they reported marijuana was even easier to obtain than tobacco, according to data compiled by the SANDAG Substance Abuse Monitoring (SAM) Program.
July 24, 2016 (San Diego) - Eric S. Birnbaum, Special Agent In Charge, San Diego FBI Field Office, is releasing bank robbery statistics for the first six months of 2016. The San Diego FBI Field Office investigates bank robberies occurring in San Diego and Imperial County.
For the first six months of 2016 (January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016), there were a total of 25 bank robberies, compared to 18 for this same time period in 2015 (28% increase). There was a total of 48 bank robberies for calendar year 2015. Calendar year 2014 totaled 101 bank robberies with 49 occurring in the first six months (January 1, 2014 – June 30, 2014).
The following is a breakdown of bank robberies by location for January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016.
Source: Grossmont-Cuyamaca College District news release
July 24, 2016 (El Cajon) - For the second time in three years, Grossmont College has won the Chet DeVore Award for having the most successful men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic program in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.
July 24, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Toyota and Honda of El Cajon and Wells Fargo Dealer Services presented a $22,700 donation to the YMCA of San Diego County. The donation was made in appreciation of Toyota and Honda of El Cajon’s ongoing community support efforts. The funds will help the YMCA of San Diego’s mission of strengthening its community through offering programs that support youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.
July 24, 2016 (Alpine) -- Assemblyman Brian Jones (R-Santee) will be hosting the 6th Annual 2nd Amendment Awareness event at the Lemon Grove Rod & Gun Club in Alpine on Saturday, October 1st, 2016. This event is open to the general public, and can accommodate first-time shooters or experienced marksmen.
July 24, 2016 (San Diego) -- So, let’s channel the cranky ghost of George Wallace as he justified his 1968 run for the presidency when he noted, “There's not a dime's worth of difference between the Democrat and Republican parties.” What do we know about that in our day, in this election season?
At the presidential level, we might conclude that:
July 24, 2016 (Los Angeles) - Lions Tigers & Bears, an Alpine-based nonprofit rescue organization, is helping with fire evacuation efforts at Wildlife Waystation, a non-profit animal sanctuary located in East Los Angeles County, The Wildlife Waystation is home to over 400 animals of varying species—from exotic birds and monkeys to lions, tigers, bears and over 40 chimpanzees.
Emergency evacuation efforts at Wildlife Waystation started yesterday as the Santa Clarita fire AKA the Sand Fire whipped through the area at an alarming rate. The fire has now charred over 3,000 acres.
July 24, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The filing period to run for local offices is now open, closing August 12. Concerned citizens can often make positive differences in their communities by become elected officials serving as members of school boards, community planning groups, fire boards, water boards, hospital districts, city councils, or as mayors.
July 24, 2016 (Ramona) – San Diego County winemakers picked up more medals for outstanding wine at the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association (RVVA) Awards Dinner for the 2016 RVVA Lum Eisenman Wine Competition on June 22.
July 24, 2016 (San Diego) -- Law schools that are not accredited by the American Bar Association would be required to post more information about tuition costs, class sizes, number of faculty, bar passage rate and employment outcomes for their students under a bill by Senator Marty Block (D-San Diego) and approved this weektoday by the governor.
July 24, 2016 (El Cajon) - See “Around the World in 80 Days,” a timeless tale of amazing adventures as Phineas Fogg attempts to circumnavigate the globe in less than 80 days in order to win a sizeable wager. The play is based on the novel Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne.
Source: Monica Zech, Public Information Officer for the City of El Cajon
Photo by Leon Thompson
July 24, 2016 (El Cajon) – From classic cruises to an El Cajon Walks! Meet-up group, museum exhibits, musicals and more, there’s a lot happening this month and next in El Cajon. Plus, nominations are being sought for the Women in Leadership and Veteran of the Year awards.
July 24, 2016 (El Cajon) -- Heartland Fire & Rescue units were dispatched to a reported fire at Kaelin’s market in the 1400 block of East Main Street on Friday afternoon. Fire crews arrived within four minutes to find a single story commercial building under construction with smoke inside the building. A second alarm was quickly called due to the extreme heat conditions firefighters were facing and the potential of fire spread.
No filing fees, ballot statement costs $315 to $360 in smaller trustee districts
By Miriam Raftery
July 24, 2016 (San Diego’s East County ) – For the first time, the Grossmont Union High School District will hold elections in November for individual trustee districts. There are no filing fees, though modest fees are charged for candidates to publish ballot statements. With smaller districts, the cost for ballot statements is far less than in the past --just $315 in Trustee Area 1 (Lemon Grove/Spring Valley/La Prensa),which is an open seat, and $360 in Trustee Area 2 (La Mesa/Casa de Oro/Mt. Helix and part of Rancho San Diego) currently represented by Jim Stieringer.
The candidate filing period opened July 18 and closes August 12th. August 12 is also the deadline for candidates to submit ballot statements, which for the first time will be accepted electronically.
From the Editors of E - The Environmental Magazine
Dear EarthTalk: Why do environmentalists consider Hawaii “ground zero” in the fight against genetically engineered crops? -- Michael Van, Poughkeepsie, NY
July 24, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - Most of us think of beaches, surfing and luaus when we think of Hawaii. But the constantly warm and moist climate actually provides some of the most productive land in the world with a never-ending growing season. As a result, Hawaii has become a major player in commercial agriculture, and is frequently used to test new farming techniques.