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PARTY WITH THE PRESS! A "FUN" RAISING EVENT FOR EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE OCT. 26 AT NEXT DOOR WINE & CRAFT BREW BAR

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

HEALTH DEPT. AND COURTS BACK NEIGHBORS IN COMPLAINTS AGAINST TWO WIND FARMS

NEW 500 kV POWER LINES PROPOSED ACROSS EAST COUNTY : MEETINGS OCT. 20-21

ALPINE TAXPAYERS AND ALPINE SCHOOL DISTRICT SUE GROSSMONT HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT


PARTY WITH THE PRESS! A "FUN" RAISING EVENT FOR EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE OCT. 26 AT NEXT DOOR WINE & CRAFT BREW BAR

PARTY WITH THE PRESS!

We cordially invite you to "Party with the Press" & benefit East County Magazine's nonprofit community media:

Sunday, October 26 from 4-7 p.m.  at Next Door Wine & Craft Beer Bar

7235 El Cajon Blvd.in San Diego  (just east of La Mesa; take I-8 to 70th, left on El Cajon Blvd.)

Includes wine tasting & craft beer tasting, great foods, fabulous prizes, & fun galore! 

Reserve early - space is limited!  Details below. Cheers!

NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY ON DISPLAY AT MISSION TRAILS

 

October 24, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - The Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) is pleased to present an exhibition featuring two award-winning Photographers - Janine Free and Beverly LaRock.

JINGLE PAWS MOVES TO WATER CONSERVATION GARDEN FOR DEC. 6 EVENT

 

October 24, 2014 (Rancho San Diego)--The Jingle Paws walk will be taking place December 6, 2014 at a new location: the Water Conservation Garden at Cuyamaca College.

READER'S EDITORIAL: SMEAR CAMPAIGN IN ALPINE

 

By Ben Locke, Alpine

October 24, 2014 (Alpine) - With the election nearing, even in Alpine, I have seen some negative campaigning. I would like to  provide my opinion on Lou Russo.

SUPERIOR COURT PLANS TO CLOSE EAST COUNTY APPEALS AND SMALL CLAIMS COURT: PUBLIC COMMENTS NOW BEING ACCEPTED

 

October 24, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – San Diego Superior Court has announced plans to close its appeals and small claims operations in East County, as well as North and South County. The decision would mean major inconvenience and travel costs for residents who live far away from Kearny Mesa, where operations would be centralized. The public can comment on this proposed plan up until December 21st.  Below are details:

OBAMA ISSUES ORDER TO IMPROVE CREDIT & DEBIT CARD SECURITY

 

October 24, 2014 (Washington D.C.)  - President Barack Obama has issue a White House initiative introducing PIN technology to make credit transactions more secure, providing greater security for both business owners and consumers.

POLITICAL WRANGLING: GAFFES, GOOFS AND MUDSLINGING IN EAST COUNTY RACES

 

By Buck Shott

October 25, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- The mud is flying as the clock ticks down to the November 4th election.  Here are some of the latest juicy stories, scandals and mud-slinging tactics on the campaign trail in San Diego and East County.

COUNTY PARTNERS WITH SDSU TO MAKE EMERGENCY ALERTS GO VIRAL

 

October 23, 2014 (San Diego)—The County of San Diego is teaming up with San Diego State University to make emergency alerts go viral over Twitter. 

The project is the brainchild of SDSU geography professor Ming Hsiang-Tsou, who directors the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age on campus.  Thanks to a million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation, Tsou has been studying how the County’s Office of Emergency Services can spread alerts about disasters such as earthquakes or wildfires quickly and to targeted areas—even if traditional means of communications such as phone lines aren’t working.

ARREST MADE IN MURDER OF WOMAN FOUND BURIED IN BOULEVARD

 

East County News Service

October 22, 2014 (Boulevard)—David Williams was arrested in Lakeside on Saturday, October 11th by the San Diego Regional Fugitive Task Force. He is charged with the murder of Christine Crosby, his former girlfriend whose body was found buried in a shallow grave just east of Mile Marker 29 on Old Highway 80 in Boulevard.

PADRE DAM BREAKS GROUND ON ADVANCED WATER PURIFICATION DEMONSTRATION PROJECT

 

Project to begin operation in early 2015

October 23, 2014 (Santee)--With California’s ongoing drought and the cost of imported water continuing to rise, Padre Dam Municipal Water District broke ground yesterday on its new Advanced Water Purification Demonstration Project. The project, funded through a three million dollar Proposition 50 grant from the Department of Water Resources, will use advanced water purification technologies to potentially diversify East County’s water supply by providing a new source of water that is safe, reliable, locally controlled and drought-proof. The project is scheduled to begin operation in March 2015.

HIT PIECE TARGETS ALPINE SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATE

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 24, 2014 (Alpine) – A negative campaign mailer  targeting Alpine School Board candidate Lou Russo (photo, left) was funded by the Public Safety PAC based in San Carlos.  Russo is, in fact, endorsed by the Fraternal Order of Police in San Diego County. 

Among those contributing major funds to the Public Safety PAC is local Diamond dealer, CK Diamonds who is owned by Charles “Chuck” Kaderabek. Kaderabek withdrew his nomination from the Alpine Planning Group after Russo exposed Kaderabek’s string of tax liens, tax delinquencies and lapsed law license.

The Public Safety PAC has also been exposed as being behind mailers targeting La Mesa City Council candidate Mary England, who has the endorsement of La Mesa’s police, fire and public safety unions.

2 ARRESTED FOR SEPTEMBER MURDER IN EL CAJON

 

October 24, 2014 (El Cajon)—El Cajon Police announce the arrest yesterday of Paul Julian Sosa III and Homero Viscarroa Palomino.  They are charged with murder, robbery and conspiracy in the death of John Francis, 38, who died of a gunshot wound on September 18.

GROUNDBREAKING SET FOR WALKER PRESERVE TRAIL PROJECT

 

Source: City of Santee

October 22, 2014 (Santee)--The city of Santee has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 23 to mark the beginning of construction of a new 1.3-mile-long multi-use recreational trail along the San Diego River known as the Walker Preserve Trail Project.

SD PROFESSIONAL EDITORS NETWORK (SD/PEN) HOSTS FIELD TRIP TO DIGITAL PUBLISHER NOV. 20

 

October 23, 2014 (San Diego) —San Diego Professional Editors Network (SD/PEN) invites you to join a field trip and meeting on Thursday, November 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 at Clearstory Creative Digital Publishers (8320 Miramar Mall, San Diego 92121).  Host and presenter Debara Medina, CEO and owner of Clearstory Creative Digital Publishers, will show you the behind-the-scenes workings of a book publisher.

MT. HELIX DEATH LINKED TO WEST NILE VIRUS

 

 

 

East County News Service

October 23, 2014 (Mt. Helix) – A Mt. Helix resident who died October 10th at Grossmont Hospital is believed to have died of West Nile Virus, 10 News reports. He may have been bitten by a mosquito in Eucalyptus Park in La Mesa, at the base of Mt. Helix, his daughter has said.

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

 

By Marcia Tolin

Editor’s note:  La Mesa Today reports that Guy McWhirter has admitted to funding the negative mailers targeting his opponent, Mary England, and funneling the money through the non-local “Public Safety Advocates” PAC. England in fact has the endorsement of La Mesa’s police, fire and public employees’ associations. The same PAC sent a hit piece on an Alpine candidate found to contain false information including endorsements denied by some inidividuals named.

October 24, 2014 (La Mesa)--For the first time that I can remember, defamatory mailers or “hit pieces” have been delivered in La Mesa from big money and outside interests.  Mary England who has the only endorsement by the La Mesa Police Officers’ Association is being attacked by a “PAC”, or Political Action Committee calling itself “Public Safety Advocates” out of Encinitas.  The PAC is specifically targeting just one candidate, the only woman and the one with the most experience running in a field of five for the two open seats on the La Mesa City Council.  Why now and for this position?  Who is really behind this?

If we follow the money, we don’t have to look very far. Public records (Form 496) shows a contribution from Guy McWhirter, who donated $5,000 on 10/13/2014.  The “Public Safety Advocates” who have thus far put out three hit pieces on Mary have received their money not only from Guy McWhirter, but from many builders and developers, and a local Diamond dealer, CK Diamonds who is owned by Charles “Chuck” Kaderabek from El Cajon.

FIVE SALES, ONE LOCATION BENEFIT HERITAGE OF AMERICAS MUSEUM CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS: NOW THROUGH OCT. 31

 

October 22, 2014 (Rancho San Diego, CA)-- The Heritage of the Americas Museum, located on the campus of Cuyamaca College in Rancho San Diego, is holding a huge benefit sale to support the Museum’s programs for local elementary school children.  Over 4,000 students come to the Museum each school year for docent-led tours.  Volunteers also make presentations in school classrooms.  The sale is called “Five Sales! One Location!” and is an Art Sale, Rummage Sale, Jewelry Sale, Gems and Minerals Sale, and a Fossils Sale.  Items for sale are donated by Museum members, over 300 households.

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

 

Listen now! (audio files may take a few moments to load)

Congresswoman Susan Davis: http://kiwi6.com/file/xfmt493q90

Challenger Larry Wilske: http://kiwi6.com/file/41cph92w6r

October 23, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – We sat down for in-depth interviews with Congresswoman Susan Davis, a Democrat, and her opponent, Republican Larry Wilske, a Navy Seal.   Hear their views on jobs, the economy, energy, women’s issues, education, healthcare, Social Security, military actions in the Middle East and the refugee crisis, immigration, border security, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the needs of veterans and military families, the prospects of another government shut-down, and more.

Wilske called for boots on the ground in Syria, reform of NAFTA to encourage manufacturing in the U.S., creation of a cross-border rail line, increased use of oil refineries, nuclear and algae fuels, arming teachers to reduce school violence, stopping employers from hiring illegal immigrants, and allowing veterans to receive private healthcare when VA hospitals are backlogged.  

Davis discussed ideas to increase commerce at the border, boost funding for National Institute of Health research on Ebola, strengthen public education and keep college affordable, boost the economy through immigration reform, protect healthcare , Social Security and women’s rights, address climate change and seek a long-range strategy for addressing the ISIL terrorist threats in Syria and Iraq.

CLOGGING FIDDLER CELIA LAWLEY PERFORMS AT RAMONA RANCH WINERY OCT. 25

 

October 22, 2014 (Ramona) – Ramona Ranch Winery invites guests to celebrate Oktoberfest complete with a live performance by Celia Lawley, a singing and clogging fiddler player/songwriter who has performed extensively across the U.S. and Canada. Trezette’s Catering will offer bratwurst sandwiches topped with onion/pepper or sauerkraut, along with bacon-horseradish potato salad.

SAN DIEGO MOVES TO MANDATORY WATER RESTRICTIONS

 

East County News Service

October 22, 2014 (San Diego)--By a unanimous vote, San Diego’s City Council has voted to impose mandatory water restrictions starting November 1st.

HEAR INTERVIEWS WITH SANTEE COUNCILMAN JOHN MINTO AND CHALLENGER MAGGIE ACERRA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

East County News Service

East County Magazine invited all five candidates running for Santee City Council to be interviewed on our radio show on KNSJ.  Two have participated thus far. (We hope to add more soon, so check back.)

 Incumbent Councilman John Minto, a former detective and chair of the East County Economic Development Council, says Santee is enjoying a robust economy and takes pride in his accomplishments, such as creating a public-private partnership to build a sports park and creating jobs.

Challenger Maggie Acerra, a budget and finance specialist, says she is running to be a voice for the people, increase public awareness of upcoming issues, and believes the council is too cozy with developers.

Hear our interviews ( note: audio files may take a few moments to load):

Maggie Acerra interview: http://kiwi6.com/file/dubmlczdpo

John Minto interview: http://kiwi6.com/file/9a9jrsqh0b

MUD FLIES IN LA MESA MAYORAL RACE

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 22, 2014 (La Mesa)—The campaign for La Mesa’s Mayoral race has turned negative.  Mayor Art Madrid’s campaign committee has sent a mailer to voters titled “The Real `Dr. A’ regarding his opponent, Councilman Mark Arapostathis. 

Arapostathis has responded with a detailed e-mail to East County Magazine saying the claims are untrue and “intended to deceive.” He added that La Mesa residents are “sick and tired of negative politics; that is why we need to change.”

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: DON'T BE A PUMPKIN HEAD!

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

October 21, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - There’s a lot to cover for Halloween Safety and rather be a Pumpkin Head, let go over a few safety reminders advises Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult.  Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you. Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. Limit the amount of treats you eat.  Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and others see you. Always walk and don't run from house to house.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

October 22, 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

 

October 22, 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/REGIONAL

STATE

For excerpts and links to full stories, scroll down.

2 CANDIDATES AIM TO HALT RATE HIKES IN HELIX WATER DISTRICT

 

 

East County News Service

Four candidates are running for two seats on the Helix Water District Board.  We invited all four to be interviewed on our radio show and two of them responded. In our radio interviews, we asked candidates their views on the drought, creating new regional water supplies, the tiered rate structure, budget priorities, the future of Lake Jennings, and transparency, among other issues.

You can listen to their interviews here:

Kathleen Hedberg interview: http://kiwi6.com/file/cg9yf06gmm

Steven Rotsart interview: http://kiwi6.com/file/o49k8zokbs

Hedberg is an incumbent and civil engineer who is running as a ratepayers’ advocate. She voted against rate hikes passed by the board majority.  Her opponent is Maria Mariscal, who has worked for the County Water Authority. 

Rotsart says he’s running because rates are too high, having nearly tripled in the past nine years. He He believes his experience in nonprofits will help him bring financial accountability to the board. He is running against incumbent Deana Verbeke, whose website says she is a voice of ratepayers but who voted consistently to raise rates despite objections from the vast majority of ratepayers who submitted public comments.

CAL FIRE CHIEF DISPUTES CANDIDATE STATEMENTS IN SAN MIGUEL FIRE RACE

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 22, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—CAL FIRE Tony Mecham, head of the County Fire Authority,  has contacted East County Magazine to dispute statements and factual claims made by two candidates running for the San Miguel Fire District Board in their responses to our candidate questionnaire.  

Chief Mecham states that he is not endorsing any candidate but adds, “There are numerous statements that are factually false.”

BARNES & NOBLE: LOCAL AUTHOR NIGHT

 

By Dennis Moore

October 22, 2014 (Valencia, California) - Steve Springer, co-author of Laker Girl, with Jeanie Buss, the NBA Los Angeles Lakers President and Governor, will be one of 10 authors at the annual Barnes & Noble “Local Author Night” in Valencia, California on Friday, October 24th, 2014 at 7:00PM. This writer had the distinct pleasure and honor of writing a review of Springer’s book for the East County Magazine in San Diego several months ago. Steve Springer is a former sportswriter who spent 25 years at the Los Angeles Times. He is the author of 11 books, including four on the Los Angeles Lakers, and the coauthor of the New York Time bestseller American Son with Oscar De La Hoya. Another memorable book by Springer, and a keepsake, is 50th Anniversary: The Los Angeles Times Encyclopedia of the Lakers. This is a must have for all Lakers fans, me included.

BAJA BLOG: LA MISION EQUESTRIANS - MORE ABOUT HORSES IN BAJA

 

By Susan A Mahalick

October 21, 2014 (Baja, Mexico)--In my previous article about Black Cross Winery and the Pretty Horses Ranch, I touched on how important both wine and horses are in this part of Baja. Now I want to expand on a group founded by Carla Jesme to help pay for the upkeep of her horse. She arrived here and fell in love with horses and the way of life in La Misión, with all the unpaved roads and trails up in the hills, along with beach rides.

ZOO'S SAFARI PARK WORKS TO SAVE RARE RHINOS

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 22, 2014 (San Pasqual) – The San Diego Zoo Safari Park in San Pasqual is working to save one of the most endangered animals on earth.

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