OLÉ! A SPANISH FIESTA APRIL 26 WITH EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE: FABULOUS PRIZES ADDED!

SUPREME COURT WEIGHS IN ON FRAUD AND GAS PRICE-FIXING IN CALIFORNIA

CALIFORNIA FIRE AGENCIES ROLL OUT ONLINE CAMPFIRE PERMIT

VINEYARD GRANT JAMES ANNOUNCE EVENT SERIES IN RAMONA

CIRCLE PLAYERS PRESENT "CAFE MURDER" MAY 1-3 IN EL CAJON

BEST HAPPY HOURS IN EAST COUNTY

EL CAJON COUNCIL MOVES FORWARD ON ALCOHOL INITIATIVE

MWD APPROVES 15% CUTS TO SAN DIEGO COUNTY WATER SUPPLIES

BLACKWATER GUARDS SENTENCED: 30 YEARS TO LIFE FOR MASSACRE IN IRAQ

BEECH-NUT RECALLS BABY FOOD DUE TO BROKEN GLASS IN JARS

CLAIMS OF ISIS CAMP ON TEXAS-MEXICO BORDER DEBUNKED

LATEST DROUGHT NEWS: DUST BOWL COMPARISON, IMPACTS ON LOCAL GROWERS, AND WATER THEFT CONCERNS

SUPREME COURT WEIGHS IN ON FRAUD AND GAS PRICE-FIXING IN CALIFORNIA

 

East County News Service

April 22, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – Remember Enron?

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that energy companies accused of illegal manipulation of natural gas prices during California’s energy crisis 10 years ago can be sued under the state’s anti-trust laws.

STUDY: DOCTOR SHORTAGE FOR BOOMING LATINO POPULATION IN CA, U.S.

 

By Suzanne Porter, Public News Service

Photo credit: chilombiano/morguefile.com

April 22, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Over the past 30 years, the Latino population in the United States has risen by 243 percent. But during that same period, according to a UCLA study of census data, the number of Latino doctors has decreased 22 percent.

SYCUAN CASINO & ALESMITH BREWING COMPANY PARTNER TO CREATE BREWER'S DINNER APRIL 28

 

April 21, 2015 (El Cajon)-- Something is brewing at Sycuan Casino. The entertainment and gaming destination has partnered with one of San Diego’s favorite beer makers, AleSmith Brewing Company, to create an exclusive four-course Brewer’s Dinner. The event will take place on Tuesday, April 28th beginning at 6:30p.m. at the casino’s popular GameDay Sports Bar & Grill and will feature delicious craft beer and custom dishes made specially for the event.

MCDONALD'S IS LATEST TO PLEDGE TO ELIMINATE DEFORESTATION FROM SUPPLY CHAIN

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Greg Hume

April 22, 2015 (Washington D.C.)--McDonald’s, the world’s largest fast-food chain, is the latest company that has pledged to eliminate deforestation from its global supply chains. Palm oil deforestation leads to destruction of habitat for endangered and threatened species such as orangutans, elephants, rhinoceros and tigers.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: IT'S THIS THING CALLED STRESS....

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

April 21, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--It surrounds us all.  At home, driving, work, in stores, school, the news, everywhere you go it’s there. It’s this thing called “stress.”  Like water, it find its way into every level and area in our life. Unfortunately it’s very unhealthy reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna. It’s been reported to cause heart disease, ulcers, headaches, obesity, depression, anxiety, and accelerates aging to name a few. "It can exacerbate just about any health condition you can think of."

BAJA BLOG: LA SALINA CANTINA IN LA MISION, A REAL MEXICAN CANTINA

 

Story and photos by Susan A Mahalick

April 20, 2015 (Baja, Mexico)--Located as an exit off the toll road, or Cuota, is La Salina at Km 73. Two exits after crossing the bridge with the estuary to the left as you travel south from Rosarito is a public beach with palapas to the right. It is Easter weekend which traditionally starts the official camping on the beaches, no matter the weather, as Mexicali, Tijuana and Tecate empty out for all the free camping in this part of Baja. Here the fee is $500 pesos, around $4 at the current exchange rate, per vehicle which accounts for this beach not being overcrowded.

YUCCA BLOOMS ADD FLOWERING FINISH TO ORGANIC SALAD

 

April 20, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Greg and Dianne Dunne have submitted this tempting recipe – ideal for hiking enthusiasts and nature lovers in our high desert regions.   Spanish Yucca blossoms are “growing everywhere and in bloom right now,” says Greg Dunne, a produce manager, though the special ingredient here is one you’ll have to harvest yourself.

8.0 QUAKE, TSUNAMI POSSIBLE IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos: 2010 quake in Mexico, 2004 tsunami in Indonesia

April 21, 2015 (San Diego)—Scientists studying the Ventura fault north of Los Angeles have concluded the fault line is more dangerous than previously thought.  Now, seismologists have concluded the Ventura fault could produce a quake measuring 8.0 on the Richter scale – along with a tsuami capable of inundating coastal areas of Southern California, affecting hundreds of miles.

6 SOMALI-AMERICANS FACE TERROR CHARGES, 2 ARRESTED IN SAN DIEGO

 

East County News Service

April 20, 2015 (San Diego)—The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s office in Minnesota have announced that six Somali-American men have been charged with conspiracy to support a terrorism organization, including two who were arrested in San Diego.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS APRIL 23

 

April 23, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --This week’s Destination East County includes our own Spanish Fiesta in Ramona to benefit East County Magazine, as well as Cuyamaca College’s Spring Garden Festival and the East County Garden tour. Plus we’ll also have a preview of coming attractions including … So stay tuned for all of these events and more!

CAMPO-LAKE MORENA ANNUAL ROUNDUP MAY 2

 

April 19, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The 9th annual Campo-Lake Morena Roundup is set to be held on Saturday, May 2nd at the Camp Lockett Event and Equesterian Facility (799 Forrest Gate Rd.) in Campo. Gates open at 7 a.m. with opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. and presentation of this year’s grand marshall at 10 a.m. Period costumes are welcome.

BREW BEAT: NEXT DOOR, A COZY NEIGHBORHOOD BEER AND WINE BAR

 

By Ed Barrena

March 15, 2015 (La Mesa)--A trip to Next Door Beer and Wine Bar is a good idea, especially if you happen to be a beer person who spends a significant amount of time with wine people, or vice-versa.



With a nice variety of craft beers on tap and a fine wine selection, this is a great place to spend some quality time with special company. The atmosphere is less “Bar” and more “Next Door”, with a certain coziness that will enhance any gathering.

REVIEW: DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

 

Playing now through April 25 at Valhalla High School Theatre Arts

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate and Youth Reviewer sdtheatrereviews

April 19, 2015 (El Cajon) - Who doesn't love the romance of Beauty and the Beast? In a land far far away called Valhalla, the young adults came to entertain and entertain us they did. Was the show perfect, of course not. But where it lacked in singing, they definitely made up for in acting. This tale as old as time was funny, charming and totally well-acted. Bringing a slice of enchantment to those who ventured forth upon their theatre.

PAVEMENT REHAB PROJECT ON HIGHWAY 67 TO BEGIN CONSTRUCTION

 

April 20, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) -- A project to rehabilitate the pavement on the main lanes, shoulders and ramps on State Route 67 from Interstate 8 to the San Diego River Bridge north of Mapleview Street is scheduled to begin Monday.  The work will also include installation of new guardrail and concrete barrier.

PRODUCE PICKS: KALE IS KING (LOCALLY GROWN)

 

Recipe:  Sauteed Sherry Kale

By Greg Dunne

April 19, 2015 (Alpine)--Wow, Easter dinner was good! Most of the dinner was healthy – but maybe I had a bit too much dressing on the salad, or went a little heavy with gravy on the mashed potatoes and then sampled all of the desert items even though I was full. Sautéing some fresh greens this week will be delicious and healthy and will do the trick on getting back to eating healthy.

AMERICA ON MAIN STREET BRINGS FREE RIDES, MUSIC AND MORE TO EL CAJON MAY 16

 

By Robert Gehr (c)2015

April 19, 2015 (El Cajon) – America on Main Street, a fun-filled family event, is being held this year on Saturday - May 16th, in the downtown El Cajon area, beginning at 8:00 a.m. and lasting until 8:00 p.m.

COCCI STUDY GROUP TAKES HARD LOOK AT VALLEY FEVER

 

By Janice Arenofsky

Illustration: U.S.Centers for Disease Control

April 19, 2015 (La Jolla) --The 59th annual meeting of the Cocci Study Group, an academic network of scientists, physicians and health activists dedicated to researching coccidioidomycosis (widely known as Valley Fever), met on April 10 at UCSD in La Jolla.

NAVY OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO SELLING CLASSIFIED SHIP SCHEDULES AS BRIBERY PROBE WIDENS

 

Source: U.S. Attorney’s office

April 18, 2015 (San Diego)--U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Todd Dale Malaki has pled guilty to bribery charges in federal court admitting that he accepted cash, hotel expenses and  services of a prostitute in return for providing classified U.S. Navy ship schedules and other internal Navy information to  defense contracting executive.

ISIS VIDEO SHOWS KILLINGS OF 15 CHRISTIANS IN LIBYA

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 18, 2015 (San Diego)—A video released by the Islamic State, or ISIS, shows the apparent killings of 15 Christians in Libya—half by beheading, the rest by shooting. The victims are believed to be Ethiopian Christians, CNN reports.  A message in the graphic 29-minute video makes clear the executions were motivated by religious hate, stating “Muslim blood shed under the hand of your religion is not cheap.”

HERE'S THE BUZZ: HOT COUNCIL ITEMS THIS WEEK

 

East County News Service

April 19, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)—From beekeeping to mobile home park expansion, here are the hot items on local city council agendas this week in Lemon Grove and Santee.

RAMADI UNDER SEIGE BY ISIS, ALLIES RECLAIM SEIZED REFINERY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Ramadi mosque in 2004, U.S. Marine Corps

April 19, 2015 (San Diego)--The battle between Islamic State extremists, or ISIS, is intensifying in the Middle East. Here are the latest developments.

CALIFORNIA FIRE AGENCIES ROLL OUT ONLINE CAMPFIRE PERMIT

 

Fire Prevention Urged for Memorial Day Weekend

April 19, 2015 (Sacramento) -- As Californians make their Memorial Day weekend and summer vacation plans, CAL FIRE and federal fire agencies want to ensure vacationers obtain necessary campfire permits and learn how to have a campfire safely.

The California Wildfire Coordination Group (CWCG) has unveiled a new fire prevention website, www.PreventWildfireCA.org , which for the first time offers an online campfire permit section.

“The new online system makes it easier for Californians to get a permit, while still taking the time to learn  how to have a campfire safely,” said Chief Ken Pimlott, CAL FIRE director. “It is critical that a responsible adult be in attendance of your campfire at all times and that it is completely extinguished before you leave to avoid sparking a wildfire. One less spark means one less wildfire.”

VINEYARD GRANT JAMES ANNOUNCE EVENT SERIES IN RAMONA

 

East County News

April 19, 2015 (Ramona) –Vineyard Grant James in Ramona announces a series of events. Whether your tastes run to a winemakers’ dinner to a mother’s day weekend with flowers and chocolates for Mom, you’ll find plenty to savor. The winery also offers a yoga and writing regreat, gourmet foodie potluck, a fundraiser for Ramona high school and a summer of sangria kick-off at the winery, as well as several events off-site.  In addition, Grant James has live music every Sunday afternoon.

For a full list of events and details, click read more and scroll down.

COMMEMORATION OF AGE-OLD EL GRANITO SPRINGS

 

PHOTO: Paul Barnes, president of Shea Homes in San Diego ,presents El Cajon historian and author Eldonna Lay with a check for his firm’s lifetime membership in the El Cajon Historical Society. The two stand behind a historic marker installed by Shea Homes to commemorate the adjacent ancient site of El Granito Springs that once flowed beside the high granite ridge along Avocado Blvd. Photographer: archivist Mike Kaszuba, El Cajon Historical Society.

East County News Service

April 16, 2015 (El Cajon )--The boulder and brass plaque requested by the El Cajon Historical Society honors the ten thousand years or more that El Granito’s spring waters were used by tribes of local and far-flung Indian nations traveling between the desert and the Pacific Ocean shores.

BEWARE OF FAKE IRS COLLECTION CALLS

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 17, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)—Our dinner hour was interrupted twice recently by automated calls claiming to be from the IRS.  The messages were intimidating, claiming we owed a tax debt and threatening dire consequences if we wouldn’t pay up promptly.

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: NUTHATCHES

 

April 16, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Greg Dunne snapped these images, and sent this note:  “These Kooky White-breasted Nuthatches have been giving my wife and me some enjoyment with their nesting the last couple of weeks. I say kooky because they spend a lot of their time upside down. Walking head first down the trunk of the pine tree looking for insects. They also feed on seeds and we enjoy them at our feeder.”

CUYAMACA COLLEGE'S COYOTE MUSIC FESTIVAL MAY 2: A HOWLING GOOD TIME

 

April 17, 2015 (Rancho San Diego)--Six homegrown bands playing an eclectic mix of folk, jazz, pop and rock will perform on two stages on the grand lawn of Cuyamaca College at the Coyote Music Festival noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 2. Now in its seventh year, the entirely student-run festival will provide the community a free afternoon of live music by local talent in a family-friendly venue, where picnic blankets and lawn chairs are the best seats in the house.

CIRCLE PLAYERS PRESENT "CAFE MURDER" MAY 1-3 IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

April 18, 2015 (El Cajon)-- “Café Murder” will be presented by The Circle Players of East County, a new community theatre group, May 1 through May 3 at Richardson Hall, 551 Farragut Circle, El Cajon.

HUD: EL CAJON'S FUNDS TO SECULAR HOMELESS PROGRAM RUN BY RELIGIOUS GROUP IS LEGAL

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 17, 2015 (El Cajon) --  Recently, Citizens Oversight founder Ray Lutz challenged the city of El Cajon’s allocation of community development block grant funds to the East County Transitional Living Center for programs that benefit homeless people seeking to get off the streets. In a complaint sent to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Lutz argued that the program was illegal due to church-state separation requirements of the U.S. Constitution.

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