HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: KATIE HALVIN SHARES DETAILS ON LA MESA'S HOLIDAY IN THE VILLAGE EVENT THIS SATURDAY

SCAMMERS TARGET SDG&E CUSTOMERS

READER’S EDITORIAL: VETERANS HELP #NODAPL RESISTANCE ACHIEVE SIGNIFICANT VICTORY

JUDGE DENIES STATE FARM'S EFFORT TO STOP RATE REDUCTION ORDERED BY REGULATORS: POLICY HOLDERS TO GET HEFTY REFUNDS IMMEDIATELY

A TIDE OF RATEPAYER REVOLT SWEEPS IN NEW BOARD MAJORITY AT HELIX WATER DISTRICT

IT’S OFFICIAL: REGISTRAR CERTIFIES ELECTION RESULTS COUNTYWIDE: OUTCOMES CHANGE IN SOME CLOSE RACES

RESIDENCY COMPLAINT FILED OVER HELIX WATER BOARD ELECTION WINNER LOUIS TEJEDA

NEW YEAR WALK UP MT. HELIX JAN. 7

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY DEC. 8-22

EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

READER'S EDITORIAL: STOP THE EFFORT TO PRIVATIZE MEDICARE

VICTORY FOR STANDING ROCK SIOUX: GOVERNMENT TO REROUTE PIPELINE

AZTECS FOOTBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 12/6: WHAT HAPPENS IN THE VEGAS BOWL STAYS IN THE VEGAS BOWL

 

Story and photos by Liz Alper

Full quotes courtesy James Solien

December 6, 2016 (San Diego) - The San Diego State Aztecs football team will play Houston in the Las Vegas Bowl on December 17.  With a week off (barring practice), coach Rocky Long, senior defensive end Dakota Turner and junior tight end David Wells sat down with the media at this week's press conference.

TWO MEMBERS SWORN IN BY HELIX WATER BOARD, THIRD RACE STILL UNDECIDED

 

Update December 7, 2016 --Today's board meeting will be held, since all votes in this race have been counted,   board member  Kathleen Hedberg has advised  ECM. 

By Miriam Raftery

December 6, 2016 (La Mesa) — Mark Gracyk and Joel Scalzitti were sworn in last night on the Helix Water District Board.  But the race for a third seat is still too close to call.  The Registrar of Voters has until Friday to certify final results, but if this race is not certified by tomorrow, a December 7th board meeting will be postponed, the board secretary has informed ECM. 

REGISTRATION OPENS FOR JULIAN FAMILY FIDDLE CAMP APRIL 11-15

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 6, 2016 (Julian) – The Julian Family Fiddle Camp is an acoustic music immersion program for the young and young-at-heart including instruction in guitar, mandolin, ukulele and banjo as well as fiddle playing.  Registration is now open for the April 11-15,2017 fiddle camp in historic Julian.

GROSSMONT HOSPITAL CONSTRUCTION OVERSIGHT GROUP ELECTS CHAIR, VICE CHAIR

 

East County News Service

December 6, 2016 (La Mesa) – The volunteer citizens group overseeing the spending of millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa has elected its chairman and vice chairman to serve through June 2017.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

 

East County News Service

December 6, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting-edge news that could impact your health and our future.

HEALTH

Parkinson’s disease ‘may start in gut’ (BBC)

Scientists in California say they have transformed understanding of Parkinson's disease.  Their animal experiments, published in the journal Cell, suggest the brain disorder may be caused by bacteria living in the gut. The findings could eventually lead to new ways of treating the disease, such as drugs to kill gut bugs or probiotics.

Accurate Valley Fever counts elude health officials (Bakersfield.com)

Estimates of the number of valley fever cases recorded by local, state and federal agencies vary so widely that they call into question the accuracy of the figures released to the public, a Center for Health Journalism Collaborative investigation has found….“Valley fever is almost certainly underreported, due to physicians and the public not being familiar with the disease,” said Dr. Susan Hoover, an infectious disease specialist…Hoover and others would like to see states required to publicly report the disease to the federal government regardless of how many cases they see.

Forecasting an epidemic:  how weather contributes to Valley Fever outbreaks (Voice of San Diego)

…So far this year, California has seen 2,210 cases, which is more than a quarter of those reported nationally, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Feeling Down? Scientists Say Cooking and Baking Could Help You Feel Better (Smithsonian)

Smithsonian - A little creativity each day goes a long way.

Obstacle to 'three-person' baby therapy reported, along with solution (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Mitochondrial replacement therapy (creating so-called “three-parent babies”) could fail in some cases, because diseased versions of these vital cellular components might outcompete healthy replacements. That’s the finding of research led by scientists from Oregon Health and Science University and...

EPA's late changes to fracking study downplay risk of drinking water pollution (Marketplace)

Top officials of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency last year made critical changes at the eleventh hour to a highly anticipated, five-year scientific study of hydraulic fracturing’s effect on the nation’s drinking water. The changes, later criticized by scientists for lacking evidence, played down the risk of pollution that can result from the well-drilling technique known as fracking.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Deforestation Of The Amazon Up 29 Percent From Last Year, Study Finds (NPR)

Brazil's National Institute for Space Research found that more than 3,000 square miles of forest cover were lost between August 2015 and July 2016 — a substantial increase over the year before.

Ford recalls 680,000 cars (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Ford is recalling more than 680,000 midsize sedans mainly in North America because the front seat belts may not hold people in a crash.

Streamlined FBI warrant approval raises concerns of 'mass hacking’ (CS Monitor)

Privacy critics say the procedural change will enable 'mass hacking' by federal law enforcement, by allowing judges to issue warrants for federal agents to access computers in any jurisdiction.

Will hackers make ATM machines spew money? (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Have you ever heard of jackspotting? Its a term used to describe the act of forcing an ATM machine to spew cash. / It sounds like a myth. But criminals jackspotted ATMs in Thailand and Taiwan earlier this year. More recently, hackers did the same thing to ATMs across Europe. And they did it remotely,...

Huge online crime network broken up (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Authorities in Europe and the United States said Thursday that they have dismantled Avalanche, a huge computer network that criminals used to steal hundreds of millions of dollars from online banking customers around the world.

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EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

East County News Service

December 6, 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.

General news

Presidential transition

WORLD

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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

 

East County News Service

December 6, 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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CLEAN ENERGY MILESTONE: 100,000TH PRIVATE SOLAR ARRAY CONNECTED TO SDG&E’S POWER GRID



 

More than 75 percent of new solar customers using “Fast Track” process

Source: SDG&E

December 6, 2016 (San Diego) - As of November 30, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has connected more than 100,000 private rooftop solar systems to its reliable power grid. This milestone comes as the company reports in November it connected 1,942 residential customer rooftops.

PASSERBY PULLS DRIVER FROM VEHICLE FIRE AFTER CRASH ON HIGHWAY 67

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

December 6, 2016 (Poway) — The driver of a black Ford Mustang made an illegal U-turn on State Route 67 near Iron Mountain Road and was struck by two northbound vehicles, a Ford Fusion and a Toyota Highlander,  yesterday at 5:24 p.m. , California Highway Patrol reports.  The Mustang caught fire and a passerby pulled the driver from the flaming vehicle.

CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL KICKS OFF ITS ANNUAL “CHIPS FOR KIDS” HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE

 

East County News Service

December 6, 2016 (San Diego) - The California Highway Patrol has launched its 2016 CHiPs for Kids toy drive in San Diego County.  CHiPs for Kids is a Community Outreach program that has been in existence for 28 years in other areas of the state.  Friday December 16th.  There will be several collection and distribution events in the county, including Friday,  December 16th from  2 to 6 p.m. at the Walgreens Store in Lakeside(9728 Winter Gardens Boulevard 92040 here in East County.)  You can also drop off a new, unwrapped toy at any CHP office, Red Robin Restaurant, Waste Management, or Walgreens location between now and December 23rd.

READER'S EDITORIAL: STOP THE EFFORT TO PRIVATIZE MEDICARE

 

By Richard Collins, San Diego

December 6, 2016 (San Diego) -- U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Representative Kevin Brady, Chairman, Ways and Means Committee, and Representative Tom Price, Chairman, Budget Committee, who is President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, are among Republican leaders in the U.S. House who support legislation to privatize Medicare by converting it to a "premium support" system.  I urge your newspaper to editorialize against their efforts to change Medicare to a "voucher" plan that will raise the cost of health care for seniors.

Just because the Republican Party has majorities in the House and Senate and the President-elect, it is not a mandate to destroy Medicare with a "voucher" plan to pay outright subsidies to insurance companies who make big contributions to many members of Congress.

SUPERVISORS TO HEAR FOREST CONSERVATION INTIATIVE LANDS AMENDMENT TO GENERAL PLAN DEC. 14

 

East County News Service

December 5, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - The Forest Conservation Initiative Lands General Plan Amendment (GPA) is scheduled for the December 14, 2016 San Diego County Board of Supervisors hearing agenda.  The purpose of this hearing is for the Board of Supervisors to receive and consider the County of San Diego Department of Planning & Development Services report on the GPA and certification of the Final Supplemental Impact Report prepared for the GPA. 

BLANKET AND LINENS DRIVE FOR HOMELESS IN EL CAJON

 

East County News Service

December 5, 2016 (El Cajon) - The East County Transitional Living Center is holding a blanket and linen drive for the center’s formerly homeless residents.  Donations of new twin or full linens or blankets can be brought to  Cal Fire Fire stations at several East County locations by December 15 (See flyer below)  or you can drop them off at the ECTLC,  located at 1527 East Main Street in El Cajon.

READER’S EDITORIAL: THE NATION CANNOT ALLOW A WHITE SUPREMACIST AS ATTORNEY GENERAL

 

By Patrick Osio, Jr.

December 5, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- The Senate will soon consider confirming Jefferson Beauregard III to the powerful post of Attorney General – In the nation’s best interest, it is imperative his confirmation be denied.

NEW TRAIL IN RAMONA

 

East County News Service

December 5, 2016 (Ramona) – A dedication ceremony was held in Ramona last week for a new public trail along San Vicente Road.

A two-mile section of the San Vicente road from Warnock Drive through Wildcat Canyon to the entrance of San Diego Country Estates has been widened and straightened, also adding a 10-foot-wide multi-use trail alongside the roadway.

2 SUFFER BURNS IN EL CAJON WAREHOUSE FIRE

 

Source: Heartland Fire & Rescue

December 5, 2015 (El Cajon) — Two people suffered burns in a warehouse fire today in the 800 block of West Bradley Avenue in El Cajon.

Heartland Fire & Rescue crews dispatched shortly before noon found heavy smoke coming from the single-story structure.  Fire officials called for a second alarm and two ambulances.

BOLTS COMPETE, UNABLE TO SWASHBUCKLE RED HOT BUCCANEERS

 

By Liz Alper

Photos courtesy Joel Price and Jamaal LaFrance

December 5, 2016 (San Diego) - After a big win last week, the Chargers came home happy to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.

As usual, the Chargers got started right away with Philip Rivers’ pass to Dontrelle Inman, who made some fancy moves and dove into the end zone for the Chargers’ first score of the game on the opening drive.  San Diego went up 7-0.

STATE SENATOR JOEL ANDERSON HOSTS HOLIDAY LEGISLATIVE OPEN HOUSE

 

East County News Service

December 5, 2016 (El Cajon) – California Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine) will host his annual Legislative Open House from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Toyota of El Cajon, 965 Arnele Ave., El Cajon. The free event is an opportunity for Anderson and his staff to meet with constituents and hear ideas on new legislation for 2017. All attendees will receive a 2016 legislative update and an opportunity to submit ideas to improve state government. Anderson says several of the bills he has introduced in the past originated from suggestions by attendees to this annual event. Donated hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be provided by local businesses and community partners. To RSVP, contact Anderson’s El Cajon district office at (619) 596-3136, or visit www.senate.ca.gov/anderson.

CALIFORNIA FIGHTS BACK ON DEPORTATION THREATS

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 5, 2016 (Sacramento) — President-Elect Donald Trump has threatened to deport millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. But now California officials are fighting back.

This week, two bills have been introduced in the California Legislature aimed at trying to protect immigrants.

DEMOCRATS WIN SUPERMAJORITY IN CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 5, 2016 (Sacramento) – While Republicans scored sweeping victories in the national election, Democrats have scored a major win in California. On Monday, a close race in the 29th State Senate District was called in favor of Democrat Josh Newman over Republican Assemblywoman Ling Ling Chang.  That gives Democrats a supermajority in both houses of the California state Legislature.

MEDICARE, OBAMACARE ON CHOPPING BLOCK WITH HEALTH SECRETARY NOMINEE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 5, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – Congressman Tom Price, a Republican from Georgia and medical doctor, is President-Elect Donald Trump’s nominee to served as Health and Human Services Secretary.  But far from protecting the nation’s social safety nets, Price has pledged to dismantle them.

VICTORY FOR STANDING ROCK SIOUX: GOVERNMENT TO REROUTE PIPELINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Newsflasher photo courtesy Bobby Wallace

December 4, 2016 (Cannonball, North Dakota) — In a victory for the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and thousands of people who have converged in Cannonball, North Dakota to opposed the Dakota Access oil pipeline, the federal government has announced that it will not grant an easement to allow completion of the pipeline underneath Lake Oahe, a reservoir of the Missouri River.

FATAL SHOOTING ON HIGHWAY 94

 

East County News Service

December 4, 2016 (San Diego) – A man shot in the head last night around 11:35 p.m. on the north shoulder of State Route 94 near Euclid Avenue was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after arrival.

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family. NBC News reports that San Diego Police have indicated that an altercation occurred alongside the freeway shortly before the shooting.

ADAMS PULLS AHEAD OF CARUTHERS IN GROSSMONT-CUYAMACA COMMUNITY COLLEGE RACE

 

Update December 8, 2016: Adams has won by 124 votes.  The election was certified today.

By Miriam Raftery

December 4, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - In the race to fill an open seat on the Grossmont Cuyamaca Community College District Board, Elena Adams has pulled ahead of Timothy Caruthers by a razor-thin margin of 69 votes.  Adams, a teacher backed by the American Federation of Teachers, has 50.1% with 18,136 votes, while Caruthers, who currently serves on the Alpine Union School District board, has 49.9% and 18,067 votes.

AZTECS WIN REMATCH AGAINST WYOMING 27-24, WIN SECOND CONSECUTIVE MW CHAMPIONSHIP

UPDATE:  Aztecs will play Houston in the 2016 Las Vegas Bowl on December 17 at 12:30 p.m. on ABC

By Liz Alper

Photo: Rashaad Penny rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Courtesy goaztecs.com

December 3, 2016 (Laramie, Wyoming) - Today was the day.  Everything the Aztecs have worked for all season came down to this.  The Mountain West conference championship game against Wyoming.  The Aztecs were in Laramie two weeks ago and lost 34-33.  Now, it was time for revenge.

BORREGO SPRINGS FILM FEST SELECTS ARTIST JIM HALL FOR POSTER & PROGRAM

 

Painter featured in documentary headed for festival

East County News Service

Photo: Artist Jim Hall paints an iconic scene of Borrego Springs in his Lineillism style for the town’s 2017 film festival poster and program.  Hall is the subject of  the documentary, Lines of Sight, staging its California premiere at the festival in January.

December 3, 2016 (Borrego Springs) - The Borrego Springs 2017 Film Festival slated for January 12-14 will feature a poster and program created by artist Jim Hall, whose daring new painting style and life story are the subject of the award-winning documentary, Lines of Sight. The hour-long film will stage its California premiere at the festival in January.      

Hall created a new painting style called “Lineillism” after his vision was temporarily marred by a case of Shingles. He saw the world in all vertical lines and decided to paint that way. The style is similar to Pointillism, but instead of dots, Hall uses all vertical brushstrokes - up to 500,000 in a painting.      

CASTLEROCK NEIGHBORS UNLOAD AT SANTEE OFFICIALS OVER HOUSING PROJECT

 

Mike Allen

Photo: Councilman Jack Dale moderated meeting on Castlerock project November 29 with elected officials, city workers, and representatives from developer Pardee Homes.

December 3, 2016 (Santee) -- Angry residents near the Castlerock housing project lashed out at Santee city officials and representatives from developer Pardee Homes during a public meeting November 29, saying the way the project is unfolding is nothing like the plans they saw earlier this year.

EDUCATORS RAISE CONCERNS OVER TRUMP’S EDUCATION SECRETARY NOMINEE

 

By Miriam Raftery

December 3, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – President-Elect Donald Trump has nominated Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education.  But the nomination has drawn sharp criticism from prominent educators due to her support of directing public funds into private and largely religious schools through vouchers, charters and other means.

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