YOU'RE INVITED! LAUNCH OF OUR EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB AUG. 25

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: SOLAR ECLIPSE FROM SPACE

EVACUATIONS: ECLIPSE FIRE NOW 200 ACRES, BURNING NEAR CAMPO

MISSION TRAILS GAINS GROUND WITH 178 ACRES FROM PARDEE HOMES

SAN DIEGO DISTRICT ATTORNEY DENOUNCES RACISTS IN CHARLOTTE, VOWS TO MAKE FIGHTING HATE CRIMES A PRIORITY

WHY IS COUNTY HOLDING MEETINGS ON RURAL ISSUES WHEN IMPACTED WORKING RESIDENTS CAN’T ATTEND—AND WHY IS NOTICE SO INADEQUATE?

WIEGHORST MUSEUM PRESENTS ART SHOW, RECEPTION TO BENEFIT PROMINENT WESTERN ARTIST JACK JORDAN

SILVERGATE THREATENS LITIGATION AFTER LA MESA CITY COUNCIL DEADLOCKS ON LITTLE FLOWER HAVEN REDEVELOPMENT

LA MESA VICE MAYOR QUITS REPUBLICAN PARTY OVER RACISM

TRUMP SHIFTS STANCE ON KKK AND NEO-NAZIS, HAS CANCELLED FUNDING TO COMBAT THEIR RECRUITING EFFORTS

CLEAR THE SHELTER DAYS: COUNTY WAIVES ADOPTION FEES ON AUGUST 19

WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

BEHIND THE SCENES WORLD OF U.S. INTELLIGENCE

 

Whistleblower At The CIA: A Path Of Dissent – An Insider’s Account Of The Politics Of Intelligence, by Melvin A. Goodman (City Lights Books, San Francisco, 2017, 421 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

August 16, 2017 (San Diego) - Melvin A. Goodman, a former Soviet analyst at the CIA and the Department of State for 24 years, and a professor of international relations at the War College for 18 years, has written an intriguing and thought provoking book about espionage and politics; Whistleblower at the CIA. This is a timely and definitive book on the current state of affairs between America and Russia.

FUN, FOOD AND PRIZES AT LA MESA CHAMBER'S SUMMER BASH BUSINESS EXPO AUGUST 17

 

East County News Service

 

 

August 16, 2017 (La Mesa) – The public is invited to join members of the business community to view the goods and services they provide, mix and mingle on Thursday, August 17 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the La Mesa Community Center (4975 Memorial Drive, La Mesa.). You can also taste foods from many local restaurants and win over40 door prizes from participating vendors.

WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

August 16, 2017 (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.

AS AMERICAN AS APPLE PIE: JULIAN APPLE DAYS FESTIVAL SEPT. 23-24

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 16, 2017 (Julian) -- If you love apples, the Julian Apple Days Festival on September 23rd and 24th is the place to be.  Located at Menghini Winery (1150 Julian Orchards Drive) in historic Julian, the event features Julian’s famous apple pie, gold panning demonstrations, a falconry performance, live music and dancing, an antique tractor display, children’s games and activities, a beer and wine garden, food and merchandise vendors, contests and more.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

CLEAR THE SHELTER DAYS: COUNTY WAIVES ADOPTION FEES ON AUGUST 19

 

Looking for a new pet to add to the family? Take advantage of Clear the Shelters day Saturday, August 19.

County Animal Services is joining shelters around the region in waiving adoption fees for the day in a coordinated effort to get as many pets as possible into homes.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: AUG. 20-OCT. 22

 

East County News Service

August 16, 2017 (San Diego's East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a jazz concert at Mission Trail, the Heroes in concert in El Cajon, and the finale of Santee’s summer concert series with the Mighty Untouchables.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including the Ramona Country Fair, the Barona and Sycuan pow-wows, Descanso’s Deep Pit Barbecue, Oktoberfests in La Mesa and El Cajon, the Alley Cat Artwalk, Julian Apple Festival, Julian Music Festival. Laguna Mountain Rendezvous and more.

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

TIES TO WHITE RACIAL HATE GROUPS BY TRUMP CABINET AND WHITE HOUSE ADVISORS DRAW SCRUTINY

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 15, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- President Donald Trump’s long tolerance of violence and hate speech by white  hate groups has long drawn criticism, brought to the forefront following his two-day-belated denouncement of deadly violence in Charlottesville at the hands of a neo-Nazi during a white supremacists  rally. 

HELIX WATER TO CONSIDER CREATING A CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE AT WEDNESDAY’S MEETING

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 15, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Choosing a citizens’ advisory committee will be on the agenda (item 9) this Wednesday for the Helix Water Board. The board is considering creating the advisory group to allow ratepayers to provide feedback on assigned topics that could include water rates, budgets, conservation, strategic planning and more.

GRAND THEFT AVO?

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 15, 2017 (Mount Helix) – A resident on Mount Helix says he caught a woman driving a Lexus luxury car red-handed, stealing avocados off trees at his home before dawn last week.

The resident, Alan van Antwerp, in an interview with ECM news partner 10 News, said a motion sensor alerted him. He posted a photo of the startled woman and her license plate number on the Next Door Mount Helix forum, eliciting over 100 comments, many from residents reporting similar thefts of avocados and other fruits by thieves who left trees stripped bare.

SUNSHINE HORTON TO HOLD DINNER SEPT. 10 IN EL CAJON TO RAISE FUNDS FOR CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo: Children’s Weekly

August 15, 2017 (El Cajon) – Today is Sunshine Horton’s 72nd birthday. Each year since 1995, Sunshine Horton has done a Miracle Maker birthday to raise money for Rady Children’s Hospital.

“For my 50th birthday I wanted to thank this country for giving me such a great life and I wanted to do something special, so I went to the Sheriff’s Department and they told me to do a walk.

COUNTY RELEASES DRAFT CLIMATE ACTION PLAN FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

 

The County of San Diego Thursday released a draft Climate Action Plan for a 45-day public comment period scheduled to end Sept. 25.

The draft plan is designed to cut greenhouse gases in the County’s unincorporated communities as well as those related to County government operations. It seeks to meet state requirements with actions that balance environmental, economic and community interests, while taking into account the County’s largely rural character.

SPRING VALLEY POT SHOP ROBBERY IS LATEST IN STRING OF VIOLENT TAKE-OVER THEFTS AT DISPENSARIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 14, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – “In recent months, the Rancho San Diego Command has experienced a trend of violent take-over style robberies of marijuana dispensaries,” Sergeant K. Murashige with the Rancho San Diego Sheriff’s substation says, adding, “In each case, armed guards were not a deterrent, the suspects were all armed, dispensary staff members failed to call for help even after people were physically assaulted, and in some cases the staff members refused to allow law enforcement to enter, causing a stand-off situation that stretched the department's resources in helping victims.”

AZTEC FOOTBALL PRACTICE CANCELED DUE TO CHICKEN POX

 

By Liz Alper

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

August 14, 2017 (San Diego) - Today's San Diego State football practice was canceled after an outbreak of chicken pox among some players, ECM news partner 10 News reports.

Three players began showing symptoms on Saturday, SDSU Senior Associate Athletic Director of Communications and Media Mike May told 10 News.

PROST! THE 44TH ANNUAL LA MESA OKTOBERFEST OFFERS EXPANDED FESTIVAL GROUNDS, NEW OFFERINGS AND LONG-LOVED FAVORITES SEPT. 29-OCT. 1

 

East County News Service

August 14, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Celebrating its 44th year in 2017, the popular La Mesa Oktoberfest is going back to its roots to bring guests more entertainment, more vendors, more beer, and more "Prost!” (cheers!) than ever before, organizers have announced. Under the direction of the La Mesa Village Association, this year’s fest will showcase a revitalized and elevated experience for all ages on Friday, September 29th through Sunday, October 1st. Attractions include many vendors featuring craftwork and knick-knacks, foods ranging from scrumptious sausages to food truck favorites, live entertainment, beer and now, cocktails. 

CHIEF’S CORNER: AUGUST IS NATIONAL IMMUNIZATION MONTH

 

Grant Yourself Immunity

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

August 14, 2017 (San Diego) -- Every week it seems there’s some new virus, disease, airborne, food contamination in which we have to exercise caution around or get an immunization.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could get an immunization against the 405 freeway and stop that spread of toxic traffic! How about from rude and obnoxious people? I guess we can never rid ourselves of those.  However, vaccine-preventable diseases can be prevented if we take the time and get our immunization shots.

3 DEAD, 35 INJURED AS WHITE SUPREMACIST RALLY TURNS VIOLENT

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 13, 2017 (Charlottesville, VA)—Unite the Right, the largest white supremacist gathering in decades, was declared an unlawful assembly by the city of Charlottesville, Virginia,  where three people are dead and at least 35 injured. Governor Terry McAuliff declared a state of emergency and politicians across the country have spoken out to denounce the hate groups participating and a Nazi sympathizer who rammed his vehicle into a crowd has been charged with murder.

Former Ku Klux Klan (KKK) mperial Wizard David Duke had earlier credited Donald Trump with inspiring the rally.

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE: SEPTEMBER 17 AT LA MESA’S AZTEC PARK

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 13, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Interfaith Council of La Mesa invites the public to join millions of people around the world participating in activities to celebrate the United Nations International Day of Peace on September 17th. The La Mesa event will be held starting at 3 p.m. in Aztec Park, 7945 Morocco Drive, La Mesa.

SEE A PROBLEM IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY? REPORT IT WITH YOUR PHONE USING “TELL US NOW” APP

 

Other County Apps can help find lost dogs, get emergency info, find veterans services, search for library books, save lives and more

By Miriam Raftery

August 13, 2017 (San Diego) – See a pothole, graffiti, or other problem in San Diego’s unincorporated communities?  Now you can download the County’s “Tell Us NOW” app, enabling you to take a photo and instantly submit it. The App is available for Apple and Android phones.

TIKI OASIS – INTERNATIONAL INTRIGUE 2017

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

August 13, 2017 (Pine Valley) -- Pine Valley resident and artist Norm Daniels has this to say about the use of a tiki torch: “To me it means warm, backyard memories.”

Tiki torches were well represented at the 2017 Tiki Oasis-International Intrigue, a four-day event held at Mission Valley’s Crowne Plaza hotel from August 10-13. This Tiki Oasis is the largest and longest-running tiki festival in the world.

KALASHO COUNTERSUES BEAUTY CONTESTANTS FOR DEFAMATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 12, 2017 (San Diego) – El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho is counter-suing two contestants in the Miss Middle East Beauty Pageant that he founded, alleging that his reputation has been harmed by their claims that include fraud and sexual harassment.

THE HILLS’ CRAWFISH COOKOUT AUG. 26

 

Broil & brewfest will benefit La Mesa Police Department Peer Support Fundraiser

August 12, 2017 (La Mesa) -- Looking for a true southern cookout without having to travel to New Orleans? The Hills Pub has just the summer broil and brew event for you!

On Saturday, August 26, La Mesa’s The Hills Local Pub will be hosting its first annual neighborhood Crawfish Broil in conjunction with local breweries. From 2- 6 p.m., foodie enthusiasts can enjoy hearty portions of flavorful crawfish prepared and prepped in true bayou-style. The Hills will also have a smoker with slow-cooked sausages, and energetic live music will keep the party going all night long.

SDSU WOMEN'S SOCCER EDGED BY CAL STATE FULLERTON IN EXHIBITION, 1-0

 

Aztecs yield goal 68 seconds into game

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

August 12, 2017 (Fullerton) - San Diego State endured a 49-minute delay before the start of the game and surrendered a goal in the first 68 seconds in a 1-0 exhibition loss at Cal State Fullerton. Outside of the lone goal, the Aztecs showed promise, outshooting the Titans 12-4 for the contest.

KALASHO THREATENS DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT AS COUNCIL LIMITS ELECTRONIC DEVICES

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Photo: Ben Kalasho, August 8, 2017 (El Cajon)

August 11, 2017 (El Cajon) - Councilman Ben Kalasho threatened to file an employment discrimination complaint Tuesday as the Council discussed a resolution to limit Council members’ use of electronic devices during City Council meetings.    

NUDE PROWLER IN SHOWER WAS FORMER SEX OFFENDER

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 11, 2017 (Valley Center) – When an elderly woman came home and water running, she went in the bathroom and was astonished when a stranger stepped out of the shower – facing her stark naked.

She ran and yelled for her husband, who was working in his shop outside their home.  The discovered the intruder had fled and taken the woman’s watch.  She went outside, spotted him walking north on Valley Center Road, and followed him until law enforcement arrived, said Sargeant John Silva with the Sheriff’s Department.

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