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VALENTINE’S OPEN RANCH AT ALPACAS OF SAN DIEGO IN DESCANSO FEB. 13

LOVE IS IN THE AIR AT LA CASA DEL ZORRO RESORT

WINDWALKER NOMINATED FOR GRAMMY: HEAR OUR INTERVIEW

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

GOING TO THE DOGS: LA MESA ALLOWS FIVE PER HOME

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS FEB. 6-21

WINERY ORDINANCE AND HOSKINGS RANCH TO BE HEARD FEB. 5 BY PLANNING COMMISSION

CRIMINAL AND CIVIL CHARGES FILED AGAINST SEMPRA’S SOCALGAS OVER SAN ALISO GAS LEAK

WHO DECLARES ZIKA EMERGENCY AS DISEASE SPREADS WORLDWIDE; ZIKA TRANSMITTED BY SEXUAL CONTACT IN U.S.

CRUZ WINS IOWA REPUBLICAN CAUCUS; DEMOCRATS CLINTON AND SANDERS IN VIRTUAL TIE

WINERY ORDINANCE AND HOSKINGS RANCH TO BE HEARD FEB. 5 BY PLANNING COMMISSION

 



 

East County News Service

January 31, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego County Planning Commission, after months of review and public input on proposed changes to the tiered winery ordinance, will hold a hearing on Friday, February 5th on the proposed zoning ordinance amendment.  In addition, planners will consider a proposed map for the Hoskings Ranch residential development project in Julian.

Some winery owners voice continuing concerns over the proposed changes. Teri Kerns, co-owner of Ramona Ranch Winery, told East County Magazine, "We are pleased to see that a few of our suggestions have been incorporated, for example, allowing the wineries to be open until 6 pm during the winter hours, and increasing van capacity to 15 but disappointed that the majority have not been.   We are concerned that new wineries will not be able to open, given the restrictions on structures and codes and disagree with the County's broad prohibition on events and parties, amplified music, and the stand against advertising.

FROM THE YOUTH SPORTS DESK: BASKETBALL CAMP AT THE MCYC

 
By Liz Alper
 
February 2, 2016 (San Diego) - David Reichner, a former college basketball player for the University of Utah and high school, college and pro basketball coach, will be hosting a FREE basketball camp at the Murphy Canyon Child & Youth Center on Saturday, February 6 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.  You can sign up at the MCYC (if your child isn't enrolled in basketball, you will need to fill out a waiver).

OIL INDUSTRY WAS BIGGEST SPENDER ON CALIFORNIA LOBBYING IN 2015

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NURSING, HEALTH TECH STUDENTS

 

East County News Service

February 2, 2016 (La Mesa) -- The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is seeking applicants for two scholarship programs for nursing students and students pursuing careers as medical health technicians. Deadline to receive applications for both scholarship programs is 3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12, 2016. Applicants for both scholarships must reside within the boundaries of GHD for a minimum of one year, or have graduated from a high school located within the district’s boundaries. Previous recipients of both of these GHD scholarships are not eligible to reapply. For more information and to obtain the criteria and applications for both scholarships, visitwww.grossmonthealthcare.org/operations/scholarship-programs.

LA MESA CHAMBER TO HOST SUPERVISOR JACOB AT FEB. 10 BREAKFAST

 

East County News Service

February 2, 2016 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce will host County Supervisor Dianne Jacob for a breakfast meeting starting at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at the Marie Callender’s restaurant, 6950 Alvarado Road, San Diego.

 

CRIMINAL AND CIVIL CHARGES FILED AGAINST SEMPRA’S SOCALGAS OVER SAN ALISO GAS LEAK

 

By Miriam Raftery

Updated February 3, 2016 with SoCalGas response.

February 2, 2016 (San Diego)—Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacy today announced filing of four misdemeanor criminal charges against Sempra Energy’s Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) over the leak at its San Aliso underground natural gas facility. The leak has pumped 80,000 metric tons of methane into the air, sickening residents of nearby Porter Ranch and causing thousands to relocate.

 In addition, California Attorney General Kamala Harris today announced a civil suit filed by California against SoCalGas, which provides gas to most southern California counties.  The new suits, along with suits filed by residents, add to the financial toll that SoCalGas and potentially, Sempra ratepayers may ultimately be forced to cover.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

February 2,  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:

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CUYAMACA COLLEGE POWWOW RETURNS FOR SECOND YEAR ON FEB. 6

 

Source: Cuyamaca College

February 2, 2016 (Rancho San Diego) -- Coral Bradley (photo) may be only barely a teenager at 14, but when it comes to expressing her Native American heritage through dance, she is a seasoned veteran.

WHO DECLARES ZIKA EMERGENCY AS DISEASE SPREADS WORLDWIDE; ZIKA TRANSMITTED BY SEXUAL CONTACT IN U.S.

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 2, 2016 (San Diego) – The bad news about Zika Virus keeps getting worse.  Days after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global emergency over Zika Virus, a patient in Texas has contracted Zika via sexual contact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control confirms. Zika was initially thought to be spread only by mosquitos. 

BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR STOLEN BACKHOE

 

East County News Service

February 2, 2016 (Jacumba) – The Sheriff and Crime Stoppers are asking the public’s help to identify suspects who stole a construction backhoe loader and tools from the front yard of a home undergoing construction in Jacumba Hot Springs back on December 14th.  A $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to an arrest.

SHERIFF LAUNCHES BODY CAMERA PILOT PROGRAM, INCLUDES EAST COUNTY LOCATIONS

 

East County News Service

February 2, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Sheriff Bill Gore has announced that his department will launch a pilot program to test body cameras.  The test period starts Friday, February 5th.  It includes the Lakeside substation, Rancho San Diego station and Rural Command covering much of East County as well as the North Coastal and Vista stations, plus deputies assigned to the Hall of Justice.

CRUZ WINS IOWA REPUBLICAN CAUCUS; DEMOCRATS CLINTON AND SANDERS IN VIRTUAL TIE

 

 

 

East County News Service

Update: With all precincts counted, Clinton received 699.57 delegates and Sanders received 697.77 delegates, the Des Moines Register reports. The Register has called for a recount due to numerous irregularities, but thus far the Iowa Democratic Party has not complied.

February 2, 2016 (San Diego) – Last night’s Iowa caucus, the opening of the presidential primary season, has made clear that the competition is fierce on both sides of the political aisle.  On the Republican side, Texas Senator Ted Cruz won an upset victory over frontrunner and business mogul Donald Trump by a 28% to 24% margin, with Florida Senator Marco Rubio at 23% --just 1 point behind Trump, emerging as a viable candidate. Neurosurgeon Ben Carson got 9.3%, followed by Kentucky Senator Rand Paul at 4.5%.  All other candidates had less than 3% .

On the Democratic side, as of this morning the Iowa Democratic Party reports that New York Senator and former First Lady Hillary Clinton has 699.57 state delegate equivalents, while Vermont Senator Sanders was awarded 695.49,  a statistical 50-50 virtual tie, with a handful of votes still to be counted.  Six county delegates were  awarded by a coin toss after tie votes--making this the closest Iowa caucus in history-and the first that may be won by a coin toss, under Iowa's quirky procedures. 

CALIF. MEDICAL ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES SUPPORT FOR MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION INITIATIVE

 

East County News Service

February 1, 2016 (Sacamento)—The California Medical Association, the largest professional association of doctors in our state, today announced its support for a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana use.

CMA has emphasized that it does not endorse marijuana use and discourages smoking.  “But ultimately,” a release issued by the medical group states that its members “believe that the most effective way to protect the public health is to tightly control, track and regulate marijuana and to comprehensively research and educate the public on its health impacts, not through ineffective prohibition.”

HOW WET AND WINDY WAS IT?

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Jane Moore: downed tree limbs in El Cajon

February 1, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – A fierce storm that roared through our region over the weekend toppled trees that killed a woman in Pacific Beach, injured a 10 News crew in Mira Mesa and sent a Santee mom to the hospital.  Downed trees destroyed a popular wedding spot at the San Diego Botanic Garden. Winds also toppled trees and patio furniture across East County, our readers report.  The storm caused power outages to over 18,000 customers as SDG&E crews worked through the night to restore power.

BACK COUNTRY LAND TRUST GETS AUTHORIZATION TO OVERSEE MITIGATION LANDS

 

East County News Service

February 1, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) — Founded in 1990, the Back Country Land Trust (BCLT) began working with the California Department of Fish & Wildlife (CDFW) and the United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) in 2009 to protect lands in the Long Potrero Valley, located in the historic “Las Californias” region in the south-easternmost part of San Diego County.

OUR DECEMBER 2015 SHOWS ARE NOW ONLINE

 

Our December 2015 radio shows are now online!  You can listen online now (sound files may take a minute to load). For links to listen to the shows plus a full list of topics and interviews in December, click here and scroll down.

Our newsmaker interviews included climate scientist Jeffrey Severinghaus of Scripps Institute, Assembly candidate Mike Harrison, authors Caitlin Rother (Then No One Can Have Her) and Bill Swank (Christmas in San Diego), geologist Norrie Robbins on her efforts to bring science to kids on Native American reservations, and Jawdat Al Obeidi on a Chaldean youth conference, plus some “best of East County” reruns including some holiday favorites.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH TRUE-CRIME AUTHOR CAITLIN ROTHER

 

 

(Click orange link above left to listen  now to our interview with Caitlin Rother, or blue link to download file)

East County News Service

January 31, 2016 (San Diego) – East County Magazine Show’s Bookshelf host Reina Menasche recently had a fascinating interview with New York Times. bestselling author Caitlin Rother .  Also a Pulitzer-nominated journalist formerly with the San Diego Union-Tribune, Rother discussed her latest true-crime book, Then No One Can Have Her.

The book chronicles the life and murder of Carol Kennedy, an artist, therapist and mother of two, just weeks after her divorce. Her ex-husband, investment broker Steve DeMocker, was convicted of murdering Kennedy in the small mountain town of Prescott, Arizona, though his family contends he was wrongly convicted.

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“AROUND MT. HELIX” AUTHOR IN LEMON GROVE FEB. 4

 

East County News Service

February 1, 2016 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Historical Society’s popular "History Alive" lecture series will feature noted historian James D. Newland and his latest book "Around Mt. Helix" on Feb. 4 at 7 p.min the H. Lee House Cultural Center, 3205 Olive, Lemon Grove.

JAIL HOUSE CUISINE AUTHOR SPEAKS FEB. 6 IN LEMON GROVE

 

East County News Service

February 1, 2016 (Lemon Grove) - On Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Lemon Grove Library, 3001 School Lane, the Lemon Grove Historical Society will bring back Louise Mathews, the former 21-year Chief of Food Service for San Diego County Prisons. She'll bring her book, "Jail House Cuisine: From the Right Side of the Bars" and describe how to produce 40,000 meals a day. 

CITIZENS OVERSIGHT FILES PETITION WITH CPUC CALLING FOR INVESTIGATION INTO ALISO CANYON GAS LEAK

 

East County News Service

Photo courtesy SoCalGas

January 31, 2016 (San Diego) — “The worst environmental disaster in California history is continuing to occur without any investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC),” says Raymond Lutz, founder of Citizens Oversight in El Cajon.  Now, Citizens Oversight has filed a petition along with Consumer Watchdog and Paul E. Hunt, calling on the CPUC to hold an open investigation into the Aliso Canyon/Porter Ranch methane gas leak north of Los Angeles.

HIGH WINDS TOPPLE TREES, POWER LINES ACROSS COUNTY

 

East County News Service

Photo by Vanessa Nadeau at Bon Vue Drive, El Cajon.

Update: A Santee mother has been injured after a tree fell on her van, but her baby, also in the vehicle, is unharmed, KNSJ reports.

 

January 31, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Powerful winds and rains have resulted in numerous power outages, downed lines and fallen trees on roas and highway across our region in San Diego and East County. 

Check SDG&E’s outage map for  updates on outages in your area and expected restoration times: http://www.sdge.com/safety/outages/outage-map .

Here are the latest road hazards and weather condition reports compiled by our staff:

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS

 

Listen now: http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/yrgf4jsl9s/NewsmakerSusanDavis1-21-16-Final.mp3

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January 31, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) --Congresswoman Susan Davis was our special guest on the East County Magazine radio show on KNSJ on January 21st.

She shared highlights of the past Congressional session, her legislative efforts, and what we can expect in the coming year. Topics covered include education reforms, college affordability, healthcare, hate targeting religious minorities, support for military women, families and veterans. She also spoke out on the need to prevent future infrastructure disasters such as the L.A. natural gas leak and Flint water poisoning, both the results of regulatory failures.

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CAMEL DAIRY OPEN FARM TOURS AND SHOWS: SHARE THE LOVE VALENTINE’S WEEKEND

 

East County News Service

January 31, 2016 (Ramona) -- Love is in the air at the Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona.  The February Open Farm Tour and Show on Valentine’s Day weekend February 13 and 14 from 1-4 p.m. features bouncy baby lambs, curious camels you can ride and cuddle, plus the oh-so-fun Camel Dairy Animal Friends Show. 

You can also pamper yourself and the ones you love with something special from the RARE MILK Camel Milk Skin Care product line and try a bit of decadent camel milk chocolate.

SONS OF THE DESERT STARTS ITS 38TH YEAR OF SAPPINESS

 
 
By Liz Alper
 
January 31, 2016 (Spring Valley) - On a brisk, chilly night in Spring Valley, I and other members of the Saps at Sea, the San Diego Chapter of the Sons of the Desert, the official Laurel & Hardy fan organization, gathered at Williams Hall at Trinity Church for a night of laughter and delicious cake at intermission.

SUPERVISORS AGENDA INCLUDES SANDAG REGIONAL PLAN, FIRE SERVICE EXPANSION IN RURAL AREAS AND HEIGHT LIMITS IN LAKESIDE’S RIVERWAY

East County News Service

 

East County News Service

January 30, 2016 (San Diego's East County) – San Diego supervisors will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday,  February 2nd and 3rd this week.  The agenda includes some important items for East County.

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