BARBECUE BASH WITH EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE! AUG. 30

SPEAKER TONI ATKINS PUTS SPOTLIGHT ON WAGE THEFT IN SAN DIEGO TOWN HALL AUG. 29

DIEGO VALLEY CHARTER SCHOOL HELPS IMMIGRANT AND DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS ATTAIN THEIR DREAMS

EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE PUBLISHER HEARTLAND COALITION SUPPORTS FREE HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR CHILDREN AT KIDS CARE FEST SEPT. 12

ZIP ZOOM! LA JOLLA INDIANS OPEN ZIPLINE

A WIN FOR EAGLES: COURT VOIDS 30-YEAR TAKE PERMITS

A SMOKIN' HOT EVENT: DESCANSO DEEP-PIT BBQ SEPT. 6

BRUSH FIRES IN EAST COUNTY

“GOLDEN STATE STANDARDS” BILL ADVANCES IN LEGISLATURE; SENATOR ANDERSON SPEAKS OUT TO OPPOSE MEASURE

SWEETWATER LITTLE LEAGUE STEPS UP TO THE PLATE

RESIDENTSAND AN ER DOCTOR SPEAK OUT AGAINST SAND MINING IN EL MONTE VALLEY

LAUREL AND HARDY “BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT” AUG. 29 IN SPRING VALLEY

SWEETWATER LITTLE LEAGUE STEPS UP TO THE PLATE

 

Team advances in LLWS standings, will play Thursday

By Liz Alper

August 26, 2015 (South Williamsport, PA) --With a whopping 11-3 victory Tuesday night, the Sweetwater Valley Little League team shows no signs of slowing its roll. Sweetwater defeated Bowling Green East, the team from Kentucky representing the Great Lakes region, for the second time in the Little League World Series, following a big 14-2 win over the same foe on Friday night.

RESIDENTSAND AN ER DOCTOR SPEAK OUT AGAINST SAND MINING IN EL MONTE VALLEY

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 26, 2015 (Lakeside) - - Residents, environmentalists and medical experts presented strong evidence for why a proposed sand mining project in Lakeside’s El Monte Valley should not be approved.  Opponents of Enviornmine’s proposed 167-acre project spoke out at tonight’s scoping meeting conducted by the county.’s Planning department.  Public comment remains open until September 14th, after which an Environmental Impact Report will be drafted.

Dr. Christy Walker, an emergency room physician, testified about the confirmed presence of Valley Fever (coccidioides immitis) in El Monte Valley; evidenced in the treatment of both people and pets who contracted the potentially lethal illness in the Valley. She indicated that Valley fever does not just affect the lungs but can affect multiple organs. Her concern is that mining that lift layers of sand to dig the 100' deep, 182 acre wide mining pit would release fungal coccidioides spores d into the air, greatly increasing exposure and infection.

PROPOSES LAKESIDE SAND MINE OWNERS ANNOUNCE AGREEMENT WITH WEST COAST SAND AND GRAVEL INC.

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 26, 2015 (Lakeside)--El Monte Nature Preserve, LLC, the company that aims to sand mine El Monte Valley in Lakeside, a designated county scenic view corridor, for the next 30 years announced this week that it has entered into a sand extraction and marketing agreement with West Coast Sand and Gravel, Inc.

HART OPTICAL IN LA MESA OFFERS BACK-TO-SCHOOL VISION TIPS

 

 

August 26, 2015 (La Mesa)--Hart Optical Co., 8685 La Mesa Blvd., La Mesa, is noting August as “Children’s Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month” with back-to-school tips about children’s vision. “Approximately one in four school age children have some type of vision problem which can affect their success in school,” said Michael Emerson, a Registered Ophthalmic Dispenser who has owned and operated Hart Optical Co. since 1987.

PALA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS HOSTS 8TH ANNUAL "HONORING TRADITIONS" POWWOW AUG. 28-30

 

August 26, 2015 (Pala)-- The Pala Band of Mission Indians is proud to host its eighth annual “Honoring Traditions” Powwow August 28-30, 2015 at the Pala Rey Youth Camp on the Pala Indian Reservation. This event is free and open to the public.

ASK AN AUTHOR: REVIEWS IN EXCHANGE FOR FREE BOOKS: ETHICAL OR DANGEROUS?

 

By Sarka-Jonae Miller

August 26, 2015 (San Diego) -- “How is it possible to acquire genuine reviews for a book when most reviewers want FREE books to review? If a reviewer has a Free book have they been compromised or influenced to provide a good review? I have been approached by fellow authors requesting reviews on the understanding of you scratch my back and I will scratch yours! I have of course turned down all such requests! Over the past few weeks Amazon has started to address this issue by removing reviews that they consider to be inappropriate or not genuine or verifiable. I would be most interested in your understanding of the current and future book review process.” - Mike Wilkins

Let's first address the idea that a free book automatically means a positive review. That is not the case. Any author who has run a successful giveaway knows that you're more likely to get negative reviews than positive ones from people who download free books.

LAUREL AND HARDY “BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT” AUG. 29 IN SPRING VALLEY

 

East County News Service

August 26, 2015 (Spring Valley)—The SAPS, a local Laurel and Hardy group, will show comedic classic films on August 29th in Spring Valley, featuring their favorite “students of laughter 101 in some of their greatest misadventures,” organizers promise.

The event,  “Back to Skool, I mean School Night" SAPS at Sea event  will take place in Williams Hall at Trinity Church, 3902 Kenwood Drive in Spring Valley. Doors open at 6:30 with show time starting at 7 p.m.  A donation of $6 per person is requested.

READER’S EDITORIAL: THE FUTURE OF EL MONTE VALLEY

 

 

Editor’s note: This essay paints a picture of what El Monte Valley could look like in the future; Sunrise Power Link has been built; solar and sand-mining projects are planned or proposed.

By Rob Foster 

August 26, 2015 (Lakeside)--Early mornings, I like to walk outside with coffee in hand and sit down facing the morning sun. Gazing northeast the scar left from the Sunrise project are clearly seen. Sun lit power towers draped with wires and ten acres of stripped land below scenic El Capitan Mtn. SDG&E promised the ten acre site would be returned to its original undisturbed state. SDG&E destroys the ecosystem leaving an ugly scare in a matter of months. Thank you for the reminder of a broken promise.

 As I look east,  a glare catches my eyes.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS AUGUST 28 – SEPT. 19

Photo: Percussionist Scott Robinson performs Aug. 29 at Mission Trails Regional Park

August 26, 2015 (San Diego's East County)--This week’s Destination East County features dinner in a mountain meadow, a percussion concert and classic car show .

Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a Native American Pow-Wow, a Bluegrass Festival in Santee and deep pit BBQ in Descanso.    

So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more!

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

August 26, 2015 (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 U.S. news

Presidential race

WORLD

Middle East and Africa

Europe and Asia

Mexico

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

KRAFT HEINZ FOODS RECALLS TURKEY BACON PRODUCTS DUE TO POSSIBLE ADULTERATION

 

August 25, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – Kraft Heinz Foods Company, a Newberry, S.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 2,068,467 pounds of turkey bacon products that may be adulterated because it may spoil before the “Best When Used By” date, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The company has received reports of illness related to the consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

LEAPING LIZARDS! ROAMING IGUANA CAPTURED BY EL CAJON POLICE

 

East County News Service

Photo: El Cajon Police

August 25, 2015 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police officers have collared an unusual “suspect” spotting rambling through backyards along Helix View Drive. Though a caller reporting a “possible alligator,” the roving reptile turned out to be a large iguana native to the tropics but commonly kept as pets.

LA MESA CHAMBER ANNOUNCES CREATION OF THE "SENIOR PANTRY PROJECT"

 

August 25, 2015 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announces the creation of a new project designed to assist seniors in need within our community.

COFFEE WITH A COP: AUG. 27 IN LA MESA



 

August 25, 2015 (La Mesa)—On Thursday, August 2y7th at 8 a.m., officers from the La Mesa Police Department and community members will come together in an informal, neutral space to discuss community issues, build relationships, and drink coffee. All community members are invited to attend. The event  is at Starbucks, 5020 Baltimore Drive La Mesa. Please contact Sergeant Brian Stoney with any questions at (619) 667-7555 bstoney@ci.la-mesa.ca.us

EL CAJON APPOINTS NEW POLICE CHIEF

 
City Manager announces a successor to replace retiring Police Chief Jim Redman

August 24, 2015 (El Cajon)--City Manager Douglas Williford announced today that Police Captain Jeffery “Jeff” Davis will become El Cajon’s next Chief of Police on December 5, 2015. Davis, a long-time member of the El Cajon Police Department, will replace retiring Chief Jim Redman. Earlier this month, Redman announced that he will retire on December 4, 2015.

2 MEN TRY TO LURE 10-YEAR-OLD GIRL INTO VAN IN ALPINE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 25, 2015 (Alpine) –Two men in a white minivan tried to lure a 10-year-old girl into the vehicle on Monday, August 24th at noon, Sergeant L. Whalen with the Alpine Sheriff’s station reports.  The girl was playing in an apartment complex in the 2000 block of Arnold Way in Alpine when one of the suspects approached and  offered her a ride, saying had candy in the van. The girl ran away and hid in some bushes.

The  white van has had tinted side windows, a pink breast cancer sticker on the back door and two lumber boards on top. One suspect are described as a white man with a freckled face, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with drawstring pulled tight around his face and black sweatpants. Ther is no description of the second suspect.

LOCAL EXPERT COMMENTS ON FDA APPROVAL OF FIRST DRUG FOR WOMEN WITH LOW LIBIDO

 

Nationally Recognized Sexual Medicine Expert, Dr. Irwin Goldstein of San Diego, Discusses Flibanserin and Lack of Libido Drugs for Women

East County News Service

August 24, 2015 (San Diego) – Although there are 26 drugs approved to treat male sexual dysfunction, there are no drugs specifically approved to increase women’s libido. On August 18,  the FDA approved the first drug, flibanserin—nicknamed “female Viagra.”

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM AUGUST 23, 2015

 

For complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to www.SDWriteWay.org

This column is also published in the http://EastCountyMagazine.org. If you are from East County, I highly recommend that you check out the ECM for articles and the latest in what is happening in the East County.

BARONA BAND OF MISSION INDIANS TO CELEBRATE TRADITIONS OF NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURE AT 45th ANNUAL POWWOW SEPT. 4-6

August 24, 2015 (San Diego) – The Barona Band of Mission Indians invites San Diegans to experience Native American dancing, music and traditional food at the 45th annual Barona Powwow, which will be held on Labor Day weekend at the Barona Sports Park located on the Barona Indian Reservation. The three-day celebration starts on Friday, September 4 with Gourd Dancing at 6 p.m. and the spectacular Grand Entry at 7 p.m. and continues throughout the weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free.

“For the past 45 years, the Barona Powwow has been a wonderful opportunity for Native Americans to not only celebrate our heritage and traditions with each other but to share our culture with San Diego,” said Barona Tribal Councilwoman Beth Glasco. “Over the years our Powwow has grown to become one of the most anticipated in our area and we are proud to invite the community out to experience this wonderful cultural celebration.” 

WINERIES ON HIGHWAY 94 WEBSITE NOW UP: TOURS TO LAUNCH SOON

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 24, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The newest growing wine region in our area is along historic Highway 94. A website has been set up at http://www.thewineriesonhighway94.com/ by growers and wine producers bringing their vision of a wine-region in the southeast county to fruition.

CA DEMOCRATS PASS RESOLUTIONS ON CLIMATE CHANGE, AFFORDABLE HOUSING, BLACK LIVES MATTER AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD

 

East County News Service

August 24, 2015 (San Diego) – At the California Democratic Party’s e-board meeting last weekend in Burlingame, Chairman John Burton welcomed Tom Steyer, co-founder of NextGen Climate, who gave a riveting speech on the work of the California environmental movement driving change nationwide.  “The world looks to California to see what the future will bring,” Steyer said at the Saturday luncheon. View  video of speech.

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE FIORINA, GOVERNOR BROWN, TRADE BARBS OVER WILDFIRES, DROUGHT AND CLIMATE CHANGE ON "MEET THE PRESS"

 

East County News Service, courtesy of NBC News “Meet the Press”

August 24, 2015 (San Diego)--Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina spoke with “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd on a variety of issues, including the California drought.  Below is an excerpt of her remarks, including her response to criticisms of her stance raised by Governor Jerry Brown.

SYCUAN PITCHES IN WITH DONATION TO HELP SWEETWATER VALLEY TEAM IN LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 24, 2015 (Bonita) – The Sweetwater Little League team is vying for a championship in the Little League World Series.  The team won its first game in a blow-out 14-2 victory, but lost Sunday’s game, so now must score four more victories to clinch the world championship.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: UNDER PRESSURE?

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

August 24, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - When the temperature is in the 90s, even in the shade, it’s likely you reach for some water, the sunscreen and head for a cooler place.

WHITE HOUSE RACE 2016: THE RUN FOR THE WHITE HOUSE ROSE GARDEN

 

Part III:  Latino contenders Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz

A series byy Miriam Raftery, Devoreo Bell and Juwan Armstrong

 

August 23, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) –Winning the general election would be a daunting task for Republicans without support from the growing number of Latino voters across the U.S.  Two of the Republican contenders have Hispanic roots that could be a draw among Latinos, though their stances on immigration and deportation issues are largely at odds with the views of the major immigrant rights groups.  But there are key differences in their positions on core Latino issues, as well as a wide range of other topics. 

STUDENT MISSING CEREBELLUM GRADUATES WITH HONORS, PROVES DOCTORS WRONG

 

Photo by Ion Moe/Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

Brandon Kover was accompanied at Cuyamaca College’s commencement ceremony by his favorite instructor, Lindy Brazil, who helped her former student through the processional.

August 21, 2015 (El Cajon ) --A doctor told Brandon Kover’s parents soon after his birth that as the extremely rare individual born without a cerebellum – the region of the brain critical to motor movement and balance – he would be a human vegetable, unable to move or communicate.

CA ATTORNEY GENERAL ISSUES ALERT ON STUDENT LOAN DEBT CONSOLIDATION SCAMS

 

Source: California Attorney General

August 23, 2015 (Los Angeles)—California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris today issued a consumer alert to Californians based on an increased number of complaints regarding student loan debt consolidation scams received by the Attorney General’s Public Inquiry Unit.

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