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HEARTLAND YOUTHBUILD’S “COOL CAR CLASSIC” MAY 13: $250 FOR BEST IN SHOW

JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP’S ORDER TO WITHHOLD FUNDS FROM SANCTUARY CITIES AND STATES

FLOWING FALLS AND FLOWERS: EARTH DAY IN EAST COUNTY

NORTH KOREA THREATENS TO SINK SAN DIEGO-BASED AIRCRAFT CARRIER

SANTEE MOVES FORWARD ON CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

WILL GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN ON TRUMP’S 100TH DAY IN OFFICE?

SDSU KEEPS AZTECS NAME

INCREASE IN HOMICIDES, VIOLENT CRIMES AGAINST SENIORS AND MOTOR VEHICLE THEFTS COUNTYWIDE

 

Overall crime rate still the second lowest in 37 years

Source: SANDAG

April 24, 2017 (San Diego) -- The number of homicides, aggravated assaults, and motor vehicle thefts in the San Diego region went up in 2016, compared to 2015, while the number of rapes, robberies, burglaries, and larcenies went down, according to the annual crime report released by the SANDAG Criminal Justice Division.

TWO RESCUED OFF COWLES MOUNTAIN

 

East County News Service

Photo: San Diego Fire-Rescue

April 24, 2017 (San Diego) – Two hikers were rescued over the weekend off Cowles Mountain.

A 69-year-old woman suffered heat exhaustion and was airlifted off the trail on Saturday afternoon.  Then on Sunday, a second airlift was done to rescue a 25-year-old hiker who suffered an injury.  She was taken by ambulance to a hospital for non-emergency treatment, according to San Diego-Rescue Service.

RAMONA PLANNERS PUSH STATE FOR SAFETY SOLUTIONS ON STATE ROUTE 67

 

East County News Service

April 24, 2017 (Ramona) – State Route 67 between Ramona and Lakeside is one of the most accident-prone stretches of highway in San Diego County. 

Caltrans is planning to install flexible posts between Willow Road in Lakeside and Shady Oaks in Ramona at a cost of $7.14 million in hopes of preventing head-on collisions.

NORTH KOREA THREATENS TO SINK SAN DIEGO-BASED AIRCRAFT CARRIER

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 24, 2017 (San Diego) – Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea continue to escalate.  NBC news reports that Korean officials have called deployment of the USS Carl Vinson, a San Diego-based carrier, to the region “an extremely dangerous act by those who plan a nuclear war to invade the north.”

SANTEE MOVES FORWARD ON CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

Chart courtesy of NASA: Temperature data from four international science institutions all show rapid warming in past few decades-- and the last decade has been the warmest on record.

April 24, 2017 (Santee) – Santee’s City Council took a step toward establishing a “Sustainable Santee” climate action plan, but only under pressure from the state to do so. 

By a 4-1 vote on April 12, with Mayor John Minto opposed, the Council voted to hire LSA Associates to complete the city’s climate action plan and an environmental impact report, as required by California law. Council authorized paying up to $133,000 to the consulting company.

WILL GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN ON TRUMP’S 100TH DAY IN OFFICE?

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 24, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – If Congress does not approve a budget by close of business on this Friday, April 29th, the federal government will shut down.  That would cause disruptions in federal services, payments to federal workers, and the economy.   The deadline to pass a budget or shut down the government Friday is also Trump’s 100th day in office, a milestone when presidents traditionally seek to hail their accomplishments, not preside over a fiasco.

15,000 MARCH FOR SCIENCE IN SAN DIEGO IN PLEA TO POLICY MAKERS

 

Story and photos by Chris Stone

Reprinted from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association.

April 23, 2017 (San Diego) - Ralph Keeling and Lynn Talley of Scripps Institution of Oceanography aren’t household names. But they lent their scientific weight Saturday to an event that attracted a reported 15,000 people downtown.

EAST COUNTY HOMELESSNESS INCREASES 7%--AND NEARLY ALL ARE UNSHELTERED

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 23, 2017 (San Diego) -- The annual count of San Diego County’s homeless population found 9,116 people living on the streets or in shelters, a 5 percent increase from last year countywide. Results were released Thursday from the Point-in-Time Count held in the early morning hours of January 27th. The effort is organized by the Regional Task Force on the Homeless.

AZTEC SOFTBALL CLAIMS SERIES WITH 10-6 WIN AT BOISE STATE

 

SDSU leads the country with a .359 average this season

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 23, 2017 (Boise) - The San Diego State softball team scored 10 runs over the first four innings and never looked back in a 10-6 win Sunday afternoon at Boise State. The victory gave the Aztecs (25-15, 9-6 MW) the series over the Broncos (25-17, 7-11 MW).

AB 805 ADVANCES IN LEGISLATURE AS EAST COUNTY CITIES FIGHT BACK AGAINST SANDAG POWER GRAB

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

“I will argue that my minority and low income citizens have just as much right to be fairly represented as San Diego and Chula Vista.”—Lemon Grove Councilman Jerry Jones

April 23, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Assembly Bill 805  passed the Assembly Local Government Committee on Wednesday by a 5-4 vote.  The measure claims to  reform SANDAG,  but in fact gives virtually all power to the cities of San Diego and Chula Vista, leaving East County cities and other communities in our county powerless to add agenda items to benefit other cities or block objectionable measures at SANDAG, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District.

Now East County cities are fighting back.   On Tuesday, La Mesa’s City Council will consider a proposal from Council members Bill Baber and Kristine Alessio to hire a legislative lobbyist to advocate on La Mesa’s behalf against AB 805, which was authored by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), according to the agenda.

El Cajon’s City Council has voted to oppose AB 805, as did Lemon Grove and La Mesa.  East County Assemblyman Randy Voepel, former Mayor of Santee, voted against the measure in committee.

GET THE BUZZ ON BEES AND HONEY MAY 13 IN LAKESIDE

 

East County News Service

April 23, 2017 (Lakeside) – Bees are amazing and essential--and they’re vanishing.  On May 13 at 11 a.m., third generation beekeeper Richard Edwords will be speaking at the Lakeside River Park Conservancy, 12108 Industry Road in Lakeside.

MONEY FOR HARRY GRIFFEN PARK ON AGENDA FOR HELIX WATER BOARD APRIL 26

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 23, 2017 (La Mesa) – At the Helix Water Board meeting on Wednesday, the board will discuss funding for Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa, at the request of director Mark Gracyk.  For the past five years, Helix has contributed 35 percent of the park’s operation and maintenance costs. Last year, that amounted to $158,629 donated by Helix.

LA MESA CHAMBER WELCOMES FARMER'S TABLE TO COMMUNITY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson

 

April 22, 2017 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on Wednesday to celebrate the opening of Farmer's Table,  La Mesa's hot new dining spot. 

The restuarant specializes in farm-to-fork fresh cuisine, serving up hearty breakfasts, lunches and dinners daily.  From a farmer's salad to wood-fired pizzas to a black and white tagliolini brimming with shellfish,  you'll find plenty to satisfy your appetite here.

HELICOPTER TRAFFIC, PARKS AND MORE ON CAMPO LAKE MORENA PLANNING GROUP’S AGENDA APRIL 24

 

East County News Service

April 22, 2017 (Campo-Lake Morena) – The Campo Lake Morena Planning Group meets Monday, April 24th at 7 p.m. at the Mountain Empire Community Center (976 Seridan Rd., Campo).   

The agenda includes a discussion about low-flying military helicopters over communities, a proposed change in state law regarding parks funding, and a review of applicants for a board vacancy.  Applications are still being accepted. 

Scroll down to view full agenda.

29 ARRESTED IN EAST COUNTY WARRANT SWEEPS

 

East County News Service

April 22, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – A warrant sweep conducted this morning in Lemon Grove, La Mesa and Rancho San Diego this morning has resulted in 29 adults arrested, clearing 35 warrants. The sweeps were conducted between 6 a.m. and 12 noon by the San Diego Sheriff Department’s Court Services Bureau Field Unit.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: PIERRE “PETE” BEAUREGARD, RAMONA RANCHER AND EX-MARINE CORPS MEDIC RUNNING AGAINST DUNCAN HUNTER

 

By Miriam Raftery

Hear our complete interview by clicking the audio link,  and scroll down for highlights

April 22, 2017 (Ramona) – In an exclusive interview with East County Magazine aired on KNSJ Radio April 3rd,  Pierre “Pete” Beauregard talked about his candidacy challenging Republican Duncan Hunter in the 50th Congressional district.

“My motto is `country over politics,’” says Beauregard, a Ramona rancher,  and formerMarine Corp medic who later helped start a medical clinic to help low-income people.  He’s worked as a cowboy, enjoys hunting and fishing,  and  is  ex-rodeo bull rider who believes  he’s tough enough to take on Hunter and stand up against Washington lobbyists if elected.  ““Once you ride a 2,000 pound bull,” he reflects, “Why in the hell should I be afraid of you?”

Audio: 

LEARN ABOUT NASA, NATIONAL PARKS AND NATIVE AMERICAN FIRE BUILDING APRIL 29 AT HERITAGE OF THE AMERICAS MUSEUM

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 22, 2017 (Rancho San Diego) – During the Spring Garden Festival at Cuyamaca College, Heritage of the Americas Museum is offering entertaining and education presentations including tops on NASA, the National Parks, and Native American fire building:

Journey through the Cosmos with the Art of NASA - 11 a.m.

Adventure & Discoveries in Your Nearby National Parks - 1 p.m.

Kumeyaay Fire-Making & Artifacts - 2 p.m.

Scroll down for details.

FIRST MONARCH BUTTERFLY FESTIVAL AT EL CAJON LIBRARY MAY 13

 

Story and photo by Miriam Raftery

April 21, 2017 (El Cajon) -- The El Cajon Library, located at 201 E. Douglas Avenue in El Cajon, will host its first Monarch Butterfly Festival, in partnership with San Diego Master Gardeners and the Water Conservation Garden organization, on Saturday, May 13, 2017, from 1 – 4 pm.   Beautiful orange and black monarch butterflies are both year-round San Diego residents and winter migration visitors.  Their numbers have greatly declined over the years and festival visitors can learn about them and how to help increase their numbers by planting a monarch butterfly garden.  Having a butterfly garden is a popular and fun family activity.  Even if you don’t have room for a garden, you can plant milkweed in pots.

FIREFIGHTERS GEAR UP FOR FIRE SEASON AT WILDLAND FIRE EXCERISES

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Jeff Holz at Equestrian Center in Santee

April 21, 2017 (Santee) — San Diego County Fire Chiefs, along with fire agencies across the region, held their annual wildland fire preparedness exercises April 19-21 in Santee and Tierrasanta to prepare for the upcoming fire season.

LOCAL FOOTBALL TEAM--NOT THEM--RETURNS TO SAN DIEGO

 

By Nick Pellegrino for East County Magazine

Photo:  Dejanae Harvey

April 21, 2017 (Santee) -- When it comes to football and family fun, why root for a team which hasn't reached a championship game in nearly a quarter century, when there's a championship right here in our own backyard here in East County?

SUPERVISORS TO REPLACE RETIRING D.A.: DUMANIS MULLS RUN FOR SUPERVISOR AS DEMS CALL FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO AZANO TIES

 

East County News Service

April 21, 2017 (San Diego) – District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis yesterday announced she will retire on July 7th.   She is considering running to replace Supervisor Ron Roberts, who is serving his last term due to term limits, according to a letter from Dumanis published by 10 News.

VIEW OUR VIDEOS: 7 CANDIDATES SPEAK OUT IN FORUM ON RACE TO REPLACE DUNCAN HUNTER

 

 

Photo:  top left to right:  Ammar Campa-Najjar, Patrick Malloy, Hannah Gbeh, Josh Butner, Gloria Chadwick, Glenn Jensen, Pierre “Pete” Beauregard

By Miriam Raftery

View our videos and post your comments!  Which candidate(s) are strongest and why?  Which might you be most apt to consider voting for, and why?

Part 1: https://youtu.be/pOOQxhTDj5Q

Part 2:  https://youtu.be/kk4H7dNWTPQ

April 21, 2017 (San Diego’s East County)—Seven Democratic candidates running  for the seat currently held by Republican Duncan Hunter participated in a lively forum last night hosted by the East County Democratic Club.   After opening statements, by each candidate they fielded questions on women’s rights,  healthcare, public education, protecting minorities, digital privacy, as well as their backgrounds, financing and organizing strengths. Many other issues were also addressed by this diverse and articulate array of candidates seeking to represent the 50th Congressional district.

The field includes a former Navy Seal, a farmer, a nurse, an ex-Navy medic, rural planning board members,   a Hispanic and Arab-American activist in the Obama administration, a realtor, a computer data expert, an environmnetalist, and more -- with several candidates having background in multiple fields.

Watch for our detailed analysis of the forum coming later. 

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

THOUSANDS TO DEMAND CLIMATE ACTION IN SAN DIEGO “PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH” APRIL 29

 
Marchers will resist climate-denying policies and urge strong local climate action, including 100% clean energy and Community Choice Energy, in solidarity with the national day of action

Source: SanDiego350

April 21, 2017 (San Diego) - On Saturday April 29th over three thousand San Diegans are expected to join the People’s Climate March (PCM) at the downtown Waterfront Park under the slogan “Healthy People, Healthy Communities, Healthy Earth”. They will call on local leaders to support a just and rapid transition to 100% clean energy and to oppose federal efforts to roll back climate policies that protect our families. The local march, organized by a coalition of environmental, social justice, labor, student, and faith organizations, takes place in solidarity with the People’s Climate Mobilization on the same day in Washington DC and hundreds of other sister marches around the country and the world. A bicycle valet will be set up to encourage participants to arrive by bike. The event will conclude with entertainment, information booths, a sign contest, and a kid zone with activities. 

CAL FIRE AND CERT TEAMS TO HOLD DRILL SATURDAY AT CUYAMACA COLLEGE

 

East County News Service

April 21, 2017 (El Cajon) -- As natural disasters continue to grow and become more destructive, emergency responders, such as CAL FIRE San Diego, are becoming increasingly dependent on community volunteer organizations. One such organization that has been called on to assist is San Diego County’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). When activated through their sponsoring agency, CERT members can find themselves working in close cooperation with local first responders; augmenting their numbers and aiding their neighbors that have been affected by a disaster. Skills that CERT members have been trained in can include basic first-aid, volunteer organization and search and rescue. CERT members were activated as recently as last year during the Border Fire in Potrero and quickly became an integral part of the community response by helping families and property owners that were impacted by the fire which ultimately grew to nearly 7700 acres over two weeks.

COMMUNITY WILDFIRE ACTION PLAN WORKSHOP MAY 6 IN DESCANSO

 

East County News Service

April 20, 2017 (Descanso) – Do you have a plan for reducing your wildfire risks and protecting your family and pets? The Descanso Emergency Planning/FireSafe Group is holding a workshop on Saturday May 6 from 1-3 p.m. at the Descanso Library (9545 River Drive in Descanso) to help families prepare for wildfires.

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