TRUMP SAYS HE WILL CANCEL PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT, CUT POLLUTION REGULATIONS TO BOOST USE OF OIL AND COAL

EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TO OPEN SOON, MAYOR PROMISES

TRUMP TO HOLD RALLY IN SAN DIEGO MAY 27, COUNTER PROTEST PLANNED

SHERIFF’S WISHBONE THE BEAGLE AND HIS "SMELL AND TELL" BOOK READING JUNE 25 AT EL CAJON LIBRARY

SANTEE STREET FAIR AND CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL MAY 28

NIGHT SKY PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP JUNE 25-26 IN BORREGO SPRINGS

EL CAJON POLICE CHARGE FORMER UBER DRIVER WITH 5 MORE SEXUAL ASSAULTS, INCLUDING RAPE OF A 13-YR. OLD

SOLARTE TIES THE GAME, BUT GIANTS SWEEP IN EXTRAS

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

CA SENATE APPROVES SB 999, TO PROVIDE WOMEN WITH UP TO A 12-MONTH SUPPLY OF CONTRACEPTIVES

CLINTON BACKS OUT OF CALIF. DEBATE WITH SANDERS

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 27 - JUNE 24

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 27 - JUNE 24

 

East County News Service

May 24, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes a  barbecue with firefighters,  the Santee Craft Beer and Street Festival, the catfish opener at Lake Jennings and more.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade, Fido Fest in Santee, the Taste of La Mesa, an Apple Blossom Tea in Julian, and a Western luau in Descanso.

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

LA MESA COUNCIL CONSIDERS SPONSORSHIP OF CAR SHOW

May 24, 2016 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa City Council meets today at 6 p.m. in City Hall. 

The agenda includes a proposal for the city to take over sponsorship of the “Back to the 50s” car show, an event formerly organized and funded by the La Mesa Village Merchants Association.

Council will also weigh changes to parking requirements in the downtown commercial area, as well as  whether  to approve proposed transportation and street improvements.

HEAR OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH PATRICK MALLOY, DEMOCRAT CHALLENGING HUNTER

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 24,2016 (San Diego) – Patrick Malloy is the endorsed Democratic candidate challenging  Congressman Duncan D. Hunter in the 50th Congressional District.  A realtor running on a platform of “reigniting the American Dream,” he sat down for an exclusive, in-depth interview with the East County Magazine Show originally aired on KNSJ Radio. 

You can hear the full interview by clicking the blue buttons at the bottom of our story for part 1 and part 2 (sound files may take a few moments to load.)  You can also scroll down to read highlights of his proposals for creating jobs in the district and rebuilding the middle class and helping small businesses, as well as his views on the Middle East, refugees, immigration and other hot topics.

GIANT GAME LEADS TO GIANT WALK-OFF; PADRES LOSE GAME ONE

 

 

By Liz Alper


Photo courtesy @Padres on Twitter



May 23, 2016 (San Francisco) - After last night’s devastating loss in extra innings, the Padres once again found themselves in the Bay Area taking on the Giants.  Also once again, they found themselves facing Johnny Cueto.  Drew Pomeranz started for San Diego.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT RECOGNIZES 2016 HEALTHCARE HEROES

 

East County News Service

Photo:  The Grossmont Healthcare District board of directors recently presented 2016 GHD Healthcare Hero awards to recognize volunteers who help to advance the delivery of quality healthcare in the East County region. Back row (from left to right): GHD board members Betty Stieringer, Bob Ayres, Randy Lenac. Middle row (from left to right): GHD board member Gloria Chadwick, Dr. Kevin Ryan, GHD board member Michael Emerson. Front row (from left to right): Sam Mejia, James Byrnes, Dr. Scott Musicant, Michael Colombo and Shiloh.

May 23, 2016 (La Mesa) - A vascular surgeon, a chiropractor, an attorney, a beagle and her master, and a pirate who fights for those suffering from childhood cancer are among local volunteers who have been recognized with a 2016 Healthcare Hero award from the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD). Now in its tenth year, the Healthcare Heroes is GHD’s annual awards program that honors volunteers who help advance the delivery of quality healthcare in the East County region.

THE FUTURE OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN LA MESA: MAY 25

 

East County News Service

May 23, 2016 (La  Mesa) –Climate change has impacts on everything from water to transportation issues.   La Mesa Conversations invites you to a discussion on The Future of Climate Change in La Mesa.  The discussion will be moderated by San Diego Union-Tribune environmental reporter Joshua Emerson Smith.

Panelists will include Amber Albrecht, senior communications manager for SDG&E, Kerry Davis, vice president of sales and marketing for Terra Steward/Foshay Solar Energy, and Kayla Race, director of operations and programs for Climate Action Plan.

COBELL BUY-BACK EXTENDED AND EXPANDED TO COUNTY TRIBES

 

By Leon Thompson

Photo: Elouise Cobell speaking at U.S. Dept. of Interior Office of Special Trustee for American Indians (creative commons image from amin2010 wikispaces)

May 22, 2016 (Indian Country) -  The US Department of the Interior announced that it will expand and extend implementation of the land buy-back program mandated by the Cobell v Salazar Settlement, the largest class action lawsuit against the United States government in history.

EXTRA INNINGS BATTLE ENDS IN SAME OLD STORY; PADRES FAIL TO GET THE SWEEP, FALL TO DODGERS 9-5 IN LONGEST GAME OF THE SEASON

 

By Liz Alper

Photo:  fallen Navy SEAL Charles H. Keating ‘s family participates in a moment of silence before the game on Military Appreciation Sunday.  Courtesy @Padres on Twitter

May 22, 2016 (San Diego) - The Padres looked for the sweep in game three of the series against the Dodgers.  Kenta Maeda started on the hill for LA against Colin Rea for San Diego.

ILAN-LAEL HOSTS ANNUAL FATHER'S DAY OPEN HOUSE ON HUBBELL HILL JUNE 19

 

Iconic San Diego artist James Hubbell to open property to the public, raise funds for Ilan-Lael Foundation and reveal near-completed Ilan-Lael Center

Photo: new Ilan-Lael Center in construction

May 22, 2016 (San Diego) - Renowned San Diego artist and humanitarian, James Hubbell, is opening his hand-built, artistic mountain retreat home to the public for the annual Father’s Day Tour benefiting the Ilan-Lael Foundation Sunday, June 19, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Julian, Calif. For more than 50 years, the Hubbells have been building their art-inspired home and guests are invited to tour the iconic property’s eight main structures, including the art studios, the famous “Boys’ House,” and chapel, plus the first-ever chance to explore the near-completed Ilan-Lael Center. James, his wife Anne, and their family will also be greeting the public to share their inspirational stories and insights about the property.

PADRES ERROR DURING GAY MEN’S CHORUS PERFORMANCE OUTRAGES LGBT FANS

 

Update, May 23, 2016: The Padres  issued a new statement indicating their investigation found no evidence of malicious intent, however based on the unintentional mistake and failure of those with oversight to immediately intervene, "we have terminated our relationship with the third-party contractor who was responsible for the error, and taken disciplinary action against our employee who was responsible for the game production...We once again sincerely apologize to members of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus, their families and those who came out to support their Pride Night performance. The  Padres organization is proud of our longstanding commitment to inclusion – within both our sport and our community. We deeply regret that a mistake on our part has called this into question, but accept full responsibility.”

By Miriam Raftery

May 22, 2016 (San Diego)—When 100 volunteer members of the San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus  took to the field Saturday night to sing the national anthem at the San Diego Padres vs. Dodgers game,  their microphones were inexplicably off . A recording of a woman singing the Star Spangled Banner was played over the loudspeakers instead of the men's voices.   

No announcement or explanation was offered.  Afterwards, the stunned performers were ushered off the field and heckled by baseball fans shouting homophobic taunts including “You sing like a girl,” according to a post on the group’s Facebook page by Bob Lehman, director of the Chorus.

CROWDS WELCOME BERNIE SANDERS, BILL CLINTON IN SAN DIEGO

East County News Service

Photo, left, by Leon Thompson: Sanders speaks to overflow crowd in National City

May 22,2016 (San Diego) -- The Democratic presidential candidates’ campaigns both held rallies and other events in the San Diego region over the weekend in anticipation of California’s June 7th primary.

Senator Bernie Sanders drew about 10,000 people at a rally at Kimball Park in National City on Saturday, the San Diego Union-Tribune estimates. On Sunday, he held a second rally at a high school in Vista.  Earlier, he toured Friendship Park at the international border, a meeting place for separated families between San Diego and Tijuana.

JEWISH WOMAN FORCED TO HIDE FROM ANTI-ISRAEL ACTIVISTS AT UC-IRVINE

 

By Shani Shahmoon, Originally published in the New York Observer

http://observer.com/2016/05/jewish-woman-forced-to-hide-from-anti-israel-activists-at-uc-irvine/

Photo by Paula Prizio

May 22, 2016 (Irvine) -- An event hosted by a pro-Israel student group ended abruptly Wednesday night as police were called to protect attendees from an angry mob that had gathered. One student who never made it inside the venue called 9-1-1 as she hid in fear from anti-Israel activists who chased her into a building on the University of California-Irvine campus.

CA HEALTH ADVOCATES LOOK TO CARE ACT TO REDUCE HOSPITAL READMISSIONS

 

The CARE Act ensures hospitals give instructions to a caregiver and the patient upon discharge (AARP)

By Suzanne Potter, Public News Service (originally published May 16, 2016)

May 22, 2016 (Sacramento) --  Nearly five months after it went into effect, health advocates say the CARE Act is making a big difference in the amount of education patients and their caregivers receive.

SANDERS VISITS U.S. - MEXICAN BORDER IN SAN DIEGO

 

East County News Service

Photo: Sanders Twitter feed

May 21, 2016 (San Diego) -- U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders today toured Friendship Park, a meeting place for separated families between San Diego and Tijuana.

“All of this tells us why we need comprehensive immigration reform,” Sanders said after hearing the stories of families who can only see their loved ones on weekends. “I would hope that the Republicans in Congress understand that we have a very, very broken immigration system and that it must be reformed and that they should in fact work with Democrats to pass comprehensive immigration reform. If not and if I am elected president of the United States, I will use the executive powers that the president has to do that the best that I can.”

UNDRAMATIC EXTRA INNINGS PITCHERS DUEL SEES PADRES OUT ON TOP OF DODGERS IN GAME TWO

 

 

By Liz Alper


Photo courtesy @Padres on Twitter



May 21, 2016 (San Diego) - The Padres were riding a momentum wave after last night’s walk-off homer by Melvin Upton Jr.  They were still hungry, though, and looking for a repeat.  Alex Wood started on the mound for Los Angeles against Cesar Vargas for San Diego.

SUIT FILED AGAINST CALIFORNIA OVER NONPARTISAN VOTERS ACCESS TO PRESIDENTIAL BALLOTS

 

Monday, May 31  is deadline for nonpartisan voters to request a party ballot to vote for a presidential candidate--but lawsuit seeks to extend that to June 7

By Miriam Raftery

May 21, 2016 (Sacramento) – Only 15% of California’s nonpartisan voters with mail-in ballots have requested a presidential primary ballot.  That means the vast majority won’t be able to vote for president in the June 7th election--and many are unaware of that restriction.

Now civil rights lawyers have filed suit against California and some counties, claiming the laws are confusing, inconsistent, and amount to disenfranchisement.  If they win, the biggest beneficiary could be Bernie Sanders, the Democratic contender who draws heavy support from independent voters, who account for nearly a quarter of the electorate in California.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MAY 19 - JUNE 24

 

East County News Service

May 16, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes a rodeo and parade, America on Main Street, those lively Rhinestone Grannies, a catfish opener, Peter Pan and more.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including the Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival, a Cactus Garden Festival, Julian Fiddle and  Pickin’ Contest, La Mesa Flag Day Parade, Taste of La Mesa, Boars and Brew along the San Diego River, plus concerts, live theater shows and outdoor movies – all part of the summer fun herein East County.

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

CATHOLIC GROUP IN SAN DIEGO SUPPORTS POPE’S MOVE TOWARD INCLUSION OF WOMEN

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 21, 2016 (San Diego) – You may be surprised to learn that although the Catholic Church officially refuses to allow ordination of women as priests, a reform movement within the church called Roman Catholic Women Priests includes 200 women priests who have already been ordained  by male Catholic bishops. 

REP. ISSA, COLLEAGUES INTRODUCE BILL TO REIN IN CIVIL FORFEITURE ABUSE BY LAW ENFORCEMENT

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 21, 2016 (San Diego) – This week, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and 12 other members of Congress introduced legislation to rein in civil forfeiture abuse, signing on as an original cosponsor of the Due Process Act of 2016. The bill makes several important changes to the nation's federal civil forfeiture program to help curb recent abuses and prevent Americans from having their property taken away by law enforcement without due process.  A copy of the bill’s text can be found here.

HOWDY AND ALOHA! WESTERN LUAU JUNE 11 IN DESCANSO

 

East County News Service

May 21, 2016 (Descanso) – You’re invited to a Western luau blending traditions of Hawaii and the Old West on Saturday, June 11 from 4:30 to 8 p.m. at Chapel of the Hills Community Church, 25153 Viejas Blvd. in Descanso.

COUNTY PUTS PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL DOCUMENTS ONLINE

 

East County News Service

May 21, 2016 (San Diego) – The County’s Planning and Development Services Department (PDS) invites citizens to visit its PDS document library, a new tool to provide convenient online public access to the Department’s digital records repository. Using the PDS Document Library’s simple online search interface, you can now find and review content ranging from Environmental Impact Reports to Use Permits without visiting County offices.  

HUNTER BILL WOULD BAN CHILD RAPE AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS ON U.S. MILITARY BASES

 

Hunter action also led Army to halt ouster of Sgt. Martland, Green Beret who ejected child rapist off U.S. base in Afghanistan

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Sgt. 1st Class Charles Martland, U.S. Army photo

May 21, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) –Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-San Diego) has introduced legislation to outlaw child rape and other human rights violations on U.S. military bases worldwide.  House Resolution 4717, the Mandating America’s Responsibility to Limit Abuse, Negligence and Depravity Act is also known as the Martland Act, named after Green Beret Army Sergeant 1st Class Charles Martland. 

RECALLS ISSUED ON BICYCLES,CLIMBING EQUIPMENT, AND DIGITAL CLAMP METERS

 

East County News Service

May 21, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov) has announced recalls of several climbing devices made by Black Diamond and sold under the brand names Ferrata and Camming due to fall hazards.  Recalls were also announced of bicycles manufactured by Rocky Mountain and by Scott due to brake problems, fall and crash risks. In addition, Klein Tools digital clamp meters were recalled due to shock and burn hazards. For details, click these links:

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