A DIVERSE FIELD OF EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES: BALLOT STATEMENTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: FESTIVALS AND EVENTS AUG. 25-OCT. 2

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH COLIN PARENT: ATTORNEY, ENVIRONMENTALIST AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVOCATE RUNS FOR LA MESA CITY COUNCIL

HELP THE ENVIRONMENT--BE GREEN! DISPOSE OF HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS FREE ON SEPT. 17 IN POTRERO

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

LA MESA WINE WORKS GRAND OPENING PARTY AUGUST 27

ALPINE MAN ARRESTED FOR PHOTOGRAPHING GIRL IN WALMART BATHROOM; SHERIFF SEEKS OTHER POSSIBLE VICTIMS

OPEN SEATS IN SANTEE DRAW 2 MAYORAL AND 3 COUNCIL CANDIDATES: BALLOT STATEMENTS AVAILABLE

OPEN SEATS IN LEMON GROVE ATTRACT 3 MAYORAL CANDIDATES AND 5 COUNCIL CANDIDATES; BALLOT STATEMENTS NOW UP FOR PUBLIC REVIEW

UNSUNG HEROES OF FIRE RECOVERY BRING PRICELESS RELIEF

43RD ANNUAL LA MESA OKTOBERFEST SEPT. 30 - OCT. 2

ESCAPED PRISONER HAS TIES TO COLLEGE GROVE, CHULA VISTA

PROPOSITION 61 WOULD LET STATE OF CALIFORNIA NEGOTIATE FOR LOWER PRESCRIPTION DRUG COSTS

 

East County News Service

August 23, 2016 (Sacramento) - Proposition 61, the California Drug Price Relief Act, on the November ballot aims to limit price-gouging on drug prices by pharmaceutical companies.  Some drug prices have skyrocketed for no valid reason, only corporate greed. For instance, the cost of an Epi-pen, which delivers life-saving medication for people suffering severe allergic reactions, has recently gone up 800%.

FREE ENTRANCE DAYS IN THE NATIONAL PARKS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 23, 2016 (Washington D.C.) -- The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday this year—and wants everyone to join the party. So they are giving away free entrance to all national parks on August 25th through 28th for the National Park Service’s birthday.

There will also be free admission again to all national parks on September 24th for National Public Lands Day and on Veterans Day, November 11th.

UNSUNG HEROES OF FIRE RECOVERY BRING PRICELESS RELIEF

 

Photo:A member of the California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief team work on cleaning up debris on a property burned during the Potrero Fire.

By Yvette Urrea Moe, County of San Diego Communications OfficeAug. 22, 2016 | 9:00 AM

After the Border Fire swept through rural East County in June, it left burned-out, ashen remains of six homes and 12 outbuildings. To help survivors clear debris, the County Office of Emergency Services turned to some veterans of disaster clean-up: the California Southern Baptist Disaster Relief organization.

43RD ANNUAL LA MESA OKTOBERFEST SEPT. 30 - OCT. 2

 

East County News Service

August 19, 2016 (La Mesa) - You're invited to the largest Oktoberfest celebration west of the Mississippi:  La Mesa Oktoberfest from September 30 to October 2, 2016.

The free event is spread out over nearly six blocks in La Mesa Village and features hundreds of exhibitors, family friendly activities, German food, music, dancing, outfits, games and of course, beer.

EX-AZTEC GOLFER J.J. SPAUN VICTORIOUS ON WEB.COM TOUR

 

Former SDSU star captures title at News Sentinel Open in Tennessee

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo courtesy Sdsuaztecfan on Wikipedia

August 22, 2016 (San Diego) - Former San Diego State men’s golf standout J.J. Spaun emerged victorious at the Web.com Tour’s News Sentinel Open presented by Pilot on Sunday after shooting a 5-under-par 66 during the final round at Fox Den Country Club in Knoxville, Tenn.

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER BATTLES CSUN TO 0-0 DRAW IN PRESEASON FRIENDLY

 

Aztecs open regular-season slate next weekend

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo:  Matt Callahan courtesy goaztecs.com

August 21, 2016 (Northridge, Ca.) - In its final tune-up of the preseason, the San Diego State men’s soccer team played host Cal State Northridge to a 0-0 draw in double overtime Sunday night at Matador Soccer Field. The Aztecs will now prepare for their regular-season opener on Friday, Aug. 26 against the University of Illinois, Chicago at the Gonzaga Soccer Tournament in Spokane, Wash.

MOBILE CONSULATE OFFERS HELP FOR MEXICANS IN U.S.: AUG. 27 AT LEMON GROVE LIBRARY

 

East County News Service

August 21, 2016 (Lemon Grove) – Mexican Consul General Rafael Laveaga will hold a Mobile Consulate at the Lemon Grove Library (3002 School Lane, Lemon Grove) on Saturday, August 27th from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

FORMER MEXICAN AMBASSADOR TO SPEAK AT SDSU SEPTEMBER 12

 

By Jonathan Goetz

August 21, 2016 (San Diego) -- Ambassador Earl Anthony “Tony” Wayne will be speaking at San Diego State University Monday, September 12, 2016 about Building a Partnership with Mexico. He will speak on the state of relations between our two countries, including economic and commercial relations, public security, law enforcement, energy and the environment as part of the Charles W. Hostler Institute on World Affairs Lecture Series.

MICHAEL BROWN: A MOTHER'S GRIEF

 

Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy, And Love of My Son Michael Brown, by Lezley McSpadden (Regan Arts, New York, NY, 2013, 254 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

Equal rights, fair play, justice are like the air; we all have it, or none of us has it. That is the truth of it.

  • Maya Angelou

August 21, 2016 (San Diego) - I feel honored and privileged to write this review of Lezley McSpadden’s book; Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil: The Life, Legacy, and Love of My Son Michael Brown. She and I actually have a lot in common, as we both were born in Missouri, me about 150 miles south of Ferguson in the bootheel, the small town of Charleston. Also, she bears a likeness to my sister Janet, also born in Charleston, mostly through their close set eyes and facial features.

FANTASTIC OUTING BY PERDOMO GIVES PADS SERIES WIN OVER SNAKES

 

By Liz Alper

Photo:  the Padres sign autographs for military kids.  Courtesy @Padres on Twitter

August 21, 2016 (San Diego) - The Padres had the opportunity to take the series from the Diamondbacks today with Luis Perdomo on the mound against Braden Shipley for Arizona.  And they did in a commanding way.

JULIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL TAKES STAGE SEPT. 17

 

East County News Service

August 21, 2016 (Julian) -- The 47th Annual Julian Music Festival 2016 to benefit the California Wolf Center will take place Saturday, September 17 from 1 to 7 p.m.(Door opens at noon)  The setting for the festival will be the Menghini Winery located at 1150 Julian Orchards Drive in Julian.  Parking is free.  Tickets may be purchased on the website:  https://julianmusicfestival.com.

TRAVELED TO AN AREA WITH ZIKA? USE BUGSPRAY AFTER COMING HOME

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 21, 2016 (San Diego) – California health officials are warning travelers coming home from Zika-infected places to use insect repellant and practice safe sex for several weeks after coming home—even if you’ve had no symptoms of the virus. Here’s why.

The mosquitoes that can transmit Zika are found in San Diego and other parts of our state.  So far, the local mosquitoes haven’t been found to carry the Zika virus. But if a local mosquito bites a recent traveler with Zika virus in their blood and then bites other people, the virus can spread, causing outbreak here.  Zika virus can also be transmitted via sex for up to six months.

JUSTICE DEPT: JAILING PEOPLE WHO CAN’T AFFORD BAIL IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 21, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – Jailing poor defendants because they can’t afford bail is unconstitutional and violates the 14th Amendment right to equal protection, the U.S.  Justice Department argued in an amicus brief filed in federal court on Thursday.

U.S. JUSTICE DEPT. TO STOP USING PRIVATE PRISONS DUE TO ABUSES, BUT IMMIGRATION FACILITIES AND CALIF. CONTINUE TO RELY ON FOR-PROFIT PRISONS

 

Story and photo by Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Federal immigration detention facility in Otay Mesa run by Corrections Corporation of America, a private prison company exposed for abusive actions at other locations investigated

August 21, 2016 (Washington D.C.) — Private, for-profit prisons are more dangerous and less effective than government-run prisons, a new report by the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General concludes.   On August 18th, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates announced that the Justice Dept. will be “reducing—and ultimately ending—our use of privately operated prisons.”

RAISING A TRANSGENDER CHILD: A MOM SPEAKS OUT

 

Q & A with author of “Raising Ryland”

Source: Foothills United Methodist Church press release

August 21, 2016 (La Mesa) - “When the family dies I’m going to cut my hair so I can be a boy,” said Ryland Whittington when he was just four years old. His family was stunned.

2 SIGALERTS IN EAST COUNTY

 

August 20, 2016—Two Sig Alerts have been issued due to separate crashes in East County, both forcing long-term shutdowns of  major roadways.

A fatality accident has shut down State Route 67 in both directions for 8 to10 hours. Southbound 67 is closed at Archie Moore Road.  Northbound SR 67 is closed at Poway Road.   A head-on crash between a silver pickup and black Nissan reportedly occurred  on the highway just north of Cloudy Moon Road after the truck veered across the centerline.

NEW KID NOT ENOUGH; PADRES LOSE 2-1

 

By Liz Alper

Photo courtesy @Padres on Twitter

August 20, 2016 (San Diego) - Two big wins.  Two straight wins.  When’s the last time that happened?  The Padres looked to make it three in a row tonight and take the series from the Dbacks regardless of what happens tomorrow.  Clayton Richard started on the mound for the Padres against Robbie Ray for Arizona.

LA MESA PRESENTS 11TH ANNUAL HISTORIC HOME TOUR

 

East County New Service

August 20, 2016 (La Mesa) - The La Mesa Historical Society, in association with MODERN SAN DIEGO and San Diego Home and Garden, invites you to a showcase of seven hidden jewels, nestled in the hillside of Mt. Helix. The La Mesa Historic Home Tour is set for Saturday, November 5th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

ALPINE CHAMBER CELEBRATES COMMUNITY HEROES AUGUST 27

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 20, 2016 (Alpine) — East County Magazine will be among the “community heroes” honored at the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce’s “Heroes Excellent Leadership Public Service” or “HELPS” awards.

The awards will be presented at a dinner to be held Saturday, August 27th at the Viejas Casino & Resort, Grand Oak Ballroom.

SUPERVISOR JACOB SPEAKS OUT AT PROTEST OVER HOLLYWOOD CASINO IN JAMUL

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 20, 2016 (Jamul) – Supervisor Dianne Jacob today joined with residents at a press conference to voice concerns over state actions regarding the Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego.

SCHIMPF IS THE HERO TONIGHT; PADRES WALK OFF DBACKS TO WIN TWO STRAIGHT

 

By Liz Alper

 

Photo:  recognizing San Diego first responders before the game.  Courtesy @Padres on Twitter

 

August 19, 2016 (San Diego) - After a big win last night, the Padres aimed to win again tonight in a less dramatic fashion with Jarred Cosart on the mound against Zack Greinke for Arizona.

CBP REMINDS TRAVELERS OF SERVICES AT SAN YSIDRO AND OTAY MESA PORTS OF ENTRY

 

 

Source:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection

August 19, 2016 (San Diego) - U.S Customs and Border Protection officials want to remind the traveling public of the services available at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa passenger ports of entry, and changes in the processing of travelers.

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