May 1, 2015 (Santee) – Ryan Willweber, a track star and junior at West Hills High School in Santee, has died of injuries sustained in a crash yesterday afternoon. Two other students were injured, including Willweber’s brother, who reportedly suffered broken bones.
April 30, 2015 (Washington D.C.) --Vermont Senator and former Governor Bernie Sanders has announced he will run for President – challenging Senator Hillary Clinton for the Democratic nomination.
Sanders isn’t your typical presidential contender. He’s been the only independent member of Congress since 2007 – until announcing he will run as a Democrat for the presidency. He’s also an avowed “democratic socialist”, a progressive, and he's Jewish.
Running on a populist platform, Senator Sanders has long been a vocal advocate for economic justice, denouncing the growing income gap between billionaires and ordinary working Americans.So how might his candidacy impact the race?
"Climate change science has not changed in the way Councilwoman Alessio would like us to believe. Let's stick to credible sources on science, not talking points from the climate change denier's briefing book." -- Kathleen Connell, PhD, sustainabiltiy expert and former NASA astrobiology science founder
By Miriam Raftery
Upated May 1 to add comments from Mike Bullock and data from a climate change paper he authored.
April 30, 2015 (La Mesa) – At La Mesa’s City Council hearing Tuesday, Council heard a report detailing the city’s progress on reducing its carbon footprint in order to reduce climate change.
May 1, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The Chaldean American Chamber of Commerce has crowned its 2015 Middle East winner, Elona Brando (photo: on right, with 2014 winner Stephanie Malouf, left). First Runner Up went to Emilyn Mohebbi. Second Runner Up went to Zuzan Taha.
April 30, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Volunteer with Voices for Children and be the voice for a child. Voices for Children provides more than one-third of local foster children in San Diego County with the caring support of a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). But there are many more that still need a CASA to speak on their behalf – in the courtroom, classroom, and community – to ensure their needs are met. Our information session event provides the community with an opportunity to learn more about Voices for Children and the CASA program.
April 27, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – Americans are getting too much fluoride from multiple sources including toothpaste, mouthwash, some juices and sodas, and water. So the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is recommending cutting in half the amount of fluoride that’s added to drinking water to prevent tooth decay.
April 30, 2015 (La Mesa) – With all the activities available this month, there has to be something for everyone here.
Events range from star gazing party on Mt. Helix to a free boot camp, s SANDAG public workshops on regional growth plans through 2050, what is arguable the community's most popular event, the La Mesa Flag Day Parade (if you're not in it, you're probably watching it)... and oh, so much more.
April 29, 2015 (Santee) -- GTM Discount General Stores and Meadowbrook Mobile Home Estates of Santee received special recognition from Waste Management of San Diego at this week’s Santee City Council meeting as part of Waste Management’s inaugural “Recycling Champion” program which recognizes businesses and multi-family complexes for their exemplary efforts in implementing recycling on their properties in the City of Santee.
April 29, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, recently awarded $85,500 in scholarships to 38 high school students who have expressed interest in a career as a healthcare professional.
April 28, 2015 (Sacramento) – The tobacco industry has succeeded in snuffing out strict limits proposed on tobacco at ballparks. Legislators on the Assembly Governmental Organization Committe, many of whom took hefty contributions from tobacco interests, voted overwhelmingly to water down a bill that originally would have banned all tobacco products at every ballpark in California—from Little League to Major League ballparks.
April 29, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Watch out, water hogs. Governor Jerry Brown announced plans Tuesday to give local governments the power to levy fines of up to $10,000 for those who violate rules on water limits amid a fourth year of drought. That’s a big jump from $500 a day in the past. The highest fines would apply only to the “worst offenders,” said Brown.
April 29, 2015 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa has once again updated its economic development webpage with refreshed Commercial Space Availability Reports. According to the most recent reports, dated April 2015, there is approximately 146,000 square feet of retail space available in the City; 150,000 square feet of office space; and 37,000 square feet of industrial space. Retail vacancy is down over 20% from April 2014 and office vacancy is down roughly 14%.
April 29, 2015 (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:
April 29, 2015 (Jacumba Hot Springs)--The Jacumba Arts Council presents the fourth annual Blues Fest this Saturday, May 2nd from 2-7 p.m. After 7 p.m. there will be a 'monster jam'. The event is sponsored by the Jacumba Hot Springs Spa & Resort and will take place at the Jacumba Hot Springs Spa located on Old Highway 80. Admission is free, non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks will be available for purchase along with delicious varieties of barbeque.
April 29, 2015 (San Diego) – San Diego’s City Council on Tuesday approved a $1.5 million settlement in payouts to women who sued the city over sexual misconduct and abuse charges involving San Diego Police officers.
April 29 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:
April 29, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – One year after a botched execution in Oklahoma left an inmate, Clayton Lockett, writing in pain for 43 minutes before dying of a heart attack after the execution was halted, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments about the constitutionality of lethal injection procedures.
April 28, 2015 (San Diego)--The FBI and the National Center for Disaster Fraud (NCDF) remind the public that there is a potential for disaster fraud in the aftermath of a natural disaster. Suspected fraudulent activity pertaining to relief efforts associated with the recent Nepal earthquake should be reported to the toll-free NCDF hotline at 866-720-5721. The hotline is staffed by a live operator 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for the purpose of reporting suspected scams being perpetrated by criminals in the aftermath of disasters.
April 29, 2015 (La Mesa) -- The Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), a group of volunteers monitoring how the public agency Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is spending millions of dollars in taxpayer-approved bonds for new and improved patient care facilities at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, has issued its 2014 Annual Report to the Community.
Note: The event has been relocated to the Vons Shopping Center, 8011 University Ave., from 9:00 am to 1200 pm. The article below has been changed to reflect that.
April 29, 2015 (La Mesa) -- The City of Mesa has declared May “Drowning Prevention Month”. To help kick off the month, Heartland Fire & Rescue has teamed up with the La Mesa Municipal Pool for a drowning prevention event on Friday, May 1st.
By Rishi P. Dakal, Honory Consul of Nepal for San Diego
April 28, 2015 (San Diego)-- A massive earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, April 24, killed over 4,000 people, and the death toll is rising because hundreds of victims are still missing in the debris. Thousands of people have been injured, and several thousand others have been forced to spend nights out in the open because their homes have been destroyed.
Nepal needs your help to tackle this massive scale of devastation.
April 27, 2015 (San Diego’s East County ) --Researchers from Queen Mary University of London recently found that bumblebees that have been infected by parasites seek out flowers with nicotine in the nectar, likely to fight off the infection, new research has found. The nicotine appears to slow the progression of disease in infected bees but has harmful effects when consumed by healthy bees.
April 25, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) has released a $200 billion, 35-year regional growth plan for the county titled "San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan." The plan lays out visions for transportation, sustainability and growth through 2050 including higher density land use along transportation corridors.
Several public hearings will be held including a May 13th hearing at 6 p.m. in La Mesa’s community center. But thus far, no hearings have been schedule in East County’s mountain, desert or rural areas.
East County Magazine asked the County why no hearings are scheduled in those areas. We pointed out that rural, mountain and desert areas lack public transit, making it difficult for residents to travel long distances to attend hearings in San Diego or even La Mesa. In response, the County indicated it could hold additional workshops potentially if a community group to partner with could be found.
April 28, 2015 (Ramona) -- For those who missed our Spanish Fiesta at Hacienda de las Rosas Winery on Sunday, enjoy this demonstration of horsemanship by Jorge Valenzuela and a Peruvian Paso stallion raised by the winery's owner. Flamenco guitar music was provided live by Miles Moynier.
April 27, 2015 (San Diego)--Pacificaires and the Cedar Center Chorus will host a Spring concert on Saturday, May 16 at 2 p.m. in the College Avenue Baptist Church, 4747 College Ave., near San Diego State University.