JOIN EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB JANUARY 25 FOR A RUSSIAN-UKRANIAN FEAST AT VILLAGE HOUSE KALINA

COUNTY ENDS HEPATITIS EMERGENCY; EL CAJON BAN ON FEEDING HOMELESS IN PARKS ALSO ENDS

HEARING ON LAKE JENNINGS MARKETPLACE BEFORE SUPERVISORS ON WEDNESDAY

USE OF FORCE AGAINST HELIX CHARTER HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT DRAWS PROTESTS

READER’S EDITORIAL: AN OPEN LETTER TO GILLESPIE FIELD NEIGHBORS: A DAUNTING YEAR AHEAD WITH AIRPORT EXPANSION AND MORE

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: WOMEN’S MARCH 2018 SAN DIEGO

6.3 EARTHQUAKE IN GULF OF MEXICO

DOUBLE BLOW: COURT RULING ON BOND FUNDS AND STATE DECISION AGAINST UNIFICATION KNOCK DOWN HOPES FOR ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL

MOM NEEDS HELP TO MOVE SON TO RAMONA AFTER TEEN LOST DAD IN MURDER-SUICIDE

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTS DOWN AFTER SENATE FAILS TO PASS SPENDING BILL

EDITORIAL: BORDER PATROL AGENTS SABOTAGING WATER BOTTLES IN DESERT SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR DEATHS OF MIGRANTS

COMMUNITY MOURNS LOSS OF CHUCK HANSEN, CIVIC LEADER AND FORMER VIEJAS VICE PRESIDENT

IBERDROLA RENEWABLES AND SHELL ENERGY CHEATED CALIFORNIA OUT OF MORE THAN A BILLION DOLLARS, FEDERAL JUDGE RULES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: McCain Valley in San Diego’s East County, site of Iberdrola’s planned Tule Wind energy project

April 14, 2016 (Sacramento) – California’s Public Utilities Commission announced yesterday that an administrative law judge for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has ruled that Iberdrola Renewables LLC and Shell Energy North America defrauded California state officials out of $1.1 billion on the heels of the Enron energy scandal. 

Iberdrola, a Spanish energy corporation, recently won approval from the federal government to build the controversial Tule Wind project in McCain Valley in a federal recreation area.

BOOK REVIEW: WHY BERNIE SANDERS MATTERS

 

 

Why Bernie Sanders Matters, by Harry Jaffe (Regan Arts, New York, NY, 2015, 219 pages)

Book Review by Dennis Moore

"A nation will not survive morally or economically when so few have so much and so many have so little." -- Bernie Sanders (photo, right, by Ron Logan at San Diego rally)

 

April 14, 2016 (San Diego’s East County)--Radical, hippy, revolutionary, self-proclaimed democratic socialist. Hot from the campaign trail, a vivid new biography goes inside Bernie Sanders’ contradictions, his unusual life, and his electrifying quest to make the American dream a reality for all. This unauthorized biography by Harry Jaffe gives us insight into this man running against Hillary Clinton for the Democratic candidacy for President of the United States. 

HELP THE HOMELESS AT FUNDRAISER APRIL 28 AT BNS BREWING IN SANTEE TO BENEFIT OPERATION SUPPLY

 

East County News Service

April 14, 2016 (Santee) – BNS Brewing & Distillery (10960 Wheatlands Ave)  in Santee will host a fundraiser on April 28th from 6-8:30 p.m. to benefit Operation Supply, a nonprofit which has supplied hygiene supplies and warmth to over 175 homeless people in San Diego over the past four years.

SAN DIEGO JOINS ENERGY SECURE CITIES COALITION

 

The ECOreport posts news that San Diego joins Energy Secure Cities Coalition, which seeks to retire 50,000 Petroleum-Powered Vehicles & , Transition Municipal Fleets to Alternative Fuels

Credit to EcoReport, originally published on the City of San Diego

Photo of San Diego courtesy Alan Light on Flickr

April 14, 2016 (San Diego) - On the heels of enacting one of the most ambitious climate action plans in the country, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today joined seven other mayors in launching a nationwide initiative, the Energy Secure Cities Coalition (ESCC), a group of cities dedicated to saving taxpayer money by transitioning their municipal fleets from petroleum-fueled vehicles to vehicles powered by alternative fuels, like electricity and natural gas.


ASK AN AUTHOR – MJ SUMMERS AND WRITING WITH A PEN NAME

 

Answering your questions about writing, publishing, and marketing books

By Sarka-Jonae Miller

April 14, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - We're going to talk about pen names and book promotion in today's column. To help me with this is my second favorite MJ, international best-selling author MJ Summers! She is the author of the steamy romance breakout novel, Break in Two, which propelled her career forward all the way to a six-figure book deal. She's since published four novels in the Full Hearts series and the novella Don't Let Go, a prequel to Break in Two. Her fifth Full Hearts novel, The Break-up, is available for pre-order.

COUNTY EDUCATION BOARD DENIES CHARTER FOR COLLEGE PREPARATORY MIDDLE SCHOOL

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 14, 2016 (La Mesa) – Students, parents and staff from the College Preparatory Middle School in La Mesa packed the County Board of Education’s hearing room last night, urging board members to approve an application to approve a new charter school. 

CHP SEEKS HIT-AND-RUN DRIVER WHO KILLED MAN ON I-8 NEAR CAMPO

 

East County News Service

April 13, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The California Highway Patrol seeks public help to find a driver who struck a man walking in dense fog last night along the shoulder of I-8 near Crestwood Road.  The vehicle likely has damage to the right front.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS APRIL 16-MAY 7

 

 

 

Listen to Destination East County, also aired on KNSJ, by clicking the audio link.

We thank the County of San Diego for a Community Enhancement Grant supporting Destination East County.

By Miriam Raftery

April 15, 2017 (San Diego's East County) --This week’s Destination East County includes the opening of Cajon Classic Cruises this season, an antiques and crafts fair in Flinn Springs, a Victorian tea in Alpine,  and a Magic in the Mountains event in Ramona benefitting our own nonprofit  media and wildfire alerts.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including a Spring Garden Festival, Lakeside Western Days Parade, an Arbor Day Celebration, the Coyote Music Festival and many others.

So scroll down for all of these events and more.

Audio: 

QUIET GAME SEES PHILLIES WIN 2-1 OVER FRIARS

 

 

By Liz Alper


Photo: Phillies' Maikel Franco celebrates his first inning solo home run.  Courtesy @Phillies on Twitter


April 13, 2016 (Philadelphia) - I know why the MLB gave the Padres four games in Philly:  so they could see the entire city.  There’s a lot of landmarks there, you know; Independence Hall, historic Philly, Ryan Buchter and Cory Spangenberg's hometown team...

SHERIFF GORE, FBI TARGET “SOVEREIGN CITIZENS” OVER SCAMMING PUBLIC AND VIOLENCE AGAINST LAW ENFORCEMENT



 

East County News Service

Image:  FBI

April 13, 2016 (San Diego) — Sovereign citizens, a shadowy group of anti-government, anti-tax conspiracy theorists linked to violent attacks on law enforcement officers across the nation, have drawn the attention of Sheriff Bill Gore and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

SUV DRIVER KILLED AFTER HITTING TRUCK IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

April 13, 2016 (Santee) - An SUV driver who reportedly ran a red light after exiting State Route 52 near Mission Trails Regional Park in Santee struck a big rick truck at high speed early Wednesday morning, Patch.com reports.  The dark blue SUV became wedged under the big rick, trapping the driver inside.

KNOCKAROUND RELEASES "AFTER THE STORM" SUNGLASSES DESIGNED BY EL CAJON FIFTH GRADER

 

100% of proceeds from the sale of the sunglasses to benefit local elementary art education 

April 13, 2016 (El Cajon) — Knockaround Sunglasses is pleased to announce the release of this year’s student-designed Class Acts sunglasses.  The sunglasses, titled “After the Storm,” were designed by a 5th grader named Jayden Crenshaw from Madison Elementary in El Cajon, California. 

MINIATURE SPACECRAFT TO SEARCH FOR ALIEN LIFE: BACKED BY FACEBOOK CEO AND FAMOUS PHYSICIST

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Breakthrough Prize Foundation, via Livestream

April 13, 2016 (San Diego) – Is there life in a galaxy far, far away?  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and famous physicist Stephen Hawking believe it’s possible. 

HUNTER CAMPAIGN FINANCES IGNITE CONTROVERSIES

 

East County News Service

"The real question — how could he have acknowledged the errors in his campaign disclosures, but not immediately rectified them by paying back the money, thus in essence going several months without addressing violations of the law?" -- Eric Anderson, San Diego Republican Central Committee member

“This adolescent behavior is unbecoming for a member of the House of Representatives,” – Patrick Malloy, Democratic candidate for the 50th Congressional seat

April 12, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The Federal Elections Commission (FEC) is investigating a series of campaign expenditures claimed by Republican Congressman Duncan D. Hunter that appear to violate federal campaign laws.

AT&T SEEKS TO ELIMINATE LAND LINE PHONES IN CALIFORNIA

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 12, 2016 (Sacramento) – Tomorrow, April 13th at 1 p.m.,  the Assembly Committee on Utilities and Commerce will hear AB 2395, a measure that aims to eliminate hard-wired land line phones in California communities where cabled fiber optic connections are not available or are too expensive to install, such as rural, mountain and desert regions.  Customers would have no choice but to switch to wireless cell phone service, if the measure being pushed by AT&T is enacted.

In emergencies, 911 callers’ locations cannot easily be verified, unlike calls from land line which can be pinpointed instantly. In case of fire, medical emergency, or a serious crime in progress, prompt 911 responses are critical.  Moreover, during power outages, cell phones run out once batteries are dead and there is no way to recharge batteries in an outage, whereas old-fashioned land lines (though not cable phones) continue to work even when the electricity is off.

"In addition, some of us living near the U.S./Mexico border do not have cell service due to rugged terrain and agreements with Mexico not to have cell towers too close to the border,” says Donna Tisdale, chair of the Boulevard Community Planning Group.  So eliminating land lines would leave border residents in the most remote areas of  San Diego County with no phone service at all.

LISC AWARDS $300,000 TO OPEN NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOW-WAGE WORKERS IN SAN DIEGO

New “Bridges to Career Opportunities" addresses crippling education gaps

April 12, 2016 Two local nonprofits have been awarded $300,000 to implement workforce readiness projects to help close the skills gap that traps millions of people in poverty, even in a growing economy.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

April 12, 2016 (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.

WORLD

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

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP

 

April 12, 2016 (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:

LOCAL

STATE

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

HEATED TESTIMONY AT JAMUL HEARING ON GUHSD REDISTRICTING

 

By Janis Russell

Photo by Leon Thompson: ECM editor Miriam Raftery debunks slander by trustee Jim Kelly, far right

April 12, 2016 (Jamul) - At a hearing April 5 in Jamul held by the County Office of Education’s committee on school district reorganization, some speakers were in favor and some were against redistricting proposed by the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD).  The plan approved 4-1 by the GUHSD would break the district into 5 trustee districts for future elections.

WEST HILLS SCHOOL DRAMAKIDS PRESENT THE DROWSY CHAPERONE APRIL 8-9 AND 15-16

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate/Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrerevi

April 12, 2016 (Santee) - The West Hill Dramakids offered a fresh take on THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, with a woman in the chair, as the storyteller instead of a man. Thank you Carrin Edwards, director, for this innovative move. Rose Hawaree took on the role of (Wo) Man in the chair. She did an incredible job--so fun and enthusiastic to watch. The characters are engaging, funny, and quite entertaining.

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