October 13, 2015 (Sacramento)—In a win for privacy advocates, Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that prohibits law enforcement from accessing people’s private personal electronic data in most circumstances unless they first obtain a warrant or a court order.
October 13, 2015 (Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed the nation’s strictest standard for use of antibiotics in livestock.
The new law addresses concerns raised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which estimates 2 million people in the U.S. are infected with drug resistant bacteria, and 23,000 die each year of these superbugs. Public health officials believe the overuse of antibiotics in cattle, pigs and other livestock in meat and dairy production endangers the public health.
October 13, 2015 (Sacramento) - Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed six bills that sought to reform the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) , which has been the subject of two criminal investigations amid mounting evidence of corrupt practices.
October 13, 2015 (Alpine) – The bodies of a 43-year-old woman and a man of unknown age were found by firefighters inside a burned home in the 700 block of South Grade Road in Alpine. The Alpine Community Network reports that the woman was a mother of three.
October 14, 2015 (Sacramento)—Governor Brown has taken action on numerous crime-related bills as well as a measure banning concealed guns on college campuses.
The Governor vetoed 11 crime-related measures, objecting to the fact that each bill would “criminalize conduct that is already proscribed.” Among the bills rejected was one that would have made it a felony to possess date-rape drugs with intent to commit a sexual assault.
A week after a gunman killed nine people at a college in Oregon, Brown signed into law a measure banning the carrying of concealed w4eapons on all school and university campuses in California, except when school officials have granted permission or if the carrier is retired from law enforcement.
October 14, 2015 (San Diego)--It’s official: County Supervisor Bill Horn won’t get a chance to vote on Lilac Hills Ranch, the massive housing project proposal in Valley Center, about a mile from property Horn owns.
In a message sent to constituents Tuesday, Horn wrote that being forced to recuse himself signifies the chipping away at the foundation of American values.
October 13, 2015 (Ramona)--The Ramona Unified School is scheduled to hold a public hearing on this Thursday evening, October 15 at 7 p.m. to make sure students have enough school materials and textbooks for the 2015-16 school year.
October 13, 2015 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa Human Relations Advisory Commission is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the San Diego Food Bank. The food drive will be held on Saturday, October 17, from 8:00 am to noon in the municipal parking lot (Farmers Market site) at 8130 Allison Avenue, along Date Avenue. The drive-thru drop off will be fast and convenient – no need to get out of the car.
October 13, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed over a dozen bills to “help improve elections and expand voter rights and access in California,” according to the Governor’s signing statement.
Those include the New Motor Voter Act authored by San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez. The measure will result in the Department of Motor Vehicles automatically registering Califoirnians to vote when they obtain a driver’s license, or renew one. Drivers will have the right to opt out if they choose.
October 12, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – Virtually every candidate vying for the White House is calling for tax reforms. But their definitions of “reform” are radically different. Some would slash taxes and cut services, others would raise taxes but expand services. So who benefits and who loses under the various proposals—and just how would they be paid for?
October 12, 2015 (Mission Valley) – The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) will hold its national conference in San Diego October 18-23. The NCAI is composed of Tribes and individual Native Americans to protect and enhance treaty and sovereign rights. The Organization was started in 1944 in response to the termination and assimilation policies of the United States government toward American Indians.
October 9, 2015 (Santee)--What appeared to be nearly a done deal---San Diego craft brewer Karl Strauss relocating its main production and corporate headquarters to Santee’s Town Center---may not happen after all.
Matt Rattner, who co-founded Karl Strauss in 1989 and its president, said the company is keeping its options open.
“There’s no deal yet,” Rattner said recently. “We just received a proposal to go to Otay Mesa--and we’ve also talked with the cities of Vista and San Marcos.”
October 10, 2015 (La Mesa)--Visionary Dance Theatre opens its sixth season with a fall dance concert, “Shades” at the Kwaisun Studio (8380 Center Drive, La Mesa, CA 91942) on October 16th-17th, 2015 at 8pm.
October 11, 2015 (Washington D.C.)—Seeking to help hundreds of thousands of young people who are currently a part of the foster care system and the tens of thousands who leave the system each year, Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Jim McDermott (D-Wash.)—Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth, have introduced H.R. 3641, the “Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth Act of 2015.” The measure would close a loophole and guarantee that foster youth will still receive health insurance through Medicaid until they turn 26 years old, regardless of their state of residence.
New law allows patients to be reimbursed for out-of-network care due to a mistake in an insurance company’s directory
East County News Service
October 11, 2015 (Sacramento) – Many consumers complained that after signing up for health insurance through Covered California, they learned that the healthcare plans they enrolled in had mistakes such as doctors listed who were no longer in the network. Covered California discontinued its directory in February. But a state audit also found many errors in directories by major health insurers including Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net and Partnership Health Plan, such as wrong phone numbers and addresses, plus inaccurate information on which doctors were accepting new patients.
Is print publishing still a safe marketing bet for indie authors, especially in this colossal world of ebook publishing? - Joseph Beekman, Fantasy Author
October 10, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Many indie authors are attracted to ebook publishing because it's essentially free. Or so they think. The truth is that with print-on-demand services like CreateSpace, print publishing and ebook publishing cost about the same.
October 10, 2015 (Sacramento) - Senate Bill 287, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Safety Act, has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. The bill was authored by State Senator Ben Hueso, a Democrat representing San Diego and southern portions of East County.
By Kathleen Coates-Hedberg, Helix Water District board member
October 10, 2015 (La Mesa)--I got to the Board Room at 4:30p.m. and the parking lot was filling up and I parked on the street. When the meeting started at 5 p.m. it was a full house, every seat was filled and the people were lined outside the door and people were standing in rows near on the sides. At least 150 members of the public were in attendance, several TV crews (KFMB, KUSI & FOX that I saw) and we all echoed the pledge of the allegiance to the flag together. I was hopeful and optimistic that the meeting was going to go well...oh how wrong I was.
October 10, 2015 (Alpine)--Could you use a bit of inspiration for your upcoming Halloween jack o’ lantern carving projects? There’s no better opportunity than learning from one of the best in the business – Master Carver Gene Granata. Granata will be displaying some of his jack o’ lantern creations, as well as offering carving tips, at the Alpine Education Foundation’s inaugural Night of the Jack o’ Lanterns event to be held at the Alpine Creek Town Center on Thursday, October 15 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The event is free for all ages.
October 11, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - - -Our July 2015 radio shows are now online! You can listen online now (sound files may take a minute to load). For links to listen to the shows plus a full list of topics and interviews in July, click here and scroll down.
Our newsmaker interviews included Bruce Wilcox on a plan to save the Salton Sea, John Bolthouse with the Water Conservation Garden and some water-saving tips, author Paula Marguelies, representatives from the San Diego Concert Band, Mark Stevenson from the McAllister Institute, winery industry leaders on drastic new changes proposed to the county’s tiered winery ordinance, and our own interns with analysis on top presidential contenders, plus much more.
The East County Magazine Show airs Mondays and Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. on KNSJ, 89.1 FM. The shows rerun on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.
October 11, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The 2015 Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is here again! On Thursday, October 15, at 10:15 A.M., participate in the “Drop, Cover and Hold” safety action.
This column is also published in the http://EastCountyMagazine.org. If you are from East County, I highly recommend that you check out the ECM for articles and the latest in what is happening in the East County.
Lamplighters Community Theatre, La Mesa, Oct. 9-Nov. 8
By Miriam Raftery
October 11, 2015 (La Mesa)--When a caustic critic is lured to an old theatre under the pretext of a documentary about Lincoln assassin/actor John Wilkes Booth, he swiftly finds himself drugged, trussed up and tormented by an actress he’s savaged in reviews. The stage is set for mayhem and potentially, murder.
Devi Noel portrays first the prim and proper Miss Leamington, who soon sheds her disguise to be revealed as the wickedly scheming actress, Mitzi Crenshaw. Donning multiple costumes to portray notable roles in between extracting tortuous confessions from her captive critic, F.F. Charnick, Noel clearly relishes the role and keeps the audience on edge throughout Lamplighters’ production of Stage Fright, a play by Charles Marowitz of Ventura.
Speakers blast proposed solar fees, defend energy choice against monopoly
October 9, 2015 (San Diego) - San Diego rallied to “SDG&E, Don’t Block the Sun!” on Wednesday, as hundreds gathered to protest San Diego Gas and Electric’s (SDG&E) proposal to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that would cripple rooftop solar power and eliminate customer choice, according to opponents. A crowd of more than two hundred people, including ratepayers, business leaders, a Grammy-winning artist, and the Hip Hop Caucus’ nationwide bus tour, rallied outside Sempra Energy’s headquarters to defend customers’ ability to go solar.
October 10, 2015 (San Diego) - The San Diego County Sheriff's Department will be hosting a Guns for Gift Cards event at the San Marcos Sheriff's Station on Santar Place in San Marcos on Saturday, October 24th from 8 A.M. to 1 P.M.
October 10, 2015 (San Diego) - After a close game and a penalty-ridden second period, the San Diego State Aztecs club men's ice hockey team defeated the UCLA Bruins 12-3 after exploding offensively in the third period.