CA GROUPS: SENATE HEALTH BILL "MORE DRACONIAN" THAN HOUSE VERSION

TRAVEL + LEISURE CHOOSES RAMONA WINERY VINEYARD GRANT JAMES AS #2 WINERY IN U.S. TO VISIT

FOURTH OF JULY FESTIVITIES IN EAST COUNTY

NATIONAL HOUSING EXPERT HIRED AS CEO OF NEW REGIONAL TASK FORCE ON HOMELESS: WALKER LED EFFORTS THAT REDUCED CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS 90% IN UTAH

HOTTEST DAY EVER IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

NONPROFIT TEACHING SWIMMING TO REFUGEES: SEEKS DONATIONS FOR VAN

TRÉS BIEN! FABRISON’S COUNTRY FRENCH RESTAURANT IN JAMUL

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS JUNE 25 - JULY 29

SUPREME COURT RULES TOP BUSH OFFICIALS IMMUNE FROM PROSECUTION FOR DETENTION AND ALLEGED ABUSE OF MUSLIMS AFTER SEPT. 11 TERROR ATTACK

CONGRESSWOMAN SUSAN DAVIS TO HOST VETERANS TOWN HALL SATURDAY IN EL CAJON

HELIX WATER RECEIVES $8 MILLION FINAL PAYMENT FOR EL MONTE LAND SALE ON SITE PROPOSED FOR SAND MINING

SHOOTING RANGE FIRES, POWERLINK MITIGATION MONEY AMONG HOT ITEMS AT JAMUL-DULZURA PLANNING GROUP MEETING

GUN FIRED AS OFF-DUTY OFFICERS HALT DOMESTIC ASSAULT IN SANTEE

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 6, 2015 (Santee)—A shot was fired but no one was seriously injured during a struggle to subdue a suspect, Jennifer Rebecca McKee, in Santee yesterday. Witnesses including two law enforcement officers say McKee tried to run over her boyfriend with a vehicle, then attacked him with a baseball bat and assaulted a law enforcement officer.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM SEPTEMBER 6, 2015

 

For complete Calendar including Authors Events, go to www.SDWriteWay.org

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.

ATTORNEY GENERAL KAMALA D. HARRIS LAUNCHES FIRST OF-ITS-KIND CRIMINAL JUSTICE OPEN DATA INITIATIVE INCLUDING POLICE-RELATED DEATHS, ARRESTS AND MORE

Video: Press conference in Los Angeles announcing OpenJustice initaitive

East County News Service

September 6, 2015 (Los Angeles) --Attorney General Kamala D. Harris has announced the launch of OpenJustice, a first-of-its-kind criminal justice open data initiative that will release unprecedented data.  The new interactive database includes disclosure in three key areas: 1)law enforcement officers killed or assaulted in the line of duty, 2) deaths in custody and arrest-related deaths, and 3) arrests and bookings.

The tool consists of two components: a Dashboard that spotlights key criminal justice indicators with user-friendly visualization tools and an Open Data Portal that publishes raw data from the California Department of Justice’s statewide repository of criminal justice datasets.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: CHILDHOOD OBESITY AWARENESS MONTH

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

September 4, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Did you know that one in three children in the united States is overweight? Childhood obesity puts kids at risk and is a serious medical condition that affects children and adolescents. It occurs when a child is well above the normal weight for his or her age and height.

WHAT'S HAPPENING IN EL CAJON

From Dancing in the Park to Oktoberfest and Hauntfest, there’s a lot of hot happenings in El Cajon in September and October.

By Monica Zech, Public Information Officer for the City of El Cajon

 

EVENTS

September 7 – Labor Day - All City offices will be closed in observance.  

Nominations Now Being Accepted To Honor Women In Leadership

September 5, 2015 (El Cajon) - The East County Chamber of Commerce Annual Women in Leadership Luncheon will observe its 13th anniversary at Mission Valley’s Town and Country Resort Hotel on Friday, October 16, 2014, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The luncheon honors San Diego County women, recognized by their peers as exemplary leaders. Women will be honored in seven fields: Arts/Media/Culture; Business; Education/Academia; Hospitality; Government/Defense; Healthcare, and the Non-profit Sector. Nominees must be San Diego County residents and have demonstrated exemplary character, integrity and outstanding leadership, not only in their field, but in their community. This year, the keynote speaker is Mo Anderson, Co-Owner/Vice Chairman, Keller Williams Realty and author of A Joy-Filled Life – Lessons from a Tenant Farmer’s Daughter…WHO BECAME A CEO.  The cost is $70 per person.  The Town & Country Hotel is located at 500 Hotel Circle North.

SAN DIEGO DEATH LINKED TO NATIONAL SALMONELLA OUTBREAK FROM IMPORTED CUCUMBERS

 

San Diego import company Andrew and Williamson Fresh Produce (A&W) is likely source; consumers are advised to avoid cucumbers grown in Mexico

September 4, 2015 (San Diego)--A 99-year-old San Diego woman who died on Aug. 17 is part of a national outbreak of salmonella Poona that has been linked to imported cucumbers, the County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) announced today.  A San Diego-based importer of cucumbers from Mexico has been identified as the likely source.

The woman, 15 other San Diego residents and three visitors to the county are part of a multi-state outbreak of salmonella Poona, which has sickened 285 people in 27 states according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Most of the reported illnesses occurred in August. However the outbreak is ongoing and more cases are being reported. Approximately one-third of those who were ill have been hospitalized and the San Diego resident is the only reported death.

TIGER CUB FINDS NEW HOME AT LIONS, TIGERS AND BEARS IN ALPINE

 

September 4, 2015 (Alpine)--Bobbi Brink, Founder/Director of San Diego's Lions Tigers & Bears (LTB) sanctuary announced that a 2.5 month old tiger cub found roaming the Southern California neighborhood of Hemet is being transferred to the accredited sanctuary in East San Diego County on Friday afternoon.

WINE TASTING CLASS @SPACEBAR CAFÉ & WINE BISTRO SEPT.1 3 IN LA MESA

East County News Service

September 4, 2015 (La Mesa) – The @Spacebar Café and Wine Bistro in La Mesa invites you to a wine tasting class featuring wines from Argentina and Chile, each paired with delicious tapas.  New World meets Old World at this event on September 13th from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

PRODUCE PICKS: LABOR DAY WEEKEND HASS AVOCADOS (LOCAL GROWN)

 

By Greg Dunne

September 4, 2015 (San Diego East County)--Labor Day signals the end of summer. It’s time to barbeque – a time for ribs, corn on the cob, watermelon, and to enjoy family and friends. If you want to stump friends at the barbeque, ask when, where and who, was the founder of the Hass avocado. Rudolph Hass first developed the Hass avocado in 1926, more later in the article. Sweet white corn and watermelons are already locked in our minds and on the agenda for Labor Day weekend. So let’s have fun with green salad, avocados and some homemade potato salad.

BARONA COUNCILMEMBER BETH GLASCO SHARES POWWOW PREVIEW AND HISTORY

 

Here our interview:  http://k001.kiwi6.com/hotlink/izs93umne3/TribalBeat-BaronaPowwowBethGlasco.mp3

September 2, 2015 (Lakeside) – In an interview with the East County Magazine on KNSJ, Barona tribal council member Beth Glasco shared insights into the 45th annual Barona Powwow set for this weekend.  A powwow dancer herself, she discusses the history and origin of the Barona Powwow , as well as its cultural significance for her own family and for Native American tribal members who convene from across the nation to celebrate their heritage.

The 45th Annual Barona Powwow begins on Friday, September 4 and ends Sunday, September 6. The three-day celebration held at the Barona Sports Park starts on Friday, September 4 with Gourd Dancing at 6 p.m. and the spectacular Grand Entry at 7 p.m. and continues throughout the weekend on Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is free.

Audio: 

SHARK SIGHTINGS

 

By Ed Barrena

September 4, 2015 (San Diego)--It is many people’s worst fear, sighting a fin cutting along the surface of the water off a crowded beach on a hot summer day.  That is precisely what happened in La Jolla last week after a hammerhead shark pursued a group of kayakers to shore, near the Scripps Institute, 10 news reports.

TRAFFIC DEATHS ON THE INCREASE

 

By Ed Barrena, East County News Service

September 4, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - The National Safety Council has announced some startling data about America’s roads.  They released a report on Monday estimating that traffic deaths for the first six months of 2015 were up 14% over the same period during the previous year, with serious injuries up 30%.  Approximately 19,000 deaths have occurred on US roads from January through June of this year.

HILARITY FOR CHARITY: COMEDY HYPNOSIS SHOW SEPT. 11 IN LA MESA

September 4, 2015 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Rotary Club invites you to a Comedy  Hypnosis show with Marsha Starr –where the audience members are the stars—on Friday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in the La Mesa Community Center.  She’s performed on Broadway, in Vegas, and at the Comedy Store.

6 EL CAJON SOCCER PLAYERS CHARGED WITH DISRUPTING FLIGHT; FEDS ACCUSED OF RACIAL PROFILING

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 3, 2015 (El Cajon) – Six soccer players from El Cajon face federal charges of disrupting a Southwest Airline flight from San Diego to Chicago. The flight was diverted and landed in Texas Monday after a confrontation between crew members and the passengers.  If convicted of interfering with an airline flight, the young people could face up to 20 years in prison.

The federal complaint alleges that the young athletes in a Chaldean soccer league, all in their late teens or early 20s, used profanity, lunged at a flight attendant, and called her racist and a pig. But family and friends of those arrested say the dispute arose after flight attendants demanded that the players, all Iraqi-American Christians from El Cajon, stop talking in their native language. Some suggest racial profiling. Now another passenger has stepped forward to say he saw no altercation at all.

CARBEQUE AT SANTEE LAKES OCT. 10

 

September 3, 2015 (Santee) - The Santee Lakes Foundation invites you to enjoy CarBQue at Samtee Lakes—a day of classic cars, bikes, antique tractors and farm equipment plus barbeque food, live entertainment and fun for the entire family. The event takes place on Saturday, October 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PLANE CRASH IN SANTEE NEIGHBORHOOD KILLS PILOT

 

Same plane previously landed on highway 52; residents voice alarm

August 3, 2015 (Santee) – A plane owned by a flight school at Gillespie Field crashed into a Santee neighborhood at 9:15 this morning, damaging two cars and a home. The pilot died on impact and a  passenger later died in a hospital of critical injuries, Santee Patch reports. (Photo, left: ECM news partner 10 News.)

The plane, a Piper PA-28 Cherokee, is currently registered to the Volar Corp. flight school at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records. The same plane made an emergency landing on State Route 52 in 2013 directly in front of ECM reporter Paul Kruze (photo, right), 10 News reports. Back then the plane was registered to Golden State Flying Club, another local flight school.  

Advocates for Safe Airport Policies (ASAP), has long voiced concerns over increased flight school traffic over homes nearby.  ASAP leader Sue Strohm shared her reaction with ECM.:

READER'S EDITORIAL: WHY PUBLIC EMPLOYEES SHOULD FOLLOW THE LAW, NOT THEIR PRIVATE RELIGIOUS BELIEFS

 

By June Wise

September 3, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) -- A Kentucky county clerk, Kim Davis, has stirred controversy for defying a federal court order to issue marriage licenses after the Supreme Court declared marriage a constitutional right for same-sex couples. She claims giving gay couples licenses to wed would violate her religious beliefs, yet she has refused to resign. Today, a  judge  ordered her jailed for contempt of court.

If government  workers  could refuse to  serve the public  anytime  a law conflicts with their private religious views, that would be a dangerous and trouble-prone path.  Divorce, birth control, war, and blood transfusions are all prohibited in some religions.  Some faiths ban immodest dress, adultery, consumption of caffeine or alcohol, musical instruments, celebrating birthdays, serving certain foods, and seeking psychiatric care.  

Should public employees in jobs with responsibilities for such matters be able to refuse to follow laws governing all of these issues and more?

HELIX WATER TO HOLD HEARING ON HEFTY RATE HIKES OCT. 7

Residents' group plans meeting Sept. 30 to mobilize opposition

By Miriam Raftery

September 2, 2015 (La Mesa)—Helix Water District’s board will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 7 at 5 p.m. at its board room (7811 University Ave., La Mesa) to consider adopting rate hikes over the next five years.  View notice of the public hearing on proposed rate hikes.

The plan is drawing strong opposition including the Grossmont-Mount Helix Improvement Association, which is organizing a public forum on September 30 at 7 p.m. at Murdock Elementary School (4354 Conrad Drive, La Mesa).  The GMIA is also urging residents to write to Helix to register formal opposition.  The GMIA has posted a sample letter here.

Calling the five-year plan a “shock”, a letter sent to GMIA members states, “The proposed plan will permit, but not require, the District to increase rates 70% over the next five years—regardless of conditions..The character and quality of our region, as well as home values, is at stake.”

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

September 3, 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:

LOCAL

East County

San Diego Region

STATE

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

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

September 3, 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:

U.S.

General news

Presidential campaign

WORLD

Europe

Islamic World

Asia

Africa

Armed group frees 163 children in Central African Republic (SD Union-Tribune)

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

LA MESA PARK APPRECIATION DAY SEEKS GROUPS FOR SPECIAL PROJECTS

Saturday, October 17, 2015   8:00 am – 12:00 noon 

September 3, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Are you part of a group looking for a community project? If so, you can help make La Mesa beautiful. We have special projects in several of La Mesa’s 14 parks that may be the perfect fit for your organization’s community service endeavors.

MEMORIALS PLANNED FOR GARRY MCCLINTOCK SEPT. 20 AND 26

 

September 1, 2015 (Descanso)—A series of events are planned to honor the memory of famed saddle maker Garry McClintock including a memorial ride and barbecue on September 20th, as well as a church service and reception September 26th.

INSTALLATION OF MAST BOULEVARD TRAFFIC SIGNAL NEARING COMPLETION

 

Signal will increase safety for drivers, residents and pedestrians

September 2, 2015 (Santee) – Pardee Homes has announced that the traffic signal improvement project on Mast Boulevard will soon be complete. The work is expected to conclude in early October. Pardee, developer of the future Castlerock residential community to be located north of Mast Boulevard between Medina Drive and West Hills Parkway, has been working with the City of Santee to expedite the installation of a traffic signal at the western exit from West Hills High School to improve safety for drivers, residents and pedestrians.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

September 2, 2015 (San Diego's East County)-- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

HEALTH

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

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

DOWNED TREE CLEARED OFF HIGHWAY 94

 

September 2, 2015 (Campo) -- An oak tree with a six-foot diameter and large canopy of branches crashed down onto State Route 94 in Campo yesterday, closing eastbound lanes temporarily until crews could clear away the debris.

East County Magazine's emergency alert service sent alerts via e-mail and Twitter about the lane closures.

Reader Susan Reilly senst this photo of the downed tree.

A SMOKIN' HOT EVENT: DESCANSO DEEP-PIT BBQ SEPT. 6

 

August 25, 2015 (Descanso)--Our Lady of Light Catholic Church in Descanso will hold its 78th Annual Deep Pit Barbecue on Sunday, September 6th during the Labor Day weekend.

PUBLIC HEARING RECORDS AND VIDEOS IN CALIFORNIA CAN’T BE COPYRIGHTED, JUDGE RULES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 2, 2015 (San Diego) – A federal judge has ruled that citizens in California have the right to post video clips of  public hearings, dismissing the city of Inglewood’s claims of copyright violation as without merit.

The case involved YouTube videos posted by Joseph Teixeira, an Inglewood resident, who included short clips of official videos from city council hearings along with critical commentary.

JUDGE RULES SD COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY IS OWED $188 MILLION

 

By Devoreo Bell

September 2, 2015 (San Diego)--The San Diego County Water Authority is owed $188.3 million plus interest from the Los Angeles-based Metropolitan Water District, a judge has affirmed in a final ruling which found Metropolitan charged illegal rates to the San Diego district from 2011 to 2014.

DRONE ZONES: BILLS ADVANCE IN CA TO CRACKDOWN ON UNMANNED AIRCRAFT

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

September 2, 2015 (Sacramento) - An estimated 700,000 drones are expected to be sold in the U.S. this year to hobbyists –a 63% increase over last year, the Consumer Electronics Association reports.   Now the California Legislature is scrambling to enact laws to restrict some uses of those drones after numerous complaints of safety and privacy concerns.

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