SENATOR FEINSTEIN: RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE “ALTERED THE OUTCOME” OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

SANTEE COUNCIL SEEKS APPLICANTS TO FILL VACANCY: COUNCIL DIVIDED OVER OPTIONS

TRUMP TWEETS ATTACK CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER JOHN LEWIS ON EVE OF MARTIN LUTHER KING WEEKEND

SENATE REPUBLICANS VOTE TO REPEAL AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE ACT—WITH NO REPLACEMENT

LISTEN NOW: OUR INTERVIEW WITH REV. SHANE HARRIS ON MONDAY’S MARTKIN LUTHER KING DAY MARCH AND TAKING BACK DR. KING’S DREAM IN SAN DIEGO

EAST COUNTY RESIDENTS HIT BY DEBIT, CREDIT CARD SKIMMING SCAMS AT CONVENIENCE STORES

HELIX WATER SEEKS CANDIDATES FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS: APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED JANUARY 19-26

IN HEATED CPUC HEARING, PUBLIC SPEAKS OUT ON SDG&E PROPOSAL TO CHARGE RATEPAYERS FOR 2007 WILDFIRE COSTS

DESPITE RAINS, THREE EAST COUNTY RESERVOIRS REMAIN AT VERY LOW LEVELS

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

RAMONA’S WINEMAKING COMES OF AGE

CHARGERS TO RELOCATE TO LOS ANGELES; CUT 55-YEAR PARTNERSHIP WITH SAN DIEGO

SCIENCE AND HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

March 11, 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:

 

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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

VENDORS WANTED!

 

By Cathy Ozbun, Julian Fire Plugs

Vendors can sign up now for May's Arts & Crafts Fair in Julian

March 10, 2015 (Julian) - The Julian Arts & Crafts Fair, a local marketing event for artists, artisans and crafters from the Julian area, will be held on Saturday, May 23rd. This event is being sponsored by the Julian Cuyamaca Fire Protection District (JCFPD), and coordinated by the Julian Fire Plugs, a non-profit organization of community volunteers working to support the JCFPD.

EL CAJON WINS LEGAL BATTLE OVER ALCOHOL CONTROL ORDINANCE

 

Source: City of El Cajon

March 11, 2015 (El Cajon)--In August of 2013, the El Cajon City Council adopted, via unanimous vote the Deemed Approved Ordinance (DAO).  The DAO strengthened the City’s abilities to address establishments that sold off-premise alcohol within the City. This included placing specific restrictions on the sale of alcohol, when warranted. This Ordinance was viewed by the City Council as a necessary action in order to protect the community’s youth and businesses from illegal or inappropriate alcohol sales.

EL CAJON MAN ARRESTED FOR BRANDISHING GUN ON FREEWAY

 

East County Magazine

March 9, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – California Highway Patrol today arrested David Innis, a 47-year-old El Cajon resident after receiving a call reporting a motorist with a gun on Interstate 15 at Carroll Canyon Road.

HORSES HIT IN ALPINE

 

East County News Service

Photo courtesy ECM news partner 10 News

March 11, 2015 (Alpine) – Two horses running loose in Alpine early this morning were hit by vehicles, and one horse is dead. The California Highway Patrol is trying to find out who owns the horses; if you have information please call Animal Control at 619-498-2305.

HEAT WAVE!

 

March 11, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – An unseasonable heat wave is forecast for Friday through Monday, sending daytime temperatures to record levels west of the mountains with very low humidity, according to Alexander Tardy at the National Weather Service. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s in San Diego County’s inland areas and well into the 80s for several hours each of these days, though the peak of the hot weather should occur Saturday and Sunday.

EL CAJON COUNCIL APPROVES BID PROCESS FOR UPGRADES TO REOPEN PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 10, 2015 El Cajon)--El Cajon’s City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to start the bidding process for long-awaited repairs needed to reopen the East County Performing Arts Center,, which has been closed for over five years.   Staff estimates the repairs will cost $2.92 million dollars.

FUGITIVE TASK FORCE AGENTS SHOT FELONY SUSPECT IN ALPINE

 

East County News Service

March 11, 2015 (Alpine)--Agents from the San Diego Regional Fugitive Task Force were involved in a shooting Wednesday morning in Alpine. The agents were looking for a felony warrant suspect at 2157 Arnold Way. The warrant suspect entered a 2004 Ford Excursion and tried to flee, according to Lieutenant John Maryon with the Sheriff’s Homicide detail.

CHARGERS SIGN CONTRACTS WITH ROBINSON AND MATHEWS

 

March 10, 2015 (San Diego)--The San Diego Chargers agreed to contract terms with restricted free agent center Trevor Robinson on a two-year contract and defensive end Ricardo Mathews on a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

WOMEN ASK EL CAJON COUNCIL FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO POLICE SERGEANT ACCUSED OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

 

In lively meeting, Council also hears ideas from the public ranging from creating a city-owned utility district to bringing the Chargers to East County

By Miriam Raftery

March 10, 2015 (El Cajon ) – At Tuesday’s El Cajon Council meeting, two women  spoke out to voice outrage that an El Cajon Police sergeant accused of sending naked photos of himself to women officers remains on the force.   The Sergeant. Richard Gonsalves, was demoted to officer and the city now faces a lawsuit filed by a female officer who alleges sexual harassment and discrimination.

SPRING INTO HEALTHY LIVING MARCH 18 IN SANTEE

 

March 10, 2015 (Santee) - The County of San Diego HHSA and partner agencies are hosting a free community health fair “Spring into Healthy Living” in Santee on Wednesday March 18th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Vendors and exhibitors will be offering free health screenings plus information on Senior Services, County Programs, Healthy Lifestyle, De-cluttering, Maximizing the Brain, Volunteer Opportunities, Breast Health, and much more.

CATERPILLARS MUNCHING DOWN DESERT WILDFLOWERS

 

Photo: "Hummingbird Moth (9691010084)" by Larry Lamsa - Hummingbird MothUploaded by PDTillman. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

March 10, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Anza Borrego’s desert wildflowers are both beautiful and fragile.

STABBING, SHOTS FIRED AT SPRING VALLEY TACO SHOP

 

March 10, 2015 (Spring Valley ) – An altercation outside Sarita’s Taco Shop on Campo Road in Spring Valley early Monday led to a stabbing and gunshots fired, Sergeant David Toner with the Sheriff’s Department in Rancho San Diego reports.

MORE OCULAR SYPHILIS CASES IN WEST COAST GAY MEN PROMPT HEALTH WARNINGS

 

15 cases, including several that caused blindness, found in California and Washington

March 9, 2014 (Los Angeles) Since December 2014, as many as 15 cases of ocular syphilis—a sexually transmitted disease which has led to blindness in several of the individuals—have been reported in men who have sex with men on the West Coast. Confirmed cases in Washington State, San Francisco as well as two suspected cases found in Los Angeles that are currently under investigation are raising alarm among public health officials, community care providers and prevention specialists, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation reports.

PRESIDENT ISSUES STUDENT AID BILL OF RIGHTS

 

East County News Service

March 10, 2015 (Washington D.C.)--President Barack Obama on Tuesday signed the Student Aid Bill of Rights, a presidential memorandum aimed at making it easier for graduates to pay off student loans.

NEW QUEENS CROWNED IN LA MESA AND SANTEE

 

March 9,2015 (San Diego’s East County)--On Friday, March 6, 2015 the city of La Mesa and the city of Santee crowned winners in the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants.  The programs have been traditions in the cities since the late 1960’s and provide mentoring for young women.  Santee Mayor Randy Voepel and La Mesa Vice Mayor Ruth Sterling were in attendance to formally present Miss La Mesa 2015 Tiffany Hoffman, Miss Teen La Mesa 2015 Kaitilyn Mayhue, Miss Santee 2015 Rebecca Hudson and Miss Teen Santee 2015 Heather Cantin.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: ST. PATRICK'S DAY - NO LUCK REQUIRED, JUST COMMON SENSE!

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

 

March 10, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Yes, there actually is a 5 - leaf clover, which is a mutation of the 4 - leaf clover that does appear occasionally. The superstition is the 5 –leaf clover is for extra good luck. On St. Patrick’s Day, you won’t need good luck, but common sense to make it a great St. Paddy’s Day and not a Paddy Wagon Day!

TEACHERS CAN REQUEST FREE RADIOS FOR DISASTER KITS

 

Source: County News Service

March 10, 2015 (San Diego)--Elementary school students learning about the science of natural disasters are also learning how to stay safe and be prepared. A $15,000 donation from AT&T will go toward buying a hand crank-powered radio for each participating classroom to add to its emergency kit.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS MARCH 14 - APRIL 5

 

March 10, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes Tomatomania, a healthy living fair, a desert art show, and St. Patrick’s Day weekend festivities. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including the Ramona Music Festival, the HarpFest Harmonica extragavanza, and Vallecito Day bringing frontier times to life. Stay tuned for all of these events and much more, from East County Magazine.

EUROPEAN UNION SETS GOALS TO REDUCE EMISSIONS, CHALLENGES U.S. TO DO MORE

 

East County News Service

March 8, 2015 (Brussels)--The European Union has sent the United Nations a pledge to cut greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, compared to emission levels in 1990.

BORDER AGENT CHARGED WITH VIDEO VOYEURISM AND FALSE STATEMENTS

 

East County News Service

March 9, 2015 (San Diego) -- FBI Special Agent Eric S. Birnbaum has announced the arrest of Armando Gonzalez, a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agent accused of videotaping women with a hidden video camera  in the bathroom of a Customs and Border Protection building in Chula Vista. A federal complaint unsealed today reveals that Gonzalez, 46, has been charged with video voyeurism and making false statements.

1 BILLION TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS AT RISK OF HEARING LOSS, WHO REPORTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 8, 2015 (San Diego)--Here’s some news that may not be music to your ears.

The World Health Organization, or WHO, reports that over a billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of losing their hearing.

OBAMA DELIVERS POWERFUL SPEECH ON VOTING RIGHTS AT 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF SELMA MARCH

 

View video: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2015/03/08/president-obama-marks-50th-anniversary-marches-selma-montgomery

East County News Service

This weekend marked the 50th anniversary of “bloody Sunday,” when marchers in Selma, Alabama were attacked and beaten back by police as they marched for voting rights.  The incident sparked national outrage and ultimately helped win passage of the Voting Rights Act.  Yet voting rights are once again under assault across the U.S., as bigotry and attempts to suppress African-American votes continue long after that fateful day in Selma.

We still have a long way to go as a nation, as President Barack Obama made clear in an speech delivered to a crowd on the bridge in Selma, Alabama on Sunday. The President celebrated the victories achieved since Selma, also urging that marchers symbolically continue.  calling for  voting rights for all Americans.

SD TRAILS: HIKING TO GARNET PEAK

 

By Randy Zuniga

March 8, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Garnet Peak is a fun and easy hike with spectacular views. The amazing part about this hike is the amount of payoff for how short the hike really is. An “out and back” that is 4.4 miles long (roundtrip) with most of it along the beautiful Pacific Crest Trail. In this compact hike one experiences a picturesque summit overlooking the Anza Borrego desert, Imperial Valley, and on clear days even the Salton Sea.

AMBER ALERT: SUICIDAL SUSPECT KIDNAPS 1-YEAR-OLD; FLED IN GREY NISSAN ALTIMA

Update Marh 10, 2015: The kidnapped boy has been found safe in Tijuana, along with his father, who has been taken into custody.

March 9, 2015 (San Diego) – A statewide Amber Alert has been issued for a 1-year-old boy, Jayden Santiago. He was kidnapped by his father, who violently attacked the child’s mother and stabbed her boyfriend at her home in San Pedro, California at 1:30 p.m. The father has made suicidal threats and is considered armed and dangerous.

The suspect, Giovany Santiago Enriquez, 38, was last seen driving a grey 2006 Nissan Altima with CA license 5UCF010.  He is 5 feet 8 inches tall, 200 pounds with black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a black beanie, black sweater, black Dickies pants and gray and black Nike shoes.

The victim, Jayden, is Hispanic, 2 feet tall, 26 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a light brown and green sweater, green and brown striped onesie, and black and white Nike shoes.

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