REI HOSTS "FORCES OF NATURE” EVENTS FOR WOMEN: MAY 6 AT MISSION TRAILS

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: NURSE GLORIA CHADWICK SEEKS TO UNSEAT DUNCAN HUNTER TO REMEDY HEALTHCARE AND MORE

MASTODON DISCOVERY IN SAN DIEGO SHAKES UP OUR UNDERSTANDING OF EARLY HUMANS IN THE NEW WORLD

FLOWING FALLS AND FLOWERS: EARTH DAY IN EAST COUNTY

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS APRIL 28 - MAY 21

HEARTLAND YOUTHBUILD’S “COOL CAR CLASSIC” MAY 13: $250 FOR BEST IN SHOW

JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP’S ORDER TO WITHHOLD FUNDS FROM SANCTUARY CITIES AND STATES

NORTH KOREA THREATENS TO SINK SAN DIEGO-BASED AIRCRAFT CARRIER

SANTEE MOVES FORWARD ON CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

WILL GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN ON TRUMP’S 100TH DAY IN OFFICE?

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OPERATION BIGS - MILITARY MENTORING PROGRAM

 

Volunteers needed in East County and Tierrasanta

By Milvi Chao

July 8, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Some friendships take years to grow, but when Little Brother Juan-Antonio met his Big Brother Jay in 2012 through Big Brothers Big Sister’s Operation Big program, the pair hit it off immediately. Operation Bigs is a one-to-one mentoring program for military children ages 7-17, the first of its kind in the nation.

CONCERT AT THE LAKES JULY 18 BENEFITS SANTEE SCHOOLS & YOUTH PROGRAMS

 

East County News Service

July 8, 2015 (Santee) -- Santee Lakeside Rotary Club Foundation and the Santee Lakes Foundation will host the Fourth Annual Concert At The Lakes at Santee Lakes (Lake Five) on Saturday July 18 at 5 p.m. All proceeds will support scholarships at local high schools and youth programs at Santee Lakes.

RATTLESNAKE SEASON IS HERE!

 

Safety tips for you and your pet

By Carl Person and Karen Singleton

Photo: California Fish & Game Dept.

July 9, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --With the arrival of warm weather, we love to be outdoors and take our pets with us to explore and enjoy the beauties of nature. Trails and parks abound in southern California and offer a wide array of different habitats, from low deserts to high Alpine pine forests. Daily, people and their pet companions converge on these sites by the droves. The exhilaration of being in these pristine outdoor environments often makes us forget that, within these treasured getaways, there is a potential for disaster.

DOG FOOD RECALLED

 

July 8, 2015 (San Diego’s Eat County) --A recall has been announced of Chewy’s Chicken Freeze-Dried Dinner Patties for dogs due to listeria, a bacteria that causes illness that was found in one of their products. The latest recall covers 15 ounce bags (lot #111-15.).

Other recent pet food recalls include Boulder Dog Food Company LLC, Nylabone puppy starter kits and Nutrish Wets Cat Food. A full list of recalls is posted at PetPlace.com (or click Pet Food Recalls)

RAILWAY PLANS MOVE FORWARD FOR A BINATIONAL RAILROAD IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Miriam Raftery: Trestle over Carrizo Gorge

July 8, 2015 (Campo) – Plans to revive the long-closed Desert Line freight railway from Campo to Imperial County appeared to be in danger of derailing after the Pacific Imperial Railroad fell behind in payments to the Metropolitan Transit System. But now the company has made its latest  half-million dollar payment to the Metropolitan Transit, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.The 99-year-lease requires two such payments annually.

ACTIVISTS ASK SANTEE COUNCIL TO BAN PUPPY MILL PETS

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 9, 2015 (Santee) – At last night’s Santee City Council meeting, 24 people came to show support for asking that dogs from puppy  mills be outlawed for sale in Santee.   The group is waiting to see if Council will agree to add the item to its agenda.

Sydney Cicourel, west coast director for The Puppy Mill Project, told Council members that her organization has gathered 3,000 signatures on a petition in support of the ban.  The group has been protesting at Pups and Pets, a Santee store that Cicourel says purchases dogs in from puppy mills where the animals are kept in “deplorable” conditions that are unsafe and unsanitary, often in stacked wire cages.

NEW EL CAJON FIRE HISTORY MUSEUM TO OPEN AT PARKWAY PLAZA JULY 18

 

Photo: City of El Cajon’s first fire truck, 1924

July 8, 2015 (El Cajon)--It’s been years in the planning, but retired El Cajon Fire Chief Ed Jarrell, partnering with Parkway Plaza, is bringing a fire museum to the City of El Cajon!  It’s been a long-time dream for the former Fire Chief to provide the City with a history of firefighting in El Cajon, inspiring youth to pursue a fire career and to provide safety education to those who visit the museum.

SANTEE CITY COUNCIL POSTPONES ACTION ON CAMPAIGN FINANCE CHANGES

By Leon Thompson

Photos: Mayor Voepel, left, favors lifting limits; Councilman Dale, right, opposes.

July 8, 2015 (Santee)—Candidates running for Santee City Council or Mayor can only receive campaign contribution from individuals and for no more than $650.00 dollars.  However, that may change due to a proposal that would strike the restriction to individual donors and open campaign contributions up to corporations,political action committees (PACs) and other organizations. 

City Attorney Shawn Hagerty made clear that the current law is similar to ones many other California jurisdictions have.  Despite recent court rulings on some campaign finance issues, he made clear, “local limits to individuals have not been called into question and there is no requirement to change that.” Despite that, some Council members seemed eager to allow corporate and political action company money into local races to help fund rising campaign costs.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

PINE VALLEY DAYS: PARADE, CRAFTS, MUSIC AND MORE JULY 24-25

 

July 9, 2015 (Pine Valley) --The Mountain Empire Men’s Club will present Pine Valley Days on July 24th and 25th.  This mountain town’s annual summer event includes a parade rolling out on July 25th  at 9 a.m., plus other activities both days at the Pine Valley Park (28810 Old Highway 80, Pine Valley).

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

July 9, 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.

Presidential  campaign:

WORLD

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

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

July 9, 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

STATE

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

TOXIC WATER HURTS RURAL POOR AMID DROUGHT

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 8, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--As water supplies grow scarcer in California’s fourth year of drought, residents in impoverished rural towns are facing a new threat.  Groundwater pumped to record low levels means higher concentrations of arsenic are being found in drinking water in many areas.

HOLDING LEADERS ACCOUNTABLE: PHILIPPINO DELEGATION TOURS U.S., VISITS SAN DIEGO

 

Hear our interview online now, originally aired on KNSJ: http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/cu7lp9091y/Newsmakers-InternationalVisitorLeadershipProgram.mp3

Photo: ECM editor Miriam Raftery, second from left, welcomes Philippino delegation at ECM's studio

July 9, 2015 (San Diego) –Recently, East County Magazine (ECM) sat down with visitors from the Philippines who were in town through the International Visitors Leadership Program through the U.S. State Department, welcomed locally by the San Diego Diplomacy Council. The program aims to improve accountability by public officials and enhance civic engagement, promote respect for the rule of law and human rights,  also promoting transparency and accountability in government to eliminate the culture of corruption.

The delegation spent a month traveling across the U.S., seeking potential ideas to apply in their homeland—such as legislation modeled after our Freedom of Information Act and means of holding accountable corrupt officials such as former San Diego Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham, who served prison time for bribery.  Their last stop was San Diego, where they met with East County Magazine’s editor, Miriam Raftery.

SANTEE HIKES FIRE FEES FOR COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY OWNERS

By Miriam Raftery

July 8, 2015 (Santee)—The Santee City Council has voted to raise the Fire Benefit Fee for all commercial and industrial properties to a maximum of $492 per building, per year.  Parcels with multiple buildings will owe the fee for each building. The highest increase faced by any property owner would be $1,800, staff told Council.

“This is really a per building fee,” Councilman Jack Dale observed, “whether you’re 500 square feet or you’re Costco.”

MEDICARE SCRUTINY PUSHES HEART, ORTHOPEDIC IMPLANT MAKERS TO STRENGTHEN WARRANTIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 8, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Financial penalties imposed by Medicare on hospitals that have to readmit too many patients is having a positive impact. Scrutiny of readmissions is mandated under the Affordable Care Act.

THE KEYS TO ENTREPRENEURIAL SUCCESS: BEING AUDACIOUS

        "47th NAACP Image Award Nominee in Literature"

The Audacious Woman: Blaze Your Own Path To Prosperity, by Pamela Y. Toussaint, MBA (Courageous Women Publications, 2015, 118 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

“Looking and acting like a leader depends on getting three things right, a trio we refer to as Appearance, Communication, and Gravitas. Individuals who nail each of these elements exude true executive presence.”

~ “Executive Presence” By the Center for Talent Innovation

July 8, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Pamela Y. Toussaint, MBA, the president and founder of Ultimate Image Coach, has authored with her daughter, Tamara Toussaint, JD, the quintessential book on women’s empowerment; The Audacious Woman: Blaze Your Own Path To Prosperity. A personal branding consultant, corporate trainer, author, and keynote speaker, Toussaint came from humble beginnings to write this well researched and documented book. Born and raised in a small village in Jamaica with three sisters and brother, her mother was widowed when Pamela was 10 years old. Against all odds, motivated by the values her mother instilled, Toussaint achieved success as a corporate executive and community leader in the United States. She took an audacious step to re-write her life’s story, and re-branded herself as The Ultimate Image Coach. Click to view.

DESERT BIGHORN SHEEP: WILDERNESS ICON - AN IMPRESSIVE AND POIGNANT WORK

 

Desert Bighorn Sheep: Wilderness Icon, By Mark C. Jorgensen, photography by Jeff Young (Sunbelt Publications 2015, 144 pages)

Review by Miriam Raftery

July 8, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Desert Bighorn Sheep: Wilderness Icon is an impressive and poignant work that comprehensively chronicles the past, present and future of bighorn sheep, particularly the desert bighorn found in the Anza-Borrego desert and rugged portions of San Diego’s East County.

RATE SHOCKER: UTILITY BILLS TO RISE FOR MANY SAN DIEGANS

 

East County News Service

July 7, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Warning: Your future utility bills may provide a shock.

Electric utility bills will soon be going up for most San Diegans, though some heavy energy users’ bills will go down.   Instead of four tiers for energy use and payments, there will now be just two.  Not only will low energy users and low-income people be paying more,  they will also be charged more for energy use during peak periods such as mid-afternoon. Those hikes come despite the fact that San Diego already has among the highest electricity rates in the United States.

FIREWORKS DAMAGES ASSESSED

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 7, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Last week, we reminded you that fireworks are illegal in San Diego County and cautioned you about the dangers.  Today we have some stories that make clear why shooting off your own fireworks is not a good idea. Fireworks caused fires locally and statewide including a major brush fire, as well as some serious injuries.

BARONS MARKET RAISES $3,000 FOR SAN DIEGO FOOD BANK SOLD-OUT BACKROOM BEER PAIRING

 

July 7, 2015 (San Diego's East County) – On July 1st, 300 people flocked to their local Barons Market to enjoy cold brews and gourmet appetizers for the local speakeasy known as Barons Backroom Beer Pairings. Beer lovers and foodies in Alpine, Temecula, Wildomar, Rancho Bernardo and Point Loma helped the family-owned business raise $3,000 for the San Diego Food Bank in just two hours. After almost two years of perfecting its Backroom Beer Pairings, last night Barons hosted the event at all five locations in Southern California for the first time.

BAJA BLOG: FOURTH OF JULY BAJA STYLE AT ANGEL'S CAMP AND THE CANTINA

 

Story and photos by Susan A Mahalick

July 7, 2015 (Baja, Mexico)--The day dawned cloudy and cool as it often does this time of year; sometimes the marine layer stays all day, or for a month at a time along the Pacific coastline. At about three in the afternoon the layer was thin enough that the sun came out for a brief time. Time to go to Angel’s Camp for the annual 4th of July pig roast.

MARITIME MUSEUM BANS GOLDEN RULE FROM DOCKING: SHIP MADE FAMOUS FOR ITS ROLE IN BANNING NUCLEAR WEAPONS TESTING

 

East County News Service

July 7, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Dave Patterson, a Ramona resident and member of Veterans for Peace, has brought a fascinating story to our attention. The San Diego Maritime Museum has refused to allow Veterans for Peace to dock its ship, the Golden Rule, at the museum of maritime history. The ban is due to political reasons and a claim that the ship is not historic—despite the vessel’s success in helping bring about a ban on nuclear testing and inspiring generations of activism among peace and environmental groups through the daring actions of the Golden Rule’s crew on the high seas.

STATE CAPITOL ACTION ON KEY BILLS

 

East County News Service

July 7, 2015 (Sacramento)--As the legislative session draws near its close, a flurry of bills are making their way through the state Capitol this week. Here is an update on several key measures: motorcycle lane-splitting, discrimination against transplant patients using medical marijuana, a patient right-to-die bill, and sick-time pay for California workers.

EAST COUNTY DAD HOSTS WORLD PREMIERE EVENT JULY 10 AND 11

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate and Youth Reviewer www.sdtheatrereviews.com

July 7, 2015 (La Mesa) - Frustrated as a college student screenwriter, Chris Montgomery recalls, life happened. Years later, the La Mesa father decided his time had come.  After watching many children's shows both good and bad, he decided he could put together a movie kids would watch and  that parents would approve. Olivia's Island Adventure will premiere at the San Diego Performing Arts Center (4579 Mission Gorge Place, San Diego, CA 92120) on July 10-11, 2015 @ 6:45pm.

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