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.
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.
April 12, 2016 (Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed AB908 into law, expanding paid family leave for Californians. The Governor says he wants to provide a “more decent and empathetic kind of community.”
April 11, 2016 (Philadelphia) - Andrew Cashner took the mound for the Padres to a crowd of 45,229 on Opening Day at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia in the first of a four-game series in the City of Brotherly Love. Aaron Nola opposed him for the Phillies.
April 10, 2016 (Denver) - It was a beautiful sunny Sunday in the Mile High City and Coloradans and San Diegans watching at home were treated to a nice, leisurely game of baseball. Even though the Padres lost, the series finale between the Padres and Rockies was a lot more calm than the last two games of the series. My typing hands are grateful.
April 10, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – The race to fill the 71st Assembly seat being vacated by Brian Jones due to term limits has narrowed to two candidates, both Republicans: Santee Mayor Randy Voepel and business owner Tony Teora.
April 10, 2016 (Jamul) – County Supervisors on Wednesday will consider a staff recommendation to approve an agreement between the County and the Jamul Indian Village (JIV) regarding impacts of the tribe’s casino construction and operation. The agreement, if approved, would also find the proposed action to be exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).
Public encouraged to send letters to state and county decision makers
East County News Service
April 10, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Supervisor Dianne Jacob has sent a letter to the County Board of Education President Gregg Robinson PhD urging support for a public vote to determine the outcome of the Grossmont Union High School District’s proposal for “by trustee” area elections. The GUHSD board majority is seeking a waiver from a state requirement that would ordinarily require a public vote on any redistricting proposal.
But Jacob writes, “The importance of representing the people through elections is paramount to the political process. Normally, election `by trustee’ is a fair way to ensure that constituents are being properly and proportionally represented. GUHSD’s proposal to move to a `by-trustee’ area election method is not something that is generally considered unusual, however, recent actions and decisions by GUHSD’s Board of Directors has created a sense of public distrust.”
April 10, 2016 (La Mesa) – On Thursday, April 28, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce is ready and set to entertain you on a special La Mesa evening. You will meet 46 businesses who have display tables that showcase their goods and services and are offering lots of free door prizes to lucky winners. Other local businesses will also be in attendance to mix and mingle with guests and attendees.
April 10, 2016 (San Diego) – The Sanders sweep continues. Tonight Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the Democratic presidential primary in Wyoming, the “Cowboy State,” with nearly 56% of votes. Former Secretary of State Clinton took 44%.
On April 4th, selected Chargers fans met with Dean Spanos and other Chargers representatives for an hour and a half to discuss a ballot initiative to fund building a stadium. Dan Jauregui, better known as “Boltman”, was among the invited guests. Here are his observations.
April 9, 2016 (San Diego) -- The start of the meeting entailed in-depth information regarding the Goldman Sachs finance plan. We fans received a better understanding in layman’s terms of all the players and entities involved.
April 9, 2016 (La Mesa) – On Saturday, April 30th, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce invites you to join an afternoon open house and celebrate one-year of Braces San Diego at their La Mesa location (7323 Jackson Drive) from 11 a.m. and 2 p.m..
April 9, 2016 (Denver) - Even if you don’t watch baseball, you should know how these work by now based on these recaps. The Padres took the field at Coors for game two of their three-game series with the Colorado Rockies. Drew Pomeranz took the mound for San Diego against Jorge “Rubby” De La Rosa for Colorado.
April 9, 2016 (El Cajon) – The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the arrest of an El Cajon couple charged with forcing an Indonesian woman to work in their El Cajon home up to 18 hours a day without pay. The victim was rescued after giving a note to a visiting nurse asking for help.
April 9, 2016 (Lakeside) -- A worker for a pest control company who arrived to remove a termite fumigation tent from a home at 9548 Farmington Drive in Lakeside Friday found an intruder in the home. The suspect fled and the employee pursued him in his work truck, said Sergeant Mike McNeill.
April 8, 2016 (Santee) - The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC) has announced installation of a solar power system has been completed at its Santee clubhouse, 8820 Tamberly Way. San Diego-based Empowered Energy Solutions said its solar system costing $184,000 to install will save the Santee clubhouse $338,000 in utility costs over the next 10 years and $824,000 over the next 25 years.
Photo: Rockies Opening Day courtesy @Padres on Twitter
April 8, 2016 (Denver) - The Padres hit the road for their first trip of the season. First, it’s to Denver to take on the Colorado Rockies and the deadly Trevor Story. Colin Rea took the mound for San Diego against Jordan Lyles for Colorado.
April 8, 2016 (La Mesa) - At their April 6, 2016 meeting, Helix Water District’s Board of Directors approved a three day per week limit on landscape irrigation, rescinding the two-day limit in effect since June 2015, when the State Water Resources Control Board mandated a 25 percent reduction in statewide water use.