2,000 PROTESTERS URGE FAULCONER TO DECLARE SAN DIEGO A SANCTUARY CITY

COUNTY SUPERVISORS POSTPONE ACTION ON COMMUNITY CHOICE AGGREGATION STUDY

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: BONNIE PRICE, WOMEN’S RIGHTS ADVOCATE

SUPERVISORS REJECT RENEWABLE ENERGY OVERLAY ZONE

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: ESTELA DE LOS RIOS SPEAKS OUT ON HOMELESSNESS IN SAN DIEGO REGION

REVITALIZING ECPAC: WILL THE FAT FINALLY LADY GET TO SING?

VIDEO: HELIX FLUME TRAIL NOW OPEN IN LAKESIDE

SAN DIEGO COUNTY FIRE INCREASES STAFFING FOR EXPECTED RAINS

TRUMP ORDERS SPEAKER RYAN TO KICK HISPANIC CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS OUT OF MEETING WITH ICE OFFICIALS

GOOD SAMARITAN SAVES ORANGE CAT HIT BY CAR IN LA MESA

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS FEB.17 - MARCH 15

EX-GOLDMAN SACHS BANKER AND “FORECLOSURE KING” CONFIRMED AS TREASURY SECRETARY

HELEN KNOLL FOUNDATION OPEN HOUSE FEB. 26 IN JAMUL

 

February 21, 2015 (Jamul) – The Helen Knoll Foundation, which has a mission to prevent breast cancer in women ages 18 to 40, will host an open house on Thursday, February 26th from 5 to 8 p.m. at California Sol, a new restaurant at 12891 Highway 94 in Jamul.

COMMUNITY MEETING ON AIRPORT NOISE NEAR GILLESPIE MARCH 4

 

February 20, 2015 (El Cajon) – Advocates of Safe Airport Policies (ASAP), a nonprofit citizens group, invites the public  to a community meeting on Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30 p.m. to learn what you can do if you’re concerned about noise from planes disturbing your neighborhood.

HIGH SCHOOL CUSTODIAN IN LAKESIDE ARRESTED FOR ARRANGING SEXUAL LIAISON WITH A 14-YEAR-OLD STUDENT

 

February 20, 2015 (Lakeside) – A 21-year-old substitute custodian with the Grossmont Union High School District was arrested yesterday after texting a 14-year-old female student to arrange an off-campus sexual liaison. Deputies from the Sheriff’s Sexual Assault Unit and Santee Sheriff’s station are continuing the investigation to determine if there are any additional victims.

ISIL ATROCITIES MOUNT AS JIHADISTS SET SITES ON CONQUERING ROME

 

East County News Service

February 20, 2015 (San Diego)—Threats of Islamic State (or ISIL) forces spreading across northern Africa and into Europe are growing.  After establishing a caliphate in portions of Iraq and Syria, ISIL jihadists have reportedly burned 40 people alive  in Iraq’s Anbar province as well as a Jordanian pilot and beheaded 20 Egyptian Christians in Libya. This weeks, Turkish intelligence reportedly warns that ISIL may be plotting terror attacks in Turkey.

RINCON CHAIRMAN WINS AWARD

 

February 20, 2015 (Valley Center)-- Bo Mazzetti, chairman of the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, was presented with the Fifth Annual Anna Sandoval Leadership Award at the Western Indian Gaming Conference’s Tribal Leaders’ luncheon, February 11, 2015, at Harrah’s Resort Southern California, in Valley Center, Ca.

SOLAR GOLD RUSH IN SAN DIEGO: RULES FOR SOLAR CHANGING

 

Monumental changes in solar market set to spur largest demand in history

 

East County News Service

Hear our interview with Erica Johnson, Sullivan Solar Power, on why some solar incentives will soon be going away as well as advice for consumers and ratepayers:  http://kiwi6.com/file/3v2a5ryrbc

February 20, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--The rules of solar are changing for California property owners, and property owners who wait for the future will not receive the favorable conditions of today.  The first region to lose incentives may be San Diego, where a cap on net metering is close to being attained later this year.

SERIAL BURGLARY SUSPECTS BUSTED

 

East County News Service

February 20, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Two men suspected of a series of 15 commercial burglaries in La Mesa from are under arrest.  Both are also connected to burglaries in El Cajon and Oceanside, according to a statement issued by La Mesa Police.

READER'S EDITORIAL: H.R.493 - IS MORE THAN AMNESTY FOR THE INDUSTRY'S EAGLE SLAUGHTER

"When you can no longer hide and you have not obeyed the law, just ask your friends in Congress to bail you out. This is what this Bill represents."


By Jim Wiegand

February 16, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --For those that do not believe America has lost its way, all one has to do is look at the relationship between the wind industry and Washington D.C. Unbiased observers will see a shell game democracy funneling out untold billions for a highly destructive and inefficient "energy strategy". One of the primary benefactors of this arrangement is a Washington based group of panhandlers know as the wind industry. But this industry's windfall set up with Washington is threatened because word of this industry's undisclosed impacts is reaching the public.

TARGET AGREES TO PAY $4 MILLION FOR OVERCHARGING CUSTOMERS

 

East County News Service

February 18, 2015 (San Diego) – Target Corp. has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a complaint of overcharging consumers filed by the San Diego City Attorney, the Marin County District Attorney and other law enforcement agencies in additional counties.

ALPINE STUDENTS PRESENT MUSICAL OKLAHOMA! MARCH 13-21

 

February 19, 2015 (Alpine)--Alpine Union School District will present its 37th annual musical production. This year students are performing in Rodgers & Hammerstein’s OKLAHOMA! The district-wide production includes students in grades fourth through eighth. See attached flyer.

UC POSTPONES TUITION HIKES

 

East County News Service

February 19, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – University of California President Janet Napolitano has announced that UC will postpone a planned 5 percent tuition hike from the summer quarter until fall.  The decision comes after Governor Jerry Brown proposed an extra $119 million for UC funding in 2016, still $100 short of what regents have said is needed to cancel the rate hikes of 5 percent a year for the next five years that are set to kick in this year.

GUHSD BOARD VOTES TO APPEAL ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL RULING; LEGAL BILLS COULD COST TAXPAYERS A QUARTER OF A MILLION DOLLARS

By Paul Kruze

February 19, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--In a 3-2 vote which was preceded by rancorous accusations, sniping, sharp retorts and loud outbursts between board member Priscilla Schreiber and board chairman Robert Shield, the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) approved a measure to appeal an court injunction forcing it to set aside $42 million towards building a disputed high school in Alpine at its regularly scheduled February 11th meeting. Schreiber and board member Jim Stieringer voted against the resolution.

Several times during the meeting, Schreiber expressed concern that the board had voted twice to set money aside for the project and that it was acting in “bad faith." Stieringer said he opposed an appeal because the decision to set aside $42 million for the high school “is well reasoned.”

SUPERVISOR HORN: 2015 WILL BE "YEAR OF THE VETERAN"

 

View video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=fTobU9pt0ds

East County News Service

February 19, 2015 (San Diego)—Supervisor Bill Horn, Chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, declared 2015 the “year of the veteran” in his state of the county speech last week.

Horn said, “These men and women have made sacrifices that often take terrible tolls on their personal lives. As a county and as a community, we have a responsibility to take care of our veterans.”

An ex-Marine Corps officer and veteran, Horn said programs will be ramped up and new programs rolled out in the coming year.  One is the Vet Connect program being rolled out East County libraries, prompted by an East County Magazine special report that found a lack of veterans’ services in rural areas.

ARCHES OFFERS COOKING WORKSHOP IN ALPINE FEB. 28

 

February 19, 2015 (Alpine)--The Alpine-based nonprofit ARCHES is offering the cooking workshop Let’s Make Hearty Soups from 10:00 AM to 1 PM on Saturday February 28 at Alpine Ranch Chiropractic located at 450 Summerhill Court in Alpine. The workshop will be taught by Nancy Teas-Crain, RD.

BORDER DRONES NOT EFFECTIVE, HOMELAND SECURITY CONCLUDES

 

East County News Service

February 19, 2015 (San Diego)--The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General has issued a report which slams the use of drones by the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.  A press release issued by Homeland Security says the report concludes, “After spending eight years and hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars, U.S. Customs and Border Protection has yet to prove the value of its Unmanned Aircraft System (drone) program while drastically understating the costs.”

SANTEE VISIONS: HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS' ART SHOW FEB. 20

 

February 19, 2015 (Santee)--The West Hills and Santana High School Art Departments will present a student art show entitled “Santee Visions”, an art show reflecting the community of Santee in the eyes of students from West Hills and Santana High Schools.

NEW DR. SEUSS BOOKS TO BE PUBLISHED

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 18, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - There’s some good news this weeks for fans of Dr. Seuss the beloved San Diego children’s book author who died in 1991.  Three new manuscripts have been discovered that were written by Dr. Seuss, whose real name was Theodore Geisel.

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

February 18, 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.

WORLD

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

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

FAA PROPOSES RULES FOR DRONES

 

East County News Service

February 15, 2015 (Washington D.C.)--The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released draft rules for regulation of drones on February 15th, though it will likely take two or three years before they can take effect.  The next step is approval by the Obama administration, followed by a public comments period.

READER'S EDITORIAL: THREE STRIKES AND YOU'RE OUT!

 

Another stinging defeat for Grossmont.  Court orders $42M to be set aside for Alpine High School.

By Sal Casamassima, Chair – Alpine High School Citizens Committee

February 17, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - On January 22 Judge Joel Pressman of the California Superior Court, delivered a huge victory to the supporters of a high school in Alpine.  Judge Pressman issued a preliminary injunction that requires the Grossmont Union School District (GUHSD) to set aside $42 Million of Prop U bond money that would be used toward the construction of the long-overdue Alpine High School.  GUHSD must set aside $14 Million immediately and another $28 Million on January 15, 2016.  Although the $42M is less than the $70M needed to build a school on the Lazy A site it nevertheless represents a major victory for Alpine.  This article will discuss why the court issued this injunction and its importance in preserving our ability to fund construction of the high school.

COMMUNITY CHOICE LOWERS ENERGY RATES

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 18, 2015 (San Diego)--The nonprofit media outlet Voice of San Diego has run a fact check on claims that community choice programs result in lower prices for consumers. Consumer choice aggregation programs allow consumers to buy power produced by renewable resources directly from cooperatives, instead of from utility companies.

IMMIGRATION RULING IMPACTS 91,000 SAN DIEGANS

 

East County News Service

File photo by Karl W. Hoffman

February 18, 2015 (San Diego)—A ruling by a Texas judge that halts President Obama’s executive orders to protect many undocumented immigrants from being deported will directly impact half of the 181,000 undocumented immigrants living in San Diego County, according to the Migration Policy Institute.  The Institute, which is based in Washington D.C., estimates that 91,000 San Diegans would have been eligible to apply for protection from deportation.

CONFIDENT OF LICKING CANCER, EMERALD TO RUN AGAIN

 

Photo: San Diego City Councilwoman Marti Emerald at Metropolitan Transit System board meeting, Feb. 12, 2015

By Donald H. Harrison

Reprinted with permission from San Diego Jewish World, a member of the San Diego Online News Network. Originally published on February 15, 2015.

February 17, 2015 (San Diego) – Confident of her recovery from breast cancer, for which she currently is undergoing radiation five days a week, City Councilwoman Marti Emerald says she plans to run in 2016 for another four-year term in part because she wants to protect the children of the 9th District against violence and future PTSD.

RISE IN VIOLENT ANTI-SEMITIC ATTACKS WORLDWIDE RAISES ALARM

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 17, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)—Last week,  a young Jewish man was shot and killed outside a Copenhagen synagogue. In Paris, as many as 250 Jewish graves were desecrated.  At the University of California in Davis, California earlier this month, swastikas were sprayed on a Jewish fraternity house after a demonstration by pro-Palestinian students, one of whom  proclaimed on Facebook that Hamas and Sharia law had come to the campus, prompting 23 organizations to demand an investigation to protect Jewish students’ safety. These are the latest in a string of hate crimes targeting Jewish people around the world.

It's a violent start to the New Year that continues a chilling trend.  Last year, 2014, was a year of unprecedented anti-Semitic violence worldwide, the Simon Wiesenthal Center reports. That report found that due to violent anti-Semitism, Jewish people worldwide now face the greatest challenges since the end of World War II, when 6 million Jewish people were exterminated in concentration camps by the Nazis.

"DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC?"

 

Old Magic - Lives of The Desert Shamans  - Nicholas Clapp (Sunbelt Publications, Inc., 2015-209 pages).

Book Review by Jacqueline Carr

February 17, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The title of this book piqued my interest.  I was engaged from the start and wanted to know who the Shamans were and what sort of magic they performed.  I immediately looked up the meaning of the word Shaman, and in accordance with the Oxford English Dictionary - a Shaman, is a priest or priest-doctor among various northern people of Asia—applied by extension to similar personages in other parts, esp. a medicine-man of some of the north-western American Indians.

DRIVE-BY SHOOTING IN SPRING VALLEY; SHERIFF SEEKS LEADS TO LOCATE SUSPECTS

East County News Service

February 17, 2015 (Spring Valley )—Sheriff’s detectives are investigating a drive-by shooting that occurred early this morning at 2:45 a.m. near the intersection of Bancroft Drive and Kenwood Drive in Spring Valley, an unincorporated community in San Diego's East County.

The suspect vehicle, a white or silver BMW-type sedan occupied by at least two black males, was last seen traveling northfrom the shooting scene toward state route 94. The victim, an adult male, suffered multiple gunshot wounds, says Sergeant Pat McCoy.

HELIX WATER TO HOLD WORKSHOP ON WATER RATE STRUCTURE FEB. 18

East County News Service

February 17, 2015 (La Mesa) – The Helix Water District Board meets Wednseday, February 18 at 2 p.m. (7811 University Ave., La Mesa).

The agenda includes a workshop on water rate structure cost of service. Oddly, as of Tuesday afternoon, the agenda packet did not include any details on a proposed water rate structure for the public to review prior to the meeting, raising questions over adequacy of public notice under the Ralph M. Brown Act.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: IT'S TIME FOR A HEART TO HEART

 

By Sam DiGiovanna

February 16, 2015 (San Diego)--If your husband has chest pain you’d call 911. However, many women may not recognize signs of heart attacks themselves. Did you know that heart attack symptoms in women can be quite different from men's. Heart disease is often thought about as a man’s disease, but recent studies show that heart disease is actually the number one killer of women in America.  Yet acting quickly is vitally important.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM FEBRUARY 15, 2015

 

 

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

Readers

February 15 (Sunday, 3:00 pm)Author Raquel Perez presents Legends of the Californios: Nana's Stories of our Family Roots. Perez takes you on a journey through time with three legends, set in a time when California was under Spanish rule and then under the Mexican Flag. Whether it is Carmen's story, the young beauty, daughter of gypsies and hated by the San Diego townspeople, then, under Mexican rule; or Floriana, a Spanish belle with a surprisingly spooky and unfortunate past; or Magdalena and Reyes, a Mestiza and a young Spanish Presidio Soldier with a secret. Come discover their stories.

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