March 13, 2015 (La Mesa)--La Mesa City Manager Dave Witt has announced the selection of 28 ½ year City of San Diego Police Department veteran Walter (Walt) Vasquez, as the City’s new Chief of Police.
Witt said that Vasquez competed against candidates from outside the organization and proved that he has exceptional qualities that will help him succeed in his new position. Vasquez is currently serving as Assistant Chief of Police with the City of San Diego overseeing the Canine Unit, SWAT, Communications Division, Information Services, Property Room, and the Chief’s Community Advisory Boards. Vasquez will replace La Mesa Chief of Police Ed Aceves, who retired in December 2014 after 30 years of service.
March 12, 2015 (La Mesa) - Have you heard the news? Lamplighters La Mesa has returned. After being dark for several years Lamplighters has reopened in a new location. 5915 Severin Drive. Goodbye Charlie is the third show. Previously they produced "Same Time Next Year" and "Murder at the Howard Johnson's." It looks like they have a season of comedy planned for us.
March 14, 2015 (San Diego) – East County Magazine Editor Miriam Raftery is among the nominees for the Women of Influence Awards set to honor women business leaders as well as organizations and individuals championing women in leadership.
More than 250 nominations were submitted and 137 final nominees will be honored by ConnectedWomenofInfluence.com at the event on March 25th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mission Valley Hilton. For tickets and details, visit www.womenofinfluenceawards.com.
March 14, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – California could run out of water in a year as reservoirs run dry and groundwater resources are being overpumped. That’s the dire warning of Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory/Caltech.
March 13, 2015 (La Mesa)--Fun with Physics is Saturday April 18, from 9:00 am – 12 noon at the La Mesa Boys and Girls Teen Club at Highwood Park, 7775 Junior High Drive, La Mesa, 91941. Fun with Physics introduces all ages and the family to fun hands-on science experiments. Experiments include: Bubbles, Sink or Float, Oobleck, Dry Ice Experiments, Barges and more. The city of La Mesa invites you to come join the fun.
March 14, 2015 (Granite Hills) – Tim Hall sent in these beautiful bird images, including a Red-Tail Hawk nesting in a eucalyptus tree near his home in Granite Hills, an American Kestrel (also known as a Sparrow Hawk) and a Goldfinch.
March 13, 2015 (San Francisco)--The California Supreme Court has granted partial review of a closely-watched environmental case that could have broad implications for transportation planning throughout the state.
March 12, 2015 (La Mesa) – In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, the Celtic musical group Highland Way will perform at Hooley’s Irish Pub, located at Grossmont Center in La Mesa on Tuesday, March 17th from 1 to 4 p.m.
March 13, 2015 (San Diego) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is alerting customers to be aware of a person or persons who have recently posed as utility employees asking to enter a customer’s home. It has been reported that the imposter will distract unsuspecting customers while performing “routine inspections,” while another imposter burglarizes the home.
March 12th, 2015 (Viejas) - A huge throng of people from all over came to say goodbye to Roy Cook in the gym at the heart of the Viejas Reservation on Saturday. Roy died suddenly and we are overwhelmed with a sense of loss. It was comforting to hear from so many friends how they were touched by his magic. The prayers, the songs, the Honor Guard, the Soaring Eagles, the drums building up to heaven and the wailing releasing our anguish. We cried in each other's arms.
The first day I met Roy Cook was at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Jamul Casino in 2005. I was proud and happy for the Jamul Indian Village and perplexed by the angry faces marching with signs on the street. Roy sensed the vicious opposition would eventually delay the project and he was right. He told me some of the history of the Jamul Band. He said they were the poorest of the poor. Their little village had dirt roads, their homes had dirt floors.
That encounter changed my life because Roy spoke with such certainty and compassion I began reading everything he wrote. The words lifted off the pages like they were written in my heart. Being indigenous became more than a card I carried in my wallet.
March 12, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – A barn that has stood for more than a century at the site of the former Paul citrus orchard, later known as the Fryendale Ranch, at 11861 Fuerte Drive in El Cajon is coming down.
March 13, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This pharmacy is on probation. When this sign is posted on your neighborhood pharmacy’s wall it is easy to miss. After all, people do not always read the posted signs anywhere. People walk by signs all the time. Especially if you are sick and standing in line waiting to pick up your prescription before you dash home to recover and sleep.
March 12, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – California Senator Dianne Feinstein wants to know why the FDA has not taken action to halt the sale of Purina Beneful dog food. The products remain on the market despite numerous complaints and now a lawsuit claiming that thousands of dogs were sickened or died after eating the dry kibble food.
Hear our KNSJ radio interview with Christina Tourin - and learn how the folk harp revival found its roots right here in East County, atop Mount Laguna which now has 9 harp companies among its 81 residents!
Also hear excerpts of Irish music on her Celtic harp - and a special song she used to play for Maria Von Trapp from Sound of Music fame:
Updated March 13, 2015 (San Diego) – Over 100 Irish harp players will be in town for St. Patrick’s Day, performing tow concerts open to the public in San Diego March 15th and 17th . The musicians are in town for the International Harp Therapy Training Program at the Hanalei Ballroom at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley, where participants learn to take harp music into senior homes, schools, hospitals, hospices and more.
-- Take the diabetes risk test for diabetes risk awareness, then get free food from Chick-fil-A on Tuesday, March 24
March 12, 2015 (Santee)--The Chick-fil-A restaurant in Santee, 9418 Mission Gorge Road, is supporting the American Diabetes Association’s “Alert Day” by rewarding customers with free food giveaway on Tuesday, March 24.
March 9, 2015 (Lakeside)—If you’re looking for a romantic special setting, East County has beautiful venues where you don’t have to worry about coastal fog or crowds. One of our favorites is Hazy Meadow Ranch, nestled at the base of El Capitan Mountain in Lakeside’s scenic El Monte Valley.
This idyllic wedding venue comes complete with a white horse-drawn carriage ride, gazebo, lawn with expansive shade trees and flowering gardens, outdoor dance floor, plus options for Western or Spanish themed weddings including an entire Western town settingg – to name just a few of the unique amenities here.
March 11, 2015 (Jamul)--Approximately 200 protesters held a “flash mob” demonstration in Jamul Saturday, wearing red as they voiced their continuing opposition to a casino under construction at the Jamul Indian Village.
Excavation is completed at the project, site of a planned Hollywood-themed casino in conjunction with Penn National Gaming.
Projected to open in mid-2016, the casino is expected to include a three-story gaming and entertainment facility of approximately 200,000 square feet with gaming, restaurants, bars, and parking. The tribe estimates the project will create an estimated 2,500 construction and permanent jobs in the area.
March 11, 2015 (Santee) - The Santee Chamber of Commerce invites you to join over 30,000 visitors at the Santee Street Fair and Craft Beer Festival on Saturday, May 23 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Festival highlights include: a craft beer festival, live music and entertainment, a crafter row and artist alley, over 300 food and vendor booths, carnival rides and games for the family. In celebration of Memorial Day weekend, there will also be a tribute to our veterans. This free event will be held at Riverview Parkway and Town Center Parkway in Santee.
March 13, 2015 (San Diego's east County) - Alec Guettel is back in North Carolina. It has been decades since he obtained his bachelor of arts in Political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Guettel and another of Sungevity’s executives are staying at the local Mariott, while they oversee the company’s entrance into the state. They will also be attending the NC Clean Tech Summit, where Geuttel will be one of the key people in a panel discussion on February 20, 2015. He took my call in his hotel room. In the course of our interview, Guettel said, “we have really positioned ourselves as the partner of choice for utilities.”
March 12, 2015 (Anza Borrego Desert) - Kristin Kjaero visited the Anza Borrego desert Tuesday, where she observed "thousands of caterpillars in a feeding frenzy...The roads were dotted with yellow splotches." Standing still for just a few moments to take a photo, she adds, "I had caterpillars crawl onto each foot."
March 12, 2015 (San Diego)--The San Diego County Vintners Association is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015 with its expanded annual wine festival. The SDCVA Wine & Food Festival will exclusively feature San Diego County wineries along with educational winemaking and food demonstrations, a silent auction and live music.
March 12, 2015 (La Mesa) -- On Tuesday, La Mesa’s City Council voted to move forward on negotiations with Westmont Companies for development of a senior living facility adjacent to Briercrest Park. The Council also set an optional $25,000/parking space fee for a space in a conceptual parking building, for expanding Village businesses in lieu of providing additional on-site parking.
Grossmont district blocks access to Burn Book app following latest incident
March 11, 2015 (El Cajon ) – An anonymous message sent on the popular phone app “BurnBook” at 12:40 a.m. threatened the safety of students and staff at El Cajon Valley High School, El Cajon Police reports.
March 12, 2015 (El Cajon) – Photographer Robert Gehr snapped these beautiful early season barrel cactus blooms – no, not in the desert, but in the cactus garden outside the Olaf Wieghorst Museum and Western Heritage Center in downtown El Cajon.