SURVEY: SAN DIEGANS HAVE MORE FAVORABLE VIEWS OF IMMIGRANTS COMPARED TO 10 YEARS AGO

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT HEALTH PLAN ENROLLMENT NOV. 1-DEC. 15

AEROBATICS STUNT PILOT AND PASSENGER PRESUMED KILLED IN FIERY CRASH; COMPANY HAD PRIOR FATAL ACCIDENT AND SAFETY VIOLATIONS

EXCESSIVE HEAT AND RED FLAG WARNINGS ISSUED

AUTHORITIES SEEK MAN WHO STRANGLED WOMAN ON TRAIL IN RURAL EL CAJON: $1,000 REWARD OFFERED

PLANE CRASH IN LAKESIDE SPARKS BRUSH FIRE

EVACUATIONS LIFTED IN CAMPO FROM CHURCH BRUSH FIRE

A REPORTER’S REFLECTIONS ON THE FIRESTORMS OF 2007

GHOSTS, GHOULS AND GLOWING GAMES AT HAUNTFEST ON MAIN 2017

LA MESA WOMAN’S CORNUCOPIA SITE OFFERS GIFTS TO NOURISH BREAST CANCER PATIENTS IN BODY AND SOUL

ON WILDFIRES’ ANNIVERSARY, CONCERN THAT RESIDENTS ARE LESS PREPARED

CAL FIRE INCREASES STAFFING IN PREPARATION FOR SANTA ANA WINDS

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

GOV. BROWN SIGNS BILL TELLING MLB PLAYERS TO STOP CHEWING TOBACCO

 

By Liz Alper

Photo: Creative Commons by GamblinMan22

October 13, 2015 (Sacramento) - We see it every time we watch baseball: bored players in their team sweatshirts chewing tobacco during an at-bat or sitting in the dugout.  Even managers are caught on camera spitting out tobacco juice, providing far-from-exemplary role models to youthful fans.

PUNKIN' CHUNKIN' COMPETITION NOV. 8 TO BENEFIT ALPINE EDUCATION FOUNDATION

 

Get your team ready or just come to watch the pumpkins fly!

October 14, 2015 (Alpine)--The 2nd Annual Alpine Education Foundation Punkin Chunkin is set forSunday, Nov. 8th, at 10 a.m. at Joan MacQueen Middle School. This family friendly educational fundraiser to benefit Alpine schools requires teams to create a launching device to chunk their pumpkins for accuracy and distance while competing for nearly $2,000 in cash prizes for distance and accuracy. Entry fee is $100. Admission is free.

ACLU APPLAUDS PRIVACY BILL SIGNED BY GOVERNOR BROWN

 

East County News Service

October 13, 2015 (Sacramento)—In a win for privacy advocates, Governor Jerry Brown has signed a bill that prohibits law enforcement from accessing people’s private personal electronic data in most circumstances unless they first obtain a warrant or a court order.

BILL TO RESTRICT ANTIBIOTICS IN LIVESTOCK SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

 

East County News Service

October 13, 2015 (Sacramento) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed the  nation’s strictest standard for use of antibiotics in livestock. 

The new law addresses concerns raised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which estimates 2 million people in the U.S. are infected with drug resistant bacteria,  and 23,000 die each year of these superbugs. Public health officials believe the overuse of antibiotics in cattle, pigs and other livestock in meat and dairy production endangers the public health.

TWO BODIES FOUND IN BURNED ALPINE HOME

 

East County News Service

Photo: ECM news partner 10 News

October 13, 2015 (Alpine) – The bodies of a 43-year-old woman and a man of unknown age were found by firefighters inside a burned home in the 700 block of South Grade Road in Alpine.  The Alpine Community Network reports that the woman was a mother of three.

GOVERNOR TAKES ACTION ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE , IMMIGRANT AND SCHOOL GUN BILLS

 

 

East County News Service

October 14, 2015 (Sacramento)—Governor Brown has taken action on numerous crime-related bills as well as a measure banning concealed guns on college campuses.

The Governor vetoed 11 crime-related measures, objecting to the fact that each bill would “criminalize conduct that is already proscribed.”  Among the bills rejected was one that would have made it a felony to possess date-rape drugs with intent to commit a sexual assault.

A week after a gunman killed nine people at a college in Oregon, Brown signed into law a measure banning the carrying of concealed w4eapons on all school and university campuses in California, except when school officials have granted permission or if the carrier is retired from  law enforcement.

HORN: I’M RECUSING MYSELF FROM LILAC HILLS VOTE — ALSO, AMERICA IS DOOMED

 

By Andrew Keatts and Maya Srikrishnan, Voice of San Diego

Photo: Supervisor Bill Horn, County of San Diego

October 14, 2015 (San Diego)--It’s official: County Supervisor Bill Horn won’t get a chance to vote on Lilac Hills Ranch, the massive housing project proposal in Valley Center, about a mile from property Horn owns.

In a message sent to constituents Tuesday, Horn wrote that being forced to recuse himself signifies the chipping away at the foundation of American values.

Horn had sought the input of the state Fair Political Practices Commission over whether he should take part in the Board of Supervisors’ vote on the Lilac Hills project later this month, following a Voice of San Diego investigation that revealed he might have a conflict of interest over the project.

IT’S SCARY TO BE HUNGRY

City of La Mesa Food Drive October 17

October 13, 2015 (La Mesa) -- The City of La Mesa Human Relations Advisory Commission is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the San Diego Food Bank. The food drive will be held on Saturday, October 17, from 8:00 am to noon in the municipal parking lot (Farmers Market site) at 8130 Allison Avenue, along Date Avenue. The drive-thru drop off will be fast and convenient – no need to get out of the car.

VOTER'S WATCHDOG: NEW LAWS AIM TO INCREASE VOTER TURNOUT AND EXPAND VOTERS’ RIGHTS

 

East County News Service

October 13, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Governor Jerry Brown has signed over a dozen bills to “help improve elections and expand voter rights and access in California,” according to the Governor’s signing statement.

 

Those include the New Motor Voter Act authored by San Diego Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez.  The measure will result in the Department of Motor Vehicles automatically registering Califoirnians to vote when they obtain a driver’s license, or renew one.  Drivers will have the right to opt out if they choose.

HOW DO THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES’ TAX PLANS STACK UP?

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 12, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – Virtually every candidate vying for the White House is calling for tax reforms. But their definitions of “reform” are radically different.  Some would slash taxes and cut services, others would raise taxes but expand services. So who benefits and who loses under the various proposals—and just how would they be paid for?

NATIONAL CONGRESS OF AMERICAN INDIANS MEETS IN SAN DIEGO OCT. 18-23

 

By Leon Thompson

October 12, 2015 (Mission Valley) – The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) will hold its national conference in San Diego October 18-23.  The NCAI  is composed of Tribes and individual Native Americans to protect and enhance treaty and sovereign rights.  The Organization was started in 1944 in response to the termination and assimilation policies of the United States government toward American Indians.

KARL STRAUSS LOOKING AT OTHER LOCATIONS BESIDES SANTEE

 

By Mike Allen

October 9, 2015 (Santee)--What appeared to be nearly a done deal---San Diego craft brewer Karl Strauss relocating its main production and corporate headquarters to Santee’s Town Center---may not happen after all.

Matt Rattner, who co-founded Karl Strauss in 1989 and its president, said the company is keeping its options open.

“There’s no deal yet,” Rattner said recently. “We just received a proposal to go to Otay Mesa--and we’ve also talked with the cities of Vista and San Marcos.”

BILL WOULD LET FORMER FOSTER YOUTHS KEEP HEALTH INSURANCE IN OTHER STATES

 

East County News Service

October 11, 2015 (Washington D.C.)—Seeking to help hundreds of thousands of young people who are currently a part of the foster care system and the tens of thousands who leave the system each year, Reps. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Jim McDermott (D-Wash.)—Co-Chairs of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth,  have introduced H.R. 3641, the “Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth Act of 2015.”  The measure would close a loophole and guarantee that foster youth will still receive health insurance through Medicaid until they turn 26 years old,  regardless of their state of residence.

NEW LAW MAKES HEALTH INSURERS PROVIDE ACCURATE, UPDATED PROVIDER DIRECTORIES

 

New law allows patients to be reimbursed for out-of-network care due to a mistake in an insurance company’s directory

East County News Service

October 11, 2015 (Sacramento) – Many consumers complained that after signing up for health insurance through Covered California, they learned that the healthcare plans they enrolled in had mistakes such as doctors listed who were no longer in the network.  Covered California discontinued its directory in February.  But a state audit also found many errors in directories by major health insurers including Anthem Blue Cross, Health Net and Partnership Health Plan, such as wrong phone numbers and addresses, plus inaccurate information on which doctors were accepting new patients.

ASK AN AUTHOR - IS PRINT PUBLISHING GOOD FOR INDIES?

 

Answering your questions about writing, publishing, and marketing books

By Sarka-Jonae Miller

Is print publishing still a safe marketing bet for indie authors, especially in this colossal world of ebook publishing? - Joseph Beekman, Fantasy Author

October 10, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Many indie authors are attracted to ebook publishing because it's essentially free. Or so they think. The truth is that with print-on-demand services like CreateSpace, print publishing and ebook publishing cost about the same.

DEFIBRILLATORS LAW SIGNED BY GOVERNOR

 

East County News Service

October 10, 2015 (Sacramento) - Senate Bill 287, the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Safety Act, has been signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown.  The bill was authored by State Senator Ben Hueso, a Democrat representing San Diego and southern portions of East County.

READER'S EDITORIAL: LAST NIGHT'S BOARD MEETING ON HELIX WATER DISTRICT WATER RATES 5-YEAR PLAN

 

By Kathleen Coates-Hedberg, Helix Water District board member

October 10, 2015 (La Mesa)--I got to the Board Room at 4:30p.m. and the parking lot was filling up and I parked on the street. When the meeting started at 5 p.m. it was a full house, every seat was filled and the people were lined outside the door and people were standing in rows near on the sides. At least 150 members of the public were in attendance, several TV crews (KFMB, KUSI & FOX that I saw) and we all echoed the pledge of the allegiance to the flag together. I was hopeful and optimistic that the meeting was going to go well...oh how wrong I was.

MASTER PUMPKIN CARVER GENE GRANATA TO APPEAR AT NIGHT OF THE JACK O'LANTERN EVENT IN ALPINE

 

October 10, 2015 (Alpine)--Could you use a bit of inspiration for your upcoming Halloween jack o’ lantern carving projects? There’s no better opportunity than learning from one of the best in the business – Master Carver Gene Granata. Granata will be displaying some of his jack o’ lantern creations, as well as offering carving tips, at the Alpine Education Foundation’s inaugural Night of the Jack o’ Lanterns event to be held at the Alpine Creek Town Center on Thursday, October 15 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The event is free for all ages.

OUR JULY 2015 RADIO SHOWS ARE NOW ONLINE

 

October 11, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - - -Our July 2015 radio shows are now online!  You can listen online now (sound files may take a minute to load). For links to listen to the shows plus a full list of topics and interviews in July, click here and scroll down.

Our newsmaker interviews included Bruce Wilcox on a plan to save the Salton Sea, John Bolthouse with the Water Conservation Garden and some water-saving tips, author Paula Marguelies, representatives from the San Diego Concert Band, Mark Stevenson from the McAllister Institute, winery industry leaders on drastic new changes proposed to the county’s tiered winery ordinance, and our own interns with analysis on top presidential contenders, plus much more.

The East County Magazine Show airs Mondays and Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. on KNSJ, 89.1 FM.  The shows rerun on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: WEEK OF OCT. 12TH - GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKEOUT EARTHQUAKE DRILL

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Shake It Out!

October 11, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The 2015 Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill is here again! On Thursday, October 15, at 10:15 A.M., participate in the “Drop, Cover and Hold” safety action.

HEAT ADVISORY ISSUED

East County Alerts

October 11, 2015 (San Diego)--The National Weather Service in San Diego has issued a heat advisory for San Diego County inland coastal and western valley areas from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday (today).

Temperatures are expected to range from 90 to 95 degrees for inland coastal areas and 95 to 99 in western valley areas.

The County issued an alert at 10:45 a.m. today. The County continues to operate the Cool Zones program and has designated buildings as cooling centers.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM OCTOBER 11, 2015

 

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

This column is also published in the http://EastCountyMagazine.org. If you are from East County, I highly recommend that you check out the ECM for articles and the latest in what is happening in the East County.

STAGE FRIGHT: A CHILLING DELIGHT

 

Lamplighters Community Theatre, La Mesa, Oct. 9-Nov. 8

By Miriam Raftery

October 11, 2015 (La Mesa)--When a caustic critic is lured to an old theatre under the pretext of a documentary about Lincoln assassin/actor John Wilkes Booth,  he swiftly finds himself drugged,  trussed up and tormented by an actress he’s savaged in reviews. The stage is set for mayhem and potentially, murder.

Devi Noel  portrays first the prim and proper Miss Leamington, who soon sheds her disguise to be revealed as the wickedly scheming actress, Mitzi Crenshaw.  Donning multiple costumes to portray notable roles in between extracting tortuous confessions from her captive critic,  F.F. Charnick, Noel clearly relishes the role and keeps the audience on edge throughout Lamplighters’ production of Stage Fright, a play by Charles Marowitz of Ventura.

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