HELICOPTER TRAFFIC, PARKS AND MORE ON CAMPO LAKE MORENA PLANNING GROUP’S AGENDA APRIL 24

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: PIERRE “PETE” BEAUREGARD, RAMONA RANCHER AND EX-MARINE CORPS MEDIC RUNNING AGAINST DUNCAN HUNTER

CAL FIRE LAUNCHES NEW READY FOR WILDFIRE APP

SUPERVISORS TO REPLACE RETIRING D.A.: DUMANIS MULLS RUN FOR SUPERVISOR AS DEMS CALL FOR INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO AZANO TIES

VIEW OUR VIDEOS: 7 CANDIDATES SPEAK OUT IN FORUM ON RACE TO REPLACE DUNCAN HUNTER

TRAFFIC ALERT: HWY 78 CLOSED NEXT 4 WEEKENDS

LAWSUIT TARGETS TRUMP'S BORDER WALL, ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM OVER ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS APRIL 22 - MAY 15

WHAT’s UP, DUNC? GIANT RABBIT TO STALK REP. HUNTER ON CAMPAIGN TRAIL

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

OTAY WATER BOARD CENSURES HECTOR GASTELUM FOR RACIST REMARKS

BE PREPARED FOR DISASTER – REGISTER FOR THE CERT ACADEMY

VINTAGE ALPINE: WINETASTING IN THE COUNTRY TO BENEFIT CHILDREN'S CAUSES

 

April 10, 2015 (Alpine) – The 25th annual Vintage Alpine on Sunday May 3rd from 1 to 4 p.m. at Summers Past Farms in Flinn Springs will feature tastings of 40 wines plus foods from fine restaurants across our region.  This event attracts over 500 people annually, with all proceeds used to benefit services and programs for the children of San Diego.

COUNTY WATER AUTHORITY SEEKS TO USE COPPER-BASED ALGAECIDES AT 5 LOCAL RESERVOIRS

 

East County News Service

April 9, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The San Diego County Water Authority is proposing to apply copper-based algaecides to control algae blooms at five reservoirs that supply drinking water, including Lake Jennings(Helix Water District), Sweetwater Reservoir (Sweetwater Authority), Lake Poway (City of Poway), Olivenhain Reservoir (County Water Authority) and San Dieguito Resrvoir (Santa Fe Irrigation District.)

MTS MOBILE TICKETING NOW AVAILABLE FOR PADRES GAMES

 

MTS Trolley special events service in play for Padres home opener on Thursday, April 9

April 9, 2015 (San Diego)--For the first time, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) is making its convenient mTicket mobile ticketing option available for select Padres games, including the home opening series against the San Francisco Giants and all weekend series (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) throughout the season.

SAN MIGUEL BOARD VOTES TO BUY 2 FIRE ENGINES, MOVE FORWARD ON COUNTY TAKEOVER OF TRAINING FACILITY

 

By Paul Kruze

April 10, 2015 (Spring Valley)--In spite of tight finances and the looming possibility of a separation and divorce from CALFIRE, the San Miguel Fire Board of Directors majority went forward with a staff recommendation to purchase two new fire engines at its March 11th meeting.  The Board also took action on the County's proposal to takeover an unfinished training facility that has languished due to lack of funds.

EL CAJON ISSUES BID REQUEST FOR PERFORMING ARTS CENTER REPAIRS

 

 

By Paul Kruze

Photo by Miriam Raftery: Performers on stage at ECPAC in brighter days

April 10, 2015 (El Cajon)--It has been said that “the opera ain’t over until the fat lady sings.” If all goes as planned, the fat lady could be soon be setting a date to sing on the stage at the shuttered and embattled East County Performing Art Center (ECPAC) sooner than later.

In a move that pleased local community activists who have decried the prolonged shutdown of downtown El Cajon’s entertainment venue, the City of El Cajon released an extensive request for bids to fix the theater’s leaky roof and bring about extensive technical upgrades throughout the facility.

NEWSOM BACKS LEGAL POT

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 9, 2015 (Sacramento) – California politics have gone to pot.  A ballot measure to legalize recreational marijuana use is widely expected to qualify for the ballot next year. Now Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has announced he supports legalization, regulation and taxing of recreational pot-provided the ballot initiative adequately addresses key concerns.

RAMONA H.E.A.R.T MURALS REFLECT AREA'S HISTORIC HERITAGE

 

April 9, 2015 (Ramona) - If you’ve traveled through Ramona recently , you may have noticed some colorful murals depicting the town’s historical heritage.

COUNCILMAN TODD GLORIA ANNOUNCES BID FOR STATE ASSEMBLY

 

By Chris Jennewein

Photo by Chris Stone

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association (SDONA)

April 9, 2015 (San Diego) --City Councilman Todd Gloria announced Tuesday that he will run for State Assembly in 2016 at the end of his council term.

PASSAGES: MANZANITA TRIBAL CHAIRMAN LEROY ELLIOTT

By Miriam Raftery

April 9, 2015 (Manzanita Reservation)—For the past 18 years, Leroy Joseph Elliott has served as Chairman of the Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.  A respected leader and elder in the Native American community who led efforts to revive cultural traditions, Chairman Elliott passed away on March 18, 2015.

Born on April 18, 1943 to John Elliott and Adelina Aswayo at the Soboda Indian Hospital in Riverside County, Elliott was raised on the Manzanita Indian reservation in East County and attended Mountain Empire High School.  He served as a firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service and as Assistant Fire Chief of the Campo Reservation Fire Department.    

According to California Indian Education, Elliott was the last fluent speaker of the Kumeyaay language at Manzanita.  He dedicated himself to preserving and teaching the Kumeyaay language to his people, advocating for continuance of the language, traditions, cultures and beliefs.   He led efforts to revive bird songs, traditions passed down through thousands of years of Kumeyaay history, preserving them for future generations.

NEW BORREGO HEALTH CENTER'S OPEN HOUSE APRIL 11 IN EL CAJON CELEBRATES PUBLIC HEALTH

 

East County News Service

April 8, 2015 (El Cajon )—Borrego Health, a community health center with clinics throughout our region, will host an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, April 11th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at its new location at 133 West Main Street in El Cajon.

DEAD HAWK IN SPRING VALLEY TESTS POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS

 

County News Service

April 8, 2015 (Spring Valley) -- A dead hawk found in Spring Valley has tested positive for West Nile virus, making it the first appearance of the potentially deadly disease in San Diego County in 2015.

EL CAJON MAN MISSING, VEHICLE FOUND NEAR SUNRISE HIGHWAY

 

April 9, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)—A search is under way for Isac Molina, 27, an El Cajon resident, paramedic and father of two.  Family reported Monday that Molina left home Sunday at 3 p.m. “on his own volition appearing very despondent,” said Lt. Frank La Haye with the El Cajon Police. He is considered a missing person at risk.

CRAIGSLIST GAY "DATE" ROBS AND TASERS MAN, 74

 

East County News Service

April 9, 2015 (San Diego) – A 74-year-old College area man who answered a personal ad on Craigslist seeking a date got a shock—literally.  At 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, the suspect showed up at the victim’s home on El Cerrito Drive.  The suspect used a Taser on the elderly victim, tied him up and robbed him, 10 News reports.

DROUGHT DRIES UP WATER SOURCES FOR FIREFIGHTING

 

East County News Service

Photo: Once brimming with water, the eastern portion of Lake Morena is bone dry.

April 9, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The drought is shrinking ponds and lakes across East County—and Cal-Fire is concerned about the loss of water for fighting fires.

HOW DO COUNTY'S RESPONSE TIMES FOR AMBULANCE SERVICE STACK UP TO OTHER AREAS?

 

 

Ambulance responses in our region raise alarms:  Part IV in a series

By Miriam Raftery

April 6, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)—San Diego County’s contract with its new ambulance provider for East County, Mercy,  requires that response times be less than 30 minutes 90% of the time in rural areas and 10 minutes in urban areas.  That’s too long if you’ve had a heart attack or other major trauma. 

When we inquired about response times, County staff advised us that in 2014, the County Fire Authority (ie Cal Fire) had a better response time than the requirement, averaging just over 10 minutes, while the former ambulance provider, AMR, average about 14 minutes. (Read more)

RAMONA OPEN STUDIO TOUR APRIL 11-12

 

April 9, 2015 (Ramona) – The 12th annual Ramona Open Studios tour will be held this Satudray and Sunday, April 11-12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If you've ever wondered what an artist's studio looks like, now is your opportunity to see for yourself. During the Ramona Open Studios Tour, artists in Ramona will open their studios to curious visitors, inviting them to talk, check out how they work, and buy artwork if they're interested.

IN EVERY STATE, WOMEN ARE MORE LIKELY THAN MEN TO LIVE IN POVERTY

 

Equal Pay Would Cut Poverty Rate for Working Women by More than Half

April 8, 2015 (Washington, DC)—In advance of Equal Pay Day on April 14, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) released a new report showing that women have higher rates of poverty, and much lower rates of business ownership than men in all 50 states despite having made significant progress over the last 25 years in attaining a college education. This trend is especially pronounced among the youngest workers.

HELEN STODDARD, A POWERFUL WOMAN IN EAST COUNTY'S PAST

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 8, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) –April is Women’s History Month.   It’s an appropriate time to share a story about a remarkable woman from East County’s past. Helen Gerrells Stoddard, a former resident of La Mesa , Lemon Grove and Ramona, was a prominent leader in the fight to win women the right to vote,  as well as in the temperance movement. She even earned a place in history at the national political level.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

April 8, 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

April 8, 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

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LA MESA A TREE CITY USA FOR A RECORD 35 YEARS

Source: City of La Mesa

April 9, 2015 (La Mesa) -- La Mesa, was named a 2014 Tree City USA by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.  La Mesa is the city that holds the highest number of years as Tree City USA in the County of San Diego!  This is the 35th year La Mesa has earned the national designation.

TAXES DUE APRIL 15, BUT HELP FROM THE IRS IS SCARCE DUE TO FUNDING CUTS

 

East County News Service

April 8, 2015 (San Diego)—Federal income taxes are due on April 15th. But millions of taxpayers trying to get questions answered from the Internal Revenue Service are finding frustration instead.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS APRIL 8 - 25

 

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY:  TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS APRIL 8-25

This week’s Destination East County includes Sweet Pea Days, the Morning Glory Brunch and Frog Race, a Camel Dairy tour, and the world famous Romeros family guitarists live in concert. We’ll also have a preview of coming attractions including the Lakeside Rodeo a concert with a “twist,” and opening night of Cajon Classic Cruises, so stay tuned for all of these events and more!

OLÉ! FAMED ROMEROS FAMILY IN CONCERT APRIL 12 IN POWAY

 

April 7, 2015 (Poway)--Three generations of the famous Romeros family will perform a guitar music concert on Sunday, April 12 at 2 p.m. in the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. 

Known as the “masters of the guitar,” the Romeros have performed for dignitaries around the world, including the President of the United States, his Royal Majesty of Spain and Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

HAIL TO THE CHIEF: LA MESA’S NEW POLICE CHIEF SWORN IN

 

 

By Kristin Kjaero

April 7, 2015 (La Mesa) -- It was a perfect spring day in La Mesa for the outdoor swearing in of the new Police Chief, Walt Vasquez (photo, left), joined by his family (photo, below right).  The charisma and popularity he brings with him was clear to see in the size and responsiveness of the crowd.

Vasquez began his career in law enforcement in 1986 with the San Diego Police Department, where he rose through the ranks to captain, most recently overseeing SDPD's SWAT team, Canine Unit, communications,  property room, information services, and the chief's community advisory boards. 

Not surprisingly given this background, his speech today expressed the values he places on public service, teamwork, and community policing.

Below and in video, we give you Chief Vasquez's speech in full.

LA MESA MAN TO STAND TRIAL FOR THREATS AGAINST ISLAMIC CENTER

 

East County News Service

April 8, 2015 (La Mesa) -- A La Mesa resident will stand trial on hate crimes, illegal weapon possession and making criminal threats against the Council on American-Islamic Relations in San Diego.

CONGRESS PASSES MEASURE TO ALLOW SELLING OFF NATIONAL FORESTS AND OTHER PUBLIC LANDS

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Cleveland National Forest, courtesy National Forest Service

April 6, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)—The Republican-controlled House and Senate have passed measures that would allow the sale or outright giveaway of most public lands –including national forests, federal wildernesses and  wildlife preserves and Bureau of Land Management properties.  Only Republicans voted for the language slipped into a non-binding budget resolution—which passed without a single Democratic vote. 

The shocking news is revealed in a New York Times editorial by Will Rogers, president of the Trust for Public Lands, titled “Our Land, Up for Grabs.”  

While it’s unlikely that President Barack Obama would support such an extreme measure, if a Republican president is elected in 2016 and Republicans maintains control of both houses of Congress, losing our cherished public lands such could be a very real possibility.

Here in San Diego County alone, that could mean the demise of:  Cleveland National Forest,  Otay Mountain Wildnerness, Hauser Wilderness, Pine Creek , Carrizo Gorge, Sawtooth Mountains Wilderness , Agua Tibia Wilderness, San Diego National Wildlife Refuge, San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge , Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, McCain Valley National Recreation Area and more.

COURT RULES FOR GROSSMONT DISTRICT IN ALPINE HIGH SCHOOL CASE

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 7, 2015 (Alpine) – Superior Court Judge Joel Pressman has issued a tentative ruling in the Alpine Union School District’s lawsuit against the Grossmont Union High School District over funding for an Alpine high school.

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