RURAL RESIDENTS AND COUNTY WORKERS VOICE OPPOSITION TO PROPOSAL FOR OUTSOURCING ANIMAL SERVICES

AS FREED SYRIANS BURN BURQAS, TRUMP GIVES WIN TO PUTIN BY ENDING AID TO SYRIAN REBELS

300-ACRE LOST FIRE BURNING NEAR WARNER SPRINGS

PLAN WILL PRESERVE 410 ACRES OF OPEN SPACE, BUT CLOSE THREE LAKESIDE TRAILS UNLESS PUBLIC SPEAKS OUT BY JULY 31

FATAL SHOOTING IN PARKING LOT AT LA MESA RETAIL CENTER

EL CAJON POLICE SET UP FUND TO AID HOMELESS MOTHER OF SEVEN, WHO CAME TO AID OF UNCONSCIOUS OFFICER

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: GLENN JENSEN, CANDIDATE RUNNING AGAINST DUNCAN HUNTER

REP. HUNTER SPENT VIRTUALLY ALL OF HIS RECENT CAMPAIGN DONATIONS ON LEGAL FEES

SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS PRESENTS FOUR AWARDS TO EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE

SUPREME COURT DEALS BLOW TO REFUGEES, BUT SUPPORTS RIGHTS OF GRANDPARENTS UNDER TRUMP TRAVEL BAN

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JULY 19-AUG. 26

TRANSIENT CHARGED WITH ATTEMPTED MURDER FOR ASSAULT OF EL CAJON POLICE OFFICER

A NIGHT OF STARGAZING ATOP MOUNT HELIX

 

 

Story and photos by Mary Sasso

July 16, 2017 (Mount Helix) – Saturday night’s Astronomy Night atop Mount Helix attracted astronomy buffs as well as photographers seeking shots of the expansive city views below, families, and couples set up with picnic blankets watching the romantic sunset.

CHAMPIONS HEADLINE BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF EAST COUNTY GROUNDBREAKING IN LA MESA

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

July 15, 2017 (La Mesa) -- In a joyous, humor infused ground-breaking ceremony, NBA basketball star Bill Walton, Supervisor Dianne Jacob, La Mesa Mayor Dr. Mark Arapostanthis, guests of honor Ronald and Mary Alice Brady and more dug the ceremonial shovels into the dirt.  The ceremony, held on the future Boys & Girls Club site on the La Mesa Arts Academy campus on July 12, was a welcome event culminating from great organizational skills, huge and small money donations, and hard work.

SANDAG WINS NARROW VICTORY BEFORE STATE SUPREME COURT ON TRANSPORTATION PLAN, CLIMATE CHANGE ISSUES

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 15, 2017 (San Diego) – California’s Supreme Court has ruled 6 to 1 in favor of the San Diego Association of Governments, finding that an environmental impact study for the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan is legal and complied with state law on climate change concerns. The ruling overturned only the greenhouse gas study challenge, but upheld a decision by an appellate court that ruled against SANDAG on other issues.

SUPERVISORS’ AGENDAS THIS WEEK INCLUDES FUNDS FOR PUBLIC SAFETY AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 15, 2017 (San Diego) – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday and Wednesday, July 18 and 19.   The agendas include funding for numerous public safety projects, affordable housing construction, and more.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: EAST COUNTY REGIONAL TASK FORCE ON HOMELESS CHAIR ERIC LUND

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 15, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Recently, we sat down with Eric Lund, chair of the East County Regional Task Force on the Homeless  and president of the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce, for an interview that originally aired on KNSJ radio. 

He shared details about the Task Force's vision and proposals for a compassion approach to helping the homeless obtain housing and services, while also keeping communities clean and safe for residents and businesses.

Listen now by clicking the orange audio link.

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ARE YOU OWED A REFUND? COUNTY HAS HALF MILLION DOLLARS IN UNCLAIMED MONEY

 



By Miriam Raftery

July 15, 2017 (San Diego) – Over a half-million dollars in tax refunds has gone unclaimed by more than 1,360 residents and businesses in San Diego County. That includes property tax refunds,  Superior court money, and funds from county departments. View the list.

 If unclaimed by September 8, some of those funds will be lost to the owners and by law, will be transferred into the County’s general fund, according to County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister said.  Others on the refund list still have several years to claim their refunds.

"We've been trying to reach people who have had refunds for two years or more, and this is their last chance to claim the money before it's returned to the County of San Diego,” says McAllister. “If you've done business with the Superior Court, any county department, or with our office, you may have money in your name."

SECOND VACANCY ANNOUNCED ON SPRING VALLEY COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP

 

 

Source: Spring Valley Community Planning Group

July 14, 2017 (Spring Valley)—A second vacancy has been announced on the Spring Valley Community  Planning Group effective immediately, due to family commitments by Lance Unverzagt that make him unable to attend meetings.  Another vacancy also exists due to the recent retirement of James Comeau.

The County Board of Supervisors will ultimately make the appointments based on the recommendations of the Planning Group. Please refer to the San Diego County Roster of Boards, Commissions and Committees on their web site at: http://www.sdcounty.ca .gov/cob/. The applications will be reviewed and a vote for recommendation of appointment will be made at a future meeting.

RECORD-TYING SIX STARS NAMED ALL-STARS

 

By Nick Pellegrino

Photo:  All-Star third baseman Joey Krug slugging a 3-run double earlier this season.

July 14, 2017 (San Marcos) - The San Diego Stars semipro baseball team equaled a franchise record Friday morning when Western Baseball Association officials named six members of the ballclub to play in Saturday's annual WBA All-Star Game, to be held at Palomar College.

EVIDENCE TRUMP CAMPAIGN COLLUDED WITH RUSSIA MOUNTS

 

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 14, 2017  (Washington D.C.) – President Donald Trump, his top aides and family members have repeatedly dismissed claims that his campaign conspired with Russia to win the election as “fake news” and “lies.”   (See a timeline of denials compiled by the BBC.)  But evidence is now clear that those statements were untrue. 

The email chain released  by the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., shows "an intent to collude with Russia, veteran prosecutors and white-collar defense attorneys.” Politico reports, handing special prosecutor Robert Mueller a “smoking gun.” A Time Magazine cover shows Trump Jr.’s face and the headline, “Red-handed: the Russia scandal hits home.”

Trump Jr. released emails,  the Washington Post reported, after learning the New York Times was about to do so, which reveal that  he set up a meeting with an attorney who was “part of Russia and its government support or Mr. Trump.” specifically because the attorney claimed to have “official documents” that would “incriminate Hillary.” 

FEDERAL COURT ORDERS “CLOSE FAMILY” DEFINITION IN TRUMP’S TRAVEL BAN TO BE EXPANDED

 

 

Ruling also protects refugees with resettlement to U.S. approved

By Miriam Raftery

July 13, 2017 (San Francisco) – Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration could prohibit travelers from six mostly Muslim countries, provided that people with close family members or other ties to the U.S. are allowed to enter. But now federal judge Derick Watson has ruled that the Trump administration’s interpretation of close family was too narrow. 

The court held that grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sister-s in law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins of people in the U.S. should be allowed entry, in addition to parents, children and siblings already allowed to enter.

RESTRAINING ORDER REQUEST AGAINST LEMON GROVE COUNCILMAN DENIED BY JUDGE; ARAMBULA SAYS HE PLANS SUIT ALLEGING DEFAMATION AND MALICIOUS PROSECUTION

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 13, 2017  (Lemon Grove) – A judge has denied  a permanent restraining order sought against Lemon Grove Councilman David Arambula by a local lawyer for whom he once worked as a paralegal. The restraining order request was denied with prejudice, meaning that it cannot be refilled.  The judge found no evidentiary basis for a civil harassment order.  View the judge’s Minute Order.

DO YOU RECOGNIZE ANY OF THESE ITEMS?

East County News Service

July 13, 2017 (San Diego)-- The District Attorney's Office is looking for the owners of hundreds of items that have been impounded by law enforcement in connection to a burglary series throughout San Diego County. A treasure trove of items was found in a storage unit belonging to a serial burglary suspect.

Deputy District Attorney James Koerber explains more in this video. [TWEET THIS]

Photos of all the items can be found on the DA's Facebook page.

BLUES LEGEND BILL MAGEE AT HAWK WATCH WINERY SUMMER CONCERT JULY 15

 

 

 

East County News Service

 

July 13, 2017 (Santa Ysabel) – Hawk Watch winery in Warner Springs hosts the second of its summer concerts this Saturday, July 15 from 5 to 8 p.m.  Bill Magee teamed up back in the ‘60s with Jimmy James, better known as Jimi Hendrix to form the band “Jimmy James and the Flames.”  Eventually, Hendrix toured England and Magee toured throughout Europe.

Mad Mike will be on hand serving up delicious sausage plates, and the winery will have discounts on select bottles and glasses of wine all evening for everyone. 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR PHOTO CONTEST WINNERS

 

By Miriam Raftery, Editor, East County Magazine

July 4, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – The votes are in!  Congratulations to the winners in our East County Photography Contest.  Below are the winners, chosen by our readers from semi-finalists selected by our editorial staff.  The first place winner in each category will be displayed at the State Capitol, courtesy of Assemblyman Randy Voepel. The top four winners in each category are published in our East County Magazine article below. 

Due to the large volume of high-quality entries, we added extra categories to allow  more winners.  The categories are wildlife, landmarks, communities, close-ups, people, landscapes, waterscapes, sunsets and regional.  

Congratulations to our winners! We thank all who entered, and hope all of our readers will enjoy viewing the amazing works of these talented local photographers!   View winners: 

HOUSE PASSES REP. SUSAN DAVIS’ LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CHILDREN AND COMBAT TRAFFICKING

 

Bill takes aim at stopping sex trafficking at schools, training educators how to identify victims

East County News Service

July 12, 2017 (San Diego) -- The House of Representatives passed legislation by U.S. Rep. Susan Davis (D-San Diego) to combat sex trafficking. The Empower Educators to Prevent Trafficking Act (H.R. 2268) was included in a package of legislation - The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Protection Act (H.R. 2200).

ATTORNEY GENERAL BECERRA TO U.S. HOUSE: OPPOSE BILL FORCING CALIFORNIA TO WEAKEN WATER QUALITY STANDARDS

 

East County News Service

July 12, 2017 (Sacramento) -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is calling on the U.S. House of Representatives to oppose legislation that would force California to accept water quality standards that are over 22 years old and give up all enforcement of its own higher state standards. The so-called Gaining Responsibility on Water Act (H.R. 23) would forbid only California from regulating the waters within its own borders.

GROSSMONT COLLEGE WINS CHET DEVORE AWARD AS MOST SUCCESSFUL PCAC ATHLETIC PROGRAM IN 2016-17

 

Source:  Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

July 12, 2017 (El Cajon) -  The Grossmont College Griffins have added more hardware to their golden year of athletics.

A state community college championship in baseball has vaulted the college to the top to win the coveted Chet DeVore Trophy for the second straight year as the most successful men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic program in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

JENNINGS FIRE 90% CONTAINED; ALL EVACUATION ORDERS LIFTED

 

 

Update July 13, 2017:  The fire is now 90% contained and holding at 400 acres, Cal Fire reports.

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Renee Owens

July 12, 2017 (Lakeside) - The Jennings Fire that began yesterday in Lakeside has charred over 400 acres and is 30 percent contained. Cause of ignition was a vehicle.

All evacuation orders and warnings for the Jennings Fire have been lifted in the fire area.  The Temporary Evacuation Points at Joan MacQueen Middle School and Granite Hills High School have been closed. All roadways are reopened.

FIRST AMENDMENT GROUP SUES TRUMP OVER BLOCKING TWITTER USERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 12, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – Is Twitter a public forum?  The Knight First Amendment Institution says yes—and has filed a lawsuit against Donald Trump and White House officials seeking to halt the President from blocking Twitter users with whom he disagrees.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JULY 16-AUGUST 27

 

East County News Service

July 12, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes Cal Fire family day at Lake Morena, astronomy night on Mt. Helix, the author of “Nature Adventures” in La Mesa, and a showing of The Jungle Book in La Mesita park.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including a family hike plus falcons and hawks at Santa Ysabel Preserve, superstars Lionel Ritchie and Mariah Carey at San Diego State, a murder mystery theatre in Julian, a Pacific Coast Trail presentation, Laurel & Hardy night in Spring Valley, Pine Valley Days, Julian’s Apple Pie Grand Prix, the Heart of Mt. Helix, and Ramona’s Country Fair.

So scroll down for all of these events and many more!

MORE DRAMATIC JENNINGS FIRE PHOTOS

 

East County News Service

July 11, 2017 (Flinn Springs) – “I watched this whole fire play out, since we live so close,” Renee Owens wrote in an email to ECM. “It’s not the first fire I have ever witnessed, but this one got so hot and moved so quickly at first it was downright scary. You could hear the trees pop and explode, the fire reached 60 foot flames on some of the steep slopes, and stopped right at the I-8 just a couple hundred feet from a huge propane storage tank. It traveled frighteningly fast at first, but once the air tankers and helicopters showed up - combined with hitting some steep and sparsely vegetated cliff faces - they managed to tamp it down pretty quickly despite the heat and wind. It came within a couple hundred feet of houses near Dunbar lane. Watching it go from enormously hot and fast to under control was seriously impressive, and we owe some major thanks to the pilots on this one.”

As of 10 p.m. tonight, the fire is 10% contained and has burned over 400 acres.  All roads have been reopened.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

July 11, 2017 (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.

INTERIOR SECRETARY RYAN ZINKE'S STATEMENT ON END OF MONUMENTS REVIEW PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

 

East County News Service

July 11, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – On Monday, July 10, the formal public comment period closed for the review of national monuments. More than 1.2 million comments were received on Regulations.gov and thousands more were received via traditional mail on 27 national monuments designated since January 1, 1996 that are more than 100,000 acres, or that were considered to have inadequate public input are under review in accordance with President Donald J. Trump’s April 26, 2017, executive order. That order had sparked fears that national monuments could be closed or sold off, including several cherished California sites as well as the newly designated Bears Ears national monument protecting Native American sites.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

 

July 11, 2017 (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

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

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