TEJEDA TAKES LEAD IN HELIX WATER DISTRICT; ALPINE SCHOOL BOARD RACE TIGHTENS

EL CAJON’S HOUSING ELEMENT REZONING PROGRAM: DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW AVAILABLE FOR COMMENTS; COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE DEC. 5

A REVOLUTION OF STRUGGLE CONTINUES FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES IN EAST COUNTY

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: ANTHONY MOSTARDO, DIRECTOR OF THE SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL CHORUS AND ORCHESTRA

EL CAJON SETS DEC. 13 PUBLIC HEARING ON MARIJUANA GROWING BAN

NEW TRUMP APPOINTMENTS RAISE ETHICS AND CONFLICT OF INTEREST CONCERNS

SANTA ANA WINDS FORECAST THURSDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

EVICTION ORDER GIVEN AT STANDING ROCK

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS DEC. 1-23

STAR RANCH UP FOR SALE

PASSAGES: VICTIM IN RAMONA CRASH WAS SKATEBOARD LEGEND VICTOR EARHART, 70

IDENTITY THEFT SCAM TARGETS REFUGEES

 

August 15, 2014 (San Diego)—The Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has issued a warning to local refugee groups about a new fraud scheme to rob refugees of personal data, which can be used to commit identity theft.

PEACE WALK TO END GENOCIDE IN IRAQ:AUGUST 19 IN EL CAJON

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 18, 2014 (El Cajon)—Mark Arabo, a national leader among Chaldean Christians in the U.S., has announced plans to lead a “massive” group of Iraqi Christians in a “peace walk to end genocide in Iraq” Tuesday in El Cajon. 

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi Christians and other minorities have been displaced from their homes, murdered or mutiliated in attacks by  ISIS terrorists in Iraq who now call themselves the Islamic State. A prayer vigil earlier this month for Iraq Christians held in El Cajon drew an estimated 2,000 people.

SCIENCE AND HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

CALIFORNIA FIRE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION ISSUES STATEMENT ON FIREFIGHTING EFFORTS STATEWIDE

 

August 13, 2014 (Sacramento)—Today, the California Fire Chiefs Association has issued the following news alert with updates on firefighting and wildfire preparedness efforts statewide:

TWO RESIDENTS SELECTED FOR EL CAJON VETERANS' COMMISSION

 

August 14, 2014 (El Cajon)--The El Cajon City Council has filled two vacancies on the City of El Cajon Veterans’ Commission. During Tuesday’s City Council meeting, the City Council selected Leo P. Dano and George V. Glover.  Mr. Dano is a United States Army veteran and his term on the commission expires on January 31, 2017.  Mr. Glover is a veteran member of the United States Coast Guard and his term expires on January 31, 2015.

CONGRESSWOMAN DAVIS ANNOUNCES $1 MILLION FOR SAN DIEGO TO COMBAT HOMELESSNESS AMONG VETERANS

 

August 14, 2014 (Washington D.C.)-- As part of $300 million in grants from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) announced that $1.02 million would go to fight homelessness among veterans in San Diego. Vietnam Veterans of San Diego will be the recipient of the VA grant.

EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY VOTES TO MOVE FORWARD ON ROCK CHURCH LEASE OF ECPAC, BUILD 2ND FACILITY ON CITY LAND FOR SHARED USE

 

 

Opponents voice constitutional concerns over deal, file a  Grand Jury complaint

By Janis Russell

August 13, 2014 (El Cajon)-- At yesterday’s El Cajon City Council meeting, members voted 4-0 to move forward with discussions on a partnership between the East County Performing Arts Center and the Rock Church. Pro Tem Mayor Gary Kendrick recused himself from this agenda item because of a “financial conflict of interest.”

The proposal drew strong support from church members and local business interests, but garnered strong opposition from some arts supporters and citizens concerned over constitutional issues.  Today, Karen Marie Otter, an El Cajon resident and former Congressional candidate, informed East County Magazine that she has sent a letter of complaint to the County Grand Jury asserting that she believes the deal violates the First Amendment of the Constitution, which requires separation of church and state.

ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE’S CENTER 37TH HAUTE WITH HEART FASHION SHOW AND LUNCHEON “FASHION ON POINTE”

 

Proceeds raised will benefit more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities

August 14, 2014 (San Diego)-- St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center will host its 37th Haute with Heart Fashion Show on Saturday, August 16 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront (1 Park Boulevard San Diego, CA 92101). This year’s event, titled “Fashion on Pointe,” is a ballet-themed fashion show inspired by SMSC student John Agostini’s painting Ballerina, available for viewing at the event. 

“We are excited to present the Haute with Heart Fashion Show again this year, with the help of our sponsors making it our 37th,” said Debra Emerson, CEO of St. Madeline Sophie's Center in El Camjon. “This year’s event is unique in that the theme was drawn from SMSC student John’s Ballerina painting and will include our students’ performing arts production of Grease.”

ANIMAL'S ADVOCATE: DR. GARY WEITZMAN, SAN DIEGO HUMANE SOCIETY

 

By Mimi Pollack

August 14, 2014 (San Diego)--The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Humane as “being marked by compassion, sympathy, or consideration for humans or animals.” This is a good description of Dr. Gary Weitzman, president and CEO of the San Diego Humane Society and co-host of Animal House on NPR.  Giving back to society and helping animals in need has been Dr. Gary Weitzman stated mission in life.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

August 13, 2014 (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

FROM THE FIRE CHIEF'S CORNER: DO YOU HAVE CLASS?

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

August 13, 2014 (San Diego's East County) - School is back in session so let’s have class in some basic safety tips.  First, use extra caution while driving as excited students will be walking, bicycling, driving, riding buses and may not be paying attention while traveling to and from school. Yes, if we ever need you to put down those cell phones and pay attention is now reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.”

MAN SENTENCED FOR ATTEMPTED RAPE AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 13, 2014 (El Cajon)--Last October, an 18-year-old student was held at knifepoint by a man who forced her into her car at Grossmont College, then began sexually assaulted her. But thanks to a passerby who saw her struggling and honked his horn, the assailant ran off and the victim was freed.

AZANO INDICTED ON 26 CHARGES, INCLUDING BRIBING AN UNNAMED PUBLIC OFFICIAL IN EXCHANGE FOR CLASSIFIED INFORMATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 13, 2014 (San Diego)--Bribery. Conspiracy. Illegal possession of firearms. Those are among the 26 charges just filed against Jose Susomo Azano, the Mexican businessman alleged to have made illegal campaign donations to local politicians including District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and Congressman Juan Vargas, whose district includes the southeast portion of East County as well as San Diego’s border region and portion of Imperial County.

AUTHORITIES INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE AND ATTEMPTED SUICIDE IN SPRING VALLEY

East County News Service

August 12, 2014 (Spring Valley) –The body of a woman who suffered traumatic injuries was found in a Spring Valley home in the 500 block of Parkbrook Street tonight.  A man found inside with self-inflicted lacerations on his wrists from an apparent suicide attempt has been arrested, after receiving treatment at a local hospital, said Sheriff’s Homicide Lieutenant Glenn Giannantonio.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS AUGUST 13-30

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 12, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County  includes some festive options for these hot August nights, from concerts to a dive-in movie.  Major charitable events are also taking place including a fashion show to benefit disabled adults in East County and an art lovers night atop Mt. Helix.  Plus we’ll have a sneak preview of activities later this month – including Julian’s StarFest and the start of pow-wow season.  Stay tuned for all these events and more on East County Magazine’s Destination East County!

COUNTY OFFERS HELP FOR DEPRESSION AFTER SUICIDE OF ROBIN WILLIAMS

County News Service

Photo, 2011, loaded by Eva Rinaldi on FlickR, Creative Commons license

 

August 13, 2014 (San Diego)--The suicide of Robin Williams is dominating local and national news, social media and dining table conversations. Running through all is the persistent question “Why?” He had global fame, legions of fans, and leaves behind a wife and chldren.

In the search for answers, much of the media focus has turned to the fact that the beloved actor and comedian suffered from major depression and addiction. While it’s true that clinical depression can increase the risk of suicide, San Diego County health experts say suicide is a much more complex issue.

CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO OPPOSE TERM LIMITS IN LA MESA

 

 

“A vote is too precious to limit.” – No Term Limits in La Mesa slogan

East County News Service

August 11, 2014 (La Mesa)--With the slogan “A vote is too precious to limit,” a group of La Mesa residents has joined together to form No Term Limits in La Mesa, to oppose a term limits initiative  in the city of La Mesa that will be on ballots this November. The group asks the public’s help to spread the word through a people-powered grass roots campaign using word of mouth, a website (www.NoTermLimitsInLaMesa.com ), social media and downloadable graphics to print your own flyers, car signs, posters and T-shirts.

The group objects to term limits on principle, Kristin Kjaero explained, saying “The Founding Fathers didn’t give us term limits, they gave us the Bill of Rights which guarantees our right to free expression. The most fundamental form of that expression is our vote, which allows us to put teeth behind our opinions.”

READER'S EDITORIAL: COUNTY NEEDS TO HIRE EXPERIENCED CAREER FIREFIGHTERS TO MAN RURAL STATIONS

 

Editor’s note:  This editorial was submitted by a rural firefighter who asked that his name be withheld due to fear of retaliation for speaking out on this issue that affects the safety of us all.  The editorial came in response to our story, “Why are so many fire stations closed—and what’s being done to boost staffing?” Our story revealed a shortage in volunteer firefighters paid a minimal stipend. Recruitment rates are lower than loss rates as newly trained volunteers are hired away by Cal Fire and other agencies. Read our original story here: http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/why-are-so-many-fire-stations-closed%E2%80%94and-what%E2%80%99s-being-done-county-boost-staffing  

 

August 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) --I think this was a great article; being in the fire service for more than 20 years I can tell you I think you missed one key area.

Trained personnel is a key part of firefighting. The county lacks the ability to retain the people they train. This means they continue to have new people that lack experience. Without experience and training you will come into a situation that you will possibly kill firefighters.

NEXTERA PLANS SOLAR FARM IN JACUMBA ON FORMER BP SITE; SOITEC SHELVES SOME BOULEVARD PROJECTS...FOR NOW

 

By Miriam Raftery

NextEra hopes to build its solar farm close to SDG&E’s new substation, continuing the industrialization of rural Jacumba Hot Springs.

August 10, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – For planners and residents in East County, keeping track of proposed industrial solar projects has begun to resemble a tiresome game of Whack-a-Mole: one vanishes and another pops up in its place.

GET HELP FIXING UP THE NEIGHBORHOOD

 

Source: County News Service

Photo: Funds paid for new playground equipment at Campo Community Center Park.

August 11, 2014(San Diego’s East County)--Want to help improve your neighborhood over the next five years?  Meetings set for Sept. 23 and 25 in Ramona, Spring Valley, Fallbrook and National City are set for the public to learn about programs and grants available for community projects in San Diego County’s unincorporated areas.

A RASH OF CONTROVERSY OVER DIAPER BILL

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 12, 2014 (San Diego)--A local legislator says she has received threats over introducing a bill that would help poor mothers afford diapers for their children, 10 News reports. 

AB 1516 would give $80 for diapers to every family with a child under 2 years old, if the family qualifies for CALWORKS, the state’s program that helps welfare recipients get jobs.  

The high cost of diapers prevents many parents from returning to work, since most child care centers require that children wear disposable diapers, so reusing cloth ones is not an option during working hours.

FASHION SHOW AUGUST 16 BENEFITS ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE’S

 

August 12, 2014 (San Diego's East County)--The  37th Haute with Heart Fashion Show will be held on August 16 to benefit disabled adult programs for St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center in El Cajon. This year’s show will be held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, featuring boutique shopping, live and silent auctions, opportunity drawings and a performance from the Center’s Singers and Dance Troupe.

 

ROCK CHURCH PLAN TO LEASE EAST COUNTY PERFORMING ART CENTER ON COUNCIL AGENDAY TODAY

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 12, 2014 (El Cajon)—El Cajon’s City Council will vote at today’s 3 p.m. meeting on directing staff to pursue a draft final agreement with Rock Church for establishing a partial lease of the East County Performing Arts Center (ECPAC).  The deal would also authorize Rock Church to lease land adjacent to the theater to construct a new building for the church that would be partially available for city use.

The measure is on the consent calendar, however ECM has received several e-mails from community members who are concerned  about separation of church state issues and about the long-term loss of the theater for public use during a significant number of hours each year.  They want to see any leasing decisions halted until the city follows up on its promises to hire a professional theater management company.

CALIFORNIA SUPREME COURT PULLS CITIZENS UNITED PROPOSITION OFF BALLOT

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 12, 2014 (San Francisco)--The California SupremeCourt has ruled that California voters can’t vote on a ballot initiative asking their views on limiting campaign spending—at least, not in November.

Prop 49 was set to be on the November ballot. It would have asked voters if they think Congress should overturn the Supreme Court’s ruling in the controversial Citizens United decision, which allowed virtually unlimited corporate spending on campaigns.  A Constitutional amendment has been proposed to restrict corporate money in elections.

SOITEC BARS COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP CHAIR FROM “COMMUNITY” MEETING

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 8, 2014 (Boulevard)—Donna Tisdale is the elected chair of the Boulevard Community Planning Group and has long been a champion fighting for rights of rural residents against an onslaught of industrial-scale development proposals.  So why did Soitec Solar snub Tisdale in three invitation-only meetings with residents on Soitec’s controversial industrial-scale solar projects in Boulevard, held at a private ranch?

LOCAL CITIES CRIMINALIZE HOMELESSNESS

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) – A national report has singled out El Cajon as a negative example of how to handle homeless issues.  According to the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty reported titled “No Safe Place,” El Cajon is among a growing number of cities putting homeless people in jail for sleeping in public places, without offering long-term solutions to help the homeless get off the streets and back on their feet.

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