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

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

TWO DOZEN RUNAWAY 4TH OF JULY DOGS REMAIN UNCLAIMED

COUNTY TO HOLD COMMUNITY MEETINGS ON OUTSOURCING ANIMAL SERVICES

SHOULD LA MESA GRANT SANCTUARY CITY STATUS—FOR FERRETS?

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

NEW JOBS PROGRAM EMPLOYS AND EDUCATES HIGH SCHOOL DROPOUTS WHILE BUILDING AFFORDABLE SAN DIEGO HOMES

SENATE REVISES HEALTHCARE BILL, DRAWS OPPOSITION FROM GOVERNORS AND INSURANCE INDUSTRY

HOUSING CRISIS LOOMS AS SAN DIEGO COUNTY BUILDS ONLY 50% OF HOMES NEEDED

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

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

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

EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES HOMELESS AID PROJECT; KALASHO AGAIN SPARKS CONTROVERSY OVER DISPUTED COMMENTS TO LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT GROUP

 

By Paul Kruze

July 7, 2017 (El Cajon) -- In a unanimous 4-0 vote (with Councilmember Bob McClellan absent), the El Cajon City Council has approved a major measure to address homelessness in El Cajon as part of an initiative developed by the East County Homeless Task Force (ECHTF.org). The measure includes an expenditure of $168,000 by the city.

16 DRIVERS CITED FOR DRIVER’S LICENSE VIOLATIONS IN LEMON GROVE, BUT NO DUI ARRESTS MADE AT CHECKPOINT

 

East County News Service

July 8, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – A sobriety checkpoint in Lemon Grove found no intoxicated drivers, but did lead to citations for license violations and impounding of several vehicles.  The checkpoint was initiative due to numerous DUI-related accidents and recent tragedies.

LAKESIDE MUSEUM AND HISTORIC CHURCH TOURS AVAILABLE

 

East County News Service

July 8, 2017 (Lakeside) - The Lakeside Museum and Olde Community Church (built in 1896) are open for free tours every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  For other days and times, appointments can be made by calling the History Center at 561-1886.  The Church is located at 9906 Maine Avenue, in Lakeside's Historic District. 

SHERIFF ASKS HELP TO FIND SUSPECT WHO ATTACKED WOMAN IN ALPINE

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 8, 2017 (Alpine) – A $1,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest of a man who violently assaulted a 63-year-old woman. The victim was walking along Harbison Canyon Road near Hunter Pass in Alpine on June 20th between 7:15 and 8:50 p.m. when the suspect attacked her from behind, pushing her into a fence and possibly striking her in the face with his hands or an unknown object.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR OF EVENTS: JULY 9-23

 

Copyright 2017 by Sam Warren

July 8, 2017 (San Diego) -- If you are like me, you like to scan and feel a book before putting out hard cash for a copy. With online bookstores like Amazon and their ilk causing many brick and mortar bookstores to go out of business, other than the local library, it is getting more difficult to do this. Being a minor author myself, I feel guilty in telling you this as it deprives authors of their well-earned royalties. However, I enjoy browsing through thrift and second hand shops. I know that it is impractical, but I believe that no book should be sold commercially unless the author gets some kind of remuneration.

Scroll down for a full list of local readers’ and writers’ events.

LA MESA PSYCHIATRIST MAY LOSE MEDICAL LICENSE OVER ALLEGED NEGLIGENCE AND OVERPRESCRIBING DRUGS

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 8, 2017 (La Mesa) – The California State Medical Board is seeking to revoke the medical license of La Mesa psychiatrist Harry C. Henderson III.  The causes for disciplinary action include gross negligence, repeated negligence, repeated excessive prescribing of narcotics, prescribing without appropriate medical examination or medical need, prescribing to addicts, and failure to maintain adequate records.

COURT RULINGS IMPACT CHARTER SCHOOLS IN EAST COUNTY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Diego Valley Charter School students protesting to save their school at November 2015 GUHSD board meeting

July 8, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Several recent court rulings impact the future of many charter schools in California, including several in East County.

Last October, a California appellate court ruled that charter schools can’t expand within their home county by opening campuses outside their own authorizing district.  That ruling affected a suit filed back in 2015 by the Grossmont Union High School District seeking to shut down the Julian Charter School, Alpine Academy and Diego Valley Charter School, all operating within the GUHSD boundaries.

GRAND OPENING JULY 19 OF LEMON GROVE BAKERY TO FEATURE FREE SAMPLES, MUSIC AND MORE

 

East County News Service

July 8, 2017 (Lemon Grove) -- The Lemon Grove Bakery, 3308 Main Street on the corner of Pacific Street, will hold a grand opening on Wednesday, July 19 at 10 a.m. to celebrate the rebirth of the city's famous 1912 Mission Revival store under its new name and ownership. All are invited to the grand opening to enjoy a formal program at 10 a.m. followed by live music, face-painting, hula hoop contests, historical photo display, photo opportunities with dignitaries, the marines and pals in front of the building and mural, history hand-outs about the building and environs, and plenty of free samples including cupcakes that are just the right size for children.

PADRES PITCHER PHIL MATON, SDSU GOLFERS AND TRACK STARS, VALHALLA GOLFER NAMED 2017 JUNE SPORTS STARS OF THE MONTH

 

Source: San Diego Hall of Champions

Photo: Cameron Sisk, Valhalla High golf

July 8, 2017 (San Diego) -  Each month, the San Diego Hall of Champions honors as many as 4 professional, 7 amateur, and 6 prep athletes as Stars of the Month for their outstanding athletic accomplishments. Stars of the Month are recognized in the San Diego Union Tribune, via the Hall of Champions' app, social media channels and website, on-field at Petco Park prior to a Padres game, and at the annual Salute to the Champions awards dinner. And, top-performing Stars of the Month will also earn Star of the Year accolades.

BOYS AND GIRLS CLUBS OF EAST COUNTY TO HOST GROUNDBREAKING CEREMONY FOR BRADY FAMILY CLUBHOUSE AND GAGON ACADEMY IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

July 7, 2017 (La Mesa) – The Boys and Girls Clubs of East County (BGCEC) has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony marking the start of construction for its new Brady Family Clubhouse that will house the Gagon Academy and Bill Walton Gymnasium. The groundbreaking ceremony will begin at 9 a.m., Wednesday, July 12, on the west end of La Mesa Arts Academy, previously known as La Mesa Middle School, 4200 Parks Ave., La Mesa.

JAMUL DULUZURA PLANNING GROUP AGENDA JULY 11 INCLUDES ROAD IMPROVEMENTS AND SHOOTING ON PUBLIC LAND

 

Source:  Jamul Dulzura Community Planning Group

July 7, 2017 (Jamul-Dulzura) – The Jamul-Dulzura Community Planning Group meets on Tuesday, July 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Oak Grove Middle School Library, 14344 Olive Vista Drive in Jamul.   Hot agenda items include a County presentation on road improvements and use of federal Bureau of Land Management property by shooters after the Gate Fire.

The agenda also includes a cell tower permit proposed at Mother Grundy and a Jamul Indian Village update, as well as officer announcements and reports.

Below is the full agenda:

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN EL CAJON: JULY 12 - AUGUST 4, 2017

 
A Salute to Jimmie Johnson at the next Cajon Classic Cruise Car Show!

East County News Service

July 7, 2017 (El Cajon) – A soul music concert, outdoor movies and a salute to NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson are just some of the many events coming up in El Cajon.  See below for full details on these events and more.

LOCAL ELECTRIC VEHICLE DRIVERS TO RECEIVE $200 EACH IN BILL CREDIT



Nearly 7,000 EV drivers applied for the credit

East County News Service

July 6, 2017 (San Diego) – Thousands of electric vehicle (EV) drivers in the San Diego region will get a pleasant surprise when they open their SDG&E residential bill over the next month, as they will be receiving $200 in credit for each EV they own or lease. EV drivers help clean the air and create healthier communities by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and they save on fueling costs, as charging an electric vehicle costs less than putting gas in the tank.

HERITAGE TURKEY TALK JULY 15 IN LAKESIDE

 

East County News Service

July 6, 2017 (Lakeside) – Heritage turkeys are much more than a Thanksgiving staple, plus heritage-breed turkeys have an interesting place in San Diego's history. Come and hear all about it and even see the bird in person at Richard Edword’s talk on Saturday, July 15 at 11 a.m. at Lakeside River Park Conservancy, 12108 Industry Rd, Lakeside, CA 92040

ECM PADRES REPORT: TRIBE DOES THEIR RUN DANCE AND PILES IT ON TO AVOID SWEEP AGAINST PADRES

 

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Story by Liz Alper

Photo:  Lonnie Chisenhall's three-RBI night helped the Tribe avoid a sweep to the Padres.  Via @Indians on Twitter

July 6, 2017 (Cleveland) - For a fourth-place team, the Padres are certainly holding their own against a first-place team in the Indians.  They got the series win last night, now it was time to try for the sweep tonight against Josh Tomlin, who was on the mound for the Tribe against Dinelson Lamet.

APTS PROPOSED ON LITTLE FLOWER HAVEN CONVENT SITE SET FOR HEARINGS IN LA MESA: DEVELOPER TO ADD AFFORDABLE HOUSING AS SWAP FOR FEWER PARKING SPACES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Little Flower Haven circa 1954, via Postcards.com on City of La Mesa's website.

July 6, 2017 (La Mesa) – Two public meetings are set for Silvergate Development’s proposal to redevelop the former Little Flower Haven convent and nonprofit home for the elderly at 8585 La Mesa Blvd.  The Planning Commission will hold an informational-only meeting and environmental assessment on Wednesday, July 19 at 7 p.m.  The City Council will hold a hearing on the project on August 8th at 6 p.m.  Both meetings will be in Council Chambers at 8130 Alison Ave., La Mesa.

Plans submitted called for keeping the historic 1939 Spanish Mission style front structure and bell tower, which is eligible for listing in the California Register of Historical Resources. The property, recently sold, was formerly home to the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus.   The sisters have relocated to Texas, the Reader reported in March. 

COUNTY SOCIAL WORKER BUILDS TRUST WITH NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITIES

 

She’s put a lot of miles on her car and crosses several national “borders” in a work day, but Belina Chapman manages to do it all within the confines of San Diego County.

SEARCH AND RESCUE LEADER DON PARKER FACES TOUGHEST CHALLENGE: BATTLING BRAIN CANCER

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo, left:  Sergeant Parker with his daughter, Sarah, sons Jonathan and Daniel, and wife, Missy.

July 5, 2017 (San Diego) – Countless families have been reunited with missing loved ones, or learned their fate, thanks to the tireless efforts of  Sheriff Search and Rescue Coordinator Don Parker.  Sergeant Parker, who retired in 2015, made a career out of helping others – and now the community is pulling together to bring financial help to Sergeant Parker, who was diagnosed in May with brain cancer.

INMATE FIREFIGHTER SUFFERS CHAINSAW INJURY FIGHTING FIRE IN LAKESIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo credit Calif. Department of Corrections

July 5, 2017 (Lakeside) — An inmate firefighter has suffered a life-threatening injury after he lost control of a chainsaw that cut his leg, Fox 5 reports.

The firefighter was working at the scene of a brush fire that began around 1:30 p.m. near Olde Highway 80 and Los Coches Road in Lakeside.   Mobile homes were briefly threatened before firefighters got the blaze under control.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

 

July 5, 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.

General news

Trump-Russia investigation

WORLD

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

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

 

July 5, 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.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

NATIONAL WEATHER REVISES FORECAST: THUNDERSTORMS AND LIGHTNING POSSIBLE THIS WEEKEND, BUT FLASH FLOODS UNLIKELY

 

East County News Service

July 5, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Hot weather and possible thunderstorms are forecast for this weekend in our inland region, mainly in the mountains during afternoons and early evenings.  “Moisture will be limited, so at this time, any flash flood threat looks minimal, but dry lightning strikes may pose a wildfire threat,” the forecast from the National Weather Service in San Diego states, adding that heat watches, warnings or advisories may be issued in the valleys, mountains and deserts later this week.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JULY 8-30

 

East County News Service

July 5, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes the Descanso Days parade and festival, a star party and family campout in Lakeside, a hike up Volcan Mountain in Julian, radical reptiles in Rancho San Diego, a falconry demonstration in Julian, a concert by Sara Petite at the Ramona Library, blues and barbecue night in Santee.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Cal Fire family day at Lake Morena, astronomy night on Mt. Helix, a family hike plus falcons and hawks in the Santa Ysabel preserve, superstars Lionel Ritchie and Mariah Carey in concert at SDSU, a murder mystery dinner theatre in Julian, the Pine Valley Days parade and festivities, the Julian Apple Pie Grand Prix, and the Pomerado Brass Quintet in concert at Mission Trails.

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

DRAMATIC PHOTOS DEPICT BATTLE OF MOSUL

 

 

Allied forces gain ground: Iraqi Prime Minister declares end to ISIS caliphate, but plight of refugees remains dire

By Miriam Raftery; Photos by Kainoa Little

Photo, left:  Refugees flee the embattled city of Mosul

July 4, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- East County Magazine has obtained dramatic photos from the Battle of Mosul, taken in the Iraqi city during April 2017 by photographer Kainoa Little, who specializes in photographing war zones and refugees. 

His images show Iraqi federal police fighting to free Mosul from occupation by Islamic State, or ISIL, militants who seized the city in June 2014.  The photos poignantly depict the courage of soldiers and at times, fear, as they fight amid the ruins and also the anguish of residents and refugees fleeing the city. 

The battle captured in these April photos continues, with the allies gaining ground. Today, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al Abadi held a press conference to praise his troops for a “big victory in Mosul” including retaking what remains of the al-Nuri mosque in the old city, Associated Press reports. 

MEDIA WATCH: TRUMP’S TWEET OF PRESIDENT ASSAULTING CNN IN WRESTLING RING DRAWS CONDEMNATION

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 4, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – President Donald Trump hit below the belt, in the view of professional journalists, when he tweeted a 28-second video altered to depict Trump wrestling and punching a figure with the CNN logo transposed on its head. The video also alters the CNN logo to read, “FNN: Fraud News Network.”

PASSAGES: BILL BODRY, CHALLENGE CENTER FOUNDER AND CHAMPION FOR THE DISABLED

 

 

East County News Service

July 4, 2017 (La Mesa) – William (Bill) Bodry, founder of the Challenge Center in La Mesa and long-time champion of the disabled, died at his home of heart failure on his 72nd birthday, June 15th 2017.  A celebrate of life to honor his memory will be held on July 15 at 12 noon at the Challenge Center in La Mesa.

Bodry founded the Challenge Center in 1987 after suffering a spinal cord injury from botched surgery that left him paralyzed at age 27, with no adequate facility for long-term rehabilitation.  The center has had amazing results helping patients with severe brain and spinal cord injuries, as ECM reported back in 2008, enabling many severely disabled patients to walk, talk and achieve independence.  In his interview, Bodry shared his dream:  for the program he founded at Challenge Center to someday become a national model replicated nationwide.

VACANCY ON LA MESA-SPRING VALLEY BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

East County News Service

July 4, 2017 (La Mesa-Spring Valley) -  Applications are being accepted now through July 24 to fill a vacancy on the La Mesa-Spring Valley Board of Education. Board member Rick Winet resigned after taking a position with McGregor Inc., a benefits administrator, to avoid a potential conflict of interest.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, reside within the boundaries of the La Mesa-Spring Valley School District, be a United States citizen, and a registered voter.  The appointee will serve through December 2018.

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