JOIN EAST COUNTY DINING CLUB JANUARY 25 FOR A RUSSIAN-UKRANIAN FEAST AT VILLAGE HOUSE KALINA

SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB IS GUEST SPEAKER AT LA MESA CHAMBER BREAKFAST FEBRUARY 21

NEW STORMS HEAD TOWARDS OUR REGION

CONTROLLED BURN NEAR PINE VALLEY STARTS TUESDAY

EL CAJON POLICE ARREST PEOPLE FOR FEEDING HOMELESS IN WELLS PARK ON MLK WEEKEND

LEADERS FROM SAN DIEGO TO UNITED NATIONS DENOUNCE TRUMP’S SLUR AGAINST IMMIGRANTS FROM NATIONS OF COLOR

RALLY CALLS ON HUNTER TO RESIGN

SANTEE BANS SMOKING ON TRAILS, TAKES FIRST STEP TO DISTRICT ELECTIONS

STORMS CAUSE DEADLY LANDSLIDES IN SANTA BARBARA, DUMP UP TO 6 INCHES OF RAIN IN SAN DIEGO’S MOUNTAINS

THE NEW TAX LAW AND YOU: REP. SUSAN DAVIS TO HOLD INFORMATION FORUM ON JAN. 13 AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

GRAND JURY ISSUES SUBPOENA IN CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OF CONGRESSMAN HUNTER, UNION-TRIBUNE REPORTS

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

LOCAL AUTHORS EXPO AT THE EL CAJON LIBRARY JANUARY 28

 

East County News Service

January 4, 2018 (El Cajon) -- The El Cajon Library (201 E. Douglas Ave.), will host its third Local Author Expo on Sunday, January 28, at 2:00 p.m. This free event will feature presentations by three local authors followed by a reception where attendees may meet the authors and enjoy refreshments provided by the Friends of the El Cajon Library.

KALASHO SEEKS TO SET ASIDE COURT RULING ON SLAPP SUIT

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 4, 2018 (El Cajon) – Attorney Stephen J. Liosi has filed a motion on behalf of El Cajon Councilman Ben Kalasho asking the Superior Court to set aside a December ruling that dismissed Kalasho’s countersuit against plaintiffs who are suing him, including two contestants in a beauty pageant he ran and a taco shop owner.

The filing contends that Liosi failed to file documents in Kalasho’s defense, due to Liosi suffering a “traumatic brain injury” after his head struck the windshield in a vehicle accident in 2016.  The motion states that Kalasho has now secured new counsel.

SYCUAN PRESENTS GIFTS TO LOCAL CHARITIES

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

Photo: Sycuan Tribal Council and the charity Father Joe’s Villages. Chairman Cody Martinez chose this charity for the Gift Giving Ceremony

January 3, 2018 (Sycuan) – Recognizing organizations making a positive difference in our community, Sycuan’s Tribal Council and Sycuan Leadership team presented $76,000 to 30 charities during a gift giving ceremony on December 14th

DUI DOESN’T JUST MEAN BOOZE

 

Source: California Office of Traffic Safety

January 3, 2018 (Sacramento) -- Just like drunk driving, driving under the influence of drugs is a crime – even if your impairment is due to prescribed medications, illicit drugs, over-the-counter medications or marijuana – medical or recreational. The legal and monetary consequences are the same – up to $10,000 in fines, fees and insurance costs, restricted licensing, days off work to go to court, a criminal record and more.

SAN DIEGO LIBRARY’S ACOUSTIC SHOWCASE SERIES

 

East County News Service

Photo:  Lisa Sanders

January 3, 2018 (San Diego's East County) - The San Diego County Library’s Acoustic Showcase series offers a variety of top local singer/songwriters, folk music performers and storytellers in free concerts for the community.

Upcoming performances include two in East County.

SHARP SENIOR RESOURCE CENTER FEBRUARY 2018 PROGRAMS

 

Source: Sharp Grossmont Hospital

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The Senior Resource Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital offers free or low-cost educational programs and health screenings each month. The Senior Resource Center also provides information and assistance for health information and community resources. For more information, call 619-740-4214. For other programs, call 1-800-827-4277 or visit their website at www.sharp.com.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

January 3, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) - East County Magazine's World Watch helps you be an informed citizen on important issues globally and nationally. As part of our commitment to reflect all voices and views, we include links to news sources representing a broad spectrum of political, religious, and social views.  Top world and U.S. headlines include:

U.S.

WORLD

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RAMONA WOMAN DEAD, MAN WOUNDED IN APPARENT MURDER-SUICIDE ATTEMPT

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo courtesy of ECM news partner 10 News

January 3, 2018 (Ramona) – Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 caller reporting a murder suicide at a home on 24478 Del Amo Road in Ramona shortly after noon today.  Inside, they found a dead woman and a wounded man who was air lifted to a local hospital in serious condition.  The man’s injuries are considered life threatening, says Lieutenant Rich Williams with the Sheriff’s Homicide Detail.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

 

January 3, 2018 (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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SDSU WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: LAST MINUTE LAYUP GIVES RAMS WIN OVER AZTECS IN HEARTBREAKER

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

January 3, 2017 (San Diego) - The lady Aztecs kickstarted the new year with a conference matchup against Colorado State.  The lady Rams come into Viejas with a 9-4 record, third in the Mountain West.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

SANTEE HOSTS 50 KM RACE-WALK CHAMPIONSHIP AND ACTIVE LIFESTYLE EXPO JAN. 20

 

Source: City of Santee

January 3, 2018 (Santee) - The City of Santee is again hosting a national 50 km. race-walk championship on Jan. 20 in conjunction with a local special event aimed at promoting health and fitness.

The second annual Santee Active Lifestyle Expo is set for Jan. 20 at the Trolley Square Shopping Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The expo is free and offers fun activities for children and adults.

ST. MADELEINE SOPHIE'S CENTER PARTNERS WITH THE MARINE ROOM FOR "TEA BY THE SEA" JANUARY 20

 

East County News Service

January 3, 2018 (San Diego) -- St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center (SMSC) in El Cajon will partner with The Marine Room to host Tea by the Sea on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Tea by the Sea will feature complimentary champagne and a signature cocktail, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, live music and a visit from The Marine Room’s Executive Chef Bernard. The imaginative cuisine is more than matched by the up-close view of the surf.

PROVISIONAL APPOINTMENT MADE TO FILL VACANCY ON DEHESA SCHOOL BOARD

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 3, 2018 (Dehesa) – Karen Kirkpatrick has been named a provisional appointee by the Dehesa School Board to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Vincent Blanco.  Kirkpatrick will fill the vacancy until the election on November 3rd, unless a petition calling for a special election is filed with the County Superintendent of Schools within 30 days of the December 18th appointment.

WINTER FIRE SAFETY TIPS

 

East County News Service

January 3, 2018 (San Diego's East County) - The weather is getting colder. Each year, more people die in home fires during the winter months than any other time of the year.

To help you to spread the word about fire safety, the U.S. Fire Administration offers these safety tips:  https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/media/social.html

INFANT DIES FROM FLU AS LOCAL DEATHS, CASES SPIKE

 

 

A 12-month-old baby is one of 34 new flu deaths recently reported in San Diego, bringing this season’s total to 45, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

The infant died Dec. 31, 2017. The ages of the deceased this flu season range from 1 to 100 years. All the people who died, for whom there is information available, had underlying medical conditions.

SALES OPEN FOR TOWNHOUSES AT MONTIVO IN SANTEE

 

East County News Service

January 3, 2018 (Santee) – San Diego homebuilder New Pointe Communities is bringing much-needed, reasonably-priced homes to market in an urban area already well serviced by essential infrastructure. The company’s 18-townhome project, Montivo, located at 8850 Olive Lane in Santee, is now open for sales.

DEMOCRATS LOSE SUPERMAJORITY IN SACRAMENTO

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 3, 2018 (Sacramento) – As the state Legislature reconvenes to consider important matters including the state budget, the process just got more complicated for Democrats.  Resignation of three Democratic members means the party has lost its supermajority.  So even though Democrats still retain a majority, without the two-third supermajority required, they won’t be able to pass any measure that raises taxes without Republican support.

TRUMP APPROVES DISATER AID FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

 

East County News Service

January 3, 2018 (San Diego) – President Donald Trump on Tuesday approved a request by California Governor Jerry Brown for a federal disaster declaration due to wildfires in southern California that began December 4th, including the Lilac Fire in San Diego as well as devastating fires in Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties.

CHIEF’S CORNER: REMOVE AND RECYCLE THAT CHIRSTMAS TREE

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

January 3, 2017 (San Diego) -- As the holidays come to a close, fire safety is just as important as at any other time of year. And the risks with dry Christmas trees are greater than ever.

Christmas trees dried out early due to low humidity and winds prior to Christmas. That’s why it’s important to safely remove that dried out Christmas Tree - now!.

TRUMP TAUNTS KOREAN LEADER ON NUCLEAR BUTTON SIZE

 

By Miraim Raftery

January 3, 2018 (Washington D.C.) – President Donald Trump starting the New Year off with a Tweet mocking North Korean President Kim Jong Un’s power and the sizes of his nuclear button. The action came in response to Kim’s New Year’s announcement in which the North Korean strongman stated that “The whole territory of the U.S. is within the range of our nuclear strike,” though adding that he would not attack first unless threatened, and he voiced support for talks.

LOCAL WINE INDUSTRY PACKS A POTENT ECONOMIC PUNCH

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 2, 2018 (San Diego) – A report just released by the San Diego Vintners Association on the economic value of wineries in San Diego County shows that the burgeoning wine making industry is having a potent effect. In 2016, the county’s 116 wineries generated a $30.4 million regional impact and supported 697 jobs here.

SAPS AT SEA PRESENTS: FLIRT WITH FEMME FATALES...AND REGRET IT! JANUARY 27

 

East County News Service

January 2, 2017 (Spring Valley) - Happy New Year! And what a better way to kick off (or on) 2018 than with San Diego's official Laurel & Hardy fan organization! The Saps at Sea present their 40th Anniversary SAPS Funtastical gathering of film and food.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Williams Hall at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Spring Valley with the show starting at 7 on January 27.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JAN. 6 - MARCH 4

 

By Miriam Raftery

January 2, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes hawk watch in Ramona, falconry demonstrations in Wynola, a star party and ancient Tibetan music at Mission Trails, Sinatra and friends in Borrego Springs and Carnaval Fantastique at Sycuan.

Plus, we’ll have coming attractions including a pianist John Nilsen in Descanso, llore of the Kumeyaay at the Water Conservation Garden, full moon fishing at Lake Jennings, the Mousetrap at Lamplighters Theatre in La Mesa,  Martin Luther King Day events in Lemon Grove, live music at the San Pasqual Winery and Riviera Supper Club in La Mesa, a local authors expo in El Cajon, the Oak Ridge Boys in concert at Sycuan, San Diego Chamber Music Society performers at the La Mesa Library, a star party at Mission Trails, and Seussical the Musical in Spring Valley.

So stay tuned for all of these events and many more!

WILLIAM HEISE CEDAR TRAIL VIRTUAL HIKE

 

 

William Heise County Park in Julian offers more than 10 miles of picturesque hiking trails.

We’ve highlighted a one-mile stretch, the Cedar Trail, that will get your heart pumping, given you go try it out after watching the virtual version of it!

William Heise County Park offers up camping, cabins, playgrounds and more. Find it and all of our parks at sdparks.org.

HEPATITIS A EMERGENCY WINDING DOWN

 

The County Board of Supervisors extended the local public health emergency for hepatitis A again on Tuesday, but efforts are now underway to transition out of the emergency amid declining case numbers.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT CONTINUES SUPPORT FOR JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE OF SAN DIEGO

 

East County News Service

Photo: from left to right: GHD board members Randy Lenac, Gloria Chadwick, Gabi Charo, Jewish Family Service; GHD board members Michael Emerson, Virginia Hall, Robert “Bob” Ayres.

January 2, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) is continuing its support of Jewish Family Service (JFS) of San Diego’s food assistance program, which alleviates food insecurity in San Diego’s East County region.

BRUSH FIRE DOUSED IN LA MESA

 

By Miriam Raftery

Video by Wayne Zarling taking from Shadow Hill Drive

Photo by Jake Christie

January 2, 2018 (La Mesa) – A female seen running from the scene of a small brush fire on a hill in the Eastridge area of La Mesa today has been detained for questioning by the Sheriff’s department.

Heartland Fire and Rescue, along with San Miguel Fire and San Diego Fire Departments responded to the blaze that began around 1:25 p.m.  Crews arrived within four minutes to find a 20 by 40 foot spot fire on a slope along High Street near State Routes 125 and 94 that grew to approximately an acre before crews halted the forward spread a half hour later.

HERE’S THE BUZZ: LEGAL POT DRAWS CROWDS IN SAN DIEGO

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson

January 2, 2018 (San Diego)—Customers lined up before dawn at several of San Diego’s eight legal recreational marijuana shops that opened their doors January 1st.  The city was among the first places in California to permit recreational cannabis sales under Prop 64, which voters approved in 2016 and which is now in effect.

ECM reporter Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson visited the Apothekare in Mission Valley on New Year’s Day.  “No, I do not smoke, but I am a writer and always curious,” she posted on Facebook. 

She found a line wrapped around the building outside and snaking through the dispensary’s interior as well.  To gain access, customers had to be “buzzed” in through two areas with security guards.

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