ASSEMBLY PASSES BILL TO CRACK DOWN ON “PREGNANCY CRISIS CENTERS”

NO BOMBS FOUND AFTER LOCKDOWN AT WEST HILLS HIGH

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & ATTRACTIONS MAY 26 - JUNE 13

READER’S EDITORIAL: MEMORIAL DAY 2015

ATTEMPT TO SHUT DOWN JAMUL CASINO FAILS IN COURT

RARE STRAIN OF SALMONELLA REPORTED IN SAN DIEGO, 9 STATES: LINKED TO RAW FISH

BOARS & BREW AT LAKESIDE'S RIVER PARK JUNE 20

HELIX WATER BOARD VOTES TO ADOPT DROUGHT ACTION PLAN

LA MESA PLANNING COMMISSION REJECTS PARK STATION PLAN, BUT APPROVES EIR

SUMMER NIGHT SKY TOURS IN ANZA BORREGO DESERT

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

SAN DIEGO ENERGY DISTRICT NOW OFFERING MEMBERSHIPS

AWARD-WINNING YEAR FOR AZTEC FORENSICS

By Jack Haworth

May 6, 2015 (San Diego) -- For the first time in more than 40 years, the SDSU Debate Team has placed as a team in the National Forensics Association Tournament. The team of Vincent Bellinghiere, Cody Meza, and Darron DeVillez, represented Aztec Forensics at the NFA tournament at Ohio University and placed 8th in Division III, competing in literature interpretation and platform speeches.

“Hundreds of universities across the nation compete in intercollegiate individual events, and only a select number qualify to compete at the national tournament,” said Bill Snavely, director of the School of Communication. “This is a great accomplishment for only three competitors against much more well-funded programs from across the country.”

SDSU TO REVIEW POLICE TRAFFIC STOP DATA

May 6, 2015 (San Diego) -- San Diego State’s School of Public Affairs will analyze existing traffic stop data gathered and provided by the San Diego Police Department for 2014 in an effort to understand the relationship between race, age, and gender on the likelihood and outcome of being subject to a traffic stop. The research project is the first of its kind to include interviews with stakeholders, members of the community, and members of the police force.

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOND SALE RESULTS IN $28 MILLION SAVINGS TO TAXPAYERS

 

-- Final bond sale to complete facilities improvements at Sharp Grossmont Hospital

May 5, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a taxpayer-supported public agency that serves as landlord of Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, said it recently finalized the sale for two separate series of general obligation (G.O.) bonds totaling $24.5 million and $175 million.

TELECOM TO PAY CITY TO LOCATE EQUIPMENT ON LIGHT POLES

By Kristin Kjaero

May 5, 2015 (La Mesa) – On April 28 the La Mesa City Council voted unanimously to allow telecommunications equipment to be installed on streetlights and signals in the right-of-way in 11 locations around the City (map below), to enhance cellular phone and data transmission coverage.

The company will pay the City as a Right-of-Way Use Fee of 5% of adjusted gross revenues generated from the equipment or $500 per location, whichever is greater, and an annual fee of $500 to attach its equipment to a City pole. It will be required to apply for an encroachment permit, and will bear the costs of installation and maintenance.

EDCO PRICES LIKELY TO INCREASE IN LA MESA

By Kristin Kjaero

May 5, 2015 (La Mesa) -- The La Mesa City Council voted 5-0 April 28 to issue a public notice of a possible rate increase for both residential and commercial trash pickup in La Mesa. The public hearing will occur at the June 23 City Council meeting in the 7:00 p.m. time certain slot for hearings.

EDCO President and CEO Steve South made the presentation to the Council. The company is requesting 3.6% and 1.5% increases for residential and commercial, respectively. That translated to a 68-cent increase for residential from $19.09 to $10.77, and an increase of $1.45 from $99.29 to $100.74 for commercial.

LIONS CLUB DONATES TO HELP LOCAL YOUTHS AND THE BLIND

May 1, 2015 (El Cajon)--The El Cajon Valley Host Lions Club Foundation presented its annual donations  to the following organizations on April 28th at the Ronald Reagan Community Center.

A total of $36,000 was presented by Foundation President Bob Moreau to Guide Dogs of Desert, San Diego Center for the Blind, Boys and Girls Club of East  County, Canine Companions for Independence and Lions District 4L6 Camp Jack.

HIKING IN SAN DIEGO'S EAST COUNTY: AIRPLANE MONUMENT

 

By Sharon Penny

May 5, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - I’m a lifelong resident of East County and, for the past 25 years, I’ve lived four miles from Green Valley Falls. Until last week, I had never heard of the Airplane Monument hiking trail just north of Green Valley – literally 4.5 miles from my house.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: SAN DIEGO ENERGY DISTRICT'S ASHLEY MAZANEC

 

May 5, 2015 (San Diego) – The San Diego Energy District is gearing up to offer consumers an alternative to buying power from SDG&E.   The nonprofit is now accepting memberships and reaching out to communities seeking clean, green power produced locally.  For details, hear our interview with Ashley Mazanec, originally aired on KNSJ Radio 89.1 FM: http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/siq4bd2kzz/Newsmakers-_Ashley_Mazanec-SDEnergyDistrctFdn.mp3

GROSSMONT HEALTHCARE DISTRICT AWARDS $16,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO NURSING AND HEALTH TECH STUDENTS

 

May 5, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego’s East County region, recently presented $16,000 in scholarships to eight local college students planning a career either in nursing or in the healthcare technician field.

UPDATED LIST OF PROGRAMS SERVING NUTRITIOUS MEALS TO LOW-INCOME FAMILIES

May 4, 2015 (Sacramento) -- State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that disadvantaged families in California can now find updated lists of child and adult care centers offering nutritious meals at low- or no-cost through the California Department of Education’s Web site.

 “I encourage low-income families to take advantage of these centers to ensure their children are well-fed and have access to nutritious food,” said Torlakson. “Students have to be healthy to succeed in school, and a good diet is critical to good health.”

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is funded by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Nearly 5,000 local child care centers and 17,000 sponsored family day care home providers in California participate in the CACFP. These facilities provide nutritious food to infants, children, and adults. All children enrolled in these day care homes receive meals at no charge. Most participating child care centers also provide meals at no charge. In centers that have a separate charge for meals, participants may receive free or reduced-price meals.

LAMPLIGHTERS COMMUNITY THEATRE PRESENTS LAST CHANCE ROMANCE

May 4, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Myra Witzer, a strong willed woman in her late thirties, is determined to get married at any cost and Leonard Shank, an unassuming man in his early forties, is the guy she goes after and gets, much against his will. After several months of married life, Myra realizes that the chase excited her more than the capture and wants out. On the other hand, Leonard, who at the beginning wanted no part of the marriage, now wants to stay married to her more than anything. Now that he's fallen for her, will Leonard be able to convince her that he's her prince charming?

TWO ALARM FIRE AT THRIFT STORE IN EL CAJON

 

May 4, 2015 (El Cajon)--At approximately 9:03 p.m., Friday, May 1, Heartland Fire & Rescue crews in El Cajon responded to reports of a structure fire in the nine-hundred block of Broadway.  Upon arrival firefighters found heavy smoke and flames coming from the windows of “Broadway Thrift” store at 941 Broadway.

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR: FROM MAY 3, 2015

CHARGERS 2015 DRAFT

 

By Ed Barrena

May 4, 2015 (San Diego) - The San Diego Chargers had the 17th overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft this weekend, when college football’s biggest stars make the transition to professional sports in front of millions of TV viewers. This year’s draft featured a departure from tradition as the 3 day ceremony was held in Chicago instead of New York, where it had been previously held every year since 1963.

FREE PAINT DROP-OFF EVENT ON MAY 9 IN SPRING VALLEY

 

May 2, 2015 (Spring Valley)--PaintCare, a nonprofit that runs the California Paint Stewardship Program on behalf of paint manufacturers, is holding a special event to collect old and leftover paint to make it easier for households and businesses to recycle their unwanted paint. The event will be Saturday, May 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Steele Canyon High School, 12440 Campo Rd., Spring Valley.

LUNCH AND DINNER FUNDRAISERS IN SUPPORT OF NEPAL EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS

May 3, 2015 (La Mesa) — Himalayan Cuisine, on the corner of El Cajon Blvd. & Baltimore Dr., 7918 El Cajon Blvd. #P, La Mesa, 91941,  will hold two fundraising events next week to help raise funds to aid victims of the devastating 7.8 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks that struck Nepal on April 25.  The lunch and dinner events will be held Tuesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 7.  

The $10 lunch will be served from 11:00AM - 3:00PM on both days, with $5 of the fee going directly to help survivors in Nepal.  For dinner, a small $2 donation can be added to the bill to assist in relief efforts.  If you can’t make it for the fundraising events, you can still drop by any day to donate and say hello.  

FRANKENFISH? GMO SALMON TESTED SHOW HIGH ALLERGY POTENCY

 

Consumer group starts petition to urge more review

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: GMO salmon (back) is larger than non-GMO salmon of same age

May 2, 2015 (Washington D.C.)  -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is considering approving a genetically modified salmon – not as a food, but as an “animal drug,” according to Sarah Alexander at Food and Water Watch.  If approved, it would be the first GMO animal allowed into our food chain. But tests have found high levels of both hormone and potential allergens.  Only six fish were tested for allergies – but those fish had an allergenic potency was 20 to 50 percent higher in the GMO salmon than non-GMO salmon.

WINONA LADUKE INSPIRES AUDIENCE AT GREENFEST

 

By Leon Thompson

Photo: Winona LaDuke with her cousin, ECM Tribal Beat journalist Leon Thompson

May 2, 2015, 2015 (SDSU Montezuma Hall) - The Conrad Prebys Student Center at San Diego State University was filled on Earth Day, April 22, as Winona LaDuke took the stage dwarfed by the giant screen depicting the past splendor and future possibilities of her native White Earth Nation.  In the language of the Anishinaabe she brought greetings and recounted the Ojibwa names for the months or moons noting that not one of them was named after a Roman Emperor.

BOOTS AND BLING: LAS HERMANAS’ WESTERN BENEFIT BASH MAY 9 IN LA MESA

Event to benefit benefit Boys and Girls Clubs of East County, Fostering Opportunities Scholarships and Include Autism.

East County News Service

May 1, 2015 (La Mesa) -- San Diego Las Hermanas "(The Sisters") invites you to  their "Boots & Bling" fundraiser on Saturday, May 9 at the La Mesa Community Center. Grab your partner, throw on your cowboy boots and hats, and join the festivities including live Country Western music, BBQ dinner, drawings, live auction, card tricks and comedy magic, line dancing instruction, and entertaining antics by  Master of Ceremonies Yosemite Sam.

IN HONOR OF MOTHER'S DAY, MOMS UNITED TO END THE WAR ON DRUGS SEEK SIGNATURES ON "MOM'S BILL OF RIGHTS"

 

May 2, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Mothers across the country are telling their personal stories of drug war damage with stories, articles and interviews in honor of Mother’s Day. By sharing these powerful stories of losing loved ones to drug-prohibition-related violence, incarceration, overdose and addiction, they are bringing focus to a real need to reform our nation’s drug policies.  Many of the moms leading this campaign have been personally impacted by the war on drugs, including having children who suffer from addiction and who have been repeatedly incarcerated, or have died from preventable drug overdoses and other drug related problems.

JULIAN ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR SUPPORTS FIRE DISTRICT

 

By Cathy Ozbun, Julian Fire Plugs

May 2, 2015 (Julian) - On Saturday, May 23th, the Julian Fire Plugs will be hosting the Julian Arts & Crafts Fair. The fair will be held in the Rabobank parking lot at 2033 Main Street in Julian, from 10:00 am until  4:00 pm and will showcase work by many local artists, crafters and artisans from Julian and other nearby communities.

BALTIMORE OFFICERS CHARGED IN DEATH OF FREDDIE GRAY

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Maryland Attorney General Marilyn Mosby is nation’s youngest top prosecutor

May 2, 2015 (Baltimore) – Six Baltimore police officers are under arrest, facing charges ranging from manslaughter to murder for the death of Freddie Gray,  a 25-year-old African American man.  Gray’s death of a spinal cord injury while in custody sparked riots in Baltimore and other cities.

VOTER'S WATCHDOG: CA LAWMAKERS CONSIDER CHANGES TO VOTING

 

Goal is to Increase State's Dismal Voter Turnout

By Suzanne Potter, California News Service

May 1, 2015 (Sacramento)--Before the 2016 election most California drivers could be automatically registered to vote and receive their ballot in the mail all without having to lift a finger. Today, the Assembly Transportation Committee hears a bill to authorize the state to use the Department of Motor Vehicles database to register all drivers who are eligible to vote.

CAJON VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT LAUNCHES NEW MULTILINGUAL ACADEMY

 

East County News Service

May 1, 2015 (El Cajon)  Cajon Valley Union School District announces launch of a multilingual program at the CVUSD Language Academy.  The program will offer students who speak English or Spanish as their first language the opportunity to learn to read, write, and communicate in English and Spanish, learn computer programming, and a fourth language.

ARABO SPEAKS OUT ON ISIS RANSOM DEMANDS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 1, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Islamic State or ISIS forces are reportedly demanding ransoms of up to $100,000 apiece for 250 to 300 Christians captured in Syria February 23rd.  Fox News reports the demands were made to Assyrian leaders during negotiations with ISIL fighters arranged by Sunni Muslims.  Thus far, 23 have been released.

SANTEE TRACK STAR KILLED IN CRASH

 

East County News Service

May 1, 2015 (Santee) – Ryan Willweber, a track star and junior at West Hills High School in Santee, has died of injuries sustained in a crash yesterday afternoon.  Two other students were injured, including Willweber’s brother, who reportedly suffered broken bones.

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