EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE WINS 3 AWARDS FROM SOCIETY OF PROFESSIONAL JOURNALISTS

MEDICARE TURNS 50, CALIFORNIA CHILDREN EXCEL

SISTER OF HANNAH ANDERSON’S KIDNAPPER FILES $20 MILLION WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM WITH FBI

TRUCK HAULING BACKHOE HITS BRIDGE OVER HIGHWAY 163: FORCES LONG-TERM LANE CLOSURES

LA MESA - MT. HELIX AUGUST ACTIVITIES

EDISON SIGNS POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT FOR TULE WIND, CPUC APPROVAL STILL NEEDED

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

San Diego news, California news, California, San Diego, East County news

TOWN HALL MEETING IN PINE VALLEY AUG. 2 OVER WATER DISTRICT'S MURKY ACTIONS

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JULY 28 - AUG. 14

TRES: CABARET STYLE SHOW PREMIERS AUG. 14 AT VISIONARY PERFORMANCE SPACE

VISIONARY THEATRE GROUP SEEKS HELP TO MOVE – AND GIVE STUDIO SPACE TO EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE

LAWSUIT CHALLENGES CALIFORNIA'S NEW FRACKING REGULATIONS, CLAIMS DISCRIMINATION AGAINST LATINO CHILDREN

 

Kern County family sues Governor Jerry Brown and state oil & gas regulator on the grounds that Latino school children face undue threats to their health and safety 

 

July 15, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Today, a Kern County family is suing Governor Jerry Brown, claiming that California’s new fracking regulations do not protect the health of Latino public school children. The lawsuit, filed by the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment, argues the new fracking regulations illegally discriminate against Latino public school children, who are disproportionately affected by the negative impacts of fracking in their neighborhoods, including noxious fumes and illnesses that plaintiffs allege were caused by fracking exposure.

CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT FILES MOTION TO HAVE SAN ONOFRE CPUC JUDGE DARLING REMOVED

 

Darling named in felony search warrants, initiated phone calls with SCE executives, now defends new CPUC President Picker from oversight committee requests

By Miriam Raftery

July 16, 2015 (San Diego) – Citizens' Oversight filed legal documents on July 14th with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), making the case for reassignment of Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Melanie Darling from the sanctions phase of proceedings on the San Onofre Nuclear plant.  The July 14 motion would remove Darling from hearing the investigation into sanctions for violations of ex parte rules during the San Onofre proceeding--an action which could have substantial impacts for ratepayers statewide..

CCT BRINGS MAGIC OF MARY POPPINS TO MT. HELIX JULY 9-AUGUST 2, 2015

 

By Ariele Johannson

July 15, 2015 (Mt. Helix) --The magic of Mary Poppins rises up on Mt. Helix this week - as she did in the sky above London - in this favorite  childhood story performed by Christian Community Theater. Mary Poppins: the Broadway Musical runs from July 9-August 2, 2015 and is the second summer production since CCT’s return to the Mt. Helix outdoor amphitheater. The players act, sing and dance their way into the hearts of the audience in this charming story of childhood and redemption, with a few surprises along the way.

DESTINATION RELAXATION: THE SPA AT LA CASA DEL ZORRO

 

All-new seasonal treatments and spa-inspired fare are carefully curated to soothe and rejuvenate with a nod to the Anza-Borrego Desert

July 13, 2015 (Borrego Springs) -- When it comes to summertime relaxation, there’s no better place than the spa to prep for long, laid-back days and fun in the sun. This season, the luxurious Spa at La Casa del Zorro is offering a suite of new services and a health-centric menu to help guests feel bright, brilliant and beautiful inside and out.

CHAMBER MOVES BEER GARDEN TO GROSSMONT CENTER AMID UNCERTAINTY OVER FUTURE OF OKTOBERFEST

By Kristin Kjaero

July 14, 2015 (La Mesa) – The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Grossmont Center and the Cushman family, to submit a Special Events application to the City for a beer garden event October 16 – 17.

Describing it as “family-friendly,” the application proposes live music, 4-5 food vendors and 3-4 sponsor tables, to be held in the parking area where Hooley Fest has been held in the past.

GONZALEZ BILL TO PROTECT GROCERY WORKERS AFTER MERGERS PASSES LEGISLATURE, GOES TO GOVERNOR

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 14, 2015 (Sacramento) – A bill to protect grocery workers from being fired because of changes in store ownership has been approved by the full State Senate with a 22-14 vote.  Assembly Bill 359, authored by San Diego Democratic Assembly member Lorena Gonzalez, previously passed the Assembly with a 46- to 27 vote and will now be submitted to Gov. Jerry Brown for signature.

PET PATIOS HELP PROTECT CATS AND DOGS FROM COYOTES, HAWKS AND OTHER PREDATORS

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 14, 2015 (Mt. Helix) – Recently, Mt. Helix residents on the “Next Door” community forum website posted concerns after a distraught resident reported seeing a coyote kill her small Yorkie dog.  Fortunately, another  East County resident has offered a solution for residents who want to provide a safe outdoor area for small dogs or cats to exercise safely, without harming  coyotes, which are native to our region and help control rodent populations.

READER'S EDITORIAL: YOUR HELP NEEDED TO SAVE REDWOODS FROM POACHING

 

By Jennifer Nickel, Legislative & Public Policy State Chairman, California Federation of Women’s Clubs

July 14, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - Thanks to early conservation efforts, vast areas of prehistoric redwoods have been protected from logging where they survive in our State despite generations of an industrial economy.  These redwood forests are now under threat and help is needed if we want these ancient trees to continue into the future.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS JULY 16-26

 

July 14, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County features a Pop-Rock Musical Revue, Jimmie Johnson night and Mary Poppins on Mt. Helix. Plus we’ll have a preview of coming attractions including Pine Valley Days, Hops and Hike on Volcan Mountain, Music in the Garden and more  So stay tuned for all of these events and much, much more!

POP ROCK MUSICAL REVUE: JULY 16-18 AT VISIONARY YOUTH THEATRE

 

 

Ultimate Dance Party and ‘80s dress-up contest July 18

July 14, 2015 (San Diego) -- Visionary Youth Theatre presents another installment of “Pop Rock”, a musical revue featuring Pop and Rock celebrating music of the 80s. The performances will be held  at the Visionary Performance Space (7202 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115). On July 16-18 at 7 p.m. with a matinee on July 19 at 2 p.m. The show is directed by Spencer John Powell with choreography by Mr. Powell and Ramon Montes.

This upbeat, fun, dance-heavy musical revue will have cast members rocking and popping to the sounds of the 1980’s.

RESOLUTION CONDEMNING ANTI-SEMITISM UNANIMOUSLY PASSED BY LEGISLATURE

 

July 13, 2015 (Sacramento)-- The California State Assembly today passed SCR 35 - a resolution to condemn any act of Anti-Semitism at all publicly funded schools (including University of California and California State University campuses) in the State of California.

LEARN HOW TO GET A BOOK DEAL FROM SARKA-JONAE MILLER AT THE CASA DE ORO LIBRARY

East County News Service

July 13, 2015 (Spring Valley) -- Local award-winning author and publicist Sarka-Jonae Miller will be answering questions about writing, marketing, and publishing books at the Casa De Oro Branch Library (9805 Campo Rd., #180, Spring Valley, 91977) on Saturday, July 18th at 10 a.m. SJ will give instructions for submitting manuscripts to her publisher Booktrope as well as offer tips about self-publishing and pursuing a traditional publishing deal.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA COLLECTIVES' PERMITS APPROVED IN RAMONA

 

 

East County News Service

July 13, 2015 (Ramona)—The County has approved building permits for two medical marijuana collectives in Ramona, the Ramona Sentinel reports. But before the facilities can open their doors to dispense or grow medical marijuana, they must first obtain approvals from the Sheriff’s Department.

HOW DAMAGING WAS THE SANTA BARBARA OIL SPILL?

 

Originally Published on the ECOreport

By Roy L Hales

July 12, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - El Capitan beach reopened two days ago. A news team visiting the site of California’s worst oil spill in 25 years reported no obvious signs of the catastrophe. There was a sea lion sporting in the ocean and birds on the shore. The park superintendent told them “You may still see the occasional tar ball or two, which isn't uncommon for the natural seeps here on the south coast." The reporter claimed the beach was better looking than ever. So how damaging was the Santa Barbara spill?

FORECAST OF STRONG EL NINO COULD MEAN A WET CALIFORNIA WINTER

 

Reprinted with permission from Times of San Diego

By Chris Jennewein

NOAA ocean measurements for July 1 show El Nino pattern off South America

July 12, 2015 (San Diego)--An El Niño ocean-warming cycle is strengthening in the Pacific and could produce a wet winter for drought-stricken Southern California.

21ST CENTURY CURES ACT PASSES HOUSE

 

East County News Service

July 13, 2015 (San Diego) – The 21st Century Cures Act (H.R. 6) has passed the House of Representatives by a 344 to 77 vote.   Among San Diego’s representatives, Democrats Susan Davis, Scott Peters and Juan Vargas voted yes, along with Republican Duncan Hunter. Republican Darell Issa voted no.  The measure now advances to the Senate.

COUNTY COMMUNITY ENHANCEMENT GRANT RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED IN DIANNE JACOB'S DISTRICT

 

By Miriam Raftery

July 13, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The County has announced the recipients of $833,000 in community enhancement grants awarded in District 2, represented by Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who recommended the awards.

PRESIDENT CALLS FOR GLOBAL RESPONSE TO DEFEAT ISIL

 

Arabo supports action, but criticizes effort as coming too late

East County News Service

Photo: Department of Defense, by Glenn Fawcett

July 13, 2015 (Washington D.C.) –President Barack Obama discussed his strategy to degrade and destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) in a July 6th meeting with civilian and military leaders of his national security team at the Pentagon. Afterwards he spoke with press.

ASK AN AUTHOR: BUILDING AN AUDIENCE, NO. OF DRAFTS, & IDEAL WRITING ENVIRONMENT

 

Answering your questions about writing, publishing, and marketing books

By Sarka-Jonae Miller

 

July 13, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) --This week I'm happy to welcome #1 best-selling author, Caroline Fardig, to the Ask An Author column.

Caroline is the author of the Lizzie Hart Mystery series of hilarious cozy mysteries. She recently got a book deal with Penguin Random House for an upcoming mystery novel, Death Before Decaf, and she just self-published her third novel, Bad Medicine. Caroline also happens to be one of my favorite authors.

MOUNTAIN LION AT MISSION TRAILS SURPRISES HIKER

By Miriam Raftery

file photo: Calif. Dept. Fish & Game

July 13, 2015 (San Diego) – A mountain lion apparently protecting her cubs startled a pair of hikers Thursday night at Mission Trails Regional Park.

Mike Smith told ECM news partner 10 News that he was wearing a head lamp on the trail when he spotted a reflection and then heard a sound like “kittens, kind of like a meowing, but loud.”

He and his friend walked toward their car, when they saw eyes  staring at them. Next, a full-grown mountain lion walked out of the bushes and across the road less than 30 feet from the hikers, before heading up to high ground.

El CAJON RESIDENT MARC STEVENSON GIVES BACK TO COMMUNITY

Walk for Sobriety set for July 18

By Janis Russell

Hear our interview with Marc Stevenson on today’s East County Magazine Show on KNSJ, 89.1 FM. .The show airs from 5 to 6 p.m. and the interview is in the second half of the hour.

July 13, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)- Marc Stevenson, who is from El  Cajon and is the director of Tenant Services at St Vincent De Paul Village, is a graduate of the McAlister Institute, one of San Diego’s largest and most experienced drug and alcohol treatment, and education centers. He has had a 20 year history of working with people and systems in the areas of substance abuse, mental health, criminal justice, family, and homeless social services.

Stevenson recently sat down with ECM to talk about his background and the work he has done, as well as the upcoming Walk for Sobriety set for July 18th. He and his family moved to El Cajon in the 1960’s, where he faced many struggles as he was growing up.

WINERY OWNERS VOICE ALARM OVER PROPOSED ORDINANCE CHANGES

Update:  Hear our interview on KNSJ radio with Micole Moore, Ramona Valley Vineyards Association, and Elaine Lytleton, Hatfield Creek Vineyards and Winery, here:

http://k003.kiwi6.com/hotlink/fmpwoizmfi/Newsmakers-Wineries-ElaineLytle....

 

Are the County's proposed changes rooted in 'sour grapes' complaints filed by competitors of successful new wineries?

By Miriam Raftery

July 12, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Several years ago, the County adopted a tiered winery ordinance designed to promote agriculture and help small “boutique” winery owners.  But now the County is proposing drastic changes.  At a packed hearing last week, numerous winery owners and heads of vintners’ associations turned out, most warning of dire harm to the region’s wine industry if the proposal is adopted.

“Should the changes proceed as written, many fear for the death of our budding wineries, eliminating our potential growth, impact and long-term commitment to our communities,” a letter to County program manager Joseph Farace signed by Teri Kerns and Micole Moore states. Moore is president of Ramona Valley Vineyard Association, which has over 100 members. Kerns is Editor in Chief of the Ramona Valley Wine Region Magazine. Together, the couple also owns Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery.

WHAT WORKS: BUSINESSES BASED ON EMPLOYEES

 

By R. J. Hernandez

July 11, 2015 (San Diego) -- This is the inaugural  “What Works” column. And in this column, there will be stories and editorials that talk about what is working or ideas about how things could work. How things could work when people find ways to come together, even if those ways are tied together by a shoe string. This is about progress to its greatest degree, the very existence of forward motion. It isn’t even momentum that I’m talking about here. It is motion that brings people together for their mutual benefit, that engages them and inspires them and case-by-case builds them up.

ECO-FRIENDLY PEST CONTROL IN THE GARDEN

 

 

By Melinda Myers

Photo: Melinda Myers LLC

July 11,2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Spots on tomatoes, holes in hosta leaves and wilting stems mean insects and diseases have moved into the garden. Don’t let these intruders reduce the beauty and productivity of your landscape. Work in concert with nature to prevent and control these pests and you will be rewarded with a bountiful harvest and landscape filled with beautiful blooms.

OOH LA LA! BLEU BOHEME CELEBRATES BASTILLE DAY

 

East County News Service

July 11, 2015 (Kensington) – For its 8th anniversary, Bleu Boheme restaurant will also commemorate Bastille Day on July 14th with a special menu ($50 fixed price) that includes choice of bouillabaisse or rack of lamb with red wine sauce, soup or salad, and choice of crepes Suzette or Pot du Crème (chocolate and cherries) for dessert.

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