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

"MONEY TALKS" AT NEXT ALPINE CHAMBER BREAKFAST JULY 11

 

By Jo Moreland, Alpine Chamber of Commerce

June 30, 2017 (Alpine) -- Follow the money at the next “Hot Topics Breakfast” of the Alpine Mountain Empire Chamber of Commerce. Guest speaker Dan McAllister, the San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector, will give an overview of what his office does during the Tuesday, July 11 Chamber meeting.

NEW HOME NEEDED FOR OUR VOLUNTEER’S BEAGLE, “ANGUS”

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 30, 2017 (Santee) – Our volunteer at East County Magazine, Kim Cooney,  needs a new home for her 9-year-old beagle, Angus.  She says Angus is good with children, cats and non-aggressive dogs.

Kim is moving out of state and is also slated for knee surgery. She is no longer able to care for and walk Angus, so she needs to find him a new home immediately.  

ALVARADO HOSPITAL CELEBRATES EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT EXPANSION WITH TOPPING OUT CEREMONY

 

Originally built in 1972 with 12 beds, the expanded emergency department will nearly double its patient capacity with space for future expansion

East County News Service

June 30, 2017 (San Diego) -- San Diego-based general contractor Pacific Building Group raised the final beam Thursday to complete or “top out” the steel structure of Alvarado Hospital Medical Center’s expanded emergency department while 100 guests looked on. Hospital staff and community members signed the beam, now situated within the structure.

ALPINE PLANNING GROUP CENSURES MEMBER LOU RUSSO OVER ALLEGED VIOLATIONS OF ETHICS CODE AND BROWN ACT

 

By Miriam Raftery

Updated with responses from planning group members Russo and Martinez.

June 30, 2017 (Alpine) – The Alpine Community Planning Group (ACPG) voted at its meeting last week to censure member Lou Russo for violation of the Group’s code of ethics. The vote was unanimous with the exception of Russo. 

ARMED AND DANGEROUS HOMICIDE SUSPECT WANTED BY SHERIFF

 

East County News Service

June 30, 2017 (San Diego ) – The San Diego County Sheriff is asking all County residents to be on the looking for Pablo Duran, who goes by multiple aliases and is considered armed and dangerous.

He is wanted for suspicion of murdering his employer, contractor Robert Pierro,on June 7 in Vista.  According to a press release issued today, he fled from law enforcement and his whereabouts are unknown. There is an active felony arrest for him.

COMMUNITY FORUM WITH EL CAJON MAYOR WELLS AND POLICE CHIEF DAVIS ADDRESSES CITIZENS’ CONCERNS ON HOMELESS ENCAMPMENTS

 

Hear audio of the meeting:  https://soundcloud.com/user-655033109/elcajonhomelessforum1

By Paul Kruze

June 30, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Spurred on by a mentally ill homeless woman who made her street home in front of a shuttered El Cajon motel on East Main Street earlier this month and numerous homeless individuals settling in central El Cajon, some 50 El Cajon residents gathered in the Community Room at the El Cajon Police Department for a town hall meeting last Monday night hosted by El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells and Chief of Police Jeff Davis.

GUHSD LAYS OFF WEB DEVELOPER, PLUS 14 OTHERS, EFFECTIVE TODAY

 

By Jonathan Goetz

June 30, 2017 (El Cajon) – Today is the last day of the fiscal year, and Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) ultimately lays off nine teachers and six classified employees effective today, according to Catherine Martin with GUHSD. This is down from 35.4 teacher lay-offs and 21 staff eliminations originally resolved.

ECM PADRES REPORT: PADRES SHUT OUT BRAVES TO FINALLY WIN A SERIES

 

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Story by Liz Alper

Photo:  Dinelson Lamet was stellar tonight:  seven innings, four hits, no runs, one walk and eight strikeouts and only 96 pitches.  Via @Padres on Twitter

June 29, 2017 (San Diego) - The Padres put in good offensive work last night and stopped the Braves’ rally to even the series at one win apiece.  They had the chance to take the series tonight as the Braves’ Jaime Garcia faced Dinelson Lamet.

DUI CHECKPOINT IN EL CAJON NETS ZERO ARRESTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Paul Kruze



June 29, 2017 (El Cajon) – A DUI/driver’s license checkpoint in El Cajon on June 24th resulted in zero arrests.  Around 20 law enforcement personnel from El Cajon Police Department, including officers as well as five cadets and five senior volunteers, participated in the checkpoint in the 1400 block of East Washington Avenue from 8 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

MIDWAY MUSEUM SPEAKER AT EAST COUNTY LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON AUGUST 17

 

East County News Service

June 29, 2017 (El Cajon) – John “Mac” McLaughlin, president and CEO of the USS Midway Museum and a retired Navy Rear Admiral, will be the keynote speaker at the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Luncheon. The event takes place on August 17 from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Community Center in El Cajon.

SANTEE CHAMBER HOSTS 2ND ANNUAL BLACK TIE GALA SEPT. 16

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 29, 2017 (El Cajon) – Classic cars and modern aircraft are all art of this year’s second annual Black Tie Gala hosted by the Santee Chamber of Commerce at High Performance Aircraft at Gillespie Field. The event on Saturday, September 16 at 6 p.m. also features live music, an awards dinner, dancing and more.

DO RATTLESNAKE VACCINES FOR DOGS REALLY WORK?

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Mojave rattlesnake

June 28, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – The canine rattlesnake vaccine has been administered to over 100,000 dogs since it came on the market in the early 2000s. While only about 1 percent of dogs had side effects, the bad news is “there remains little fact-based data to support the efficacy of the vaccine to date,” according to Valerie Wiebe, Pharm.D with the University of California, Davis. In other words, it’s not clear if the vaccine actually works.

STRAIGHT TALK WITH ROSS MATTHEWS: LIVE WITH PRIDE AT SYCUAN CASINO

 

East County News Service

June 28, 2017 (El Cajon) Ross Mathews is bringing his famed, “Straight Talk with Ross Mathews” live podcast to San Diego for one night on Thursday, July 13. He will be accompanied by his straight-talking crew for an interactive, crowd-engaging show.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

 

June 28, 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:

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STATE

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ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

June 28, 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.

WORLD

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HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

BARGAIN HUNTERS, OTHERS ENJOYED ALPINE FLEA MARKET

 

By Jo Moreland

June 28, 2017 (Alpine) -- Browsing and buying cheap goods, great services and delicious food made the Alpine Flea Market the spot to shop on June 24.

Shoppers and vendors at 45 booths ignored the warm weather in order to make hot sales.at the flea market, located in the parking lot at Joan MacQueen Middle School.

PRESIDENT SIGNS VA REFORM INTO LAW

 

East County News Service

June 28, 2017 (Washington D.C.) — President Donald Trump has signed into law the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act of 2017. The bipartisan legislation aims to increase accountability at the VA by allowing the Secretary to dismiss poorly-performing employees and those who engage in misconduct while strengthening protections for whistleblowers who expose wrongdoing.

VETERAN JOBS BILLS PASS U.S. HOUSE

 

House approves legislation to cut red tape, help veterans qualify for jobs in commercial trucking

East County News Service

June 28, 2017 (San Diego) – The House of Representatives has approved bipartisan legislation to ease veterans’ transition into civilian employment opportunities by streamlining the process for trained service members to obtain commercial drivers’ licenses (CDL). The move comes as the commercial trucking industry faces a shortage of roughly 48,000 drivers, according to data from the American Trucking Associations. This legislation would allow veterans, many of which are already trained to operate heavy military vehicles, to help fill this gap.

100 LOCAL RESIDENTS CAMPED OUT FOR GRAND OPENING OF CHICK-FIL-A IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

June 27, 2017 (La Mesa) – The newest Chick-fil-A restaurant in San Diego County has opened. The Grossmont Chick-fil-A at 8200 Fletcher Parkway, La Mesa, recently became the 11th Chick-fil-A restaurant operating in San Diego County.

SENATOR JOEL ANDERSON STAFF MEMBER HONORED BY REPUBLICAN PARTY AS LEGISLATIVE STAFF MEMBER OF THE YEAR

 

East County News Service

June 27, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Andrew Hayes, a district representative with California Sen. Joel Anderson (R-Alpine), has been honored with Wendell Cutting Legislative Staff Member of the Year award from the Republican Party of San Diego County. The award, presented at the recent Lincoln Reagan Dinner, recognizes excellence in constituent service and community participation.

FREE HIV TESTING AVAILABLE IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

 

Knowing your HIV status is essential to keep the virus from spreading.

To that end, the County Health and Human Services Agency and its many partners are offering free, confidential HIV testing throughout the region. The service is part of National HIV Testing Week in San Diego County, which lasts through June 30.

ART, MUSIC AND DINNER UNDER THE STARS AT 10TH ANNUAL HEART OF MT. HELIX AUGUST 12

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 27, 2017 (Mt. Helix) – The 10th annual HeART of Mt. Helix on August 12th from 5 to 10 p.m. will feature live art demonstrations and art auctions, music on two stages, a juried art show, succulent plant sale, and tastings from top local restaurants atop Mt. Helix.

THE SAPS AT SEA PROUDLY PRESENT: AN EVENING WITH THELMA TODD AUGUST 26

 

East County News Service

June 27, 2017 (Spring Valley) - Thelma, Stan & Ollie - the next gathering of the Saps at Sea, the Laurel & Hardy Sons of the Desert association in San Diego, high-lights one of their favorite gals, Thelma Todd. This bubbly blonde was not only a highly respected actress and comedian, but a long time favorite of the Saps.

GAY PARENTS HAVE RIGHT TO BE LISTED ON BIRTH CERTIFICATES, SUPREME COURT RULES

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 27, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – States must list married same-sex couples on children’s birth certificates, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Monday.  The ruling in the case, Pavan v. Smith, extends marriage rights earlier granted by the high court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which found the U.S. Constitution protected marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples. 

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