DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS APRIL 28 - MAY 21

HEARTLAND YOUTHBUILD’S “COOL CAR CLASSIC” MAY 13: $250 FOR BEST IN SHOW

JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP’S ORDER TO WITHHOLD FUNDS FROM SANCTUARY CITIES AND STATES

FLOWING FALLS AND FLOWERS: EARTH DAY IN EAST COUNTY

SANTEE MOVES FORWARD ON CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

NORTH KOREA THREATENS TO SINK SAN DIEGO-BASED AIRCRAFT CARRIER

WILL GOVERNMENT SHUT DOWN ON TRUMP’S 100TH DAY IN OFFICE?

SDSU KEEPS AZTECS NAME

EAST COUNTY HOMELESSNESS INCREASES 7%--AND NEARLY ALL ARE UNSHELTERED

AB 805 ADVANCES IN LEGISLATURE AS EAST COUNTY CITIES FIGHT BACK AGAINST SANDAG POWER GRAB

LA MESA CHAMBER WELCOMES FARMER'S TABLE TO COMMUNITY

HELICOPTER TRAFFIC, PARKS AND MORE ON CAMPO LAKE MORENA PLANNING GROUP’S AGENDA APRIL 24

CHILDREN’S NATURE RETREAT: HELPING CHILDREN AND ANIMALS TOGETHER

 

Gala on May 19th benefits Alpine nonprofit

 

By Mimi Pollack

April 5, 2017 (Alpine) -- Giving back to others is always good, but when you can give back to both animals and children, that is even better! Local humanitarian Agnes Barrelet is doing just that by heading up two non-profits, Hands United for Children and Children’s Nature Retreat in Alpine. 

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS APRIL 5 - MAY 15, 2017

 

East County News Service

April 5, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a Spring Carnival at Lake Jennings, Sweat Pea Day at Summers Past Farms, a Hot Rods and Chili Cookoff in Jamul, a Taste of Julian, a Bunny Train ride in Campo, and a production of the Dresser in La Mesa.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including a Mariachi concert at Cuyamaca College, an Egg-stravaganza at Santee Lakes, Spring Harp Fest in La Mesa, the opening of Cajon Classic Car Show and outdoor concerts in El Cajon, Clint Black in concert at Sycuan, a Spring Butterfly and Garden Festival, and the San Diego Festival Chorus’ Spring Concert.

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

SDSU STUDENT JOINS FAMED SKATEBOARDER RYAN SHECKLER ON SOCIAL IMPACT SPRING BREAK, GIVING BACK IN COSTA RICA

 

 

East County News Service

April 5, 2017 (San Diego) -- Jonah Bonner, a student at San Diego State University, is taking a unique spring break. He’s teaming with The Sheckler Foundation, Red Bull, social activists Journey and DIVERTcity as part of a program giving college students the opportunity to help build a skate park for an underserved community in Costa Rica. Adding star power to the trip is famed skateboarder Ryan Sheckler who will help break in the new park.

TRUMP ROLLS BACK PROTECTIONS FOR WOMEN WORKERS—JUST IN TIME FOR PAYCHECK PROTECTION DAY

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

 

Photo by Marc Levin - Ivanka and Pato, CC BY 2.0

April 5, 2017 (Washington D.C.)—Tuesday was Equal Pay Day—94 days into the year, signifying how many more days the average woman must work to earn as much as a man.

Ironically, Ivanka Trump, special assistant to her father, President Donald Trump tweeted, “#EqualPayDay is a reminder that women deserve equal pay for equal work. We must work to close the gender pay gap!”  Yet days earlier, her father signed an executive order that rolled back 14 protections for women workers –including the Fair Pay order signed by then-President Barack Obama.

SAN DIEGO'S FIRST WHITE LION ARRIVING AT LIONS TIGERS & BEARS

 

East County News Service

April 5, 2017 (Alpine) -- Bobbi Brink, Founder/Director of Lions Tigers & Bears (LTB) - an accredited big cat, bear and exotic animal rescue sanctuary, in San Diego County, Calif., and her team are making their way to the Los Angeles area to pick-up and transport a white male lion and two female lions to their new home at LTB.

AZTECS BASEBALL RALLIES FOR 5-4 VICTORY OVER UCLA

 

Trejo’s two-run double completes SDSU comeback

Source:  goztecs.com

Photo:  Alan Trejo's double drove home the tying and winning runs in the victory over UCLA Tuesday evening.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

April 5, 2017 (Lake Elsinore) - Alan Trejo’s double down the left field line drove home two runs and completed an Aztec comeback as San Diego State defeated UCLA, 5-4, Tuesday night in Lake Elsinore, Calif. The contest was played at The Diamond, the home facility of the Lake Elsinore Storm, the Class-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

PASSAGES: ANZA-BORREGO RANGER STEVE BIER DIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 4, 2017 (Borrego Springs) – Beloved Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Ranger Steve Bier has died in a shooting incident, the Borrego Sun reported on April 1st

The California State Park Service praised the 15-year-veteran ranger as “one of the finest ambassadors of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and our Department,” adding that Bier was “well known and respected throughout the Borrego Springs community” including community events and school programs.  He also coordinated the annual count of Desert Bighorn Sheep.

SANTEE TO PAY NEARLY HALF A MILLION DOLLARS TO FIX SINKHOLES

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Screenshot, NBC 7

April 4, 2017 (Santee) – At a special meeting this week, Santee’s City Council voted to authorize spending up to a half million dollars to repair sinkholes that threatened to undermine several homes on East Hartland Circle and Ryder Court.

TRUMP BUDGET LEAVES HOMELESS, INCLUDING VETS, OUT IN THE COLD

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 4, 2017 (San Diego) – One of the harshest cuts in President Donald Trump’s budget is his proposal to completely eliminate the U.S. interagency Council on Homelessness.  The Council helps all homeless people, but has been particularly effective helping homeless veterans. It has been successful in ending homelessness among veterans in three states and cutting veterans’ homeless nationwide by 47 percent. Associated Press reports.

COLLEGES TO HOST CAREER DAYS FOR PUBLIC SERVICE AND SUSTAINABILITY JOBS

 

East County News Service

April 4, 2017 (El Cajon) --Both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are hosting free career fairs this month for students and the community to network with employers and to learn what jobs are on the horizon. A public service career day will be held on April 19th and a sustainability resource fair with information on sustainability careers is slated for April 27.  Below are details:

TRIAL TO REVOKE NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP PERMIT AT SAN ONOFRE BEGINS APRIL 14

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 4, 2017 (San Diego) – A lawsuit filed against the California Coastal Commission (CCC) by Citizens Oversight, a citizens’ watchdog group based in El Cajon, heads to trial beginning Friday, April 14 at 2 p.m. in San Diego Superior Court, Dept. C68 (330 West Broadway, San Diego).

BASEBALL: QUINTANA PITCHES ONE RUN COMPLETE GAME AS WEST HILLS DOWNS MONTE VISTA 6-1

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

April 4, 2017 (Spring Valley) - Monte Vista varsity baseball began conference play today after starting the season with a decent 7-4 record.  Their first opponent?  The West Hills Wolf Pack, who haven’t fared as well, but who stood at an average 4-6 coming into today. Senior Justin Schweizer started on the mound for the Monarchs against another senior, Noah Quintana, for the Wolf Pack.

SAVE EL MONTE FUNDRAISER APRIL 17

 

East County News Service

April 4, 2017 (Lakeside) – Activists seeking to save El Monte Valley from a proposed sand mining operation are raising money for a legal battle. On Monday, April 17 from 5-10 p.m., a benefit will be held at Eastbound Bar and Grill, 10553 Maine Ave. in Lakeside.

CAR SENSOR JITTERS? IS A CODE READER THE RIGHT WAY TO GO?

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

April 5, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – You’re going out of town tomorrow—and your car sensor light warning “Service Engine Soon” goes on.  Car sensor jitters hit.  Most cars have sensors that reflect a door open, tire air pressure low and more, but “service engine sensor” is harder to decipher.

WORKER CRUSHED BY FALLEN WALL IN EL CAJON

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
April 3, 2017 (El Cajon) - A cinder block wall collapsed onto a worker digging a trench for a new wall below the site at a car dealer in El Cajon this afternoon,  prompting a Herculean attempt to rescue the 51-year-old man, but he could not be saved.  A second worker was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

INJURED PROTESTERS CASE AGAINST TRUMP CAN PROCEED, JUDGE RULES

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 3, 2017 (Washington, D.C.) - The Constitution’s First Amendment protects free speech – but not if that speech incites violence.

On the campaign trail, Donald Trump once said he’d like to punch a protester in the face.  And at a rally in Louisville, Kentucky in March last year, he pointed at African-American protesters and repeatedly told the crowd to “Get them out.”

SAN MIGUEL FIRE BOARD RECALL UP IN SMOKE

 

By Miriam Raftery

End of recall effort means district will proceed with cancelling Cal Fire contract in July and return to free-standing status

April 3, 2017 (Spring Valley) – A petition to recall three members of the San Miguel Consolidated Fire District board  has been axed by Registrar of Voters Michael Vu for failing to comply with formatting requirements. The proponent, Robert Cederdahl, a former member of the board in the 1990s, did not submit amended forms by deadline, so the recall effort is up in smoke before any petitions were circulated for signatures.

MOTORCYCLIST KILLED, SECOND RIDER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN HIGH-SPEED CRASH

 

East County News Service

Update:  The deceased has been identified as Christopher John Kuhlmann, 37, of El Cajon.

April 2, 2017 (El Cajon) — A motorcyclist who drifted over the center line of Jamacha Road near Vista de la Valle struck an oncoming vehicle and died at the scene at 3:50 p.m. yesterday.  A second motorcyclist lost control and was transported to a hospital with serious injuries. 

JAYLENE IGNACIO'S WALK-OFF HIT LIFTS SDSU SOFTBALL PAST SAN JOSE STATE 7-6

 

Aztecs beat Spartans in nine innings to claim weekend series

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

April 2, 2017 (San Diego) - Jaylene Ignacio’s (Oceanside, Calif./El Camino HS) two-out single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Kristen Parker (Mira Mesa, Calif./Mira Mesa HS) to give San Diego State a walk-off, 7-6 victory over San José State Sunday at SDSU Softball Stadium. The Aztecs (20-14, 4-5 MW) claimed the series with the win.

NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD ISSUES COMMUNITY ADVISORY ON SWEEPING NEW IMMIGRATION IMPLEMENTATION MEMOS ISSUED BY HOMELAND SECURITY

 

“DHS policies confirm that ICE can target anyone who is removable for detention and deportation, even if they fall outside of the broad ‘priorities’ of the President’s executive order.” –Community advisory issued by the National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild

By Miriam Raftery

April 2, 2017 (San Diego) – The National Immigration Project (NIP) of the National Lawyers Guild has issued a Community Advisory on memos issued by the Department of Homeland Security in late February  to implement President Donald Trump’s executive orders ramping up deportation of  immigrants.  The immigration attorneys warn of sweeping changes that represent “a major shift and escalation in immigration enforcement.”

The NIP includes legal and policy analysis of key changes in immigration enforcement that “we believe will most impact community defense strategies," along with tips and suggestions for immigrations and those who assist immigrations.

WE68 RADIO CELEBRATES FIFTH ANNIVERSARY AT SPRING VALLEY'S THE BANCROFT

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

Photo:  Drummer Chase Richard with the band Horsefly

April 2, 2017 (Spring Valley) - Punked on April 1st? Was it by punk music? Metal? Or grunge? That music was celebrated at WE68 Radio’s 5th anniversary festival held at Spring Valley’s The Bancroft on April Fool’s Day.

CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION LAUNCHES WEBSITE LISTING DETENTION AND ARREST OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS WHO COMMITTED CRIMES

 

East County News Service

April 2, 2017 (Washington D.C.) -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection has unveiled a new webpage making available to the public data on apprehensions, admissibility, recidivism, and arrests of “criminal aliens” at the border. Information on the page will be expanded to include seizures of drugs, currency, and prohibited agriculture products in the coming months.

BLOOMING IN JULIAN: LILAC FESTIVAL CONTINUES AT FORT CROSS OLD-TIMEY ADVENTURES

 

Also check out Julian Gold Rush Days at the Julian Mining Company just across the street

By Miriam Raftery

April 2, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – There’s still time to bring home a bouquet of fragrant lilacs as the Lilac Festival continues in its final day of the season at Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures today.  It’s all part of a revitalization of new activities reclaiming the region's  historical roots along Highway 78 just outside of Julian in San Diego's East County.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: WALTER OECHEL, CLIMATE SCIENTIST, SPEAKS OUT ON ARCTIC CO2 RELEASE

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 2, 2017 (San Diego) – Walter Oechel, PhD, is an internationally recognized expert for his pioneering research on ecosystems and global climate change.  Oechel is Director of the Global Change Research Group at San Diego State University, where he is also a distinguished professor of biology.

In a recent  interview on KNSJ,  East County Magazine spoke with Professor Oechel about his pioneering work, which revealed  that the Arctic tundra is now releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, instead of storing  CO2, a major greenhouse gas. Click the audio link to hear our interview, originally aired on KNSJ, and scroll down for highlights.

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FTD HIRING 600 IN SAN DIEGO REGION FOR MOTHER’S DAY

 

East County News Service

April 1, 2017 (San Diego) -- FTD is hiring 650 seasonal customer service associates in San Diego for the upcoming Mother’s Day season.  This will add even more employment opportunities to the San Diego job market. According to the Labor Market Information Division of the California Employment Development Department, San Diego’s unemployment rate is down to 4.2 percent.

SPECIAL EDITION: BREAKING NEWS APRIL 1, 2017

April 1, 2017—East County Magazine has the exclusive scoop on astounding major stories breaking today:

Is truth stranger than fiction? You decide.  Click links above for individual stories, or  click this link  to view blurbs on each of these stories in our extra-special April 1st edition. Then to open each special report, scroll down and click “read more." (Trust us, you won't want to miss this news!) 

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