PRODUCE PICKS: MELON SEASON IS HERE (CALIFORNIA GROWN)

BRUSH FIRE IN DEHESA: FORWARD SPREAD HALTED

JUDGE TEMPORARILY HALTS DEPORTATIONS OF IRAQIS NATIONWIDE

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JUNE 30 - JULY 29

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS CALIFORNIA’S CONCEALED CARRY HANDGUN LIMITS

ASSEMBLY SPEAKER KILLS SINGLE PAYER HEALTHCARE IN CALIFORNIA FOR THIS YEAR

ALPINE RESIDENTS SEEK HELP TO FIND SUSPECTS CAUGHT ON TAPE PLANTING FIRECRACKER UNDER CHILD’S WINDOW

FIRE NEAR MESA GRANDE RESERVATION THREATENS HOMES

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW: MORGAN COOK, AWARD-WINNING JOURNALIST, ON HER INVESTIGATION INTO REP. HUNTER

FIND YOUR INNER COWBOY AT THE COUNTY FAIR

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS & EVENTS JUNE 25 - JULY 29

CA GROUPS: SENATE HEALTH BILL "MORE DRACONIAN" THAN HOUSE VERSION

PASSAGES: BETTY LANE WHITE (CLARK): OCTOBER 17, 1930 – MAY 14, 2017

 

East County News Service

June 6, 2017 (Lemon Grove) - Long-time Lemon Grove resident Betty White passed away peacefully on May 14, 2017.   Betty was born on October 17, 1930, in Charleston, South Carolina to Eva Mae Clark (Smith) and Omer Clark, who was in the U.S. Army. Betty was one of five Clark children: Helen, Richard (Dick), Betty, Eva May and James (Jim).  The family eventually settled back in San Diego after living in several places including Panama.  Betty graduated from Hoover High School in San Diego in 1948 and then studied nursing at San Diego State College (now SDSU). 

SAN DIEGO CONCERT BAND ANNOUNCES ITS SUMMER SEASON

 

East County News Service

June 6, 2017 (San Diego) – The San Diego Concert Band, based in East County, will host upcoming summer concerts at La Mesa’s Harry  Griffen Park, an Independence celebration at St. Dunstan’s Episcopal Church in San Carlos, and at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park.  Below are details:

MOUNTAIN WEST NAMES COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD AFTER STEVE FISHER

 

MW names coaching honor the Steve Fisher Coach of the Year

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

June 6, 2017 (San Diego) - The Mountain West Board of Directors today approved the recommendation by the league’s men’s basketball head coaches to name the conference’s top coaching honor after former San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher, who retired in April. The recipient of the award beginning in 2017-18 will be the Steve Fisher Coach of the Year.

LEMON GROVE BAKERY REBORN: CHERISHED LANDMARK TO REOPEN JUNE 9

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Lemon Grove Bakery

June 6, 2017 (Lemon Grove) – Here’s some sweet news for Lemon Grove residents and baked goods aficionados:  the Lemon Grove Bakery will be opening on Friday, June 9th from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the site of the former Grove Pastry Shop at 3308 Main Street, Lemon Grove.

HELIX WATER BOARD TO WEIGH PERMANENT DROUGHT EFFICIENCY MEASURES FOR RATEPAYERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 6, 2017 (La Mesa)—Helix Water District’s Board meets Wednesday, June 7 at 6 p.m. (7811 University Ave., La Mesa.  View board package

Items of interest include a presentation by the County Water Authority un its lawsuit against the Metropolitan Water District, a proposal to adopt a resolution declaring an end to drought level 1 restrictions but keeping in place other permanent water use restrictions.  The board will also consider spending funds on a customer satisfaction survey.

Below are notes received from Board member Kathleen Hedberg with additional comments on these items.

GUHSD APPOINTS LOU RUSSO, CRITIC OF ALPINE LAWSUIT AGAINST GUHSD, TO CITIZENS BOND OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

 

By Julie Pendray

Photo via Twitter

June 6, 2017 (Alpine)--Lou Russo, who ran unsuccessfully three times for Alpine Union School District’s board, has been appointed to Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.

“I am honored to announce that I have been unanimously selected by the Grossmont Union High governing board to be a member of the Citizen Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC),” Russo wrote in an email to news media in early May. “Although I am the representative at large, I will bring Alpine's perspective to the Bond Oversight processes.”

PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER RECEIVES THE GERALD R. FORD MEDAL FOR DISTINGUISHED PUBLIC SERVICE

 

“Looking at the current toxic times and reflecting back to President Carter’s and Dad’s times in office, through their examples we can learn how politics should be conducted.  They illustrated to the nation that politics can be handled with dignity, class and respect. My family and I are grateful for President Carter’s public service and how he has conducted himself throughout his life. We are proud to call the Carter family friends.” -- Steven Ford, son of President Ford.

East County News Service

June 5, 2017  (Washington D.C.) Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter was honored with the Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service on June 5, 2017 at the Capitol Hill Club in Washington D.C. The medal was presented to Carter via a video presentation from Atlanta, Georgia, during the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation’s annual reception and dinner. Journalists Gregory Korte, USA Today; David Martin and Mary Walsh, CBS News; and David Cloud, Los Angeles Times, were each honored as recipients of the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting during the event.

THE LOBSTER HOUSES OF PUERTO NUEVO

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

June 5, 2017 (Puerto Nuevo) -- Lobster dinners, Viagra coffee, ponchos and more are to be found in Puerto Nuevo, Baja California, Mexico. 

The city, as legend has it, was named after a Newport cigarette billboard.  The legend goes there was a fishing village that offered cheap lobster dinners.  When people asked where to find this place, south of Rosarito Beach, the directions, before Google map, would instruct tourists to go to the Newport cigarette billboard and they would find this fishing village.  Puerto means “port” and Nuevo “new.”

"CHURCHILL" AN EMBARRASSING DISTORTION OF HISTORY

 

By E.A. Barrera

June 5, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - There is something particularly galling when a writer and supposed historian pens a screenplay and intentionally distorts history for the purposes of modern day sensibilities. In this case, that sensibility is rampant in the portrayal of British Prime Minister Winston Churchill - under a childish modern notion of human interaction and motivation.

CHIEF’S CORNER: JUNE IS NATIONAL SAFETY MONTH -- SPREAD THE WORD OF SAFETY

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

June 5, 2017 (San Diego) -- June is the month that is declared as National Safety Month by the National Safety Council (NSC).

The NSC and thousands of organizations across the country work to raise awareness to keep each other safe. Observed annually in June, National Safety Month focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities reminds Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna.

VEHICLE STRIKES TWO STOPPED MOTORCYCLES IN LAKESIDE, CAUSING FATAL INJURIES

 

East County News Service

June 5, 2017 (Lakeside) – A 37-year-old woman has died after she and a second motorcyclist parked on the shoulder of Winter Gardens Boulevard south of Creekford Road in Lakeside were struck by a Ford Taurus Monday at 8:52 p.m.

SDSU BASEBALL SEASON COMES TO AN END ON THIRD DAY OF NCAA REGIONAL

 

Aztecs drop game at Long Beach State 7-4

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

June 4, 2017 (Long Beach) - A San Diego State baseball season that produced 42 victories (tied for the most for the program in the last 15 seasons), a fourth Mountain West Conference tournament title in the last five seasons and advanced to an NCAA Regional for the fourth time in five years has ended.

COUNTY OFFERS INCENTIVES TO LANDLORDS WHO RENT TO HOMELESS

 

East County News Service

June 4, 2017 (San Diego) – If you’re a landlord looking for tenants, the County is offering bonuses of up to $500 if you’ll rent to a homeless family, veteran or other homeless person who has a rental assistance subsidy from the County of San Diego Housing Authority. 

UNIVERSAL HEALTHCARE BILL ADVANCES IN CALIF. LEGISLATURE, WITHOUT DETAILED PLAN TO COVER HEFTY COSTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Senator Ricardo Lara and Toni Atkins, authors of Healthy California Act.

June 4, 2017 Sacramento) – Both houses of California’s Legislature have passed a landmark bill  called the “Healthy California Act”  to create a single-payer, universal healthcare system and eliminate private insurance companies  from covering anything covered by the state plan, which is broad.   

If enacted  the measure coauthored by Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) and Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) would  cover all Californians, with no premiums, copays or deductibles, for all medical, dental, vision care, mental health and chiropractic services.   

But Senate bill 352 must go back to the Assembly to remedy a major flaw: the bill was advanced without details on how to pay for it, in order to meet legislative deadlines, and contains a clause that without the Secretary of Health and Human Services determining that a new Healthy California Trust Fund has sufficient revenues to fund the bill’s costs,  it will not become law.  

OPPONENTS OF HUNTER RAMP UP EFFORTS WITH BILLBOARD, CHICKEN AND BUNNY EARS

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 4, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – A billboard that reads “Did you know?  Rep. Duncan Hunter is under criminal investigation” will soon be posted along highway 67, after volunteers from the group “Indivisible” raised over $7,000 in five days on a crowdfunding website

OTAY WATER SUES CITY OF SAN DIEGO FOR OVERCHARGES ON RECLAIMED WATER SERVICES

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 4, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – The Otay Water District filed a lawsuit in Superior Court on May 30th against the City of San Diego alleging breach of contract, overcharges on recycled water rates and lack of transparency.  The suit accuses San Diego of becoming “unjustly enriched at Otay’s expense,” according to Mark Robak, president of the Otay Water District, and asks the court to rescind a January 2016 rate hike and repay that money to the district.

The Otay district provides water for residents in Spring Valley, Jamul, Rancho San Diego, La Prensa, eastern Otay Mesa and eastern Chula Vista.  

ASSEMBLY PASSES BILL TO CREATE INDEPENDENT REVIEW PROCESS FOR OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS IN CALIFORNIA

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 4, 2017 (San Diego) – A measure to create an independent review process for officer-involved shootings in California passed by state Assembly this week.  Assembly Bill 284 by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento) would empower the California Attorney General’s office civil rights division to appoint a special investigator for controversial cases of concern.

ASSEMBLY PASSES AB 805, CONTROVERSIAL MEASURE TO REFORM SANDAG

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 4, 2017 (San Diego) – By a 49-25 vote, Assembly Bill 805 by Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher (D-San Diego) was approved by the state Assembly. 

The measure has been touted as a bill to “reform” the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) by making transportation planning and funding more accountable and transparent.  But critics contend it shifts power away from East County cities to San Diego and Chula Vista, which together would control agenda-setting and have a majority vote.

GRAND JURY REPORT ON JUVENILE DETENTION FACILITIES PROPOSES CLOSURE OF CAMP BARRETT

 

By Miriam Raftery

June 4, 2017 (Campo) – A report by the San Diego County Grand Jury issued May 30th proposed consolidating juvenile detention facilities and closing Camp Barrett in a remote area of Alpine near Descanso, 35 miles from San Diego.

LISTEN NOW: OUR MARCH 2017 RADIO SHOWS ARE NOW ONLINE

 

June 3, 2017 (San Diego's East County)-- Our March 2017 radio shows are now online. For links to listen to the shows plus a full list of topics an interviews, click here  or click "read more" and scroll down. (Sound files may take a few moments to load).

We covered timely local stories, such as highlights from Rep. Duncan Hunter’s town hall and flooding after the heavy rains. Our newsmaker interviews included immigration attorney Steven Risnyk, Coast to Cactus guidebook author Diana Lindsay,  Dr. Fred Baughman on his theory that psychoactive drugs are causing deaths of young military members and veterans, filmmaker Mike Garcia on his documentary on the 50th Congressional district race, plus Bonnie Baranoff from La Mesa Conversations and Lois Knowlton from La Mesa First United Methodist Church on homelessness. 

 The East County Magazine Show airs Mondays and Fridays from 5 to 6 p.m. on KNSJ, 89.1 FM.  Our shows rerun on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m. Pacific Standard Time.  Read more and listen to our March shows:

ALPINE HISTORY DAY: FREE FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY JUNE 3

 

Source: Alpine Historical Societiy

June 3, 2017 (Alpine) -- Alpine History Day is Saturday, June 3 from 11 am to 2 pm at the John DeWitt Museum, 2116 Tavern Road, Alpine.

New attractions this year include the Waterwise & Butterflies Garden, the JMMS Robotics Team, Alpine Amigo's 4H Club with their chickens, piglets, and goats, the California Note Catchers, a chorus singing in four-part harmony, Animals & Animals reptile petting zoo, and the newest exhibit in the Beaty House: Alpine, Then and Now, which explores the changes in Alpine landscape and lifestyle through photos and objects from the Alpine Historical Society's collections.

FACTCHECKING TRUMP'S CLIMATE SPEECH

 

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Credit to factcheck.org, full story here:  http://www.factcheck.org/2017/06/factchecking-trumps-climate-speech/

June 3, 2017 (San Diego's East County) - In announcing that the U.S. would withdraw from the Paris Agreement, a global accord aimed at addressing climate change, President Donald Trump made more than a few false and misleading claims:

  • Trump said the U.S. would be exposed to “massive legal liability if we stay in” the Paris Agreement. But there is no liability mechanism in the Paris Agreement. International environmental law experts tell us that pulling out of the agreement won’t reduce U.S. exposure to liability claims and, in fact, may increase it.
  • Trump called China and India the “world’s leading polluters,” referring to carbon emissions. That’s not accurate. China and the U.S. were the top emitters per kiloton in 2015.
  • The president also falsely said “nobody even knows where the money [in the Green Climate Fund] is going to.” The fund’s website outlines all of the projects that have been funded.
  • Trump said the agreement would cost “close to $3 trillion in lost GDP.” That’s one estimate from a report for a business-funded group that found a much smaller impact under a different scenario. Yet another analysis said the impact of meeting the emissions targets would be “modest.”
  • Trump again took credit for job gains, saying the economy has added more than a million private sector jobs since his election. That’s true, but only 493,000 of them were added since he took office.

CAJON VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT TO HOST TEDX CONFERENCE ON JUNE 3

 

East County News Service

June 2, 2017 (El Cajon) -- Cajon Valley Union School District will host TEDxKids@ElCajon on June 3 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Greenfield Middle School. Themed “PowerUp,” this year’s event will showcase student speakers from various backgrounds exploring current and relevant topics affecting El Cajon’s young people and their power to change the World.

LAWSUIT LAUNCHED AGAINST TRUMP BORDER WALL"'PROTOTYPE" CONSTRUCTION AT SAN DIEGO BORDER

 

Federal agencies refuse to provide records on environmental compliance until after wall prototypes are built, environmental group says

East County News Service

June 2, 2017 (San Diego) -- The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection over impacts to endangered species and critical habitat from building up to 20 border-wall “prototype” designs in San Diego County. 

JACUMBA HIKERS AND WALKERS PLAN THREE END OF SEASON OUTINGS

 

East County News Service

June 2, 2017 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – The Jacumba Hikers and Walkers will hold three final Saturday excursions this season including:

  • June 3:  An 8.5 mile hike to Mt. Laguna along the Pacific Crest Trail with stops at Garnet Peak and Indian Creek
  • June 10:  Trek to the Desert View tower, one of the oldest roadside landmarks in our region
  • June 17:  A 10-mile hike to Sunset/Big Laguna Trail Loop for sweeping views.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JUNE 2 – JULY 4

 

East County News Service

May 31, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) - This week’s Destination East County includes Fly Day at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, the In-Ko-Pah outdoor overnight concert at Jacumba’s Desert View Tower, La Mesa’s Flag Day Parade, and Family Day at the Van Ommering Dairy in Lakeside.

Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including Lavender Day at Summers Past Farms, the Julian Dance, Fido Fest in Santee, summer concerts in La Mesa and Santee, a Taste of La Mesa, night fishing at Santee Lakes, Julian Blues Festival, a Father’s Day brunch with Cowboy Jack, a Father’s Day adventure at Fort Cross, the Secret Life of Pets showing at Santee Lakes, Julian’s 4th of July Parade, plus Independence Day events with fireworks in Santee and El Cajon.

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

TRUMP WITHDRAWAL FROM PARIS CLIMATE ACCORD DRAWS CONDEMNATION FROM WORLD LEADERS; WEST COAST STATES FORM THEIR OWN ALLIANCE TO COMBAT CLIMATE CHANGE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: NASA satellite:  Arctic ice reached an all-time record low in March, due to record temperatures.

June 2, 2017 (San Diego)—President Donald Trump’s announcement yesterday to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Accord  means the U.S. joins Syrian dictator Bashar Assad as the only other world leader who does not believe climate change is a serious threat to the planet.   Every nation on earth signed the Paris agreement calling for aggressive action to combat climate change, except for Syria and Nicaragua, but Nicaragua wanted even stronger actions to protect planet Earth.

NATIONAL SENIOR HEALTH & FITNESS DAY AT LA MESA’S THE MONTERA

 

By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson

June 1, 2017 (La Mesa) -- “It helps with fall prevention” said fitness instructor Eduardo Gracia of the exercises he designs for seniors at La Mesa’s The Montera-Westliving Senior Living Community.  Gracia led seniors through indoor (balloon) volleyball, basketball, darts, and other activities on the 24th Annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day on May 31.

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