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

NORTH KOREA THREATENS TO SINK SAN DIEGO-BASED AIRCRAFT CARRIER

SANTEE MOVES FORWARD ON CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

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

FIRST LOCAL ZIKA VIRUS BIRTH DEFECT REINFORCES TRAVEL ADVISORY

 

By Tom Christensen, County of San Diego Communications Office

Photo:  Greyerbaby / Pixabay

March 28, 2017 (San Diego) --Pregnant women, women who could become pregnant and couples considering pregnancy are advised to avoid traveling to areas with known Zika transmission after a baby with the severe birth defect microcephaly was born in San Diego County.

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency reports the mother was infected with the Zika virus while traveling in a foreign country where the virus is common.

BABY BOBCAT RESCUED

 

East County News Service

March 27, 2017 (Alpine) -- Lions, Tigers and Bears, an animal sanctuary in Alpine, has a new resident – a bouncing baby bobcat.

Weighing in at just 8 ounces, the rescued bobcat kitten is believed to be only about 10 days old.  The kitten was found near a neighborhood pool in Rancho Bernardo with no mother, so it was brought to a nearby pet hospital that in turn contacted Lions, Tigers and Bears.

FREE TECHNOLOGY CLASSES AND WELLNESS INFO FOR SENIORS MARCH 31 IN LAKESIDE

 

East County News Service

March 27, 2017 (Lakeside) -- If you’re a senior citizen baffled by all those high-tech gadgets, now there’s a solution for you. The County’s Mobile Tech Lab is coming to Lakeside’s Community Center (9841 Vine St.) on March 31st from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

BUDGET WHACKS FUNDS FOR COAST GUARD, ARTS, EDUCATION AND ENVIRONMENT WHILE BOOSTING MILITARY SPENDING

 

 

Read the full proposed budget:  https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/whitehouse.gov/files/omb/budget/fy2018/...

By Miriam Raftery

March 27, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget aims to boost military spending by 10% while slashing funds for many other departments and eliminating some completely.

GOV. BROWN WARNS PRESIDENT TRUMP: "DON'T MESS WITH CALIFORNIA"

 

By Chris Jennewein, Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Gov. Jerry Brown on NBC’s Meet the Press. Image from broadcast

March 27, 2017 (Sacramento) -- Gov. Jerry Brown warned the Trump administration Sunday that attacking California over immigration “could blow up in your face in a giant recession.”

Brown, who is in Washington and appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said the Trump administration should be careful interfering with the Golden State because of its size and economic power.

HIGH RATES OF LEAD CONTAMINATION FOUND IN CALIFORNIA CHILDREN

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 27, 2017 (San Diego) – Last week, lead contamination was discovered at a school in the San Diego Unified School District.  Testing was done after a service dog refused to drink the water and a film was noticed on the water’s surface.  Now, San Diego Unified School District has announced it will test all local schools’ water systems.

LAKESIDE RESIDENTS SEEK CLEANUP OF DEBRIS IN EL MONTE VALLEY

 

Updated March 28 with a response from Michael Beck at the Endangered Habitats Conservancy and Supervisor Dianne Jacob's office.

By Miriam Raftery

March 27, 2017 (Lakeside) - A big mess in Lakeside just got worse.  Someone has dumped debris illegally over the weekend along a waste heap from a former sand mining site that residents in Lakeside’s El Monte Valley were already fighting to get cleaned up.

SDSU LACROSSE: WATSON NETS GOLDEN GOAL FOR AZTECS IN DOUBLE OVERTIME WIN OVER CAL

 

 

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Box score courtesy goaztecs.com

March 26, 2017 (San Diego) - After SDSU lacrosse notched a big win on Friday night against St. Mary's, ECM returned to Aztec Lacrosse Field on Sunday afternoon when the Aztecs took on the Cal Golden Bears.

CAMPO-LAKE MORENA MEETING MONDAY TO INCLUDE PARKS FUNDING, REVIEW OF APPLICANTS FOR VACANCY AND KEY REPORTS

 

East County News Service

March 26, 2017 (Campo-Lake Morena) – The Campo-Lake Morena Planning Group will meet on Monday night, March 27 at 7 p.m.  The agenda includes a proposal to use 20% of new park funding for maintenance of existing parks, as well as review of applicants to fill a planning group vacancy. There will also be standing committee reports including water issues and announcements on items ranging from marijuana regulatory changes to plans for Star Ranch. Below is the full agenda and meeting location details:

SDSU SOFTBALL DROPS SERIES FINALE TO COLORADO STATE 11-5

 

Aztecs record 12 hits in loss

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo:  Zaria Meshack had three hits.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

March 26, 2017 (Fort Collins, Colo.) - The San Diego State softball team dropped an 11-5 decision to Colorado State in the series finale Sunday at Ram Field. The Aztecs (18-13, 2-4 MW) had 12 hits in the game, but left eight on base and committed three errors.

MAN INJURED DEFENDING PREGNANT WIFE IN SPRING VALLEY BRAWL

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 26, 2017 (Spring Valley) -- A pregnant woman walking with her husband and 2-year-old child was  accosted last night at 8:10 p.m. by three men in the 1000 block of Elkerton Boulevard.  When her husband moved to defend her, one of the assailants grabbed a drainage cover and hit the husband over the head, causing a traumatic injury, said Sergeant Jeremy Sheppard with the Sheriff’s Department.

GUITAR VIRTUOSOS CELINE ROMERO AND ANDY MCKEE AT POWAY PERFORMING ARTS CENTER APRIL 8

 

 

East County News Service

March 25, 2017 (Poway) – Celine Romero is the youngest of the international guitar dynasty, the Romeros, hailed by the New York Times as the family that virtually invented the classical guitar quartet format. Andy McKee, by contrast, is a self-taught player whose videos including “Drifting” and “Africa” have drawn hundreds of millions of views on YouTube.

TRUMPCARE DEFEAT: TRUMP PULLS OBAMACARE REPEAL VOTE: PLAN WAS LOSING CONSERVATIVES AND MODERATES

 

Reprinted with permission from The Moderate Voice, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

By Joe Gandelman, Editor-In-Chief, The Moderate Voice

March 25, 2017 (San Diego) -- President Donald Trump did not win bigly in today’s vote — that never occurred — in the House of representatives. The one-two step of repealing Obamacare in favor of what many (not the White House) call Trumpcare and others (Trump’s supporters) call Ryancare simply did not happen. They didn’t have the votes. Cable coverage and stories detailed how the bill was hemorrhaging hard-core conservative Republican and moderate Republican support.

AFTER MEETING WITH CA ATTORNEY GENERAL ON OLANGO SHOOTING, CIVIL RIGHTS LEADER PRAISES “NEXT STEPS” FOR OFFICER-INVOLVED SHOOTINGS

 

East County News Service

March 25, 2016 (El Cajon) – Civil rights leaders including Rev. Shane Harris from the National Action Network met with California Attorney General Xavier Becerra yesterday in Los Angeles to discuss police reform and accountability. The group asked for a special prosecutor to investigate the officer-involved shooting of Alfred Olango in El Cajon last September.

ANZA-BORREGO FOUNDATION HOSTS 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

 

East County News Service

March 25, 2017 (Borrego Springs) – On April 1st (no fooling!) the Anza Borrego Foundation will hold a day-long celebration commemorating its founding 50 years ago. 

The ABF will throw a party to look back at its accomplishments to support the Anza Borrego Desert State Park, and set the mood for the next 50 years.  

PEG LEG SMITH LIARS’ CONTEST APRIL1

 

East County News Service

March 25, 2017 (Borrego Springs) - Every year on the first Saturday of April – the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park attracts story tellers from all over the globe to compete in the annual Peg Leg Smith Liars Contest. This year’s event will be held on April 1st, starting at dusk.

SPRING CARNIVAL AT LAKE JENNINGS APRIL 8

 

East County News Service

March 25, 2017 (Lakeside) – Thousands of eggs and 1,700 pounds of trout are among the attractions at the Spring Carnival Lake Jennings slated for Saturday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.   The event will also feature free paddle boating for the whole family, a Kid’s Pond for children under age 10, rainbow trout fishing and of course, an egg hunt. 

SUPREME COURT UNANIMOUSLY OVERTURNS GORSUCH RULING; ALL 8 JUSTICES VOTE TO PROTECT RIGHTS OF DISABLED STUDENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

March 24, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. Supreme Court, by a unanimous 8-0 vote, has voted that public schools must provide disabled students with opportunities to achieve “appropriately ambitious” progress, not just a bare minimum education, under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

JAMUL INDIAN VILLAGE HANDS COUNTY KEYS TO TWO NEW FIRE TRUCKS

 

By Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson

Photo, left:  Kenneth Meza, Vice Chairman of the Jamul Indian Village Tribal Council, addresses attendees.

March 24, 2017 (Jamul) -- Fighting fires in the East County just got a little easier thanks to the Jamul Indian Village Tribe, which handed over the keys to two fire trucks to the San Diego Fire Authority at a ceremony that was held March 22 on the premises of the Hollywood Casino in Jamul.

LAMPLIGHTERS PRESENTS THE DRESSER MARCH 17 - APRIL 16

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewer www,sdtheatrereviews.com

Journalist www.sandiegosplash.com

March 24, 2017 (La Mesa) - The Dresser is riveting, with powerful acting, giving the audience a knock-out performance.  This play within a play focuses on a group of thespians performing and trying to keep their troop going in the midst of World War II air raids.

CALIFORNIA STATE SUPERINTENDENT FILES COURT BRIEF TO PROTECT FEDERAL FUNDING FOR SCHOOLS

 

East County News Service

March 24, 2017 (Sacramento) – California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson filed a court brief Wednesday  in the Ninth Circuit federal court supporting Santa Clara County’s request for a preliminary injunction to halt an executive order by President Donald Trump. Trump’s order aimed at deporting many undocumented immigrants threatens to stop federal funding for California cities, counties, and possibly public schools.

MONARCH THEATRE BRINGS A FAIRY TALE TO LIFE: ONCE UPON A MATTRESS MARCH 16-25, 2017

 

By Kathy Carpenter

Associate Reviewer www,sdtheatrereviews.com

Journalist www.sandiegosplash.com

March 24, 2017 (Spring Valley) - Who doesn't love a good fairy tale? My heart filled with joy at the sight of the full audience at the Monarch Theatre. Once Upon a Mattress was everything a magical tale should be: fun, funny, and fabulous.

READER’S EDITORIAL: AN OPEN LETTER TO SAN DIEGO MAYOR FAULCONER--NO ON SOCCER FIELD PROPOSAL

 

By Barry A. Treahy, Lakeside

Dear Mayor Faulconer:

March 25, 2017 (Lakeside) -- I am a native San Diego senior, who began my sport exposures at "Lane Field."  I know you were never there and probably can't even relate to that ball field.

HEALTHCARE VOTE TODAY ON REVISED BILL WITH LESS DEFICIT REDUCTION, ELIMINATION OF MANDATORY MATERNITY AND NEWBORN COVERAGE, OTHER CHANGES

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Tweet sent by ex-Bush White House lawyer Richard Painter, showing all-male White Hosue meeting at which vital healthcare benefits for women were stripped from the bill.  Painter says the bill made "Trumpcare even worse."  But Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Alpine) says it will "save America."

March 24, 2017 (Washington D.C.) – President Trump has demanded that the House of Representatives hold an up-or-down vote today on Republican’s American Health Care Act , stating that if it does not pass, the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare) will remain in place and he will move on to other priorities such as trade reforms.

Lacking enough votes for passage,  Republicans held a closed-door meeting last night on a hastily-revised version of their original plan to woo conservatives with changes such as taking away healthcare coverage for pregnant women and repealing new taxes sooner. The new version  is still estimated to result in 24 million people losing healthcare, but would reduce the deficit by only $150 billion, not the $337 billion in the original bill, according to a revised Congressional Budget Office report.

Healthcare  amendments added to woo the most conservative members of Congress all weaken existing protections.  According to a Washington Post story those stories include:

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