WHY I VOTED FOR THE TEMPORARY BAN ON THE FREE DISTRIBUTION OF FOOD TO THE GENERAL PUBLIC IN PUBLIC SPACES

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 24-DEC. 17

EL CAJON CHALDEAN COMMUNITY HOLDS RALLY CALLING ON U.S. AND IRAQ TO SAVE CHRISTIAN FAMILIES FROM GENOCIDE

THE SHOWS WILL GO ON: EL CAJON POISED TO COMPLETE DEAL WITH LIVE NATION TO REOPEN ECPAC

COVERT CANYON SHOOTING SITE IN ALPINE IS IN DEFAULT ON PAYMENTS

MITCHELL SETS SCHOOL RECORD AS AZTECS MEN'S BASKETBALL DOWNS EASTERN ILLINOIS

TAX BILL PASSES HOUSE, OPPOSED BY 4 OF 5 SAN DIEGO CONGRESSIONAL MEMBERS: SENATE ADDS HEALTHCARE REPEAL TO TAX MEASURE

CHICKEN AND TURKEY SALADS RECALLED BY TRADER JOE’S

WARM THANKSGIVING FORECAST

CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE CONVENES SESSION WITH GREEN BUILDING INDUSTRY LEADERS TO BRING MANUFACTURING JOBS TO EAST COUNTY

DEADLY MANGE LINKED TO RODENT POISONS

PROTESTS, PETITION SEEK TO OVERTURN EL CAJON’S BAN ON FEEDING HOMELESS IN PARKS

GOVERNOR VETOES SB 649, HUESO’S CELL TOWER SITING BILL OPPOSED BY MANY COMMUNITIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 17, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed Senate Bill 649, a bill by State Senator Ben Hueso, a San Diego Democrat whose district includes large portions of rural East County.  The bill would have allowed wireless technology companies to install 5G mini and micro cell sites on any government-owned property without county or city oversight.

COUNTY RELEASES MAP OF HEPATITIS CASES BY ZIP CODE

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 17, 2017 (San Diego) – The County of San Diego has released a map showing the number of Hepatitis A cases by zip code.

By far the largest share of the county’s 490 cases have occurred in San Diego’s 92101 zip code, which has had 81 people diagnosed.   But cases have been diagnosed across the region, and some East County communities have high clusters of the contagious illness. 

WATER TRUCK DRIVER DIES IN NAPA ROLLOVER CRASH; ALPINE WATER TRUCK DRIVER NOW IN NAPA FIRE AREA SHARES PHOTOS

 

By Miriam Raftery, photos by Richard Edwords

October 17, 2017 (San Diego) – A contracted firefighter from Missouri has died in Napa Valley after the water truck he was driving overturned.  Fatigue may have been a factor, according to Cal Fire. 

Richard Edwords, a contracted water truck driver from Alpine on the scene in Napa, has been sending photos documenting his experience in the fires to East County Magazine, including poignant notes of thanks, such as this one (right):

MOTORCYCLIST KILLED IN COLLISION WITH TRUCK/TRACTOR NEAR DULZURA

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 17, 2017 (Dulzura) — A San Diego man, 56, was killed in a collision today on State Route 94 east of Dulzura.  He was riding a 2004 Harley Davidson motorcycle westbound when his vehicle crossed the center double yellow lines and struck the left front of an International truck/tractor combination vehicle driven by a 30-year-old San Diego man.

SDSU BASEBALL RELEASES 2018 SCHEDULE

 

Aztecs begin 2018 campaign at home on Feb. 16 against UC Santa Barbara

Source:  goaztecs.com

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October 17, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State head baseball coach Mark Martinez has released the team’s 2018 schedule, featuring a 55-game slate with 31 regular-season home games at Tony Gwynn Stadium. SDSU will also host the Tony Gwynn Classic from Feb. 23-25 and the Mountain West tournament from May 24-27.

FINDING JEWISH STORIES ON INTERSTATE 8

 

By Mimi Pollack

October 17, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- If you go to the website of the publication, San Diego Jewish World, you will see the motto, “There Is a Jewish Story Everywhere!” Owner and publisher Don Harrison delights in traveling, meeting people, and sniffing out those Jewish stories.

CAMPA-NAJJAR LEADS IN FUNDRAISING AMONG HUNTER CHALLENGERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Rep. Duncan Hunter and challengers Ammar Campa-Najjar and Josh Butner

October 17, 2017 (San Diego) -- The latest campaign fundraising data available through the Federal Elections Commission revealsthat  two strong Democratic challengers to Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter, at least from a financial standpoint, have emerged in the 50th Congressional district: Ammar Campa-Najjar and Josh Butner.

SIX JEWISH DEBATES COMING TO SAN CARLOS: UNLOCKING STORIES AND CONTROVERSIES OVER THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS

 

Source:  Chabad of East County

October 17, 2017 (San Carlos) -- Rabbi Rafi Andrusier of Chabad of East County will recount 2000 years of Jewish history through the lens of six epic debates that rocked the Jewish world and still resound powerfully today.  Beginning Tuesday, October 31, at 7:00 p.m., Chabad will be offering a new six-session course from the Rohr Jewish Learning Institute (JLI), titled Great Debates in Jewish History.

AZTECS ATHLETICS PRESS CONFERENCE 10/17: LOSING???

 

 

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For videos of David Wells and Trey Lomax's portion of the press conference, as well as men's soccer head coach Lev Kirshner's portion, click "read more" and scroll to the very end.

October 17, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State football was handed their first loss by Boise State on Saturday night (31-14), so there was a lot to talk about at this week's press conference.  Head coach Rocky Long, senior tight end David Wells and senior safety Trey Lomax sat down with the media.  Men's soccer head coach Lev Kirshner also joined in.

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH ANDREW ZELT, 50TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CANDIDATE

 

By Miriam Raftery, East County Magazine

October 17, 2017 (San  Diego’s East County) -- Recently we sat down with Andrew Zelt, a Republican challenger running against Rep. Duncan D. Hunter in the 50th Congressional District. He’s a sergeant in the Sheriff’s Department, where he’s spent his career, and a resident of Rancho San Diego.

Zelt says he’s running because he can no longer support Hunter, who is under investigation by the Justice Department for  allegedly using campaign donations for personal use. (Hunter has denied wrongdoing but did repay his campaign around $60,000 for vacations, payments to his child's school, oral surgery, jewelry and other expenses.)

“My top priority is listening to the people, finding out what are some of the things that affect you, your day to day lives, and then expand on that to the nation," he says, adding, "What are some of your concerns about the way our nation is going?”

  Hear our in-depth interview at the audio link, which originally aired late this summer on KNSJ radio, or scroll down for highlights.

Audio: 

HEAR OUR INTERVIEWS: CHIDA WARREN-DARBY, SAN DIEGO VOICE AND VIEWPOINT EDITOR

 

East County News Service

October 13, 2017 (San Diego) – Recently,  we sat down for a two-part interview with Chida Warren-Darby, co-publisher of the San Diego Voice and Viewpoint newspaper. Chida is one of the youngest  black co-publishers in the U.S.

In part one, she discussed her experience as a survivor of domestic violence and her participation in “Walk a Mile in My Shoes”, a YWCA event to help domestic violence survivors.

In part two, she talked about issues impacting the African-American community in San Diego, from police use of force to the process for choosing a new San Diego Police Chief.

Audio: 

LA MESA AUTO REPAIR SHOP RAISING MONEY FOR BREAST CANCER VACCINE

 

East County News Service

 

October 16, 2017 (La Mesa) – Summit Transmissions, 7633 El Cajon Blvd. in La Mesa, has announced it is donating 10 percent from its sales on brake work performed in October to Brakes for Breasts (www.brakesforbreasts.org), a fundraising effort for a vaccine to prevent breast cancer. In addition, Jerry Kubitsky, owner, Summit Transmissions, said he is providing free brake pads, a $109 value, to every customer needing new brakes.

BLASTS FROM THE PAST AT THE LAGUNA MOUNTAIN RENDEZVOUS

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Mark and Miriam Raftery

 

October 15, 2017 (Santa Ysabel) – The Laguna Mountain Rendezvous in Santa Ysabel continues this week through October 22nd, offering fascinating glimpses into the rugged skills of mountain men, frontiersmen and Revolutionary War era militia members. 

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER FALLS IN OVERTIME AT UCLA 2-1

 

Ilai Shvika’s goal with two seconds remaining forces game into OT

Source:  goaztecs.com

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October 15, 2017 (Los Angeles) - The San Diego State men’s soccer team put up a valiant effort in Sunday night’s contest, but fell in heartbreaking fashion in a 2-1 overtime setback at UCLA on Sunday night. The Aztecs are now 4-9-0 (0-5-0 Pac-12) on the year, while the Bruins jump above .500 in both their overall record (6-5-0) and Pac-12 record (3-2-0).

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR OF EVENTS OCTOBER 16-29

 

By Sam Warren © 2017

The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed pause.

— Mark Twain —

This week’s calendar features books about the border. On Sunday, we have a book about rock art and on Wednesday we have photographs on organized crime.

Scroll down for a full list of local readers and writers’ events.

MAN ARRESTED AFTER THREAT AT ALPINE LIBRARY

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 15, 2017 (Alpine) – Jack Wadel, 60, was arrested yesterday after the Alpine Sheriff’s department received calls that the suspect “reportedly was threatening to shoot people in the crowded library, and was pointing a toy gun at people,” says Sergeant Alex Navarro with the Sheriff’s department.

GREEN FIRE 75% CONTAINED: WITNESSES RAISE QUESTIONS OVER HOW FIRE STARTED

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 15, 2017 (Cuyamaca) -- The Green Fire is 75 percent contained at eight acres as of 10:30 a.m., Cal Fire reports.  The grass fire began yesterday afternoon near the Green Valley Falls campground area in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, not far from State Route 79.

A witness, who asked that his name not be published, told East County Magazine that he and his wife were hiking on the Harvey Moore Trail moments before the fire started and saw several people in the meadow.  Arriving at the parking lot and learning of the fire, the witness says the saw the people -- a couple and a third inidividual, get into an SUV and drive away.

HALLOWEEN HARVEST FAMILY FESTIVAL ATOP MT. HELIX OCT. 29

 

East County News Service

October 15, 2017 (Mt. Helix) -- The Mt. Helix Park Foundation and Grossmont Mt Helix Improvement Association (GMIA) are joining together for a fun-filled Halloween Harvest Family Festival at the top of Mt Helix Park for neighborhood families on Sunday, October 29th from 2 to 5 p.m. 

SHERIFF STING OF MARIJUANA DELIVERY SERVICES IN SANTEE DRAWS COMPLAINT, CALLS FOR REFORMS FROM MEDICAL CANNABIS ADVOCATES

 

Supporters of medical marijuana delivery invited to Oct. 16 meeting

By Miriam Raftery

October 15, 2017 (Santee) – On October 12th, the San Diego County Sheriff’s department targeted medical marijuana delivery services in a sting operation.  Six arrests were made, including one driver who was a registered sex offender, the Sheriff’s department reports. The Santee station’s COPPS unit ordered purchases through online sources using delivery drivers within Santee’s city limits, a violation of the city’s municipal code.

WOMEN'S SOCCER BLANKS AIR FORCE ON THE ROAD 4-0

 

Four different Aztecs score in shutout of Falcons

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

October 15, 2017 (Colorado Springs) - San Diego State scored in the sixth minute and never looked back in a 4-0 road victory over Air Force, which enter the game in second place in the Mountain West standings. With the decision, the Aztecs improved to 7-7-2 overall and 4-2-2 in the MW, while the Falcons dropped to 7-5-3 and 4-1-3 against conference competition.

SDSU FOOTBALL: BRONCOS HAND AZTECS FIRST LOSS OF SEASON

 

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October 14, 2017 (San Diego) - The 6-0 Aztecs hosted Boise State at SDCCU Stadium this week, continuing Mountain West play.

EARTHTALK®: GREEN AIRPLANES

 

From the Editors of E - The Environmental Magazine

Photo:  Environmentalists are optimistic that new designs and technologies — like this hyper-efficient Blended Wing-Body (BWB) design plane that recently emerged from a joint effort between NASA and Boeing — could significantly reduce aviation's huge carbon footprint and environmental impact. Credit: UC Irvine, Flickr CC.

October 14, 2017 (San Diego) -- Dear EarthTalk: You hear a lot about greener cars these days, but what about airplanes? --John Caldwell, Lorton, VA

While it may be the fastest and most convenient way to go long distances, air travel remains the most environmentally-unfriendly mode in our mix of transportation options. Airplanes require massive amounts of petroleum-based fuel that deposits greenhouse gas emissions directly into the atmosphere (where they’re two to four times more potent in causing global warming than equivalent ground-level emissions). The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that aviation is responsible for some 3.5 percent of human-caused global warming to date and expects that figure to grow to somewhere in the five to 15 percent range by 2050 if we don’t take action soon to curb emissions.

WILDFIRE RELIEF CARAVAN TO LEAVE FROM EAST COUNTY ON FRIDAY; DONATED ITEMS NEEDED

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 14, 2017 (El Cajon) –“The unimaginable destruction of the ongoing northern California wildfires that have taken homes, schools, and lives has proven devastating to thousands upon thousands of families,” says Nancy Padilla, one of three East County women organizing a caravan of relief supplies to help fire survivors. “The daily images from this historic disaster have been both heartbreaking and terrifying, leaving those affected with literally nothing in the way of personal possessions. This week we will be collecting much needed supplies that will be transported by us to the affected area next weekend, and hope that many of our friends and supporters will be able to contribute to our efforts. Every little bit will help, and however much you can spare, in whatever form you give it, is meaningful and will make a difference,” she adds.

GOVERNOR BROWN SIGNS TONI ATKINS’ BILL TO REESTABLISH “HONORABLE DISCHARGE” PROGRAM FOR YOUTH OFFENDERS

 

East County News Service

October 14, 2017 (Sacramento) -- Governor Jerry Brown has signed SB 625, legislation by Sen. Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) that will reestablish the “honorable discharge” program for juvenile offenders who have completed supervision and have demonstrated an ability to be successful.

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