April 29, 2016 (Ramona) – The Ramona Rodeo takes play May 19-22, along with other activities including a parade down Main Street on the 21st and dancing to the country band Patrick Howard Trampus on the 20th and 21st after the rodeo. There’s also a free slack rodeo performance on the 19th, as well as a kids day on the 22nd featuring the youngest cowboys and cowgirls riding sheep in the mutton bustin’ competition.
Adult rodeo events include bull riding, bareback riding, barrel racing, a tie-down competition, steer wrestling and more. Winners may advance to the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association national rodeo championship.
April 28, 2016 (El Cajon) - A mystery dinner theatre production by Toby Otero. Come spend the evening at the Salty Dog Seaside Seafood and Steak restaurant and see what happens when Captain F. “Bigbeard” McQuarrie and his misfit crew decide to stop their pirating ways and try to sail the straight and narrow. With the notorious French Privateer, “The Razor,” always on his tail, and a drunken pirate head waiter who always seems to do the wrong thing, can Captain Bigbeard and his crew ever truly live a peaceful life? This is the manic tale of a stolen treasure chest, a sensational swashbuckling swordfight, mayhem, mischief, and…MURD-ARRR!!! Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday nights, April 29th and 30th, at 7:00pm and on Sunday May 1st at 2:00pm. The venue is Richardson Hall, 551 Farragut Circle, El Cajon. All seats are $20.00 and include a themed meal. For reservations, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (619) 588-5348.
CDC is in high gear, with politically correct advice on Zika. Meanwhile, cases of dengue in Mexico have topped 10,000. Dengue is caused by a related but far more serious virus, carried by same Aedes aegypti mosquito. And 78,000 people in Africa die every year of another relative, yellow fever. The vector was coming under good control decades ago, but is reemerging now. Asking “why” should be the main response to Zika.
April 27, 2016 (San Diego) -- According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Zika is, like Ebola, a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Now the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that it is “clear” that the Zika virus causes a serious birth defect, microcephaly (small head).
April 27, 2016 (San Diego) — Mayor Kevin Faulconer is being rocked by criticism after a homeless advocacy group posted photos on Facebook of sharp, jagged rocks installed by the city of San Diego beneath an overpass where homeless people had been sleeping and taking shelter during storms. San Diego has no year-round homeless shelter and has also been conducting sweeps to confiscate belongings of homeless individuals.
April 27, 2016 (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:
April 27, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Back Country Land Trust closed on March 31st on the conservation of the abutting 982-acre San Diego Mountain Ranch and the 764-acre Clover Flat properties in La Posta. The transaction is valued at $6,000,000; funded by SANDAG, the US NAVY, US Fish & Wildlife Service, the Trust for Public Land, the California Wildlife Conservation Board, and BCLT. Along with the land came approximately$120,000 in funds for remediation plus management endowment funding, says George Barnett, Vice President of BCLT.
April 27, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – According to a new study in the journal Pediatrics, 17,230 children under the age of 6 have been accidentally poisoned by ingesting laundry detergent pods in a one year period from 2013 to 2014. In all, 769 children were hospitalized, 30 went into a coma and two died. The latest victim is a 7-month-old baby boy in Florida, who died.
April 27, 2016 (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:
April 27, 2016 (San Diego) -- Voters in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island went to the polls on Tuesday to help select the Republican and Democratic candidates for president. Both frontrunners added handily to their delegate count, with business and reality TV celebrity Donald Trump sweeping all five north-eastern states and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton winning four out of five.
Photo by Miriam Raftery: Bison in Yellowstone National Park
April 27, 2016 (San Diego's East County) - It’s rare for Congress to agree on anything these days. But this week, in a rare show of bipartisanship, Congress voted to officially designated the bison as America’s official national mammal.
April 27, 2016 (San Diego) -- California Senator Barbara Boxer’s upcoming retirement has opened up a free-for-all in the race to replace her. The ballot will have 34 names –and on Monday, the top five of those contenders took stage for a debate cosponsored by KCRA-TV and the University of the Pacific.
April 27, 2016 (San Diego) -- California’s presidential primary election is coming up June 7th. But many Californians may be surprised to learn that they can’t vote for presidential candidates or those running for other high offices, due to confusion over the rules. Fortunately there’s still time to take action—and cast your vote for the candidate of your choice.
Photo: view from the Padres’ dugout, courtesy @Padres on Twitter
April 26, 2016 (San Francisco) - Night two of the Pads’ stay in the bay area featured a much more even pitching matchup: Johnny Cueto (who has cooled off a bit following his last excellent World Series-winning season for the Kansas City Royals) for San Francisco against James Shields for San Diego.
April 25, 2016 (El Cajon) - The Foothills Bar Association is organizing Law Day. This is an opportunity for the public to meet with lawyers in the community who service different areas of law.
The free legal service will be held on Monday, May 2nd from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the El Cajon Library (201 East Douglas in El Cajon). The event is held once a year and is a unique experience and opportunity.
Attendees can consult with lawyers in a variety of areas including family law, criminal law, probate/trusts/estates, landlord/tenant, general civil and civil harassment orders and more.
Scroll down to view a flyer with full details or call 619-531-3900,
April 26, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – If you’re a public employee, you can’t be fired or demoted for supporting a political candidate that your boss doesn’t like. By a 6-2 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision strengthening free speech protections for 22 million public employees nationwide.
April 26, 2016 (Jacumba Hot Springs) – Thanks to Eric Kallen of http://jacumbabirding.com/for sending in these gorgeous photos of some colorful birds spotted during springtime in East County. Below are his notes:
April 26, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – Earlier this month, the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Society of Pediatrics have issued new guidelines for parents recommending limits on inorganic arsenic in rice baby foods. The FDA also recommends that parents feed babies a variety of cereals such as oatmeal and barley, but stops short of recommending eliminating of rice, a common first solid food for many young children.
Photo: Tim Glover, new Grossmont Union High School District superintendent via GUHSD
Originally published in Times of San Diego, a San Diego Online News Association member
April 26, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- With a court verdict looming in its fight with Alpine residents, the Grossmont Union High School District board has chosen a longtime East County resident as its new superintendent.
April 26, 2016 (Sacramento) – The California Assembly has approved Assembly Bill 1594, a measure touted as banning smoking and vaping on all California State University and community college campuses statewide (smoking is already banned at the University of California). But as written, this measure also appears to outlaw smoking marijuana including medical marijuana, even in the privacy of one’s dorm room or vehicle on campus.
April 25, 2016 (San Francisco) - The Padres started a 14 game road trip, but bad luck always seems to follow them wherever they go. Tonight, their bad luck came in the form of Giants starter Madison Bumgarner, who pitched lights out as usual. It didn’t help that Drew Pomeranz was starting and he’s no MadBum.
Event helps kids stay active and keep learning all summer long
Source: East County YMCA Press Release
April 25, 2016 (Santee and Rancho San Diego)--On Saturday, April 30, the Cameron Family YMCA in Santee and McGrath Family YMCA in Rancho San Diego are holding free community events to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. This year marks the 25th annual YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families. The day-long event features activities such as games, arts, crafts, wellness education, fitness demonstrations, and water safety in preparation for the upcoming summer months. All activities are designed to motivate and teach families how to develop healthy routines at home.
April 25, 2016 (Campo) – If you’ve never visited the backcountry, here’s an event that’s fun for the whole family. The Camp Lockett Event and Equestrian Facility (799 Forrest Gate Rd., Campo) will host the 10th annual Campo Roundup on Saturday, May 7th.