RAMONA RODEO, PARADE AND WESTERN DANCE

CRUZ, TRAILING TRUMP, NAMES FIORINA AS RUNNING MATE

DINNER AND A CONCERT TAKES STAGE MAY 6-SEPT. 30 IN EL CAJON

LA MESA LEGACY PROJECT AND CLOCK WORK UNDER WAY AT LAST

BACK COUNTRY LAND TRUST ACQUIRES LA POSTA PROPERTIES FOR PRESERVATION

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

PLEASE DON’T EAT THE LAUNDRY PODS: THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN POISONED

FRONTRUNNERS WIDEN LEAD IN 5 STATE PRIMARIES

WANT TO VOTE FOR PRESIDENT? YOUR BALLOT MAY BE MISSING THE CANDIDATES’ NAMES

EAST COUNTY LAW DAY MAY 2ND

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS APRIL 30-MAY 14

GROSSMONT SCHOOL BOARD PICKS LOCAL EDUCATOR AS SUPERINTENDENT

POPE’S EASTER MESSAGE CALLS FOR COMPASSION FOR REFUGEES

 

East County News Service

Photo: Pope Francis, from his Twitter feed

March 27, 2016 (San Diego) – On Good Friday, Pope Francis washed the feet of European immigrants including Christians, Muslims and Hindus, demonstrating his outreach to people of all faiths and calling for world peace. 

In his Easter Sunday mass at the Vatican, the pontiff stated, ““This day invites us not to forget those men and women seeking a better future, an ever more numerous throng of migrants and refugees, including many children, fleeing war, hunger, poverty and social injustice.”

He also criticized those who seek to stop migrants fleeing persecution in the Middle East and North African from seeking a safe haven in Europe and other regions.

BURNED CHURCH IN SPRING VALLEY FINDS NEW TEMPORARY HOME FOR SERVICES

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Photo: Screenshot off Full Gospel church's Facebook page

March 27, 2016 (Spring Valley) – A fire burned down the Full Gospel Church of God in Christ in Spring Valley last weekend.  The Pentacostal church serves a congregation of about 30 people, mainly African Americans.

Just in time for Easter Sunday services, another church previously burned in a fire has offered up space for Full Gospel’s worship services, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

A SANDERS TRIFECTA: HUGE WINS IN ALASKA, WASHINGTON AND HAWAII

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo by Ron Logan (during Sanders' visit to San Diego)

March 26, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Three states held Democratic presidential caucuses today—and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders soundly defeated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by hefty margins in all three western states.  (There were no Republican matches today.)

In Alaska, Sanders won a whopping 81.6% of the vote, while Clinton took just 18.4% with 100% of precincts reported. Washington state was won by Sanders with 72.7% of the vote to Clinton’s 27.2% with 99% of precincts reporting.In Hawaii, Sanders won with 70% of the delegates to Clinton's 30%. 

SUPERVISORS TEMPORARILY BAN NEW MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES

 

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March 26, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – By a unanimous vote, San Diego Supervisors voted last week to adopt an immediate 45-day moratorium on medical marijuana collectives with a possibility of making the ban permanent.

FIRST SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED ZIKA VIRUS CASE IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY REPORTED

 

Source: County News Service

Photo courtesy CDC

March 25, 2016 (San Diego) -- The first Zika virus case acquired through sexual transmission in San Diego was confirmed this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency announced today.

GUHSD TRUSTEE JIM KELLY SLANDERS MEDIA, DODGES INTERVIEW REQUESTS

 

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March 25, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Grossmont Union High School District Trustee Jim Kelly abused his authority as a public official, making false and slanderous statements during a public hearing March 17th held by the County Office of Education’s Committee on School District Organization regarding the GUHSD’s controversial redistricting plan.

In the meeting, Kelly complained of “patent misinformation” and then proceeded to make bald-faced lies slandering East County Magazine and the integrity of our editor, Miriam Raftery. 

Below, we set the record straight--and provide our readers proof that the only person being dishonest here is Kelly.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS MARCH 26-APRIL 10

 

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March 25, 2016 (San Diego’s East County)--This week’s Destination East County includes an Eggstravaganza at Santee Lakes, Spring Harp Fest – a harmonica festival in La Mesa, a water-wise garden tour, Vietnam remembered in Lemon Grove, and more.

Plus we’ll have previews of coming attractions including the Music of Mozart in Spring Valley, an Old West Art Fest in Shelter Valley, and a Garden Native tour across East County.  So scroll down for all of these events and more!

BORREGO HEALTH COMPLETES MAJOR EXPANSION IN EL CAJON

 

Open House on March 25th Will Show Off New Family Practice, Build Out of 2nd Floor

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March 25, 2016 (El Cajon) - Borrego Health announced the completion of the build-out of its flagship East County location in El Cajon, commonly known as Centro Medico El Cajon.   The completed project will increase capacity by up to 40%.  The El Cajon location currently sees 250 to 275 patients per day. 

WESTERN DAYS PARADE HAS PATRIOTIC THEME IN LAKESIDE APRIL 23

 

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March 25, 2016 (Lakeside) – Lakeside’s Western Days Parade will roll out along Maine Street on April 23 starting at 9:35 a.m.  Celebrating its 51st year, this year’s parade hosted by the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will feature the theme “America Strong, Lakeside Strong.”

THE DURATION: LOCAL NEWSPAPERMAN’S LOST MANUSCRIPT PUBLISHED DECADES LATER

 

 

By Walter G. Meyer

March 24, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- Long time East County resident Richard Taylor was a talented, educated and erudite writer. Unfortunately, he was not a very tenacious one. He died without seeing his novel published.

BERNIE SANDERS DRAWS DIVERSE CROWD OF 13,000 SUPPORTERS IN SAN DIEGO

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Miriam Raftery and Ron Logan

East County leaders met with Sanders, share their impressions

To read highlights of Sanders’ speech, click here. Check back for full audio to be posted soon.

Updated March 24 with comments from Rev. Shane Harris, who met with Senator Sanders

March 23, 2016 (San Diego) – “I wanted to be here to be a part of history,” said Esmeralda Abarco (photo, left), a youthful voter who was first in line to see Vermont Senator and Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders at the San Diego Convention Center last night.  She drove down from Los Angeles, arriving at 5 a.m.  to hear Sanders because “Bernie is our only hope. He is for the people.”

Alex Vega, an African-American voter from La Mesa (photo, above right), is supporting Sanders because “he supports politics and things that I believed in even before I knew Bernie, policies that align with what’s best for the black community.  I think he’s the best candidate ever.”

SANDERS SPEAKS OUT ON VOTER SUPPRESSION, EQUALITY ISSUES IN SAN DIEGO SPEECH

 

 

(Click the orange link  to hear full audio)

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Ron Logan and Miriam Raftery

 

Click here to read our interviews with a diverse range of rally attendees, including an East County community leader who met Senator Sanders.

 

April 23, 2016 (San Diego) – Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders spoke to an enthusiastic crowd of over 13,000 people at the San Diego Convention Center last night, informing the crowd that his campaign is doing ”something unusual in politics. We are telling the truth.”  He then stated, “We cannot go forward as a nation unless we are willing to confront real issues.”  

In his opening remarks of a speech interrupted by frequent enthusiastic applause, Sanders took aim at voter suppression tactics on a day when long lines at minority polling places and other questionable tactics drew strong criticism in Arizona.

 “In America today, we are living under a corrupt primary campaign system which is undermining our democracy,” Sanders said.

Audio: 

AZTECS ARE NYC BOUND; BEAT GEORGIA TECH 72-56 TO ADVANCE TO NIT SEMIFINALS

 

 

By Liz Alper

 

Photo: goaztecs.com on Twitter

 

March 23, 2016 (San Diego) - It was another sellout crowd at Viejas Arena as the Aztecs took on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the National Invitation Tournament quarterfinal.  The winner gets a chance to go to the semifinals in New York City and take on George Washington University.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

March 23, 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:

U.S.

General news

Presidential campaign

WORLD

For excerpts and links to full stories, click "read more" and scroll down.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

March 23,  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:

LOCAL

STATE

For excerpts and links to full stories, click “read more” and scroll down.

SCIENCE AND HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

TRAVEL ALERT ISSUED THROUGHOUT EUROPE AFTER BRUSSELS BOMING

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Belgian terror suspects; 2 men on left were brothers killed in the bombings; the third is wanted by authorities.

March 23, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning to and throughout Europe in the wake of Tuesday’s deadly bombings in Brussels, Belgium.  The bombs at the airport and subway killed dozens and injured at least 230 people.

TRUMP WINS ARIZONA, CRUZ TAKES UTAH

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Donald Trump and his wife, Melania

March 22, 2016 – Tonight’s “Western Tuesday” included two Republican matches.  Businessman/reality TV celebrity Donald Trump won the Arizona GOP caucus with 47.1%. Texas Senator Ted Cruz had 24.4%, while Ohio Governor John Kasich got 10% of the Arizona vote with 74% of precincts counted.

But in Utah, Ted Cruz dominated, wining with 69.2% of the vote. Kasich placed second in Utah with 16.7% , while Trump trailed with 14.1% as of midnight tonight, with 59% of precincts counted, CNN reports.

Both Utah and Arizona are winner-take-all states for Republicans, leaving Kasich shut out for the night.

SANDERS WINS UTAH AND IDAHO; CLINTON TAKES ARIZONA

 

 

Story and photo by Miriam Raftery

Photo:  Senator Bernie Sanders and his wife, Jane, left, in San Diego tonight

March 22, 2016 (San Diego) – Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders gained some momentum for his presidential campaign tonight, winning 74% of the Democratic delegates in Utah and 78% of the delegates in Idaho, the New York Times projects.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton won Arizona, with about 59% of the vote. Overall, Sanders won 73 delegates tonight, 16 more than Clinton, who won 57 tonight.

Sanders’ strong showings in conservative Utah and Idaho, where independent voters were allowed to vote, could bode well for his chances to pull in independents in a general election should he win.  Clinton’s win in Arizona and some other key states recently came in places where only Democrats could vote.

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