FIRE WEATHER RETURNS

DEMOCRAT DOUG JONES WINS ALABAMA SENATE SEAT OVER ROY MOORE, NARROWING REPUBLICANS CONTROL OF U.S. SENATE

LAKE JENNINGS TIPI CAMPING PROVIDES FUN GETAWAY

RING IN THE NEW YEAR AT VIEJAS

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND ATTRACTIONS DECEMBER 15-JANUARY 7

SDG&E RESTORES POWER AFTER PROLONGED OUTAGES; RESIDENTS WHO SUFFERED STRESS AND LOSS WANT CHANGES FOR FUTURE

LA MESA JOINS REGIONAL HOMELESS TASK FORCE, CHANGES COUNCIL MEETING TIMES

FIRES IN RAMONA AND LEMON GROVE

JOIN US AT EAST COUNTY MAGAZINE'S "FEASTING AND MERRYMAKING" HOLIDAY PARTY DEC. 17

ARSON REPORTED AT FLETCHER HILLS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

2-1-1 SAN DIEGO HELPING, CONNECTING PEOPLE DURING LILAC FIRE; VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED AT 2-1-1

LILAC FIRE HAS DESTROYED MANY STRUCTURES, 45 RACE HORSES KILLED

“SWING WITH SANTA” BENEFITS ADULTS WITH DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITES NOV. 17

 

By Valerie Watts

November 3, 2017 (El Cajon) -- St. Madeleine Sophie's Center invites golfers to "Swing with Santa" at the Sycuan Resort Friday, November 17.  The event begins with check in at 9:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 11:00 a.m.  Lunch is included and the day is topped off with a reception starting at 3:30 p.m.  Golfers will enjoy a day on the Pine Glen Par 3 executive course, bid on silent auction items and have a great time all while supporting the good work of St. Madeleine Sophie's Center.

SHOOTING SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SANTEE

 

By Miriam Raftery  

November 1, 2017 (Santee) – Grady Neel has been arrested for reportedly shooting a man in the upper torso Monday night near 9872 Shirley Gardens Drive in Santee.  

Sheriff’s deputies found the suspect walking in the complex. He was unarmed and taken into custody without incident.  The gun used in the shooting was later found by deputies in Neel’s residence, says Lieutenant Anthony O’Boyle.  

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS NOV. 1-25, 2017

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 1, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes a wildlife walk, live hawk demonstration and world music ensemble concert at Mission Trails, an Autumn Fest at the Water Conservation Garden, the Ramona Art and Wine Fest, and acoustic concerts at the Rancho San Diego and Ramona libraries.

Plus, we’ll have a preview of coming attractions, including Veterans Day activities at Grossmont Center, a Veterans’ Day commemoration in El Cajon, the Mother Goose Parade, a holiday hay ride and many more activities at Fort Cross Old Timey Adventures in Santa Ysabel, plus a Julian Country Christmas celebration later this month.

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

VOTER FRAUD QUESTIONS HAUNT LA MESA'S NEW SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER

 

By Ken Stone

Originally published by Times of San Diego, a member of the San Diego Online News Association

Photo:  Rebekah Basson, 25, was appointed to the La Mesa-Spring Valley school board in August. Photo by Ken Stone

November 1, 2017 (La Mesa) - La Mesa’s new school board member voted in Georgia’s November 2016 election despite later swearing that she had been a resident of the East County district for 1 1/2 years — going back to about January 2016.

NEW YORK TRUCK ATTACK ON CROWD WAS INSPIRED BY ISIS, NYPD CONFIRMS

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 1, 2017 (New York) – A terrorist who plowed a rented truck onto a bike and pedestrian path, killing eight people yesterday in Manhattan and injuring a dozen more left a note pledging his allegiance to the Islamic State or ISIS,  John Miller, the deputy New York police commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism, said at a briefing  today.

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

 

November 1, 2017 (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.

WORLD

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

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

PROBATION AWARDED GRANT TO MONITOR HIGH-RISK DUI OFFENDERS

 

The San Diego County Probation Department will use a half-million dollar grant to keep high-risk DUI offenders from getting behind the wheel again.

Nationally, nearly one-third of all drivers arrested or convicted of drunk driving are repeat offenders and 50 to 75 percent of convicted drivers continue to drive on a suspended license, according to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

EL CAJON MAN ARRESTED IN “CHAMELEON” BANK ROBBERY SERIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

November 1, 2017 (El Cajon) – El Cajon resident Darius Demon Lake, 27, is under arrest for suspicion of committing eight bank robberies in San Diego County and one in Temecula, Walt Miller with the El Cajon Police Department reports.  A second suspect, Brian Lee Barkley, also of El Cajon, was arrested for participating in one of three El Cajon bank heists.  “During that robbery, physical evidence was left by both suspects linking them to the robberies,” Miller says.

LOCAL DIVE BAR AWARDS $10,000 IN HALLOWEEN CONTEST

 

Costume contest winner had 1 in 10 chance to win thousands

By Maria Wiles

November 1, 2017 (La Mesa) - The Hills in La Mesa made one patron scream in excitement this Halloween weekend with a costume contest grand prize of $10,000.

La Mesa’s The Hills hosted their second annual $10,000 costume contest on Saturday, Oct. 28. The costume winner, chosen from crowd popular vote, had the choice of accepting $500 cash or taking a 1 out of 10 chance at winning a $10,000. The risk taker had to choose the correct black glass ball with a gold bell in it.

THE STARS HAVE LINED UP FOR PERFECT MOUNTAINTOP CAMPING CLOSE TO HOME IN SAN DIEGO

 

A “Staycation in East County”

By Jack Riordan

Photo, left: The Desert View Trail at the Burnt Rancheria Campground is a very easy and dog-friendly one mile scenic loop through the campground to a rewarding view of the desert floor below.  Photo by Jack Riordan.

November 1, 2017 (Mount Laguna) -- Nestled in the pines, beneath a blanket of starlight, you’ll find Burnt Rancheria.  As part of the Laguna Mountain Recreation Area in the Cleveland National Forest, this lush east county campground sits at 6000 feet above sea level, offering dream-like mountain scenery, as well as an easy escape from the day to day life in the city.

KALASHO OBJECTS TO CITIZEN CALLING FOR HIS RESIGNATION; EL CAJON COUNCIL BANS FEEDING OF HOMELESS IN PARKS OVER HEPATITS CONCERNS

 

By Paul Kruze

November 1, 2017 (El Cajon) -- El Cajon’s City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to ban feeding of the homeless in public places due to hepatitis concerns, fill a vacancy on its veterans’ commission, and approve a residential housing development. But the most contentious moments came during an impassioned plea from a citizen calling for Councilmember Ben Kalasho to resign, over objections of Kalasho, who sought to silence the resident from speaking out.

AZTECS FOOTBALL PRESS CONFERENCE 10/31: WINNING? SPOOKY!

 

 

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For Christian Chapman's and Ron Smith's portion of the press conference, click "read more" and scroll down.

October 31, 2017 (San Diego) - Winning after two weeks of losing is spooky indeed, and on this Halloween, Aztecs football head coach Rocky Long, junior quarterback Christian Chapman and sophomore cornerback Ron Smith sat down with the media at this week's press conference.

ATTORNEY GENERAL BECERRA OPPOSES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S ATTEMPT TO REPEAL CLEAN WATER RULE

 

By Miriam Raftery

October 31, 2017 (Sacramento) – California Attorney General Xavier Becerra has filed opposition to the Trump Administration’s attempt to repeal the 2015 Clean Water Rule, which protect California’s lakes, rivers, and streams from pollution discharges.

SOLAR PROJECTS ON AGENDA FOR NEXT BOULEVARD PLANNING GROUP MEETING NOV. 2

 

East County News Service

October 31, 2017 (Boulevard) – The November 2nd meeting of the Boulevard Planning Group wil include action items on Invenergy’s proposed 600 megawatt Boulevard Solar Energy Storage projects as well as Clean Focus’s 80 megawatt Rugged Solar project.  Items related to Tule Wind and the County’s Climate Action Plan are also on the agenda.

FALL ACTIVITIES AT MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK

 

East County News Service

October 29, 2017 (San Diego) – Mission Trails Regional Park announces a series of fall activities.  These include concerts and a Native American flute circle, a star viewing party, live hawk demonstration, bird watching and wildlife walks, an art show and more.

For a full schedule of events, scroll down.  For details on all of these activities, visit http://www.MTRP.org.

MAN’S BODY FOUND NEAR UPPER OTAY LAKE

 

East County News Service

October 29, 2017 (Otay Mesa) – A hiker found the body of a man near Upper Otay Lake Sunday morning, though authorities believe the person died at least a day earlier.  According to the Sheriff’s department, the body was discovered in the 12000 block of Proctor Valley Road.

The Sheriff’s Department is investigating the cause of death.

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER FALLS AGAINST OREGON STATE 4-2

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

October 29, 2017 (San Diego) - eroen Meefout and Tevenn Roux each tallied goals in San Diego State men’s soccer’s home contest against Oregon State, but the Aztecs fell to the Beavers, 4-2,  in Pac-12 play on Sunday afternoon. The Aztecs fall to 5-11-0 (0-7-0 Pac-12), while OSU improves to 6-11-0 (3-6-0 Pac-12). 

JAMUL BURGLARY SUSPECT SOUGHT

 

East County News Service

October 29, 2017 (Jamul) – The Sheriff’s Department is seeking public help to find a man who burglarized a residence on Lyons Valley Road late Friday night.  When the 78-year-old resident came home to find the burglar in his home, the intruder wrestled the elderly man to the ground and escaped, taking cash and jewelry, says Detective Michael Moore.

FOOTBALL: PENNY LIFTS SDSU OVER HAWAII 28-7

 

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

October 29, 2017 (Honolulu) - Rashaad Penny ran 30 times for a career-high 253 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday night and San Diego State beat Hawaii 28-7.

Penny led the way with runs on all six plays of a 99-yard drive when the Aztecs (7-2, 3-2 Mountain West Conference) broke away early in the fourth quarter.

SDSU WOMEN'S SOCCER: MIA ROOT NETS WINNER AT NEW MEXICO IN 2OT

 

Aztecs earn No. 2 seed at MW Championship

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

October 28, 2017 (Alberquerque) - Freshman Mia Root provided the game-winning goal in double overtime to push San Diego State past New Mexico on the road Friday night 4-3 at UNM Soccer Complex. The victory helped the Aztecs secure the No. 2 seed and a quarterfinal bye into the semifinal round of next week’s MW Championship.

WILDOMAR FIRE NEAR LAKE ELSINORE SENDS SMOKE ACROSS NORTH COUNTY

 

Update:  The fire has grown to over 800 acres and 450 homes are evacuated, however it is now 50% contained.

By Miriam Raftery

East County Wildfire & Emergency Alert Service

Photo credit: ECM news partner 10 News

October 27, 2017 (San Diego) – The #WildomarFire has charred 700 acres in the Wildomar  are of Cleveland National Forest, which is located near Lake Elsinore in Riverside County, just over the San Diego-Riverside County line.

Two hundred homes have been evacuated. The fire is currently 15 percent contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Find details on evacuations here: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/5652/

Smoke from fires in Mexico including a large forest fire near Rosarito also continue to impact air quality in San Diego County, prompting the county's smoke advisory cautioning residents to avoid outdoor activities in areas with smoke.

DOMESTIC ABUSE RATES UP SHARPLY IN LEMON GROVE AND SANTEE, BUT DROP COUNTYWIDE

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: the Hope Rally in El Cajon drew attention to domestic abuse

October 27, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) – Domestic abuse impacts over 16,000 victims a year in our region, scarring families and sometimes, claiming lives. The San Diego District Attorney’s Office has provided statistics on domestic violence incidents locally from 2012 through 2016.

STATE GRANTS PERMANENT LIQUOR LICENSE TO CASINO IN JAMUL

 

Updated to include remarks from Kim Hamilton.

By Miriam Raftery

October 27, 2017 (Jamul) --The Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego has been granted a permanent license to serve alcohol by the state department of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s Administrative Law Judge Adam Berg.  The ruling came over the objections of Supervisor Dianne Jacob, the Sheriff, the Jamul-Dulzura School District, and numerous residents in rural Jamul. 

The decision makes permanent a temporary alcohol license granted when the casino opened approximately a year ago, but also mandates that the tribe continue its previously voluntary restriction to limit alcohol sales to the hours of 10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m..  View the decision.

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