10TH ANNUAL TASTE OF LA MESA HITS A SWEET SPOT

ROTTWEILER DOGS SEIZED AFTER SERIOUSLY INJURING TODDLER AND MOM IN LA MESA

CALIFORNIA POLITICANS REACT TO TRUMP ORDER ON FAMILY SEPARATION; STATE FILES LAWSUIT

LA MESA: EAST COUNTY’S EMERGING RESTAURANT ROW

MARRIOTT COURTYARD HOTEL, CORNERSTONE OF EL CAJON’S DOWNTOWN REDEVELOPMENT, CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS JUNE 20-JULY 28

ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

TRUMP TO END CHILD SEPARATIONS, REPORTEDLY PLANS TO PUT KIDS IN DETENTION WITH PARENTS

BUSINESS EVENT HIGHLIGHTS IMMIGRANT ENTREPRENEURS : TONIGHT AT SYRIAN-OWNED RESTAURANT ON WORLD REFUGEE DAY

CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS TOUR MIGRANT CHILDREN DETENTION FACIITY IN EL CAJON, DENOUNCE SEPARATION FROM PARENTS

SANTEE ACTIVISTS HOLD TWO PETITION DRIVES THIS SUNDAY ON TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK INITIATIVE AND PETITION TO STOP GAS PIPELINE

PLANS FOR PROPOSED DOWNTOWN EL CAJON CREMATION FACILITY GOING UP IN SMOKE

ASSISTED SUICIDE LAW IN CALIFORNIA OVERTURNED BY COURT

 

East County News Service

May 15, 2018 (Sacramento) -- Hours after a judge ruled that California’s assisted suicide law is illegal, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra indicated he will appeal the decision.

Judge Daniel Ottolia with the Riverside Superior Court ruled that the Legislature violated the law by passing the End of Life Option Act during a special session devoted to healthcare issues, the Los Angeles Times reports.

SIDEWALK CPR DAY IS MAY 17TH: HEARTLAND FIRE OFFERS FREE TRAINING ACROSS EAST COUNTY

 

Source: Heartland Fire and Rescue

May 15, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) -- Sidewalk CPR Day is set for Thursday, May 17.  The goal of this Southern California campaign is to train approximately 4,000 citizens in “Hands Only CPR,” thus increasing the number of lifesavers in our community.

DAY TRIPPING IN ANZA-BORREGO DESERT STATE PARK

 

 

Backcountry hidden pleasures:   Our guide to unique adventures in San Diego’s beautiful backcountry

By Liz Orient

May 16, 2018 (Anza-Borrego) -- Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is a unique destination for anyone looking for a fun day trip from San Diego. There are two classes of people: those who love the desert and those who hate the desert. I happen to be one who enjoys the bizarre plants, resourceful animals, and how the mountains change colors at sunset. I hadn't been to Anza-Borrego in several years and it was time to revisit one of my favorite places in California!

PLAYOFF HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL: CENTURIONS ELIMINATE NORSEMEN SOUNDLY IN CIF DIV. II OPENING ROUND

 

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

May 15, 2018 (El Cajon) - CIF playoffs for softball have started and today, ECM Sports traveled to Valhalla High for a Division II matchup between the Norsemen (women, for our politically correct readers…) and the Centurions of University City.  The Norsemen were undefeated in the Grossmont League with an 8-0 record.  The Centurions struggled a bit this season, finishing 3-5 in the City - Western League, but still made it to the playoffs thanks to their 14-12 overall record.  Junior Delaney Stettler started on the hill for the Norsemen against senior Natalie Minteer for University City.

LA MESA HEALTH CARE LIBRARY TO HOST FREE MEETING ON JOINT REPLACEMENT ON MAY 23

 

East County News Service

May 15, 2018 (La Mesa) – The Grossmont Healthcare District’s Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, will host “Joint Replacement,” a program on hip and knee total joint replacement surgeries and hip resurfacing procedures, from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 23. The program is part of the library’s “Wellness Wednesday” series, normally held on the fourth Wednesday of the month. Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Advance RSVP is not necessary. Handouts will be available.

SUPREME COURT DENIES APPEAL BY BLACKWATER GUARDS CONVICTED OF MASSACRE IN IRAQ

 

Story and photo by Miriam Raftery

Photo: Carl Meyer, who led successful recall effort against Potrero planners who voted for Blackwater

May 15, 2018 (San Diego) –  Back in 2007, Potrero residents in San Diego’s East County raised protests against the private military contractor Blackwater Worldwide opening up a training camp in their community. The protests in Potrero, which drew global media attention, came at a time when four Blackwater security guards were accused of a massacre that killed 14 civilians and wounded 17 people in Iraq.

CHIEF’S CORNER: SNAKES ALIVE!

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

May 14, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) - We know all about those snakes at work that slither around trying to work their way into promotions, office social circles and politics, or even belly up to the boss. They’ll do anything (even bite you in the back) as long as it benefits them.

DRIVER HITS DONUT STORE BUILDING IN SANTEE

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson 

May 14, 2018 (Santee) – Mary’s Donuts in Santee is not a drive-thru restaurant.  But a driver crashed into the building just a few feet from the donut shop on Carlton Hills Blvd. on Sunday, causing the vehicle to roll onto its side.

COUNTY PLANNING DIRECTOR SEEKS TO “BUNDLE” MULTIPLE BIG DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS TO BYPASS STATE LAW LIMITING GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENTS

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 13, 2018 (San Diego) – California law restricts counties from approving more than four General Plan amendments a year, a law meant to prevent developers from pushing through excessive waivers.  But now a video reveals County Planning and Development Services Director Mark Wardlow proposing “bundling” together multiple projects far larger than current zoning laws allow.

THREE DEAD IN VOLCAN MOUNTAIN CRASH; PLANE MAY BE MISSING FLIGHT SCHOOL AIRCRAFT OUT OF GILLESPIE FIELD

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: ECM news partner 10 News

May 13, 2018 (El Cajon) – Three bodies have been found at the site of a plane that crashed Thursday night on Volcan Mountain near Ranchita. The crash sparked a brush fire that burned a dozen acres.

Although firefighters located the plane on Friday, Sheriff’s search and rescue crews were unable to reach the crash site until Sunday, after firefighters contained the brush fire 100 percent.

SDSU BASEBALL: AZTECS SPLIT SERIES WITH SPARTANS AFTER EXTRA INNINGS LOSS

 

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May 13, 2018 (San Diego) - Aztecs baseball picked the perfect day to have Senior Day on:  Mother’s Day and it turned out to be their last home game of the season as well.  The Aztecs looked to take the series against San Jose State with junior Tevin Cadola on the mound for the Spartans against senior Jorge Fernandez for the Aztecs.  Fun fact:  all of the Aztec baseball seniors are either criminal justice or social science majors.  No in-betweens with them, is there?

SDSU TRACK AND FIELD: AZTECS SPRINT PAST COMPETITION TO MW CHAMPIONSHIP

 

 

SDSU wins 4th Outdoor Title in past six years

Source:  goaztecs.com

Video courtesy goaztecs.com

May 12, 2018 (Clovis) - The San Diego State Track & Field team captured the Mountain West Outdoor Championship Saturday evening. The Aztecs, who entered the day in 11th place, dominated every sprinting event to rally and win their fourth championship in the last six years.

ZARIA MESHACK'S WALK-OFF SINGLE LIFTS SDSU SOFTBALL PAST UTAH STATE 4-3 ON SENIOR DAY

 

Aztecs score two in the seventh to finish sweep of the Aggies

Source:  goaztecs.com

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

May 12, 2018 (San Diego) - Senior Zaria Meshack hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning to give San Diego State the series sweep over Utah State Saturday afternoon at SDSU Softball Stadium. The Aztecs finished their season with a 20-31 overall record, including an 11-13 mark in Mountain West play.

PASSAGES: JOYCE DUNE, RETIRED TEACHER (JULY 12, 1932-MAY 4, 2018)

 
 
By Greg Dunne

 

May 12, 2018 (San Diego’s East County) – Joyce Elizabeth Dunne, who taught school for many years in La Mesa and Lemon Grove schools, passed away on FridayMay 4th in Waco, Texas with her daughter Shannon at her side.  Beloved by all who knew her, she will live in our hearts forever.  She is survived by her brother: Donnie, four children: Greg, Grant, Guy and Shannon, and her six Grandchildren.

 

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

 

Families as Partners: The Essential Link in Children’s Education, by Andrea M. Nelson-Royes (Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham, Maryland, 2018, 170 pages).

Book Review by Dennis Moore

May 5, 2018 (San Diego) - Andrea M. Nelson-Royes, EdD, an educational researcher and writer, and author of Transforming Early Learners into Superb Readers: Promoting Literacy at School, at Home, and within the Community and Success in School and Career: Common Core Standards in Language Arts K-5, continues this trend in advocating for excellence in education, in her new book; Families as Partners: The Essential Link in Children’s Education.

CAL FIRE ISSUES NO-BURN PROCLAMATION EFFECTIVE MAY 14

 

 

East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts

 

CAL FIRE's San Diego unit has issued a proclamation suspending burning permits and other uses of open fires starting May 14th due to fire danger. Below are details from the CAL FIRE announcement issued today:



Due to the extreme menace of destruction by fire to life, improved property, or natural resources caused by critical fire weather and acute dryness of vegetation; and/or fire suppression forces being heavily committed to control fires; and, under authority vested in me by the Director of the Department of Forestry and Fire Protection as per section 4423.1 of the Public Resources Code, I hereby suspend, except within the incorporated cities, the privileges of burning by permit and other uses of open fire in the geographic area described as:



ALL STATE RESPONSIBILITY AREA LANDS WITHIN THE COUNTY / COUNTIES OF SAN DIEGO

CALIF. REPUBLICANS DENOUNCE NEO-NAZI RUNNING FOR SENATE, DECLINE TO ENDORSE IN GOVERNOR’S RACE

By Miriam Raftery

May 11, 2018 (San Diego) – The California Republican Party ejected Patrick Little from its state convention in San Diego last weekend, denouncing the candidate’s neo-Nazi views.   Ballots mailed this week list Little as a Republican “civil rights” advocate, but in fact he advocates anti-Semitic views and posted a video of himself spitting on and stomping the Israeli flag. Many of his videos have been removed off Facebook as offensive hate speech.

“There's no room for that kind of hate speech that that man uses," Cynthia Bryant, executive director of the Calif. Republican Party, told the Los Angeles Times.

Little alarmed many after a recent poll showed him in second place after Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the incumbent. 

The state GOP made no endorsement in the Senate race, nor in the Governor’s race. The top two candidates in each statewide race will advance to the November election.

LOCAL AUTHOR JOHNEGREEK WINS SILVER LITERARY TITAN AWARD FOR HIS AMAZON #1 BESTSELLING BOOK, “GRANDMA’S SECRET BLESSINGS, A MEMOIR WITH A TWIST”

 

 

East County News Service

May 11. 2018 (San Diego) – Long-time San Diego resident and promising TomBird.com author JohnEgreek also known as John Hodgkinson, has received the prestigious Silver Literary Titan Book Award for his creation,  Grandma’s Secret Blessings, A Memoir with a Twist..

The Silver Award is bestowed on books that expertly deliver complex characters, intricate worlds, and thought-provoking themes.

BRUSH FIRE NEAR VOLCAN MOUNTAIN-RANCHITA AREA; PLANE REPORTED DOWN

 

East County Wildfire & Emergency Alerts

 

Update May 11, 2018 12:45 p.m.: Crews have found wreckage of an airplane but have not been able to identify the plane, nor whoever was aboard.  Anyone with information is asked to notify the Sheriff.

Update May 11, 2018 10 a.m.:  Morning firefighting crews are nearing the site; the fire is now 10 acres, Cal Fire reports.

Update: 9:55 p.m. from Cal Fire: Incident commander reports the fire is 3 to 4 acres, burning at a slow rate of spread on the north side of Volcan Mountain. There are no homes in the area of the .

May 10, 2018 (Ranchita/Julian) -- Cal Fire confirms that a brush fire is burning near Volcan Mountain in steep, inaccessible terrain tonight.  The Sheriff's Department has confirmed to ECM news partner 10 News that deputies can see flames near Ranchita, near Volcan Mountain, between Warner Springs adn Borrego.  A plane has been reported down, according to HAM radio reports and calls to authorities though the crash is not yet confirmed.

Brett Staulbaum, a ham radio operator in Shelter Valley, relayed this message to ECM warning of a possible risk to the nearby Shelter Valley area:

SHERIFF SNUFFS OUT MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES IN SPRING VALLEY

 

East County News Service

May 10, 2018 (Spring Valley) – The Sheriff’s department today announced it has begun serving 10-day notices on illegal marijuana dispensaries in Spring Valley and will arrest violators who don’t vacate the premises. The action comes after the Sheriff and County Planning and Development Services served over a dozen search warrants on illicit dispensaries from mid-2017 to early 2018 on Spring Valley pot shops, seizing 7,000 pounds of marijuana, five firearms and $85,000 in cash.

RESCUES ON RISE AT POPULAR WATERFALL TRAILS IN EAST COUNTY DESPITE TRAIL IMPROVEMENTS

 

Source: U.S. Forest Service

May 10, 2017 (Ramona) -- As temperatures begin to rise, so have the number of heat-related injuries and air rescues at the popular Three Sisters and Cedar Creek trails in Cleveland National Forest, the U.S. Forest Service reports.

BYSTANDERS HELP RESCUE SANTEE RESIDENTS FROM BURNING APARTMENTS; BLAZE DISPLACES 40 PEOPLE

 

 

By Rebecca Jefferis-Williamson and Miriam Raftery

April 10, 2018 (Santee) – A fire has scorched multiple apartments at Santee Villas in the 10400 block of Mast Boulevard across the street from Santana High School tonight, where a passerby told East County Magazine details of efforts to save residents and pets from the flames.

“I was riding down Mast Boulevard when I noticed black smoke coming from an apartment complex,” says Robert Johnson, a Santee resident.  “I chucked my backpack and bike,” he says, adding that he followed the lead of others trying to assist. He says  he “started busting windows and helping people out where I could.”

STEELE CANYON HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA STUDENTS NOMINATED FOR 2018 BROADWAY SAN DIEGO AWARDS

 

 

Source: Steele Canyon High School Drama Department

 

Photos: Leanna Neely, Jackson Shaffer (cover photo), Mary Rose Vadeboncoeur

 

May 10, 2018 (Spring Valley) -- The Steele Canyon High School Drama Department is proud to announce that three of their students have received nominations for the 2018 Broadway San Diego Awards for their roles in the SCHS spring production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music

“PADRE FOR LIFE” MATT LACHAPPA FEATURED ON ESPN E:60

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 10, 2018 (Lakeside) – A quarter of a century ago, Matt LaChappa was drafted by the San Diego Padres out of El Capitan High School in Lakeside, the pride of the Barona tribe on the Native American reservation where he grew up. But three years later, tragedy struck on April 6, 1996 while the talented left-hander was warming up in the bullpen on opening day of the season with the Padres’ minor league team, the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

He collapsed after suffering a heart attack, then had a second heart attack during an ambulance ride to the hospital.  In a coma for months, he suffered irreversible brain damage. Yet to this day, he remains on contract with the Padres, who promised to take care of their injured player for life.

LaChappa’s inspiring story was highlighted last Sunday on ESPN’s E:60 program in an episode titled “The Contract.” (View trailer.) The show will be replayed throughout the month.

TOP SELLING AUTHOR, COLUMNIST AND RADIO HOST RICHARD LEDERER PRESENTS “FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT OUR PRESIDENTS” IN SANTEE MAY 16

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 10, 2018 (Santee) – Who was our youngest president?  Who was our oldest? Who was our tallest, shortest and fattest?  Find out on Wednesday, May 16th,, when San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Richard Lederer will offer a treasury of fascinating facts about the feats, families, foibles and firsts of our American presidents.  

The self-proclaimed “Wizard of Idiom, Attila the Pun and Conan the Grammarian” will be sharing his wit and wisdom on our nation’s presidents at the Santee City Hall, building 7, at 10671 Magnolia Avenue in Santee from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The even is sponsored by Santee Seniors 55 Plus and San Diego Oasis. It’s free and worth every penny!

Dr. Lederer has sold over a million books, also hosting “A Way With Words” on KPBS and authoring “the “Lederer on Language” column in the San Diego Union-Tribune. He will be signing copies of his books at the event.

EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: TOP LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

May 10, 2018 (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:

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READER’S EDITORIAL: COUNTY READIES TO DISRESPECT THE VOTERS—BIG TIME

 

Reprinted with permission from the Valley Roadrunner

By David Ross

May 10, 2018 (Valley Center) -- Anyone who knows me knows I generally turn up my nose at conspiracy theories. But there is something going on at the County’s planning department that is worthy of the word “conspiracy,” one that involves the ultimate disrespecting of the voters.

Unless I’m missing something, it also has the unspoken complicity of the lame duck members of the Board of Supervisors who will exit the board at the end of 2018.    Something this big could not be carried forward by the staff of County Planning and Development Services without their knowledge and tacit approval.

TUBERCULOSIS SCARE AT GROSSMONT AND CUYAMACA COLLEGES

 

By Paul Kruze, Contributing Editor

May 10, 2018 (El Cajon) -- This is the time of year when students have final exams and graduation on their minds. But this May, students at both Grossmont and Cuyamaca College are wondering if they have been exposed to tuberculosis at either campus.

THE GARDEN HOSTING CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY ON MAY 19

 

Source: Helix Water District

May 9, 2018 (Rancho San Diego) -- The award-winning Water Conservation Garden will host Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday,    May 19, for customers of Helix Water District, the City of San Diego, Otay Water District and Sweetwater Authority.

IMMIGRANT CHILDREN TO BE SEPARATED FROM PARENTS, ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS SAYS IN VISIT TO SAN DIEGO BORDER

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

May 9, 2018 (San Diego) – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, visiting border communities in San Diego and Arizona in the past week, affirmed a zero-tolerance policy of prosecuting anyone who crosses the border illegally. He also made clear that no compassion will be shown to parents seeking a safe haven in America for their children, stating, “If you’re smuggling a child, then we’re going to prosecute you, and that child will be separated from you, probably, as required by law. If you don’t want your child separated, then don’t bring them across the border illegally.”

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