JOURNALISM FORUM FEATURES EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES OCT. 5 AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE

SANTEE MAYOR AND COUNCIL CANDIDATES FORUM OCT. 13

CANDIDATE FORUM SEPT. 21: HELIX WATER AND LEMON GROVE MAYORAL CANDIDATES

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: TOP FESTIVALS AND EVENTS SEPT. 24-OCT. 21

LIGHTNING STRIKES ACROSS REGION—BUT NOWHERE NEAR RECORD 199–MILE BOLT

POVERTY ON RISE IN SAN DIEGO

FIRST PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE SEPT. 26 WON’T INCLUDE GREEN OR LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATES

INTERNAL INVESTIGATION INTO DEPUTIES' ACTIONS AFTER BORDER FIRE FIND “NO VIOLATIONS”; CITIZENS VOICE ANGER

SANTEE AND LAKESIDE STORES ABIDE BY LAW, SHERIFF’S “MINOR DECOY” PROGRAM FINDS

FIRE IN CUYAMACA

POLITICS IN PARADISE, PART 2: CANDIDATES FROM ACROSS OUR REGION SEPT. 29 AT BNS BREWING & DISTILLING IN SANTEE

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: SEPT. 16 - OCT. 21

SDSU WOMEN'S SOCCER DROPS MATCH AT NO. 23 LONG BEACH STATE

 

San Diego State plays its second of four consecutive road matches at San Diego on Fri., Sept. 2 at 7 p.m.

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo courtesy goaztecs.com

August 29, 2016 (Long Beach) - San Diego State women’s soccer was unable to overcome a three-goal deficit in the first half and fell to No. 23 Long Beach State, 3-0, on Monday night.

U.S. MAY END USE OF PRIVATE IMMIGRATION DETENTION FACILITES

 

East County Magazine reported on complaints about a CCA private immigration detention facility in San Diego County back in 2011

By Miriam Raftery

August 29, 2016 (Washington D.C.) – Just one week after the U.S. Justice Department announced plans to phase out its use of 13 private prisons due to reports of serious abuse and ineffectiveness, as ECM reported,  Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson today called for a review to determine if use of private immigration detention facilities should be eliminated. The review should be done by November 30.

HEALTH AND SCIENCE HIGHLIGHTS

 

East County News Service

August 29, 2016 (San Diego's East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting-edge news that could impact your health and our future.

HEALTH

SCIENCE

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

READERS & WRITERS CALENDAR AUG. 29-SEPT. 11

 

Edited by Sam Warren. Please send all notices to: SDWriteWay@gmail.com

August 29, 2016 (San Diego) – Upcoming literary events including open Shakespeare readings, author book signings, book discussions, writing workshops, confessions of a writing coach, and a Star Trek anniversary celebration.

PUBLIC COMMENTS NEEDED BY SEPT. 23 TO HELP SAN DIEGO GET MORE FEDERAL FUNDS FOR HOMELESS

 

By Kim Cooney

August 29, 2016 (San Diego) - On August 10, 2016, Congressman Scott Peters (D-San Diego), along with city and county officials, met to discuss the issue of homelessness in San Diego.  The key question is how funding by the U.S. Department of Housing and Development (HUD) can be updated so that San Diego gets its fair share of money each year.  A recent Voice of San Diego report found that despite having the nation’s third largest homeless population, San Diego gets less than many other cities with fewer homeless people.

SDSU WOMEN'S ROWING ADDS BOBBIE SMITH TO COACHING STAFF

 

Aztecs welcome former UCLA rower, Marina Aquatic Center coach as assistant

Source: goaztecs.com press release

August 29, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State women’s rowing head coach Bill Zack announced the hiring Monday of Bobbie Smith as assistant coach. Smith arrives on Montezuma Mesa after a prosperous four-year run with the junior rowing program at the Marina Aquatic Center in Marina Del Rey, Calif. She will be involved in all phases of the Aztec program on and off the water.

LORE OF THE LAGUNAS: LIVING HISTORY PAGEANT SEPT. 3-4

 

East County News Service

August 28, 2016 (Mt Laguna) -- Lore of the Laguna’s (Living History Pageant) returns as the Laguna Mountain Volunteer Association presents its 29th Annual LIVING HISTORY after a two-year hiatus. The past comes alive in this re-enactment of life in the Laguna Mountains, starting in the early 1900s and going back in time. Visit with Native Americans, rugged cowboys and turn-of-the-(last) century mountain men. Meet the first Laguna Forest Ranger, and relive the summer encampment of a 1908 pioneer family from Imperial Valley. How did they survive back then without any modern devices or conveniences and most of all, cell phones or social media? It was a slower pace, but lives were just as eventful and full of adventure as they are now.

CHIEF’S CORNER: BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY TIPS

 

By Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

Let’s All Have A Little Class!

August 30, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- When I was younger I hated all the “back to school commercials and ads.” It was the dreaded reminder summer was over and it was back to school time!

One class we all need is, It’s important to use extra caution while driving as excited students will be walking, bicycling, driving, riding buses and may not be paying attention while traveling to and from school.

Let’s take our first lesson with some safety reminders:

WITNESS SAYS HE SAW MICKEY GUIDRY THE DAY TEEN VANISHED IN THE ANZA-BORREGO DESERT BACK IN 2009

 

 

By Miriam Raftery

August 28, 2016 (Anza-Borrego Desert) – A reader of East County Magazine has come forward to say that he saw Mickey James Guidry , then 16, at the site where the Jeep driven by the teen broke down in the Anza-Borrego Desert over Thanksgiving weekend back in November 2009—just before Mickey went missing  The witness says he saw Mickey speaking with a couple who offered him a ride, and showed him a map with possible routes Mickey may have later taken on foot.   

The Jeep Mickey was driving was found 22-miles along Fish Creek Wash, its tire worn down to the rim and bumper torn off. Mickey’s wallet and ID were left in the Jeep. His cell phone was not working.  To this day, nobody knows if he managed to walk out or get a ride and go away voluntarily.

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR MURDER IN BORREGO SPRINGS

 

East County News Service

August 28, 2016 (Borrego Springs) – Mark Peter Waugh, 53, has been arrested for the murder of a man found dead yesterday morning in a home at 430 Verbena Drive in Borrego Springs,

The victim has been identified as Brett Leslie Boynton, 52. The Borrego Sun reports that the deceased worked in the kitchen at Carlee’s restaurant in Borrego Springs.

According to the Medical Examiner, Boynton died of blunt force trama and possible strangulation. His death has been ruled a homicide.

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER SHUTS OUT BRADLEY 1-0

 

Sauers scores first goal as an Aztec for match’s lone tally

Source: goaztecs.com press release

August 28, 2016 (Spokane) - Senior forward Michael Sauers scored a goal in the 11th minute on Sunday to lead the San Diego State men’s soccer team to a 1-0 triumph over Bradley in the Gonzaga Soccer Tournament at Luger Field.  With the win, the Aztecs move to 1-0-1 on the year, while the Braves slip to 0-1-1 overall.

PERDOMO PITCHES FIRST CAREER COMPLETE GAME AND PADRES TAKE SERIES 2-1

 

By Liz Alper

Photo:  Luis Perdomo is all smiles after pitching his first complete game.  Courtesy @Padres on Twitter

August 28, 2016 (Miami) - The Padres are probably still blinking in shock after they were able to get away with a 1-0 win last night.  But today was a new day.  Luis Perdomo was on the mound against Justin Nicolino for Miami.

AZTECS DROP PAIR OF MATCHES AT AZTECS INVITATIONAL

 

Volleyball falls to Michigan State and Denver

Source: goaztecs.com press release

Photo: Emma Fuzie was named to the all-tournament team at this weekend's Aztec Invitational.  Courtesy goaztecs.com

August 28, 2016 (San Diego) - San Diego State dropped close matches to Michigan State and Denver on Saturday as it concluded play at the season-opening 2016 Aztec Invitational. In the morning, the Aztecs fell to the Spartans in four sets (22-25, 20-25, 26-24, 21-25) and later that evening extended Denver to five sets (17-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 8-15) before coming up on the short end of a tight contest.

RICHARD PITCHES SHUTOUT AS LONE HOMER IS ENOUGH TO LIFT PADRES OVER MARLINS

 

By Liz Alper

Photo courtesy @Padres on Twitter

August 27, 2016 (Miami) - After a heartbreaking loss last night, the Padres had it in mind not to give up a huge lead ever again.  We’ll see how well that went with Clayton Richard on the mound against Jose Urena for the Marlins.

CHRISTMAS IN ALPINE HOME TOUR DECEMBER 10TH

 

East County News Service

August 27, 2016 (Alpine) - The Alpine Woman’s Club will hold its Eleventh Annual “Christmas in Alpine” Home Tour on Saturday, December 10th from 10am to 3pm. You will have an opportunity to stroll through five stunning country estates, and visit Kathy and Mario’s quaint and spectacular place they call Alpine Country Garden and Gifts Shop. The Historic Town Hall will be open from 1pm till 4pm, where you can view Dickens Christmas Village on the Town Hall stage. Ticket holders can also enjoy light refreshments and a surprise gift to say thank you for your support.

PICKUP DRIVER CHARGED WITH DUI IN RAMONA FATALITY CRASH THAT KILLED COLLEGE STUDENT

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photo: Lucas Riley, 24, victim in the crash

August 27, 2016 (Ramona) – Roy Dunkin, 51, is accused of driving drunk and causing a fiery, head-on collision on Highway 67 that killed Point Loma Nazarene College student Lucas Makana Riley, 24, of San Diego. Dunkin’s pickup truck also hit a Buick sedan, causing minor injuries to its occupants.  Dunkin has pled not guilty to the charges and could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

SDSU MEN'S SOCCER PLAYS UIC TO 1-1 DRAW IN SEASON OPENER

 

Aztecs to close off weekend tournament vs. Bradley on Sunday

Source: goaztecs.com press release

August 26, 2016 (Spokane, Wa.) - The San Diego State men’s soccer team opened the 2016 regular season with a 1-1 draw against UIC at the Gonzaga Soccer Tournament Friday afternoon at Luger Field.

LATINO FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS AUG. 26-SEPT. 1

 

East County News Service

August 26, 2016 (San Diego) - Media Arts Center San Diego celebrates the 3rd annual Exitos Del Cine Latino film festival, a summer celebration of Latino film, music, and celebrities, starting tonight at Westfield Plaza Bonita.

The festivities also include an opening night fiesta. This weekend's movies include (Click on film titles below to read synopses & purchase tickets on-line):

POLICE SEEK SUSPECTS IN RED VAN WHO TERRORIZED WOMEN IN LA MESA

 

East County News Service

August 26, 2016 (La Mesa) — Two women in south La Mesa awoke Tuesday around 3 a.m. to the sounds of banging on their front door.  10 News reports the women looked out and saw six people bashing the house and shattering car windows with hammers and a machete.

HUMAN TRAFFICKING VICTIMS ELIGIBLE FOR "CLEAN SLATE" UNDER BLOCK BILL HEADED TO GOVERNOR

 

East County News Service

August 26  2016 (San Diego) -- California’s state Senate today approved a measure which would allow human trafficking victims arrested or convicted of non-violent crimes while they were trafficked to have those charges removed from their records.

A DIVERSE FIELD OF EL CAJON CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES: BALLOT STATEMENTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

 

By Jonathan Goetz

Ten candidates, including two incumbents, are running for three City Council seats in El Cajon. Councilmember Tony Ambrose has chosen not to run for re-election, which means the Council will see at least one new face after the November 8 election.   

The candidates reflect the growing diversity in El Cajon, including Latino, African-American, and Middle Eastern candidates.  Though the race is nonpartisan, the list includes several prominent Democratic and Republican community leaders , five with party endorsements,  as well as lesser known challengers-- all vying to pick up an open seat or unseat one of two incumbents on the Council.

DESTINATION EAST COUNTY: FESTIVALS AND EVENTS AUG. 25-OCT. 2

 

East County News Service

Listen to Destination East County!  Click the orange arrow above.

August 24, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) -- This week’s Destination East County includes the Ramona Country Fair, a Tierra del Sol star party, a grand opening celebration at La Mesa Wine Works, the Live at the Lakes concert in Santa Ysabel, and Corvette Cruise Night in El Cajon. Plus, we’ll tell you about coming attractions including a concert at Sycuan Resort, the Julian Grape Stomp Festa, music festivals in Santee and Julian, Julian Apple Days, the La Mesa Oktoberfest, and the Barona Powwow.

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

Audio: 

HEAR OUR INTERVIEW WITH COLIN PARENT: ATTORNEY, ENVIRONMENTALIST AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVOCATE RUNS FOR LA MESA CITY COUNCIL

 

By Miriam Raftery

Hear our interview originally aired on on KNSJ Radio: Click the orange arrow above; scroll down to read highlights.

August 25,2016 (La Mesa) – Recently,  we  sat down for an in-depth interview with Colin Parent, a lawyer with extensive experience as an affordable housing expert in the Governor’s administration. Currently he’s the policy counsel/attorney for Circulate San Diego, an nonprofit that advocates for public transit, safe and pedestrian-friendly streets, safe routes to school, and smart growth issues.  He’s also cofounder of La Mesa Conversations, a civic discussion group.

Now he’s running for the La Mesa City Council in a three-way race for two seats currently held by incumbents Ruth Sterling and Kristine Alessio.

“I’m running to improve La Mesa,” says Parent, who calls La Mesa a great place, but adds that it can be even better.  Here are the ideas he discussed:

Audio: 

HELP THE ENVIRONMENT--BE GREEN! DISPOSE OF HOUSEHOLD CHEMICALS FREE ON SEPT. 17 IN POTRERO

 

 

 

August 25, 2016 (Potrero) --Residents in the  Potrero area /unincorporated San Diego East County are encouraged to use the County’s one-day household hazardous waste collection event Sept. 17 at the Old County Fire Station in Potrero.

Did you know?  Many products used in the home may be hazardous to people, pets or the environment and should not be thrown in the trash or dumped down the sewer or storm drains.  While it is always best to use up your household chemical products, the County of  San Diego’s Department of Environmental Health would like to notify you of a one-day collection event where residents living in the unincorporated county can bring their household chemicals for proper disposal or recycling—for free!

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