HELIX WATER BOARD VOTES TO ADOPT DROUGHT ACTION PLAN

LA MESA PLANNING COMMISSION REJECTS PARK STATION PLAN, BUT APPROVES EIR

SUMMER NIGHT SKY TOURS IN ANZA BORREGO DESERT

ECM WORLD WATCH: GLOBAL AND NATIONAL NEWS

SAN DIEGO ENERGY DISTRICT NOW OFFERING MEMBERSHIPS

F.A.C.E. SAVES PETS LIVES WHEN OWNERS CAN’T AFFORD SURGERY: KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER

OAKS FELLED IN DOS PICOS PARK

TWELFTH NIGHT PRESENTED AT VALHALLA JUNE 4 AND 5

HOUSE PASSES ABORTION BAN AFTER 20 WEEKS

STORM DRENCHES REGION

AMTRAK CRASH IN PHILADELPHIA RAISES TROUBLING QUESTIONS

IN-STATE TUITION GRANTED FOR GI BILL BENEFICIARIES

CALIFORNIA'S 9TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS HEARS THE APPEAL ON IVANPAH

 

The Underlying Issue Is Freedom of Religion

Originally Published on the ECOreport

By Roy L Hales & Robert Lundahl

April 18, 2015 (San Diego's East County) - In a remote corner of the Mojave Desert, 15 miles from Las Vegas, stands the expansive Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System. Occupying 5 square miles, the facility seems to swallow up a stunning expanse of desert including animals, plants and now, spiritual and cultural resources.

SDSU POW WOW APRIL 25TH TO HONOR SDSU PROFESSORS DR. LINDA PARKER AND ROY COOK

 

East County News Service

April 17, 2015 (San Diego) – The 2015 annual pow wow at San Diego State University will be held on April 25th at the ENS softball field.  This year’s pow wow honors two late SDSU Native American professors, Dr. Linda Parker and Roy Cook.

SAN DIEGO SOLAR ENERGY ON THE RISE. NEW POLL OFFERS INSIGHTS.

 

Originally Published on the ECOreport

By Roy L Hales

April 17, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - A new poll confirms California's solar revolution appears to be unstoppable. The respondents were parents, 81% of whom said they want to live in a solar powered home. The majority, 67%, also wants solar to be the world's primary energy source when their children grow up.

RAMONA OLD WEST DAYS: LIVING HISTORY ENCAMPMENTS & SKIT COMPETITION MAY 9-10

 

April 17, 2015 (Ramona)-Step back in time at Ramona Old West Days, featuring living history encampments  as well as a gunfighters’ skit competition at the Ramona Rodeo grounds (421 Aqua Lane, Ramona).

MEASLES OUTBREAK OVER IN CALIFORNIA

 

East County News Service

April 17, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The California Department of Public Health on Friday declared the measles outbreak officially over.  The outbreak, which began at Disneyland, infected 131 people in California, including 14 in San Diego County.  The Disneyland outbreak also spread to other states, causes 142 cases in seven states from late December to early March.

PRET-A-PORTER SALON & SPA RAISES FUNDS FOR CLEAN BEACHES IN SAN DIEGO

 

April 16, 2015 (La Mesa)--Thirty years ago, a group of surfers from Malibu, California, were concerned about the health risks associated with environmental threats posed by escalating coastal development at their favorite surf spot. They took action. Not even they could have envisioned the history they were making when they succeeded in protecting their beloved surf spot.

BEST HAPPY HOURS IN EAST COUNTY

 

 

Part V in a series

By the East County Eaters

Week 5: Mediterraneo Italian Bar & Bistro and The Brigantine Seafood & Oyster Bar

April 17, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--For this week’s series, our Eaters returned to savor happy hour specials at two local favorites: Mediterraneo Italian Bar & Bistro in Alpine and The Brigantine on Mt. Helix.  The first offers divine Italian food in a European-style ambience, the second specializes in seafood served up amid a nautical theme.  Both are delightful and unexpected “finds” for newcomers in East County—so it’s no wonder that each of these restaurants are popular gathering spots for locals in the know.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: READY FOR THE RODEO

 

April 17, 2015 (Lakeside) - At the Eastbound Bar & Grill in Lakeside, staff is ready to welcome the rodeo crowd this weekend. The restaurant is ready to give away 1,000 free hats to its customers -- and provide a streetside spot to watch the 50th annual rodeo Saturday morning.

ALCOHOL SALES TRAINING PROGRAM FOR MERCHANTS OFFERED APRIL 30 IN EL CAJON

 

April 14, 2015 (El Cajon)—Communities Against Substance Abuse (CASA) and the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce are offering a training program for stores on how to avoid selling alcohol to minors.  A recent sting operation by El Cajon Police found 18 of 66 stores selling alcohol to minors – and three stores did it twice.

CONGRESS WEIGHS ESTATE TAX REPEAL

 

Update: The House has passed this measure, which now advances to the Senate.

By Miriam Raftery

April 16, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - This week, when most of us paid our taxes due on April 15th, the Republican majority in Congress is trying to push through H.R. 1105, a bill that would repeal the estate tax for millionaires and billionaires.

EL CAJON COUNCIL MOVES FORWARD ON ALCOHOL INITIATIVE

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 16, 2015 (El Cajon) – The City of El Cajon is cracking down on liquor stores and markets that sell alcohol to minors and serial inebriates. Following sting operations that found many stores selling to minors, some repeatedly, on Tuesday the City Council voted unanimously to ask staff to work on preparing a ballot initiative to make alcohol sale restrictions part of the city’s charter so that the limits will be “very difficult to take it out,” Mayor Wells said.

No one spoke publicly against the ballot initiative effort. But Mayor Bill Wells (photo, left)  said he and the council members have been threatened by the liquor industry with punishment if the measure is put on the ballot. The industry and its lobbyists “have said that they will spend tremendous amounts of money to make sure we are never elected again,” said the Mayor, who told citizens present, “We don’t want you to be in a position where your city council changes or your mayor changes and all of that hard work can just be wiped away with a single vote.”

SPEAKER ON BORDER AND IMMIGRATION ISSUES APRIL 23 IN EL CAJON

 

 

East County News Service

April 16, 2015 (El Cajon)--The East County Democratic Club (ECDC) will consider issues related to the U.S.-Mexican Border, at its April 23, 2015, meeting.  Pedro Rios, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) project director, will address members and guests at  Coco’s Restaurant, 1324 East Main Street, El Cajon, 92021.  The featured speaker’s commentary will be first on the agenda at the 7 p.m. meeting, followed by a question and answer session.

Rios leads the AFSC’s U.S./Mexico Border Program.  He has been on the AFSC staff for twelve years. He is also chairperson for the San Diego Immigrant Rights Consortium, a coalition of over 30 organizations in San Diego working to support the rights of immigrants and refugees. A native San Diegan, Rios has worked on immigrant rights and border issues for over 18 years. He became active on immigration issues in the early 1990s, when California was debating the passage of Proposition 187, the anti-immigrant initiative that was later ruled unconstitutional.

WINONA LADUKE SPEAKS APRIL 22 AT SDSU’S GREENFEST

East County News Service

April 16, 2015 (San Diego) — Internationally acclaimed Native American and environmental activist Winona LaDuke will be the keynote speaker at San Diego State University’s GreenFest on Earth Day, April 22nd.  She will appear at Montezuma Hall in the Conrad Prebys Student Center at 4:30 p.m. The speech is free and open to the public.

LaDuke is the Executive Director of Honor the Earth, the largest Indigenous environmental organization in North America, and the author of 6 books. She is an Anishinaabe from the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota. La Duke also served as Ralph Nader’s vice-presidential running mate on the Green Party ticket in the 1996 and 2000 presidential elections. In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

She is also a cousin of East County Magazine co-founder Leon Thompson.

BYSTANDERS FLIP BURNING CAR, SAVE TEENS

 

 

East County News Service

April 15, 2015 (Spring Valley) – Three young people trapped in a burning car that flipped over after a crash in front of Monte Vista High School on Monday owe their lives to courageous bystanders.

JULIAN WOMAN'S CLUB APPLE BLOSSOM TEA

 

April 16, 2015 (Julian) - On Friday, June 12th, the Julian Woman’s Club will hold its annual Apple Blossom Tea at the Woman’s Club, 2607 “C” Street. There will be two seatings: 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. Cost is a $25 donation and reservations must be made in advance.

SOLDIERS AT EL CAJON ARMORY ARRESTED ON WEAPONS SALE CHARGES

East County News Service

April 16, 2015 (La Mesa) -- Two Army National Guard soldiers from East County were arrested Wednesday and charged with selling weaponry including assault rifles, ammunition and body armor to undercover agents who posed as Mexican drug cartel members.

TRAIL LINKS PLANNED BY COUNTY AND CITY OF POWAY

 

Source: County News Center

April 15, 2014 (Poway)--San Diego County and Poway are teaming up on an ambitious proposal to connect the region’s vast network of hiking and equestrian trails and other popular outdoor attractions.

WEBER BILLS ADDRESS POLICE SHOOTINGS AND RACIAL PROFILING

 

April 15,2015 (San Diego)--Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, a San Diego Democrat and African-American, has introduced two bills aimed at stopping  racial profiling and bringing accountability to shootings by police.  The measures are sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU.

MOVE TO REPLACE SERRA STATUE WITH SALLY RIDE MOVES FORWARD

 

By Miriam Raftery

April 15, 2015 (San Diego) – An effort to remove a statue of Father Junipero Serra from the U.S. Capitol and replace it with a statue of Sally Ride, the first American woman astronaut, cleared a major legislative hurdle on Monday.

50TH LAKESIDE WESTERN DAYS PARADE APRIL 18

 

April 15, 2015 (Lakeside)--The 50th annual Lakeside Western Days Parade will roll out on Saturday, April 18th starting at 9:30 a.m. down Lakeside’s Maine Street.   This year’s theme is “There’s no place like home” and the grand marshal is Gita Morena, granddaughter of L. Frank Baum, author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

COLLEGE BLOSSOMS WITH SPRING GARDEN FESTIVAL APRIL 25

 

Source: Cuyamaca College

April 15, 2015 (Rancho San Diego)--Like honey bees to a hive, the public swarms Cuyamaca College each year for its immensely popular Spring Garden Festival.  This year, the 22nd annual free event takes place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 25.

MWD APPROVES 15% CUTS TO SAN DIEGO COUNTY WATER SUPPLIES

 

Record-setting drought means everyone in region must increase conservation

Source: MWD

April 15, 2015 (San Diego)--Facing unprecedented drought conditions, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s board of directors on Tuesday approved a 15 percent water supply cutback to the San Diego County Water Authority and its other customers starting July 1. That decision is one of several important actions in coming weeks that will impact the San Diego region’s water supplies and conservation targets over the next year.

SCIENCE AND HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

April 15, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) -- Our Health and Science Highlights provide cutting edge news that could impact your health and our future.

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

HEALTH

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ECM WORLD WATCH: NATIONAL AND GLOBAL NEWS

April 15 2015 (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

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EAST COUNTY ROUNDUP: LOCAL AND STATEWIDE NEWS

PADRES FEVER

 

By Derek Carlyon

April 15, 2015 (San Diego)--For the first time in years, it appears that the Padres have taken over San Diego.  In years past, the successes of the Chargers and Aztecs basketball team have captured the sports heartbeat of the city.  But with the Chargers’ stadium issue and the uncertainty of where they will be in the coming years coupled with the Aztec’s ugly third round loss to Duke in the NCAA tournament, the Padres have the spotlight.

BLACKWATER GUARDS SENTENCED: 30 YEARS TO LIFE FOR MASSACRE IN IRAQ

 

By Miriam Raftery

Photos:  East County residents celebrated Blackwater halting plans to build a training camp in Potrero in 2008.

April 15, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Many in East County recall the successful battle wagered by rural residents here to halt a Blackwater paramilitary training camp from being built in Potrero.   Just months before Blackwater announced plans to cancel the Potrero project in 2008, news broke that Blackwater guards had been accused of massacring innocent civilians in Iraq’s Nisour Square on September 16, 2007.

4 FINALISTS CHOSEN FOR WOMEN ON $20 BILL CAMPAIGN

 

April 15, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – Womenon20s.org has been campaigning to have a woman’s image replace the image of former general and president Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill. The group held a national vote for the public to choose among 15 candidates. Now, the field has been narrowed to four.  Three were chosen by popular vote:  Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Harriet Tubman.

The fourth, Wilma Mankiller, was added by popular demand to include a Native American option to replace Jackson. Jackson ordered the forced relocation of Cherokee Indians off their lands, causing deaths of 4,000 in what became known as the Cherokee Trail of Tears.Mankiller, fittingly, was a Cherokee chief and the first Native American elected to lead a tribe in modern times, noted for her accomplishments to help the Cherokee people.

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