Febuary 2015 Articles

SPRING BREAK ART CAMP ON MT. HELIX

 

March 17, 2016 (Mt. Helix)-- Following a successful fall run, Art Smarts and Mt. Helix Park are partnering up again this spring to bring a one-of-a-kind kids’ art camp to East County. From March 30 through April 3, Art Smarts, which hosts after-school art programs throughout San Diego, will be offering Art In The Park - at Mt. Helix Park for kids ages 5 to 12.

MICKEY CAFAGNA MEMORIAL GOLF CLASSIC TEES OFF MARCH 20 IN POWAY

 

February 28, 2015 (Poway)--The Poway Chamber of Commerce will host the second annual Mickey Cafagna Memorial Golf Classic on Friday, March 20.  The event will be held at Maderas Golf Club in Poway.  The tournament will include lunch, a round of golf (scramble style) and an awards dinner that will pay tribute to the former Poway Mayor, Mickey Cafagna.  Sponsorship opportunities and spaces for players are still available.

BAG BAN BLOCKED

 

February 27, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) A new state law banning plastic grocery bags won’t be taking effect this summer after all. That’s because opponents led by the plastic industry have obtained enough signatures to qualify a measure to overturn the bag ban for the November ballot, the Secretary of State has announced.

CAREGIVERS HOLD VIGIL AT GOVERNOR'S HOMES

 

East County News Service

February 27, 2015 (San Diego) Caregivers from San Diego are heading to Sacramento this week to join a vigil outside Governor Jerry Brown’s home in Sacramento. The caregivers, who provide in-home support for elderly Californians and people with disabilities, are calling on Gov. Brown to treat their work equally under the law and provide the overtime pay that was promised as part of last year’s budget deal. A similar vigil is also planned at the Governor’s residence in Oakland.

ENVIRONMENTALISTS SUE EPA TO PROTECT MONARCH BUTTERFLIES

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 27, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – The Natural Resources Defense Council has filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency claiming the federal agency ignored dangers to Monarch Butterflies posed by glyphosate used in Monsanto’s Roundup and other herbicides.

WHOOPING COUGH CASES SET NEW RECORD: OVER 2,000 CASES LAST YEAR

 

County News Service

February 28, 2015 (San Diego County) - The number of pertussis, or whooping cough, cases reported in San Diego County last year reached a new high, surpassing the previous record by nearly 900 cases, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency has announced.

HOMELAND SECURITY FUNDED FOR ONE WEEK ONLY

 

By Miriam Raftery                                                                 

February 28, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – A shut-down of Homeland Security due to take effect Saturday has been postponed, but only short-term. On Friday, the House and Senate passed a one-week funding bill which the President signed shortly before midnight.

OBAMA VETOES KEYSTONE PIPELINE

 

East County News Service

February 28, 2015 (Washington D.C.)—President Barack Obama has vetoed the Keystone XL pipeline bill passed by the Republican-controlled Congress. In his veto message, he criticized the Congressional attempt to bypass his administration’s environmental review of the project and ““circumvent longstanding and proven processes for determining whether or not building and operating a cross-border pipeline serves the national interest.”

REMEMBERING OUR FALLEN: PHOTO EXHIBIT IN ALPINE HONORS CA VETS

 

East County News Service

February 28, 2015 (Alpine)—“Remembering our Fallen”, a memorial photo exhibit honoring  710 Californians killed in the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan (including 77 local residents) is now on display at the Alpine Wall of Honor. The exhibit, adjacent to the Alpine Community Center at 1830 Alpine Blvd. in Alpine, is open from  8 a.m. to 8 p.m. now through March 7th.

RAINS ARE COMING: NEED SANDBAGS?

 

February 28, 2015 (San Diego)--There could be some unfamiliar stuff falling out of the sky over the next few days in San Diego County.  That’s right — rain, and potentially, lots of it.

RECORD-BREAKING MARIJUANA SEIZURE AT OTAY: 15 TONS HIDDEN IN MATTRESS SHIPMENT

 

February 27, 2015 (Otay)--U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Otay Mesa cargo port of entry Thursday seized more than 15 tons of marijuana hidden in a cargo shipment of mattresses.  The seizure is the largest narcotics seizure ever at the border crossing, and second largest seizure at any border crossing nationwide.

SCIENCE AND HEALTH HIGHLIGHTS

BALLPARK TOBACCO BAN

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 26, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) - Tobacco may soon be snuffed out at all baseball parks in California, if a new bill introduced by Assemblyman Tony Thurmond wins approval in the California Legislature.

CULTURAL TREASURES RETURNED TO ITALY, INCLUDING ITEMS SEIZED IN SAN DIEGO

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 27, 2015 (San Diego)—Ancient treasures seized in seven U.S. cities, including San Diego, have been returned to the Italian government this week, Homeland Security has announced.

EL CAJON POLICE SOLVE HAIR-RAISING CRIME

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 25, 2015 (El Cajon) – El Cajon Police announce the arrest of a woman accused of posing as a customer at a hair salon at 437 East Main Street on Wednesday, then robbing an employee at gunpoint after receiving treatment at the salon.

LAWSUIT CLAIMS PURINA BENEFUL FOOD IS KILLING DOGS

 

East County News Service

February 27, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – A class action lawsuit claims that dry kilbble dog foods  sold under the Purina Beneful brand have killed and caused serious illness to thousands of dogs.  More than 3,000 online complaints have been filed with the federal government over the products.

PASSAGES: ROY COOK 1943-2015, NATIVE AMERICAN JOURNALIST AND TEACHER

 

February 27, 2015 (San Diego) – Roy Cook, founding journalist of the California Indian Education site and publisher of the website www.americanindiansource.com, died in his San Diego home on February 18, 2015 at age 71.  KPBS named him an American Indian Heritage Month Local Hero in 2014 for his many accomplishments.

WINDS AND WINTER WEATHER FORECAST

 

East County News Service

February 27, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – A winter storm is due to hit our region tonight through Monday, bringing strong gusty winds to mountains and deserts.  Possible thunderstorms are possible starting Sunday night, bringing rain and potentially heavy snowfall down to levels that may include Julian, Descanso and Pine Valley.

The Sheriff offered this reminder to motorists traveling in the mountains: Have a full tank of gas, water and food supplies in case you are stranded in traffic for several hours. Have snow chains for areas where they will be required. Public restroom facilities are limited...Be mindful of areas that are private property which are marked by signs and fences. Private property is off limits to the public for recreational snow activities.

Parking violations will be enforced and citations will be issued. Vehicles blocking roadways and private property will be towed. Be aware of increased law enforcement activity to handle the large crowds.

 

MEDIA WATCH: FCC VOTES FOR NET NEUTRALITY

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 26, 2015 (Washington D.C.) – Advocates of free and open internet access won a major victory Thursday when the Federal Communications Commission voted 3 to 2 to adopt net neutrality.

MOLECULAR LINK BERWEEN OBESITY AND DIABETES

 

By Leon Thompson

February 27, 2015 (San Diego)--Researchers at the University of California San Diego believe they have discovered the "root cause" of Type 2 diabetes, a molecular link between obesity and diabetes that may lead to new treatment.

FLU DEATHS ON THE RISE IN SAN DIEGO

 

February 25, 2015 (San Diego) - Influenza claimed the lives of eight more San Diegans last week, bringing the total number of flu-related deaths this season to 62, the County Health and Human Services Agency reports.

BOY, 7, DIES AFTER BEING STRUCK BY CAR IN EL CAJON

 

February 27, 2015 (El Cajon) – Angel Cruz, a 7-year-old boy struck by a car yesterday afternoon, has died  of his injuries as 12:40 this morning. The boy was struck by a car 3:45 p.m.yesterday  while crossing the 900 block of Peach Avenue in El Cajon.

Mark Isak, the 18-year-old driver of the silver Hyundai that struck the child, stopped immediately after the collision and is cooperating fully with traffic investigators, said Lieutenant Randy Soulard with El Cajon Police. He has not been charged or cited. Neither speed nor alcohol appear to be factors in the collision.

WILL HOMELAND SECURITY SHUT DOWN THIS WEEK?

 

East County News Service

February 24, 2015 (Washington D.C.)--The Department of Homeland Security is set to shut down if Congress doesn’t pass a funding bill by Friday. The White House says it is preparing for a potential shut down starting this weekend, the Washington Post reports.

CA COLLEGE ADJUNCT PROFESSORS PLAN WALKOUT

 

Lori Abbott, California News Service

February 25, 2015 (San Diego)--Part-time college instructors across the state are uniting for better pay and greater job security. The rallies held on this first National Adjunct Walkout Day are designed to bring attention to the growing number of temporary, part-time instructors, often called adjuncts.

OH BABY! BILL WOULD ELIMINATE TAX ON DIAPERS

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 25, 2015 (San Diego’s East County) – It’s rare for a labor leader and a tax fighter to agree on most issues.  But AB 717, a bill to eliminate sales tax on diapers in California, has accomplished just that.

FLETHER HILLS RESIDENTS PLAN LAWSUIT OVER GILLESPIE FLIGHT SCHOOL TRAINING AND LEAD POLLUTION

 

East County News Service

March 4 meeting planned for Fletcher Hills residents with attorneys

February 25, 2015 (El Cajon) – Fletcher Hills residents are planning a lawsuit over loss of property values, quality of life and lead pollution associated with increased air traffic at Gillespie Field Airport.

ALASKA, WASHINGTON D.C. EASE RESTRITIONS ON POT

 

By Miriam Raftery

February 26, 2015 (San Diego)--Alaska has become the 3rd state to legalization the recreational use of marijuana, with limits similar to those in place in Colorado and Washington state, the other states where marijuana is now legal for adults to own in small quantities for personal use.

MAJOR TRAIL CHANGES PROPOSED TO THREE SISTERS FALLS

 

 

Public comments due by March 25

By Miriam Raftery

February 25, 2015 (San Diego’s East County)--Three Sisters Falls is one of the most beautiful natural attractions in East County – a trio of waterfalls and natural swimming holes in a wilderness area within Cleveland National Forest.  But the falls are also among the most difficult scenic sites to access.

Now Cleveland National Forest’s Palomar Ranger District is planning a major recreation management   project at Three Sisters Falls, located near Boulder Creek Road between Santa Ysabel  and Descanso. The proposed action is to adopt and/or construct a Level 2 System Trail to Three Sisters Falls, to decommission and restore existing user-created trails, and to clear and construct  a primitive dirt or gravel parking area off of Boulder Creek Road, also adding a kiosk with educational materials.

The purpose of this project is to  address concerns related to public health and safety, resource impacts from unmanaged recreation use, and compromised access along Boulder Creek Road for area residents and emergency vehicles during high-use periods at Three Sisters Falls, says district ranger Joan Friedlander.

SAN MIGUEL FIRE VOTES TO OPEN FINANCE COMMITTEE TO PUBLIC, PRESS

East County News Service

February 26, 2015 (Spring Valley) – As a result of an East County Magazine (ECM) inquiry, San Miguel Fire District’s Board voted this week to make its finance committee a permanent standing committee, which means that the committee’s meetings will now be open to the press and public.

Previously, the finance committee was deemed an ad-hoc committee by the district, which argued that it did not need to allow public access.  ECM contacted Californians Aware (CALAWARE), an organization that protects public access under Califoirnia’s sunshine laws.

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